Thursday, January 24, 2013

New Job

I started a new job in August at CompHealth. I am basically a physician recruiter for Gastroenterology. I LOVE MY JOB! It is so fantastic. I work with amazing people and am loving the new direction my life is taking me in. I thought I would drop a quick line since its been a while since I have posted. I believe its time I post some new pictures. I think I'll do that this evening :)

Hope your day goes well, to whomever is reading this!

Saturday, June 30, 2012


I have 100% lost my voice. Its terrible. And now Im on my way to Walmart to buy groceries. There are a million things I need to do today. I SHOULD workout too..

When we went to Oregon for our anniversary, Rob and I stopped at the Nike outlet store and bought some new workout clothes. I also bought a new pair of Nike Running Shoes. I have done a few searches on and and I think the pair I purchased are pretty decent. Too bad I've only used them a handful of times in the past month. I need to get on it!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Carys' 5 Year Old Pictures

I have been using my Cannon and my Mac a little more each week lately, and recently I thought, "I am not going to take Carys or Saryn to go get pictures done by someone else when I KNOW I could do them myself." So .. I did. 

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Fort Day!

One day last week we our girls wanted to make a "hut." That's Utah for FORT!!!!! So, I pulled out all the blankets we would need and we got to work. Of course, the girls wanted to use the blankets I had made for them, so we have the purple for Carys and the pink for Saryn. 

To give it a little effect, I used my Fourth of July blanket I made last year and put the stars face down so they could have a "view." They wanted LOTS of room so they could bring every last toy they own into their new fort. I tried to tell them that there wasn't enough room for everything, but a 4 year old and a 2 year old out number the 27 year old... I still don't know how that happens so often..

Saryn had the little bed on the couch and Carys got the big bed on the floor. (You can see part of her toys hanging out in the laundry basket.)

For a while, they both just laid there and enjoyed their fort.

Saryn especially. . . 

Carys asked if they could sleep in there that night. I tried to explain that I don't think she would like it but she argued with me and said they wouldn't cry or anything! So after a few hours of them playing, I just took it down and told them we would make another one next week. 

At least my girls for happy for a while!

Oh yeah.. Carys IS wearing her make up from her dance pictures earlier that day.. NO I did not wipe it off. She liked it :)

Sunday, May 6, 2012

The Perfect Grilled Cheese

I saw this idea on Pinterest and it works amazingly! Today after church we made grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch.  Standing over a pan cooking each grilled cheese individually takes way too long, and it prevents from everyone eating together as a family.  Cooking multiple sandwiches on a griddle is better.. but then you still have to stand there and flip and flip and flip.  But someone was clever (or lazy) enough to come up with this brilliant idea! Butter up all your breads, put your sandwiches together, lay on a cookie sheet, cover with foil and another cookie sheet, place in oven, and walk away. Fantastic. 

I decided I didn't want a traditional grilled cheese sandwich, so I changed it up a bit. Muenster cheese; mesquite turkey; fresh vine ripe tomatoes; gorgeous avocado. Seriously, the best sandwich I have eaten in a LONG time! This new method melted the cheese perfectly, warmed up the turkey just right, made the avocado soften up just a bit, the tomato was fantastically perfect, and the bread was perfectly toasted to the point that there was a little crunch, but still soft and warm. DELICIOUS.

Baby Donuts :)

For Christmas, Carys got me a BabyCakes Donut Maker. If you haven't heard of them, you need to look into it! I LOVE THEM! If you want to, click here.

I hadn't used it until just recently. The first BabyCakes machine I got was the mini-cupcake maker. It's fantastic! I can make mini-cupcakes, tartlets, mini pies, quiche; SO MUCH! We had used the cupcake maker a few times, but I think its time to do more..

So, three weeks ago or so, it was my turn to do Activity Days. I decided on the spur of the moment we were going to make baby donuts. I hurry and grabbed the recipe book it comes with, and found the only one that listed all the ingredients I currently had in my pantry. Chocolate it was. For frosting, I didn't really want to make homemade, so I used pre-made frosting in a container you find on the baking isle. The only two flavors I had were caramel and butter pecan. I didn't really think the kids would enjoy butter pecan, so caramel it was!

They turned out fantastic! This first picture is the first batch I made. It is a chocolate donut with caramel frosting and powdered sugar on top. I just threw the frosting in the microwave for 30 seconds to soften it up, dumped it in a bowl, and then dipped the cooled down donuts into them. They were so delicious!

So now the challenge was on. The next shopping trip for bi-monthly groceries, I had one thing on my mind. Buttermilk.  Buttermilk spice donuts looked the most appealing.  I found all the ingredients necessary and was so excited to get started! I went with a vanilla frosting this time, and it was just right.  My new favorite hobby was just discovered..

