Monday, February 20, 2012
Monday, February 13, 2012
She is our new baby and I am pretty sure
she is the cutest puppy in the entire world.
Hard to disagree, eh?
MayBee is a Yorkie/Min-Pin Mix and is almost 5 months old.
3.5 pounds of pure cuteness!
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
Everybody knows there's not a better time of year
Hear that sleigh, Santa's on his way
Hip, Hip Hooray, for Christamas Vacation"
(Chad was happy to drive a limo for a night and an extra special thanks to Sherry and Nathan for letting us borrow their sweet ride!)
Crown Burger for dinner!
My first Crown Burger experience and it was yummy!
Finally home, Ollie wanted to welcome the Christmas company!
Hannah wasn't too sure of the warm welcome...
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Dear ABC Family,
I don't think sex, violence, drugs, and lying are really "family" friendly.
Sincerely, change your name.
Dear people of the world,
Does anyone know where I can get a hippo?
Sincerely, allowed to have any animal in my dorm that can stay under water for over 15 minutes.
Dear conspiracy theorist,
But what if they just WANT you to think it's a conspiracy?
Sincerely, conspiracy conspiracy theorist.
Dear assigned reading,
I'll take it from here.
(Also, remember Monkey Notes? Sparknotes saved my life come Shakespeare time in 10th grade!)
Dear over weight man running,
Sincerely, at least you're trying.
(I hope this is what people are thinking when they pass me running!)
You have automatic toilets, automatic soap dispensers, automatic faucets, and automatic hand dryers. The least you could do is make your doors push and not pull.
Dear baking soda,
How is it that you're good for baking AND cleaning toilet bowls?
Dear person who overheard my conversation,
I was talking about bunk beds.
Sincerely, I like to be on top...
If you have to question whether or not it's a shirt or a dress... it's probably a shirt.
Sincerely, please, just play it safe.
Dear little brother,
No no, "condo" is short for condominium.
Sincerely, we do not live in a condom.
So let me get this straight, you went from Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Lion King and Tarzan, to..... High School Musical, Hannah Montana and Camp Rock?
Sincerely, WTH happened?!
(So true... not that I don't love High School Musical, Hannah Montana, and Camp Rock!)
When you give me dilemmas, I make dilemmanade.
Sincerely, nice try.
Dear food on the ground,
1... 2... 3... 4... 5... GO!
Dear Gatorade commercials,
You won't need special effects with me. I naturally sweat rainbows.
Sincerely, Chuck Norris.
If you dont have trampoline floors and a giant slide that goes from your bed to a pool, you are wasting your money.
Sincerely, I'd have so much fun.
Dear "an apple a day keeps the doctor away",
Sincerely, Snow White.
Dear men and women of the armed forces,
Please realize that while not all of us support war, we still support you.
Sincerely, thank you.(I am not saying that I do or don't support the war... I believe it is often an unpleasant necessity but I thought this was a great sentiment.)
Debbie's hair looking gorgeous from a cute double-french braid-half up/half down-wavy ends hair style that Kasey mostly did:
Carol also had a cute sideways in the back braid inspired by:
Kasey gave me a Utah pouf (only the cute kind with enough volume to look cute but sans any rats nest or square head).
Kasey had a cute twist/fishtail braid do that Debbie gave her which looked super cute! I believe it was inspired by this:
We also played photographer to get a few cute preggo pics of Mrs. Caroly who will be having a cute baby boy so soon it doesn't even seem real! Here are my artsy tries at maternity pics (please note I am not a photographer and my fancy equipment includes my point and shooter):
Monday, August 29, 2011
The up-side of the fall schedule starting is that our life will be more normal. It is crazy to think that I can get to a point where I crave some regularity in my day-to-day life. I am excited to get organized (I am talking literally organizing my house... I am probably half way through going through everything and organizing and tossing what we never use... feels good to simplify!) and I am excited to have more time to work on the things I need to be busy with.
For any of you who don't already know, I now own my own business called Letter Lace. I am your one-stop source for all things announcements! Baby, graduation, wedding, holiday, special events... you name it. I have been official since the beginning of summer but with everything we have been up to I haven't advertised or gotten my website up and running. Everything I have done so far has been word of mouth, which is great, but I am excited to have more time to devote to building my business and being a bigger helper with our monthly income. This is an exciting and daunting task all at the same time.
To kind of celebrate (or not...) back to school time we invited our friends Debbie and Eric over for a little BBQ yesterday evening. We usually invite more over but since they have been nice enough to share so many yummy things from their garden lately we thought we would invite them to share with them the yummy ways we have been enjoying some of the goodies along with a few other things we could enjoy. Chad grilled us some bratwurst and italian sausage burgers (Johnsonville just came out with burger patties made out of their bratwurst and italian sausage meat and let me tell you... delish!) along with some yellow squash, zucchini and honey & balsamic carrots. The squash and zucchini were both from Debbie's garden and I coated them with olive oil and italian breadcrumbs before Chad tossed them on the grill... my new favorite way to eat them by far! The carrots were from Chad's parents garden and we steamed them a bit before Chad threw them on the grill and brushed on a mixture of honey mixed with balsamic vinegar... one of our new favorites of the summer. Debbie and Eric brought dessert which was amazing. Chocolate zucchini cake with walnuts and chocolate chips. I went back for a healthy (or unhealthy I suppose) helping of seconds for the cake. So moist! Perfect topped with cool whip.
We will still enjoy ourselves with special occasions from time to time but for now we will have to get used to a simpler life for awhile. Whenever we get burnt out we will have to think back to our busy summer and be thankful for the blessings of all our activities.
"Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work and wholesome recreational activities." -The Family: A Proclamation to the World
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Oh Kale... I started my day with gagging down a kale shot! Kale is very nutritional... as you can see down below by what I stole from Wikipedia. The only problem with Kale is that it tastes disgusting. Also, if mixed with other juices it tends to completely overpower everything. That's where the idea for the Kale shot came into play. That way we get the nutrients but who said we have to savor when it isn't the good stuff? To help chase any Kale taste still remaining I made another juice to be yummier! It had spinach, granny apple, and grapes. It was delicious! Obviously fruit juices are yummy almost always however the better nutrients are in the veggies so I am trying to mix some of each to balance taste vs. nutrition.
Nutritional value: Kale is considered by nutritionists including Dr Joel Furhman to be the most nutritious vegetable in the world with extremely powerful antioxidant properties; kale is considered[by whom?] to be anti-inflammatory.
Kale is very high in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, lutein, zeaxanthin, and reasonably rich in calcium. Kale, as with broccoli and other brassicas, contains sulforaphane (particularly when chopped or minced), a chemical believed to have potent anti-cancer properties. Boiling decreases the level of sulforaphane; however, steaming, microwaving, or stir frying do not result in significant loss. Along with other brassica vegetables, kale is also a source of indole-3-carbinol, a chemical which boosts DNA repair in cells and appears to block the growth of cancer cells. Kale is also a good source of carotenoids.
Friday, August 26, 2011
Have you watched Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead yet? If not, watch it! It is on instant view on Netflix.
A little over a month ago I watched the documentary on a whim during one of my nights of insomnia. (A teeny overview... seriously though... watch it: A rich Australian man is over-weight and has an immune disease. To make a drastic change he comes for a long visit here to the States and decides to go on an all juice fast for 60-days. He is closely supervised by doctors and they tell you all the wonderful reasons why juicing is more nutritional than eating fruits and veggies whole. Basically you gets all the nutrients a lot easier and faster because you would have to eat a butt-load of stuff to be able to eat as much nutrients as you can get just from the juice of fruits and veggies. Think of it as a salad espresso shot.) They day after watching it, before mentioning anything about it at all, my mom called to tell me I should watch it. It had an impact on all of us. Even if you aren't totally intrigued to toss all your processed food and start sipping all of your meals, this documentary still is a great way to make you think about what you are eating without making you feel like crap like I did after watching Super-Size Me.
My parents went out an bought a juicer right away. They have been juicing quite a bit for the last month. I also have a friend who finished a 30-day total juice fast and LOVED it.
Today I finally got a juicer!
It isn't the fancy Breville that my parents and Summer got but it was $89.00 at Costco and it seems to work great so far. If anything happens to it Costco is pretty awesome at returning anything... whenever. I figure if Jack LaLanne and his juicer can be one of the top infomercials for so long, it has to work decent, right?!?!
We've had the juicer for about 5 hours or so now and I've already made 3 juices. Now Chad isn't a super picky eater but you should have seen his face after the kale+spinach+parsley+cilantro+serrano pepper juice I first made. Priceless! Our new motto? "If You Don't Love It, Chug It!" Later we made carrot juice and then granny smith apple juice. Both of the latter were seriously delicious. The first was... healthy! At this point I am not committing to a full juice fast quite yet but I am committing to two juice meals a day and watching what I eat for dinner. Wish me luck!
P.S. Juice Rocks! Have you seen the film? Would you ever consider a juice fast or do you think we are all crazy? :)
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
I am not turning this into a food blog, and I am not turning myself into a foodie. These recipes are stolen from all over the web and I will try to remember to give credit where credit is deserved.
"1 pound lean ground beef
1/4 - 1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 Tablespoon sesame oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
1/2 - 1 teaspoon crushed red peppers (to desired spiciness)
salt and pepper
1 bunch green onions, diced (don't skip this!)
Heat a large skillet over medium heat and brown hamburger with garlic in the sesame oil. Drain most of the fat and add brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger, salt and pepper and red peppers. Simmer for a few minutes to blend the flavors. Serve over steamed rice and top with green onions."
A special thanks and a shout out goes to Debbie for the side-dish tonight. I sauteed some eggplant that she shared from her garden! I don't know how I made them look like soggy pickles but they tasted awesome! Lately we have also been enjoying zucchini she shared with us as well. I am not exagerating when I say it was the biggest zucchini I've ever seen in my life... I would say 5-inches thick and maybe 18inches to 2 feet long! I have been slicing it up and throwing it on the grill... yum yum yum! I think I still have enough to try my go at zucchini bread for the first time... wish me luck!
It's "before," not "b4."
Sincerely, this is your homework, not bingo.
Dear people behind me,
I promise the line hasn't moved. Stop getting closer.
Sincerely, personal space issues.
Dear Concerned Parents,
Why was I home late? Oh, you know, the usual... landing in jail, running across railroads, and spending hundreds of dollars.
Sincerely, seriously though, monopoly is a really long game.
Dear girls who say they love nerds,
There is a HUGE difference between nerds and hot guys who wear glasses.
Sincerely, an actual nerd.
Dear people complaining about not having flying cars,
You can barely drive your car on the ground.
Sincerely, the curb you just checked.
Dear 12 year old girl who just asked me who NSYNC was,
My heart just broke a little bit.
Sincerely, you're making me feel old.
There is no such things as automatic doors... just gentlemen ninjas.
Dear Google Earth,
Thank you for making me feel like a God.
Sincerely, spinning the earth the other way.
Dear Schoolhouse Rock,
Please make educational songs for college students as well.
Sincerely, think about it.
You've done a great job but I'll take it from here...
Dear homeless guy shaking a can full of money,
Sincerely, college student.
Dear white people using chopsticks,
It doesn't make the experience more authentic...
Sincerely, Asian using a fork.
Current Balance: $0.01.
Sincerely, now what?
P.S. You're welcome!