Sunday, May 31, 2009

Senior Night Out

Friday night we took our 3 seniors from church out to honor them and their accomplishments. We had such a great time, but boy do I feel old. We stayed up until 3:30 am, and I am still trying to recooperate. The night started with Osaka, a Japanese Tepenyaki grill. None of the kids had ever eaten at a Tepenyaki grill, so it was fun to watch them experience it for the first time. Then, we went over to a putt- putt place here in town. It's not like normal putt-putt, cause it's on an actual golf course, and you're putting on "normal-like" challenging greens- with bunkers.

After a full belly and fun putt-putting we headed over to Walmart for some free fun entertainment. We played a game that really got the competition flowing. We played boys versus girls. We had 15 minutes to gather random items from around the store, and then we met back up and traded baskets. We had to put all of the items back in the correct position. First one to get all items back won. Well, of course the girls won! It was so funny! The girls had all random, girly things for the boys to put up- make- up, clothing pattern, baby toys, bra, card, etc.... and the boys had all random guy things like a car battery, a grill plug, pull ties, a picture leveler, a map.... so needless to say it was difficult for both side to get everything up in the right spot.

After Walmart we headed back to the house for some yummy fondue. Then we played 2 games of Clue and watched Mall Cop. Finally at 3:30 we all turned in.

We ended up getting up at 7:30 because Julia had to go to work, and we wanted to make breakfast before she left. We had cinnamon waffles and turkey bacon.

Here are a few pictures from our fun night out:
Today we also had some activities at church to honor our 3 grads. Julia, Janelle, and Mike made display boards with photos on them for people to look at over the next few weeks in the foyer. Lantz gave them new study Bibles in front of the whole congregation, after saying a few words about each of them, and then he prayed over them and the journey that they have ahead of them. We then topped the afternoon off with a good old pot- lucky. Yummy!

Now.... I think it's time to nap and catch back up on my sleep.... I so don't want to go to work this week. Is it summer yet?
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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Lantz= Gourmet Chef

Friday Lantz went with me to look for some tank tops for Europe. While I was browsing around TJ Maxx he found something that he had to have... a Tyler Florence- Dinner at my Place recipe book. He was like, "I'm going to cook something from here," and so of course I was like, "Okay, sounds great!" So Saturday night he picked out a recipe and salad to make, and Sunday I went grocery shopping and picked up all his supplies. Last night he cooked dinner (I helped with the salad), and I have to say that I can totally get used to it. (Not that Lantz doesn't cook, cause he cooks just as much as I do. He makes breakfast every morning, and always grills anything that I need him to for dinner.) His recipe was soooooooooo yummy! Enjoy!

BIBB LETUCE WITH TARRAGON VINAIGRETTE

Ingredients:

1 small shallot, peeled and diced
1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
1 lemon, juice only
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons of honey
1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 head of Bibb letuce
1 tablespoon fresh tarragon leaves

Directions:
1. Combine shallot, mustard, and lemon juice in a large salad bowl.
2. Slowly drizzle in oil as you whisk dressing.
3. Once all the oil is in, stir in honey.
4. Fold in the 1 tablespoon of chopped tarragon.
5. Season with salt and pepper.
6. Wash lettuce and seperate leaves.
7. Smear dressing up around the insides of the salad bowl and toss the leaves in the bowl. (This way all leaves get some dressing.)
8. Fold in the 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon leaves and serve.

Here are photos of salad in process:


PENNE WITH SPICY ITALIAN SAUSAGE, CREAM, TOMATOES, AND PEAS

Ingredients:

