Thursday, January 31, 2013

Red skinnies

Our midnight date was a huge success. The elephant ears were delicious and we topped them with some cinnamon honey butter drizzle...divine. The 10 questions were so fun and some of Alans were so creative like "Who would you ask to speak at my funeral?" I LOVE that man! 

I think I am finally starting to kick this cold. I can't wait till I don't snore when I sleep and talk like a man. Today was a beautiful day but I still just wanted to stay home and snuggle in bed all day instead of go to class. I forced myself to go anyway and barely made it in time since I was really dragging my feet and getting ready...YAY!! I have been doing so good. 

I am soooo freaking proud of myself for fitting into these double 00 pants. I bought them a little while ago and they were the only pair remotely close to my size but I couldn't button them up (unfortunately not even close) and I debated back and forth whether or not to get them. I am sooooo glad I did cause I love love love them and now they button up and fit perfectly and it encourages me to not be a fat lard.

I asked Alan to make dinner since I only have a little over an hour to scarf something down before my last class at night and when I got home he was no where to be found. About 15 minutes later he showed up with Spaghetti Factory. Such a dork.  I think I need to start doing crock pot dinners on Tuesdays and Thursdays so my husbands "cooking" doesn't bankrupt us. 

When I got to my math class one of the girls in my class said that her husband was going to be skyping in. I thought that was a little silly and didn't really understand why he wouldn't just make up the class and then I found out the reason he was skyping in was that he was shot by his 2 1/2 year old and was in the hospital! Boy did I feel dumb that I didn't feel like going to class when this guy nearly died and still was doing math! It was crazy. 

When I got home my brother came over to watch Red Dawn but we got a crappy copy so we ended up renting the expendables but I got carried away chatting with Marissa and then distracted by pinterest that I really didn't pay much attention to the movie so I will be re watching that one tomorrow most likely. 

So here's to getting better, to fitting into my skinny pants, to surprise spaghetti dinners, to a classmate surviving a gunshot wound, and to movie night with family. Thankful for today.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Elephant ears

I got to see my sister today which is always nice. I hadn't seen her in a couple of weeks so our visit was long overdue. When I was driving home my brother called me saying that the his car battery had died and that he needed a jump so I headed over to meet him at his high school. Well a classmate was trying to help him and he ended up locking his keys in the car and there is no spare so Orem police came to the rescue. We were able to give him a jump and get him on his way. Meanwhile, I asked Alan to head over to my moms to shovel her driveway and sidewalks because when I was over there I couldn't even pull in. The woman had at least 2 feet as she stepped out of her doorway and it was getting dangerous. It was fun to see the look on her face when she pulled up and realized why Alan and I had been whispering. 

All of that took place before I got something to eat so it then being nearly 3pm I was starving and decided to treat myself to some Zupas. It was one of the only things that sounded remotely good and although I really didn't want to have to walk inside it was worth it. When I got home I got to visit with Marissa for a bit before she left and then had to do some dreaded homework. Luckily it didn't take terribly long and then my friend Kari came to visit and craft. I finally filled in the rest of my coffee filter lampshade as we watched re runs of the Bachelor. I am envious of her beautiful coffee filter lantern. I am still mad that the one I bought is very oddly shaped! 

She had to scurry off to flip her roast and I had started making a pinterest creation! 

Keep in mind that I assumed Marissa, Lindsay, Kari and Alan would all help me eat it when I began making it. So here is pan that I am about to put in the over for Alan and I to enjoy a hearty midnight snack. I decided to make a little date of it and we are going to ask each other 10 things we have always wanted to ask each other because one of my friends did it and I really wanted to try it and think it will be fun!

So I am going to go stick my elephant in the oven and then we are going to talk about the elephant in the room (or 10 in our case) and enjoy a yummy snack smothered in honey butter!

So heres to visiting my sis, to service with a shovel and a smile, to Bachelor re-runs (no such thing as too much Sean), to yummy desserts, to interest, and to a night in with the man of my dreams. Thankful for today.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Head cold from H E double hockey sticks

I HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE being sick. It is the absolutely worse thing. If I had a choice though I would take a sore throat, stomach ache, throwing up or even diarrhea over a stuffy nose. I can't stand not being able to breathe and having a running nose its the worse! Well lucky me I get it all and to make it worse my husband has it too so he is a grumpy gus as well. We started feeling a little tickle in our throats on Sunday morning and by that night it came on full blast. 

