Thursday, February 26, 2009

Challah Bread

I lived with and worked for the Berger Family.. A great little Jewish family. I was their nanny, for a two year old. It was a lot of fun.. but I had the opportunity to try Jewish foods! They eat a bread called Challah [ pronounced Hall-a] on shabbot a.k.a. there day of sabbath, and it's amazing bread. VERY tasty.. and I'm sure very fattening.. but I loved it. Anyhow, I called the Berger family in hopes of being able to buy or bake this bread, and he told me to just google a recipe. Unfortunately my results were not as good as the bread they have... so I was a little bummed. The bread I baked was good.. just not at all as good as theres. So, I think I'm going to have to call them back and get there recipe instead of using the one I found on google! Anyhow.. here was my extravaganza in pictures. If anyone has a good recipe for this bread.. let me know! thanks!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Infamous bathroom

Most of you that read my blog know of my infamous bathroom!
First I've got a gargantuan spider hovering over me that I killed with Bleach cleaner, 409, Lysol, etc. Then I'm almost attacked in the shower by ants flying out of the shower head and tap! Now... Yesterday, I discover a freakin' reptile in the garbage can in my bathroom!!!!! Nasty! =/
But, let me back up.. I'll explain the story.
I have a radio that I often turn on, on low, while Parks is sleeping and I'm getting ready. So, as I am jammin' to my tunes I hear this "ch, ch, ch" noise. {the noise like a plastic bag is being ruffled up} I'm a little concerned that something is wrong with my radio... after pressing buttons on the radio I realize it's not the radio.. I walk deeper into the bathroom, and next to the bath tub and toilet... and BAM.. "IT" is in the trash can. I scurried out of the bathroom-- grabbed my phone and called the husband. He tells me to just take the trash outside.. but I AM NOT going to touch the garbage. At this point.. I'm thinking it's probably just a roach-- YUCK! So I go to the laundry room and grab my own killing supply-- bleach [Lavender Bleach to be exact-ha]. I climb on top of the toilet to insure that if "it" gets out of the trash "it" can not get me. I pour some bleach into the trash bag.. nothing happens. I kick the garbage... nothing happens... so, I climb down and all of a sudden "ch, ch, ch" happens again.... ugh.

FINALLY my husband gets home, and I ask him to go get the garbage out of the bathroom and take it outside. He takes the trash into the garage and starts to pull the bag out of the can... when this LIZARD [ YES, I SAID LIZARD] climbs up the bag. I scream. Tysons get's freaked out cuz' of my screaming... Lizard just sits there. It lived through my bleach attack. I asked him if he was going to set the Lizard free... He said no, cuz' he doesn't want it to come back in the house... so he put it in the big garbage... and thats the end of old "lizzy's" life.

I hate bugs AND reptiles!!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Brooks Adams

It's now been about 7 years.. almost to the date of when one of my really good friends died. I was 16 years old. Brooks and I were part of a group who thought we were indestructible...but maybe thats just all 16 years olds!! Brooks will be someone whom I'll never forget. He impacted my life in ways that he probably doesn't/didn't even realize.
For those who don't know him, or know what happened I'll make it short... so that you understand the poem I'm going to put on here. [ I'm actually putting the poem on here for myself. I never want to lose it.] Anyways, Brooks was from Provo.. and he was attending Timpview High School when this took place. He came to Hurricane to visit me, and Casey [one of my really good guy friends] Brooks' entire family came down with him. They were staying at a hotel in Hurricane... I had seen Brooks about an hour before the accident... He was coming over to my house from Casey's and had decided to take a detour..... however, he never made it to my house. There were 3 other people in the car with him, and he thought it would be a good idea to see how fast his car could go.. so, on a road that he thought was a straight away ( and it was not ) he started driving really fast and could not make a turn that seemed to sneak up on him. The vehicle flipped. Brooks was not wearing a seat belt... and he was killed instantly. I had made it to the accident as the ambulance pulled up.... it was only a few blocks from my house.
I wrote this poem right after he died, on a random night when I couldn't sleep. I wrote it with out hesitation. The entire thing just seemed to flow...

