Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Keeping Track of my Water Intake

On Christmas day we decided to go to the movies. While in the movie, I had to take a restroom brake (no surprise there). On my way to the restroom, I was playing with my rings as usually, when i noticed that they were not budging, not at all. Backtrack to Christmas morning, my Mom and Dad got me a pair of Uggs. When I put them on they seemed a bit tight. My thought was I just need to brake them in. Well, when my rings wouldn't come off, I knew exactly what was going on. I did get my rings off by running them under cold water, but I was a little bit panicked to say the least.
I did some reading about the whole water retention thing and turns out I need to drink more water. Which makes complete seance because I am not a big water drinker, and I had soda all day. I was trying to get my fix of Cranberry Sierra Mist for the rest of the year.
Jon got me a Nalgene water bottle last summer for our camping trip. I love it and try to take it everywhere. The reason I love it is I can keep track of how much water I drink, to make sure I am getting enough, because I honestly, I never get enough.
I am taking this more seriously, I don't want to puff up like a balloon, and I don't want to have to cut off my rings.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

10 of My Observations While being Pregnant...

  1. Back pain can be ignored
  2. You must always be aware of how your wedding ring(s) fit. You never want to be in a position to have to cut them off because of swelling.
  3. Use the restroom anytime you have a chance. You never know when you have to sneeze. :0(
  4. As big as you think your clothes are in the beginning, them seem really tiny later on.
  5. Boots feel tighter around your legs because of swelling.
  6. At night, you can never have too many pillows.
  7. You always feel hungry, especially when cookies are involved.
  8. You are not so worried about how your pedicure looks considering half the time you cant see your toes.
  9. In the laying position you feel like a beached whale.
  10. The bigger you get, the more you cant wait to actually hold you baby!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

 Well, I got a pair of Jammies, and a kitchen grill from Jon, and a pair of Uggs from Mom and Dad. Jon got new clothes, and a new laptop bag from me, and Apple TV from my Mom and Dad!
 It's been a productive, relaxing morning for us.

What did you get?

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve

 Tonight we are going to church to the Christmas Eve service. It is going to be really cool, like nothing we have ever done at a Christmas Eve service. You can watch it Live at 4pm, and at 6pm.

Click on the Live Now link!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Poor Chloee

This morning Chloee was acting really weird. She was acting high strung, yappy, and neurotic (more than usual). I think I know what the problem is. I think she is noticing the absence of George. While she was acting like this, she was running in and out of all the rooms in the house like she was looking for him.
Chloee has a really mothering nature about her, she would always take care of George by cleaning him all the time, just as if he were her puppy. Now she is acting like she lost him or something. I felt really sad for her.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Baby Room Option

I am now just about 24 weeks, and I am stressing about the baby's room, and how I am going to decorate it. I want to get it planned out so I can register for the things I need. No baby shower has been planned yet but I know once the 1st comes, we are going to blink, and the baby will be ready to come.
I have been looking at HGTV's rate my space. and I found this design that I LOVE! Like I have said before I am not into the really girly rooms. I like when they are stylish with a hint girliness. When I found this one I fell in love with the curtains. The user did not say where she got them from, but judging from the pictures I saw from the rest of her house, she probably had them made when she saw the fabric. I have seen similar curtains from anthropology (which I LOVE), and Ikea, but nothing that matches exact.
The other thing I love about it is, in so many baby rooms, the design just screams from the bedding in the crib, overpowering the rest of the room. In this room the user said she got inspiration for the room from the curtains. But if you notice the bedding is really neutral. I have found this organic bedding I really like at babies r us. It is neutral, and at the store, it felt really nice.

I love the

I love the red accents.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Cold, Cold, Cold!

I have been consistently cold for the past week! My feet mostly but last night when Jon was at church I was so cold that I put on my pea coat, and sat and watched TV. The heat was on I had blankets, but nothing was doing the trick.
Jon, who is always hot blooded, asked if I would get us some flannel sheets for our bed. I was shocked! I said could you please record that for me. Every winter season I ask Jon if I could get flannel sheets, and he ALWAYS says, NO! So I'm jumping on this one.
It is so cold that I lit one of my jar candles this afternoon, and the glass cracked because it was so cold.
How are all of you keeping warm?

