Wednesday, March 21, 2012


Sometimes my children love to clean. Scrubbing walls is their favorite. :)

Monday, March 19, 2012

My THIRTY year old husband

It may have been good timing for our blog to become overloaded, because then I couldn't proclaim to the world that my husband was turning THIRTY--not his favorite fact! He wouldn't let us say the word, so Viana would just say, "When you turn three-oh..." Except one day Viana was asking Eric why he had gray hairs and he told her it was because he was old. She thought about that and then said, "Dad, when you turn 30 will you die?" Well, to help Eric feel excited about his maturity and upcoming birthday we started celebrating with 20 days left in his 20's. I took a page out of Granddad's book (remember these treasures?) and left him this Toy Story tin with a little poem and a little present everyday. I tried to mimick Granddad and it was so fun. He got such things as safety pins and rocks and gum and shamrocks. All fun and all enjoyable. None the less, he was still anxious about his new decade. So I snuck his mom to Utah two days before his birthday to surprise and spoil him. It was so fun and we were so glad she could come!! She made him his favorite chocolate cream pie. All the candles barely fit :)
And when you light 30 candles the first one lit is burned to a stub by the time you get around to the 30th! It was great!!
After spending the night before at Prom valet parking and videoing for a prom video I kidnapped him and took him to a little getaway in Richfield while Grandma stayed with the kids. Another good schinke! Then on his birthday we swam with the kids at the hotel, ate much good food, bowled and opened presents!
He got a scavenger hunt clue for one of his presents...

He collected all the clues and put together the puzzle, decoded it and found out that he got 3 months of voice lessons for his birthday!! He's so excited about it!!
And after all the that I did to try to make his 30th birthday unimaginably enjoyable (daily presents for 3 weeks, a surprise visit from mom, eating out galore, a good time at prom a fun overnight stay, bowling, a scavenger hunt, his favorite pie, and a date to the movies) I was absolutely outdone by two seminary students. They tried to come at midnight on the 17th to be the first ones to wish him a happy bday, but Eric was at they came late the night of, but we were at the they gave up trying to see Eric and left this huge amazing package with his mom. It was amazing. All themed and cleverly chosen gifts that made us grin and laugh and cry with joy. What nice students!
Overall it was a splendid celebration for a splendid husband! And guess what? All of my scheming worked...for a day or two later he admitted to me that 30 was not that bad afterall!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Viana's Leprechaun Trap

The kindergarteners were asked to work with their family on making a leprechaun trap to bring to school. Viana came up with this idea and I just made it work for her. I think it is so clever and it turned out super cute!! She told me she wanted a big hat with a ladder of sticks going up to the top with a trap door covered with gold that when he fell in it closed and locked behind him. I actually did add this little detail, a hidden window to check inside to see if anything had gotten caught in the trap.

Pretty convincing gold, eh?
We added this little home made spring so the door would snap close to lock.
And Viana made a little bed and pretty wall hangings so should she catch something he would be happy.
She took it to school and while they were at recess leprechaun's came into their class and they followed their footprints all over the school and eventually found some candy they had dropped! And on St. Paddy's Day Viana caught a little guy but he used his magic to escape, but did leave her a whole box of candy! This was super fun and I hope we do it every year!!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Dear Caucus Meeting,

I love you. I really do. Admittedly, it was NOT love at first sight. It was nearly a dreaded blind date. But, I went through with it and came out in love. Who knew that you would be so fun? And informative? And uniting for my already united community? Well, I guess you knew. And I'm glad for the counsel to attend you. I will whole heartedly spread the word to any who may have not yet had their own caucus meeting that you are something to be scheduled onto the calendar. Although I will recommend that any future attendees sit by friends. That makes the wait time while tallying ripped up paper, hand scribbled, freshly nominated attending souls names votes more fun. And boy were you fun. Thank you caucus meeting, I hope to meet with you again in the future.

Love, This newly converted caucus attendee

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

March Madness table decor

For our Relief Society birthday dinner they asked for volunteers to decorate the tables-one for each month of the year. I signed up to do March. I LOVE March. Family birthdays, springs, new flowers, the sense of change, the reminiscence of getting hired, St. Patrick's Day and March Madness. Now, you know me, my brain is always on hyper-drive. So, instead of doing a leprachaun-y shamrocked table I did a March Madness table! (with a little bit o' green!)Yep, I totally put basketballs in the middle of this table! Don't worry, the kids helped me by cleaning them with wipes since they would be hovering over someone's dinner. And what better placemats could there be than real live brackets!! This dinner had perfect timing--after Selection Sunday, before the first real game.Joy! I was fairly tickled with the finished product!!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


I FLIPPIN' LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Spring is finally here, and I am ridiculously happy.