4 links of spicy Italian sausage
1 pound dried penne (we used whole wheat of course)
Exta Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
1 Medium Onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, peeled, and chopped
1 28-ounce can crushed San Marzano tomatoes
1/4 cup torn fresh basil leaves
Kosher salt and ground black pepper
1 cup of heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup grated parmigiano-reggiano, plus more for serving
fresh basil leaves for garnish
2 cups of peas, blanched (To blanch the peas, submerge them into boiling water for 2
1/2 minutes(1 minute for frozen peas), then strain them and plunge them into ice
water to stop the cooking process. Strain them again, and set aside.)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place sausage in a roasting pan and roast in teh preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes, until slightly golden and just cooked.
2. Cut sausage at an angle into bite-sized pieces.
3. Place a large pot of salted water over high heat and bring to a boil. Drop pasta into the boiling water and cook according to package to ensure tender yet firm noodles.
4. Set a large, heavy-based pot over medium heat and add a 2 count of EVOO (about 2 tablespoons). Add onion and garlic and saute until translucent and fragrant.
5. Add tomatoes and basil; season with salt and pepper. Simmer for 15 minutes.
6. Fold in cream and continue to simmer until rich and creamy.
7. Add sausage, blanched peas, and parmigiano- regiano. Fold together and allow the flavors to come together by simmering for 2 to 3 minutes.
8. Add pasta. Stir together.
9. Serve topped with a shower of cheese and garnish with basil.

Some pictures of the process:
This meal was so yummy, and I highly recommend it! It was fun to be in the kitchen together.... try it out! And finally the finished product:

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Dance, Dance Baby

Real quick- today was really fun, but way tiring! 1st period was the teacher talent show. I performed in 3 acts- Cupid Shuffle high kick routine, Evolution of Dance, and a drug free skit that our kids normally perform called Reesie Does Drugs. It was lots of fun, and I think I only messed up like once dancing! Yeah! I'm working on trying to get a copy of the performance. If I get one, you know I'll let you in on the fun and post it up. For now, here is a picture of our dancing group:
I loved getting to practice with these ladies! They are so, so, so fun!

P.S. Lantz cooked a gourmet meal tonight- I'll hopefully post pictures and a recipe tomorrow!

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Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day Weekend

I have loved my Memorial Day weekend! It has been so relaxing and chill.... Friday night Lantz and I went shopping to pick up a few things for summer (always fun times). We came home and watched TV for a little while and then went on a 3 mile run (not so fun... but yah us for doing it).

Saturday we slept in and then did our P90X workout. We cleaned up and then headed about 45 minutes away to Boulder City where they were having a big BBQ shin dig. They held a "Best 'Dam' BBQ" competition where people from Arizona, California, Utah, and Nevada come out to show their BBQ skills (In case you don't get the name, Boulder City is right by the Hoover Dam). Lantz and I had so much fun walking around and checking out all the different smokers and techniques that people had to cook. There was also a car show and live entertainment. Lots of small town fun that we have missed since moving out here. It was neat to step back in time and "walk around the square" and sit under a shade tree and just chill. There is something about Vegas that is so GO GO GO.... sometimes I get so sick of it. I don't understand it, but there is this underlining "rush" I feel here in the big city, and a big part of me misses Abilene like crazy (never thought I'd feel that way). Here are a few pictures from the event:
On our way home we stopped by an outlet shop to walk around just a little while, and across the street we noticed all these random people walking to the same spot, and Lantz was like, "Let's go check it out." So, we walked over, and it was "Jazz in the Park." We've heard about Jazz in the Park from other people, but have never had the chance to go. Well, lucky us that it happened to be going on that night. It is a free event here in Vegas at an outdoor grass amphitheater. People bring out blankets and picnics and sit and listen to jazz music. It was so neat. We only stayed for a little while, cause we didn't have a blanket or food, and so we eventually got uncomfortable- but we've already made plans to go to the next one. I can't wait! We then topped the evening off with a yummy Golden Spoon frozen yogurt.

Sunday after morning church we went over to our friends Craig and Amber's house for burgers and hot dogs. Amber made this amazing strawberry tart dessert that was awesome, and I totally plan on making it in the near future. I'll hopefully post a picture of it and the recipe once I try it out myself. After evening services the teens came over for a Home Invasion (devotional), and so that was fun. After the teens left Lantz and I stayed up and watched Cold Case. I love that show, but I rarely get to watch cause it starts at 9, and I always try to get in bed super early on Sunday night to start the school week out with plenty of sleep. But with no school on Monday, I was a rebel!

