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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Scratch That From the Record

In my last post I foolishly said I was going to try and make homemade cinnamon rolls. Hahahahahaha, that statement is now pretty hilarious. Let me explain. My friend Jilynn invited me to come to a free cooking class at Shar's Kitchen this morning. Talk about enlightening. I realized that making bread was overwhelming and terrifying all at the same time. Well that, and Shar pretty much convinced me that it is next to impossible to create heavenly dough unless you own a Bosch mixer. Why even try without one??? She went so far as to scoff at Kitchen Aid owners (guilty). I have to say I thought I was pretty cool when I got my K.A. . It has always been a trusty little tool in the kitchen and so far I have no complaints. But then again, I have never attempted to make my own bread either. Not only does Shar swear by the Bosch she also grinds her own wheat. Whoa!!! Talk about intense. She passed around samples of her cinnamon and dinner rolls in both whole wheat and white whole wheat. And they were delicious, melt in your mouth the way only homemade can taste!!!! I felt inspired to become the Domestic Goddess I dream of becoming, but unfortunately I did not have $600 to drop on new kitchen accessories. Not to mention the money I would have to spend on things like dough enhancers and wheat gluten (who knew you could buy those things?!?!?). Now I do have to say the idea of becoming more self-sufficient sounds appealing even though it sounds a little pioneerish to say I grind my own wheat. But the idea of homemade bread always on hand does sound a bit glorious. So for now I will continue to purchase bread from the store and most likely Christmas morning we will feast on cinnamon rolls that come from a can. Don't judge me:)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Holiday Jubilee

Friday night Joe and I went to his work Christmas party. We got all dolled up and had a great night!! Sadly this was our last Christmas party of 08. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted. Since we are staying in AZ for Christmas I need to figure out how to make the day special for us. Number one on the list will be a breakfast casserole and cinnamon rolls (stole this tradition from my Mom!!). I've never made cinnamon rolls from scratch so who knows, maybe I'll go out on a limb and try this year!! Joe's sister is having an open house so I'm sure we'll go over there to see her and the kids. Next on the list will be......well I can't think of anything yet, but we do have Suns tickets for Christmas day. It seems weird to me to go to a sporting event on Christmas day, but what the heck, this year is all about creativity:) I'm sure we'll also throw in a few movies, lots of eating and more visits to Joe's family for our Christmas Jubilee:)

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Out of the Dungeon and into the Light

Well friends, we did it again....we moved!! No, not to our new house because that would mean pigs learned how to fly or the world choose:) But truly it is a Christmas miracle that we have a beautiful home to live in for the time being. A couple months ago you will remember that I blogged about the joys of moving. Since we were paying a double mortgage we put renters in our Phoenix house and moved into a friends house who had moved to Utah. We were beyond grateful to have a place to stay that was big enough for all of us! But truth be told it was a little bit of a dungeon.

It was a little dark and dreary even though it was a brand new home. It was probably a combination of the layout, the color scheme and the lack of light....that and the fact that we had boxes everywhere. Well that house was foreclosed by the bank and we were forced to find someplace new. We really had no idea where we would find a place to rent. Most places require you to sign a long lease, pay big deposits, and you pay even bigger deposits if you have pets. The situation was looking bleak. But last week at our church Christmas party we met a couple who was moving to Utah and had their house up for sale. They said they would be willing to let us rent their place as houses are staying on the market for a while!!! We were ecstatic. The house is beautiful and it is in the neighborhood that a lot of people from church live. So yesterday we packed and moved and packed and moved. Not my favorite things to do in the world but we got most of it done. The dogs are currently acting out scenes from Born Free as they do laps in our gigantic yard. I think we are all happy to be out of the dungeon and into the light!

So all in all it is a Christmas miracle. Oh and I forgot to mention....we had to bring our refrigerator from the previous house to the current house. We didn't bother to measure or anything we just loaded it on the trailer and voila it was a PERFECT fit. Phew!! Talk about a relief!!!!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Weekend of Whimsy

Friday night marked the first of many holiday parties that we get to attend! We went to The University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ for my work party. It was so fun to get dressed up and have a night out on the town. I loved being able to introduce Joe to my co-workers and at the same time see who their significant others are. That always fascinates me for some reason. The party was about 3 hours but the night flew by with all the mingling we did.

