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Sunday, December 28, 2008


Ok we have been seriously blessed. We moved into our new ward a few weeks ago. On the very first night we moved into our town home, one of the nice guys from our new ward came to help us move. When he showed up to our house he said, "Here are some cookies that my wife made for you." Not only is that SUPER nice, but the cookies were awesome!

When we met Chris' wife Lizi, I told her, "You have to give us the recipe to those cookies!" She then introduced us to something that changed our lives--with regards to food. :) Her Mom Liz Edmunds just came out with this new cookbook called The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner. It's really SO much more than a cookbook. Josh and I wanted to wait a few weeks before we commented on the book, to make sure that it really works. The book is awesome. It has helped us save money, plan out our meals (which has ALWAYS been a super big struggle for us) and most importantly make rockin, fabulous tasting food to the point where we like our food more than eating out!!!

Here is a link to a sample of the cookbook. I promise Mel, I will send a copy of this cookbook to you!

Josh and I made our very first All American Apple Pie on Christmas Eve, it is also in the sample cookbook. We have made the 3 bean chile that is delcious beyond belief, and guess what Josh and I HATE chile!!! Well we can't say that anymore. We have made so many amazing things from scratch like buttermilk cornbread, whole wheat pancakes, risotto, crunchy parmasean chicken and they have all turned out perfectly.

So please check out this book!

P.S. I have lost 2.5 pounds since I started using this cookbook!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Thanksgiving and Our New Place

We have been very blessed to spend 2 Thanksgivings now with Bob, Elaine & their family and have super yummy dessert with John, Valene and their new little Peanut (Ammon). We started a new tradition this year when it comes to pie time. We will have some random dish to go with the pies. This year was the corn dog. It was quite delightful to eat something sweet and then take a bite of corn dog :)

The pictures at the bottom our new place.

Oh yeah, our son Jackson is a superstar at air hockey!! Holy Cow I was so shocked, he really puts up some great competition. This kid has reflexes like no other 2 year old I have ever seen. Jackson and I played a game together four about 15 minutes straight. He then of course wanted to do his victory dance on the table.

Jackson and his super cool buddy Jaron

The break dancing, victory dance!

Jaron, Brooke, Taylor, Josh, Elaine, Bob & John

Yeah the Peanut!!

Yum Corn Dogs & Pie

New Place...

Thanks Carter for the sweet chair from Ikea!

The People We Love in Los Angeles...

We recently had to move, so I wanted to give a shout out to the ones we love and left in LA. We unfortunately do not have pictures of everyone, but here a few to enjoy!

R2, Wendy, Indy, Rod



Grammie and Mom

Kip, Jack, Kyra & Katie

Baby Fallon



Ashley, Drew & Chloe

Tim & Super Cool Young Men


Melanie & Jackson

Beautiful Amy!

Quest, Stephanie, Shannon & Fallon Rock!

We made the coolest friends in Los Angeles. Quest and Stephanie are definitely some of the coolest people we met! We had so much fun with them and Kip, Katie and their cute kids. Almost every Sunday since we moved to LA we played games at Kip and Katie's house. Josh and I actually knew Quest from a long time ago. Josh and Quest were in the MTC at the same time and Quest and I were in the film program together at BYU.

Quest and Stephanie gave us 2 super cool hookups! Josh and I got to go to the Jay Leno show and sit in the front row!!! I do have video footage of us shaking Jay Leno's hand, I just need to get it off the tivo. Josh and I LOVE Jay Leno, we watch his show every weekday, so when Quest said he could get us tickets we almost passed out. It was awesome and I am still in shock that we were in the very center, front row! Oh yeah and we got to say hi to Larry the Cable Guy too because he was on the show the day we went! It was awesome!!

We also got to go to Disneyland because of Quest and Stephanie! We had so much fun. Jackson and Shannon are falling in love as you can see from the pictures. All day long, everyday, Jackson says I want to see baby (Fallon) and Shannon. It's seriously the cutest thing in the world!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Filipinos Rock!

We have loved living in Los Angeles, mainly due to the fact that there are so many cool people. In our neighborhood there were a ton of Armenians and Filipinos. A third of our ward spoke Tagalog which was awesome for Josh! Josh was able to help teach a super cool guy named Reygie. Reygie spoke Tagalog so the missionaries asked Josh to come help translate for them. Well Josh and Reygie became great friends and as you can see from the pictures Reygie asked Josh to baptize him on November 16th. It was such a great experience. The only problem we had was Jackson trying to get into the baptismal font, because he thought if Daddy could go "swimming," why can't I?

Friday, October 31, 2008


We had such a fun Halloween. We had a super cool ward party and a blast going around outside on a perfect October night. Jackson didn't really feel like keeping his costume on and he was so excited to get candy that after the 4th house he was done for the night and wanted to eat his candy. After Jackson had some candy he and his friend Mackenna had so much fun playing in the house. They would have stayed up all night if we let them. It was so fun to spend Halloween with Megan especially since it was the last time we will see her till she gets back from her mission in Chile. WE LOVE YOU MEGAN!!