Monday, December 15, 2008

Our George

 It is with great sadness that our beloved cat George, passed away on Saturday night. Jon was really sick last week, and we combined has a rough week, due to me being really busy, and Jon being sick. 
 On Friday he started acting weird, but he was still in that weird kitten/ cat stage, so I thought nothing of it. On Saturday he was really slow, and was acting like he had to go to the bathroom and couldn't. We had a full Saturday due to work and a Christmas dinner that night. When we came home he was laying down and wouldn't move, though still alive looking at us as we were trying to figure out what to do. It was late at that point, so there was not much we could do. So we made him comfortable and went to bed. Jon woke up early as he always does on Sundays for church. He went to check on him, and came back and told me he had died during the night. I am 90% sure he may have eaten a plant in the back yard that may have been poisonous. 
 We are very sad. He had such a fun personality that we both loved.  As I was folding laundry this morning, I was noticing the absence of George. That was the time he would sit next to me and pounce on any of the laundry I had folded. We know the Lord has a purpose, but it is sad.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Oh So Good

With the anticipation of everything Christmas, I especially love Sierra Mist's Cranberry splash soda that is only available during the Christmas season. It usually comes out in September. Jon and I had to pick up some drinks for a party we were going to in September, and when i saw them in the soda section I was so excited! So, Jon being the wonderful husband he is, did what any husband of a craving pregnant woman would do. Buy as many as he could.

Being pregnant this year, I especially love it because it is caffeine free. I have had my coffee in the mornings and such, but I have cut down quite a bit on the caffeine intake. The whole idea that I love this soda is so funny considering I NEVER drink soda. I prefer water or tea.

The saddest part about this obsession is how it comes to an end. It is rare that i find this soda in stores this close to Christmas. I have found a couple of 12 packs at target and staters, but I CANNOT find the 2 litter bottles. I think the sad aspect of this is that I want it for Christmas day. I have a 12 pack that I am storing for Christmas day. but I don't think that is enough. :o(

Friday, December 12, 2008

Our Chrsitmas Tree

 Shortly after Thanksgiving, we (I) put our tree up. I had my brother re-arrange the furniture in order for our tree to be in the front window. I have been visualizing this since we bought our house. 
 One of the great aspects of our tree, like every tree is the ornaments. Every year I think that I am going to do a themed tree, but then I get out the ornaments, and they are just so special to me. Here's why... For our wedding, it was in October and it was close enough to Christmas that I thought that it would be great if we had people bring an ornament. So we put little cards in the invitation requesting if they would like to help our Christmas tree ornament collection to bring an ornament with them. At the reception, we had a Christmas tree set up for the guests to put the ornaments on.
 The reason I love our ornaments is, every time I decorate the tree is brings be back to our first Christmas together with our first tree. 
 I know I have a picture of the tree we had at our reception, but I can't find it. Another reason why I am organizing my pictures. 

These are some of our favorites. Sorry most of them are blurry.

This is Jon's fave, because his best friend when he was a kid gave this one to him. I try to move it to the bottom every year but he finds it and outs it front and center for all to see.

I love these ones because they are so cute!

This is Jon's, you can't see it but it says 95' on it.

I like this one, again, because it's cute!

On the other side of this one it says 93' on the back.

For obvious reasons this is my fave!

And here we have George shortly after discovering the tree.

Office Pictures

 As most of you know we recently worked on our home office. We have been planning on doing this for a while and finally got it done as I posted before. Well, I have been trying to get some pictures organized on my computer and thought I would post the office project process.

I was taking a nap on one of Jon's days off, and heard him doing something in the office, and when I came to look he had the whole room empty. I was shocked because there was a lot of stuff in there as it was our storage room for a while.

Then he started to paint

George had a good time "helping" Jon, and exploring.

We knew there were hardwood floors as there is in the whole house, so Jon decided to refinish them. He hated the carpet in that room.

He stained it an ebony stain. We wanted it to look distressed.

Then we got the furniture from Ikea. I have to say, I think Ikea had couples in mind when they designed their furniture assembly, because we didn't get in a fight. It was so easy!

This is my desk. I need to get some more current pictures of all the stuff in there.