Today, Monday, was equally as relaxing. Lantz and I slept in and then got up for a quick run and P90X workout. Lantz then grilled some pork loin and we ate eggs and pork loin for breakfast/brunch. Then we went over to Amber's to lay out and swim- yah for being tan (and a little red). We came home and napped and then rented a movie. So all in all I have loved my weekend. I wish every weekend could be so enjoyable.

P.S. Tomorrow is the big teacher talent show.... hopefully we'll all remember the dance moves. :)
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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Long Week

Sorry guys, I know it's been a few days since my last post, but it has been a crazy week. Tuesday we had some friends over from church to our house to eat. It was alot of fun! I made a spinach artichoke dip and used a recipe I never had before, and it was really yummy! We grilled out pork loin, chicken legs, corn on the cob, zucchini, squash, and red onion, and then one of the other ladies brought some yummy Hello Dolly desserts and a homemade lemon cake with cream cheese frosting. It was so neat to all get together and spend time fellowshiping.

Today was an exciting day for my students. For this whole quarter we have been studying the Holocaust and reading different historical articles and Holocaust memoirs. Today was great because every year I bring in a Holocaust survivor that lives here in Las Vegas. His name is Stephen Nasser, and his story is amazing. He has written a memoir, and he travels all around the nation sharing his story to those willing to listen. The kids are fascinated by his story and are in awe that they actually get to meet someone who survived all the terrors of Hitler. It is an hour and a half presentation for all 500 7th graders, and they are so quiet because they want to hear every thing that he has to say. They also have the opportunity to meet him and buy a copy of his book, which he autographs to them, after the presentation. This is one of the highlights of my year, because it is always good to hug Stephen's neck again and listen to his powerful words. Here we are together:

His memoir is called My Brother's Voice. I think I recommended it to you guys before, but if you didn't read it, I'll recommend it again. Stephen was only 13 when he and his brother were sent to the dreaded Auschwitz, and then to Muldorf concentration camp. It blows me away what this man has witnessed and what he lived to tell about. There are several time while reading the book that I thought Stephen should have lost his life, but by some miracle he managed to survive. He witnessed his uncle being shot to death by a Nazi soldier who tried to play a joke on him; he saw his baby cousin ripped from his Aunt's hands only to have his head smashed against the wheel of a railroad car; he was beaten endlessly over and over; he smuggled a knife into the concentration camp by sticking it up his bottom; he cursed God when other prisoners found berries to eat and by the time he arrived to the bushes they were gone- but found out the next morning that the berries were poisonous and those that ate had died; he was thrown into a death barrack where they sent prisoners to die and no one every came back and yet he did by eating straw to stay alive; he risked his life to sneak into the sick bay to visit his brother only to say hello to his brother and have him die in his arms; he survived an air raid of machine guns in the death train he was riding in; he was thought to have been dead upon liberation by the soldiers who found him laying under other dead prisoners on the train; after liberation and recovery he found out that his mother had died 3 weeks after liberation of Bergen-Belsen; he found out that of his 21 family members sent to concentration camps he was the only one to survive. His story is moving and powerful, and will teach you about love and the will to survive, and not to loose hope even in the most horrible times. Read it- it will not disappoint.

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Teacher Talent Show

Every year my school puts on a teacher talent show. The problem is that I really don't have a talent. I always end up in the dance act, and I have no previous dance experience. I have never taken a dance class, and I barely went to any of my school dances (and when I did go... there wasn't alot of dancing going on on my part- and when there was- it wasn't pretty). So, I find it extremely humorous that I end up dancing for a "talent." Of course it's all in good fun, but it always takes me awhile to pick up on the dance steps. This year evidently we are doing 2 dances... are you kidding me? I can barely get one down.

One of the dances is a high kick routine (ha!) to the song Cupid Shuffle, and another one is the Evolution of Dance. I'm not sure if you've ever seen this, but it's alot harder than it looks. And it's hard to stay synchronized with the other teachers, and it's hard to remember what is comming next. Did I mention it's 6 minutes? So long... I'm still doing P90X, but by the end of this song I'm dead tired. Here is what it is supposed to look like:



Anyways... the talent show is next week, so I have alot of practicing to do between now and then.

