Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Gladys Knight

Sunday night I went to Charlotte to the Gladys Knight fireside. It was awesome! It was unlike anything you'd ever expect to experience in an LDS church. People were clapping, standing up and moving to the music, shouting their amens and catching the holy spirit. I loved the choir's arrangements of "I Am A Child of God" and other hymns, as well as other songs I'd never heard. I will definitely be getting the CD. My mom got to go when Gladys was in Phoenix a year or so ago and told me how great it was, so I was glad to experience it for myself. The best part was Sister Knight's sweet testimony. She has such a cute personality. If you get the opportunity, make sure you go!

Monday, April 23, 2007

Happy Earth Day!

To celebrate Earth Day, we decided to reduce our energy consumption by converting all of our incandescent light bulbs to fluorescent ones. They were dirt cheap at Big Lots and so we stocked up and replaced lights all over our house. Just to give everyone an idea of how much energy we are saving - the fan above was outfitted with three 60 Watt incandescent bulbs before. The new fluorescent bulbs are just as bright - but are only 14 Watts a piece! So every time that we turn on those fan lights - instead of 180 Watts, we are only using 42 Watts.

Since we posted a picture of dirt earlier, we decided that we should show how our garden is turning out. We planted six different tomato plants, every color of bell pepper (red, yellow, and green), jalapenos, other peppers, squash, cucumbers, zucchini, and a bunch of herbs (cilantro, basil, parsley, and more). And we planted somewhere around 25 strawberry plants because we bought what we thought was a four-pack of plants at Costco - but it turned out to be four packs of 15 plants in each pack. We gave two packs away and planted as many of the rest as we could. Anyway, we are going to be eating some great garden fruits and vegetables.

Monday, April 9, 2007


We had a great Easter! We went over to our friends, Brett & Liesl's for an Easter egg hunt.

Mike worked so hard to make our Easter dinner... at least he tried to take the credit. We went to Matt and Sarah's for dinner. All the girls cooked while the boys played the Wii.

I was so proud of my rolls. The Thanksgiving ones I made were horrible. I was glad to finally redeem myself.

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Almost Ready...

So it's been a little chilly here in NC lately. Luckily, we haven't planted our garden yet, but we finished getting the soil ready yesterday. So once this cold moves out of here, we're going to plant some tomatoes, cilantro, jalapenos, pumpkins, cucumbers, and much more. We can't wait - we had a lot of luck last year with just two rows of tomatoes, peppers and some squash. This year we have decided to live off the garden and not use any electricity. We are also going to be walking to work and school to reduce our "carbon footprint" to zero. Well, maybe we aren't going to that extreme, but we are planting a garden soon. :)

Saturday, April 7, 2007

This week...

My boss took me on a 15 min break from taxes to see spring flowers. They were beautiful, but it made it hard to go back to work when it is so pretty outside.
We decorated Easter eggs! Every year I make Mike dye eggs with me. I think he actually enjoyed it this year!