For some reason Chloe won't walk on the floors. I think she has undiagnosed OCD. She is so weird about surfaces.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

God With Us

 I have had a really hard time getting into the "Christmas spirit" this year. Usually, I am annoyingly into the Christmas spirit by now, but for a couple reasons I am not that way this year. All I have done to the house thus far is put up our tree. I haven't even taken down my autumn decor yet, which internally is driving me nuts, but I have been too lazy to take it down.
 I think this year, because I am pregnant, I am almost looking at Christmas this year as an obstacle. I am tired regularly, I have days that I have a ton of energy, but for the most part I have been tired. Because of that I have no energy to start the task of getting the stuff out from the garage, sorting through it and putting it up. 
 While I was decorating the tree, I was starting to get a little bit sad. I am supper excited about the baby and what she is going to bring to our lives, but I starting thinking that this was going to be our last Christmas that is just the two of us. I have LOVED married life with Jon and love that we are starting a new chapter in our lives, but it was just making me sad that things are going to change. Then Jon reminded me about how much fun Christmas is going to be with kids.
 Which is, I think the main reason I am having a hard time getting into Christmas. I cant wait for time to fly by and for us to have our baby girl! When we first found out we were pregnant, I had a really hard time visualizing us as parents, and having a baby of our own. Now it's all I can think about. I think about how we are going to raise her and what kind of schedule we are going to have (or lack there of). I know in due time she will come. No pun intended.
 While having this difficult time getting into the Christmas spirit, I had a great opportunity to participate in a Christmas concert at church. During the rehearsals, I will be honest, I was thinking that this is just another thing to fill our already full calendar in December. But, I could have NEVER imagined what an AMAZING night this was going to be. Yes, it was a great night of Christmas carols, and all that, but the ultimate message screamed though. We have been given this amazing gift, and those of us who have chosen to receive it have something that they can cherish, and share for forever. 
 Tonight really put Christmas in perspective for me and I am feeling refreshed and renewed. As we continue to press on though this Christmas season, I hope we remember that gift and how it has changed us.

If you want to watch the service click here, and look under 12/10/08

Friday, December 5, 2008

Mentoring Matters

While at work I decided to explore the Harvest.Org site. I was exploring, specifically, the women's ministry site. I was checking out the mentoring matters, because I wanted to see what was new with that. I did it last summer, and LOVED it.
The basis of it was a small group of women, that have a leader that is an older women, and you meet weekly. Along with that there is a curriculum that you follow, and the topics very from week to week. Some of the topics they go over are, Honoring Gods word, Loving your husband, Loving your children, Keepers of the home (cooking, housecleaning, laundry, etc.), Stewardship (Time, own health), and Godly attributes. Just to name a few.
When I was checking this out, I found that they are also posting recipes. I am always one that loves to get recipes, so I enjoyed it!
I am not sure when sign-ups start again for the next rotation (which, by the way is only 8 weeks, you don't have to commit you whole life!) but I totally recommend it to any young married (or not married, you really can glean from this) women.

Anyway, you can get the recipes here.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Cookies, Cakes, and Pies

 Someone sent me this via email, and if you have a desire to bake this Christmas season, you should seriously check this out. It has just about any, and every recipe you can think of. I am going to a cookie exchange soon, and I am steeling a recipe off this site. Simply amazing!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Tis the Season!

 Well, today is December 1st and we can officially say that the Christmas season is upon us. I was really hoping to put up our tree on Saturday after I got off work, but I got caught up doing other things around the house, and next thing I knew, it was 9 o'clock. I would have stayed up later, but I had to sing the next morning at 6:30AM! So I have been thinking about when I am going to get all the stuff out of the garage, and let Christmas vomit all over the house. I have all the furniture arranged for the tree, but no energy left after Thanksgiving to get it out. 
 I was really hoping to have a picture of our decorated tree to post, but what can I say, I'm pregnant. All I have gotten done today is the bed sheets washed. The bed is not even made, they are just laying in a pile on the bed. Like I said I have NO energy to do anything. I start doing house work and my body just says no. Tomorrow is Jon's day off so I know things will get done, being the task master he is ( I mean that in the best possible way!).  He is so motivated to get things done. I, on the other hand, have the attitude that it will get done eventually. 

