Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Black Friday

Scary day, right? I mean, I have never experienced the biggest shopping day of the year (aka the day after Thanksgiving) until this year. Talk about crazy. Being that I was down in Mesa where there are actually places to shop, and I didn't have Trevor around to see what I would be buying him for Christmas....I decided to get up at like 5:30 in the morning to go shopping. Some might think I'm mad for doing it, but it was really quite fun. To make it even better, I told Kade and Taylor that I was going and they decided that they wanted to come too! I couldn't believe that a 13 year old and a 10 year old would want to get up for that, but they did! You should have seen Taylor's hair, it looked like a rat's nest. We got to the Target on Southern and Alma School in Mesa at like 2 minutes to 6 (am) and there was not a parking space in site. We had to go over to another lot before we could park. The people were lined up all the way past the building and they had just opened the doors. We joined their ranks and it was a continuous line for about 15 minutes before everyone got in. We found some really good deals, but most of them were in the electronic department, and I didn't really have anything to buy in there. Some DVD's were being sold for 5 bucks, and they weren't old movies either. We also bought Kade, Taylor, and Spenser's (my other brother) xmas presents. It kinda takes the fun out of it when they know what they are getting, but it also insures that they get what they like.

About 50 minutes later, we left Target and traveled across the street to the Fiesta mall. There wasn't really anything we needed in there, but we went to see some of the sales, and then I bought us pretzels with cheese for breakfast. I know- really healthy right? Oh well, that is one of the perks of being the sister and not the mom.

We got back to my grandma's and hung out for a while. The two kids went with my grandpa because most of the cousins went to play basketball together. I just stayed home and wrapped Trevor's presents and then when they got back we went to lunch and then headed home.

The drive seemed long, but I was so glad to be home. I hid Trevor's wrapped gifts at my mom's house so that he can't look at them and guess what they are. It was a successful Black Friday, and I wouldn't mind doing that again. Happy shopping to the rest of you!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Turkey day

Thanksgiving weekend was fun, but it seemed really long! I gotta admit, it's not my favorite holiday. Sometimes I think that I wouldn't mind skipping it, and going straight to Christmas, but at the same time, I think that I would truly miss Thanksgiving.

Our Thanksgiving weekend began Wednesday afternoon. School got let out early, so I took my little brother and sister (kade and taylor) picked up their stuff, and began our trek to the "valley." Kade rode in the front seat and proceeded to tell Taylor to shut-up and go to sleep whenever she would start to talk. It was actually pretty funny. Had he not stopped Taylor, she probably would go on and on about anything just so she could talk (we love her despite this sometimes head-ache causing trait). Unfortunately for Trevor he didn't get out of work until late, and he was going to have travel back Thursday night for work at 5 am on Friday so it meant us taking two vehicles. The nice thing about living in St. Johns is that my mom and her family are here, and so is Trevor's so most of the time we will have all our holidays at home, and our time is split fairly evenly amongst the two families. This year however, my Garner family got together. It is the first time in my grandparents 52 years of marriage that they have had all their kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids all together at one time. (minus Kellan who is serving his mission in Washington currently) It was really quite exciting, to know we were seeing everyone. Since my parents got divorced, two sets of aunts and uncles haven't even seen Kade and Taylor since we left Utah! That was nearly 9 years ago. Both of the kids were like toddlers then!

Before Thanksgiving dinner at 3, I happened to return a message to my friend Darla and found out that she was in the hospital! She had had a good cry because she was miserable and it was thanksgiving and her whole family was in St. Johns. I guess, she got really sick all of a sudden, and went to the emergency room only to have a million tests run. They weren't for sure it was her appendix, but they took it out to be safe, and it was good they did because it was pretty close to bursting! Poor girl was stuck in the hospital so we went to visit her before we had dinner, and then when I came home from the valley I brought her with me so she could have some recover time at home with her family.

Thanksgiving dinner ended up being really good. I felt that as my first Thanksgiving being married, I should contribute to the dinner, so I made pumpkin bread, fudge, mints, and a cheese ball. It was fun to do that, but not have to cook it all. There was turkey and ham and roast to choose from. I honestly couldn't believe how much food there was. The mashed potatoes and gravy were also some of the best I have ever had. Altogether I think there were about 30 people there and we still had plenty of food left over. A big thank you to my uncle todd and his wife Kim for putting up with all of us!

