Thursday, February 12, 2015

Checking In On Myself

Just over a year ago I wrote 

It's all about goals I wanted to accomplish before I hit 30 years old.
I'm still a year and a half from thirty (thank heavens), but I thought I'd check in on
myself and see how those goals are coming.

1. Own a home.
Done, and done.  It's not our dream home, 
but it's ours.  I love it.
 2. Lose weight and keep it off.
This is something I'm still working on.  
Or, I should say, working on again.
3. Learn to cook a better variety of foods.
4. Celebrate Davin getting a full time fire job.
This year?!  I really hope so!
5. Take my girls to Disneyland.
In eight months!
6. Have a comfortable savings account.
Always a work in progress.
7. Learn something new (guitar? Ballroom?)
I am learning archery!
In fact, I'm working on becoming a nationally certified 
archery coach!
8. Travel with my Mom.
9. Pierce my nose (again).
Wont happen. 
I'm ok with it. :)
10. Be myself, and still be loved.
A work in progress,
I feel it's going well.
11. Tell Davin I love him more often.
I am working on this, and doing
 better every day.
12. Find my style.
Maybe if I had any money at all.
13. Make a Mala necklace.
Still a goal.
14. Read more classics.
Need to do better.
15. Pay off the cars.
Not yet, but we're getting closer!

Well, I don't feel to bad about the way that list is coming along.
Good job Alli, good job.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Caramelized Bananas and Bad Jokes.

I made caramelized bananas for the first time tonight.  I saw the recipe and it looked amazing, so I decided I'd try it.  It was super easy and really, really good!  This might be a new favorite of mine.  I figured I would document the whole process, in case it was a success.  If you follow my blog you know that I am no photographer.  Despite having a phone with a fantastic camera, I still can't take a decent picture to save my life.  My apologies.  

Here's what you'll need:

Two sliced bananas, 2 tablespoons butter, 2 tablespoons brown sugar.  I used almond ice cream, because that's what's in my freezer.  Also, I like it.

Throw the butter in your pan and melt it down.

This is melted butter.  You're welcome.
On an unrelated note, there should really be a font for sarcasm.

Throw the bananas and the brown sugar in the pan with the butter and start mixing.

This was pretty quick, only took about 5 minutes to get to a nice, syrup consistency.  

Finished product!  I sprinkled some cinnamon on top, just for kicks.  It worked out well.  No regrets! 

Spooned over almond ice cream and thoroughly enjoyed.

I apologize for this post.  Not enough to not post it though.  I'm so tired.
I said the words "brown sugar" so often in this post that I feel the need to share what pops into my head every single time I type the words "brown sugar".  So, here you go.  Again, I'm sorry.

Monday, January 12, 2015

St George

This last weekend Davin got to go to St George for winter fire school.
Here in my part of Utah it's freezing.  There is snow and smog and I haven't felt the sun in much too long.  I decided St George sounded like just the thing I needed.  I packed up, sent the kids to Grandma and Grandpas to be spoiled rotten for a couple nights and headed to St George to meet Davin.

This is the view from our first hotel room, the one the fire department put us up in.  It was not the very nicest of rooms, but I was in St George and it was 50 degrees at 10 pm so I wasn't about to complain.  I love, love, love the red rock in southern Utah and the palm trees are a big plus.

We went to a steakhouse called Anasazi Grill.  You order your meal (steak, chicken, etc) and they bring it out raw.  The give you a hot stone and you grill the steak yourself.  It was really, really good.  Each bite is cooked just like you like it and it all tastes right off the grill.  Because it is!  I'd go back.  It was fun to go out with some of the people Davin works with because I haven't met a lot of them and a few other wives were there too so I didn't feel totally out of place.

This is my super excited face.  On Saturday morning I woke up and had a whole day all to myself while Davin was in class.  I went shopping without kids and bought jeans and a purse which are two of the things I have the hardest time shopping for.  That put me in a great mood.  Then it was off to lunch with my Uncle and Aunt who I almost never see and have never spent time alone with.

