Winter Sunsets

The weather here in Utah has been so cold, but the beauty that surrounds it completely makes up for it. When we sold our house and moved off of the hill for a year I missed the sunsets so much. I couldn’t believe that was the one thing I missed and longed to see. When deciding on where we would build or buy our next house one of the biggest factors was the view to the west where I could see the sunset. I think I hit the jackpot with this view! And the view we’ve experienced every night since living here has just been incredible. I’ve always told Mac that I could live in a house of all windows just so I could always look at the gorgeous state that we live in.

This photo was taken from my deck on Christmas Day. It had been snowing and cloudy and right around 4:30 in the afternoon the clouds broke and the sun made its appearance. The trees were freshly covered with snow and this sight just completed my Christmas Day. Isn’t it gorgeous?

 

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Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve is always such a fun day spent with the family. The boys woke up and went over to the church to play some basketball while I stayed home and got everything ready for the day of baking. We made sugar cookies, chex mix, muddy buddies, pretzel rolos, oreo balls and fudge. The sad thing was that it was disappearing faster than we were making it. We had a house full of boys with hungry tummys.

The most popular treat was the pretzel rolos. They are so yummy and simple to eat. You just get a bag of square pretzels, oreos and m&m’s. Put the pretzels on a cookies sheet and add a rolo on top of the pretzel. Put in the oven at 250 degrees for about 3 minutes. Take out of oven and push a m&m into the rolo, or just add another pretzel to the top.

After the baking was done we all opened our traditional Christmas jammies from Grandma Taryn. Us girls had a fun little photo shoot in our pj’s, then we headed up to Perry to get lunch from the Maddox take-out cabin.

Baby Titan wanted to be part of the photo shoot too. Isn’t he the cutest? He loved the Christmas lights.

When bedtime came around the kids were so excited they could barely even standard it, but lucky for us parents they went to bed at a reasonable time. Cam and Cy are at such a fun stage for Christmas. They left Santa a note and some cookies and milk.

 

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Blogging

Gosh! I just spent the last hour on my old blog. The blog I started way back when, that I haven’t updated or visited since 2012. It made me sad. I use to take so many pictures and document everything. I’m not sure why I stopped, but I sure wish that I hadn’t. I think maybe because of Instagram, which I love I just don’t feel like it is the same looking back.

The picture below is the main pic on my old blog. All of my boys are looking at the camera and smiling. This was 2013. They are all so cute and little!

So, with the holidays here and a new year just around the corner, I’m making it a goal to start documenting the daily adventures that happen in this crazy house of mine. I just can’t believe how much has changed in four years. It was fun to relive it and read the funny and sad stories.

Here is the link to my old blog if you want to check it out: http://theerickson8.blogspot.com/

And come back here tomorrow for a look at how our Christmas Eve was spent.

 

 

 

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Frushi

If you’re looking for a healthy and delicious snack this one is sure to hit the spot. It looks like sushi but is made with a wheat tortilla, almond butter and fruit, making it frushi. I recently wrote a couple articles for the Standard-Examiner’s Health & Wellness magazine. Thank goodness I know a few people that were more than willing to help out. Stacy Springer who owns Einstein’s Kitchen invited Joan and I over to her amazing home and made a healthy snack and a healthy meal. I photographed the steps as she prepared the food. Then we ate it all gone. It was so good. I wish I had her mad cooking skills. I really need to take one of her cooking classes because she is amazing. She even sent me home with a sushi roll for the kids, but do you think it made it home? Ooops!

Anyway, this is Stacy’s amazing recipe. I’ve been making this for lunch and for an afternoon snack. It’s nice to have something already made and on hand when we’re feeling hungry.

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Ingredients:

4 whole wheat tortillas

4 bananas

2 Granny Smith apples, thinly sliced, sticks

4 tablespoons maple almond nut butter

4 strawberries

1/4 cup Pomegranate arils.

