Thursday, November 20, 2008

Remember when...

I told you about that lovely little lady over at Grosgrain...

Well, now she is giving away one of these too cool for school camera straps... and I want it :)


Custom Camera Strap GUEST GIVEAWAY!!!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

So about that new camera...

I would like some people to take pictures of
{Seriously guys}
So...
If you would like family/christmas/just for fun pictures taken
For FREE
{and you even get to hang out with me}
Please let me know.
------------------------------------
you can email me at
beasleygirl {at} gmail {dot} com
or leave a comment :)

Friday, November 14, 2008

burnout

I am suffering job burnout big time.
Don't get me wrong - I am so thankful for the job I have
{and that I still have after this day}
But UGH!
How much more boring can a job get.
I sit all day
Staring at a computer
I want a job where:
I can be creative
I am challenged to constantly learn new things
I can use my talents {after I find out exactly what those are}
I can do something NEW every now and then
Anyone have anything in mind?
Let me know... Seriously

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Dear Craigslist,

I just wanted to say Thank You for the wonderful chairs you found me.
They are so lovely, and the price was incredible. {$20 for both!}

You have always been there for me, bringing me wonderful items such as our free dishwasher and our brand new stove and microwave, our washer and dryer.

Just one request...

Please stop posting all the wonderful finds that are so far away from me
{it's torture}
Please & Thank you.


Sincerely,
Sarah

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Yesterday I borrowed Maesyn and Jake to take some pictures of them {and so their mom and dad could go to the Temple}...
We headed out later than we should have and only had about 30 minutes of sun
The battery in my camera was dying
So quick as we could we snapped pictures...



















...until the kids realized that playing with all the cool things was so much more fun than taking pictures.
So, I put my camera away and we ran around the Mesa art center...


...climbing all over the stairs...

... playing in water....
...and of course avoiding all the dog poop
{seriously, it was everywhere!}

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Summer is upon us...

The following is an excerpt from a devotional address given by Neal A. Maxwell October 10, 1978 and was published in the February 1979 Ensign under "A More Determined Discipleship"
"Make no mistake about it, brothers and sisters, in the months and years ahead, events are likely to require each member to decide whether or not he will follow the First Presidency. Members will find it more difficult to halt longer between two opinions. President Marion G. Romney said, many years ago, that he had 'never hesitated to follow the counsel of the Authorities of the Church even though it crossed my social, professional or political life.'"This is hard doctrine, but it is particularly vital doctrine in a society which is becoming more wicked. In short, brothers and sisters, not being ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ includes not being ashamed of the prophets of Jesus Christ. . . . Your discipleship may see the time when such religious convictions are discounted. . . . This new irreligious imperialism seeks to disallow certain opinions simply because those opinions grow out of religious convictions."Resistance to abortion will be seen as primitive. Concern over the institution of the family will be viewed as untrendy and unenlightened.... Before the ultimate victory of the forces of righteousness, some skirmishes will be lost. Even in these, however, let us leave a record so that the choices are clear, letting others do as they will in the face of prophetic counsel. There will also be times, happily, when a minor defeat seems probable, but others will step forward, having been rallied to rightness by what we do. We will know the joy, on occasion, of having awakened a slumbering majority of the decent people of all races and creeds which was, till then, unconscious of itself. Jesus said that when the fig trees put forth their leaves, 'summer is nigh.' Thus warned that summer is upon us, let us not then complain of the heat."

Monday, November 10, 2008

"They're dropping like flies"

That's what I heard first thing when I walked into work this morning.
They began layoffs today - it's estimated that over 500 people from my company will be gone before the end of the day.
Managers, directors, people who have been here over 15 years.
Friends and Co-Workers.
It's a hard day. It's hard to watch them quietly pack their things and leave.
People are crying, some are mad, others look very somber - a very emotional day indeed.
Right now I am very Thankful for the job I have. I am also praying for those who have families to support that will be out there searching once again for a stable source of income.
**Update: My job is officially safe and I am so very grateful.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Gardening 101

Our free time {the little that we get} has lately been filled with these books...


We are dying to have our landscaping at our house fixed up the way we want it.
We have charts, drawings, diagrams, measurements planning out what we want it to look like...
Right now it's all desert {yuck}
But soon* we will have grassy front at back yards, willow trees, a white picket fence, brick walk ways, a porch swing, flowers and a fruit and vegetable garden.
*at the rate we are going now...soon means years!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Lions and Tigers and Bears

Oh My!
We went to the Phoenix Zoo today with Heidi {my sister-in-law} and her kids
We only got to stay for about an hour so we didn't see any lions, tigers or bears but we did see...

Some cute little monkeys
{My favorite}

Pink Flamingos

Ground squirrels


and a very tired Jake
The End


{happy weekend}

Friday, November 7, 2008

Guess What?

