Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Christmas 2008

Christmas this year was great for our family! We had so much fun visiting both families, playing lots of games and eating a lot of yummy food! We really cashed in this year, especially Alli! She got lots of cute toys and clothes and Josh and I got some really nice stuff too. We're so lucky and blessed. I'm glad it's over though and ready to get back to normal life!




Monday, December 22, 2008

Holiday Recipe # 4

Last but not least...TWICE BAKED POTATOES!!

These are probably my all time favorite. I make them all throughout the year, but they're especially good for this time of year. My Mom usually makes these for either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day dinner. I love love love these kind of potatoes, but then again I love ALL potatoes!

Bake Large Potatoes and cool.
Slice Tops off and scoop out potatoe, and put into blender.
Add Butter, sour cream, onion (optional), milk, salt/pepper and cheese.
(There's not really a specific measurement for these ingredients, it's just to your taste.)I always put in generous amounts of butter, sour cream and cheese. Then scoop potatoe mixture back into potatoe skins. You can throw away the tops that were cut off.

Sprinkle Seasoning Salt and/or Paprika on top.

Put all potatoes in a large baking pan, then put back into oven to bake half hour or until cheese is melted.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Cutie Pie

 
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Alli's hair is getting so long! She did so good posing for me for a side view of her hair. Posing is usually not a problem for her, she loves to get her picture taken! Can you see her wings on the side? I love it! She is such a cutie pie and SO funny, I just love her!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Christmas Card

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Holiday Recipe #3

Christmas Divinity

It's a little confusing, but it is DIVINE!!!!!

(FIRST MIXTURE)
1 C water
1 C light corn syrup
4 C sugar

Combine and bring to boil, stir constantly. Put lid on for 3 minutes to dissolve sugar crystals. Continue to boil to "soft ball" stage.

(EGG WHITE MIXTURE)
4 egg whites beaten

2 tsp vanilla
1 C chopped nuts (optional)

Then pour half of the egg white mixture into first mixture and beat constantly. Continue cooking remaining egg mixture to "hard crack" stage. Then pour over egg mixture until it looses its shine. Quickly fold in vanilla and nuts.
Can pour into cookie sheet to cut into squares, or drop like cookies on wax paper.

* I half this recipe because really big and it won't all fit in my blender.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Christmas Shopping = Amazon.com

Can i just say that I LOVE Amazon.com! I basically got half my Christmas shopping done on their website and it was great. I found everything I needed, got great deals AND I got free shipping on everything! Why fight the crowds when you can get it all done in 30 minutes in the comfort of your home?! That's my kind of shopping...I LOVE AMAZON!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Scrablog

So I found a website called scrapblog and it is SO awsome! I love it and now I am totally addicted. It's a free website where you can do digital scrapbooking and things like that, and the best part is that it's so easy. So far I've done four pages and it's so much fun. They have themed pages already made for you or you can design your own from scratch. Go check it out!

Holiday Recipe #2

Christmas Wassail
This is a traditional hot drink at our house and it is SO so good!

2 1/4 cups white sugar
4 cups water
2 cinnamon sticks
1 slice fresh ginger root
4 cups orange juice
2 cups lemon juice
8 cups apple juice
8 whole allspice berries
1 tablespoon whole cloves

In a large saucepan, combine sugar and water. Boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and add cinnamon sticks, allspice berries, cloves, and ginger. Cover and let stand in warm place for 1 hour.
Strain liquid into a large pot. Just before serving, add juices and cider and quickly bring to boil. Remove from heat and serve.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Family Time


This weekend my family all went through a session at the Timpanogas temple and then we had a family picture taken afterwards. My Mom has been wanting this for like two years, so we finally made it happen and she got her Christmas wish!
It was so nice to have all of us together as a family in the temple. I love going to the temple, but being there with your whole family makes it even better. Afterwards we all went to Chadder's for lunch.
The night before we celebrated my brother Brandon's 31st Birthday, and played a little guitar hero. What a great family I have, Love ya'll!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

First Born Tag


1.Where were you when you first found out that you were pregnant? I was at home and it was Valentines Day!

