Friday, January 30, 2009

WHO KNEW???!!!

Oh my gosh! Who knew that so many people would think to google "25 random facts?" And even more amazing...would go and read the 25 facts of a total stranger! I'm not going to take this personally, I know that my 25 random facts just aren't that interesting. But I DO find it interesting that others feel the need to do research before writing their own 25 random facts. I've had more hits on this page than probably all of my other pages combined.

Here is my recent "key word" activity.

34.68%
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Did you keep a running ticker there? Approximately 92% of my recent hits are from google searches involving 25 facts!

OK, only a freaky list girl would think this was interesting, but I have never tried to hide the (random) fact that I'm freaky ;)

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Mom's birthday list....

Steve asked me for a list, so here it is.

1. I would like for my birthday to NOT be on Sunday...Sundays are hard and busy for me and I would rather that my birthday didn't SUCK!

2. A cleaning lady

3. Lipstick...tender heart is the color

4. Someone to clean my make-up drawer...take everything out, wipe it down, clean the drawer, and NEATLY put everything back.

5. I would like the pantry cleaned and organized as well.

6. Brown or Black boots (or both) to replace the ones I had to toss

7. For NO ONE to whine that my birthday is also SUPER BOWL SUNDAY (see I told you it would suck)

8. You can never go wrong with Fiestaware!

9. Pedicure, manicure, facial, massage...all in one day (pipe dream)

10. I would like Saturday jobs to actually be done on Saturday without me begging and threatening people with bodily harm.

There it is...I don't expect to receive everything on the list, but wouldn't mind feeling loved and cared for on this (my 40th) birthday. REMEMBER the thought does count...especially when you back it up with birthday acts of kindness.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Family Home Minute!

Chapter 7: The Tower of Babel,” Old Testament Stories, 30

After the flood Noah’s sons had many children. Their children grew up and had families. There were many people on the earth again. Some of them built a city.

Genesis 10; 11:4

The people wanted to build a tall tower. They wanted to climb the tower to go to heaven. It was called the Tower of Babel.

Genesis 11:4, 9

People cannot climb a tower to go to heaven. People must obey God to go to heaven. God saw the people building the tower.

Genesis 11:5

God did not want the people to build the tower. He changed the language of the people. Each one spoke words the others did not know. The people could not talk to each other.

Genesis 11:7

They could not work together. They could not finish the tower. They left the city.

Genesis 11:9

Jared and his brother lived near the tower. They were righteous men. They loved God and obeyed him.

Ether 1:33–34

The brother of Jared prayed to God. He asked God not to change their language. They wanted to talk to their families.

Ether 1:35–37

God blessed them. He let them keep their language.

Ether 1:35, 37

These people were called the Jaredites. They went to America. The Book of Mormon tells about the Jaredites.


So, my question...is it Babel with a long "a" or Babel with a short "a?" Babel with a short "a" makes sense since Babylon is pronounced with a short "a," but I think I learned to say it with a long "a" as a kid. Hmmmmm...
Funny thing, Ben said, "maybe we could build a tower to Jesus!" That was BEFORE he heard the story...I think he is definitely going to be our biggest challenge.

Ellen HOOPS!

April sent me this link to the Ellen show. Marisa Tomei is giving Ellen a quick hooping lesson. Ellen is such a dancer, maybe this will be her new "thing."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z34AytnF7AU

Pick up a hoop and try it out! ENJOY!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

And THE Winners ARE...

I will be knitting two hats for two friends. The kids and I drew names today and our winners are...

Natalie C. and Jennifer D.

...and Natalie said she never wins anything...sorry this will be the first for you...being a winning virgin and all, but I guess everyone has to start somewhere, right?

