Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
I know I have more than 4 friends out there (or at least, I think I do)! OK, so my blog music isn't nearly as important as the state of the Union, but I'd like to know...REALLY. So, please go over to the poll and make your voice heard.
Don't worry about hurting my feelings, I'm a straight shooter, I can take it.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Combine flour, water, and yeast and mix until well blended. Cover and set aside at room temperature for 12 to 24 hours. It should look bubbly and round.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
And our last Poem
Now, as to be expected, we had a list of "suspects." Here was our list in no particular order:
Funny side note: as Christmas drew near, the kids were not talking about their visit from the Northern Santa, but whether or not the 12 Days Santa would reveal himself on Christmas Day!
Now, it is not a secret that we are notorious geeks over here. The curiosity was so great, that the big boys (Kraig and Steve) set a "Santa Trap." They set up a motion detection/web cam system and waited for "Santa" to do his thing. We got lots of video of passing cars and the cats running to and from the door, but it only takes one good frame of video to reveal the "real" Santa. Below is that one good frame.
Thanks Parmenters! It was one of the funnest (I know that's not really a word) Christmases we've ever had...you're the best!!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
basketball, great to be 8 party, Preisthood Preview, mom is in her 30's for the LAST time, hosting bookclub (family complaining that we're too loud and up too late,) HULA HOOPS, Kraig is 16...still no license and no dates, Annual Easter Egg Hunt and brunch in our back yard, Abby turns 8! Mom goes to Cabo with her friends, Dad sends mom an e-mail (in Cabo) saying he's been called to the Bishopric (killjoy,) granddad comes to ordain dad a high priest, Preschool Carnival, BASEBALL, school carnival, more baseball, Abby is Baptized, primary talent show, mom called to be enrichment counselor, Ballet recital, Pioneer Trek (Kraig got THE BEST Ma and Pa, just like in real life,) Dad is definitely over 40, St. Louis Arch, metro link, Grant's Farm, Nauvoo, handcarts, CARTHAGE, swimming lessons at heidi's, Ben turns 4, ward BBQ (dad is NOT in charge this year, YEA!), HP Picnic (too darned hot,) Drive to Idaho, swim in grandma's pool, Camp with the grandparents in the Bitterroot Mountains, Stand on the Continental Divide, cross country meets, Reed turns 12, Reed receives the Aaronic Priesthood, NO BROKEN BONES THIS YEAR, grandma and grandpa come to visit, Ward Halloween Party, TRICK OR TREATING, Merit badge clinic, basketball (again,) Ward Christmas Party, SNOW DAYS, waiting for santa...
Sunday, December 21, 2008
I can't even tell you how much fun it has been for us to be the recipient of the "Twelve Days of Christmas." The Farrar kids have grown to really look forward to our daily treat and note. We love the puzzle, and have had a great time speculating about who thinks enough of us to treat us to such a big thing. Committing to 12 days of gifts, 12 days of secrets, and 12 days of cute rhymes is HUGE and the love and effort has not been lost.
So to let you know how the days have continued:
- Santa has started changing up the "gifting" time. On the sixth day, we found the present before seminary, today it was after church...about 12:30
- Santa knows that mom is a giant diet coke fan (who doesn't? That probably doesn't mean anything)
- Santa is not getting any slower, just more daring...showing up in the light of day Hmmmm....the investigation continues!
Friday, December 19, 2008
Here is the progression of our snow days.
Day 1: "HEY GUYS! NO SCHOOL TODAY!! Hot chocolate is going in the cocoa machine, can someone get out the whipped cream? Who wants blueberries in their pancakes?!"
Day 2: "Cereal is in the cupboard, help yourself."
Day 3: "Are you sure there is no school? Yeah, you can eat a cookie for breakfast if you want. If there is any fighting over ANY video games today...that X box will be MINE!"
Interesting Side Note: We have lived in Oregon for nearly 14 years and have NEVER seen snow before Christmas. I decided to explore this further...our friend, Jaimy GREW UP in Oregon and doesn't EVER remember snow before Christmas (I'm taking that with a grain of salt, he doesn't have a great memory.) We will officially maybe have a White Christmas in Western Oregon (IF it doesn't warm up and IF is doesn't start raining again...which it probably will.)
Ben's snowman, he made the snow balls all by himself and Kraig helped him put them together
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Each little gift is accompanied by a cute poem. Today's poem says
So, here are the clues:
- Our "Santa" comes each evening between 5:00 and 6:00.
- We've never seen a car speeding away.
- The gifts arrived even during a snow storm.
- Santa is gutsy, Steve & I were working in front of our dining room window on the first night...in full view of the front door and "he" gifted us anyway.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Soooooo, I decided to take a proactive (aka crazy) approach. My good friend is a commercial pilot and another good friend travels for work, so I fired off a couple of little e-mails..."hey, would you hit my blog when you travel outside the country." OK, in hind-site, this could be construed as wacko...but that's how it went down. Less than an hour later, my cell phone rings and the caller ID comes up "James A." and of course, I answer.
Me: "Hey, what are you doing?"
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Here is the list of cookies:
Dipped Ginger Snaps
White Chocolate Cranberry
Sugar Cookie Christmas Trees
Now, the kitchen is a mess, but we're too tired to clean. We've got lots of cookies that we don't get to eat (not that we really WANT to eat cookies at this point,) and a little extra Christmas cash. We're happy to be done, but most happy that the cookies are leaving tomorrow morning for their new homes. Their mission; to be gobbled up by hungry health care workers at our hospital.
AND, by next year, we'll forget all about the pain, and look forward to making Christmas cookies again (isn't that what "they" say about childbirth?)
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
It is really well done and the kids always enjoy the time we spend there each year. The price of admission is one can of food AND at the end, you get to speak to the man in Red himself...what a bargain!
Needy families in our area benefit in the form of Christmas food baskets and we have at least one "pre-done" Family Home Evening each December. Ben and I went with his preschool class this week and had a great time.
Monday, December 1, 2008
2 adult servings (or me and the two little kids)
1 cup regular old fashioned oatmeal
2 cups milk
1/2 tsp (scant) ginger powder
1 tsp cinnamon
2-3 Tbl molasses (if you like it sweeter...add more!)
1/4 cup craisins
1/4 cup hulled pumpkin seeds (the green ones, sometimes called pepita)
Cook on the stove top in a small sauce pan for about 5 minutes until thick, creamy, and steaming. Serve with a big mound of spray-can whipped cream on top.
Now change it up "Kris" style; Pecans are really yummy in it, use raisins or dried apples instead of craisins. Sometimes, I sprinkle a little crystallized ginger on top, but only do that if you are a BIG ginger fan. BUT, don't mess with the whipped cream...that is a MUST!