Sunday, December 21, 2008

Christmas Pictures

I've been trying to do Chirstmas pictures for a while but with little success. Yesterday I decided that it was now or never, so we got everyone together and cute and bribed them with a sledding trip...and it worked! Expect a Christmas card in your mail right after Christmas (better late than never?)!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Goodbye cake

So I made a cake for Tony's boss who was leaving for SLC and a new exciting job. It was my first pineapple upsidedown cake. Lots of inside jokes in this cake. The car is a real little toy car, but the guy driving it is fondant! He turned out cute! I made Tony remember what everyone said about it:
"That is the most amazing cake I have ever seen. I mean ever, in my entire life." That was Tony's boss.
"I can't even imagine how she made that. I think I will quit just so she will make me a cake." A coworker.
"Your wife is talented. I can believe she made that. That is seriously the coolest cake I have ever seen." Tony's boss again, five minutes later.
Hurray for me.

Halloween (spooooooooky!)

Halloween was fun! Chelsea heard that Zoe wanted to be a fairy so found and sent the cutest costume EVER! Zoe wore it every day for the 2 weeks prior to Halloween (Zoe would let Keegan wear the headband backwards on his head so that they could BOTH be beautiful)! Keegan was a pirate, but refused to wear half of his costume. I made the hat as a bit of a prototype, but he just LOVED it, and called it his "cool pirate hat, arrrr!" so I didn't bother making another (although I probably should have). Lucky for us, it was a pretty nice evening--no snow which I guess is unusual--so trick-or-treating was great.

...more pictures from the coast

I had to add a few more pictures...I'm realizing now that we never got a big group shot (drats!).

Oregon Coast

So the beach house was beautiful! We saw seals and even a few whales from the porch. Zoe loves shrimp and Tony and Zoe are crazy and went swimming (FREEZING!). We loved seeing Kim and Brian and their beautiful kids, and missed Aut and Liesel and their gang. A huge thank you to Mom and Dad Potter--what a fun time!!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Count down to the coast

We are leaving Tuesday morning before the sun comes up and we CAN'T WAIT! Oregon coast here we come! We just bought a dvd player for the car (a necessity) and I'm trying to remember all the things I need to pack...swim suits, sand toys, video camera, beach towels, etc. etc. Now if only my house was not still full of boxes from moving...I have to find everything before I can pack everything (yikes!). I'm going to go get started!

ps. if Jen is reading this and is wondering if we have time to play with them while they are here this weekend, the answer is YES! TOTALLY! :)

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Happy Birthday to all!

The birthday craze has begun. Happy birthday to Jake, Chelsea, ME, Mom, Gordon, Tony and Austin. Let's PARTY!!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Attacked by a butterfly

A retelling of Jake's adventure:

So Jake was on a high adventure biking on some crazy mountain terrain. He drove down an incredibly steep section, somehow lost control and came off his bike, tumbling and diving to the ground. Much to his surprise and delight the tumble left him unscathed. On the last stretch of the trail now, feeling fairly invincible, and riding with both hands outstretched to either side, his face was suddenly attacked by a seemingly harmless butterfly. Off he came again, tumbling to the earth, this time not so unscathed! Moral of the story....? Well, I don't really know.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Finally, a good movie!

Tony and I have been disappointed by the last few movies we have rented and were getting quite discouraged until we came across Dan in Real Life. It was really cute and funny and sweet. Finally, a movie I'd recommend!
Any suggestions for more?

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Happy 4th of July!

So everyone at Tony's office wanted the holiday off, so they thought, "I know, we'll just leave Tony in charge of the whole paper. He's been here for 4 months, he'll do fine!"
Ya--He was in charge of the whole newspaper and did the front page for the first time. Not only that, he did it in record time and was even able to watch the fireworks with us.
It turned out great!YEAY Tony!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Happy Canada Day!

It's July 1st! Happy Canada Day! Tony had the day off (because he has to work the 4th of July) so we packed up the family and headed to Rigby lake! Keegan loved the sand and ventured briefly into the water to get a few prized rocks. Zoe, on the other hand, was brave and ran right in! Tony bought me some real maple syrup and as soon as it gets a little darker, we are going to go out and light our sparklers. We also got a Dora movie for the kids (which they are watching now) and Be Kind, Rewind with Jack Black for us later. The fun never ends!

