Tuesday, January 29, 2008

President Hinckley

I have been thinking a lot about President Hinckley these last few days. I can still remember in 1995 when he became the prophet. I was sitting in Latin class, my freshman year of college, when our teacher walked in and told us that President Hunter had just passed away. A student, I think his name might have been Ty, said, "Well, Hinckley's the man." And wow! wasn't he. Since he was the prophet for so long, I have so many memories of him. He signed my mission call. While I was on my mission, he came to a Regional Conference in Houston, and he spoke to the three Houston missions. We didn't get to shake his hand, but to be with him in a meetinghouse chapel was awesome. I can just picture him so sincerely teaching and encouraging us. Because of him I want to be just a little better each day. I loved his optimism, his energy, his enthusiasm, and his sincere love. I am so grateful for him, and so grateful that we have a prophet. And how comforting is it to know that he is happy where he is, and that we are not left here alone. The work will go on; we will have a new prophet.

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Sunday, January 20, 2008

More about cooking

So, we have tried a few more sneaky recipes at our house. Tyler requested sloppy joes this week, and since I am rather fond of my own recipe, I just made it with a 1/2 cup sweet potato puree thrown in there. Dan said that it wasn't as good, and I agree that it seemed a little thicker than normal, but Tyler ate all his, and none of us complained. Tonight I made meat loaf and twice baked potatoes. Again, I like my own meat loaf recipe, so I made it with the carrot puree thrown in. But I did follow the potato recipe just as written. Again, Dan said that I ruined the dinner, but I thought it was just fine. We had Dan's brother and his wife over for dinner, and they both liked everything, and this is coming from someone who likes vegetables even less than Dan. As for the potatoes, I could taste the cauliflower in them, but no one else could. I also thought they were kind of bland. I would add more butter and some garlic salt or onion salt next time. I would make any of the things I have made so far again, but I think Dan would do some complaining. As far as Tyler goes, hiding the veggies doesn't matter because he doesn't eat these things to start with. Dinner time is so much fun at our house.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Deceptively Delicious

Well, I bought this cookbook and we have tried our first recipe. I started off pretty easy with one of the dessert recipes. We tried the yellow cake and it was good. Granted, I haven't had to make any purees on my own yet, and the cake really wasn't what I would call healthy, but it was nice to know that it was better than making a regular cake. I am going to try more of these recipes soon, and I will post my reviews of them as I do.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Blogging Update

I hope you appreciate this post. There must be some fierce traffic on here tonight because it has taken FOREVER to upload these pictures! So here is our update, and you better enjoy it.

Christmas was awesome. Here's a picture of Tyler and myself each playing with our new Christmas toys. (Mine is the camera. My sweet husband surprised me with a DSLR.)

Tyler turned 4. FOUR! I can't believe we have a four year old. I love that kid.

My parents and brother came to visit. We loved having them here and miss them a ton. While they were here we also discovered our current favorite game (Ticket to Ride) and Grandpa made us pancakes three times.

Kemah with Grandma, Grandpa, and Uncle Dave.

(Isn't that a great picture of Tyler? We got him the camera for his birthday, and he wanted to take pictures in Kemah like Mom and Grandpa. And David, who took this one)

A visit to the Houston Temple.

Tyler actually took the last one. I think it was a total accident that he got my head straight, and the rest of the picture tilted in that cool way.

Then in January we have tried to get organized at home, worked on primary stuff (the first of the year is crazy if you work in the primary organization!), filled out pages of our adoption questionnaire (we are really trying to get it done this month) and tried to have some fun time too.

Phew! I think a resolution ought to be to update more frequently.