Thursday, September 23, 2010

All I want for Chrithmath.....

Look who lost a new tooth!! She couldn't wait to show grandma! And from the looks of all the snaggle-toothed neighbors that tooth has.....I'll bet she looks like a jack-o-lantern for Halloween.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Some fun and a little reflecting....

The week before school started we went on a little family outing to the Seattle city center. We played at the Pacific Science center and went to the Lego Games touring show. But the funnest part was the Singing fountain!! We hadn't planned on going, so no swim suits.

But who needs a suit to get wet?

The kids weren't shy about rolling up their pant legs and hopping right in.

Ready, set, go!!

The fountain sings and shifts spray patterns to the music. The kids love it when the jets suddenly switch and come from below their feet and scare them. Then they all run back up screaming.

Except our duckling, Holly. She is never afraid of the water. During this diluge, she was the only person left under the fountain. I got a video of her putting her arms around the fountain and hugging it as it sprays her ruthlessly. She just giggled and put her arms in the air triumphantly like this while everyone watched her. So cute!

Jaren needed a little sun time.

The water felt good on a hot day. Can you believe we actually had a "Hot" day? What luck.

I was sitting on the ledge at the top of the fountain. I looked over at this pile of shoes. It made a tear come to my eye. There was a time it would have been only one little pair of shoes. It seems not too long ago. Then two pairs.....then another.... and another. Can you believe this pile? And to think that each pair represents a piece of my heart. Each pair has changed my life and made me better in some way. And now, ANOTHER tiny pair of shoes will be joining our family in a few weeks. How lucky am I? I can't think about it or look at this picture without tears. I AM SO BLESSED!!

Bee Happy!

We had a Family Home Evening lesson on being positive and trying to always have a happy attitude. So, for a treat afterward we made "Be Happy Bees". What fun!

This was a book that had our model in it. But we kinda did our own thing.

The ingredients: Sixlets candies, lemon fruit slices, black licorice, and honey sweetened cookies baked in oval shapes.

(Just a silly side note. I looked for 6 months to find these lemon slices. The lesson was a long time in coming. I finally found them on our trip to Canada. When I checked out I was so shocked!! They were in the bulk section and they were prices by the GRAM and not the pound. So, I wound up paying over $8 just for those 12 slices. Count it up folks......they were over 75 cents a piece. Ouch....I guess I am the one who got stung!)

On your mark, get set, make those bees!!!

Ariana's bee was cute as a button and it was already in flight!

Holly designed her bee in rainbow colors and he was smiling with all those candies for a mouth.

Jaren's bee cracked me up. It looked just like him with those cute BIG eyes. The shape of the cookie even looked like it was smiling.

Ryan's bee was mad about something. Love those eyebrows and red hot stinger.

Daddy's bee was a little fashion conscious and opted not to do horizontal stripes. They just make you look wider anyway!

And Momma's bee was just plain YUMMY!!

What is your favorite treat for Family Night?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I'm back...

It has been ages since I have blogged anything. But we are alive and kickin'! I am especially the one who is feeling the kickin'. I was up this morning at 4AM because I gave up on sleep. When baby doesn't sleep--Momma doesn't sleep. So, here I am thinking of my blog.

We have been busy doing a lot of fun family things. I just haven't posted any. I'll get right on that. But in the meantime......I am busy drooling over these:

PUMPKINS (click me!)

Aren't they gorgeously delicious. I must make some quickly!! I think I need to run to JoAnn's. I'll put that blogging off for a little longer while I fill my pumpkin fabric void.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Boy or Girl?!?

After many weeks of vacation, we finally got in to do an ultrasound. Good thing....cause this baby is getting big! It measured almost three weeks ahead of schedule and oddly enough, I have lost several more pounds. It may be a 10-11 lb. WHOPPER like Jaren was. I can't keep up with huge babies like he was. They eat me in the process!!
(Baby waves.....Hi, Mom and Dad!)
So, we found out that this little one has the outdoor variety of plumbing!!! We are so excited!! Our house will never be quiet again. The kids are all picking out Fabric for burpcloths and receiving blankets. They even want to try their hand at making them by themselves. (Their idea, not mine. I think it is adorable how excited they are. :)


Wednesday, June 2, 2010


I don't know where he learned to roll his RRRRRR's but it is pretty cute. Some days he spends the whole day rolling all the r's in his words. So, I told him to say "Ruffles have ridges" like the old Lays potato chips commercials.

