Monday, December 29, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Santa's Personal Visit
Santa (Grandpa Lovejoy) made a visit on Sunday. The girls were very excited to see him, but wouldn't normally be interested in visiting with a stranger Santa. Madison wasn't quite so sure who the jolly man was.
Monday, December 15, 2008
The new suggestion is to not give peanuts/peanut butter to your child until they are 2. Katie gave Madison a great head start in that department by giving her a Reese's peanut butter cup when she was 5 months old. I tried to keep peanut butter away from her until she was one, but I gave up after that. She loves peanut butter sandwiches. Today she cried for about 2 hours. Whenever I can't figure out what is wrong with my little ones I always blame it on teeth, which maybe she is getting a few new ones. Nothing would pacify her until I gave her a big spoon of peanut butter. It did the trick! Personally I am a big fan of peanut butter. I think I ate more peanut butter sandwiches when I was pregnant with Katie than I had my entire life. I usually ate 2 or 3 before noon. It was the only way to keep from feeling super sick.
So, if you ever leave your kids with me or we invite you over for treats or dinner and anyone is allergic to something, remind me every time. I won't be offended.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Yesterday we made homemade thin mint cookies. They remind me of the girlscout cookies. You just take Ritz crackers-or the cheaper store brand version and dip them in melted bark chocolate that has a few drops of mint extract (It is not an exact science. You'll just have to taste it.) One year I tried to get fancy and drizzle some white chocolate in stripes over it. I thought it was way too much work. This year we tried sprinkles on top, but we needed different sprinkles-ours were too see through. These are definitely a favorite.
We also made peanut butter balls but all of them were eaten before I took a picture. I have some of the balls that are not dipped in chocolate yet, so I'll take a picture when we get around to dipping them. Here is the recipe for those. What a great way to use some of those Rice Krispies we are stocked up on.
RICE KRISPIES PEANUT BUTTER BALLS
2 c. peanut butter
1 stick butter, melted
1 (1 lb.) powdered sugar
3 c. Rice Krispies
1 lb. chocolate, melted (suggested Nestle's semi-sweet chocolate bits)
Mix first 4 ingredients; roll into balls; dip into chocolate.
We had a great morning before church today. Everyone was very cooperative. Hannah even picked out her own Matching Outfit. Yeahh!!!
Friday, December 12, 2008
Today we made one of our favorite treats that we traditionally only make around the holidays because they are sooooo good, you can eat soooo many, and then feel soooo sick.
Just unwrap Rolo candy and place on top of a twisted pretzel. Place in 200 degree oven for a couple of minutes until chocolates are soft, but not totally melted. Then place a pecan on top and smash the rolo slightly. YUM YUM and soooo easy
So that is Hannah's name for Gingerbread Houses, which she got to make at school today. Here she is with her good friend, Allie from school.
SAFEWAY CEREAL for $.29-$.50
Until Tuesday Safeway is having a deal on Kellogg's cereal. When you buy 5 you get $5 off your purchase. If you combine it with recent coupons from the paper (I believe there were 4 coupons in one paper for $1 off plus you can print 2 coupons out from the Kellogg's website-print one and then press the back button on your web browser.
The cheapest are the cornflakes that will be $.29 and then up $.50 for mini wheats, rice krispies, etc. I actually managed to get my hands on 25 coupons for the cereal, so we stockpiled 25 boxes of cereal for $12.50. Sweet Deal! You'll have to ask me if we have any left in a couple of weeks.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
We went to Peter's parent's house for Thanksgiving and Katie and Hannah wanted to stay the night. So this is the project that I worked on while they were gone. I was trying to copy something I saw on the Pottery Barn website. You can check it out here- http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/am450/index.cfm
I misplaced one of my boards so for now this will have to do.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Chucky Kong was Peter's least favorite missionary food. It was a little bit of everything and I mean everything a family could find to put in a dish for dinner-it was not limited to meat, bread, dairy, vegetables, fruit.
Well I made my own Chucky Kong Pot pie tonight and it turned out great-It must have been good because there was none left and Peter didn't use BBQ sauce on it.
Here is the recipe-all the ingredients were leftovers
2 pork chops cooked with season salt and cut into small pieces
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1/2 can corn
1/4 cup beans
1 can veg-all mixed vegetables
1 1/2 cups cooked white rice
1 pie shell(cooked)
1/2 cup red pepper chopped(only in half-the girls don't like them)
Mix all ingredients together and put in pie shell. Top with cheese and cook at 350 until hot.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
2)I love to workout. I have to exercise at least 5 times a week or I start to go crazy.