Saturday Joe and I slept in which is something Joe rarely does. I love it when he does though because it means he doesn't distract me from my slumber:) When we got up we headed to the movie theatre to watch Australia. We have been so excited for this movie to come out and it was AMAZING and we LOVED it!!! You MUST go watch it! The amazing Baz Luhrmann was the writer, producer and director for the movie. He also wrote, produced and directed Romeo and Juliet and Moulin Rouge, two of our other favorite movies. Australia is an epic story filled with adventure, romance, drama, history, heartache, oh yeah and Hugh Jackman without a shirt:)

Last night we had our church Christmas party. We are still trying to get to know people and make new friends. Everyone we have met so far is really nice so hopefully we can get to BFF status someday like our friends in South Phoenix (we miss you) :) We had a delicious dinner at the party and then afterwards we headed out to see another movie James Bond:Quantum Solace. My favorite part of the movie is at the beginning when they were in Siena, Italy. It was so cool to see a movie filmed in a location that you have been to. Even the roof tiles that they were running on looked familiar to me:)

Monday, December 1, 2008

Shred Envy

I decided to start my New Years Resolution a month early! Today marked Day One of my 30 Day Shred. I first read about this so called Shredding on my old roomie, Naomi's blog. Hil read about it there too and so she started and blogged about it, then Katie did the same, and it seems like everyone else I talk to is shredding. So I jumped on the bandwagon and headed to Wal Mart to buy my $9 copy. Just look at that chick's abs. Sadly I have never looked that. And I don't know if it is possible but a girl can dream:)
I am happy to say I was able to do all of the level 1 workout without stopping. I definitely felt the burn though and worked up a great sweat. As a side note I hate to sweat and p.s. I always turn bright red when I exercise:( My workout regimen is also going to include 2, 30-minute personal training sessions a week with a group of friends. The price was soooo reasonable I couldn't say no.

So there you go, I am hoping that by me putting it out into the universe that I am doing this that somehow I will feel accountable?!?! Wish me luck and let me know if you want to have a shredding party:)

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Turkey Day

So far this Thanksgiving holiday has been quite the um, adventure, you could call it. But nevertheless I am filled with much gratitude.

I'm grateful to have electricity. When we arrived in Parker we had none (mix up with the service provider). So we were in the dark for one night, but its ok cause we were tired and just went to bed.

I'm grateful that our refrigerator is no longer full of rotting, decaying food. I don't think I have ever experienced something so disgustingly horrid in my life. Obviously if you have no electricity the fridge doesn't stay cool...therefore your food rots to a state where you have no idea what it ever was.

I'm grateful that most of the baking is done already. For some reason our oven in Parker only has one cooking rack. Since Mr. Tom is currently occupying that rack I am unable to bake anything at the same time. By this point you might think that I am having a nervous break down due to all the complications we have experienced, but nah, I'm trying to stay calm and composed.

On a positive note I'm grateful to have a house filled with friend and family this week. I'm grateful that Amber and Jeff abandoned their family to spend the holiday with us!!!!! I'm grateful for helpers who keep running to the grocery store when I realize we are missing crucial ingredients. I'm grateful to have cell phone coverage so I can hear from my loved ones today. I'm grateful that I have now blogged for 4 days in a row. I'm grateful that Jeff brought his Internet connection with him and is letting me partake. I'm grateful for my Ugg mules that Joe bought me last year for Christmas. They are truly the most comfy, toasty slippers ever!!

So to you and yours Have a terrific day of giving thanks!!! And if your day seems stressful just be glad you didn't have to clean out a foul fridge:)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

How Early is Too Early??

Growing up my mom was always adamant that we didn't start our Christmas decorating/celebrating until AFTER Thanksgiving. And it made sense...why short change one holiday by looking to the next one pre-maturely. Since I am a product of my mom I have always thought the same....until now. Last year I started decorating prior to Thanksgiving because I wanted our house to be pretty and sparkly for our Turkey day guests. I am not decorating this year in hopes that a miracle will happen and we'll be in our house before Christmas and I can decorate there (wishful thinking maybe??). But just because my tinsel is packed away does not mean I'm boycotting holiday cheer. In fact, I have already changed my ringtone to Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas is You AND I even sing along when I am scanning through the radio stations and hear a holiday jingle. So in the spirit of celebrating Christmas before Thanksgiving is even here I have a Christmas questionnaire to post.

