Friday, January 30, 2009
I have been learning the benefits of healing with "essential oils". Getting over walking pneumonia I am trying to open my lungs with eucalyptus so I make a tent over steamed water with essential oils dropped in the water. Wade called to talk to me and asked Laurisa where I was, she responded, "Mom's head is in a pot!"
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
The next step was to figure out what she was going to wear! Us girls always have this dilemna! Well after Laurisa and I brain stormed we decided to take an existing dress from her sophmore year school dance and redesign it! We had so much fun doing this project together! I always have so much fun with Laurisa, she makes everything fun and she is so very creative!
Laurisa tried not to smile like they always do in before pictures but she couldn't do it--so surprising (she doesn't know how to not smile.) We took this picture after we had already cut the under fabric short,removed the flower and the gathered fabric going down the side.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Wade has been traveling to Utah once a month for the past 3 years and has always wanted to take me with him, he finally earned a companion pass for this new year so I can travel wherever he goes through the year FREE! So I am now his companion flyer! Wherever he goes I go! It was so much fun to go with him to Utah! We stayed at the Marriott at Thanksgiving Point and enjoyed time with family!
While Wade worked we had a sister day and decided to take a cooking class together. We are all trying to use more grains in our cooking, so we took a class from a lady that wrote a cook book called "Cookies for dinner" We learned a lot and had a lot of good laughs! My sister in laws are the sisters I never had but always wanted. We always have so much fun together and enjoy each others company no matter what we do!
That night we all went out to eat at Rumbi Grill. It was fun to be with family. My nieces and nephews entertained me with their chopsticks! It was great to catch up on each others lives! We spent the night at the Marriott at Thanksgiving Point! The next day we went to the dinosaur museum, IMAX theatre, and shopped until we had to catch our plane. It made for a great little get a way! I like being Wades companion, can't wait for our next adventure together!
Monday, January 19, 2009
Since the housework was done, and the children were away I decided to take a vacation in my backyard. I read a book sitting by my pool in my hammock! It was the most beautiful day--- 75 degree's and I always enjoy a good book on vacation so I took advantage of the perfect vacation day in my back yard!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
- 2 cups 17 Bean & Barley Bag of beans
- 2- 32 oz. Vegetable broth
- 1 cup onion, chopped
- 1 cup celery, chopped
- 1 cup carrot, chopped
- 1 cup bell pepper, chopped
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1 can canned tomotoes
- salt and pepper to taste
Soak beans overnight (optional) in a large pot of water, then rinse and drain. You can also pressure cook on high instead for 35 minutes. Pour 4 cups of vegetable broth into pot with the beans. In a separate pan, cook onion, celery, carrot, pepper, basil and garlic in olive oil until soft. Combine this mixture and remaining ingredients into the bean pot and cover with more broth. Simmer covered for about 1 hour to desired tenderness. Be sure to occasionally check liquid level and add more broth if necessary. salt and pepper to desired taste. Makes about 8 hearty servings.
- 1 cup lentil clean well (soak for 30 minutes)
- 1 cup carrot, chopped
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup celery, chopped
- 1 tomato chopped
- 1 can 16 oz. tomato sauce
- 4-5 cups water
- vegetable stock 1 lg. carton or cubes and add 4 cups water with cubes
- 1 T garlic salt
- salt and pepper to taste or salt substitute
Cook all ingredients together in pot and boil for 15 minutes! So easy and fast--- Enjoy!
Thursday, January 8, 2009
laugh (laf) to make the sounds and facial movements that express mirth.-n 1 the act or sound of laughing 2 a cause of laughter 3 [pl.] [Inf.] mere diversion of pleasure.
A good, real, unrestrained, hearty laugh is a sort of glorified internal massage, performed rapidly and automatically. It manipulates and revitalizes corners of unexplored crannies of the system that are unresponsive to most other exercise methods. ~Maud Van Buren
What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul.
Laughter is an instant vacation.
The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
A man isn't poor if he can still laugh.
Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.
You can't deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants. ~Stephen King
Laughter on one's lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life. ~Hugh Sidey
Have you chosen your word?
Because Jake was out last season with an injury and doesn't belong to a wrestling club, taking the 2nd place medal at this National Tournament came as a shock to everyone! Everyone came up to him to learn where he was from and his wrestling history. Jake definitely played into it! His casual, humble, laid back personality came out when they spotlighted him in front of everyone! Before the final match they gave a bio about each contestant! He walked up very casual in his pajamas and had them announce that he was home schooled and enjoyed foursquare and clogging!!! I don't know where he comes up with these things....hmmmm I wonder if his dad had anything to do with it! Don't let the 1st place boy from California fool you--everyone said he was good enough to take the tournament any weight. He has been wrestling since two, has a wrestling gym in his home and wrestles 7 hours a day--now that is dedication! It was a very fun and exciting day! Way to go Jake! You teach your mom great lessons and entertain me thoroughly!
Monday, January 5, 2009
The Wright Reunion New Years Day 2009
New Year's day was celebrated at our annual Wright family reunion at Great Aunt Jeanne's backyard. It is always the perfect weather for a picnic/barbecue! I just love the Wright family, they truly are the definition of FUN! I can see where Wade got his vivacious personality, charm and good looks---this fun family all have similar characteristics and looks! It was fun to introduce Wade to many of his relatives when we moved back to Arizona, since I knew them from growing up here! The kids also love seeing some of their friends from school that they didn't even know they were related to until they saw them the first time they came to the reunion! It is always fun to reconnect with this amazing family that we feel blessed to be a part of!
Sunday, January 4, 2009
We all went out for dinner that night (except Mitch had plans with friends that he couldn't break)! When we came home Laurisa went to a New Year's party with her friends and Jake went to his first Stake dance...Yahoo! All the adult chaperone's later told me that you would have never known it was Jake's first dance because he was the life of the party with all of his fun dance moves and he asked several girls to dance! He takes after his Dad! Mitch also showed up at the dance, it was fun for the boys to be at a Stake dance together!
The adults had so much fun playing games all night! I don't think we have ever had so much fun playing games!!! I laughed until I was sick! The next day I woke up with sore abs and I remembered that it wasn't from ad ripper X but from laughing so hard from the night before! It was so much fun to bring in the New Year with Nana, Paul and Great Nana! Some of Laurisa's friends came over after their party! The celebration just kept going all through the night as different kids kept showing up and coming in and out through the night! That is the fun of having a house full of teenagers!