With the combination of todays blizzard and a massive head cold, body aches and hurt tummy I had absolutely no desire to go to school today. I made myself go anyways and campus was a zoo. In the short distance from my house to the education building (maybe 2 miles) there were nearly a dozen accidents and I myself was almost in a few. I hate snow. Thats what it all boils down to. 

I am glad I went to class because I always learn something interesting but it was really hard to concentrate when I couldn't hardly hear since my ears wouldn't pop from blowing my nose non stop. My massive migraine (possible exaggeration) didn't make things much easier. However, I made it through the entire school day and I am glad I went and quite proud of myself. 

Tonight I get to see my cousin Marissa who is going to stay with us for a few days while she waits for her apartment to open up and I am excited to have another girl here with me for when Alan is hiding out gaming all day downstairs. I am super bummed that I haven't gotten over this cold cause now I won't be able to work in special ed tomorrow but hopefully I will get the chance to go visit Britt and get enough rest to get over this cold crap. 

So heres to braving a blizzard, to another girl in my house full of boys, to my husband making me an exceptional grilled cheese for dinner and to getting over this cold. Thankful for today.

Monday, January 28, 2013

This still counts...better late than never!

This is where me being a night owl becomes a problem. I don't go to bed till at least 2 and sometimes I am doing something until that time. Today was one of those days. This morning I woke up and made ebelskivers for Bryson and Alan and shortly after we got everything cleaned up and showered for the day my brother came over to finish the rest of our movie marathon. We watched 2 1/2 movies before taking a break and I ran over to hobby lobby with Dee. I had to grab gas and of course my luck chose the lane that had one out of order so it took over a half an hour to get through that mess. I ended up picking up Jdawgs for dinner again since Alan and I both have killer colds and neither of us wanted to cook and by the time I got done with everything it was after 7. 

After dinner we finished the rest of Fast Five and Kayli got here right as it was getting over. Poor thing got mauled by Mayhem and sexually harassed in the form of a lot of tongue action from Havoc. We had a lot of catching up to do since I hadn't seen that girl in way too long so she left just a little bit ago and I had to clean up. 

That brings us to now and not really mentioning all the random in betweens like running dogs to the vet and giving Bryson a bath and what now. Today was I should get a pass on the time and this count for yesterday technically. In fact I shall.

So here's to buttermilk pancake balls that taste so good, to craft store runs with a girlfriend, to finishing 5 Fast and Furious movies, , to 4 jdawgs that saved me from cooking, to 3 fun filled days with my adorable nephew, to catching up and watching 2 episodes of bachelor with Kayli and to 1 crazy fun amazing life I get the privilege of living. Thankful for today. 

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Salivary stones

Last month randomly I got a salivary gland stone that hurt worse than I can describe. The thing was nasty and it was blocking up my gleeker and making my duct feather out and just causing me to be in some serious pain. Check this thing out...

Gross. The picture doesn't even do it justice. Well I tried a bunch of home remedies and nothing was working so I went and saw our family doctor. He thought I was a freak show and sent me to a mouth nose and throat specialist and when I got there I was in and outing 15 minutes. I begged him to just cut it out of my mouth so he numbed me up really quick and out it went. My gleeker was gone and so was the gland stone.

So where am I getting at you are probably wondering? This was not just to gross everyone out but I opened a bill that came in the mail (I am bad at checking it so its been a few days) and I have to pay almost $700 for it! My insurance is trying to deny the claim saying its a pre-existing condition. Are you serious? I have never had one in my life and I couldn't even live 5 days with it. The doctor told me that antibiotics may clear it up and I had to plead with him to just cut it out of my mouth! So I am peeved. 

Tomorrow Altius will be getting a piece of my mind and I really hope I don't end up paying for something I could really have done myself. Maybe I should have. 

Outside of the doctor bill today was lovely. I love my calling so much and the kids in our class are so precious. I am excited every Sunday to teach my darling 4 year olds and having Bryson in our class makes it that much more fun. We finally got set apart now that we have been teaching for the last few months. 

We are also having a fast and furious marathon with my brother so I better get back to it since we just started the third after our cazookie break. 

So heres to the opportunity to teach primary, to no more gland stones, to movie marathons, and to cazookies. Thankful for today.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Saturday is a special day...

I was so exhausted this morning that I literally slept in till 2 pm. It was nice to hibernate but I missed out on going to the temple. I had a crazy amount of homework due so I spent the entire afternoon finishing my assignments and by that time I was too tired to go out on a date with my husband. So I made him dinner instead. It was honestly pretty good (a 4 cheese roma tomato creamy pasta and garlic bread) but I  wish I would have had some sausage instead of hamburger. 

