Sunday, December 27, 2009

The feeding frenzy stops here!

I work out a lot...more than 7 hours a week and that's if I don't do any running...and running significantly adds to that time. Sometimes, I get a little ticked off that I'm not skinnier...in my mind, I should be uber skinny with all the gym time I put in. OK, I think I've figured out what the problem is, I guess it's not rocket science....apparently, I have no self control.


I sat down and made a list of all the desserts I've consumed from Thanksgiving until now, and quite frankly, it's a freaking miracle that I don't have to order clothes from Omar the tent maker. I'm feeling darned lucky that I can button my jeans up. Be prepared to be shocked and then sit down and try it...just list the desserts, nothing else...it's an eye opener.
Here's my list:

Thanksgiving, I made 4 kinds of pie, peanut butter cup, snickers, banana cream, and key lime...I tried them all, not all on the same day, but yes, I ate some of each

People bring lots of goodies around Christmas, I don't know if they just feel obligated because Steve is in the Bishopric, but regardless of the reason, we got lots of treats...let's break it down by category (and yes, I ate some of each):

Bread:
Cinnamon rolls, pumpkin bread, monkey bread, lemon bread, Christmas bread, and nut bread

Candy:
Divinity (BTW, Sister Kunzulman makes the BEST divinity I've ever tasted), caramels, fudge, penuche, pecan log, peanut butter fudge, peanut brittle, oreo truffles, and nutter butter truffles, rocky road...oh and Sarah brought me a 1/2 box of dark chocolate Queen Anne Cherries.... I let the kids each have one and I ate the rest.

Cookies:
molasses cookies, sugar cookies, cranberry cookies, peanut butter cookies, poppy seed cookies, peanut butter kisses, and nut crescents. I also ate one of April's cookies at a Relief Society meeting, because I can't let the opportunity to eat one of April's cookies go by.

Steve and I went to Novaks for dessert one night...we got the sampler platter (oh my gosh!)

Chocolate fondue at book club

Sister Crook made Oliebollens for the ward fireside....and Julene made me eat one

A lemon bar at the ward Christmas party

and a blondie sundae with eggnog ice cream and butterscotch sauce on Christmas Eve

I almost forgot the stocking candy on Christmas morning

No wonder I feel sluggish, I think it's time to start my yearly sugar purge.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Congratulations Student of the Term!


I have good kids, and I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks so. Reed is Student of the Term at Memorial Middle School...I haven't totally figured out what it means to be student of the term...I think the recognition is nice, AND he got a bag of goodies and an ice cream bar at lunch!
Way to go Reed!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

A Christmas song as sung by Ben...

"Good tithings we bring, to you and your kids!"

Not completely sure what that means, but I'm sure it makes sense in his mind.
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Monday, December 7, 2009

because I bake...


My dear friend came by today...we are having a play date. We are playing with the C Man at our house so that she can spend all the time she can with her mom. We talked a bit about how she's doing with her mom's stage IV cancer...and we both cried. She is overwhelmed by her own feelings and I felt helpless to help...I can tell her what I believe about the next life, but it doesn't save her from the reality of living this one without her mom and I grieve for her.


So, after we both dried our tears and I sent her on her way, I did what I always do when I feel helpless....I bake. For some reason "doing" something that makes me feel self-sufficient always makes me feel a little better, and that usually involves loaves of bread.


Here is the recipe I made today:

Sourdough Bread


1 cup "fed" sourdough starter
1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
1 Tbl yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
5 cups bread flour

Directions
1) Combine all of the ingredients, kneading to form a smooth dough.
2) Allow the dough to rise, in a covered bowl, until it's doubled in size, about 90 minutes.
3) Gently divide the dough in half; it'll deflate somewhat.
4) Gently shape the dough into two oval loaves, and place them on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover and let rise until very puffy, about 1 hour. Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 400°F.
5) place a shallow pan of water on the bottom rack of the oven.
6) Make two fairly deep horizontal slashes in each; a serrated bread knife, wielded firmly, works well here.
7) Bake the bread for 25 to 30 minutes, until it's a very deep golden brown. Remove it form the oven, and cool on a rack.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Welcome Oreo!


We are excited to welcome Oreo to our family. Ben says his middle name is Blue, so I guess I should introduce Oreo Blue Farrar. The cats aren't so excited, but they don't like us much either, and we feed them.

Friday, December 4, 2009

I'm NOT making fruit kabobs!