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Sunday, May 17, 2009

100th Post

This is my 100th post. I can't believe that it's already here. It seems like yesterday that I entered the blogging world (which was extremely intimidating), and started to make an imprint on the web world. I wish that I had something fabulous to write about, but I really don't.

It has been a very slow weekend, which has been nice. Friday we worked out, ate leftovers, watched The Ghost Whisperer, went on a run, and then went to bed. Saturday we laid around the house all day. I laid out in the backyard for an hour, talked to family on the phone (Heather got a job here! Yeah! Thanks for your prayers.), did laundry, Lantz dusted while I cleaned the bathrooms, we walked around Home Depot and Target, came home watched Slumdog Millionaire (awesome movie! See it.), and then went to bed.

Today we got up and went to church and then went over to a fellowship barbecue for church. We got home about an hour and a half ago and did our P90X workout, and now I'm blogging. We are about to get ready for church, and then after we will come home and watch the Survivor finale. Did I mention that I hope J.T. wins? By the way, super happy that Coach went home on Thursday. He was super annoying about the whole Exile Island thing.

Sorry again that my 100th post is so boring. Nothing going on.... trying to save money for Europe. Have a blessed week.
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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Thursday Night Survivor

I really look forward to Thursday nights. Julia, a girl in our youth group, comes over and sometimes one or two other students. We all watch Survivor and get really into it. Well, this season is about to start wrapping up. It's really been a great one so far. I hope that Coach goes home tonight, because he is really annoying and he is a liar. I super liked Sierra, and I was sad when she went home a few weeks ago. Right now I'm rooting for the Southern boy J.T. He seems like a really nice guy, and he has played the game really great!

I also like to go online to the Survivor web page and view the videos of what happens to the players when they are voted off. They go to this place called Ponderosa. It's fun to watch them over eat and go on neat outings.

Anyways... Thursdays are fun and I hope that Coach goes home tonight!
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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Lantz's Project

Lantz has been wanting shelving units in our garage since we moved in. Shelves for your garages are EXPENSIVE, so we haven't gotten anything. When we were in Myrtle Beach, Lantz went into a neighbors garage and saw the shelving units they had with 2 by 4s, and thought that he could make some like that. So we decided after we get home from Europe that we'd try to save some money for wood so that he could make some shelving units for our garage.

Interesting story.... Lantz was coming home from work last week and he saw a man pulling wood from a garage into a big pile. He asked the man what he was going to do with wood, and the man was like, "I don't know." Lantz asked him if he would take $20 for it. The man ended up saying that he would take $20 for it. So Lantz got a ton of wood that would have cost about $80. Needless to say he was super excited! So, he's been in the garage every day this week working away on his new shelves. It's so funny... he's like a kid in the candy store out there just planning, and drawing, and cutting, and sawing, and screwing the brackets on... it's so cute! He is totally a boy. He is acting, I imagine, the way I would on a thousand dollar shopping spree.

He's almost done and they look so good. When he's all the way done I'll post before and after pictures. It will be nice when they are done and we have an organized garage, but I think it will be a little sad for Lantz cause he won't have anything to work on and get so excited about!
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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Summer Roommate

I AM SO EXCITED!!!!!!! My sister is going to live with Lantz and me this summer in Las Vegas! Yeah! For those of you who don't know, Heather is in school at Harding and she is majoring in Fashion Merchandising. She also goes part time to a Redken hair salon school in Little Rock- she drives back and forth like every other day. She just finished her semester at Harding (she has like a year and a half left) and will finish her hair school early in June. I'm so proud of her, because she has really worked crazy hard. When she's all done with everything she will be extremely marketable in her field cause she'll have training in fashion, hair, and make-up.

So, she is moving out here to get a job at a high end fashion store on the strip for the summer for her internship. Keep her in your prayers- she has several promising leads, but I really hope the perfect job comes along for her. I'm also really nervous about her coming out, because we will soon be leaving for Europe when she arrives, and she obviously won't know her way around very well. Lantz and I will have a short amount of time to really show her the ropes of Vegas. Please keep her in your prayers during this transition.

