Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Pumpkins

Monday night for FHE we painted and carved our pumpkins: Scott carved a face in his, I hollowed out mine to use for dinner the next day, and the kids painted theirs. Here are the finished products:
Scott did a beautiful job! We have an artist in the home! The kids' also turned out lovely. I made a broth in mine; it sounded so cool: cooking and serving soup in a pumpkin! But our kids don’t like to try new things and neither Scott nor I are broth soup lovers…in fact we’re generally still hungry once we’ve finished our second helpings, so even though it was a nice idea, it tasted fine, and it was fun for me to try, we probably won’t be serving this one again for our family members. Maybe next time I’ll try serving chili in a pumpkin, I think that would be good and more filling(I can picture Scott’s worried face as I’m typing about my next attempt at cooking in a pumpkin. Thanks honey for humoring me and my concoctions)

Sunday, October 26, 2008

April's baby shower

Saturday I was able to see a couple of my former roommates at April's baby shower(she is also one of my former roommates). They had some new fun games that I'd never played before...one had a little baby figurine in ice in a cup...you were supposed to see who could 'break the water' first by licking it or warming it with your hands- I asked if you could put it in the microwave but apparently that's cheating. April's mom went and ran it under some warm water, but that's cheating too so she had to start over. I ended up winning by sucking on the thing for quite some time. My hands and lips were purple and freezing by the time the baby finally came out of the ice :)... April's Grandma almost beat me(you'll notice in the picture that Grandma's eyeing me: she's probably a little concerned with the competition)! We all had a blast, oh and the food was SO good and it looked so pretty! Someone carved a giant pumpkin into the shape of a carriage and put a chicken casserole inside! It was really cool.
I brought a girl gift and put it in a pink gift bad that read it's a girl' on the outside...I made sure to double check the gender a month ago when I got the invitation. Apparently when I got the gift ready just before the shower Saturday I forgot what the gender was because she's having a boy. Another one of my roommates, Shayla, was handing April the gifts to unwraps so I came up behind Shay and whispered for her to discreetly hand me back my gift bag. She did and then I found a plastic garbage bag and stuck it inside and just gave April the card with a 'P.S.' note on the side that said I owed her a boy gift since I brought a girl gift. If it was anyone else I would have been mortified but since it was April and Shay that were the only people who saw my mistake it wasn't too bad. :) Whoops! Sorry April...I'll bring you another gift soon. I can't wait to meet your little guy!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Cakes and a Halloween Party

This week I made two buttercream cakes(I almost always make buttercream...they taste so much better than fondant in my opinion): one for Scott’s work and the other for Elisa’s (my friend, not me) Halloween party on Friday. Scott’s work held a training this week for traffic software and employees from the same firm flew in from different states to participate. Scott helped make the lunch arrangements so one day they got a cake with their work logo: CORE which stands for I-15 corridor expansion. Anyways, Scott was the mastermind behind the cake and I think it turned out nice…all the engineers really liked it and Scott said they cut around the letter ‘O’ with the number‘15’ in the middle. I was pleased that they noticed the little details and enjoyed the cake. Oh and the cars and the red letters are made from fondant.I had a lot of fun making the Halloween cake, and we had some left over cake mix so we also got to make a few Halloween cupcakes for the kids.I had been wanting to make a Halloween cake for the past few years but never really had an excuse, so thanks Elisa for giving me the opportunity to make a big and fun Halloween cake.




The party was so fun! Elisa had a bunch of different activities and crafts going that the kids could participate in and she even had a donut-on-a-string eating contest! Scott and I did the donut eating contest with another couple…it was a lot harder than it looked; neither one of us won but it was still really fun. I don't know if you can tell in the pictures but I was dressed up as Harry Potter and Scott was dressed up as himself....boring! :) But I love you honey!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

We love peanut butter!

Our family LOVES peanut butter. We each have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch every single day(we’re boring), we love peanut butter bars with peanut butter frosting, and one of Scott’s favorite treats are peanut butter cups. Today we found another reason why we love peanut butter….but let me back up a little so that you can all enjoy the story.

We have Sacrament meeting last during church. Last Sunday while we were sitting in Sacrament meeting and about half way through Charles got bored and decided to lay down on the carpet which he does every Sunday. He was rocking back and forth on his back under the pew in front of us when I noticed our neighbors sitting on the pew started looking around for something; our neighbors consist of a Mom and Dad, they’re daughter in her twenties and her 8 year old daughter. Anyways, all of them were frantically searching and whispering about whatever it was that was lost. Then Char gets up from the floor and I notice something white in his hair. I whisper to him to come close and then I touch it and discover what our neighbors granddaughter had lost: her gum! I tapped the mom on her shoulder and quietly asked if her 8 year old daughter had lost her gum which she nodded in reply and so I told her we found it and pointed at the gum stuck in Char’s hair. She got this horrified look on her face and then I just couldn’t control myself I started laughing(silently) so hard that my whole body frame was shaking, my face I’m sure was red, and my eyes were tearing up. Throughout the rest of the meeting whenever I’d look over at Char I couldn’t help but laugh. It was pretty funny.

