Thursday, May 2, 2013

I think I'm ready to blog again…

I haven't blogged in about a year! I just haven't had the desire like I used to. But I'm about to have a baby boy and I feel like I need to document my life as it is about to change. I'm ready for the change in my life but also scared to death. I didn’t feel nervous about having a baby or giving birth with my first child, but this time around I am really nervous! Could it be because I was just naive the first time around? I didn’t know how having a new baby would change my life? I'm sure everything will be great and I will embrace all this new that is coming my way, but I cant help but be a little uneasy about it all. Okay I'm done stating my worries….With in 3 weeks I will let you know how its going. Here is a pic of my baby bump!


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Going On a little Hike

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Here is a little something to do close to home and is free! We walked the Becker Lake trail. Me and Curly Top had fun, this was about 2 months ago, which was perfect weather. The only thing I don’t like about the trail is that it doesn’t circle around. You go down and up the same trail. But its still an Adventure as Curly Top would say. Its amazing to me what the simplest things we do with are kids they tend to love the most.
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Be sure to wear a hat! Pack your favorite backpack loaded with water and a snack or two. (Don’t wear cute skirts, when walking.) Even if your on a trail! Itchy legs will be in store for you if you do.
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There are lots of little spots to sit and rest and get some shade. Its also nice to sit and try and figure out what animals might be living in the area.
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We had fun and it got us out of the house for a bit!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Things To do In Holbrook

My husband is working in Holbrook for about 3 weeks so we have been staying over here in a hotel. So that gave me the bright idea to start writing about things to do in Arizona. Gas is so expensive!!!! So why not stay in your own state and do some cool stuff that is close by. Me and my husband have talked about this before. There is so much to do in Arizona and close to home. We need to take advantage of what we have here.
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First thing you can do is go to the rock shop and take pictures with all the awesome dinosaurs that are around. Curly top had lots of fun doing this. And then we got to check out all the cool rocks and petrified wood that was here.
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Second thing is go check out this Museum. Its free! Its actually really cool! I could do another post about all the cool stuff they have in there, but then you wouldn’t be surprised when you come visit. This Museum is the old court house and it is huge! It even has the old jail under the court house. Pretty creepy!
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Third thing is watch a train go by…. Kids love this! It might not seem that cool but hey Holbrook is a really small town and you have limited options, but honestly Curly top thought it was pretty awesome. Trains come through this town about every 10 – 20 min. so you don’t have to wait long for one to pass.
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Fourth thing is to go to the Petrified Forest. If you like to hike this is a perfect thing to do. It cost 10 bucks per car for a 7 day pass. So not too expensive. We had fun and it wore Curly top out! Lots of walking and being out side. Curly top called each stop an adventure!
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You might want to pack a lunch and water bottles. I hadn't gone to this since I was little, so I couldn’t remember how long it would take us to go through it all. We got there around 8:30 and around 11:30 we got to the end. We missed one stop so it could actually take you longer. And depending on how fast you go through each thing. But we were hungry when we got to the end and decided to eat lunch. So we ate at the restaurant there and it was really good, but expensive. It cost me and Curly top 18 bucks for lunch. So anyways if you have more than a couple people I would pack a lunch.
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They also have a program the kids can do so they can become a Junior Ranger! Curley top loved this! They get a packet of paper that has different things they have to do through out the trip and then at the end they get a certificate and a badge and a patch. Pretty fun stuff right!
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So although Holbrook isn't the ideal Vacations spot there is stuff to do. If you would like to blog about cool stuff to do in Arizona e-mail me! I think it would be fun to see what everyone else is doing around here!

Thursday, March 22, 2012


I'm pretty sure every web page should have a scroll up button like pinterest.

Curly Top is learning her how to write letters, but she doesn’t really know the sounds they make or the placement for words. So she always writes random letters and asks me, “what does it say mom?”  And then I kindly say, “Well you wrote it so how about you tell me what is say’s.” Then she gets mad at me and tells me, “Mom just read it, you know how to read everything!” So then I make up some word and hope that’s what she was trying to write. I'm usually wrong  and she just can’t understand why I can’t read what she is writing. Bless her heart.

My cat is pregnant. Due anytime within the next week or so.

I'm in the process of spring cleaning my kitchen.  Is there a reason I have 50 thousand knifes?

Why do I always want to do 20 projects at once?

Today I am reminded that I am so blessed, and reminded that there are people in need.

Curly Top is so cute.

The weather was nice today. I'm hoping tomorrow is the same maybe even a little warmer….

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Thinking about this pregnant girl


Today I am thinking about my dear cousin Karli. She is about to have a baby. She lives in in another state so we don’t get to see each other often. She had a baby shower in are state,so we loaded up and went to the shower. It was so good to see her! She is having a boy and the theme was cars. Well me and my family are yard sale junkies so of course when we saw yard sale signs near the baby shower we had to stop. And you know what we found? That huge cars sign (top left of pic) We got it for a dollar! Everyone had a good laugh that we happened to find that right before the shower.


Me, Karli and my sister. 

Cousin to cousin we'll always be, Special friends from the same family tree.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Canning Potatoes

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How to can potatoes

I used 10 lbs. of Potatoes for 7 quarts .

First I get a big pot of water on the stove and turn it on hi to get in boiling.

Wash all your potatoes or have your 3 year old do it :} (you don’t have to peel them.)

Then cut up your potatoes the way you like them.

Then put your potatoes in your boiling water for 10 min.

Meanwhile I clean my sink really good and fill it with really hot water then I wash my jars and place them  in the hot water to soak.

I also get a small pan with boiling water and put my 2 piece caps in them .

After the ten minutes I pack hot potatoes into my hot jars. leaving about 1” headspace.

Add the boiling water into the jars.

Get all the bubbles out then add teaspoon of salt to each jar.

I usually wipe the top of my jars with a clean rag then put the two piece caps on.

Then I put the jars in my pressure cooker, then I add water to my pressure cooker about 1/3 the way up from the jars.

This last time I processed for 40 min. at 10 pounds pressure I think next time I am going to process for 30 min. and see how they turn out. Just because we ate some of the potatoes that night and they were good just a little softer then I would have liked.

Some uses for canned potatoes….breakfast potatoes, potatoes salad, potatoes and meat, mashed potatoes.


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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

my first quilt

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I started this baby blanket last year while taking a quilting class. I only went about half the semester due to being pregnant and than miscarrying. So its been sitting here in pieces for a while,but I finally got the top done. I liked how it turned out. And guess what…..I made it out of vintage sheets! I have bought a lot of sheets from thrift stores that I just loved, so I can make some projects with them. That means this quilt cost me around 2 dollars. My teacher wasn’t thrilled that I picked sheets to make my blanket, but hey it was my first quilt, and if it had lasted this long I was sure it would last a little while longer :}