Saturday, August 30, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
One of my greatest shortcomings is one of Neil’s greatest qualities: PATIENCE. It really takes a lot for him to fly off the handle. He rarely nit-picks or criticizes, explaining that some things are better dropping than getting worked up over. When expressing a frustration, he does so in a brief and direct manner. And then he drops it and truly moves on without giving it another thought. Sometimes it drives me nuts when I'm still dwelling on something that Neil has completely put behind him, but ultimately this quality has contributed to the harmony in our home and helped me learn to not take things so seriously myself.
July 2002 - photo courtesy of Dad
We share the same anniversary with Ken and Amy, a couple in our ward. Same day, same place, 40 minutes ahead of us. I keep meaning to examine our wedding pictures to see if I can find them in the background anywhere. :)
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
- list one reason I'm glad I married Neil
- post a random picture &
- share a random fact about us
We laugh together! A marriage void of laughter isn't a healthy marriage, in my opinion! Growing up when envisioning the qualities I wanted in a husband, the ability to make me laugh was always near the top of the list! And from the day I met Neil, I knew without a doubt he carried this quality. Whether it's over an inside joke, my absentmindedness, an old memory, our daughter, a classic line from a movie or tv show, or something we can't even explain, some of the best moments spent with Neil have been in the company of good, hearty laughter!
This is the very first photo ever taken of us.
February 2002 - Chevy's Restaurant in Orem, UT, where we met as co-workers.
Neil's very first gift to me was a Kim Anderson "Forever Young" water globe/music box that plays "Puppy Love" and has a boy handing a girl a rose. Neil gave it to me on our first Valentine's Day, less than a week after we'd started dating. Chloe loves it and frequently asks me to get it down from the shelf in her room to play the song and look at "Mommy and Daddy".
It is 4:37am. Approximately two hours ago, your sister came into our room with the intention of sneaking into bed with us (a recent habit she's formed). In the short process of carrying her back to her room, while reminding her (for the hundredth time) of the Andersen family's sleeping arrangements, YOU woke up!
Now, my little one, I know the Olympics have probably gotten you jazzed up these last couple weeks. They've certainly excited your sister - especially the "ginastics", as she calls them. I know, too, that you're running out of room in there, and with those long Halliday legs you've most likely inherited, I can hardly blame you for needing to stretch them out as you so often do. But goodness gracious, child! This kick boxing match has kept me awake for the last hour and a half! There isn't an opponent in there I don't know about, is there? I thought your sister was active, but you've already surpassed her in that category (something you can surely use to your advantage in months to come when she's picking on you)!
While I appreciate and really just have to giggle at all the commotion in my belly, I do have one simple request. Can you save the exercise routine for morning? Mommy needs her rest! Especially these days, since all too soon she's going to be permanently sleep-deprived!
I sure do love you and can't wait to tickle those little elbows, knees and feet that I have already become so well acquainted with! Off to dream land you go now, my little gymnast.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Thank you for all the love and support you have extended to me! I hope your day is filled with much happiness! Love ya, Dad.
I am so grateful we discovered the spot on the ceiling when we did, and that it wasn't holding more water. Call me crazy, but the idea of having to replace a chunk of my ceiling really doesn't appeal to me!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Aren't they precious?
I thought Chloe was playing in her room until I found her on the guest bed laying next to sleeping Ellie. Despite how quiet and careful Chloe remained, it's amazing Ellie's nap wasn't disturbed!
Chloe has actually been quite a help this week! The other day she fed Ellie an entire bottle all by herself. Whenever I change Ellie, she demands to snap her onesie back up AND take the dirty diaper to the garbage. It's great! She's very affectionate and constantly asking to hold and kiss Ellie. It gives me hope for the huge transition November will bring.
I ventured to Costco with the girls the other day. Between 2 1/2 year old Chloe, 6 month old Ellie, and big bellied me pushing them around, I got some pretty interesting looks! One lady in particular never said anything, but the expression on her face screamed, "Do you know the definition of birth control?" While a part of me wanted to clarify that they weren't BOTH mine, another part of me wanted to get an even bigger rise out her by saying, "Yes, they're both mine! AND I'm carrying twins!" It made me chuckle.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Here are just a few of the reasons:
You are youthful.
You are hard working.
You can sew. :)
Your pies are yummy.
You have raised four amazing, good looking, responsible and successful children (all of whom hold high respect for you).
You are spirited, happy and fun.
You are a good example of what it is to be a mother.
We have good phone conversations.
You tease Neil about the same things I tease him about.
Your granddaughter loves you to pieces.
Now this wouldn't be a proper post if it didn't include some pictures! Enjoy!
March 1978 - What a babe!
Spring 1979 - new mom (by the way, do you still have those glasses?)
1985 - your stinkin' adorable children (Lori, Jeff, Brad & Neil)
December 2003 - Christmas in Atlanta
August 2004 - Times Square
December 2005 - first time holding your new granddaughter
July 2006 - she sure had a big head, didn't she?
November 2006 - Thanksgiving in Colorado
November 2006 - with your parents after a day of Colorado skiing
August 2007 - Flaming Gorge
August 2007 - with the girls who love you most!
December 2007 - Christmas Day in San Francisco
March 2008 - visiting your Colorado kids
July 2008 - Florida
So many memories, and really we're only getting started. Happy Birthday, Mama Susie! We hope your day is just as special as you are! XOXO.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
So I've had a 3 pound roast sitting in my freezer for who knows how long! Last week as I was evaluating our freezer inventory, I decided it was time to cook the darn thing once and for all, but my mind drew a blank as to what I could do with it. Sure, there was the traditional meat and potatoes, but somehow that never tastes as good to me during the summer months. Plus, with a roast this size, we would never finish the leftovers before they went bad. I wanted something different. Something new.
