Wednesday, May 27, 2009

What's Music?

Ok, so I'll be the first to admit that since this guy came into my life

some things that just aren't necessary have taken a backseat...such as keeping up on current music. And I'm completely ok with that. I've learned to embrace kid songs, primary songs and my good old stand bys from high school and college days {yea for Weezer}!

But tonight while watching So You Think You Can Dance {anyone else a fan?} I heard a song that I've heard before and loved, but have forgotten about. So I did my research and came to find out that song is Winter Song by Ingrid Michaelson {and Sara Bareilles}. So I checked out some more of Ingrid Michaelson's songs and discovered that I love her music that I've heard so far.

If Grey's Anatomy was its own music genre then I would have to say that it would be my favorite. I love the mellowness and honesty of {most of} the music featured on Greys. And I think that Ingrid captures that same feeling. Her songs make me think of pasley wall paper, vintage style washed out photographs and yellow flowers.

So there you go. I induldged on music tonight and loved it so I thought I'd just share.
Here's a blip on YouTube about Winter Song:

Friday, May 22, 2009

Two Years Already

Well it's official, Logan has now survived TWO YEARS of life! Happy Birthday Mr. Mack!

I started a tradition last year of writing Logan a letter every year on his birthday that I can give to him when he's 18. While trying to think of what to write, I have come up with some of my favorite parts about this past year:

You've learned to walk, run, jump, climb, kick, throw and catch (thanks Katie!)

Your vocabulary has exploded! We can actually have a small conversation now at the end of each day, even if it's really short and is all about balls and choo-choos. I love knowing what your curious little mind is thinking about!

You started in Nursery (and thankfully you love to go!)

You're now a pro at flying (while you were free to fly :-) You took 6 trips with mom last year, 13 flights and she never wanted to strangle you! Well, okay, maybe once or twice...but she didn't.

You only threw toys in the toilet 3 times (sorry Maegan!) :-)

You've started saying your own prayers

You learned to use utensils and no longer throw your plate full of food on the floor (hallelujah).

I'm so proud of you baby guy. Here's hoping this year is not as terrible as everyone says it is!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Mint Brownies

For anyone who loves the BYU Mint Brownies as much as I do, here's the recipe (thanks jera!):

BYU Mint Brownies

Sugar-n-Spice, Cougareat Food Court

PREP AND COOK: 90 min. COOL: 1 hr.

1 c. margarine
1/2 c. cocoa
2 Tbsp. honey
4 eggs
2 c. sugar
1 3/4 c. flour
1/2 Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. chopped walnuts
12 oz. chocolate icing (Use your own icing recipe or purchase some chocolate frosting. You can also search the Internet for chocolate icing recipes.)


5 Tbsp. margarine
dash of salt
3 Tbsp. milk
1 Tbsp. light corn syrup
2 1/3 c. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. mint extract
1-2 drops green food coloring

1. Melt margarine and mix in cocoa. Allow to cool. Add honey, eggs, sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well. Add nuts. Pour batter into a greased 9-by-13 baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Cool.

2. Prepare mint icing: Soften margarine. Add salt, corn syrup, and powdered sugar. Beat until smooth and fluffy. Add mint extract and food coloring. Mix. Add milk gradually until the consistency is a little thinner than cake frosting.

3. Spread mint icing over brownies. Place brownies in the freezer for a short time to stiffen the icing. Remove from the freezer and carefully add a layer of chocolate icing.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

The Good News Is...

... we're in Denver right now visitng Ben's family! They had Stake Conference today and because I'm blessed to have a very busy 2 year old, I got to hear about half of the speakers. One lady that spoke mentioned a phrase that she has adopted as her mantra in life: "The good news is..."

For example: " The bad news is I got in a car accident, but THE GOOD NEWS IS I get a new car."

This pic has nothing to do with the post, but who can resist a baby in the almost-nude?

I thought that was such a great phrase that I should also adapt into my everyday vocabulary. I think I have been more pessimistic than usual and that a little dose of optimism would do me (and my family) some good.

Let's try it out:

The bad news is Logan some how jabbed a wooden dowl into the back of his throat when I was turned around for a minute. The good news is I got to refresh my knowledge of anatomy while doing research to make sure he couldn't have hurt anything precious back there, like his brain stem. (Ok, so that was a far reach for something good).

The bad news is our backyard fence collapsed since we have been out of town, but the good news is we get a new one and hopefully my plants aren't damaged. I hope.

The bad news is I ate deep fat fried dough tonight (aka: scones!) but the good news is they tasted really yummy and logan gets more play time at the gym this week.

Ok, I'll write the rest in my journal so as not to bore any possible readers.

Hope you all have a "good news" week in recognizing the blessing behind every trial.