After dinner I finally showered and then it was time to pick up Bryson for his sleepover at our place. When I went over to my moms she was really upset and having a hard time with one of my brothers. Sometimes I really wish there was a magic button I could press to make everyone else issues just vanish. I don't think I was much help at all. 

Kari and Rob were going to come over to watch a move but poor Kari ended up in the ER! (Please keep her in your prayers) so I decided I better finish up our primary lesson for tomorrow. 

The lesson is on keeping the commandments and its 4 years. Putting a little commandment anchor game together brought me back to middle school and doing shoebox dioramas. Big thanks to Bryson for coloring the commandment bubbles for me. I know I shouldn't be tired but my brain stopped functioning shortly into putting together the activities and I could not get my creative juices flowing so keep me in your prayers too that I can entertain the 11 kids I have in my class!

I better get some sleep so I keep the commandments and don't sluff sacrament again. 

So heres to no more homework till Tuesday, to yummy quick dinners, to spending time with my nephew, to Karis quick recovery, and to a fun calling. Thankful for today. 

Friday, January 25, 2013

Fun Friday with friends

This morning did not start out very fun. I woke up with killer cramps hating the fact that only girls have to endure PMS. I wanted my ladies parts removed entirely. So I did not get much done. I was hardly able to even choke down some granola and bananas. I laid in bed almost all afternoon.

I finally dragged myself out of bed to shower before Jackson got dropped off and pulled myself together so that we could have a good night with Dee, Drew and Declan. We had so much fun with them and I cant help but feel really fortunate that we got lucky enough to be friends with a great couple as laid back as we are!! They came over and had a sweats party with us and we just hung out and watched basketball and eating pizza. The men of course ran off to play xbox (and Drew introduce Alan to yet another game...YIKES) but it was so fun! 

Dee is someone I really look up to admire and I swear I love that girl so much. I am so glad that we are hanging out again I have really missed her so much. True friends are hard to come by and I love that girl so much. I really just feel fortunate to have a group of really great people in my life. They know who they are and if they don't I will definitely fix that because I value them and cherish them. 

I really am just so grateful today. I am so lucky to have good friends that care about me and my well being. I am grateful to have friends that will come over in their sweats and just chat and catch up or craft or just give me a hug or shoot me a quick text or give me a call. I am so fortunate to have a compassionate husband that loves me unconditionally even when I sometimes don't deserve it. I am so glad that I have such a big family full of love as well as dysfunction that keeps my life interesting and helps me be a better person. Most importantly I am overwhelmed with joy in the love I feel from my Heavenly Father and am eternally grateful for the atonement and the fact although I am such an imperfect person and have a heap of shortcomings that I can still be surrounded with so much love and with all these Christ like examples. I am blessed. 

So here's to fun friday nights with friends, to my dogs behaving, to great friends, and to all my many blessings. Thankful for today.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

School is for fools

I have hit a wall with school. Today I had NO desire whatsoever to get my butt out of bed and go to school. When I did finally get out of bed I took the dogs outside and slipped on the solid ice in my backyard. It may have just been todays weather but it really made me want to be a home body but I forced myself to go. Since I debated so long whether or not I would go I missed my first class and was almost late to my second. I ran out the door in such a hurry that I didn't realize I was wearing sisters ridiculous Oobee slippers.

I had a few people comment on them but I think they were embarrassed for me and trying to be nice. My feet were quite cozy all day so I really can't complain. Thats the kind of day I have been having though. I feel like I am losing my mind a little. This weather makes me want to hibernate till late spring! And I blame it for giving me a muffin top and thunder thighs. Winter and I do not get along thats all I will say and stop babbling on about it.

This morning since I was having a pretty rough go my husband was sweet and surprised me with my favorite lunch from Mollys! I do love that man. I had to remember that later when I asked him to do something and he forgot to do it since he was too busy killing zombies on xbox. How I loathe that contraption at times.

I did say I would upload a video of mayhem playing ping pong when I got a chance so I guess now is as good as time as ever.

That dog have some serious energy. We definitely are excited for the snow to melt and for it to warm up so the pooches can get out and run! Poor guys keep getting hurt inside on the long carpet. 

Tomorrow I am so excited that it is Friday and that I get to sleep in a bit. After I turn in some applications and finish my homework I hope its warm enough to finish painting our tv trays. There have been a few times this week I really wanted to use them and they only have primer on the top. Wish me luck there! Its really hard to be out in the garage freezing my butt off breathing in spray paint and getting high off the fumes. I am not very motivated! We will see how it goes. 

