Saturday, September 29, 2007
Matt and Kelsey went to the in laws this morning, a 2 hour drive. He just called and said they were leaving because it is raining so hard down there they can't get done what they needed to. So now, I have to figure out dinner! I thought I was dinner free tonight! Darn it! But I am glad they are coming home now rather than later tonight. Who knows what the weather will be like then?
So, today is one of those bad munchy days. Why do we have them? I could seriously eat and eat all day long today. I want you to know that the ONLY reason I haven't yet is because I have to fess up to everything I partake. Which is still quite a bit today.
I cooked myself 3, yes 3 scrambled eggs and one piece of DRY toast for breakfast this morning. Delicious!!
Kendal and I then went to Park City Walmart, AGAIN, (this week I have gone more than in the past 3 months, honestly.) to pick up a few more very important items. We went to Wendy's for lunch and I ordered a hamburger kids meal and a baked potato. We shared. I ate at least 1/2 of the fries, remember they put small fries in kids meals! I also ate the entire hanburger, and of course, 1/2 of the chocolate frosty. Kendal loved my potato and so I will say that she ate the most of it. Wendys was a good thing today. Comfort food!
When we got home, I made some jam. I picked a bunch of my raspberries yesterday. I had to add a peach and some strawberries to the berries to make enough fruit for the recipe. How many people have had raspberry, strawberry, peach jam? Well, I just ate a piece of toast with some extra jam that didn't fit into a bottle and it is marvelous! Oh yeah, and there were a few strawberries left over that I ate, yummy!
We will see what I figure out for din din.
Thanks again for keeping the munchies away today! You honestly don't know what you have saved me from, the cupboards are screaming at me today!
Friday, September 28, 2007
Matty wakes up every morning at 6:00, gets out of bed at 6:11, gets in his green car and leaves the house anywhere from 6:28 to 6:32. He drives 75 miles to Roy to go to work. (that is why our house is for sale) He works at a small animal clinic on Riverdale Road. He is supposed to have a 2 hour lunch, and most days it is close to that. He spends his lunch break eating the marvelous lunch I made him just that morning, although once in awhile he goes to Harmons and supplements his marvy lunch. Also during his lunch he goes to Sportsmans Warehouse, just down the road, occasionally. All the employees there know him! He takes a nap in his car every now and then, and at Christmas time, he runs errands for me. He is 5 minutes away from JoAnns, Target, Sams Club, Walmart, Circuit City, Sportsmans, etc etc etc.
He gets off work at 6:00 and heads home, unless of course, he has vet work to do on his way home. A few nights a week he stops in Kamas, or Coalville, or Park City, or Henefer, or goes to Charleston, or where ever to do his own business. He loves this of course because one, it is usually large animals, and two, it is for him and only him, he is the boss.
So after he gets home, normally around 7:20 if he doesn't stop anywhere, he sits down to a very well set and prepared table for a delicious dinner prepared by his wonderful wife. Oh, I forgot, he gives hugs and kisses all around before we eat. When Kendal hears the garage door open, she drops everything and runs for the back door to greet her DA DA. While his amazing wife promptly cleans up dinner, he wrestles and reads with the girls. It is so nice to have the girls attention on someone other than me. So nice. So, the girls go to bed and Matt goes and lays on our bed and reads vet magazines, cow mags, textbooks (no kidding!), or a Cabelas mag. If he is not in the mood to read, he watches a hunting DVD. In the summer there wasn't a delicious dinner very often and we spent all evening outside swinging, jumping, sandboxing, and watching Matty shoot his bow.
Then our man of the house goes to bed. That is the incredible lifestyle of the rich and famous Matt. We sure love and appreciate his hard work to let us live such a good life. He is a terrific dad, a super husband, and a good guy.
Okay, food, my favorite subject.
Last night after my stroganoff, I didn't eat anything! That is amazing for me. So today's breakfast was a bowl of Honey Bunches of Oats and I also had another piece of banana bread (thank goodness for visiting teachers) and the other 1/2 of Kelsey's piece. You just can't let good things go to waste! I am going to go outside and spray weeds while Kendal is asleep and when I come back in I will have some lunch. Who knows, maybe an herbicide laced sandwich is a real calorie burner! Geez, I will wash up!
