i've been counting down since last Dec 26 ... are you ready? me neither!!

Friday, February 29, 2008

leap day

today is an extra day ... i love it ... what in the world will i do with my whole extra day in february?? i know ... take a darling picture of my darling 4-some as they 'leap' into march ... then maybe tomorrow i'll record them 'march'ing (hee hee)!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

another yummy chicken dish

courtesy of Jennalee ... Sweet and Sour Chicken (yum!)

yummy and easy! just a few ingredients and doesn't take a lot of time!

served over rice and with a few veggies and fruit ... MMMMM! (don't be fooled by their smiles - none of them loved it! bah!)
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. crushed pineapple with juice
1/2 c. white vinegar
2 tbsp. flour
2 tbsp. soy sauce
1/2 tbsp. worschershire sauce
1/2 c. ketchup
set out 6-8 chicken breasts to thaw for 1 hr. sprinkled with garlic salt (both sides)
in sauce pan - dissolve flour in vinegar until lumps are gone.
add the rest of the ingredients and cook to a boil.
cut chicken into big chunks and place in 9x13 pan.
pour sauce over chicken and cover with foil.
bake at 350 for 20 minutes then remove foil and bake for 20 more minutes.
serve over rice!
voila! Yum!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

with prices like these ...

it's a dang good thing i don't have to drive any where!
when will we catch a break!?

Monday, February 25, 2008

she's still small

last weekend, tiff came up for a little r&r - friday night was spent at babies R us registering and then saturday we woke early to meet nicki for breakfast. while we scurried about from cafe to country villiage to pedicure to mall (more specifically 'motherhood' where she bought a maternity outfit ... size small - polar opposite of my pregnant size!) to restaurant, we had a fantastically relaxing time - a much needed break from the norm - as well as made plans to throw this girl a par-tay. you can't tell, but tiff is about 6 months pregnant! this girl deserves a party! she's finally getting a blue one and we need to celebrate it!! jenny's coming and we're gonna make a weekend of it!

it was so good to see tiff - it's been TOO long!

love you girl - and see you soon!!

Friday, February 22, 2008

dating: the most entertaining headache ever

boys don't really have a clue. girls are a mystery to them. girls spend a LOT of time analyzing the situation and deciding what his next move should be. boys don't spend much (if any) time analyzing anything. girls wrap themselves up in the tiniest details. boys don't pay attention to details. girls want romance, details, and excitement. boys want pretty and personality.

how in the world does our species propagate?

boys: when talking to 'the girl of your dreams', it's best to flirt so that she knows you love her because she WILL analyze your every word and especially the words you don't say.

girls: boys don't know - they need our help sometimes. we need to work as a team. let's try to give them the benefit of the doubt. every once in a while we are going to have to spell it out for them. ie: the wednesday market has beautiful fresh flowers for $7 - i would like some.

boys: we are not trying to be controlling - but sometimes - and by sometimes i mean usually - you need us to tell you what to do.

girls: don't worry about being a nag ... don't get frustrated ... hint dropping rarely works - just tell them straight up.

boys: get a clue!

when all is said and done, love smooths out all the wrinkles. dense boys turn into clueless men and then into oblivious daddies ... we love you anyway.

love us - preferably without us having to tell you!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

happy mid-winter break!

we spent our sunny mid-winter break outside as much as possible! we went to forrest park and then yesterday we went to the zoo! hooray for kids that behave at the zoo! it was a blast and they finally got to spend their birthday money on toys at the zoo store! (we need more toys like we need a hole in our heads!) we had lunch in the car and then headed home!
we had a great time and can't wait for summer when school is no longer a restriction!
the sun is returning - see trav was right!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

see what happens ...

(image the water globe is busted too)

when children reach to get something off a shelf that is just a little too tall for them!? in elyssa's excitement to show my mom her gingerbread man statue that she got from our favorite babysitter as a late christmas gift, she knocked the shelf and my seattle rain globe and my statue took fatal falls ...

it was so sad ... the shelf hit elyssa in the head and she cried about it - the bonk on the head as well as the broken items. i cried about my new statue and not-so-sure-if-it's-replaceable rain globe ... andy tried to lighten the mood and make me feel better - "if it ain't broke - it ain't ours!" not helping, dear.

obviously there has to be consequences for actions that cause damage to things that don't belong to us ... we had a talk with elyssa and decided that she could do extra jobs for mom these next 2 weeks. she has been doing a good job of not complaining ... and i have my headless statue sitting on the shelf as a reminder.

now the trick is to replace them ... $25 for the statue and who-knows-how-much for the rain globe!!

