Thursday, February 28, 2008

Landon's new look!

About a month or so ago I noticed that Landon had a slightly brown tooth. He was past due for a dentist appointment so I called and scheduled an appointment. We went to a new dentist because the dentist we went to before is too far away now that we have moved. I found a closer dentist and scheduled an appointment. A couple weeks ago we took them to the dentist. Emma who has freaked out before with the dentist did extremely well. We asked the Dentist about Landon's brown tooth. He checked it out and it turned out to be infected. The dentist told us the tooth would have to be pulled. This morning he had his dentist appointment to get his tooth pulled. Dave took the day off work and took Landon to the dentist and I stayed home with Emma and Reagan. I took some pictures this morning so I would have the before and after. However, the camera was being really weird this morning and took some pretty scary pictures. Landon literally looked like a zombie. It was freaky. So the before picture is not from today. I did get a good after picture. When Landon got home from the dentist he was still recovering from the drugs. He couldn't eat breakfast for an hour and he had to keep his head up. If he wanted to lay down he had to lay down flat so he wouldn't choke. When the drugs started to wear off he got a little emotional saying "I want my tooth back" and started crying. It was very sad but I told him that it would be ok. He calmed down. Now Landon has a new look and will have this look for the next couple years. I'm sure he will get used to it.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

My Life in Bits of Two

Two names you go by? Mommy and Emily
Two things you are wearing now? jean and an orange and red striped polo shirt
Two things you want (or have) in a relationship? togetherness and good communication
Two of your favorite things to do? make cards and read
Two things you did last night? made a card and started reading a new book
Two people you last talked to? Landon and Emma
Two things you are doing tomarrow? make more cards and probably read
Two longest car rides? Salt Lake to Montana and Salt Lake to Kanab
Two favorite Holidays? Christmas and Thanksgiving
Two favorite Drinks? Diet Coke with Lime and Diet Dr. Pepper
Two things about me you may not have known? When I was in Junior High I got called down to the principals office and was blamed for vandelism. The boy who was also called down said "This isn't the girl who was with me." The second thing is that I've only played it once, but I suck at guitar hero
Two jobs I have had in my life? I worked at a gas station and I also processed incoming checks at a credit union
Two movies I would watch over and over? The Princess Bride and Grease
Two favorite foods? Chinese and Italian
Two places I'd rather be right now? Hawaii or The Bahamas
People I'm tagging? Whoever wants to do this.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Mischief in the Making

"There are four basic food groups, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, and chocolate truffles."--Anonymous

Today I was cleaning my bedroom. Reagan was in there with me and was being kind of quiet. Emma wanted a heart chocolate left over from Valentines Day. Reagan's heart shaped container that I decorated and filled with candy was in my room. I opened it and found a heart chocolate and a few M&M's and gave the heart chocolate to Emma and took the M&M's out to give to Reagan. Reagan was on the floor over by my side of the bed. When I went over to her I found out that she had found a Godiva Chocolate bar and had taken the wrapper off and had it in her mouth. The chocolate bar was in my Reading Basket that I got from my mom for Christmas. You would think that after having 3 kids it would click that quiet=mischief. When it is quiet you know that they are getting into something that they shouldn't. I had to take the opportunity to take some pictures, so I ran downstairs and grabbed my camera. I took a few pictures then took the chocolate away. Of course, Reagan started crying. I broke off a piece and gave it to her, then also gave one to Emma and Landon. So here are a few picture of the Mischief in the Making!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Spaghetti Sauce Recipe and My Card Technique for February

"Spaghetti can be eaten most successfully if you inhale it like a vaccuum cleaner"--Sophia Loren

A couple of years ago I bought a "Fix it and Forget it" cookbook. I love this cookbook. I have tried a bunch of recipes from it. One of my favorite ones is a Spaghetti Sauce recipe. It is so good. Ever since I first tried it a few years ago I always use it to make my own spaghetti sauce. I never use store bought sauce except for other things. This sauce is the best. When we go on vacation with my side of the family, this is the recipe that is requested by others on our night to be in charge of dinner. I actually made this last Friday for dinner and meant to post the recipe. Then I forgot about it until Jamie called yesterday to get the recipe from me. I have made it so much I have the page number memorized in the cookbook and I turn right to it when I want to make it. So here is the recipe:

Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce:

1 lb. ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
2 14-oz. cans tomatoes diced, with juice
6-oz. can tomato paste
8-oz. can tomato sauce
1 bay leaf
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. dried basil
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
1/2-1 tsp. dried thyme

Brown meat and onion in saucepan. Drain well. Transfer to slow cooker. Add remaining ingredients. Cover. Cook on low 7 hours. If the sauce seems too runny, remove lid during last hour of cooking.

