Friday, February 27, 2009

Cookies...

Well I am in the baking spirit so tonight I made star cookies! I got the recipe from Annie(we work together) and they are yummy! I am just now venturing into the cooking world, I like it but I think that I need some more practice! Here are a few pictures of my STAR cookies





Sugar Cookies

  • 1 cup of unsalted butter

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 tsp. vanilla

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
In a large bowl cream butter and sugar for 2 minutes-stop and scrap bowl and beat for 1 more minute.
Beat in Egg and vanilla until well combined
Sift flour then add 1 cup at a time blend the last cup of flour by hand
divide the dough into 2 balls
set on wax paper and flatten into a disk
wrap and refrigerate dough for at least and hour
Take the dough and put on a flour surface and roll to 1/4inch thick and cut into a shape
Bake at 350 degrees 6-8 minutes Let cool than ice with the Royal Icing
She bakes them on a silicone mat
Royal Icing

  • 1 egg white at room temperature

  • 2-2 1/2 cups sifted powder sugar

  • 1/2 tsp Almond Extract
Beat egg white in small bowl until foamy
gradually add sugar and almond extract
She sometimes adds water a tablespoon at a time until it is the consistency she wants-add color with wilton icing dyes
Recipe from Annie Strickland

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Im a Cowboy...

This is a little friend in my class and this is the song he sang today while playing in centers.

Sorry its sideways I should have filmed him up and down and I cant change it. It is so cute and it crakes me up!!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Wednesday and YES I am blogging!

I should have named my blog Beths Randomness! Every time I sit down to blog all these weird and random things come to me! This leads me to my first thought I want to write about...
I listen to 107.5 the River every morning( the Woody and Jim show) on the way to work(getting ready I listen to Jerry House on 98WSIX he makes me laugh) on the River they have a segment called 57 Seconds of Sleaze with Intern Adam! Bet you can guess what thats about???Celebrity Gossip of course! They also do this phone scam thing and "What do you do Wednesdays" the intern goes to different houses around town and goes to the door and ask the house owner what he does to afford such a lovely home. I laugh out loud every morning over these guys they crack me up! The other day they started to talk about blogging! They said its taking over the Internet and they dont understand why people do it and why other people read about complete strangers? They said if you blog why do you think you are so special that you sit down and write about nothing and expect other people to read it? I have to tell you it made me think? I have come to this conclusion: I write because one day I myself will come back and read it, so its basically my journal; if anything my family reads it and they SAY they like it too so BOO on you Woody and Jim I am officially not one of the SNOBBY Bloggers as you say!!
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The other day I had to go to the doctor, I had some weird bladder issues( I will spare the details)
but they inform me it looks like I have kidney stones! Guess What!?! I get to take more medicine GAG! Well he calls me today and I now have calcium deposits. I guess its no big deal but I do have to finish ALL the medicine and hope that I wont have anymore pain! This is my health update just in case you were wondering!
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I am happy to announce that I am in my morning gym routine! Up at 4:30 at the gym by 5 and leaving at 6 to get ready for work. I am convinced that the gym makes me be in a better mood and I LOVE IT!!!

On that note I need to head to bed because 4:30 comes EARLY!!

I will give a sneak peek at my weekend: cookie making, baby shower, cupcake making with a friend, breakfast with Leslie and her 2 sweet kiddos, a major cleaning session, Recycling, stamp ordering and I will attempt to make a 12 layer cake! I promise there will be lots of pictures from the cupcake making because its gonna be funny and I will picture the 12 layer cake only if it turns out ok!!

Have a good rest of the week!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Weekend Roundup...

Oh its already Sunday night! Why Oh Why does the weekend go by SO SLOW!!
Its been a pretty relaxing weekend! Here is a short run down...

