27 September 2008

I Could Get Used To This

I'm rather enjoying my Saturday morning routine of bragging about my football player, Corey. Last night we were down at the half, 3 - 17 and we were wondering if we could pull off the upset. We came back and scored 21 unanswered points to win the game 24 - 17! Corey had some awesome take downs! His Aunt Erin (Rob's wonderful sister) was literally just home from Iraq and came to watch her nephew Corey play. We couldn't have asked for a better good luck charm!

WELCOME HOME ERIN!


26 September 2008

Shortbread + Toffee = HEAVEN

Just wanted to let you all know that I have added a couple more super delicious recipes to my food blog.

I made 15 dozen cookie bars for football players yesterday, including Chocolate Chip Cake Bars, Toffee Bars (SUPER YUM!) and Kongo Cookies. I got all the baking done just in time to come down with a cold, including a fever and an earache. Bummer.


20 September 2008

Friday Night Lights

19 September 2008

"Divine Light Develops in Places of Peace and Quiet."

I want to share a video of a portion of a BYU Devotional called "Unleashing the Dormant Spirit" given by Elder F. Enzio Busche in May of 1996. The full transcript of the talk can be found by clicking here. It is profoundly beautiful. --I really needed it today.





Here is a copy of the beautiful text from this video-

"I want to share with you a vehicle, an instrument, that I developed some time ago for myself and for my family. It can assist us to reach our focus as we read the suggested vision of true discipleship as a Latter-day Saint. It helps when, from time to time, we ponder and seek identification with the following thoughts:


* Embrace this day with an enthusiastic welcome, no matter how it looks. The covenant with God to which you are true enables you to become enlightened by him, and nothing is impossible for you.


* When you are physically sick, tired, or in despair, steer your thoughts away from yourself and direct them, in gratitude and love, toward God.


* In your life there have to be challenges. They will either bring you closer to God and therefore make you stronger, or they can destroy you. But you make the decision of which road you take.


* First and foremost, you are a spirit child of God. If you neglect to feed your spirit, you will reap unhappiness. Don't permit anything to detract you from this awareness.


* You cannot communicate with God unless you have first sacrificed your self-oriented natural man and have brought yourself into the lower levels of meekness, to become acceptable for the Light of Christ.


* Put all frustrations, hurt feelings, and grumblings into the perspective of your eternal hope. Light will flow into your soul.


* Pause to ponder the suffering Christ felt in the Garden of Gethsemane. In the awareness of the depth of gratitude for him, you appreciate every opportunity to show your love for him by diligently serving in his Church.


* God knows that you are not perfect. As you suffer about your imperfections, he will give you comfort and suggestions of where to improve.


* God knows better than you what you need. He always attempts to speak to you. Listen, and follow the uncomfortable suggestions that he makes to us--everything will fall into its place.


* Avoid any fear like your worst enemy, but magnify your fear about the consequences of sin.


* When you cannot love someone, look into that person's eyes long enough to find the hidden rudiments of the child of God in him.


* Never judge anyone. When you accept this, you will be freed. In the case of your own children or subordinates, where you have the responsibility to judge, help them to become their own judges.


* If someone hurts you so much that your feelings seem to choke you, forgive and you will be free again.


* Avoid at all cost any pessimistic, negative, or criticizing thoughts. If you cannot cut them out, they will do you harm. On the road toward salvation, let questions arise but never doubts. If something is wrong, God will give you clarity but never doubts.


* Avoid rush and haste and uncontrolled words. Divine light develops in places of peace and quiet. Be aware of that as you enter places of worship.


* Be not so much concerned about what you do, but do what you do with all your heart, might, and strength. In thoroughness is satisfaction.


* You want to be good and to do good. That is commendable. But the greatest achievement that can be reached in our lives is to be under the complete influence of the Holy Ghost. Then he will teach us what is really good and necessary to do.


* The pain of sacrifice lasts only one moment. It is the fear of the pain of sacrifice that makes you hesitate to do it.


* Be grateful for every opportunity to serve. It helps you more than those you serve.


* And finally, when you are compelled to give up something or when things that are dear to you are withdrawn from you, know that this is your lesson to be learned right now. But know also that, as you are learning this lesson, God wants to give you something better.




