Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I normally do not blog about personal things or deep things.. I am going to today...
Sam had never lived in Utah and had NEVER been around a influence of one religious group in his life UNTIL he hit Utah. Sam was use to many many churches and everyone being together as one no matter what church you went to. Utah is a little different and Kaysville is even more so. 98% of our neighbors our Mormon and I mean VERY VERY Mormon. I am happy for them, I am glad it works for them, BUT we know it does not work for US. The problem with that is where do you find a life in a neighborhood that is all one religious group when you don't go to that church.... hmmmmmmm....
I am use to the Mormon culture. In fact there are aspects of it I thrive on and look up to, and obviously (because I have chosen differently) there are some things that do not click in my heart. I said to a church leader one day.. "I kind of feel like I woke up in a town that everyone was driving backwards, EVERYONE, and no one asked.. HEY WHY ARE WE DRIVING BACKWARDS? They just did it because their neighbors, their parents, and their grand parents did it. I told him "I don't want to drive backwards because everyone else is, if I choose to drive backwards I want to know why I am".... That is how I feel about the Mormon church. I did NOT want to be Mormon because my neighbors are, or my parents are or... or... or...
It has been a hard decision on me and I have felt like an outsider A LOT!!! A LOT... Sam just does not get it.. He does not get the living your religion for "other people" he struggles with the entire concept of things. I have said to him many many times... DON'T HAVE A BEER IN FRONT OF THEM OR DON'T DO THIS.. He looks at me like I have 8 heads... He doesn't understand it at all. Sam and I definitely are "WHO WE ARE". We don't "pretend" we don't drink alcohol, we don't "pretend" we don't go to a bar, and we don't put up a facade to make us look better in a neighbors eye. It has been hard... HARD!! A lot of times as I have been in Kaysville it seriously has went through my head. I SHOULD GO TO THE LDS CHURCH so I can get a life... I AM SERIOUSLY JUST CONFUSED AS HECK ABOUT THIS... I am not saying that this is exclusive to the "mormon" religion. I am sure if we moved in to a neighborhood that was 98% Jewish we would have the same problem.
Sam is the most spiritual person I have ever been with. He talks about the hereafter, and god and what he believes.
So I don't work outside of the home so I don't have "work" friends, my kids are older and getting all grown up so I don't do the "room mom" thing any more. We don't hang out in bars or clubs (well very often) because we don't have a group of friends... So we have struggled with the "friend" thing here in good ole Kaysville!!! anyone else????????
Monday, April 27, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Cassidi had a dance tonight and for the dance they all came to Sam and I's house to have dinner. It was fun to see everyone but WOW with teenage girls come drama. We made it through and no FIST fights.. HA HA.. Fun kids and I hope they have a great night.. KEEP IN MIND THE THEME WAS THE 80'S OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT!
Here are some pictures and some pictures of Sam and I's back yard. It looks so so pretty right now.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
This was the strangest thing and was good entertainment for a few minutes and thought you might enjoy it. It apparently takes just the right amount of fluid in the bottom to make it do this. I have no idea how much but give it a shot.
I am coming home to you tonight honey.... I love you and miss you tons.
Monday, April 20, 2009
here is the recipe.. seriously so so good... I put the roast in about 8:00 a.m. and let it cook all day..
Put a 4lb PORK (or if Pork is not allowed beef or chicken, I prefer pork) roast in your crock pot..
Mix in a bowl:1 can doctor pepper
2- 8 oz cans tomatoe sauceand about 1 cup brown sugar (I did not measure)
place in crock pot (WITH ROAST) and let cook for 6 -7 hours.
Take Pork out.. SHRED IT ALL.
*at this point I took a couple of BIG BIG spoon fulls of "juice" out of crock pot. Just so it was not too runny (use your own judgement here).
Put Pork back in crock pot with juice and ad a couple big tablespoon fulls of Salsa (your favorite) and another cup or so of brown sugar.
Let cook for about another hour.
Take tortillas and heat them in microwave (I prefer homade from a mexican grocery store but whatever will work)
after they are heated ad some of the sweet pork from crockpot..
some spanish rice (I used the precooked bens spanish rice that you heat in the microwave for 90 seconds, I bought two packets and could have used three)
some heated black beans (just from the can heated in a small sauce pan)
Roll up.. serve with sour cream/guac..../salsa/lettuce (whatever YOU like)
They are so good.
This reciipe will feed A LOT. I fed my family and took 2 zip locks and froze the sweet pork for another night.
Knoks the socks off any sweet burito you are use to..
*I think this recipe would easily feed 15 to 20 if you used the pork sparingly and bought more rice and black beans...
I am so excited to defrost them and have them in a week and then after that... yummy!!!
Friday, April 17, 2009
Well turns out we have way OVER BOUGHT as far as # of bedrooms and square footage.
- Josh will be moving out on May 1st! He is so so excited and is renting a place downtown SLC 5 minutes from his work. We are nothing but happy for him but I am sure Brock will miss him. Cassidi and Josh have also became really good friend so we hope he comes back for lasagna night!!!
- Jordan (Sam's youngest) decided she was going to stay in Sheridan! She lives with her mom and is working and has a life there.
