Sunday, September 28, 2008

Raspberry Jam

After the peaches on Saturday, Jake and I had to get the raspberries done before they started to get moldy. We bought only one flat of these delicious babies and turned them into jam.

Another beautiful color and oh soooooo good!!!
Next.......we're waiting for our blackberries to come in. Can't wait!!!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Peaches, Peaches, Peaches

Movin to the country,
Gonna eat a lot of peaches
Movin to the country,
Gonna eat me a lot of peaches

Jake and I bought some YUMMY Utah peaches and decided to can them. It's sooooo easy, just time consuming.

My honey slaving over the stove

Such a beautiful color


Jake and I went with some friends to go see this movie: Fireproof. It is a wonderful movie. It's PG and I recommend it to everyone. I don't even think there was one cuss word in it. There needs to be more wholesome movies like this one out there. When you go, make sure you take some tissues. I know my husband will kill me when I say this, but even he teared up during parts of the movie. I love him so much!! I'm not going to tell you what it's about because I'm not one to spoil see it and let me know what you think. It's from the makers of Facing the Giants and if you haven't seen that need to.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Prop 102

On November 4, Arizonans have the opportunity to say YES for marriage by voting YES on Proposition 102.

Prop 102 is 20 simple and clear words that define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. It's that simple: "Only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state."

Prop 102 does one thing and one thing only - it defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman in Arizona.

Vote YES on Prop 102 to secure the definition of marriage for your children and grandchildren.How YOU Can Help Pass Prop 102:

Register to vote. It only takes a few minutes of your time to make a big difference for marriage. You can register online or print the form and mail it in. To vote in the November 4 election, you must be registered to vote by October 6. Take time TODAY to register!

Visit The campaign's website is the place to find information, get involved, and stay up-to-date.

Request yard signs and bumper stickers. Get the word out to your family, friends, and neighbors about voting YES on Prop. 102.
Thank you to the website"Sister Savings" for this copy I posted.

New Fitness Blog

I have a new blog where I'm tracking my progress with exercise and may add a few healthy, yummy recipes. If you want to check it out, it's on the side of blog here called My Fitness Logs. Enjoy. I'm parent/teacher conferences are almost over and so far every single one of them have been good. YIPPEE!!!

Thursday, September 18, 2008


Ten years ago I:
1. Was teaching my 1st year of school, 3rd grade
2. Weighed about 25 lbs lighter, yikes!
3. Was dating a guy named Jake who I didn't know that I was going to marry yet
4. Taking Trips
5. Living with a friends family a few houses down from my parents

The Five things on today's "to do" list:
1. Get Report cards done
2. Do dishes
3. Do laundry
4. Read Breaking Dawn and try to finally finish
5. Plant garden

Five snacks I enjoy:
1. Popcorn
2. Blondie Brownie
3. Gummy Bears
4. Chocolate Bars
5. Cheese

Five things I would do if I were a millionaire:
1. Buy as many kids up front without having to wait
2. Lots of land in the mountains with a house and horses
3. Travel
4. Get the vehicles I've truely wanted and couldn't afford
5. Buy another big plot of land in Idaho and have all my family with their own houses live on the same land near eachother

Five places I have lived:
1. Mesa, AZ
2. Flagstaff, AZ
3. Champaign, Urbana, IL
4. Queen Creek, AZ

Five jobs I have had:
1. Robinson's-May
2. Daycare- Children's World
3. Teacher-3rd
4. Teacher-2nd
5. Data Entry- NAU

Five friends I tag...
1. Jamie
2. Kerstin
3. Valerie
4. Crystal
5. Vanessa

I also tag anyone else who would like to do this. Okay ladies, now answer the questions yourselves and then tag 5 more people and post their names. Then go to their blog leave a comment letting them know that they've been tagged asking them to read your blog. Let the person that tagged you know when you've answered the questions on your blog. It's fun:)


I've been feeling overwhelmed lately now that school has started again. I just feel like I have so much to do and loads of stress. I'm a mentor again this year and I am in charge of 11 other 2nd grade teachers, 4 of which are 1st year teachers and 2 that have changed grades. It gets a little overwhelming at times. We've got parent/teacher conferences next week and that really stresses me out because I never know how parents may react to their child's grades. I'm so ready for my October break. Heck, bring on the Christmas Break too!! I was reading a friend's blog and she posted a neat quote. I thought it was great. There are times when I get sad, stressed or feeling down about not having kids of my own and wonder 'why me' or 'will I ever receive a baby or be a mom'? I have my moments, but I have to keep reminding myself that my Heavenly Father loves me very much and if I'm not meant to be a mother in this life then my calling must defenitly be a teacher where I'm surrounded by children who love me, even though I'm not their mom. It's funny because sometimes they call me mom by mistake. Anyway, what I'm getting at is that we all have our trials, big or small, but we just need to trust in the Lord and we'll somehow get through it. I have a quote on my wall "If God brings you to it, He'll help you through it." And the other quote from a friend's blog:

"No matter how serious the trial, how deep the distress, how great the affliction, [God] will never desert us. He never has, and He never will. He cannot do it. It is against His character to do so. He is an unchangeable being.... He will stand by us. We may pass through the fiery furnace; we may pass through deep waters; but we shall not be consumed nor overwhelmed. We shall emerge from all these trials and difficulties the better and the purer for them, if we only trust in our God and keep His commandments."

