Monday, April 27, 2009
In less than 26 days Wade will graduate and be a DPM (Doctor of Podiatric Medicine-a foot doctor in case you were wondering).
Saturday, April 25, 2009
The best prayer ever came last night when he was going to bed:
Dear Heavenly Father, bless Darth Vader to get an owie. Name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Friday, April 24, 2009
I saw this in a scrapbook magazine. It's very addictive, try it yourself at wordle.net I can't wait to get my scrapbook stuff out and print some of these to use on some pages. It's pretty cool! I could do this all day. (click on them to make them larger)
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Got Cheese? I'll be your cheese waxer.
I am a cheese waxer.
I know you are all in awe of my new talent, so I will explain.
Wade's ward (congregation) got a block of 40 pounds of cheese from the church. So the women in the ward split it into one pound blocks and decided to wax our own cheese. Not only did we learn a new skill but our cheese is now shelf stable (doesn't have to be refrigerated) for up to one year. Right now it's only mild cheddar, but in a year, it will be extra sharp!
You need to have a certain red wax and you simple melt it (at a very very low temperature) and then dip or paint your cheese block. My blocks are not that pretty compared to other women's that were there last night, I didn't get such a smooth result because my wax was too hot to begin with, but finally I got it down and we got the science down. Wade's mom did some too so we figure in a year's time we are going to have a cheese tasting party. Any one want to join us?
OH, and case you were wondering: We didn't have to pay for the cheese. It came from a church farm. My church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints believes we should all be self reliant, have food storage(like a year's worth), garden, save our money - etc etc. We have places called Bishop Storehouses where needy families can go and receive food, we have farms, canneries, employment sites, all of these resources not only help members of our church, but those in need of aid in other countries or those who have been hurt by natural disasters. You can read all about the program by clicking on www.providentliving.org.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Next up on my To-Do List:
-Read and comment on every one's blogs
-Update my blog list - if you want to be listed and I've been a slacker and not added you, or if you want taken off, let me know.
-Update my 365 blog. I have the pictures, I've been faithfully taking a picture every single day. I even have them placed in the scrapbook. I just haven't posted them.
Monday, April 13, 2009
The hunt was a huge hit. We had lots of eggs and lots of little kids. We managed to time it right and only got sprinkled on since it had been raining a lot that day and night.
The Coke Challenge - My family usually plays this game at Christmas - you might remember we played it this past Christmas and to all of our surprise, Wade won - you can see the details HERE, and since Wade's sisters rank right up there with my sisters as die hard Diet Coke drinkers I thought it would be fun to see how Wade's side of the family held up in the challenge.
It was fun to be home and visit with everyone. Avery got passed around and did a great job. Gage and Noah love playing with all their cousins. Everyone had a great Easter celebration.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Avery Ann is two month old! She has changed so much in the past few weeks. She is a little person now, with a personality and things to tell us about. She likes to coo, smile and talk to us in the morning. She especially loves her brother Gage. She is doing better with a schedule. She has already lived in two different states. She has a bedtime now. She sleeps better at night then both her brothers ever did. She is fussy and gassy in the evenings and only likes it when her mommy is holding her. She sleeps on her tummy. (yes, I am breaking all the rules for her, but the sleep is worth it, our pediatrician approved.) Her eyes look like Noah's, her face like Noah, but the rest of her like Gage. She will poop on an outfit if she doesn't like it. She is a princess, and we love her lots!
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Last night our activity was to make Easter Cookies. (I've heard of this activity before, but never tried it. It was really cool!)
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
2. Place 1 cup whole pecans in ziplock bag. Let the kids beat them with wooden spoons to break into small pieces. Read John 19:1-3. Explain that after Jesus' arrest, he was beaten by Roman soldiers.
3. Let each child smell the vinegar. Pour 1 teaspoon vinegar into mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross he was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30.
4. Add 3 egg whites. Explain that eggs represent life. Jesus gave his life so that we could be resurrected and have eternal life. Read John 19:10:10-11.
5. Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus' followers. Read Luke 23:27.
Ask if any of the ingredients seem appealing to this point.
6. Add 1 cup sugar. Explain the sweetest part of the Easter story is that Jesus died because he loves us. He wants us to know and belong to him and be able to return to the Father. Read Psalm 34:8.
7. Beat with a mixer on high for 12-15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Explain that the color white represents the purity, in God's eyes, of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. Read Isaiah 1:18.
8. Fold in the broken nuts and drop the dough by teaspoons onto cooking sheet covered with wax paper. Explain that each mound of dough represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid. Read Matthew 27:57-60.
Explain that on the first Easter Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. When they understood what it meant, they rejoiced. Read John 11:25-26.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Name the animal below for a gold star. Here's a hint:
Deb: What are you drawing?
Napoleon Dynamite: A liger.
Deb: What's a liger?
Napoleon Dynamite: It's pretty much my favorite animal. It's like a lion and a tiger mixed... bred for its skills in magic.
Today we headed to the Museum of Art with our cousins Daesha and Keegan. Last summer we visited with our cousin Charlotte and had a blast at a dance exhibit, but today we went to see the Walter Wick exhibit. It was really cool to look at all the pictures and displays.
I didn't get a ton of good pictures in the Walter Wick exhibit, but then we found another exhibit that was so interesting. Take a look at this wall - it looks like it might be orange glass - wrong, it's thousands of those small orange duck sauce packets from Panda Express. It was so crazy to look at up close.
Saturday, April 04, 2009
The best part of the story is the whole time our boys sat very still holding their tickets and when the police man left the train Gage looked at me with tears in his eyes and said, "The conductor never checked my ticket!"
One of the missionaries told us that we should take the kids over to the church history museum where there is a new kids exhibit. It was titled "I am a Child of God" It was a really fun exhibit, very hands on. There were coloring pages, dress up clothes, blocks and videos. I really hope we can make it back there again.
You can read more about temples and how we believe families can be together forever by clicking here.
We made it to Boise around dinner time and enjoyed some time at the hotel swimming pool before eating our pizza dinner and turning in.
Next up - Utah and snow! We've been here almost a week and had snow almost every day. Too bad I left all our heavy coats and winter things back in Washington.
It's nice to be here and it's been fun to see family. We've spent the week hanging out and getting settled. We can't wait to see friends and since we'll be here 2 months, establishing a routine.