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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Pulling Out The Big Guns

So I am sitting here in Adam's office, using the NICE computer. On this computer are lots of pictures. Pictures of Titus that I took or that Adam took, but that I haven't seen post camera. There are some cute ones. As I was looking at the pictures I was like.. Well.. I DO have access to the internet and I haven't posted a blog in 12 years.. I should put some of these up! Things are in a different format, but I'm gonna try!

Well.. I tried. And failed. =(

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Pictures 3.

Here are some more pics I've taken while we've been out driving.

Group 1:

Group 2

As seen through the windshield...

Sunday, April 3, 2011

A Drive To Town.

This is what our drive to/through town looks like. We are in Wilson which is about 7 miles from town.

It starts out with Adam kindly pulling the car around from the garage to the front of the apartment/house so that Titus and I don't have to walk too far in the cold.

Then we drive.

We enter Jackson..

Here is our main intersection. (There are many intersections, but this is the one that connects to our road, so this is the intersection we see the most.)

Cleverly named Laundromat.

Our grocery store - Smith's. Owned by Kroger which owns Ralph's. It's pretty nice.

Adam had to buy some Cool Whip for us to take to the Buczinski's house.

The river rafting buses sitting dormant for the season just waiting for Spring.

And some more driving.

Are you cold yet?

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Chocolate Choc Chip Banana Bread

I posted a pic on FBook yesterday. It was a pic of chocolate chip banana bread getting ready to go in the oven.

Well friends, it. is. gooooooooooooooooooooooooood.

I recently found a blog called Joy the Baker and I went through the ENTIRE blog because nearly every single recipe looked so delicious. I bookmarked a TON of them.

I had some bananas that were getting brown, so the first of her recipes that I tried was her chocolate choc chip banana bread. Her recipe was very detailed and I am NOT a detailed cook so I didn't follow it how she wrote it. I used margerine, I beat all the dry ingredients (unsifted) in at once and I beat the buttermilk (milk with vinegar in it) in. And I also used 3 bananas (that I just tossed into the mixer without mashing first) instead of 2.

The bread is so good and I think you should make it.

Here is the RECIPE. It's like a giant moist banana-y brownie. It was so rich - I had to have a glass of milk after eating a spoonful of batter.

Monday, March 28, 2011


I have amazing thoughts, sometimes. Adam is super lucky because he gets to hear them all and therefore, often gets to realize what a genius he has married.

For example, I came up with this beut. a couple weeks ago:

"Adam, what if instead of leap year every 4 years they just got rid of the entire month of February and then every 29 years, we had February?"

or this one:

"Adam, what if every car was required to have a thermometer and the speed you drove was the temp outside? For instance, our thermometer says 45 degrees so we should drive 45mph."

Then in CA they could drive 110 mph!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Pictures 2.

Here is the TMC team hanging out at our house. They hung out with us in Newhall to kick off the trip and they hung out with us in Wyoming to bring the trip to a close. It felt good to have people hanging out at our new place.

Eric loaded our dishwasher.

This is Sarah. She is the student who hung out with us for several days helping me get the house set up. She did anything and everything I asked her to do and when I couldn't think of anything for her to do she would go and find things to do. Hard and joyful worked, that girl. Titus felt comfortable with her.

Icicles hanging from our very own residence.

Moose walking on our very own driveway..

And! Adam fed Titus some rice cereal. They had fun together. I love my boys.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Bubba's (Not the Seafood Place).

Some of you may have seen my recent Facebook status that went something like this:
Dear Spicy Jalapeno BBQ Sauce,
I will learn how to make you.
You see friends, Adam and Titus and I went to a local eatery called Bubba's last week. We wanted to get their pulled pork sandwiches. When the waitress brought us our plates she also handed us a squeeze bottle of spicy jalapeno bbq sauce. I dipped my fries in it. Then I put it on my sandwich. Then I pretty much wanted to get a straw and just drink it. I am not a lover of BBQ sauce. I am a lover of spicy jalapeno bbq sauce. It was so delicious.
Adam and I also had fun taking pictures of Titus while we were there. Enjoy.

Thursday, March 24, 2011


Well Friends,
All the pictures from the past week are on my wonderful Adam's computer and not mine. Which computer am I currently blogging from? Mine. That means? No current pictures. It does, however, mean a newsy update on our lives. =)

We have been here 12ish days. It has been good!

1. We have continued to be humbled. We accidentally got our car stuck in the slushy snow of our very own driveway last week. Newbs! Mhm! We worked together, as Team Howard, to try and move the car but we could not do it. So we humbly called our pastor and asked for advice. Our friends, Neil and Natalie came over to help move the car. It was quick! I was putting a casserole into the oven and looked out the front window and the car was there! So I looked out the front window more closely, and saw our friends standing there talking to Adam. So kind.

