Scripture Case Pattern

Monday, March 30, 2009


1. Whoever said working out helps morning sickness is a liar.
2. If you want to fix your sleeping problems, get pregnant. You'll be tired enough for a nap and for an early bedtime
3. Supposedly this baby is due the day New Moon comes out, or the day that is otherwise known as “Gavin's Birthday”. In the words of Tim's manager, “Do you guys only do it once a year?” Seriously...
4. Gavin has informed me he has a baby sister in his tummy. When asked what this baby sister looks like, he told me she is “blue with red on it”. Sounds like she'll be a looker.
5. By the way, Gavin and I are 6 weeks pregnant.

At one point during the ultrasound, Tim felt the baby looked just like a cashew. It doesn't so much in this picture, though. It looks more like a little poo.
That soup that I posted below makes me want to barf every time I think about it and see it in my freezer or on my blog. GROSS!!! My morning sickness was coming on strong the day after I made that soup. I got up in the morning and went down to say bye to Tim and saw the soup in a container he was taking for lunch and I about threw up everywhere.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

I'm in heaven!

Tim and I absolutely LOVE Cheesecake Factory's Spicy Cashew Chicken and Avocado Eggrolls. They are both so incredible. If you haven't ever had them, next time you go, try them both OR just make them at home! I found both recipes online. Cheesecake Factory actually shared their recipe for the Cashew Chicken (HERE) and someone else did a knockoff for the egg rolls (HERE), but from the reviews I read, it seems to be right on.

Monday, March 23, 2009


***Picture was removed due to my morning sickness***I'm not a big soup lover at all, but this soup is to DIE FOR! My Aunt made it at a family get together a while back and I've loved it ever since. The recipe makes a HUGE amount, so if you're going to make it, either half it or make it all and freeze the rest to have for a later meal (that's what I'm doing). Here's the recipe:

JoAnn Pulsipher’s Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup
Recipe from Anne Tucker

1 pkg mild or spicy sweet Italian sausages (there are about 5 or 6 sausages in a pkg) (in the specialty deli section)
2 T olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 ribs celery, chopped
5 cans beef or chicken broth
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp. dried basil
2 cans diced tomatoes, undrained
3 C carrots, shredded
1 or 2 zucchini, sliced
1-2 yellow summer squash, sliced
3 cups fresh spinach, torn
1 pkg cheese tortellini (I like to use the bigger tortellini that you can get at Costco)
Parmesan Cheese, for garnish

Remove casings on sausage, crumble in a heavy pan and brown.
Add oil, onion, celery & sauté until tender
Brown the meat, add the other above items and sauté until tender.
Add broth, thyme, basil, tomatoes, carrots, zucchini, squash and spinach. Bring to a boil , reduce heat and simmer for about 5-7 minutes
Add tortellini and cover and cook for 5 minutes or until tortellini is tender and heated through.

Gavin insisted I take a "smile" picture of him for you guys.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Baby Blanket

This is a baby blanket that I made for one of my VT's today.


This is Gavin's motorcyle. He found this helmet lying around the garage and felt that he needed to wear it too.


My friend, Julie, invited Gavin and me to go to the zoo with her and her two little kids. It's been almost 2 years since Gavin has been, so this time around was a totally different experience. He LOVED the elephants the most. He thought the rhino's were dinosaurs, so he got a little scared of them. He asked to hold every single snake, lizard and spider and told me that he "needed" them.


He really didn't want me to take a picture of him

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


I'm sorry this post is just about Gavin. I know to some it is boring. Whatever. I sure love this kid. He cracks me up like crazy. He says the craziest things. I wonder where he comes up with them.

This is Tim's sister, Cecily, and her husband, Bryce. To Gavin it is Rice and Sally.

This is Tim's brother Scott and his wife Trisha. Gavin calls Scott, Sock.

These two characters are one in the same to Gavin. They are commonly known as Yogurt or Yoga.

Eggnog is called 'Whynog'

A peanut butter and honey sandwich is either a 'cowboy burger' or a 'honey hamburger' I really have no idea why he calls it either of those. hm...

He loves to tell us 'that's a mean joke' 'mommy, go cook' 'I don't fink so (when we ask him to do something that he doesn't want to do)' or he'll respond with 'I too busy, mommy do it'. After I get out of the shower, he immediately tells me to go brush my haircut. The other day I was trying on clothes and he was in the changing room with me. The second we got in there and before I took anything off, he starts yelling "mommy naked! I want to see mommy's bra! AH! Mommy's naked!" He gave everyone in that dressing room an exaggerated play-by-play. Not once did he see me naked and I never took my bra off, but he felt that he needed to tell everyone that I did. I heard constant snickers from the lady at the counter who was folding clothes. This kid is the BEST!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Scripture Case Pattern

For the pattern for the large and regular size case, click HERE
 For a step-by-step picture tutorial,  click HERE 

**UPDATE: I have now made a pattern to fit the large size scriptures! YAY!! I've also tweaked and redone my old pattern and made it much better.  It fits the scriptures a lot better and doesn't gape open as much when holding it. **

I have had some requests for the pattern for the scripture case (click HERE to see) I made. I have now finally typed it up. If you would like me to send it to you, either email me or leave me a comment with your email address.
PLEASE don't forget to leave me your email address or I can't send it to you.

