Saturday, January 28, 2012

Audra's Visit

My sister Audra is in town for a few days this weekend. She is pregnant and came for a baby shower. She arrived Thursday afternoon and we had a family dinner. It was nice to get everyone together and chat.
Yesterday, Mom, Audra and I all went shopping. It has been a relly long time since we went shopping together and it was a lot of fun! The main goal was to get Audra some maternity clothes. Let me tell is SLIM pickings!!!! I am glad I am not preggos and have no clue what I will do when that day comes. Most stores put their maternity stuff next to their baby clothes. So while Audra was in the dressing room, mom and I would browse the baby boy clothes. We got some great deals at Macy's I spotted some super cute sweater vests for only $2.49!We saved over $75 and spent only $15 and got three vests, two shirts and courderoy (how the heck do you spell that?) pants! When we wer going to check out, mom said, "I think the Aunt should get something too" I said, "Alright I will pay for a vest" thinking she meant I should get something for the baby. But she meant I should get something for myself. And she knew exactly what she wanted to buy ugg shoes.
She was disgusted by mine. I have had them forever and wear them to work everyday. I wore them that day because it was raining and I didn't want to wear my good shoes. I told her they were too expensive but she really wanted to get them so I wasn't going to argue. I will never refuse a good pair of shoes!
Here are pics of my new shoes next to the old ones...

Hard to believe the are the exact same shoe. What can I say? I wear them a lot! I am still going to keep them and wear them on truck day at work. But I promised mom that she will never see me wear them again haha

I got some other things too. A new work out outfit, I find it easier to work out if I have a cute outfit. And I got some great new boots too!!! I love them so much! i saw a pair just like them on shoedazzle months ago, but never pulled the trigger. By the time I was ready, my size was sold out :( These are just like them! Originally $99.99 and I got them for $39.99! only 4 cents more then shoedazzle so I dont feel bad! What do you think of them?
Mom tried them on too but decided onsomthing else. I wanted a pair of black boots, somewhat casual and low to the ground and these are perfect!

I got a pair of Seven jeans on sale for $20 too! Crazy! I couldn't resist! They are sooooo comfy! They feel like those crazy Pajama Jeans! And its amazing how much skinnier my legs look! The only bad thing is they turned my hand blue
My cheap jeans never did that! But after a washing they are fine.

When we got home we had dinner and played Dominion with the little boys. I won :)

Time to get ready for the baby shower. I'll post about that sometime soon:)

Thursday, January 26, 2012


intense fear or suspicion, esp when unfounded
For some reason, I have been suffering from paranoia lately and I have no idea why. I have been unbeleviably jumpy too. Everything scares me. Patrick came in the bedroom when my back was to him and I just about had a heart attack. The other day, I was working in the Ocean City store for a day. I was walking from the break room which is in their back room, to the office. I was carrying a open half full can of soda and the other manager came in through the door. I saw him walking in but I still jumped and spilled soda all over myself.
I usually have my moments were I am jumpy, but this is getting ridiculous! I have to keep both my closet door and bedrrom door closed at night. I often worry that people can see into my room from below when my blinds are closed. I feel like I hear knocking on the front door.
It all started a few weeks ago when i came home one night and Patrick mentioned that the motion light outside kept going off. My imagination has gotten the best of me and now I am totally freaked out!
My lack of sleep is adding to it I think. I wake up often during the night for different reasons. Smetimes its because Patrick is snoring. Sometimes its because Patrick has rolled on top of me. Sometimes its because I am too hot but lately it has been because I have been having bad dreams. Last nights dream consisted of spiders attacking me in a shoe store.
I have a few days off work because my sister is in town. Hopefully this time off will help me relax!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Round 29

Some more Confessions

1. Everytime I watch Say Yes to the Dress on TLC, I want to put on my wedding dress
2. I have recently become obsessed with Pintrest!
3. I joined a book clucb this week...but I dont think I am smart enough to be in it
4. I turn the channel when a commercial for a scary movie come on
5. One of my favorite things about my body is my skin. I have naturally really nice clear skin. I never have to d anything to it other then sunscreen. I dont need to use scrubs or creams or lotion :) And I love it! Even if I am pale

Monday, January 16, 2012

Ham and Potatoes

I thought I would share with you one of my favorite recipes. Its a favorite of Patrick too. And its unbelievably easy!!!

6-8 slices of ham- diced
8-10 medium potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
2 onions, peeled and thinly sliced (I always skip this cause I hate onions)
1 cup of grated Cheddar or American Cheese
1 10-ounce can of cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup, undiluted

Put potatoes, ham and oinions in a crock-pot. Then the grated cheese and can of soup. Sprinkle on some paprika. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4 hours

I always just eyeball all the ingredients and I tend to add more cheese. And I never add onions cause I cant stand onions. Maybe one day I should add them so Pat can see what it is really supposed to be like.

