Friends are like four-leaf clovers...hard to find and lucky to have! Friends are like four-leaf clovers...hard to find and lucky to have! Friends are like four-leaf clovers...hard to find and lucky to have!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Puppy Love!

Not much can melt your heart like a sweet little puppy!

Rich bought this little fella tonight. I'm afraid this cute puppy is going to be spoiled rotten. We all fell in love with him right away. He hasn't been officially named yet but Rich was sort of leaning toward "Largent".

Jenna and Lauryn couldn't get enough of him!

Rich was getting a little nervous because the puppy was enjoying his naps. It might be a long night.

Isn't he sweet?!!

His first piddle in Prosser.

He's going to have Rich wrapped around his paw in no time. In fact...I think he already does. ;)

Friday, January 23, 2009

Our Little Artist

Lauryn decided to enter the Reflections art contest which is sponsored by the Prosser PTA. This year the theme was "Wow"! The students had to create a piece of art that reflected what "wow" meant to them. Lauryn chose to draw a volcano as her entry in the contest. She received 2nd place in her age group for her work. She just kept saying, "I can't believe I got 2nd place. I'm so excited!"

It was definitely a "Wow" experience for me because I vaguely remember signing a piece of paper giving her permission to participate and next thing you know we are invited to the program and awards ceremony. She took it upon herself to pursue the project during her lunch-time at school.

- interjection
(an exclamation of surprise, wonder, pleasure, or the like): Wow! Look at that!

We are so proud of our little artist. She already has plans on entering next year.
Way to go Lauryn!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Happy Birthday Mom!

Super Mom
Mom, you're a wonderful mother,
So gentle, yet so strong.
The many ways you show you care
Always make me feel I belong.

You're patient when I'm foolish;
You give guidance when I ask;
It seems you can do most anything;
You're the master of every task.
You're a dependable source of comfort;
You're my cushion when I fall.
You help me in times of trouble;
You support me whenever I call.
I love you more than I can express;
You have my total respect.
If I had my choice of mothers,
You'd be the one I'd select!
By Joanna Fuchs

My mom is 58 years young today!

The girls each made grandma a cake.

Jenna made this ice-cream(sandwich) and Whopper cake. We love this quick and delicious treat!!

Lauryn made cupcakes and decorated them. Nummy!

My mom is so patient with the girls and has taught my girls how to enjoy a recipe. Here she is proudly displaying the desserts made by Jenna and Lauryn.

The camera was not cooperating with Jenna as she tried to take a picture of grandma blowing out her candles. We had to "take-two" to get this little task accomplished but we made it.

I hope you had a super duper birthday mom! You deserved it!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Mom...I'm not tired!

Tonight Lauryn was Little Miss Cranky Pants. She would get so mad when I asked if she was tired. (I usually know that when she gets a little out of sorts that she is either tired or hungry.) Well we ran to the grocery store and when we came home she laid down next to Lucie on the "Kitty Couch". (I'll explain later.) The next thing we knew she was fast asleep.
I'll have to remind her in the morning how really "not-tired" she was.
You know she's tired when she falls fast asleep on the floor right inside the door. Looks comfy huh?

Monday, January 12, 2009

Tonight we honored our grandma's birthday!
On this day, eighty-six years ago, this gracious, wise, and well-loved lady was born.
January 12, 1923
For us she is a voice of the past and a role model of the present.

We celebrated Gram's birthday with a dinner of tacos (one of her favorites) and tamales. It was followed by homemade German chocolate cake (another favorite), brownies, and ice-cream.

Our grandma makes the world...a little softer, a little kinder, a little warmer!

She really does put the GRAND in GRANDma!

Happy 86th Birthday (Great)-Gram!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

I was tagged!

I was photo tagged by my dear friend Amy.

Here are the rules for picture tag:

1. Choose the 4th folder where you store your pictures on your computer
2. Select the 4th picture in the folder
3. Explain the picture
4. Tag 4 people to do the same

This picture was of Lauryn and Cruella De Vil.
It was taken in Disneyland in Ocotober of 2007.
I was probably teaching a lesson on fractions when this was taken since I had to stay back for work. ;) (I know...quit whining Lolli!)

I'm tagging:





You're It!

The Only One Saying Yum is...Me!

While I was a student at E.W.U. (Go Eagles!) my roommate and good friend introduced me to this simple and yummy recipe. I brought it home and shared it with my parents, who also find it quite tasty. Unfortunately though, Blake and the girls don't find it near as appetizing as I do.

I love that it has only three ingredients: sausage (or keilbasa), cabbage, and onion

I never in a million years thought I would ever take pictures of sausage and cabbage but I just felt compelled to. Now you get to look at them. This blogging makes us do some wild and crazy things! ;)

Here are the directions for this extremely easy recipe:
1. Clean and chop cabbage and onion
2. Slice keilbasa (this time I used Hot Link Sausage from Costco for a little kick).
3. Brown the keilbasa.
4. Put the cabbage and onion in the pan with the keilbasa and stir.
5. Cover and let cook until the cabbage is tender crisp.

Here is my plate! It was a lonely lunch.

Oprah once said that a healthy eater doesn't clean her plate. (She didn't say how much to start with though;) Does this count as healthy? (Can you tell I don't totally dig onions but love the flavor/!)

Thanks Karen for this yummy recipe. I lost my recipe for Cabbage Patch soup so if you still have it could you send it my way (pretty please)? That sounds really good too! Why am I craving all the foods we ate in college? Maybe I'm just dreaming of being the size I was back then.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Girls' Club!

