December 26, 2008

RIP Eartha Kitt

I had never heard of Eartha Kitt until I met Mr. Matt. But like many of other artists he's introduced me too, I've since spent countless hours (mostly while remodeling the basement) listening to her. What an amazing woman, may her music live on forever.

Eartha Kitt Pictures, Images and Photos

December 14, 2008

Happy Birthday Baby!

When all other means of communication fail, try words (Author Unknown)

For the most part, Mr. Matt and I communicate very well. But every once in awhile we hit a bump in the road and this weekend we crashed right into the bump. I particularly have a hard time talking to Matt about a few certain subjects and am famous for keeping things bottled up until I just well....Explode into tears. Yes I admit...as a friend once put it....I have a little bit of the crazies in me. Our marriage is more than incredibly great...but even great marriages take work and we/I need to work on our communication skills when it comes to certain topics. Just something to aim for:).

Happy Birthday Matt...I love you more than I ever thought possible to love someone. I look forward to spending many more birthdays with you (as long as they're yours haha).

For Mr. Matts birthday, we went to the exhibit Body Worlds as he's/we've been wanting to see it since it made its debut in town. So very interesting to see. I decided to make it extra exciting for Matt by passing out not even 15 minutes into it. No, I am not a sissy girl...it didn't have anything to do with the content we were viewing. I think it was due to lack of food, over exursion on the treadmill, stress, and the dark vs the lighting on the exibits that made me so dizzy. Anyways...can you say embarrasing! I am trying to talk Matt into taking a weekend trip to Vegas and making it a point to see the Body worlds exhibit there.

Sister Shauna threw a birthday party for him at her house complete with a homemade cake! Matt loved it. We played games and ate snacks...it was a very nice evening.

Christmas is coming faster than ever and I (as always) have waited until the last minute to prepare. This upcoming week will be very busy.






December 07, 2008

Christmas Tree

In an attempt to get into the "Christmas Spirit", we blasted Christmas music courtesy of Pandora.com and put together our Christmas tree.

Has to start somewhere.


Maybe someday we will invest in a pre-lit tree :)

Gabe got tired of watching us and decided to sleep on the couch.

Matt putting hooks on the ornaments.

Setback: After we finished all of the decorating, Matt picked the tree up to scoot it back into the corner when the stand decided to crack in half. In this picture the tree is leaning against the wall.

After an emergency run to the store for a new tree stand...our tree was finished!!

You didn't think we could decorate the tree without decorating the cat now did you??!

December 06, 2008

Vacation

We finally took a vacation! It honestly feels like its been forever since we've gotten away. We originally started planning a vacation to either San Francisco or San Diego. Somewhere in the middle of trying to book flights, a rental car, and search for a Bed and Breakfast to stay in...I realized that it wasn't a run around hectic sort of vacation that I wanted....I wanted to RELAX. It was then that I found a little house nestled up in the mountains near Lava, Idaho called Abracadabra. This little getaway house was surrounded by beautiful scenery, tucked away from civilization, but still close enough to Lava that we could soak in the Springs and have a dinner date night. Bonus 1: this place was so reasonably priced that we were able to keep the vacation to just a few hundred dollars and didn't even have to touch our savings. Bonus 2: We were able to bring the pups with us.

The view from the patio was incredible.

Living room...I fell in love with the cozy fireplace.

Kitchen.

Bathroom.

Matt and I.

Matt eating his surprise cheesecake.
(courtesy of Megan)

Gabe Chillaxin.

Matt and the pups.

I love this picture of Gabe.

Sam outside on the patio.

Me filming deer
Matt filming me.

Picture of some deer. We were able to see deer in the mornings. Were hoping to see a moose but never did.

Pups wanting to come inside.

Morning picture.

Sam loved running through the bushes. We spent quite a bit of time removing stickers from his fur.


Getting ready to go to the Hot Springs.

Main Street.

November 30, 2008

Really?!!

This story scares me. What is wrong with people....and over what?... a new set of towels or an Elmo of somesort? Why do people get so caught up in THINGS? Note to people...please get your priorities straight.

A violent rampage for 30% off of a flatsceen TV...what is going to happen when the shit (pardon language) really does hit the fan in our country?? I worry.

Ps...Sidenote to Husband...you have my permission to purchase the gun you have been wanting.

November 18, 2008

Ghetto Monday's

So we have decided to bring back Ghetto Magna Monday Night BBQ's. For those of you not from or familiar with Magna and the ghetto-ness it beholds, I will explain one of our many contributions we make to keeping Magna Ghetto.

Once upon a time (before we finished our backyard patio), we had what we called Ghetto Magna Monday Night BBQ's. This tradition consisted of backing the pickup truck into our driveway so that we could set up our mini "ghetto" barbecuer on the tailgate. We then pitched our "ghetto" lawn chairs in the driveway and consumed alcoholic beverages while eating various forms of meat.

The other night during random conversation, I made a comment stating how much I missed this little tradition of ours. It was at that moment that Mr. Matt declared that Ghetto Magna Monday Night BBQ's will become a tradition once again! He also added a little twist by deciding that after the BBQ on Mondays, we will bake a dessert together (aww sweet, I know). So here it is, our first Ghetto Magna Monday Night Dessert. Pumpkin Roll.
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Libbys-Pumpkin-Roll-with-Cream-Cheese-Filling/Detail.aspx

On a side note: I decided to play good wife the other night and baked a roast for Mr. Matt. He loved it and since he's the only one here that eats meat...he now has lunch made for all five days of the week haha.

November 14, 2008

Day 10!

