Friday, December 26, 2014

Christmas Goodies 2014

Every year I love making homemade caramels to give to our family and friends. Another fun part of it for me is finding a cute Christmas container and cute Christmas paper liners to put them in. I love having people look forward to receiving my caramels every year too. :) It's makes it that much more fun for me to make them!




 

Friends & Co-Workers Gifts 2014


This Christmas, I gave my friends and co-workers Ball Heritage Collection Spring Green Mason Jars. I included Ball Sip & Straw Lids and Ball Design Series Green Color Lids and Bands. I even found some cute tags called "Jar Jewelry". ;) Hopefully they loved the jars as much as I love them! :)



 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christmas Card 2014


This year I did the chalkboard thing on my Christmas card and, along with pictures from our cruise in Europe, I love it! I always have to get Christmas stamps to send my cards out with too. It just makes it that much more festive for me. ;)

Merry Christmas from our home to yours!


 

Christmas Trees 2014

  


Decorating Christmas trees is not my favorite thing so sometimes I think I must be crazy to have 2 trees! But once they're done, I always have them turned on. I love them! So here they are...Our Christmas trees 2014!




 

Santa Visit

This year Santa came to the Roosevelt Animal Shelter so Andrew and I took our dog Amber to visit. :) We donated $10 to the shelter and got a picture in return. Santa gave Amber a squeaky toy to take home too...though the squeaker was gone by the next morning. ;) Amber did pretty good and sat fairly still. They had to take a few pictures before they got one of her looking at the camera though. ;) 


I would have loved to have taken our cats Emillio and Cecil, but I knew they would hate it so I didn't subject them to my pet parent wishes. ;)

Merry Christmas!


 

My New Job

For over eight years now, I have worked at TriCounty Health Department, which is the local health department here in the area where we live. I have really enjoyed working there and have done a couple different jobs within the department, but some changes have been made there over the last year and I was just finding myself not as happy there anymore.


So I took the plunge, which was hard for me, and gave my 2 weeks notice.


My supervisor, Marci, gave me some cute gifts on my last day that she made or picked out especially for me to say thank you. :)


On December 1, I started working for Uintah Basin Medical Center, our local hospital, at Home Care Services as their Office Coordinator. I am loving it! I love being a secretary and the medical field is somewhere that has always felt like home to me so everything has worked out perfectly. :)


I'm still settling in and I know that will take some time, but I am excited to be here and make my new career here!


 

Lincoln's Baptism - November 29, 2014

The Saturday after Thanksgiving we got to attend the baptism of our nephew Lincoln. It was really special to be there and to see how excited he was. :) Andrew and I got him a white towel with his name and baptism date embroidered in his favorite color on it that he could use after he came out of the font. I think he really liked it and now he can always remember that special date in his life.








 

Cutting Christmas Trees 2014

We got our tree on Thanksgiving again this year. Since all my side of the family was out of town this year, we asked Andrew's parents to go with us so we didn't have to go alone. It's just more fun to go with others!

We went up Whiterocks Canyon, where I had never gone, and found tons of tree choices! We ended up with a pinon pine and it has made our entire house smell like Christmas!



 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

November Swap Night


I had swapped for Felicity's quilt block last month. She is having all of us embroider our names on a quilt block she had using floss to match one of the colors in the block. I thought this was a really cute idea and then she can frame it when it's finished or she can add it to a quilt one day. :)

Until next month!


 

Ethel Davis Ercanbrack July 27, 1924 - November 10, 2014


On Monday, November 10, 2014, Andrew's Grandma Ercanbrack passed away. She was a wonderful grandma! She always loved hearing about our trips, we had Thanksgiving at her house every other year, for our birthdays she always sent us $5 in our birthday cards, which Andrew's sister Alicia termed our "grandma dollars" ;), and she loved getting thank you cards from us. :) We will miss her so much.

On Thursday, we had her memorial services. It was a wonderful day spent with close and extended family and I know grandma was there enjoying us all being together. :)


Andrew and Brandon were pallbearers. I was so impressed with them. They were so respectful and I just love seeing the two of them together.










They had some special moments with their dad too. :)

Grandma was buried in the Roosevelt, UT cemetery next to Grandpa Ercanbrack and it nice to know that they are back together after 21 years apart. :)


 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Road Trip Day 5 - Milwaukee, WI to Chicago, IL

Monday it was time to head home so we packed up and left Wisconsin headed back to Illinois.


We had to make one stop before returning our rental car at the airport though: Rainforest Cafe - Schaumburg. Now I've been to all 3 Rainforest Cafe's in Illinois!


 I smashed a penny here too!

It was another successful trip and now we are halfway on our journey to visiting all 50 states!


 

Road Trip Day 4 - Chicago, IL to Milwaukee, WI

Sunday morning we took our hotel shuttle back to the airport and rented a car for our overnight trip to Wisconsin!


Our first stop was just north of Chicago at the Home Alone house! Growing up my siblings and I LOVED this movie. We watched it all year long and I still love it to this day!




There have been a few changes to the house, but it's pretty much the same. :)

From there, we continued on to Wisconsin, but just before we crossed over the state line, we passed Six Flags Great America and stopped at the second Rainforest Cafe in Illinois - Gurnee Mills!






I smashed a penny at this Rainforest Cafe to remember. ;)


Just over the Wisconsin state line, we saw a sign for a free Jelly Belly warehouse tour so we decided to stop. Now we've done both Jelly Belly tours in the US: Pleasant Prairie, WI and Fairfield, CA. :)







 

After the tour, we were each given a free sample. :)



One of the main reason we wanted to visit Wisconsin was for the cheese! Andrew had looked up several cheese places online and the ones we settled on were Tim & Tom's Cheese, which ended up being Andrew's favorite place and Mars Cheese Castle.





 



Samples!


I thought all the wax shapes were really fun. :)