Monday, April 30, 2007

Daytime TV

I'm all about viewing in the evening hours.
But the daytime, I have no interest.
Absolutely no soaps! Gag me with a spoon.
I don't watch Oprah (I just don't think about it).
Dr. Phil is out
(a little too disturbing sometimes and the language is getting ridiculous).
And really, what else is there???
Well, let me tell you...
Run's House on MTV.
Totally funny and probably would get a rating of PG.
I've been hooked for about 6 months and thought I should let the world know.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Down by the River in a Van

I loved that comment by Alicia the other day- so here it is again!! However I was down by the river with a stroller.

Today I met Kim, Alicia, and Nicole at the river for a walk. Let me tell you how great it was! I' thinking that my problem with the exercise slump I'm in could have a lot to do with the fact that I stare at CO2 Furniture across the parking lot for 45+ mins. a day and listen exclusively to the iPod or Sportscenter.

Being outside made a huge difference, and having some great people to converse with was even better. I'll still need to be dedicated to my early morning workouts, but maybe I need to do a little measuring on the streets so I can enjoy the fresh air and biking or running and acutally getting somewhere!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

It does get easier...

Am I sticking my head in the sand?

I have been consistently running for 3 months now, and I still feel strained every step.

Don't get me wrong, there has been progress I've increased my speed and endurance but it is still so HARD! I guess I'm just wondering if I'll ever feel good during the run and not just after when I'm finished.

Maybe that is my problem. Maybe no one feels good during the run- just after. Have I created some idealistic picture in my head of running while the birds sing and I have a smile on my face just to be disappointed by reality?

What do you say runners? Is there a light at the end of the tunnel, or is it always dark until you emerge and begin the cooldown!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

STOP! You Could DIE!

What is the facination with putting things around your neck when
you are three?
Today Kadester has tried putting a belt,
a fake pearl necklace,
sewing measuring tape,
and a tie
around his neck
all in noose-like fashion.
It's 9:23 am.
Will this ever end?

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

New, New, and Newer

The yard is starting to come alive and two babies arrived this weekend! So much fun!

I received a shipment of flowers every day last week and was in heaving planting every afternoon! Yesterday, I got my last shipment, *sniff* and yet I still have things I want to do to the yard. We spent this weekend finishing some yard projects, only to discover there is more we can always do.

One of my favorite things to do in the summer is go out early in the morning and check on all my stuff. I love seeing if new rose buds have appeared. If new strawberries, raspberries, peppers, or tomatoes, need to be picked and calculating how many zuccini's I need to give away that day! There is great satisfaction in checking up on your hard work.

Last, year I had fabulous sunflowers lining the garden fence. I'm hoping they come back this year (the package said perrennial) but I can't tell a difference between the weeds and the young sunflower plants- so I'm letting things go a little crazy in there for a few more weeks until I know for sure.

So, while we all wait with baited breath- enjoy Jewel. "A fat man takes my money" - the best line ever!

Friday, April 20, 2007

Time for a Name Change

So, ever since last summer when our church meeting time changed from glorious 11 am to 2 pm I have been scrambling for Sunday Dinners.
When you roll into the house at about 5:20, there really isn't much time before the masses, who have already missed their naps, are starving and whining and causing a lot of chaos.

Lately I have taken to making a lot of crock pot meals, which have been great. My mother-in-law bought me this book a few years ago.
Until recently I haven't had a need to use it much, but that was before the dreaded time change. Now it has become a fixture to my Sunday morning routine.

However, I do have one suggestion. If I were one of these ladies I would have definitely used a pen name when putting claim to my recipe book.

"Good and RANK" so appealing.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Directing Traffic

For those interested Jeremy, my sweet husband, has started a blog:
It will be located on the side bar for your future enjoyment.
Welcome to Blogland, Jer!

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Ding Dong

This is the doll Brynnlee calls "Mama".

Easter Sunday

So I finally have time to check posts and what happens?? The internet goes down! Anyway its back up and running so here are my extremely late posts!

Here are some of the pictures we were able to take before church.

Sometimes Brynnlee was not into cooperating.

Brynnlee has been weaned from the binker for a while. Two days before Easter, I told Jeremy that I think Brynners had found all the stray binkers- we were finally finished.

She will randomly find lost binkies, and then we slit them. She plays with them until she decides she's finished with them and tosses them in the garbage.

Easter Sunday, Jeremy's mom came over for Brunch and brought with her a binky that she had found at her house. Brynnlee was so excited, we decided to wait to do the slitting until Monday- at least it matched her dress.

After Easter Dinner at the Beck's we have the annual Bunny Relay. The baton is usually those candy filled sticks topped with a bunny, but this year we used the bubble wands. Anyway, we split into teams and relay back and forth. The kids LOVE it and the adults, well we just play along!

Luckily I was racing against Jeremy, so there are no pictures of me doing the race.

Mike and Ryan sporting their ears.

Popping the bubbles with a broom.

When I cam outside this is what I saw! I'm glad no one else thought a crisp WHITE Easter dress wasn't supposed to be worn while playing in the dirt.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

BACK from the dead...

This week I have hosted two fairly big events and had to clean like crazy and bake/cook for both.

Tuesday my visting teaching partner and I hosted our annual Luncheon. We figure it's an easy way to kill a ton of birds with one stone. We get to eat, have a playdate, visit teach, and chat with girlfriends all at once. How fun is that??

Funny story about this luncheon though...

