Tuesday, November 20, 2012

What Is Treason?

It's been one of those terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days. Which is also a cute book by the way. However, the day did improve quite a bit when I knew the answer to final Jeopardy. That's always the weak part of my game.

Category- U.S. Constitution

Found in Article 3, Sec. 3, & requiring the testimony of 2 witnesses to prove, it’s the only crime defined in the Constitution.

Answer- What is treason!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Happy Birthday Nate!

Happy Birthday Nate! I hope today was a fun day and that this year is your best year yet! Love you so much.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Carving Pumpkins

Finally, on our sixth Halloween we got around to carving pumpkins. I have to admit, we had a blast and I think our pumpkins turned out really well. Nate only carved pumpkins once or twice as a kid, and it's something my family did each year and I have fond memories of it. We will definitely be adding this to our list of Halloween traditions. Nate wanted to carve something other than a traditional face. He found these stencils online and it was so much fun. We're thinking we'll do some themed pumpkins every year.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Photography Classes - Amazing Deal!!!

Okay, there is an amazing deal at Groupon for these online digital photography classes. I just did my first class last month and am in the first week of my second class. I cannot tell you how much better my photos look after just the first class. The classes are for dsl cameras but she does have one for point and shoot. I promise your photos will improve and you won't be frustrated with your camera any more! The class takes me about 30 minutes to read through and watch the videos each week. Then you have an assignment and you send in that photo and you get individual feedback on that photo every week. Love it! Last time when they were on Groupon, Nate ordered me the Digital 101 (which was awesome!) and Digital 102 which I am in right now. I ordered two more classes today. That is how much I like this lady! The classes are normally $97 each and they are on sale for $29 right now! The Groupon is good until December 2013 and you can pick what month you'd like to take your classes. I totally recommend them. This would make a great Christmas gift too!

Here's the Groupon link:

Here's the link to Flying Photo School:

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


So we've been asked a few times within the last week what's new with us. I always feel a bit pressured by this question. I wish I had some super exciting thing to share with them. something like, "Oh yeah, well we went on a safari last weekend and Nate totally wrestled this crocodile to save a baby zebra." Or I could say, " Well actually when I was in Costco last week and I was picked to win a complete home theater set, a cruise, and a giant diamond ring." You know, something along those lines. Well, truth be told nothing quite along those lines is going on with us, but there are a couple new things happening in our lives.

We've become a football family. I've watched more football this fall than I have in my life! We've got tickets for BYU football this season and we're also watching the NFL so Nate can check on his fantasy football team.

This Friday I'm having my second foot surgery. Last time I had the right foot done and Friday will be the left foot. I had the right foot done 5 weeks ago and I'm healing so well and I can totally see the improvement. I'll be immobile this weekend and next week, so if you're bored, call me and come hang out! I also need to thank so many family members and friends for their well wishes and support during these surgeries. I so appreciate it.

Nate is going to be traveling for work next month. He'll be going to San Diego. It's the first time he's traveled for work, and it'll also be the first time we've been apart in over 5 years of marriage. He's excited for this new opportunity and I'm so happy for him. He'll be gone for 4 days, so I'm thinking I need to live it up while he's gone. I'm going to make soups or pasta for dinner, Nate's not a big fan of either, and I'm planning on making some fun holiday aprons.

I'm guest posting over at Lovely Little Snippets today. I'm sharing a recipe for Asian marinated steak, so head on over and check it out! Of course I'm still posting recipes over at Durfee Family Recipes too. I'm also taking a couple photography classes this fall. I have to say, even though I'm only 2 1/2 weeks into the course, my photos are improving by leaps and bounds, I'm loving it!

Also in October, Nate is going elk hunting. He's really looking forward to it. I of course want him to be successful, but then I think about the logistics of dealing with an entire elk. So if anyone sees a good deal on a chest freezer let me know. I've also heard that elk jerky is good. We'll see. Also, he is going hunting one weekend, then will be out of town for work that next week, then planning on hunting that weekend too.

So yah, that's what's going on with us.

