Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Recipe - Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken enchiladas are what is for dinner tonight. I froze half of the enchiladas for a ready to go meal that I can use after the baby is born. We now have six frozen homemade meals in the freezer, go me! I hope you all enjoy. This is the best recipe I have found yet for these. They are yummy!

Chicken Enchiladas

1 pkg. tortillas (8-10)
2-3 c. boneless, skinless cubed chicken (boiled in chicken bouillon)
16 oz. sour cream
1 sm. can green chilies
1 c. mayonnaise
1 sm. can sliced olives
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 lb. shredded cheddar cheese (1/2 reserved)
1/2 c. salsa
1/8 c. finely chopped onion
1 lg. can enchilada sauce (green or red)

Preheat over to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients but tortilla shells, enchilada sauce and half of the cheese. Fill tortilla shells with mixture. Bake for 1 hour. Pour enchilada sauce over the top; sprinkle with cheese, and return to the over for another 15 minutes.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Officially Overdue

Yesterday was the baby's due date and yet we still don't have a baby. It was not from a lack of trying though. I went on about a mile walk with Erin, Tennisa and Greg in the morning. I started having contractions on the walk. When I got home they continued. Greg and I did some weeding in the afternoon. The contractions were still going. I cleaned house, still having contractions. At 6:00 pm I started timing them. They were steadily 15 minutes apart. I had my visiting teachers over and then I ran some errands. All the time having steady contractions. Unfortunately they totally stopped at 11:00 pm. By then I was so exhausted I just decided to go to sleep instead of doing something physical to try and get them going again. Oh well, a whole day suffering through contractions for nothing!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

New Calling

Today I was released as the Young Women's Advisor and called as the Young Women's Secretary. Pretty much the rest of the Young Women's presidency was released. It was a bit bitter sweet. Being a part of the Young Women organization has been a great blessing to me. The last couple years have been difficult (with being unable to get pregnant, taking care of my so very sick mother, her passing away, and my father remarrying so quickly) and I really felt like the other leaders became my support system. I believe one of the reasons I was given my former calling was to develop friendships that would help me through the trials that were to come. The former leaders truly became my best friends and I found a ward family. I am very sad to see them go. But, I am also very thankful to be staying with the young women that I have grown to love so very much! They truly are special girls. I was set apart by the Bishop and was amazed at what an inspired man he is. The blessing was very personal. He blessed me in my upcoming delivery and he blessed me that I would be able to feel my parents' love. He blessed me with a relief of my heartache. I had been trying to hold back the tears all day, but by the end of the blessing that hope had diminished. I know I will never stop missing my mother and the closeness she brought to our family, but what a comfort it is to know that the Lord and his leaders are mindful of me and what I am going through. The gospel is amazing; it is true! I am so blessed.

The YW leaders at YW in Excellence, "Mission Possible." From left to right: Mindy, Celeste, Scott (bishopric member) , Erin, Tennisa, Me, Martha, & Amy

The YW at YW in Excellence, "Mission Possible." From left to right: Rachel, Kaitlin, Charlee, Kayla, Samantha, Katie, Karina, Deja, Nana, Elisha, Britney & Rachel.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Scrapbook Expo Memories

Last weekend was the scrapbook expo at the South Town Expo Center. Mom, London and I go religiously every year. We love shopping the bargains, seeing the latest and greatest, catching up with old scrapbooking buddies (coworkers from Scrapbook Heaven, and alumni from CKU), and just being together for a good time. This was the first one we missed; London was busy and I was broke... so it was a no go. I did however want to share some past memories from the expos.

Memory #1
Two years ago my mother was trying to get a better sale price on some items, so she was haggling with the sales worker. She told him of her poor health, and her wearing heart, and came right out and said, "This will probably be my last chance to be here. I don't think I'll be around for the next one." He of course gave in to the crazy lady and gave her the price she wanted. She then proceeded to make a scene by profusely thanking the very young and handsome sales worker while frequently kissing his hand.

Memory #2
The first expo we went to the MC jokingly asked if any women were willing to shave their heads for scrapbook prizes. My sister London loves to win things, and usually does with her good luck. She had been craving a win all day. She looked at me and said, "I would do that." Then she yelled out, "I will do that," and took off running to the stage. I quickly followed after her to talk her out of it, accidentally leaving my wheelchair bound mother who had no idea what was going on. To make a long story short, London was determined, I remembered Mom and went back to get her, and we (along with the rest of the audience) watched my sister shave her head for a cropper hopper filled with paper crafting goodies.

Slumber Drummer

Greg is very musical. He dabbles around with a few instruments, but he is a serious drummer. He unconsciously drums on everything with his fingers: the steering wheel of the car when we are at red lights, my legs when were relaxing on a couch, my shoulders when we are standing in a line, etc. He also, on very rare occasions, talks in his sleep. A few years ago, when he was working as a bread vendor for Sara Lee, he sat up in bed and said "buttermilk." When I told him the next day he laughed and said he was dreaming about buttermilk bread. Anyways, last night he rolled onto his back and began drumming with his hands on his thighs and was bobbing his head to the beat. I asked him what he was doing figuring he was awake since he was so actively drumming, and he mumbled a sleepy reply. It was then that I realized he was not sleep walking, but sleep drumming. How weird is that?