2.Who was with you? Josh

3.How did you find out that you were pregnant? Home pregnancy test, like 5 of them because I didn't believe it

4.What was your first reaction to finding out you were pregnant? I was suprised and a little nervous but very happy

5.Who was the first person you told? Josh

6.Did you plan to get pregnant? Yes and No, I didn't think it would happen that quick!

7.Did you tell everyone else right away? at 8 weeks, so pretty quick. Josh couldn't hold it in

8.Was everybody happy for you? Ya! As far as I know

9.Did you go out and celebrate? Not that I remember

10.Did you want to find out the sex? Yes

13.Did you get any outfits at the baby shower that you just knew that you wouldn't put on your baby? Yes there was one

14.How much weight did you gain? 45 lbs!!!

17.What did you crave the most? grapefruit, chocolate and coke slurpees

18.Did you crave anything crazy? Not really

19.Who or what got on your nerves? when random people would come up and touch my belly, kinda weirded me out a little

20.Did you have any complications during your pregnancy? Nope not one thing
21.Where and when did you go into labor? At about noon, I had just gotten out of the shower and gotten ready. I was walking down the stairs when all the sudden my water broke!

23.Who drove you to the hospital? Josh

24.Who was in the room when you gave birth? Josh and my Mom

25.Did you go early or late? 3 days late

26. How long were you in labor? about 8 hours

27.Did you have any drugs for the pain? Epidural, but it wasn't even in all the way!

28.Did you go natural or have a C-section? Natural

29.What was your first reaction after giving birth? It's not what I expected and all I could think about is how cute she was and I just wanted to hold her

30.How big was the baby? 8 lbs 5 oz, 20.5 in long

31.Did your husband cry? Yes

32.What did you name the baby? Alli

33.Does his name have any significant meaning? No, I've just always liked it since I was a little girl

34.Did you have any visitors? Yes

35.Did the baby have any complications? No

36.How old is your baby today? going on 14 months

37.When is the next one coming? Oh I don't know...we'll probably start trying again when Alli turns 2 or 2.5 - I'm in no hurry.

38.If you could would you do it all over again? Definitely, she's so worth it!

39.Tag five: 5 people that want to do this tag

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

All Ready!

We are all ready for Christmas! We've got the tree, the lights and decorations up. Now all I need to do is finish Christmas shopping, I'm about half way done.



My personal favorite decoration...Mistletoe! Who doesn't love to kiss under the mistleoe?!

Holiday Recipe #1

I love all the food, treats and drinks that are made during the holidays, so I thought I would share some of my favorite Holiday Recipes! This one is called LIME SLUSH. My Mom makes this every Christmas Eve and I absolutely LOVE it.


Lime Slush

1 can of limeade—make according to can directions
8 cups water
3 cups sugar
Sprite or 7-Up

Combine sugar in water over low-medium heat until completely dissolved. Mix with prepared limeade, and pour into big container. Freeze overnight. (it depends on the freezer too~I always make it ahead of time so it has at least 24 hours to freeze) Take it out a couple of hours before serving to let it thaw a little bit. Chop up with spoon in punch bowl until slushy. Pour 7-Up/Sprite over and serve. You drop in some cherries and/or limes on top if you want too. Enjoy!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Thanksgiving Weekend

This year for Thanksgiving we went to my house. My mom cooked a delicious Thanksgiving meal as always. She is the BEST cook/host I know! She's just amazing. Us, my parents and my Uncle Maurice and Aunt Connie and their son TM were all there. Later, we played the Wii that had just been set up. It is SO much fun, I love it! That night my Mom and I drove over to Gunnison to watch Twilight. She hadn't seen it so she wanted to go, and I didn't mind going again. Friday afternoon we took Alli to see Santa Claus on main street and she didn't even cry! You could tell she was so scared. She didn't look up at him once, but she never cried...she's such a good little girl! This is the only picture I have, the rest of the Thanksgiving pictures are on my Dad's camera...woops!


Friday night we drove to Cedar to Josh's house. Saturday morning Josh helped his Dad finish building some dog houses he had started building for our dogs, and they are SO nice! His Dad is such a handy man so I'm glad he's there to help! And let me just say, they are HUGE!!! The dogs are going to love them and now they'll stay nice and warm for the winter. I just hope they don't chew these ones apart!
Later, we met up for lunch at Costa Vida. Afterwards, Sarah and I went back and played more Wii. It's hard to steal it away from the guys, but we managed to get some playing time in! Today was a LONG trip home. Alli wasn't feeling too well and she was in the truck from noon to about 5:30. Plus, she didn't go to sleep until 3am the night before, so I hope she gets feeling better.
Anyway, I just love the holidays. There is nothing better than eating great food, candy and desserts while spending time with family. We're lucky to have such nice families on both sides. I can't wait for Christmas!


