Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Block Tower

 Zoey loves her blocks. She loves to build towers and houses.
Ty was home this morning and he built a skyscraper with her.
 She was very impressed and happy with their creation, so I had to document it!
It's taller than she is :)
Maybe she will be an architect.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tuesday Things

1. Silly souvenir photos like this are my very favorite things to bring back from a vacation!
I have been working on a timeline project for Mia all day. I am using lots of photos. I remember when Ty and I bought our first digital camera, just before Max was born. I am so thankful for all of the memories and moments that we have been able to save!

2. I had a bunch of very ripe bananas on my counter this morning. They were too ripe to freeze, so I made THESE amazing cookies.
So yummy!

3. Zoey had a major meltdown at the store today (no pictures to document that moment!....thank goodness.)
It seems that most of her upsets can be solved with chocolate milk. I need to carry around an emergency supply in my purse.

4. THIS granola recipe looks amazing!

5. Max started a Lego Comic Workshop course at the library yesterday. He built all of his sets and wrote the dialogue, and then photographed all of his work. Today he goes back to upload everything onto the computer and put it all together. I can't wait to see the final product. I am so amazed at what our kids are able to do using technology at such a young age.

6. I adore Ina Garten (aka: the Barefoot Contessa).
Have you read THIS article about her. I would just love to be her next door neighbor!
Monday, October 20, 2014


 Happy Monday!
1. We had such a nice Sunday!
After church we sat around the table together and worked on painting our "25 days of Christ", Christmas ornaments. We are not done and will need another day of painting, but I am sure we will be finished in time for December!
I made a roast for Sunday dinner. I have discovered that a cap full of liquid smoke does amazing things to a roast cooked in a crock pot.
After dinner we took a walk to the park and then came home to eat THIS pumpkin cake, (Zackary ate 3 pieces on Saturday night. It is really good!) and to watch Toy Story of Terror (yesterday was the first night of ABC Family's 13 nights of Halloween!).

2. Ty will be working long days every day this week including Saturday. We are bracing ourselves and hoping we can make it to Sunday with our sanity still in tact.

3. I listened to THIS talk today.
Really good stuff!

4. In the spirit of all things peanut butter....
I want to make THIS biscotti,
and then THIS hot chocolate to dip it in.

5. Max is getting pretty good on his cornet. Last night he and Mia played a little duet with Mia on the piano. They played Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and I loved it!

6. We are so excited that Halloween will be falling on a Friday this year. Ty and I are planning a little driveway bonfire party for the evening. 

Have a great week!
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thursday Things

1. This morning I am listening to Highlights from General Conference.....Perfect little bits of inspiration!

2. To go along with that...HERE are 64 quotes from General Confrerence.

3. I still wake up every day and run. It is still my favorite way to start the day.

4. We came home from meetings and scouts last night and made a big pot of hot chocolate. Hot chocolate before bed is the best part of cooler weather!
It is time to stock up on cream, chocolate, cocoa, and marshmallows!
Maybe we can try THIS recipe next time!

5. The kids are getting very excited for Halloween! I let the kids pick out costumes from the store this year. Max and Zack picked out dragon warrior ninja costumes. Mia picked out a bunny costume, and Zoey picked Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz....she has never seen the movie, but she looks so cute in that little blue dress and shiny red shoes!

6. I bought 2 enormous bags of Halloween candy. I am hoping it is enough to get us through the holiday. Ty is looking forward to stealing candy from the kids after trick-or-treating.

7. I am pretty tired from the week! Max had 2 reports due this week. Both about sports. He chose baseball and soccer. I am glad today is Thursday. We can pack the backpacks for tomorrow and wipe our hands of homework for the weekend.

Happy Thursday!
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Weekend Wrap Up

 The four day weekend was amazing! It was a much needed break from reality.
After our San Diego trip on Friday, Ty spent Saturday on a 100 mile motorcycle ride with friends from our ward. He had a great time!

On Sunday we attended stake conference. It was in the Redlands building right next to the temple!
 We got there early so that we could take the kids around the temple grounds and enjoy a little time together there.

Sunday afternoon we drove up to Forest Falls for a hike and dinner at my parent's house.
 I fell and almost killed myself twice. Everyone else was fine.
 I am glad my family enjoys the outdoors. It just doesn't seem to agree with me! I did enjoy the beautiful surroundings and cool mountain air in spite of my calamities.

 After dinner we had hot chocolate and watched episodes of "Mr. Bean."
We always end up watching Mr. bean at my parent's cabin and it is always hilarious.
 Max and Zack stayed the night with my parents. Ty and I took Zoey and Mia home.

On Monday I took the girls out for a little girl time. We picked up some donuts and did a little shopping. At home we made brownies and caramel apples to pass out to friends for Family Home Evening. I was making brownies. I had Mia and Zoey set up to unwrap peanut butter cups to go in the brownies....I looked up and they were just happily sitting there eating all the candy. Not the best helpers in the world, but they were very cute and happy!
We took the treats around to friends last night. It got me excited for Christmas candy and cookie making.