Friday

Work of course- as far as I can remember it was pretty uneventful

We took Zoe to Puppy Class at PetSmart! Here are a few of the many reasons it was awful

1. The trainer was allergic to the lotion I was wearing(Peony from Bath and Body) she sneezed, coughed ,eyes watering the WHOLE time

2. Before class even started the trainer gave Zoe a whole treat-an adult size dog treat-my dog weighs 1 pound I was already preparing myself for a diarrhea disaster

3. Zoes classmate is an out of control 14 week old German Shepard that weighs 25lbs and barks NON STOP! The owner was a fruitcake and her daughter was all over the place the whole time!

4. Some turbo man trainer comes in at one point- I cant decide why he came in there to try and calm the Shepard down, make sure the girl trainer was still breathing and not dying over my lotion or he is trying to pretend to be the dog whisperer

5. He is pulling Zoe's leash and choking her- her windpipe is the size of a toothpick you dont pull her leash- does he not know that? Why did we pay for this class?
6. Zoe is attacked by the German Shepard I get pushed from Turbo Man Trainer when I try to pick her up-then get in trouble when I do pick her up

Bottom Line it was AWFUL!!!
Saturday
I went to gym and then took all my recycling to the recycling drop off place. Stephanie and I went shopping and got a friend of ours who is pregnant and having a tough time with the morning sickness or it should be called all day sickness in her situation.

Sunday
Today I went to Wal-Mart, my moms for lunch, mom and I went to Target and then I went back to her house and played sweet Zoe and now I am watching the Oscars.

That was my weekend,nice and boring! Well I have a few more things to do and off to bed, its a 4:30 am gym day!

Here are a few Zoe pictures!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Its Cold.....

Well today was LONG!! I was not in a good mood, I think there are just days when your just not in the mood to do anything. I think I am just tired so I am going to bed early and try again tomorrow, I dont think the kids in my class want me to come back to school tomorrow in a bad mood. And to top off my bad mood its FREEZING outside and it took a good hour to get home! Go ahead and say it, I should have never said anything about the no traffic in the afternoons.

Well I have to say I did something nice for someone! I went to Grannys Sunday because she was not feeling good so I went to make sure she went to doctor! We went to the Doctor and after I ran down to Krogers and filled her prescriptions. There was this little lady there picking up her medicine and she realized that she didnt have her wallet and was getting all upset over this. I walked up there and paid for them for her and told her to have a good day. Well when it was my turn to pay the lady working there said "Who are you Mary Poppins?" WHAT!!!! Are you kidding me... Oh well I just looked at her and walked away.Can you not do something nice for someone without someone else judging?

I have been reading this blog about this precious little girl named Abby who has cancer but she is a fighter and her family is awesome. I told the kids at school about her and they looked at pictures of her and they drew her cards and all kinds of fun stuff. I talked to her dad tonight and I mentioned to him about me starting an Abby Class blog so that she can log on and see our class and see the kids and the kids can talk to her! I will have to talk to the boss lady about this and the kids parents but I think it would be a great thing for my kids as well as Abby! Check their blog out http://www.riggsfamilyblog.com/ and when I get everything up and running I will let you know so you can check it out!

Well these towels arent going to fold themselves! Oh yeah wish us luck we are taking Zoe to puppy class tomorrow!!!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentines Day!

Wow what a busy week! Its seems like when there is a party at school everything becomes so busy! I am SO ready for Spring!!! It seems like here in big NashVegas this is when the weather gets crazy! It can be 70 degrees one day and snow the next. This is always the time of year I get sick, last year at this time is when I got the flu and strep throat. I am bound and determine to not get sick this year, I am taking every vitamin under the sun. I have mentioned in the past that I have to take Detrol and Cipro daily for my bad bladder and today was a 2 Detrol day! Now if you have ever taken Detrol you know that dry mouth is one of the side effects and let me tell you that it is extreme! I HATE and it ruins my day when I have to take 2(yes I am complaining)!

My dad sent me Valentines flowers this week at school and my kids loved the attached balloon it was a big hit! My mom always gets us a little something for Valentines and Granny always sends us a Valentine in the mail!

