Sunday, November 30, 2008

#32 - The Office

$13.98 at Target on Black Friday. Worth every cent.

#31 - 2 fros and a bald baby

These two are the best baby-sitters. I think Baby O is hoping he'll get some of their hair someday. We had so much fun with them.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

#30 - Jiffy Rolls

Made these for Thanksgiving (with BT, Kart Bucket, Lauren and Matt), it's a family tradition. Seriously, delicious rolls and they are super fast to make, hence the name . . .

1/2 cup melted butter (plus more for coating)
2 cups water
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp salt

5 tsp yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1 tsp sugar

2 eggs
7 cups flour

Combine water, butter, sugar and salt. Let cool until lukewarm, if needed. Dissolve 5 tsp yeast in 1/2 cup warm water, along with 1 tsp sugar and set aside. Add 2 well beaten eggs to lukewarm ingredients. Beat in 3 cups of flour and then add yeast mixture. Then add 4 cups flour. Knead. Roll out, smother in butter, (it's actually just a light coat), cut into sections with pizza cutter, roll up. Let rise until double in bulk (about 2-4 hours). Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes. Coat with butter (if you want, but not needed) when out of oven.  Makes approximately 5 dozen small to medium rolls.

I like mine on the doughy side. Also, I made a mistake and ended up making 3 times the recipe. Which is totally fine with me because we had lots of leftovers.

Friday, November 28, 2008

#29 - Five Guys

We've gone here twice over the Thanksgiving Holiday. Once with my sibs, Kar Bucket & BT and today with Lauren and Matt (my cousins).

Today's order:
grilled cheese with pickles, tomatoes, fried onions, sauteed mushrooms and green peppers

large fry (shared between the 4 of us)
today's fries were from Sugar City, ID

cup for water

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

#28 - Yummy Sandwiches

white bread
cream cheese
shredded chicken (from a leftover roasted chicken)
pomegranates (also made it with huckleberry jam - it was better)
crushed black pepper

Kart Bucket made one for me today...yummy!

Monday, November 24, 2008

#27 - Visiting Family

Written by my brother BT

I am so very honored to guest blog for my sisters blog tonight. Last night me and my younger sister were blessed to be able to fly out to my sisters house for thanksgiving break. It has been such a joy to be able to take a break from school and be with my family. I already feel like I could return to school and have the energy to finish this semester strong. We arrived late last night, and spent a few hours just talking and catching up. Today we went to church, and then spent the rest of the day relaxing. As is traditional in this blog, the food has been excellent, we have enjoyed some tasty quesadilla's, and some exceptional seasonal egg nog. These past two days have already been the highlight of my entire semester of school thus far, and It has also been fun to see our new nephew Baby O. He is so animated and so joyful all the time. I could only pray to have such well mannered and behaved children. As Thanksgiving holiday soon approaches, I feel inclined to say that I am thankful for such an awesome older sister who has given me such a great path to follow in.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

#26 - Butter

Right after I had Baby O, I was a little overwhelmed. I was a new mom, we were moving, I was sleep deprived, I was scared to be a new mom . . . I was sort of a mess.

So, my mom shared with me this quote, one of her favs:

"The only thing better than BUTTER,

- Peter Thunell

All she had to do was say this, and I would start laughing.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

#25 - Mom

mom and me circa 1978

don't you love the hair, glasses, scarf and silver bracelet . . . i wish i was such a stylish mom

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

#24 - Can I get an Amen?!

Every time I feed Baby O he waves his free hand around . . . makes me happy.

I can't tell if he's sayin:
"Talk to the hand"
"I've got a question"
"I need to stretch"
"Can I get an Amen?"
Got any other ideas what he could be saying?

I like to think it's the last one.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

#23 - I've Got a Jumper . . .

. . . named Baby O.

He's the Michael Jordan of baby jumpers. Literally, he can catch some air.

Overprotective/Paranoid Mom in me: "I'm beginning to wonder if this is safe?"

Free-spirited Mom in me: "Oh, but he has so much fun."

Overprotective/Paranoid Mom in me: "No really, can his brain get jumbled all around from the jumping?"

Free-spirited Mom in me: "Stop being paranoid, he can't do this when he's your age . . . They need to invent this for adults."

