Friday, August 29, 2008

I keep trying to get a video of Lincoln talking because he talks up a storm. But he freezes when he sees the camera. this is the best one I got and he's on the verge of crying, but you get the idea.

I have a thumb sucker!

I know mom we're still fighting the fight.
My mom sucked her thumb into the 6th grade, so its important to keep the pacifier in the babies mouth and not his thumb. I've never had a thumb sucker before. I always thought it was a learned habit, but Lincolns been doing it since birth. Or at least tryng to do it. now that he has better control, he pulls the pacifier out and puts his thumb in. We'll keep tring, although I have to say its amazing at night. I was going in all the time to give him his pacifier. (Angela can relate) Once he found his thumb at night he started sleeping almost 12 hours. And you can't knock that!

Mi Becino!

Haning out with the next door neighbors.
They moved here from Columbia six months ago on politicall asilum. He was a helicopter piolet for the airforce there. They've been married for 25 years and have a 17 year old and a 4 year old. Mario is the dad, Cloudia is the mom, Mario the 17 yr old and carlos the 4 year old. its fantastic having them next door. Althought there is a language barriere of sorts, they are helping me with spanish and I am helping them with their english. We have a lot of fun.
Cloudia was teaching me salsa last night and Isaac and Carlos are a perfect match. He just turned four but its just as coordinated as Isaac so they can keep up with each other. And Carlos doesn't let Isaac boss him around. Also because they are so equal Isaac doesn't have the worshipping sindrome he has witht he other boy who lives by us. I counldn't ask for a better best friend for Isaac. And as you can see they are into the same things!

Sydney unfortunetly gets let out a lot but we're working on finding her firneds too. But she plays with Sadie and sits and pratices her spanish also. She remembers stuff better then I do.

Meyer has done it again!

For those of you who have read the Twilight Series... Shes done it again. And actually I think this one might be better then the twilight series. And thats coming from a die hard Vamp fan. "The Host" was soo good even Lincoln couldn't put it down. If you havn't read it go and get it now! The depth of her writing in this and the characters are amazing. She has you looking at humanity through the characters eyes and you can feel the gospel truths in it.

Man do Sundays SUCK!

This would be our daughter crashed out. Our church starts at 12:20. This means she usually falls asleep on the way there and wakes as soon as we pull in. She does ok through sacrament for the most part and LOVES nursery. But I guess she uses up all her cuteness at church and is nothing but whining and crying until she passes out somewhere random. That Sunday was upside down on the recliner.
She then proceeds to sleep until about 6:30 sometimes 8:00 and then stay up till 10:00 or later. I know your asking " Why don't you just wake her up?" Well, she's impossible to wake up. She's been that way since she was born.
Gotta Love Sundays!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

I put all the dough in my bread maker. Wet ing. first and then dry.
Then all I have to do is roll it out and then bake them.

1¼ hours | 1 hour prep


1 (1/4 ounce) package dry yeast
1 cup warm milk
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup margarine
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
4 cups flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
1/3 cup margarine, softened
8 tablespoons margarine
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup cream cheese
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
For the rolls, dissolve the yeast in the warm milk in a large bowl.
Add sugar, margarine salt, eggs, and flour, mix well.
Knead the dough into a large ball, using your hands dusted lightly with flour.
Put in a bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place about 1 hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
Roll the dought out on a lightly floured surface, until it is approx 21 inches long by 16 inches wide.
It should be approx 1/4 thick.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
To make filling, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.
Spread the softened margarine over the surface of the dough, then sprinkle the brown sugar and cinnamon evenly over the surface.
Working carefully, from the long edge, roll the dough down to the bottom edge.
Cut the dough into 1 3/4 inch slices, and place in a lightly greased baking pan.
Bake for 10 minutes or until light golden brown.
While the rolls are baking combine the icing ingredients.
Beat well with an electric mixer until fluffy.
When the rolls are done, spread generously with icing.

New Recipe

Seriously GOOD!!!!

Fettuccine Alfredo

This recipe serves 2.
• 3 tbs butter
• 1 cup heavy whipping cream
• 2 pinches ground nutmeg
• 1/2 ts ground black pepper
• 3/4 cup of grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese
• 1 pinch Salt
• 1 lb fettuccine pasta
• Grate the cheese, black pepper and nutmeg if you need to.
• Put 4 quarts of water to boil
• Set small frying pan in mid-high heat
• Add the butter and the cream to the frying pan and mix well
• Stir the sauce frequently and add the black pepper, salt and nutmeg, boil and immediately lower the heat and stir frequently until the sauce becomes heavier, it should take a few minutes of constant stirring
• Add the pasta to the boiling water along with some salt and cook to your liking
• Once the pasta is cooked, drain the pasta and add the sauce to it. Mix well
• Add the grated cheese to the sauce and pasta, and mix until the cheese is absorbed by the sauce

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Heads up Washington & Utah!

Thats right the Sparks family is coming to town! We'll be fling in to Seattle on Dec. 14th and fling onto Utah on Dec. 23rd where we will be until the 3rd.
Tyson... Josh is already counting down the days!
Gotta go all H-E-L-L is breaking loose down stairs.
But prepare yourself for our arrival!!!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Ahh family pictures... nothing brings a family closer! Actually my neighbor put it more correctly... "family pictures are what divorces are made off!" and thats no joke! We were there waiting for about 45 minutes and who knows how long getting the pictures. We got there @ 4:30 and left at 6:30. And as much as josh and I went at each other and the kids freaked out... somehow we managed to get some nce pics out of the deal. Now the photographer would've picked different pics or at least she gave my the solid unpression she would have.. she preffered to hve the kids looking at the camera with smiles. But the smiles they had on were fake. I prefer the more natural looking pics, hence Isaac laughing and Lincoln sucking on his hands.
I do love kiddiekandits though. Now they don't show up as nice on the computer as I had hoped but you get the idea.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Six Weeks Body Makeover

Ladies and Gentlemen...
We are 1 week into the make over and Laura has lost a total of 6 pounds!!!!!!!!
I know all of you are saying "She doesn't need to lose andy wieght!!"
Oh con trer! (did I spell that right?) Only Josh sees me naked!!

This skirt woudn't zip up last week and strutted my stuff in it today and not uncomfortably either! Shirt a little small but THATS HOW I LIKE IT BABY!!!
So seriously Josh and I started the six week body make over. Its by the guy whos on Extreme Makeover. No not the house one!!
You have to eat like 9 times a day. Thats been hard for me because the kids don't necessarily slow down for you to stop and it. In fact Isaac has said once already, "your eating again mommy!"
Josh has lost almost 10 pounds.
Reasons this diet is hard...
it takes sodium out of your diet. I had no idea I had a love affair with salt until it left me! Or I left it I should say! Man does that stuff taste GOOD!!!!!
Lots of water
walk, not run but walk 5-6 days a week for 45 minutes. Do I have 45 minutes by myself? no so I wind up going with at least two kids or 3 kids and a dog!
Cooking all the food in one day and the eating all the time.
I saw a change the first day!
I figure I won't be doing it the entire six weeks just maybe 2 more. But I'm going to keep the walking up and move to running. If I can I'd like to start training for a 1/2 marathon thats in January! Thats right Calley and Bethany. I want to start setting some goals for myself to accomplish. All of you have been such good examples to me of that and I want that satisfaction for myself now too.
oh and I'll be blogging more not just posting pics and capstioning them. I figure this is going to be my journal since I can't seem to pick up a pen!
Next week I'll have another weight loss update!
Oh and Josh posed me for these pics. The one is somesort of bodybuilding pose. and I swear my hair looks better in person.