Wednesday, December 31, 2014

fourteen

This year has gone by so fast.
I think the older I get the faster time goes by.

Looking back on 2014 all I can think is that it was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
We have had some really hard things to deal with
but also some of the best things happened.

I guess it all balances out!
I think we were blessed with the good things to help us move forward every day.

I am looking forward to 2015 and the adventures ahead.

Here are fourteen of my favorite moments from 2014...

We celebrated our first anniversary
with a little getaway to Heber and Park City.
We went to the ice castles and just had a fun time together.


We took a last minute trip to the zoo.
We were going to go to Tracey Aviary
but it wasn't free with our Pass of all Passes
so we opted for the zoo instead.
It was s fun last minute date night.


I love Temple Square at Christmas
but I almost love it more in the spring.
We finally went to Alamexo to eat and then to Temple Square.
The flowers in the spring are so beautiful.


We made a bunch of visits to the cabin.
Some with family, some with friends and some just on our own.
I love having a place to go anytime we want to get away.




We went to Hollywood Connections. 
On a week day.
It was fun to just act like kids and play around together.
We need to do this more often.



Always a favorite is the 
Race for the Cure.
It was a cold day and we had to rush to get to a wedding.
But it's always a fun day with family and I love having Ryan with me.


Another highlight this year was our
trip to Disneyland.
I am so glad we got to go together before our traveling is put on hold!
We went to San Diego, Disneyland and the beach.
It was such a fun getaway.



In June we found out we are having a baby!
Probably the best moment of the year!
We were and are so excited for this blessing and adventure.


We only made it to the lake once this year.
But it was a great day.
I love being out on the lake!
We went two days after I found out I was pregnant
so I took it really easy and only floated on the tube with the kids that didn't like to go fast.


Made the annual Yellowstone trip again.
I love being with Ryan in his favorite place.
Luckily the rain stayed away this year!


I got tickets a year in advance
but the day finally came to see Wicked.
I was so excited to take Ryan to see it.


We went to our ward camp out and 
slept under the stars.
It was a fun time!


It was fun sharing our good news with our families at 12 weeks.
Then at 19 weeks we told everyone else.
It was also magical to see our little one for the first time.
Ultrasounds are pretty incredible.


Christmas this year was one of the best yet.
After months of worrying about Ryan having to work on Christmas Eve and day
he got the flu and wasn't able to work.
The good news of the week came the same day he was home really sick 
when he got a call and was finally offered a position to work for the LDS church.
We are so excited and feel so blessed to have this opportunity.



I am so excited for 2015 and to see what it has in store for us.
After some of the struggles we went through this year
and the joys and blessings that have come
I know 2015 is going to be great!

I am so thankful for the good and the bad days
and the blessing it has been to share them all with Ryan.

Here's s to 2015!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Eve


With Ryan not feeling well we just stayed in tonight.
It was so nice to be able to spend time together.

It's our last Christmas alone, child free!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

recipe of the day

My sweet Grandma Bott used to make the best treats for us.
From Valentine's to Easter to Christmas treats.

One of my favorites was always her Bon Bon Cookies.

When she died my aunt and cousins started making these every year.
My mom never made them that I can remember.
 
Kristy and I kept saying every year that we should make them
but never did.

We finally decided to do it this year!

They are so easy and so yummy, I don't know what took us so long!



Bon Bon Cookies   
Bott Family Christmas tradition, thanks Grandma Ruthie!

For the Cookies:
  • 1/2 c. soft butter 
  • 3/4 c. sifted confectioners sugar 
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla
  • food coloring if desired 
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour 
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
For the Icing:
  • Mix 1 cup sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tbsp cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • food coloring if desired
 
Heat oven to 350. Mix butter, sugar, vanilla and food coloring (if using), thoroughly. Measure flour by dip-level-pour method or by sifting. Blend in flour and salt. If dough is dry, add 1 to 2 Tbsp. cream. Wrap a level Tablespoon of dough around filling.. Place 1" apart on un-greased cookie sheet. Bake 12 to 15 min. Cool. Dip tops of cookies in frosting; decorate with another topping if desired. Makes 20-25 cookies.
 
Possible fillings: chocolate chips, chopped nuts, coconut, cherries...choose your own adventure!


Monday, December 15, 2014

30

I can't believe I am so old!
I had a great birthday this year.

On my actual birthday we got to have an ultrasound and see the baby.
Then I just worked.
The day was full of calls, texts and messages so that made it fun.

That night Ryan took me to dinner at Blue Lemon and to Temple Square.
I love this tradition we've started of going on my birthday.
It's usually not too cold and not too busy.







The next day Kristy took me to lunch at Kneader's.
It's always a nice break from work!

Then that weekend KaDee took me to lunch.
It was fun to catch up and of course eat Plates and Palates.

This last weekend we went to Settabello with the Blacks
and to the Grand America to see the windows.



And yesterday wrapped up the celebrating with dinner at my dads.

