Tuesday, July 26, 2011

New Job

So my husband got a new job. (again)
After months of trying different things, we have come to the conclusion that traveling sales is his passion. It just works for us. It's all we've known. He started traveling the week we got married. So I know I can handle 4 kids and holding down our home while he is gone. He will be working 10 days and then be home for 10 days. He will be selling...because, well, let's face it...he's just amazing at it. He will be selling the Traeger Grill...what is that you ask? Well I didn't know either, so here is a pic
Traeger Grills

Personally I really want that pink pig grill...I would cook everyday in that grill if I had it! 
Below is the video that he made at home, that got him the job. I need to let you know that he didn't write it down, he didn't practice it, he just turned on the camera and got it done!

                                        His first trip will be sometime in August. So, I begin my part time single motherhood adventures once again.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Figs....fruit of my childhood

So I realize that I'm posting about figs, but this fruit, deserves a post of it's own because of how many memories they bring back. 
On our way to Vernal with my mom, we stopped at Smith's in Heber...just to pick up some healthy snacks for our trip to Vernal. We were in the produce section, and hidden away by the grapes, we saw a plastic container with figs! We were so surprised because this fruit is very rare around these parts. My mom was so excited, and so was I since I have not had fresh figs since I was little and we lived in Argentina. This is were my childhood comes in. We lived with my grandparents (my mom's parents) for a big portion of my childhood, until I was 9 and we moved to the USA, and when I was 10 we went back for 6 months, but my mom and I have not been back since then. My grandfather had a lot of land, we had lots of fruit trees, including plums, pears, apples,lemons, and FIGS! In fact my grandfather's land had about 5 fig trees. As a little girl, playing outside in my grandparent's land we would pick figs all day long and eat them right off the tree. This also brings back great memories for my mother and of all the amazing tastes we used to enjoy when we lived with them. I know it may seem silly, but I had a great childhood and miss them terribly. I wish my kids had the kind of childhood I had, playing outside ALL day long, we didn't get bored exploring the land, playing on railroad tracks behind my grandparent's land, catching frogs from the ditches in the street, living in a place where everyone knows you, and everyone watches out for each other, and there is no danger of kids being outside at night, riding bikes with friends, playing hide and go seek in the dark while all the adults sat outside in the evening visiting with each other until the 1am bus would go by, and everyone knew that it was time to go inside and call it a night, creating projects in my grandfathers tool shed, (he had so many fun things that kids really should not play with) but he loved us, and never got mad at us even when we would play with his paints, eating fruit off their trees, watching my grandfather care for his maticulous,  garden, watching my grandfather killing a chicken every week and watching as my grandmother gutted it and preparing it for all of us to eat...I know sounds gross, but I have not tasted anything like that ever since. Those are memories I have that I cherish and wish we lived in a world where that would be possible now. So you see, eating those figs on our way to Vernal sparked all these great memories I have of my childhood, and I know it meant much more to my mom. They were amazing, and I miss them.

Vernal trip

My mom and I had decided that we wanted to go spend a weekend at my sister's house in Vernal. Usually Raquel and her husband Danny come to us, but since she got pregnant she's been really tired and wanted some help organizing and catching up on house cleaning...my mom and I wanted to help. We left on Friday, and her husband and the boys of the family decided that since the women were getting together, they would have a manly weekend..so they planned a camping trip. I was excited to just have a weekend with my mom and sis....no kids, no men :)

We ate, we laughed, we shopped, we went on a walk, we went apartment hunting (since they need a bigger place when baby comes) we watched girly movies like Enchanted (one of our favs) we did facials, and we were silly....this was us trying to take a pic when we did our facials
                                                    but we couldn't keep a straight face
                                                     this was the best we could do
It was a great weekend!!

4th of July

We spent 4th of July at my parents' house in Layton. My sister and brother in law were in town, and we also had my brother in law's dad and brother with us to celebrate. My dad grilled some amazing burgers.
My parents bought this cute little fire pit for us to make some s'mores
        and these cute kids spent the day getting wet in the sprinklers and playing with water toys
 The boys decided they needed to pass the time somehow (they couldn't wait till dark for the fireworks they had planned) so I took a pic of them schemming up some kind of "knock the bottle down with a ball" or something like that
                                 Rick helped our kids with the marshmallows for their s'mores
                                           Here's a pic of all of us, I'm usually the only one that likes to take pics, and then I realize that I'm not ever in any of our family get togethers because I'm behind the camera :(
              in the evening, the boys put on a firework show for the family....it was really great!