Ben took snack today to his preschool class. He's been trying to convince me for days that he should take fruit kabobs (for 17 kids and 2 teachers.) Ummmm......NO! I've let my children bully me over the years as far as school treats go...one time I made cinnamon rolls for Reed's entire class, how stupid is that? But NO MORE!

Now I'm the old mom, and I know better. At this point, I think he should feel lucky that I even remember to take snack at all...dementia could set in at any moment (AND I almost forgot the last time it was our turn.....oops)
I think he did OK, he took Chex party mix, orange slices, and brown sugar mini muffins that I got up at 6 a.m. to make. P.S. I'm not making birthday party bags for the entire class either...I'll leave that to the dumb young moms :)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Civil War

GO BEAVS!!! You get another shot at the Rose Bowl this year...don't BLOW IT again!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Dedication

Our new music is dedicated to my dad....who tortured us with The Carpenters just about every minute we were in a car with him. I know (and can sing) the words to just about every Carpenter's song, that makes me a potential KARAOKE GENIUS!....somewhere along the line, I even began to like it. (is this where I'm supposed to say "thanks dad?")

Merry Christmas!

Seven

It takes us about 7 minutes to get to church...10 on a bad light or slow-poke-in-front-of-us day. We normally have A LOT of chaos in the car when all of the kids are together...here is an example of our trip to church from yesterday....and this was a fairly good day.

Ben: let's play the quiet game
(and I'm thinking, hey, maybe we are going to have a peaceful ride to church for a change)

Silence for about 2 seconds

Reed: PAUSE, and goes on to tell us a story Joel told them in class. How the pioneers didn't have a lot of room in the wagons and the kids had to sit in one position the whole time. (and he had them sit in one squished position the whole class)

Kraig and Mom (at the same time): They WALKED!

Mom: Joel is full of CRAP!

Kraig: He was just trying to torture you guys Reed!

Reed: Oh, OK....RESUME (the quiet game in case you forgot, we're playing that)

10 or 15 seconds of silence, then Kraig turns around and in a loud stage whisper says

Diarrhea!!!

Uncontrollable peels of laughter

Ben: "YOU LOSED KRAIG!!!"

MAYBE we should try the game again in sacrament meeting...without the diarrhea talk!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving


Somehow, wild little Native Americans doesn't have the same ring to it as wild little Indians...but how ever you say it (PC or no,) we've got 'em.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Pie Orders

For Thanksgiving I let each person in my family make a pie order, here is the dessert menu:

Steve: Banana Cream
Kraig: Key lime
Reed: Key lime
Abby: Snickers
Ben: Peanut butter cup

Several people have asked me for the recipe to the Peanut butter cup pie...I finally created it, so here it is:

Peanut Butter Cup Pie

1 graham cracker crust (either homemade or store bought)

Chocolate layer
1 cup chocolate chips
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup hot heavy cream
chop chocolate in blender add egg and vanilla and blend together. While the blender is running, slowly pour hot cream into the mixture. Mix well, chill until thick enough to add to bottom layer of the pie, chill

Peanut butter layer
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1/4 cup peanut butter
2 TBL sugar
whisk together 1/2 cup cream and peanut butter, set aside. Whip remaining cream with sugar and fold the two together. Add to the top of the chilled chocolate layer.

Topping
Chopped peanut butter cups (don't skip this step)

Enjoy! And happy pie eating.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Our Thanksgiving Letter!


Just a note to let you know we are hoping to see you Thanksgiving Day. But….Martha Stewart will NOT be dining with us this Thanksgiving. I’m telling you in advance, so don’t act surprised. Since Ms. Stewart won’t be coming, I’ve made a few small changes: Our sidewalk will not be lined with homemade, paper bag luminaries. After a trial run, it was decided that no matter how cleverly done, rows of flaming lunch sacks do not have the desired welcoming effect.


Once inside, our guests will note that the entry hall is not decorated with the swags of Indian corn and fall foliage I had planned to make. Instead, I’ve gotten the kids involved in the decorating by having them track in colorful autumn leaves from the front yard. The mud was their idea.


The dining table will not be covered with expensive linens, fancy china, or crystal goblets. If possible, we will use dishes that match and everyone will get a fork. Since this IS Thanksgiving, we will refrain from using the plastic Peter Rabbit plate and the Santa napkins from last Christmas.


Our centerpiece will not be the tower of fresh fruit and flowers that I promised. Instead. we will be displaying a hedgehog-like decoration hand-crafted from the finest construction paper. The artist assures me it is a turkey.