I told you all about the card swap that I signed up for on my new favorite craft blog http://www.littlebirdiesecret.blogspot.com/ ! Well guess what my card was chosen to be in the top 10! I couldn't believe it but it was kinda exciting! Here are a few of my favorite cards that I got from the swap! You can go to there website and see bigger pictures of each card, there are so really cute ones! On Thursday night I decided to clean out my pantry and look what happens when I decide to organize!


Yup thats right I spilled a whole pound of sugar! The lid fell of my sugar container and it went everywhere!! Its good thing that I have a Dyson because it took 3 good vacuum sessions to get that mess up!!

Today we had to take our little Zoe to the vet, she has an ear infection! We have learned that it is going to be impossible to give that 2 pound(up she is now 2 lbs.) dog medicine!!!

Well I am taking my headached, dry mouthed self to bed

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

What a Night...

What a night! In the last 30 minutes my smoke alarm starts going off, Granny goes missing, I drop my phone in the sink of water and slammed my finger in the door!!! The smoke alarm goes off because I didnt cut the wick in a candle I lit so the flame was to big, I dropped my house phone in the sink, hopefully it will dry out and work, Granny goes to visit a friend and doesnt tell anyone or take her cell phone and I just smashed my finger in the coat closet door and it really HURT!! Now I am just sitting here wishing I could go on to bed! This is the bad part of getting up at 4:30am to go to the gym, you start to fall apart around 7pm!! I am back on track of my morning workouts! I go Saturday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings and Thursday afternoon. I am really trying to eat healthy as well! We will see what happens from here, wish me luck!

I have to drive across town to work everyday, in the mornings its about a 20 minute drive and the afternoon its usually about 30 minutes. Well in the last couple of weeks in the afternoon I can leave work at 4:00 and pull into my apartmnet at 4:12!!! Ok so I first have to ask where did all the traffic go? I dont get it, I am not complaining but its so odd!! I used to sit on 440 for at least 20 minutes but now its like the Twilight Zone no traffic! Maybe God is just watching over me because he knows I dont do well in traffic! This morning I was driving along in traffic and I got a text so I look down and when I looked back up traffic was stopped!!! I swerved onto the side of the road to slow down and as soon as I did I saw why everyone was slowed down there was a van with a flat tire! I had to pull back into traffic but that poor man working on the van looked like his life just flashed before his eyes! Let me tell you my knees went weak when I got back in traffic, that could have been a serious accident! When I got back in traffic and setttled down I looked over at the car beside me and the man wiped his forehead, I was embarressed I know he just wanted to tell me pay attention you women driver!!

This afternoon I ran by the post office to get stamps and mail some cards, I got there at 4:30 and they close at 5. There are 2 girls working and there are about 4 people in line. One lady was addressing some boxes and talking very loudly to herself, a man bought a book of stamps but somehow was confused and only needed 2 stamps so he tried to return the others and then the man in front of me was on the phone so when it was his turn he looked at me and told me to go ahead of him. Well I was going to but he wouldnt move so I just stood there and he just kept talking and when he got off the phone he turned to me and said "Thanks", what in the world! I just looked at him and waited my turn. It was finally my turn and I walk up there and the girl working was doing surgery on her glasses. She had a screwdriver, these little clamp things and paper towels. Well I dont wont to bother her so I just stand there and let me tell you Miss Post Office Lady never looks up at me!!! Are you kidding me!!! Finally I say can I get some stamps and she looks up and says "Just One Moment Please"!!! What in the world! I wont even give you the play by play from here but I was not so nice. I should have just bought the confused guys left over stamps!!

Well I am off to finish the Twlight book! I have been sucked in and I cant stop reading it

Monday, February 9, 2009

25 Things Worth Thinking About

I read this today and I liked it so I thought I would share it with you guys!

25 Things Worth Thinking About
1) Give God what's RIGHT -- not what's LEFT.

2) Man's way leads to hopeless end; God's way leads toendless hope.

3) A lot of kneeling will keep you in good standing.

4) He who kneels before God can stand before anyone.

5) In the sentence of life, the devil may be a comma, butnever let him be the period.

6) Don't put a question mark where God puts a period.

