Sunday, May 25, 2008

Dessert Dilemma

Holly being caught Cookie-handed! Okay, so here is my dilemma:
We have treats every Monday night as a part of our Family Home Evening (Click here if you don't know what this is). We have a rotating chart that hangs on the wall, and each week one of the kids gets to choose what goodie we have for the evening. They love anticipating their turn and thinking about it for a couple of weeks while we rotate through the family.
However, it is tradition in my family that Sunday night is dessert night. Mom almost always made goodies Sunday evening. So, we are all home and together Sunday evenings and it feels like treat time. But what about tomorrow, it'll be Monday night again?!?! Dessert two nights in a row?!? I know I should do something, but come is breaking with tradition! What would you do? Maybe on Sunday we can eat breakfast, dinner after church instead of lunch, and goodies for dinner? Technically, that would mean we didn't even eat dessert. *Grin* Any takers?

Bunch of Blue Monkeys?

This pic had to make the blog-not so much because they look like a bunch of monkeys eating chocolate covered bananas, but because you had to see Holly's face. She got ahold of the blue eyeshadow(see two posts ago) and applied it LIBERALLY to her face. She asked me if I thought she was beautiful. What do you say? "Um, that is ALOT of beautiful, why don't we tone it down?" Well, actually, I just laughed and got a wash cloth.

Wo Wo-Wo Wo

This is Jaren's equivelant of a good joke. He puts two of his "wo-wo's" in his mouth and giggles. Here he is just hamming it up, trying to get someone to laugh. Your beautiful, baby!!

Dance Recital

Here is our pretty Ana in her dance outfit. She has been taking dance this year and loving it. Here she is back stage getting ready.

"Mom, can you see that my eye-shadow matches my wrap?" And yes, sweet pea, you look gorgeous! I tried to get a few videos of her performance, but alas, I am a lousy photographer and Timothy did not get to be there. So, you'll have to take my word for it, "She was fab-lious!"

Do-it-yourself Chia

Here is Ryan's attempt at a Chia man. He took a nylon stocking and filled it with saw dust and a few grass seeds in the top. He drew funny foam features (like my alliteration?) and made a little man.

With a little water and about 6 is what he got. I thought it was a lot of fun watching him "grow a do". You can see that Ryan has even given him a haircut or two.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008


Just my luck!! Last night I took the kids outside and let each of them pick a potted tomato and plant it in the garden. I was so pleased that we were actually getting them in the ground BEFORE June. Well, wouldn't you know it? (big sigh and a bunch of murmering)-- IT IS HAILING OUTSIDE! Poor little plants. I guess I should never plant before June. The cosmos is speaking!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Jaren's first PLAYDO!!

Jaren played with playdo for his first time this week. I desperately needed some time without his little fingers *helping* me. So, I sat him down with the PLAYDO. You may notice that I typed PLAYDO in caps. I also typed it in caps in the title above. This is because Jaren does not speak the word PLAYDO! He yells it. When I first stuck his hand in it and gave it a "mush" he shivered and looked at me quizically. I said, "playdo, Jaren. It is okay. You can smOosh it." He then looked back at me, smiled impishly, and screamed "PLAYDO!". He loved it. But then, what little boy doesn't love a good mess. Especially one that Mom just said, "It is okay---give it a good smOosh!"

A scout is CLEAN.

Our cub scout den had uniform inspections and Ryan was determined to get every point possible. There are a number of requirements like pressed shirt, pants with no holes, ironed neckerchief, badges correctly sewn on.........etc.
Well, there were a few that Ryan did not expect, like: combed hair, clean hands and fingernails, and clean face. He planned all day for a shower right before scouts. He helped to iron his shirt and get all the details in place. He did scrub his face, hands, nails, and anything else a little boy likes to put in the dirt.
He looked ship-shape if you ask me. Maybe uniform inspection should come around more often. I like the look of a clean and handsome boy!

Black Magic Cake

I made a cake for FHE a few weeks ago and I just had to share with you. I got the recipe after winning one of these cakes at an auction a few years ago. I paid considerably more than I should have, but it was worth it for the recipe. (and a good cause to boot!) Now that I know what went into it.............I should never have put it into my mouth (much less make another one). You start by melting together:

Eight broken full-sized Milky Way bars
One cup of butter

Can't you just see the fat dripping from your computer screen? I can't believe I am even writing this. It's disgusting. Anyway, you then add:

1 cup chocolate syrup (Hershey's of course)
3/4 cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups buttermilk

Needless to say, the list of no-no's goes on and on. I gave it a try and mine failed miserable at looking beautiful like the one I bought. It did taste great, though. How could it *not* be great. But alas, I must not tempt you with the recipe. You won't want to be seen at the local grocery store with that many candy bars in your cart!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

One tough Chick!

Today I was in the car running some errands. We got to an area of town that makes me kind of nervous sometimes. I said, "kids, please lock your doors for Mom." I didn't tell them it was because I was nervous, but Ariana must have figured it out on her own. She turned to me and said, "Mom, if our town was a chicken, this area would be the tough part!" I got a good laugh out of it. And yes, it is the "tough" part of town.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Celebrating a decade!

I got a real surprise for Christmas this year. Timothy planned a celebration trip to Glacier Park for our 10th anniversary. I must commend Timothy for chosing this spot. I am not your "run-away-t0-Hawaii" type. I don't like long stem roses, but would prefer sunflowers or daisies......etc. So, in other words, I like the unusual. He surprised me with the trip and all its details. I give him two thumbs up for romance and creativity. What a guy! We have always dreamed of taking a ride across the U.S. by train to see the sights and take in the scenery. So,we will get to spend the first day/night/and second day on the train. We will get to eat in the dining car just like the movies and have a train car room all to ourselves. The train will take us to Glacier National park to spend the week. Timothy booked us for four days into the Glacier Park lodge. It is right in the middle of all the activities. I can't wait to see the water and go on a few hikes. And all without the kids. I have never left my kids before, not even overnight. So, we will see how a whole week is going to be. Yikes.

From what I hear.......the scenery is beautiful. I can't wait for this hike. There may be horseback rides to take up through the trails. It all sounds so dashing! Just what my worn out batteries need.
So, stay tuned for the pictures in a couple weeks. I am thrilled.....can you tell?