Friday, April 25, 2008

My North Star

I attended a stake leadership meeting last night for young womens and we discussed President Hinckley and his fascination with the North Star. Regardless of the earth's rotation, the North Star maintains it's position in the heavens and never moves. He said, "I recognized it as a constant, in the midst of change. It was something that could always be counted on, something that was dependable, an anchor in what otherwise appeared to be a moving and unstable firmament." We were encouraged to think about the North Stars in our lives.

Last night I couldn't sleep (was up until 4:30!), and so I was left to my thoughts. I realized how many North Stars I have in my life, and just how very blessed I am. I wanted to record one especially, my honey bunny (a term often used by by special ed students), Greg. He is well known for his fun and goofy sense of humor, which I am very grateful for because it keeps my life interesting, but deep down under all the wackiness, he truly is amazing! My family has undergone many changes lately... he is my constant. I can always depend on him. He is the most genuine person I know, and he is an unbelievably understanding husband. He is a righteous priesthood holder, and I always know I can rely on his spirituality, guidance and support. I feel so lucky that he chose me as his wife. Love you babe!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Me - from A to Z

A - Attached or single? Eternally attached
B - Best friend? Jenny Jenne
C - Cake or pie? Cake, but I do like some pies too
D - Day of choice? Friday, you have to whole weekend to look forward to
E - Essential item? Right now... water, I drink like a camel!
F - Favorite color? Blue
G - Gummy bears or worms? Worms, they last longer
H - Hometown? West Valley, still here too
I - Indulgences? Desserts, like three a day! Will have to limit that after the baby is born... Oh, and hot baths, think I might take one now
J - January or July? I like both
K - Kids? A baby boy, very shortly (crossing fingers) on the way
L - Life isn't complete without? My family and the gospel
M - Marriage date? January 4, 2005
N - Number of brothers and sisters? 2 sisters
O - Oranges or apples? Oranges, they have been my one constant craving through pregnancy
P - Phobias or fears? Spiders, snakes, anything icky and crawly
Q - Quote? "Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among stars." - Les Brown
R - Reason to smile? I almost have a new baby boy!
S - Season of choice? Spring
T - Tag who?: London and Rie, they just started blogging today, so this will give them a good start (by the way, tagging means you fill out this survey on your blog)
U - Unknown fact about me? I say "I'm poopy" instead of "I'm pooped" when I'm tired, freaks people out
V - Vegetable? Green beans
W - Worst habit? Biting my fingernails
X - X-ray or ultrasound? Ultrasound, the results are much more fun
Y - Your favorite food? Pizza and Stove Top Stuffing, not together
Z - Zodiac sign? Gemini

Pick the Rose and Run & Two Handmade Cards

I was reading one of my mom's journals last night and she wrote "...it's nice to take time to stop and smell the roses, but I'd rather pick the rose and smell it while I run with it." That gave me a good laugh because I can very much relate. I think I inherited my need to constantly be busy from my mom. Greg always teases me that I stress myself out because I commit to everything, but honestly I do not handle boredom at all. I get very antsy when I don't have a full to do list for the day. So the point of this message is that even though I am ready to have the baby any day, instead of taking it easy I signed up for not only one spot in an upcoming card swap due a week after the baby, but two spots. I figured I probably would not be able to scrapbook in the hospital, so I completed them early. I only had to make 8 of each, so not too bad. A few weeks ago I made 50 handmade thank you cards for my baby shower. Now that took a while, but it was worth it.


products used - popdots: 3L, stamp and ink: CTMH, chalk: Stampin' Up, ribbon: Michaels, snap: Making Memories, paper: Studio 8 (only my favorite paper ever... it's manufactured by my best friend Jenny's company). Feel free to check out the rest of her paper at www.studio8paper.com.




products used - stamp and ink: CTMH, paper: Provo Craft, ribbon: Michaels, button: Diecuts With a View, floss: DMC

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Recipe - Mini Meatloaves

I made mini meatloaves for dinner tonight. It is one of Greg's favorites, and I really like it too. The recipe was a wedding gift and we give it five stars!

Mini Meatloaves

1 lb. ground chuck hamburger
1 egg
1/2 c. oatmeal
1 c. grated cheddar cheese
1/2 c. onions, chopped
1/2 t. pepper
3/4 c. milk

Combine the above ingredients. Lightly pack into balls measuring about 3 inches. Place in a 9x9 baking pan.

Sauce:
2/3 c. ketchup
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 1/2 t. yellow mustard

Mix together well and pour over meatloaves. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Nine Months Prego

Here are some pictures my little sister took of Greg and me (nine months pregnant). Regardless of the fact that I feel very huge and very blah, I still wanted to document the end of our pregnancy journey.

Can you tell which hand is mine and which is Greg's? I'll give you a hint... mine is the super pale white one. Soon it will be summer and everyone will be able to tell just how much of an albino I really am.

Just Waiting

I recently quit my job at Hunter Jr. High working as an aid with students with intellectual disabilities because I am nine months pregnant. I am so ready to have this baby! He just doesn't seem to be on the same page as I am, so I've been putting around the house trying to keep myself occupied. I am at the point that I have everything (that I know of as a first time mom) ready and nothing left to do. So today I thought I would start a family blog, something I've been meaning to do for a while. I've been reading my Mom's journals since she passed away last year and have felt the desire to record my own activities, feelings and random thoughts. I figured why not do it on a blog so that others in our lives can read, participate and enjoy as well. So here goes...