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January 29, 2011

Sewing? So Far, So Good.

I reaaaaaaaaally want to make one of these for my keys. 

I always have a hard time finding my keys in my bag, even when they're in the smallest pocket.
Not to mention how cute it is!

I just need the materials and I'm all set! :)

I also want to make a dust ruffle for our bed and curtains to hang over the back door.
What do you think? Any tips?

So far I have only done really basic stuff with my new machine like fixing open hems and stitching up holes.
I also reattached lace to the bottom of a few camisoles. I am feeling good!

January 27, 2011

Becoming Someone

One of the greatest blogs is my sister-in law Julie's blog, Becoming Someone.

Basically I love everything about it and I want to be more like Julie. 

Here is a picture of her and Landon. I miss living close to them!

January 19, 2011

Vegetarian. Totally Happening.

Really, truly, positively. Decision made.

Scott is way more into than I am, but I am coming along just fine. :)

We started being cow-free a few months ago by making the switch to soy milk and banning all cow products from our grocery list. With the start of the new year Scott finished off the salmon fillets we had in the freezer and hasn't eaten meat since (although the Scott family has us over for delicious homemade chili - beef included) I am slowly eating the remaining chicken in our freezer which is tough without Scott.

We are by no means 100% vegetarian (and I could definitely not handle vegan - although I just heard Scott telling his sister that he's going vegan. Something we should discuss I think). If you invite us over for dinner, we'll eat what you offer. We also have our nights where we eat a pizza or have some ice cream, although our stomachs have a tough time with dairy and meat now. It's interesting that the change can affect you so quickly!

So why did we decide to do this? The main reason is health. One example: people are not meant to drink the milk of another mammal. It's kind of weird when you really think about it. I used to be all against vegetarianism thinking "what about your vitamins and protein and stuff?" Fresh vegetables can meet a lot of your daily requirements. We are also mainly gluten free as well and I have got to tell you that physically we both feel a lot better. It's great!

Another reason is not only how animals are treated but how the people running the "farms" are treated. We watched a really great film called Food, Inc (you can find it on Netflix). We highly recommend it.

January 18, 2011

Christmas in Utah

I just realized that I never posted this...

Friday the 18th after Scott finished up his classes he headed home to tidy our apartment and get the laundry done. He did a fabulous job! Our apartment was feeling very neglected since we were so busy. I was at work until 9:00 pm then came home to finish the laundry and help Scott pack for our trip. We decided to stay up as late as we could, so we watched a bunch of episodes of The Office and went to bed around 1:00 am. Lame that we couldn't handle staying up later than that.

Our flight left Des Moines at about 6:00 am so we got out of bed at 4:00, grabbed our bags, and headed to the airport. Since we didn't check any bags we were able to skip the long lines and get through security quickly enough. We flew through Denver and landed in Salt Lake at 10:00 am (although to us it felt like it was already well past noon). We went to breakfast with my dad, did some shopping at Costco, and spent some time with family and friends.

Sunday we went to church with dad, Sean and Cherish before going to Misty's house for a visit. It was great to see everyone - especially the kids. Gage is turning six in a few weeks, Hailie is three and turning into a chatterbox, and little Parker is getting so big! He is now trying to stand and smiling a lot. After visiting with Misty we stopped by Grandma Eastland's house to say hello. It was so nice to be there! Grandma and I email each other a lot, but it's nice to be in person. For Christmas I made her a little photo magnet with a picture I took of a sunset along the Oregon coast. Her birthday is on the 28th and she will be 92!

Early afternoon Cherish and I had a mini bakefest before we all met at mom's house for Sunday dinner. Alan made lasagna (delish!) and we had a great time with almost everyone together. We got to meet little Sam who is now two months old and it was wonderful! We also got to play with Aeris (who is also turning six in a few weeks) and Oliver (who is two). They are so fun to play with! Oliver is starting to talk a lot more now which is a lot of fun. We also got to meet little Samwise who is the recent addition to the family. He is adorable!

After time at mom's with family we went back to my dad's where we had a shindig for our friends to come by, have snacks, and say hello. We had a great turnout and were so glad to see so many friends in such a short time! Also, the snacks were superb. :)

Monday we had a family Christmas party (no gifts included) and it was nice to spend more time with everyone. We had a great dinner and a nice evening together. Tuesday we spent more time with family and friends. Overall, it was wonderful being in Utah! I miss it more every day, so it was nice to be back after a 4 1/2 month absence. Hopefully we'll be back soon!