I have made a couple changes to this recipe. I always add an extra can of tomato sauce and I also usually cook it for 8 hours and not 7. But trust me, it is so good!

I also finished my card technique for the month today. It is a card I started a couple weeks ago and just barely got around to finishing today. There was just way to much going on this month to finish it earlier. This card is called a criss-cross card and I got the idea off a website They have a bunch of really cute ideas on that website that I want to try. Instead of telling you step by step how it is done you can go to that website under resources and it will tell you step by step how it is made. These are my pictures of the card I made.

Friday, February 15, 2008

The Greatest Love Story Ever Told

As everyone knows yesterday was Valentines Day. For the special day I made Dave a scrapbook called "The Greatest Love Story Ever Told." It was made from a kit that I ordered from Creating Keepsakes at the beginning of January. It was a big project but I really enjoyed doing it. I also added some of my own stuff from Stampin' Up! They now offer rub-ons and they are so cute. Anyway here are some pictures of the completed project.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentines Day!

I saw this on Erica's blog and since today is Valentines day I thought it would be a cool thing to do.
What is your husbands name? Dave
How long have you been together? We have been married for almost 7 years
How long did you date? We dated for 3 months and then were engaged for 3 months
Who eats more? Definately Dave. He can come home from work and eat a sandwich 1/2 hour before dinner is ready
Who said I love you first? I have no idea on this
Who is taller? Dave by at least 5 or 6 inches
Who has more speeding tickets? Probably me. I don't know if Dave has any
Who is more sensitive? Definately me. Sometimes I cry at the stupidest things, like commercials on TV
When there is a fight, who usually wins? I do. He usually comes to the same conclusion after talking to his dad
Who does the laundry? We both do. We have big laundry folding parties
Who does the dishes? Dave. We have a deal that I cook and he does the dishes
Who sleeps on the right? Dave
Who pays the bills? We both do
Who mows the lawn? The HOA
Who cooks dinner? I do
Who drives when you are together? Dave--although he wishes I would drive more
Who is more stubborn? Me. C'mon I'm German. Enough said
Who kissed whom first? Dave kissed me
Who asked out who first? I did twice. I asked Dave to my company Christmas party. About 2 weeks before the party I got hockey tickets at work and asked him to the hockey game. By the party 2 weeks later we had been on 5 dates.
Who proposed? Dave twice. Once unofficially and once officially
Who has more siblings? Dave. He has 2 biological sisters, 5 biological brother and another brother and sister in his adopted family. I have 2 brothers and 2 sisters.

I hope that everyone has a Happy Valentines Day!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Best Laid Plans...

This week is Family week at Landon's school. Each day they have different activities. Some of them are at night, others while they are in school. Last night they had family skate night at Classic Skating Center. We thought it would be fun to take Landon and Emma. They keep saying that they want to go skating. Emma even wanted a pair of roller skates for Christmas last year but Santa thought she was too young so he didn't bring her any. We dropped Reagan off at my mom's house so Dave and I could help out Landon and Emma. I rented roller blades for myself and Dave, Landon, and Emma got skates. I made it around the track once and Landon and Emma couldn't even walk in their skates. We decided to bag the roller skating and go bowling instead. Before going to the bowling alley we took Landon and Emma to Burger King for dinner. While we were waiting for the food we let Landon and Emma play on the playground. Then we ate. Landon and Emma love eating at a restaurant or even going through a drive through. Sometimes I don't know what they like more, my cooking or fast food. They did have fun at Burger King though. Personally I think they have the best french fries!

Then we went to the bowling alley. They told us that it would be a 10 minute wait. Dave and I played a couple games of air hockey. Dave won the first game and I won the second game. When they called our name we went to pay and get our shoes. They told us the price was $29.00. We couldn't afford that so we didn't get to go bowling after all. I think we will start job charts and use that as a reward after 2 months of doing their chores. Is it just me or does anyone else think the bowling shoe rental should be included in the bowling price and not seperate?

We went and picked up Reagan from my mom's house and then we were going to get ice cream from Arctic Circle and let the kids play there, but it was already getting late and Dave had to go to Mindy and Marty's to do some electrical work. Landon and Emma were a little disappointed but we just went home and gave them ice cream and then they took showers and got ready for bed. Oh well! They do say "The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry." Maybe we will have better luck next time.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Blog Correction

In my last blog I had some of my facts wrong. This is the correct version. Hans Koerfgen flew Elder Uchtdorf across Nigeria 2 1/2 hours each way every day. The Nigerian government bought a fleet of alfa jets, 228 and 328 from Germany. Uchtdorf was responsible for training the Nigerian Air Force on how to fly the fighter jets. Koerfgen was Uchtdorf's personal pilot. He flew a high performance twin turbo prop 21 seat plane. Sorry for the misunderstanding. Hope this makes more sense.