Let me know what "kind" of hats you choose ladies, and remember that this is a gift of time, but NOT talent ;) ENJOY!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

The Eugene Winter Predictor



Today was a big day for Kraig and our friend, Joel. They got up bright and early (for a Saturday) to travel to Eugene to run in the "Winter Predictor." Because Eugene is "Track Town," there are lots of great races there. Joel came to the door decked out from head to toe in Beaver apparel...I asked him if he was trying to cause trouble, wearing all that black and orange down in "Duck Country." The Winter Predictor is "a unique running/walking event, where participants predict their finish time in advance. Participants are NOT allowed to wear watches or any other type of timing device. Awards will be based upon the participants that finish closest to their predicted time." Kraig elected to do the 6K (3.72 miles) course rather than the 13K (8.06 miles) course, and Joel did the 13K course. Kraig came within 3 seconds of his predicted time, was 1st in his age group, and 5th overall. Joel was 3rd overall in the 13K, but got smoked by a guy pushing a baby jogger ;) Great Job Kraig and Joel!

Friday, January 23, 2009

25 Random Facts about Me

Shannon said "tag, you're it." So here I am writing 25 random facts about me. If I'm anything..."RANDOM" is probably a good description.

1. I'm too honest...if you don't REALLY want to know what I think, don't ask me. Unfortunately, I always assume others are honest too. Along with that, I HATE being lied too...makes me VERY angry.

2. I'm a good cook, I'm not saying that to brag....I just seem to "get it." I can read a recipe and almost know, not only what it will taste like, but how I can tweak it to make it better. BUT didn't know how to cook when I got married. I actually burned Campbell's Soup on a regular basis the first year of our marriage.

3. The way I look at it, EVERYONE has an OCD...I have two (possibly three.)

4. Much to the chagrin of anyone who has ever had to share a bed with me (except Steve,) I am a "spooner." I say that as a warning as well as an admission.

5. I get REALLY crabby when I'm hungry.

6. LOYALTY is the #1 thing I expect from friends...and I have been most blessed in that department in my life.

7. I hardly ever make my bed...no reason, I just don't do it.

8. I feel responsible for the happiness of those around me. I often call this "oldest daughter syndrome." In my mind, I'm responsible, for my family, my friends, my parents, my brother and sister, people in the Ward; well, pretty much the whole freaking world.

9. If someone throws up in the night at our house, Steve has to take care of it. If I get anywhere near it...there will be two messes to clean up.

10. I'm terrible at writing thank you notes...and I feel guilty about it (another symptom of "oldest daughter syndrome.")

11. I hate fish...it makes me gag.

12. I've been "published" twice...both times in Family Fun Magazine.

13. I don't know the names of celebrities! Don't ask me "who is in that movie?" I DON'T KNOW! That also goes for people who sing and most other public figures, BUT I can almost always name the author of any book I've ever read.

14. When I go to the movies, I WANT to eat popcorn! If I don't get it, I feel totally ripped off (even if I CHOOSE not to get it because it's not good for me.)

15. I'm pretty bossy, but I'm so out-bossed by so many of my friends that I almost don't seem bossy at all ;)

16. I consider myself a "doer."

17. If Steve would agree, I would totally have another baby.

18. My right front tooth is fake.

19. I crochet right handed even though I'm a lefty.

20. My grandpa used to call me his "little auburn beauty."

21. I wish I could express myself when I'm really angry or frustrated without crying.

22. I've owned three different engagement rings.

23. I like to be on time (see #3.)

24. My mini van is a total pig sty.

25. I am in awe of the people my children are becoming.

Now it's your turn....that makes you "it." I look forward to reading about your "randomness."

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn't be called research, would it? (Albert Einstein)

Reed was looking for a science experiment for his 6th grade science class. He wanted something new, which is a tall order around here. After 4 (or is it 5) years of science camp in our back yard, every time someone would come up with a project, someone else would say "we've done that!"


In the mean time, I got an e-mail from my friend, "E." He was telling me this funny story from his mission in Brazil that inspired the experiment we did.

DISCLAIMER: DON"T TRY THIS AT HOME!!!