Okay, lunch was a bologna and cheese sandwich. I know that sounds awful to some, but I truly love bologna and spam! I also had 10, I counted, cheetoes, and some cucumber slices. Matt just called and has to stop in Coalville and float a horses teeth, so we are not waiting on him for dinner. I just had a delicious hot dog with our yummy relish for dinner. Oh dang, I forgot, at around 4:00 I had some chips and salsa. Okay, that is enough embarrasment for the day, I will not eat another morsel.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
We went to BYU's World of Dance performance. It was super. Kelsey and I both totally enjoyed it.
For some strange reason, we had front row tickets! Imagine that? When I booked tickets, I really wanted Thursday night but all they had was back row balcony. So I said Wednesday then and she said "Okay, we still have some great seats left." I never thought those would be front row. I took this picture of us with the timed delay and the camera was sitting on the stage!
This is Kelsey with a REAL ballerina! She was so excited to see real ballerinas and she loved it when they went up on their tip toes.
Kelsey really liked the International Folk Dancers. She is dressed up in a Turkish outfit. They really did dance amazingly. Kelsey was even impressed with the guys!
We had a super time and got to see 14 different numbers from the following BYU dancers: Ballroom Dance Company, Couragettes, The Dancers Company (personally my favorite, they did this AMAZING clap, stomp, jive dance thing), International Folk Dance Ensemble, Advanced Tap Students (very loud and very cool), and the Theatre Ballet.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
This my friends is my bathtub, the one we don't use that often.
These are my home grown pumpkins. We had a killer frost 2 nights ago and my pumpkins and tomato vines are dead. DEAD. So, I have to harvest the pumpkins. Here comes a nifty food storage lesson for all of you. If you want so store pumpkins or winter squash for a while this is what you have to do: place them in a warm (75 degrees) place for 10 days. Then, clean them up perfectly and wipe them down with a rag with a little vegeatble oil on it. Then you can store the pumpkins or squash for months and months in a place where the temps are between 50 and 60 degrees.
So there you go!
The bathtub is my holding place that isn't quite 75 degrees, but the closest I have to that. I am not going to keep them there for 10 days, although I could since nobody is coming to stay with me and use the shower!! I figure a few days of CURING (that is the word Mindy) is good enough for me since they only have to last until Halloween.
If anyone knows if the green pumpkins will ripen and turn orange even though the vine is gone, let me know. I have about 20 green pumpkins outside!
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Friday when I went to Smiths to buy 16 pounds of peppers for salsa they were of course having their 3 for $1.00 deal on candy bars, so I bought 6 Snickers for Matt's lunches. Well, 3 of them got eaten solely by me that afternoon.
Saturday on my way back home, I stopped at 7-11 in Provo because Kelsey needed to use the bathroom. I bought a king size Snickers and a Milky Way. I ate them both before I hit the mouth of the canyon. Kelsey did have a few bites, bless her heart.
So Sunday while Kendal and Matt were napping, Kelsey and I finished off the other 3 Snickers while playing a'12 Dancing Princesses' game. Today, I thought I needed to be a little better, and I was until around 4:00, when I broke into the bag of chocolate chips I bought last week that was intended for making COOKIES! This unfortunately has happened before. But when I bought this bag I had true intentions of making cookies, really. Well, we all know that an opened bag of chocolate chips is as good as gone and who wants cookies with only 1/2 bag of chocolate chips? So, I have been nibbling on them all evening. They are not yet completely devoured, yet.
So here comes the binding internet blog site contract. In order to keep my binging in check, I, Rachel will from this post forward, confess to everything I eat each day. And I promise to tell the TRUTH! Promise. So, please skip over that boring part of my post, but I know of no other way, just plain and simple avoidance of embarrassment should keep me in line!
Thank you all for your sympathy, support, patience, condolences, pity, and other various emotions.
I just had a thought, I didn't eat ANY chocolate from my freshman year in high school until midway through my freshman year of college. None, not one morsel, not even anything with cocoa in it. Someone tell me that there is some strange physcological behavior pattern that explains all this, please?