 Well, it's not time to make dinner, that I will get done because I am hungry! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Here's hoping I will get the decor out tomorrow!


Saturday, November 29, 2008


Jon wrote a blog entry that sums up our Thanksgiving, so I am going to steal it. Plus this is Jon and Alyssa's blog, and Jon has yet to write a blog entry.



Thursday, November 27, 2008


 While I wanted to say happy thanksgiving to everyone, I have to keep this post short. Currently I am getting the house ready for guests, and cooking the turkey. I am squeezing the Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in there too! Like I said we are having all the family over to our tiny little house. We are having 21 people come over! Our plan was to have everything outside and have a nice thanksgiving outside with tables set up. Well our plan was foiled due to the weather. I know it's not suppose to rain for most of the day, but everything outside is soaked from yesterday and last night. I have a funny story about that, but I will save it for another time.

 Some things that have been going on this week.

We went to an AMAZING Coldplay concert, and had AMAZING seats. They came and sis an acoustic set in the audience a section away from us. Adam and Jenni were 10 ft. away.

I am officially 20 weeks. which means I am halfway though my pregnancy!

We are having Thanksgiving at our house. 

Tomorrow is BLACK FRIDAY. My family takes full advantage of all the sales. Yes, I know we are CRAZY, but it has turned into more of a family tradition.

That's what has been going on. 

Have a GREAT Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 21, 2008

What a Night

Last night Jon and I were looking forward to a relaxing evening that had no agenda. Our whole week has been on a schedule with the Preach the Word conference, Jon has been working everyday from 6:45am to about 9:30pm. So needless to say we have been more busy than usual.

We went to California Pizza Kitchen for dinner, and then we went to Coldstone, and got the best ice cream concoctions ever, but that's a different post entirely. After that we went to see a fashion show in the parking lot of the plaza that my brother was in.

It was really turning out to be a great night. The food was great the company (Jon) was wonderful, and Jon and I were really blessed by how it was all turning out. We decided to rent a movie and watch it in bed.

Almost as soon as the movie was on I fell asleep, as usual. Halfway through the movie, we herd a horrific accident in front of our house that made spring out of bed when I was fast asleep. We didn't even need to look out the window to know that we needed to call 911. Jon ran outside, and I called 911. (On a side note, it took me about three times to dial because of these stupid acrylic nails!) When Jon went outside, he discovered a mom and her three kids. They were not injured other that a bloody nose. That by itself was a miracle considering the front end of her car was gone.

When they got out of the car, we had them come on our porch, and gave the cold kids blankets, and helped the mother with her bloody nose. While taking to her before the paramedic came, it was pretty evident that she was under the influence of something. We realized she hit a parked car in front of our house.

The police came, and the first officer on the scene, was a friend of ours, who on Tuesday, I was trying to tell him ware we lived. And, to top it off I was telling him that day that we haven't had any problems living on a busy street. He gets out of his car, sees Jon, and says, "Oh yeah, nice quiet street." :o) I was feeling really good that he was there because of what an awkward situation it was.

The women had her kids picked up by a family member, and she was arrested, and they all left. After we got into the house and turned the movie back on, we were both wide awake, and too wound up to fall asleep. Jon said something that stuck with me and I think it is true. He said, " ministry never takes a night off."

What he said got me thinking. The whole situation was really bad for the women involved, and I can only imagine what brought her to a place that she would think that it was okay for her to drive drunk with her kids in the car. But, Jon and I were tyring to be as helpful to her as we could. But as far as we know we could be one of the only examples of Christ's love that she comes into contact with. And it is on those situation that we need to look at her with the eye's the Christ would have. Not judging her for the monumentally bad choice that she made, but helping her as she is trying to pick up the pieces of what just happened. She knows what she is going to be facing, most likely, felony DUI.

That lead me to start thinking of how we, as Christians, need to have that attitude all the time. Not just those times that people are in dire need. This world is so lost and people are so caught up in their own lives that they have absolutely no hope.

That was our crazy night, that we will remember for a long time. Pray for the situation and for the women involved, and for her family. They defiantly need it.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Friend Soup, or Chicken Tortilla Soup...


