Friday, October 31, 2008

Thursday, October 30, 2008

My invention...

One evening we had our friends, the Wasden family, over for dinner and Tasha introduced us to the tortillas that you cook yourself. So yummy! So when I saw them a couple of weeks ago at Costco, I thought I would indulge. We all love them and I have been making lots of meals that use them.

On Sunday night I had an epiphany and asked the kids if they would like ice cream burritos for dessert. They replied with a big, WHAT? I asked if they were feeling like an adventure and up for trying something new. Lucky for us, they were all on board. So here is the recipe for Carli's Ice Cream Burritos...

Cook a tortilla almost golden brown. On the warm tortilla, spread out about a half scoop of ice cream. On top of the ice cream drizzle carmel and sprinkle cinnamon and sugar. Roll it up tight -- there will be lots of yummy drips -- and serve!

P.S. Becky, this could be a great way to help to acheive gaining those 7 pounds that the doctor told you work on! Just trying to help out. :)

Full of hot air...

The other morning I opened the front door for my voice student and this was the view from my front porch. It was incredible to see the balloon so close! We often see it west of us, closer to the mountains, but it was right above our neighborhood. I think I was more excited than the kids as I called the whole family out onto the porch to watch it. Now, more than ever, I want to go on a hot air balloon ride!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Bowling birthday...

Last Saturday Morgan and Trevor had their combined friends birthday party (I could only handle one this year). We had a blast bowling with all many of their friends. It was so much fun and relatively low stress. :) I think all the kids had a fun time and I know Morgan and Trevor loved it. Morgan even had some birthday luck and threw a strike on her first try!

Happy birthday my sweet and crazy kiddos!

Trevor is 5...

The years are flying by. Last week we celebrated Trevor's 5th birthday. He chose to go to the adventure park and out to dinner at Red Robin. Then on Saturday we had Morgan and Trevor's "Bowling Birthday Bash" in Longmont.

Trevor is a fun-loving little boy. Despite my best efforts, he is usually dirty. He loves to tease his sisters, but is actually very tender-hearted and sensitive. He enjoys being outdoors, catching bugs, digging in the dirt, and riding his bike. When it is something he likes, he can focus for a long time -- you should see his incredible Lincoln Log villages that he constructs and the art projects he makes. He is excited about learning and loves preschool.

Trevor has so much zest for life and has great potential. He is a joy to have in our family. Love you Buddy!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

I heart CO...

I love Colorado! I especially love the four seasons that we get here. The fall is especially beautiful. I wish I could take pictures that could capture the breathtaking beauty of the colors. Here is my attempt -- I took this in Estes Park last week.

I'm grateful...

...for dear friends who help me be brave.

When Rochelle was in town we went shopping down at Colorado Mills Mall. We had a blast! While shopping for accessories (I don't really "do" accessories or jewelry -- mostly because I don't know how) I tried on this hat just for fun. I thought it was cute, but never would have bought it. My wonderful friends, however, inspired me to be brave. So I bought it and I have even worn it a couple times. I am thankful for people that help me step, even if it is just an inch, outside my comfort zone.

My Shepherd Will Supply My Need...

Today I had the opportunity to sing with Triple Trio in two wards. We sang a beautiful hymn, My Shepherd Will Supply My Need arranged by Mack Wilberg (the musical genius). We decided to do the SATB arrangement because we loved the richness and warmth of the harmonies (and I have lots of fun singing the bass part). We so often sing acapella or with piano accompaniment, but for this song we perform it with harp, flute, and clarinet and the instruments make it sound so lush.

I especially love the words of this hymn and the beautiful reminder that Jesus Christ is our Shepherd. As we give ourselves to Him, He will take care of us. I love my Savior so very much and I am thankful for the opportunity I have to bear witness of Him through song. I know that as I sing this beautiful song I feel the spirit and I hope those that listen to us feel of our testimonies of Him and can also feel the spirit.

I look forward to singing this for other wards in the next few weeks. Here is Mo Tab singing My Shepherd Will Supply My Need at President Hinckley's funeral...

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Scrapaway 2008

It has actually been awhile since I have really scrapbooked much of anything. I really wanted to get a lot done this year to make up for that fact. So about two weeks out, I started going through pictures, editing them, sketching out layouts, and printing pictures the appropriate size. I wanted to be organized so that I could finish 2004 -- at least that was my goal. (Yes, I am that far behind.)

This year we decided to try out a place a little closer to home instead of making the trek to Utah, so we headed up to Estes Park. (Luckily, Rochelle was willing to fly out here for the weekend). First off the fall colors were stunning. The beautiful yellow aspens were breathtaking. We ate a late lunch at Poppy's Pizza in Estes before checking in to the cabin. Once we were there, we all got to work. The work space set-up was pretty good and I think we were all looking forward to getting a lot done. I don't know what was the best part; getting 24 scrapbook pages done, spending time with wonderful friends, going off my diet for the weekend, or taking a break from the kiddos? Pretty much it was all good and I am already looking forward to next year!