Sunday, January 18, 2009

Random Happenings at Our House

We have had a lack of activities to blog about at our house. With sick kids, cold weather, and trying to save money, it leaves us very few options to occupy our time. Because of that, unfortunately, we have resorted to watching the tube. My poor kids brains are going to be mush by the time they reach kindergarten. Here is my attempt at a blog post with nothing much to blog about. Enjoy the randomness!
  • We had the Wilsons up for dinner and a movie on Sat. It is so nice to have them over. They have some older kids that will entertain our kids for hours. We ate, sent the kids downstairs to play, and just sat and did nothing for for at least 20 minutes. ;) We had one of our faves for dinner, what we like to call "Cafe Rio." We basically just make the famous dressing and make chicken tacos. Here is the recipe for the dressing if any of you want to try it. 1 Jalepeno, 3 tomatillos, 1 packet buttermilk ranch dressing, 1/2 cup mayo, 1/2 cup sourcream, 2 cloves crushed garlic, 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, & clintro to taste. Put it all in a blender/cuisine art, mix, and enjoy! I add a little corn starch to thicken it up too. Any questions give me a call/email.

  • I finally purchased some Stephens Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows. I have been hearing of this new creation and its deliciousness for some time now. Hot chocolate is one of my favorite treats and my favorite hot chocolate is Stephens. Don't give me any of the weird flavors-just the milk chocolate. I fixed me a steaming mug and it did not disappoint. So. Good. (thanks to Kimmy for the pic)

  • I talked Trent into going tanning with me so we wouldn't get toasted on our upcoming "outing." Trent was not very happy about it. To make a long story short, we have been a couple times and Trent has been in the bed for a total 16 mins and is SO burned. I tried to advise him to reduce his time and ask for a different bed with "older" bulbs, but to no avail. I call him Ross now. I guess Trent wasn't counting Mississippiously! Here is a little video of Ross's experience with the spray on tan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOLCwaHVtWs . Since I am computer illiterate I didn't know how to upload the video from YouTube.

  • Oakley has not been taking naps lately. It makes me sad. Nap time is my favorite time of day. Now I have 3 kids not sleeping. Ouch. Friday night the kids stayed up late and, of course, didn't sleep in the next morning. Saturday afternoon passed without a nap and while as I was preparing dinner Aiden and Oakley fell asleep. It is so nice when kids fall asleep on their own and without a struggle with the parents! However, Andrew was getting pretty mad because Oakley kept falling on him. ;)

  • I received a calling after 2 years of doing nothing in the church. I am in Young Women's, a Mia Maid Advisor. It has been fun....so far. Today I give my first lesson. I am not a teacher, I hate public speaking, and I am spiritually inept to be instructing someone else. We will see how it goes.

  • And last, but not least, I did cut my hair. And no, that isn't a picture of Jennifer Anniston in my kitchen. It is me. Seriously though, I like the change, but am thinking it needs to be a little bit shorter. It is nice to have something different and I love how "healthy" my hair feels after a good trimming.



I hope you enjoyed the post, but I would like to have some future blogging material. If any moms (or dads) know of some fun things to entertain kids, that don't cost money, let me know. I am going crazy having the kids stuck inside all day and I am sure the kids are too!


23 comments:

Mindy said...

Your hair looks so beautiful! Shiny and healthy and cute. Sigh. I'm so jealous. Congratulations on your new calling. I really love working with the young women. You'll do great!

Karina said...

Love the haircut!!! I realy do love that type of cut and it looks great on you! I would have to agree on maybe it being a little shorter though!! Good luck with the new calling!!! Young Womens is so much fun.... but a lot of work!

Ginny said...

that cocoa looks yummy! I loke the new cut. and fwiw, when my two oldest stopped napping we still had "quiet time" where they were in their room but could play quietly, etc. I loved hearing the creative things they came up with...and they had a happier mommy afterward.

DMJK McQuivey said...

WAY cute hair!! Love it. My kids love to go on scavenger hunts. I tell them that they are hunters and that they have to find their lunch. I will hide it and then they help me fix it. Hide it really good, and it will entertain them for hours! ha ha. It is easy for me to say because I only have two!! I wouldn't have a clue how to entertain FIVE!! Good luck in young womens, you will do great!