3)In my dreams I could go to an icecream shop and try a sample of all of the flavors and then decide which flavor I want in a cone (not a bowl). I'm just a bit indecisive.
4)I'm predictable-very much a creature of habit.
5)I thrifty or I try to be
6)My favorite sound is the laugh of my kids and husband.
7)I am very blessed-I have a great family, excellent health, and no pressing worries beyond those of the normal day grind.
I tag Emily Hansen, Whitney Heap, Jennifer Kendall (whenver you get around to it)
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I was trying to throw something together for dinner tonight. I had a few things in my fridge that I needed to clean out and this is what I came up with. I was a little worried it was going to be a flop, but it tasted great I don't love frozen beans, but in the crockpot they turned out nice. The meal reminded me of a tinfoil dinner.
Crockpot Tinfoil dinner
1 lb ground beef cooked
5 small potatoes washed and cut up (skins on)
1 package Lipton beefy onion soup mix
1 lb package baby carrots cut up
1 cup celery cut up
1/2 bag frozen beans
salt (I like lots of salt)
I'm giving away an hour of cupboard cleanout in your home. Here's the deal: I'll let Madison come to your house for one hour and I guarantee every cupboard you want emptied will be. So anyone whose interested, let me know. This morning at 6am Madison emptied our cereal cupboard and dumped Raisin Bran all over the carpet. She did help clean up (eat) all of the Raisins. She left the flakes for me. It's all yours for one hour this week!!!!
Monday, October 27, 2008
So I have been following a few other blogs and trying to figure out how I can go to Walgreens and not spend a penny. Well, today I finally did it-at least I will have after I get all of my rebates back. I actually will have made $6.15 and I even bought 2 things of sidewalk chalk for my girls with no rebate. Yeah!!!!
So if you clip coupons here are a few deals you can find there...
Loreal age Perfect Moisturizer Procal 19.99-free after Easy Saver rebate (ESR) and $2 walgreens coupon (RP 10/05)
Almay One Coat Mascara 6.99-free after ESR + $1 Almay coupon (10/12 SS)
Thera flu Warming Medicine 6.49-free after mail in rebate and $2 coupon
Listerine sale 5.49-buy2 and get 5.50 RR (register rewards) +2 (.75 coupons)
Puffs tissue .99 in store coupon (limit 2) plus 2 (9/28 PG) coupons .25 They expire 10/31!!!
Sidewalk Chalk 2(1.00)=2.00
I used $8 in RR (Register rewards) from a previous trip
Total OOP: 34.01
Rebates: 29.67 ESR+5.50 RR+4.99theraflu rebate-OOP=
Sunday, October 26, 2008
This weekend we went to Coffin Races in Manitou Springs. Carrying on the tradition of a woman who was carried up the mountain to be buried, many businesses and other groups built coffins and raced a woman inside up the hill. My favorite coffin was a hollowed out log, pushed by some dwarves. I didn't manage to get a picture of that one. There were tons of people, but we had a fun time and saw all kinds of interesting people. Hannah commented on all the different colors of hair we saw.
We also stopped at a park nearby to let the girls play. It reminded me of the All Children's Playground my mom would take us to as kids.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
I few months ago I posted a picture of Katie falling asleep sitting up on the couch during a time out. Well it happened again, just a little differently. I gave her a snack to eat and when I came back in the kitchen she had fallen asleep next to her nectarine. This is a first. My kids love to eat and when it comes to food they will give up most anything for it. I guess she was tired.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
She is doing a giveaway for a doll this week, so if you're interested, try it out.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
1)I gave the girls icecream after dinner, each in a cone of course with sprinkles on top. I never liked sprinkles but they sure make most kid's day. After handing Madison her cone, she would giggle every few seconds. It was the sweetest thing. She probably had 1 Tbsp of icecream in the top of the cone. She'd put her fingers inside and then put it up to her mouth, covering her nose so that she had a chocolate ring around her face. Her little giggle made me smile.
2) My great friend Jonelle called today to tell me the gender of their upcoming twins-a boy and a girl. Congratulations Cripe Family
3) Our computer is functioning. Last night we thought it would be making its way to the dumpster, but through the help of a neighbor it is working great. I wish I were more technically savvy.
4) All of the girls behaved amazingly the entire afternoon and evening (Maybe it had something to do with the icecream.)
5) My house almost looks clean (minus all of the laundry that needs to be put away) Hannah cleaned up all of the toys today.
6) I had a great visit with one of my neighbors.
