Friday, October 30, 2009


Last night we found out that Trent's dad lost his job, after being there 20+ years. It's hard to watch someone you care about go through something like this, but for me, it's even harder to have to watch Trent. Though they have been through alot, he will always be his dad. I see that come out when things like this happen. He might get frustrated with his dad but theres also a genuine love between them, and sometimes it just doesn't show until something like this happends.
Situations like this (I think anyway) test your marriage and relationship like crazy. Last night we finally had an evening to spend togather and we had literally just sat down when his dad knocked on the door, came in, told us what happend, then stayed the night. So..I went to bed alone, to let them talk and sort things out. A few things could have happend-- 1.) I could have gotten upset because "YOUR dad...etc". or 2.) Trent could have taken out his frustrations and worry about his dad, out on me. Either way would have turned into a fight..and probably put a big damper on this weekend.
I guess the way I see it, we are in this togather. I was thinking about our marriage vows last night and how we promise "for better or for worse", and I was thinking that to promise someone that you will be there "for better" is kind of silly...I mean, marriages arn't ruined because of good healthy, good finances, and good times. They fall apart under the stress of sickness, financial struggles, and hard times. But anyway....sometimes I have moments were I tell Trent (whether we are arguing or just going through something tough), this is definatly a "for worse" moment, lol.
We weren't meant to go through life without struggles. We are SUPPOSED to have "for worse" moments and "in sickness" moments. So knowing that, will let us "ride out the storm when it comes". Something terrible and aweful isn't happening, it's going just the way it should, in the imperfect world that we live in.
And afterwards, something very cool happends. Whether it a bad fight that we have or dealing with a family member or whatever it may be....when we "get through it", its like this huge relief for 1. And 2...we grow so much closer and have that much more love and respect for each other.
If we never had to go through the storms.....our marriages would stay at the same stale place forever.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Fall receipe

First off today, I need HELP. I was trying to change the template of my blog yesterday and the only ones I see that you can use are super boring do you get fun ones?!

That being said, I have a Thanksgiving\fall recipe to share. I am getting a little ahead of myself, because we are going to Kansas to see my family next weekend, so it seems like a holiday....I have to keep reminding myself that it's only HALLOWEEN! But anyway, I made these mini creme cakes a few weeks ago and they were amazing, so I thought I'd share them....

Fluffy cream cheese filling sandwiched between two moist pumpkin cookies make these Mini Pumpkin Whoopie Pies the perfect hand-held snack you just won't be able to resist!
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature, lightly beaten
1 cup LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Lightly grease or line four baking sheets with parchment paper.

COMBINE flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and salt in medium bowl. Beat butter and sugar in large mixer bowl on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add pumpkin and vanilla extract; beat until smooth. Stir in flour mixture until combined. Drop by heaping measuring teaspoons onto prepared baking sheets. (A total of 72 cookies are needed for the recipe.)

BAKE for 10 to 13 minutes or until springy to the touch. Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
BEAT cream cheese, butter and vanilla extract in small mixer bowl on medium speed until fluffy. Gradually beat in powdered sugar until light and fluffy.

SPREAD a heaping teaspoon of filling onto flat side of one cookie; top with flat side of second cookie to make a sandwich. Repeat with remaining cookies and filling. Store in covered container in refrigerator.

Estimated Times: Preparation - 20 minutes; Cooking - 10 minutes.

Yields 3 dozen mini pies.

Friday, October 23, 2009


Today I'm watching the Pollak kids and loving it! It's so fun to be with them because they are so well behaved and listen. Whenever I'm here it makes me think of how it would be if I were a stay at home mom one day. Sometimes it's a little bit of work but, like I said, they are so well behaved that it just makes it enjoyable. It reminds me of how important discipline is in parenting. Not that I have any experience at all in this area so I am ffarrr from an expert. From from even knowing what I am talking about really :) But I know that these kids are disciplined and not only that, but they are sweet as pie! I feel the same way when I'm with my sister Lindsay's kids. They are so much fun to be around because they are GOOD kids. And like her husbands says, "You don't just have good or bad raise your kids to be good or bad."
For now, watching them for an afternoon is just fine with me. I don't think that Trent and I (or our marriage) is ready for kids, but maybe one day...
Sometimes its so hard to be at work because I THINK that I want to be in this place, staying home with my kids...but, that time will come soon enough. And there is good and bad about every part of life. Being here, I don't see the struggles that a stay at home mom faces. I just get to feed them, play with them, and hang out.
I'm definatly looking forward to that time, but...for now, it's ok to be where we are!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Day #1

So after reading everyone else's blogs, I decided it was time to make my own! However, I contemplated this for awhile because, well #1. I really don't have a very interesting life to blog about and #2. More of #1 lol. Oh well, maybe as I go, I will think of exciting thing in Trent and I's life!
This week has been pretty slow, Monday and Tuesday I was home sick, not with the dreaded H1N1 though thankfully! I'm sort of taken back by how many cases of it there is though, I thought that is was just something that the media (like many other things) was blowing up. I still don't think that it is as bad as they are saying though. I've heard of a number of people who have had it and...what do you know...are still alive! :) We'll see though, I guess I could be eating my words in a few months, maybe it's just starting...
The only other interesting thing that happened this week was that one morning I work up, got in the shower, and started getting ready for work...and kept thinking that I heard our smoke alarms going off from the bathroom. At first I just thought I was a little nuts and hearing things, so I went into the bedroom to check it and when I tried to take it was dripping water! I went into the other bedroom to check that one and there was a steady stream of water coming from it. Weird...
So we called the management office (I think I would love to own a home, but that call is just so much easier than dealing with it ourselves ;), so anyway, they came and looked at it and when I got home, no more water. But I was still wondering what on earth would make water run from smoke detectors (no sprinkler system anywhere), so I went to the office and casually asked they what in the heck it was. Turns out....our "neighbors" (the people who live above us and run around all night and jump off furniture lol)..overflowed their TOLIET! Mind you, the bathroom is a ways from the to think about what a mess that would have had to been to be leaking into OUR apartment, through the ceiling. And on that absolutely discusting moment. THE END!