7) Are you wrinkled with burden? Come to the church for afaith-lift.

8) When praying, don't give God instructions -- just reportfor duty.

9) Don't wait for six strong men to take you to the church.

10) We don't change God's message; His message changes us.

11) All churches should be prayer-conditioned.

12) When God ordains, He sustains.

13) WARNING: Exposure to the Son may prevent burning.

14) Plan ahead -- it wasn't raining when Noah built the ark.

15) Most people want to serve God, but only in an advisoryposition.

16) Suffering from truth decay? Brush up with your Bible ona daily basis.

17) Exercise daily! Walk with the Lord.

18) Never give the devil a ride -- he will always want todrive.

19) Nothing else ruins the truth like stretching it.

20) Compassion is difficult to give away because it keepscoming back.

21) He who angers you controls you.

22) Worry is the darkroom in which negatives can develop.

23) Give Satan an inch, and he'll be a ruler.

24) Be ye fishers of men -- you catch them, and God willclean them.

25) God does not call the qualified; he qualifies thecalled

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Sunday Night Randomness

Well my weekend is again coming to an end. We spend all week wishing it was the weekend and the weekends are over in a flash! As I sit here watching the Grammys(I love all shows that have a red carpet involved) I am noticing there are a lot of country music singers, I am fan of the country music so I am glad to see them there! Today I had a "legs go weak" moment. I took Zoe out to do her business and brought her in and gave her a little treat and put her up because we were going to run errands. I heard a weird noise and I looked down and she was laying on her back and she was wiggling everywhere and then she fell in her water bowl. I ran out and got Mom and Granny and we realized she was choking on her treat! I freaked out! Granny stuck her finger down her throat and we guessed it pushed it on down and she started breathing again! Oh my goodness let me tell you it was an intense few minutes! No more treats for little Miss Zoe! It makes my heart race to think about it.

Grammy Update: Jennifer Hudson is singing and my heart breaks for her- I cant imagine what it feels like for her to get up there and sing a song with everything she has been through!

Yesterday morning I got up and did my routine Saturday walk and let me tell you what I cry when I have to sit down or stand up for that matter! I did those walking lunges and let me tell you what my legs are so super sore! My Junior year of college I realized I needed to take one more PE class so a friend of mine and I signed up for a weight training class(laugh I know its funny). I had heard that a baseball coach teaches the class so if you took it in the Spring he canceled a lot of classes because they traveled. Anyways in one of the classes he had us do walking lunges and squats against the door, we did 3 sets of 15(this was the first time I had ever done either). I am not even lying when I tell you that for the next 3 days I walked with a terrible limp, had to take the elevator to all my classes( the stairs were not even an option) and I had to take Tylenols ever 2 hours because it hurt so bad. I tried so hard to hide it but it hurt so bad,I walked into my Biology class and this girl I had never spoke to before asked me if I had been in an accident because I was walking so funny. I had to take a deep breathe and just hoped that I wouldn't pass out from the pain when I sat down at my desk,I was so embarrassed I didnt know what to say! So now everytime I get sore I think about that.


This weekend I made the cutest Valentines tins. I used old Christmas tins, Acrylic paint, Modge Podge and scrapbook paper. I think they turned out pretty dang cute! All the lids are in the same pattern that is wrapped around

I also made this super cute notebook. I bought the notebook at Wal-Mart and just tied all the ribbon to it. It makes a great and super cute gift.

Grammy Update: I love Kenny Chesney(is that how you spell it?), Sugarland and I dont like Paul Mcartney

Well I am headed to bed I am going to the gym before work tomorrow. Hope everyone has a great week but I am sure I will be writing soon.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Happy Greys Anatomy Day!!!

Oh man I am a TV junkie because I am now naming my blogs after TV shows!!! Its been a few days since I last wrote but I feel like I have swamped lately! My kids in my class have been 100% out of control I dont know what is going on I am hoping it will get back to normal but if it doesnt you just might see this headline on the 6 o'clock news "Teacher goes nutty with her students"!!