Thus, we prepare all the days of our lives, and, as we grow, death loses its sting, hell loses its power, and we look forward to that day with anticipation and joy when He will come in His glory. "




Even if you don't like to read, go out and buy the book, "Yearning for the Living God" by Elder F. Enzio Busche. It's wonderful and it's been one of my all-time favorite books since I first cracked open the cover and read the introduction. I had been wanting it for awhile, being drawn to it every time I passed it in the book store, but I didn't know who Elder Busche was or why I should read it. Still, it called to me. I put it on my list of things to read eventually. Luckily my brother and his wife bought it for me for my birthday last year. I devoured the book. Then I loaned it to my sister who, after the first chapter, went out and bought her own so she could highlight and underline and mark it up.


If you have ever felt like the Psalmist that said, "My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?" (Psalm 42:2) then you need to read this inspiring book.


12 September 2008

WE WON!!!!!!!!!!!

So originally this was going to say:

WE WON!!!!! 35-14. Enough said. (Sorry Michele.)

However I really wanted to add that it was so great to see our friends The Shafers!!! Michele, you can still be "prouder" mom. Casey played hard! :) We miss you in the ward!

11 September 2008

To The One I Cherish The Most

Michelle,
You are the best, sweetheart.
I love you you so much, I hope all your dreams come true. You made mine come true. Every morning when I wake up and look across my bed and see you laying there with me, I know how blessed I am. You complete me. Thank you for being you. You keep me grounded and we both know that isn't easy. Happy Birthday and thank you for 18 years of marriage. You are simply the best, better than all the rest. Wait! That sounds good, that should be a song! I know, I'm a dork, but I'm all yours. No trading up.
I love you so much,
Rob

Mushy Gushy Cutsie Anniversary Post




For my sweetheart Rob on our Anniversary,

Every year that goes by, as we pass this milestone, I can't help but chuckle and fight the inclination to say "Naner naner naner" to all those who thought we'd never make it. Yes we were young, but we were so hopelessly, insanely, extremely, madly, intensely in love. We didn't even know what love really was and yet...we proved this to be more than a passing infatuation. We were learning, growing, experiencing and practicing the art of being in love with each other every passing day.

I often reflect about my love for you. I wonder how it is possible to continue to love you more each day than I did the last. When it seems my heart is overflowing and there can't possibly be room for more, I am amazed to find that still, my love for you increases. My heart is yours completely. And the most wonderful part is that, you've taken such good care of it.

I love you so much for your spontenaiety. For your sense of humor. For your confidence. For your dreams. For your playfulness. You're adventurous and inspiring and bold and decisive. You're diplomatic and well-spoken and strong-willed and loyal. You're gorgeous and intense and affectionate and strong and passionate. You're honorable and good. You're enthusiastic and charismatic. You make me giggle. You hold my hands and help me through rough times. You calm me and keep me grounded. You help me to not take myself so darned seriously. You still make me light-headed just thinking about how much I love you, I cherish you, I adore you and I need you.

You saved me. You save me every day. I don't know why you chose me but I think I'm the luckiest girl on earth to have found someone so wonderful who loves me back!

Today, I love you even more than yesterday. Even more than 18 years ago today. Even more than the first time I knew you were "the one". Today is the day I've been married for half of my life and still just the beginning of our eternity together.

Thank you for fighting for me, for building me up, for helping me to be the best me I can become. Thank you for our beautiful children. Thank you for teaching me what love is. Thank you for keeping my heart safe. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for marrying me.

Your Sweetheart Forever,
Michelle

09 September 2008

Proof That The Drought Is All My Fault!

I never wash my truck.

I know it's gross to admit but I really hate the act of washing it...it's always so hot here and it gets spots and streaks and never really looks good to me afterwards anyway. I'm too cheap to go through the car wash at a gas station. I'm too nice to inflict car washing duty on my boys. Plus we are in a drought so I'm just doing my part to conserve water! Right?!

Except that the real reason I don't wash my truck is that it ALWAYS rains right after I wash it. Seriously, EVERY TIME! (Actually I should clarify...I really don't wash it...Rob gets so disgusted that he takes it through a drive thru car wash.)

So if I was helping with the drought, I'd [let Rob] wash it more often so we'd get rain...right?!

