Monday, October 27, 2008

Our trip to London Markets SLC

Ever since Simon left Britain 2 1/2 years ago, he has longed for certain foods of home. In Salt Lake City, across from Trolley Square are 2 British shops. Today we went into London Markets. This shop sells a bevvy of British Foods, from drinks to custard mixes to kippers as well as British souvenirs. Simon and I have decided we would make a monthly or every two months trip so we can have the goodies we loved so much in England. There is a definite difference in taste in certain things. For instance, the chocolate tastes different. I like many kinds of chocolate but my husband prefers British or German. This shop is really cool. Granted the prices are not very cheap, you pay what is the difference in currency between American and British. However its a fun shop and we enjoyed ourselves. Next time we shall check out the teashop/bakery.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Our week with Chad

My brother Chad has been visiting us this week, also a new member of the Everett family has been born, My brother Denny and his wife have a new baby boy Jonah. During this week Chad has gotten to be with us and we have done a lot of fun stuff. One of the things which my Dad, Joe, Chad and I did was hike in a place called Snell Canyon in Salem. It was a rough hike. We hiked for at least 7 hours and the trail badly needs to be maintained. We went over and under big logs, through tons of bushes and shrubbery, loose rocks and and over many, many leaves. Pictures are at the bottom of this post. My folks didnt think I could do it. However, I did!
I got all the way up to the top and all the way down with no major injuries, just a couple of blisters. I have hiked se
veral times throughout my life. This hike was the toughest though. On our way down we saw the Dream mine part of which is seen above. The people who live around it, sure do keep to themselves, they don't like people coming up there ( even though for us we didnt know that till we got down there) There is a story behind the mine and that can be found on the Internet. We saw a couple of other mines on the way down also. The sheer beauty of the valley was amazing. Another place we went, was Cascade Springs, in the Unita National Park, pictured here. All of our family went,( of our immediate family) including all the nieces and nephews with the exception of Catherine and the new baby. (Pictures will be posted soon) We had a nice time, it was also nice because Simon got to be with us also. My nieces and nephews had a blast at the springs. I enjoyed them also although due to hiking the day before I was quite sore.
Nevertheless, it was a very nice day.
After going to the Spring
s, we watched the BYU game against UNLV. We won!
After the game we had our first annual Silly Chilli night which was very fun. Back in my ward in Od
enton, quite some years back we had a Silly Chilli night as a ward activity and several ward members shared their talents and silly acts, one was my dad and if I am not mistaken, my brother Joe preformed then too. Its been a very nice week with Chad, I wish he was allowed more time off. He will be away for a year on a Army assignment. We hope he will not have to be away too long.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Inspirational thought

"God does notice us, and he watches over us. But its usually through another mortal that he meets out needs. Therefore it is vital that we serve one another."
Spencer W Kimball.

There have been many times when this statement has been true in my life. I have been blessed with friends and family who have been close to me and have watched over me. There have been times when I have been faced with trials, even the possibility of death. I know that without the faith of others praying and fasting for my welfare and behalf I would not be here today. I know its impossible to repay all the kindness and service which others have done for me throughout the years, but I hope to do my best. Most of all I am grateful that we do have a Heavenly father who loves and watches over us. He sent us Son who gave his life for all of us and to me, that is the greatest act of service anyone could do. In a world where so many people try to shut religion out, and become more and more absorbed in their own self importance, its important to dare to buck that trend, and be a light and example to others. A kind word goes far, a kind deed can change lives.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Recipe of the Month

I am by no means a chef but I do like to cook... looking through the latest issue of Real Simple which I like I found a new twist on spaghetti...

Spaghetti with bacon and eggs- Serves 4 ( double ingrediants to serve more)

1/2 pound of spaghetti
8 slices of bacon
4 large eggs
Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper

Cook spaghetti as normal. Keep a 1/2 cup of the water after pasta is cooked ( don't throw that part away) Meanwhile cook bacon in a skillet until crisp. Let cool then break into pieces. Remove and set aside

Cook eggs until whites are set but yolks runny.

Toss pasta with bacon and Parmesan, salt and pepper and the water saved from the pasta.

Place the pasta now mixed in bowls and top with the eggs. Sprinkle Parmesan on top

Monday, October 13, 2008

I love a good mystery....