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? I think wrapped gifts are prettier so I try to wrap anything for family (although I'm not that good at it). But for anyone else, you are getting a gift bag!
2. Real tree or Artificial? I love real trees but we have a beautiful pre-lit tree that doesn't shed pine needles so I can't complain.

3. When do you put up the tree? See my intro:)
4. When do you take the tree down? After New Year's

5. Do you like eggnog? DELICIOUS I wish they sold it year round. When I see it in the dairy section I know the holidays have arrived!
6. Favorite gift received as a child? It is hard to remember what was for Christmas and what was for birthday's.....I do remember one Christmas morning though that the biggest box was for me and that was exciting! Mom do you remember what it was???

7. Hardest person to buy for? My grandparents, they have everything!!!
8. Easiest person to buy for? My mom (even though she always says she wants socks) or brothers-they are easy to please.

9. Do you have a nativity scene? No, not yet.
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Neither. I am a slacker when it comes to Christmas cards. Maybe someday when we have kids I will send some out. Blogging is hard enough!

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? I honestly don't think I've ever had a bad Christmas present.
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? The Santa Claus, While You Were Sleeping, Love Actually

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? In December. I'm a bit of a procrastinator
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Yes, I think re-gifting is amazing! Especially for gift exchanges. Last year I got a shot glass checker set as a white elephant and I have saved it all year so I can re-gift in this years White Elephant:)

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Russian Tea Cake cookies, breakfast casserole, mashed potatoes, Uncle Bruce's cookies and his wassail, turkey, pretty much anything. I love the feast!
16. Lights on the tree? I grew up with multi colored and thought I would continue the tradition but white lights go better with my tree theme:)

17. Favorite Christmas song? I love them ALL!!! Oh Holy Night is one of my faves. The Mariah Carey song, It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Feed the World, So this is Christmas.
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? This is a sad answer. My whole life I have spent Christmas in Ohio. I never missed a year even when we lived in Texas or when I went to college. Last year was the first year that I didn't go. Joe and I stayed here in AZ because of our casa. I missed my family terribly but we still had a great day together. This year we will be staying in AZ again:( Sorry family. I wish we were going to be with you!

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's? I just sang the song in my head and I think I might be missing a few, Dasher, Dancer, Donner, Blitzen, Cupid and Vixen???? Is there really a reindeer named Vixen or did I create that in my head??
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Star but I am open to angels too:)

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas morning. BUT Tradition is that we open one gift Christmas eve, it's always a pair of pj's. :) I am proud to say that I am the one who got my family to start this tradition. I knew other people that did it and thought it was so fun!
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? Expensive plane tickets.

23. Favorite ornament theme or color? Well my favorite ornament is the one that Joe got me to commemorate our 1st Christmas together. I actually never bought one and he had one made at the mall as a surprise. It was so thoughtful it made me cry.
24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? Basically the same think I eat for Thanksgiving!

25. What do you want for Christmas this year? I haven't thought about it. Anything from Sephora or Nordstrom:) Really I am so easy to please though, anything will do!

26. Favorite Christmas Memory? I like to turn off all the lights and just sit in the glow of the tree. I could do that for hours. It is so soothing and just makes you feel like all is good in the world.

Monday, November 24, 2008

I Heart Boy Bands

Last night was the American Music Awards on ABC. If you missed it then you MISSED out!!!!! One of the highlights of the night was a performance by NKOTB. Yep, New Kids on the Block, baby!! I am not embarrassed to say that as they were being announced I got a gigantic grin on my face and at one point a childish scream escaped my mouth and I started clapping. I couldn't contain it, it just sort of bubbled out from somewhere within my soul:) I was obsessed with NKOTB as a tween. Hannah Johnson and I were BFF's and would constantly gush about how in love we were with Jordan(me) and Joey(Hannah). Here is what they looked like back then. Funny that their look used to be H.O.T.?!?!?!?I am slightly embarrassed to admit that I just knew in my heart of hearts that I would meet them someday. Well..... I never did BUT when I was in high school the Back Street Boys came and performed for our school. It was before they were anything big but they won me over none the less. I still love their songs....and I know I'm not alone in this(Hilarry:)) And most recently I have realized that I have an innocent crush on the the Jo Bros, aka The Jonas Brothers. I think they are adorable and their songs are so cute (hello, who doesn't sing along when they hear Love Bug??)

