November 27, 2008

HAPPY 
THANKSGIVING!

enjoy your day with friends and family...
and be grateful for all of the great things we have.

November 19, 2008

it must be getting winter...

every year about this time i cook up a big ol' pot of my aunt evelyn's chili.  i double the recipe and freeze a bunch and it lasts us through the winter....lots of navaho tacos and yummy chili for cold winter nights.  so i thought i would share my yummy recipe...dave says it's the best around!

aunt evelyn's chili

3 C red beans, i use pinto 6 C water
2 or 3 bay leaves
2 lbs. ground beef
1/2 lb pork sausage
3 large onions, chopped
3 garlic buds, minced
2 1/2 can tomatoes (28 oz cans or quart bottles)
3- 8 oz cans tomato sauce
1 Tbsp chili powder
2 small chili peppers, i use serano
3/4 tsp curry powder
1 Tbsp powdered cumin seed 1 Tbsp salt
1/4 tsp. tobasco sauce

follow instructions on beans about soaking.  wash beans thoroughly and cook  until tender with water and bay leaves.  brown meat, onions, and garlic.  add beans along with remaining ingredients.  simmer together 1 hour then cool and refrigerate.  usually best when reheated.  serves 12.  we buy scone dough and then put the chili on top of scones with cheese, lettuce, sour cream, tomatoes and avacado and make navaho tacos.  

~like i said above...i always double the batch and then freeze most of it.  you need a BIG pot for that though so be prepared.  it's yummy!

imagine if you will...


  • a beautiful fall day in park city...cool, clean, sunny.
  • shopping at the outlet mall with no-one else. no children running around going crazy, no husband bored to death, no skinny little teenager that you feel like you want to buy everything for because she looks lots better than you.
  • the perfect outfit to wear to your husband's work christmas party on sale for 60% off! and it looks pretty dang good on you!
  • no little person having to go to the bathroom, !right now!, which is on the other side of the universe.
  • the heels to go with outfit on sale for $19.99...and they fit just right on your wide feet.
  • finding the perfect jeans at gap...all that 'what not to wear' viewing came in handy!:) and having a 30% off coupon to use on them.
  • taking your own sweet time trying on all of these clothes trying to find the perfect thing instead of grabbing whatever and trying to get in and out with the least amount of yelling and running around by your children.
  • stopping at rubio's in sugarhouse and finding out that they have yummy lobster tacos and eating them slowly without having to talk to anyone or get anyone anything or having something spilled all over the table.

~my friends, this was the perfect day....ahhh. i would like to thank my sponsors of this day, mady for watching the little ones & dave for not making me tell him where i was going and for not giving me crap for spending money we don't have. you are both beautiful people.

November 8, 2008

langston hughes...

I, too

I, too, sing America.
I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes.
But I laugh
And eat well
And grow strong.

Tomorrow
I’ll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody'll dare
Say to me
“Eat in the Kitchen,”
Then.

Besides,
They’ll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed -

I, too, am America.

~when i read this poem tonight by langston hughes it choked me up a little. i know this past election was a controversial one. i know many people are discouraged about the candidate that was chosen to lead our country. it will be an interesting time the next few years to see what comes about.

one of the things that has been awesome to me during this election is this...i have 3 bi-racial girls. they are all varying degrees of african american. i have tried to learn about the people who came before us that made it possible for these girls to be born in a time when they have all of the rights that are afforded to me. there have been so many african americans throughout time that have given great sacrifices to make sure that my girls can ride a bus, or vote, or be able to drink out of the same drinking fountain as every one else. they have made my girls human beings instead of a color. i have tried to teach them that. i am so grateful that my girls have people like barack obama to show them that anything is possible for them. i am so lucky because i will always be measured by my actions and not by the color of my skin. my girls are not afforded that right, but my hope and prayer is that someday that will not be. when an african american can be elected as the president of our country that brings my hope one step closer to reality. so, while i know many of you are not pleased with the outcome of the election...and i know for many of you it has nothing to do with the color of his skin...i am pleased for the simple fact that my girls now have another person to look at and know anything is possible.