To my Mother-
Jade Bussberg [maiden name]

I came to you in midnight clear,
Tried to tell you something true and real.
I whispered "Please listen, for I am as alive as you."
You looked at me with a smile, and I continued,
"My dear mother, I know that times for you are hard,
but please remember always who you are.
You are an example, a friend, yet a mother,
I hate to see you cry from heaven, don't worry, we'll one day be together.
I know you can't see me, though I can see you.
That doesn't change anything I still will always love you.
Please tell everyone that I said hi,
And please make sure my brothers and sisters work hard in life.
They deserve better in all that they do.
Don't let them go lower then they know they really need to.
I watch over them often, trying to help them to do right.
Sometimes they don't listen to me, but I understand, it's alright.
I know that I left you fast, and with out a goodbye.
I'm sorry thats how god wanted it to be that night.
I don't really understand because I didn't feel I was done.
I still wanted to be on earth, get married, have a daughter and a son.
I was pretty happy with everything in my life..
But I really never understood what happiness was like till' I gazed upon the lord's eyes.
Mom, I can't explain the beauty and happiness that I am all around.
I never knew there could be such a thing that could ever be found.
Mom, don't ever forget all the times that our family had,
These times will always be with you, don't let them make you sad.
Let them make you smile, for I loved to be with our family.
But mom, I better go now, smile for me mom, smile happily."
I kissed you one last time and then I left you there,
for soon you'd be waking up from a deep dream that we shared.

For some reason, He's been on my mind a lot lately. Maybe because it was just the anniversary of his death on the 6th.... I am not sure. But, I do know that I will see him again. Like the song says "God be with you till' we meet again"

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Parks...and things.

Tyson and I decided to just do something as just the two of us, a few Saturdays ago. So we went four wheeling.. I was so cold! But, I must say I am getting a lot better on my four wheeler... I now go up and down hills with a lot more pizazz. It's kinda fun to hit those little jumps.

He was making fun of me.. ha.

This is Parks' new face when I say "cheese" haha. so cute.

I finally got a picture of Parks two bottom teeth. His top two are coming through right now.. But I wanted to document this event! ;)
Jade & her nephew Jagger:

Parks and his new toy: the tonka truck. He LOVES this little truck.

Parks riding on the tonka!
Parks and his new shades, some of these photos are kinda funny.. He's a wiggler.. so sometimes it's hard to get photos of him.. =]

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Another Tag. =D

Baby Tag
1.Where were you when you first found out that you were pregnant? An old friends house. tragic. To bad I wasn't with my husband.
2.Who was with you? The friend. ugh.
3.How did you find out that you were pregnant? Pregnancy test.
4.What was your first reaction to finding out you were pregnant? Nervous/Excited/Anxious
5.Who was the first person you told? My husband.. and then we told our parents.
6.Did you plan to get pregnant? Not really..
7.Did you tell everyone else right away? Pretty much.. yes.
8.Was everybody happy for you? Yeah.. my mom was stoked, this was her 4th grand baby.
9.Did you go out and celebrate? No.
10.Did you want to find out the sex? of course.
11.What was the sex? BOY!
12.Did anyone throw you a baby shower? Yes.. my sister.
13.Did you get any outfits at the baby shower that you just knew you wouldn't put
on your baby? At every baby shower there are outfits that you think are a little nuts. ;)
14.How much weight did you gain? a lot. =/ I wont do that again. I was huge.
15.Did you lose all of the weight that you gained? Yes.
16.Did you get any stretch marks? Yes.. but they are back in style, right? That and cottage cheese! ;)
17.What did you crave the most? ice.
18.Did you crave anything crazy? No. I just loved the smell of fresh laundry.
19.Who or what got on your nerves? My husband. haha.. I was a little grouch sometimes.
20.Did you have any complications during your pregnancy? No. I just had weird things happen. I got hives!!
21.Where and when did you go into labor? At home.
22.Did your water break? No, they broke it in the hospital.
23.Who drove you to the hospital? My husband.
24.Who was in the room when you gave birth? Only Tyson.
25.Did you go early or late? Right on the date... May 16th
26.How long were you in labor for? um.... hard labor probably like 11-12 hours.. something like that.
27.Did you have any drugs for the pain? Yes!!
28.Did you go natural or have a C-section? Natural.
29.What was your first reaction after giving birth?I was just in awe.
30.How big was the baby? 7.8 lbs. and 21.5 inches long
31.Did your husband cry? He didn't cry.. but he got all teared up. It was neat experience.
32.What did you name the baby? Parks Adam.
33.Does his/her name have any significant meaning?Yes, He's named after my great grandpa.
34.Did you have any visitors? Yes.
35.Did the baby have any complications? Not really..
36.How old is your baby today? Almost 9 months old! Goes by fast.
37.When is the next one coming? Not until Parks is almost 3.
38.If you could, would you do it all over again? yes, but not to soon.
39.Tag five: Brit, Jacy, Alisa, Kirsten, & Jena!