Monday, September 29, 2008

Happy Birthday Eric!

Monday Night Football was a lot more interesting tonight! Today is Eric's 33rd birthday. So, we combined the party with football! Who could ask for anything better??!

Happy Birthday Eric!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Food Storage - Sept. 28th-Oct. 4th

I have added October's list to the side bar. I'll take September down next Sunday. Since there are essentially 4 1/2 weeks in October, this first week is a catch up week. Take this time to inventory your food supply. Did you miss a week in September? Are you running low on something else? This week is the week to remedy that!


After our little spider incident the other day, Chase has been asking me if things are "dead". Of course, the only thing he says is "dead". In the garden on Friday, I was showing him a worm. Subsequently, he asked, "Dead?" I told him that no, he was alive. He then poked it for a little while until the poor worm got up enough energy to crawl back in the dirt.

Today, however, we were sitting in Sacrament Meeting. Chase was showing me what spiders do by wiggling his fingers as if he's ready to tickle someone. He repeats "dead" a couple of times. I reply, "Yes, the spider is dead." So he continues..."Daddy, dead? Ya ya, dead? Eeee, dead? Me, dead?" (Ya ya is his word for Rion, and Eeee is Hailey) Eric and I start laughing. We tell him no and then hand him a book to keep him quiet. Poor little guy! I don't think he truly understands what "dead" means, and I hope he won't have to for quite some time!

Friday, September 26, 2008


Have you ever seen a spider like this? I was mowing the lawn yesterday when I noticed this guy hanging half way between the hot tub and the fence. Wow! I at first thought he was a pile of crumpled up dead leaves until he stretched his legs and started scurrying off under the hot tub cover. I couldn't believe how spiny he was! I guess I'd better start spraying the hot tub with Ortho now. I didn't even think about it before. Needless to say, I did not finish mowing the lawn !

Monday, September 22, 2008

Fall Time!

Happy first day of Fall!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Catch Up!

I have been terribly busy lately with work, Super Saturday, house work, and Enrichment that I have been terrible at blogging. I have added LOTS to the blog today, all back dated of course. So please, be sure to keep scrolling. I believe the last back dated item was September 5th.

In other news, I believe we now have MORE than enough crafts to make the final decision. Thanks to everyone who passed on ideas! I will post pictures once we decide for sure.

Food Storage - September Week 4

Well, I've found that since I have not been adding my weekly food storage list to the blog, I've completely neglected it! So, even though it is listed in the sidebar, I'm going to get back to announcing the weekly list. Hopefully we'll all continue to add little by little.

Week 4 - September 21st-27th

Iodized salt. It seasons, it preserves. It's a toothpaste and a de-icer. You never have too much and it's cheap.

If anyone truly knows how to use salt as a toothpaste, please let me know! We go through a lot around here and it would be great to have a back up plan!

Saturday, September 20, 2008


I now have been tagged by two different people: Trina and Tory. Go figure that they they both begin with 'T' and they aren't even the same tag! Hmmm. And, I might add, since these are about me, these can work toward my "100 things about me" that I still have finished. This now brings me to 87. hee hee

So, here goes.

This was from Trina a couple of weeks ago. (Sorry it took me so long Trina!) The funny thing is, she tagged "Kimmo". Unless there is someone else out there that she has nicknamed "Kimmo", this HAS to be me. This was my nickname in college. Well, that and "Sister Warren" since I was writing to a certain handsome "Elder Warren" at the time. (wink, wink)

  1. Where is your cell phone? right next to me.
  2. Your significant other? Eric
  3. Your hair? chin-length
  4. Your mother? LPN for Hospice
  5. Your father? District Manager for H&R Block
  6. Your favorite thing? lately, it's quiet time to read
  7. Your dream last night? Not sure, Chase kept coming in my room, so I didn't sleep much.
  8. Your favorite drink? Kerns nectars
  9. Your dream/goal? have the roof of the house we no longer own in CA paid off by a year from Christmas!
  10. The room you’re in? bedroom
  11. Your hobby? I don't really have just one. I like doing certain crafts, reading, blogging, but I guess the biggest is searching Craigslist for that next great find!
  12. Your fear? Dying in a plain crash when my kids aren't with me. Weird, I know.
  13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Debt Free!
  14. What you’re not? patient with my kids, but I'm working on it
  15. Muffins? poppy seed
  16. One of your wish list items? an antique trunk for the living room that I can put the kids' toys in.
  17. Where you grew up? Idaho
  18. The last thing you did? resign myself to the fact that I now have TWO tags that I need to complete.
  19. What are you wearing? jeans, layer T's
  20. Favorite gadget? cell phone
  21. Your pets? my husband
  22. Your computer? work laptop
  23. Your mood? sleepy
  24. Missing someone? The Vadnais, The Barrows, and all our friends in CA
  25. Your car? Chevy Silverado/Mazda Protege
  26. Something you’re not wearing? socks
  27. Favorite store? Well, I spend most of my time at Walmart, but I LOVE Michaels and the Craft Warehouse
  28. Like someone? do I ever NOT like someone?
  29. Your favorite color? I have a lot of pink. Strange since I hated pink growing up.
  30. When is the last time you laughed? a minute ago when I put "my husband" as my pet!
  31. Last time you cried? this afternoon at Karyn & Josh's sealing.

