Thursday, March 21, 2013

Sunday Will Come

As many of you might remember, JT's Grandpa Butler passed away in October. Well on March 11th his brother, Wallace Troy Butler, passed away. 

Since Uncle Troy lived in the area JT and I had the opportunity to go to the funeral in Driggs. It was a beautiful service, filled with loving family. It was interesting because Uncle Troy remarried in the 90's after his first wife had passed away. About a week after he got married (after courting for a very short amount of time) they left to serve missions together for 14 years in South America! I only got to meet him once, but from all the stories I heard he was a very amazing, faithful man that held many talents. The best part was that he lived so long, this year he would have turned 93!

After the service we went to visit Grandpa Butler at the cemetery. It was great to go back and put some flowers next to both Grandma and Grandpa Butler.

JT's cousin Morgan and her boyfriend, Brandon

Since then I was watching some Mormon Messages, and came upon these two messages (linked below). I thought they were such great messages about coping with death and the time leading up to it. It is a great blessing to have a faith in the gospel and know that Sunday will come.

Monday, March 11, 2013

JT's Twenty-Fourth Birthday!

So on March 8th JT had his 24th birthday! Crazy how time flies. 

To celebrate his birthday, we technically started celebrating in February when we went to the Coheed and Cambria concert in Salt Lake City, UT. It was a long concert but JT loved every minute of Coheed and Cambria. He got a new shirt and a signed record!

On the actual day of JT's birth he had church basketball, which he invited some friends to come play and watch. And he got to open some presents from me, his lovely wife, which included some new Eiffel Tower cufflinks, Bananagrams, The Dark Night (bluray, completing our Batman collection), 2 nerf guns (because we can't afford the real guns), and a basket full of his favorite goodies: Doritos, mountain dew, Reese's (eggs), Hershey's chocolates, and two 007 DVD's. 

Then Saturday night (we made it a birthday weekend) JT got to go snowboarding with his great friend Cooper, then we had some friends over for a game night and some chocolate ice cream cake! Yum!

Overall JT considers it a great birthday, but he doesn't seem any different. :) 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Home Decor

So as I have said before, I'm taking a Practical Homemaking class this semester and the last few weeks of the class I have been in the Home Decor section. Although I haven't liked all our activities, like the "personality" quizzes we had to take, I have enjoyed the crafty things we have done. I have even reorganized our living room to create more space because of this class. 

Some projects we have done:

Mod Podge. 
It was way easier than I thought! Plus now I have a ton left over so I'm excited for some more projects!
For instructions on how to mod podge check out the blog Sassy Pepper

This is an 8X10 on a canvas painted black.

Creative Name Assignment.
This one was harder and of course JT did a lot of the work to help actually taking the pictures and editing them. But I was with him! We got the letters from the temple grounds here in Rexburg. 
It's crazy to look at this and realize that it is 2013 and we got married in 2011!

Housing Project.
For this assignment we had to find floor plans for a home we liked then pick a social room and bedroom to draw out and design. It was a lot of work but I really enjoyed it. I designed a Study and Nursery. I chose to do the nursery initially because I couldn't decide on anything for the master bedroom, haha. But I ended up loving designing the nursery! There are so many great ideas! But in the end I decided on designing a gender neutral room with grays and whites, then depending on the sex of the baby you add blue or pink accents. I hope in the future we can use some of these ideas for a nursery! Here is an example I found from Pinterest, I love the stripes:

Now I'm moving onto the last rotation of the class next week, sewing! Super nervous but also excited to learn some basics. Sewing is such a great skill to have as a homemaker, and maybe someday I can be as good as my mom (who is amazing with quilts)!

Domesticated Me

Before I got married I hardly cared about cooking, unless it involved cookies. But somehow getting married changes you. I'm always finding recipes on pinterest, blogs, my mom...and now my homemaking class. I have learned some great tips and techniques and they have helped me better cook for JT. I have also gotten excited to go buy things like a standing hand mixer to make cream soups. 

My most recent experiments:
(please excuse some of the bad quality pictures, that's what you get with a cell phone's camera I guess)

Cream of Potato Soup - from my cook book, also served with Rhodes rolls
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles - found through pinterest, find recipe here
Chicken Taco Casserole - found through pinterest, find recipe here
Two Crust Pie (Apple) - I had to make this for my homemaking class for homework, the dough is the Lion House recipe and the filling is Western family pie filling with cinnamon. Now I just need to put foil on the sides so it doesn't brown so much.
Basic Roll Recipe - this was big for me, I have never been able to make the dough right, but it finally worked!

Not Pictured:

Rice Pudding - for an assignment in my homemaking class, the recipe is from my teacher and was surprisingly good!

Cream Puffs - JT's new favorite and it's surprisingly easy! Recipe also from my homemaking teacher.