Thursday, January 31, 2008

Memory Lane!

When we went to Rexburg this last week, we took a walk down memory lane. We showed Lizzie where she lived after she was born. We were in Rexburg from 95-96, while Jason was finishing one of his degrees. It was so cold and blustery that we spent most of the time here trying to stay warm. We made some very good friends, that we still stay in contact with. Some highlights were going to the temple every friday and then treating ourselves to Taco Bell for dinner. We had thanksgiving in the hallway of our apartment and invited anyone that was not going home. Donna and Tirell were there and about 3 other couples. One of whom was from Brazil and so that thanksgiving we had beans and rice and Carribian quizine, it was awesome!!! This was Donna and Tirelle apartment, they lived about 10 feet from our door. They were there about 3 months before us. When we moved in she saw this stuffed heart that hung on our door that said "I love u". I think that one of my sisters gave it to me before I left. Donna said that when she first saw it that she thought we must be such a "cheesy" couple to hang that up. We became fast friends, they were so funny and they owned a TV when we didnt. I used to go over to her house everyday at 1:00 and watch "Days of our Lives". Good times.
This is the outside of the apartment. When we were here the bottom floor was a dance club and so we got to here all the music and dance in our apartments for free, it was great.

This is our door, many times we caught people coming in through the fire escape. The building door had a key that u needed to get in, but if u forgot it u used the fire escape. We used this hallway manytimes for paties and for art projects, it was cool.

Front door of the buliding, notice the key lock? Yea it doenst work anymore. Our rent was $265.00 an month for a 1 bedroom that was a good size for a newly married couple. When James came he lived right down the road only a few house from us.

Jason job was to work on HVAC team. Heating and cooling on campus. His boss asked him if he also wanted the job of taking care of the pool. He made sure the pool had the correct amount of chemicals and that it was clean. One time he and sean a guy that he used to work with had to empty the pool clean it and refill it. They had a blast he was gone all night. Under the pool is the matinence room and there was this wall that was gray and so his boss asked him if he would paint a mural on it. He got paid to do it and so that job lasted until we moved. I would bring Lizzie to see him under the pool and watch the swimmers, it was fun. And now this mural is there under the pool, not very many people know of it. I was glad to get some snapshots of it while we were there. Jared knew some poeple who let us in. Yea JAred!!

More snapshots

My favorite part of the mural!

The man himself. A job well done.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

I love being married to an artist!!!

We have alot of art work in our house that Jason has aquired by trading his work for other artists. We don't have any of his sculpture art up because we dont really have any flat surfaces yet. We still need to finish the fireplace mantel. In the mean time we do have alot of 2d work up and these are a few of our favorites... This one is by a local lady who lives here in Utah, payson acctually. Jason got this when we were going to school here.
Jason got this at NAU, curated a show there and the artist gave it to him as a gift.

This is toatlly my favorite peice that we have. Jason traded David ginefreddi some art work of his and gave me this for Christmas. I love this one the most!!!

This one is a picture of Jason's dad. It is made of quetips dipped in paint, very, very cool!! Can't remeber the artist. I think its Ryan something.

We just call this one "Blue Man" is was painted by David Ginefreddi who is an awesome artist!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Rexburg Temple Trip

This last weekend we went to Rexburg to walk throught the new temple. It sits high on the hill and you can see it from the freeway, it looks very majestic. Here are a few snap shots from our weekend. Angel Moroni (I know seen one and you've seen them all still cool)
I took only the older girls to the temple and left Addi and Leah with Corks, so that they could experience it with out the distractions of young ones.

It was sooooooo cold but very beautiful!


This is a picture from the freeway that I zooooooomed in on.

Jared got a good snap shot of us, I told him I would take one of him and he said he would wait till there were flowers. It was acctually one of the warmer days they have had, the sun was out but it was still like ten degrees or something.

Why I love the Portland Temple!

I can remeber when I was in young womens and we took a trip to the Portland Oregon temple to walk through it before it was dedicated. I was super excited because I wanted to know what it looked like inside. The oustide was gorgeous! Once we were on the tour and I got to the Celestial room I knew this was the temple I was going to be married in. I wanted my girls to be able to walk through a temple before it was dedicated so that they could make that same goal. Here are a few pictures of my experience from when i was young.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Family Fun Day!!