This is the perfect opportunity to prove that:
1) The drought is all my fault.
2) I control the weather (specifically rain.)
3) I need a better hobby since no one reads my blog anyway :).

My driver's side window decided to break Sunday evening. You know, you're shutting the door and the window just drops down into the inside of the door. This has happened twice on Rob's truck too...and on his brother's truck. Ya think it's a Chrysler manufacturing flaw?! It's not exactly a cheap part either!

Anyway...there is not a cloud in the sky, no predicted rain, no humidity, etc. We decide to just remove any valuables from the car and park it in such a way that it isn't noticeable and fix it sometime on Monday. And by "fix" I mean wedge some wood in there to hold up the window until we can order the part online. It was a little bit of a pain yesterday because I couldn't really secure my car so I couldn't do my grocery shopping or run regular errands. But it was okay, no biggie.

Except by 3pm on Monday, THIS was rolling in-



Where did that come from???!!! I hurried and taped a trash bag over the window and parked it away from the direction the wind was blowing up as close to the house as I could get.

And just in time too because we got a year's worth of rain in about 30 minutes.



So really, all I need to do is wash my car weekly and occasionally break my truck window -for fun- and the drought in Las Vegas...



...will be a thing of the past.

06 September 2008

A Mom's Tale

Last night's football game was the most awesome display of talent, luck, charm, amazement, wonder and talent. (Did I already say talent?) I don't know if it was because the guys all warmed up so well...or if it was because of Ryan being there as a lucky charm. Maybe it was even his lucky checkered shoes or the "V" for Victory and "W" for Winners signs he was throwing from the stands. All I know is...it was a beautiful thing to behold.

The crowd was ROARing.

The cheerleaders were doing flips and stunts and spectacular feats of exploding school spirit such as eyes hath never beheld.

And our boys...well, they played their hearts out! Almost immediately we scored a touchdown. It was an incredible 53 yard display of skill as our running back dodged defensive player after defensive player.

The pace continued as we scored touchdown after touchdown, clearly on the way to decimating our opponent.

And then right at the end of the fourth quarter...it happened...Corey was in on defense with 23 seconds left in the game and they threw an interception...it dropped right in his hands at our 20 yard line and he ran it all the way in for an 80 yard TOUCHDOWN!!! It was like watching Flash Gordon streak by as he practically flew down the field. I was the proudest mom on planet earth!

Everybody was chanting, "COREY! COREY! COREY!" Of course I was screaming louder than anyone! The announcers and coaches were amazed as his speed. All the other team could say was "WHOA!"

It was absolutely incredible!

Outstanding!

Extraordinary!

Unbelievable!

Outlandish! -Wait...huh?!

Oh, alright. We lost. Again. Dangit. The above tale is entirely fictional...except the part about being a proud mom. They may have lost but Corey is still awesome!


05 September 2008

G-A-B-B-Y-R-I-E-L-L-H-A-R-R-I-S

THIS was my kindergartner's face yesterday morning.



She was begging...and I mean BEGGING for me to let her go to school. In between clutching her belly and shrieking "Ow, my tummy hurts!" I had to say no of course. I hate it when other people knowingly send their kids to school when they're sick and get mine sick. She couldn't really understand how that was a good enough excuse.

Gabby was feeling MUCH better today and was able to go back to school. When I asked her if she gave her teacher her absence note she said, "Yes, and I told everyone that I threw up on your bed." Ick. We will have to talk about over-sharing. And ick...she did throw up on my bed. Just before bedtime on Wednesday night. Oh, it was a joy...



Also on my list of things to work on with my girl...her name. She is so confused right now. We named her Gabrielle knowing we'd always call her Gabby. We didn't think about what her school teachers would call her. She does go by Gabby at school but she has been trying to write her name with both the "Gabby" and the "rielle". I think she's a lil confused.



Isn't this picture she drew of/for her teacher just adorable! :)

04 September 2008

Cake: (kāk) n. -A sweet baked food made of flour, liquid, eggs, and other ingredients, such as raising agents and flavorings.

I found an interesting blog this morning about cake. Mostly decorated cakes that didn't quite turn out right...or did and shouldn't have. It's pretty funny.

This video was worth sharing again...and I don't even like cake. Ha.