Monday, December 22, 2008

Redneck?

You might be a redneck if - when faced with the problem of plowing your driveway - you decide this is your best option:



Emily is going to be embarrassed! Hehehehehe....

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Happy Birthday Trent!

I can't believe our little man is 2 today! Our Christmas baby is not so little anymore...but I think I'll keep him as my baby for as long as I can :) I can't pass up his kisses...his cuddles...our mornings with Boots and Dora...his soccer kick...
I love this kid.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BUDDY!



How can you resist this?

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Let it Snow!


Blake has been waiting for this day since July! "When is it going to snow?" Is a common question from Blake. So this morning she was pretty excited to see snow on the ground when she woke up. Trent on the other hand...well, I guess I'm not quite ready for him and snow...big sister hand-me-downs don't quite look right on the little man, poor guy.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Primary Spotlight

The Primary puts a spotlight of one of the primary kids on the back of the bulletin every Sunday, and this past week it was Blake :)

Primary Spotlight
Hi! My name is Blake Ella Jensen. I am 4 years old. I have one brother. The thing I like best about primary is my class. I have two dogs named Coco & Koby. The best thing about my family is my mom and dad. My favorite storybook is the princess book. The thing I like best about school is it's at Gunnar's and My house. The food I really don't like is fish. When I am grown up I want to be a BIG princess. In the summertime I like to swim. My favorite story in the scriptures is stories about Jesus. My favorite primary song is "We will Find a Little Nest." I think the best thing about being a missionary would be talking to people.

We haven't gone anywhere...

So I have apparently taken a hiatus. We haven't been up to much (obviously by the lack of blogging.) But we did enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving. We spent it here in Royal with my family. Mark & Ashley and Sarah, Tyson & little Addie came up. We missed having Jason, Emily & Justin up here. We had a lot of time to just hang out with the family, which is the best way to spend time with everyone. We made jewelry, played games, made the early morning trip to Moses on Black Friday (where I made a steal of a deal on an artificial tree...Janae is still trying to forgive me, and I'm still loving my buy,) ate a ton of food...good food, and went to Addie's baby blessing. It was a great Thanksgiving and I had a wonderful time with the family. The family minus the kids...they weren't too interested in eating...crazy.This is at Addie's Blessing. Her dress was beautiful. My kids were rowdy. Blake didn't miss an opportunity to be the princess.

Monday, November 10, 2008

TIME TO FILL UP AGAIN!

If you can agree with the picture above, you'll understand my excitement and utter joy when I filled up at Safeway the other day and payed only $2.08...yes $2.08 a gallon!!! I loved it. And I only have a little Scion to fill...11 gallon tank, and I was hating the chunk of change it took to fill up!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Go Knights!



It was the Football Homecoming game Halloween night. Blake loved the fireworks, Trent not so much (He was buried in my coat in the beginning and then moved on to Grandma thinking she could save him.) Tawnee was Homecoming Queen and let Blake revel in the glory...

More Halloween...


Trent was sick and tired of the pictures...
Blake, Aunt Ali, & Trent with the pumpkins they carved...
The scary house...
I'll give you a rundown of our Halloween by Blake's favorite parts-
1. Favorite part of Grandma's Halloween party...eating soup (which is a little surprising because Blake didn't eat any soup!?)
2. Favorite part of Trick-or-Treating...going to the scary house
3. Favorite part of the football game...the fireworks

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Last night we had a little Halloween preview. Allred's had spooktacular Halloween party out at their "Haunted Barn." Blake was loving it until we made her stop and take a picture (notice the tears above). There was a big Bounce house (thanks to Dr. Fun ...aka...Uncle Jerry) food, bonfire...lots of friends.

Hot stuff...
This was the one moment Blake paused long enough to get a picture...

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Rexburg!

We took a quick weekend trip down to Rexburg. Jens had an Alumni Ricks soccer game, which he played awesome in :) We also visited my sister Sarah, her husband Tyson and their brand new baby...Addie. I think it was the highlight of Blake's year. She loves loves her auntie Sarah, and was so excited to see her new little cousin.

Uncle Tyson was kind enough to obey Blake's requests to rake her a pile of leaves to jump into. She loved it, and thanks Uncle Tyson. He also hit the spot when he took Blake and Trent to feed the ducks at the park after one of Jens' games.

We spent Sunday and Monday at a cabin in Montana with some of Jens' friends from school, Dan and Becky Coontz. We rode four-wheelers up behind their cabin and had a great view of miles and miles of Montana, beautiful.
And for the 20 hours of driving we did, I am happy to say we didn't have any uncontrollable outbursts...so I think it was a pretty successful, fun family weekend.

Secret Saints...


During the month of October, our ward is doing "Secret Saints." We were assigned a family to perform secret service for and a family was assigned to us. No, we are not making these sugar cookies to give away, that, I'm pretty sure would not be considered service (mmmm, goobers and tons of frosting.) But our "Secret Saints" surprised us with cookie dough, cookie cutters and sprinkles, so we had fun making sugar cookies. Thanks go to our secret family :) Trent just liked dipping his vrrrmmm (truck) in the frosting and licking it off, yummy.

Too Cold??

