Sunday, May 16, 2010

Bella Rules

Bella thinks she rules the house when Joel is gone.  Last week Joel was gone in Spokane working.  Lately he was been traveling one week out of every month.  Don't tell him but it's a nice break and I love spending time with Peyton.  The only thing that sucks when he is gone is Bella seriously thinks all rules don't apply when Joel is gone.  This is her the second Joel leaves as she knows she's not allowed on our bed when he's home!


Yes, we finally gave in.  Okay lets me honest Joel finally gave in to me and Peyton begging for a trampoline!  I have been watching the sunday ads for several weeks waiting for this trampoline to go on sale at Fred Meyers.  It finally went on sale for $199 after the original price was $399.  Peyton loves it and has been not stop jumping in it.  I will admit that I love it just as much and have spent a few fun nights out on the tramp showing Peyton my old cheerleading jumps that I learned way back when on a tramp, and other times just laying on it staring at the stars!  It will definitely gets its use out in our house!

What Does the Future Hold?

This past week has been probably the most stressful, emotional week for me in a LONG time.  Lets start with where it all began.  On Thursday, May 6th I received a call from and Orthodontist office.  They were wanting to see if I would be interested in a position they were hiring for.  I'm sure they heard the silence on the other end and quickly thought to fill me in on how they got my number and why they were calling me. My good friend works at their office and had mention to the Dr who I am and where I work and all that jazz.  They asked me if I was looking for another job and I told them no.  They then asked me if I would be interested in doing an interview and just seeing what the Dr had to offer me.  I figured it couldn't hurt and I would just see........So to make a SUPER long story short I interviewed on Friday, May 7th and did a working interview on Tuesday, May 11th.  At the end of the day the Dr offered me an incredible offer with a higher pay and more hours then I currently have.

To me this was very stressful and emotional because deep down I don't want to move on, I hate the stress that comes with a new job and learning all there systems and how they run their office.  I hate making new friendships in a new unfamiliar environment.  But the biggest thing I HATE is leaving all my amazing friends/co-workers, the comfort of knowing everything at my current office, the incredible/insane patients that will miss my darling face (j/k), and just the all around fun I had at my office.  There was never a day I dreaded going to work.  I love my job at Aspen Dental and will be so sad to leave.  I just need to remember that what I am doing is going to benefit my family financially.  I hope I can learn fast, feel comfortable, love my job as much as I do now, and make new incredible friendships.  Wish me luck I start the new job May 24th!

Strawberry Jam Recipe....

Here it is the must needed and asked for yummo recipe for less sugar strawberry jam.  

what you need

4 cups prepared fruit (buy about 4 pt. fully ripe strawberries)
2 cups  sugar, measured into separate bowl
1 box SURE.JELL For Less or No Sugar Needed Recipes Premium 
1 cup  water

make it

RINSE clean plastic containers and lids with boiling water. Dry thoroughly.
CRUSH strawberries thoroughly, one layer at a time. Measure exactly 4 cups crushed strawberries into large bowl.
MIX sugar and pectin in large saucepan. Stir in water. Bring to boil on medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute. Remove from heat. Add strawberries; stir 1 minute or until well blended.
FILL all containers immediately to within 1/2 inch of tops. Wipe off top edges of containers; immediately cover with lids. Let stand at room temperature 24 hours. Jam is now ready to use. Store in refrigerator up to 3 weeks or freeze extra containers up to 1 year. Thaw in refrigerator before using.

Enjoy. Let me know what you guys think.  The regular strawberry jam calls for 4 cups sugar to 2 cups fruit so there is a TON more sugar in that one.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Strawberry Jam!

I have not made strawberry jam in such a long time.  Usually when I make it, it was more like my mom made it.  About 3 weeks ago my friend came over and we tempted to make this new low sugar recipe along with the original one.  The new lower sugar one is by far my fav.  I love it and will only make that one from here on out.  Nothing taste better then home made strawberry jam on bread with a little peanut butter!!!  Next on the list is peach once the peaches are yummy enough!!!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Princess Peyton

Yes sometimes Peyton thinks she a princess.  She was making up songs and I thought it was pretty funny.  Had to share!!

This was take one!!

Remember I have said how excited Peyton is to turn 5. This right here proves it!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Goodbye Jetta, Hello Rogue!

Yes, we have done it again.  Since Joel and I have been married we have owned a total of 6 different cars and this one will count as #7.  I know we are crazy.  I have loved my Jetta but ever since we had gotten rid of my sweet fully loaded Santa Fe I have missed my SUV.  The Jetta is just too small for us.  Even though our family won't be growing anymore I still felt we needed something bigger and of course I wanted my SUV back.  

In this market trading in your car is a nightmare and most people will be upside down on there loan (if they have one).  Fortunately one of my best friends dad is a manager at a dealership.  She hooked us up big time and her dad gave us full trade on our Jetta which anywhere else we would have gotten $3,000 less.  THANK YOU MIKE!!!!  

Here is our new ride, THAT I LOVE!!!

Nissan Rogue Krom Edition