My next challenge - create baby donuts for a bridal shower, but make them match the theme. The brides theme for her wedding is peacocks. My objective was simply to find food coloring that was bright enough to accomplish this, without altering the flavor of the frosting. I have learned from trial and error - you can't add too much food coloring (esp red) because then it tastes waxy and awful. I was thrilled to visit my local Michael's and throw down some cash on stupidly expensive food coloring gel in the Wilton isle. It was totally work it because these little babies were fantastic!

My most recent batch was just this past weekend, for my friend Bobbi.  Her son was blessed this morning and for the lunch in afterwards, she asked if I would make some baby donuts for her. Since I absolutely love making them, I said YES!!! So, the buttermilk spice donuts with vanilla frosting and blue sugar sprinkles were created, and rumor has it, they were a hit.

I did try one other flavor of donut - Sour Cream Donuts. Good. But not my favorite. I was told that there is a strawberry lemonade recipe, so my next challenge is to try that out! Also, I recently bought the frosting where you add in the flavoring from a tiny packet. Cherry frosting.. Mmmmmmm! More to come on these for sure!

Friday, April 27, 2012

So excited....

I. CAN. NOT. WAIT. AHHHH!!!!!!!!!

Pinterest Project: Bird House

Like many women out there, I am sometimes addicted to Pinterest. So, whilst searching through the pin boards one day, I found this awesome idea! Not only would I love it, but I know for a fact that my girls would too. It's simple and fun!

Step 1: Start with a plain, unpainted birdhouse

 Step 2: Cut out the back panel so you can see inside (if your husband has a soft spot he will add a grate so the "babies don't fall out)

Step 3: Have your children paint and decorate it anyway they'd like! (I sure hope birds like glitter and MAGENTA)

 Step 4: Attach said birdhouse to the window

Step 5: Watch baby birds hatch and be fed from the inside of your home!

My girls are so extremely excited every morning they wake up to see if a bird has moved in yet. It's been really windy and rainy the last few days so we are hoping we get a little bird family soon! I hope it works because they are so excited, that it would be heartbreaking if no birds come in. The other day I put a few pieces of apples on the window sill and the birds ate it right up. Tonight I left a little baby donut on the window and inside part of the birdhouse hoping that something will happen! Keep your fingers crossed!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Saryn's New Do

THIS KID!!!! She makes me smile so much. Poor kid is so bald, and unfortunately, she knows it! She is always asking me to put clips in her hair and hair ties. So, because I'm a good mom, I go ahead and do as she asks. My two year old baldo-baby walks around our house with a clip barely hanging on to the strands of hair that make up the top of her head, and a rubber band that holds together the stings of her mullet. So during the SuperBowl yesterday, I just solved all problems and gave her a baby doll wig. She smiled for TWO seconds and then promptly removed the wig, threw it at me, then frowned. But not before I got this perfect picture :)

Friday, February 3, 2012

Sharing Time vs Sleep

I am sure most people know, but most certainly not everyone; I am now the Primary President of my ward. With that being said, I am suppose to do Sharing Time this Sunday and I SHOULD be focusing on my lesson, but I am soooo tired! I just want to sleep!

My girls are on the couch though and just hanging out so I might have a few more minutes to mess around on the computer before I put them in bed and then work on my Sharing Time.



Sunday, January 29, 2012

Yeah I suck..

So it seems that I suck at this blogging thing lately. HOWEVER - I finally got a new computer from my wonderful husband for Christmas! I am going to try to start blogging all over again:D

So lets just start from today forward, shall we? I have been super sick the last week and a half and am finally starting to feel better. I had double ear infections that led to "infectious myringitis." Basically it means that I have developed blisters on my ear drums from having such awful ear infections! Thankfully, I am starting to feel a bit better and that means moving forward with my plans!

The plans I speak of you ask? To lose the additional 35 pounds left to hit my goal. In the last year I lost 30 pounds and this year I made myself the promise to lose the rest! Starting tomorrow morning, I am beginning the Body by Vi challenge. It seems like almost ALL my friends on the FB from H-town are losing weight with this product, so I am going to give it a try and add it in to my exercise and diet routine.

My husband is doing wonderful and is loving his job. Carys is loving dance and is excited about her preschool program in May, where she was giving the role of "Jesse" from Toy Story! She is so excited! Saryn is beautiful and bald and full of stubbornness and personality. She makes my days for sure! The two of them love each other and I couldn't ask for better kids.

So here we go - I'll keep you updated on life as much as possible!

Friday, July 22, 2011


GEEZ!!!!! I suck a this whole blogging thing now huh!? It seems like there is no time in the day to get anything done, let alone blog! However, I PROMISE I haven't given up hope. We need a new computer. Like I've said before, our computer is so slow that it takes at least 30 minutes to upload EACH picture. But I'm hoping that pretty soon we will be able to get our new computer and finally be able to catch up our family and friends on our life.