Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Pumpkin Patch

Last night Dusty and I went with some friends down to a Apple Farm and Pumpkin Patch for Family Home Evening. It was so much fun. We went on a hayride out to the pumpkin patch and picked pumpkins and took a hayride back. They had a really neat little country store an it was so much fun. The mountains and sunset were absolutely gorgeous and it was SO COLD! Everyone was bundled up but it really felt like it was Halloween. And to me that just makes it feel like the holidays are here already. I LOVE this time of year.

Dusty said he wanted a pumpkin shaped like a peanut or a pear.....I thought he was kidding. The first pumpkin I saw was exactly like a peanut and he ran over to it and picked it up. "Let's get this one." That's what happens when you tell husbands they can have whatever pumpkin they want. Somehow they have a radar for the most retarded one. I didn't care though. It was fun.

Anyway, we actually found one that was more deformed than the one we first saw. So, alas, here is our twisted pumpkin. I think it would make a great witches face or a ghost. Dusty thinks it should be a skull and cross bones. What do you think it would look good as?

Afterwards we went back to our neighbors house and had soup in bread bowls and then ice cream and homemade chocolate spiderwebs on top for dessert while we watched Hocus Pocus. It was so much fun! It still floors me that I am living in Utah sometimes. Local businesses have Family Home Evening specials on Monday nights because so many families around here do FHE. It was so packed last night at hayride because it was Monday night and people were there for FHE.

Take a look at the pics and tell us what you think we should carve or paint our pumpkin as.....

tUrBo KiCk CoUnTdOwN!!!!!

I am asking for a little bit of prayers this week as I prepare to do my thang this Saturday at my Turbo Kick certification. I am getting butterflies in my stomach just thinking about it. 10 - 12 hours of Turbo!! Awww yeeaaahh.

Things I am hoping for:
  1. I get there on time
  2. I can show confidence and personality/showmanship I have learned through dance
  3. I can learn the cuing and teaching techniques great
  4. I will have the stamina it takes
  5. I will get GOLD certification....BUT at least pass :)
  6. and of course............I hope I don't pass out.....................seriously....................
Thanks to everybody for showing so much faith in me with this. It really does make all of the difference. I have been watching other turbo kick instructor videos on You Tube (we finally upgraded our Internet service so we can now get the You Tube channel here in Utah.....lol.......... :) I just hope that I can have a balance in my teaching style that is not annoying. Holy moly seeing some of those instructors made me want to punch them. I hope I don't get punched out from one of my classes. There are some great instructors out there too.

I went into Gold's Gym the other day and asked about their application process etc. and got a schedule of their classes they teach......8 Turbo Kick classes already! WOW! I told the guy what I was getting certified in and he was like "Those classes are really hot." I was thinking about starting an exercise group at our Church for a month or so after getting certified to get me used to teaching in front of people and then start to go out and apply for places because then I could really feel confident.

Anyway, what I love about this is that it really is fun. It totally doesn't feel like a workout. DON'T GET ME WRONG it kicks your butt but I have been reading some instructor materials and it just focuses so much on creating an atmosphere of a party in your classroom. Motivating people, teaching great form and technique but always having fun!

Wish me luck!! It is going to be a blast!!! I will blog all about my experience next week. Who knows maybe when I come to visit you next we can do a class :)

Holiday Planner from Family Fun

There are some really good holiday planners and organizers out there that you can buy that will organize you for the holidays but cost around $50 or so. I found one on Family Fun that you can download and create in your own 3-ringed binder for free. It looks really great and it even has a section that the other planners don't and that's the holiday memories section. Since I have been scrapbooking a lot more I have been journaling on my pages and capturing the memories makes those scrapbooking pages so much more meaningful to me. Even if you don't scrapbook capturing the memories and posting on our blogs and everything mean so much to the others that read them.

Check out the Amazing Holiday Planner and see if it meets your needs. Even if you are not having a Christmas party it looks like a big time saver and organizer. Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Google Recipe Search is finally here!