Shortly after dinner, pictures followed. A professional photographer came and took everyone's pictures. It took forever, but I think the end result was pretty good. (I'll post some of those pictures when I get my copies.) Sadly enough, we took forever with the pictures and because we had such a late dinner, Trevor didn't get out of there until like 6 and then he had to drive the 3-4 hours home in the dark, and then get up super early for work. I was a little blue when he left. Even with all those people there I kind of felt alone. It sounds lame, but here were all these family members that I don't know very well, none of them are really my age, my husband left me, and I don't care how old you are, but no holiday is the same without your MOM. I know I sound like a baby, but I don't know.....I guess it was just the culmination of all the stuff going on.

The two little kids went to the movies with their cousins, and I drove back to my grandparents house where I cleaned up my grandma's kitchen while I waited for them to get home. It was a long day, but it was good. I do feel though that I didn't quite get the whole turkey day experience though, because I forgot to eat pumpkin pie! (I guess I'll have to make Trevor make me a pie.....)

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

I forgot to mention....

In all my pumpkin pie talk, I forgot to tell you all what happened last Tuesday. It was a very momentous thing! I won the battle:MY CHRISTMAS TREE IS UP! Woot-woo! Trevor finally gave in to all my pleadings and let me put up the tree. He said he wanted nothing to do with it, but he put on the lights (my least favorite thing to do) and some ornaments, and the star on the top! It was great. I don't think I realized how tall a 7 and a half foot tree really was until we got it all put together. It doesn't look that big at the store. Of course, Trevor did put his foot down by telling me that none of the other Christmas decorations are allowed to be put up. It does look a little funny to have garland with fall leaves around a centerpiece, and then a Christmas tree up at the same time, but I don't really care. I have held to my promise, and no other decorations have been put up.

So far......

Monday, November 20, 2006

Primary Woes....

Since Trevor and I got married I have taught the 4 and 5 year old primary class. We even switched wards and I still got the same class. I love the kids so much, but they are slowly driving me NUTS! In the ward we are in now, I have the most wild class of them all. That is not an exaggeration by any means.

This Sunday was particularly frustrating. I think most teachers probably study there lessons throughout the week. Not me. I have discovered that the more I study the more frustrated I get when they don't listen. So, usually I don't even crack open my manual until Sunday morning or late Saturday night. This week I made some really cute handouts that the kids could color and then put together. One kid decorated it, and then crumpled it up and threw it in the trash! Another one stuck it in between the wall and the chair railing and ripped it in half. Those were made on my time and w/ my money! Normally I can take it, but I don't know I just was mad. To top it off, we have been gone a lot this month. Once we were in Mesa, then I had a cousin that returned from his mission, and next week we are going to Mesa again for Thanksgiving. I know that it can inconvenience the Primary, but I didn't like leave them high and dry. I have found substitutes. But the primary president asked me on Sunday if us being gone was going to be a constant problem! gggrrrrr......

Seriously, I know I may have been called to serve this calling, but are they sure? Can't some of the kids parents teach? As I looked at all the primary workers only like 2 of them actually had kids in primary. So for me, thank a primary teacher or nursery teacher next Sunday.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Third times a charm!

Let me tell you about Trevor's latest obsession. He cannot stop talking about pumpkin pie! He has asked his mom to make him one, he asked me too. I am sure I could figure it out, but I have never really made a pumpkin pie. My grandma was the pie maker always, and well, my mom would just buy frozen ones. I mean pumpkin pie has been the talk for a week or more!

(On a side note, I was on a pizza kick too. Almost dreaming about pizza from pizza hut. Trevor has made fun of me, because that is all I have wanted for dinner. Trevor is not even a fan of pizza, but moving along w/ my story.....)

Finally desperation sunk in I guess. I get home from my lunch break on Monday (that Trevor's day off) and our house smells so good like spices and stuff. I go in the kitchen and there are two pumpkin pies. That's right, Trevor made the pies himself! It was so funny. Later, he cut a huge piece for himself and he kept saying that it didn't taste right. Turns out he put in like 3 times too much cloves. haha! But instead of leaving it at that, he made ANOTHER pie! This one finally was just right. He was in heaven. I thought that it was so funny, but he also could no longer tease me about having pizza on my mind....because I didn't get nearly as desperate as he did. I think I took a picture of his pie. If I can find it, I'll post his masterpiece for you to see!

