Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Kenna is now 8 1/2 months old but has had two teeth for over a month. Yea, I know I am so on the ball with this whole blog thing. Actually I couldn't figure out what these pictures were for , they seemed so odd with the main part being her mouth. Then it hit me! So here they are can't you see them? Here teeth are poking up so much more, I should get a new picture but she's asleep and I'm blogging right now!

Kenna is so cute lately. She can get wherever she wants to go by rolling. She rolls everywhere! The other night she was rolling from one end of the family room downstairs to the other and giggling the whole time. So Cute! If she can't get what she wants she will pivot on her high centered little belly then start rolling again till she gets it. Just on Sunday she sat up again after rolling around. Why is she growing so fast. Slow Down Little Girl!

Can you see the blurry little teeth in there?

You definitely can see those big brown eyes, blurry or not!

Thursday, September 23, 2010


I have been meaning to get some posts up but haven't felt like it. Sorry it's the truth. Actually we had regional conference a week and a half ago and Sister Beck told us "we are doing better then we think we are" and then followed that up with "but we could be doing better than we are." She also went on to say women are spending too much time on the computer and not enough time nurturing their children. So I have been spending a lot less time at the computer and a lot more time with my kids--I love it. But this blog is something I want to keep up. I feel like it's a family journal in a way. So I need to find the balance between keeping a journal which was also mentioned in conference and not spending too much time at the computer. What to do?

Anyway I have been wanting to write for over a week about an experience I had while making dinner the other night. I was making Chicken Parmesan without the Parmesan (cause I never have it in the house). I had breaded the chicken and was cooking it on the stove, already had one piece in my Pyrex pan that was sitting on the stove so the move from the pan wouldn't be too far. I was halfway done cooking the second and last piece and about to put them into the hot oven to finish cooking and heat the sauce and melt the cheese when I thought I needed to heat the water for the corn on the cob. So I leaned over and turned on the element (the pan was already full of hot water from the tap) and then flipped my chicken to cook on the other side.

I don't remember now what it was I needed from the fridge but I walked over the 3 ft and had my head in the fridge when all of a sudden there was an explosion. Loud, crashing glass, stinging in my ankle explosion. I didn't know what had happened I just yelled thinking the kids had dropped a plate by the table. I shut the fridge door and saw glass EVERYWHERE! My 9x13 pan had exploded. I had turned on the wrong element I guess. At first I thought I could salvage dinner until I saw little slivers of glass in ALL the food. Note: when it says don't put a pan on the element DON'T. It explodes litterally thousands of pieces everywhere. Steve walked in the door shortly after it happened and came to help clean up the mess and keep the kids out of the dinning room and kitchen (yes it went clear into the dinning room).

I had felt a stinging in my foot but paid no attention to it until Steve leaned over and wiped blood off my heal. It was then that I pretty much lost it. Even standing 3 ft away glass had cut my foot. I don't know why I went to the fridge but had I not, that pan would have blown up in my face. Where do we even begin talking about tender mercies? I knew Heavenly Father was watching out for me right then. How could anyone not know it?

I did find it funny (kind of) that the next day Steve goes "I just have to ask, why were you crying yesterday?" I just shook my head and said "cause I was almost done making dinner and I had to start all over with something else" "Really?" he questioned. Well it was part but really I was so overwhelmed at how I had just been protected from something that could have been so seriously dangerous. I guess I have one more example of how much God knows me personally, even to keep me protected and all my little ones as well.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Fruits of our Labors

We have had a lot of fun gardening with the neighbors this year. We worried about how it would all work out but it's been fine and actually fun when we go over for picking night and end up just chatting all night while the kids play with each other on the tramp. It has produced lots and lots of food and not quite as much as we would have liked in other areas (beans and corn). Now if we can get the rest of the tomatoes to ripen we will be set with our food storage as well.

I used to laugh at Dad when we would sit down to the dinner table growing up and he would go through everything that had come from the garden. You could definitely see the pride in his eyes and the saliva in his mouth on the nights that everything on our plates was from the garden. Well Dad they say you turn into what your parent were/are. Well I guess we're there! We go through the list every night for dinner and a couple of times we have been able to say that everything was from the garden like the picture below. Pure delishousness.

carrots, green beans, zucchini-onions, broccoli, cucumbers, green peppers

We've done onions before but they are always about the size of a baseball. Well not this year. I think we've finally figured out how to grow them well. Look at this guy, the picture doesn't do it justice, it was seriously a lot bigger than a softball.

(totally Steve's idea-he's been planning this photo for the past week, to bad they weren't the same kind-crenshaw and cantaloupe)


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Tuesday, September 14, 2010


I was going through the pictures on the camera and deleting those I didn't like when I came across these. I had forgotten about them. Damen loves taking pictures and after church a few weeks ago he found the camera and snapped a few of me and Kenna. They weren't too bad! Oh how I love those cute kissable cheeks. But never fear I only kept 3 because a couple more were blurry and then there were 6, 2-8 minute long, videos of him doing a power ranger song or filming their favorite TV show. I don't need a movie of a movie!

I can usually tell who has grabbed the camera cause without fail there 2-20 pictures of them, mostly goofy pictures. Gotta love that smile on him though, just like his 1st grade photo and the reason I've stopped purchasing school pictures!
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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Beautiful Railey

So we put Railey back in her skirt for some pictures. Problem is, she's a little big to go without a shirt. So we went rummaging through stuff and found this swim suit that someone gave us that has never been worn but it was the closest match to the skirt (only match). Never mind the tennis shoes just look at how stinkin' cute she is! I don't know what we did right to get such beautiful girls (and handsome boys). Railey is always telling Kenna that she's gorgeous but truth be told she is too!

Look at that pure, beautiful smile!

Doing a little dance

she had to sit "like Kenna did" for her pictures

yes it twirls great!
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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Soccer has Started

The boys have started soccer! They love it and we love that they get excited about it. We were lucky enough to get them on the same team. I didn't want to be going to two different games plus a flag football game (which is starting now too). They both are great. Damen loves playing forward as does Seth, but they also need Seth on defense (which he's good at but doesn't prefer). Steve is helping to coach the defense which leaves me trying to tackle to little ambitious girls, but it's worth it!

Seth waiting on defense


Seth is #8

Damen getting a fast break
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