Do-it-yourself Chia

Here is Ryan's attempt at a Chia man. He took a nylon stocking and filled it with saw dust and a few grass seeds in the top. He drew funny foam features (like my alliteration?) and made a little man.

With a little water and about 6 days..........................here is what he got. I thought it was a lot of fun watching him "grow a do". You can see that Ryan has even given him a haircut or two.

And It Came to Pass...

On the four and twentieth day of May, in the year two thousand and two, it came to pass that a handsome Prince and a beautiful Princess were to be married.

And behold it was decreed that a festival should be held in their honor, and all the noble families from neighboring kingdoms should gather to celebrate the blessed day.

Yea, and even the Prince's family traveled from the mythical kingdom of Idaho to make merry with the young couple.

Little Sailor Man

Emily has an unusual flair for fashion (her style falls somewhere around "the eclectic pioneer"). Here she's trying to incorporate it into Sam's wardrobe as well. To do this at home: take a regular hat. Turn it inside out. Flip up the cuff. Wear it like you mean it. You're all set!

Lucky for her, Sam loves the attention and has been wearing the hat like this for over an hour now. His latest antic has been to close his eyes whenever you tell him to "smile." He is so squishy, I love it!

She's done it again!

Cama just sent me some more shots of my kids that I just had to share! How she makes my kids look so darn cute, I'll never know! Oh, why can't they just stay little and sweet?!

Here Em was being a total hoot! Cama captured all of these expressions within about 30 seconds, along with Emily's sweet yet quirky personality. There's a model deep inside each of us...

"Honey-do" gets "Honey-done"!

So, I started this crazy project last November....I really wanted something cute above my stove in the "massive void" (I was adamant about not having plant shelves because I didn't want to have to deal with decorating them, but looking back I think that would have been about 87% easier.). I bought this window pane at an antique store, brought it home, sanded it, painted it, found matching shutters from Franklin Building Supply, a damaged shelf at Home Depot that I fixed up, and was ready to go!

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

This book is truly amazing. It was my turn to choose a book for book club this month and we narrowed it down to this one and I'm so glad we did. It has changed the way I feel about the food I eat forever. I can't even begin to tell you what you will learn, you just have to borrow the book or check it out for yourself, and you will be forever grateful you did! Long live the locavores!

Mmmm, good!

The other day my sugar cravings got the best of me so I decided to whip up a batch of my mom's famous "Banana Drop" cookies (the name aint so appetizing, but you gotta trust me on this one!). They were always my favorite growing up, and lucky for me they're a cinch!

The boys were anxiously waiting for the first tender morsels to be finished.

The Problem With Boys...

The following is a conversation Emily and I had on the way to school today:

Em: "The problem with boys is that girls like them but they really don't like girls that much. (long pause and sigh) That's how it is with Porter anyway."

Me: "Yep, you pretty much got it figured out."

Em: "Or, they might like you but the way they're treating you makes you feel like they kind of don't like you."

Apparently her "chasing" tactics at school don't seem to be getting her the results she wants, poor thing. As for me, I'm still not sure how a 6 year old figured out something I didn't learn until college....Kids these days just grow up too fast!

Gemini Season is upon us!!!

Let me know if you think this aptly describes me, as I happen to be a Gemini: (according to a recent MSN article full of more hard-core facts--if you're lucky enough to be one and were wondering exactly who you were lately you might want to check it out) "According to astrologers, Geminis tend to be quick-witted, changeable, talkative, versatile, and sometimes crafty or mischievous. Geminis are known for their ability to express themselves, and are witty, clever, and often well-read. They usually have something to say about everything. Astrologers believe that typical Geminis have highly developed intellects, and that they place greater importance on learning than on emotional or practical issues."

what are YOU worth?

Bummer!

Just my luck!! Last night I took the kids outside and let each of them pick a potted tomato and plant it in the garden. I was so pleased that we were actually getting them in the ground BEFORE June. Well, wouldn't you know it? (big sigh and a bunch of murmering)-- IT IS HAILING OUTSIDE! Poor little plants. I guess I should never plant before June. The cosmos is speaking!

