Thursday, December 31, 2009
P.S. I've got a New Year's Resolution list going in my head. I've also got a bet going with Jacob on one thing (if I accept). We'll see come midnight!
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Jacob and I finished Cruz's "Idaho Falls City Map" late last night. We sprayed the acrylic coating on a little before midnight. I got up at 6 am and quickly wrapped it and put it under the tree. It was from Jacob and I but he had been waiting so patiently to see his presents under the tree. This was a week long project and I don't think that you could pay me to do another one, (at least anytime soon.) We drove around the town earlier in the week and took pictures of the buildings I wanted on the map. I wanted it as personal as we could get. Cruz loved it with all the "match box" cars that he got with it to go with the city. We even added our "pit" and equipment to the fun as well.
Friday, December 25, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
I'm so excited to see Cruz's face when he opens it. Although, I don't know which kid will like it more. As I sat in my room tonight drawing, McKay ran to Cruz's toys and started playing with it. I guess I know what to get her for her birthday.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
So now that we have extra seats for eating and plenty of extra beds, there is always room for holiday visitors!?
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
In 2007 we spent Christmas and New Year's with Betsy again!
This year we have decided to stay at home and the kids can't wait.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
1 small onion, minced
1/2 cup zucchini, julienne sliced
1 stalk celery, minced
2 tsp. crushed garlic (jar in produce section)
4 Cans of Vegetable or Chicken Broth (2 boxes)
1 (14.5 oz.) can of Italian Green Beans, drained and rinsed
2 (15 oz.) cans of Red Kidney Beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 oz.) can of Great Northern or White Beans, drained and rinsed
1 (14.5 oz.) can of Petite Diced Tomatoes
1 (15 oz.) can of Tomato Sauce
1/2 cup shredded carrots (you can buy a bag of shredded carrots in the produce section too)
1/2 - 1 tsp. Parsley
1 1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 - 1 tsp. Black pepper
1/2 - 1 tsp. Basil
4 Cups of Hot water
2 Cups Chopped Cabbage
1/2 Cup small Seashell Pasta (it doesn't seem like a lot but....Don't put more!)
****you can also add spinach if desired.
Heat Olive Oil in 10qt. stock pot. Saute onion, zucchini, celery, and garlic in the oil until the onions begin to turn translucent. (I threw my onion and celery in the food processor to mince them. My kids couldn't even tell they were in it.) Add broth, beans, tomatoes, carrots, spices and water. Bring to a boil and simmer 20 minutes. Add cabbage and pasta and cook for another 20 minutes or until desired soupy thickness. Serve with real grated Parmesan cheese on top. (She sometimes add stew meat to this. Brow and cook (braise) for about 1 hour before adding.
***BONUS****Today I cooked a roast during church and then when I got home I shredded it and added it on the last step.
It was simply DELICIOUS! Katanya and Cruz loved it and ate every bite in their bowl. McKay asked to take some for her lunch at school and I'm already looking forward to leftovers for lunch tomorrow.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
I still have yet to do a family picture, but I have everything ready. Now that Jake is out of school for the year (2 weeks) I just need snow and one good weathered day. I won't go a year without one so here's crossing my fingers.
P.S. I never cleared the confusion from last year. I only pictured the ornament with the family picture and no description. Since it was a secret until the year was up, I couldn't say anything. It was a glass diamond with a book on it to celebrate Jacob going back to college.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Monday, December 07, 2009
Saturday, December 05, 2009
I went downstairs and checked and sure enough she had tucked it in a safe place. What a smart girl. She was in the middle of her show, paused it, and didn't want anyone else to start it without her. (We love our DVR.) I chuckled, snapped a pic, and left it locked up.
I love Kirsten's thinking sometimes. Besides, sisters do this all the time right?
Friday, December 04, 2009
For Thanksgiving we ended up spending it with my family. We had lots of options and we honestly didn't decide our plans for certain until the weekend before. I hadn't been there for my dad's birthday since the year we got married so that played heavily into the planning. And while loved seeing Erika (and fam), Karl, and Maddy, we missed Betsy in Vegas.Whenever someone in my family has a baby, my dad says he won't hold or play with them until their two. I guess I'm just more pushy than my brother because I have pictures within 2 days to 2 months of him holding all of my babies. With Olivia, it took almost 5 months. Maybe my dad is just getting more stubborn in his age.
It was fun to spend Thanksgiving and his 69th birthday.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Monday, November 09, 2009
Sunday, November 08, 2009
Saturday, November 07, 2009
P.S. For those that are interested, my little brother finally joined the blogging world. My family is just a little sllllllooooowww. His blog is
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Sunday, November 01, 2009
P.S. I am going to start early on next year and it will be fabulous!
Friday, October 30, 2009
She managed to stay healthy for the two weeks that it went through the other kids. But when it hit her, it hit her hard....Katanya is three and it's her 7th ER / hospital visit. Early Thursday morning she woke up with the croup. Over the span of an hour and a half, I tried taking her outside twice to get her to loosen up. It kept getting worse so at 5a.m. we headed to the ER. After a round of steroids and a dose of the epinephrine mist we were ready to go back home. At this point she was bouncing off the bed (literally as she thought it was funny.) We made it home just in time to get the girls ready in their costumes and their hair done and on the bus. We are out of school on Friday so I am looking forward to sleeping in. It was a long day with little sleep the night before.
This brings our total (ER / visits) to 16 since being married.
Katanya is learning (is it learned or inherited?) Jacob's smile. When I told her to smile in the hospital her response was, "I am, like dad. See?"
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Kirsten was definitely paying attention. We played Uno for our game and she advised me when she got Uno called on her for having one card left that you couldn't say that. (One) It wasn't helpful and (two) it wasn't nice.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
***The day we started pre-school, McKay and Kirsten were home sick. They felt left out and had to be included by doing the M page and coloring also. "They never get the fun stuff."
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
What a crazy week. In the last three days I have:
- helped two mornings at the school. (this is normal)
- made desert for dinner and FHE at a friend's house.
- 9 loads of laundry. (this is normal)
- made funeral potatoes for a funeral.
- 3 dinners for a friend who had a c-section and no one brought dinners in. (I don't get some people.)
- took Jacob lunch and his books that he forgot on the counter. (this happens somewhat regularly)
- run to different grocery stores 5 times. (more dinners and potatoes on short notice.)
- picked up a sick daughter from school while I was in Rexburg. I need to make note that every time I am in Rexburg the school will call.
- clean the entire upstairs thoroughly.
- helped and corrected homework.
- traced 6 feet and carved 6 pumpkins to update header.
- endless amounts of dishes (four loads just today and my sink is full again).
- visiting teaching.
- cleaned out the winter gear and organized it in tubs and put in on the shelves.
What's left of this week:
- dentist appointments for three of the kids tomorrow.
- cleaning the downstairs thoroughly.
- babysitting my friend's kids tomorrow.
- sew one (just one) Halloween costume.
- more laundry.
- more dishes.
- more errands I'm sure.
Jacob asked me on Monday how I accounted for all my time (and free time.) At that moment, I couldn't explain, I just knew I stayed busy almost all day long. Now it's documented.