Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas Countdown Day 17

Deliver cookies as "secret elves." The strange faces are because the flash on my camera was blinding them.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Christmas Countdown Day 16

Paint the Christmas ornaments from yesterday.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

We interrupt the Christmas Countdown...

...to tell you that I really like my new camera.

You real photographers probably don't appreciate this picture. But I have to say, I think it's the best picture I've ever taken.

Christmas Countdown Day 15

Make salt dough ornaments for the boys' friends. Lots of flour involved.

Christmas Countdown Day 14

Decorate a gingerbread house...

...which collapsed within an hour.

Christmas Countdown Day 13

Eli's favorite food for dinner: burritos with guacamole.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Christmas Countdown Day 11

Attend ward party

Christmas Countdown Day 10

Make quick breads for church teachers.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Christmas Countdown Day 8

Make a holiday garland.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Christmas Countdown Day 7

Decorate for Christmas

Christmas Countdown Day 6

Celebrate Rylan's birthday

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Christmas Countdown Day 5

Attend the Stake nativity display

Friday, December 4, 2009

Christmas Countdown Day 4

See the lights at Lake Myra.

Sorry for the awful picture. My camera is broken, so this is the best it gets with an iPhone that can't handle movement, flashing lights in the background, and wiggly kids.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Christmas Countdown Day 3

Countdown to Christmas:

Eco-service: Pick up trash at the playground.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Christmas Countdown Day 2

Countdown to Christmas:

Make Christmas cards.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Christmas Countdown Day 1

Countdown to Christmas:

Make a newspaper snowflake garland.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Adventures in Experimental Cooking from Scratch

A Recipe for a Yummy (if slightly disastrous) Dinner

1 batch of Chocolate Crinkle cookies
1 Pumpkin Gingersnap pie for inspiration
1 disagreement about the potential tastiness of a caramel apple pie with chocolate crinkle crust
1 lazy Sunday afternoon
2 good helpers (and 1 to watch football with Michael)
lots of butter and sugar
  • Crush Chocolate Crinkle cookies. Add walnuts and melted butter according to the Pumpkin Gingersnap pie recipe.
  • Bake at 325 for 10 minutes. Realize that you probably shouldn't have added the butter.
  • Core and peel lots of apples. Mix with lots of butter and sugar. Assign helpers to stir.
  • Discover that you have too many apples for a pie plate.
  • Spoon pie crust into a cake pan. Pour apple mixture on top.
  • Bake at 450 for 15 minutes according to a recipe for caramel apple pie. Realize that you probably should have left that part out.
  • Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Make that 15 minutes.
  • Discover that 15 minutes was still too long.
  • Eat slightly burnt caramel apple pie with chocolate crinkle crust and ice cream.


:: Michael says, "Okay, but not wow..."
:: Erin says, "With some more work, I think I could make this really good...How many more pies can I get away with making?"
:: Boys say, "Yeah! Pie for dinner!"

Saturday, November 21, 2009

At Raleigh's Christmas parade

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Our leaf pile

We don't have any trees in our backyard, but our neighbor does and all of his leaves are blowing into our yard. I'm trying to decide if I should go buy a rake or find a neighbor to borrow from. It seems silly to own a rake if you don't have any trees!

It's actually the perfect situation because our neighbor's tree provides just the right amount of shade for our porch and just the right amount of leaves to play in but let's us leave most of our yard sunny for the garden I'm going to plant next spring. Just as long as the neighbor on the other side doesn't decide to plant a tree!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Monday, November 2, 2009

What Rylan chose to wear today

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Testing out the BlogPress App

Just trying to see if I can blog on my iPhone.

Here are some cute pics of Eli and Rylan. What we do while Cole's at school...

Dress up like pirates.

Ready to help Momma cook.

Watching the food bake.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Eli Says...

"Momma, can I have corn chips for my vegetable for lunch today? They're made out of corn. Corn is a vegetable!"

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Cole Says...

After his loose tooth fell out in the middle of the night:

"I lost my tooth. And then I really lost my tooth!"

Saturday, September 12, 2009

More Pictures from Our Faux Camping Trip

I just posted a blog post on The Conscious Shopper about our Labor Day fun at Jordan Lake. Here are a few more pictures:

Daddy resting, and Rylan recovering from his spill in the lake.

Every time I left the camera with Michael, I'd come back and find two or three pictures like this one. "You guys from my vantage point," Michael explained.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Backyard Fun

Cole Blogs: First Day of School

i played and did an activity outside and then i did some inside and then i played and then i had lunch and then i went home

Eli Says...

Eli keeps mispronouncing "sarcastic" as "fantastic" As in...

"Momma, you're being fantastic."

I don't correct him. :)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Cole Blogs

this is my water-bottle and with water in it.
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