So heres to silly slippers, to surprise lunches, to sluffing class, to making myself go to school to get an edumacation, to dogs that play ping pong, and to the weather hopefully getting warmer or at least staying wet enough to make it so we don't have to shovel our driveway! Thankful for today.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Chalkboards, crafts and cuddles

My morning started at 7 am which I was less than thrilled about since I got about 4 hours of sleep despite my best efforts to go to sleep on time. I had observation at Vineyard Elementary in the special education classroom. It was so fun!! I seriously had a blast and I learned soooo much. I am amazed at what those teachers can do and I can't wait to be an educator myself and start making a difference in kids lives. It really is so rewarding to help them accomplish the things they set out to do and see them succeed. I'M SO GLAD THAT I WILL BE A TEACHER!!!

I finished observation at 2 and came home to do my homework. I was so exhausted that I wanted to take a nap but decided it wasn't such a good idea so I can sleep tonight. Instead I just did the rest of my homework due thru Friday and then hung out with my pups. Havoc had a hard day, he had to get his nail taken off today, ouch!

I feel so bad for him poor guy. Mayhem on the other hand just missed his brother all day. He has been having a great time today and even learned how to play ping pong:

I have a video that Alan sent me that maybe I will post late. After playing with the pups I went to the dollar tree and got some random goodies including pill organizers for our vitamins, some travel doggie bowls, a jump rope for Bryson and a light for my kindle. Then I stopped by my moms house for a little and hung out with my brother and nephew. Chandler made this awesome chicken and rice dinner with green sauce it was so delicious. I shouldn't have eaten any of it but I couldn't help myself. 

Luckily, DeeAnn saved me from completely stuffing my face with a Hobby Lobby run. Too bad we got there after it had just closed. Who closes at 8??? Don't they realize we need to craft. Bryson tagged along and we ended up running over to Michael's but didn't get anything we went for. Bryson got some coloring books and play packs and I got cupcake liners and Dee bought candy. It was still fun to just get out and to proudly strut in our sweats! 

So now I need to just relax and cuddle with my hubby and hope that my belly aches go away. Tomorrow is another loooong day of school and I am anxiously awaiting sleeping in Friday and going to temple! 

So here's to special education teachers making a difference, to Havoc being a trooper, to Mayhem entertaining us and using the ping pong table for the first time in months with us, to dollar store goodies, to fun spontaneous trips to the craft store, and to a much needed cuddle sesh with the hubby. Thankful for today.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

An elephant never forgets

They say it takes 3 weeks to form a solid habit...why is it that exactly 3 weeks after I have been blogging every night I almost forgot and went to sleep? I'm exhausted that's why!

Tuesday's and Thursdays are so unbearably long for me with my school schedule. Today during my only break between classes I got to go to a birthday dinner for a cousin at Texas Roadhouse then back to the grind. I came home to watch the Private Practice season finale and it didn't record! Lucky I caught the end of a rerun. Sad it's over but maybe I will do something productive with my life.

Tomorrow I have student teaching and observation at 8 am thus the reason I am in bed and nearly forgot to post. I had some creative things I wanted to post but now I am too tired to remember them! I hope I can make it through the day tomorrow got a lot going on and feel like I have hardly seen my husband. Unfortunately with my crazy schedule I have very little fun stuff to report but hopefully that changes very soon. For now I need sleep!

So here's to a long productive Tuesday (I wrote Thursday first and luckily re read it that's how tired I am folks!), to Texas Roadhouse honey butter rolls, to Private Practice making me laugh, cry and smile, to snuggles from my pooches, and to going to sleep like a responsible adult. Thankful for today.

Monday, January 21, 2013

In the dog house

TJ maxx is soooo addicting! I spent the entire day cleaning my house so after I gave up trying finish the crap room I decided I wanted some throw pillows for our bed cause its just so plain so off I went. Ross was the first store I went to and I wasn't impressed so I skipped on over to TJ Maxx. I should not have gone over there because I wanted everything. So, I ended up getting pretty much everything but throw pillows so now I need some!!!

I was happy with the darling doggy baskets I got so now all the boys stuff isn't going to be shoved in a cardboard box! I got them a few fun toys too which they tore up within seconds! I think I'll be in the doghouse now for buying things we didn't need haha hope the hubby will forgive me.

But blog world...I need to make my grey bed cute! Any suggestions! Please help! Until then...