Friday, February 15, 2008

our heart day

dinner: Alfy's heart-shaped pizza!
dessert: homemade heart-shaped chocolate chip bread (made from a muffin mix)
after making a valentine haul at school we delivered the majority of our valentines to our church friends and teachers ... then met andy and ammon at Alfy's. grandma, grandpa and ann joined us and we had ourselves some yummy all-you-can-eat salad bar and heart-shaped pizza! it was time for bed when we got back home. survivor was good ... csi was a re-run (thank heaven the strike is almost over!)
so much for having christmas put away completely ...

survivor isn't andy's favorite ... so he opted to collect and take out the garbage - the garbage man comes to our neighborhood friday morning. while he was out there he decided to take down my lights - how proactive of him ... reason 15 that i love him: be it dishes, vacuuming, or taking down my lights ... when he sees a job that needs to be done - he does it (most of the time).

it has been tradition that i put them up - i take them down ... that includes all holiday decorations especially christmas! therefore he didn't know where to put them ... once he had removed them from the trees. he came in and said "em, can you come outside for a minute? i, um, took down the lights ... " "what?? - why?" "mostly because it's dry." we made quick work of the bush lights and i couldn't leave up the house lights ... so i donned my wellies and got the step ladder out and finished the job. thanks honey - you know how to jump start the christmas light removal!

i finished watching survivor at about 10:ish (dsl is sent from heaven) and since everything else besides the news is a rerun ... i turned off the tv and finally had a shower - while spending all day in my workout clothes is comfortable, it's not very 'valentine-y' of me. andy was working on his computer when i came back down (smelling MUCH better) he said that he was almost done so i chatted with alicia for a little bit and then andy closed his computer and went up to get ready for bed. i turned out the lights and grabbed the bottle of bubbly (martinelli's) and 2 glasses and headed up the stairs - mid-flight the doorbell rang and my cell started ringing almost in sync. i looked out the peep hole to see andy's dad and sister ... i grabbed my phone and told alicia to hang on. i opened the door to find out that his sister wanted to have some movies that she had accidentally left here a while back when she tended the kids. andy retrieved them from his car while i talked on the phone and then finally at 11:30ish we headed upstairs again. phew! kids tucked in and lights off ... the best part: there was no 'get back in your bed'!!

i got andy a deck of conversation cards and we played a little bit (they are cards that ask questions like: if you could be reincarnated as an animal - which would you be and why? and what is your favorite childhood memory?). it was fun and i anticipate learning a lot about him that i didn't know before. it's amazing - even after 8+ years of marriage there are still things that i don't know about him!

it was a great valentine's day and it's not over yet!

hope yours was romantic and fun!!

ps ... i forgot the best part of all - my gift from andrew ... I LOVE IT!!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

day 14 - Happy Valentine's Day!!

his love for me. it's unwavering, unfaltering, unconditional. no matter that i'm fat (right now), cranky, slobby, and can't keep the house clean. he loves me thru it all and then some and he always make me feel beautiful. i love the way he loves me.

o ... and he's a great kisser!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

day 13

our weekly date night - it may not always be planned out but he knows that i count on it, so he plans on it.
(shhh ... don't tell anyone that i programmed his phone to remind him on wednesday to call and ask me out! wink!)

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Happy Birthday Abe!

Abraham Lincoln, kind and good was honored and loved by many

And so to remember this president we put his face on a penny.

(abi brought home this art/poem project today - hooray for awesome teachers that remember to celebrate the important holidays - not just the politically correct ones!)

day 12

his endurance - whether it's a bag of popcorn (or red vines) and a bottle of pop, or a job that he doesn't want to do, i know that he will stick it out and finish what he starts.

Monday, February 11, 2008

day 11

he is helpful - people know that they can count on him to help them move, fix their brakes, help in the nursery, or just about anything - he's 100% reliable.

(and he's teaching his boys to follow in his footsteps ... "i've been watchin' you dad, ain't that cool? i'm your buckaroo, i wanna be like you! and eat all my food and grow as tall as you are. we like fixin' things and holdin' momma's hand. we're just alike, hey, ain't we dad. i wanna do everything you do ... so i've been watchin' you!")

