Thursday, January 29, 2009

Oh, it just gets better

Let me set the scene:
Mother of the year, takes her two wonderful sons to a cooking class.
Food was delicious and not tooo hard to make
so realistic mother of the year agrees to make food at home.
Hard working father pays for large grocery bill
due to quality ingredients needed for French and Greek food.

First, the loving mother of the year and chef son make Sundried Tomato and Basil Hummus
Verdict: Not as good as the Cooking Goddess'
Humble mother of year calls Cooking Goddess for advice
sons with a death wish won't try improved version

Next, ever so patient mother of year and son who is walking a thin line
make Chicken Fricassee
Chicken is cooking
time to add stock and white wine
yes, I did go to the store and for the first time in my entire life buy wine
that would be a WHOLE 'nother post

So, non-alcoholic mother of the year measures stock and then pulls out bottle of wine
it's not a screw top
scrambling mother of the year instructs side kick son to google
how to open a wine bottle
(ok seriously of all the things I thought I'd never say to one of my children
this has to be at the top of the list)

first cork screw
(attached to cheap can opener)
mother of the year now getting desperate sends pirate son
to hunt for another cork screw...
(we have to have one somewhere don't we?)
cabela's multi
generic multi
last army knife in back of father of the year's night stand...SCORE!
eventually mother of the year and chef son open wine bottle
and continue cooking what had dang well better be the most delicious
and appreciated dinner this year!

family of the year sits down to dinner
verdict: Not as good as the Cooking Goddesses
son who deserves to go to bed with no dinner says
"It must be her pans and her plates 'cause she didn't even make the food, the class did."
older and wiser son says
"we just need to wait a month before we cook any of her food"


Pictures by Zac (aka chef, side kick, walker of thin line etc)

Monday, January 26, 2009

on silver linings

the things I've learned about trials:
fighting it doesn't help
humility does
complaining, whining, whailing is wasted enegry
prayer is power
doing it alone doesn't work
giving it to God does

for me the silver lining and the hard part can be the same
the overwhelming feelings
of love
divine intervention
knowing there is often nothing you can do
pray and

Saturday, January 17, 2009

The Real Me

So, this sweet sister emailed me a request for me to answer 5 questions for the getting to know you section of our Relief Society newsletter. I dutifully complied. Imagine my surprise when a sweetened and sanitized version was printed. I believe in being honest, true that spirit I share my original answers:

Where are you from?
I grew up in Centerville, UT and then Linwood, NJ

What are your talents and interests, or what things do you enjoy?
Spending time with my family, Sleeping, Reading, Scrapbooking, that order

What do you di
Garlic, Cantaloupe, being awakened unecessarily, scary movies (also wanted to say, but didn't dare, people who aren't prepared and waste my time)

Your skills,training, education:
I have a BA in education and a minor in psychology. I can read and watch TV at the same time. I'm better at Tetris on facebook than my daugther Mychel-Anne (she's a freshman in college). I can make bread, jam and a cake for scratch but I choose not to. I'm currently learning how to use itunes.

What callings do you have and/or have you had in the past?
Years in primary, young women's, sunday school and every so often Heavenly Father lets me be a Relief Society teacher. Current serving in my most shocking and awesome calling ever: Primary Chorister. Who knew it gives you rock star status in the children's eyes....a definite bonus.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

A Reminder That Matters

My uncle forwarded this to me and it really touched me in a powerful way...especially when I thought of my children and the children in my life and Who they are!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Christmas Review

we made lots of yummy goodies,
shared some,
flew to Utah,
loved being with Miss Mychel,
fun seeing family,
it snowed so the boys were in heaven,
saw dear friends,
ate yummy food,
yada, yada, yada

all else pales in comparison to my two best Christmas presents.....

drum roll, please

Gary gets the best husband award this year............

yup...he did!!! I'm now the proud, addicted owner of an iPhone and can I just admit
I LOVE IT!!!!!

Present does it get better than an iPhone?

Check these out!

My amazing baby sister Emily discovered a hidden talent.
(she didn't own a camera for years...
hum maybe that's the secret
does talent store up and then finally burst forth???)
I've been dying to see my children through her camera...

To see more go HERE!