Saturday, December 20, 2008
We watched Freedom Writers the other night. Ruth was afraid it was going to be another cheesy gangsta movie. I think it was pretty good. I would recommend it.
If you haven't found Pandora radio you should try it. Go to http://www.pandora.com/. You type in a song you like and it creates a "radio" station that plays similar music. We've been playing Christmas music from the site almost non-stop for the last couple days.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
The photograph below captures a disturbing trend that is beginning to affect wildlife in the US.
Animals that were formerly self-sufficient are now showing signs of belonging to the Democratic Party... as apparently they have learned to just sit and wait for the government to step in and provide for their care and sustenance. This photo is of a Democrat black bear in Montana nicknamed ' Bearack ' !
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
check out her blog to vote for the different categories. Voting ends on Saturday Nov. 15th. Come see how creative and funny my family can be!
Thursday, November 06, 2008
This Week Emily has been the special student. Last week she was sent home with a poster to fill out with information about her and she had it back to her teacher the very next day. She was so excited that she was going to have her week to shine! Thank-goodness I didn't have to pull my kids out of school on Wed. to start Homeschooling. Monday, I'm sure she arrived at school to see her beautiful poster all about her on the special place on the wall in the classroom. And she was able to explain to all the kids the drawings of her family, things she likes to do and a bunch of her other favorite things. On Tuesday she got to bring in her favorite stuffed animal to share with her class. She also gets to make some special decision about what the class will do for certain activities throughout the day. Today, Thursday, she was able to have a special guest to share with her class. And she chose me! I love you too Emily! The thing is, a couple of months ago, at a book fair, we let Emily pick out a book and she chose one of the cutest little stories called: "PINKALICIOUS!" This quickly became one of her favorite books to read and for me to read to her. She wanted me to come read it to her class. We also made some PINK cupcakes to share with her classmates. I made them to look like the cupcakes from the book. It was so fun to read to the kids and have them enjoy the story as much as Emily does. She was so cute! She stood next to me the whole time I read and chimed in at her favorite parts of the story. After we read the story we handed out cupcakes. All the kids were asking for more cupcakes. So, go to your local library and check out this adorable book! Then you can see what happens when you eat too many PINK cupcakes! Do you like my Reading Rainbow plug?
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
Now with the way our representatives pass legislation I thought that maybe that's not such a good idea. Keeping these guys in their offices and on the floors of their respective houses may not be such a good idea.
So maybe their payscale should be reflective of an approval rating provided by their constituency. But that creates a host of problems without addressing the actual problem of rep's working for their own interests and not ours.
We need to find a way to make our officials' actions and associations more transparent and more public so that they can be held accountable for their actions.
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Here are some pics of are Halloween. We had a trunk-or-treat party at the church on Tues. the 28th. The girls got to listen to a story. Then trick or treating to a few rooms in the church, including a balloon room, where they got to kick around in a room filled with... ...balloons. The young men had a scary walk-through room. Rachel was scared backwards out of the room. Emily laughed at all the scary people as she walked through. It was a great party. Ruth won the pie-eating contest, uh... I mean... the pie-baking contest, with an awesome apple pie (lots of Fuji apple and extra cinnamon and sugar on the crust). Sorry, no pictures of that event, but here are the kids:
Thursday night we drew faces on and carved pumpkins. Jason had a revelation halfway through after getting tired of using kitchen knives on the innocent cucurbits. The real tools came out and the face-shaping got a lot easier, even if it wasn't faster. A keyhole saw, jigsaw and some drill bits are better than any store-bought pumpkin kit.
Saturday night we had our own party with friends from church. The Chapmans and the Piers came over. We had homemade doughnuts, caramel corn, 1-2-3 popcorn, roasted pumpkin seeds, root beer, cider, and more. The kids watched a movie while the adults talked and played a great game of Cranium.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
I came across this blog last week when emailed about the school sick-out. I found this post and thought I would share it with all of you. It brings up some important arguments and says it way better then I could ever say it! I'm so worried that I might have to Home-school in a couple of weeks! Check out this blog site:
My needs above yours…at any cost.
