Birthday and Mother's Day----BACK POST

I started this on May 26th but never finished it. Sorry so late. So here goes:

I had a fabulous birthday this year. I am 27 years old now! Weird. Getting older doesn't really bother me. It's just weird to realize you are a certain age, whatever it might be. It's kinda fun to me, actually. I've always been one that couldn't wait until I was 'older'. I hung out with older kids when I was younger and always idolized my older sisters. I guess that is all still true. I married someone older and I suppose I can always take solace in the fact that he will always be 3+ years older than me. :D (Love you, dear!) Thank you for the beautiful roses. They were a creamy pink with a hint of a darker pink in the center around the outer edges of each petal. Here is a picture, even though it's hard to tell the colors:


For mother's day, we made the treck home to see my own mother! It was sort of coincidental that we were there that day, but it happened to work out really perfectly. My two sisters and their families came up from Utah and my two siblings in I.F. were there, so it was the first time in a long time we were all together in one place. We went to our home ward and had a great great time with everyone. I made a fancy cake that turned out really cheap and chintzy looking but it tasted absolutely fabulous, even if I do say so myself. It was a chocolate/white swirl with chocolate ganache on two layers and a raspberry filling on one. Here is a picture even though I really don't want to share it because it turned out so badly. I planned on piping some chocolate swirls and putting some flowers on top but I had spent so much time doing it and was just too tired to finish--so I quit. It looks like a horrible and cheesey baby shower cake. I was trying to make it feminine and masculine because it was also a birthday cake for several people. Well, it didn't work out how I wanted, but it tasted good and in the end that's all that matters, right? Oh, regretfully, here it is....

Happy Belated Mother's Day to all the mothers and women caretakers out there!
You are all special and amazing!


Seriously Naughty

My girls are sooo bad lately. Who am I kidding. They've always been mischievous; but overly so recently.

Here are a couple pictures of some of the naughty things they've been doing lately. Mind you, this is only a sample. If I tried to capture it all, I'd be taking pictures all day....

Climbing on top of the side table....and usually dancing. Apparently, hilarious.

Our biggest problem as of late, is getting completely undressed in our cribs. I should have censored this photo, but you have to see the whole picture to really get it. I surprised her and the face is priceless. (so is Ashleigh's in the background)

There will be more blog posts to come on this one.....

The girls decided to 'help' mommy organize her magazines...thoughtful, aren't they?
(notice that 'innocent' ashleigh is no where to be seen...she is usually the instigator)

I love the pure joy of naughtiness on their faces. Jordyn is purposely turned away I'm sure to prove her UN-involvement. Uh-hem.

Oh the joys of toddlers. Three at once. Yippy skippy. :)

Random Photos

:::::Some of our Favorite Things:::::

  1. getting 'cozy' under mommy's blanket
  2. eating messy messy pasta (jordy with a fork, of course)
  3. riding our rocking animals: zoe the zebra (not pictured), betty the butterfly and stanly the snail
  4. wearing hats--any and all kinds.... EXCEPT for the ones mommy wants us to wear.
  5. playing on daddy's strong legs; especially when he lifts us in the air----all at the same time!


Happy 08-08-08!!!

Let the games begin!!

(horns playing):




OK, that was a poor attempt at the Olympic trumpet song.

I tried to think of a more succinct way of typing it, but that's all I could come up with....sadly.

Speaking of sadly, here is a picture of a cake I made to commemorate the occasion:

(Only a few thousand mishaps along the way. I made the biggest mess I've EVER made while doing this cake. And that's truly saying something.
I don't know why I bother...But I guess practice makes perfect. At least it will taste good. This I know for sure. Just close your eyes while you eat it.)
Now, I leave you with a few Olympic facts and meanings behind the popular symbols of the games:

The Olympic Motto is "Citius, Altius, Fortius" which means "Swifter, Higher, Stronger".
This motto is used with the Olympic Symbol: the five colored rings.
The rings are interlocked to represent the sporting friendship of people from all over the world.

The five colors of the rings (black, blue, yellow, green, and red) were chosen because at least one of these colors appears in the flags of every nation of the world.

The Olympic flag was first used in Antwerp in 1920, the five rings appear in the center of a white field.

The Olympic flame symbolizes the link between the ancient and modern games. By tradition the flame is carried by torch overland from Greece (except when it needs to travel over water) by a relay of athletes/people from participating countries. The games begin when the torch is used to light the flame signalling the beginning of competition.

At every Olympic Games opening ceremony an athlete from the host country takes the oath,

"In the name of all the competitors l promise that we shall take part in these Olympic Games, respecting and abiding by the rules which govern them, in the true spirit of sportsmanship,
for the glory of sport and the honor of our teams"


That Last Title Sounds Totally Bratty----

So I would just like to explain...

I normally kill everything (including the herb garden I planted at the same time as the tomatoes.)

I'm actually amazed that none of my children have died while in my care...

So, it is astonishing to me that I actually have a garden with alive and edible things!!

I didn't mean it to come accross like I was the best thing since.... fertilizer or something. My thumb is so black. So...that's it. It just bothered me everytime I saw it.

Thanks for listening :D (or reading, rather)

Update: I must give credit where credit is due, and the probable reason why my plants are still alive is because my husband waters them no less than 80% of the time. (I do remind him from time to time, but for the most part, he is right on top of it.) So, truly, HE is the one with live, edible tomatoes. He doesn't even like them (that's putting it nicely) but he knows I do and that's super nice. Everything in my life is a big collaboration with someone, somehow. I was wrong in not mentioning it specifically! So THANK YOU, DEAR! :)


From MY garden!!!

Holy moly! I grew heirloom tomatoes! I mentioned a long time ago that I actually planted some and now I am seeing the fruits of my labor---pun intended! And they are soooo delicous! My pots are growing above my head and are pretty much out of control. I don't know what I'm doing, but there are tomatoes growing on them so I must be doing something right.

I've had two big ones and two cherry tomatoes, plus these three:

I made really good bruschetta one day and yesterday I made the best guacamole (even if I do say so myself) using a green zebra tomato! And, lucky me, my husband hates avacados. :D I ate it all yesterday with the best chip-match. I just grabbed them in the store because I thought they'd go well with guac. And boy, do they! Here's a pic:So, if you need chips to go with your guac, these are awesome!! (if you are reading this, Kettle Brand Chips, please send me some more!!) :D