So there you go I heart boy bands. Over the years that has included Boyz II Men, New Edition, N'Sync, 98 Degrees, One For All, and even a little O Town. DON'T JUDGE ME:)

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Blogging Blues

I don't know what my problem is. Just over a year ago I decided to start a blog. I was so excited and dedicated to journaling about our lives online. And recently I have hit a funk. Sometimes I even forget I have a blog {sad} . I still diligently read my friend's blogs, and I still stalk blogs of people that I am curious about {could you be one of them??:)}, but somehow I completely neglect my own. What is wrong with me?

So what is going on with the Vega's?? Well, our house is still not done. This saddens me and makes me chuckle, maybe even belly laugh, all at the same time. Why you ask? Money, the economy, contractors, banks, money, money and more money:) We did start going to our new ward in Gilbert even though we don't live in our house yet and have met a lot of people that have built custom homes and been in very similar situations. This makes me feel better, like we aren't alone in our plight. I am trying to be patient. I wonder how much longer we will have to deal with this trial? Someday we will look back and realize that it was a blip in time. But right now it feels slightly longer then a blip, maybe a bleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeepppppppppp:)

Next week we will be spending Thanksgiving in Parker, AZ. We have a house on the canal so we figured we should take advantage of it and get out of town!! Our dear friends, Amber and Jeff Watson will be driving down from Utah with their two kids. We are ecstatic that they are joining us for the 2nd year in a row. Amber's little brother Austin is in town and will be with us as well. Of course my brother Chris and sister Sara will be part of the Thanksgiving crew as well as Joe's Dad, his nephew Emilio, cousin Amy and nephew lil' Gabriel This is my 4th Thanksgiving where I have prepared the meal. It is a lot of work but I love it!!!! I will be picking up my 23 lb. free range, organic turkey from Sprouts on Tuesday night and Wednesday the baking will commence. This year I have decided to introduce some new dishes into my repertoire. My typical menu includes, Turkey, Velvet Mashed Potatoes, homemade cranberry sauce, Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots, Pomegranate Salad, Green Bean Casserole, Baked Corn, and Stuffing. Hungry yet? This year I will add a brie brioche, baked artichoke/spinach dish, as well as an amped up green bean casserole, oh and some homemade mac and cheese. YUM, YUM, and Double YUM!!!! And let's not forget dessert... there will be pecan pie, chocolate pie, pumpkin cobbler, and pumpkin cheesecake....Just call me Martha.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Married to a Gangsta

We were kind of party poopers for Halloween this year. I actually love Halloween and everything about it but for some reason we never really do anything fun:( So if you are reading this and you had a party that you DIDN'T invite us to....shame on you:) Hopefully next year we will be in our new house and we can have a HUGE party.

But my dear sweet husband did not skip the chance to dress up this year. At work Joe and his team entered a costume contest and dressed up as a Rap Label. Evidently there is a rap name generator online that they used to come up with some authentic rap monikers.
So please check out Busta Dirty and his crew Def Reg!

Proud to call him mine

Monday, October 27, 2008

Love for Leelou

When I first started blogging I had a hard time finding cute templates.....until I found Leelou. Not only are her templates adorable she adds in all the sidebar and gadget options so you don't lose your widgets when you decide to change your background. Now she is having a launch party with free giveaways, so check it out!!!