Joy, my VT partner, insisted that I make the Southwest Eggrolls I put in the ward cookbood. They sounded so good and she really really wanted to try them. Great, right??

YEAH, except for the fact that I have never made them!! Really, who puts a recipe they have never tried in the ward cookbook? Hmmm.... that would be me.

I spotted this recipe on The Mommy Times and thought it looked so good. Since I was already in the middle of emailing my recipes for the cookbook I thought I would just slip this one in there too. That way I didn't have to write it out and put it in my file, I figured I'd just let someone else do the work for me. Hey, I'm just trying to use my time efficiently!!

Well, since I'm too embarrased to admit that I have never made the recipe I graciously accept her request to create my masterpiece.

All week I had planned to make the eggrolls for dinner to do a test run, and any possible tweaking that may have been needed. Well, Monday rolls around and I have yet to try my famous recipe. So at 8:30 pm I whip up a batch and Jeremy and I try my creation.


Uhhh... let's just say that was a Tender Mercy, if you catch my drift.

Today, I hosted a baby shower with a full on brunch for at least 20 ladies. Call me crazy. No, I'm serious, go ahead and tell me now.

I'm lucky I pulled it all together with the quiches, mini muffins, fruit trays, homemade cream puffs, and juices I offered to contribute. Seriously, I bite off WAY more than I can chew TOO often. But it all manages to come together in the end.

There are blessings in being willing, because in the end everything seems to come together.

Anyway, I'm pleased to say it is all over and I'm free to check blogs again. Thanks for your patience!

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Freaky Wednesday


I biked on level 13, and when my time finished the distance was 6.66 miles.

While shopping at Yokes my purchase total came to $16.66.

Jeremy ate lunch at Wendy's and the total was $6.66.

I'm surprised anyone in our family survived yesterday....

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Saturday's Easter

The morning started off with Easter brunch and an Egg Hunt at Grandma's ward.
Brynners looks thrilled to be taking a picture with a bunny.

Hunting Eggs is too much fun. This was Brynnlee's first real attempt and she took to it like a fish to water. She was running as fast as her little legs would carry her to the next egg.

Kaden is an old pro, but he was still totally excited.

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Technical Assistance

This was a forward from Michele... too funny to dump in the deleted files right away.

Last year I upgraded from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 and noticed a distinct slow down in overall system performance -- Particularly in the flower and jewelry applications, which operated flawlessly under Boyfriend 5.0.

In addition, Husband 1.0 uninstalled many other valuable programs, such as Romance 9.5 and Personal Attention 6.5 and then installed undesirable programs such as NFL 5.0, NBA 3.0, and Golf Clubs 4.1. Conversation 8.0 no longer runs, and Housecleaning 2.6 simply crashes the system.

I've tried running Nagging 5.3 to fix these problems, but to no avail. What can I do?

Signed, Desperate

Dear Desperate:

First keep in mind, Boyfriend 5.0 is an Entertainment Package, while Husband 1.0 is an Operating System. Please enter the command: "http: I Thought You Loved Me.HTML" and try to download Tears 6.2 and don't forget to install the Guilt 3.0 update.

If that application works as designed, Husband 1.0 should then automatically run the applications Jewelry 2.0 and Flowers 3.5. But remember, overuse of the above application can cause Husband 1.0 to default to Grumpy Silence 2.5.

Whatever you do, DO NOT install Mother-in-law 1.0 (it runs a virus in the background that will eventually seize control of all your system resources).

Also, do not attempt to reinstall the Boyfriend 5.0 program. These are unsupported applications and will crash Husband 1.0.

In summary, Husband 1.0 is a great program, but it does have limited memory and cannot learn new applications quickly. You might consider buying additional software to improve memory and performance. We recommend Food 3.0 and Hot Lingerie 7.7.

Friday, April 6, 2007

A Friend is a Treasure...

I like friends. I like friends who blog.

I love finding new blogs, and new friends!

There are tons of blogs out there, so I'm not talking about just any blog. I'm talking about a blog that I actually will return to over and over again. A blog that I put on my "Blogs" tab on my favorites (yes I do have a folder dedicated to just blogs- don't you??)

If you find someone who entertains you and you don't acutally know them-

are they still considered a friend?

Am I a friend to anyone I don't know?? I mean, there are hits from my blogs from places where I'm pretty sure I don't know anyone. Are the servers just off, or do I have people checking this blog that may not have ever met me?

So in case you haven't caught my 'subtle' prodding...

if you read this today leave a comment!!

I'll add you to my "Blogs" tab. Fair enough?

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

My Roots (the short version)

I grew up in Edgewood, New Mexico. Unfamiliar with that town? Let me introduce you! Edgewood is 20 mins East of Albuquerque and a tiny dot on the map, located directly on Historic Route 66. I drove that road everyday for many years.

My high school was in Moriarty, NM about 10 mins. further east. Our mascot was the "Fighting Pintos". Rumor has it that once upon a time Moriarty's staple crop was the pinto bean. So the original mascot was a pinto bean, and eventually it rocketed up in coolness to just a plain Pinto.

Ever been to "The Land of Enchantment"?
(We used to call it the "Land of Entrapment" growing up).

Sunday, April 1, 2007

A Series of Unfortunate Events

+ =

This is not the one....

This is the one!!

Thanks for tossing the chair down the stairs.... It does wonders for the look of the wall. Elder Holland's reminder to speak kinder words was timely in the life of this little girl. Hope you enjoyed conference as well.