Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Just a quick update....

Life is back in full swing for Nathan and I. I finally broke down and got a job. I am working for a daycare running there summer camp program for school aged children. So far so good. It keeps me pretty busy working almost 50 hours a week plus the out of school time planning two field trips a week and three days of fun and crazy activities. It is an 11 week program and each week has a specific theme. Next week the theme is gross and gooey.... which should culminate a lot of crazy projects and fun stuff.

Nathan is still working full time as an intern and loving it. A couple weeks ago he started playing on a softball team with a couple of guys from his work. The games have been really exciting because these boys are competitive.

Lastly we are both still trying to muster up the energy to finish our online classes. I think we are almost half way done. It's amazing how much harder it is to motivate yourself when your outside of Rexburg and no longer in the school zone.

Overall though we are having a GREAT time in Texas and we really love it!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

I made a batch of these little beauties today. Of course they were for Nathans work and not me. They are so easy and delicious though. In fact I recall a certain someone calling them, "food for the Gods."

Anyways here is the recipe, in case you need a quick and easy treat.
1 package of Oreos
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese (use the good stuff)
1 package Vanilla almond bark (you use about 15-20 ounces but the package usually comes in 24 ounces)

Take the package of Oreos and smash them up until they are finely grated. I usually take 5 or 6 at a time and blend them in a blender. One the whole package is blended up cut the cream cheese into small squares. Mix together the cream cheese and blended Oreos. I usually just throw them both in my kitchen aid and mix them until the mixture is like a paste and everything is clumped together. You don't want to actually be able to see any of the cream cheese, it should all be mixed in.

Take the oreo/cream cheese mixture and roll into small balls. Put the balls on a cookie sheet and stick them in the freezer for 10 or 15 minutes.

Melt the vanilla almond bark. You can do this however you want but i usually just melt it in the microwave for a minute or so on power level 6 or 7. It burns easily though so you have to stir and watch it. Then dip the oreo/cream cheese balls in the vanilla almond bark one by one. Place them back on the tray and put them in the fridge for an hour or so and they are ready to serve.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

This past weekend Nathans parents came to visit! Before heading off to San Antonio for the weekend we went on a tour of the USS Lexington. I thought it was going to be lame but it was AMAZING! I can't believe the amount of history on this one aircraft carrier. It really was truly an experience.

After the Lexington we headed out to San Antonio for the weekend. It was so much fun and San Antonio is such a cool city to visit. You would be amazed at all the fun and random things there are to do. We will most definitely be back.
Here we all are on board a small river boat that gives you a tour of the river.

Of course we had to stop at the Alamo. I felt a little uneducated when we were there, we stopped and listened to a volunteer tell the story of the Alamo and there was so much I didn't know. I guess I will have to add reading a book on the Alamo to my summer list of things to do.

Overall the weekend was wonderful and we had such a good time!

P.S. my brother is coming home from his mission on Thursday! He has been in England for the past two years and next week I finally get to see him! I can't wait!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

So i think i forgot to mention back in November we bought a new car! and we love her. She is absolutely wonderful. She never brakes down like our civic.... that is until this past Monday.
Yes, last Monday she had a little problem. You see Saturday Nate so kindly changed the oil in my car. I thought I was all good to go and then Monday when I started driving around I noticed that my car was making a very unusual noise, and it is unusual for a brand new car to make an unusual noise so I slowly pulled into the nearest parking lot. I immediately shut the car off and called Nate. Well Nathan was working and he was going to be unavailable for a little, so I looked around and much to my surprise I was stranded right in front of this beauty!

It was absolutely the best place to be stranded. So i walked up and down the isles and scanned the latest craft ideas, picked out some cute fabric for my next project, and picked up a brochure for a free cake making class coming up! Glorious i know... but it only got better because right next to Hobby Lobby was this....

So of course I rekindled my addiction and bought one. I was feeling so lucky.... is there a better place to be stranded? I think not. So I sipped on and enjoyed my Jamba while waiting for Nate to come rescue me. He told his boss he had to leave because I was stranded on the road and his boss replied with, "you better take care of her she is your number one priority." of course that is another reason we love Flint Hills, they understand the true order of things.

Anyways Nate came and rescued me. It turned out that the oil filter Nathan had used had a crack in the ring so oil was leaking, good thing I turned the car off when I did or we would have had a shot engine. Everything is fixed now and she is back on the road as good as new. And even better I now know where Hobby Lobby and Jamba Juice reside!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Today we got to go with the youth in our ward to the San Antonio temple! It was amazing and could be one of the prettiest I have been in yet. We absolutely loved it, everything about it from the peace and comfort you feel when you walk in the door to the colorful stain glass windows that allowed small pillars of light to shine in and onto the font. If you are ever in the area you have to find the time to stop by. I promise it will be more than worth it.