Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Days of Christmas

I think I am going to reopen my creative blog. Okay, not I think. I am :) I closed it originally because I was just going to include crafting stuff here, and then this summer what with moving, and starting school and all that junk I just didn't craft very much. But since the end of October, gearing up for some holiday fun, I have been a crafting MACHINE. I needed to find cheap, cute, yet disposable ways to decorate, and meaningful homemade gifts to make. So, starting December 1st, I am going to have a post every day on my crafty blog to show off all the stuff I am doing. And I am doing it over there simply because I do not have the space to do it all here, and still put up pictures of all the other stuff going on in our life. So head over to my craft blog tomorrow and enjoy your holiday! http://sarahscreativebrain.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Play Date!!

Adam and I are lucky enough to have some GREAT friends in our ward to switch off babysitting with. Not only are we lucky that they WANT to do this, but we are lucky that these particular friends also happen to have sons right around Logan's same age. I am always telling Adam about how adorable the boys are when they play together and he com-plains that he never gets to see it. So this past time when I went to the Turners I took a LOAD of pictures of their son Luke and Logan playing together. And I couldn't just pick a few because they are all too darn adorable so enjoy :)

Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving

Adam and I have only once since we have been married, ever been with family on Thanksgiving. Its actually become somewhat of a fun tradition for us to do dinner with just our tiny family. (More fun this year now that the duo is a trio :) So I thankfully turned down all the invitations we got to share feasts at other tables and enjoyed making our own :)

I started with pumpkin pancakes, the Thanksgiving Day Parade (Neil Diamond sang this year- I was in HEAVEN!) Logan enjoyed his pumpkin, and Adam some toaster strudels. (Because he is neither a pancake man nor a pumpkin man)
 
Then we watched the puppy show, Logan napped, Adam and I lounged and munched on my best corn salsa (so yum) and some homemade guacamole. I wrote my list of the 100 things I am grateful for (I do this EVERY thanksgiving.)
 
Then around 4 we ate dinner and watched the new Marvel movie First Class. It was a good movie I thought- Adam says it us RIFE with inaccuracies :) But he enjoyed it nonetheless.

Then after Logan went to bed we had pie, I did some family history (and found out that COOLEST thing- that one of my moms ancestors was an original settler of Jamestown. What a thing to discover on Thanksgiving right?)

We had a great day- relaxing, eating, watching movies, talking to family, napping, playing with the baby- one of our best holidays ever I do believe.


 

We couldn't be MORE grateful for each other, for Logan, for how amazingly good and sweet and FUN Logan is! Or for all of our blessings to be in Medical School, to NOT Be in our eyeballs with debt, to be in such a great ward- Yay for life :)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Miracle of Life.

Mt friend shared this link with me and I think it is the most beautiful thing ever- it shows the development of a fetus with high technology or new technology imaging- its incredible what you can see. Also, for those pro life fanatics, this guy is amazing!! He has so many wonderful statements about the divinity of life, so I am going to like the website where I found the video so you can look at it. Super uplifting. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/astounding-viral-video-depicts-an-unborn-babys-full-development/

Monday, November 21, 2011

A Little Early

I know it may not be QUITE the season for this yet but you have to go and watch this. I teared up. Its darling it brings such a beautiful, sweet, cute spirit.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

How Do I Love Thee

Why I just discovered Mormon Messages this week I have no idea. (Okay yes I do. I didn't want to get out my scriptures so I was looking for a suitable spiritual experience to take place of my morning scripture study and fell upon the Mormon messages site.) Anyways- this one is particularly beautiful and completely explains what I not so eloquently was trying to explain about Adam and I the other day. I particularly love the line- "Look for the good, and doubt the bad."

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Beauty and Gratitude and Love

My sister wrote a beautiful blog today about how amazing our mother is (see, I'm not the only one who thinks she is perfect) and how she wants to be just like her when she is a mom. And she added a great picture of my parents from when they were first married. It kind of tied perfectly into everything I have been pondering lately.

A combination of an awful week, the Thanksgiving season, and Adam and mines fourth anniversary has just made me overwhelming grateful for a PERFECT marriage.

YES. I said perfect. Perfect even in its imperfections. And I know those imperfections are there- because life cannot be perfect. But a relationship can. And a marriage is built off of a relationship. And Adams and mines relationship? Perfect.

This week I was showering at 3am in the morning, sick, and after cleaning up an overflowing toilet for the second time that day. (And I mean the GROSS overflow- not just toilet water kind.) And for some reason- I had to laugh. Laugh at the ludicrousness of the situation, laugh at how grown-up and adult I had just been (deep cleaning my bathroom while I was sick- taking care of a house etc.) and laughing at how instead of being pissed out of my mind- I was simply grateful for Adam who understands me SO perfectly (better than my saintly mom even) and grateful that when i was done air drying in our cold bathroom (all the towels having been used to clean up the toilet mess) that I would crawl into bed and he would actually cuddle TOWARDS my cold damp body to give me his warmth. That my friends, that is love.