Sunday, September 9, 2012


Dear BYU Football,

I am breaking up with you. And this time it's not me, it's you. It's definitely you. I came to your game yesterday, I dressed in BYU colors, I cheered, I took some fun pictures, I tried hard to not make fun of any zoobies. And what did you do? You burned me, you burned me bad. In all my 26 1/2 years I have never ever been this sunburned! My arms, my legs, my face. Oh my face. It is all lumpy and bumpy and the skin is puckered and when I touch on accident it leaks fluid. It is so gross and it hurts so bad! Like the kind of pain that makes you call your mom. My mom says I'll live, but I feel like it's kinda touch and go right now. I did make it through the night. Cute Nate set up the air mattress downstairs for me so I could be cooler. He's nice. So long BYU football. Call me when you have a covered stadium.

Tomato Kim

P.S. My new favorite person right now is Lizzie Buhler. She gave me a tip about keeping the aloe in the fridge so it's nice and cold when you put it on. Genius! I'm pretty sure heaven is made of cold aloe.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Oh Goodness

So I may or may not have spilled nail polish on my keyboard today. I also may or may not have left a giant roast out on the counter for 6 hours yesterday. Fail. I'm kinda worried about tomorrow.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

A Day in the Life

Part of a conversation Nate and I had this morning while making the bed:

Kim: "I hope Ryan Lochte wins tonight and not Michael Phelps."

Nate: "I don't care as long as the gold medal goes to USA."

Kim: "Nate! You have to have make the pillows look nice!"

Nate: "Babe. Everything I do looks nice."

Yep, just keepin' it real.

Friday, July 20, 2012

5 Years

We've officially been trying to have a family for five years now. It just sucks, no other way to put it.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Strawberry Days Rodeo

Yep, I went to my first rodeo! I have so say, it was pretty fun. We couldn't have asked for better company or better weather. Nate and I had a blast. Strawberry Days is our town's annual summer celebration. And yes, they do serve strawberries, my favorite food! I opt for the strawberries to be plain, but everyone says the cream is delicious too. We attended the rodeo on the first, and I think least crowded night. It was great. There was mutton bustin', bronco riding, bull riding, cash cows, and more. Nate and I enjoyed our first rodeo and I think we'll be making it an annual tradition.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Camping at Payson Lakes

That's right, we went camping again! Nate and I were joking on the way home, had you told me a year ago that I would be camping and fishing on my anniversary, I would have thought you were crazy! We had the best time though. It was so fun to be outdoors in the sun and the fresh air, and the lake was beautiful. Honestly, with a day that nice we could go camping for every anniversary. This camping trip we went up to Payson Lakes. We camped with our awesome friends, Ricky and Suzie. Of course we had an amazing time with them. We fished, we cooked, we laughed, we stayed up way too late (Suzie had a second wind!), and we can't wait to do it again! On Friday evening we fished for a little while. Suzie was the only one who caught a fish. She hooked it in the eye. After removing the hook the fish struggled for a little bit and swam in circles, including swimming into the wall. Not gonna lie, it was a little funny. Then we made a lot of jokes. Oh man, you have to go camping with people who have a great sense of humor. Saturday was our 5 year anniversary and we spent most of the day fishing. The lake was within walking distance from our camp. There were some great little tiers built into the side of the lake which made fishing so much more enjoyable. We could set up our chairs right down by the water, I often sat on the lowest level and dipped my feet in the cold water. On one of the upper tiers we set up the dutch oven and had breakfast right there on the water. It was so nice! Nate perfected his hook removing skills. He may or may not have cause an unintentional fish death. We had great results. Between the four of us, we caught 29 fish on Saturday! Like I said, we had the best time! Thanks again Taggarts for an awesome weekend!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Happy Anniversary!