It's FRIDAY!
I know I'm excited about it!
Benson and I will be pulling weeds all weekend if anyone would like to join!
{you know you want to}
And if anyone is in the mood to drive up to Prescott to look at fall leaves, let me know.
I have been dying to go!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Nick at Night

When I was growing up we never had cable.
But Grandma and Grandpa did, and my brother Colby and I spent a lot of time over there.
Today Colby came to my house when he got out of school, and brought with him the first two seasons of Pete and Pete - an old Nick at Night show
It got us talking about all of the old shows we used to watch...
Eureka's Castle
Happy Feet
Fraggle Rock
Clarissa Explains it All
Hey Dude
Saved by the Bell
The Munsters
The Brady Bunch
The Angry Beavers
Doug
Salute your Shorts
Rocky & Bullwinkle
Bring back any memories?
What did you used to watch??

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Mr. President

Well, it's official. As of January we will have a new president.
Am I excited about who won? Not as much as some people...

But nevertheless, he is our president.

Maybe one day I'll get used to the term

"President Obama"

All I know is for now... I can't even convince myself to finish his acceptance speech

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election '08

My alarm rang at 5:00 this waking me up to vote.
Standing in line was cold - and so exciting.
I can't wait until our new President is announced.
This is a very important day to us and our nation and it's even more important for us to be involved in the outcome.
The guy I sit next to at work told me that his parents just decided not to vote this year.
I feel that it's our responsibility, duty and privilege as American Citizens to vote.
The United States is an amazing country, one that I am more than proud to be a part of.
I am proud to say that today I voted for John McCain.
Not just because I am a republican or conservative or because he is from Arizona.
I am proud I voted for McCain because he loves America, and because, like me he is honored to live in this country.
Obviously, this is not the only reason I chose to vote this way, but this is such an important part about choosing a President that I think so many overlook.
I want someone that will encourage America's success, not focus on it's flaws.
I could not imagine a President running a country that they did not love, that they were not willing to devote themselves to, that they were not willing to defend at any cost.
I hope that you voted today... and if you haven't
GO NOW
*And if you are still un-decided and want to hear some great points about how awesome Republicans are - go here*

Monday, November 3, 2008

Blog Stalking

Yes, I think everyone is guilty of it. I have my daily rundown that keeps me entertained while I am at work.
I like finding new creative and interesting blogs, so I decided to share a few favorites of my own...

Moosh In Indy
The writer {Casey} has a great sense of humor and her writing is so engaging.
She takes great pictures and has the cutest little curly headed girl {known as the Moosh}
Her honesty is what really captured me, she is not afraid to talk about how she really feels about anything which makes her easy to relate to.

Bakerella
This lady makes the cutest cupcakes ever. {Mini ones too}
She won the Iron Cupcake challenge and has even been on Martha!
She has great recipe's and the cutest ideas - very inspiring.

Cake Wrecks
Pictures of horribly "wrecked" professional cakes.
As well as witty commentary that has made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion.
A darling little family that takes the most gorgeous pictures. I could stare at them all day.
Here you will find the most amazing children's clothes and costumes {she even gives them away}And lots of great crafty ideas!

What are your favorite blogs to keep up on?

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Peter Peter pumpkin eater...

Part of the reason I love fall so much is because I love pumpkin
Typically I just make pumpkin cookies and pumpkin pie - until last year when Benson told me about his mom's recipe for pumpkin waffles with home made buttermilk syrup
yum!

We got a fancy new hotel style waffle maker yesterday so today, that's what we had for dinner... {and I am already craving them again!}

You have to make them with the syrup or they just aren't the same!
Pumpkin Waffles
2 ½ c. Flour
1 T. Baking powder
2 tsp. Cinnamon
1 tsp. Ginger
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. Salt
½ tsp. Nutmeg
¼ tsp. cloves
4 Large eggs
2 c. Buttermilk*
1 c. Canned pumpkin
½ c. Brown sugar
¼ c. Unsalted butter (melted)
1 tsp. Vanilla
Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cloves and set aside. In a large bowl whisk together eggs, buttermilk, pumpkin, brown sugar, butter and vanilla until smooth. Whisk in flour mixture and blend until smooth.

Buttermilk Syrup
½ c. Butter
¾ c. Sugar
½ c. Buttermilk*
Bring to a boil then remove from heat and add:
½ tsp. Baking soda
1 tsp. Vanilla
Stir well and serve

*You can also make your own buttermilk by adding 1Tbsp. of vinegar or lemon juice per cup of regular milk. Stir and let sit for a few minutes then stir again before using.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

The new meaning of Saturday

Until about a month ago Saturday meant sleeping in, finishing homework, and running errands.
That was until Benson and I started working in the Temple.
At first when we committed to getting up so early I was worried that I would regret my decision , not to work in the Temple, but to choose the early shift and lose the one day I had to sleep in...
I am not a morning person by any means, and when the alarm rings at 4:30 I am not the happiest person alive...but as soon as I begin my shift at the Temple, I immediately remember why Benson drags me I drag myself out of bed so early. I have learned so much, met amazing people and had unforgettable experiences.
{and it's only been 3 weeks}
Now Saturday means getting up at 4:30 am to work our 6 hour shift.
Saturday means afternoon naps, having lunch together and catching up on The Office.
Now, our Saturday's are truly relaxing and more productive than ever before.
It's not any easier to wake up that early than I thought it would be - but it's so much more worth it.