Sunday, October 31, 2010

Weekend Recap

We did it, we survived the weekend!!!!!  Our 525 sq ft are filled and I have a pile of pots that need to be washed, but for right now, I need to be lying down and blogging.  Here's the recap:

Friday I wrote a midterm and then it was off to costco to prepare for the linger longer.  I have to admit I was pretty disappointed that they didn't have paper bowls or plastic table liners, but all in all things worked out.  I left with 2 cakes and a container of sour cream.  When I got home Shane and I decided we needed to make sweet pepper jelly and did just that.  It didn't turn out perfect, but I'm sure tastes fine.  We both got a laugh out of unconsciously touching our eyes after cutting the jalapeƱo peppers.  I scratched my nose not thinking and boy did that burn!  After that I washed the pots and busted out some yummy caramel corn... yum yum!!!!!!  I finished off the night around 1 with some Wendy's Shane brought home after his hockey game.

Saturday I woke up and went to the flower market.  They had TONS of gerber daisies.  I bought orange and yellow ones.  I made some pretty fall centre pieces for the linger longer.  I ran around like a mad woman buying all of the odds and ends for the linger longer.  I cleaned up a bit and decided I needed a nap, after the nap, I went and picked up the breadbowls from Safeway.  I wish I would have got a picture of all 130 of them in the shopping cart and then trying to fit them all in the Corolla trunk.  Good times.  Shane and I scratched the flint and sam costume and went as a cowboy and cowgirl.  We had fun.  The cotton candy machine was a hit and we were told all night long that we had the best "trunk" er table in the middle of the parking lot.  We were covered with sugar head to toe, but wouldn't change one second of it.  We plan to purchase a cotton candy machine one day.  TOTALLY worth it.  We went and finished the evening playing games with the Hirtles.  

Today I woke up and cut bread bowls like a mad woman!  I prayed that there would be enough food and thought up alternatives, soup, and spaghetti.  After about an hour and a half of cutting circles in the breadbowls it was time to make some chili.  Once everything was in the crockpot it was on to the flowers.  I made 6 arrangements that turned out pretty nice if I do say so myself (since I only spent $30 on the flowers).  I quickly showered, got ready, finished loading the truck and was off to the church.  I forgot how many curves and bumps are on the way to the church.  I made it and Shane and I unloaded it just in time for the meeting to start.  I felt like a chicken with my head cut off for abou 3 1/2 hours and was more than relieved that everyone brought their chili and how many salads made it.  I received many compliments on how well dinner turned out, which made it all worth it.  I got home and crashed from exhaustion.  

If anyone wants some breadbowls, we've got PLENTY to go around.  Hope you had an enjoyable Halloween weekend.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Halloween Weekend

I'm looking forward to a fun filled weekend! For the first time in our marriage, both Shane and I will be dressing up!!!!!!! We are going as...

Flint Lockwood and Sam Sparks
We will be partying at the quad-ward trunk or treat representing the 8th ward, dishing up...

followed by a linger long Sunday featuring

and drinking homemade rootbeer :) (thanks for your votes).

I've got a long to do list, but know it will all be worth it!

Have a fun and safe Halloween weekend....

P.S. to all my decorating girls out there... any good ideas for pumpkin table decorations for the linger longer?

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Managua Nicaragua

I'm somewhat in self denial at the fact that I haven't posted about my sisters mission call.  I suppose I assumed I had since I posted it here.  My sister Sabrina is going on a mission to Managua Nicaragua leaving on December 1, 2010.  I am beyond thrilled for her!  This also means.... I will get to visit Utah TWICE in the same month!  Can you believe it?!  

My first adventure down will be the first weekend in November for her endowment.  Here's to hoping I have some kind of motivation to lose a couple lbs to fit back into my temple dress since the Draper temple doesn't rent temple clothing... Good motivation!

Our next adventure will be with the Hirtles and will be an all night roadtrip affair.  We will drive all Wednesday night to be there for Thanksgiving with the families.  This trip will also include black Friday shopping, family photos, and a farewell party.  I wish I didn't have to come back to school and could stay to see the forgotten carols and Sabrina off to the MTC.  It will be good to be with family.  

Anyone else celebrating American Thanksgiving either here or in the states?

Monday, October 25, 2010

Half Way

Today marked the beginning of week 7 at the University of Calgary...