 Yesterday I made Chicken Tortilla Soup for my Koininia today. I turned out really good, but I almost ran out. So, next time I won't eat as much of it before as I did yesterday. 
 If you have tried the soup before you know I got the recipe from my mom, who got it from her friend Trish, who got it from her friend. The soup has been passed around from friend to friend, so I have appropriately named it Friend Soup. 
 The recipe I have received is for a large batch, but trust me, you will want a large batch because you can freeze it for another time or give it to a friend, (another reason it's a good name) or eat it all week, which I could easily do. Oh, and believe it or not, you can make it in a bigger batch. I have a special pot I call my chicken tortilla pot. But trust me, it is really good, and you'll campair all other chicken tortilla soups to it.

  • 3 Quarts of water
  • 1 Jar chicken base
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken (you can use more)
  • 10 Cloves finely chopped garlic
  • 1 Chopped Bell pepper (you can use any color)
  • 8 oz. diced green chillies
  • 3 14.5 oz. cans of diced tomatoes in juice
  • 1 bunch chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp. Cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. White pepper
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp. Whole cumin seeds
  • Small bag of frozen corn
  • 2 Cans of black beans
  • 2 Cans of white beans
  • 8 Tbsp of vegetable oil ( you can use less, just enough to coat)
  • 2 2/3 cups of chopped carrots

 Saute onions garlic, and cumin seeds in oil for 7 min. Mix water and chicken base. Add chicken and other ingredients. Bring to a boil. reduce heat and simmer until chicken and veggies are tender and flavors are full. Garnish with deep fried corn tortilla strips, cheese, and whatever else you like on chicken tortilla soup.

NOTE: The chicken base is a pasty base near the bouillon cubes in the store. It freezes well in freezer bags. 
Serves 20 6oz. servings.

The soup can be expensive with all the ingredient, but all of it you can find on sale. So if you know what to look for, you can plan ahead and stock up on the ingredient.

Sunday, November 16, 2008


 It really has not been that long since we started our "office project," but it feels like FOREVER! Mainly because we have had all the contents of the office scattered in the kitchen, (because the office is off the kitchen) and lately, I am having a hard time sleeping when the house is in disarray. But, thankfully it has taken us less than a week to re decorate the office. This includes: refinishing the floors, (Jon did that) painting new furniture, and all that fun organizational stuff. 
 I am thankful to announce that we are now (as of about 2 hours ago) using our office for an office, and not a storage room! All of our furniture we got from Ikea, and I am so happy with the way it looks. When we bought it, I thought that it would be too big for the space, but I actually think that it needs something else. I don't know what, but something. 
 Jon and I have our own workspace, on the same desk, but we both can do our work and not get in each others way. Before, I would have a corner in the office carved our from all the clutter, and he would have a spot at the dinning room table. We both got to a point ware it was silly for us to do that considering we have the space. 
 I would like the tank HGTV for giving me the inspiration, and the confidence that got us to do it. I would also like to thank Ikea, for providing low- cost furniture for those of us who want something budget friendly, yet trendy. And, last, but most important, I want to thank Jon how tirelessly worked on the floors and made sure it got done before my kioninea (sp?) this week. He, despite my doubts made the floors look really cool and unique to totally fit our contemporary vintage office. I love you babe!
 I will post pictures when we got all the stuff in the room. I am just ecstatic that Jon and I are both using the office for what it for, while at the same time spending time together.
 Now the only thing that needs to be in the office is my iMac that I'm going to get for Christmas. Oops! Did I just say that out loud? Don't tell Jon I said that!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Oh Boy... It's a Girl!

 Yep, I was laying on the table all but about 15 seconds, and the technician said, "well, you got you wish. It's a girl!"  I cant even begin to tell you how happy I was to hear that. Jon has said from the beginning that its going to be a girl, he never wavered. I, however was really thinking that it was going to be a boy, which I would have been thrilled about, but I am rally happy it's a girl. 
 The only bad thing is, since I thought it was going to be a boy, I planed out the baby room, and know exactly how it was going to be. Pirate themed. I had all the bedding picked out at babies r us, and I was going to have my father-in-law paint a mural ion the wall. But, I got exactly what I wanted, so it's time to start from scratch. The room is completely cleaned out! Just needs paint, and I trying to figure out the carpet thing right now.
 Any ideas? I don't want anything too girly, I don't mind pink, but not pink all over. 