This one was from Tory. Cute idea, Tory, with the ABC's!

The Rules:

-- Link the person(s) who tagged you.
-- Mention the rules on your blog.
-- Fill in your own info.
-- Tag fellow bloggers.
-- Visit their blogs to see their info!

The Info:

A is for your age: 30 years old
B is for burger of choice: anything but McDonalds!
C is for the car you drive: 1999 Chevy Silverado
D is for your dog's name: Nope! No dog in this household!
E is for essential item you use every day: well, I use the computer for work all day, but I'd have to say the shower just to change things up a bit. :)
F is for favorite TV show at the moment:I'm not really watching anything right now until The Office gets going, but I can't wait for Lost in January!
G is for favorite game: We used to play Phase 10 all the time!
H is for home state: Idaho
I is for instruments you play: I currently play the piano, and once upon a time I played the flute and the basson.
J is for favorite juice: just about anything, except raspberry. Love the berry, don't love the juice!
K is for whose bum you'd like to kick: myself for filling this out instead of going to bed!
L is for last restaurant at which you ate: Panda Express this afternoon on our way to the Temple
M is for your favorite Muppet: Elmo, and those aliens on Sesame Street that always said "Yep yep yep yep, uh huh, uh huh. Do you remember them?
N is for number of piercings: 1 set, but I had 2 sets before the Prophet said only 1 is sufficient
O is for overnight hospital stays: all of my kids' births.
P is for people you were with today: Seriously?! I need to write them all down? I don't know all of their names, but here goes: Jannae, Aaron, Tracy, John, Karyn, Josh, Guy, Christi, Kyra, Mike, Shannon, Joseph & their kids, Jennifer, Mike & their kids, Jody, Arron & their kids, and a bunch of other people at the temple today that I didn't know their names! Whew!
Q is for what you do with your quiet time: Blog, Read, Sleep
R is for biggest regret: I don't really have regrets, though I do wish I had actually tried on wedding dresses with my mom instead of going straight to the fabric store and picking a pattern
S is for status: Happily married for 11 years on October 3rd!
T is for time you woke up today: 6:50am when we heard the loud thunder!
U is for what you consider unique about yourself: I can get along with almost everyone!
V is for vegetable you love: sliced tomatoes and cucumbers
W is for worst habit: over extending myself without deligating!
X is for x-rays you've had: other than the typical ones when you go to a new chiropractor, just one of my skull after I got hit by a car when I was 7.
Y is for yummy food you ate today: Oh so much! I had guacamole, caramel popcorn, hot food!
Z is for zodiac: Aries

Woo hoo! I did it! I now tag Kim B, Shannon, Amie, Karyn, Tanya, Shelly, and Ruth! I'll be nice and let you choose which one, though!

Temple Sealing

We had a wonderful day at the Temple today. Our friend's Josh and Karyn were able to be sealed for Time and All Eternity today. There was a special spirit in that sealing room, and I don't think anyone was able to hold back tears once Josh started crying. Congrats Josh and Karyn!

And then, as we were heading out, the next thunderstorm came rolling through! Regardless, what a beautiful day!

More Thunderstorms!

This morning we were woken up by some very loud thunder just before 7:00. Rion was the first to make his way to our room, followed very closely by Chase. Rion was scared, Chase was just drowsy, just following his older brother. Hailey came in very shortly thereafter with this very cool "I'm not scared" demeanor. They all piled in the middle of the bed, with Eric and me on the outsides, fighting to stay on the bed. When I told Rion what time it was, he said, "Oh, I thought it was the middle of the night. It's not that scary then!" Gee wiz! Then go back to your own bed! LOL

Friday, September 19, 2008

Rainy Night

The rain has started! Summer must be just about over. We had a small rain shower this evening, in which I found Hailey outside by herself, drawing. She wanted to enjoy the rain. So cute!

Monday, September 15, 2008


This is just one of many nights of football gatherings. We have started a ritual amongst our friends of Monday Night Football at our house on the projector, and BSU Football at the Christopherson's on their big flatscreen. Whew! That's a lot of football! And of course, poor Eric, on this particular night when we had a good crowd, he happened to be sick! Go figure!

