Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Fabric Galore!

I love, love, love shopping on Black Friday! I almost forgot about the flannel sale at JoAnn's! I had Tyler, Gavin and Brigham and wanted to just "run in" real quick. An hour and a half later I was finally done. So. Worth. It. Check out what I picked up for less than $1 a yard!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Different Turkey Recipe...YUMMMMM!!!!

 I always make my turkey different each year. I like to try new things and they always turn out great and look good. Can you make a bad turkey? This year I combined 2 different recipes into one! I had fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme, sage and marjoram) and chopped them up. Added salt and pepper and melted butter. I brushed that all over the bird and under the skin. I placed bacon stripes on the top of the bird as well. We basted the bird every 3o minutes for 3.5 hours. We basted her with apple juice, and then next time would be a brown sugar and maple syrup mixture, then back to the apple juice.
The turkey came out delicious!! Very earthy with all the herbs yet savory with the bacon.
Of course we had homemade rolls with homemade jams and jelly's, Margene's homemade stuffing, twice baked potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy....My mouth is watering...


 Last Wednesday Jackson and I went skiing at Snowbird. It was so much fun! We bought a bunch of gear last season when it was all on clearance! We bought Jackson a 5th grade ski pass for $20.00 which allows him to ski 4x at each resort in Utah! Great deal! There was a Groupon to rent all our equipment for 50% off the entire season!! Skiing and snowboarding are an expensive sport!

 Jackson did great! He kept beating me down the hill and would ride the lift alone to try and beat me again! I haven't gone skiing since 9th grade! It has been too long. I am so glad I finally went again. I LOVED it! It was so fun!
 You like my PINK goggles, and headband? Scott picked that out for me...perfect!

Will came a little later and boarded the rest of the day with us. He was very frustrated at first then got the hand of it. He's loves it now too!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Reading away...

I've never been an avid reader, but lately I can't get through a book fast enough to start another one! I love reading! I read every chance I get! I am still reading from my kindle, which I LOVE!!! (I've seen some black Friday ads and the kindles are cheap! YOU SHOULD GET ONE!! We're getting one for Will and Jackson for Christmas!)

Here is a list of books I've been reading lately...I think last I blogged about books I was in the middle of "Borrowed Light" It was cute, it was easy, it was an LDS romance novel.  ****

Breaking Dawn- The last few chapters. I intentionally didn't finished this book because I wanted to see the movie. But, as the movie fast approached I became inpatient and read the ending. WOWZA! Can't wait to watch the movie! ****

Four to Score by Janet Evanovich. Number 4 was a little racier, I loved it! I read and reread a certain part several times to Scott, Angie, Bubbles and other friends! It was so good! ****

The Last Olympian, a Percy Jackson #5 book written by Rick Riordan. I read the others as my boys read them and we watched the movie together. They're easy, mythical, and a fun read to read with your kids or as a family! ****

The Peach Keeper by Sarah Allan. Not an LDS novel, but could be. A nicely written novel about friends family and secrets. ****

The Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani. Umm, honestly I didn't finished this book. It was recommend to me from a few different friends, but I just couldn't get into it. I'll try to finish it later, maybe when they movie is about to come out! :) **

Foggy with a Chance of Murder by G.G. Vandagriff, an LDS romantic mystery. It was interesting. It wasn't the norm LDS fiction, so I liked it. Even Scott reads it after me! ****

Captive Heart by Michele Paige Holmes. Another cute LDS romance novel. It was cute and easy to read, but it's really the same story with different character names. ***

The Help by Kathrine Stockett. I needed a non-LDS book about now and this was the perfect pick! I LOVED this book. A deep message with endearing characters that tug at your heart strings. Just last Saturday Scott, Bubbles, Greg, Meghan, Kristen, Nicole, Angie and went to see it. It was well done! (more on this later!) ****

Born to Run by Christopher Mcdougall. I blogged about this already, incredible! Great read for anyone, everyone. Even if you hate to run! Very informative and inspiring! ****

The Wanderer (Shadows of Brierly #1 by Anita Stansfield. This is set in the lush highlands of nineteenth-century Scotland. Filled with past regrets and new beginnings, this volume is an journey toward faith and peace—a sweeping emotional experience from start to finish. Because it was written with character from Scotland I too talked like them while I wasn't reading! My kids think I'm a little coo-coo! ****

Man, these are a lot of books!

