Thursday, February 26, 2009

my family

Nick was missing his cousin Buddy today.... so we called them. It is so fun to have a family you love so much and want to be with. I am so lucky to have a Mom and Dad, brothers, sister's, in-laws, nephews and neices who all get along so well. I'm wishing today that we could all be a little closer in proximity so that we could go to the park together or something. Nick is too. But the good news is that spring is coming and soon after it summer. We have a big summer to look forward to with lots of fun family events. I look forward to some fun memories.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

should sick days be this fun?

"Little Miss Pukey" is feeling much better obviously...

(funny how they can magically feel better when the bus is gone.)

she is out shopping on her way back to the "office" in the basement where she works. please get out of her way...

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Hardware Ranch

What a beautiful winter day. It was around 40 degrees outside today and sunny skies. We decided to take a drive to Hardware Ranch near Logan to see the ELK. What a sight they were. nearly 600 elk come to this feeding ground every winter. There were some bulls but mostly babies and mommas. The kids had a great time. It was very interesting and up close and personal. Here are a few shots.

Friday, February 20, 2009

One of those days...

...and so it continued...

as if he were trying to ... you know... be nice! he scrubbed the sinks (which is his favorite job to do...) I think this all came about when we were trying to sell our house in AZ. I was almost overboard with making my sink shiny and clean and learned a great little method from "the fly lady" on how to do it. This included filling the sink to the top with water and then a hundred other steps (one of which included floss for the cracks). Nick was obviously impressed! And hey, why ruin a perfect opportunity for a "fun kids chore".

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Handy Manny's car wash...

Or, I should say Handy Nick's VACUME service. He was afraid it would be too...
what a hard little worker
never fear he had his trusty SIDEKICK

got dough?

Had an idea yesterday to take a friend a treat... and as a way for me to east less cookies... I made a batch of coconut chocolate chip cookies and split the batter in half, giving her a "ROLL OF DOUGH" and me only 2 dozen cookies to temp my very weak resistance.
chocolate chip coconut cookie's:
1 c. butter
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1 1/2 c. flour
1-2 c. *oatmeal flour
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
8 oz. chocolate chips
1 c. coconut.
*blend oatmeal in food processor or blender until flour like consistancy.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

nothing like a little tin-foil

my little "Pippy Longstockings" is growing up way too fast. I love the way that she is really getting into writing and expressing her creativity. Her "Valentine Purse" shows you just what I mean. I had the box and mentioned the purse idea... and the rest was Sadie's cute and creative spin. I guess I helped a little with the latch-handle part. She can hardly wait to take it to school.

I had to share her poem:
Valentine Love
Valentine sweet,
don't you get a letter
the dove comes and gives you one
dont you feel the beat?

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

trying something new

I saw this recipe on Katy Brown's Workshop on PBS and couldn't resist... I'll let you know how it goes or you can try it too...(this one's for you mom, I thought you might like this one...)

Crunchy Cucumber Salad
marinate 3 hours or over night:
1 red onion sliced
1 c. sugar
1c. olive oil
1c. vinegar
drain onions and add to:
chopped cucumber (english style, remove seeds)
fresh dill
drizzle of olive oil
drizzle of lemon juice (1/2 lemon)

3 down... 2 to go....

well that was fun!....
seriously... those were the easiest valentines I've ever made. thanks to family fun. I've got Sadie, Nick, and Mason taken care of... now what the heck for Andy and Jake? The man could care less about cards and crafts....and the baby needs something, he's teething... I wish I could find something teething-baby-friendly. Got any ideas?
oh... and thanks to my great little patient and tolerant baby train....(p.s. he does have other clothes....I just seem to choose to take pictures when he's wearing this all the time..)

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


So, Andy has been a little under the weather... serious nose, throat, cough, achy, fever, bla, bla, bla.... I was worried enough that I took him to the Dr. last Saturday to make sure the green-ness to the nose business wasn't an infection or something. The Dr. said it was just a virus, not much we can do about it. BUMMER... so we came home and tried to make the little guy comfortable, when suddenly I noticed something in his mouth....

He's pretty happy about too!!!

Monday, February 2, 2009

for my valentines

found this cute idea on family fun...I think my kids will totally dig them. a box of conversation hearts and 2 reeses mini's... how clever. Just thought I would share... now what for the main squeeze?

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