Friday, November 13, 2009

Touchdown Treats

Somehow I've become the official Game Day Treat Maker Extraordinaire for Michael and his football coach buddies. I've made brownies, cookies, bar cookies, and cupcakes for them throughout the season. Cupcakes seem to rule the locker room, tho. They've been requested more than anything else.

My dear husband put in a very specific request for tonight's first game of the playoffs. He searched the internet on his own and came up with this:

If you go to the website, there's even a video. Michael watched the video and explained to me how to make them. Cute.

Here's how mine turned out:

I think we'll call this one a success for the most part.  (I'm a perfectionist! Shocker, I know) I think they looked better before I put the flags on.  Oh well.  The crowd they're for is not too picky.  I'm sure they will be gobbled right up!  :)

Monday, November 9, 2009

One down, One to go

I'm happy to report that Michael started his new job today. Hooray! Now I just need to find something more permanent and we'll be good to go. One down, one to go.

Now that the JV football season is over Michael doesn't need to be at practice every day - only on Fridays for the Varsity games. We wanted to take a very quick trip and get away for a few (brief) hours before he started his new job.

Thursday morning we hopped in the car and set off for Lake Havasu City to see the London Bridge (I am that dorky). It is the most popular thing to see in Arizona after the Grand Canyon, you know. We came, we saw, we took our pictures and left. Not much going on in Lake Havasu City in November, even with the 80+ degree temps.

After all the excitement at the London Bridge, we continued on our journey to Laughlin, NV. Laughlin is just across the Colorado River from Bullhead City, AZ, and a hop, skip, and jump away from Needles, CA. It's home to a few big casinos and inexpensive hotels and surrounded by a whole lot of desert.

We spent the night in Laughlin and Friday morning got back in the car and headed for home. We took another route back and spent most of the drive admiring the wide open spaces, rocks, and cacti.

We made it home safe and sound late Friday afternoon just in time to get to Michael's football game. Go Toros!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

It's Fall! (Sort of)

You know how they say that people in far off places like Alaska get depressed in the winter because there is so little sunlight? Well, I think that the opposite can and does exist. The long, hot summer I just experienced in Arizona was the pits. It was my first here and, quite simply, I was miserable.

My spirits have lifted significantly in the last couple of weeks since the weather has gotten cooler. I've heard several individuals around me complain that it has been "cold" and pine for warmer temps. Cold, my rear. Heaven is more like it. I've been able to wear my favorite red hoodie and comfy pants. That, my friends, is my kind of comfort. My chilly little nose is back. Yes!!

Today is Halloween and I can't help but think of Halloweens of the past. What fun it is for a kid to go trick-or-treating! Today's pic is a blast from a very 80s past.

Happy Halloween!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Softball Champs!

For the last couple of months, Michael has been coaching the men's softball team at church. On Saturday they played in the championship game and WON! At one point they were down by 10 runs but came back to tie it up and score the winning run in extra innings.

Way to go coach!

The team during the season

The championship winning team

Friday, April 24, 2009

Where'd it go?

Look at this kid and all his hair!

Now... where'd it go? :)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Reagan at 7 months

This is a recent pic of my niece, Reagan. Isn't she a cutie??

My car is cursed

I've had more flat tires than I care to remember. I don't know what it is, but somehow I seem to find every nail out there on the road. In the last year, I think I've had 5 or 6, if not more.

On the drive from Virginia to Arizona after our Honeymoon, we got two, yes TWO, flat tires. On the same day. In Arkansas. The first time we pulled over on the side of the highway, waited for AAA, and then stopped at a Wal-Mart to get a new tire. Arkansas = WalMart. Did we really have another option? :)

The second one was a few hours later. We stopped at a rest stop (still in Arkansas) and I could hear the air blowing out of the tire. Sigh... not again. Ug. A nice trucker helped us put on the donut and we headed back out on the highway hoping to make it to the closest town to get it fixed or replaced.

(Note: This was the second time that day that we had to dig the donut out of the trunk. Remember - this was when we were driving my car to Arizona after the wedding. Think about it: a trunk FULL of wedding presents and my stuff. FULL. )

By now it was late in the evening on a Saturday and we weren't too hopeful that we'd get it replaced that day. We came to the last town before crossing the border into Oklahoma and happened upon JimBob and Jeffro, overalls included. Two hillbillys in every sense of the word were our redemption. With 10 minutes to spare before their tire shop closed for the evening we were able, for only TEN dollars, to get the tire fixed and ready to roll. Amen for hillbillys and hillbilly Arkansas towns! Thank you Cooley's Tires for being open until 8pm on a Saturday night!

Fast forward to March. In one month I: 1) Ran over a nail on the way to work and got another flat tire and had to have the tire replaced, 2) Had a close encounter with a rock on the highway and had to have my windshield repaired, and 3) Was involved in a hit and run accident that caused $1100 in damages to my car.

No wonder car insurance is so dang expensive in Arizona.

Long story short: I was driving south in the far right lane approaching an intersection. The car just ahead of me to my left decided it needed to turn RIGHT on to Main Street from the middle lane, right where I was. I slammed on my brakes and still hit him. He fishtailed it and took off down Main St. The collision made me stop. Not him. By the time I turned right onto Main St. the car was out of sight down the road. It was dark and I never saw his license plate. Ug, ug, ug. It still makes my blood boil. Thanks to the lovely Mesa Police Department who said I'm pretty much SOL. Apparently this happens all the time here. Why, oh, why, me?

I'm Repenting

Wow. Six months since my last post. I am ashamed of myself. It was one of my new year's resolutions to be more involved with my blog. Alas, it is April, and this is my first post. We'll see how this goes...