Wednesday, January 28, 2009

My new nephew!

I drove to Tucson on Tuesday to visit the Morgan Family and I took some pictures of my new nephew, Kaiden. These first pictures are of him sleeping, which he did for the first couple of hours I was there.

Kaiden Michael Morgan
1 Week Old!

His cute little hands and feet.

He is so cute when his eyes are open!

I was taking his picture, then he decided to spit up. It gets better, scroll down a little farther.We were trying to take a nice family picture, and as they were sitting there, he let out this huge, long, FART!!! His Uncle Sam would have been so proud of him!

Brittany and Kaiden.

He must be a boy, he's sticking out his tongue!!

I love this picture.

This is a cool picture. Kaiden has both Nick and Brittany's wedding rings. They look so BIG compared to his little hands. I think it will be a cool picture when he grows up and gets his own wedding ring, he will see how tiny his little hands used to be. P.S. Look at how pretty Brittany's nails are!!!

Nick & Kaiden. Kaiden is such a ham for the pictures. He seriously likes getting his picture taken. He must be Brittany's kid. lol.

Family Pictures that Kaiden didn't fart in.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Heather's 1st photo shoot lol.

Yesterday I purchased a Nikon D60 camera that I have been saving for awhile for, and I was really excited to take some pictures! Most people come home and take pictures of their children, but since Sam and I don't have any, her are our dogs! ( They probably listen better than children anyway, and are definitely cuter than some kids as well :)

Before I took these, I had only read the quick start guide, so some of them are a blurry, etc. but I'm sure I will have the camera figured out here pretty soon, and hopefully they will turn out better.

Daisy 3 years old. Chase 1 1/2 years old.

Don't mind the Goldfish bag and Little David's feet in the background. I didn't feel like cropping my pictures today. :)

Chase is so freaken cute. He loves getting his picture taken.

Sam feeding Daisy some of his Goldfish. When the picture is bigger, you can actually see her licking it out of his hand.

Yeah, I still kiss him... Good thing Daisy will not take it out of his mouth, and only licks on command!

My action photos. lol.

Chase jumping over a bush on the way to the park.

This is a really bad picture but the story behind it is funny. We decided to make David crouch down on the ground and see if Chase would jump over him. Well, Chase didn't. Instead, he crashed right into him! It was really funny, I guess you had to be there to appreciate it!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Page Christmas

Here are some pictures of the Page Christmas. Unfortunately we both had to work on Christmas, so we didn't get to go to Parker until the weekend after, so everyone had already opened gifts, eaten Christmas dinner, etc., so we roped and made tamales instead!

Here is some pictures of Sam riding one of my dad's newest addition. My family is better known as "heel hogs", meaning they don't like to share the heeling end of team roping. Sam finally got his first shot and I captured it on camera! Here are the pictures.

David & Sam

The instructor

Last Christmas my dad got a priefert chute, which is an electric chute that can be operated by remote control. Here is Brayden running the show.

Brayden Trinity walking Jonathan's first 4-H pig.

Decorations/ Shontz Family Christmas

My mom came to town and stayed the week before Christmas, and decorated my house for me! We FINALLY got some pictures on our walls, etc. Here are some of the decorations we now have, you will have to come visit us to see the rest of them!

Unfortunately, the whole time she was here I was working overnights, so I didn't really get to help out very much. But, Sam got to have some great fun with her, helping her put up our pictures, decorations, etc. We got these really cool stars as a wedding gift from my friend Ashley Heagie, and my mom made some really cool decorations for our stairs that matched our tree. This is a sign that Nicki got for us for Christmas! It's hanging over the doorway next to the stars. It just wasn't put up until after Christmas, which is why it is not in the previous picture.

Here are some of the other decorations she got us. We got new candles, the cute deer, and actual pictures in our entertainment center! The pictures are from when I was in high school, so hopefully I will get a chance to change them out before she comes to visit us again!

