Monday, December 31, 2012

Yes..I am cooking

Ground turkey, cheese, white corn tortillas and green Chile sauce = turkey enchiladas and a begging dog. I would like to try more recipes next year.

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Lenore is happy

One of her favorite places from Chicago is opening here soon. I will have to try it.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Spoiled kids

Hollie's stuff
My niece and nephew get so many things for Christmas. How many video games do you need along with a new device to play them on? Now clothes you cannot have too many of! Blas would not let me take his picture but he was more than willing to let me set up his new toys.

Macie not liking her dress
Mom and her gifts

Christmas lunch

This year was a short trip to Albuquerque to visit the family.  I was not able to see anyone else:( Flew in Sunday morning and out Tuesday afternoon(more people than I expected were at the airport). We had a delicious lunch that consisted of turkey, ham(not for me), tamales, red chile and taquitos made by Feliz(Damacio's mom), several salads, mashed potatoes, chips, salsa, hawaiian rolls, stuffing, blueberry, cherry and apple pie(I left no room for dessert). This year my brother in laws brother Derek and his finance flew in from North Ogden to celebrate the holidays with us along with a childhood friend, Christina and her son Carl, who lives by my sister, since her husband is currently serving in Egypt. My favorite is the red chile over the mashed need for gravy!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Wishing all had a day filled with love! Here is Spot checking out his gifts from nana and Hollie and Blas. I have photos from this morning of everyone opening presents on my camera and will download later.

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Pictures by the big tree

After some shopping I wanted to take photos by the big tree. First I took two of Hollie, Kim and mom, then Kim took three with Hollie, me and mom. Then it was Hollies turn to be the photographer; she took at least ten, a few came out ok. Notice how I got a good shot of the entire tree.

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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Happy Birthday KT!

I hope you have a wonderful birthday!
This is the only picture I found with you in 2012.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

My Charlie Brown tree!

What a way to make someone's day:) This is my Christmas present from Dora aka Laura Martin. I love it!!

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Happy Birthday Hollie!

15 years old, I can't believe it! She is such a smart young lady, taking after her auntie:)

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas potluck

White elephant gift exchange was fun. I got a Christmas DVD, no more charger plates:) everyone had lots of good food to eat. Wayne is being gross. I usually do not like to eat the food at potlucks unless I know the person. Rainie had a good idea there should be a tag by the food of what it is AND who made it. Laura thought the drawing on the whiteboard was a peacock. This sign is by the door of the conference room. Poor Chris people kept stealing his gifts.

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Cookie party

Cookie party went well last night, I now have 10 dozen cookies in my freezer. The plate is from a game we played following directions drawing with the plate on our head. I won the game with 11 points. White elephant exchange resulted in me acquiring silver charger plates for 8 along with mini salt and pepper shakers for each setting. Played a dice game that was really fun, start with 4 $1 bills roll two dice and follow directions as to keep $ pass to right, left or put in center pot, did not win this one.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

12 12 12

Lucky day? On the news this morning the story was today is a lucky day. Next day with the same number for month day and year is Jan 1 2101. How was your day?

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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Outside People

No, I am not talking about the weather, this was the title of the Saturday night/Sunday service. Take a look at the 12 apostles: they were ordinary men who God used in an extraordinary manner. Why would he choose to surround himself with these people? "Jesus is at his best in the midst of a mess. We are far more sinful than we realize and far more loved than we comprehend." Message was we are all a mess and need God's help.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Chocolate peppermint crunch

Next weekend I have a cookie party to go to. I have to bake 10 dozen cookies! The last batch turned out great. First batch tried to use both shelves of the oven and bottom one burnt:( all together spent about 6 hours prepping and baking. I am tired.

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Monday, December 3, 2012

First Christmas card

What a cute puppy! This is the first card I received from Tony and Virginia in Texas. Tony was the district manager for Wild Pair back in 1997 when I was there.

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Festival of the Arts

This afternoon I went to Mill ave to walk around and check out the arts/crafts ans food. Good my usual habenero salsa and found a new place that had the best bloody Mary mix, brand is called Zorro! Have to go back sometime and see the new place World of beer, it was packed today, good for football watching I bet.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thirty days of Thankful - Day 29

I am thankful I went to see this Cirque de Soleil show tonight. It was so cool! Best part was the trampoline performance. This is the second show I gave seen, first one, Zoomanity, was in Vegas.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Thirty days of Thankful - Day 28

I am thankful for tv.  There are so many shows I enjoy watching, here are a few:
Cake Boss
Two Broke Girls
The Good Wife
Sister Wives
Greys Anatomy
Big Bang Theory
Private Practice

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Thirty days of Thankful - Day 27

I am  thankful I have a home to come to in the evening, a car to drive and food in the pantry. The song the Bare necessities comes to mind:)

Monday, November 26, 2012

Thirty days of Thankful - Day 26

Happy to be getting a new dishwasher this weekend. I can now decide if I want to wash dishes by hand or not. What an exciting early Christmas gift to me.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thirty days of Thankful - Day 25

I love the beach! So sad I have not made it to see the ocean yet this year. I was less than a mile away in April but time was running short and I had to get to the airport:( What a calming place it can be.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Thirty days of Thankful - Day 24

I am thankful to live in the Valley of the Sun! Weather is awesome here, today we had a high of 84 degrees. Great weather for hiking, this is a picture of Snoopy Rock in Sedona. I have only been hiking there once but would love to go again.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Thirty days of Thankful - Day 23

Tamales! I was eating my first tamale of the season and then thought I should take a picture. It was delicious compliments of Laura Martin and her mom.

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thirty days of Thankful - Day 22

Today I am thankful to have Laura in my life. She is such an awesome positive influence for me. I am glad she pushes me to do things I normally would not and she is a great mentor. I am a better person:) Thank you for everything!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thirty days of Thankful - Day 21

I am happy I met Sandi 15 and a half years ago at Wild Pair. Her family is awesome and are so good to me, they are my Arizona family! Tomorrow we will be celebrating Thanskgiving at Bekki's with her parents; Toni and Ruben, Sandi's parents; Steve and Ethel and Bekki, Patrick, Brit, Sandi, Jason, Adrian, Jordan and my little Jacob. Dinner I think is at 3pm but Sandi was told to be there at noon so hopefully she will show up by three.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thirty Days of Thankful - Day 20

This post is in reference to the church service I attended this past weekend. We are still in the series "In God we Trust" and the topic was priorities. Pastor Chad spoke about being materialistic. I like nice things but most people do, I also like to buy things for my friends. His talk was about financial security. What we think we own is just on loan. "Have you ever seen a herse pulling a Uhaul? You can't take it with you."

Five main points:
1. Remember God is my source - he gives you the ability to produce wealth
2. Honor God first - God is the only thing that will not change
3. Save money wisely - Give first, Save second and live on the rest
4. Know where it goes - budget
5. Commit it all to God - Commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thirty days of Thankful - Day 19

I am thankful for lazy day Sundays. It is really nice to sit around and do absolutely nothing. Well doing laundry, watching football and surfing part of the doing nothing:)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Thirty days of Thankful - Day 18

I am thankful I am able to make choices.