Try it out. I think this will be a great way to more effectively use Google for recipe searches. That is where I usually go if I am trying to find a recipe. Then if I don't find it within a few searches I will try some of my favorite places like Family Fun, Meals Matter, Food Network, Everday Meals, Everyday Food. Then there are your standards like All Recipes, Cooking....

Am I missing any good ones that should be on the list? I LOVE recipes. Which sites are your favs?

DO NOT Call List

All cell phone numbers are being released to the National Telemarketers TODAY. If you would like to block these from your cell phone you can call 888-382 -1222. (You must call from the cell phone you want to have blocked).

OR you can go here: https://www.donotcall.gov/ and you can add your phone number online.

Have you or someone you've known ever had a telemarketing job? Did they hate it as much as we hate them calling?

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Amy's on the front page!

So my friend wrote an article for the front page of the Life and Style section of the Daily Herald and I was asked to be the exercise model for the paper. I said yes and had fun doing it. They day that the paper came out I went to a newspaper stand to buy a copy and leaned over to make sure it was the right paper and I was right there on the front cover of the whole newspaper! It took like 30 second for it to dawn on me that that was me. I was on the cover of the paper and then the front page of Life and Style. It was fun!

Jeremy's Visit to Utah!

Jeremy and Dusty rockin out! I guess Jeremy took Makayla's advice and learned a ton of songs. He had all kinds of songs to sing and play for us. Then Dusty joined it and rocked the house!

Jeremy and Rob's daughter Kylie. **OK** Correction... Jeremy holding Robert and Julie Roundy's child, Kylie..... (better?)... Isn't she ADORABLE. She is just precious. Her checks are always rosy like that and she just makes your heart melt. She loved the guitar too...

Jeremy and Amo right before he left.

Jeremy got a chance to spend the night with us a few weeks ago. He came up here for work and we went over to Rob and Julie Roundy's place ate pizza, laughed a lot and Jeremy and Dusty serenaded us. It was a lot of fun to hang out together. Then we went to Sonic for some slushies (wow....that took a long time....) and then he was off the next morning!! It was fun while it lasted. We will see you guys in Dallas in February!!!

Kentucky Trip Pictures! (more coming)

Sunflowers remind me of me and Melissa because we planted them in our backyard one day when we were bored. When I saw these it reminded me of my eternal sister!! I love you Melissa.

As you all probably know mom's favorite song is Rockerfella Skank by Fat Boy Slim. I hooked them up with iTunes and got it for her. She was rockin out NONSTOP after she got that burnt on a CD. She was out of control!! CHECK IT OUT NOW.....

Blake showing me his pearly whites after he kept frowning in pictures. He looked at a picture and saw his frown so agreed to smile once!

Blake was showing us how he does tractor tippin!

Eli finally warmed up to me....the day before I left!

We saw these at the zoo. Dusty and I are addicted to the show Meerkat Manor. They were being so cute.

He's too sexy for his friends. :)

You get special treatment when you are going to be a published author :) Dusty was asking this guy some questions at the zoo and he was treating him like any other guy that has questions. After I nonchalantly mention that Dusty was publishing a book about these animals we were promptly taken "behind the scenes" and given a tour.

More Kentucky Pics...

Mike being Mike....

Dusty and Amy going to the Zoo! It was so fun.

Evan's first taste of pudding....

...it was all down hill from there!!!

Kentucky Trip Pictures! (more coming)

I finally convinced Lissa not to jump!

Who's kickin trash at air hockey?

Gatti's Sucks!

We all move out and look what happens....

Dad joins Hell's Angels!

The Webster family at Bernheim Forrest. It was so much fun!!

Dusty petting a deer.

The infamous tie dyed shirt!

Not even being there one minute Dusty catches this blue tailed skink. ......That there is the best place to go out there and catch them bugs. They have experts and ever-thang....... ha ha ha