Thursday, September 16, 2010
Do you know how many people you would need to have in a group before the odds of at least two of them sharing a birthday (not counting the year of birth) is about 50/50?
Seriously, guess first.
23. Isn't that cool?
Well, that satisfied my sudden urge to tell the world how fun probability can be. Aren't blogs great?
P.S. Sorry that we haven't done anything picture-worthy lately, hopefully we will rectify that soon.
Saturday, July 31, 2010
We don't have anymore pictures, but the family came to visit on their way to WA, and that was very fun to have the Pickett family here. And that was our month!
Sunday, May 16, 2010
This experience at the grocery store made me think. It's amazing to me that something as simple as a doughnut display can bring back vivid images, tastes, and feelings. I realized that what makes life sweet are the little traditions and everyday things that we do with people we love. It made me resolve to do my best when I'm a mother to remember that, and to create opportunities for sweet memories with my children. Not necessarily grand and marvelous events, but little things each day that they can look back on and that will make them smile.
-"Mothers Teaching Their Children"
Ensign, May 2010
Elder L. Tom Perry
Monday, April 19, 2010
Vanilla Cupcakes from Martha Stewart
24 regular cupcakes / 350 degree oven
3 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups sugar
6 large eggs
3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups milk
1. Preheat the oven to 350°.
2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time; scrape down bowl, and beat in vanilla.
3. Add flour mixture and milk alternatively, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
4. Divide batter evenly among cupcake liners, about three-quarters full each. Bake until golden and tops spring back to touch, about 20 minutes, rotating pan once if needed. Transfer pans to wire rack; cool completely.
I was very proud. (Casey said that failed baking isn't even an option for him, so I guess it wasn't that exciting for him.) Moral of the story: Never give up, but if what you're doing isn't working, maybe ask for help.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Our friends the Jones' were also in attendance, and it was very fun to see them.
Basically, we had a great time getting all dressed up and dancing the night away, so we feel that it was a pretty successful first ball.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
It all started about two weeks ago when we realized that Casey's hair was getting quite long, and that he should probably get it cut SOON! Well, it didn't happen soon because none of Casey's friends who know how to cut hair had much time to do it. I'd never cut hair before, so both of us were a little reluctant to have me give it a go, but after a few weeks, with Casey's hair growing all the while, we decided that I was pretty much our only hope. We got some clippers, had Andrea Taylor (a friend of ours) give me some tips, and off we went on my learning to cut hair, "baptism by fire", adventure! (We also only had a half hour because we had the adult session of Stake Conference at 4:30. Yikes!) I must admit, after I finished Casey had to do a little bit of fixing on one side, but other than that I feel it went well. Here are the results:
Here's the pile of his hair that we swept up. As you can see, the haircut was much-needed.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
And it was delicious!
Sunday, February 28, 2010
I found this quote about a year ago while taking a family history class, and when I read it I decided that I wanted my home to be like the temple when I had a family of my own. I sure am grateful that Casey feels the same way. As we've turned our little apartment into a home we've tried to keep this goal in mind, not only in the way we decorate, but also in the feeling that's here. It's been a fun adventure, finding all the things to decorate with...a little here and a little there, and we really feel like it's coming along nicely, we'll see what you think!
Here's our lovely bedroom, with our sweet Ikea lamps, and bedside tables. We got the bedding and pillows as a wedding present from my mom and sister. You'll notice Bolt the love puppy has a prominent place on our bed...mostly because he just matches so well!
Here's our little "Ikea corner" as Casey calls it. He thinks this part of our kitchen looks like a kitchen from Ikea, and I do agree. We especially love the cart and shelves, given to us by Casey's parents. The table was given to us by my sister and brother-in-law. We are really grateful for it. It definitely completes this corner, and it's very nice to have four chairs. (We only had two with the little table that came with the apartment.)
Here's the counter/sink/oven area. We're glad that many of the things we used to decorate we already had or got from our wedding. The sign over the oven says, "Good Cooks never lack friends", hopefully I'll acquire the famous Hickman women cooking skills, if not, I'm sure our children will.
This is our cute little microwave cart that Becca and Jake so kindly gave us. We wouldn't have any counter space without it, because the microwave used to reside on and take up 3/4 of the countertop, so we love it. The heart on the fridge is a spectacular valentine from Casey's mom.
Lastly, we come to the living room. Casey made this mobile out of chinese lanterns that I got for my birthday. We're still deciding how we feel about it, but it's pretty fun, and my visiting teachers think it looks very "modern".
This is the one wall we have decorated. Mostly it's pictures of us from our wedding. Casey feels that we need more variety, hopefully we can find some cool pictures to mix things up.
Hope you've enjoyed the tour of our home!
Sunday, February 21, 2010
And I stayed true to Pickett family Valentines tradition by staying up until 1 in the morning making this cookie.
It may not be the most beautifully frosted cookie, but I feel that what it lacked in aesthetics was more than compensated for with size as it was by far the biggest cookie I have ever made. We just finished eating the left-overs a few days ago.
Being Newlyweds has been wonderful thus far. We are growing closer together and learning how to be better companions. We have also been doing some serious home decorating, and thanks to a few very productive Ikea trips and a lot of Target gift cards, our little apartment is really starting to feel like home. We'll have to include some pictures in our next post. Also, I will probably make Katalyn write next time so that it will be longer and more interesting.