- Taylor, (my middle child) did not like Kaysville AT ALL!!! So she lived here for almost a month and decided to go live with her dad in Wellsville. IT BROKE OUR HEARTS BUT SHE SEEMS TO BE DOING WELL and she comes and visits..
So this BIG house with all these bedrooms are going to be left to Sam, I, Brock and Cassidi and keep in mind that Cassidi will be a senior next year and she will be moving on within the next couple of years also.
We just keep saying that it is good to have all of this space so when everyone comes and visits. In fact when everyone was here we did not have enough beds for all. However this big house seems to be getting less and less active. I think they call this "empty nesting"!!! It kinda a surreal feeling! *sigh!
There is a chance that Sam, I, Cassidi and Brock will be moving to St. George, Utah (about 4 1/2 hours South) within the next month. (STAY TUNED.... If we do we will post it on here.) So if we do that we will definitely not buy a home with 5 bedrooms, office, 1 living room, 2 family rooms and 3 bathrooms. We are thinking a nice 4 bedroom home with a POOL AND A PALM TREE... :-)! Our families know about this but in general we have kept it pretty quiet.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Mon, Tues, Wed... etc. and underneath each of them I put what we are going to eat each day and then I do the grocery list. It is also fun to ask each member of the family to pick one night. They usually pick the same thing week after week. Josh is lasagna, Cassidi is these sandwiches I make, Sam is steak, and brock is seafood.
THIS WEEK I DID NOT ASK ANY OF THEM!
I only cook dinner and sometimes lunch for Sam. I only cook breakfast on the weekends and usually only 1 morning a weekend ( I know I am a slacker), and for Sunday dinners we usually eat about 3:00 p.m.. I am not a gourmet cook but I do cook A LOT. I cook simple and foods that my family will USUALLY eat.
I am sharing this weeks dinner plan with you. I had a friend email me and ask me to do this so I was just doing my grocery list so here ya go...
Thursday: Angel Hair spaghetti, broccoli with Parmesan, french bread.
Friday: French Dip, with chips,veggies and shrimp dip.
Saturday: Taco Ring, with re fried beans.
Sunday: Oriental Wings with white rice and veggies and dip.
Monday: Sour Cream Enchilada Casserole (thanks Nichole), green beans, and rolls.
Tuesday: Pot Roast in crock pot with veggies and tators. ( I love to put a frozen pot roast in the crock pot early morning with a packet of zesty Italian dressing and au jus and a cup of water over the top, put veggies in and let it COOK ALL DAY!!! YUM)
Wednesday: SAM AND I GO OUT ON WEDNESDAY NIGHTS SO THE KIDS CAN HAVE WHATEVER WE HAVE LEFT!
I also throw on that grocery list top Ramon because my kids love to FRY it. A couple of fast things because Cassidi and Josh sometimes come home late and will say to me.. MOM I AM HUNGRY. I have seriously gotten up at midnight and fixed Cassidi food. SPOILED..
I also usually OVER cook so Sam can have it for lunch.
I hope this helps if ya are interested in knowing what is on the stove at our house let me know and I will try to do this more often..
SAM COMES HOME FOR JUST TONIGHT AND LEAVES AGAIN TOMORROW MORNING.. :-(... but he is going grocery shopping with me!
I just gathered towels from every laundry bin in the house. 42 towels. 42 towels in a week??? Omyheavens.. Seriously?
KEEP IN MIND 3 DAYS I THINK WE ALL STAYED IN OUR JAMMIES ALL DAY.
42 towels......... not a typo.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
I am getting caught up with blogging and maybe will finally post some Moab arch pictures tomorrow. MAYBE.. MAYBE NOT. I am enjoying this quiet.. ha ha.
Monday, April 13, 2009
So after skating we came home.. I COOKED AGAIN. LOL and the weather was good enough for us to sit on the patio. Brock made a fire.. ALL BOY! We hung out and chatted!All the way around it was a pretty good weekend. JUST A LOT OF WORK. Sarah went home yesterday morning, Taylor went home last night and Jordan is with us till tomorrow. I will blog more later about Moab last weekend and our bunny cake contest etc.
It was fun but boy I have no idea how people can afford to "feed" and keep their sanity with 4 teenage girls, a dog, a tween son, husband and wife and all that goes along with that. WOW...
WHAT PRICELESS MEMORIES!
Monday, April 6, 2009
We stayed in a cabin in a camp ground with bunk beds and a heater that barely worked. So at night we would snuggle up and tell funny stories in the dark.... I better keep these stories a secret.... especially the ones about me.
So me and Brock wake up and of course have to go pee with Winnie so we proceeded outside and found SNOW on the ground. So much for a Spring Break WOW... COLD. So everyone rolled out of bed dressed warm and we hit the parks and Moab. We had never been to Moab for play before... I had been there for work since there are two Maveriks there but never to goof off. There are TONS of things to do there especially if you have a couple of 4 wheelers, jeep or a dirt bike....... so much dang fun. We are definately going back when its warm and maybe with some toys and friends...... make it an adult weekend... lol
Sunday was way warm and we went on a hike of all hikes but I will let Debbie post about that one with pictures.... what a great time.
Friday, April 3, 2009
Hey everyone we are headed out to Moab for a weekend get away. I am sure we will come back with some great pictures and stories so come back to see us in a few days..... I promise we will have an update. We have been lazy bloggers lately. Shame on us!!