Thursday, October 16, 2008

Birthday Bliss

I have to say that I have had an awesome birthday month!!!! My sweet hubby had the perfect idea of celebrating my B-day in Utah which made it extra special. Not only did we get to go to general conference:
I also got to see best friends, visit my alma mater, and eat at my favorite restaurants. It was an excellent way to celebrate turning the big 2-9:)
Joe had some exciting things happen to as he got to meet up with two mission companions that he hasn't seen since Brazil!!!!! It was hilarious to hear the stories that these 3 told. You would have thought it was just yesterday that they served together as missionaries.
One of my best friends is Amber Watson and lucky for me I got to hang out with her all weekend!!!! She is always so kind to let us stay with her family any time we come to Utah. Here we are facebooking, or blogging, or something, side by side on our lap tops:)Amber has been one of my best friends since we were 5 years old and I know we will be lifelong friends!!! We have such great memories and when we get together we stay up till the wee hours of the night reminiscing over ALL of them:) Luckily we only live a state away so we get to see each other a couple times a year!!!!!! Amber got me a darling charm that she had custom made for me at a local boutique. I will take a pic and add it later!!! It is too cute!!!! I was spoiled with great gifts by friends and family!!! Thank you to everyone for the calls, texts, facebook messages and blog comments!!! Just being remembered made my day!!!!! Here are some of my other fun presents!!!

This week I went to Oregano's with Hilarry, Jaimi, Karli and Katie. Hil and Jaimi have been two of my best friends since junior year at BYU. These girls are gorgeous and hilarious. Our conversations are never dull, that I can assure you:) They treated me to a DELISH dinner and dessert (pizookie of course), an impromptu photo shoot(natch) and some yummy perfume!!! Thanks ladies!!!!!!
We kept trying to get the perfect shot of all of us, which shouldn't be that hard but we are all a little picky:)
This one was a self portrait and Hil cut herself out:(
Take 2....

Here is a group shot of the ladies sans Katie:(
Jaimi and I were cold so they brought us blankets. Hil was making fun of us and wanted to document the moment.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Race for the Cure

This weekend, Joe, Sara, Chris and I ran in the Susan G. Komen, 5k Race for the Cure. Our company was one of the local presenting partners for the Phoenix activities so we thought it would be a great opportunity for us to do something as a family and also show our support for an amazing cause. This was the first time I had ever participated in a charity run so I wasn't sure what to expect. It was actually quite inspiring to be surrounded by people who were all running for a cause. As people passed me by (did I mention I'm not really a runner?) I noticed that some had signs posted on their backs. You saw messages like "in memory of....." and "running for..." or even pictures of loved ones pinned to their shirts. One very old man who was jogging had "in loving memory of my daughter" on his back. I thought, how sad that he outlived his child, but there he was so strong and wanting to make a difference. So as I huffed and puffed I knew that if these people could survive such horrible things that I surely could run for a few miles. 3.1 miles doesn't really sound like a lot and I wish I could say I ran the whole thing, but in reality I probably ran half of it. I wasn't one of the first to finish but I definitely wasn't the last either. Joe was sweet enough to stick with me, encourage me, and keep me motivated. I'm proud that I did the race, especially because I had zero training (silly me). So my legs are a little sore but I was honored to be part of this event. It was so cool to cross the finish line and have masses of people cheering you on (ready and waiting with ice cold water bottles). I am so grateful that breast cancer has not directly effected me or anyone in my family and pray that it never does.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Could It Possibly Be??????

Click THIS link for a chance to win a free purse!!!! Those two little words "free" and "purse"....combined in one sentence is music to my ears:) Good luck and I'll let you know if I win!!!! Fingers crossed....a girl can never have too many handbags!!!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Countdown to 11.21.08

Does that date sound familiar to any of you??? Yes, it is the Friday before Thanksgiving but it is also the day that the movie Twilight comes out. I have mixed feelings about this movie because I really enjoyed the book and usually movies disappoint me if I first read the book. Hopefully I can go in with low expectations and just enjoy it for what it is:) Here is the movie poster that we should start to see in our theatres soon! I still think they could have found someone more attractive to play Edward, but who knows, maybe I'll change my mind once I see him on the big screen. I'm sure that there are going to be crazy lines for this movie but if anyone wants to get a group together let me know:)

Monday, October 6, 2008

29 Things About Me

Well, I am officially OLD!!!!!! Today is my 29th birthday. I only have one year left to enjoy being a 20 something...weird. So in the spirit of celebration here are 29 facts (mostly trivial) that you may or may not know about lil' ole' me.

1. I hate sea food. Joe tried to get me to eat oysters once.....not a good experience for me, or anyone sitting by me for that matter!

