Showing posts with label Dear Friends. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dear Friends. Show all posts

Friday, March 15, 2013

Lucky Leprechaun Blog Swap

Lucky Leprechaun Blog Swap


I decided to try something new. I participated in a blog a swap. A what? That is what I said at first too. Someone hosts a blog swap and picks something to swap, in this case a book and a polish. Then we are given a partner who also has a blog to swap with.  We have guidelines and dealines and in the end I was VERY happy I did it.
Not only did I get cool new stuff I got the oppurtunity to be more aware of other things out there. For instance I am excited to try a new auther by the name of Mary Kay Andrews who I am excited to try out her "Savannah" books. I almost won a signed copy of her book to give to my swap partner but the seller would only ship media mail and I was afarid I wouldn't get it to my partner fast enough. In the end I sent her One Breath Away by Heather Gudenkauf (Which I also added to my Goodreads to read list.)
This current nail craze isn't isn't something I have gotten in to. Before I got married and started a family I had my nails done regularly but haven't been able to keep up on in a while. I was suprised how happy I was about this in the end. I picked out a beutiful light purple polish for my partner. I must have liked it so much that I keep looking for my light purple polish only to remember I don't have one.
My blog partner went all out with me, I got 4 polish's! I asked to not get pink because Yesenia loves to sit and put it on all at once. I first put on this color which I think will be my favorite of them all! After applying this I started to get back into having cute colored nails again. Maybe it's my new gift, or the Spring in the air, who knows?

These were the other colors I got, all so fun. I also was extra special to get a lip gloss, which oddly I despratley needed a new one. Then I got one of the books I have been wanting to read! Ally Condie has this series that I have been intrigued by and have heard really good things about. It skipped my to read book shelf and went right to my nightstand. As soon as I finish my book club book it's at the top of the list!

Check out my blog swap partners blog at Katers Potaters
Also check out more of the other swaps at Lulu & Sweet Pea


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Happy Chinese New Year

I'm not sure why but from a very young age I started a fascination with the Asian culture. It started when I read the book Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr. One tradition I started celebrating with my family is Chinese New Year. We clean our house to rid old bad spirits and bring in new luck. We give my kids money in red envelopes, and we have a Chinese dinner as a family.

A few years ago a long time friend of mine taught some women from her neighborhood how to make pot stickers. My mom and I were lucky enough to be included in that group. Now every year for Chinese New Year I make them as part of our dinner. Although this year I couldn't find gyoza wrappers so I used won ton wrappers instead, which just means they are square not round. After a you tube search on how to fold them it worked out fine. Well as long as I made them, my husbands were a little odd looking!
My batch of pot stickers. I was getting anxious at the end to be done so I stuffed a few of them to full.

Yesenia literally telling Dad, "Yours aren't as pretty as Mom's are!"

This year I also attempted a sweet and sour chicken recipe I got off Pinterest. Here is the link to it: Sweet & Sour Chicken For those of you not familiar with Pinterest, This link will take you to my Pinterest page. Click on the picture of the recipe and it will redirect you to the original recipe.
My kids all loved the sweet and sour chicken. Yesenia probably only liked it cause I told her the recipe had kethcup in it. Looks like I have a new family favorite that all can enjoy, a rarity in my house.

On top of that the local Chinese cafe here also sold me approximately 30 fortune cookies for only $2.00! So we dipped them in white chocolate and sprinkled red sprinkles on them. Red is the color for good luck if you can't tell there's a theme here. The whole meal was a lot of work, but well worth the fun. The kids enjoyed reading their Chinese zodiacs, coloring year of the snake and watching Kung Fu Panda.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

I'm Not Inclined To Resign To Maturity

Since we live so far from reality in Eagle Mountain our options for TV are few and far between. There is pretty much only 2 satellite companies available out here. We also decided since I chose to stop working we had to make budget cuts, and TV was one of them. We did purchase a digital satellite however, which allows us limited basic channels which fulfils my Survivor withdrawals. One thing I miss is channel flipping and believe it or not re-run watching. After the kids go to bed Steven and I usually cuddle and watch something together. I am also very fortunate to be the "remote holder" in the family. I decided last week to watch re-runs of Psych just as if I had cable again and it was the only thing worth watching. Thank goodness for Netflix I was able to do this, although watching this show reminds me of my brother.

My brother Daniel is currently serving a 2 year service mission for my church in El Salvador and Belize. He is and was my partner in crime. We have some of the oddest and most fun random memories together, a lot like Shawn and Gus in Psych.
For instance last year we decided to do a paper route together. It only lasted about 2-3 months. We were always tired and it was very crazy, but looking back we had fun bonding together in those wee hours of the morning. Lots of Krispie Kream donuts, good talks, broken shoes, and learning how particular people are about their newspapers. One morning one of our porch delivery clients had their sprinklers going off so Daniel tossed it up his long stairs and it landed on the top step. The next day we were informed that they complained it wasn't on their porch, they had to take a whole 1 step down to get it.  The next day we decided to rubber band the newspaper to their door knob, hopefully it was close enough for them that time.
We would take turns napping and watching kids during the day

Daniel and I would love to randomly challenge each other to things, where Daniel usually would win. Such as this video clip of who can hurdle the hedge.

Daniel is currently having fun sharing his goofy spirit with the people of El Salvador right now and loving it! He says his Spanish is coming along although it is very different than the Spanish he is familiar with from home. He said in his recent email that he and his companion are still like Shawn and Gus. That they had their shoes and backpacks stolen so they decided to just keep knocking on doors in their socks. It was a good conversation starter apparently. To keep up with Daniel's shenanigans his blog is

Another person I think of when I think of Pysch is the person who recommended the series to me the first time around, that was Alex. Alex was a dear family friend who left this world far to early. He loved a good joke, the Texas Longhorns and his family. Which is why Daniel and I decided to do this prank on him shortly before he passed away last year. Daniel and I went to Rue 21 on a Tuesday night before Alex's movie night. In the store's clearance section they had an ugly Twilight shirt with Edward and Bella's face on it. For three dollars that shirt was worth hearing Alex's laugh. After the movie we went to thank and talk to Alex. I told him I was disappointed because Daniel had told me we were watching Twilight and I showed him my shirt. Daniel and I even held straight faces. He knew I was kidding but I'm not so sure his other friends in the room knew that, oh well!

My family loved Alex and look forward to the day we get to see him again. Its funny how such a simple thing like a show can bring so many fun memories of some amazing people.