Sunday, January 15, 2012


"After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music."
Aldous Huxley

Music is such an important part of my everyday life. I listen to it as I get ready in the morning. I listen to it as I exercise. I listen to it when I drive in the car. It plays over the speakers in every store and most places of buisnesses as well. We sing hymns in church and have an entire half hour set aside for singing time in Primary to teach children songs.

It often amazes me what a difference listening to a song can have on my attitude. Some songs make me smile. Some songs make me cry. Some songs encourage me. Some songs inspire me. Some songs make me angry. Whenever I am upset, the most calming thing for me is music. When I am scared, I sing or hum or just sing in my head, and I feel better.

Music is a powerful tool. Messages are passed through to people today through music. Turn on any radio station and it will eventually play a commercial with a jingle. I have never met anyone that has never had a song stuck in their head at one point. But we must be careful about the messages that we are listening to in these songs.

I was listening to the radio one afternoon. A song that I had liked since I first heard it came on. I liked it because it had a really catchy tune, but I had never really paid attention to the lyrics. This time I did and was horrified to realize that the whole song was about a kid taking his fathers gun and shooting the other kids in school. The song that I am talking about is "Pumped up Kicks" By Foster The People. I have since deleted it from my Itunes and turn the station when it comes on the radio.

It makes me wonder what this world is coming to. I wonder, what are the other songs that I listen to really saying? I went back over my itunes account and thought about what songs whould I not want to play if my little brothers were in the car with me? And I deleted those that I deemed inappropriate.

Then I saw this video. This is David Archuleta who was the runner up on American Idol season seven. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-Day Saints as am I. During his most recent tour, a christmas tour, he felt imprest to sing this song. This song is my favorite Primary song of all time. This song is the song I sing when I am upset, feel alone, feel depressed or scared.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Workin on my fitness

I have been doing well with my resolutions this year! I am surprised. I have tried to concentrate on just one or two at a time, starting with my fitness.

I have been working out a lot more then I ever had. I hate excercising. I have no desire to ever work out. I hate the gym. I feel like I need to be in really good shape to go to the gym. So I have been trying to work out at home. I had a work out DVD called "FIT in Your Jeans by Friday." I did it one afternoon while I was home alone. It focused on abs and upper body. It was a whole lot harder then I thought!!! I only did half of each set. And the next day I was beyond sore. My abs hurt so bad! It felt like I broke a rib cause I couldn't move with out pain. Knowing how good a work out the one video was, I ordered the other two.

The second is a cardio step video. I had to rewind about 100 times. They didn't explain the next move before ding it and they moved soooo fast. But it was fun and got my heartrate up for sure. I just got the last one today. This one has the same trainer as the first and focuses on the lower body. I haven't tried it out yet.

What surprises me the most is how self motivated I have been. I actally want to exercise for the first time. The videos are fun and I know they are working me out. I read somewhere that it takes 4 weeks before you notice changes in your body, 8 weeks before your friends notice, and 12 weeks before the rest of the world notices. I have noticed a few changes already though. I go to bed a lot earlier. I have more energy during the day. I feel more cnfident. And the negatives are that I am sore all the time and my back is starting to break out. Ugh. I am lucky to have naturaly good skin. I hardly ever break out and I dont need to use any special products to keep it that way. But since I started working out nightly. My back is starting to break out. I think its cause I am sweating more then I ever do. I always wear a tank top while exercising and shower right away but I am still breaking out. Any tips?

I have decided that I am not going to weigh myself. I am not doing this to lose weight. I am doing it to get healthy and feel better about myself. As long as I like what I see when I look in the mirror, who cares what a scale says!

I have also been drinking a lot more water and slowly cutting out soda. The first few days, I was getting headaches soooo bad. I didn't think I could really do it. But I didnt quit. I still drink soda, but not nearly as much as before. My next goal health wise is to try to eat healthier. I am limiting myself to chinese food once a week. I think the reason I always give up on these diets is because I try to cut out every unhealthy thing right away. But I can't work that way. I am learning its everything in moderation! I still can have my chinese, just not everyday!

Good night all :)

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Confesssions Round 28

My first confessions of 2012!!

1. I screen my calls like crazy
2. I often wish Pats computer would self destruct
3. My car has no heat so I wrap myself in a blanket while driving
4. I spent roughly 2 hours reading funny autocorrects online today
5. I am slightly obsessed with Rick Riordan books lately. He wrote the Percy Jackson series, The Red Pyramid and The Heroes of Olympus series.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Fresh start

I love New Years. I am not a partier. I volunteer to close New Years Eve and open New Years Day to let the others enjoy the holiday. Except this year because New Years Day was a Sunday and i don't work Sundays. After work, I just went home and did sme Primary stuff, turned on the TV to watch the ball drop, then went to bed. I am not exciting but I love New Years. To me it is a time to reflect on the past year and start fresh and try to improve.
2011 was a good year for me. I turned 21. We opened our new store in Marmora. I got married. We moved into our own place. I grew up a lot in 2011. I think 2012 will be a good year too. I do have a few plans for 2012.