It was a fun celebration this year!
Thanks for all the love!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

a baby


The memory of that first Christmas night would bring Santa Claus and Frosty and Rudolph—and all would be welcome. But first and forever there was just a little family, without toys or trees or tinsel. With a baby—that’s how Christmas began.
 
-Jeffrey R Holland

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

the list

Three years ago I made this list.
Three years ago I was in a much different place than I am now.
I was happy with my life.
But I knew there was more to life than what I had.

I made this list to give me things to accomplish and look forward to.
30 things to do before I turn 30
I chose 30 things that I could do.
They were all realistic things, nothing like get married or have kids on there
because that took more than me to accomplish.
Some took a lot of money, but they would still be doable. 

Today I am 30.
I would like to say I completed my list.
But I didn't.

But what I did was better.

I can go to Thailand, Hawaii and Chicago later.
I can see a Yankees game and ride in a hot air balloon later.

Looking back at my list I am not sad for the things I didn't accomplish.
I am happy for the ones I did accomplish and for the things I've done that weren't on the list.

I have a home and a husband and a baby on the way.
Those things are better than any vacation or activity I could have put on my list 3 years ago.

So today on this milestone of a birthday
I am happy to say I am happy.
Life isn't perfect, but I am happy.

 

We got to see our little one this morning
and nothing could make me happier than where I am in life right now.
This chubby little face is getting bigger everyday 
and will probably make its debut earlier than we thought!


Monday, December 1, 2014

give thanks

We had a fun Thanksgiving weekend.
I can't believe it is December already.

Wednesday I had two events for work starting at 3:30am!
It was a crazy early morning but it was fun
and everything worked out.


It started with the Day of Thanks event and then the Turkey Toss.



Thursday was such a nice day.
We slept in and then had Thanksgiving at Kristy and Ben's.
It was delicious and a fun time.

Of course we all went back later that night for leftovers.
 

Friday we got up and headed to the cabin for the weekend.
We just relaxed and went to the fish place that night.

Saturday we went and picked out trees.
It was a fun day and log since my dad was so picky about his tree!
I love doing this every year.








We went back and showered and relaxed and then went to the light parade in town.
It was short but still fun to see.
We walked around town and then got some dinner.
 

It was a nice weekend away spending time together.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Hall of Fame


Saturday night we got to go to the
Special Olympics Hall of Fame dinner.

It was a fun fancy night out.
I feel so lucky yo get to do all these great things.

Friday, November 14, 2014

recipe of the day

I've been wanting to make baked donuts for awhile now
but didn't have the pans and didn't NEED to buy them.

I happened to have some Kohl's cash last week
and since I don't need {can't fit} any more clothes
I decided to look through their housewares department.

I remembered I wanted the pans but didn't think they would have them.
Sure enough, you can always count on the Food Network to provide.
I grabbed two and was on my way.

My first attempt was pumpkin, of course.
They were so so delicious!
I can't wait to make another flavor.
Pinterest has so many ideas!

I think I found a new favorite thing to bake, and eat!

 
Baked Pumpkin Donuts
this made about 6 dozen mini donuts
 
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 

Topping
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
 
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray donut pan with cooking spray.
  2. To make the donuts, beat together oil, eggs, sugar, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, salt, baking powder and vanilla until smooth. Add the flour and stir until smooth.
  3. Fill each donut cup about 3/4 full (I used a pastry bag with the end snipped off to do it easily) Bake for 16-8 minutes. Allow to cool slightly before removing from pan.
  4. To make the cinnamon-sugar topping, mix together sugar and cinnamon in a shallow bowl until well combined. Brush each donut with melted butter then toss in cinnamon-sugar mixture until evenly coated.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Eva's

I finally made it to Eva's bakery Saturday.
And it was delicious, I want to try everything on the menu!
 
I went to school with Kendra and Karlie and I love them both.
Karlie lives in Colorado now and Kendra is in Orem.
Karlie was in town so we finally planned a lunch date.
It was so fun to catch up and eat yummy food!


Karlie had to rush to a hair appointment and we didn't think to take a picture until after.

Monday, November 10, 2014

jazz game

Last week was so busy.
We had something every night but Friday
so I was looking forward to relaxing at home.

Thursday my boss sent an email that she had box seats to the Jazz game Friday night
if anyone wanted some.

I like to go to a couple Jazz games a year so I got some.

The seats were great!
There was no food in the suite so we ran to the Gateway and grabbed something to eat.

It was a fun night!


Monday, November 3, 2014

halloween

I cannot believe it is November already.
I don't know if it's because I'm getting older or what
but time is going by so fast these days.

Friday was Halloween.
I kept thinking we should make plans for the night,
you know, be social.

By Friday nights I am ready for a cozy night in
so we did just that.

We had stew and sugar cookies
and watched a scary movie.

It was the perfect Halloween night.





Monday, October 27, 2014

Gardner Village










 

I went to Gardner Village Friday afternoon with Kristy and the girls.
Kristy got sick so things didn't go as planned
but it was fun anyway.

I took the girls around for a bit to see all the witches.
I sure love these little girls!