We will be dining fashionably late. The children will entertain you while you wait. I’m sure they will be happy to share every choice comment I have made regarding Thanksgiving, pilgrims and the turkey hotline. Please remember that most of these comments were made at 5:00 a.m. upon discovering that the turkey was still hard enough to cut diamonds.


As accompaniment to the children’s recital, I will play a recording of tribal drumming. If the children should mention that I don’t own a recording of tribal drumming, or that tribal drumming sounds suspiciously like a frozen turkey in a clothes dryer, ignore them. They are lying.


We toyed with the idea of ringing a dainty silver bell to announce the start of our feast. In the end, we chose to keep our traditional method. We’ve also decided against a formal seating arrangement. When the smoke alarm sounds, please gather around the table and sit where you like. In the spirit of harmony, we will ask the children to sit at a separate table. In a separate room. Next door.


Now, I know you have all seen pictures of one person carving a turkey in front of a crowd of appreciative onlookers. This will not be happening at our dinner. For safety reasons, the turkey will be carved in a private ceremony. I stress “private” meaning: Do not, under any circumstances, enter the kitchen to laugh at me. Do not send small, unsuspecting children to check on my progress. I have an electric knife. The turkey is unarmed. It stands to reason that I will eventually win. When I do, we will eat.


I would like to take this opportunity to remind my young diners that “passing the rolls” is not a football play. Nor is it a request to bean your sister in the head with warm tasty bread. Oh, and one reminder for the adults: For the duration of the meal, and especially while in the presence of young diners, we will refer to the giblet gravy by its lesser-known name: Cheese Sauce. If a young diner questions you regarding the origins or type of Cheese Sauce, plead ignorance. Cheese Sauce stains.


Before I forget, there is one last change. Instead of offering a choice between 12 different scrumptious desserts, we will be serving the traditional pumpkin pie , garnished with whipped cream and small fingerprints. You will still have a choice; take it or leave it.


I hope you aren’t too disappointed that Martha Stewart will not be dining with us this Thanksgiving. She probably won’t come next year either.
Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!!


Thanks to my friend Paula, who ALWAYS makes me laugh, for this little gem...it made my day!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Our Letterman


Kraig received his letter at the Cross Country Awards. I love that he has a life long sport, not to mention the endurance he has...He is looking forward to his first ultra-marathon (50K) next spring.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Meet Molly


This is the dog we want...she lives in John Day which is about 5 1/2 hours from us. Kraig found her on Craig's list and we are keeping our fingers crossed that all works out in our favor....he is finishing up his Eagle Scout project write-up as we speak, and will be ready next week.


Friday, November 20, 2009

The light at the end of the dog tunnel

Steve is getting soft....Steve is CAVING!!!!


This is the deal he worked out with Kraig:


Kraig submits his Eagle Scout project and has it approved. Then we start looking for a dog.
Kraig had it written up within 24 hours and is gathering the signatures he needs....he even asked for the phone number of the person he needed to submit it to.
Apparently, constant harassment actually works....I'll have to remember that!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

I AM thankful...

So, I've watched my friends on facebook do this "Thanksgiving Challenge" on their status lines. Each day the say something they are thankful for. So I missed the boat for the first 19 days of the month, but I think I can pull it all together here. Here I am...jumping on the bandwagon.

I am thankful for.....

4 great kids...they are all individuals, and I enjoy the heck out of being their mother Anti-frizz serum A husband that supports my independent streak (and let's face it, I can be a handful) and eats just about whatever wacko thing I've dreamed up in the kitchen (and rarely complains about it) A strong healthy body....so I'm not as skinny as I'd like to be, at some point, I'll have to get over that. 2 parents who raised me well and always set the bar high pedicures...or maybe I'm thankful for cute toes 7 bookies...the women who are there through thick and thin good running shoes....I haven't decided if I'm thankful for running yet, but if I'm going to do it, I'm much happier doing it in good shoes. Music...it adds a lot of joy to my life REALLY GOOD friends who have become more like part of our family to live in this country that affords the freedoms we enjoy, and while it's not perfect, I do believe it is the promised land Our Ward family and the good examples they are in the lives of my children
Board games, and the fun we have as a family playing together Facial wax, because without it I would surely have a unibrow
A lovely home that keeps us warm and dry
Am I allowed to be thankful for Costco? because I am
hardwoodfloors ...blood, puke, pee, poop, it all wipes right up
Good schools for my kids
a boy who dared to question the religions of his time and knelt in a grove of trees and took his concerns to his Father in Heaven


OK, this is harder than it looks...and I'm won't promise to do the rest of the month, but there it is. I, obviously have much to be thankful for.


