Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Tulip Festival 2014

Spring is one of my favorite seasons.  I love all the colors it brings and the warmer weather to boot. Every year we make an effort to get to the Tulip Festival at Thanksgiving Point.  It's amazing!!! I'll admit I was a bit shocked with how much it costs, but hey, it's only once a year!  The girls love to roam around the grounds and smell all the flowers, and I always make sure to bring my camera to capture the gorgeousness!  Little did I know that every year, after the festival is over, they rip out all the tulips and sell them for dirt cheap!  Apparently, they believe the first year after planting has the biggest blooms.  I believe I'll be buying bags of these beauties for my yard! 

Florida Vacation 2014

I'll be the first to admit that flying with young children is really super difficult.  You end up packing WAY more than you need and the kids have more melt down than ever expected.  The flights weren't fun, to say the least, but we survived.
This was my third trip out to visit my mom and step-dad in Florida.  I took Mike with me once before, when we were dating, and always made plans to go back after we were married.  Well, it only took us 6 years to make the trip back.  Haha. 
Our first stop was Butterfly World.  It's a favorite of mine.  Worth every penny to experience the beauty and peace that only a few thousand butterflies can create.  I'm not exaggerating when I say they are everywhere.  They fly all around you.  It's breathtaking.  Surprisingly, it scared Remee.  She enjoyed the birds more than the butterflies, but whatever. 
After, we took a trip to Del Ray Beach.  This was Jade's first time at the beach and boy did she enjoy herself!  That girl has no fear!  If we weren't watching her, she'd be in the water within seconds.  She giggled every time a wave hit her.  Remee and I walked up and down the shore and collected shells, and I have to say, what a special event that was for me.  She held my hand and was thrilled when we found a shell. 
Our last big trip was out to see the gators in the Everglades.  Call me crazy, but I really like Alligators.  Yes, they freak me out, but I don't know what it is about them...they fascinate me!  Go learn about gators, they are sure to amaze you! 
We had a wonderful time in Florida.  Not just because it was nice to get away from the cold weather in Utah, but to spend some time with family.  We can wait to go of these days. 

Lingerie Shower

I think its quite obvious that we can get a bit crazy when it comes to celebrating ones marriage.  I mean, it's kinda a big deal!  The food was yummy, the company was fun, and the bride-to-be deserved every minute of celebration! We all love you lots Linda Lou!!!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Vanilla Coconut Rice Pudding

I seem to always have leftover rice.  Seriously.  It drives me crazy!  Mostly because I have no idea what to do with it and I hate to throw it out.  So when I stumbled across this recipe for rice pudding I thought, "Duh, no brainer"!  Whoever put it into my mind that rice pudding is a hard task should be shot.  But, anyway, here's the recipe.  Get ready people, you will be hooked!!!

Vanilla Coconut Rice Pudding
1 1/2 cups of cold cooked rice(if you don't have leftover rice on hand, you can actually make this with minute rice and it turns out great!)
1 1/2 cups of coconut milk
2 cups of whole or 2% milk
1/3 cup of sugar
pinch of salt
1 vanilla bean, insides scraped out or 1 tsp. of vanilla extract

Combine all the ingredients together in a saucepan and simmer over medium-low heat for 40 minutes. Allow to cool a bit and serve. If you want to make this into chocolate rice pudding...add a handful of chocolate chips and stir in til melted.  Add more as desired! 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Disneyland 2014

Disneyland is one of my favorite places!  It's a happy place.  The music lifts my spirit, the rides make me feels like a kid again, and watching my kids soak in all the joy makes me feel giddy.  With kids, Disneyland can be a bit stressful.  There's so much going on that I think they feel a bit overwhelmed at times, which is why the Tikki Room is a must.  It's my new favorite attraction.  You get to eat, drink, sing, and relax for a few minutes in the dark. 
We had our fair share of meltdowns, but all in all it was perfect.  Not to mention the fact that I get to shove my mouth full of churros and pickles.  Heaven people....heaven! 

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Christmas Time is Here

Christmas is one of those Holidays that really sticks out to me when thinking about my childhood .  I remember picking out the tree with the family, trying to figure out who's presents where who's(my mom used codes on our presents), and most of all I remember Christmas Eve night.  My mom and dad would make a big feast and then as we were letting the food settle in our tummies, my dad would read the story of Christ's birth from the scriptures.  Back then, I was just anxiously waiting to open a gift on Christmas Eve(one of my favorite Christmas traditions)so I didn't really pay attention to the story being read.  Now that I'm older and much wiser, I have had more time to think about that special story.  All the sacrifices that went into having that sweet little baby boy, and traveling far to meet him.  The spirit that must have been present in that stable.  I bet even the animals were crying.  I hope I'm able to tell that story well enough to my kids that they can feel and understand the significance of Christmas.  Yes, we still talk about Santa in our home but Christ is always the reason as to why we celebrate Christmas.  Santa to me is just a symbol of giving.  Christmas time is about Christ but it's also about what Christ would do.  He would be giving of his time, money, and blessing those around Him.  That, to me, is what Santa does.  So, Merry Christmas to all of you, and for those who are curious, this is what Christmas looks like in our home.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Family Photos by Courtney Bowlden Photography

I've said this before and by golly I mean it, I am one lucky gal to have such a talented sister.  I'm always asking her to take photos of our little family when she's in town, and she never ceases to amaze me.  Like the fact that you can't tell from these pictures that we were all freezing our butts off.  Or that Jade had the snottiest nose this side of the Mississippi!  I'm feeling blessed.  Life is definitely good!  All photos done by Courtney Bowlden Photography.   

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