Monday, February 13, 2017

A Couple of Valentines :)

A while back, I got my Valentine decor out and I made a new wreath. (For that, I ordered items online and those didn't arrive until Friday. I made the wreath on Saturday. I may need to keep it up for the rest of the month...even though Valentines day will be done this week. I also ordered enough supplies to make a spring/Easter wreath. I should be able to get that done soon. This was my first attempt at the deco mesh ribbon.) I also decided to plan a little birthday/Valentines dinner for last night. I made a lemon cake, that I thought had baked strange... but it was actually pretty good. And I made some chocolate cookies. I also put together little Valentine bags for Eli and Noah. (Sam couldn't come out he had a stake meeting to go to- so it was just Audrey and the boys.) Nothing ultra exciting around here!! I made shrimp scampi for dinner, with a couple of salads, and bread. Oh...and blue slushie...that Eli helped make. One small cake with 2 candles and Eli led us in singing "Happy Birthday". And... Audrey and Eli got to go to a "real" Valentine dance/party at Eli's school.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Number 18 on 11/18

After I finished my blogging for 2016 and printed my book... I realized that I missed an important event. Luke was born the Friday before Thanksgiving. Sam and Audrey had lots of company for Thanksgiving so we stayed home for dinner.  Since my time away from home is tied to mom's schedule... I couldn't even go see the baby right away. Ron went in and got Eli and Noah on Saturday and they spent the weekend and Monday with us. I still don't have very many pics. Sam did the baby blessing right after Owen's baptism on Dec. 24. (I included a couple of those pics again) Now it is the first part of February and I just finished his taggie blanket yesterday :) He is a sweet baby and Audrey hasn't had any problems adjusting to having three boys now. She worked like crazy over the Christmas holiday with all of the family activities here and planning the "dragon/princess" party!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Bird Seed

One of the items in our monthly budget is birdseed.  I don't even want to think about the dollar amount on that ;) The birdseed actually feeds the deer, the squirrels, the raccoons, the turkeys and the birds.

A New Year Resolution

So... Ron and I are not very good at setting new years resolutions, but here is my ONE for this year.'s written down some where- lol.

Drink more water.

My Deer Whisperer :)

Just a few fun pics... Ron is trying to make friends with the deer. They don't know exactly what to think about that chair being there. And they especially don't know what to think with him sitting in the chair.  The Christiansen kids had fun, when they were here, helping him with the "chores". We love living here where we have animals in the yard every day. In means we don't have a pristine, well manicured yard... but we have animals :)

Friday, January 20, 2017

Last but not Least

Here is my last post for 2016. After everyone left... I had tons of cleaning to was super quiet... and I kept wondering if we had already done Christmas- it was such a whirlwind :) We had some random food left. Although for most of the meals, there was not tons of leftovers and what leftovers there were, got eaten someone. I didn't ever post a picture of Sam's outdoor kitchen. He was amazing cooking up bacon, eggs,and pancakes almost every morning. I found little snack and pop stashes...mostly in my sewing room :) When I opened up the toy kitchen closet...I had to get a couple of pics. That is what my kitchen felt like most of the time and now my cupboards are bare- lol. We also began acquiring a small pile of "left here" items. Here are my last little pics of Christmas decor. I couldn't quite put everything was like it had been buried for a couple of weeks...I still needed to enjoy it- lol. Since I never sent out Christmas cards...I printed our family picture into a "Happy New Year" card and got those out in the mail, the first week of January. Just as soon as I publish this post...I will be ready to print my blog book for 2016!

Christmas 2016- 7

Toward the end of the week, things really slowed down. By Thursday, Alison and I did a grocery run, and tried to "regroup" on the food situation. There was a temple trip, especially for Nathan and Jaden to do baptisms. Later that night, some of the guys went to an OSU football game in San Antonio. On Friday, the Petes loaded up and headed toward Utah. There was also a trip to the dinosaur museum... in there somewhere :) On Sunday morning, the Christiansens went to church with the Andersons and the Simms went to church with us and then headed toward California. Sunday dinner was us, the Andersons, and the Christiansens. We went to Andersons for dinner and FHE on Monday. The Christiansens stayed until Wednesday, Jan. 4, their flight back to SLC was early afternoon. Man...what a Christmas holiday...everybody needs a NAP! By Wednesday was REALLY quiet here ;)