It was sad to hear my alarm go off this morning knowing that I couldn't turn it off and go back to bed!
Back to reality.
Until the weekend :)

Have a very happy week!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Day Trip to San Diego

 The kids are on Fall Break until Tuesday! Ty took the 4 days off so that we could run around and have some fun together. We decided on a day trip to San Diego to start off the weekend. We visited the U.S. Midway museum.
They offered an activity for the kids. They were able to wear headsets and go on a little junior pilot tour and answer questions along the way. At the end of the tour they would earn their "wings".
Ty and I got all the kids involved, but didn't expect anything.....Max took the whole thing very seriously and answered every question with thought and detail. He even held up the tour at times!
He was so happy to earn his wings at the end. It was worth it!
 At one point in his life, many many moons ago, Ty wanted to be a it was very fun to sit in these jets.

 Zoey was waiting her turn.....
 I don't know is she is quite ready to head out on her own!
 Mia and Zack took a turn as well.
I love a good Zackary smile!
 There was a lot of information and so much to see on the ship. We were so amazed at the difference between the crew quarters and the officer quarters. If you are going to spend any time living aboard an aircraft carrier, I would only recommend doing so as an officer!


 Inside planes....(When we were leaving this plane, Mia somehow got stuck in her seat belt and someone had to come help her out. Never a dull moment!)

 The kids in the brigg. We need one of these at home :)

After the Midway everyone was starving so we made our way to Old Town for lunch. We had options....mexican, mexican, or we decided on Mexican!
Zackary ate the world's biggest quesadilla all on his own. 
After lunch we toured the Mormon Battalion Museum.
 We loved it! The tour was 45 minutes long and held the kids attention the entire time.
 It was very entertaining and very informative. I love learning about church history, because I consider it my own history!
 Max got to dress in uniform.
 He really wanted to take this gun home!
Next we took a walk through Old Town and bought lots of candy from a little shop we found.
We drove home and finished the evening with a little cookie baking. I made THESE snickerdoodles.
I don't even proclaim to like snickerdoodles, but these are seriously delish.

Such a great day!

Monday, October 6, 2014


1. Max has projects due every Wednesday at school. Projects involving flash drives, prints, posterboard, etc.... Today I had him sit down and put all of our information from one such assignment, together on a poster. I didn't supervise, usually I do.
Let's just say, tomorrow I get to take the whole things apart and put it back together again.

2. Conference weekend was a delight.
I enjoyed all of the talks. I felt very inspired.
The kids and I made pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and I ended the weekend with 3 of them.

3. We are having another cookout tonight. We are roasting hot dogs and s'mores in the backyard.
I think we should just make it a Monday night tradition.

4. Zackary is going on his first ever field trip to the pumpkin patch on Wednesday this week. It will be his first time traveling by bus. I know he is going to be excited, but he seems so little to be going off on a great big bus. I will be so happy to pick him up after school on Wednesday and hear all about his happy, and safe, travels.

5. The high is going to be in the 70s on Thursday. I think I can plan for a morning mug of cocoa!

and butter.....
(Has anyone else noticed how gosh darn expensive butter is! Maybe it's just California.... 5$/pound! I found it today at Costco for $3/pound and bought 8 pounds.
I will try and ration it!)

7. The kids have a 4 day weekend coming up. We have a little trip to San Diego planned, and a day in the mountains. I will be looking forward to it all week!

Happy Monday!
Friday, October 3, 2014

Happy Birthday Mia!

 Out little Miss Mia is turning 7 tomorrow!
7 years ago Mia was born early and in distress. She spent a week in the NICU, but you would never guess it now.
 She is one of the tallest in her class at school, even though she is one of the youngest.
Mia is doing very well in second grade. She loves to make friends and is enjoying reading chapter books. Chapter books involving mermaids, puppies, or horses!
 Mia loves strawberries, chocolate, milk, and sweet potatoes.
 Mia loves to swim and ride scooters with her brothers.
Mia loves her pink cowgirl boots. She needs a new pair! 
Mia is a wonderful sister!
She is so creative and artistic.
She would like to design her own clothes, and/or own a pet store when she grows up.
I am taking cupcakes to school at the end of the day for Mia's class. Mia asked for white cake, chocolate frosting, and pink sugar sprinkles.
We are having a little party at home tonight with more cake....chocolate cake with peanut butter filling and chocolate ganache.
There will be presents and lots of pink.

Happy Birthday Mia!


 Max recently moved from wolf to bear in cub scouts. At the pack meeting he got his newest badges and I got my bear pin!
Zoey wanted to be involved.
Max loves being a scout. Zackary is getting excited to be a scout in a few years too.
I am glad he has such an awesome big brother to look up to!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


1. All 7 seasons of Gilmore Girls are now on Netflix! 

2. I was feeling so thankful today for my body.
I was so glad to have legs and arms that work so well. Feelings like these inspire me to keep running and to stay healthy.
Being able to run is a blessing!

3. I listened to THIS podcast today about the relationship between mothers and daughters (speaking of Glimore Girls.....) features discussions with Elaine S. Dalton and her daughter. It was excellent!

4. Zoey liked to pack her backpack full of toys for when we go to pick up the older kids from school.
We always arrive early and sit on the grass in the shade. Zoey plays and I read Ensign talks. It really is a nice part of our day!

5. Confession: It is October 1st and I decided it would be okay to start listening to Christmas music. I love it.

6. THIS pie looks ridiculous.

7. We will be celebrating Mia's 7th birthday on Friday night. (Her actual birthday is Saturday) She wants vanilla cupcakes with chocolate frosting for her class at school, and chocolate cake with chocolate frosting for her party at home. Tomorrow I will be baking all day long to get ready!