Thursday, April 28, 2011

Been a long time...

I really should be posting.
Since I signed on to facebook, though, I mostly post stuff there.

I'll try to think of something new to post.

I went back and was reading stuff I posted when Sariah and I met and were dating, leading up to our engagement and marriage. Good times... Good times...

Monday, October 19, 2009

I'm bursting!!!

Do you ever feel as though you were born to be something amazing? Do you ever feel as though there is "something" deep inside of you that is just bursting to get out?

Lately, Carter and I have been struggling with all sorts of life's stuff. Our family has really been put through the ringer, a rollercoster ride of immense proportions. This morning however, I awoke feeling as though I could take on the world, look it in the eye and say, "do your worst, you'll not harm me today".

It's such an empowering feeling, to know, I mean really know you are an amazing person. To truly believe you are a son/daughter of God and all that it entails. That you are entitled to all the blessings, perks and benefits of having a divine Father in Heaven. I will radiate today! I will shine, with everything I have, because I'm bursting to overflowing.

Monday, September 14, 2009


The countdown has begun and the waiting is almost at an end. I can't wait until this is all over!!!!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Bad Day

So Carter and I have been having a tough time lately with some issues within our family. I came across a book we purchased a couple of years ago by Ben Goode called the Bad Day Book. It helped me realize that maybe I don't have it so bad. Here's an example of one of his stories.
Seven Indicators it could be a bad day if you're a Chicken!
1. If you wake up in the morning and find that you're hanging by your foot in China Town.
2. Hurrying to get dressed, you zip your feathers up in your pants.
3. The chicken below you, who has recently started smoking, wakes up in the middle of the night and catches your fine under feathers on fire.
4. You get all excited to lay another egg, but sadly, you discover that you just needed to go to the bathroom.
5. While you're pecking for bugs out in the yard, you notice out of the corner of your eye the KFC truck drive and stop.
6. the farmer messed up and instead of putting you back in with all the hens for the night, he put you in the pen with one hundred and fifty roosters.
7. Having overslept in the morning at your hotel, you catch the first courtesy bus that comes along. Instead of going to the Poultry show, you realize too late that you are on the bus headed for the weasel convention.
Have a Good Day everyone!!!!

Monday, August 03, 2009

Gratitude in abundance

Recently Colorado has had some really weird weather. Recently, my favorite brother-in-law on the Carter's side was hit by a tornado. We're so fortunate that no one was hurt or injured. Here are some pictures of the aftermath.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Favorite Time of Day

When I was younger (much younger) my sister Naomi and I had to share a bed. We would be sent down to bed each night with the instructions, "Go to bed and no playing around". Yeah right, like that would EVER happen!! We would spend hours sometimes playing or making up games in bed. I remember those fond memories well and they often bring smiles to my face.
My husband and I have reverted back to my childhood, he never had to share a bed with his siblings. We'll talk and laugh and most often will stay up much later talking and goofing off than we do at any other time during the day. Often staying up waaaaayyyy past our bedtime. We keep threatening to start recording our conversations and our giggles and reviewing them at a much later date. How incredible it is to have so much fun with your spouse. He truly is my best friend.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Date Night .... It's a must!!!

So recently our stake had a Womens Conference. The theme of the conference was the parable of the 10 Virgins. The idea was to go around to differnt booth and fill your lamp. They had all sorts of different ideas and items there. Our booth was date night. I'm proud to say that with the rare exception of just a few weeks Carter and I have continued go on a date every week for the past 2 1/2 years. We actually look forward to it. So I thought it might be nice if I posted some of our favorite cost friendly ideas for others to enjoy. I can't guarantee that once we have children we'll continue to date on a weekly basis, but we're going to give it our best shot.

1. Play a favorite board game, or challenge each other to childhood games—such as marbles, jacks, and hopscotch.
2. Make cookies and take some to a neighbor’s house. Place them on the doorstep, then knock or ring the bell and run to hide.
3. Read a book, the scriptures, or the Ensign together. If you prefer, read a book during the month, then discuss it in depth on your date night.
4. Make a list of the goals you want to accomplish in one, five, ten, or twenty-five years. Seal these lists in envelopes with a “to-open” date written clearly on the front.
5. Make holiday (Christmas, Easter, etc.) decorations for your home. Make Christmas gifts for family members or friends.
6. Plant a garden or a tree.
7. Dance to old records or to music on the radio. Learn new steps together.
8. Plan a special midnight supper, barbecue, picnic (summer or winter), make-your-own-pizza party, or candlelight dinner.
9. Make popcorn. Watch a favorite television show, video, or athletic event.
10. Refinish a piece of furniture for your home.
11. Read past entries from journals. Look at old photo albums and high-school yearbooks. Learn about your spouse’s childhood and teen years.
12. Plan an upcoming vacation or a second honeymoon—even if it’s only imaginary.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Favorite Recipe of the week

Baked Flounder
Ok I got this recipe off of Alton Brown and was quite "ify" at first but Carter made it and I have fallen in love with it!!!! Soooooo YUMMY!!!!
* 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
* 1 medium onion, chopped
* 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus extra for the sweat and for seasoning fillets
* 1 clove garlic, minced
* 1 (10-ounce package) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
* 1 lemon, zested
* 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus extra for seasoning fillets
* 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
* 1 cup heavy cream
* 1/4 cup white wine (I don't really use white wine)
* 10 ounces grated Cheddar
* 1 1/2 to 2 pounds flounder fillets
* 3 cups leftover cooked rice


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium saute pan over low heat, melt the butter; add the onion and a pinch of salt and sweat until translucent. Add the garlic and continue to cook for another minute. Add the spinach and lemon zest and cook until just heated through. Season with the salt and pepper, add the parsley, and stir to combine. Remove from the heat and keep warm.

Place the heavy cream and wine into a saucepan over medium heat. Once the mixture begins to simmer, gradually add the cheese and stir until melted. Set aside and keep warm.

If the fillets are large, cut in half. Season each filet on both sides with salt and pepper. Divide the spinach mixture evenly among the fillets and roll the fish around the mixture. Place the rice into a 2 1/2-quart casserole dish and spread evenly. Place each roll on top of the rice, seam side down. Pour over the cheese sauce and place in the oven for 25 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Frustrations of a would be "Mother"

A friend of mine recently suggested I start posting a blog about the rollercoster ride of becoming a foster/adoptive parent. I thought I'd give it a shot. I think it might just help elevate some of the frustration this process has put our family and me personally through.

In our family my husband and I play certain roles. Although our roles often switch, or ebb and flow, it's a common understanding that I'm the one that kids like best. I'm the favorite Aunt. I'm the one that children seem to flock to. Maybe it's because when they look at me with those eyes, my heart just bursts and I can refuse them nothing.

This past weekend, we had a visit from Amanda and Jason and their three beautiful children. Liam and Harry are so fun loving and great kids. Molly their youngest is 20 months old and has stolen my husbands heart. On Friday Night, the Carter Clan went to a Rockies Baseball Game here in Denver and Molly wanted nothing to do with anyone else. She was so content to sit on Carter's lap and enjoy the baseball game with her Uncle and Grandpa. Several times I was so overcome with emotion and had to look away. I finally had my breakdown today after Amanda and Jason left.

It seems that parenthood is so far out of our grasp. Watching my husband and seeing him interact with his young niece knowing he desperately wants children of his own is heart wrenching. Seeing him on the floor with his nephews playing legos pulls at my heartstrings in so many ways.

I'm still not sure why we are going through this trial, or why it's been so difficult for us, but I know this, Carter is such an amazing man and I'm in awe of him on a daily basis.

Thursday, October 23, 2008