Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Trading White for Black.

My eyes are burning and swollen, my nose is dripping. I am so sad to have to write a post like this. My darling little sister's fiancé Lance Jensen drowned yesterday. They were engaged to be married August 22nd in the Logan Temple.

Lance and Bethy have a long history together. It started in high school where Beth developed a huge crush on this very cute and very tall boy named Lance. They dated once or twice before they graduated and Lance went to USU while Beth went up to BYU-Idaho. Lance got called on a mission and served honorably while Bethy wrote and sent packages often. Every time she got a letter from him she called me with excitement and was on cloud 9 for a day or two after. I remember the letter she got telling her he would be going to BYU-Idaho when he returned. She could hardly handle it! I think she knew that they were going to be together. He returned and went up to Rexburg in January. They started dating almost immediately. Only a couple weeks after that Bethy called me to told me she knew he was the one for her and that she hoped to be married by the end of summer. She loved him and he loved her. They got engaged 4 weeks ago.

I talk to my sister everyday. We are closer than best friends. I hate knowing she is in so much pain for the loss of her sweetheart. I know how much she loved and adored Lance. She would tell me everyday the cute things he would say or do for her. She was looking forward to her future with the man of her dreams. Now instead of a wedding she'll be attending a funeral. White for black.

I know there is a plan for Bethy. Heavenly Father loves her and has one for her. It is just completely different than what we all thought. She will be re-united with Lance in the next life and be able to continue their friendship, of that I am sure. I love you Bethy and will miss my dear sweet brother, Lance.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Marston's FIrst Birthday!

My dear sweet Marston turned 1 year old today. I can't believe a year ago I was in the hospital with my new little baby boy with curly red hair. It's been a great year, filled with exhaustion and pure joy. The purest joy life has to offer comes in being a parent. I am so grateful we were finally able to get pregnant and have this beautiful little boy.

I made the happy birthday banner and birthday hat. I started it about 2 weeks ago and this morning I only had the "H" done in happy. I sewed and hot glued all day to get the thing done. I think it turned out well.










Sorry the pictures are clearly out of order.

Camping in the middle of nowhere



We got to go "camping" last weekend with some friends. They have a huge motor home and some 4-wheelers so we drove up into the mountains some where and made camp. It was so nice. We had all we needed in the camper so we got to go to a place where there was no one-really- not 1 car drove past us the whole time we were there. The men went shooting and 4-wheelin' while we stayed in the comfort of the camper with the babies. It was a nice relaxing weekend and I'm sure the men loved it.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Marston dancing with daddy

video

When Daniel gets home from work, he and Marston love to have dance parties. Here is one from today.

Marston has been trying to walk on his knees and I'm glad I got a video of it.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Framing our home

They began on our home last Tuesday. Here's what they've done in one week. It looks so small, it's hard to believe that a whole house will fit on what looks like a closet space. They dug trenches for the plumbing and framing for the foundation.





Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Marston's First Haircut (at a salon)








Marston has always had a lot of hair and it was getting a little out of control. I took him to get a real hair cut. At first he was okay then he realized what was going on and he cried for about 10 seconds then he was over it and tolerated it. I had the lady trim mostly the sides and even out the top. I think it turned out great. He looks like such a cute little boy now, no longer a baby. After the haircut we went to visit Daniel at work. Marston loves the office and visiting his dad.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Home Design

Today they are going to start building our house in Lincoln. I am thrilled! There are a few things I want to do before we move in...
  • Paint the oak cabinets in the kitchen white and add knobs
  • Paint first floor
  • Install fireplace mantle
  • Install tile work around fireplace
With that said, I have a few decisions to make. I have been thinking a lot about the design and floor plan of the house. Some people ask what kind of style do I want to use throughout the house and my answer is always-"I don't know". I think I know now. I want my house to be contemporary/traditional. One might say "those are opposites" but I want to mesh the two. I want a cool, hip, clean look but I also want to be comfortable and have a soft "I live here" look. Since the first floor is so open I need each room to flow. Having similar looks but different feels so that you know you're in a different space. My mother in law has given me several decorating books in the past couple of weeks and I think I have found my inspiration room. I found it in a Better Homes and Garden book called "new decorating book". This book has wonderful ideas and beautiful rooms. I found one that I fell in love with. It is a picture of a living room with a fire place. It has a soft green color on the walls with white trimming. The fire place has different shades of green glass tiles surrounded by a beautiful white mantle and built in media cabinets on either side. It has wood floors and splashes of bright and soft greens throughout the room. I am going to try my best to re-create this room with a few changes to work with what I already have. I think I can carry the room color into the kitchen and dining room area and darken the shade of green for the den.

I have been on the look-out for the tile for the fire place for some time now. I want the tile I choose to determine the wall color so that the shades of green will play off each other. Here is a picture of a 12x12 glass tile sheet that might work. It has a few more shades of blue in it than I would like but I think it might be a good start. Let me know what you think and if you know of a good tile place.

I found this room on HGTV's website. It is a room similar to the inspiration room I found in the BH&G book. I like the wall color but the fire place doesn't have the tile that I think will make the room.


Thursday, June 4, 2009

Granola For The Soul

My sister in law made this granola when we went to visit them in Michigan a few months ago. I absolutely love it! Thank you Telia! It holds together better than any other granola recipe I've tried and the flavor is terrific. It calls for walnuts, pecans and almonds but you can add any kind of nut you want. Store bought granola will never taste the same after you've tried this. This recipe calls for a lot of ingredients but after the initial shopping trip you should be set; it makes a ton. Enjoy!






















Granola

Preheat oven 350 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with foil and spray them with cooking spray.

In a large bowl mix:

8 cups oats
1 1/2 cups wheat germ
1 1/2 cups oat bran
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup chopped almonds
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup coconut

Bring to a boil:

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup honey
1 cup oil
1 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla

Pour over oat mixture and mix well. Bake for 20 minutes stirring half way. Let cool and stir in raisins or any kind of dried fruit.

Note: The first time I made this I pulled it out at 20 minutes and mixed it around. It seemed soft still so I put it back in the oven for 10 more minutes. Pulled it out again and it was over cooked. The granola will harden when it cools-do not over bake!