He doesn't understand what he is saying and keeps asking me what RRRRRRRidges are. I guess I'll have to buy a bag and explain. Mmmmm....:)

Monday, May 31, 2010

We're nuts.......................

Let me tell you why. First, I need to preface this with a little bit of history about our family.

Timothy's Favorite peanut: Planters Dry Roasted Peanuts. Mmmmm. Salty and nutty.

Ryan's Favorite peanut: Boston Baked Beans Candy. Little candy coated peanuts that are crispy. These bring back memories of my childhood at the ball park.

Ariana's Favorite Peanut: Honey Roasted. Can't blame her. Don't they just beg to be crunched! These are the most requested peanut in our stockings each year.

Holly's Favorite Peanut: The versatile Spanish peanut. We especially love these on top of curry with chopped fruits and raisins. Yummy!!

And of course, most of you know Jaren's favorite peanut: I don't even need to explain. He lives on the stuff.

Now, we come to my favorite peanut:


Can you blame me?

Mauery baby #5 - 2010 edition

Style to be announce later next month!

Grand appearance will be late November.

(p.s. It may be my favorite peanut, but I still think I am allergic to it!  It's sure making me sick!)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Forced to change.....

........for comments, that is.

I have added comment moderation to my blog.  I am having trouble with unknown users adding links and/or phony ads to the comment section of old blog posts. 

So, now if you'd like to comment just hit send and it will email the comment to me.  After I have seen it and I know it isn't one of these phony links, I just okay it and it appears in the comment box like usual.

Sorry to mix things up.  I don't know why people want to be malicious.

One Hairy Mess!!

Our Little Ryan has always had a lot of curly hair. 

In fact, the longer it gets the bigger the curls get.

And as you can see below........the curls have gotten WAY OUT OF HAND!!

No amount of pleading could get permission for me to cut his hair.  He was determined to keep the curls.  At first he had the shaggy, Luke Skywalker look.  But it quickly turned into this:

So, I made him a deal.  He could pick any haircut he wanted and I would replicate it.  He went for it.  This picture below is the "do" he wanted.  I was happy to oblige!  One young Malfoy coming up!

While Draco is quite a monster in the show.....he is nothing compare to the monster that we found in Ryan's hair!!  (Can you believe that mound!?!)

And the finished product..........

I am glad he is so pleased with the cut.  It was a first for me.  I specialize in the missionary haircut, so keeping it long in the back took some time.  As I started to cut it was turning into a mullet.  A little layering in the back smoothed it out and we flipped the ends up.  (I told him it was a little bit "Kirk Cameron".  He just rolled his eyes and said, "Mom, I don't know who you are talking about!")

Ryan, you are once again my handsome curly headed boy.  Let's keep the curls to a minimum!
I Love yoU!

New Neighbors

I was taking the kids to their art class and Ariana swore she saw a bald eagle.

I told her it was probably a plastic eagle that someone put up to scare the crows away from their garden.  But on the way back home from dropping them off I saw not ONE but TWO bald eagles in the tree.

When I picked up the kids, the birds were still there and I grabbed my camera.  Ryan jumped out of the van and took these close-ups.  You can really see this big guy staring and Ryan.  I think he wanted to eat him for lunch!

They must be building a nest in our neighborhood.  We have friends who have seen them quite frequently.  It sure is fun to know that they aren't endangered anymore.  How fun!

Monday, April 26, 2010

3-14-2010, Pi, Pie, π

Ryan loves pie.  He asks for it regularly for Family Home Evening.  Last month he insisted we celebrated Pi day.  It was 3/14.  Does that make sense?

 Pi =3.1415926535

So, we even set the alarm for 3/14 1:59:26.  Hurray! 

In honor of the day our handsome daddy made this pumpkin pie.  He opened the oven and etched the pi symbol into the top.  You know how a pumpkin pie usually cracks in the middle?  When this one cracked it cracked into a perfect pi symbol.

Happy Pi Day!

