Friday, June 28, 2013

Five for Friday and Then Some

Braden's fort he made

Swimming at the Scera

Braden jumping off the diving board

Our Anniversary with Harvey

Braden's cool car

A deer we saw coming up on 4th South

Our Ziggy cake and flowers for our Anniversary


Random musical fun

Monday, June 24, 2013

Monday Musings: My Happy Headache

I have a headache.  I know it's from dehydration because I went and worked out at Marc's work today after Meals on Wheels and I didn't drink enough.  However, right  now I'm grateful for my headache because at this moment I don't feel depressed or an immense sadness that consumes my whole soul.  I just have a glorious headache.

The  past few days have been filled  sadness, tears, have consumed my whole being even until about noon today.  And then I noticed I felt normal, not in a fog and I was grateful.  Why:  the meds are working?, prayer is working?, the workout?, service?....  I don't know why.

As for now I am feeling okay, but I think I'd better get a drink of water.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Tuesday Treats: Snickerdoodles

This is a tradition for Father's Day.  Marc loves Snickerdoodles.   Cake mix is easy and they come out so soft.

Cake Mix Snickerdoodles

18 1/4 ounces yellow cake mix, i use duncan hines
2 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a large bowl mix cake mix, oil, eggs and vanilla extract.
Stir until well blended.
In a separate small bowl mix sugar and cinnamon.
Form cookie dough into 1 inch balls.
Roll balls in cinnamon-sugar mixture until completely covered.
Place on cookie sheets.
Bake@ 275 degrees Fahrenheit for 8-10 minutes until lightly browned.
Remove to wire rack to cool.

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Monday Musings

My blog is about Creating moment of happiness....yet I know my posts have been a lot about my depression.  Ironic, I know.  One can only hope that those moments of happiness, clear mind come soon and I can write about my good life.

So here's a  moment of happiness mixed with tears.  Feeling weepy yesterday, not unusual I know.  My sweet kids saw me and gave me a hug.  Jaycie came and told me to have cereal.  "Cereal always makes me feel better" , she said.    Adorable.  Needless to say I didn't have cereal, but her innocent, sweet gesture made me smile.

Not to be outdone, Braden came and gave me a blow up giraffe.   If only blowup giraffes and cereal did make it all better.  My kids do make me feel better and help me create those moments of happiness that I know will come soon.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Wednesday Review

Such a perfect book for Father's Day.  A sweet relationship between a father and his daughter illustrated with personality, fun and tenderness.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Monday Musings: Beautiful Heartbreak

Yesterday was a hard day.  I went to church and couldn't control my emotions.  I had to leave Relief Society   and one of my good friends followed me out and I poured out my heart to her.  I still couldn't contain my emotions so I left.  As I got in the car "Beautiful Heartbreak" came on.  I thought to myself this is not a beautiful heartbreak.  It hurts.

But then I realized some beautiful things that have happened since my "Heartbreak" :

My relationship with Marc has grown stronger.  He has been my rock.
I treasure my family more than ever.
I love my Savior with all my heart and have faith in his healing power
Friends.  My friends have been there and have been so caring and loving

Am I glad the Heartbreak happened.  Honestly. No.  I mourn my old self.  It's been the hardest thing I've ever gone through.  But  I will strive to be grateful for the "beautiful"

Friday, June 7, 2013

Five for Friday

The making of the Mickey cake

Celebrating Aunt Slade's "Anniversary"

Random picture of Braden I couldn't get on my blog last week .  It just went blurry
Braden during the 4th grade program

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Wednesday Review: The Napping House

Not that our house is the Napping House.  This book just reminds me of Summertime fun and being able to be a little lazy at times.  I always like Don Wood's illustrations.  They are fun and whimsy and I like how he plays with light in his illustrations.  The book starts as a rainy day and by the end gradually it turns into a sunny, rainbowy (yes I made up that word) day.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Tuesday Treats: Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

ice cream sandwich cake recipe

  • 20 ice cream sandwiches (regular, strawberry or neopolitan)
  • 1 12 oz. jar hot fudge sauce
  • 1 8 oz. container frozen whipped topping (such as Cool Whip), thawed
  • red, white and blue sprinkles


  1. Cut one ice cream sandwich in half. Place one whole ice cream sandwich and one half of an ice cream sandwich side by side across the short end of a 9 x 13 pan.

  2. Next to those ice cream sandwiches, arrange 8 more ice cream sandwiches lengthwise, to cover the bottom of the pan.

  3. Place hot fudge sauce in a microwave-safe container. Heat on high for 30 seconds. Spread half of the sauce over the ice cream sandwiches.

  4. Top with half of the whipped topping.

  5. Repeat layers: ice cream sandwiches, hot fudge sauce and whipped topping. Scatter sprinkles over top.

  6. Freeze, uncovered 2 hours. Cover with foil and freeze another hour.

I halved the recipe (which is probably a good thing because I think we would of ate it all ;).  I also added a little caramel syrup instead of the sprinkles.   Pure summer Yumminess!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Monday musings: Summer time

First day of Official Summer and things are going pretty well.  I've reorganized my "Blue Box of Happiness" which is a my organizing tool to keep the kids busy and productive.  Honestly it's been nice having them here.   With my Depression making a violent comeback the past couple of months, I seem to enjoy the company.

So here's to a Summer of Hope, Service, Fun, Work,  and building relationships