Sunday, February 10, 2008

day 10

his testimony - i know that he has a strong testimony of our Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ, he loves his family and knows that he can be with us for eternity, he served a faithful and honorable mission and learned many life lessons as well as the truths about the gospel that have lead him to this point in his life, he also knows that the blessings he has come from our Heavenly Father who loves him. i am so grateful that he honors his priesthood and leads our family so that we can return to our Heavenly Father one day.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

i smiled the whole 95 minutes

as you probably know ... i love these 2! Fool's Gold FINALLY opened yesterday, and andy took me to see it! i have been waiting with impatient anticipation for this movie and i literally smiled the entire time. from the opening scene to the final kiss!! i will certainly add it to my collection when it comes out on DVD. matthew is handsome and kate is darling and they are SO cute together!

elyssa got a haircut

today i walked down memory lane

in the immortal words of michael mclean ...

"well, it's hard to say good bye and let go
and it's hard to see it end
when the mem'ries we've just made
may never happen again.
but it's harder for time to ever erase
the together times we've shared.
so, when we're apart remember
all the love we shared together
and for all that love,
thank the Lord above
who showed us the way
that we can be together, forever someday"

i had the opportunity to attend the memorial for Danny Romero today. it was a wonderful service and tribute to his life. there were many funny stories told (he was quite a rascal in his younger days - shoot he was a kick-in-the-pants his whole life), memories shared and so many people in attendance. i know there were several more that weren't able to make it (and we missed you!). he was an exceptional person - to know him was to love him. i am blessed to have been able to associate with him and will miss him dearly. i know that he is with our heavenly father now and i'm sure he's not 'resting' very much - he's not one to just sit around! his son, chip, is one of my best friends from 'back in the day' - i called these guys 'my boys' (see pic below) ... it was SO great to be together again to talk, laugh and cry together. it's hard to believe that it's been so long - but you know that you're good friends when you can pick right up where you left off without a blip or awkward silence. when i walked into the church this afternoon and saw that mikey had flown in my heart jumped for joy! (kelly - thank you for holding down the fort so that he could!) it's too bad that it had to be under these circumstances ... but we were all there! we all love Dan and his darling sweetheart Dawn - and were certainly there to support our friend as well.

we haven't changed much (we're older and wiser now ... riiight) just standing there with them took me back. it was hard to leave - not a big surprise ... if you know me well, you know that i'm always the last person to go to sleep at a slumber party and the last one to say goodbye cuz i don't want to miss anything! i know that we'll be friends forever and longer.

it's funny - the memorial was held in the building where we grew up attending church, early morning seminary and activities most of our wednesday nights as youth. one day we ALL need to get together and have a little walk down memory lane. we're all spread across the country right now ... chip, pj and i still live at 'homebase' so we need to coordinate and persuade the rest of you (liisa, heidi, tara, kathleen, angie and ben) to come for a visit all at the same time!

i love you all and count you as some of my greatest blessings!

day 9

he's handy - he fixes (and builds) things ... and if he doesn't know how, he does his best to learn - he's not afraid of reading the instructions! (or telling other people to read them to him!)
it's no coincidence the 'handy' rhymes with andy!!

Friday, February 8, 2008

day 8

his looks - not his 'good looks' (i do love those, as i have already mentioned) but the way he looks at me when he has a secret or when he rubs my feet, the look he gets when he's watching our kids be silly or when they love on him, and the looks that Ammon gives me that remind me of him!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

day 7

he's sensitive - it's not a weakness ... it's endearing, charming, cute even. i love that he tears up at just the right part when we watch sappy movies and that he is willing to watch chick flicks with me. some of our faveorites are '13 going on 30' 'how to lose a guy in 10 days' (it's a little embarrassing - she's SO embarrassing in some parts! and have you seen the previews for Fools Gold!? Matthew and Kate back together!!) 'alex and emma' 'hitch' and 'failure to launch'. i think the best part is that we really get into the movies - and that's a whole blog in itself ...

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

day 6

(while you might have suspected that i only love andrew for his body ... there are other things i love about him ... the rest of my list will not be associated with his fine and fabulous physique.)

his sense of humor - even though sometimes he's just silly ['punchy' even when it gets to be about midnight], he makes me smile on a regular basis. i love that he says funny and witty things and doesn't always know how funny and witty until he's said it. i love that we have inside jokes that i chuckle to myself about every now and then.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

day 5

his knees - they kneel to pray with our family, they kneel to pray with me, they carry our kids piggyback, and let's face it - they bend so much better now after his surgery.

Monday, February 4, 2008

day 4

his hands - they hold mine just right, they are strong to open the pickle jar, they are rough like someone that works with his hands, they are gentle to take care of me.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

day 3

his fingers - they're short and fat and so cute when he's signing.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

day 2

second on my list: his eyes - not just the color of them ... the shape, his eyebrows, the puffy top of them ... (all our kids have the same eyes - see?) they're darling, endearing, even mesmerizing - don't stare too long or you'll be hooked!