Saturday, September 26, 2009

Sweet Sixteen



Yesterday was my sweet sixteen....wedding anniversary! We celebrated by going to the very Temple in which we were sealed. The San Diego Temple.
We had dinner after, just the two of us. No kids. Imagine that. Special thanks to my mom and my sister for taking care of my kids and my extras!

I met Rich at bar of all places! It was a Country Western bar. I was wanting to learn how to line dance. It was the perfect type of dance as it doesn't require a partner. Something I was not interested in at the time. A few guys asked me to dance who I promptly turned down. Who knows which guy Rich was, guy #4 or guy # 7 whatever. He asked me to dance and I said no. My friend said I had to dance with at least one guy before I left. Fine. So I did. And the rest was history. So what is it about him that has kept me for 16 years? Well I will tell you.

When I met him, he was serving in the United States Coast Guard. He served 20 years and 9 months. He retired as a Chief. I love a man in uniform and I love my country. I love his respect and honor for this country and those who serve in it.

I love how much he loves his family.


He honors his priesthood.

He's kind of a geek....well he IS a geek. He is not afraid to be silly.
And I just so happen to think he's nice to look at.



Thursday, September 24, 2009

Can You Tell A Difference?

I am not one of those people who have a perfect house, that is always perfectly perfect. You know the kind I am talking about. You walk in the front door, and there is nothing, and I mean nothing lying around. Not a toy, not a shoe, nor a scrap of paper can be seen. Where did they hide it all? Are you like me, and get a sudden urge to go snooping in their closets or rooms that are closed off to the viewing public? I have been in houses, where there are in fact children and even the play room is not in udder chaos! How is this accomplished? I am not known for my housekeeping skills or my organizational skills! Rich would likely tell people that I am good at both. If anything, I am average at best. How I long to be orderly.

There are so many methods out there designed to help people like me. One such method is designed by FLYLADY. I am follower and I get the emails, problem is, I don't apply the methods. What's worse is I start a pile here and a pile there and pretty soon those piles have joined into one big pile.

One such big pile has grown to the point of coming alive. It is the pile that resides by "my corner." This area should consist of a little table for my computer, file cabinet, and a magazine holder. What it is now is an ever exploding pile of piles that have things I am sure I have long forgotten! So, I am taking charge. If I can get that area clean, maybe I can move forward to the next one! I may never have that perfectly clean house, but I can at least be proud that I don't have piles that can eat a small city lurking in all my open spaces.

Now...here it is before I started....please don't think any less of me....
My good camera is actually hiding somewhere in there.
Has progress been made?

I am going to continue working on it and sharing my progress. I found the good camera. It was safe. Now to create some floor space. Keep checking back to follow up with me. Keep me on my toes!

Monday, September 21, 2009

5:43M

Twelve years ago at 5:43PM, I had my first child. A girl. She was a teeny thing. She was 6 pounds 11 ounces and 21 inches long. Yep, she was long and skinny. She still is. She was never a fat baby with rolls of fat on her legs. No chubby arms or chipmunk cheeks. But she was the cutest baby I ever saw. She had the biggest eyes. And how curious those eyes were. She wanted to know what was going on all around her all the time. She was a colicky baby. I literally have little or no memory of the first 6 months of her life. I remember the day she laughed for the first time. Dec. 31, 1997. I was having a pity party that day. And whatever I did amused her and she laughed at it. My day was grand after that.

Now 12 years later, she is full of life and energy. She sings and has a definite flare for drama. She loves all animals. Even the slithery ones. She has the gift of gab and a kind and gentle heart that she wears on her sleeve. I won't go on too much as I don't want to embarrass her. I will say she works hard and fights against the odds of being a middle school kid, which let's face it, is no easy task! I will say she always has a smile and she is sometimes wise beyond her years. She has to be a kid after all.
Happy Birthday!

Proper Etiquette?

I am not sure what the proper etiquette is here--heck I wasn't even sure how to SPELL etiquette!!! However, I won a giveaway. I was so excited. I already claimed my prizes! The giveaway came from Rachel Sue. And the prizes are from The Little Bowtique. They have some really cute stuff and for very reasonable prices. Check it out.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Kristin is closing in on her Faith in God award. In my church the boys and girls ages 8-12 set and achieve specific goals ranging from developing talents to serving others. Well tonight it was Kristin's turn to serve others. She volunteered to make treats for the boys who are moving from the children's program to the "young mens" program. They are the boys who are turning 12. She made peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. She did about 75% of the work. She measured and mixed all the ingredients. She wanted help taking the cookie sheets out of the oven, so I did that. She is also a little funny about getting her hands gooey or icky so I scooped the cookie dough onto the sheets. She did a good job and I am pleased with her efforts. The cookies? Oh they are yummy! And here is the recipe should you want to try them.

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1/2 cup chunky or smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 egg
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Preparation:
Preheat oven to 375°.
Cream the butter, peanut butter and sugars until light. Add the egg and mix until fluffy.
Blend the flour, baking powder, soda and salt together well. Add these dry ingredients to the butter mixture. Add the chocolate chips.
Drop cookie dough by teaspoonfuls onto lightly greased baking sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 375°.

Ta-da! Eat your heart out, Martha Stewart!