Well here is the big news of 2009!!! I mean this is SERIOUS(well only to Stephanie)!! On People.com they confirmed that there will be another Sex In The City movie YYYYYYYYYYYYAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYY! I can feel everyones excitement through the internet.

Well I will only mention this one time but the lady who had 6 kids then has 8 more make me sick. She isnt married, I think she is broke, she lives with her mother and I feel like she is only had them all so she can make money on them.And what kind of doctor would help her get that many babies? BEFORE YOU EMAIL TO RIP ME UP OVER THIS THESE ARE MY OPINIONS!!!!! I have no doubt we will be hearing about this girl in the future!

Here is the Resolution UPDATE-

1. The hardest of them all is the money thing! I miss my Target trips but at the end of January I still had $257 of my budgeted money. I had budgeted $150 on "Extra" stuff(aka...stuff from Target I dont need) and the rest was left over budgeted grocery and gas money that I didnt use. I am proud of myself because I put the extra money on my credit card. Man I feel like an actual adult now!

2. I will make a short comment on the getting healthy issue. I am shooting to go to the gym 5 days a week even if its just for a walk. I am drinking more water, eating more fruits and veggies and really been watching portion control. I am not stressing it or obsessing over it and it seems to be easier this way.

3. The doing something new every month hasnt really being going all that good I just dont seem to have a lot of extra time. I have been going to Brentwood Hills on Wednesday for a Beth Moore study of Eshter, thats new! I like its really interesting and I like doing.

I am feeling a trip to New York City coming on with some of my tax refund money! Waiting for Steph(my official traveling partner) to agree to come with me!!

I am so glad its going to be Friday tomorrow and I can to leave early tomorrow!!!

Zoe Time...

She is a fluff ball of pink!

She knows she is getting her picture taken!



Look at her sweet little sweater!



To stinking cute!

Hanging out with Ryan Trying to get her bone from under the pillow!






Sunday, February 1, 2009

I Love....

Here are a few things that I love!!!!
  • taking a super hot bubble bath when my feet hurt
  • when my hair has been freshly cut and colored
  • calling my Granny and telling her all about day
  • Vaseline on my hands before bed with those gloves from Bath and Body Works
  • Hanging around Friends all day
  • a fun family party
  • Making Memories
  • Coming home after a long day to a super clean house

Guess What? I got to do most of these things today(except talking to my Granny to tell her about the party because I didnt leave their house till 1am)!! Yes I know that it is 2am but I just got home from a friends house and we had a busy day! Let me give you the short version. A friend of mine who lives in the gorgeous house in Green Hills hosted a wedding shower in her home tonight for her friends daughter. Jenny and myself were there to help keep things cleaned, the food stocked, etc. ...I love family parties even when it isnt even my family. These people were super nice and so funny. We heard it all from them talking to their "Big Momma" on the phone( thats the grooms grandmother) that I think lives in Atlanta, to them talking about the showers in Karens(the host)home, to how GOOD the meatballs were and one of them referred to the house as a big castle! I loved talking to them and hearing stories about these people and their family. I love that I just met these people tonight and by the end of the night the grooms dad hugged me bye( I am not a hugger) but this man was so sweet and he reminded of my sweet Pap-Paw. You could just feel the love of this family and you could just see them all(there was at least 70 of them there tonight) talk and love all being together! I love that and I think that is what a true family represents.

I was there helping at the party with my friend Jenny. I work with Jenny at school and this year we have become such good friends. She is the type of person that you can talk to and that actually listens and will give you advice, she has a huge heart and I know that she would be there for me in a heartbeat. I can honestly say that God put us in the same place so that we could become friends. She is who I go to church with and she has really taught me compassion in life. I cherish our friendship and I know that we will be friends for the long haul! It works out perfect because she has a twin sister that is exactly like her so you get two friends for the price of one!

If I can get the pictures from the party I will definitely share them you all! I am off to bed and hope to blog tomorrow, I will have lots of time tomorrow because all my cleaning is DONE!

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