Well, back to decorating. Not the babies room , but the office. Our idea is that if we won't do it before the baby comes, most likely we wont get it done!

 I leave you with a text message Jon got from Forrest Rickard, who has two daughters of his own. "Congrats! Now you need a shotgun, purity book, and chastity belt!"

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Updated Baby News

  I had a dr. appointment this afternoon and everything is still going really well. I am exactly where I need to be as far as size of my belly, and all the normal stuff. I go the results from my AFP test, and everything is normal there. We went worried at all about it, but, as my aunt Paulette so wisely said, your not worried, but feel so relieved when you get the good news.
 I am set to have my ultrasound on Tuesday, and we will find out the sex of the baby. I am hearing about 100% from people that we are having a boy, which makes me sad because despite what I tell people, I REALLY want a girl!
 When we find out what the baby is I will tell everyone the name we picked out!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

This Week

 It is going to be a crazy week! Not only is Adam and Jenni getting married on Saturday, but Jon, and I are poll workers, and that right there is a LONG day. We have done it a couple times this year, but this one will be a doozy. I am convinced that we will have people from the time we open (7 am) to the time we close (8 pm). Did I mention we have to be there at 6:30 am? Yeah, early, and we don't leave until all the ballots have been sorted, which most likely will be around 9:15 pm. It's a really long day. So needless to say Tuesday is all about the polls. We have really enjoyed doing it, and really are looking forward to it.
 On Thursday, I have bible study, and right after that we have a baby appointment. Then, we have Adam and Jenni's rehearsal dinner. That will be really fun! After the rehearsal part we're going to Carrinos for dinner. That we are really looking forward to.
 Friday we work, but I am preparing myself for anything that may come up for the wedding. 
 Saturday is the big day, it will be really fun!
 And that's our week, it will be a long one but a productive one. I am always praying that the Lord would make everyday a productive one, and this week will no doubt be one of those. Some may say that what I just listed isn't that bad, but add to that all of our ministry obligations and it make a normally bust week that much busier.
 Just pray for us this week. Pray that Adam, and Jenni's wedding will be everything that the Lord wants it to be, and everything they were hoping for. I have no doubt it will be just that, but the enemy always has a way of getting in their and trying to mess things up, even with the little things.
Pray for Jon, and I as week are looking down the barrel of a long week. I tend to get a little grumpy now days when things are off track, and I really don't want to be like that at all, so pray that we get the rest we need to stay focused.

 I am really looking forward to next week! We will find out the sex of the baby on November 11th. We can't wait!!!

Yes On Prop 8

 As I'm writing this I am really annoyed! I got one of those prop 8 signs to go in our lawn. This afternoon, Jon, being the great husband he is, put it in our lawn. Within 2 HOURS we went out to get some ice cream, and our sign had been pulled out and thrown on the ground across the lawn. I was kind of expecting this considering we live on a busy street, but not in that short about of time! 
 I am annoyed about this for a couple reasons. First, it's not like we are going out and pulling out no on prop 8 signs, (which by the way I have not seen too many) or steeling them all together. Working in the front office, so many people have come in and said that their signs have been stolen, and need to get a new one. 
 Second, these adds on TV are driving me CRAZY! They are making this whole thing out to be discrimination by comparing this to that of the civil rights movement, or the Japanese internment. I'm sorry, but you can't expect to gain the public attention by card stacking, it is untrue, and probably offensive to those who have lived through these events.
 Okay, I'm venting. My whole point is that we have (I feel) been very tolerant of our society, and the direction it's going. But it just floors me that we even have define that marriage should be between a man and a woman.
 We really need to be in prayer that the Lords will, will be done on Tuesday. I know that I am really nervous, but I have to keep telling myself that the Lords will, will be done, and he knows the outcome of Tuesday.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

