Sunday, January 30, 2011

Crafts Helps Heal My Heart

I've had a tough weekend with the loss of my cousin.  When all my homework is done, and I feel like I can't study anymore, my mind is left with my thoughts racing and replaying over and over again.  It's torture.  So I do crafts.  I make stuff for others, and for our home.  I just need to keep my mind and hands busy.  It seems to be working.  Here's a few things and the tutorials for them.

Womans Day Fabric Mated FrameFabric Mated Frame

Decoupage Wooden Blocks

Rosettes on hand sewn pillow

Friday, January 14, 2011

I'm already looking forward to the Fall!

Since I'm taking the last class I need for my associate degree to be completed (finally) and next fall and winter I'm going to be only taking major classes and then some practical classes that I think will be useful for us.  Here's what I'm going to try to get into! Cross your lil' fingers for me!

Home Decor Sewing (HFED 221-02)- yes I want to learn how to be a really good sewer.  I have the basic skills and Ben's getting me a sewing machine for my birfday :) I just think it will be a good skill to have who knows maybe I will be the best sewer ever and make beautiful projects and sell them for tons of mola! Just kidding but I really do want to have this skill I think it will totally save us money! I'm on a kick about provident living right now

           If you haven't checked the site shame on you! DO IT NOW! Seriously get off of this page and go look at it.  It's all stuff that we need to be reminded off

Intro to Business Management 

Business Fundamentals I 

Principles of Business Mgmt 

Human Resource Management  


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Lava Hot Springs Extravaganza

One of our new years resolutions this year for us is to make the most out of our free time, and to have as many ADVENTURES and EXPERIENCES as possible together.  We've got less then a year left here in good ol' Idaho, so we want to do as many things as possible.  Each month we are going to try something new in a new place.

Let me just say that I love planning these fun little excursions and I get so excited!!  

For December.....we had an awesome time in Jackson Hole Wyoming (see previous post for the fun details), and just a few days ago for one of our January Adventures we went out to Lava Hot Springs, ID and went cross-country skiing and then had an amazing time at the hot springs.

When we were driving out to Lava Hot Springs I couldn't stop thinking about how beautiful it is out here.  Idaho beauty is different from other places I've seen, it's just so unique and well....there isn't a whole lot out here so you really get a better understanding how much God loves us because he has created such beautiful places.  


After driving and getting us lost (once again) we finally got to our little site to go cross-country skiing.  It was such a blast! I hadn't been for about a year, and Ben had never been so this was going to be a fun time!  
First time up!

First time down, just a few minutes later     
We had such a fun time skiing.  Another goal of mine is to take more pictures! I want a really good pictures from every adventure we take!  This one bellow is probably my favorite
We're such goobers! 

After fooling around for a while on our skies we decided to make some snow angels and do a little sledding.  They had sleds that we could use that they kept in the warming hut, so it was pretty SWEET!

Of course we have to take goofy pictures and act like complete boobs....and for your enjoyment 

We hit up the Chuck Wagon Restaurant afterward, and surprisingly it had one of the best burgers I've ever had.  It was so thick and juicy, with bacon, lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, a lot of onions, it was so DELICIOUS.  YUMMY! We definitely deserved it after I good workout! 

Before heading home we spotted at the local natural Hot Springs that they are know for.  I would recommend anyone going to these! It was HOT! Litterally, it was so cool though and it felt like it was burning my skin at first because they are outside so you are walking outside in below freezing temps, in a bathing suit, then you hop in a pool that is over 100! 

It was crazy how steamy everything was...
Every played the game where's waldo?? Try the game WHERE'S BEN?!
Let me tell ya! It was worth the drive! 

The pools are all natural water with no chemicals! When we got out you feel like your skin just got exfoliated.  I think my favorite part was that there wasn't a ton of people there so it was pretty private ;) and the bottoms of the pools are made out of gravel, so it just feels to natural and good on your feet.

It was such a wonderful day! I can't wait for our next little trip! :)

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Jackson, WY Adventure

So we decided that we needed to start doing more activities while we are out here, because we only have one year left.  Each month we will pick at least one activity like skiing/snowboarding, museum, concert, hiking etc.

December was the month for Wyoming!

Probably not the smartest idea I've ever had going directly through the Teton Pass and the Swan Valley Pass in the middle of winter.  It was so scary!! I'm not even exaggerating there are people walking on the side of the road to go skiing and snowboarding on this curvy narrow mountain that you could just fall off of.  Then take into consideration our car being really old, the front tires are completely worn down, and the front brakes are going again.  I'm pretty sure that I had multiple panic attacks on the way down the mountain especially when our car started to fish tail a little bit!

When we arrived safely at our destination this is the wonderful view that welcomed us into the town.


When we got to Jackson we took a walk through the visitors center and saw all off the displays that they have about the wildlife.

  After we went on a sleigh ride through the elk reservation.  It was FREEZING I nearly lost my nose it was so cold.

It was so fun though! We got just a few feet from the Elk, and learned all about them and it was interesting.

Afterward to warm up we went to Billy's burger and had the biggest cheeseburger with lettuce, onions, mayo, ketchup, mustard, a huge beef patty, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, and jalapenos.  Along with some waffle fries and a diet coke it was the perfect ending to such a fun day with my hubby :)

We were planning on staying for the fireworks and the torchlight parade down the mountain, but we (meaning I) was just too scared to be driving through those mountain passes at 10pm at night, so we headed on home.

Before we left though we got another picture in front of the arch, almost one year later from when we took our first one :) the top is from a year ago, and the bottom one is from yesterday