Monday, September 24, 2007
As I told the guys not to shoot me and to hold their fire while I got a close up, one of them yelled at me to pull the arrows out. This is a grunt job. Matt makes Kelsey feel so cool and helpful when he 'lets' her go pull his arrows out and bring them back to him. I wasn't offended by the request, but a little surprised. I asked if they were serious and really wanted them out right now. Sometimes Matt and Derek leave them in for a couple of shots so they can see how well they did, you know, a whole cluster of arrows. So anyway, they tell me yeah, they are serious. As I went to pull the first one out, I heard one of them say that they wanted me to try because the 2 left in were the ones they couldn't get out. No pressure right? As I totally eased the first one out I felt horrible about it. I mean, how can a bunch of 15 year olds' self esteem take it? An old, chubby lady, way past her physical prime just upped them. I felt a little bad but also a little elated. So as I reached to pull the second arrow out, I thought about their self esteem, and also mine, so I pulled hard and that arrow came right out!
I triumphantly turned around and took this picture of a few of the guys. Then Derek said "I hope you guys feel like pansies now because she just did what you guys couldn't do." I love Derek. All the guys were laughing about it and it was funny. The thing is, Derek will be 15 this December, but he is pretty big for his age, height wise and muscle wise. I could beat him in an arm wrestle until this spring when he got really good at pulling back his bow. That takes ALOT of strength. So, since all the other boys are rookies at shooting, I will only be able to up them for a little while.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
So, as you can see, Kendal is hugging on her own free will. Kelsey is such a little lover, that she sometimes forces Kendal into it and ends up crying when she gets bitten by my little Piranha. Today, Kendal instigated the hug, it truly was amazing. Kelsey closed her eyes and basked in the show of love from her little sister.
Then, after all the hugging, another amazing thing happened, Kendal actually wanted to play with Kelsey. That is a rarity. So she bounced on Kelsey's full tum tum, since this was right after lunch. Kelsey might have thought of throwing up, but she was too busy enjoying Kendal's attention and affection. Kendal even let Kelsey hold her hands and dance with her today to some music, and a few days ago, she played Ring Around the Rosies with us!!
Kendal is getting better at letting Matt and I hug her and hold her, but she usually pushes Kelsey away. Here we are, on the couch loving Kendal before she squirms off, even though she is preoccupied with her sock!
This is called a Kelsey Sandwich. It was a good day. Things are getting better at the Crane household.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
If you add somewhere around 20 pounds of peppers, a few bushels of tomatoes, and 3 or 4 trips to the grocery store worth of onions into a big pot, this is what you get. Okay, 2 big pots. Oh yeah, and an ENTIRE bottle of lemon juice with a few other key ingredients also.
We cooked the salsa inside, but when it came to processing it, we did it outside. It worked out pretty well, even in the rain. We were extremely efficient! We worked together very well too. They say too many cooks spoil the stew, not in our case, all of us made it into perfection.
Okay, here is the finished story. 95 bottles, equalling 87 1/2 pints of salsa, 26 pints of relish, and 5 1/2 pints of raspberry jam. TA DA!! Mindy also had me purchase a couple of boxes of peaches for her to make into jam in her spare time!! She technically and truly has no spare time. She is the busiest person I know, honestly. Good luck girl!
Thanks to my sister in laws for a pretty dang fun Saturday, and very productive too! I was home by 8:00 pm!
My title says there were 99 bottles of salsa on the wall, well, not technically, but at least one. We made a little mess, sorry Ellen! We did clean up pretty well, but I don't think we wiped off the wall behind the stove!
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
So, I will go check out the blogs I missed out on last night. Have a super day and if you want to order anything, the lady that did my party was pretty nice. Her site is www.pamperedchef.biz/christyhooley.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Kendal loved the fish and Kelsey, Aly, and Ashley did great at the BB Gun shoot.
Of course I took pictures of a few quilts. This one with stars sure caught my eye, and I think I am going to make a little wall hanging like this one. I love the primitive, simple life it portrays. It was beautifully quilted too.
We couldn't go to the fair without riding some rides. The 5 little girls cousins were so dang cute! Kendal and Ainsley even had a good time, but a little scared now and then too. I dared Will to ride this mechanical bull, and he did! He was a super sport and he got quite an applause. It was a family day well spent.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
4 JOBS I HAVE HAD:
1. Toilet cleaner, aka housekeeper at a motel near Capitol Reef National Park. I so hated that job. I really waited tables there and loved that, but every now and then they would need some help cleaning rooms. YUCK!! Cleaning up some stranger's toilet was not a good career move for me, no matter what they payed me!