It's late, but Happy Halloween

I was really disappointed about our turnout for Halloween this year. We barely had any trick-or-treaters. It was kind of sad. My grandparents had NONE. She said in that has never happened in the 40 some odd years they have lived in their home. I guess people weary about letting their kids go to strangers houses to get candy. Know that I think about it, I don't know how I'm going to feel about it when our kids are old enough to go trick-or treating. We'll have to wait and see.
This has been a full week. I took my time doing my Monday stuff, and didn't get all that I wanted to get done done, and I forgot about the week at hand and all we had to do. So I played catch- up last night while the trick-or-treater came by.
Our anniversary was Wednesday, so Jon took the day off so we could go to Oak Glenn. It was really hot, and not very fall like, which was sad considering we were at the mecca of Fall. But we had a good time. To Jon's surprise, and delight, we discovered a place off the main road called snow line farms. The reason we stopped was because on their sign, they have advertised, "apple cider doughnuts." As soon as Jon saw that we pulled into their driveway (almost swerved), and said "we have to stop!" The place was really cute, but Jon had a mission. We got a dozen mini doughnuts, and they were really good, I had 3 Jon had 9. After that, we stopped at a few other palaces and then had lunch, and went home. It was really fun, other than the heat.
Jon is taking the boys out for Adam's bachelor party, so he is gone for the weekend. I know I am probably sounding really silly, but I hate it when Jon is gone. I always feel so uneasy about it. And, now especially that I'm pregnant. I usually stay with my mom, and dad, but they went to Vegas this weekend, so I am at our house. But, my sister is staying with me so I feel alot better than if I were by myself completely. We have a home alarm so that makes me feel better. The funny thing is when Jon is home I away think, why do we have this alarm that we have to pay for monthly, but when he's gone I am thankful for every penny we put towards it.
I have a first belly shot, thanks to my brother, Aaron. I made this shirt with a sharpie, and I thought it was clever, but you can be the judge of that.
Hope everyone had a good, safe Halloween this year!

Oh, and my lovely husband decided to turn his beard into an obnoxious mustache for halloween. I will post pictures soon. Or, maybe I wont for fear that he thinks that I am endorsing the caterpillar on his face. It hurts when I kiss him. He does it just to bug me. Gross!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Chili Night

 When I asked Jon for the chili recipe, he said it was locked away in his head and didn't want to reveal it. Too bad he wrote it down in his mole skin notebook. He he. But, honestly he gave me permission to post about it, and give the recipe. It's from his Mama, and it's really good, and easy!

Bushes Best Chili

1lb. ground beef
16 oz. can of Bushes Best Chili beans
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped green pepper
1 14 1/2 oz. can diced tomatoes
1 6oz. can tomato paste
1/2 cup of water
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon salt 
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons dried oregano 
1 teaspoon sugar

Shredded cheddar cheese, and onions (if you like, we don't) for topping

Brown beef, and add chopped onion, and green pepper until meat is cooked. Drain the meat. Combine all other ingredients, and simmer for 30-40 min.

Jon was trying to look like princess Leah!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Dinner Time

 Jon is making me dinner tonight, and it smells AMAZING! I am so excited! He doesn't cook a lot, but one thing he does cook is just about my favorite thing ever. CHILI!!! He got the recipe from his mom, and he really enjoys making it, and I really enjoy eating it!
 I will post pictures and the recipe after dinner.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Our Trip to New York

 We recently went on a vacation to New York. I was really excited, I have always wanted to go to New York, so for us to have this opportunity was really cool. I was, however,  a little bit worried about how Jon would like it considering all the people the noise and so on. I am really happy to say that he LOVED it. There is only one vacation that Jon and I have been on since we have been married that Jon has LOVED. This was our honeymoon. But, whats not to love about a 15 day cruise to Hawaii, on your honeymoon. So to say that this was a vacation that he loved was really cool and we were totally blessed. 
 Here are our pictures for you to enjoy!

This was the best shot I could get of the trade towers, Freedom towers site

There was a turkey in battery park

Memorial for 9/11

The guy with the feathers on his head was in our shot

My sissy

Our lady liberty

I took this

and this

Jon took this one

Classic NY

Really cold

Greenwich village

My Favorite

Diamonds are a girls best friend

You cant see it, but there were big high rises behind us

Central Park

Getting ready for a show

Rockefeller Plaza

Some of the best food I had in NY


Empire state building

The skyline from Brooklyn

Fashion Week anyone?

Yes, that's a bud ad behind us