Happy Anniversary Nate! It's been 5 wonderful years! Thanks for making them the best 5 years I've ever had. Love you lots!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day! First of all a big thank you to all our service men and women. We so appreciate you! Nate and I have had a busy weekend of fun. We fished early Saturday morning and then had a fun date that evening. Sunday, we grilled with Nate's family. Nate made grilled Korean barbecue chicken, so good! We fished again early this morning too. Both Nate's brother and brother came too. Of course we grilled hamburgers today, I think that's a Memorial Day requirement. Nate and I ended the day with a trip to Cabela's. All in all it was a busy but very fun weekend. Needless to say, I'm looking forward to sleeping in past 5 am tomorrow!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Visit From the Smith Family

Nate's parents and youngest siblings came down from Oregon to visit. The reason for the visit was because Stephanie finished her culinary program. Nice work Steph! We also celebrated Jack's first birthday! We all got together for some family dinners and some fun. Amanda built this awesome volleyball net out of swimming noodles and we played boys vs. girls. I'm proud to say girls won! Amelia was definitely our all star. Of course Jake and Amelia had their usual sleepover at our house. I made German pancakes for the first time in the morning for them. One night we all went bowling, and I think Keith had more fun than anyone! He was the best little bowler! Julianna threw a first birthday bash for Jack and of course he was so cute! Ben and Katie weren't able to stay too long this trip, but we look forward to seeing them again in August. Thanks for the visit Smith family!

Kelley's Graduation

Way to go Kelley! My little sister Kelley graduated summa cum laude from the University of Utah earlier this month. She was accepted to both Yale and Vanderbilt. Kelley is going to attend Vanderbilt University's nurse practitioner program this fall. We are all seriously so proud. Way to go Kelley!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Best Weekend Ever!

It's official. I love camping! I had the best time this weekend. I can't remember the last time I had so much fun. Everything turned out great and I can't wait to go again. In fact, we are going again in three weeks, the campsite is already reserved! We went camping up American Fork Canyon at Granite Flats. We are lucky enough to have some amazing friends in Ricky and Suzie who are pretty much the best campers you'll ever meet. They recommended going to this site for my first camping experience, and it was such a gorgeous spot. Ricky and Nate went up a night early to set up our tents and reserve our spot since it was too early in the season to reserve them online. Nate and I went up the next afternoon to get the party started! I get there and I see the worlds dinkiest tent. We had borrowed one from my mom and Nate told me it was a little on the small size but that it would still work. Um no, there was no way it was going to work. I already had a little anxiety about going camping, and this just about sent me right over the edge. So once Nate and I had unloaded the car we turned right around and went to buy a new tent. We found a great deal on one at Costco and also found some sweet chairs with detachable foot rests. Now I was ready to camp. So we went back up the canyon and set up our new tent and made ourselves at home. There was tons of wildlife and I managed to take 466 pictures during our two night stay. When dinner time got closer, Nate was able to build a fire. That boy sure loves to make camp fires, correction, bon fires. The bigger the better. Ricky and Suzie joined us that evening and we ate some tin foil dinners and made some dessert calzones. Who says you can't camp in style? The next day was so fun. We started out with an amazing mountain man dutch oven breakfast that Ricky made. We played cards, went for a mini hike, and then drove to the lake. In addition to being professional campers, Ricky and Suzie are great fishermen. Ricky taught Nate to fish while Suzie and I talked and took pictures. Then Nate caught a fish! His very first fish! I can't even tell you how proud and happy I was! Ricky had already caught one and I was secretly praying that Nate would catch one too, and he did! It was a decent sized fish too. I was able to get some great pictures too. I've never seen Nate smile so big. He was on cloud nine the whole trip, but I think this was his favorite part. We fished for a little longer without any more success. Oh, the lake was so serene though. It was so gorgeous I could've stayed all day. We had another great dutch oven dinner, pizza, that night and made s'mores and talked by the fire for hours. I don't remember who, but some one got us started telling embarrassing stories about ourselves. Poor Ricky and Suzie, they got to know us pretty well, maybe a little too well, hopefully they still want to be our friends! Goodness. Before heading home, the boys got up early to go fishing again. Nate caught two more fish! He's on a roll! I was really sad that we had to go home that morning. I was having so much fun, it was really hard to leave. I am pretty proud of myself, I survived two nights in the woods, in bear and moose country, I survived the vaults, and I conquered a fear. I learned that I love camping, outdoor cooking, and I learned that Nate and I are so blessed to have friends like Ricky and Suzie. Is it lame that I want our future kids to marry their future kids? Imagine how dang fun those family get-togethers would be! Thanks again you guys for the best weekend ever!
Oh goodness, I did not know squirrels could be so loud! No need for an alarm clock with those guys around. I took tons of pictures of that squirrel, eventually he got tired of the paparazzi and turned and started chattering at me so I had to leave. See that rabbit? He was around all weekend. There were two rabbits that were chasing each other all day, seriously, every 20-30 minutes they'd run right through our campsite. I made the mistake of asking out loud if they were husband and wife rabbits, every body laughed and laughed. I also think those ducks could be husband and wife ducks.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