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Time keeps on ticking....ticking

Mary Ann said it best...the more you have to blog, the less time you have to blog it....and sometimes, I let life take over and don't take time for the things I enjoy. Here is one of the recent highlights:

Abby is STUDENT of the MONTH at Central!!! There is only one student of the month per month and we are very proud of Abby. There was a student assembly, at which Abby was honored (and surprised.) These are some of the nice things the staff at Central had to say about Abby:


Abby is about what is best for others first. She is confident and provides a very positive role model for others in her class. Congrats Abby!


She is always willing lend a helping hand. She is a friend to all. Her smile is contagious


Abby has a unique way of using her leadership skills to help others.


Strangely, I found myself getting a little emotional when those things were read about Abby... I have to admit I sometimes view her helpfulness as bossy and this was a very good reminder for mom. I'm so happy she's seen as confident, I wouldn't expect a daughter of mine to be anything else...I often say "my mother gave me more confidence than brains," and I'm glad to pass the torch on to Abby.


GOOD JOB ABBY!!! We love you!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Golden Day!

Reed turned 13 today...his GOLDEN birthday, our second golden birthday this year!
Reed was my very hardest delivery and had to be taken by ambulance to the NICU in Eugene. We spent a very scary 4 days driving to Eugene, holding Reed for 12 hours, going home, and doing it all over again the next day. At 7 lbs and 1 oz he looked like a giant next to most of the babies in the nursery and the nurses enjoyed him because he was less fragile that their normal clientele.


Reed wanted to stay home from school today and when we said "no," he "played sick" and did it anyway.



He ordered steak for dinner and key lime pie for his "birthday cake." We'll celebrate with a few friends late this month.

Happy Birthday Reed...We love you!








Friday, October 9, 2009

Pumpkin Head!!!

We picked the pumpkins from our garden this week!


I love getting credit for a whole Family Home Evening!




This is our haul...not as much as in years past, but I think we'll have enough to get us through Halloween.

Welcome Fall!

Monday, October 5, 2009

They're getting desperate

On the way to pre-school this morning Ben described to me how he was going to get a dog....



He's going to make a DOG TRAP!!!




The dog trap is a box held up by a stick, and he's going to put dog food under the box...the stick has a sting that goes to Ben's bedroom. When he sees a dog go in our yard and eat the food under the box, he's going to pull the string and trap the dog.

Mom: "Then what?"




Ben: "I'm going to take care of it! I don't think Dad's going to let us get a dog, so I need to trap one!"




The poor kid has the meanest dad on the face of the earth, and sadly, he knows it.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Brooks Harrier Classic


Kraig's Cross Country meet was in Albany today....it's so fun to watch him run!
Look at that SEA of kids! READY, SET, GO!He had his best personal time of the season today!





Waiting to turn in his BIB info....MAN! Those are some SHORT shorts!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

New Toys!

I got a new dryer last week....I LOVE it!!! I would marry it if I could! It's the LG XL and it sings me a song when it finishes. AND I'm not the only one in the family that is excited by our dryer purchase. In buying a new dryer, the kids scored too!
Can you believe they have a beautiful Little Tikes yellow play house with a pink door? And YET, they would rather play in a dryer box...

Monday, September 28, 2009

There goes my 'get skinny quick' plan...


Aren't runners skinny? I THOUGHT runners were skinny! But I was recently teaching a class and noticed a woman wearing a marathon t-shirt and asked her about it..."yeah, I just finished my first half marathon," she said. Now I'm not trying to be mean, I'm just saying how it is...she wasn't skinny, in fact, she was a little on the chubby side.


CRAP!!!


Now what am I getting out of this running thing? Is it enough for me to just be strong and healthy WITHOUT the skinny part? I need to think this through.


Enjoy each mile, because you may or may not be getting skinnier :)

Saturday, September 26, 2009

FIRST GOAL!!

Ben is playing AYSO soccer this year...he's on the team with his best bud, Braiden. He thinks it's pretty fun, but it hasn't started raining yet.

At today's game he made his first goal and mom bought him ice cream...we made a little deal earlier in the week.
Good job Ben!

Friday, September 25, 2009

For my running friends (the girls anyway)


OK, I know you're going to laugh, but since talking about bathroom emergencies while running, I've heard MANY stories...so here is a solution.


