Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Max turned 3
Mia turned 1
We moved to Tennessee
We drove from the west coast to the east coast
We discovered Panera
Thanksgiving in North Carolina with Adam and Tina
Celebrated 5th wedding anniversary
Twilight the movie
Ty started anesthesia school
Christmas on our own
East coast pizza is way better than west coast pizza
Mexican food is better in California, and Mexico for that matter...
I discovered blogging
Line dancing at the Wild Horse Saloon
Gigi's Cupcakes (a great replacement for Michelle's cake in California)
Ending the year healthy (woo-hoo for antibiotics!)
Horseback riding in Utah
Bracken Bird Farm
Found out what humidity feels like
Meeting all of our new friends
3 trips to the emergency room
playing SORRY with Ty, and sometimes winning
Law's apple pie ala mode in Oak Glen
Halloween at Moss Wright Park
Ty became the worlds sexiest man...Again!
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Ty gave me a new pink camera! I am very excited to use it and to start carrying it around like an accessory. I gave Ty a new leather jacket. I think it looks very amazing on him. After the presents we had breakfast and Max and Mia played. I guess Christmas morning is exhausting because by 11:00 we were all having naps. It was a great Christmas on our own in Tennessee!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
And it is Christmas Eve! And I have much reason to rejoice despite the difficulties. We have been here before with Max and I now know how to handle the problem. As I taught in my relief society lesson last week, knowledge is power and it casts away fear. I have knowledge that we are celebrating this wonderful Christmas holiday because of our dear Savior, Jesus Christ. He came into the world to fulfill His glorious mission, and succeeded.
Max opened the last door on his advent calendar and inside was a picture of the Baby Jesus. He has loved opening all of those tiny doors.
I cannot wait for Mia to open her baby doll. She can finally have her own!
Max has just requested chocolate chip cookies so I am off to make them! Merry Christmas! Men are that they might have joy. I know this to be true. We just have to find the joy.
Monday, December 22, 2008
We just got back from a great evening out. We were able to meet with some friends and have a dinner before everyone went away for Christmas. We had Chinese, because it just screams Christmas! Max very much enjoyed the jell-o, and Ty had his fill of crab legs. The kids were extremely spoiled with presents from everyone. Max got this really cool race car track, and Mia got a dress up doll from Beauty and the Beast. It was a really fun night. I was excited to get out and have some fun after we had all been so sick. I am enjoying Christmas week. We have watched a countless number of Christmas movies already; The Grinch, a Muppet Christmas Carol, Olive the Other Reindeer...and we did get the nativity out and teach Max the Christmas story. He has been playing with the set ever since and telling us about everyone that came to see baby Jesus. 2 Days left!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup salted butter
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 cups chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cream the butter with the sugars. Add vanilla, egg, and yolk. Mix in milk.
3. Add baking soda and flour.
4. Mix in chocolate chips.
Bake for 8-10 minutes.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
2 In a bowl, combine the minced garlic with the melted butter. In another bowl mix together the bread crumbs, Parmesan, parsley, salt, garlic salt, Italian seasoning, and pepper. Dip chicken pieces into garlic butter, then into crumb mixture to coat.
3 Place coated chicken pieces on to a 9x13 baking dish. Try to leave a little room between each piece. Drizzle with remaining garlic butter and bake uncovered 15 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and juices run clear. Note that the chicken will get much more browned on the bottom side than on the top.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
At home we watched Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (which incidentally stars Robert Pattison, who plays Edward on Twilight. In Harry Potter Robert is killed at the end of the movie. Ty looked at me and asked if that was why they had to turn him into a vampire. I thought it was hilarious!) After the movie we put together our Christmas cookie plates and were able to deliver a lot of them. We all had a great time. Mia rolled around on the floor eating cookies and Max did a happy dance. It was great to have Ty home today. We will miss him tomorrow!
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Fav. Hot Chocolate
Starbucks Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate
Fav. Family Activity
An evening at Opryland, the decorations are beautiful, the hotel is amazing, and there is lots to do and see.
Fav. Christmas Treat
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 (12 oz) package semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons butter
Heat milk, chocolate, and butter over medium-low heat until melted. At this point mix ins can be added (nuts, marshmallows, m&ms...)