I am still laughing about the tanning! I am an EIGHT!!

Luke and Kimmy said...

You look beautiful, Amy!

SO funny about the tanning. Ross is hilarious in that episode!

Now that your in the YW program, we can help eachother out with ideas and stuff.

Putnam Family said...

I love the new hair. I also love how you speak my language with the references to a: Jennifer Anistons hair, and b: Ross's tanning mishaps. I love it.

Megan said...

Cute hair! It makes me want to cut mine. I hear ya on being cooped up. We had -40 degree weather in Iowa. They cancelled all schools because of dangerously low temperatures. We made snowmen with big marshmellows, the oreo cookies with a hole in the middle with a rolo on top. Let the kids decorate with frosting and mini m&m's and mini choc. chips (or whatever you have). The kids loved it.

Jake and Becky Veigel Family said...

You Tan?
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Allen's said...

WAY cute hair! I love it...way to take the plunge!

Alyssa said...

Good job on the lesson today. It is so fun having you in young womens with me! Oh and I forgot to mention that I love the hair cut!

Chesney said...

Love the hair. It looks really good on you.
You should check out this web site www.gocitykids.com it gives you a list of events going on in your area. It also gives some ideas to do with kids. Just a little side note....the Dinosaur Museum at the U of U has free admission every first monday of the month. It is a pretty fun place to go. Parking is also free you just have to park and then go in and ask for a voucher to put in your car. ( parking can be a litte crazy though) The Sweets candy factory is also a fun place to take the kids. They give free tours and let the kids see how candy is made, they give out fresh sample during the tours too ( that was my favorite part ) They really tailor it to the age of the kids too. Anyway, let me know if you find any fun ideas as well. good luck Ü

jenny said...

I LOVE your hair!!!!

Annie said...

I wish I had any clever ideas for child entertainment. I'm so not creative. The only thing I can ever think to do is go to the library, which could possibly spell disaster for your busy bunch. If I think of anything, I'll let you know. I'm feeling the cabin fever right now, too.

p.s. your hair looks so cute! I love it on you.

Maga said...

Love your new hair-do!
If you can make it through these 4 days--you can relax in Hawaii and let everyone else worry about entertaining your kids for 8 days.

Brett and Jessica said...

Way cute hair!
Thanks for the cafe rio dressing recipe!

Sarah said...

Love the hair! And I agree - I think you could go shorter and it would be really cute too. Your hair always looks so healthy and shiny - I am jealous!

Eddy and Tiffany said...

Love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, the hair!!!

Eddy and Tiffany said...

Ok, wait... one more comment... You're going to HAWAII???!!?? What???!!??? Oh my gosh, I'm so jealous. Have a blast, and post pics afterward. Enjoy the lack of snow and freezing cold and gray skies and icy roads and... oh.... try not to think of us all here being miserable in the cold while you're soaking up the sun :)

melissa said...

Cute hair!!! I wish I had some fun ideas for you to to with your kids. I'm just glad Rachel still likes naps. Have fun in Hawaii.

Stephanie said...

For fun things to do with your kids, try Utah Kids Club at http://www.utahkidsclub.com/. My friend from Star Valley started it. I haven't really looked into the cost of membership recently, but she sends emails with inexpensive or free activities that are going on around the valley.

Jamie N said...

Your hair is darling! I've been waiting to see pics! For some reason, I thought it was so funny that you and Trent are going tanning. Thinking of Trent laying in the tanning bed makes me crack up. I'm sorry he's burned. I had a bad bought with that tanning bed tonight as well and got burned - such a bummer. Can't wait for Friday!

Tom and Dayna said...

Gotta love friends! I still watch the reruns. And Stephens Hot Chocolate is the best but I agree with you, non of the weird flavors just good old milk chocolate! Lastly, I love your new cut but you can wear your hair however and still look great!

Julie said...

I love the bit about the naps. How cute that Andrew couldn't handle Oakley falling on him while she kept nodding deeper into sleep. I love impromtu naps. I'm so glad you've had a break for a couple years with callings but now that the inevitable has come--I know you'll do awesome. I wish you were my Mia Maid teacher. Very perfect.