2. As a child I was diagnosed as allergic to mushrooms but that never kept me from eating them....especially on pizza:)

3. I had a perm for most of life until my senior year when I had my hair move ever!

4. As a child I always wanted blue eyes because everyone on my Dad's side had them. I eventually learned to love my green eyes though:)

5. I was always the teachers pet growing up and LOVED school....except Ms. Shrimplin in 2nd grade. She hated me and was so mean to me. I have always wanted to find her and tell her how much she scarred me!

6. I have never broken a bone.

7. My only surgeries have been tonsils and wisdom teeth.

8. I played the flute from 5th-8th grade

6. When I was a senior in high school I was a dancer in our high school musical, Hello Dolly. On opening night, in the opening scene, my skirt fell to my ankles during one of our dance routines. I was so mortified, and so was my partner....he ran off the stage. I wasn't far behind him though.

7. I don't know how to sew (and actually have no desire to).

8. I applied and got accepted to The Ohio State University, University of Utah, Ricks College, and BYU. I of course only wanted to go to BYU but I needed a back up plan...or two.

9. I never lived in a college dorm (by the time I got my acceptance letter the on campus housing was filled up).

10. I played lacrosse my senior year of high school. The coaches were two of my favorite teachers so I decided to go for it. It was the first and last team sport I ever played!

11. I had a paper route in middle school and was even a "model" for the how-to manual.

12. I once did the gallon challenge where you try to chug a gallon of milk in an's impossible and you puke. Disgusting I know.

13. I met Donny Osmond at Cafe Rio in Provo. Hil and I were done eating when we saw him in line. So we discreetly got back in line behind him. We couldn't think of a good reason to talk to him so we played it cool, tapped him on the shoulder and said "Excuse me, do you know what time it is?" Lame, I know.

14. I went to 5 different elementary schools and 3 high schools.

15. My first credit card was for the store Express. That bad boy got me through many tough times:)

16. When I was around 4 or 5 I had an imaginary friend named Buzzy Bee. Don't worry, I only had him because my friend had one. I never actually saw him or heard him talk to me, I swear!

17. Growing up I was fascinated with reading books about WWII and slavery-not the happiest topics but I learned a lot.

18. As much as I love to read I don't like non-fiction. For some reason it just doesn't keep my attention. But give me a novel and I'm glued to it!

19. I was a cheerleader in 7th grade. Go Team!

20. Also in 7th grade I got chicken pox and scabies within months of each other....pretty traumatic...especially since I was a cheerleader and had to bare my legs.

21. My ears are double pierced and my right ear also is pierced in the cartilage (it was cool in the 90's). Despite the 5 holes I only wear earrings in 2 of them.

22. I was once in the audience of the Ellen Degeneres show. I was supposed to play a game with her and Taye Diggs but she messed up. I still got a prize though!

23. I don't know how to drive a stick shift car.

24. I hate tomatoes but love tomato sauce and salsa.

25. I had a 4.0 in graduate school....until my last 2 classes. I got a little trunky I guess:)

26. One of my nostrils is smaller than the other....noticeably (TMI maybe??)

27. I have never shot a gun.

28. My first car was a 91 Plymouth Sundance. It was a great little car....until the bumper had to be drilled on to the body so it didn't drag on the street, the AC went out and the driver door didn't open. I had to get in and out of the passenger seat which was quite embarrassing.

29. I never had a nickname growing up but now my husband and siblings call me Melkat. It is my first and middle name put together. Melkat20 was my first email address so the name just kind of stuck.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

4's or 8's? How about 6's

Ok, Hil tagged me for 4 and Lynds tagged me for 8, so I'll meet them in the middle and go with 6. Thank you girls for helping me get out of my blogging blues!!!
Places I go over and over:

1. Work
2. QT
3. My unfinished house
4. Parker
5. Yogurberry
6. Church

Who I email regularly:

1. Lyndsee
2. Hilarry
3. Sara
4. Mom
5. Joe
6. Hannah (does texting count? :) )

Favorite TV shows:

1. Gray's Anatomy
2. The Bachelor/ette
3. Desperate Housewives
4. So You Think You Can Dance
5. American Idol
6. One Tree Hill

Favorite Restaurants:

1. Cafe Rio

2. Flemings
3. Gecko Grill (AZ)
4. Tommy's Pizza (Ohio)
5. Red Robin
6. Oregano's (AZ)

What Happened Yesterday:

1. Slept In
2. Went to 2 movies with Joe
3. Ate at Gecko Grill and Red Brick Pizza
4. Got my car emissions test and re-registered
5. Got my car washed
6. Watched premier of Private Practice and Dirty Sexy Money

Looking Forward To:

1. Going to General Conference on Saturday
2. Seeing friends in Utah this weekend
3. Eating at Tucano's for free on my birthday (Monday)
4. Finish reading The Time Traveler's Wife
5. Re-joining the world of blogging (sorry friends, hope you've missed me)
6. Cooler weather

What I love about Fall:

1. The leaves changing color
2. College Football
3. Chili and Potato Soup
4. Halloween
5. Candy Corn
6. My Birthday

On my wish list:

1. For my house to be done already!! !#$%*&^%!$%
2. To have a baby
3. To be a stay at home mom
4. To have more of my family move to AZ
5. To win the lottery
6. To be skinny without dieting or exercise:)

Who do I tag?

If you are reading this then consider yourself IT!!!!!

Sacred Recipe

Have you ever tasted the deliciousness that is a BYU brownie???? If you have, then like me your mouth waters at the thought. If you haven't, then today is your lucky day because here is the recipe. It could change your life:) This picture alone brings back many great memories:)MAKES ONE 9-BY-13 PAN OF BROWNIES.PREP AND COOK: 90 min. COOL: 1 hr.

1 c. margarine

1/2 c. cocoa
2 Tbsp. honey
4 eggs
2 c. sugar
1 3/4 c. flour
1/2 Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. chopped walnuts
12 oz. chocolate icing (Use your own icing recipe or purchase some chocolate frosting. You can also search the Internet for chocolate icing recipes.)
5 Tbsp. margarine
dash of salt
3 Tbsp. milk
1 Tbsp. light corn syrup
2 1/3 c. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. mint extract
1-2 drops green food coloring

1. Melt margarine and mix in cocoa. Allow to cool. Add honey, eggs, sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well. Add nuts. Pour batter into a greased 9-by-13 baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Cool.

2. Prepare mint icing: Soften margarine. Add salt, corn syrup, and powdered sugar. Beat until smooth and fluffy. Add mint extract and food coloring. Mix. Add milk gradually until the consistency is a little thinner than cake frosting.

3. Spread mint icing over brownies. Place brownies in the freezer for a short time to stiffen the icing. Remove from the freezer and carefully add a layer of chocolate icing.
Happy Eating!!!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Mini Me

This weekend we went to Parker with some friends of ours. We had a great time relaxing and playing in the water. Joe's friend Brady came with his wife and kids and their youngest daughter Stella, was just cute as a button. Joe kept saying that we looked liked we could be mother and daughter.

What do you think?

Thursday, September 11, 2008

A Day I Will Always Remember

7 years ago today I was getting ready to go to work as a 4th grade teacher in Pleasant Grove, Utah. The morning didn't seem any different than normal, until I got the call that 2 planes had crashed into the World Trade Center. I of course called my family since we were spread across the country and thankfully we were all ok. Thank goodness none of us were direct victims of this crime. I remember so vividly going to work and looking at 28 little faces who were scared and confused. I fought tears back that day, and tried to let them know that we were ok, all the time trying to convince myself that we truly were free from threat. I guess none of us really knew if there would be more attacks. I had never scanned the horizon so much.

This morning, I am still fighting back the tears. No historical event that I have experienced influenced me like that of 9/11. I'm grateful to live in this country and for the proud men and women who have given their lives for our freedom.
My heart aches.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

My 100th Blog Post

This just so happens to be my 100th post as a blogger. Yeah for me. I have been wondering what my 100th post would be about. I'm so happy that my 100th post is about something I LOVE!!!! So if you didn't know already, I'm so excited to announce that the new Bachelor will be..... Jason Mesnick, the castoff from last season. Girls, I know you must be so excited!!! I want to have lots of Bachelor parties come January!!!! Let's for sure play the rose ceremony game online. It will be like our version of fantasy football!!! If you aren't a Bachelor fan then I encourage you to give it a try this season. It will totally be worth it!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Yeah, I Was Hoping to Be Emma

I do love Jane Austen and one of my favorite characters of hers is Emma Woodhouse!!! I actually have never read any of her books (gasp) but do love the movies and have seen them countless times. Sense and Sensibility, Emma, and Pride and Prejudice are my favorites.