Monday, November 17, 2008

#22 - Fabric . . . especially Flannel

Last Saturday, Pepe, Baby O and I went to Jo-Ann Fabrics . . .I spent way too long having the time of my life feeling and looking at all the fabrics, especially the flannel (thanks Pepe for watching O.)

Luckily, there was a Veteran's Day Sale and my friend Anna gave me a coupon . . . now I can make lots of warm baby blankets for everyone having babies.

I'm going to make a monkey/banana blanket, a hot pink/black & white blanket, elephant blanket, a pink John Deere blanket, a turquoise flower blanket and a light pink/white blanket.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

#21 - Leftovers

I had some mashed potatoes left over from yesterday, so I decided to make this. I only added the cream cheese and then added a handful of cheese to melt on the top. So good, tasted like a twice baked potato.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

#20 - I'll take mashed potatoes with a side of . .

Being from Idaho, one of my favorite foods is potatoes. Especially mashed potatoes. Just made these 30 minutes ago . . . yum!

Here's my made up recipe:

Boil Potatoes (Idaho Potatoes are the best) with skins on (best to boil in salt water.)

Peel off some skins (be careful they are hot.)

Mash Potatoes with Milk (whole) and Butter (if you want to be bad.)

Grind Salt and Pepper (I like lots of Pepper (thanks Dad)) into Potatoes.


Oh, and to quote my sister Casi:
"I'll have mashed potatoes, with a side of french fries and a side of hashbrowns."

Friday, November 14, 2008

#19 - Peanut Butter Pickle Sandwiches

Today is National Pickle Day
got the pic from here

one of my favorite sandwiches is pb and pickle. grandma jerry makes them the best!

#18 - 99 Balloons

Break out the tissues, this is a tearjerker.

You must watch . . . 99 Balloons

(Sorry, I don't know how to add video on this blog.)

You can read more here.

Makes me grateful for every moment I have with Baby O. Now I don't feel so bad for all the photos I take . . . going to cuddle with the O now.

I warned you . . .

Thursday, November 13, 2008

#17 - No More F Words... the Bug Zapper

Did you notice my last four posts all started with "F"?

Got it from my mom . . . I think you can only buy these in non-PETA friendly state . . . not sure which is more humane . . . smashing a bug or zapping a bug . . . either way, I think this is a lifesaver and use it at least a couple times a week.

Have you ever bought something from here? Did it work? I'd like to try this, this(careful there is sound in this link), or this. Ok, that last one is sort of gross.

Or what about this? (just kidding, however that would probably come in handy with a baby.)

And this was my favorite infomercial when I was a kid. I thought that food looked so good!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

#16 - Frances

2 weeks ago, on Sunday November 2nd, Pepe received an early morning (ok, it was probably around 9am, but that is early for me on a Sunday) phone call. I was still in a sleepy haze, but I could tell that Pepe was talking to someone we knew.

Then he said, "oh really, that's awesome!"

My interest was peaked, I was fully awake wanting to know the good news.

Pepe (still on the phone), "So today at 2:30...great we'll be there."

I knew the good news...or at least had a really good idea.

Me (just as Pepe is hanging up the phone), "Frances is getting baptised, right?"

At 2:30pm later that day, Frances got baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

I was her youth leader for 2+ years and she has always been such a good example to me... inspired me with her faith and love for others.

I remember giving a lesson on the importance of marriage and without asking, she told me how important it was for her to get married in the Temple someday.

...that's a day I will never forget.

Monday, November 10, 2008

#15 - French Toast in Bed

Pepe makes the best breakfasts. Yesterday he surprised me with this. So buttery and sweet.

#14 - Football in the Fall

Last weekend, Pepe, Baby O and I went to my cousin Matt's football game at SVU (Southern Virgina University). It was probably one of the most exciting games I've seen, they won in overtime. And we even saw this guy there.

Afterwards, we ate at Frank's for the Memories (don't you just love that name for a resturaunt), took us on a tour of SVU and then went off roading at the site of the new football fields.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

#13 - Fall Colors

Last weekend. Love the east coast fall colors.

Friday, November 7, 2008

#12 - Dollar Bills

Did you that all U.S. paper currency is 6 inches long?

Dad - no need for your bulky tape measures on the job site just need a dollar bill...that's a lot lighter.