Here's to a clean house, to nesting, to doggy treats, to shopping and someday having a cute but masculine bed. Thankful for today.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sneaky socks

I am not a morning person. Anyone that knows me, knows that about me. I can not get used to this 9 am church thing. If we didn't have a calling I swear we would be inactive because we just love our sleep sooo much. Especially with it being so cold right now it takes a lot for us to get out from under our warm down comforter and cozy bed bright and early. This morning was no exception. We barely managed to make it to church as sacrament was getting over because Alan likes to take loooooong showers and woke up late. Our kids are already getting used to us since they are paying attention to our lessons less and less ha. Oh if they weren't so dang cute!

After church for some reason I was in cleaning mode and decided I would not do anything else until I finally cleaned up our closet. You see, I spent all this time organizing everything in our closet so everything had its place and it would be easy to keep up on and things would stay in order but when I have a husband that uses this:

(Yes folks that is our bathtub sadly, and this was empty just a few days ago when I used it!)

...instead of this:

to store his dirty laundry, it makes keeping things tidy a little harder than it should. I have to laugh because his weird quirk seems to be socks. No matter how hard I try to stay organized when I go to laundry I will think I have it all and then I will find just over a dozen dirty socks. They are always bunched up in a little ball and hidden all over the house, typically in my bedroom. Alan likes to stash them behind the bed frame, on the side of our nightstands, behind the play station, behind the dresser, on the dresser, on the couch, on the floor, on the coffee table, in the bathtub, and pretty much anywhere else that is a convenient hiding spot for him. I love that man even when he is driving me crazy. 

Well I am happy to say that my closet is clean, my dishes are no longer dirty, my laundry no longer soiled and my office is tidy so I am one happy camper. I know today is supposed to be a day of rest but its really the only day I have to clean and I think Heavenly Father would want my home to be livable. 

The rest of the day was relaxing we got to go to family dinner for a meal of meatloaf and then got to chat with my mom and brothers for a little and watch a string of youtube videos after the Whitakers when we dropped Bryson off. Tomorrow I have to tackle the craft room or crap room as Alan calls it. It would feel so great to get that finished before girls night maƱana evening. Wish me luck. 

So here's to the cutest bunch of 4 year olds in our class, to hitting snooze a few too many times, to a calling to keep us from falling, to a little early spring cleaning, to meals with loved ones, and to youtubes that make you nearly wet your pants. Thankful for today.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Chuck E Cheese, Clouds and Cocoa

Today I did not want to get out of bed. After the movie last night we went by our neighbor Andy's party for a little while and then I had to come home and read a 40 page chapter in psychology. I finally got to bed at 3 am-ish and when my alarm went off at 945 to go to a cycling class with Kayli I couldn't get out of bed. I was happy when Kayli text me that she was exhausted too. So I went back to sleep for another hour but still was so tired when I was supposed to take Mayhem to the vet to get his head looked at. I am lucky my husband was feeling charitable and let me stay in bed with Havoc while he took Mayhem in. 

I finally gave up on going back to sleep at noon and started reading my second chapter of psychology to make sure I was prepared for my exam and I only missed 2 questions. I was so thrilled that I even did a bonus video report which I was glad that I did cause it was on different birthing methods which I think is fascinating. However, one of the mothers in the video did a natural birth with no medical intervention she just had her doctor there when she pushed and she didn't scream or even make any sounds just 3 pushes and voila! A baby! Gosh I wish that was how it worked...then everyone would have natural births. 

After I finished all that I made some tuna melts and cleaned up the house a little before going on our double date to a place where a kid can be a kid:

We were so glad that DeeAnn and Drew invited out. Declan and Bryson had almost as much fun as Alan and Drew did. We had a blast though. 

When we got home we made a "cloud" by the fire place (it was pretty much just every blanket we owned laid out on the floor) and made some hot cocoa. Great end to a lovely evening. Now its time for bed since we have church early...and thanks to Dee I have decided to wear the skirt!

So here's to passing an exam, to no more dirty dishes, to a double 
date to Chuck E Cheese, to good friends, to cute kids, and to clouds and hot cocoa. 
Thankful for today. 

Friday, January 18, 2013

God bless America

Tonight we watched Zero Dark Thirty and it just made me so grateful to live in this country. That's really all I have to say tonight. 

So here's to today and to those that fight for our tomorrow. Thankful for today.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Midday munchies

Why is it that when I am home I am hardly hungry during the day and often times miss meals or eat them late but when I am at school even when I eat right before I leave I am STARVING just a couple hours later? 

