Monday, May 31, 2010

Danny and his "New Friend"

This all started 2 years ago, night before our anniversary, we were driving to the airport and got pulled over. Danny had a warrant out for his arrest (probably a couple at this point) for many unpaid tickets so the cop took him to jail. JAIL. I was pretty upset.. I had to pick him up at 3 am on our anniversary. To make matters worse, he made friends with one of the inmates who had to be well over 400 pounds and offered him a ride home. It didn’t help any that our whole car was dragging and the guy lived way out west somewhere. Danny, Danny.

Since then, I was under the impression that he had paid all of his tickets and fines… and to be quite honest, I’m pretty sure Danny thought that he had paid them too. A couple of months ago, he didn’t do a complete stop at a stop sign turning right.. got pulled over.. and apparently his license was suspended. Bummer. So he got a ticket. A week after that, he was going 45 in a 35 zone by Draper temple and got pulled over AGAIN with his license still being suspended. Bigger bummer. Turns out, Danny got a ticket in Iron County in 2005 that just posted onto his driving record this last year at which time they suspended his license. We never received notification of this nor did we know that it was suspended. We thought that all of the tickets had been paid.

Anyways to make a long story short, he had to go to court and the very nice {heavy sarcasm} judge put Danny on house arrest and he gets to wear a lovely ankle bracelet for 20 days. Lucky us, we get to pay $15 per day that the da*# bracelet is on… on top of the erroneous amount of fines that we have to pay. I’m talking HUGE amount of fines. You’re all jealous right? So Danny’s stipulations are this: he can go to work and home. That is pretty much it. He can only go to 1 hour of church too. Lucky for Danny, he gets to get out of a lot of “Mindi errands” for the next month.

So it’s just kinda funny, what else can it be? Danny isn’t a drunk driver.. He doesn’t drink. He doesn’t do drugs, never has. He isn’t a reckless driver and he doesn’t even poop out of car windows anymore.. (another long story.) I think it is ridiculous that this happened but a good lesson for us to learn, I guess. Danny’s mentality for years was that he was above the law..well that’s clearly not the case and eventually it will come back and bite ya real hard in the behind. If anything, learn from our mistakes. Pay your tickets so you don’t have to adorn yourself with a heavy black permanent jewelry piece that we like to call Danny’s “new friend.”

Danny has to charge his bracelet every night for a couple of hours. The first full day that he had it on was last Sunday and we both had to talk in church. Sometimes his "new friend" will talk to him or beep saying "low battery" or "battery full"... I was so nervous the whole time he gave his talk that it would start beeping.

Friday, May 28, 2010


Ever since the 2 year old turned 2 naps are a thing of the past. I was in denial for a long time and tried everything that I could possibly think of to get my little one to sleep:

I tried to let her cry it out (I’m not good at the tough love thing, anything over ½ hour is too long for me.)

I tried getting her to cuddle and nap on the couch.. nope. I even let her try to take a nap in my bed, but that didn’t work either.

I tried singing songs to her in her crib. She did fall asleep (after an hour of singing) but as soon as I tried to sneak out she instantly woke up. Plus that is too much work to do every day.

Whitney loves to bounce.. on the couch, in her car seat, but her best place is in the high chair. As my last resort, I thought that I would try that out. I turned on some quiet classical music and let her bounce herself to sleep in her high chair.. and it actually worked! (Well it worked once.) She finally let her guard down and fell asleep. Not the most ideal nor comfortable place to sleep, but she was ASLEEP and mom was happy to have a little break.

It took me awhile (I cried for a couple of days) but when I finally came to terms with the fact that naps were no longer a part of our routine, we had to come up with a different one. So we have “quiet time” now where we read books and then she watches a couple of shows. We have been doing this for over a month and it has been going pretty good and yet again she throws me for another loop. These past 2 days, she has wanted naps and has actually napped without throwing a fit. Who knows.. I guess naps are cool again?? I’m not complaining though, I’d gladly have her take a nap over no nap. It has been a blissful 2 days for mom, but I don’t want to get my hopes up too high. My fickle toddler could change her mind at a moment’s notice!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Whitney's Blog

I started a blog for Whitney at the end of April. The link is on the side bar of my blog labeled as "Whitney's day to day blog" with her picture. I'm not going private. I am or may not in the future, but for now it is public for my family members and friends who don't have blogs and want to read about the silly, funny things that Whitney does with out having to log into anything. The blog link is She is quite the silly girl and I mainly just want to use this as a journal for her. Something for her to have and read about when she is older. Feel free to check it out. She does and says some of the most random things.. it's hilarious.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Cookie Monsters

Here’s the deal.. I’m pretty sure I live with 2 cookie monsters that go by their alias names.. Danny and Whitney. I may have created these 2 monsters but what’s a girl to do when she has the BEST chocolate chip cookie recipe in the world? (No joke.) These chocolate chip cookies are a staple in our household, we make them weekly, and my family is hooked.

History of the recipe: I’m not sure where this recipe came from but it is for certain a family favorite passed down by my aunt Isabel. My cousins and I have been making these cookies since we could talk and always competed with each other to see who could make the best batch. My cousin Scooter was so cocky at one point that he didn’t even use measuring cups and just eye balled the recipe. I was in awe and thought that was SO cool. J His older sister Jenny put a stop to his cockiness and banned him from making the cookies all together. Fun memories. That was my life back then.. hanging out with my cousins.. making cookies, it was so simple and I loved it.

The tradition has continued and our little family makes these yummy treats all of the time. I have trained my monsters well too. Whitney pulls out all the ingredients (and she actually knows what to pull out) and Danny does the mixing and measuring. I sit and really do nothing but tell them what is next on the recipe. It’s a good system I’ve got going.. too bad it only works with cookies! The dough is by far the best part and we eat WAY more than our fair share.. so yummy. Danny is getting so good at it too that HE is now giving ME tips on how to make them better. So here you have it,

The Hart Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe:

¾ C Crisco

½ C Sugar

1 C Brown Sugar


2 Eggs


2 ¼ C Flour

1 tsp Vanilla

1 tsp Baking Soda

1 tsp Salt


Add ½ bag of semi sweet chocolate chips

Bake at 375 for 10 minutes (sometimes I bake them at 350 for a little bit longer)

Makes about 24ish cookies (depends on how much dough you eat!)

** Danny’s special tip: Add a little bit more flour to make a more fluffy cookie**

Enjoy! We will probably make and eat the dough for dinner tonight.. and the cookies for breakfast. It's an essential part of my monsters diet, they can't live without them.