Thursday, March 26, 2009
7 people.....5 courses
bread & St. Andre soft cheese
carrots, tomatoes, almonds and rondelle cheese
pesto lasagna (my favorite)
stuffed pork tenderloins with apple slices & Gorgonzola cheese
This is the work in progress shot....
don't you like my laundry in the back ground...sorry.
This is a window frame that i picked up off of the side of the road. I made chris turn around because there was a man putting a pile of them out on the curb. I was so embarrassed and felt the flash backs from my childhood come as I realized how much I am like my mother. She used to do this sometimes and we would hide in the back of the van. I know that is awful!
In antique stores these windows are expensive.
When I asked the man if I could have the windows he looked at me really funny and said "yeah, I also have a vacuum and some old wood. do you want those." How embarrassing!.....he thought I was soo weird.
I have big plans for this ugly little window + if it does not work I did not lose any money. We will see.
finished project pictures soon.....
we have to get ready for the parents to come next week for a visit. we are so excited!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
This was #6 of the weird throat thing....
We spent wednesday evening at the ER with the throat thing that Chris does every now and then. This time though it happened within two months from the last one. I am a little worried but the doctors all have different opinions about what to do and what it is. Ah!
They tried lots of things this time and it was the worst it has ever been-very painful.
At one point they gave Chris Valium through his IV. And wow! Talk about loopy land. He was soo funny. He started quoting Dumb and Dumber--"ski's uh!" and then he was out and sleeping.
I needed Becky to make me laugh!
We got home at 4:30 am.
Then Thursday Chris had an appointment for his knee.
Friday, Chris had an MRI.
(none of this includes ALL of my doctors and that is times 10)
Saturday, March 14, 2009
They did make Christmas colored eggs the past two years so the season has been extended.
we love our colorful living room.
after much debate...we decided on these pillows. here are a few pictures of the living room. chris really likes green.
the fireplace has been really fun this winter and reading books on the couch is the best! we are finally after 8 months settling into our house.
the red quilt hanging on the ladder was made by my grandma durrant for our wedding, our piano was given to us by the packer grandparents in logan, utah and we have several favorite pictures on the mantel and wall from Italy, Africa, Brazil, our early married years and favorite spots in NY-the city, Palmyra, Niagara on the lake and others.
Surprisingly, chris is very particular about the house, colors and decor. it is cute! I wanted to put up wallpaper but i have not won that discussion.......yet!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
savoia is our favorite little italian bakery just up the street. it is fabulous and so old school...
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
I have really liked my stylist and salon but they have both moved-so now what? i have no time, little money and my natural highlights-grays were beginning to really show. i needed some color! i have tried twice to color my own hair. once an old roommate asked if she could help me fix it....but after finding a coupon and the same brand name on sale i decided it was worth the $6.99 to try it!
plus just like the box says no appointment necessary!!!
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Mom and dad have always taught us to make good decision when it came to money but in light of the state of the economy we recently made some changes and when we did look over the numbers we were shocked to find out where most of our money was going! I mean shocked! It was very eye opening. This is old news for most of you but it has been life changing for us and I am so grateful that we are building a strong foundation for our family based on principles of the gospel.
creative with food lately...
We started the first of January to take money out each week and pay for groceries with cash and have in one month saved hundreds. Simply because we were not paying attention. Now it is kinda like a game to see how low we can keep our grocery bill. As well as how low we can keep our spending each week. It is really empowering and uplifting. We will be debt free by the end of the year. Minus the student loans and mortgage but that is huge for us! It has been great to make plans for a new kitchen and bathroom and be able to pay for it in cash. Trips and furniture, the list goes on. It is just so much better to know that we will pay for it right off and not have to worry about the payments for months or years later.
A great budget book and debt free living guide is by dave ramsey called the total money make over! It will change how you live and how you think about money. I would high recommend it and you can probably find it at most libraries.
At one point he told a story of a family who at the end of each month they could not tell where all their money went and wondered how they could be working and earning so much and still not have enough. They said they are "telling their money were to go rather than their money tell them where it went." I really like that.
We have tried coupons the last few weeks and are wondering if it is worth buying the Sunday paper to cut them. I do not have much experience with coupons and would love to hear where people get them and suggestions on organizing and keeping track of them. It sounds so overwhelming-please share your favorite sites and other money saving ideas! It is really a wonderful feeling to take charge and plan well.
It is a testament to me that our prophet knows exactly what he is talking about when he teaches about provident living, food storage and family life. I am so grateful for the guidance and safety that we learn from the Lord. The scripture comes to mind "if ye are prepared ye shall not fear." and the provident living principles from the church have all come back into my mind. What a great time to live!