--President George Q. Cannon

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Baby Shower

My friend, Valerie, will be having a baby in a few other friends and I gave her a baby shower in my home on Saturday. She has 4 other kids, but ALL GIRLS. She is now having a BOY and we are all excited for her and a little scared for him (you know....all the Barbie and Princess/Fairy movies and outfits.)

Valerie, the guest of honor

the yummy spread with the diaper cake in the middle

Jamie and Ashley my partners in crime

We hope you had fun Val. We love you and are sooooo excited for you!!!!!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Strawberry Shortcake

I saw this on a friends blog and thought I'd tag all of you to do it. It's cute and fun. If all of the eight desserts listed below were sitting in front of you,which would you choose (sorry, you can only pick one)! Trust me...this is very accurate. Pick your dessert, and then look to see what psychiatrists think about you. No changing mind!!!!!

Here are your choices:
1. Angel Food Cake
2. Brownies
3. Lemon Meringue Pie
4. Vanilla Cake With Chocolate Icing
5. Strawberry Short Cake
6. Chocolate Cake With Chocolate Icing
7. Ice Cream
8. Carrot Cake

No, you can't change your mind once you scroll down, so think carefully what your choice will be. OK - Now that you've made your choice, this is what the researchers sayabout you...
SCROLL DOWN---No Cheating

1. ANGEL FOOD CAKE -- Sweet, loving, cuddly. You love all warm and fuzzy items A little nutty at times. Sometimes you need an ice cream cone atthe end of the day. Others perceive you as being childlike and immature at times.

2. BROWNIES -- You are adventurous, love new ideas, and are a champion of underdogs and a slayer of dragons. When tempers flare up you whip out your saber. You are always the oddball with a unique sense of humor and direction. You tend to be very loyal.

3. LEMON MERINGUE -- Smooth, sexy, & articulate with your hands, you are an excellent caregiver and a good teacher. But don't try to walk and chew gum at the same time. A bit of a diva at times, you set your own style because you do your own thing. You shine when it comes to helping others and have many friends.

4. VANILLA CAKE WITH CHOCOLATE ICING -- Fun-loving, sassy, humorous, not very grounded in life; very indecisive and lacking motivation. Everyone enjoys being around you, but you are a practical joker. Others should be cautious in making you mad. However, you are a friend for life.

5. STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE -- . You care about other people, can be counted on in a pinch and expect the same in return. Intuitively keen. You can be very emotional at times but a true person in every way. You like to do things for yourself and help others learn about themselves.

6 . CHOCOLATE CAKE WITH CHOCOLATE ICING -- Romantic, warm, loving..Sexy; always ready to give and receive. Very creative, adventurous, ambitious, and passionate. You can appear to have a cold exterior but are warm on the inside. Not afraid to take chances Will not settle for anything average in life. Love to laugh.

7. ICE CREAM -- You like sports, whether it be baseball, football,basketball, or soccer. If you could, you would like to participate, but you enjoy watching sports. You don't like to give up the remote control.You tend to be self-centered and high maintenance.

8. CARROT CAKE -- You are a very fun loving person, who likes to laugh.You are fun to be with. People like to hang out with you. You are a very warm hearted person and a little quirky at times. You have many loyal friends You were meant to lead and teach others. A wonderful role model.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Grease truck #2

My husband is a brilliant man. He saves us lots of money!!! So...most of you may know that my Jake runs his diesel truck on waste vegetable oil. He gets it for free from restuarants and just filters it before he runs it in his truck. He doesn't add anything to it. Well, one day he was changing a filter when this guy drove up and asked Jake how he likes his diesel. Jake said that he loved it! The guy told him that he was selling one of his that was the same year as the one Jake was driving. He said that he couldn't get it started, it's been sitting for about a year in his yard, and it was $500. So, Jake talked to me about it and we both went over to look at it. I seriously thought it looked like a junker. I'm spoiled I guess. Anyway, Jake was looking at it and then found out it was a stick shift. You should have seen his eyes light up. He got all excited. He's been wanting a stick for a long while. GREAT. I guess he's gonna want to buy it now. Darn!! Jake and I talked about it that night. He said that as long as he can get it to turn over then he'll be able to work with it to get it running. So the next day we drive over there and Jake tries to start it. It turns over so he tells the guy he'll take it. Then he tells him that he wants to try something first before we leave. He had an idea that all he had to do was prime the injectors (I've been hanging around Jake too long when he works on the truck, I actually know what that means). The guy was even impressed that I knew what he was doing, because he had no clue. Anyway, he primed the injectors and then tried to start the truck. VROOMMMMMMM!!!! And lots of dust blowing out of the engine. That's my honey!!!!! He made sure it was still okay to buy it, he didn't want to put the guy out. So....$500 later, Jake drove the truck home himself with me following him. We were just buying it to turn around and sell it as a profit. Jake said that as soon as he was able to start it, he could sell it as is for $2000. Great!! and my big ideas. I told him that wouldn't it be great if he converted that one and I drove it to work...wouldn't that save us even more money??? So.....this will now be my truck named "sticky" hence stick shift, however, it will work both ways once there is "sticky" grease running through it. We spent Saturday cleaning it up inside and getting the radio hooked back up, the guy tried taking it out but failed. My Jake knows how to do sound systems too. I sure picked a winner of a husband!!!! I'm actually starting to like the old thing and a little excited to drive it. It's got major peeling paint and the camper shell has some of the windows broken out. Oh well, it's a 1993, what do you expect. How did he talk me into this??? So we're keeping all of our vehicles, 4 of them now. Yikes!! At least they're all paid off. We now have 3 diesel vehicles and one gaser. Fun, Fun!!!