November 7, 2008

the couch

ok so this new job is interfering greatly with my blogging! i haven't been able to blog stalk all week and so i am catching up tonight. so i got to my favorite blog 'pioneer woman'and lo and behold her dog is lying or laying (which one is it) on a cushion that looks just like my ugly 70's couch! i say to myself...holy hell pioneer woman has an ugly couch just like mine!!! i am cool, i'm not a dork with a $50 couch and chair from d.i because my idol has one too. then i scrolled down and realized that it was just a cushion off of her nice tan couch which is probably very normal and not spastic like mine. i had a temporary feeling of not being a dork and now it's gone.;) ouch.

November 5, 2008

the first day...

well i made it!  the first day was great...everyone was sooo nice and helpful.  this morning i did a co-drive and just rode with someone on a special needs bus.  then this afternoon there was an emergency with one of the special needs drivers and they called me out...eeeekkk!!!  i think i forgot everything that i just learned as far as buttons and lights go.  i did ok driving and really enjoyed seeing those special kids.  so, whew, it's over and now i can move forward.

now lets talk about those kids...wow.  it makes me so grateful that my girls are healthy (or helpy as maya says).  what special parents these children have.  i admire them so much for their strength and patience and love.  so to all of you moms and dads who have these special little ones in your care...my hats off to you.:)

November 4, 2008

sahm no more...

for all of you sweet women who work outside the home please don't read this post because it will make me seem so ungrateful....

i am entering the work force tomorrow for the first time in 4 years.  when maya came to us i had a job i loved at a plant nursery and i did daycare in my home and ran my little business at home. we had waited so long to have a little one that we decided it was time for me to stay home with her and just do the business and be a mom.  i have been lucky for most of our married life to only work part time or do daycare in our home.  dave and i both have always felt that it was important for me to be home as much as possible.  well, tomorrow, my time as a sahm is over.  money is tight and the only way for us to get by is me working.  luckily i have been blessed to find a great part time job that pays well and will work around my husband's crazy schedule.  but damn i don't want to.  i want to just keep staying home.  i want to be here everyday when my girls wake up and see everything they do during the day.  i want to be here everyday when mady comes home from school just like i have been.  what if things change? what if i miss out on things?  will mady still tell me every detail of her day even if i'm not here when she walks through the door?  i know everything will be ok but i'm a little sad tonight.  so, see, it's better that women who work full time don't read this post.  i know they would be thinking,' woman buck up, i've had to work full time for years and you have been one lucky girl to be able to stay home as long as you have'.  don't get me wrong, i am very grateful.  i have always felt lucky to do what i've done.  i just wanted to cry a little tonight and then get on with it.  so i guess that's what i'll do.  wish me luck.

November 3, 2008

Pleasant Grove High School Jr. Cheer Clinic

Mady is doing a fundraiser so that she can go to California for Nationals in March. It's for girls/ boys from Kindergarten to ninth grade.

Viking Tots: Grades k-2($25)
6 hours of instruction and T-shirts
November 12, 13, 14  from 6-7:30

Viking Tikes: Grades 3-6($30)
8 hours of instruction and T-shirts
November 12, 13, 14 from 6-8

Viking Teens: Grades 7-9($35)
12 hours of instruction, stunting, and T-shirts
November 12, 13, 14 from 6-9

The clinics will be held in Pleasant Grove High School gyms, and the final performance is November 15 at 7 pm. The performances are for friends and family to come watch. parents of tots are more than welcome to come watch during practices and we recommend it.

This clinic is a good opportunity for kids who want to become cheerleaders or even just enter into gymnastics. We focus on basic skills and teach them cheers, chants, dances, stunts, kicks,  jumps, and tumbling. It's fun for the girls/boys and it raises money for the PGHS Cheerleaders so that we can take ourselves to Nationals again this year.

Thanks! For more information call 623-9479 or 796-0635

November 1, 2008

quote...

Whatever you give a woman will multiply. 
 If you give her a house, she'll give you a home.
If you give her groceries, she'll give you a meal.
  If you give her a smile, she'll give you her heart.
  She multiplies and enlarges what is given to her.
  So, fair warning...don't give her any crap.

my friend, felicia, had this on her blog and i had to steal it...she cracks me up!
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