Here we are...day 10! I had mentioned before that my goal would be 12-15 days. News Flash...I have now decided that 10 days is more than long enough to go without food. I am so excited to drink orange juice and eat watermelon tomorrow. Big downside: The tea made me sick. As if it's not bad enough that you have to gag it down because it tastes DISGUSTING...every time I drank it I became sick to my stomach for the rest of the day. This didn't happen first time around although it was the same tea.

Next cleanse scheduled for 6 months time.

November 09, 2008

Mr. Matt bought me boots! I honestly don't think I have owned a pair of boots since I was like 10 years old. They are Sorels and they are super warm and cozy. Hoping to get the chance to use them in a few weeks.


Today is my 5th day on the cleanse. My sense of smell is getting stronger . Oddly enough since I cannot eat, I had the strongest urge to bake today. I made chocolate chip cookies and chocolate chip banana bread. Sister Sheila made banana bread at our last family dinner and I've been craving it again ever since. I got this recipe from Trisha and it's been our favorite since.

Banana Bread

In Blender: 2 eggs (or egg substitute)
1 C. sugar
1/2 C. oil
3 very ripened bananas
1 tsp. vanilla

In Bowl:
2 C. Flour

1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda

Mix together. Pour into bead pan. bake 1hr at 350 degrees.
Note...I always add chocolate chips as I'm combining them together.

November 05, 2008

Master Cleanse

Well here we go again. Time to clean the junk from the trunk. Today is the first day of Cleanse. This is the second time so its comforting to remember that the after the first 4 days...it was smooth sailing. Hopefully it will be the same this time around as well. The idea is to do the cleanse twice a year. Things I'm looking forward to:

Feeling healthier all around
Not craving the junk food (as much lol)
Better sense of smell ( I really do miss that)
Losing a few pounds isn't a bad side effect

Things I'm NOT looking forwards to:

The Smooth Move Tea!!!! (I hate this stuff)
What follows the Tea...bleh
The hunger... although that does subside after a few days.
Squeezing lemons (so far Mr. Matt has done it...I'm spoiled haha)

Ready set go....Wish me luck!

November 02, 2008

Tagged

8 Random Facts:

I'm terrified of balloons. I almost always instantly get a headache if I'm forced to be close to them. This stems from a bad experience involving a: my little sisters birthday b: a good sale on balloons causing me to buy 3 times the amount originally planned and c: a really hot car in the middle of summer with air conditioning not included.

I love to drink the jalapeƱo juice from the jar. Matt hates this.

I'm a chronic nail biter. I know....disgusting. There has only been 2 times that I have grown my nails out since the 1st grade and neither time lasted more than a few weeks.

I tend to spend more time thinking about cleaning the house than it would actually take if I just did it.

I recently came out with this to my co-worker so what the hay.... I very secretively have always had a crush on John Goodman aka Dan from "Roseanne".

I love my family more than I think they know.

I am completely grossed out by candy wrappers and gum. Also, although straw wrappers alone don't really bother me....I can't stand a straw wrapper that has been rolled up.

I love love LOVE French fries. Even bad fried are good fries. I'm pretty sure that if I ever got stranded on a desert Island with the choice of one food...It would be fries. Sure I might die from a heart attack before the scary village people from the other side sacrificed me...but send me with a fry baby and an endless supply of potatoes and I'd be set.

I'm taggin Trisha, Megan, Kira, Monica

October 31, 2008

Reminder...

This weekend is Daylight savings! An extra hour for me :)

Happy Halloween!


Happy Halloween!


Zoo

Last Sunday, we took MiniMatt to the zoo. The weather was perfect. My favorite animals are the elephants, penguins, giraffes, monkeys, and pelicans. MiniMatts favorite were the Zebras, Giraffes, and the Reptile House. Matt...not so much. He's not the biggest fan of going to the zoo. he did however take some good pictures :).

Matt got pooped on by a bird in the reptile house.

I love Pelicans.

This monkey was hilarious! Reminded me of Sam.

I got attacked by an Alligator. He was in the children's playland of all places.



We finished off the day by going to family dinner at sister Shauna's. Had the camera with me but unfortunately didn't get any pictures taken.


October 19, 2008

Saturday

Matt's Co-worker Jacob was in town all last week from Ohio and this weekend, his wife Megan flew down to scope out Salt Lake City. Saturday morning started with a hike up Grandeur Peak. This was especially fun since they don't have mountains near them at home (Can you imagine that?).
Jacob and Megan (at the trail head)

The fall colors were B-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l!

We ran into this guy on the trail. Looked almost identical to the GIANT spider we found on our porch a few weeks back (note Matt's blog)

The pictures honestly don't do the beauty justice.

Aww... How romantic. Jacob and Megan looking out over the city.
I love this picture.

Matt and I and the top of Grandeur Peak.

After making it down the mountain, we ended up at Thai Lotus for yummy Curry. And in the evening, we drove up to Park City to stroll the shops on Main Street. Unfortunately, a lot of the shops were closed so we decided on a steak house for dinner. The food was great but I think due to the fact that:
A. It hadn't been very long since lunch
B. We got an appetizer that was delicious and
C. I ordered soda which always fills me up immediately, I hardly touched dinner.
We ended the evening at our house watching "Forgetting Sarah Marshall". Poor exhausted Megan ended up falling asleep. This made me happy to know that I'm not the only one that struggles to stay awake when cuddled up watching movies. All in all, it ended up being alot of fun. Maybe next time, she will come down for a longer amount of time.

October 16, 2008

Pumpkin Carving

MiniMatt came over this evening. We made stir fry for dinner and carved our Halloween Pumpkins. We all had a lot of fun and I am so looking forward to making pumpkin seeds!!
This is the pumpkin that we grew in the garden.

Our finished works of art.

MiniMatt said it was easy to tell which pumpkin was mine cause it was the girly one haha.