Happy Canada Day all!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Fun and excitement

It was another hot beautiful day, and we were driving to the store to pick up a few things for tomorrow's Sunday dinner, with the windows down. The kids were in the back, still slightly damp from being at the splash park and were drinking juice boxes. We were pulling into the parking lot when Zoe said, "My juice is gone! It's outside!" I turned around and realized that she had just dropped her juice box out the window! Tony consolingly said, "Don't worry, we'll park the car and go get it." (Thinking it was an accident). To which she replied, "It's ok Daddy, it was empty."
How does it occur to a three year old to first of all throw her drink out the window, and then think that that was a really smart and cool thing to do?
Tony explained about littering (to which she said "OH!!") as they walked to pick up and throw away the offending garbage.

Yesterday was a great day for Keegan. I was in the kitchen when I heard Tony tell him very forcefully, "NO Keegan, that is NEVER ok!" and I was thinking that nothing Keeg could have done could warrant that tone. I asked, "What did he do?" And Tony replied, "He had your keys and was trying to stick them in the electrical socket!"
Similarly, we sat down to eat lunch and while I was paying attention to Zoe, Keegan stood on his chair and got the lighter that I had hidden (right) in a melted-down candle in the middle of the table, and was doing the exact motions to light it. (!!!)
Is this a boy thing? All of a sudden, I have to watch him every second, although Tony thought the lighter thing was fine. "It's normal" he said, "Boys like to play with fire."
Goodness gracious!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Splash Park

Thanks to Aunt Julie, who was not afraid to get wet,
Zoe was soon right at home at the splash park

Why is it called the Splash Park you ask? See the huge bucket at the top of the structure? It totally fills with water, tips, and water splashes all over. It is awesome!

This is as much water as Keegan wanted...just a little on his toes :)


Keegan preferred running up a little hill right beside the splash park, and into Tony's arms.

Zoe joined him after a little while. She thought she could run into his arms as well...

But he said he still had to go back to work...and his clothes could not get soaking wet. She of course couldn't resist and gave him a big hug anyway.

Great News!

My little sister is pregnant! My kids are going to have a cousin! We are all very excited.
In other also exciting news, Tony and I got the job to be apartment managers to a medium sized off-campus housing complex. We are excited to move and especially to be a half a block from Tony's parents and 2 blocks from Tony's work. Our goal is to never use our car!

Monday, June 23, 2008

In case anyone is wondering why I am blogging in the middle of the night, it is only because Matt said I should add something to my blog and I listen to him. I hear you Matt! Your words matter enough to make a difference in my day even though I'm a whole continent away. You rock. And you're here's my hot little brother everyone...enjoy. And goodnight.

Happy blessing day baby Lucy!

How much fun are cousins? We had a great weekend visiting Aut and Liesel and their family as they blessed their newest addition. As you can see, fun was had by all!

Missionary Cake

This was an interesting one. The mom of a future missionary had me make him a missionary name tag cake for his farewell. Thanks to Lo for picking me up the black fondant at the last minute!

Good luck learning Mandarin Chinese Elder Mortensen!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Fresh from the Garden

How wonderful is fresh produce? A salad made of lettuce and spinach you just picked--can't get much better than that! (Summer is finally here--thank goodness!)
p.s. Zoe was not nearly that impressed with the radishes when she bit into one :) "I need a drink! Hurry Mom, I need a drink!"

Can't we come in?

The rule still stands that no pets are allowed in the house (not our rule of course). But how can you say no to these two?! They're just so cute!

The Farm has a new Kitten!

Mittens the Kitten has arrived on the farm, and we couldn't be more delighted. She is the best natured cat I have ever met, and has no problem being "loved" by kids and licked by our dog! We've been told we could change her name if we come up with a better one...I guess Mittens isn't really that original...but either is Kitty-kitty which Zoe insists should be her name. Any suggestions anyone?