I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am to have her coming out here. I'll have a lunch buddy, a shopping buddy, and a lay-out buddy! Lantz has been so good about participating in my girly activities, but it will be so great to have another girl to share things with! I can't wait for her to get here so I can show her off to everyone! I also can't wait to show her around Vegas and the cool stuff here that she hasn't experienced. (She's come out twice for quick visits, but it'll be cool to have her all summer.) How cool to actually have family living so close- something that we're not used to. I guess we'll get spoiled this summer!

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Celebration Weekend

Lantz finished his last night of class 2 weeks ago at the University of Phoenix, and will officially graduate on June 6th. This Marriage and Family Therapy degree has not been a walk in the park for him, and so I really wanted to do something special for him in honor of his accomplishment. Last Monday I gave him a home-made card inviting him to a special weekend surprise, and so on Friday night and Saturday we celebrated! (Let me just say that I had this weekend planned for a few weeks, and so it was really hard to keep it a secret and I almost slipped on several different occasions.)

Friday night we got all dressed up and went to the restaurant Texas De Brazil. This restaurant came to Vegas about a year ago, and Lantz has been wanting to go since then. He went to a Brazilian steakhouse once when he was in Brazil in college, and kept telling me over and over again how amazing it was and how we have to go to one. Well, if you've ever been, you know it's not cheap. So, we've never gone over the past year because of the price. But.... I did some research online and signed up for their email club and they sent me an email for a 25% off coupon that had to be used in one month- only thing is that you can't use the coupon on a Saturday... hints why we went on Friday. If you want to sign up, click HERE. But thanks to that coupon and us still splurging quit a bit- we went and enjoyed ourselves.

Well, so how was it you ask? AMAZING!!! Holy cow was it awesome! Lantz was so surprised and so happy - not to mention proud of me for finding the coupon. If you've never gone- you need to experience it at least once. There is this amazing gourmet salad bar- fancy cheeses, veggies, lobster bisque, shrimp, etc.... yummy! And then you have these little poker looking chips on your table, and if you turn it from red to green you have servers who will come to your table with swords of meat and cut you as much as you want. They had 2 different kinds of steak (my favorite- they were so incredibly moist it's not even funny! Every bite melted in my mouth), fillet minion, lamb, 2 different kinds of chicken, ribs, a briskety thing... I don't know... lots more but I can't think- I'm pretty sure they said 15 different kinds total. But it was awesome!!! Here we are before I night on the town- not the greatest picture, but we did the best we could:


On Saturday I woke up early before Lantz and cooked him breakfast and packed a picnic lunch. We had turkey bacon and amazing French Toast for breakfast... yummy! I then gave him a new orange (his favorite color) Nike dry fit shirt for him to wear for the morning. I then took him up to Mount Charelston where we hiked for a few hours. (Most people don't know that right outside the city limits of Vegas we have a mountain... with snow.... crazy! It's only 30 minutes exactly from our house.) We had done the hike 2 other times, but it was so nice to do it again. Lantz is always asking if I want to go hiking and I tend to turn him down, but since this weekend was all about him we went! Check out the pictures:

Here are Lantz and Cooper playing in the snow by a waterfall:

And here are two different pictures of us at the top of Mount Charleston:
When we got back from our hike we cleaned up and headed down to the strip. (Surprisingly, we don't go down there very much. Typically just when we have people visiting and we're playing tour guides!) I got some free tickets from a friend at work to Nathan Burton's Comedy Magic show at the Flamingo. We had never been in the Flamingo, and so going into a different hotel is always an adventure. I thought it would be kinda run down cause it's one of the older hotels, but surprisingly it was really nice. The show was really good too! I aslo had no idea that Nathan Burton was on America's Got Talent. He was very impressive. Lantz got called on stage (perfect cherry to the top of a sundae celebration in his honor) and got to particpate in a comedy act. He was so funny! I was laughing so hard I started crying! A few of the magic tricks we think we figured out how they worked, but Nathan Burton did several that just blew us away! I also packed candy for us in my purse for us to eat in the show- Lantz loved this!

