Sunday, March 30, 2008

It's all about the Money, Honey!!!

So did you all hear the letter from the First Presidency about debt....? The first presidency has been telling us for years to get out of debt but today at church during our third hour..our bishop gave us strict instruction on finances. He told us that the only debt allowable is a modest home, modest transportation, and education. All other items are considered unnecessary debt and we must pay them off. It really put me into perspective. I have been begging my husband for a new car (which I don't really need). And after today's lesson I was put into my place, I wont be bringing up a new car anytime soon. He also talked about the importance of a budget. We don't have a steady income so having a budget is hard. He gave us key counsel, "When you have money spend it..and when you don't stop." This is hard for me because I can always talk myself into believing that a new shirt or new shoes is an emergency and I can always pay it off later. Its going to take a lot of prayer to help me with this one. BTW I got a new calling today..Beehive advisor. I am SUPER excited. I have been in activity days for 4 years. So here's to spending less money and increasing my savings account.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Not now mom I'm Blogging!

Preston decided it was his turn to do some blogging. It was so funny to see such a little man with the laptop. Unfortunately he wasnt really blogging. That little piece he is holding up is my space bar. Naughty Preston. He was to cute...I only gave him a light swat.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Time Out for Lacey!!!

I had a great weekend getaway. I went up to Spokane with a group of friends Friday afternoon. We spent the aftrnoon shopping and then we ate an amazing dinner at the Onion(best onion rings I have ever had). I have been dying to see the "Other Boleyn Girl" but it hasnt come to where I live so we went to that Friday night. It was NOT the feel good movie of the year! It was not the love story I expected. So after our interesting movie we went to our Hotel.....The Davenport. It was the most beautiful amazing hotel I have ever been to. There was detail in everything. You felt like royalty staying there. We were touring and snooping around the hotel until around 1 am. It was so fun. Saturday morning we got up and went to timout for women..which was amazing. There was such great messages..many of which I am going to begin implementing. The only bad thing about the whole weekend is that Saturday I started feeling sick...SO SICK...I spent all of yesterday in bed, and I am still feeling crumby today. If any of you have the oppurtunity to attend a time out for women I strongly suggest it.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Tag I'm IT!!!

What are 5 things I have to do today?
1. Shower...for me and the rest of the world....categorize as get ready for the day.
2. Go to wait for the phone calls that dont come.
3. Make cupcakes for Daltons birthday.
4. Go to dinner for Daltons birthday.
5. Greet my husband at the door lookin smokin hot w/ a big kiss. (yea right)

Where was I 10 years ago? I think I was a sophomore in High School...driving around
like a crazy women with Dacia (she had her license I didnt).

What are 5 snacks I like?
1. Fiber one bars
2. Apples with Cinnamon sprinkled on them
3. Veggies and dip (lots and lots of dip)
4. Cake!!!! Come on I had to put one cheat snack
5. Popcorn

What would I do if I was suddenly a billionaire?First I would pay off all my debt and my families debt. Then I would get the most amazing food storage known to man! Take a few trips.....and just enjoy life.

What are 4 bad habits I have?
1. eating when I am bored
2. California stopping (my husband reminds me of this all the time)
3. Spending unnecessary money ( I tend to buy alot of things I don't need)
4. Procrastination (mainly with housework..I am working on this one)

What are 5 jobs that I've had?
1. Secretary
2. Front desk clerk @ hotel
3. Realtor
4. Wife
5. Mother

DO I know anyone famous?
I cant say that I know anyone famous...but I do know many people who are IMPORTANT..and SPECIAL(not the short bus kind of special)

Have you started any trends in that last year?Definitely not..I live in Clarkston WA...maybe shorter hair.

If I were a pizza topping what would and be and why?
Probably the cheese that fell off the pizza and is on the floor forgotten about. Just kidding...I dont know what a crazy question.

What is your favorite clothing trend? Probably Chunky Necklaces

My newest favorite commercial is the arbys commercial where a hot chick walks by a group of construction workers and they dont bat an eye...but then a fat bald guy walks by with arbys and they start whistlin and getting all excited...laugh it.

Which Napolean Dynomite character do you see yourself as? ( I changed the movie in this question). I think I would characterize myself as Deb...never to sure of herself, doesnt care about fitting in, and loves a nerd. HeHeHe

Tag Your it: Jen (try it Jen), Nicole, Sandy, Lexi

Smores Brownies

Oh so yummy! I got this idea from Sugar & Spice...and I had to make snacks for my activity day girls last night so I thought I would give them a whirl..I didn't follow her recipe I just kind of made my own. The girls loved them, and so did my family.

Condensed version:

Graham cracker crust (crushed graham crackers, sugar, melted butter) Bake @ 300 for 20.

Brownies mix ( I used a store bought) put onto cooked crust..bake around 50 min.

Large marshmallows (After brownies are cooked place on top and broil, they brown fast so watch them.