Not My Type by Melanie Jacobson. SUPER cute! An older gal, who broke off her engagement, decides she wants to be a writer. She has no interest in dating or guys for that matter, but is hired to write a dating article! ****

The Perfect Fit by Michele Bell. This is the third book in a series, which I figure out half way through! Woops! The first half the main gal is on a dating show, like The Bachelor. The second half someone is trying to kill her. I enjoyed the first half, last part was weird. Ended too quickly. ***

The Kitchen Boy by Robert Alexander. This isn't usually a book I'd chose, but it was intriguing! It's fascinating story of the final days of Nicholas and Alexandra as seen through the eyes of the Romanovs’ young kitchen boy, Leonka. It also tells of a strong love and bond between a family. Highly recommend! ****

Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. Another incredible story about a fictitious family in a real event that took place that sadly I never knew about! I just requested this movie from the library! Can't wait to see it!  ****

The book I started last night is High Five by Janet Evanovich. I was missing Stephanie and all her shenanigans!

Itty Bitty Basketball

 All the fall sports are coming to an end, part of me is relived and part of me wishes it cam continue. I signed up Brigs for a three month three sport activity at the Lion's Club. September he played T-ball, October he played soccer and November he's been playing basketball. It's funny to watch these 3 year old's "play" basketball! They have fun drills to help kids at that age!

 Throwing a balloon up in the air and catching it is one of the stations.
 Passing a ball back and forth is another station. I love this picture. Look closely how Gavin knows I'm snapping shots and he's smiling away as he keeps passing the ball back and forth. Now, look at Brigham. Nice nickel slot!
It's adorable to see how low the hoop was and the kids still hardly made it in! Brigham held his own considering he's a literally a head above the other kids!

Pine Wood Derby

 Last Thursday we raced in the Pine Wood derby! The boys did a great job on their cars! They designed them, sanded them, painted them... It was a FUN evening! Out of over 20 kids Jackson came in THIRD and Tyler came in FIFTH!


Monday, November 7, 2011

First Snow!

We sure had fun these past few days playing outside, building snowman, having snow ball fights and sledding!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Falling Leafs

Around our neighborhood, like yours, falling leafs are everywhere. I just love it! The cooler weather, the colors changing. I heart fall! My most favorite time of year! We don't have any large trees in our yard, so thank you neighbors for allowing us to play in yours!

Fall Festival and HUGE pumpkins!

 There is a large park near our home and they hold an annual fall festival full of fun activities for the kids. The very last thing is the pumpkin drop that the fire fighters do. It was so fun to watch!

 Cute Brig's leavin his preschool Halloween party. They made these adorable cereal box candy holders. They covered the box with orange construction paper and added a face for a pumpkin.
 Later that night the YM and YW made different Halloween inspired dishes. His group made eye ball dessert and that nasty looking worm thing. (Pork roast wrapped in bacon and then they placed tiny pasta inside for the teeth) They did a great job, it just looked discusting!

 8 of the boys started wrestling Scott. I was pretty impressed...Scott held his own! The boys get a long great with Scott as their Scout Master. He loves the calling too!
 We were driving around running errands and this is what we saw! A large pick-up truck with this HUGE pumpkin inside! We followed them until they parked at a local park for a pumpkin contest. They said this pumpkin weighed 1,186 lbs!!!
On our way to another Halloween party! What a fun time of year!

Cell Phone Pictures

 Some of this is repetition, but I wanted to include some of the shots off my cell phone. Above and below are some shots for Nightmare on 13th for Tyler birthday. He was so excited about going, super scared inside, but after was happy he went!

 My garden was incredible this year! Tons and tons of tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage, corn, peppers, onions...Delicious! I am already excited to plant in the spring!
 Craft night with my fabulous cousins! I love them all! We had a blast crafting and chatting!
 We headed to the zoo with some family and friends and it was a perfect day! The weather was great and the company was too!
 Train ride! Our passes include unlimited train and carousal rides! Nice!
 Here are most of the kids in our group! My cousin Bubbles brought two of hers, I have 6 and Michelle brought her 4! Fun day!
 Crazy hair day at school for Red Ribbon Week!
 Check out these HUGE carrots! These are crazy big! We ate some and they are so goog! We had so much fun pulling them out. We had to use a shovel on a few of them!
 Naters cruisin' up and down our long driveway! He's chillin'!
Will and I headed to Old Navy a few days ago when they had their huge sale. Winter clothes for all of us! He's such a cool kid and was a huge help trying to find different sizes for all the boys!