(Side note... shows in Las Vegas are amazing, but they are all really expensive. We've been blessed since we've lived here to go to several different shows (only paying for 2- neither of which we paid full price for). Here are the ones we've gone to: O at Belagio, Le Reve at Wynn, Ka ta MGM, Blue Man at the Venetian, Stomp Out Loud at Planet Holleywood, Steve Wyrick Magic at Planet Holleywood, Danny Gans (who died in his sleep last week- so sad- he was only like 50), Chinese Acrabatic show at Sahara, and now Nathan Burton. We both really want to see Mystere at Treasure Island, and I want to see Lion King at Manadaly Bay and Phantom of the Opera at Venetian. Sorry- that was a long side note.)

After that we ate at On the Border and went home to watch The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Food was awesome... movie kinda depressing and wierd.

We then ended the celebration weekend with a drink from Starbucks before chuch on Sunday morning. We had such a great time, and it was fun for me to surprise Lantz in some fun ways for his accomplishment. Congratulations again Lantz! I love you so much and I'm so proud of you!
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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Best Mom Ever!

I know that everyone thinks that they have the greatest mom ever, but I really do. My mom has been one of the greatest blessings to my life. She has been my rock. If I ever have a problem, or if I need someone to talk to, she is there for me. She is an amazing, Godly woman, and if not for her then I wouldn't have the faith that I have today. She was the spiritual leader in our home. I remember her taking my sister and I to church all by herself, and I think of how difficult that must have been for her... and yet she did it every week, making it look so easy. She has been such a faith warrior and I thank God for her persistence in raising my sister and I to know the Lord and to seek HIS guidance. Growing up, I watched her go without so that Heather and I could have various things. She taught us how to love and to laugh, and I just hope that one day I can be half the mother to my daughter that she is to me. I love her so much, and I'm glad that she is one of my very dearest friends. I trust her and can confide in her. She is honest and loyal to her family. She is beautiful on the outside yes, but she is a thousand times more radiant on the inside. I watch her continue to grow in her faith and it encourages me in mine. I'm so proud of who she is and who she has raised me to be.

Mom, I love you more than you'll ever know. Thank you for all that you've done and all that you'll continue to do for me.


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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Teacher Appreciation Week

There are a few perks to being a teacher, like summers, all holidays off, home by 4:00 at the latest, and Teacher Appreciation Week. My school and the parent volunteers have done an outstanding job of making me feel appreciated. Here are some special things that we've gotten to enjoy this week:
- Hawaiian themed celebrations
- Breakfast Monday morning: fresh fruit, muffins, hard boiled eggs,bagels from Einstein's, coffee from Starbucks, fresh orange juice
-Treats in our mailboxes like candy, chips, rice crispy treats, trail mix, & granola bars
-Hawaiian style deserts with Starbucks coffee and fresh lemonade at lunch on Wednesday including: coconut macaroons, coconut whipped cream in chocolate cups, pineapple whipped cream in chocolate cups, Hawaiian donuts, coconut pudding, and pineapple upside down cake
-Coupons: Free McDonald's McCafe drink, free car wash, and free $5 to Qdoba restaurant
- Cute little magnets and flower shaped paper clips
-Target gift card for $22.53 (All the clubs pulled their money and divided it equally for each teacher to get a gift card- weird amount I know- but that's what it came out to.)
-Friday in the Teacher's Lounge we'll get to have a catered lunch from a nice Hawaiian Barbecue place in town. (In the past Friday's lunch has always been drop- dead amazing... so I can't wait!)
- Friday during lunch we all get to put our names in a jar, and they'll draw for prizes. In the past they have been amazing gift cards. 2 years ago I won a Visa gift card for $50!!! I hope I win something again tomorrow- I'll keep you posted.
-Supposedly next Wednesday we're supposed to get free burritos from Chipotle (that's not a total go just yet-- we'll have to wait and see... I hope so though!)
-And then of course I do have a few random students who are so sweet and have brought things in for me too. (Lots of candy, note cards, and a smell good thing for my house!)