*This will be a tough year financially for Pat and I. I am trying hard to learn to stick to a budget and spend my money wisely.
*I am going to try harder with the couponing and only buying what I need and not just buy something when it is on sale

*This year I will become an Aunt to a little baby boy
*I am going to have my family over for dinner and game night the 1st sunday of every month. They came over yesterday for my first dinner. I tried to go all out too. Tablecloth, nice centerpiece, placemats, chargers, the nice plates ect. It was fun to plan a meal and use more of my new stuff (breadmaker and pan to steam veggies). It was nice for me to serve my family and let my parents relax instead of making dinner and clean up. Mom was having trouble relaxing so she helped Pat do dishes by drying.
We toasted with sparkling grape juice and pulled these popper things. They were supposed to come apart when you pulled a string and explode confetti all over but they were all duds. Paul ripped them all open and we just shook out the confetti. Each had a paper hat, a small toy and a joke. My favorite joke was this
Which Raindeer was the cleanest?
Dad volunteered to vaccume the confetti. He looked silly vaccumeing the porch outside in his winter coat and paper hat. I wish i'd taken a pic.
Mom wasn't feeling well so Dad took her home and the boys stayed and played phase 10 with me. It was a lot of fun and I look forward to my next dinner.

*I am teaching a different class in Primary. I am co-teaching the older class. I am looking forward to it a lot. The kids are older and understand concepts better and are comfortable reading and can sit an listen. It will also be nice to only have to teach every other week. I will try to still look over the lesson of my off weeks in case something happens with the other teacher that week. We will be teaching about The Book of Mormon this year and I am excited for that too!
*I gave the kids the challenge of reading the entire Book of Mormon this year. If they complete the challege, I will take them out to dinner at the end of the year. I think I need that challenge as much as the kids.

*I am going to make a bigger effort to be cleaner. I am not a very neat and organized person all the time, which I want to work on. I feel like it is my job as a wife to take care of the household. I need to put my clothes away and do the dishes.
*Drink more water. I drink soooo much soda! It needs to stop! I am going to ease off slowly though or else it will never work. I am going to try to do either one 22 oz bottle or 2 glasses/cans a day and drink water the rest of the time. Then after a while go down to one can a day then to just a soda as a once in a while treat.
*take more pictures- I have been doing alright at keeping my blog updated. As I have said before, it feels more like a journal to me. When I look back and read through my memories it would be nice to see pictures to go with them.
*Make more of an effort to look good- I not trying to sound conceided or anything, but I can be pretty when I try and I think I need to try a little more often. I got into the habit of waking up 20 min before I had to leave the house and just throwing on whatever and putting my hair in a pony tail and going out the door. I am going to try to do my hair and make-up more often. With my hair shorter, it doesn't take as long to do.
*There are some other things I am going to try to work on that are a little too personal to post on a blog

*get a puppy-I want one sooooooo bad you have no idea!!!! But I dont think it will happen this year, but i can dream :)
* have a baby- just kidding! that is one thing I can def say will NOT happen in 2012 for me, but Audra will become a mommy
* Desperate Housewives last season wraps up this year :( I am going to have to find another favorite TV Show
* Our four year aniversary as a couple will be in April, But our One year aniversary of marriage will be in Spetember!

2012 Here we go!


A few weeks after we were married, as I was getting ready for bed, I picked up my glasses from the window sill and the left lens popped out. My frames were really old and just broke apart. Mom said she would buy me a new pair, but I kept putting it off and just used my contacts.
Then the week before christmas, I was up late working on some paperwork for Primary for the new year because I am the Secretary of our ward's Primary. I was getting tired so I shut the computer down and went to take a shower before bed. When I passed the mirror, I noticed that my eye was blood red. I thought it was because I was tired. The next morning, my eye was still red, but not as bad. As the day went on, it got redder and redder. Then it started to hurt. It was more sensitive to light and felt very straigned. It looked really gross too. It stayed red for a few days and I was really wishing I had glasses to wear and give my eyes a break from the contacts. Finally I called the eye doctor and they fit me in the next day.
I waited for a good hour in the waiting room out front and then waited even longer in awaiting room in the back. The doctor put in numbing drops and my mouth was slightly opened and a little bit dripped down my cheek into my mouth and my lips and tougue went totally numb. I felt like I was at the dentists.
After the numbing and dialating drops, he sent me back to the waiting rom to wait some more. So I went to look at frames. I didn't have my contacts in so I was kind of blind and my pupils were starting to dialate. Not exactly the best time to pick glasses.
It turns out my eyes have changed quite a bit and I have a new script glasses and new frames. And they were able to fix my old pair at no charge so I have a good back up pair. And apparently I have astigmatism. The doctor gave me a pair of contact lens to test out. They have my new perscription and have been giving me a headache. They are also a lot harder to get out at night, they stick to my eye. I like my old ones better.
And the reddness was caused by my oil glads around the eyes. The doctor told me to wash around my eyes with baby shampoo daily. And when it is really bad, to put a hot wet washcloth over the eyes for ten minutes 3 times a day. I think the real source of the problem is the fact that I am too lazy about washing my makeup off at night.
The new glasses