Sunday, November 28, 2010

Count Your Blessings

We have had an absolutely wonderful weekend. I feel so blessed to have all my family so close! Holidays are always so much fun. Before the Thanksgiving season is over, I just wanted to make quick thankful post. Lists are my favorite so here it goes, in no particular order (except for maybe #1 :)).

1. My husband and our almost one year of marriage. He really is amazing and I'm not just saying that because he's my husband. He gave a talk in church today and listening to him speak about the gospel and bear his testimony I felt so proud and blessed to have such a wonderful man for my husband.

2. My crazy, funny, awesome family. They really are all those things and I love them.

3. My Heavenly Father who loves me unconditionally and truly answers my prayers.

4. My silly puppies who always keep me laughing at their antics. I have a lab that points.

5. My sweet primary class. I never knew 5 year olds could be so smart. They have taught me so much and I am dreading giving them up at the end of the year.

6. My friends who just "get me."

7. Prayer. Can't say how much I love talking to my Heavenly Father.

8. My Savior who makes overcoming my mistakes and shortcomings so much easier.

9. Our jobs. Cory and I are both so blessed to have jobs in our fields that we enjoy. And coworkers who make us laugh.

10. The home we have built together. I love filling this house with memories and turning it into a home.

And so so many more!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Watts Cooking

I am a huge believer that our ancestors play a huge part in who their decendants become. Not like predetermination or anything, but just that them having a certain strong characteristic makes it easier for their decendants to develop that same characteristic. The more I learn about my ancestors and myself, the more I realize how similiar we are. In my life, it just makes sense and I kind of like it. I have always had a strong sense of who I am and who I want to be and learning about the amazing women in my family before me gives me some clues as to why that is. One thing I know I got from my grandmothers and mother is a love of cooking. I can remember being a littel girl and helping my Grandmomma make pickles (the only kind of pickles I have ever liked and I have yet to taste any similar) and loving my Granny's country cooking. I now have my very own kitchen and a husband who loves to try new things and am loving it! I try old and new recipies, yummy health food and delicious desserts. Basically, if it sounds good or interesting, I'll cook it. So I have decided to start posting some of my favorites on here.
First up are Pita Pizzas I made us for dinner the other day. They are REALLY simple and so yummy! All you do is take a pita (I used whole wheat) spread 1/4 cup of marinara sauce over it (I like Newman's Own) and add your favorite toppings. Pop it in the oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes and you're done! It was so nice because Cory and I have some different tastes when it comes to what we like on pizza and this way we both get to have it just how we like it. It was so easy we made extras to take for lunch. Check it out!

Mine has onions, artichoke and mozerella cheese. Cory added olives to his.

Friday, November 5, 2010

KIDS 101

Any day now, my best friend is going to be a MOM. I'm so excited for little Grace aka Peanut to get here, but not nearly excited as her awesome parents! Isn't she the cutest soon to be Mommy?!
As an aunt of 11 for 11 months today, I know a lot about kids. Really. Well, maybe not a lot but definitely something. So here it goes, just for you, Na: Everything you need to know about kids in one blog post or less!

1. First things first. Babies are adorable.

Everyone needs to know how much more adorable yours is than any other baby they ever imagined. You are lucky that you are already a professional photographer; that will make this one easier. You must be ready AT ALL TIMES to take a picture when they do something cute. I know what you are thinking, "what about actually enjoying those cute moments naturally when they come?" Terrible thing to think. What is the point of babies doing something cute if you can't post it on your blog later for EVERYONE to enjoy?

Exhibit A: Cute as a button baby face captured to bring joy to all who see it.

2. What's mine is mine; what's yours is mine too.

This is the baby mantra. It starts young. First they just go for little things like earrings or necklaces(nevermind you are wearing them), but they move to larger items very quickly. You should be careful how far you let this go, or she may turn out like this kid...

Notice the stolen shoes and obvious casing of the TV...

3. Privacy: Forget about it.

Kids have basically no concept of the word privacy. You are in the bathroom. They think "Who cares, I'm hungry!" Very inconsiderate. Babies are the worst about this, but it doesn't stop when they get older. That pile of laundry you were planning to wash? Nope. That is now dress up.

Your most intimate secrets will be EXPOSED.

4. Kids like to laugh.

So you need to know what is funny. Luckily, I have discovered the answer to this through my rigorous research.


5. Kids are nosey.

They are always listening. You may be trying to have a private conversation, but if there is a kid within a mile radius, it's not happening. Who cares that they think you are the most interesting person they know? It's just rude.

So there you have it, my list of the 5 most import things to know about kids. ;)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Good Grief!

We have been having so much fun lately! Things have been busy, but definitely fun too! We had a great Halloween weekend going to a party with our ward friends as Charlie Brown and Lucy. Then drove to Georgetown to spend some time with my family and have some of my Papa's famous Catfish Stew followed by trick or treating with our super cute nephews! I felt like I needed a 10 hour nap by the end of everything, but it was definitely worth it! :)