"We lived several Elders to an apartment, so in was me and my comp and two other companionships. We discovered that if we took rubbing alcohol and sprayed it in our bathroom and lit it, it would create a pillar of fire because our bathroom had a constant breeze. Harmless as the bathroom was all tile. Anyway, it got late and me and the other senior comp went to bed while our jr comps stayed up. I was woken up to a loud explosion and clattering in the hallway outside our apt. I found out that the JR comps had taken a five gallon water bottle (like the ones on water coolers), dumped a whole bottle of alcohol in it, shook it up and laid it in the hallway. They then lit the fumes and in essence created a rocket. The bottle flew down the hallway and hit the neighbors door. The flame went across our front room and up the wall. No damage thank goodness."


I read the whole story to Reed and he was all over it (and we laughed.) We (Reed and me) decided to try it with a regular water bottle and Kraig says "it won't work," (Mr. Smarty pants, probably did the math in his head.) We plowed ahead anyway. Then Steve comes home and he's all over it too. We're all in the back yard, freezing our butts off and Steve is shaking and shaking the bottle trying to get an evaporation build up and Kraig says "it's not going to work." OK, it's not lighting, well, lighting but not rocketing....so I decide maybe we need to control the evaporation loss a little and I take the cap in the house and put a little hole in it. That should work right? No, it doesn't work either...then we move on to a 2 liter bottle, it doesn't work either. Kraig is just sitting on the steps, looking smug. Steve gets out the camp stove to heat the alcohol a little, still doesn't work, but we decide to change the experiment to include a cork and try to shoot the cork rather than the whole bottle...still not so successful. It didn't really matter, he just had to do an experiment, it didn't actually have to work (it's a darned good thing.) So in the end, Kraig says, "mom, the size of the bottle and neck length are what make the cooler bottle work" (now he gives me ALL of the information!) It was still fun. Thanks for the fun idea "E!!"


Now, don't think this will be going in the science camp curriculum...we would never do anything to endanger our campers...but the Farrar's will definitely be trying this with a cooler bottle sometime next summer ;)

Monday, January 19, 2009

Happy Hoola Hoop Day!



I have been asked to do several hoop birthday parties. It is such a fun birthday party...the kids LOVE making them and then you have the perfect activity to do when you're done. So, here is the scoop on my birthday parties:

Hoop-Making Parties...pricing
5 guests minimum

Naked Hoops- undecorated, you provide the tape and stickers. I provide the hoops.
Kid sized hoops $5.00
Adult sized hoops $7.00

Basic Hoops- I provide two colors of tape for each hoop and 30 minutes of instruction for your guests.
Kid sized hoops $8.00
Adult sized hoops $10.00

The WORKS!- I provide sparkle, glitter, and mirror tapes as well as hoops and 30 minutes of fun filled hooping.
Kid sized hoops $11.00
Adult sized hoops $15.00


OK, if you don't live in the Mid-Willamette Valley, or even if you do, and you are a DIY kinda girl...let me walk you through it.


Here is the list of things you will need (for kid hoops):

  • 1 roll of 100 psi 3/4 " irrigation tube (comes in a 100' roll at Home Depot)


  • 3/4" internal couplers


  • decorative tape


  • ratcheting PVC cutter




There is a great tutorial on hooping.org go here to learn how to make your own hoops at home. The only thing I would change about this tutorial is the method used to heat the ends of the irrigation tubing. I like to dip the ends of the tubing in a small pot of boiling water for 4 or 5 seconds instead of using a heat gun or hair drier....much easier and faster. The tape used to "decorate" the hoops is vinyl (electrical) tape, gaffers tape, and metallic tape. Tape can be ordered through identi-tape My advice is to pre-make the hoops and let the kids decorate them. Watch you-tube and learn a few tricks to teach to your guests...it will be the BEST party ever!
Happy Hooping!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Clash of the (oatmeal) Cookies




My sister in law, Annette, recently sent me a recipe for double chocolate oatmeal cookies...she said they were "to die for." I already had a similar recipe by Kris Smith (the queen of all cookies, in my book.) I decided to make both and let the kids decide which they liked better.






