Friday, July 30, 2010

Good thought...

"You can't live a positive life with a negative mind."

Sooo true. Gotta love when you find awesome words to live by in the strangest places! Thanks Dove!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Oh and just FYI.....

Not that I am excited or anything......

(Yes, I am a huge dork. Oh and Caramel Apple Empanadas from Taco Bell are also a favorite of mine!!)

These are AMAZING!!

I seriously need to stop eating these but I can't. I guess it is better than eating ice cream or candy right?? Probably not too much better though since I eat like a whole box of them in one sitting. Anyway, if you like tomatoes, salt and garlic... you must buy them. And as I was searching for a picture of the box, I saw the "6 pack bubble" on this picture. I had to click. I need more. Sure enough, Amazon (where I get free 2 day shipping for a year!!) sells them in a 6 PACK!!! Oh boy--Oh Boy. That is dangerous.

Really Tara?? Did you just blog about Triscuits?? Who AM I?

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


Well on July 2nd we had just gotten back from the pool, showered, changed and Anisten was napping. I had gotten a babysitter out here for a couple hours and had seriously been looking forward to going somewhere ALONE all week long. Oh what a treat! Well Emery comes running into my room (I was putting perfume on before Lexi got here to watch the girls) when I hear her slip on something and then a big loud THUD followed by a immediate SCREAM! I looked out probably not even a second after it happened and I see blood that has already dripped down her face and has already gotten all on her clothes (not that that is a big deal, just the fact that THAT much blood has already came from her head in a matter of a second was crazy!). I freaked out a little bit, for heavens sakes.. this little girl is accident prone! She had nailed her forehead right on the corner of the wall. I knew I liked our rounded wall corners at home for a reason!! :) After I got a towel on her head, I realized it wasn't as bad as it looked. Just then, Lexi knocked on the door. We debated back and forth for awhile about if I needed to take her into the hospital and get stitches. I am so new at this whole "kids getting hurt all of time stuff!" Sheesh! Well then we called Nicole (a wife out here who is a nurse back home) and she came and checked it out too to see if she needed to go in. Eventually I just decided to take her in and I am glad that I did. It was right smack dab on her forehead so she needed a good looking scar to live with and I would feel awful if it looked bad when it healed! :( Soo.. we drove to the Emergency Room at about 2:45 that day. Lexi stayed and watched Anisten while I went. And now onto the 400 pictures I took to capture the event! :)

Luckily the hospital is like 3 minutes away... It was a children's hospital and so everyone had on the cutest scrubs! The Hello Kitty ones are always my favorite! :)

So for kids they don't stick the numbing needle right into the cut (like they so rudely do to us older people!!) They put on a bunch of numbing GOO and throw a big piece of sticky plastic over it. It has to sit on there for 30 minutes-45 minutes for it to go completely numb. Needless to say, we had a bit of time on our hands! :)

The GOO working its magic!
Then one of the people that isn't quite a doctor, but close (I think they are called a "resident??") came in to stitch Emery up. She was seriously shaking like a leaf! It made me wonder if this was her first set of stitches she has ever done. For heavens sakes it made me worried!

Good to go!
....... and ready for some delicious Baskin Robbins! (and lots of stolen hospital prizes! :) )
She only needed 2 stitches. Nothing major. But come on Emery, a broken leg and stitches by the time you are THREE! I hope this isn't a sign of major things to come!!!

The doctor told me I could just take them out on my own 5 days later since we don't have a primary care doctor out here. I decided Emery would be a lot naughtier for me if I tried to get them out, so we called the trusty nurse over and she worked her magic! Thank you Nicole!

Anisten wondering what the heck is going on!
Well what a fun day that was! I decided that I am unlucky on Fridays out here for some reason.. I found out on a Friday that someone had stolen my credit card information and duplicated the whole card. Oh and they spent $14,000 on it. THEN, my apartment flooded another Friday, Emery got stitches and we are planning on driving home on Friday the 13th. Let's hope my luck changes REAL soon!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Cheap Fabric!!

Hey blog friends! Here is a good deal you all need to get in on...go to and click on Westminster Blowout Sale! Their fabric is on sale for 2.49 a yard (its usually $10) and then as you are checking out use the code ANNV1 to get 20%off your order! Oh and if you spend $35 you get free shipping! :) that is a HECK of a deal and you'll never find designer fabric for any cheaper! :) happy shopping!

Go now! It goes FAST!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Date Night!

We went on a date!! :) those are few and far between out here but when we go, it's as fun as can be! :) we went to benihanas in downtown Milwaukee! I tried sushi. Suprisingly I didn't hate it as bad as I thought??!

Braun said he looked fat in this picture....

So in this picture he was being "skinny!"

The group of us that went!

After benihanas, we went to see Inception. Okay first off, the theater was the nicest theater we have ever been in. There was a posh bar inside, lots of recliners all over and the actual movie theater seats were so cushy, huge AND they reclined! Oh and they had wooden tables to go with each seat! I want a theater like that in Utah! Prices for the movie were $10 so not even much More. totally worth it! :) and inception....WOW!!! it was crazy good. My mind hasn't been that "active" in a LONG time! Hah! Seriously, if you even missed a minute in that show you'd be totally lost. Crazy good though. I want too see it again!

I hope you had a great weekend too!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Homemade Play-Doh!

I use to LOVE making play-doh when I was a kid! I found a recipe online that I am going to try with Emery and Anisten this week. I am sure they will love it just as much as I use to! :) Did you know if you keep it in the fridge in a container, it will last a really long time? I didn't either.

Here is the Recipe!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

{organizing part deux}

I am loving the Real Simple blog today! I really want to remember these and thought they would be fun to share!

"Make no-mess pancakes with the help of a ketchup bottle: Pour in batter, then squeeze out precise portions."

"A hard plastic soap case is the perfect size to protect a camera stashed in a carry-on bag."
"At a party, stash ice in a colander set on top of a bucket or a bowl. Water will drain out, and guests will get only the solid stuff."
"A giveaway shower cap becomes the perfect wrapper for shoes when traveling, preventing them from dirtying clothes packed in your suitcase. "
There are 50 of these tips on there website! Click here to see the rest.

Saturday, July 3, 2010


For some reason every summer (when I am not near my home!!) I get on an organizing kick. I like to sit there and imagine what I will be able to do when I get home and then I get home and am way too lazy/busy to do it. hah! Well here is what I am dreaming up right now.. but LUCKILY this is something that I have been wanting to do for a long time and I am actually able to do it out here! yayay!! Does this picture make your heart go **PiTTeR PaTTeR** like it does mine?

So ever since having kids, I seriously take at least 10-15 pictures everyday and THAT is usually just if we are bummin' around the house. If we are out, then its like 100! I usually will come home, upload them to my computer.. delete the krappy ones where the kids aren't looking/blurry/orjustplainugly and then leave them on my computer. I currently have over NINE THOUSAND pictures on my laptop with zero room left on my computer! I am excited to try this out. Let's hope mine are as pretty as this picture!

**Taken from Real Simple. Here is what they had to say:

For digital images:
Color-code your collection by storing discs in vibrant cases (slim jewel cases, $11.50 for 25,―blue for parties, green for trips, and so on. Use empty cases positioned vertically and marked by the year as dividers; they’ll extend about a half inch above the others.
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