Wednesday, February 27, 2008

I've Been Tagged!

Sorry it took me so long Kim, but here it is.

1) Where I was 10 years ago: Finishing my last year of high school and getting ready for my freshman year at BYU. Filling out dorm stuff, signing up for classes, and planning my senior trip to Cali with friends. Oh and planning my family senior trip to Hawaii.

2) 5 things on my "to do list" today: 1)Go to the gym. (2)Taking care of Dan's ticket (yah, he got one coming home from the temple of all places) (3) Take a shower (4) Get my swimming schedule done (5) Cook dinner

3) Things I would do if I became a billionaire: (1)Buy a car for Dan (2) Buy a house in NE, AZ, and a beach house in CA (3) Put money into Hollyn's college fund

4) 3 of my Bad Habits: 1) I love sugar (2) I fall asleep while saying my prayers
(3) I don't write things down

5) 5 place I have lived (1) Mesa, AZ (2) Provo, UT (3) Gilbert, AZ (4) Lincoln, NE

6) 5 jobs I've had, I've had many more but here are a few: 1) Basketball coach 2)Parks and Recs Site Supervisor (3) Secretary (4) 1st, 6th and preschool teacher
(5) Swim Teacher

7) Something Most People Don't Know About Me: (1) I was arrested for trespassing at a water park the summer after I graduated from high school (It's a long story)
(2)I am afraid of the dark, sad but true (3) I love to cook (4) I love to do our taxes (5) I love to listen to talk radio

Monday, February 18, 2008

Has It Already Been A Year!

Today is the one year anniversary of my little brother Andrew's double lung transplant. We thought we were going to loose him several times, but he hung in there and was blessed to get two healthy new lungs. I am so grateful for my brother and the example of perserverience and strength he has been to me and my family. He is an amazing uncle, brother and brother-in-law. I am also thankful for organ donors. I can't imagine what the other family must have been going through loosing their son, but I hope they know that through their loss they were able to make a young boys life continue. Andrew, we wish we could be there for the big party. We love you!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Valentines Day and Daddy Daughter Dance

For Valentines Day Hollyn invited her friend Olivia over to frost sugar cookies for themselves and Dad. Hollyn was so particular about frosting the cookie and not getting any on herself. If she happened to get some on her hands she would whipe it off instead of licking it. ( I have no idea where that comes from ) She did love eating the cookie once she frosted it, although I think she prefered the cookie without frosting, and it was even pink.
That night Hollyn helped me make dinner for Dan. We made my Dad's famous Sweet and Sour Chicken. It was deliousous. Better than waiting our turn at any restraunt.
On Saturday night Dan took Hollyn to the Daddy Daughter Dance at the gym. They got to dress up, which Hollyn loved, she even got to pick out Dan's tie. She kept calling him her prince charming, which of course he is. When they got to the dance they took a picture of them together by an adorable heart backround. (When they send us the picture I will definitely post it) Then they went in and danced the night away. They even had refreshments for them, cookies, punch and fruit snacks. The best part was when Hollyn left the dance they gave her two pink roses. Hollyn loved having a daddy daughter night and they were both exhausted and happy when they got home.


Monday, February 11, 2008

Dan and Hollyn to the Rescue

In one day I was saved by my husband and daughter, boy am I a lucky girl. First, Hollyn and I were playing out front in the snow making a snow man and snow angels. We decided to shovel the driveway and sidewalk before going inside. After shoveling Hollyn and I decided we had had enough snow for one day. When we went to open the door it was locked. I tried my car and the side door and they were locked too. So then I got a little desperate, because my phone was inside the house. Hollyn and I walked around the whole house checking every window. They were all locked except for the last window, my bedroom window. I was too big to fit through the door so Hollyn crawled through onto our bed and opened the front door. She saved the day! The look on her face was fantastic. She was so proud of herself.
Dan then saved the day that night. I left the house that night to go pick up Dan from law school. As I was backing out of the driveway my car got stuck at the very end of the driveway. I tried shoveling around the wheels but nothing worked. I finally had to call Dan and tell him I wouldn't be coming. He got a ride home from a friend and they were able to push the car out of the snow. Dan saved the day!
Thank you to my amazing husband and adorable daughter for saving their mom and wife from two sticky situations. What would I do without them!?!

Delicious Pulled Pork

I got this recipe from a recipe exchange and it was delicious. I tried it on a few of Dan's single law school friends last night and they all ate it up. It was so easy to make and it turned out super moist. My mouth is watering just thinkig about the leftovers we will be having tonight. So here's the recipes for any of you who enjoy pork. I cut the recipe in half and had leftovers.

6 lbs. pork tendorloin
1 can coke
1 1/2 cup salsa (any kind)
1 cup brown sugar

Cook the pork in a crock pot for 6 hours on high. (You can do this the night before and refrigerate for the next day) After cooking drain the liquid and scrape off any fat, then shred the meat.
Put the pork back in the crock pot with the coke, salsa, and brown sugar and let cook for 3 hours on high. (I actually cooked it on low for 6 hours during church)

I know the ingredients sound strange but they worked. Enjoy!

Monday, February 4, 2008

Dancin, Dancin, Dancin, She's a Dancin Machine

Hollyn had her first dance class on Saturday. She has been wanting to take dance for a while now, but she had to be three, so ever since she turned three she has been asking me when dance was. Finally after weeks of waiting she was finally able to DANCE! She loved it! She loved wearing her leotard, lights, tutu and ballet shoes. She loved twirlling around with her hands on her head. She loved turning her toes out. She loved doing the side step. She loved every moment. For those of you who know me you know that growing up I was a complete Tom Boy and played every sport, but dance was not my thing. In fact my mom told me that she put me in dance and pulled me out. When I asked if it was because I didn't like it she said, "Yes, but it was more that you were extremely uncordinated." So my question is how did I get this girl who is completely girly, and loves to dance and sing? Don't get me wrong I love every minute and wouldn't change a thing. I guess sometimes as parents we raise our child to be completely opposite of ourselves without even realizing it. Mare I'm sure if you are reading this you are having a good laugh, since we love giving eachother a hard time about our extra curricular activities in high school and my daughter is nothing like me. I'm still going to try to sneak in one sport, maybe soccer so she can prance around on the field!?! I love being a mom!