Maybe you think I am idealizing my marriage. But... wouldn't that be a good thing? Isn't the best kind of realtionship when you are so focused on everything that is graet, that you hardly notice the things that go wrong?

Things do go wrong sometimes. Adam and I get "huffy" at one another. I think in four years however, I can only think of one fight. And I say that because I am sure that one fight has happened- but I cant actually dredge up the memory of it. We get upset at one another regularly just like any couple. But over four years Adam and I have worked out this amazing way of solving and getting over our issues almost immediatly.

I attribute all this to a few things Adam and I have in common.

Adam and I both HATE being mad- or grumpy- or angry with those we most like. We both dislike negative feelings towards other people in general. So how could we live, EVER, with negative feelings towards one another?

Adam and I's understanding of one another is a little boarding on creepy. Its hard to get mad at someone, when you know why they are feeling what they are feeling, and why they are reacting like they are reacting. Its like getting mad at a baby because hes crying because he is hungry. That's just dumb.

I am not saying all of this to brag that Adam and I are wonderful (though I think we are) or to make people feel bad about their own realtionships. I am saying this becasue I am so overwhelming grateful that my life, my marriage, my future, has turned out to be amazing as it is. And only because I am being true to who I am, and Adam is being true to who he is. We fit together like puzzle pieces. We work together like the best peice of tupperware ever invented. And I am so grateful that I had to share it.

And, becasue my sister blog made me think of her, and my other sister, both independent and on their own for the first time. Both is this amazing, fun, and super scary time of life. And I thought of what I would say to them and you know what it would be?

Don't give up on the fairytale dream. It is out there. You can be happier than any Disney character or person in a book. Because a man with the Priesthood is better than one with a title. Because a temple is infinitely more pretty than a castle. because no one, NO ONE, looks bad in a white wedding dress. And no woman looks bad holding a child.

With the right man, and the gospel, you don't have to be "down to earth". You can be as idealistic as you want. Because your life of imagined fantasy will become REAL. The every day.

I love life, I love marriage, I love love, I love my husband. And I love that at three am, my feet in poopy water and my head swimming with germs, that I can STILL think my life is perfect and I wouldnt wish to be anywhere else that wasn't with Adam.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Our Life lately

Middle of October: I decorated for Halloween!
October (a few days before Halloween:): Ward Trunk or Treat! Logan and I were Katniss and a Mocking Jay from Hunger Games. Adam was "Supportive husband along for the ride even though he hates Halloween" :) Best Costume I think. Even though Logan won "cutest"
October 31st: Annual Pumpkin Pizza (though it was hand made this year because stupid lame Morgantown doesn't have a Pap Murphy's. Logan and I wore our Halloween shirts, and Adam and I spent the evening watching a non-scary movie and eating candy
November 5th: Four year anniversary! Our acutal anniversary is the 6th, but that is a Sunday so we celebrated it the day before. The Turners, our friends from church, came over with their little boy to watch Logan, so LOgan had a blast. Adam and I went to Red Lobseter and had Lobster for the first time (meh-) and then to the movies to see the new 3 Musketeers film. It was GREAT. (Though Orlando Bloom is only ok. Maybe thats cuz I loathe him.)
November 9 2:30pm: Here starts the week from hell. Flu shots wheich for the first time made BOTH Adam and I sick. I started my period that afternoon- WHICH to all you moms, SHAME ON YOU for not warning me that your first mentrusal cycle after having a baby is JUST AS BAD AS LABOR. I have never had cramps like that in my life.
at 1:30 I awoke to an overflowing toilet, so i was sick, cramping, and up until three showering, deep cleaning my bathroom, and doing laundry. We were sick for a good full 24 hours, and it took about 48 and three more overflows (and three more loads of laundry) until the toilet got replaced. AWFUL.
But- somehow we made it to

Sunday, November 13th: clean, healthy, and all ready for the Primary Program! I am a teacher for the 4-5 year olds so I was in it. It went pretty good- this one boy in my class was especially darling. (I shouldn't have favorites but he is mine.)
Now we are just starting the end of semester onslaught- Adam has an exam a week from today, than a week from Friday, then the Monday after Thanksgiving break, then two Fridays after that- then there is finals AND board exams. So we will enjoy one thanksgiving day full of eating, and then until the semester is over Adam will be doing nothing but studying, and I will enjoy decorating for Christmas :)

Really- life hasn't been bad. Despiote the week of hell. In fact, that one night when I was showring at 3am I was laughing at the irnony becasue I have been NEEDING to really scrub at my bathroom. And the whole thing just made me realize how LUCKY I am to have Adam.

Adam and I have the BEST relationship, and Logan just gets more fun every day. Even know when he is crying at me cuz he wants a nap- when I turn to look at him he starts laughing at me. We love our happy blessed life.

Monday, November 14, 2011

You Know You Have a Baby When...

