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Sunday, August 30, 2009

My Secret Best Tomato Sauce Ever

Literally, Tim and I spent the entire day, yesterday (9 am to 10:30 pm), canning. I share my mom's garden with her (I'm really nice like that) and we grew a butt load of tomatoes this year so we could can all kinds of beautiful, tomato-y things, like our secret tomato sauce that you could just eat by the bowlfuls.

Here we have our tomato sauce boiling down (by the time we're ready to can it, it will have boiled down an additional 1.5 inches or so) and then some beautiful caramelized onions.

We spent the first 3/4 of the day roasting the tomatoes and then pureeing them up with all the other ingredients. There are some beautiful pictures of the mess on my mom's camera that will come shortly. This picture is after we had cleaned up a bunch. After last night, we ended up with 18 jars of My Secret Best Tomato Sauce Ever. That's just after the first wave of tomatoes that we got...there will be lots more to come. Don't worry, I can't possibly eat all that on my own, I'm so nice that I'm splitting it with my mom, and then if I still have some to spare after the tomato season is over, I may just share some with some special friends.

P.S. Don't miss my post right underneath this one...you'll regret it.

Extreme Croquet

For date night, Tim and I (we decided to bring Gavin along too, but there aren't any pics of him) went up Provo Canyon with Tim's brother Scott and his wife, Trisha, to play some extreme croquet. Trisha and I left it to the boys to set up the course. I don't think they could have made it any more extreme. We played in forest, over a bridge, around dog poo, next to a creek and I swear the whole course was a mile long so it took us 2 hours to complete it. We all ended up having to cheat to finish the game because it was almost 9 at night and some of us couldn't see our balls (mine, being one of them...I had a black one). I keep forgetting to bring my camera, so these pictures are from my phone and are very grainy. Sorry.
Having to play in the bushes and trees adds a level of skill to the game. Tim's a master and Scott gets so excited to see Tim's master skills. Look at his face...SO excited.
This will probably be the only picture you will ever see of my belly this pregnancy. I am a very large pregnant girl and am extremely self conscience of it...like so self conscience that it's like pulling teeth to get me out in public. I carry my babies far out and I gain copious amounts of weight. All I ask, is that you pray with me that I can lose all this weight afterwards. Thank you.
That poo was right in my way of the hoop thing. This was before I had traded Gavin his black ball for my red ball. He kept throwing his ball around and when it got dark, we kept losing it because his ball was black, so I finally traded him.
Tim helped block the balls from going into the water when we had to make the bridge shot. Naturally, of course, I am a master of sneakiness and was able to get around Tim and hit my ball into the creek. Tim jumped in after it and saved my ball! Trisha hit her ball over the bridge so hard, that it went flying down the other side, right into a foresty area and we spent a lot of time searching for it. Luckily we didn't lose a single piece of the game.

Friday, August 28, 2009

P.S.

Ever since I posted about my Neti Pot and what I feel it looks like, Tim has been very self conscience. He's expressed his concerns numerous times, the latest being last night right before we went to bed. He's afraid that all my readers will start to think things about him. I keep telling him that I am not the only one that felt that my Neti Pot was phallic looking and so therefore I am not saying anything specifically about him but it was just a generalized observation. So, I'm asking you, for Tim's sake and diginity, don't think too much into it, especially now that I have brought that to your attention. I hope he feels some peace of mind now.

Tim, with his bruised and battered ego


Update on my illness, not that you all really care or not. But on Wednesday, while coughing up a lung, I popped 3 or 4 ribs out of place. How you can do that, I don't know, but I did, and when I went to my physical therapist that night for my back, she was kind enough to pop those babies back in. Let me tell ya, it sure hurt like a mother. The sound they made as they clicked back into place was a little unnerving. Luckily, it relieved some of the pain and pressure I was feeling, but not the sharp, stabbing pain, so we're thinking I may have slightly fractured a rib or two also. Thank goodness for pain meds! Mmmmmm....

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Of course...

When someone is sick around me, I tend to get it 5x worse than them. Example, the week before our wedding, Tim gets a sore throat that lasts a day. A couple of days later I get strep throat. Another example, Tim, Gavin, and the whole ward gets a cough that lasts between 1 to 2 weeks. It's nothing more than some congestion and a cough. I get the cough and 5 weeks later I still have it and it's getting worse, and then I start to get chest pain. I go in to the doctor and find out that I have pleurisy (AGAIN!), bronchitis and allergies and asmtha to complicate matters. Awesome. So now I'm on antibiotics and steriods. Love it!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Lacking Creativity

I am not a very artistic/creative person, so decorating is so over my head. I have no idea where to begin. I can't even figure out what might look good, so here I am asking for your help and advice. I have a console table in my living room. It's been there for a while now and it's been collecting toys and some plants that I haven't figured out a place to put yet. This table needs some help...I need some help. As of right now, the only thing I can think of putting on it are some apothecary jars. Please tell me, what else would look nice on this table? As you can see, there's also a shelf underneath that things can go on. I don't know if this would make any difference, but the top of the table is antiqued mirror. PLEASE help me!
For all of you that live in Utah, you need to go to Lone Star Taqueria on 2265 Ft. Union Blvd. in Salt Lake. They have the BEST fish tacos ever. If you think those sounds disgusting, it's because you've obviously never had one. They were spotlighted on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives just because of their fish tacos. Tim and I went there on Friday and it was even more heavenly than the last. I swear angels were singing as I took my first bite! New to the menu was a fish burrito, so Tim tried it. OMG! That was to die for too! The thing that makes this food so amazing is the green ranchy looking type dressing they have for their fish tacos/burritos. Mmmmmmm.... This picture of the outside doesn't do it justice. I took it on my phone as I was heading back to the car, so it's a bad angle. It's got the coolest atmostphere and decorations. Love it!
And here is what heaven looks like on a piece of tin foil:
Tim cannot believe the beauty before his eyes
Oh man...I NEED another one of these right now! Rice...beans...lettuce...spiced salmon...some new and mysterious pink sauce...and of course the green sauce! This is what dreams are made of.
We also ordered some chips and salsa. I don't remember their pico de gallo ever being so hot! It's their medium sauce and it was only a touch milder than their hot sauce...if even a touch. I had snot streaming down my face and ice cubes on my tongue. It almost ruined my meal! Do you see all those seeds?? They left ALL of the seeds in from the jalapenos! Gah!!
GO TO LONE STAR TAQUERIA!!!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

For my sake...