Monday, November 13, 2006

Yummy mint fudge

Here's the latest in my cooking fudge. Super good, super easy!
What you will need:

1 cup milk chocolate chips
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 can sweetened condensed milk (about 11 0unces)
2 tbls. margarine
1 tsp. vanilla
1/8 tsp. peppermint flavoring

Melt all 6 ingredients in 2 quart pan on medium-low heat. Stir frequently. After mixture is all smooth pour into a greased 9x9 pan and cut into squares when cooled. OR drop onto wax paper to make individual candies.

*Feel free to add a few more drops of peppermint if it is not strong enough.
**Also, after making this recipe it was a really smooth and yummy fudge, but I think some sort of nuts in it would also make the recipe pretty good. Try it how you think would be best and ENJOY!

Sunday, November 12, 2006


Okay, for all you women who have experienced weird mood swings (which is every one of us whether you admit it or not) let me tell you about the latest. I honestly don't think I have ever had something like this happen. Trevor thinks it is hilarious. The other night we bought this two liter of soda. Well, of course with a big thing of soda like that you can't just put in the fridge and let it stand. You have to lay it on its side. So, I lay it on the top shelf, and go about fixing my bake potato and Trevor is fixing his how he likes his. The next time I open the fridge, the motion of the door made the soda roll over. Normally that would be fine.....Unfortunately though, I had a glass pitcher of blue kool-aid in there, and the soda knocked it completely over! It really was quite funny, but as I stand there looking at the huge mess this has created not only do I start to laugh hysterically, I begin to cry at the same time! Who does that? Trevor starts laughing even harder because I am crying. He couldn't believe it. He kept saying that only kids cry over stuff like that. I don't know what my problem was, I don't know if it was the mess it had made, or the fact that the rest of the house was cluttered, or that it had been a long day, but I just CRIED! Trevor made me get out of the kitchen and he cleaned it all up (bless him!). Of course, while he was in there he made up a little song about me crying like a baby. I threatened him that if he didn't stop the song that maybe I would cry some more. Luckily he stopped, but believe me, he hasn't refrained from sharing the story with EVERYONE! So, I figured I would tell a few more, what could it hurt?

p.s. Congrats to Bailey and Chris, and happy BIRTHday to their baby boy, Brody Keith!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Easy Recipe

I have been searching high and low for a cookie recipe that might be similar to the cookies that they used to serve in the cafeteria at Eastern Arizona College, and I think I have found it! I am super excited about it, and I tried it out yesterday. It was way easy and took a total of like 35 minutes from start to finish. Feel free to try it out!

What you will need:
1 box of chocolate cake mix
1/2 cup cooking oil
1/4 cup water
1 large egg
1 cup white chocolate chips

Mix first four ingredients well, and then add white chocolate chips. Drop by spoonfuls on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. (do not overbake) Let cookies cool for 5 minutes before removing them from pan. Finish cooling on wire racks.

Like I said, way easy and really yum! They are my new favorite treat! ( they were even my lunch today! )

Monday, November 06, 2006

The Weekend

This last weekend was both fun, and a little disappointing. There is this gated community in Mesa that opens its gates one time a year and has a community yard sale. Last year, Trevor and I really lucked out. He had just proposed to me, and reality was starting to set in. Things that we hadn't thought of like where are we going to live, how can we afford a bed, we don't have tables or chairs, were all of a sudden problems that we needed to take care of, and FAST! Luckily we came across a solid oak table with four chairs and a matching hutch for only like $300 bucks! We also got a king size select comfort (where you can change the amount of air is on each side) and its frame for pretty cheap too.

We have most of the things that we need, but we thought that we would check it out again this year and get anything we might need or want. Unfortunately, instead of making positive that it was in fact the first weekend of November we forged ahead. We were so wrong. We drove around and found a few yard sales that are average one people have every weekend, but nothing all that great. Then we saw the sign. It was posted on the side of the road saying that community sale was in 2 weeks! I was a little ticked, I'm not going to lie. That meant time and money that we spent for nothing! I didn't want to go back in 2 weeks, when the week after that it's Thanksgiving.