Pour fudge into an 8x8 inch pan and refrigerate until firm.
Fav. Christmas Movie
A Christmas Story
(TBS always plays this movie for 24 hours straight beginning on Christmas eve. My brothers and I always watched this movie while we waited for my parents to wake up on Christmas morning.)
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
I am busy writing Christmas letters and sending packages. We only have 23 days left!
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
This tag is similar to one I have done before but I thought it was really fun!
What is your husbands name? Ty Jacob Newman
How long have you been married? 5 years
How long did you date? 9 days
How old is he? 27
Who eats more sweets? Me, by several cookies and hot chocolates a day!
Who said I love you first? He did
Who is taller? Ty is 6"3 and I am 5"5
Who can sing the best? me
Who is smarter? Ty is brilliant!
Who does the laundry? me -always.
Who pays the bills? the nice people at the loan company
Who mows the lawn? At the moment - the gardeners (but when we get into a house again it will be Ty, or one of the young men in the ward)
Who cooks dinner? Me! I love to cook.
Who drives? Ty never lets me drive.
Who is the first to admit when they are wrong? Ty ( I am never wrong :) )
Who kissed who first? Ty kissed me without asking.
Who asked who out first? I confessed my feelings for Ty and we decided to date
Who wears the pants? Ty is our righteous leader and protector!
I tag: anyone that thought this tag was fun!
After this trip we will have driven from coast to coast this year alone! We live in a beautiful country. Every place we have been along the way has been wonderful in some way. I am thankful that no matter where we go the gospel is true. I am thankful for the peace that comes with the knowledge of my Heavenly Father's plan and the Atonement of my Savior, Jesus Christ.
I am glad for the opportunity to reflect each year on the many blessings in my life. I am excited for this great holiday season. I can't wait to put our Christmas tree up and I can't wait to make my awesome fudge recipe.
I hope everybody has a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
I love spending some alone time with Ty. It is so fun to talk and hold hands and pretend he is Edward Cullen...just kidding
We went to see Quantom of Solace, the new James Bond movie. It was all very action, fight scene, kill people oriented, but I was glad to be out with Ty and he was all smiles. After the movie we went to Brixx pizza. We had salad, an amazing pizza, and drinks for less than $20.00! I thought it was a pretty good deal.
Overall I give the evening a 10!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
1/4 cup warm water
2 packets yeast
1 1/2 cups warm milk
1/2 cup melted butter
1/4 cup sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons salt
6-61/2 cups flour
1. Place water in a small bowl and sprinkle with yeast. Let stand until foamy. Whisk together milk, butter, sugar, salt, and eggs. Whisk in yeast mixture.
2. Stir in 6 cups flour. Knead until smooth and elastic. Butter the inside of a bowl. Place dough in bowl and turn to coat. Cover bowl and let rise in a warm place until doubled (1 1/4 hours)
3. Butter 2 13x9 inch baking pans. Divide dough in half. Form each half into a 15 inch rope and cut into 15 pieces each. Shape each piece into a ball and arrange in prepared pans. Cover pans and let stand in a warm spot until doubled (1 1/4 hours)
4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Brush rolls with melted butter. Bake about 20 minutes until golden brown.
Brush with butter, again, while still warm!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
The hotel was amazing. We had never been inside before. The decorations were beautiful. Max loved the water dragon in the river holding candy canes in his mouth. There was a place where kids could get an email from Santa. I think it was the highlight of Max's evening. He carried his letter the rest of the night.
After leaving the hotel we came home and had hot chocolate with whipped cream. It was a great evening out together!
Monday, November 17, 2008
Eggnog aside...I love Christmas! I took the kids to Target just so we could walk around the Christmas decorations and listen to the Christmas music. Max loved the little villages with the ice skating people and moving trains. Mia was intrigued by the twinkly gold lights. We will have to move up from the aisles at Target to the lights at the Opryland resort eventually, but for a weekday afternoon it works just fine!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Lion House Razzle Dazzle
YOU WILL NEED:
NOTE: I cut the recipe in half when I made it!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
I am so thrilled that gas prices have dropped for the moment. I have been able to take the kids on field trips all over Nashville and we are loving it. There is so much to see and do. I think Tennessee is beautiful, and I can't wait to see more!