2. I worked at Rue's Market, a little grocery store, from the time I was about 12 to 18, that is when I made the BIG move to the Capitol Reef Inn. I loved that job (Rue's.) I started out stocking shelves, bagging ice, whatever had to be done. Then, I grew to pretty much run the place by myself on most afternoons after school, even though I wasn't old enough to sell beer. I just told them that my boss went to the bank. It was small town and no big deal.
3. Wildland Firefighter. I did this for 5 summers. I worked for the Forest Service marking timber and went on fires whenever there was one to go on. I loved it. I can't explain what was so great about walking, sometimes running, around with a 40 pound pack on, a shovel or polaski, hard hat, 8 " heavy leather boots, long sleeves, and gloves in 100 degree summer weather chasing hot spots, but there surely was something. I think the camaraderie and just being a part of something bigger than yourself.
4. Plant Geek for a few years. That is how I got Matt through Vet School. I worked at plant nurseries in Washington, Oregon, and Colorado. Loved that too. I met tons of great people and learned so much!
MOVIES I COULD WATCH OVER AND OVER:
1- Cinderella Man
2- Everafter, of course!!
3- Master and Commander with Russell Crowe
4- This is so hard! Cars, no kidding.
FAVORITE T.V. SHOWS:
1- I was up all night trying to figure this one out. I don't want to sound like a
2- total idiot, but we don't have TV, so I honestly don't know what anyone is
3-talking about with TV shows these days. We do actually have a TV now, Matt
4- broke down and bought one, but we get NO channels. NONE!
Whatever happened to Family Ties or Eight is Enough???
1- Gardening, although I am so ready for fall to take it all away. I am getting tired of it all.
2- Sewing, quilting, etc.
3-I really like photography, I wish I knew more and did more.
4- Lately, BLOGGING!
PLACES I HAVE LIVED:
4-A few places in Utah where I went to school, grew up, and now live.
PLACES I WOULD RATHER BE RIGHT NOW:
1- In bed, honestly, it has been one of those days.
3-22nd street in Corvallis, OR. It is completely lined with maple trees, can you imagine what it must look like right now?
4-With extended family
WEB SITES I CHECK DAILY:
1- My friends blogs
3- A quilting site or two maybe.
4- That is about it.
WHO I'M TAGGING:
Since Amanda already tagged 1/2 of my friends with blogs, I get to tag
2- Sister in law Amanda
3- Mindy, are you out there?
Okay, now that you are tagged, you get to copy and paste this onto a post of your own. Delete my pitiful answers and type in your own. It is true blogging etiquette to really do this!!
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
So, off I go, down the sidewalk as fast as I can WALK. I didn't want to run and make a scene, or make it a chase game for the little fugitive. Kelsey keeps following her but as Kendal makes it to the corner and heads for the road, Kelsey stops because she knows that her mom will be SO ANGRY if she goes in the road. Kendal, she knows that too but she doesn't care, and so into the road she goes.
I am hot on her tail at this point and about 1/2 way across the road, after I have broke into a run, I catch her.
Well, Kendal knows what her punishment will be. Go back in the house by herself, get trapped on the deck, or get put up on the trampoline. There are some other physical punishment methods I use but will not report on at this time. I really wanted to get a few things done outside, and I didn't want the house torn apart by Kendal in there all by herself, so there went the good punishment option. I knew she would scream her little head off on the deck and strip down, and since Kendal had already been 'saved' a few weeks ago by a stranger passing by hearing her protests of being locked on the deck, I opted for the tramp.
So I put her on the tramp (she can't get off by herself, she doesn't dare, YET) and walked around the house to turn on the other hose. I came back in 40 seconds and this is what I found.
My friend had pulled up and was walking to the tramp while I was on the other side of the house, wondering where I was, why Kendal was naked, and why Kelsey was laying on the grass about to pee her pants laughing. I ran in the house for the camera while my friend watched her. I guess Kendal showed me didn't she!
Keep in mind I have NO fence, live on the corner, live on a pretty busy road, and it was around 6:00 pm, when EVERYONE is on their way home! I love this girl!
Just a quick update on Andrew, the 12 year old boy up the street. He went through surgery really well. They took a wedge of his liver out to test, but the doc said it didn't look too good. They were afraid his swollen lymph nodes were in trouble too, but they biopsied them today and they are fine. HOORAY! They put a chemo shunt in yesterday and I guess he will start that soon. They hope his extremely tumorous liver responds to it so he can get a liver transplant. Keep praying for Andrew!
