Sunday, September 28, 2008

General Relief Socitey Meeting

Wasn’t last night Wonderful? I love to go to the broadcast at the church just for the joy of being with my friends. Last night was no exception. I may not always feel super comfortable in our ward, but last night our ward showed a unity that we had not seen before. Our sisters all sat on one row and then took up most of the row in front of that. We did loose three sisters to the side lines, but we all went out for dessert after wards.

The talks were amazing. I was reminded that we need to let go of our insecurities and recognize the good we all do. We need to be better at reaching out to others and realizing when they have a need that we can help with. I like to take notes at all the different conferences and last night I couldn’t as we were all squashed like a can of sardines (what a good thing). Thankfully I recorded it so I can take notes here at home this week.

I am so proud of our ward and the unity we showed last night. I loved that we came together for dessert and spent time getting to know each other better.

Saturday, September 27, 2008


Last night I was given a surprise Birthday party. It was so much fun. I didn’t expect so many people I love to be there, yet most everyone was.

The day started with Eric calling and saying he wanted to take me out for my birthday. What was weird about this is he already had a sitter and she was going to watch all 4 boys at her house. Usually we only have sitters watch the youngest or the youngest two.

Later he called to ask where I wanted to go. I being a passive woman (yea right) said where ever you want honey. He replied OK. He never gives in that easily. So then I figured something was up.

Well I was surprised. I really didn’t expect a Huge party in my honor, yet I had an amazing one. I only knew something was up, I had no clue what. I was just thrown a surprise party 3 years ago by my Sisters in Law. So I wouldn’t think there would be another so soon.

It was a lot of fun. Eric bought me a Kitchen Aid stand mixer a few weeks ago. We have already used it to make breads and desserts. My whole family loves my gift and with the cost of bread on the rise we are sure getting our moneys worth out of using it. Last night I received donations to help pay for the Kitchen Aid, a stock pot, fruity body soap and lotion, chocolate, a candle, flowers and some funnels that will be great for making and pouring my own syrup that I have wanted to make for a while.

It was a Wonderful night and a lot of fun. I love my friends and family for coming to play with me. Thank You. Sorry there are no pictures.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Here I Go Again

I love . Before I got pregnant I had lost 23 lbs. using this free weight loss site. Now feeling like I need to get going again I posted this on my sparkpeople blog and thought you might get a kick out of it.

Today, Monday September 22, 2008. I am starting over. After eating breakfast I remembered to get on the scale and check my weight. My starting weight is 1??. (you guys are friends and don't need to know how fat I am so I hid my weight)

I had my baby boy in May and have not wanted to exercise as it has been such a shock starting over. My next oldest child is 8. Sleeping, feeding, changing diapers and my favorite playing has taken so much time I haven't thought about much else.

Now over the past few weeks I have begun to cook again. I love it when I cook. The food tastes better, it is more filling and I can control how healthy the meal is. I love it when one of my men (1 hubby and 4 boys) says how great dinner is. It makes me feel so good and when I feel good I do more and feel even better. The more I do the more weight I will loose.

So starting now I am getting back on track. I will exercise a little every day until I get back in the grove then I will do even more. Baby Steps. I will eat better, sit up straighter and read more motivational stories. When I read a motivational story I feel inspired to work harder. I will watch biggest looser and get even more inspired. If they can loose weight so can I!!!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

A Picture worth a thousand words...

Taken 09/11/2008 just barely 4 months old.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

I have the Greatest Friends!!!

I have been blessed with some amazing friends. We are there for each other through the highs and lows of life. We give when we thought there was nothing else to give.

Example #1 Brantley is getting worse at this sleeping thing. His room is near the other boys’ rooms so we try to keep him from waking up his brothers at night especially now that school is in session. Christian even has to be up at 5:45 am. When he was younger the oldest boys would get up with the first peep from their baby brother, no matter how hard we tried to teach them to leave him alone.