Take today for example...I wake up and eat breakfast which I rarely ever do but I had some grapefruit and a strawberry granola bar at 11:30 get to school at 1 and by my second class at 2:30 my stomach is growling like crazy. So after my second class I was lucky enough to find a fruit leather in my purse but could not concentrate the entire time in my nutrition class and was counting down the seconds for it to end since I felt like I hadn't eaten in weeks. 

After school at 530 I went and got jdawgs since I knew I wouldn't be able to make it through preparing a meal and I ate it like some wild animal. I feel bad that Kayli and Alan had to sit there and witness such a disturbing spectacle.

Today felt extremely long and I am very tired. I can't tell you how thankful I am for no heat curls since it makes it so I can sleep in later and only take a couple seconds to get ready. 

See it almost looks like I made an effort to look cute for school. Probably would help if I took a few more minutes to slap on some makeup but give me a break. Anyways it feels great to be done with class but now its time for my never ending mound of homework. 

So heres to no heat curls, to the best jdawg I have ever had, to surviving a school day, to being there for a friend and to the feeling of finally getting home after a long day. Thankful for today.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Sequin maxi success


Oh my gosh am I glad I managed to finish it and it actually turned out cute. Its definitely not a professional garment by any means but for a self taught sewer (in one day) I like it!

Now that I know what I was doing wrong at first it really wasn't bad. I re did the entire skirt start to finish in less than 2 hours with taking breaks. And I hand stitched the sequin belt. Its not perfect but hey I MADE IT! And that's pretty awesome.

Outside of finishing my skirt I did not get much of anything accomplished today since I stayed up till the sun rose this morning watching Private Practice. I woke up at noon thirty, ate lunch, took my brother to the dentist and got my lashes done THEN finished my maxi skirt. YAY!

Now I need to decide if its too loud for church. I think its perfect for a cruise dinner and I know my primary girls would love all the sparkle but the adults may think its a little too much. 

I am beyond exhausted and I should probably be doing my homework and being responsible instead of making myself an outfit but its so fun! Now if only it would warm up so I could get the motivation to finish painting my TV trays! Another day...

So here's to successfully sewing a sequin maxi skirt, to my ADDICTION to Shonda Rhimes series, to long lovely lashes, to all things that sparkle, and to making my first piece of clothing (as long as tie dying a shirt and socks in the 5th grade doesn't count). Thankful for today.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Sew not happening

So right as I am going to bed last night I realized what I did wrong on my skirt. I stayed up for an hour stressing over it and then thought about it all day...and today was a long day. Let's start there.

This morning I had to wake up at 8:30 after going to bed after 3 am and sleeping terribly because my house is ghastly cold. I had a laser hair removal appointment this morning which is so horrible in the winter because they turn on these Zimmer fans so the machines don't overheat and it helps cool the skin so it doesn't hurt as bad, I was frozen. 

After my appointment I came home and was able to call ology and BYU and get into the math class I need and since I had a bit before class and had done the no heat curls last night I tried to take a nap. Alan and the dogs were not letting that happen...

I felt nauseous and tried putting some food down but had no appetite so I headed off to Suncrest elementary for my first class. So fun! I love the UVU elementary education program. Being in classes for my major and getting to work with kids makes things sooo fun and gets me really excited to have a class of my own. 

When I got on campus I met with my advisor to see what my options were if Alan and I decided to move out of state or take a break and just the timing of my degrees and he gave me the same news I kind of already knew. If I take my last 2 classes this summer I get my pre elementary degree. 

The rest of the day and in the rest of my classes I was really dragging my feet. After getting out of school at 515 and getting home for dinner I did NOT want to go to math. I am glad I did cause I need to pass that class.

So back to my sequin it kept me up all night and distracted me all day so I got home after class (@930 UGH!) and checked to make sure I had enough fabric to fix it! I ripped the seam and cut off the pleats and redid my pinning and got the machine ready and I swear I did something seriously wrong. I went over and over each step making sure I had the bobbin in right and it was threaded properly. I checked the tension I did it all and every time I would go to stitch it would snag and tangle and screw everything up. So after numerous failed attempts and start overs I finally decided that my brain must not be functioning properly. 

Alan was watching Bachelor while I was attempting so I joined him at the end and now it's time for some Pitch Perfect and bedtime. Pray for me that I can sew this skirt! I have no class tomorrow so I am hoping to get the skirt and tv trays done! Yay! 

