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Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 by the Everett's

As the last day of 2010 I thought I'd follow suit and do a year in review. Enjoy and we'll see you next year!
We rung in the new year with a few home repairs and saw the Oscar award winning Avatar.
 In February I was feeling crafty and I made lot's of cards and enjoyed watching the olympics
In March I spent a 4-day weekend in St. George with my mom and sister
In April we went to Vegas with the baseball team, celebrated my 24th birthday and kicked off the Bee's season.
In May Ryan started back up with school and we traveled to Idaho for a softball tournament.
In June we went to Texas for my grandma's funeral, mourned the death of our family cat, my sister came for a visit, we had a family reunion, and went to the Diamond Rio concert.
In July I went to the pioneer day parade and watched lots of baseball/softball
In August we celebrated Ryan's 27th birthday
In September our car got towed, but we celebrated many birthdays, our 4th anniversary and lots more softball ;)
In October I started my recipe blog and enjoyed going to General Conference
In November we visited my brother in Seattle.
In December we went to St George for another funeral but enjoyed time with family and a great Christmas
2010 has been wonderful and we're excited to ring in the new year and see what 2011 has to offer.
Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Merry Days After Christmas Everyone

We had a great Holiday as usual. This is our 5th Christmas together! Previous years photos can be found here here here and here. Each year we switch families and this year was spent with my family. The Zauggs came up and we enjoyed a great dinner then spent Christmas Eve playing games and eating lots of candy.

We slept over and slept in. After breakfast we skyped with my sister and brother.

 Then opened gifts
 Ryan loves Despicable Me and we watched it together with my parents later
 Our loot and then some
Ryan's favorite gift this year was his new wedding ring! See why we went ring shopping here

BEST.GIFT.EVER! and what's even better is that it's called the Plushalicious..

Ryan picked out some new bedding and his taste is still great! It's becoming an annual tradition.
On Sunday we visited Ryan's family and exchanged gifts then spent the evening playing Rock Band. That will never get old.
I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! We'll see you next year.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Holiday Caturday

Wrapping gifts is difficult with these two...

but we love them anyway!
Christmas post tomorrow!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

You can change the world with every bite.

Food, Inc.Image via Wikipedia
Just watched Food, Inc and I'm blown away. Yet another reason I'm a vegetarian. If you haven't seen it yet, you need to. Here are just a few things I learned from it:

1) Chicken: Antibiotics are put into the feed that's passed through to the chickens. Bacteria builds a resistance so anti-bacteria isn't working anymore. Chickens can't even walk and there are thousands in the houses. The farmer they spoke with was the only one out of dozens that would let the camera into the chicken houses. She is now allergic to antibiotics and can't take them. Even if the chicken are sick they go to the plant for processing. Farmers are under the companies thumbs and they have no say in how to run their own farms. Her contract was even terminated when she refused to upgrade to dark, tunnel-ventilated houses.
I know God put animals on the earth to eat, but they are not meant to be treated this way.

2) Beef: Cows are not designed to eat corn, only grass, but corn is cheap and makes them fat quickly, so it is used. Corn diet results in e-coli. They stand in manure all day, so e-coli is spread to all the cows. Manure gets in the meat when they're slaughtered. E-coli is now found in spinach, and apple juice because they're all from the same farm.  There used to be thousands of slaughter houses in the US and now there are only 13 which means your meat comes from parts of 10 or 15 cows. People die from e-coli and efficiency is leading to problems. If you grass feed cows for 5 days they will shed 80% of e-coli in their gut, but then the system would die. The company that processes 70% of hamburger cleans it with ammonia to kill e-coli before packaging.

3) Why would you give this kind of food to your family? Why can we get a hamburger for .99 and not even a head of lettuce for that price? That is not an accident, it's a result of our farm regulations. The biggest predictor of obesity is income. Industry blames it on responsibility, but when you're engineering food s you're pressing our evolutionary buttons. Salt, fat and sugar are rare in nature, but now it's available24/7 in enormous quantities. Type 2 Diabetes is now affecting children!

4) Why do we not have the right to know where are food came from and what's in it? Now there are laws for criticizing food, remember Oprah? What we buy is a vote. Consumers can change things. Carrots should be cheaper then chips. How are we going to change things? Look at tobacco industry. They had huge control, but the control was broken. The battle against tobacco is a perfect model of how an industry's irresponsible behavior can be changed. We need to demand good food. Buy from companies that treat workers, animals and environment with respect. When you go to the store buy foods in season, buy organic, and read labels! Buy local and shop at farmer's markets. Plant a garden. Tell congress to enforce food safety standards and re-introduce Kevin's Law. We can change the world with every bite.

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This DVD is only about $5.00 used on Amazon or you can rent it from your local library.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Ryan's the winner!

Ryan's region at work won 2 contests and got $1000. Their region vs all the other regions had the most increased revenue over a period of time. Their area manager took everyone bowling last night, it was a good time.

9:00=cosmic bowling
Ryan, Andrew, and Banner all work at the Midvale location

Baby Abby is only about two weeks old!

(finally got my camera working properly...)

Ryan won highest combined score overall and got a gift card to Applebees
Also, just so you're aware, my first game I beat everyone with 131, but it just went downhill from there...
On another note, I know about 25 people who are pregnant, maybe we should jump on the bandwagon ;)

Friday, December 17, 2010

Prepare for combat

Doing a little spring cleaning today. I round up all of Ryan's shoes from under the bed.
He has 20 pairs of shoes, I have 17.
Perry Ellis America-1
Flip flops-3
Casual shoe-11!
How many he actually wears consistently?-3
He will not let me get rid of any, some have never been worn.

Don't even get me started on his t-shirts....

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Grandma Everett's Funeral

 Jared, Brian, Ryan, Devin, Aaron

Grandma's brothers and sisters

Robert's kids
Christine and her family
Addison, Mary Ellen, Wayne, Christine, Steve (Grandma's kids)

with spouses
Martha's family
Rachel's family
Steve's family (my in-laws)
all of us
great grandkids

I only met Grandma a few times, but I loved learning about her at the funeral. What a great example she was! She's now reunited with her husband, son and parents. It was so nice to see Ryan's extended family again.


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