Double Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
Annette Brower
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 t. vanilla
1/2 c. cocoa powder
1 ¾ c. flour
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
3 c. oatmeal
12 oz. chocolate chips, more or less

Bake at 350 for 9-10 minutes



Double Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
Kris Smith
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup Crisco
1/4 milk
1 egg
2 2/3 cups oats
1 cup flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp soda
(I always add about 2 cups chocolate chips)

Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes


The kids liked Annette's cookies better, but it was very close. Honestly, you really can't go wrong with either recipe...they're both pretty awesome. Next time, I might make a hybrid version of the two...just for fun. Let me know what you think.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Hat by Me (Give Away...of time and lack of talent)

Every year I try to "make" one Christmas gift for each member of my family. This year, I "knitted" hats for each kid and Steve (I also made one for my dad for his birthday.)


Steve and Kraig in their hats, you can see how thrilled they are to be photographed... they just came in from a 7 mile run


Anyway, I have some left over yarn from Christmas and I thought it might be fun to make a hat for two of my friends. Just leave a comment to be included in the "drawing" and approximately a week from now, I'll let you know for whom I will be knitting. You can choose between the West A. colors of Navy and Gold or the Boise State Colors of Blue and Orange. If you're a local friend, and you're dying for a Beaver hat; just pick up a skein of black wool yarn to go with my orange and I'll knit you a Beaver hat.


I am not a knitter, I usually crochet, but I found this cool loom thing to help me knit. It is the knifty knitter made by Provo Craft and I originally bought it for Abby, but then "borrowed" it and used it myself. It is so easy to use and the end result is a nice loose weave stocking cap. I'm happy with the way they turned out and the kids (that includes Steve) seem to be enjoying them.


GOOD LUCK!

Friday, January 16, 2009

"What a Crazy, Random Happenstance!"


I will fully admit right now... I'm a freak. I like lots of weird things (100 things i like) But I suspect that MOST people would enjoy Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along-Blog. I watched it again last night with the bookie babes...it's just funny. Go to the web site (or click on the link,) you can watch the entire thing right there on-line for free. ENJOY!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

TMTC

I've had several conversations with friends lately about "preparing" our children for their missions. Maybe I think about it because, lets face it, it will be sooner than later for me. Or maybe it's because all of those cute little boys I had in Primary are putting in papers and scattering to the four corners of the earth...sigh...it makes me feel a little old.

Anyway, these are a few ideas for starting that preparation...the temporal prep, that is... you are on your own for the spiritual prep. I am calling the Farrar home the TMTC (temporal missionary training center) from now on. Send the kids over, I'll put them to work...I mean, teach them the skills they need to serve the Lord.


First I felt like we needed a motto:

  • Charity Never Faileth (oh, the Relief Society already took that one)
  • To Protect and Serve (also taken, dang this is harder than it looks)

I HAVE IT!

  • You Get what you Get and you Don't Throw a Fit! first made famous by fabulous preschool teacher Cheryl Johnson

Let's break the lessons down into a few categories

  • Real men DO eat Quiche (aka eat up you might get monkey brains on your mission)

these lessons will include a wide variety of foods which are to be eaten and enjoyed, never complained about or gagged over.

  • Missionaries DON'T wear pink shirts

laundry is important, and this lesson will include how to sort, wash, and fold laundry. Sewing on buttons (with both regular thread and dental floss) and ironing are separate lessons held on separate days

  • When you're Helping you're HAPPY!

STOP whining and get to work, I need the garden weeded and the lawn mowed! Later, I'll show you how to dust and scrub the toilet.

  • Out running mean dogs (or at least out running your companion while running from a mean dog)

Physical fitness is important for the reasons stated above. I will turn this lesson over to Steve...I hate running.


N. if you really can't let the kids fold laundry, send them over I hate folding whites ;)

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Her mother's Daughter...