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
1. Use in the bathroom, as its intended use.
2. Use upstairs in our home as spider smooshers. This use is great because the spider is already prepared for burial in the toilet. If the spiders are downstairs, they just get the shoe.
3. Use as a nice Kleenex tissue, wiping up noses. Unfortunately, this has already occurred this fall, like TODAY!! Dang it.
4. Use as a disposable towelette to get toothpaste out of the sink.
5. Use as a musical instrument, the core off course. Kendal particularly loves this use.
6. Use as a Polly Pocket, My Little Pony, etc blanket. This use is demonstrated below.
Kendal's speech therapist came today and poor Kelsey would love to help with all the sessions, but she gets banned to the bedroom. She is a super sport about it though. Today she took Barbies, Ponies, Polly Pockets, and other various toys in my room and had a campout. There were not enough sleeping bags for everyone, so she improvised. Toilet paper squares worked just perfect.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
Even Kelsey, who for some strange reason didn't inherit her mother's love for potatoes liked these ones! We roasted some marshmellow also and it was such a pleasant afternoon and evening. I hate going to bed smelling like a smoke detector, so I showered while Kelsey had a bubble bath. Kelsey hadn't had a bubble bath for a LONG time and she loved it.
Saturday, September 08, 2007
Don't we all just love the night time routine of jammies, teeth, what else? It seems like it takes FOREVER!! Picking up toys I guess, hopefully a prayer, a kiss or two, etc etc. Kendal is getting to the point again where I can lay her in the bed, kiss her, and close the door. HOORAY!!
She totally loves the feel of the covers and immediately goes under completely for a good wiggle. It makes her so happy, I am not sure why. Then she usually comes back up for a kiss, off goes the light, and wha-la. Momma has her time!!
She is precious.
Friday, September 07, 2007
She also told me about playing chase with the boys at recess yesterday. The boys chased the girls then the girls turned around and chased the boys. Hee Hee Hee.
So an hour later we went to play group. We have done play group with about the same people for about 3 years. There is a boy Kelsey's age named Noah and they play great together. Noah as the same teacher as Kelsey, but he goes in the afternoon. Well, they must preach NO BOYS AND GIRLS CAN PLAY TOGETHER at recess at our school because Noah wouldn't play with a girl today. It doesn't matter that 2 weeks ago they were best friends.
So we leave play group so I can take Kelsey to school and she tells me Noah kissed her. As I picked my chin up off the ground and strap Kendal into her car seat, I nonchalantly ask her what she thought about that. These are her exact words, "I can't believe I got my first kiss today" with a flushed face. So as we are driving to the school I ask her why Noah kissed her but was so mean to her also. She didn't know. We near the school and I see her looking out the window and say softly "Noah kissed me, I can't believe it. I gotta tell my friends." Okay, so if this would have happened 2 weeks ago, before my sweet innocent naive darling went to school, it would have been no big deal. Noah kissed her, so what? They were great friends and they always played princess and prince together. But now that her little eyes have been opened to the world, it definately matters to her now. I guess parenting has just begun, potty training and naptime fights are way in the past. Wish me luck!
Thursday, September 06, 2007
We learned some great techniques tonight and I really am ready to get going on a fun project. The quilt I spent the entire spring and summer on is gone as of 4 days ago and I am ready for something new, but not so big!!
Well, come to think of it, I have a few projects in my closet that really need to get done. I better do at least one of them first.
This picture here was taken in April at the Utah Home Machine Quilting Show. They asked quilters to participate in a Design Challenge to help raise $ for the American Heart Association. 7 of us from our guild decided to do it. We were given the fabric (UHHGGG!) and a bunch of rules and this is what we came up with. YEAH! We won the Design Challenge, $500, and donated the quilt to be auctioned off for the the AHA. It is hard to see, but all the flowers are 3-D, very cool! It was fun to get together and make it while rubbing shoulders with great quilters. Okay, I think I better add that I am chubby, but I shouldn't have stood next to my skinny-bum friend because that really makes me look even worse!
I took this picture at the same show and decided it would be my next project. What do you think? Geez, I am kidding!
This is a horrible picture, but the quilt is cute and I think I would like to make one like this. It had all these cute blocks incorporated into it and I just thought it was cute. I took this picture last week at a quilt show at Thanksgiving Point. This is more my style!