Archive for March, 2013


Thursday, March 21st, 2013 by by

“…And whose idea was it to cross the street without a grown-up, Bob?”

“It was Dylan’s.”


“I don’t really remember whose idea it was.”

“I think you probably do remember, Bob.”

“Yeah, it was actually my idea.”

“I was afraid of that. Do you know how serious this situation is?”

“I think I probably might for sure I do pretty much kind of yeah.”


Reusing Pasta Boxes

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 by by

… to hold birdseed!

I’ve had these old pasta boxes around, and I wasn’t sure what we were going to do with them. I had one on the kitchen counter from making baked ziti, and boy was I glad it was there when our bag of birdseed broke! I was able to salvage most of it, and now I can put it safely in the cabinet. It’ll be easier for the kids to open and get their hands into as well, and now I don’t have to worry about spilled seed all over my floor :-)

And On The Seventh Day, God Said, "Let There Be Sweet Rolls!"

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 by by

My small ones have been ridiculously sick for the past two weeks.  Kellan has missed 4 days of school which when you are in kindergarten, is like missing a whole month.  I made him recite the alphabet for me just to make sure he hasn’t backslid during his convalescence ;)

Anyway, being trapped indoors is hell for me.  It actually ensures that I will forever remain a law-abiding citizen because I would never survive prison.  24/7 in a 6′x6′ cell?  I’d perish within days from my own insanity.  To preserve my mental state during this Dickensian time of suffering I’ve had to keep myself occupied in projects that can’t be derailed and/or devastated by constant interruptions or insistent assistance.  Usually that means baking.

Lately I have been on a sweet roll kick.  A friend from the gym (ironically) and I have been engaged in the pursuit of the perfect sweet roll and have subsequently been baking and swapping on a somewhat weekly basis.  I’m telling you, this winter better end soon before I develop diabetes, gain 20 pounds, or both.

Every Christmas I make The Pioneer Woman’s cinnamon rolls and give them as gifts to friends and neighbors.  Or at least that’s what I thought was happening.  Here’s what I found last week while searching for some spray paint in the garage:

Paradise lost.

Yes, that would indeed be (more…)

Just No

Monday, March 18th, 2013 by by

“Mom is that rock and roll on the radio?”

“Yes, it is.”

“What band is it?”

“The band is called The Who.”


“The Who.”


“I’m not going to do this.”


Finding Jewelry {just like her mommy}

Monday, March 18th, 2013 by by

I couldn’t figure out what she was doing, but she was having a ton of fun tossing everything on the floor while I was feeding Mini.  (I saw her inside and knew that she was OK to explore since she only weighs 26 pounds.)


Steps back into life

Monday, March 18th, 2013 by by

January 21, 2013 ~ Steps Back into Life
Share about your first steps back into life. What helped you survive in the world outside as you took those first tender steps? Are there still tender areas for you today, living in a world that doesn’t embrace or understand the loss of a baby/child? How do you cope with those struggles? What advice would you offer those new to this walk to encourage and bring hope? How has this changed for you from the beginning? If you are in early grief, what do you fear/struggle with as you try to navigate a new normal….life without your baby?

For the first 3 1/2 years of our marriage, Matt was going to school at BYU-Idaho in the very small town of Rexburg, Idaho.  I was pregnant with Cora there.  I worked at a gas station/convenience store that would sell 40oz soda for $.60.  Being a college town, you can imagine how busy we were because of that.  And there were the regulars.  It was amazing how many people came in multiple times a day for their soda.

So they knew me, and it was quite obvious that I was pregnant.   (more…)


Friday, March 15th, 2013 by by

Todd and I want to move. We want a place that is just ours. We can start fresh! We need this. And also, we need a bedroom with a door. The kids share the upstairs with us, but it’s an old attic with a small room with a door to the kids’ room. We had to get creative and hand bells on the doors and we turn the monitor on….just in case. I don’t want to traumatize my children by having them walk in on us, you know, making whoopie or whatever you call it when you’re a grownup. So yeah, the hunt is on!! We’re thinking of renting a crappy 3 bedroom apartment for a few years then buying a house. I want a farm. I want/need/gotta have chickens. And lots of them. I wonder if Polish chickens lay good eggs. I’m going to have to google that! Ok, just googled it and apparently they do, just not regularly. And also, there’s a whole message board dedicated to Polish chickens. Unbelievable. Oh, and in case you were wondering, this is a Polish chicken…..

That thing is stylin’!!! Lex loves this picture. :)

So yeah, life is good, busy, hectic and fun. We’re doin’ alright :)



Easy Italian Rice – Love Every Minute!

Friday, March 15th, 2013 by by

Easy Italian Rice - Just a few ingredients transform brown rice in an Italian feast.

As a busy mom of three, I am always on the lookout for quick and easy lunch ideas that I can eat while the kids are napping. I typically don’t have a lot of time to prepare something, so fast is key. But just because I need something fast, doesn’t mean that I want to compromise on health and taste. Thanks to Minute® Ready to Serve Rice, I don’t have to. I can’t wait to show you how quickly you can makeEasy Italian Rice and transform a cup of brown rice into lunchtime feast. (more…)

Meet Faith Ashlynn

Friday, March 15th, 2013 by by

If you’ve ever wondered, you can pack two adults and stuff for a baby in about 1.5 hours, book a flight and jump on a plane.

Last Sunday, March 3, at about  3:30pm we got a call that A* may be going into labor.  We called the airline and found out that the last flight out of Madison was at 5:15.  We dropped everything (Tony was pulling out carpet, we were getting all packed up to start our last remodeling project before baby) and started packing.  Just in case.  We still didn’t have confirmation, so we started driving to the airport.  Just in case.  We got to the airport and still didn’t have a firm, yes, they are going to do the c-section tonight, we decided we were hopping on a plane now or possibly missing the birth of our baby.  Just before we boarded our second flight to Tampa, we heard they were going to do the c-section.  That was reason enough for Tony to buy the in-flight wi-fi.  On our 3 hour flight to Tampa, we got the first pictures of our baby girl.  She was born 3-3-13 at 7:59pm; 6 lbs 3 oz; 18 1/4 inches.

Since the plan was that A wasn’t going to see the baby, K, our social worker was at the hospital to take her after she was born.  We got a text that A changed her mind and wanted to see the baby.  That worried us at first, but I didn’t (more…)

But Who’s Counting?

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 by by

“Are you taking a bath tonight, Bob?”

“No, not tonight.”

“You sure about that?”

“Yeah, I only have about four dirty parts.”