Our Busy Saturday

Yesterday was a busy day! Dave took the day off work for his part-time job so we could get some things done. He got the car inspected and registered. We were a few days late, but we usually are. We also got some cleaning done, although not as much as we would have liked. Our stake is having a DI drive on Tuesday and I still need to clean out my closet and decide what to donate.

Also yesterday we were invited to Dave's grandma's apartment for dinner. She recently got remarried and her name is Grandma Koerfgen. Her husband Hans is a convert to the church and years ago he was a pilot. Hans would fly from Germany to Africa every single day to fly his passenger to work. Then he would fly him back to Germany. A 10 hour flight each way. Who was this passenger? It was Dieter F. Uchtdorf. Hans of course was not a member of the church at the time and Elder Uchtdorf was. They had many conversations about the church on these long flights. However it wasn't until years later that Hans was baptized. When Grandma and Hans were sealed in the Temple a few months ago, Elder Uchtdorf was the one who sealed them. We sure had a fun visit with them. It is really fascinating to hear all of the stories from Hans.

While we were there Grandma Koerfgen gave Landon and Emma crayons, coloring books, sticker books, and paper to color and draw with. They both had a lot of fun coloring and playing with the sticker books. Landon drew a picture and showed it to Grandma Koerfgen and she said to him "You are going to be a very good artist someday" to which Landon responded "I already am." I realized about halfway through dinner that I should have brought my camera. I didn't get any pictures of them, but here is a picture of Landon's drawing from last night.
Last time I went grocery shopping I bought these Little Debbbie Valentines cakes. Yesterday afternoon for a little snack I gave each of the kids one. Reagan sure had fun with hers. I think she was reliving her first birthday. Here is a picture I took of that.

Also Yesterday at Grandma Koerfgen's we had those Lofthouse Sugar cookies. I gave one to Reagan and she had fun eating that. She got frosting on her thumb and was trying to shake it off. I told her to just lick it off so she stuck her thumb in her mouth and kept it there for a few minutes then took it out and the frosting was off her thumb.

When we got back last night I put the kids down for bed and Dave went to Coldstone to get us some ice cream. When he got back we watched the movie "The Nanny Diaries." I read this book a couple of years ago for book club and thought it was pretty good. The movie I thought was also pretty good. I really enjoyed it. It was also nice to relax after a busy day!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Just For Fun!

I got this idea off a blog I came across recently and decided it would be fun to do.

Five things I was doing 10 years ago:
1. Attending College
2. Going on lots of blind dates
3. Working at a gas station
4. Attending a Singles Ward
5. Looking for Mr. Right

Five things on my list to do today:
1. Help Landon with homework and read to kids
2. Clean living room and kitchen
3. Plan out menus
4. Figure out Stamp Club
5. Grocery Shopping

Five things I will do when I am a millionaire:
1. Pay off debt/Student Loans
2. Travel to all the places I want to go
3. Build craft/stamp room
4. Buy a Mazda 5 and VW Bug in Yellow of course!
5. Invest in the Stock Market

Five things I will never wear again:
1. Stretch Pants
2. Banana Clips
3. Big Hoop Earrings
4. Shirts with shoulder pads
5. Legwarmers

Five of my Favorite toys:
1. Stamps--Rubber and Acrylic
2. Books
3. Computer
4. DVR
5. Digital Camera

My Five banes of existence:
1. Dishes and Laundry
2. Paying bills--we all have them
3. Math
4. Snow--it is good until Christmas
5. Tantrums and whiney kids

Tagging Five Fabulous Friends:
I am just tagging anyone who reads this and thinks it would be fun to do!

Sunday, February 3, 2008


"There's one good thing about snow, it makes your lawn look as nice as your neighbors."--Clyde Moore

This morning we woke up to a phone call telling us that church was being cancelled for the day due to the snow. I had no idea it was even snowing until Dave told me to go look out the window. I did and boy was the snow coming down. It was coming horizontally and coming down hard. Like we didn't have enough snow before. Then I read on the internet that Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow yesterday, so now we have 6 more weeks of winter. Thanks a lot Phil, you let me down this year!

In order to get a little bit of religion in today Dave and I watched the funeral of President Hinckley. We were unable to watch it yesterday because we had a baptism to go to, so we set the DVR to record it and thanks to modern technology we were able to watch it today! I love the DVR! After Dave went outside to shovel our driveway so that we could get out later to go to my parents house for dinner. I decided it was a great time to go out and take pictures and put them on my blog. So here are pictures of our snowy day!