My Uncle and Aunt live in a really cool neighborhood outside of St George.  They designed their home and I LOVED the tour they gave me.  I love seeing inside homes and it was even better hearing about all the little design details that went into it.  We also went to lunch at a really good restaurant and I loved just getting to sit and visit with them. 
 This is one of the MANY amazing views from their neighborhood.  I am no photographer, but I had to keep reminding myself I was driving because the view was breathtaking!

After lunch I checked into the next hotel.  This picture was taken at the Inn On The Cliff in St George.  If you ever need a place to stay in St George, I suggest this place.  It was beautiful, the staff was a amazing, the breakfast - which they bring right to your room  - was delicious, the TV's are smart TV's so you can connect to your own Netflix account (we didn't do this, we were too busy sitting on the private balcony enjoying the view) and...everything.  I loved it.

That night Davin joined me and we met back up with my Uncle and Aunt and my cousin and her kids and had dinner, which was a blast.

The next morning we woke up late and drove home.  We stopped for lunch in Fillmore and when we were walking to our table I heard a little  boy saying "Look Mom! A real firefighter, can I go say hi to him?"  Davin stopped and talked to him for a few minutes and the little boy was SO excited.  It was really fun to watch.

  Other than Davin hurting his shoulder and getting covered in bruises, it was a PERFECT weekend.  I am SO grateful for my parents who kept my kids and my Aunt and Uncle for letting me interrupt their day and my cousin for meeting us for dinner.

A great was to start 2015!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

I'll just put these here...

I haven't posted in awhile and have a phone full of pictures, so in no particular order here is what our life is looking like;

Got the Christmas Tree up in the new house.  The girls were so excited to decorate.  Hopefully next year we can add to the decorations and make our house festive during the holidays!  I love Christmas lights.  I feel like they help make winter a little less gloomy.

My Mom made chocolate pie and let Sundae sample it the night before Thanksgiving.  She devoured two servings before I realized I was letting my lactose intolerant child eat two helpings of chocolate pie right before bed time.  It was a rough night, but it was worth it to see Sunny enjoy it so much.

A few days ago Davin surprised us with our first visit to Fiiz - a soda bar near our house.  The girls got "Pink Poodles" which was cotton candy flavored soda with whipped cream and sprinkles.  I thought it sounded gross but it was amazing.  Davin and I stuck with some of our favorites - an italian  cream soda for me and a dirty Coke for him.  It was good and a fun atmosphere.

We painted our pantry door blue.  I really like it and I am looking for more ways to add the color to the kitchen.  We're loving having our own house.  Davin is learning out to fix things and being pretty amazing at it and I'm trying not to be intimidated by all the blank walls waiting to be decorated.  I think I'll start with the girls rooms next month.

I made this!  I am not a "crafty" person and I don't really enjoy doing them, but I wanted a wreath I found online but wasn't willing to hand over $85 for something to hang on my door.  I ran over to the nearest craft store, spent $12 and an hour later I have this.  I'm happy with how it turned out.  

Samantha and Alex gave my girls some of their old dress ups.  This cute Snow White dress was one of them and Ava loves it.  She's growing up too fast.

Samantha and Ivy celebrating there 9th and 6th birthday together.  I can't believe Sam is nine.  She is beautiful and sweet.  She loves to have fun and laugh and play.  Ava thinks she's the best.

Ava as Jasmine and Sundae the pirate.  Halloween 2014

Sundae has decided she naps again.  She'll fall asleep in the car and then we can carry her around and put her anywhere and she'll sleep right through it.  She looks so sweet when she sleeps.  You can hardly tell there is a crazy kid there. ;)

Until next time.

Monday, October 6, 2014

The Girls

Ava on her first day of her last year of preschool.  She absolutely loves going to school and asks if she has school in the morning every single night.  She's a quick learner and asks millions of questions a day because she wants to know everything.  I can't believe she'll be in kindergarten next year.  I choose not to think about it.