Job Charts

We have a new job system at our house.  The kids are busy earning fun things.
Holly wanted to earn a set of nails.  We played salon last weekend.  If you have gotta check out this site:

It is totally customizable.  You choose chores, points, rewards.  They check off their chores and it gives them points.  They can see the rewards they are working toward.  It has worked wonders at our house and it is free.  You can't beat that. 

Jay-zo buggy......

Hey, me your new pajamas!
Aw, please smile for me?
Okay, those were funny faces. Now, will you smile for me?
That isn't a smile!  Jaren Thomas!!  Please smile nice for the camera!!
I GIVE UP!! :)

Nephi Hills

My oldest Brother was doing his Eagle Scout project many years ago.  We planted 500 trees in a forest burn area in Nephi, Utah.  It was a grueling day.  500 holes is a lot to dig, no matter how excited  you are when you start.
       As we got home, Mom threw together a dish made of leftovers.  (Something she can do like a queen.  My mom can come to my house and look in the fridge.  I will only have half a jar of pickles, some ketchup, and a dish of leftover noodles.  She will whip around the kitchen and serve us a gourmet meal.  I don't know how she does it!)

Anyway, she whipped up a dish with biscuits on top.  They were covered with melted cheese and poppy seeds.  It was so good.  We didn't know what to call it.  I said, "Mom, it looks like the Nephi Hills we were on all day today."  Thus it was dubbed "Nephi Hills".  I haven't had it in decades.  I tried to recreate it the other night.  My kids went wild.  They ate more than I did.  Yum.
 So, Mom.....this one's for you.  :)   My recipe:

Nephi Hills

One pound of roasted chicken- (I used the leftover dark meat after having chicken the night before. It had so much flavor!!  Those rotisserie chickens at the grocery store work great.)
Two pounds mixed veggies cooked in a cup of water on the stove. (This makes them moist. Cooking in the microwave doesn't do frozen veggies any good.)
Two cans Cream of Chicken Soup-undiluted.

Mix all together (including the water from the veggies.  That makes the gravy) and pour into the bottom of a 9X13 pan. 

Make your favorite biscuits.  (We have used the best recipe from The Joy of Cooking and even lowly Bisquick mix biscuits and they both worked equally well.)

Put 12-15 biscuits across the top of the casserole.
Shred a cup of cheese over the top.
Sprinkle with poppy seeds.

Bake in a hot oven--450* for 15 minutes or till the biscuits are golden and puffy.

Enjoy.  It goes really well with a dish of fruit.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Kid-isms revisited

****Jaren: Oh, man!  Why does my neck always stop!
(He had his chin turned all the way over to his right shoulder)
 I wish it could go 'round.  I never get to see my back!

****Holly: I know what "Passed away" means now.
Ariana: It means to pull up the anchor and push your boat away.
Holly:  blank stare..........

(I then proceeded to clear the confusion between "cast-away" and "passed away")

****We homeschool and so I teach the kids handwriting lessons.  We were talking about sloppy handwriting and how the computer has introduced an even lazier generation as far as penmanship is concerned.  After the lesson I tried to reiterate the message by asking the kids,

Mom: "So, what is one of the biggest problems in our generation?" 
Ryan: "Barack Obama"  (Bu-dum---ching! :)

****And this one is old but good. My mom was visiting and we surprised the kids with a trip to feed the ducks and then McDonald's afterward. Ryan was four or five and liked to read labels, but didn't always get them right......... 

Ryan: Yay, yay, yay.......can I get Hick in my happy meal?
Me:  What is Hick?
Ryan: It's the red stuff.
Mom:  What red stuff?
Ryan: The Hick!
Me: Do you mean ketchup?
Ryan: No, I mean HICK.  (getting a little frustrated that I don't understand.)
Me:  I still don't know what Hick means.  You'll have to help me choose it when we get there.

We pull up to McDonald's and Grandma saves the day.  She spots the Hi-C fountain drink. 
We laughed till we cried.  We still call Hi-C "Hick" to this day.

Kids keep life fun and interesting.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Funny Bone!

We had chicken one night for dinner. The kids love the drumsticks. And as you can see, they like them for more than just dinner. The following ensued:

Good guess....but no. We didn't get a new puppy.

Nice leash, eh?

So, Doggone cute!