November Morning

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Fall Break

I recently spent Fall Break with my family in Colorado.  It was fun to have the chance to go home and spend quality time with my family since I don't get to see them too often.  It was especially nice to spend time with my brothers because sometimes I feel like I don't really know them since I left home when they were both so little.  It is exciting to see the young men they have grown into and the personalities they have developed.  My parents also both took time off of work so that we could have some fun time as a family.  It's always fun to go home because I get to eat at restaurants I've missed.  We also did a lot of shopping and took the guys in my family to the new Ikea in Denver because they had never been.  My mom and dad were also kind enough to help me make my Halloween costume.  You'd like to think that once your child is 24 years old you wouldn't have to concern yourself with making a costume for her, but I guess that's what you get when your child teaches elementary school.  My costume is a Christmas elf and it turned out really cute.  I can't wait to put it all together tomorrow and have so much fun at school on Halloween!  Halloween is seriously my very favorite day at school!  While I was home, I was also able to catch up with a couple of old friends which was fun.  I had a great time with my family and I was sad to leave them, but it was good to come home to my wonderful husband whom I missed while I was away.  Unfortunately Dave could not come because he was working, but he did have plenty of time to catch up on uninterrupted video game time. :)

My brother Jeremy carved his Halloween pumpkin which turned out great!

My brother Jason spent lots of time playing video games.  He also took me for a ride in the FJ that he drives.  It was fun, but also a little wierd because I will forever think of him as too young to drive.

My parents were kind enough to cook a meal that I love!  My mom made mashed sweet potatoes with marshmallows on top.  I encouraged her to use Halloween marshmallows and, as you can see, they expanded quite a bit.  My dad grilled salmon which was delicious, especially since I haven't had it in forever.

After I came back from my Fall Break visit to Colorado, I was headed back to work.  It was a busy week for me because I spent a lot of time preparing for SEP Conferences.  Thursday night was especially long having to conference with parents all evening.  When I got home, I saw a vase of beautiful roses waiting for me.  Dave knew that I had a long day and so he wanted to do something nice for me.  It made me feel so loved and thankful for the kind person Dave is.  That was a good reminder to me to always be looking for ways to make your partner happy and brighten his/her day in any simple way you can.  Like I said, it was so good to spend time with my family over Fall Break, but it was also so good to get back to my new family with a husband who loves me and always makes me smile.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Pumpkin Fun!

This past weekend was all about pumpkins for us.  On Saturday we went to the pumpkin patch just down the street from our house.  Dave and I both picked out two perfect pumpkins for carving.  That evening we went over to the Larsen's house to carve pumpkins together.  We had a fun night making our pumpkin masterpieces and watching The Others.

Dave was reluctant to carve a pumpkin because he wasn't so successful last year.  I assured him that he could do the scared face pumpkin page from our book.  His pumpkin turned out great!  If you are wondering what is up with Dave's face, he said he was trying to match his pumpkin's expression. :)

I carved a scary vampire bat which took a rediculous amount of time, but I loved the way it turned out!

Daniel carved a scary face which supposedly frightened Dave's pumpkin.

It's kind of hard to tell in this picture, but Alexa carved a cool spider with a witch's hat.

This weekend I also decided to make pumpkin pie, using an actual pumpkin!  I was nervous about how it would turn out, but it was delicious!  I also tried cooking the pumpkin seeds, but they burned.  Oh well, better luck next year.

The first step to making a pumpkin pie is to cut off the stem, scoop out the seeds and guts, cut the pumpkin in half, and then lay the halves face down on a cookie sheet.  Then bake the pumpkin for an hour and a half.

Once the pumpkin has baked, you scoop out all the good stuff from the shells.  The pumpkin has the consistency of mashed potatoes at this point and comes easily away from the shells.

The next step is to mix the pumpkin with all of the remaining ingredients.

The last step is to fill your pie shell with the pumpkin mixture.  Next year I think I will attempt a homemade pie shell, but for this year I just went with a frozen one.

Ta-Dah!  I was so proud of myself.

All in all, we had a great weekend being creative with our pumpkins!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Welcome to our Blog!

Welcome to our very first blog post!  We're excited to have a fun way to share our life with our friends and family!

This weekend we had the fun experience of buying our first car together as a couple.  Dave's car has been giving us trouble and costing us too much money.  We decided it would be best to trade it in while we can still get some money out of it.  It was an emotional experience for Dave because he has had a lot of fun doing projects to his car to make it cooler and faster.  In a way it was like saying goodbye to a younger Dave and saying hello to a more grown up Dave.  We both wanted a car that is more reliable and family friendly.  Dave spent a lot of time researching online and we decided to buy a Mazda CX-7.  We love this car because it is beautiful, spacious, and much bigger than anything we've had.  Now it won't be so inconvenient to buy furniture!  We are looking forward to many fun years and road trips with our new car! :)

Dave saying one last goodbye to his precious baby. :(

Our beautiful new car!

We've had fun driving it around.  I have to admit that I'm still kind of uncomfortable driving it just because I'm so worried about something happening to it.  That feeling will probably wear off, but for now I'm driving extra cautiously because we all know that in Utah your driving ability only counts for a small percentage of the safety of your vehicle. :)

This weekend we've also had some fun Halloween oriented adventures.  Halloween is one of my favorite holidays!  I wanted to make sure we did fun Halloween things every weekend in the month of October.  We started out by seeing Dream House on Friday night.  I was hoping to see a really great scary movie, but that was not the case.  While the movie was decent, it was not so much of a scary movie as it was just a thriller so I was pretty disappointed. 

On Saturday night we went on the Halloween River Cruise.  I got a Groupon to do it half price, so we thought we'd give it a try.  You basically get on a boat with about 30 other people and go up and down a section of the Provo River looking at lit up jack-o-lanterns while being told Halloween jokes and stories.  It is kind of underwhelming, but it was still fun to do something different.

While its kind of hard to tell, this is a picture taken from the boat of the dock, Halloween lights, and jack-o-lanterns.

We also made caramel apples for the first time. :)

My sister, Jennifer, is heating the caramel.

This is me dipping the apples in caramel.

Enjoying the caramel apples!

I have also decided to start a collection.  I've always wanted to collect something, but nothing has appealed to me enough until now.  I am starting a Department 56 Halloween Village collection.  This is similar to the Christmas Villages that people collect and display, only it is Halloween themed which is so much more fun!  I got my very first piece this weekend which is the Haunted Tree House. 

Stay tuned for more blog posts and Halloween adventures!