Cherish and I baking
Baking cookies!
Bowling with Dave and Jan.
Scott, our cake, and our mini cupcakes.
Cherish making yams
Liz and I!

January 16, 2011

Yesterday Was A Good Day

Saturday. Sigh. I love Saturdays!

We slept in until what, 8:00 am? I suppose that counts because it felt great! Once we got out of bed we cuddled on the couch eating breakfast and watching our favorite shows. We started with the most recent episode of Modern Family, then continued with countless episodes of 30 Rock. Honestly, I can't count how many we watched. When we started watching, season one was a little hard to sit through, so we skipped the second half and jumped to season two. We love it!

After our TV marathon we had lunch (yes, that's how long we spent on the couch) then Scott started studying and I started sewing. Yes I now have a sewing machine, and yes I love it! I took over the living room and spent a few hours fixing split seams a few dresses, reattaching lace back onto the bottom of a couple of camisoles and fixing a hole in Scott's Boise State hoodie. I also watched The Blind Side. I really like that movie, although Scott doesn't, so I was sure to watch it while he was studying.

Around 3:00 pm we went to the school for some exercise time, then to the store for some fresh vegetables. After a quick dinner Scott studied more while I finished up my projects for the day. You want to guess what we did before bed? You got it! We watched a few more episodes of 30 Rock, finishing up season four.

With the greatness of Netflix I have also been watching Bones. Yesterday I started season six, which is currently airing. The thing I like most is that I can seldom figure out who the murderer is until they actually reveal it. I am stumped every time!

January 9, 2011

Sewing Projects Wanted

I got a sewing machine for Christmas. Awesome! Now I need things to sew. Don't get me wrong, I have a few things lined up, but the five mini-projects will only keep my busy for so long.

If anyone has ideas for projects that are fairly simple, inexpensive, useful or all of the afore mentioned, please share!

Iowa is REALLY Cold

Believe it.

Des Moines is a short 130 (ish) miles from Winter Quarters in Omaha, Nebraska. If you're wondering, I'm sure Nebraska is super cold too. I'll believe the pioneers, no need to experience it myself, right? Being as that is the temple nearest to Des Moines, I may need to experience it anyway.

My theory is that the severe cold is the result of the following:

  1. Mountains (or rather the lack of mountains)
  2. Wind (most likely a direct result of item number one)
It really wouldn't be any colder than Utah or Idaho, but when you factor in wind chill it is a whole different world. This weekend the heat it our house wasn't on - it's controlled by our landlord. Not a huge deal, but we were thankful for the warm stuff we got for Christmas (mainly warm pjs and a cozy blanket).

January 5, 2011

Christmas in Idaho

We had a 7:00 am flight from Salt Lake to Boise so by the time we reached the house everyone was getting out of bed so we all had breakfast together. A few hours later we went caroling to deliver cookies to friends and neighbors. It was great! I'm not a very musical person, but Scott's family is very musical and I love to be included.

Over the next few days we...
  • Built a "gingerbread" house. It collapsed within an hour of completion.
  • Played the Wii. The dance game everyone is talking about? So great!
  • Attended the ward Christmas party where my mother-in-law's singing group performed.
  • Joined the Miller Family Christmas party in Salt Lake via webcam and cellphone.
  • Saw Tangled. Such a great movie!
  • Watched Frosty the Snowman and Frosty Returns.
  • Had our own Live Nativity.
Pictures? Yes please.

Out caroling
We're good at fitting four girls in the back seat. It's fairly comfortable.
Talent showcase for the Miller Family Christmas party.
Janelle is holding the laptop for video and Julie is holding the phone for sound.
Our "gingerbread" house!
Scottie, Darcy and I.
Our Nativity costumes.
Scott as a wiseman - Rachel as the innkeeper - Lisa the narrator - Janelle as the angel - Dave the videographer
Melanie as the shepherd - Darcy as the sheep - Julie as Mary - Landon as Joseph

January 1, 2011

The Two Blog Dilemma

I started with our private blog then started this one when we moved to Des Moines. I now have two blogs, although the first has almost been forgotten about. Here's what I have come up with:

The private blog will basically be my new journal. Let's face it, I treat my blogs like a journal and I tend to detail everything much more than the average person may want to know. This blog will have less detail and most likely the same amount of photos. I love pictures.

This blog will stay open to all, so read away! The other blog will still be private, so just let me know if you want to be invited and it will be done!