In my post, “It’s Not Just About Love” I brought up the idea that there are more intentions, more drives at play with the same sex marriage debate than just love. There is more at stake as well, but for a moment I want to focus on the intentions, the goals of the gay movement. They say it’s just about love, but I think it’s about affirmation and acceptance, about domination of ideas, my needs above yours at any cost.
Our friends in the gay community ask us to accept changing the definition of marriage from one man and one woman, because their heart’s desires are excluded. Are we unfair? Biased? Bigoted? Homophobic? No. The idea that desires sometimes go unmet for the greater good is part of life for responsible adults. Gay marriage at the expense of our children’s development, and our social stability is not a responsible path. If my heart’s desire is to two partners, I am free to act on that desire, but I am not free to call it marriage, no matter how much I may want it and feel lost without it. The consequences for society are too great.
It seems that there is a need in the gay community for affirmation, for society to stop “looking down” on the gay lifestyle. There is a tendency to blame all the misery they feel, and the harm they do to themselves and others on society because their lifestyle choices are not morally accepted in society. Somehow everything is supposed to change, people will be happy, once they’re accepted. How does changing the definition of marriage all of a sudden bring the light of happiness into a same sex couple’s life like we’re being told it will? It doesn’t.
I’ve made enough mistakes in my life to know, that just because someone says what I’m doing is ok, it doesn’t make the guilt I feel go away. People have no effect on God’s laws. If it’s wrong now, it will still be wrong even if all the courts in the land say it’s not. Morality is not peer driven. Does the gay community believe their misery will be lifted if we’re all affirming their lifestyle by inclusion? The guilt will not go away, it will just spread as we include our children in the sphere of exposure. If you’re not happy now, changing the definition of marriage won’t make you happy either.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Well yesterday I decided to shake things up a bit and I wanted to try to make a pizza like I used to make at Round Table Pizza. Now mind you, it's been about nine years since I've worked there and a little less then that since I've had this particular gourmet pizza. Every time we go I am tempted to order it but the people I am with never want to share it with me. I believe this pizza is called the Chicken Garlic Gourmet and from what I remember, it had (In this order, please correct me if I'm wrong Courtney, if you can!) white sauce, spinach, cheese, zucchini, chicken, bacon bits, red onion, tomatoes, and a special herb seasoning sprinkled over top. Now doesn't that sound good! Well, we had plenty of Zucchini and tomatoes from our garden. And some left over chicken from dinner the night before. I scored a huge bag of bacon bits and another of spinach from Grocery Outlet. And we bought an onion the night before. The herb seasoning (I think) contains Italian Seasoning and Parmesan cheese. So I had all the ingredients and I went for it! It turned out great and it tasted just like, or at least close to what I remember it tasting like at the restaurant. I'm just so proud of myself I had to share! So if you love this pizza too, I hope you can try and make it yourself as well! Because, if I can do it anyone can Right?
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
We celebrated Jason's birthday with a chocolate cake covered in candles! That guy is OLD! :) Love ya Sweetie! His parents also came to visit for the evening and we enjoyed a wonderful meal with them and our family!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
1. All of my family, especially my kiddos!
2. Baking yummy bread and cookies!
3. Getting enough sleep/rest!
1. That one of my kids will be diagnosed with Celiac disease and I won't be able to bake good food anymore.
2. That I'll never be released from being Primary President.
3. That we'll have to live in Clearlake for the rest of our lives because we bought our house at the wrong time.
2. Staying in shape
3. Weaning Aaron!
1. I would rather play computer games then blog.
2. I have a hard time telling people NO.
3. I like to plan for the future and be prepared, but I usually forget something. I have lists all over the place.
Now I'm tagging My Mom, Becky, Rachel, Angel and Sheila.
I'll update on what's going on around here soon! I promise!
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
About a month ago my parents came a took the girls for a few fun nights at the WorldMark Resort in Nice (about 30 min. away). They had a blast with G&G Christensen. They swam, played and did art projects. Let's just say that when Grandma and Grandpa dropped off the girls, they were worn out and ready to go home. We love you guys!
The week after that Jason's parents came for a visit. They stayed long enough to chat a while and treat us to dinner for Jason's birthday. We always enjoy having our family and friends over. Thanks for everything! We love you guys!