 It makes for a good YW's activity or project too!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Garden Prep

Today, my mom and I started prepping for this garden season. We planted tomatoes, eggplant, peppers and herbs. Since these vegetables take so long to grow from seed, we started them now and will grow them indoors until it's warm enough to transplant them outside (around May). I figured this time around I would document the whole process and give as much information as possible for those of you who are interested in gardening. My mom is an excellent gardener and has been doing it for as long as I can remember. I feel it is such an honor to learn from her and would like others to be able to do the same. If you're not interested, you can just skip my gardening blog posts! Here's what we did:

My mom saves up all her plastic flower pots each year so that she can use them for vegetable starts the next. Before you reuse the pots, they need to be washed in bleach water to kill of any organisms or bacteria from the previous plants. After they were cleaned and before we filled them with soil, the soil needed water added to it so that we could pack it a little better.

We then filled the pots up with soil and lightly packed the soil in and left a little room at the top. We labeled the labeling sticks and then added seeds to the pots. For the tomatoes, we put 12 of the same kind of seeds in each pot. We LOVE tomatoes! We put about 6 or 7 in each pot for the different eggplants and peppers. You can do however many you want. You'll want to do a little more than what you plan on putting in your garden so that when it comes time to transplant, you'll be able to have a wider selection of the strongest ones to choose from. Don't push the seeds down into the dirt, you'll actually put a little more soil on top (enough so that when you pack the top layer down the seeds will be covered with about a 1/4" of soil).

We then put them in watering trays. You don't pour water on top of them, you pour the water in the bottom of the tray and let them soak the water up that way.
After the seeds have sprouted and they have grown their first set of "true leaves" (not the very first set of leaves that you see right when they sprout, but the next set of leaves that look like actual tomato leaves (or eggplant or pepper or whatever you planted)) then we'll take each individual plant start and put them in individual plant "cells". I will document all that when the time comes. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask me anything.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


Yeah, I can pretty much do that. Well, in my mind I can do it. That counts for something, right? I'm addicted to Yoga and Pilates now. It's the highlight of my day and when I'm not at class, all I do is wish I was at class. I love how it makes my body feel and how I feel while moving my body in ways that I haven't done since my dancing days. In just a week, I can feel such a change in my strength and flexibility. If you want a hot bikini stomach...take Pilates. I'm not saying that I have one now or will ever (Gavin ruined that for me), but if I didn't have what Tim calls "Tiger Stripes", I'm sure Pilates would give me a bikini worthy stomach.
Our Dish Network has been officially cancelled as of yesterday. This is seriously a big sacrafice for us, but I'm already so glad it's gone! Tim and I will be forced into spending more quality time together and we need that!
I started reupholstering my kitchen chairs, and I think I'm in over my head. Tammy (Tim's mom) was out here last week and she taught me how to do it. We did one chair together. That one went together pretty easy, so I figured I could do the next one on my own. WRONG!! I can't get the freakin' tacks/nails to go in! I start hammering and they bend right in half. I don't know if the wood is too hard or I'm hitting something that happens to be everywhere I want to put the tack. AHHHH!! I am soooo frustrated! So now my kitchen chairs are all torn apart just waiting to be fixed. I'm tempted just to take them to a professional. It shouldn't be too bad since I've already taken off all the old fabric and have cut out all the new fabric. They would just need to tack it on! I think I'll look into that, because I want my chairs back! We need a place to sit!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


Bryce photo shopped his head into the picture so it would seem as if he was really there for the birthday celebration we had for him. Cute.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Links for Headband

For those who are interested:

to learn a single crochet: HERE
to learn a double crochet: HERE
to learn a crochet flower: HERE
for the headband directions: HERE
for hundreds of different crocheting techniques: HERE

Monday, March 2, 2009

Learning to Crochet

I've been wanting to learn to crochet for FOREVER and after reading THIS fabulous girl's blog and seeing the first crochet project she ever did, it inspired me to finally learn. She posted all the links one would need to learn how to do this, so I followed her lead and did it. I've been wanting to make baby beanies, and I figured this headband would be an easy project to learn to crochet with. Once I got the hang of it, it went SO fast! My hands hurt, but other than that, it was great.

Jen, Trisha and Bryce

Ron and Tammy were in town this past weekend and on Friday night we had a birthday celebration for Jen, Trisha and Bryce (even though Bryce wasn't physically there, we still had a candle for him and sang for him).

Scott and Trisha
Ron and Tammy
My boys!
The birthday girls! Jen and Trisha!
The pink candle was for Jen, the yellow candle for Trisha and the blue candle was for Bryce (Tammy, blew it out for ya!)
A little blurry and I look gross, but Gavin looks ADORABLE!