And yes, BYU's AMAZING 31 point swing in 26 minutes to beat Iona may have pumped me up just a little bit more.


(ps. if you haven't filled out brackets, you totally need to, it's ultimately joyous to follow along--and believe you me, I have definitely picked UNC to beat Duke in the championship game. Go Tarheels!!)

Sunday, March 11, 2012

CharlyAnn's FIRST birthday!

We love CharlyAnn so much. She is such a joy and we can't imagine life without her! Nor can we really believe that she's already been with us for a whole year!! We celebrated as best we could! Starting out with a little out to eat excursion on Saturday night. Typically we let the bday person pick any restaurant, and so we let CharBar do the same. I wrote every restaurant in Monroe, Richfield, Marysvale and Salina on slips of paper and let her pick! (Yes, when you combine 4 cities of dining establishments that is all you get...) (And also note that CharlyAnn is holding Eric's cell phone open to the wallpaper picture of herself--she LOVES that)
She picked Big Daddy's Deli so off we went! But it was closed when we got there! So, we picked the next best thing: Lotsa Motsa pizza that I had a coupon for!
We had fun waiting outside for it to cook and then pigged out!
And look at my 3 brave big kids going to ask for take-home boxes. It's nice to have brave kids when you're not so brave. When the lady was folding up the pizza box we heard Viana say to her, "We just want the box, don't put any pizza in it."
Today the 4 of us made CharlyAnn a wonderful cake! Yellow cake with leftover fruit pizza icing and blueberries in the middle, decorated with my fancy icing tips.
And we had Mac and Cheese for dinner because it's one of CharlyAnn's favorites!
And then we had our little family party!
CharlyAnn liked her cake!

And she did enjoy opening a few presents.
She LOVED the toy phone she got! (With a mirror where typically she finds a picture of herself on Eric's phone!)
Happy Birthday CharlyAnn! You are such a good baby and you are getting cuter and cuter everyday!!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

My brain at it again: Fruit Pizza recipe included!

Remember when I made an entire house for a Christmas bean bag toss game? Well last night I needed to make one dessert to be auctioned off to help raise money for girls camp. Which, coincidentally, the theme for camp this year is "There's no place like home" taken from the Wizard of Oz. So, what did I decide to craft? This.

Hopefully you can associate "Somewhere over the Rainbow" with the camp theme on your own. I made Amy Merrill's yummy sugar cookie for the bottom (1/2 c. shortening, 1 c. sugar, 2 eggs, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1/2 tsp. salt, 2 3/4 tsp. baking powder, 2-2 1/2 c. flour @375 for 6 min.) It took me lots of Pam and a newspaper pattern and two mirrored halves to make a rainbow this size. Then I made my mom's frosting (1/2 pint whipping cream slightly whipped, 8oz. cream cheese, 1 c. sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla beat together) and used strawberries, mandarin oranges, pineapple chunks, kiwi, blueberries and pears died purple with acai berry juice (which came in a little cup for a buck at Walmart) and bananas for the clouds.
It went for $40 at the auction! Tied for the highest food item price! Girls camp joy, here we come!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Of Note: Eternal friends rock

I like when my dearest friend who lives in Africa comes to America. And when she hesitantly requests if I would want to make a trip to see her. And when I respond in an email with 80 exclamation points to imply that OF COURSE I DO. And when she recommends that we meet in the middle at our other dearest friends home. And when that meeting day is on parent/teacher conferences so Eric can come too. And when our 10 children can have a delightful time together. And when it's all said and done we find strength and comfort in our eternal friendship.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Our family through artists eyes

My kiddos love to color. And I mean LOVE to color. They love to take our computer paper and draw and draw and draw. Today Ram told me he was drawing Daddy, so I told him to draw a picture of our whole family and Brooke did the same. Here is Brooke's family. I don't really know why there are 7. It is NOT an announcement. It is possible that it is a picture of our soon-to-come new cousin since I was talking about him today while they were drawing.And here is Ram's family. Oh my goodness it is the cutest thing ever. I love when kids hit the stage of "recognizable" drawings. (We mostly look like a family of amoebas and jellyfish)!