I Caved

That's right, the rumors are true. Nate and I are going camping tomorrow. After 5 years I finally gave in. I agreed to go last year and we had the tent and everything, things just never seemed to work out. Tomorrow is a definite. In fact Nate and Ricky are currently setting up the tents at our campsite, which we picked out last night. The boys were worried our spot would be taken that they are setting up the tents a night early. I have to admit, the site is really gorgeous. It has a little boardwalk which leads you into the campsite, a nice clearing for tents, plenty of trees around for privacy. There was even a rabbit just chillin' on the side of the boardwalk. It was kinda awesome to see one up close. I wish I had had my camera! It's on the packing list for sure. That's right, I've got a list so I don't forget vital things like hand sanitizer, bug spray, sunscreen, and clorox wipes. You know, the essentials. I've been to the store twice today, we have enough food for a week, and my husband is so excited you'd think it was Christmas Eve. It's honestly so cute to me, seeing how excited he is. I'd do anything to see that big grin on his face. And I'm proving that by going camping! In all seriousness, and don't tell Nate this, I'm actually looking forward to tomorrow, I think I just may have a really good time.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Holy smokes! We've been so busy the last little while! Our blog has definitely taken a back seat lately. Since I'm failing miserably at my journaling goal for the year I figure I should at least update the blog every so often. I'm happy to report that we've been busy doing fun things. Minus today, today was bathroom cleaning day. I have been pretty good about updating the recipe blog. I have been cooking up a storm. We've added some new family favorites and I've been a bit more brave too. I made potstickers form scratch and they turned out amazing! You must try them! Go browse Durfee Family Recipes and get cooking. A huge thank to Aunt Denise for fixing my apron for me! Nate's been crazy busy with work, school (only a year left of his masters program!), and he is nearly halfway through P90X. He is doing great! His beard is back in preparation for mustache May. Yay (said in the most sarcastic tone imaginable). We took a quick trip up to visit my grandparents this weekend. I drove the whole way there and Nate slept. Don't worry that my one arm got so sunburned! I look ridiculous with one red arm. Crazy. My cute grandparents were so happy to see us and totally spoiled us the whole time. We were only gone for one night and on the way home Nate drove and I slept. Worked out great! So don't worry that Sarah and Mike have introduced us to Roxberry smoothies, and we now have to go at least once or twice a week! Seriously, they are so good. Thank goodness Roxberry accepts competitor coupons! Nate's family came to visit for about a week and a half. They had family things planned every day, they sure made the most of their time here! Nate and my 5th anniversary is just around the corner. I can hardly believe it. We are buying a grill for our anniversary and we are so looking forward to it. We've been totally spoiled with good weather lately, it's been so nice. I'm debating about having a little herb garden this year. Any advice? I'm also working on a big home decor project that I can't wait to reveal. I think that about catches us up on everything. I've got some pictures to post, but they need to be edited first.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Proud Big Sister Moment

I need to take a moment and brag about my little sister Kelley. Kelley found out today that she was accepted into the nursing program at Yale University! Yale!!! My sister is ivy league material. She was also accepted to Vanderbilt. I could not be more proud. Kelley is super smart, talented, and one of the most determined people I know. Seriously, if she sets her mind to do something she will make it happen. I really look up to Kelley in a lot of ways, even if she is the younger sister. Way to go Kelley!

