Thursday, December 4, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
We are also super excited for Ace and Mich to have "Brayden" (ha ha) here sometime in January or maybe if they are extra lucky he will wait until the due date. And excited again for Mat and Chanae to have baby number two on the way and arriving in April. Congrats to all the Christensen babys who were prayed here by Mom and Dad C when they were in Chile, but who all waited until Guatemala to come. :)So many babies!! We love it. That means lots of cousins!! Which sisto will be next?
So Devin and I have decided to try to enjoy nature and the amazing weather that fall brings by taking some Saturday hikes, if of course Soccer season will permit. Anyway, Devin needed to break in his new hiking shoes for his backpacking trip so a few weeks ago we set out for some waterfall hike about 45 minutes north. We were very excited, but found when we got there that the trail to the falls was closed. How lame. We considered taking it anyway, but decided to just experience the other dusty trails that led elsewhere. The names of the trails were amazingly deceiving, and the scenery ended up being rather disappointing. Regardless, we enjoyed ourselves and did manage to find a itsy bitsy waterfall and some gigantic pine cones. Hopefully our next adventure yields better results.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
So Lauren is a Senior this year. How crazy! She went to two homecoming dances, hers and her friend Jordans. They looked so cute. Jordan was a sport and took Lauren and three of her friends to his homecoming and then he and Lo went to hers the weekend afterward. As always is McFadyen fashion, I was still sewing parts of Lo's dress, the green one, when Jordan arrived. If our Mom doesnt make the dress, then it always has to be severely altered. Which is easier? Lauren was so excited to go with Jordan because she can wear heals and he will still tower over her since he is 6'7". I think her shoes only made her 7" shorter than him instead of the usual 10! Both her dresses were darling and so different from what the other girls were wearing not only in style, but so modest in comparison. She looked so great. Modest is really the hottest.
While all the boys were gone for far too long, the girls had to get out and have some fun too. Especially me to keep my mind off of how much I wanted Devin to come home. Anyway, Friday the girls didn't have school so we went to Apple Hill with our good friends Mark and Angela and their crazy kids whom we just adore. I babysit them every week and Emily has been watching their kids since the twins, Cade and Carter, were born 2.5 years ago. They are just another addition to our family. Myles, the 4 year old, thinks Devin is my cousin even though he knows that we are married. Whenever I go to watch them he always wants to know where the other guy is. So funny. Anyway, we went to Apple Hill and it was beautiful and so much fun. We went all over and had the most amazing peaches and of course apples, not to mention apple doughnuts and homemade fudge. It was great. Maybe Devin wants to go soon?!
One of my dearest friends from BYU-I and her love have finally tied the knot. They had a similar dating experience to Devin and I, although ours was much more traumatizing. Ace heard all about it since he was Sarah's religion teacher during the break-up. Ha Ha. However, they made it and got married Oct. 10. She looked beautiful and he couldn't keep his eyes off of her. Oh young love. HA HA. Are WE past that yet? Somebody let us know.
My little, bigger than me, brother Chaddie is home from his mission to New Jersey. He came home on September 30 at 10:25pm. This post is long overdue, but the pics were on my Moms camera and I just kept forgetting. We were so excited for him to come home! We even missed him coming down the escalator. His flight had arrived when we got there and because the pilots came down before he did, we just assumed we had missed him so we went looking for him. My mom actually confused Chad for an Asian man and was so excited she took a picture. We were all laughing our heads off as this poor man was coming down. Chad has always been one to take his time and just mosied on down when we had all walked away to find him. I sobbed when I saw him, but quickly pulled myself together for fear of embarrasment. Chad and Devin had never met and from what I see they are getting along. I am so pleased. :) Chad is so awesome and it is so fun to have him home although the first thing he said to me was that I looked old. Whatever. He was in severe shock at the airport, but already he has gone on a few dates and rid himself of the comb-over. He still wears socks with sandals, but everyday makes more progress!
Soccer rules the weekends around here for pretty much every family I know, but I think my family gets more action than anyone. There are at least 4 soccer games every single Saturday from the beginning of August until Mid-December. Talk about insane!! Anyway, we are loving it because it gives us something fun to do on Saturday if we can't think of something ourselves. Now that the weather has begun to cool off somewhat, the games are even enjoyable and we can pay attention to the sweet moves the McFadyens all know. I can't believe how amazing the kittens all are and it just makes me wonder what kind of amazing talent I could have had if I had been given the opportunity like the others. Anyway, we have most recently watched Lauren and Emily and hope to get pictures of Ryan and Sarah this weekend. Its hard to make it to all of the games and my parents usually have to choose who they are going to take. Usually Dad travels with Ryan and Mom goes with Emily. They are both playing competitive this year which makes the soccer schedule even more insane with up to 6 games on any given Saturday. Lauren usually is her own cheerleader but I have been trying to watch her games when she has time to fit a soccer game into her busy Saturdays because of taking the ACT a million times to prepare for BYU and going to homecoming so many times! We love soccer and we love our teams!! I especially love cheering for everyone because it always makes them laugh. Last week was great because Lauren was on defense and was basically standing around the whole time and once when I was talking to her, she got tripped. It was sooo funny. Love the game!!