So here's to holding back toots for the sake of my master esthetician, to early rising, to getting things done, to knowing when to stop when you can't, and to my bed...oh how I've missed you. Thankful for today.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Bachelor babes

I love hobby lobby. I seriously need to stay out of that store its so addicting. Everytime I walk in I want nearly everything on the shelf. I got to go with my mother in law today and show her what she has been missing and she got 2 gift bags for $1.18. BIG SPENDER! I think she will go back after that trip. I was able to finally buy some things I needed to start some of my projects and got some primer on the tv tray tables I have been meaning to do. Its way too cold outside but hopefully I will be able to finish that tomorrow.

Another successful Bachelor evening full of beautiful women (tonight we had Kayli, Kari and my mother-DeeAnn you were sorely missed. We messed up a few times on my skirt and had to rip the seam it wasnt as easy as some of the DIY blogs were claiming it to be or I just picked a really difficult fabric so I still have to add the top elastic belt and hem the bottom but the pleats are done and the back hem finished. It puckers more than I thought it would but I still think it is going to turn out darling and worth the $10 (maybe not the 10 hours haha). I will post the pretty skirt as soon as it is finished. I dont want to jinx it and I want to make sure it turns out before I do. 

I need to get to sleep have to be up at 8am and have a looooooong day. 

So heres to hanging with momma Kathy, to hanging out with the girls, to crafting adventures, and to staying up too late. Thankful for today.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Crumbly chocolate waffles

Neither Alan or I wanted to get out of bed this morning. We kept hitting the snooze until our alarms didnt buzz anymore and woke up late for church. We hurry and got ready and got Bryson ready and sped off to church. What a surprise when we pulled into the parking lot to find vacant. Ooops...forgot it was stake conference. 

So we came home and make some orange danishes and cuddled up by the fire. For family dinner we were asked to do dessert and we had been wanting to try chocolate waffles for a while. We failed epicly. The batter was sooooo good it tasted like a dang good brownie batter but it would not hold and the waffles were crumbly and flaky. We even tried to make them into pancakes and that was even worse. So my apologies to the time we will stick to sugar sweets we know. 

Tomorrow I am going to hobby lobby finally with my mother in law and I am so excited to grab some great fabric to make a sequin maxi. Pray that it turns out something like this:

 Its bachelor craft night tomorrow and I am hoping I can pull off this beauty. I keep putting off painting cause its been too dang cold to paint in my garage. Come on UTAH! 

So heres to orange danishes, to Sunday naps, to crumbly chocolate waffles, and to craft inspiration. Thankful for today.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Spence and Shannon

After a long afternoon of homework it was so nice to have Soencer and his new girlfriend Shannon over for dinner. We BBQ'd steaks and pineapple and had a salad and the most delicious mashed potatoes I have ever made. I ate way too much and drank more than my fair share of Brazilian lemonade.

After dinner we had mini cheesecakes and played Dane Central and fruit ninja on the kinect. Bryson was here for a sleepover to go to church tomorrow and that kid seriously rocked it. He owned all of us! 

Now we are snuggling up to a movie. So glad we got to spend some time with them they are so much. 

So heres to finally finishing my homework, to a delicious hearty meal, to spending time with Spence and Shannon and to snuggling. Thankful for today.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Im late..Im late for a very important date

No..I am not pregnant I am just late posting for today. My hubby and I went out on a date tonight and it went later than we thought it would because Texas Roadhouse was packed as always. After dinner we went to pick up just this:

I have been dying to watch Country Strong again and its not on Netflix and we couldn't rent it on xbox so I decided we might as well buy it since we both love it so much. So instead of a quick trip to Target to buy a $7.80 movie we ended up spending almost $200 on all sorts of things like candy, picture frames, bed sheets and a few things for me!

So we didn't get out of there till 11 and then we had to stop by a neighbors house who was having a little party and wanted to use our Dance Central 3 game. We just walked through the doors and I realized the time. Outside of homework and shopping and fun date with my husband there isn't much else to report...

So here's to sleeping in, to date night with my hubby, to cute clothes on clearance, to Country Strong and to fun with friends. Thankful for today.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Burned Bottoms

This morning I made some cinnamon rolls and don't you hate when you check on them and they aren't quite done but when you come back they are overdone and the bottoms are burnt? So irritating. So Bryson and I pulled our bottoms off and enjoyed the remainder of the rolls before I had to run off to school. Somehow I managed to throw something on although I was extremely tempted to wear sweats today.

I really hope that I have the ability to make it through the semester somewhat unscathed. I don't think I realized how nice the last year and half off was. I do not know how I worked full time and went to school full time for 2 years, YUCK! Just this week, the first week of school mind you, my online class has 6 assignments and we are talking big papers and video responses where I have to watch a lecture on a subject and then respond to it after I watch it for an hour in the form of a paper. Then pile on top my other 3 classes and the math class I am hoping to pick up next week and I just pray I can make it. 