On our plane ride to Italy I watched Becoming Jane Austen and The Jane Austen Book Club which were very cute. I figured I would take advantage of watching two movies that Joe would probably never watch with me:)

I am Emma Woodhouse!

Take the Quiz here!

You are Emma Woodhouse of Emma! You like being the queen of your social circle (small and provincial as it may be), and feel it's your duty to help those less influential than you. You often meddle in the affairs of others, though you do it with a pure heart. You are often deluded in your flights of fancy, but your good intentions and creative spirit make you someone anyone could like.

So take this quiz and tell me which character you are!!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Sorella Fashions

I love jewelry and I am always looking for something unique that stands out, something that speaks to me, if you will. Actually now that I think about it accessorizing should be a sport in the fashion Olympics.... if they had such a thing. So I wanted to let you all know about a great new website that showcases custom made jewelry. I added a link on my sidebar but wanted to post about it too so you know to go check it out. My cousin's cute wife Jenn is the master behind these designs and has been perfecting her craft for over 4 years now. Her line is called Sorella which means sister in Italian.

Some of my favorites are....
The Lucy the little flower bead to accent the goldThe Amanda the layered look

And The the wood beads!!!

So please, take a look at her site and the next time you are looking for a unique gift or simply want to treat yourself then think of Sorella!!

Here is a blurb from her site

Designed with the fashion-forward in mind, Sorella Jewelry can add a sparkle to everyday casual wear, a fun flair for a girl’s night out and a touch of sophistication to complete just about any look in your wardrobe. With various styles, lengths and colors to choose from, Sorella suits the young and trendy to the bold and classic, making it great for gift giving or adding to your own collection.

Handmade jewelry made from a variety of materials for any occasion. Swarovski crystals, freshwater pearls, gemstones, shell, wood, Czech glass bead, acrylic, even vintage inspired.

Have a specific style in mind? The couture line caters to your unique fashion needs with custom orders available for all lines of jewelry, including the Bridal line (coming soon) which is designed to dress you and your bridal party for that special day. Find what you want, and get ready to flaunt with Sorella fashions by Jenn.

Ciao Bella's!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

What Color Am I?

I was hoping to be pink but this works too

you are lavender

Your dominant hue is blue, making you a good friend who people love and trust. You're good in social situations and want to fit in. Just be careful not to compromise who you are to make them happy.

Your saturation level is very low - you have better things to do than jump headfirst into every little project. You make sure your actions are going to really accomplish something before you start because you hate wasting energy making everyone else think you're working.

Your outlook on life is bright. You see good things in situations where others may not be able to, and it frustrates you to see them get down on everything.
the html color quiz
Does this sound like me??

Husbands Say the Darndest Things

Usually people write posts on their blog about the cute and witty things their kids say. Well I obviously don't have kids but I do have a husband and he is actually quite funny!!

Let me preface this story by saying that Joe usually goes to sleep before me. I like to stay up and reach, catch up on tivo, blog, etc. Joe would prefer that I go to sleep at the same time he does, but that is a whole other story. But when we go to bed at different times I of course don't want to wake him up so I tip toe as quietly as possible when I come to bed.

Please read below for a hilarious (at least to me) exchange we had the other night.
{Enter Melissa into her dark bedroom....Joe is peacefully asleep}

Joe: "Who's there?"

Melissa: "Melissa"

Joe: "Who??"

Melissa: {a little louder} "It's Melissa"

Joe: "Who?????"
Melissa: {much louder and enunciated} "MUH LISS UH"

Joe: "My wife?"

Melissa: "Yes hon, your wife"

Joe: "What's the password?"

Melissa: "akakfja;klfj" {I can't tell you the password but I did say it and he finally accepted it and went back to sleep}

So I forgot to tell Joe about this incident but a couple days later I relayed the story to him and he of course cracked up. He said he remembered that but thought it was a dream.

So honestly I have never needed to use our password to identify myself but I guess it came in handy that I had one!! Who knows what would have happened if I didn't say the right word:) Anyone else out there have a code or password they use with their spouse?