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.