Tuesday Tell All-Whats in a name?

Lacey Adele Port (Arnold)- Well I am not sure where my first name came from..I know
that my mom wanted to name me Christina Sunshine...I am so glad she didnt I dont think
it fits me. My middle name came from my Grandma Arnolds relative..when I was younger
I hated it. I once even voiced infront of my grandmother how much I hated it, but I didnt
know it came from her family. Now that I am older I have warmed up to it. My husband even
calls me "Adele". My husband recently built storage units, and named them Adeles.

Preston James Port- Preston got his first name from my maternal grandfather..I didnt know
him very well he died when I was young. The task of naming him seemed impossible but
when he was born the nurse asked me what is name was going to be and Preston came out, so thats what he is. He got his middle name from my dad and Jeffs dad..they are both named James. (nickname: Pdiddy)

Friday, March 7, 2008

Fridays thought....

Click on the pic if it is to small to be legible.

Dalmation Cupcakes!

2 packages (3 oz each) cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 cups miniature or regular semisweet chocolate chips
1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® devil's food cake mix
1 1/3 cups water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 container Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy or Whipped vanilla frosting

1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups.
2.In medium bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and 1 egg with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Stir in 1 cup of the chocolate chips; set aside.
3.In large bowl, beat cake mix, water, oil and 3 eggs on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes. Divide batter among muffin cups (1/4 cup in each). Top each with 1 heaping teaspoon cream cheese mixture.
4.Bake 17 to 22 minutes or until tops spring back when touched lightly. Cool 10 minutes in pan. Remove from pan; cool completely, about 30 minutes.
5.Frost with frosting. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips. Store loosely covered in refrigerator.
High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): Makes 30 cupcakes.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Wheres my Sissy???

I woke up mortified at 5am this morning. I realized that I had fallen asleep watching TV before I put Preston to bed. I was hoping Jeff had taken care of it, but with Jeff you never know. So I ran to Prestons crib and he wasnt in there.....great...I was imagining him roaming the house all night getting into things. The next place I knew to look was Sierra's bed, sure enough he was sleeping soundly snuggled up with his sister in her bed. Sigh of relief. It warms my heart to see how much love Preston has for Sierra. He asks all day "where is my sissy?" and when she has friends over he is their shadow and often comes to me wearing makeup and nail polish from a night hanging out with the girls. I know it isnt always fun for Sierra to have to deal with a 2 year old brother...but it is a relationship that is irreplaceable. She wont realize it until she is older. Now that I am older I cherish the times I had with my youger brothers. Cory always used to go on adventures with could find us trekking the backyard, trying to swim in the neighbors pool(cory ruined that one jumping in the pool with the pool cover still on), and on Sunday we would play restaurant and make food out of dirt and plants..gotta love Sundays. Bryce well he was always my favorite volunteer for hair and makeup, he would allow me and my friends to dress him like a girl and everything....his willingness used to make us nervous but I think he turned out pretty darn well. Bryce was also always singing and making us laugh. Trenton, well he shared a room with me from birth to about 4 I think. It was so hard when my parents made me break that habit..when I think of Trenton I think of Power Rangers..he was obsessed. I loved taking care of him like he was my own. And Alex, well I was so excited the day Alex came to us..we wanted him for so long. He was like 1 1/2 but we treated him like a baby for a while because we wanted it to last. He always said "HUH?" And he is the only 2 year old I knew that could down a Burger King Whopper!!!! Good times!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Cute Find!

If you are looking for a cute diaper bag....or just a carry all bag a great place to find them is, a little spendy but hey if you carry the bag everywhere you go you want to like it. I wear alot of Brown so this one suited my fancy.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Traditions here I come......

I am in love with the store Traditions in Sugar City Idaho...I am so excited to be going this spring. I got a tile with our name on it from here that I put on our front porch but during a windstorm it I am in need of a replacement. When I think of Sugar City I think of if you are ever in Rexburg, mosey about 3 miles to Sugar City and visit this wont regret it but your pocket book might.

Cutest easter eggs EVER!!!

I came across the cutest easter eggs on Martha. I love the polka dot, and the intial egg...Usually with my kids as fancy as we get is half the egg being one color and the other half another. But this inspires cute to eat!

Home-made Peeps!

Peeps are on of my easter favorites! Because I love marshmellow and I love sugar. I was browsing on Martha Stewart and I found a recipe for homemade peeps. They may be alittle time consuming...but they are "Oh so cute." Follow the link:

Sunday, March 2, 2008

1 Gold medal, 1 Silver Medal!

So yesterday was a great day of wrestling. Dalton got first (the gold medal) winning all three matches, and Dakota got Second winning his first two..and losing his last match but with great effort (the silver medal). It was a great day because Cody medaled for the first time...he didnt even know what to do when he got onto the platform. They are always winners in my book...but yesterday they had a medal to show for it.