Now, I just have to find a way to more of these...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

#11 - My local library . . . aka the free Blockbuster

When I had Baby O, for the first few weeks I was scared to even leave the house and if I did, I didn't go farther than 2 miles. Luckily, my local library is about 2 miles away. I'd try to make my way over there once a week or so. (WARNING, THIS POST IS LONG AND I AM GOING TO GIVE MY OPINIONS, SO FEEL FREE TO CLICK AWAY)

I starting by checking out books, because that's what libraries are for, right? Well, not where I's just like Blockbuster, they have every movie you could think of...comedies, dramas, documentaries, foreign films, action movies, etc. Here's the movies I've watched since Baby O was born:

The Man Who Knew Too Little - anything with Bill Murray is funny
What About Bob? - watched with mom, see above
Vantage Point - great twist
The Waitress – dumb
Chalk – funny mockumentary about teachers
Dirty Rotten Scandrels - watched with mom, anything with Steve Martin is funny
UHF - ok
Clear and Present Danger – got to love Harrison Ford
Skelton Key – spooky - didn't see the ending coming ... Pepe had to explain it to me
Fire Wall – with Harrison Ford, sort of hokey.
The Man Who Knew too Much – with Jimmy Stewart
The Family Stone – loved this movie, good Christmas movie, watched with David
No Reservations - I have no reservations that I won't watch it again
Stick It - cheesy
Crazy Love – Documentary, very crazy
In Her Shoes – cute
Bounce – good, sad movie
Farenheit 9/11 –interesting
Walmart movie – dumb
The Prestige – magic movie, confusing
The Da Vinci Code – always a good movie
No End in Sight – about Iraq war
Across the Universe - too much singing
Lords of Dogtown - fun
Music and Lyrics - cheesy
Super Size Me - I never want to eat a chicken nugget again
Cellular - cheesy
Spellbound - good doc
For Your Consideration - funny
The Baby Whisperer - this is educational
The Aviator
The First Years Last Forever - educational, but good
The Happiest Baby on the Block - highly recommend this for any new parent
The Golden Compass - ok
P.S. I Love You - don't wast your time
Dan in Real Life
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium - cute kid's movie
Deja Vu - good

Writing that, I just realized I watched way too many movies. Baby stepping it all the way.

#10 - Bald Baby Heads

At church on Sunday, two people, yes, two people ask me if I shaved Baby O's head....hum....NO! Really, what were they thinking, what new mom would shave their baby's head?

That brings me to bald baby heads (of course, attached to a cute baby body), they are my favorite. I honestly, think that bald babies are so cute, they have this old man look. Baby O is over 4 months old and doesn't really have any hair except this long patch (that is very blond, although it might have a hint of red) that is growing out of the scar he got from the monitor attached to his head during his birth.

And I save money on baby shampoo.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

#9 - No Voting Lines

I almost didn't vote today because everyone was telling me that they waited in line for 1-2 hours...yikes! I called Pepe on my way home and told him to meet me at the polling place with Baby O, so that I could feed him them vote.

When I got to the polling place there was nobody there. Baby O was asleep, so I ran inside got my voting card and voted in less than 5 minutes. It would have been less but because I still have big fingers (they got swollen with Baby O and never got back to normal size) and I clicked on the wrong thing...took me a couple minutes to figure it out.

What was up with the question about landfills? It was so confusing and I didn't know how to vote on that issue.

For my own memory sake, I wanted to write down my voting history:

1996 - the first year I could vote...voted at college in a dorm
2000 - I was in Brazil and didn't vote (took me too long to figure out absentee voting)
2004 - Went to the polling place after work, but I arrived a minute after the polls closed
2008 - 5 minutes to vote, easiest yet

I won't say who I voted for (although I was really close to voting for Nadar), but here is my new favorite website. My favorite thing to click on is the sofa and globe.

Monday, November 3, 2008

#8 - Skype

If you have a camera on your computer, you've got to get Skype. It's so fun to talk to my fam with this. And my padres can see Baby O in "almost" real time. Above is a pic of the padres talking to me on Skype yesterday.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

#7 - Mexican Hat

We told my family we were pregnant with Baby O while we were all in Mexico together last Christmas.

My mom was so excited, she started buying baby gifts right away. In La Bufadora, Ensenada, Mexico, my mom bought Baby O this hat. How did she know he was going to be a boy? Mother's intuition?

So cute! So warm! Thanks Mom!
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