Sunday, November 23, 2008

Twilight Review


So I'm sure a lot of people will be blogging about Twilight, but oh well, here is my version! I went to it last night with Lindsay (wife of one of Josh's friends). She won tickets and got us free popcorn and drinks so we didn't have to pay a dime which was awsome!
Overall, I thought it was good but some of the acting wasn't too great, and I still don't really like the actor who played Edward. Although he did grow on me throughout the movie, I still thought they could've got someone way better. Actually, I thought Emmett should have been Edward, he is more of what I pictured Edward to look like.
Also, I didn't like how the vampires looked dead. I know vampires are supposed to be really pale but I thought they still could've looked normal, maybe a little pale looking but NOT as durastic as they looked in the movie. Most of the characters fit the picture of what I had in my head while reading the book, but some were way off! For example Carlisle, Charlie, Jacob and a couple others. It's so funny how you picture it all different when you're reading it..or at least I did. Overall I thought it was entertaining and pretty good. It wasn't what I had anticipated, but worth it.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Carrie Underwood Concert

Last night we went to Carrie Underwood! It was so much fun! She did great, and was a good singer live. My favorite part was when she brought up a little girl to sing "All American Girl" with her, it was so cute.
I gotta say that she had great style too! I pretty much loved all her outfits and jewelry, and especially her shoes!! I loved ALL her shoes, haha! Here are some pictures, sorry they're are not that great. Thanks Josh for taking me, it was a fun night! =)






This is Little Big Town, they opened for her.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

13 Months

Alli at 13 Months....

* She is walking all over the place like a pro now!

* Great at giving kisses, hugs and "loves." She is such a good little lover, she can always cheer you up if you need it!

* Always is carrying around this stuffed animal gorilla everywhere she goes and gives it hugs. I have no idea why she loves it so much but she does.

* LOVES to eat. Sometimes I think she eats more than me! I'm just glad she does like to eat and is healthy.

* Got her first professional hair cut and cookie cutters and loved it!

* Off the bottle about a month ago and is drinking 100% from sippy cups

* Loves to read books

* Chocolate lover like her Mom, I've given her a few pieces now and then and she can't get enough of it.

* When Daddy comes home, she get's SO excited. She likes to play with Dad. I love to watch them interact with each other, it's so cute.

* Gets into everything and pulls everyting out. Jewelery, kitchen pans, trash can, pantry, toilet, toilet paper, make-up, all sorts of drawers, magazines, shoes, books, pretty much everything she can. She is very busy and messy!

But through all the messes, we love her more than anything!



Tuesday, November 11, 2008

VOTE FOR ALLI!

If you are reading this you need to vote for Alli if you haven't already done so! I entered her in the 97.1 zht "Jack-o-cuties" Contest. The winner gets $500 in cash, so I thought why not?! You have until noon this Thursday the 13th to vote. So click on this link: http://www.971zht.com/pages/halloween/cuties08/

Once your there click on Vote Now Button for 0-2 year olds.
Then vote for Entry #118 and enter your email adress at the bottom and hit submit.
Once you've voted they'll immediately send you an email to verify your vote, once you've verified you're vote, you're done! You can only do one vote per computer.

Thanks everyone!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008




What Ashley Means



You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.

You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.

You have the classic “Type A” personality.



You are the total package - suave, sexy, smart, and strong.

You have the whole world under your spell, and you can influence almost everyone you know.

You don't always resist your urges to crush the weak. Just remember, they don't have as much going for them as you do.



You are truly an original person. You have amazing ideas, and the power to carry them out.

Success comes rather easily for you... especially in business and academia.

Some people find you to be selfish and a bit overbearing. You're a strong person.



You are relaxed, chill, and very likely to go with the flow.

You are light hearted and accepting. You don't get worked up easily.

Well adjusted and incredibly happy, many people wonder what your secret to life is.