As much as I hate to admit it sometimes, Abby is definitely her mother's daughter. Well, except the crying and drama, which I'm hoping is a phase that she will out-grow. I don't know that we look a lot a like, she has my coloring...I can't claim her curly hair, because Steve has curly hair too. I basically think of myself as the vessel by which my husband's clones come. She has lots of my mannerisms though, and it makes us seem like we look more alike (does that make any sense at all?) OK, here is what I found this morning that made me think "oh my gosh, it's me all over again."


First, to back up a little bit. Abby had a sleep-over last night...her BFF since they were babies, and she wanted everything to be perfect. So she did what I would have done, and made a list.

0. do hair
1. make bed (they got to sleep on the sofa bed in the family room)
2. draw
3. wash face and hands (was this their version of a facial?)
4. Bathroom (why do little girls like to play in the bathroom?)
5. P.D.O., when I questioned her on this one, I found out that this means "put deodorant on." I don't get it, but it was part of her plan. Maybe, they view this as "grown up"
6. snacks
7. B.T. (before-bed things, that's what she said, not me)
8. lights off
9. set up movie
10. watch movie

Then I found a post-it note (#48 of my 100 things I like) that said
"try to stay up until 1:30 in the morning."

I'd say they accomplished this one...I heard giggles at 3:00 a.m. and had to put on my mean, tired mom voice (which, actually comes pretty naturally) and tell them to be quiet and get to sleep...she's going to be a WRECK today!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

January Tourists

The Muscle Tech class I teach was packed to the brim this week! Andi called them "January Tourists" and I had to chuckle because it is so accurate. It's not a secret that everyone makes resolutions that are difficult for them to keep.

Dec 31st...."Hey lets get healthy, should we sign up to do some weight training?"

So I see some new faces in my class, I welcome them with open arms, introduce them to the rest of the class, and kick their butts.

Feb 1st..."Do you want to go to class?"...."Not really, I'm pretty sore...let's stay home today."

And that is that....the moral of this story...Don't be a January tourist... Or at the very least; don't be offended if you are (touristing,) and the "locals" poke a little fun at you. ;0

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

A Little Matter of Music...

Thanks for voting! Here is how it turned out:

Music, yes, Herman's Hermits, NO!
1 (4%)

PLEASE make it stop!
6 (26%)

LOVE IT! And yes, Mrs. Brown's daughter is QUITE lovely!
13 (56%)

You have music?
4 (17%)

Votes so far: 23 Poll closed


I'm sure some of you smiled realizing that I am, indeed, the Mrs. Brown's daughter that Herman's Hermits was singing about ;) ...one of those inside jokes that I talked about in a previous post. BTW, my Mom LOVED the music...giggled like a little school girl.

To those of you who used the "filler" vote of You have music? I just have one word...CHICKEN! ;) I will assume you hit the "mute" button automatically.

So, I guess the music stays...but I will change it up often. I love lots of different kinds of music and I will be subjecting you to all of it. This week, the Beatles...next week, Pink Martini or the Carpenters. I'm sorry, but I'm more of a "Take the Skinheads Bowling" kinda girl, not an "Ordinary Miracles" kinda girl...you'll have to read another blog to listen to that one. We'll see how it all shakes out...I do have that short attention span thing going on.

RANDOM FACTOID...when Kraig was little, he thought that in the Beatles song "All you Need is Love" they were singing "Blah blah blah." We still tease him about that.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Wisdom of Four (year olds)

Ben and his friend Braiden are in the back seat of the newest-old mini-van and Braiden says:

"Ben, did you know that if you marry your sister, the baby will have FOUR arms and FOUR legs and either one or none HEADS!!!...Isn't that AWESOME?!"

OK I think the mom can safely interject here...Don't marry your sister, it's a bad idea :)

MY goals...

New year's resolutions...even if you don't really make them, you at least think about them. What can I do different this year? How can I make things better this year? So here is a little list I came up with...

  • 1. In January, I want to either take or teach 30 fitness classes (pre-natal doesn't count...unless I get into a bind at the end of the month, then I'll say they count.) This may be my only real goal for the year, but I'll add some others just to keep the post interesting.