GEMS=(Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior)

Jenna and Lauryn were invited by their best friends to join GEMS! It is a club for girls in 1st-8th grade which meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. It's purpose is to bring the girls into a living dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ.

The girls:

  • participate in team building
  • engage in singing, creative movement, and dance
  • learn life skills and earn badges
  • learn to apply the bible to their lives
  • participate in service projects
  • complete creative craft projects
  • find answers to challenges that girls today face

Jen and Lauryn decided that the Children's Bibles they were using just weren't cutting it anymore. I did a little shopping and found two perfect ones for Christmas. They were so thankful for the gift and were thrilled to pack their GEMS bags this week.

Thank you Ashley and Brandi for being such great friends to Jenna and Lauryn!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Lucie Loo!

Lauryn loves animals! Last winter she wrote up a contract for us to sign so she could get a cat. Blake and Jenna are both allergic to cats so it was a big deal. Blake didn't sign Lauryn's contract for a really long time. When he finally caved, Lauryn was nothing less than ecstatic!

Needless to say, Lucie Loo is now a part of our family. She was strictly an outside cat and had a snuggly basket in the corner of our patio.

We had been struggling with some neighbor cats who seemed to think that whenever we filled Lucie's food dish it was for them. They also started to take over her warm bed because the temperatures at the time were frigid.

Well on the night of December 16th, Blake (out of the clear blue) said, "Lucie can come in as long as she stays on the rug." Lauryn stopped and stared at him in disbelief. She then said, "Who are you and what have you done with my dad?". It was sooo funny!

Lucie Loo has (for the most part) done really well with staying on the rug right inside the door. If she tries to wander, she gets to go back outside. She really has been easy to train. She still spends the majority of her day outside and goes out at night. If we are home though, she's usually in.

Here is Lucie during one of the first times inside. She went from this to....

Lauryn used some of her Christmas money to buy this cat condo. You can probably imagine what Blake was thinking when she pulled this out of the shopping bag. ;) It's quite a lovely addition to our home. Lucie absolutely loves to snuggle in the bottom with the heart-shaped pillow that Lauryn bought for her. It's kind of a bugger to get her out of at night though.

Lauryn and Lucie Loo are best buds. We love watching the two of them play and "visit". Lucie has definitely been a healthy addition to our family!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Back in the Swing of Things!

It didn't take long to get back into our normal routine. It actually felt kind of good! (I probably wouldn't have said the same thing at 5:30 this morning though. ;) We all had a great day back to school! The girls came home and put their new desks to the test...and they passed!
Jenna is diligently completing an entry in her writing journal.

Lauryn is finishing up her homework for the night.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

To Do List in a Day!!

Yep, it's the end of Christmas vacation and we're just getting to that to-do list. Blake and I decided that today is the day. I'm always a smidge cranky on the day before we go back to school so we figured today would be a little more pleasant than tomorrow.
I apologize in advance for the photography. I don't know how, but I even changed our paint colors in some pictures.
#1: Hang up wall decor
We haved had a pile of things to hang up since last spring. We have lived in our house for over three years and still don't like to nail in the walls. Today we nailed with a vengence. It kind of felt good. We had tried those no-nail Command hangers and they worked for a bit but a few things have came crashing down. We decided to just go for it. Hanging things on the walls is always an interesting adventure for Blake and I. He uses a lot more tools than I would need. I'm an eye-baller and he measures down to the nearest gnat's eyelash and whips out his level more than most home builders. I'm always thankful when we're done because you can tell he takes his time and it always looks nice.
Blake's doing one of his measurements to hang the "Grow Old with Me" sign between our bedroom closet and bathroom door. I think I was laying on the bed working on a Sudoku during this one.

Jenna made this sign last year. She's been patiently waiting for it to be put up in her room.

Lauryn painted these blocks three years ago. She has been on her dad to hang these for...three years.

Lauryn bought this sign for Jenna when we were in Leavenworth this summer. It says "Sisters From The Start, Friends From The Heart". We hung it above the door in their bathroom so they could both enjoy it.

In October of 2007, Blake and the girls went to Disneyland with some family. I had to stay back because of work. Blake's mom had this framed for me last year as a Christmas gift. It's pretty cute. We hung this in the den so I can get a good giggle when I'm working at the computer.

This doily and bonnet were made by my great grandma. The bonnet was actually made for my grandma when she was born. These are hanging on each side of the fireplace. (They are actually the same size but my trick photography makes them look like different sizes.)

This was part of my Mother's Day last year. I found this at Yellow Rose and Blake picked up on the hint during one of our trips out to buy plants. What a guy!!

My grandma took an oil painting class after my grandpa lost his life in an automobile accident. This is one of the paintings she created of the barn on her childhood ranch. My brother has a similar painting at his house.

My aunt Carrie gave this to us as a Christmas gift. I love what it says: "Your life may be the only bible some people read."

#2: Seal all the counters

I've been very good about sealing all the counters in the summer and over Christmas vacation. Last summer I somehow avoided the little chore. It usually takes me a good chunk of time because I've always done it by myself. Blake and I worked together tonight and we were quite a team. He was the main sealer and I would go behind and do the wipe/buff step. We did both coats in a fraction of the time it takes me by myself. It feels so good to have this done.

#3: Homework (correct 150 tests, correct late work, enter grades in computer, update Edline)

My homework has been consuming the kitchen table for a few days. I do a little each day. I'm still not done but hope to make a bigger dent tomorrow. I really could say some unkind words to those who make comments about teachers and the hours they work. I'd like to let them shadow me for a time and they might change their tune.

I have had a fantastic Christmas Vacation! The snow along with the good food and fun times with family were absolutely perfect!