We dedcided to take the kids bowling on Saterday for some fun. They worked hard all week and deserved a reward. We gave them some options and this is what they chose. I used to think that bowling alleys were gross but this one was pretty nice, no smoking but there were some drinkers. Overall we had fun and will deffintly go again in the future!
I wanted a picture of all the kids in their cool shoes!!

Leah getting her ball!!

I hope that the camera adds 10 pounds because that is a bad picture!!!

We are not doing very well, high score ended up being like 90. Sad huh?

Leah liked to throw the ball, this is the one time it landed in the lane!

They have these neet stands to help, addi would push the ball down the lane and he acctually got a strike one time!! Way to go Boyo!

I love this picture of the shoes!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Fiesta Is Besta!!

This is my current collection of Fiesta dishes.. They are my favorite. I love the bright colors and whenever I look at them they make me feel so cheerfull. My goal is to get enough plates so that everyone could eat off of them when we have a party. I need at least 15 more, currently I have about 17. My favorite dish is the deviled egg plate pictured below in red, I have the green one and it is better. I also love the yellow butter dish that James got me at a yard sale for $1.00. To give u an idea of how much these dishes cost, u can get a dinner plate, mug, saucer, and bowl for about $50.00 unless u are a savy shopper and find them on extreme clearence, which is the only way to buy these. If u find them in a thrift shop thats even better!!!! I hope these make u feel as happy as they make me!!!! I love u Fiesta!!!

Fiesta® Dinnerware was designed by Frederick Hurten Rhead in 1936 and is now among the most collected china products in the world. As originally designed, the line featured art deco styling and bold, bright colors. The product was discontinued in 1973 and reissued in 1986 withnew contemporary colors to mark its 50th anniversary. Fiesta® Dinnerware’s styling complements a wide range of decors.The fifteen bold colors complement one another as well as a wide rangeof interior palettes. Over 50 items in the line provide maximum service options and ensure consistent tabletop styling. The plate’s coupe shape allows maximum food plating surface; sculpted concentric rings highlight and frame the food presentation. Alpha Alumina added to the body enhances durability and provides superior heat retention.

Monday, January 14, 2008

The best tasting bread ever!!!!


I love to make this its super easy and taste so good with honey butter.

The best part is that u can make it in your bread machine, so cool!!!

Ingredients:1 1/2 cup water -- warmed

2 tablespoons butter -- softened

1/2 cup honey

2 cups bread flour

2 cups wheat flour

1 tablespoon cocoa

1 tablespoon sugar

2 teaspoons instant coffee ( I use something called Pero, its a coffee subsitute, I buy it at walmart here)

1 teaspoon salt

2 1/4 teaspoons yeast

3 tablespoons cornmeal -- for dusting

Place all of the ingredients in the bread machine and process on dough setting. The dough will be a little on the wet side and sticky, but if it seems too wet add more flour. When dough is done let it rise for 1 hour. Remove from pan, punch down and divide into 8 portions. Form portions into tubular shaped loaves about 6-8 inches long and 2 inches wide. Sprinkle the entire surface of the loaves with cornmeal and place them on 2 cookie sheets. Cover and let rise for 1 hour. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. Serve warm with whipped butter.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Happy new year!!

We had a great new years partying with friends and family... Sharon and Derek came and stayed a few nights with us. We played games and ate goodies. Hope everyone had a good new year and that 2008 is a good one!!!

Friday, January 4, 2008

The Story of my Life

Here's a 2 minute update on my life.

I was born.

It was a wonderful time as you can see.

My mom made the curtains that hung behind me.

My two older brothers and me.

(I'm so much cuter, don't you agree?)

The photographer had a beard.

For me, that was wierd.

I cried and I cried...

But it was him that I feared.

But I got over it, and soon became a free-lovin' girl.

I would jump off the truck and twirl twirl twirl!

Soon, everyone in my family was asking my advice
"How do you do your hair?" they would ask me twice.

I learned how to soften my hair
I knew for sure.

I was hot...
Too hot... for my Senior Picture.

I married my High School Sweetheart.
We will always be together. We will never part.

So here we are, taken this last year

There are five kids
Two parents

And lots of laughter to hear.

But of course, I can't forget, my very best friend
A better friendship, I couldn't comprehend.