Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Cookie Decorating

So deep down I really want to be an awesome cook and baker but those talents have not fully developed...yet.  I was trying to think of something that we could give our family and friends that they would be excited to get each year.   Like my sister Lisa makes chocolate cover pretzels, and my parents make carmel corn.  This year in addition to the sugar cookies Ryan and I make every year, I thought we would  try making toffee and peppermint bark to see if they would be the treat we make every year.
On Sunday Ryan made the cookie dough the while I made pepermint bark, then together we made toffee.  The peppermint bark was yummy, but we burnt the toffee a tiny bit.  It still tastes really good though.  I'm thinking we will stick to peppermint bark and cookies. 
On Monday Ryan cut out and baked  the cookies bc I was doing my sisters hair.  Then on Tuesday night we frosted them.

 I do the ones with the sprinkles, and Ryan does the dones with frosting.  He has such talent.  Look at the ginger bread man.

 Molly wanted to be a part of the fun so Ryan put her on a bar stool next to him.  She sat there the whole time watching. She's so spoiled, we treat her like she's human. :)

Friday, January 20, 2012

Fire Academy Graduation

Ryan's fire academy is over!!! He did an amazing job this year and has accomplished so much. He got his national EMT certificate, trained to be a fireman, lost 40 pounds by changing his diet and doing killer workouts, and survived having to shave his face for the past 5 months. I am so proud of him. He's so amazing! He is the definition of hard work and amazing.
Ryan's class voted for the person that was the most motivating, supportive, would always go the extra mile, and the one who would always help others succeed and RYAN won!!! They called the peer award but other academies call it the Bret Tarver award. But when my dad heard about it he called it the Ms. Congeniality award. We got a good laugh. As the chief was talking I wasn't sure that Ryan was going to win until he mentioned that this person went to orientation with a beard and I knew it was him. I was a little late starting the video.
 Corey Nuss and Ryan
 Paul Wallace and Ryan

Way to baby!!!!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


Ryan had to wash his turnouts (fireman clothes) before he turned them back in.  We didn't want to wash them in our machines bc they were super dirty so we took them to the laundromat by our house.  I had so much fun there people and washing machine watching.  Ryan thought I was crazy. 

 Side note: one night after I got done doing hair I came out of my salon and saw this. Ryan asleep and Molly nuzzled up next to him. It was only 9 pm, he was really tired.

It's begining to look a lot like CHRISTMAS!!

It's Christmas time at our house!!!  We love this time of year!!!

 Our first Christmas tree, it stood a lavishing 2 feet tall
 This year we had more room so we got a bigger tree, a outstanding 9 feet tall.

 We hung our stocking by the fire place.  I won the snowmen at a white elephant party, yes I was so excited I got them and no one stole them away!! Ryan was mad I didn't go for something better.  :)