I'm going to write down a few things Gavin has said recently that Tim and I thought were funny/cute when probably none of you will think the same. It probably has something to do with him being the fruit of our loins and being there when he said it. Whatever.

Tim: Mom's a thief!

Gavin: Mom's a beef!? A beef chicken!

Um...what?


Me: Gavin, what's your baby brother's name?

Gavin: Um...SUCKY!!!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Neti, I love you!

Yesterday, I had this conversation with Gavin:


Me: Gavin, come here


Gavin: No, my legs are broken. I can't walk!


*2 minutes later Gavin is walking over to Tim*


Me: Are your legs still broken?


Gavin: (with a big smile) No! They're all better now!


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First off, why do they have to make the spout look like a wang? Seriously... Have you seen one of these things in action? Totally disgusting, but that's why it's so cool. I've had terrible chest congestion for a month now. My wheezing at night is so loud that Tim has woken up a couple of times thinking it was Gavin yelling for us. It even keeps me awake. I've been waiting for this cough and congestion to go away, but it's been 4 weeks and there's no sign of hope. So yesterday I went and bought a Neti Pot in hopes that it will lessen my wheezing and congestion and night and it totally worked! It's amazing! Tim was so disgusted with the process that he had to try it too. He ended up choking on it and swallowing more than what actually came out his nose. He can't seem to get his head angle just right...fool.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Cleanest Kid at Camp


A guy at the campout asked Gavin how he got so dirty. Gavin said, "Like this!" and then proceeds to lie down in the dirt and rub his face in it. All in all, I would say the camp-out was a success. I'm so glad it's over with.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Are you looking at me?

Tomorrow is the Ward Camp-out that I've been in charge of. What a headache! I will be SO relieved when this is all over with. Why the heck was I put in this calling?? I have a comittee that butts heads and puts me in tears and anxiety attacks constantly. I'm scared to even look over in their general direction, afraid that they might be giving me a dirty look and then I'll break down in cry like my 2 year old right in front of their face. Ugh! I hate having to be a leader over people that intimidate the crap out of me...but I guess pretty much everyone intimidates me except Gavin and Tim. So, I guess what I'm saying is that I will be relieved when my time is up in this calling...if it ever is up. Oh yeah...and I have less than 100 days until the baby is due! Holla!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Physical Therapy

I was finally able to go to Physical Therapy yesterday for my back. Things have been getting so much worse with my back problems this pregnancy. I can't even go for a walk to get some exercise in, or I'll be flat on my back the rest of the day and then up all night from pain. The PT taped my back up, realigned my hips and my wonderful things happen. I got back tomorrow so Timmy can learn how to tape me up and I'll get a medical grade maternity belt to keep my hips from loosening too much from the pregnancy and also to keep them aligned so that my legs are both the same length again. None of these big bands of elastic that you get at maternity stores...this thing is wonderful! YAY! Maybe I'll come out of this pregnancy with size 2 hips, eh?? I'll just keep telling myself that.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Lots of UPDATES!!

Today, Gavin got to pick his very first tomato off of the tomato plant he picked out and planted months ago!! He was SO excited!

Yesterday, we sold the Golf... It's bittersweet. We thought that all that had to be done to the car to get it ready for Safety and Emissions was to replace ALL the tires, the windshield and get a new headlight. So we did that, took the car in and found out that one of the CV joints was bad, a ball joint was bad and it needed a new catalytic converter. We replaced the CV and ball joint and then found that not only were those bad, but the transmission is bad too. At that point we figured it was better to just sell the car as is instead of putting $2000+ into fixing everything. So we did. Bye, Golf!
A couple weeks ago, Tim's parents were back in town and Tammy finished my chairs. We got some industrial strength tacks this time (well, anything compared to the other tacks are industrial strength) and it worked like a charm. We have 2 of each chair in the 2 upholsteries. We love it.

Please excuse my fatness. I seem to gain copious amounts of weight when I'm pregnant. It's very depressing. But look at how cute my boys are!! I'm so excited to add another one to the family!

On a different note, some of you may remember that when Gavin was born, he had a HUGE head. It was a beautiful, round head, but it was huge...97%tile...yeah, HUGE! I pushed for three hours, and when he came out it all made sense why it took so long. His head didn't go cone shaped like normal babies, it stayed perfectly round and huge. Well, when I got my ultrasound done, they took measurements of everything. A month ago, this baby's head measurement was a little over 2 weeks ahead of the rest of his measurements...awesome. And it will probably only get bigger from there.

Monday, August 3, 2009

To all you soon-to-be mommies

Before Gavin was born, I saw a lady, Priscilla Dunstan, on Oprah. She talked about different newborn cries that she heard and said that she came to realize that there are 5 "words" that all newborns tend to say/cry. I watched the clip a few times to become familar with it so that I could test it out on Gavin. Sure enough...he gave those same noises, and by hearing those, I was able to figure out why he was crying. She says that babies between the ages of 0-3 months use these "words" but they will eventually grow out of it. HERE is the link to the video. It is 17 minutes long, so make sure you have time.