Monday, November 30, 2009


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!


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 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


Uncontrollable peels of laughter


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.

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 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 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. 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!