Some of her favorite things:
Elsa and Anna (Frozen)
Necklaces, hats, bracelets and yesterday she told me 
she wants her ears pierced.
Stuffed animals
Playing with Sundae
Her grandparents
Being outside to play
Snuggling with Daddy

Grandma and Grandpa Rutland gave Sundae a wagon for her second birthday.  The weather has been so nice for October and we've been out playing with it a ton.  They love pulling each other around and riding to Grandma and Grandpa Knighton's house in it while I pull them.

Some of Sunny's favorites:
Being held/carried
Being outside to play
Being read to
Her grandparents
Helping me with chores

This is what happens when they see me with the camera out.  Stinkers.

Sundae didn't say much for a long time but since she started she hasn't stopped.  She's got a good sized vocabulary and is usually easy to understand.  She still wakes up in the night and she's still driving me crazy, but we love her.  She's packed with personality and independence. She wants to do everything her big sister can do, including use the potty...but I'm not quite ready for that yet.  Soon we'll put away the diapers and go full force potty train mode.  Not yet though.  She's still my baby.

Trying on Dad's fire helmet.  These things way a ton, she was tipping.  They love that Dad is a firefighter and get excited whenever there is a firefighter toy, cartoon or truck outside.  

Friday, September 26, 2014

Moving on Out

I'm no stranger to moving.  Packing up boxes, cleaning the oven, the blinds, the fridge, living with only the bare necessities until you can unpack again.

Since turning 18 (ten years ago!) I have moved to college and back to my hometown, to another college and back to my hometown, to Bountiful and back, Layton to Bountiful then back to my hometown and then another home in my hometown.

We celebrated Ava's third birthday in her fourth home, our sixth wedding anniversary in our sixth home.

We're moving again, but this time is different.  This time it's a little more scary and a lot more exciting.  This time we can call it our first home.  We bought a house.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Some Days

Some days I'm pretty awesome.

Some days I get four loads of laundry washed, dried, folded and put away.  I do this while bathing, dressing and feeding my kids healthy meals I prepared myself.  On these days the floor gets swept and the living room gets picked up and the dishes in the dishwasher get unloaded/loaded.

Some days I make sure my husband has food to take to work and clean clothes to wear.  Some days I call him to see how his day is going.  Some days we are a happy Mom/kids trio when he comes home from work.

Some days I don't do jack.

Some days I binge read my favorite blogs all day or catch up on my youtube subscriptions.  Some days I take a nap when the one year old is sleeping instead of being productive.  Some days I feed my kids pizza hut while they have Disney Jr marathons.  Some days I don't shower, bathe the kids or get any of us dressed.

Some days my husband comes home to a mess and tears and frustration.  Some days I don't give him the attention he deserves.

So, I'm like everyone else right?  We all have our good days and bad days.  To be honest I have a hard time picturing some of my friends/acquaintances having bad days.  You know the kind I'm talking about.  The Mom's who always have their hair curled, whose kids are always dressed well with clean faces.  The Mom's who keep their houses clean at all times.

I wish.  I was going to be that kind of Mom, before I had kids.  
hahahahahahahahahahhahaha.  right.

Here is where I need to change:

On my awesome days I don't give myself any credit.  In fact I usually end up apologizing to my kids and/or husband for not getting that one last thing done.  I go to bed annoyed with myself for some reason or other.  I'm never happy with the work I've done that day.

On my crap days I beat myself up good.  I am sure to remind myself that so and so is doing it all better than me.  I give myself grief for spending money on pizza.  If I dare look in a mirror as I pass it by I get on myself about how much weight I need to lose or how I should do my hair down more often or something else...always something.

I need to remember to be nicer to myself.  To let myself have a bad day every now and then, but not too often.  I need to be happy with myself when I work my butt off one day.  I need to accept my husbands compliments without rolling my eyes.

What do you do to treat yourself?