So here are the kids and Coco on our run the other morning...do you think it could be getting too cold for this...hmmm, could be....

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Onions Anyone?

(Notice Blake smoothing out the bag, getting it ready for the picture. And Trent, well, he was letting me know how excited he was about it all)
Blake, Trent, Grandpa, and I went out onion farming today :) My dad takes an annual trip down to Utah and takes produce to all our family down there. So we went and helped him get the onions. Blake and Trent thought it was great. Trent was in heaven...which he usually is when there's food or getting dirty involved. I forgot my camera out at the field, but I did capture the end product. Blake helped find the "Perfect" onions for 7 more of those bags. This is the one that we got to keep. So seriously...Onions anyone?

Playdoh...yummy!




Did anyone else make edible play-doh when they were kids? My mom used to make it for us...and it donned on me today when the kids were bored and hungry...hmmmm....how about some peanut butter play-doh?!
So Blake & Jett (little boy we watch a couple days a week) made shapes, fields, balls, pumpkins....and Trent, well, he ate it. Typical :) They had fun. It was a great way to keep them busy and give them a snack - all at once. So here's the recipe if you're needing a boring afternoon activity :) Enjoy....

PEANUT BUTTER PLAY-DOH
INGREDIENTS

* 3 1/2 cups peanut butter
* 4 cups confectioners' sugar
* 3 1/2 cups honey
* 4 cups dry milk powder

DIRECTIONS

1. In large bowl, cream together peanut butter and confectioners' sugar, then beat in honey and fold in milk powder. Divide into 15 equal portions and refrigerate or freeze until ready to use.

I half it and don't use that much honey...I hardly used any at all actually. It makes it pretty sweet.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Volleyball anyone??





Labor Day weekend we went camping with some family and friends...in Moses Lake. Yeah, it was a little strange, like camping in your backyard....but a lot of fun. The first picture is of Trent on one of the other kid's bikes. He was loving it, and he had to wear the princess bike helmet...safe kid :)
On Labor Day we raced over to Warden to play in a volleyball tournament with the Orths and Roberts. It was a lot of fun. We ended up taking 3rd...yeah, we just missed the mark. Long day, but fun.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Ohhhh....JACK JOHNSON!





Happy Birthday to me! A little late in coming (my birthday's in March) but so worth the wait. Jens again got us tickets to the Jack Johnson concert here at the Gorge at George. (We went to his concert when he was here in 2005 and it was one of my highlights of that year!) Jens knows what I like :) Loved the show....did not love the crowd. Jack put on a great concert. He is ssswweeeet live. I have to agree with my sister Janae..."my love for Jack Johnson is on a whole new level!" Well put Janae :) But the concert crowd,wow, they're in a whole other crazy world.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

CARE BEAR STARE!


Yesterday after being upset with Blake about something...she looked at me with all seriousness and said..."Mom, I think you need a Care Bear Stare!" I immediately started laughing and she said, "Mom, it's not funny, you need a Care Bear Stare!" Which made me laugh even more. I'm pretty sure she was referring to Cheer Bear up there and yes, I probably could have used a Care Bear Stare. Blake is in love with care bears right now....and it shows :)

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Fun

Camping on the Wetside:
Following a teacher conference I had on the Westside, we decided to do a little camping with my brother and his family. It took a while for the weather to cooperate, but it was nice to spend some time with family. Thanks Chris and Christy for the invite!


Boise:
I have a buddy that his family owns Cascade Raft and Kayak on the Payette river near Boise. I try to go once a year and help him work on his Scout while also doing some Kayaking. In between kayaking trips I decided to give something called 'Hydroslide' a try. You basically float down the river on a boogie board. They took some pictures - thought you would like the yellow helmet.



Salmon Season:
We live next to the Columbia River and we are in the middle of the summer salmon run. I am not a huge boat fisherman, but I like to go with a friend of ours here - he has the spots pretty dialed in so it is fun. Especially when you pull in a 26 pound Chinook like this one:

Field Turf


This past spring the American Football coach, and a member of the community that has been the key figure in almost all of the volunteer improvements to the athletic facilities at the school, approached me about the idea of putting field turf into the stadium.
We had plans for improvements to the current Soccer facility, but by putting in Field Turf into the Stadium it would provide all of the proposed improvements along with a consistent playing surface that we could share. It took some doing, and not everyone is supportive, but we were able to combine support from the athletic programs, school board, booster club, and generous community members who continue to donate their time, equipment, and money to get the field built.
We are the first 1A school (That I know of) in the state to have this kind of field. It is hard for me to describe to you how amazing it is that we have this... Last year the graduating class last year was somewhere around 75 Kids! We are the little guy, and we will be playing on the same surface as the Seahawks and the Seattle Sounders!
The school district kicked in $150,000, the Athletic Boosters put in $150,000, and the fund raising committee continues find corporate and individual donations (Currently close to $200,000).
The prep work for the surface including the sod removal, gravel, concrete, and all the work to get the surface prepared for the turf was done by community members.
You may be thinking: Who cares - its just fake grass... That may be true, but it is also a symbol of the spirit of this community. This is why we live here - these are the kinds of wonderful things that can be done when you have a group of people that are truly a 'community' and not just a mass of individuals that happen to live next to each other.