Just hours ago, Devin and I were fixing dinner. We were having a lovely time enjoying the smell of chicken browning in the skillet for our delicious stir-fry when an accident occured. To begin with, I put the can of juice in a bad spot in the freezer, a really bad spot. Some of the juice we buy comes in a plastic container instead of the usual cardboard, and I guess it doesnt freeze well because we the freezer was opened disaster struck.... Grape juice concentrate all over the kitchen. OH NO!!! I was terrified thinking it was going to stain everything it touched, but so relieved seeing that it had not gotten on the carpet... a near miss. We really lucked out because a gillion paper towels and a few clorox wipes later, the floor, the walls and the fridge were juice and stain free and dinner carried on as usual. A lucky night for us and our first accident in the kitchen... maybe. Aren't we proud.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
For me, fruit drinks began when I was in Jr. High. My grandma started mixing up a bunch of fruit, some weird powders, and juice. Sometimes, she used algae which was disgusting to smell, but didn't really have flavor mixed with the juice. Anyway, I would take a fruit drink with me everyday on the way to school. Sometimes things would not get blended perfectly and there would be peels, or chunks of fruit sitting in with the drink. This was all fine and dandy until one day, I found a big peel in my mouth. I am not a fan of eating just a plain old apple peel, so I began to take it out of my mouth to discover that it was a band-aid. True story. My grandmas band-aid fell of and into my smoothie and was blended up and I had been drinking it the whole time. It was sick. It took me a long time to get over that band-aid. Now that I am grown, I can make fruit drinks of my own. I dont use fresh fruit, I use frozen. And I add a little yogurt, but essencially it is the same thing. Devin has this handy contraption called the "Magic Bullet". It was ordered off an info-mercial and quite frankly I am surprised that Grandma Bon Bon never bought one. So anyway, we have been married over a year and I have just started using it for the first time. It really is the coolest thing ever. Way easier to use than a blender, much quicker clean up, and it works so quickly. So I have started making smoothies for Devin and I in the morning. I decided that I wanted to try adding spinach, just to see what would happen. I was afraid to add too much, so I only used about a 1/2 cup, but guess what?! My smoothie was delicious and since I used blackberries and raspberries, it was a dark purple color. Not a hint of green to be found. I am hooked and love that I can make my own smoothies and never again do I have to get a Jamba. I mean I will, I love Jamba, but I don't have to cuz I know I can do it myself.... sort-of. And to think this magic bullet has been around the whole time!
Monday, September 15, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
So my long lost friend from elementary school and jr. high had this on her blog and I remembered some great memories from our time together, so I thought this would be fun.
1. As a comment on my blog, leave a memory that you and I have had together. It doesn't matter if you remember me a little or a lot, anything you remember!
2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you! If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you're playing and leave a memory about you on your blog!
If you dont know me, leave a memory of Devin. I would love to hear what other people have to say about his past. :)
*also, a side note about this picture of Devin. It is a dear memory that I have of him. Many of you will not know about this, so here it goes. Our first Christmas together, we had been dating about 2 months. Now, we were in such a position where we really liked each other and were exclusive/boyfriend girlfriend, but still a little on edge so Christmas was just confusing. I decided that I would make Devin a blanket because I was going to California for a while and I wanted him to remember me all the time. It was cute and he used it on his bed and he loved it. His idea of a sentimental Christmas gift however, was far from anything I could have imagined. Devin and his friend Rick took a trip to Dad C's land and did a little photo shoot. This very picture was blown up to the size of a poster and given the title Abercrombie and Fitch Winter 2006. Then Devin wrote me a little message and signed his poster for me. How dreamy. Needless to say when I opened it I was confused, shocked and laughing my head off. How random right?! Anyway, I still have it and really should frame it and put it up in the guest room. I cant wait to show our kids. LOVE IT! Love Him!! What a gem. Who else would have done that?*
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
So we have lived here for just a little over 6 weeks and I am a blog slacker but I have great news. Devin did his research and we got our internet hooked up just this afternoon. Devin called me after the internet man left and when he asked what I was doing, he knew I was internetting. So here I am updating the ol' blog-a-roo! Two weekends ago, we got to go camping and to University Falls up in the beautiful Sierra Mountains. We tried to get a lot of time in with KT and Brady before they headed back to Utah for the winter. They are kind of like old people moving during the hot season, expect they are a bit backwards. Anyway, so we went camping with them, and then we got to go to LA to visit Ericson and Chelsy and KT and Brady got to come with. Our trips were such blast. We fell in love with Kalem and I got to give Devin a taste of Disney magic in Downtown Disney. Chelise and I decided that we are going to have to get season passes in order to make our lives work out the way we want them to. Ha Ha. Devin said I have to get a job if that plan is going to work out so we will see. Anyway, we are loving it here and cannot wait for all of the adventures that we have planned. Also I know some people were wondering when my brother Chad gets home from his mission. He will be home Sep. 30 @ 9pm. I cant wait. He and Dev are going to make me laugh my head off!! YAY!! Oh and I forgot to mention that a few weeks ago we celebrated our first anniversary. It was so fun and its just crazy to think that a year has already gone by. And to think that we are still so happy. I just want to comment that I have never really been a big red rose fan, but Devin gets me the most beautiful red roses and now I just love having them around. What a gem! Love that kid.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Grandpa Bond gave Devin and I some torquise gifts from the reservation in NM and I got a beautiful ring that I love and Devin picked this cowboy tie. Who knows when it will come in handy. And oh how it already has. He wore it when he went hometeaching with my Dad. What a geek. Of course the widow they visited loved it. Way to go DEVO!!