Directions:

Lay down four pieces of tortilla. On each tortilla spread out almond butter, put peeled banana in the center, place apple sticks on either side of banana. On top of the banana place sliced strawberries, then roll up as tightly as possible. Before wrapping the edge, place a little more almond butter to help keep the roll together. Slice into 1-inch sections and top with pomegranate arils.

 

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The Drive-In

I took the boys to the drive-in last week. We went to Motor-Vu Drive-In that I’m pretty sure is older than me. We showed up after the movie had started, in Ty’s truck that doesn’t have great power steering. So imagine me trying to park, while everyone else was trying to watch a movie. EEEK! Lets just say my kids were a little embarrassed. So there were a few things I wish I would’ve know or even thought about before just showing up. So I’ve put together this post in case your headed to the drive-in soon.

Tip #1: Get there early
We went during the week so it wasn’t very busy, but showing up after the movie started made it hard to find a good spot with a good view.

Tip #2: Take cash
They only accept cash. No checks or cards so make sure you take plenty of cash to get in and buy snacks.

Tip #3: Snacks
Speaking of snacks, take your own. Just like every other theater the snack bar is over priced. So save some money by bringing your own treats and drinks.

Tip #4: Take a radio
Like I said this place has been around forever but for some reason I thought there would be a bluetooth connection to listen to the movie. I was wrong. I had to walk over to the entrance to ask if there was another way to listen other than the car FM radio. Nope. They suggested bringing my own radio, which I would recommend since it was hard to hear with just the truck stereo. I was worried about the battery dying but if you turn the key toward you it won’t die and if it does they can give you a jump. Yay!

Tip #5: Seating
We put the Love Sac in the back of the truck, took blankets and also chairs that the kids could sit on if they did not want to sit in the back of the truck. I also saw people with air mattresses just laying on the ground.

Tip #6: Movie choice
The nice thing about the drive-in is you get to see two movies for less money than you’d pay for one movie at a traditional theater. Since you can’t screen hop I would suggest choosing a double feature for the first movie and then an adult movie for the second and hope the kids fall asleep.

Have fun!

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Our New Home

I have always had a love for houses for as long as I can remember.

When I first got my driver’s license I would drive around just to look at houses and yes I still do that.

When we were first married we lived in an older Ogden neighborhood and I would walk around just to look at the houses. Sometimes I would go right when it was getting dark so the lights would be on and the blinds would be open and I could get a sneak peep of the interior. Don’t worry I wasn’t checking out the people, just the home.

I always wanted to buy one of those gorgeous mansions on Jefferson Avenue and remodel it, yet I knew that would never happen.

When we had our house up for sale I was visiting a lady who lives at one of my favorite houses in North Ogden. I told her if she ever wants to sell her home to let me know.

Fast forward a few months. We got an offer on our house and the next day that lady told me they wanted to sell there house. This was totally meant to be, right? Well, not really.

She took me through the home. I absolutely loved the character, the exterior, the yard and the plan. It’s what I always wanted. The plan was perfect for us. The problem was the home needed some updating, however it was in immaculate condition. At the time the price of the home and the cost for the remodel was more than we were willing to spend so we went back to the original plan of building.

Long story short every time we did something that had to do with building this home kept popping up in my mind. It just felt like it’s where we needed to be. So finally in November 2015 we submitted a really low offer — so low we were worried they would never speak to us again. They said NO! And we waited and waited somehow knowing that everything would work out yet wondered why if something is meant to be why is it so hard to make it happen.

Finally about 4 months later we got a call from their realtor telling us they were willing to go down on the price. We were so excited! Two months later we closed on the house and have been here for a month.

We absolutely love it. We have a lot of work ahead of us and once we get the remodel done we will love it even more.

I will be posting some before and after pictures on the blog because Mac and I seem to think we are Chip and JoJo – haha!

 

 

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Flowers Everywhere

One thing that I absolutely love about our new house is the landscaping. It is gorgeous! The previous owners knew what they were doing when they did this yard. Every week a new flower pops up. I would never do rose bushes but I now have five of them and love them. They are in the perfect spot and barely starting to bloom. I just wish the flowers would stay in bloom forever.

Here’s a look at what’s blooming this week.

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