Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Thanksgiving wrap

I have been meaning to share about our Thanksgiving trip, but I knew it would take a while.  In general it was good, I am so thankful for the time spent with family.  We made it out all in one day on Friday which was about 11 hours.  Austin did great, he watched his cartoons and vegged out for the long ride.  We wanted to find a park to let him burn some energy, but it was pretty chilly so we settled for the McDonald's Playplace in Fruita, CO.  Saturday Dustin and I went to the Border War, which I DO NOT WANT TO TALK ABOUT, and that's all I have to say about that!  We did see my sorority friend Robyn and sat with Dustin's fraternity buddy Dave.  We went to our favorite Laramie restaurant, Altitudes, afterwards for an incredible meal before heading back to my Mom's.  I had filet that came with mashed potatoes with carmelized onions, it's making my mouth water to think about it!

Dustin's parents got in that day and stayed until Tuesday.  I think all in all it went well and I got along good with them.  On that, I have been working on my relationship with them.  We are just different and they make me uncomfortable at times as I'm sure I do to them.  After I had Austin my hormones were out of control and I was not the nicest person to them pretty much until I stopped breastfeeding and got back to my old happy self.  I try to be on my nicest, best behavior to make up for it now, and as I said I think this trip was good.  On Monday we went to the Butterfly Pavilion in Denver and it was a lot of fun.

Then on Wednesday my brother George and family came in and stayed until Friday.  My sister Cathy was there too. It was great to have so much family together, but 11 people in my Mom's small home was tight.  I was completely frustrated by Thanskgiving dinner, I bought a 21 lb turkey on Monday an put in the fridge to thaw.  It seemed to be thawed to me when I stuffed him and put him in the oven, but when it was time to eat I started spooning out the stuffing and it was definitely not cooked.  The outside part of the turkey was perfect, but the inside was undercooked, so it must have still been a bit frozen in the core.  We carved off the done part and microwaved it to make sure that it was all up to temperature.  The rest of the meal was good, and I really can't complain because it was a blessing to have that many of us together.  Although I am a perfectionist when it comes to cooking and take pride in the meals I prepare, so it was extremely dissapointing to me. 

We headed home on Friday, but only got as far as Green River, Utah.  We had all had it with being in the truck since we had been gone all week so we stopped for the night.  Saturday morning we pushed home, and man was it good to be home and sleep in our own bed that night. 

Now it's time to get ready for Christmas!

Cookie time!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

A quick post

Just had to share a cute story.  Tonight after Austin's bath we were hanging out in the living room.  Austin goes over to his diaper bag and gets the box of wipes out.  He pulls out a wipe walks over to me, wipes my nose, then walks to the kitchen, pulls open the sliding trash can, throws the wipe away and closes the trash.  He cracks me up, I guess he's seen that one a time or two!

Also he amazes me because he can do somersaults.  We are guessing he learned it at daycare.  Most of the attempts he ends up falling over part way through, but he can definitely do a full on somersault every once and a while. 

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Aloha Friday

Aloha Friday is a fun way to make new bloggy friends. Ask a simple question on your blog then go to An Island Life to leave your link, then make sure to visit other participants and answer their questions.

My question:

What color is the outside of your home? 

Today I finally got to help my husband paint our house.  He has worked so hard on it and got 3 of the 4 walls done before today.  Today he was working on the front and was getting tired of it so since I had the day off work, but our daycare was open I dropped Austin off and came home and painted with him.  Now our house is all blue.  Over the weekend we will go over the white trim with a fresh coat and our house will be good as new.  We also had a new roof put on two months ago.  The best part was we got a lot of time to just talk while we painted and it was so nice!  It's sad that in this day and age with our busy lives that we often don't take the time to have a heart to heart conversation. Aloha!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Gift Exchange

I saw on Brandi's blog that she is participating in a handmade Christmas Gift Exchange and it looked like fun so I signed up.  Today is the last day, but if you are interested here is the link:

You get the name and address of another participant and you exchange handmade Christmas gifts by November 30th.  Now I have to get going on my new project!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Cold weather is here...

...and that means it's time to wrap up in a blanket and enjoy a nice hot cup of cider.

My Mother-in-laws yummy recipe:
  • 6 cups apple cider
  • 3 cups cranberry juice
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 6 Cinnamon sticks
  • 1 TBSP whole cloves
Bring to boil, simmer in a crock pot.

I love to make this for parties.  I have found though that I like to use a strainer for the cloves, or remove them before serving because once someone swallowed one. 

In a Nutshell

Ok, so I have had a bit of blog block lately.  I have plenty of things to write about, but I haven't taken the time to sit and do it so I am going to do a bullet list of updates to get all my thoughts down:

  • We are heading to Colorado a week from Friday and I am SO EXCITED!  We are going to the Border War, the football game between my Alma mater Colorado State University and my hubby's Alma mater University of Wyoming.  It the oldest continuous interstate football rivalry west of the Mississippi.  Unfortunately it is in Laramie this year so it will be chilly!  The prize is the coveted Bronze Boot Trophy, it's a boot that was literally worn by a CSU ROTC instructor in the Vietnam War and they bronzed it and mounted it to a pedestal. 
  • My in laws are meeting us in Colorado for a few days.  They were going to come out here this week, but my FIL had a health issue so they were unable to make it.  They are coming in to be there Saturday so they can spend time with Austin while we are at the game.
  • We will not be moving to Grand Junction.  When Dustin got the notice about the job it listed the guy they hired for the position so Dustin googled his name and found out that the guy is taking a demotion for the job, so he must really want to live in Grand Junction.  I can't say I blame him as he is currently stationed in Vernal, UT and I can totally understand not wanting to live in a small Utah town. Please keep your fingers crossed that something else comes along soon for us.
  • This weekend Austin mastered "MINE" and "MY".  So now when he wants something that is what he will yell. 
  • Our house is 3/4ths blue now.  Since we have Thursday off we hope to finish painting the front of the house and get started on the white trim.  It is a bright blue, but I think if you aren't focused on the color then it looks fine.  At any rate it's better than the old grungy faded yellow that it was.
  • I bought my first Christmas gift today.  I wasn't even planning on it, but it just presented itself.  It's for my sister and I don't know if she reads my blog, so I can't divulge what it is, but I was really excited!  She is one of my moderately hard to shop for family members, so it's good to have that one figured out.
  • Christmas gift buying is getting easier for us this year, Dustin's family has pretty much all said they don't want to do gifts anymore.  Last Christmas his siblings did not get us gifts and his Mom just told me that they don't want a gift, which is ok with me!  He still wants to give his nephews gifts even though they are both in college now, but he said cash for all.  Nice and EASY!
  • I found out today that my employer is thinking about having our employee Christmas Party locally this year.  Usually it is a 1.5-2 hour drive away so I figured we wouldn't even bother, but if it's here then I am all for getting a sitter so we can go.  Last year we took Austin with us, but he was a little baby then.  Now he's mobile and loud and I think he would be annoying for those who want it to be a grown up party.
  • I tried Skype this weekend for the first time.  My sister was at my Mom's house and logged them on.  They loved getting to see and talk to Austin and he was digging it too.  The technology we have today is amazing!
I think that is most of what has been on my mind lately. I hope I didn't bore you too much.  I hope to get back to blogging more regularly, but don't hold your breath!