Well wouldn't ya know the very week I'm stewing over what to make of this chunk of meat, my friend, Melissa posts a recipe on her blog calling for a 3 pound roast! Not only did it look yummy, but it was a solution to my problem! Double bonus! I tried these babies out tonight and was very VERY satisfied. So was Neil. So were Dan and Stef, who joined us. And so, Melissa, I am not trying to steal your thunder, but simply passing along a very special treat for more to benefit from. Thanks again for sharing.
Melissa's recipe can be found here. I used hers as a guide, but added slightly different ingredients. Do what you will. Regardless, it will taste good. I promise!
Shredded Beef Taquitos
- 1 roast (I used a 3 lb. beef roast but I'm sure a pork roast would work great too)
- corn tortillas (my roast made about 30 taquitos - so 30 tortillas)
- canola oil
- seasonings (I used seasoned salt, garlic powder, cumin, and cayenne pepper)
- 1 7oz. can Herdez Salsa Verde
- 1 10oz. can Rotel tomatoes & green chilies (undrained)
- 1 green bell pepper, julienne sliced
- 1/2 red onion, julienne sliced
- olive oil
- Heat some olive oil and butter (I did about 1 tbsp. of each) in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, place roast in skillet and brown on all sides. Transfer to crockpot. Add desired seasonings, Herdez Salsa Verde, Rotel tomatoes, bell pepper and onion. Cook on low for at least 8 hours or until roast easily falls apart.
- Remove roast from crockpot (keep the juices produced from the roast in the crockpot). Shred roast and return to crockpot. Mix well until juices have absorbed into the meat.
- In an electric skillet (or large skillet) heat canola oil (just enough to line the bottom of the skillet). Once oil is hot, fry corn tortillas only a few seconds on each side, then place on a paper towel-lined plate. This step simply prevents the tortillas from falling apart when you roll them into taquitos.
- Fill corn tortillas with desired amount of shredded beef and roll up. Line taquitos on an ungreased cookie sheet (seam side down) and bake at 400 degrees for about 7 minutes. Flip and bake an additional 7 minutes or until desired crispiness is reached.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Monday morning I woke up with a pinching and slightly cramping sensation in my groin area, specifically my ureter. If that's already too much information you might as well skip this post all together because it isn't going to get much better! My initial thought was one of two possibilities, the first being a UTI (urinary tract infection). I've had them before, and would pretty much describe the symptoms as what I was experiencing. The second possibility was a kidney stone, which I've also had, but which I'd put in an entirely different category to these piddly symptoms. Regardless, the discomforts were minimal so I carried on with my day, trying not to dwell.
By Tuesday things were getting worse. The pinching and cramping was now accompanied by inflammation and pressure on my bladder, which resulted in several more bathroom trips than usual. But it was when my braxton hicks became noticeably stronger and more frequent that I decided it was time to call my doctor. You never want to be the spaz patient who freaks out over every little thing, but this clearly needed attention! Per Dr. Baer's orders I headed over to his office for a urine test. Surprisingly the results were normal. No blood in my urine, and no sign of a UTI. Since he had nothing to treat me for, he told me to keep him posted and sent me on my way.
As the evening progressed, so did my symptoms. At midnight the pinching and pressure was getting so intense that I finally got up (from bed) to go to the bathroom. Upon sitting down I felt a sudden sharp pinch. It really was nothing more than that, and while I normally wouldn't have thought much of it, what I noticed next caught my attention! RELIEF! Every ounce of pain and discomfort vanished in that very instant! That's when I decided I needed to take a look in the toilet. So I did.
And what did I find?
First thing this morning I called my doctor to tell him my good news. This was VERY good news considering my last kidney stone experience, which plenty of you know about! When I took the ziploc bag containing the stone into his office, he and his nurse were shocked! He said that blood is virtually always detected in urine when a kidney stone is present. Aside from this, it's just amazing I was able to pass this thing with such ease (and minimal pain) considering the stone I was NOT able to pass during my pregnancy with Chloe (which I had to have surgically removed), was only 1 mm. larger! I am so so SO relieved! My only hope now is that nothing else is brewing in there!
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Here's today's fun activity: get naked from the waist down and decorate the bathroom (and self) with Comet! Mom won't mind, even though she cleaned this very bathroom less than 24 hours ago!
After coughing up a lung from the cloud of Comet that had produced in the tiniest room of our house, I opened the window (all the way), wiped out the tub, swept the floor, threw the rug in the washer, filled the tub with fresh water and ordered Chloe to get in and stay there until further notice! I really couldn't do anything else with her unless I wanted Comet tracked all over my house.
Why is it that she (almost) always waits until Neil's out of town to act on her crazy impulses?
Sunday, August 3, 2008
In my defense, the 'after' photos look especially bad because the flash was on. I'm sure in natural lighting they wouldn't look quite as horrible. Still, you can definitely see the pink!
So my original intention in writing this post was to say, "Hey, look what I did!" My intention now, however, is to simply ask for help! Is there any hope? Can I salvage this blanket? I was planning to give it to our soon-to-be nephew, but in its current condition, I don't even think I'd be willing to donate it to Goodwill! Neil's aunt suggested Dye Grabber, a terry cloth like fabric that is supposed to absorb dye, ultimately preventing colors from fading into each other. Naturally you're supposed to use it during the first wash cycle, but I am still going to give it a shot. I am hoping after a few more washes the red fades a bit. It's just frustrating knowing I so easily could have prevented all of this by one simple step. Oh well. Lesson learned.