  • 2. Maybe I should stop buying my workout clothes off the clearance rack at Target (naw, why sweat on the full price stuff?)

  • 3. Find and buy workout undies that don't give me a wedgie...I'm totally serious about this one, and would appreciate any good advice. AND no, they don't have to be on the clearance rack, I'm actually willing to make an investment here.

  • 4. Bake bread once a week...well in the winter anyway, who wants to bake bread in the summer? OK, lets make it twice a month.

  • 5. Turn 40 and have fun doing it...now there's a resolution even I can keep!

  • 6. Try not to be so direct. I can think it, but not say it...who am I kidding? I've been making this one (and failing) for...well, nearly 40 years now (see number 5)

  • 7. You know....as long as I'm getting new workout gear, maybe I should buy a North Albany ensemble? Complete matching outfit...shoes, sweats, jacket, top, headband. Full make-up and jewelry (including a 2 karat diamond...someone should tell Steve about this one) OH!! And I do believe that this one comes with implants too!! I will look HOT!

That's lucky number 7!! I think I'll call it a day (or year.)


Although, I am willing to take suggestions, I think it would be very interesting to know what goals YOU think I should make.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Facebook Soup

my "status" line on facebook.... "Kris is baking bread"

Kent says: Ummm - Sounds goood. But its probably all low cal and stuff. What's my home boy Steve up to?

I say: Not lo cal, regular old honey wheat bread. I don't waste my energy making stuff that tastes like crap. We're having the bread with cajun bean soup for dinner. Steve and Kraig are out running, it's their favorite thing to do together. Well, kinda together, Kraig totally kicks Steve's butt ;)

Thom says: cajun bean soup? spicey? send me the recipe please!

So, I send Thom the recipe...Later, Thom writes on my "wall": Kris, that was the best bean soup ive ever had. awsome recipie!! thanx again

Ok, so now that Thom actually tried it and didn't die, I get new messages...
Andi chimes in: I think you need to post this recipe!

SO, I DID!

Melanie says: yey, thanks for posting it! I can't wait to make it!!

...and now I'm blogging it too.

A little history on this soup: We used to eat at this place in Fruitland, Idaho called Nichols Steakhouse (I don't know if it's still there or not, but I think it is.) They had awesome bean soup (and the BEST Prime Rib.) So I did what I always do, and came home to reproduce it. I know I shouldn't say this out loud (but I always do,) mine is better. I make it twice a year...Christmas and Easter (that's when we have a left-over ham.)

Cajun Bean Soup
1 lb 13 bean mix (soaked)
2 Tbl olive oil
1 lg onion chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic
juice from one lemon (about 2 Tbl)
2 cans chopped tomatoes
1/2 to 1 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp salt
3/4 cup brown sugar
left-over Christmas ham (my mom sent me a Heavenly Ham from Boise...YUM!)

Cook soaked beans for 1 hour (cover with water by 1 to 1 1/2 inches.) Add ham bone, lemon juice, and tomatoes (the acid and salt will slow down the cooking process on the beans, so make sure they are cooked to your liking before moving on.) In a saute pan cook onion, and green pepper in olive oil, sprinkle with some of the salt. Add garlic, cayenne. Combine the seasoned vegies with the rest of the soup. Add the sugar and the rest of the salt last, taste and adjust seasonings. One of our favorite soups...even better the second day.

Friday, January 2, 2009

It's all fun and games...

We LOVE games, but this was a new one to us! Lisa and Joel were over on Christmas Eve playing games with us and taught (victimized) Reed this one.

The quarter game...here are the rules; keeping the quarter on edge, you roll it down your face and allow it to drop to the paper on the table. Where ever it lands, you trace it in pencil, then repeat the process (over and over and over.) If the quarter lands squarely inside one of the previously traced circles, Reed wins the two dollars you see in the picture (which, amazingly, he did.)

The IRONY...Check out Reed's t-shirt!!!

We played other games too, such as Settlers of Catan, and Snatch, but this one was the most fun!