Friday, September 12, 2008

The "Gone" Tooth

Hailey lost her first tooth two days ago! It had gotten really loose at school, but she didnt' want me to pull it out. She wanted her Daddy to do it. However, while waiting for Eric to come home, she was eating a cookie to pasify her hunger, and a little piece got stuck under the tooth. I was looking at the awkward angle it was at, reach in, and pulled the tooth out with no problem! She got this "oh!" look on her face, and then a really big grin!

The funny part is, the tooth fairy didn't come that night because the tooth fairy doesn't come to our house when chores aren't done, and Hailey didn't want to clean her room. Yesterday morning, once she truly understood this concept, she vowed to clean her room after school. She was excited to fina a nice crisp dollar bill under her pillow this morning. She now tells people that she has a "gone" tooth.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Craft helps

HELP! My Enrichment Leader and I are desperately trying to find some fun ideas for Super Saturday. Any help (with pictures/instructions) would be greatly appreciated! If you have photos, you can email them to

Thanks so much!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Golf, Anyone?

It's true. All three of my boys LOVE golf. Chase has made it a habit to grab anything with a handle and use it as a club. Everything. And his favorite phrase while striking whatever is in his path is, "Hi-ya!" or even "H-ya!" when he's being lazy. He even calls the golf club a "H-ya". So Eric decided to have a golf evening in the back yard. Rion got his first set of clubs when he was six, so he's been working on his swing for a few years. Who knows, between Rion and Chase, maybe we'll have a Tiger Woods on our hands!

Saturday, September 6, 2008


About a week ago I went to the orchard and picked some peaches. 'Some' is an understatement... I picked 10 bushels of peaches, to be distributed through 4 different people. I ended up with about 5 bushels, however. So it has been a busy canning week! Four dozen pints of canned peaches, 6 quarts and 4 pints of peach pie/cobbler filling, several sandwich bags of frozen peaches (individual smoothie sizes), and about 1/2 bushel of peaches I had to throw away (because I left a box of peaches in the garage) later, I still have about 1/2 bushel of peaches that will be made into peach jam. Oh, and not to forget the whole "eating peaches daily" thing so now I'm changing poopie diapers 4 times a day. I think we're about peached out for the year, but I'm so glad we'll get to enjoy these during the winter. Next year...can quarts instead of pints. That's going to be a lot of peaches!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Spilled Milk

Everyone has heard the phrase, "There's no sense crying over spilled milk." Well, if milk didn't cost so much, then I would agree with that statement. But, once I realized WHO spilled the milk (Chase), and that he was just trying to pour himself a glass of milk, and that he actually TRIED to clean it up (hence the bib in the cup and the hot pad), I didn't get mad after all. I just grabbed my camera!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Are You Kidding Me?!!!

Chase had yet another michief moment. I was downstairs working on something and realized that I hadn't seen Chase is a little bit. I sent Hailey upstairs to see what he was doing, and she found him in my bathroom painting his toenails! He did not want to cooperate for the photo, so this is the best I was able to get.

The unfortunate side of it...we have carpet in our bathroom! So the floor has been compromised. Anyone know how to get pink fingernail polish out of beige carpet? I knew we should have gone with a darker carpet!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

CA Weekend

Eric and I spent a nice weekend in CA this passed weekend for his sister's wedding. We were able to leave the kids with my sister so we could fly down. We rented a car and stayed with Scott and Amie Saturday night, then headed down to Modesto Sunday for the wedding. We are so grateful for Scott and Amie for letting us bunk with them for a night! We sure do miss them and will take every opportunity we can to get together.

Tamara and Kent's wedding was very colorful. Their colors were brown, lime green and pink. They used these beatiful flowers for Tam's bouquet and for her bride's maids, and they used pear and limes in the decoration throughout. They used the brown accent in the bride's maids dresses and for the ties of the groomsmen, as well as on the cake. Very pretty!

Eric's other sister, Angie, found the perfect dress for her daughter Emma. The colors matched nearly perfectly! What a cutie!

Okay, so now pics of the bride! I know, you were all waiting. Here is a picture of the siblings: Eric, Tamara, and Angie. What a beautiful family!

And now the happy couple! Kent and Tamara were married on Sunday, August 31, 2008. We wish them many happy years ahead of them!

The wedding party

New Food Storage List!

Sorry for the delay! Here is September's list. You can always look at the sidebar as well.

September Food Storage List

"Being provident involves being 'wise, frugal, prudent, making provision for the future while attending to the immediate needs'."

Week 1 - August 31-September 6

Vegetable Week! Green beans, corn, carrots, mushrooms. Can, freeze, dehydrate or buy!

Week 2 - September 7th-13th

Get those peas, legumes, dried potatoes and dried onions. Try dehydrating your own.

Week 3 - September 14th-20th

Medical supplies: asprin, Tylenol, Pepto Bismol, Vicks. Whatever your family needs. Get children's medications too.

Week 4 - September 21st-27th

Iodized salt. It seasons, it preserves. It's a toothpaste and a de-icer. You never have too much and it's cheap.