To make up for the non-yard sales, Trevor took me to Target (which is my favorite store), and gave me kind of an "allowence." He said I could buy any holiday decor that I wanted! Talk about one of the best things ever! I always am talking about decorating for Halloween, or Thanksgiving, and mostly of Christmas. Most of the fall stuff was on sale, so I probably should have taken advantage of that, but I picked out all xmas stuff. Christmas is my favorite holiday. Truth be told.....I have turned on the Christmas tunes a few times already this year. I know, it's sick. We had talked about buying a new Christmas tree, since the one I have is like a ten dollar one from the dollar store so I banked on that fact and bought a ton of new ornaments for my tree. I also got a little crazy and got some lights and garland, and xmas cards. I was in 7th heaven, no joke. After we went to target, Trevor really put the icing on the cake and bought me a tree at Walmart. I can't tell you how thrilled I am!

When you read the poem the night before christmas and it talks about "visions of sugarplums" dancing in there heads.....that has been going on in my head since mid-October. I really think it could be a disease.....Christmas-itus. Fortunately, (or unfortunately depending on which view your looking at) I have been banned from putting up the tree by Trevor. Don't worry though, I go and look at my ornaments, and have them organized, and lists of friends I might send cards to have already been started.

Overall, I thought that the weekend was successful. We didn't get to go to the yard sales (boo), did xmas decoration shopping (yay), watched the girls soccer team lose the state championship game (boo) and bought xmas pinecones that smelled like cinammon and made the whole truck smell really strong on our 4 hour drive home (boo, until there was the dead skunk smell and then yay).

p.s. Random pictures may be posted like wedding ones and stuff, but its because I don't have any others!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Mormon Women

Anyone who is Mormon can appreciate this poem. There are probably a few of you who have heard it before. It was written by Vickie Gunther of Redlands, California.

The Girl in a Whirl
By: 'Dr. Sue' (aka Vickie Gunther)

Look at me, look at me, look at me now!
you could do what I do
If you only knew how.
I study the scriptures one hour each day;
I bake,
I upholster,
I scrub,
and I pray.
I always keep all the commandments completely;
I speak to my little ones gently and sweetly.
I help in their classrooms!
I sew all they wear!
I drive them to practice!
I cut all their hair!
I memorize names of the General Authorities;
I focus on things to be done by priorities.
I play the piano!
I bless with my talents!
My toilets all sparkle!
My checkbooks all balance!
Each week every child gets a one-on-one date;
I attend all my meetings (on time! Never late!)
I'm taking a class on the teachings of Paul,
But that is not all! Oh, no. That is not all.
I track my bad habits 'til each is abolished;
Our t-shirts are ironed!
My toenails are polished!
Our family home evenings are always delightful;
The lessons I give are both fun and insightful.
I do genealogy faithfully too.
It's easy to do all the things that I do!
I rise each day early, refreshed and awake;
I know all the names of each youth in my stake!
I read to my children!
I help all my neighbors!
I bless the community, too, with my labors.
I exercise and I cook menus gormet;
My visiting teaching is done the first day!
(I also go do it for someone who missed hers.
It's the least I can do for my cherished ward sisters.)
I chart resolutions and check off each goal;
I seek each "lost lamb" on my Primary roll.
I can home-grown produce each summer and fall.
But that is not all! Oh, no. That is not all.
I write in my journal!
I sing in the choir!
Each day, I write "thank you's" to those I admire.
My sons were all Eagles when they were fourteen!
My kids get straight A's!
And their bedrooms are clean!
I have a home business to help make some money;
I always look beautifully groomed for my honey.
I go to the temple at least once a week;
I change the car's tires!
I fix the sink's leak!
I grind my own wheat and I bake all our bread;
I have all our meals planned out six months ahead.
I make sure I rotate our two-years' supply;
My shopping for Christmas is done by July!

These things are not hard;
'tis good if you do them;
You can if you try!
Just set goals and pursue them!
It's easy to do all the things that I do!
If you plan and work smart, you can do them all, too!
"It's easy!" she said
and then she dropped dead.