Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
I'll be joining her in hosting a Silent Auction on my etsy shop blog. ALL proceeds will be going directly to help the Nielsens, so come check it out.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Last week I decided to stop by one of my favorite places, Susie's Deals, and lo and behold there was a turquoise shirt that fit perfectly for only $3. I bought two.
Susie's Deals is a discount store that carries overstocks and everything is $5.99 or less. I love bargain shopping! You do need to look closely because they do carry some seconds, but most of their stock is in great shape. Sometimes I find only a couple of things, and sometimes I find lots. You never know what they're going to have. They do carry clothing for men and children, but the majority is women's and junior's clothing. I've found clothing brands that are carried in Target, Walmart, JCPenney, Sears, Old Navy, etc, so you never know what to expect-- but it's fun looking.
You can find a Susie's Deals in Provo, South Jordan, Clinton, and Magna. They also have stores in Arizona, Nevada, and California.
Monday, August 25, 2008
He wanted 50 cents extra a week.
I told him that if he would not fight with his sister, and if he would mind his mom and dad all week that he could have a 50 cent bonus for the week.
He hasn't gotten a bonus yet.
Last week was a busy week for Derek too. He was in charge of planning the Father/Son campout. He was a bit stressed out about it since he also had to do 2 talks and 2 ward audits this month, but he pulled it off! Friday after school he and Ethan headed up to Clyde Creek.
Ethan loved using the bows and arrows that Ty Black brought.
He was also responsible for feeding everyone breakfast. They had breakfast burritos, and they didn't even run out of food!
Julia and I were thinking about having a girls' night out with my sisters but they were busy, so we ate dinner together, she took a long bubble bath (which let me finish up some necklaces), and we read some stories until she had to go to bed. It was a nice relaxing night.
And then I stayed up too late reading and falling in love with Nie Nie's blog. Remember to keep them in your prayers!
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Baby David got to take a short nap in the mei tai carrier I had brought along.
Game night with cousins.
The obligatory "silly face" picture (we had to take a silly one for them to behave in the other pic).
Friday, August 22, 2008
Here is the news footage of the story.
Monday, August 18, 2008
I hope they have a great first day!
Saturday, August 16, 2008
But the burgers were definitely not as good as In-N-Out. They were just nothing special.
In-N-Out wins, too bad there isn't one closer!
Berry Almond Bars
1/2 cup butter
1 cup vanilla baking chips
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup any flavor of berry jam (I used seedless rasberry jam)
1 cup vanilla baking chips
1/4 cup sliced almonds
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease a 9x9 inch square baking pan. (I doubled the recipe and put it in a large cookie sheet/ jellyroll pan, last time I used a 9x13 pan and it was quite gooey.) In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Remove from heat and add 1 cup vanilla chips, but do not stir.
In a large bowl, beat eggs until foamy. Gradually mix in the sugar. Stir together the softened chips and butter, and blend into the egg mixture along with the almond extract. Combine the flour and salt; stir into the batter until just mixed. Spread half of the batter into the prepared pan.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown. In a small saucepan, over low heat, warm the jam to make it more liquid. Spread the jam over the warm crust. Stir the remaining cup of vanilla chips into the batter (I used the entire package doubling the recipe at the beginning so I just didn't add any extra at this point, it was still great), then drop the rest of the batter by teaspoonfuls over the jam. Sprinkle with almonds.
Bake for an additional 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the center, comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack before cutting into bars.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Ethan and Julia both jumped off this rope swing.
Our scenery on the way home...
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
One of the kids' favorite parts is always the sand and water area. This area was packed but we were able to find a small spot to squeeze in, and I grabbed a couple of toy dinosaurs off another kid's large pile so they'd have at least one each to play with.
It was so crowded!!