Monday, October 25, 2010

Feels like Winter in Whister!!

We are hanging out in our room by the fireplace while we are in beautiful Whistler, British Columbia! We got here on Saturday and it has gotten a little colder each day - today is only 39! It is snowing up in the mountains but not in the Village quite yet! We have gone out in the Village everyday shopping and eating but this is the off season for the town so it is pretty quite. They are getting ready for ski season in a couple months! Here are a few pictures from our trip so far...

Halloween is right around the corner and I found a cute clown costume for Chief! Enjoy the pictures! (He hated it but was a good sport!)

A picture of all our kiddos - they wait for me on the stairs when they hear the garage door open! Cheese, Chief, Princess and Chad!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Getting Ready for the Holidays!

This is going to be the first year we are away from our families for Thanksgiving and maybe Christmas too! So we decided to make the best of it and have gotten together with our friends here to plan a big Thanksgiving celebration! I am going to host a brunch here with a few good friends so we can lounge and watch football all day...then our friends Jette and Ryan and hosting a big dinner at their house that will be a lot of fun! We will miss our families but I am sue this is something we will have to get used to:)

There are so many cool places to go here around the holidays too! We are going to try to make it to Leavenworth, WA for the Christmas lighting ceremonies in December. It is a Bavarian town set out east in the mountains! Hopefully we will get a chance to go there for the holidays this year!

But anyway, we are off to Whistler this weekend! We leave Saturday and will come back Wednesday! We are really looking forward to going to such a neat town where the Olympics were held earlier this year...It is about a 4 and a half hour drive north and we will go through Vancouver also! We are staying at a neat resort right in the village of Whister and our room has our own private sauna in it! I was checking the weather and it looks like we will get to be there for the first snows of the season on Tuesday and Wednesday, so hopefully we will be able to make it home like planned on Wednesday!

The Village of Whistler!

Our Resort - The Mountainside Lodge! The heated pool is open year round!!

Monday, October 11, 2010

So its been a while! Many new and exciting changes are happening! I was able to go back to Kansas about a week ago for Lucas and Lauren Bingham's was good to see the family and Clay was home too!

I also got a new JOB!! I am working with a Financial Planner like I was back in Kansas City. I am really excited about the opportunities I will have working with Bill Sydor with the Householder Group. It is just a part time position for now so I am still working a few days at World Market too! I am keeping busy at work and Traveling!!

We have a vacation booked to Whistler, British Columbia, Canada for October 22-27th that we are really looking forward to! It is supposed to be a very cool town set in the Mountains where the Olympics were earlier this year...

I also have a trip booked to Scottsdale, AZ with my work for the first week in November which will be great training for me!

Well here is a great recipe that Audrey made for me and Mike last time we were home. I have made is a couple times and it is a big hit and very easy! Enjoy!

Sopapilla Cheesecake:

Mix together 1/2 cup sugar with 1 TBS ground cinnamon. Set aside.

Mix (in mixer) 1 cup sugar, 2 packages cream cheese- softened, and 1 TSP vanilla until well blended.

Take 1 package of crescent roll dough and press in bottom of an 8x13 (ish) pan and close seams.

Evenly spread cream cheese mixture over bottom crescent roll dough. Top with 2nd package of crescent roll dough (closing seams).

Pour 1/2 stick of melted butter (or margarine) over top.

Then add the cinnamon/sugar mixture evenly.

Bake in 350 degree oven for 20-30 minutes (recipe calls for 30 min but in my experience thats too long. I check it at 20 and go from there. You will see that the crescent layer has risen and the sugar and butter have candied themselves.) Serve warm (and yummy cold, too!)