We invited Neil and Natalie to stay for dinner. It was a thrown-together casserole and this was the first time I had used the oven in the house. It started to reek of cleaner. Whew! Stinky! I promised them that was not dinner smells and they then told me that the house they moved into after they were married had mouse poop in the oven somewhere that burned up when they first were using their oven. They said it stank sooooooo bad and that the cleaner was no biggie.

2. Last Sunday night we attended our second church gathering. Such an encouraging time. Titus napped in his moby wrap like a rockstar so I got to stay in the service the entire time. Then we had potluck spaghetti and salad and bread for dinner. There is a gal in the church here named Ashley. Weekly, she coordinates/plans what the meal will be for Sunday and then assigns everyone an item to make/bring. It keeps it all equal and ensures that there will be a good amount of food and not all of one thing. What an amazing blessing and talent to our church body she is!

It also snowed during the entire evening and when Adam and I walked outside, our car was covered in snow. We could see fellow friends using brushes to swipe the snow off their windshields etc. I turned to Adam and said, "Well.... We have that ice scraper." So I got Titus in his carseat while Adam slowly scooped away the snow. Next thing I know our car is being swiftly brushed off by 2 men. It was so quickly done! Again, humbling. Newbs! We bought a brush at Kmart the next day.

3. Our house is awesome! I had to warm up to it a little bit. Having all the boxes mostly unpacked has been super helpful.
- We still need to hang up our art to make the walls more personalized.
- We have no garbage disposal.
- We have conquered and been conquered by our woodstove. But daily, we have a fire in it.
- There is a main hiking/biking trail-ish road thing right across the street from our house. Leslie came over yesterday and we went on a walk. It was pretty.
- Our tub/shower is abnormally high off the ground.
- We have a blue tile floor in our bathroom.
- We have florescent lighting in our living room. I hated it til last night.
- Our carpet is very interesting. I will take pics and show you.
- Our dryer didn't work. Today a repairman came out and fixed it and I just dried a load of laundry and did a happy dance. I prayed that the Lord would, if it was His will, let us have a place with a washer and dryer. He totally answered my prayer. I am a happy housewife and a thankful child of God.

4. Titus has grown a lot since we got here. He is outgrowing onesies and jammies. He is also beginning to take naps in his crib in his own room. He looks sooo little in his crib. But he is such a big boy being out of the cradle.

He sat up and played some this afternoon - all by himself. Adam and I sat at the table to eat some lunch so I propped pillows all behind Titus so that if he fell backwards he would not whack his head. He did good. Folded forward then moved his legs out so he was on his tummy. Then he bit his blanket - then he tried to grab his Yoshi - then he cried. I love Titus.

I'm still only giving him rice cereal. And I am not giving it to him everyday. It seems that everytime I give it to him he spits up a lot more. He pretty much doesn't spit up from nursing anymore and so I don't really like giving him the rice at this point even though he LOVES it. So most days we nurse but then maybe every other day or every three days I will give him some rice. He did eat a little bit of banana today. He liked it. He's so interested in what Mom and Dad are eating and drinking.

5. Homemade chicken potpie for dinner tomorrow night.
6. I need a haircut.
7. Bye!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Quarter Cookout Outreach

Back in the day - many moons ago - when I was attending College of the Canyons, I was involved for a year-ish with Grace on Campus, a Bible Study that met weekly and was (is still?) hosted by Grace Community Church. One of the outreaches of the Bible Study was to do a quarter cookout. It was a pretty big 'to-do.' A truck had to be taken to Smart and Final and there the cookout items were purchased in bulk: nachos, burgers, hot dogs, chips, soda etc. It was a great time. Flyers were printed up explaining the quarter cookout was coming and Bible Study folks would also walk the campus handing out flyers, and on those flyers they would even tape a quarter to it. The hopes of the outreach were to most importantly share the gospel, encourage community, build relationships etc.

Cornerstone has adopted the Quarter Cookout. It happens yearly (I think) when the Spring TMC missions team arrives. The cookout is set up at some local place - I don't recall the name of it - where there is lots of foot traffic because people park their cars there and ride a bus to the slopes. So as they go to and fro on the bus they load/unload at the site of the cookout. The hungry skiers smell that delish BBQ smell and hopefully cannot resist spending a quarter. As they are fed, the surrounding folks seek to engage them in a bit of conversation and also hand them a packet of info on Cornerstone and - I think - other gospel related material?..

Titus and I went for the first hour or so. It was snowing pretty hard and Adam and I were concerned for Titus with the temps and his(our) un-acclimated bodies. Plus, Titus just plain ole drools a TON and we didn't want him to get all chapped. So, eventually Titus and I headed home while Adam stayed behind. (Titus's feet were pretty chilly when I got back. =( I took his socks and shoes off and put his feet directly on my legs and under a blanket. I felt like a bad mom.)

Here are a few randomly selected pictures from the event. I can tell that they are not all in the folder for some reason. The complete album is on Adam's facebook if you want to see more..