Go-girl makes a funnel of sorts that allows women to stand while....ummmm....PEEING!!! Check it out...it could come in handy. At least you won't get honks while squatting behind a bush like ONE of my friends (she thought she was well hidden, but apparently not.)
IF we get "in" to Hood to Coast...I'm buying these for the whole team (except the guys....they have that option built in)

Thursday, September 24, 2009

All About a Dog!

The kids are on a mission....they want a dog and they are either going to get it OR drive Dad crazy talking about it.


They work it in to just about EVERY conversation and point out dogs every where we go, they have changed the wallpaper on the computer to a picture of a dog, they even wrote "dog" on the shopping list (over and over)....Abby and Ben have agreed to ask Santa for one if Dad doesn't cave by Christmas.


They have researched dog breeds and have it narrowed down to a few, but I'm pretty sure they wouldn't be terribly picky. They have even picked out names...
I don't know how Dad is going to get out of this one :)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Questions and Answers from Ben...

Ben and I have the BEST conversations in the minivan.



Ben: Why are Sumo wrestlers so fat?



Mom: I don't know......Dad knows more about Sumos than I do (he lived in Japan for a couple years)
...and I'm thinking he wants the REASON Sumos gain weight to wrestle.




Ben: I'll bet they eat lots of doughnuts and CANDY!!!
Where does this stuff come from?

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Senioritus


According to Urban Dictionary: Senioritus is a medical condition experienced by all individuals between the ages 17 and 18. Around this time in the individual's maturing, they simply f*#k their physics homework, and cross their fingers hoping graduation comes before their grades plummet.

I love Urban Dictionary...anything I hear out there (usually by the younger crowd) or read in a book that I don't understand, I look it up...they generally have the exact info I need and I don't have to look like a total idiot by asking "what's that?"
Anyway, I digress...I have a new definition for Senioritus...a mom (or dad) who realizes that our time with this kid at home is almost over and that makes us a little blue.


Kraig had his senior pictures taken. My friend, Tricia took them and they turned out great...she's such an artist.



This is the beginning of the end and I'm a little sad about that.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Not On Strike...

OK, I'm getting some complaints about my blog vacation...I'm not on strike, I've just been a little overwhelmed lately. I will make a real post soon and be back to my normal yappy, blogging self. Although, I have to admit, it's nice to know I've been missed. :)

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Kid quote of the day...


"I wouldn't mind going to church if it weren't for these clothes....they're ITCHY!!!!"
....Reed Farrar
Can't say that I completely disagree with him...

Saturday, August 8, 2009

If you're ever in Boise

This is Fanci Freeze at 14th and State in Boise....they make a treat called a Boston...it is a milkshake with a sundae on top. You get to choose the flavor of the shake and then the toppings on the sundae AND the number of choices is MIND BOGGLING!
Steve: Butterfingers shake/caramel sundae



Me: Chocolate shake/caramel sundae (boring)



Kraig: Marshmallow shake/hot fudge sundae



Reed, Abby, and Ben: Reeses shake/Oreo sundae (Abby and Ben were the little sheep in this outing)
Put this on your "must do" list if your ever in Boise!



Friday, August 7, 2009

Party like it's 2009

We finally had Ben's "friend" birthday party this week. Ben is a social kid and has been dying to have his friends over for his birthday.


Ben's requested menu: Corn Dogs, Watermelon, Chocolate Cupcakes



Ben's requested activity: Chuck E Cheese

(obviously, we didn't go with that)



Ben's second choice: Slip and Slide in the back yard (and a pinata)

Happy Birthday (again) Ben! We love you!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Am I there yet?


Someone asked me recently if I'm officially a real runner...and I wasn't really sure. After some deep thought, I'm decidedly NOT a REAL runner yet. This is what I've discovered about real runners.


They are very open and extremely forgiving of bodily functions...runners have funny stories about gas, poop, and pee. I've heard so many "I got out in the boonies on a long run and had to poop" stories...and I don't have one of those stories!!! Therefore, I don't believe I'm a REAL runner yet. And I'm strangely OK with that...I don't need a story that includes the words "prairie doggin' it" or "smokin' the cigar," and quite frankly, I'm not sure I'd tell it with the open glee that I've heard from other runners.


I know, I know....I'm normally so open, but this is one of the few things I'd like to keep private if you don't mind.


HAPPY RUNNING!!! I'm up to almost 7 miles...soon I'll be ready for a half marathon!