7) My lettuce didn't freeze last night because I remembered to cover it up with a sheet.
8) Hannah told Katie, "That is an adult job, like for a 4 year old or something" I'm going to try and use that one next time I need some help.
9) I'm grateful for all of my freedoms, for my family, my home and all of my blessings. To support marriage and Proposition 8 visit http://www.preservingmarriage.org/
Friday, October 10, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I'm help with the activity days for the 10-11 year old girls at church. Today we talked about modesty and made modest dresses out of newspaper and duct tape. The girls came along with me and we made a dress for Hannah. She wore it home and sat so still and quiet for about 15 minutes so she wouldn't rip the dress. Maybe we should do this more often!
Monday, September 8, 2008
Katie also has had a great start to potty training. I can't believe how lucky I am. We started potty training on Friday and she hasn't had any accidents for the past 2 days. She won't go to the bathroom on a big toilet, but luckily our church and YMCA have small toilets for kids. I think I need to install one in my house.
The girls having a great time together.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
In preparation for a talk I have to give tomorrow I was reading through some of the talks from April's conference. Elder L. Tom Perry said, "I believe that if we could create in our minds a clear and true picture of eternal life, we would start behaving differently. We would not need to be prodded to do the many things involved with enduring to the end, like doing our home teaching or visiting teaching, attending our meetings, going to the temple, living moral lives, saying our prayers, or reading the scriptures. We would want to do all these things and more because we realize they will prepare us to go somewhere we yearn to go." Sometimes I have to be prodded. I think if my scriptures looked to me like my messy house did, maybe I would read them more often!
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Top: Brynn Bottom: Shayla, Cole, Katie, Hannah, Madison, Cooper
Heatons, We wish you the best of luck in Texas! Come visit us in Colorado.
Whitney and boys, Kim and girls-Although my girls had never met Whitney's boys, they had a great time playing while we got to visit.
Monday, August 11, 2008
The girls and I set out on a trip to Utah this morning. I was prepared to endure about a 10 hour trip alone with the girls. I wasn't even sure how I was going to use the restroom without another adult with me (I should have thought to bring a stroller for Madison, but it was just another thing to pack.) We started out early and left Grandma Lovejoy's in Denver at about 6:30. Sadly, I was the first to have to use the restroom, so after winding down the mountain about an hour we stopped at a gas station where I hoped they had a clean restroom. As I opened the van door, Hannah threw up the bag of cheesy sunchips she had chosen for her breakfast. I was almost ready to turn around and go back home. It would only be about an hour and a half back to Peter's parents and then I could make the 1 hour trip home whenever I wanted. After watching Hannah, Katie threw up the same breakfast. I wasn't sure I could make it all the way to Utah with that smell in the car. I decided to push on since it seemed like the windy roads, the quick change in altitude and the fact that the girls were watching a movie was the culprit of the first less than pleasant event of the trip. Hannah's excitement for the trip quickly faded and every 15 minutes she asked if we were almost there. She started to cry and say she wanted her dad. My prayer out loud while I was driving seemd to help a little and a few funny songs on a cd changed her gloomy spirits for a while. We stopped at a McDonalds playland for about an hour and then all the girls fell asleep for the following hour. Then we stopped at a park in Price, UT and made it to my Aunt Sherries around 5. It wasn't a bad trip since I was going it alone and we really wanted to support Grandma while she graduates this week! The girls had a great time playing with our cousin's dogs and swimming in the pool this evening. They really were angels once their feet hit the ground. The saddest part is that I don't think they will ever remember the trip, at least I don't have any memories at their age and I'll have noone to reminisce about the drive with.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Look at the size of that Rock!
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Despite the girls ability to fight constantly, they can be pretty good friends for about an hour of the day.
Today Hannah and I made a pie together to share with some of our family. After taking the pie out of the oven I went upstairs to give Madison a bath. When I came back down, Katie had something in her mouth. I asked her what she was eating and then I looked on the counter. The beautiful pie was just within the reach of her little hand. Katie is notorious for doing things like this. We talked about always asking Mom if she wanted something. She just looked at me and stared. Later in the day she kept telling Hannah, "we always ask mom if we want someping".
Friday, July 11, 2008
Memory Lane...the tag that gets everyone involved
I got this from my friend Laura's blog. I thought it would be fun! I hope you will play along. Here are the directions:
1. As a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot, anything you remember!
2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It's actually pretty funny to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you're playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you. If you don't want to play on your blog, or if you don't have a blog, I'll leave my memory of you in my comments.