I also feel like I am coming down with something and felt icky yesterday and today and then Kayli gave me some unsettling news that she definitely has the flu and the doctor ordered her to lock herself away till the 16th. I cannot get sick! I did get some good news today however! My cousin thought she may have ovarian cancer which unfortunately isn't common on that side of my family as our other cousin our age has already been diagnosed and overcome but luckily she got the results back and she is healthy as an ox! I cried tears of joy! That scare alongside my nutrition class really makes me want to take better care of myself and make me slightly paranoid to be honest. My nutrition professor was talking today about how teenagers and young adults who don't eat right end up suffering later with issues like osteoporosis and I felt like she was looking right at me. All I could think is "HOW DID SHE KNOW?". I really need to improve my eating habits. 

Well nothing much else to report. Now that I am back in school no one is going to want to read this as I am even boring myself to death but thats my life right now. Its back to homework for me!

So here's to salvaging burned bottom cinnamon rolls, to furthering my education, to challenging myself and to awareness that hopefully forms better habits. Thankful for today.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Lunch Date and Dancing

I cannot even begin to tell you how good it felt to finally meet up with my friend DeeAnn today. It had been years since we had hung out or really even seen each other outside of a casual run in when we crossed paths at work. I felt like I was still a part of her life which perhaps is the downfall of a social network because it makes you lose sight of the tangibles of friendship. We sat inside Zupas and just got to chat and catch up for hours. I still love that girl just as much if not more. As much as it saddens me that I was not an active member of her recent milestones and some of the monumental moments in her life I really hope that we get to be heavy participants and supporters in each others immediate and distant futures. She is an amazing person and I have missed having her spirit around me. 

When I returned home from my lunch date with Dee I was greeted warmly by Bryson who had a "stage" (just throw pillows set up on the floor) set up and performed some more Oppa Gangham Stlye moves for me. I seriously love that kid so much. Somehow he roped me into playing dance central with him downstairs and just kept replaying OGS over and over again until my shins were on fire. Needless to say he beat me the last couple of times we played. He is so talented. I wish I had half of his energy. After dinner I got to go visit with my sister for a little bit which was long overdue and really nice to be able to chat. 

When I got home Bryson had fallen asleep to the tooth fairy episode I had on for him on Super Why and so I put together his tooth fairy stuff and grabbed his teeth and replaced it with his presents. When I went to change him into his PJs since he had fallen asleep with his clothes on I realized he had an accident in our bed. Poor thing felt horrible but we got it all cleaned up and now he got his presents from the tooth fairy early since she thought he was down for the night. 

As we were getting him put back down he said "Aunt Chelle, can we ask the tooth fairy to come back and bring me back my teeth I want them back again". Alan and I tried to explain to him how it worked but it sounds like Super Why may have mislead him just a little bit. So he asked if we could say a prayer to see if she would bring them back. So I guess I am off to slip the teeth back under his pillow and pray he doesnt wake up till morning. 


So heres to restoring and building on old friendships, to much needed girl time, to dancing till your legs give out, and to teaching the first time tooth fairy a thing or two. Thankful for today.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Surviving School

This morning was rough. I stayed up waaaaaaay too late crafting with Kayli but I was able to finish this beauty:

I really like the way it turned out and it was pretty easy. I have a few spots to fill in. Thanks mom for the lamp! I bet she regrets giving it up now that I have dressed it up haha. 

Well we had a fun filled evening which made getting out of bed this morning nearly impossible. I missed the math class I am trying to get into buuuuut made it to the rest of my classes. And by the way I tried this amazing broiled grapefruit for breakfast and I highly suggest it. It made it soooo much better than just a little sugar. YUM YUM YUM. I will take a warm grapefruit in place of a cold tangerine from time to time!

BACK TO SCHOOL...I tried to recreate a look I pinned it didnt turn out quite as cute:

Getting back to school feels so good. Part of me is grateful my music in elementary class was cancelled I think it may have been too much.I am going to be busy this semester with math, psychology, nutrition through lifecycle, dance in elementary and exceptional students but I am so excited.  Its reignited my passion for teaching and reminded me of the future I will have to look forward to if I complete my degree and get my license. And get a job obviously haha. I had really been struggling feeling like I had no real sense of self as of late with losing my job and not being in school so this feels great.

So heres to being back at school and learning about things I love, to laughing with a dear friend till the wee hours of the morning, and to trying new things. Thankful for today.

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