On the age:

Exam Thursday

Midterm Friday

Midterm the following Wednesday

Trip to Utah Saturday-Monday

Exam Tuesday

I can't wait to get it over with!  

Has anyone else ever taken a break from school and found it is SUPER hard to get back in the swing of things after going back, or am I the only one?  I'm keeping my eye on the goal, Bachelors degree, I can do it!!!!!!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

I Miss Them!!!!

I miss my family a LOT!!!!!!
I am listening to Christmas music, planning the ward Christmas party (I know it's early, but I'm BUSY and have to start thinking now).
I have been down on myself a lot lately and looking throught all of my pictures trying to find the right ones for this post makes me realize how blessed I am and how wonderful my life really is! I can't wait to see my family in just over 2 weeks!!!!!!!

Good thing I have him to keep me sane!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Goodbye Facebook

It was a rash decision, but I've had enough.  Facebook isn't what it used to be and everyone I need to get in contact with knows how to get in contact with me.  It makes me sad the mean comments that go on.  If you wouldn't say it to someones face, don't say it in a message on facebook!  It was all of the garbage about the mayoral election here in Calgary that was said last night and today that was the last straw.  It doesn't matter what your opinion is, whether it's the same and everyone else's or different, each is entitled to their own opinion and is entitled to be respectful to everyone!  I need to spend more time studying and with Shane.  If you need to get in contact with me, email me.

Sunday, October 17, 2010


I love my cat!

Helping me sort flower

Checking on the bugs outside

Sleeping in "her" chair

Scoping out what I'm making for dinner

Attacking her mouse

I might be slightly obsessed, but I love Miss Lily!  She is 100% cat and although some days are better than others, she brings me so much happiness.  I have been really stressed lately and there's nothing better than coming home and having her greet meet me at the door and respond to my question (meow).  Nothing better than her waiting eagerly at our bedroom door for the alarm to go off and her turn to come in and cuddle.  Nothing better than her going through my makeup and trying to share our sink in the morning as I get ready for school.  Helps me cook dinner, accompanies me while I do laundry, loves jumping inside any bag she can get into, catches and eats ALL of the bugs in the house, and sleeps in her cat basket every night.  She calms me down and loves me no matter what my imperfections are.  I knew I loved her like a child when I freaked out at the idea of having her spayed, refused to get her declawed, and bawled the entire way home with her on my lap after she had surgery.  I would say she's definitely the best animal addition we've had to our family so far. I can't wait to see what kids are like. :)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Halloween Linger Longer Poll

So I am the new Activity Committee Chairwoman and we are having a linger longer after church on Halloween.  I am wondering... which beverage is more Halloween to you?  Homemade rootbeer with steam coming off of it, or warm apple cider?  Please take the poll so I know which is best to go with. I am all about go big or go home, so if you think both is best, feel free to check that one.  Thanks for your help!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Check out this amazing givewaway of Life. Camera. Actions. on Simple As That!             

I found the solution to "fix" my wedding pictures!!!!!!!  Now I can just pray that she picks me!  What an amazing program!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

I slept the day away

Yesterday was Thanksgiving here in Canada.  To say that I am exhausted today would be an understatement.  I spent the night before making a pie to take to dinner at my in-laws and was as homesick as ever.  It is hard to adjust to change that for the first 20 years of your life you never had.  I commented on how I wanted to go back home and woke up to find a comment on how terrible I was for saying a thing like that on Thanksgiving.  I was grateful to be able to explain myself and to have loving, understanding friends.  On the way to dinner I received a lovely gift...

Yeah, a speeding ticket!  I wasn't even in a hurry and didn't even mean to speed.  I felt awful!  I called Shane as soon as I pulled away and bawled my eyes out to him, what a day!  We made it out to dinner and had a lovely time with his family.  I am going to get another sister in December :)  That puts my count to 7 brothers and 5 sisters.  I couldn't be more pleased.  To finish off Thanksgiving, Shane and I went for a ride on the horses.  To say I loved it wouldn't be enough.  I am super sore today, but feeling the wind blow through my hair as we ran the horses through the meadow, indescribable!  Hope your Thanksgiving was fabulous!