We got this really cute pot holder for our kitchen. It is very cute! The only problem is I didn't realize how low our kitchen ceiling is, so only the little pots can hang from it. Those our my Paula Deen pans that I got from my bridal shower, which I absolutely love!

The weekend before Christmas, the Shontz Families came down to have "Christmas" with us. Here are some of the pictures.

Ever since I was a little girl my Grandma has been collecting this Red Avon China for me, and has said that she would give it to me when I get a house. Well.. we have one so we decided to use it for our first Christmas. Here is about 1/4 of the china I have....

I know it is weird to have a piece of meat on my blog, but this is the best prime rib I have ever had. ( Thanks MOM!). Here is the recipe in case you ever want to make it!

Prime Rib:
1 (3-rib) prime rib beef roast, about 6 pounds
5 garlic cloves, smashed, plus 2 heads garlic, halved
1/2 cup grated fresh or prepared horseradish
1/2 cup sea salt
1/4 cup freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 parsnips
1 red onion, halved
Wild mushrooms:
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
Extra-virgin olive oil
2 pounds assorted mushrooms, such as cremini, oyster, shiitake, chanterelle, or white, trimmed and sliced
Leaves from 2 fresh thyme sprigs
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup Cabernet Sauvignon
1/4 cup reserved beef broth (drippings from roast) or low-sodium canned broth
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon minced fresh chives

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Lay the beef in a large roasting pan with the bone side down. (The ribs act as a natural roasting rack.) In a small bowl mash together the garlic, horseradish, salt, pepper, and olive oil to make a paste. Massage the paste generously over the entire roast. Scatter the vegetables and halved garlic around the meat and drizzle them with a 2-count of oil. Put the pan in the oven and roast the beef for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours for medium-rare (or approximately 20 minutes per pound). Check the internal temperature of the roast in several places with an instant-read thermometer; it should register 125 degrees F. for medium-rare. Remove the beef to a carving board and let it rest for 20 minutes. The internal temperature of the meat will continue to rise by about 10 degrees. Remove the vegetables and set aside. Pour the pan juices into a fat separator or small bowl and set aside to allow the fat and beef juices to separate. Pour off and discard the fat. You will use the tasty beef juices for the mushrooms.
Place a clean skillet over medium heat. Add the butter and a 2-count drizzle of oil. When the butter starts to foam. add the mushrooms and thyme; and season with salt and pepper. Stir everything together for a few minutes. Add the red wine, stirring to scrape up any stuck bits; then cook and stir to evaporate the alcohol. When the wine is almost all gone, add the reserved beef juices. Let the liquid cook down and then take it off the heat. Stir in the cream and chives, and season with salt and pepper.

My mom who cooked, and my aunt Marion who did the dishes! My mom is so beautiful, I hope I look like here when I am older!

My Uncle LeRoy and Mom.
My Aunt Marion and Uncle LeRoy. This is a picture frame they got for Christmas from my mom. It has pictures of when they were in Alabama in it.
Grandpa Walt and Grandma Libby.

Yeah, I know this picture is bad, but it's the only one of the 3 of us!

Christmas Tree

I realize the holiday's have already passed, but I'm going to post our Christmas tree experience anyway! When Sam's was little, his family went and cut down their own Christmas tree. Sam and I want to make this a tradition in our family, so here is our first Christmas tree cutting experience!!

We purchased a permit for the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, which is located near Springerville, Arizona, which is like a 3.5 hour drive from our house in Queen Creek. We were able to cut any tree, as long as it was 10 ft. and under, and in the permitted area.
Trees we had to pick from.

Sam measuring a prospective tree.

Our Blue Spruce while it was still alive!

Sam cutting our tree.

What I was doing while Sam was cutting our tree :)


If we were dogs we would have lifted our legs on the stump, but since we aren't Sam insisted we carve our initials into it.

Our decorated tree! My mom helped me decorate it and it looked better in person! Please don't mind all of the junk around the tree, I was wrapping gifts when I remembered to take the picture for the blog. BTW, that is Nick and Brittany's Christmas gift in the background still needing to be wrapped.