This lack of sleep is starting to take a big toll on me. Today I was so exhausted that I thought of my friends and wondered who could come help me. I needed some rest. I was able to reach my friend Kathy and she ran to my rescue. Although she has a job she jumped at the chance to help me and I love her so much for the rest I got this afternoon. She has a job where she was able to jump up and come help and I was able to get through the day with the little nap I got. Thank you!!!

Example #2 My buddy Bonnie called today and told me that there were 11 police cars out near her home. It was so scary and then funny talking through all of the drama, but I sure felt better keeping her on the phone and knowing she was ok. She and I had so much fun talking about her neighborhood drama. By then end there were 16 police vehicles. I am so glad she and her family are safe.

Example #3 Getting babies first Christmas ornament from a friend that loves me and my baby. It was so much fun getting this gift.

I have been blessed too many times to write about. It is nice to know you can call on a good friend when you need help, comfort or just a smile. I think most of you that read my blog have been that kind of friend to me at one time or another. Thank you so much for love you give to me.

Monday, September 15, 2008

I am Blessed!!!

I can’t believe it has been over a week since I last blogged. I guess you can tell that not much has been going on here.

We are all doing well and Nathan earned his Bobcat in scouts. That was so exciting for both Mom and Nathan. I would post pictures, but somehow there are none.

I have been cooking up a storm. I love this slightly cooler weather.

I wish I had more to say, but I don’t. Sorry.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Chicken Biscuit Bake

I miss cooking. I use to love to try new things, but for some reason I gave it up for a while. Lately I have been getting the cooking bug again (Thanks to the good examples of my wonderful friends.) I pulled out my old Taste of Home Quick Cooking magazines and found a few recipes to try. Today was this chicken bake. I found this in the May/June 2000 magazine on page 47. I doubled the recipe and made it very early so that Christian and Eric could eat it before they left for a church activity. It wasn't done in time and you can tell it was a rushed job.

This is a picture of the first pan. You can tell it is the first pan by the lack of biscuits on the top. If I wasn't in a rush I would have known that I could put 40 halves on each pan. So instead I just guessed and it looks funny.
This is the second pan with too many biscuits. I have to say it still looks better this way.
So now you are thinking how did they taste. They are good. I need my Honey to come home to give me an honest opinion. I think next time I will use a little less celery seed in the topping and a little less Worcestershire sauce too.


Today I ran into my good friend Nancy at the store. She is such a sweetie. I miss working with her. Well she let me know that I don't put enough pictures on my blog (I think she was talking about the Baby). So I am putting pictures on this blog today.

August 25, 2008 ~ After days of Brantley wanting me to keep him standing up I ran out a bought a used exersaucer for him. It is now his favorite toy. He is much happier and I get to cook again.

What a beautiful baby. Check out those cheeks.

We are so blessed. These are all of the clothes that are 9-12 months. Brantley should be warm this winter.

Christian and Brantley relaxing yesterday.

His shirt says it all "Handsome."

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Elizabeth was Tagged by JaNae ;-)

How to play this game: Post these rules on your blog; List 3 joys, 3 fears, 3 goals, 3 current obsessions/collections, 3 random surprising facts about yourself. Tag 5-6 people at the end of your post by leaving their names.

1. Being Eric’s wife.
2. Being the lucky Mom of my 4 sons.
3. Being friends with so many wonderful women.

1. Fear for my children in this crazy world.
2. Fear of saying something and it comes out the wrong way. I have a bad way with words.
3. Never being as smart as I would like.

1. Reading great books.
2. Having girl time out once in a while.
3. Trying to keep up with my over achieving friends.

1. Learn to be more patient/understanding/non-judgmental. (Yes JaNae, I am always working on that too.)
2. To be a better Wife and Mom. I love my men.
3. I am always working on reading more scriptures to gain a better understanding.

Random Surprise Things:
1. There is at least one quality in each of my friends that I strive to gain to be more like them.
2. I have only stepped off the continental US once into Mexico.
3. I always dream of remedying #3.

I tag: Jennifer, Mellani, Sarah and whoever else wants to do this.