Lauren came over to see the new kitty without Gordon (who is the real cat lover). I suspect she did so not only to see us (of course!) but also to make him jealous and to give him another reason to wish he was not on a business trip (as if he needs another reason than missing Lo!). Cute picture though don't you think Gordon?? Wish you were here!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Happy Girl!

This little video catches the spirit of who Zoe really is :)

Monday, June 9, 2008


Friday night (or was it Saturday morning) one of my kids woke up and needed me, so I jumped out of bed and did a stupid little leap over something and suddenly felt as if my hips were no longer attached to my spine. My back had been aching a little, but goodness gracious, I had never experienced anything like that before...a day and a half and a chiropractic visit later, I am happy to say I feel better.
You don't appreciate a thing until it's taken away, they say, which in my case was true in this instance. I am currently doing back strengthening exercises and thought I'd share.
Good Health to you all!

Busting Out

Zoe's teacher at church helped her plant a seed a few months ago. She brought it home and we've been faithfully watering it and taking care of it and it has grown! We've known for a while that we should re-pot it, but not until last week that I noticed that it was literally busting out of it's plastic cup! Good for you little seed! No barriers for you! Onward and upward!

(He/she is now happily in our front garden--hopefully spreading out and enjoying life in the fresh air!)

Friday, June 6, 2008

Zoe's first dance

I have literally been trying (not actively, but still) for a year and a half to get this video off my camera, and I finally did it (completely by accident, but I'm still proud!). This is at a Christmas party where there was live music. Zoe and Charlie were barely 2 years old and they decided it was time to dance! They are undeniably adorable. Jen (aka Charlie's Mom)--this is for you!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

The only way to eat spinach

My family (myself included) will only eat spinach if it is in spinach quiche--then it is wonderful. This is my mom's recipe so you know it's good!
Even my 3 year old loves it.

Spinach Quiche

unbaked bottom pie crust
1 pkg. spinach, washed, steamed, drained & chopped
1 small onion chopped
1 clove garlic (garlic powder works fine)
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cups shredded Swiss cheese (or about 1/3 of a pound)
3 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon celery salt

Saute onion and garlic in butter until softened. Add spinach and fry until much of the moisture is taken up. Add this mixture to a large bowl with the remaining ingredients. Blend and turn into 9" pie plate lined with an unbaked shell. Arrange tomato slices around outer edge. Bake at 425 for 15 minutes. Reduce to 350 and bake another 10 minutes. Sprinkle a little Parmesan cheese over quiche and bake at 300 for a final 10 minutes.
Let cool 10 minutes before serving.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Stinker butt!

I forget what I asked her to do, I think it had something to do with putting on a sweater, or changing into pants from a skirt (heaven forbid!), but Zoe really didn't want to do what I was asking her. I finally said that it wasn't an option, and was leaving her room, when I heard her say under her breath, "stinker butt mommy!" It was the worst thing she could think of. It was all I could do to keep a straight face while she apologised.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Little Kitty

About 2 weeks ago we were given a tiny kitten to look after. Sadly, she was only with us a little over a week. She didn't look very well one evening and by morning she was gone.

It was the saddest thing to explain to Zoe that the kitty (who she had named Rock) had gone to live with Heavenly Father. She said (through sobbs) "Will Heavenly Father bring her right back after she feels better?" Rock was beautiful and sweet. We all loved her and will miss her.

Keegan's Bed Time

So Keegan's bedtime has become interesting since he's discovered that he can swing from the bars on his bunk bed. It's actually cute, but we get tired of it long before he does! We didn't take this with a video camera so sorry no sound!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

More Cake!

Tony's dad had me make cakes to celebrate his elementary school reading over 48000 books this past year. All the kids walked from their school in Sugar City to Rexburg and had a big party at the park. The kids LOVED it!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Last week I made cakes for a retirement party--one chocolate strawberry, and one citrus. Yum!

Welcome All!

I never thought I'd be a blogger...but then Lolo started one, Tony's said I should for my cakes, and Matt wanted to see here I am :) Feel free to comment, and enjoy!