Who knows what else tomorrow may bring. It's so sad that it's the last day of Teacher Appreciation Week. Oh well, that just means that we're closer to summer vacation and our Europe trip!
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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Wendy

One of the boys in our youth group was in a play tonight named Wendy, and so Lantz and I went to support him, and some of the other kids that we know. (I had 3 former students in the show, and my good friend Janis, who I teach with, had her three children in the show.) The students at Arbor View High School did an amazing job putting on this performance. It was so cute and funny! It is a musical, and they sing lots of well known songs from the 70s. If you live in Las Vegas I would definitely recommend you going to check out this show. It will be playing Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
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Monday, May 4, 2009

Utah Camping Trip

The camping trip up to Mount Zion National Park was so awesome! This was a family trip, and so things were much less stressful than the last time we took the kids camping with just us and two other chaperons. We met people up at the church building at 3:30 and headed 2 and a half hours up to Mt. Zion.

When we got there we put up our tents and set up the "kitchen" area. That night we roasted hot dogs and had Chilean style dogs. If you've never had a Chilean style dog then you are really missing out. We have some people at our church who were missionaries in Chili, and they showed us how to make authentic hot dogs that people in that culture would eat. First you boil the dogs so that the don't split, and then you grill them. Add the dog to the bun and then add: mashed up avocados, mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, sauerkraut, diced onion and diced tomato. HOLY COW. They are amazing. I know, I know... I thought that they sounded yucky at first too, but I will never go back to a normal hot dog ever again!

To end our first night we roasted marshmallows and made smores and turned in
. It was kinda fun cause it rained that night, and so we slept to the sound of the river splashing beside us and rain drops thudding against our tent. I didn't get wet (we had the rain cover on), but Lantz said that he got a couple of drops on the face.

We woke early the next morning and had an amazing breakfast of fresh coffee, pancakes, turkey bacon, eggs, and orange juice. We soon cleaned up for the day and split up into two groups. One group went hiking up in Mount Zion, and the other went to Kolob Reservoir to fish. Lantz and I along with 5 others went fishing. It was crazy... we got up there and the temperature dropped like 30 degrees. It was 47, and half the lake was still frozen. It was so cold, and at one point it even started raining on us (good thing I had my new cute purple rain coat- remember the post? Click HERE if not and you want to read about it!)

Lantz is really not a fisherman. He doesn't really enjoy it as much as I do. It may be because every time we go I catch something, and he doesn't. Well, this time the tables were all turned. Lantz ended up catching 3 fish (with an extra one that was on his line, but got away last second), and I didn't catch a one. My pink fishing pole was not so lucky... maybe if I had the super nice one from Sportsman Authority I would have done better. (Click HERE if you didn't read about the pink fishing pole.) I'm not really bummed out, because I love to fish regardless if I catch something or not. It's probably a good thing that he finally had success, because otherwise I may not have ever gotten him to go with me again. Anyways, he caught 3- one being 19 and 1/2 inches long!!! Can you believe that? Isn't that so awesome?? You could only keep them if they were longer than 18 inches, and so we got to keep his and cook it that night. One of the boys, Nick, also caught one (19 inches), but the rest of us didn't have any luck. It was such a nice a relaxing afternoon, and it was so beautiful to eat our packed lunches by the lake and snow.... yes I did say snow... there was still quit a bit not melted yet.

We got back to camp and cleaned up and the two groups swapped stories about our adventures. We ended up having hamburgers, dutch oven potatoes, baked beans, and of course some yummy trout for dinner. Yummy! We turned in a pretty late considering how packed our day was.

Sunday, we got up ate another fantastic breakfast (same as Saturday), and enjoyed a nice worship time. After worship we started breaking down all of our tents, and some of us went up to the pool at the resort to lay out since it was so nice! We came back for left overs and super yummo dutch oven cobbler. Then we loaded up the dirty truck (it got all muddy heading up to the fishing spot), and headed back home. I had so much fun, and can't wait until we do another trip like this one. I'll leave you with a few photos from the trip.


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