You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.

You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.

At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.



You are a free spirit, and you resent anyone who tries to fence you in.

You are unpredictable, adventurous, and always a little surprising.

You may miss out by not settling down, but you're too busy having fun to care.





What Josh Means



You are fair, honest, and logical. You are a natural leader, and people respect you.

You never give up, and you will succeed... even if it takes you a hundred tries.

You are rational enough to see every part of a problem. You are great at giving other people advice.



You are well rounded, with a complete perspective on life.

You are solid and dependable. You are loyal, and people can count on you.

At times, you can be a bit too serious. You tend to put too much pressure on yourself.



You are the total package - suave, sexy, smart, and strong.

You have the whole world under your spell, and you can influence almost everyone you know.

You don't always resist your urges to crush the weak. Just remember, they don't have as much going for them as you do.



You are truly an original person. You have amazing ideas, and the power to carry them out.

Success comes rather easily for you... especially in business and academia.

Some people find you to be selfish and a bit overbearing. You're a strong person.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Family Pictures

We got family pictures taken a few weeks ago and just got them back this weekend. We got tons of pictures on a cd with the copyright so we can print however many we want, wherever we want which will save a lot of money when it comes to printing. Plus they all came in Regular, Rusty, Antique and Black & White finishes..SO NICE! Jeremy Pexton is the photographer who took them and he did a great job.
Here are a few of them, I mean A LOT of them that aren't already on my sidebar, sorry for the picture overload! It was so hard to narrow it down to just a few- what a cute husband and daughter I have! I'm going to try and make it tradition to get them done at least once a year for our family.












Friday, October 31, 2008

Cute Little Lamb...

For Halloween Alli was the cutest little lamb! She looked adorable. We took her trick-or-treating to a few houses around the neighborhood. We ate all the candy for her, and she had a sucker, her favorite! It was a win win for everyone, Happy Halloween!!!


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

We have a Walker!

Alli took her first steps (three steps to be exact) on October 7Th, and since then she's gotten better and better. Today she has been walking all over the place on her own. I was doing the dishes this morning and next thing I know Alli was walking to me! She's been practicing all day long and now that's all she wants to do! She's still not 100% stable but she's definitely gotten a lot more confident. Here's a couple short videos of her in action.



Baby Shower

Last weekend I went to Richfield for my friend Jennie's baby shower. She is having a baby girl in November and she looks so cute prego!
It's been a tradition to go to Pepperbelly's in Richfield for each baby shower to have dinner and open gifts. I look forward to these so much to catch up with everyone! We always have a blast when we get together and end up talking for hours. After the shower we went to Cami's house to see her new twins which are adorable...we stayed there until almost eleven just talking and holding her babies. It was so much fun, I love these girls!


Friday, October 24, 2008

Thriller

A couple nights ago I was driving to the gym listening to 97.1. They said "text in to win Thriller tickets," so I did and it wasn't working for some reason. So a few minutes later I decided to just call the station and he said "It's your lucky day, you win!"
So last night Josh and I went to it. Thriller is a Halloween dance performance presented by Odyssey Dance Theatre. It was prety fun and entertaining. Mostly it's just fun to win stuff, I hardly ever win anything so I was excited! If you're looking for a fun Halloween activity you should go check it out. It's at Kingsbury Hall at the U of U right now.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

12 Month Wellness Check

Alli had her 12 month wellness check-up today. She's as healthy as can be, and the doctor gave her and A+ for cuteness!

12 Month Stats


* 22 lbs 8 oz (74th Percentile)
* 30 inches long (79th Percentile)
* 18.25 Head Circumference (84th Percentile)
* 5 teeth

And...she is now sitting in her car seat facing foward and loving it! I love it too because now I can see her cute lil face in the mirror!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Our baby is One Year Old...





I can't believe Alli is one year old today! She has been the best baby, I have been so lucky! We've had so much fun with her this first year and I'm sure it will only get better. She now has 5 teeth and can take a few steps in between people. She walk all over the house with her new walker so I'm sure she'll be walking on her own very soon! She is such a sweet, fun little girl. We celebrated her birthday party yesterday and had a blast! She got tons of presents and definitely got spoiled! Happy First Birthday Alli, we love you more than anything.

1st Birthday Party!