1. You are fully dressed and at the grocery store by 7am
2. when any trip out takes twice as long, including a simple jog, because people keep stopping you to look at what you are toting along
3. you can be woken up at 3am without feelings of hate and revenge
4. your search for dirty laundry takes you to your car
5. you don't even notice when there is half eaten cereal attached to your sweater
6. you are just as concerned that your baby sitter know the words to "Baby Moon" as you are that they know the Heimlich Maneuver
7. your husband remarks that your new body wash smells good... and you realize you used the babies soap in the shower that morning
8. you hate it when your friends get together before 8. Because the baby hasn't gone to bed yet
9. when you start thinking that making animal noises will make people laugh
10. when two banana covered hands grabbing your face, and two more banana covered lips opening wide and swallowing your cheek makes you feel better than anything else in the entire world ever has

Friday, November 4, 2011

Our Apartment

Its only taken me about a million and a half years but I FINALLY have pictures of our apartment for you! (Do notice that there are none of our room :) Pictures are STILL not up in there. My goal is to get to them before Thanksgiving.) Sorry there are so many pictures- I was trying to give you a real feel for the layout :)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Quiche

Adam and I are on WIC. And for those of you who don't know- WIC gives you like- two dozen eggs a months. Awesome right?

Well, I am not a big egg eater. RARELY and I in the mood to just scramble something up. But eggs are now free so I HAVE to eat them. And a batch of cookies only takes two...

I opened my fridge one day after grocery shopping to add a carton of eggs, to realize I had two perfectly good ones in there. Something had to be done.

Then I remembered- QUICHE!

My mom used to make Quiche Lorrainne all the time when I was at home and I loved it! I know what your thinking- Quiche Lorainne is probably not the best thing for someone dieting. So, I have been trying out various recipes from everywhere for healthy egg casseroles.

And I have found at least TWO that I LOVE. Now, my criteria is basically that it has to use three or more eggs, cant be more than 6 servings (if its made in a pie pan), and one serving has to be under 400 calories. And it has to be so good I could eat all 6 servings over a few days by myself. (Since Adam wont eat more than a piece.)

Anyways- these two fit the bill. And here are the recipes! Adapted by me of course. And I will note, that when it says egg it means whole egg. But I usually only use one whole egg for a little flavor, and then use egg whites for the rest. Healthier you know. (And there are two egg whites to be used for every egg called for. Meaning I use more eggs :) tricky right?)



Deep Dish Pizza Protein Quiche
(I made mine is a 9x13 in pan. I don't know HOW they made this in a pie tin- it makes a lot!)

 

 

 

 

The Recipe

  • 4 oz softened light cream cheese
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbs chives
  • 1/2 tsp Italian or pizza seasoning
  • 2 cups shredded light mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup shredded light cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 tsp wet garlic or 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup low carb tomato or pizza sauce
  • 1/2 cup PLAIN protein powder
  • Whatever topping you want! (I used Turkey pepperoni, green peppers, olives, and onion.)

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Beat together or blend the cream cheese and eggs till smooth.
  3. Add milk or cream, parmesean cheese, and spices.
  4. Add plain protein powder. Avoid flavored protein!
  5. Spray 13×9 glass baking dish with a non-stick cooking spray such as PAM.
  6. Put 1 cup of shredded light mozzarella and 1 cup of shredded light cheddar in the dish, and pour egg mixture on top.
  7. Bake at 375 for 30-35 minutes.
  8. Remove pan from oven.
  9. Spread quiche with sauce and add your toppings.
  10. Spread 1 cup (or more) of shredded light mozzarella cheese on top.
  11. Bake until brown.
  12. Let stand for 5 minutes to cool.
If I remember right there was 8 servings (I was okay with 8 because you make it in a big pan not a pie dish) and each (with my toppings) had 263 calories. Great right?


Ham, Pineapple and Cheddar Quiche

Ham, Pineapple and Cheddar Quiche
Crust
3 tablespoons light butter or margarine, softened
1 1/4 cups Heart Smart Bisquick® mix
2 tablespoons boiling water
Filling
1 1/2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (6 oz)
3/4 cup finely chopped cooked ham (4 oz)
3 tbsp onion
1 can (8 oz) pineapple tidbits in juice, well drained
3 eggs
3/4 cup fat free evaporated milk
1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 9-inch glass pie plate with cooking spray. In medium bowl, cut butter into Bisquick mix, using pastry blender (or pulling 2 table knives through ingredients in opposite directions), until crumbly. Add boiling water; stir vigorously until soft dough forms. Press dough on bottom and up side of pie plate, using fingers dipped in Bisquick mix, forming edge on rim of pie plate.
  • 2 Sprinkle cheese, ham, onions and pineapple in crust. In medium bowl, beat eggs, half-and-half and pepper until blended. Pour into crust.
  • 3 Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (6 Servings)
  • Calories 390
    • (Calories from Fat 240),
  • Total Fat 26g
    • (Saturated Fat 14g,
    • Trans Fat 1 1/2g),
  • Cholesterol 175mg;
  • Sodium 850mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 22g
    • (Dietary Fiber 1g,
    • Sugars 6g),
  • Protein 18g;