Friday, August 15, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Monday, June 30, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Are we cool or what?
Sissas with Sass
The water was freezing, but it was so fun!
Devin even took me to Cabelas! It wasn't that exciting to me, however the humongo fish tank really made me want to go to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. We also got to spend some time with Devins mission trainer Jason and his wife Cassie. They were great and showed us how weird they are with their surgery game on the Wii. Ha Ha. JK guys. But really it was a weird game. However, it was such a fun weekend and I really enjoyed all the shopping and R&R I got to do!
Monday, May 5, 2008
Homemade Mashers: Cut up desired amount of potatoes and boil them until soft. Add green onions, milk, salt, sour cream and cream cheese if you want to make them really fattening. Just use however much you want of all of the ingredients. I rarely measure, I just use whatever amount looks good. These mashers taste delicious and are way better for you than the boxed kind plus they are pretty easy to make.
French Dip Sandwichs: I got this recipe off of a friends blog, so she gets the credit, but it was delicioso and Devin ate it up as though he had never eaten anything in his life. He LOVED it so much that when we went grocery shopping again, he picked out all of the stuff to make it!
2 Tbsp butter
1 shallot, chopped
1 Tbsp flour2 cans beef stock, or what I used2 bouillon cubes dissolved into 2 cups of water
1 1/2 lbs. thin sliced roast beef
Grill seasoning blend for steak, salt and pepper, rosemary and thyme
sourdough bread-I used San Luis
In a large skillet over moderate heat, melt butter. Add shallots to butter and saute 2 minutes. Add flour to butter and shallot and cook a minute longer. Whisk in beef stock in a slow stream. Bring sauce to bubble and allow to simmer over low heat until ready to serve sandwiches.Pile meat loosly across your cutting board. Season meat. Set cups for dipping sauce, plates and sourdough. To assemble, using kitchen tongs, dip meat into loose au jus sauce and pile across sourdough. Set cups with extra dipping sauce.
SouthWestern Pita Salad: I had originally wanted to make something along the lines of Pita Pit, but when that idea failed, I ended up with this delicious salad that I think I could eat every day. I call it South West Pita Salad. It was really good with tomatillo ranch dressing, but when we ran out, I just had it with salsa and sour cream and it was still amazing!! Check it out!
Tomatillo Ranch Dressing
1 buttermilk ranch dressing packet (make as per recipe)
2 tomatillos (tomato like vegetable with a husk around them)
½ bunch of cilantro
1 clove garlicJuice of
1 jalapeño (Use the seeds too if you like it spicy. You could substitute a few drops of green tobasco for the jalapeno.)
Use a food processor to blend all the ingredients well. Refrigerate.
Make the dressing before hand so that you wont have to worry about it.
For the salad, I used 1 head of green leaf lettuce cut into small strands like shredded lettuce would be. Then I added a bit of red onion, some corn, tomatoes, cheese, black beans and avacado. Put cheddar cheese on the pita as you would a quesadilla and put in the oven at 350 until the cheese is melted. Grill up some chicken to your liking. I just use the George Forman because it is really quick with a little PAM and garlic salt. It works well.
Put the salad mixture on the melted cheese pita, then the chicken, add a bit of salsa and sour cream and then use the dressing if you want to.
Roasted Potato Salad: I made this for a bbq that we had. I was a little wary of it because I am not a Miracle Whip fan, but it turned out delicious and we hardly had any left overs even though I doubled the recipe. It was relatively easy to make and very good hot or cold.
4 large potato, peeled and cubed
1 C miracle whip
2 boiled eggs chopped
2 slices bacon, diced and cooked
1/4 C green onions
salt and pepper
Heat oven to 425. Place potatoes on baking sheet sprayed with PAM and bake for 30-35 minutes until potatoes are tender and golden brown. Stir once. Mix Miracle Whip, crushed bacon, onions, eggs salt and pepper together in a large bowl. Add potatoes and stir together.