And so back to the peanut butter. I’m so glad that we always have peanut butter on hand because it made dislodging the gum from Charlie’s hair pretty smooth and easy once we got home.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Barnyard Boo



Saturday October 18 we took our family to the Barnyard Boo at Thanksgiving Point. We went last year and had a great time so we thought we’d go again. It wasn’t quite so fun this year because of the day/time/weather when we decided to go.Last year we got the family all bundled up in warm clothes and we went on a very cold and snowy day, though the hour we spent there the snow had stopped falling. Most of the activities were inside, the only one outside was the pony rides which was Charlie’s favorite so we did it a couple of times(Elisabeth was too afraid to ride last year). Inside we did bowling, face painting, cookie decorating, a bean bag toss and fishing for a prize. There were probably only a dozen people there at the most so we didn’t have to wait for anything and we could let our kids run around a bit. We were there for an hour tops, probably less which is the perfect amount of time for our three young kids to be out. This year we went on a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon with the temperature around 70 degrees. BIG mistake! The place was swarming with people! We had to stand in line for 45 minutes just to ride the ponies once! And that was both Elisabeth and Charlie’s favorite activity and they would’ve loved to do it again but we really didn’t want to wait another 45 minutes. The other activities had lines, not quite as long, but long enough that the kids were having a hard time. Most everything was outside so there was a larger area to accommodate all of the people but because there were so many people we really couldn’t just let them run around and wander. They needed to be with us and occasionally holding hands so that we didn’t lose them. We were there for nearly three hours and we didn’t get to do as many fun activities. If we decide to go again another year we’ll make sure to go on a day when it’s freezing outside and snowy to avoid the crowds.
Here are a few pictures from the event. While Scott and Annabelle waited in line for the ponies I took the kids around to do a few activities, though I really would have liked the whole family to be together for everything. I guess this means we’re not going to be Disneyland people because we don’t handle long lines and crowds very well…maybe when the kids get older it’ll be better.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Crayons

Daddy brought home some large scrap paper from work so that the kids, and the parents, could color them. The kids drew all sorts of pictures showing families, the ‘super readers’, and words. Scott and I made a couple of little towns with roads so that the kids could play with their cars on them like a train track. I got busy coloring on the floor with the kids and wasn’t paying close attention to Annabelle, though I knew she was right behind me when Elisabeth said, “Oh! Annabelle! What are you doing? Mommy, look at Annabelle!” I turned around and looked into her face and she smiled this huge black grin at me :). Yes black. I thought I had all the crayons right beside us but apparently one got left behind and of course she found it and shoved it into her mouth and sucked and drooled and sucked and drooled some more so that her face, teeth, hands and pajamas had traces of black crayon all over them. Luckily crayon is pretty easy to wash out and clean up.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Weekly events

I just wanted to record a few of the other things we did over the last week or so for my journal:


  • I went horseback riding again! And we ran a lot! It was so much fun! Though I think I was the only one there who had one had on the horn of the saddle whenever the horses would run(holding on for dear life, in a fun and exciting sort of way), everyone else just held the reigns and were so relaxed, (sigh) I want to be like that some day. I just need more practice.

  • Annabelle now says 'Mama' and 'Dada', though it should be known that her first word was in fact 'Mama' which she's been saying for a couple of weeks now. (I can't remember if that's true for the other two kids...they might have said 'Dada' first).
  • I had the kids go out back and build me beautiful sand castles and when they were done they were supposed to come get me so that I could take pictures of them(I used this as an attempt to get them out of the house for a little while so that I could get some things done)Only Elisabeth ended up building one. Charles said he didn't want to build he just wanted to knock them down. So we let him knock down Elisabeth's after we took a picture.
    • Friday Scott and I had a date movie night. I made carmel corn and we cuddled up on the couch and watched one of our movies(it was the newer version of Pride and Prejudice with Kiera Knightley...we didn't have time for the 6 hour one otherwise I would've loved to watch that)
    • Saturday Scott and I got on the roof, drained the swamp cooler and covered it for winter. This was my first time getting on our roof but I really wanted to learn how to do it myself just in case there's an emergency in the future and Scott's not home.

    Books

    For any of you book lovers out there here is a list of some of the books I’ve recently read and a little review:
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    Eragon
    Eldest(the second book in the eragon trilogy…and I’m anxiously awaiting the arrival of the third from the library but I think it’ll be awhile because when I put it on hold last week I was number 1,370 or so)
    The Peacegiver
    The Hunger Games

    I really enjoyed all of these books for different reasons. To Kill A Mockingbird was interesting and I enjoyed reading it from Scout’s perspective, she’s a little girl around age 7 I think and they lived during the time when there weren’t slaves but there were still lots of prejudices especially concerning race. One of my favorite characters was the father Atticus. He was such an examplary father in my opinion; he was patient, loving and kind and he stood up for what he believed and was honest and true.