Ever since I was 12 I have enjoyed a good mystery. I mainly like English mysteries. I don't like true crime or overly gory mysteries. Some is expected in a murder mystery, its all the writing I guess.
some of my favorite authors are P.D. James, Colin Dexter, Ellis Peters, Lillian Jackson Braun, Dorothy L Sayers. and P.G. Wodehouse. Occasionally I will read another author but these by far are my favorites. I occasionally will read Agatha Christie also but reading her is not my favorite form of her work. I like to watch Agatha Christie Mysteries, Miss Marple or Poirot my favorite actor for that being David Suchet. All my favorite English authors have had movies, tv series done. John Thaw is sadly missed as Inspector Morse,series adapted from the books written by Colin Dexter. I also miss Roy Marsden playing Commander Dalgiesh, he is still the around but P. D. James books made in to movies are much better when he is the lead actor, at least I think so.One of my favorite tv mysteries is Midsommer Murders which are based on the books of Caroline Graham who I actually havent read yet, I came across as the tv series. I like to collect them. I am always interested in finding new mystery authors, I find it is a hit and miss thing. However as long as there are mysteries to be solved I shall keep reading. If you have any suggestions let me know. Books I am currently reading are only virtual bookself on the side... The quotes are random and not ones I chose but I thought would be fun to have on the blog...

Sunday, October 12, 2008

One of my favorite music artists

I have been a fan of New age music for quite awhile I like most of what is out there currently but like other music not everything... one of my favorite New Age artists is Enya. I found this video and thought it was really nice.

Enya - The Memory of Trees

[via FoxyTunes / Enya]

Friday, October 10, 2008

One more place we have lived together...

Before Utah and before Iowa, Simon and I lived in South West London for 2 1/2 years. We lived in a borough of London called Ballam. This is St Mary's church. In the last year we were there, Simon volunteered there and helped people who came over from the Jobcenter next door create their resume's or fix the ones they had. Along with that Simon had his computer repair business. He did work for 2 yrs in Central London at place called the GTC.
which is a smaller version of a Ethan Allen like shop. It also had a wedding registry department which is where Simon worked. I came back in Dec 2005 and Simon joined me 5 months later. While we were there were apart of the Clapham Common ward. We loved to go Sightseeing around London, it was so easy to pop on the tube and go. One of the places we went to for our 2nd anniversary was Hampton court pictured above. It was lived in by Henry the 8th. It has extensive rooms and gardens. It was a lovely day out though typically English- overcast. Other places we went were Syon house, National Gallery of Art, the Wallace Museum, Grenich Martitime Muesum, The Britsh Library... many interesting places.


Thursday, October 9, 2008

My favorite poem

Now playing:
Ray Lynch - Rhythm In The Pews
via FoxyTunes
He wishes for the Cloths of Heaven- W.B. Yeates

Had I the heaven's embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet
tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Into The Blogisphere!

Now playing:
Enya - How Can I Keep From Singing
via FoxyTunes

Hello, We are the Phillips family, Simon Phillips and Carly Phillips. I, Carly Phillips am the creator of our family blog. Our family right now consists of us and our two cats. However I come from the Everett Family. Two of my brothers have blogs also. Simons family are in Wales and Leeds in the U.K.
He is British but is more likely to tell you he is Welsh which is true, 100%. I have Welsh in my family tree.

  • A little about us: Right now we currently are living with my Grandpa Everett in his basement. Not sure how long that will be. My parents are here too. They plan on building their own home in Apple Valley in Southern Utah. They will be putting their home in Keokuk Iowa for sale soon. I was born in Provo but did not grow up in Utah. I mainly grew up in Maryland in Odenton, Gambrills and then later in Westminster. I also got to spend time overseas. My father worked for the government so I got to live in:
  • Garmisch
  • Gotherington
  • Laie Hawaii
My husband is from South Wales, He was born in Cardiff.

How we met-

Our courtship is a interesting one, but here it is:

When I was living in England with my folks back in 1991-1994, I went to British school, Bishops Cleeve. I was in the 4th year or 10th grade. Simon is two years older than me. He was in the 6th form or 12th grade. Apparently, he had this massive crush on me, wanted to be my boyfriend etc... I had NO clue. I have 1 distant memory of a tall lanky dark haired kid looking at me down the hall once which fits the pictures of him then perfectly, but I never met him then, not the whole time I was in England. He wasn't quite a member of the Church yet. So 10 yrs go by long after I went back to the states, I went to BYUH for 5 yrs, came back to Maryland... Dating was a little tough, not many choices especially since I relied on friends to go the dances and even then didnt see anyone I particularly clicked with. I was 25 and really wondering if I would get married, I dated next to no one at BYUH..
So I thought what the heck I will try a lds dating service- just a trail..
Just a couple days into it and there he was! Ckicked immediately. We had a webcam courtship along with letters, calls etc. He came over in late September 2002, we got engaged and then had a year engagement. On Oct 7, 2003 we were married in the Washington D.C. Temple. We just celebrated our 5th anniversary.

Simon is now a permanant resident, in a few yrs he can take the citizenship test. He likes games, singing, politics, British comedies.. He currently works for Teleperformance. I am a homemaker even though we dont have a house of our own at the moment. I like making cards, walking, crosstiching, British comedies also and mysteries as well as reading, nature.

Now playing: Enya - How Can I Keep From Singing
via FoxyTunes