In other news. I scrubbed toilets and bathroom floors today. That doesn't sound nearly as momentous as being excepted to Yale on Leap Day. But when all is said and done, I love being a wife. I was married by this time when I was Kelley's age. Our lives have taken different paths, but I don't regret my choice to marry young at all. I love being married to Nate and all that it entails. Sure there is a tiny part of me that is jealous of Kelley, but I think that's only natural. I wouldn't trade her places. See, since I turned 26 yesterday, I am suddenly full of wisdom!

P.S. Thanks for all the birthday texts, phone calls and facebook messages yesterday. I so appreciate everyone's thoughtfulness. I sure felt loved!

Why yes, I am the oldest and the shortest sibling. Thanks for asking. Kelley was 16 in this photo, and she's always been adorable.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Have You Missed Me?

I'm choosing to flatter myself and think that you all have missed me in my blogging absence. I do resolve to do a better job from now on. Here's what's been going on with Nate and I the last month or so.

-met our health insurance deductible halfway through January for the second year in a row. All because of me. Again. Got diagnosed with asthma, so much for my goal of no chronic conditions diagnosed this year. Lame. Also had to see some other specialists for some other issues. My vitamin D is super duper low, got a prescription for that. We're also going to try some new things with my diabetes. Yah, lots of fun there. Nate was taking to a colleague about how we've already met our deductible. His colleague said Nate should trade me in for a better functioning model, rude!

-paid off one of our cars yesterday! Woot woo! The other car will be paid off in September. I can't tell you how good it feels to own my precious Ford Focus free and clear. Loving it!

-bought some strawberries today. They're my most favorite fruit in all their world. The display at the store smelled so so good. Cannot wait to eat them tonight! I'm probably more excited than a grown woman should be. Please still be my friend.

-been doing some home decor projects. Pretty sure Nate is not as jazzed about it as me, but I promise our place is looking way better. Plus, I've only purchased things that would I would reuse in our next place, no frivolous spending. My cute cousin Becca is coming over tomorrow to help me hang some vinyl. I'll try to remember to post some pictures.

-watched 10,000 BC the other night. I know, random. I've been in the mood to watch that movie for months and Nate finally caved, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

-Mike and Sarah taught us a new game called Hand and Foot. Best game ever! I totally love playing, except when Mike and Nate are teammates. I'm pretty sure they cheat. I secretly want to call them every day to see if I can come over and play. Wow, now I sound like I'm 7 years old, but I swear the game is that fun.

-I'm going to take some cooking classes in the next few weeks. They're free, but you do have to register. Anybody want to come with me?

-Nate shaved his beard off. His mom will be happy. He just was ready for a change. The beard has been a part of our family for a while now, so I guess the fact that it's gone is blog worthy.

-Valentine's Day is next week. We've got a date planned, reservations made, the works. We're not exchanging gifts, just doing cards and we're each making a playlist of songs that remind us of the other person. I cannot wait for Nate to listen to mine. I've got some awesome songs planned.

Okay, I think that's it. Well, it's all I can think of at the time. I haven't been very good about taking pictures, but I will do better!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year and Holiday Re-Cap

Happy New Year! Nate and I are looking forward to a fantastic 2012. We have some goals set and several fun things planned over the course of this new year. To ring in the holiday we had some family over last night for games and appetizers. Thanks to everyone for making it a fun night.

One of the highlights of the night was watching people play Fruit Ninja on the xbox kinect. Look at those arms move! Notice how I did not include any pictures of myself playing.

Nate and I had a good Christmas. We've always celebrated Christmas morning with just the two of us, and we really like that tradition. It's nice to enjoy the company of one another and dream of future Christmases with our children. We enjoyed opening gifts, church, video chatting with Nate's parents in Oregon, a good nap, and a prime rib dinner with Nate's siblings. Hope you all had a great Christmas too.

Christmas Eve we spent with my mom, brother, and sister. We went and saw the new Sherlock Holmes movie and had a big dinner, Korean barbecue beef kabobs- per my mom's request, so good! Of course my mom got us all our traditional Christmas Eve pajamas.