    I didn’t know about the Eragon series until after I saw the movie which I enjoyed. Both were fun, adventurous books and something interesting is that the author, Christopher Paolini started writing these books when he graduated from high school(home school) at age 15! And now he’s something like 24 and has these three NY times best sellers!

    The Peacegiver was a book about Christ and how his atonement works in our lives(there was a storyline that followed a married couple who were struggling in their relationship). They deeply discussed a few gospel principles which was enlightening. I love gaining more understanding of the gospel and seeing different applications of it in my own life.

    Hunger Games I first heard about on Stephenie Meyer’s website as one of her book recommendations. It’s a fiction book that is a quick fast read with adventure and romance. I sometimes enjoy reading a book that sucks you in and that’s exactly what this did. It just came out and it will be a series...I can’t wait until the next one comes out because this one kind of leaves you hanging at the end.

    The language was pretty clean in all of the books, the only thing I didn’t really like was the violence in the Eragon books and The Hunger Games…I’m guessing if they made Hunger Games into a movie it’d be pg-13…though who knows because Eragon is rated PG though after reading it that’s another one I thought should be pg-13. Oh well. Anyways, there you have it: my opinion, you can take it for what it’s worth…not much :).

    Friday, October 17, 2008

    Happy crawler...



    …not so happy with the walking toy. She doesn’t mind standing with the walking toy for a minute if I’m right there holding it still. But as soon as I take my hand off and she feels it start to roll a bit she gets really frustrated. She makes the funniest faces!

    I'm okay for now because mom's nice and close!



    Uh, mom, what are you doing?! I can't handle this!

    Whoa, easy now walking toy.

    If you don't move, I won't either.


    Come back mom, stop teasing!

    Thursday, October 16, 2008

    Being productive



    For family home evening this week we discussed a talk from this months Ensign called, ‘Preparing Yourself for Marriage’. It was a great article and most of the advice given should be followed by everyone, married or not, young or old. We focused on three sections: 1. Be Happy, and I loved this quote: “Cultivate a cheerful attitude and the ability to laugh, even at yourself. A sour face and grumpy disposition(our kids acted out this part showing us there many facial expressions…they’re so talented! J) are truly a gruesome burden to impose on roommates and others. Get a handle on your moods. Learn how to act better than you feel. Some might ask, ‘Isn’t that hypocritical?’ Certainly not. You might not be able to choose how you feel, but you can choose how you act.”(Doesn’t this sound A LOT like C.S. Lewis? I love it!) 2. Create Order and 3. Become Productive, and from this third section we put together our own list of ideas of things that each of us(minus Annabelle) want to work on right now in order to become more productive. Elisabeth does really well with visual aids and she loves being asked questions so she loved this activity. Charles was a bit young but he still offered an idea( well he just copied Dad’s, but that’s okay). Since Monday night’s family home evening lesson I’m pleased to report that we’ve all done something productive from our list J.

    Speaking of being productive, here is another cake that I did Tuesday for dear sweet Karen(from my mom again the gem):

    On top it says, 'to my favorite poetess'

    Wednesday, October 15, 2008

    Children's Art


    Finger prints on mirrors, computer screens and windows,
    Mud tracked through hallways from little feet on the go.

    Peanut butter and graham crackers smeared on clothes, walls and doors,
    Spilt milk, juice and water are commonly found on our floors.

    Some call it chaos others simply, “A mess”
    I call it children’s art, a symbol of the energy and creativity they possess.

    I’m so grateful for little hands that create all these things,
    And I’m especially grateful for the love these little children bring.

    I love the peaceful feeling of a baby resting on my chest,
    Comforting hugs and slobbery kisses are among the very best.

    I love the tiny hands that pat my cheeks and poke my eyes,
    And their sweet little voices when they speak, sing or cry

    I look at children’s art as a token of that love,
    Heavenly Father chose to send us from his home up above.
    By Elisa Garnica Smith

    Spaghetti sauce


    Last week Scott and I made some yummy spaghetti sauce. We used some right away on pasta and pizza and then we froze a few bags. We got a lot of tomatoes just before it froze last weekend so it was nice to put all of our tomatoes to good use.

    And on a side note, from here on out(meaning after today's post) our pictures will probably be fuzzy because our digital camera died and so we’re taking pictures with our camcorder.... but hey, it works! Hopefully we’ll have clearer pictures once the Thanksgiving/Christmas sales arrive!

    Monday, October 13, 2008

    Eating watermelon

    Charles loves watermelon! We were about at the end of our watermelon but Char still wanted more so I just let him have the watermelon with a spoon and he finished it off for us. After using his spoon for a little while he thought a better way to eat would be to stick his head inside and chew around the edges...I guess it worked because he came out all pink faced and slobbery, while wearing a triumphant smile!