Our garden has done pretty good this year. We were able to enjoy most of the veggies we planted. And we look forward to harvesting our one remaining watermelon. Our sunflowers are blooming and they make me smile every time I get to look at them.
The girls have their first day of school today! They were so anxious and excited to find out who would be their teachers! And I'm glad to report that Rachel got one of the teachers she had wanted, Mrs. Mostin. Emily of course knew that she would get Mrs. Sullivan (Rachel's teacher last year) and she did. They're off to a great start! I hope they are always this excited for school to start! I know it won't last but a mother can always hope! Kaitlin has to wait until next year to start kindergarten. She doesn't seem too disappointed.
In front of our sunflower fence ready to go to school!
Rachel's Giant sunflower she planted the end of second grade. That thing is close to ten feet tall! Unfortunately it slumped over. But it sure makes it easier for the girls to check the seeds. It actually grew two heads too. You can see the smaller of the two behind Rachel's head.
I just wanted to post this cute picture of Aaron! Can you tell that he loves to eat!? I have to bathe this kid twice a day sometimes! I love this little guy!
Sunday, August 03, 2008
Independence day,Scout camp, a baptism, potty-training and another ambulatory member of the family!
Scout camp for the scouts in our ward was up at Lassen National Volcanic Park, July 14-19. I am the scoutmaster, so it was my privilege to take the Highlands ward scouts to the stake sponsored camp. Had a great time. Hiked 2 miles up Mount Lassen (2.5 mile hike). Saw a few deer, many chipmunks, birds, some finicky fish. We took a hike to a geothermal site called Bumpass Hell. Here is a picture overlooking the site from the trail above. http://www.americansouthwest.net/california/photographs450/bah.jpg
You really have to be there to appreciate the scene and the smell.:) Saw a bear on the walk too! It was about 20' from us when we noticed it, walking through the woods and didn't care about us at all. It had very long sunbleached fur, kind of like the one here: http://www.blue-moon.ca/digital/P102-2948.jpg
Rachel was baptized on the 20th, along with her cousin Joshua Bunting at the Auburn stake center. Each were baptized and confirmed by their fathers. It was great to have the family and some friends together for the event.
Rachel: I was very happy when I came up!
Christopher has started using the toilet. All the good times and bad times that could could possibly be associated with that process are part of our family right now. He has done very well at church, though.
Aaron is taking steps on his own! He is up to nine by himself. He tends to fall when walking from parent to parent because he knows we will catch him. But when he has something he is interested in he is much more stable. I wish we had a helmet we could put on him to protect his face from his many falls.
I've been making some modifications to our charcoal grill this summer. I will have a new post on that subject as soon as that is ready.
Lastly, we have had a couple visitors who each spent a day at our house. They arrive sometime during the night. Apparently the bed is so comfortable that meals weren't necessary. When we saw the first one we called animal control. The county won't do anything about wild animals and said to call Fish and Game. We let both go after they each spent a night in our jail.
Two possoms on two different nights. No bait in trap. Both juveniles.
Sunday, July 06, 2008
We were able to get the kids out for most of the fireworks and we enjoyed ourselves with the great company and all the watermelon, cantaloupe, popcorn and ice cream cones.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Some highlights of camping/Father's Day were:
A hike to a very small waterfall and the river by the camp.
Lots of roasted Marshmallows and S'mores.
Wonderful food, who knew you could eat so well out in the middle of nowhere?!
Playing games with the family.
Enjoying the company, beautiful scenery and weather.
Letting the kids run off to explore knowing they would come back when they got hungry.
Spraying the kids with bug spray at 7am, sunscreen at 10am then bug spray again at 6pm.
It was really relaxing and fun! I hope we can go up again soon.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
We're going camping for Father's day!!! It will be Jason's Father's Day gift and our Anniversary celebration combined! Nine years on June 23rd, Yeah us! We'll be back next week with lots of pictures (hopefully) and just as many mosquito bites I'm sure. Sarah, Don't have your baby while we're gone! That's not a request! Love you!
So, what fun things are you doing for you Dad this Sunday?