Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Believe it or not, these costumes cost just over $60 total! We try to plan ahead and buy most of them on clearance a year in advance, and the rest of the items we just piece together. Who said you have to spend a ton of money to have fun?!
Here we are at the Taco Bell drive-thru. Needless to say the poor girl was pretty shocked to see us pull up to the window. After we got our order, Jon said, "I'll get you my pretty!!" and gave her a hearty cackle as we sped off and laughed ourselves sick!! This was reminiscint of last year's adventure (More Random Funnnies post). Oh man... seriously- why not?? Good times!!!
Oh my word... what a goofball.
The kiddos were pretty much wiped out by the end of the night. And Baby Jakey was sooo done with being a munchkin!
Monday, October 27, 2008
I saw something in this picture I don't see very often... a glimpse of my little boy growing up. Your growth seems to be so gradual that sometimes I hardly realize it's happening. It isn't until I look back at pictures of you that I wonder where the time has gone. That's why I cherish every moment of your childhood, because someday, you'll go off on your own... independent and capable. Someday you will become a man with a family of your own. Someday you too will look back on your years as a boy and wonder where the time has gone. Benjamin, I know that Heavenly Father has sent you to this earth for an important purpose and that you are destined for greatness, but no matter how old you grow, or what you accomplish in this life, you will always be MY LITTLE MAN.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
The kids making "snores".
Baby Jakey is finally old enough to indulge (he takes it very seriously)! Check out those chubby fingers... Ahh! I just wanna eat 'em!
Singing and cuddling around the campfire.
I always thought campers were for prissy girls. Jon had to convince me to get one because I've always loved camping in a tent, but now I am so converted! We even got to plug in a heater, and watch a movie after the kiddos went to bed. And the best part... NO bugs.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Look on server's face... priceless!
Forgive me for bragging, but I have to share my feelings about my dear hubby so after I'm gone, my children will know how much their mommy loved their daddy. His nickname is Mr. Wonderful, and I'll be referring to him by his nickname on this blog from now on. Here is how the nickname came about... one day I was upset with him about something trivial. We had gotten in a little tiff while shopping so I stormed off in a huff, (not one of my most mature moments) and while browsing the aisles at the store, I came across this doll. I picked it up and noticed on the back there was a list of 16 phrases he said to make you feel like the most special woman on earth including...
"You've been on my mind all day. That's why I bought you these flowers."
"Why don't we go to the mall. Didn't you want some shoes?"
"The ball game is not that important. I'd rather spend time with you."
"You know, I think it's really important that we talk about our relationship."
"Can your mother stay with us for another week?"
"Let’s just cuddle tonight."
"Mmm…you look so beautiful in the morning."
I was immediately humbled. It hit me at that moment that I was married to the personification of that doll! I swear, he says all those things! (Well, except for the shopping one- I'm not really a big fan of malls). Anyway, my heart was immediately softened and I forgot about our petty issue. I recognized how lucky I was and I threw my arms around my very own tall, dark, and handsome Mr. Wonderful. I am so grateful to be married to such a devoted, sensitive, thoughtful and loving husband. He is not perfect, but he is perfect for me. We've been through so much together, and our love has grown stronger through it all.
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
6 cups chopped peeled tart apples
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, cubed
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
Directions: In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, sugar and vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well (batter will be stiff). Stir in apples until well combined. Spread into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until top is lightly browned and springs back when lightly touched. Cool for 30 minutes before serving. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine brown sugar and butter. Cook over medium heat until butter is melted. Gradually add cream. Bring to a slow boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat. Serve with cake. Yield: 12-14 servings.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Ha ha!! Check out that form! He really takes his game seriously!Here's my awkward attempt to imitate him... but mine went in the gutter. :(
So after being extremely humbled by some oldies (but goodies) we decided to go home and practice so that next time maybe we just might be able to keep up.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Mother I Love You
Mother I love you, mother I do.
Father in Heaven has sent me to you.
When I am near you, I love to hear you
singing so softly that you love me too.
Mother I love you, mother I do.
I want to help you because I love you.
I want to mind you I want to find you,
happy and smiling because I love you.
Mother I love you, I love you, I do.