May 21, 2011

Hooray for Saturday!!

Hooray for Saturday and hooray for sun! After 7 straight days of rain we took advantage of this break in the weather to get outside and take a nice long walk.

First stop was the library to check out a bunch of DVDs to watch over the next few days (our version of netflix). Next we wandered over to McDonald's to try their new frozen strawberry lemonade, which actually turned out to be very yummy. Then we crossed to street to Carl's Jr. for the rest of our lunch because we like their food better than McDonald's.


Then back to home where Rosalina killed Birdo in Mario Kart. I was Birdo (poor me).

May 13, 2011

Mini Golf, Mucho Fun

Friday was gorgeous so we decided that part of our date that night had to be outdoors. After going to dinner on the $13 Chili's gift cart we dug out of one of our desk drawers, we thought it would be fun to play mini golf.

We decided that it would probably be better to play at Cascade's course rather than Trafalga to avoid weekend crowds. It was definitely the right choice. We practically had the place to ourselves, which was great because it's never fun to wait behind a big group of teenagers trying to hit their ball over every barrier. After playing through the first 18 holes on Course 1, we got our money's worth and played through Course 2 as well.

Dave had a little trouble with one of the water hazards

Which turned into a lot of trouble... He actually got it out on his first try, but then Friday the 13th bad luck hit and it bounced off the wall right back into the water. After 4 more unsuccessful puddle shots, he took the max score for the hole and we moved on.

I actually didn't do that awesome either, but thanks to a couple lucky hole-in-ones I was able to beat Dave both games - go me!

May 8, 2011

Oh wait... Mother's Day is TODAY!

Somehow (and I really don't know how) I did not realize that Mother's Day was this weekend. I guess I win the bad daughter/daughter-in-law award this year. So while you wait for your gifts to arrive, know that I love you mom!

The signs were there - millions of commercials on TV, gift ideas all over my browser's home page, flowers and cards in the stores, and not to mention the 540 kids carrying home plants in yogurt cups, tissue paper flowers, poems, and homemade picture frames for their mommies. I guess I've had other things on my mind...

The big news for us is we have started our adventure with fertility treatment, and so far it's been a lot of drugs, a lot of doctor appointments, and a lot of $$$. But it will all be worth it if next year there's a little Howe with us here on Mother's Day. Wish us luck!

This year we had a quite evening at home and Dave grilled us some delicious steaks out in the rain. What a guy!

May 7, 2011

A New Life for Old Ensigns

I recently decided that because you can access the Ensign online, and because shelf space in our apartment is in high demand, it just wasn't practical to save every issue. I, however, was having a hard time just tossing them in the recycling... So I decided to create my own "Gospel Art Kit: Part II."

Now when I finish reading an issue, I go through it with a pair of scissors and cut out all the awesome pictures that go with the stories. Here are some samples of what I've collected over the past couple months:

Old Testament Stories

New Testament Stories & Life of Christ

Book of Mormon Stories

The Restoration & Church History

As you can see, I don't have that many pictures yet from the Book of Mormon or Church History, but I'm sure it will build over time. For now, I keep all the pictures in an organizer with a separate pocket for each "set." I'm really looking forward to having these to use for FHE lessons, primary classes, Sunday School, and who knows what else.  It's a cheap, easy project that' I'm sure will be a great resource for years to come!