Thursday, September 11, 2008


Yesterday was Jayson and my 3rd year anniversary. It has gone by so fast. I am so lucky to have such an amazing husband. For our date we went to Outback and then he took me to Anthropologie to get some latte bowls. A couple of months ago I decided I was going to have Jayson get me the latte bowls after reading in the nienie dialogies about how she gets some new ones every year for her anniversary. I thought that was so great.
Amber loved all the bowls, and even named them. She said Klara is her favorite. I used Klara to eat my oatmeal this morning. I felt super healthy.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

My Sweet Little Artist

Yesterday Amber drew me this cute little picture. I always love to see what she comes up with. She is really inspired by the Black Apple artist. She really loves the little hedge hog that she draws and tries to incorporate it into her own drawings.You can see one in this magnified picture of her coffee cup. Isn't he cute!!

Evening Walk

Last night after FHE we took the family on a walk to shoot a mini cannon. Jayson's mom brought it over for Devon's science project for school. Warren is quite the character! I love the shoes and butt cheek!!!You can see the tennis ball shooting out.

Happy Birthday Sweetheart!

Sunday was Jayson's birthday. We celebrated by having a party. Dustin (Jayson's big bro.) has a birthday on the 13th, so we celebrated his special day as well. We ate BBQ pizza and chicken wings, Jayson's two favorite meals. We had oodles of family members here with us. It was a really fun time.


Uncle Robert's favorite part is TeeJay's home made ice cream.

Devon wanted to light the candles. He did an excellent job. Make a wish!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Cinnamon Rolls

Jayson's cousin requested that I post the recipes for my cinnamon rolls and bread. The cinnamon roll recipe is combination of two different recipes. The dough is from one of Shar's classes, and the rest is from a recipe a friend gave me while living in Texas. I am trying out a ton of different bread recipes so I will post a recipe when I have a favorite. If anyone has a recipe they think is fantastic, pass it along. I would be happy to try it.

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Rolls

In Bosch with dough hook:
3 C. fresh ground whole wheat flour (I prefer white wheat)
½ c. buttermilk powder or powdered milk
¼ c. potato flour
2 c. high gluten flour (bread flour) or 1/3 c. vital wheat gluten
3 T. instant yeast (SAF brand is best)
3 T. dough enhancer
Mix thoroughly so the buttermilk will not form lumps.

3 c. warm water (approx. 115’)
½ c. canola oil (I use veggie oil)
1/2 c. honey

Mix for 2-3 minutes cover and set aside to sponge until the dough doubles in size. About 10-15 minutes.

2 eggs, slightly beaten
2 T. sea salt

Continue to add fresh ground whole wheat flour until the dough starts pulling away from the side of the bowl but never picks up the bottom. This dough will be sticky. Knead on speed 1 for 6-7 minutes or until the gluten develops.

1) Cut dough in half.
2) Roll one half of dough in to rectangle 12”x18”
3) Spread with softened butter
4) Sprinkle with ¾ c. sugar mixed with 1 ½ T. cinnamon
5) Roll-up jelly roll style starting from the long side
6) Cut 1 ½ - 2” rolls with dental floss
7) Place on parchment lined cookie sheet, let rise until double
8)repeat process making another batch of cinnamon sugar
9) Bake at 350’ for 20 minutes
10) Frost while warm

3 T. butter
1 tsp. vanilla
2 c. powdered sugar
milk ( start with 2 T.)
I make a double bath of frosting

A Crappy Morning!

So this morning around 6am, Brennon yelled down the stairs for someone to bring him toilet paper. I wasn't completely awake yet, so I had Devon fulfil his request. Devon proceeded to throw the toilet paper up the stair. I told him that Brennon had obviously pooed, so he was going to have to take the toilet paper upstairs. Devon groaned but walked up the stairs, where he then threw the toilet paper at Brennon. I remember thinking I hope Brennon didn't get poo all over the toilet seat while he went to get that. I quickly forgot about it though, as I proceeded to take care of morning chores. Anyway after everyone was off to school. I went up stairs to check and see if Brennon had let the water out of his bathtub (I don't want my babies to drown). Well Brennon had let the water out of his tub, but I noticed there was poo smeared all over his toilet. It was disgusting. I decided I would leave it and let Brennon clean it up when he got home from school. Well, not too long after that I was checking my email and I heard the boys making noise upstairs (I have to find a gate to fit my stairs). I figured I better go check it out, and bring Garryn back down, so he doesn't fall down the stairs. When I got upstairs I was in complete horror. Brennons bathroom had water all over the floor, and the boys were climbing all over the poo smeared toilet, throwing toilet paper around. GROSS, I yelled and dragged the boys down stairs to take a bath. Then I decided I better clean up the mess instead of waiting for Brennon to do it. As soon and I was finished, I noticed Warren had taken off his diaper and thrown it down the stairs. I went to get it and put it back on him, when I noticed there was poo in it. Great I thought and went to go get the wet wipes and a new diaper. I told Warren to come with me. Well, he didn't follow so I went to go find him. He was sliding down the stairs on his butt wiping poo on them as he went. So I had to clean him up and the poo smeared stairs as well. So as the title of this post states I had A Crappy Morning, literally! GO POO
***Update: about an hour after posting this Warren walked up to me holding his hands out. He had brown stuff all over them. I know what you are thinking; not more poo, but yes, that is exactly what it was. You see in order to prevent Warren from just taking off his diaper after he was done with it, I had put it on backward. I guess he figured if he couldn't take it off he would reach in and play with it instead, and so the morning continues.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Birthday Party

My sister in-law had a birthday, and we celebrated this past weekend. It was fun to spend time with family. There were even two big announcements.

Devon enjoyed showing everyone the socks I bought for him. I didn't really pay attention to what they said on the package. I thought I was buying ankle socks.