Heeere's Sammy!

In Cama's words, "Em stole the show," but who can't resist a little baby fat? Or big sticky-outy ears? All wrapped up in one package, he's adorable!

Jaren's first PLAYDO!!

A scout is CLEAN.

Our cub scout den had uniform inspections and Ryan was determined to get every point possible. There are a number of requirements like pressed shirt, pants with no holes, ironed neckerchief, badges correctly sewn on.........etc.
Well, there were a few that Ryan did not expect, like: combed hair, clean hands and fingernails, and clean face. He planned all day for a shower right before scouts. He helped to iron his shirt and get all the details in place. He did scrub his face, hands, nails, and anything else a little boy likes to put in the dirt.
He looked ship-shape if you ask me. Maybe uniform inspection should come around more often. I like the look of a clean and handsome boy!

Black Magic Cake

I made a cake for FHE a few weeks ago and I just had to share with you. I got the recipe after winning one of these cakes at an auction a few years ago. I paid considerably more than I should have, but it was worth it for the recipe. (and a good cause to boot!) Now that I know what went into it.............I should never have put it into my mouth (much less make another one). You start by melting together:

Eight broken full-sized Milky Way bars
One cup of butter

Zero to Summer in No Time Flat

Nothing says summer better than bare feet in the grass -- pink nail polish included! After weeks of 60-degree, rainy weather, we've been hangin' out above 90 for the past three days. It's time for lemonade stands, wading pools, and running through sprinklers. At least for a few days. :) We're enjoying it now, because we expect cooler weather this week, but for now, bring on the sunshine!

Preschool is starting to wind down, and Friday was bike day for Nicole's class. Here are a few pics of her and her little friends decked out in their helmets, holding road signs for the speeding cyclists.

Awww, ain't she sweet!

officially on the blogwagon

After much contemplation and "blog envy," I heeded my friend's advice to ignore the kids and just do it! (well, she didn't exactly say ignore the kids, but I can read between the lines...) So, here I am in all my glory. (Meanwhile Lukas and Sam are playing in the toilet. I'm not joking.)My biggest fear is that this will be my first and last post. If that's the case, I can just add it to my ever growing list of "hey-that-might-be-cool-I-think-I'll-try-that-and-then-abrubtly-forget-it-ever-existed". Other things on that list include: selling cutco knives, selling pampered chef, selling discovery toys...well, at least I'm not trying to sell anything here, so I think I'll be just fine!

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Three of my favorite people -- Katie, Rachel, and my MOM! This is us during one of my favorite Mom-created new traditions: the Cedar City sisters weekend! It's great fun traveling with these three ladies, mostly because we are constantly in stitches. Rachel and Katie keep the comedy coming, and Mom's laugh is so easy that we all have to giggle along.

Mom is the most fun, well-traveled, hard-working, kind, awesome person I know. My kids love her completely, and the endorsement of two angel children is the most powerful one I know. We are so lucky to have her in our lives -- we love you, Mom! Happy birthday and have a wonderful trip!

One road to join them all

I just noticed that US Highway 26 joins 5 of the six siblings in this family. Any guesses on who is left out? One of these things is not like the others. Timothy, I am sorry to say, you have the option of moving to any of the following fine cities: Tillamook, OR; Hillsboro, OR; Mt. Vernon, OR; Caldwell, ID; Mountain Home, ID; Shoshone, ID; Blackfoot, ID; or Swan Valley, ID. Take your pick. Mom and Dad, the same goes for you. I suppose you could go as far as Casper, WY, but somewhere around Ogallala, NE, US Hwy 26 gets lost (or transformed into another highway).

I guess it is not really the best way to get around anymore what with the advent of freeways and airplanes, but it is kind of cool that the same road goes right through the cities that most of us live in.