Looking forward to Thanksgiving in Utah!  Only 34 days to go :)

Monday, October 11, 2010


I want some good photos of Shane and I!!!!!!  I went looking back through our wedding photos tonight and they are just as horrific as I had thought.  When we got married, pictures and the videography were what was important.  I can't say that I'm pleased as punch with either one of them.  The video we paid $500 to have wasn't anything special, just thrown together in a decent manner, and the pictures, that's a whole story in itself.  

So when I was deciding on a photographer, I looked at the pictures that my friends had taken of their weddings.  One friend had a photographer who's pictures I absolutely loved.  I decided I would go with them (not to mention they were SUPER cheap)!  Well, you get what you pay for... crappy pictures.  They shot a wedding the morning of mine just outside the SLC temple.  I remember coming up the stairs waiting to go out and wondering where in the heck my photographer was.  Finally my mom went out and when she saw he was there, we made our grand exit.  They rushed through our shoot, didn't have many creative ideas, quickly left to shoot the other couples "luncheon", didn't edit the photos, and I absolutely hate them (the photos)... hate, hate, hate (like have considered putting my dress, which I also hate back on and going and taking pictures all over again).    I should have known, now I do.  Have a look for yourself...

Do any of these scream I was married in 2008?!  NO!  The issue I face is that we are saving for a house and $500 is a lot of money to pay for 1 hour of photography and 20 pictures on a disk (otherwise I would do my best to convince Shane it's the way to go).  If anyone has any suggestions, I would appreciate them...

If you can take decent pictures (we can edit them ourselves) and would do it for free, or cheap, let me know... I DESPERATELY want some good one's of us.

Friday, October 8, 2010

MMMMMmmmmmm Pumpkin

(love my house, my wreath, my pumpkin, and miss Lily)

I am loving this time of year!  It has been such a beautiful fall here in Calgary and I am eating it up!  Speaking of eating, I made some DELICIOUS pumpkin cupcakes on Sunday and thought I would share the recipe.  They were SO moist and topped with cream cheese frosting were like a little bit of heaven.

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes:

1 3/4 cups (250g) flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup (55g) vegetable oil
6 tablespoons (60g) unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup (100g) brown sugar
1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 cup 200g) pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

 1. Preheat the oven to 350(f) 

 2. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt, spices.

 3.  In a large bowl, whisk together oil, melted butter, and sugars. Add in eggs and whisk until well incorporated. Add in pumpkin and vanilla. With a wooden spoon, or a rubber spatula, fold in dry ingredients, and stir until well combined.

 4.  Fill cupcake tins 2/3 of the way

 5. Bake for approximately 20 minutes

Recipe from

Cream Cheese frosting recipe:

1 8oz packet of cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup butter softened

1 cup powdered sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Whip together and generously slather on top of the cupcakes once they have cooled.

Bon Appetit!


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Just The Way You Are

Last night Shane turned this song on and said it was for me.  He is so sweet.  He sings it to me every time it comes on.  I love him lots!!!!!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Drum Roll Please

and the winner is (via
Congrats Julie, email me the warmer and scent you would like.
Thanks again to everyone who entered :)

Sunday, October 3, 2010


So, after much thought, everyone is welcome to just post their name to be entered in the Scentsy drawing going on on Monday night.  If you post the link and scentsy is scentsational, you will be entered twice, otherwise your name will go in once.  Happy Weekend :)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Don't Feel Silly

I do see how many people have actually read over the blog since yesterday.  Don't feel silly to leave a comment, even if you don't know me and i don't know you.  It's a wonderful product, and a wonderful chance for a lucky someone to get their hands on some Scentsy for FREE (no strings attached)!  

So go on, don't be shy, and POST!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Happy Anniversary Scentsy!!!!

Today is my 1st Scentsy Anniversary. Last year I was working with Jen my upline to get myself registered and to get my kit shipped. The first year did not come without its ups and downs, but I am thrilled to be moving forward with this amazing business!

To celebrate this event, I am giving away a full sized warmer and the bar of your choice (a $42 value). To be entered into the drawing, you need to post "Scentsy is Scentsational!" either in your facebook status, blog, twitter, whatever way works for you. Once you have done this, post a comment on this blog saying where you posted it and you are entered. If you put the link to my website (hhtp://, you get 2 entries. Winner will be selected randomly (Shane will help me make it random through the computer somehow). Entries deadline is Monday October 4th at 8pm MST. The winner will be announced Tuesday morning.

**Prize ships to Canada and US**