Friday, November 16, 2007

Tagged x 3

So I have been tagged three times this week (I know, I know so popular) and decided I had better comply (I am not sure if the 'tag police' come after you or not, I am a little new to this). Here is my list of 7 unusual things about me:

1. I am really bad with directions. Ryan and I always joke that I didn't come with the 'internal compass' package. I just don't understand how people just KNOW which way north and south is. I have to think about it really hard. I have improved some, especially when I lived in LA and there were a zillion freeways to choose from, but it's still a struggle.

2. I can only wink with my right eye. My left eye has what's called a 'jaw winker' (weird I know) and looks like a lazy eye sometimes. It seems to have improved as I have gotten older, but it caused me lots of distress when I was a kid. Kids at school can be MEAN.

3. I LOVE to host parties or gatherings.

4. My least favorite chore at home is laundry. I really don't like all the folding and putting away and just when you think you're done. . . the laundry pile is huge again.

5. I have poor hearing in my right ear (all these ailments!). If I am laying in bed on my left side and someone tries to talk to me I have to lift my head up, or I can't hear. I've had it checked; it's not bad enough to need a hearing aid, just bad enough to be annoying.

6. I really enjoy change. I like a new haircut, a new furniture arrangement, a new house, etc. This is probably the reason that I have enjoyed moving 4 times in the past 4 years: new place, new people, new adventures. The only change I don't really like is a change in schedule (namely with the kids and naps, etc.), which leads me to the last item:

7. I really like schedules. I like knowing where I am going to be at 10am on Monday and planning out the week accordingly. I like having designated time for my kids and designated time for me. There is definitely room for flexibility, but I like knowing where I need to be and when well in advance. Which is why I always enjoy summer, but can't wait for Fall and the order that comes with it.

For the record, I am not tagging anyone else. I guess that's another unusual thing about me. I don't always enjoy playing games (especially Monopoly), and sometimes I quit.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Silly Kail

So at church on Sunday, Kail's class was getting ready to leave Primary opening exercises and go to their classroom. The Primary President said "Ok boys and girls, it's time to dismiss". Kail blurted out "Hey, that's my last name!" The funny thing is. . .that's how she pronounces it (or maybe more like Smiff)!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

My favorite Fall treat. . .

I love Fall. I love Fall colors, Fall leaves (if we had any here) and Fall food, namely pumpkin. So when I needed to make a treat for the girls at Mutual tonight, of course I made these. . . Pumpkin Bars. Yum. Here is the recipe (you won't be disappointed):

Pumpkin Bars
Mix Together the following:
6 eggs
1 1/2 c. oil
3 c. sugar
1 1/2 t. vanilla
1 lg. can pumpkin (the last couple of times I have used Libby's easy pumpkin pie mix in a can - it seems like it has more spices and makes it extra yummy)
Combine and fold in:
3 1/4 c. flour
1 1/2 t. soda
1 T. cinnamon
1 1/2 t. salt
Pour into 9 x 13 pan or jelly roll pan (I always use jelly roll pan. More frosting to bar ratio).
Bake at 350 for 30-40 min.

Frosting: (the BEST part)
1 pkg. cream cheese
1 stick butter
3/4 bag (1 box) powdered sugar
1 t. vanilla
dash of salt

My friend Christy gave me this recipe. She is very Martha-esque about all things in the kitchen and all of my GOOD recipes come from her! :) When I make it, I think of our fun family memories together and Fall in Pasadena. That place is beautiful all the time, but there is something magical about it this time of year. The leaves are changing, the air is crisp and it is all set amongst the cutest old houses you have ever seen.

Christy and the rest of the Westover's are moving to Oregon this weekend. I am so happy for them; so sad that they are leaving California. It just gives us a reason to visit Portland though! They are wonderful friends and we wish them the best of luck! We love you Westover's!

Here is a pic of us at Ryan and John's graduation from USC.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Halloween. . . . and MORE pink princess pics!

What a fun Halloween! We started out the day with Kail's preschool party. It was quite a party with pumpkin painting, games, trick or treating, lunch, and super cute kids in great costumes! Mia and I stayed and helped run one of booths and corral all the excited kids. The girls LOVED it.

Mia didn't want to sit with me. . .she had to be with the big kids!

Kail had dance that day and they were having a little party after class, but when she fell asleep at 10 till 3 (class was at 3:30 pm) I decided to forget it and save their energy (and my sanity) for the evening's festivities. We went to our ward's Fall Festival at the church. Ryan was in charge of the 'doughnut on a string' activity. The girls clearly enjoyed that, they just didn't understand why you couldn't hold the doughnut. They were really fun to watch . . . . and really sticky! We trick or treated at the church, got our faces painted, went fishing for fun toys, won yummy treats at the cake walk, and braved a very impressive Haunted House. All in all, a very fun day!