Saturday, November 5, 2011

Give Thanks

November is the month to be thankful.
Not that we shouldn't be grateful all the time but I think it is more on our minds
during the month of November.

This semester, Nate and I have been blessed with some great opportunities that are occurring now and in the future.
We are Grateful for these opportunities that have come to us.
We are very blessed.

Blessing #1.
In September, Nate tried out for the Mock Trial team.
It was more work than he thought it would be and he often wondered why he did it?
In the end, it was worth it and he made the team!
He actually made the Boise team, which means we will be heading to Boise for Nate's 3rd year of Law School.
Being on the team will give Nate the opportunity to put what he is learning into action before he actually graduates and applies for jobs.
It is like hands on experience.
We are excited to move but I think it will be hard to leave Moscow.
As I live in Moscow longer, and the more friends I meet, the more I like it and it will be sad to leave a place that we consider home.
However, being in Boise will allow us to be closer to family (we might actually have visitors!), be in a bigger city with more things to do, have better shopping, and more restaurants to choose from.

Blessing #2.
A couple of weeks ago, Boise City Attorney's offered Nate and internship for this upcoming summer.
We could not be more grateful for this opportunity.
Finding out so early about an internship has allowed us to relax.
No more worrying about if Nate will get an internship or not.
Nate is really excited and thinks it will be a great learning experience.

Blessing #3.
As you may or may not know, I am a substitute teacher in Moscow and Lewiston.
It has been a good job for me because I choose if I want to work or not (Nate might not like this but believe I still need some of my own time).
When I first started I thought I would only work in Lewiston when my mentor
teacher needed a sub and try and get the majority of my jobs here in Moscow.
Well that plan has not worked out so well.
I have only subbed in Moscow 4 times and 3 of those times have been PE and all but one have been half day.
Lewiston, on the other hand, contacts me weekly to sub.
So, I do a lot of driving, which doesn't help with the pay.
I do, however, get to see the sun rising over the hills, which is amazing and beautiful!
But a great blessing has come from working.

The blessing that has come out of working is this:
When I need more days to work,
I pray and ask that I will have opportunities to work.
Without fail, the next day I am called.
When I get those calls in the morning, I often want to say no because I want to sleep but how can I say no when my prayer was answered.
It has strengthened my testimony of prayer and that my Heavenly Father hears and answers my personal prayers.
It has been a miracle in my life.

Blessing #4.
This week I was given a long-term substitute position in Lewiston.
I will be subbing for my mentor teacher so I will be teaching 2 of the same classes
I taught last year as well as 2 new classes.
I start on the 14th of November and I will teach till Christmas break.
It will be a lot of work because I will be doing lesson planning but I am grateful for this chance I have to work, to get more experience and to keep me busy.
It will also be nice to have a little more money coming into the bank account.

This month.
And every month after.
Live in Thanksgiving Daily.
Even for the small things.
That make my life beautiful.

Friday, November 4, 2011


Have you ever been in a flash mob?

I have.

On Halloween night.

We danced to Michael Jackson's "Thriller."

In front of a hundred people.

I cannot believe I did it.

But I did.

Here is proof.

Did you see Cat Woman?

Photo from the Halloween party we went to the week before Halloween.
The one where we won best costume!

Moscow friends!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Guess Who?

Can you guess who my husband decided to be for a Halloween Party?

By the way, I whipped out my mad sewing skills to make his mask, cape and booties.

FYI: We won best costume...and a dance off.
It was pretty amazing.

If you guessed Nate was a luchador...
you are a winner!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

I need one of these...

One of the best parts about going home for 10 days was spending time with Noah.
He was such a good baby and didn't even wake me up at night. (thanks!)
Feeding him, changing his diaper, giving him baths, rocking him to sleep, and trying to make him smile made me fall more in love with him!

He is adorable.
He is beautiful.
He is so fun.
I absolutely love him.
And I am pretty sure he loves me.

I need a Noah for myself.
Noah...next month you need to spend lots and lots of time with
Uncle Nate so he will want a Noah, too.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Wedding Fun: Part 1

At the end of September I went home to help my mom prepare for Derek and Alli's wedding.
It felt like I did more for this wedding than my own wedding.

A week before the wedding there was an open house in Pocatello.
My mom took on the stressful job of making all the food and decorating.
She is so talented at envisioning what a party should look like.
She really made the yard look beautiful for the open house.
The wonderful 90 degree weather also helped.
(wish we could of had that kind of weather for my own reception)

The yard and decorations.

My mom ordered the hydrangeas online.
They arrived bigger than what my mom expected but they were amazing!

The food was displayed beautifully.

Chocolate cupcakes, pumpkin bars, oatmeal bars, caramel apples,
turkey and ham sandwiches with this amazing spread on top,
huckleberry popcorn, strawberries, and grapes.
The food was amazing!

The happy couple!

More to come of the wedding in Salt Lake!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

i'm starved

It is almost dinner time and I am starved.
My plan was to make pizza but it seems like too much work
and it doesn't sound good.

Instead, I want blueberry muffins.
I don't have all the ingredients and
I don't want to go to the store.

I will share the recipe and maybe they will magically appear.

I got this recipe from my mentor teacher. Not sure where she got it but I think they are really good and they are pretty healthy. 112 calories for one muffin.

Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins
1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 Tbsp + 1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground allspice (or use a little nutmeg, cloves and more cinnamon)
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup lowfat buttermilk
2 Tbsp canola oil
2 Tbsp unsweetened applesauce
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Lightly spray muffin tin with cooking spray or use cupcake liners. In large bowl, combine flours, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and allspice. In another bowl, whisk together buttermilk, oil, applesauce and egg. Make a well with the dry ingredients. Pour in buttermilk mixture, stirring until just combined. Stir in blueberries. Pour batter into muffin cups.
Bake until tops are golden, 20-25 min.

Eat them while there warm.
I like butter and honey on mine but I also think they are good plain.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

3 Important Updates

This handsome fella turned 30 last week!

Of course I had to make his favorite cake...poppy seed.
I think it's the best one I have made yet!
I saved the best for him:)

And he was so happy about his new quilt!
I still cannot believe I made this.

Derek is getting married!
My family loves Alli and
I cannot wait to have another sister!

Although there is not a ring yet...Cole is getting married!
Hip-hip hooray for two more sisters for me!

I couldn't be happier for my brothers.
They have found great girls and I love them both!

Cannot wait for the celebrations! Congrats Big Brothers!

Summer Sewing

This summer I have been busy sewing. I don't think I have done this much sewing in this short of time since taking my sewing classes in college.
It has been really fun and rewarding.
The things I have made I am actually going to use!
That's right not everything I make turns out the way I hope it will.

My first sewing project was making onesies for my nephew, Noah. All over Etsy they have cute onesies so I copied the idea from ones I saw there. I made my own patterns and starting sewing.

They turned out a lot cuter than I imagined and Noah looks cute in the sailboat onesie too!

My second project was finishing a quilt I started two summers ago. I started it when me and Nate were dating and it was supposed to be for his 28th birthday. Since it didn't get done I decided it would be for his 29th birthday. That didn't happen either.
For Nate's 30th birthday he finally received his quilt.

I cannot tell you how joyous it felt when this puppy was done. It was not an easy quilt and luckily my mother helped me. One square probably took 30 minutes to make. I loved how it turned out but if I knew it was going to take me this long I would not have done it.

My 3rd and 4th projects were a purse and a bag. I bought this great Amy Butler book that has 26 patterns to make bags, purses and clutches.
Here is the purse.

This bag I am going to use for church.

I think they both turned out great!

I think my next sewing project is to make a tablecloth and napkins. I am going to use a twin set of Amy Butler sheets that I bought on clearance at TJMaxx.
I will let you know how it goes.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Today is a Very Good Day

I awoke to the song of rain this morning. It was beautiful.

I rolled over and learned I became Aunt Ashley at 1:51 a.m. to Noah Atticus.

He is beautiful!

As I fell back to sleep I was reminded of a song that has to do with rain and Noah.
My mom used to sing it to me and my brothers to wake us up in the morning.
It goes a something like this...

The Lord said to Noah there's going to be a floody, floody.
The Lord said to Noah there's going to be a floody, floody.
Get those animals out of the muddy, muddy.
Children of the Lord.
Rise and Shout and sing out your glory, glory.
Rise and Shout and sing out your glory, glory.
RISE AND SHOUT and sing out your glory, glory.
Children of the Lord.
(do you know this song Rachel?...we can teach it to you to sing to Noah)
I can tell you right now our family is singing glory for this little one!

We have been praying for his little one for a long time.

The wait has finally come to an end and Noah is perfect!

Rachel looks like a natural mother already...
and Ryan a natural father!

I cannot wait to meet you Noah!

I love you already!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Becoming A Housewife!

My good friend Jeminee Pahl is getting married in about 10 days. I could not be more excited for her! I threw her a "50's Housewife" bridal shower the other week. I have never given a bridal shower before but I think it turned out well (thanks to my mom and friend Rachel).

For the shower the girls were supposed to wear red lipstick and high-heels
--going with the housewife theme.

When the girls arrived they picked out an apron to wear for the party. My mom and I made the aprons. We found fabric that was somewhat vintage and then mixed and matched them for the skirt and waistband. I think they turned out cute!

We then made pizza on the grill!
--had to use our housewife skills to make dinner and so our aprons could go to good use!

Once all the fun of eating, playing games and opening presents was over we went outside to get some pictures with my grandpa's 1963 Ford Galaxy Convertible.
--it's kind of a 50's thing right?

Thanks for getting married Jem so our friends could get together and have
some fun trying to be "good housewives"!

Monday, June 20, 2011


Two weeks ago we headed to the beautiful island of Kauai!
It was such a fun trip.
We loved the nice warm weather...with the small warm rain showers.
We loved relaxing on the warm, sandy beaches.
We didn't really love getting carsick but we loved when the road came to an end.
We loved swimming with the fish and turtles.
We loved the gratitude devotionals we had each day!
We loved laughing...mostly at Derek.
We loved we didn't die when we got caught in a huge wave.
We (or Nate) loved his sun tan oil and getting a nice brown tan.
We loved being in nature and seeing the "Garden Island."
We loved the beautiful, green scenery.
We loved kayaking and hiking.
Most of all we loved being with family and creating memories!
We pretty much loved everything!!

(Family photos)

(hike to the waterfall)

(Where the road came to an end... Beautiful!)
(The couples...yes Tanner and Cole were a couple on the trip)

(One big happy family)
(getting sick of family photos)

(We are pretty cool)
(Love my parents! This trip could not have happened with out them.)

(Tennis--the courts were wet but we were determined to play)

(My 1st coconut. Pretty tasty but not as sweet as I would have thought)
(Love the beaches)
(Love him!!)
(The boys showing off their nice bodies)


(loving the sun)

(Getting ready to kayak...Love this picture)

(Goodbye Kauai)