Thursday, February 24, 2011

I am obsessed with this luggage.
You see, I don't own luggage. Our condo is much too small. We are completely out of room. Even under our bed is stuffed with lots of stuff. So, we constantly borrow luggage from parents who live close by. Today I am day dreaming of -
gasp- owning my own luggage. Not any luggage, but this beautiful steam line luggage. So what if its like 500 dollars. It's way more important to own beautiful luggage than to save for/own a house ....right? Who am I kidding, its not like I travel anywhere exotic and exciting enough to use it (cue the sad violins)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Our Valentines day this year was (supposed to be) relaxed. We had a special night planned for the next night, so Valentines day this year was spent cooking together and staying in. Everything was pretty easy going.
We even made each other homemade valentines day cards. Cody's made me cry.

I learned my overzealous lesson this year. In the morning I went to the grocery store, did 5 loads of laundry, got a hair cut, and folded those 5 loads of laundry before I even thought about starting to cook. Then around 1-ish I started making the rolls. I had to start over 4 times before I realized the reason my butter was turning into billions of crystals was because my milk was too cold. Bah.
Then I decided I wanted to make chocolate mouse, complete with chocolate bowls. So... I got a few water balloons and struggled horribly to blow them up. I can't even blow up regular balloons, so these were so near impossible. I nearly died. It took me and entire hour to blow up two balloons. I got so dizzy that I almost passed out, so I laid on the ground. Seriously. I am that cool.
So after the horribleness of blowing up the balloons.. I popped the first one instantly when it touched the chocolate because the chocolate was too hot. Great. So I let the chocolate cool forever and started in on the second one. this one was going better. This one popped too, but not before I almost entirely covered it in chocolate, resulting in chocolate EVERYWHERE.. including, but not limited to, my hair (freshly washed, cut, and styled) the floor, the celeing, and everywhere in between. Now I was back at square one, with no balloons and a dirty kitchen. ughh... needless to say I finally got it done, but it was an ordeal. All in all, the dinner was delicious, but I learned a lesson for future Valentines Days.
Don't be stupid. (partially kidding)
Ha ha, but seriously, even though it was so much fun to cook with Cody, I way overplanned and so we didn't get to spend as much time with one another because our dinner wasn't ready till 7:30 and afterward we were so so tired that we collapsed on the couch and watched the bachelor. HA .. I am so embarassed for myself.
Anyway, the food was excellent, so if you want the recipe for any of it I will link it.
Parker House Rolls. Bacon-cheese stuffed shells. Steamed artichokes with Julia child's Hollindase Sauce. ( I forgot to take a picture, but they looked similiar to this pic I found on the internet. and Chocolate mouse, in freaking chocolate bowls and rasberries. (no recipe)

I was so full by the time we were on the main course, I only ate one shell (which is why there is only one in the picture)
Overall I probably consumed a billion delicious calories.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Valentines Day Part 1


Valentines Day this year was great. Filled with much love.
(and potential love) A few days before the big day Me and Whitney got these adorable kids together for some staged romance. Presley (Whitney's adorable baby/model) was loving herself some Mack time. Mack on the other hand wanted nothing to do with Presley ... or any of us. While Mrs. P struck glamorous poses in the grass Mack stared directly into the camera and screamed, only briefly stopping for chocolate bribes. I only got 3 pictures before my camera died.
Whitney, will you e-mail me some of the good ones you got? Love you.

Despite how beautiful these donuts look, they are not an add folks, they are the real deal!! My lovely sister Dee brought them over to me one afternoon and created instant happiness. Thanks Dee. They were heavenly.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Last month Me, Mack, Deanna, and Raegan ventured to Sandy, Utah to visit my mom and dad and see their new place. We had a really good time. Even though winter in Utah is Butt freaking cold.
I was nervous about the flight with two small children, pregnant Dee and Me, but it turned out really well thanks to the endless amounts candy and a portable DVD player with trusty ol' Baby Einstein playing.
This is the place my parents decided to go after they abandoned us. Yeah, yeah its big and beautiful with an amazing basement, but come on parents... really?

Watching Mack in the snow might have been the funniest thing I have ever seen. I bundled him up like CRAZY (minus the shoes) but he was pretty much traumatized by the horrible snow. When I put him in it he would stop moving and just scream. Ha ha.
If you are reading this I think you are crazy. Seriously. As we unpacked box after box of children's toys, books, puzzles, legos, coloring books, and so so much more I realized that you are a hoarder of children's toys. You need to admit that you have a problem. Much love, Me, who had to unpack it all.

These pictures don't even do it justice. And I somehow didn't get a picture of the, not kidding, 10 - 15 e.x.t.r.e.m.e.l.y large stuffed animals that my dad used to use during counseling with kids that are now also added to the fun fest for the grandchildren.
I am pretty sure my mom loves her grandkids more than she ever loved any of us ;) Love you mom...
By the end of the week Mack started getting a little braver in the snow. He would stomp on it, as long as one foot rested safely on the sidewalk. And if any snow happened to land on his foot he would stop moving and scream until I went over and knocked it off. Raegan was a champ though. This little girl has no fear.
Mack loves pictures of snowmen so I thought I would try to make him one. ...but the thought of trampling through the snow myself didn't sound so appealing (like mother like son..) So I made a mini snowman on my balcony patio. Mack of course didn't help, but after I finished he would poke the snowman with a stick and grunt.
Our second night there my parents took us out to dinner at the garden room. It is a beautiful restaurant at the top of a building with lots of windows that offers an amazing view of Salt Lake City. I lost the pictures of that too, which I am bummed about. But when we got home these beautiful flowers were on the doorstep for me from my amazing husband. So sweet.
Mack loved being pampered by his Grandparents and Aunt Amy. We miss you guys already and can't wait to visit again.
...when it's warmer.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

I don't even need to express how excited I am to eat these little bad boys this month. So cute... and they taste pretty good too. I hope that the KK located closest (but never close enough) to me is a 'participating location.' I love that I still get a free doughnut a day thanks to that crazy promotion last summer!! Totally worth it! Now everyone go show your love this month with a box of Krispy Kremes!! woo hoo