Thursday, May 31, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Our neighborhood friends hosted a BBQ for this special group of graduates. These eight high school seniors have grown up attending school and church together. I'm so proud of each of them. From left to right: Taylor, Alexsandra, Taylor, Rachel, Desmond, Kimberly, A.J., and Kabri.
Today was the dance festival at our elementary school. Each of the grades did performed a special dance for the parents. Jocelyn's fourth grad class danced the rumba. What a bunch of cuties!
Tomorrow is graduation day, so stay tuned for more pictures!
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Mother's Day was great! The kids came up with wonderful and thoughtful gifts. Handmade beaded bracelets, potted geraniums, books and a picture diary of my life put to music (DD2's specialty!). The "fam" even made dinner and didn't ask me to lift a finger. Gotta love that!
Monday was DD1's birthday. Her birthday wish was simple.....she wanted a new printer for the laptop computer that she saved for and purchased this month. One more thing checked off the list before she leaves for college in the fall. DD1's other request was her favorite birthday cake. We usually bake this cake in the Dutch oven surrounded with hot coals. No time this year so I improvised and baked it in the kitchen oven. You take a regular chocolate cake mix and bake it as usual. Then 10 minutes before the cake is finished baking you sprinkle a package of semi-sweet chocolate chips over the top, followed by half a package of coconut and a bag of minature marshmallows. Bake 10 more minutes and then serve warm. YUM!!!
Instead of a birthday party, DD1 opted for an early morning breakfast for her and her friends. They're a busy bunch of kids trying to get though high school finals. This is one of our family's favorite breakfast casseroles. You know, the type you start the night before and finish up before tossing it in the oven an hour before breakfast.
These are my favorite sweet rolls. Don't they look great?! I'd like to tell you that I made them from scratch but, to be truthful, they came from the frozen foods department in the bakery. I set them out to raise before I went to bed and then woke up at 5:00 a.m. to pop them in the oven. Cinnamon rolls are on the right and orange rolls are on the left. I know that Rhode's frozen bread doughs are a "made in Utah" product, so I'm curious if there are similar products in other parts of the country.
After 23 years of marriage DH still knows the way to my heart. I have a weak spot for "apple pie" caramel apples. Nothing like a little fruit for breakfast this morning. LOL!
Am I the only one who finds this card funny? This describes our relationship to the "T". My sweety still has a sense of humor. He has to to put up with me! :-)
Now the celebrating is over. I guess at some point I need to do some house cleaning...and this is the day!
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Last night DH and I took a walk up in the canyon. He's been under a lot of stress lately and needed a nice escape. It was such a beautiful walk that I decided this might be the perfect location to take pictures of DD1. This is the Provo River. It looks so wild and angry, but wait a few weeks till the spring run off is over and the river will once again become one of the best fly fishing locations in the state.
Oh, how I love Bridal Veil Falls! Years ago there was a tram to carried passengers to the top of the mountain where there was once a restaurant and then a dance venue. I only remember taking the tram to the top once and I think it was shortly after DH and I met. Several years back an avalance came down off the the falls and wiped out the snack shack and gift shop at the bottom. The same building also housed the mechanism that ran the tram to the top. Since this was not the first, nor the last, avalanche to come down the falls, the owners made the desicion not to rebuild. The building at the top remains vacant.
And here's my beautiful daughter. This is one of the pictures that I took of her sitting on a rock in the middle of the lower falls. DD1 will photoshop the picture, of course, and make herself look more amazing than ever.
I came home to find the rest of the family working in the yard. That was my requested Mother's Day gift.
Mia, Mia, Mia! She loves to chase the stream of water that come from the garden hose. It sure makes it difficult to water those new plants in the garden. She's stomps all over them.
And here she is drying off. Or is she just waiting for me to turn the water back on? Funny cat!
Friday, May 11, 2007
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Yesterday morning I was heading out to run my errands when I stopped by Seasons drive through market for a diet Coke. The gal that came out to take my order asked if I could use some over ripened bananas. Instantly a picture of banana muffins popped into my head and next thing I knew I had a free bag of bananas.
It must have been a lucky day for our family. When I talked to DH in the middle of the day and told him about my good fortune, he told me that when he had stopped to buy gas and get a soda that the guy gave him his drink for free!
My children were delighted to come home from school to the smell of freshly baked muffins. Of course, since I don't ususally make muffins they started to wonder what was up with mom. Sheesh...can't a mom make muffins just because she wants to? lol!
Last night we went to watch a baseball game. Our friend, Austin, has been playing baseball since he was old enough to stand up to the plate. His hard work and dedication landed him a scholarship to our local university. This is his freshman year, but he's already making quite a name for himself! What a beautiful spring evening we had. Oh, and watching that full moon come up over the mountains was something else! As was the hot dog I had as a late night snack! YUM!
The next few days I'll be heavily involved in a Women's Conference at BYU, so hopefully after that I'll be able to get back to my sewing machine. I have a little kit that I want to get stitched up and need to get going on my class sample for Jo's Little Women's Club. I can't wait to get back to quilting!