Saturday, December 28, 2013

One Word Goal 2014 {Consistent}

My track record of new year's resolutions is not high. I got to the point that I wouldn't even make goals because I just knew that I wouldn't follow through and that I would forget about them a week later anyway.

But something is different with having a one word goal. And something amazing happened. I remembered my goal. I thought about it constantly through the year. And most importantly I changed.

This past year (2013) I decided to "EMBRACE" life. I had to learn to embrace Heavenly Father's timing and let go of my own as well as embracing His will. I learned to embrace Devin when my patience was super thin or when I would much rather be doing something without his help. I learned to embrace Casey and make a point to work on making our marriage better every day.

As I was making preparations for Christmas, I started looking inward thinking about who I want to become and who the Lord needs me to be. I thought about areas I could improve in and how.

I realized that I don't want to make huge drastic changes. I just need to focus on the little things. I need to let the little things become me day in and day out. Greatness is never achieved by the wave of a magic wand or some random chance. Greatness happens because you train for it. You practice for it. You live for it. And that is just it. I want to become great! 

But I want it to last. I don't want to just have one day of succeeding but rather 365.

That's why I choose 2014 to be CONSISTENT.

According to google, consistent is defined as unchanging in achievement or effect over a period of time. It is choosing to become constant, dependable, reliable, predictable. Yes. I want to be predictable in the little things so no matter where life takes us, I know that I can always depend on them.

Although I will be looking for new ways to be consistent, I already know a few.
1. I will be consistent with Heavenly Father. I need His guidance and love in my life constantly. I will be consistent in reading my scriptures and saying my prayers.
2. I will be consistent with myself. My body can't handle all of these yo-yo diets. I will live a consistent lifestyle. I will eat healthy and exercise. I will be patient with myself and strive for ongoing healthy choices rather than the latest quick fad diet. 
3. I will be consistent with Devin. He needs to know that I will always be there for him and he is way more important than some stupid game or perfectly clean house.
4. I will be consistent with Casey. He will have a busy up coming semester and he needs my support and love. I will help take care of the house so he doesn't have to. I will continue to look forward to our weekly date so we can recharge together.

Here is to 2014. Here is to becoming consistent. Here is to finding success!

Elder Scott promises that "Strong character results from consistent correct choices."
So 2014 will really be the year that I build a strong character! 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Brownie Points

I tried these brownies for the first time at my ward RS Christmas party earlier this month. In less than two weeks I have since made them three times. True story. I fell head over heals in love with these brownies. It is a mild, milk chocolate flavor. And so convenient to make because I keep all the ingredients on hand. I'm sure you will score major brownie points at your next party/ get-together/ date night at home/ etc. :)

1 c. butter--salted, melted
1/4 c. cocoa
4 eggs
2 c. sugar
1 t. vanilla
2 c. flour
1 c. chopped nuts (optional)

Combine the melted butter with the cocoa then set aside to let it cool. Beat the eggs with an electric mixer until stiff and foamy. (I use the wire whisk attachment on my kitchenaid--it takes several minutes for the eggs to get thick enough.) Beat in sugar one cup at a time. Add the vanilla. Gradually add in the flour. Combine the melted butter/ cocoa with the batter. Once it is all combined, turn to high and beat for ~1 minute. Pour into a greased 9x13 pan. Bake at 350* for about 22-25 minutes. It should be set and toothpick clean but do not overbake.

While it is cooking, make the frosting.

1/4 c. butter, melted
2 T. cocoa
1 t. vanilla
1/4 c. dry milk (can be omitted if desired)
2 c. powdered sugar

Combine the melted butter with the cocoa and vanilla. Stir in the dry milk then powdered sugar. Add enough milk until spreading consistency. It should be about the consistency of honey; maybe a little thinner. Pour frosting over warm brownies and spread. Add sprinkles/ nuts, if desired, immediately because the frosting will set quickly.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Memories are Made...

I learned a valuable lesson in the last few months.
Sorry for going MIA.
But memories are not made by:
blog posts statistics,
 the perfect food picture to share,
or something clever to write.

Memories are made day in and out.
Memories are made giggling.
Memories are made together.

Memories are Made...

...doing arts and crafts
(This is a masking tape mummy. If you use your imagination like Devin, I'm sure you can see it!)
...reading books

...digging for dinosaur fossils

...dressing as a frog for the Scarecrow festival

...playing in the bouncy house

...participating in a Halloween scavenger hunt
(This year for Halloween Devin was an airplane--his favorite word at the time.
Casey and I were air traffic controllers.)
...playing in Dino land

...learning to drive a car with Devin's cousin

...and also a tractor
(Driving the tractor was by far the favorite of both boys while we walked around Wheeler Farm.)
 ...flying over to the library for story time

...riding TRAX

...making a mess

...and learning to wash your own face

...begging for chocolate
(This was part of my anniversary present for Casey.
Devin is frantically signing "please" in hopes of Casey sharing.)
...making racetracks
(This was totally Devin's idea!)
 ...and driving another tractor
(Out of all the play equipment, Devin loved driving the best.)
 ...building a nest out of paper towels

...helping yourself to the chocolate cake
(Devin balanced on his rocking horse to grab the cake and my keys off the counter.
He was so proud of himself--he's self sufficient after all. LoL!)
...shoveling the snow for the first time

...learning how to close a folding chair

...touring Festival of Trees

...waiting in line to ride the train
(I just had to include this picture!
Devin was SOOO excited to ride the train at the mall.
He was smiling SOOO big and wiggling all over the place.
Even though my selfie skills are lacking, I just LOVE Devin's smile!)
...then riding said train with two of Devin's cousins

...cuddling with the vacuum (which is currently his favorite word)

...frosting gingerbread cookies

...trying to open the back door

...and finally sitting with Santa!
(Devin would not go for sitting on his lap by himself.
As long as I held him, he was ok.)

And just in case I get caught up making more memories instead of blogging...