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.