05 October, 2010


new church calling-
more responsiblity

changing work environment-
getting ready for the holidays

new house-
wish i had payed attention when i was younger

another baby-
third girl


07 August, 2010


I made some pretty cool cookies today. Simple and delicious!

1 package of Jiffy corn muffin mix
1 box of lemon jello
2/3 C flour
1/3 C sugar (omit if icing is desired)

Mix in a medium bowl

In a small bowl-

1 egg
1/4 C milk
Whisk with fork well

Combine the wet into the dry. Drop by teaspoonfulls onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes until the edges start thinking about turning golden.

Let cool completely before icing.

1/2 C powdered sugar
lemon juice (or thawed frozen orange concentrate-undiluted) one drop at a time until sugar is all wet.
Let sit for 5 minutes.
Drizzle over cookies.


26 July, 2010

Still Settling

We are still loving having our own space. It is so nice to get up in the morning and be in my own house.

This past weekend our town had a centennial celebration. It was so much fun. We had a dear friend come down and spend the night with us. We went to the sock hop at the old gymnasium. We made it in time to see the crowning of the centennial court. Bella really liked that.

The next morning we spent some time making tiny handcarts and paper bonnets. It was nice to be able to share so much of church history and the gospel with our friend. After lunch we walked down and sat underneath a shady tree and watched the parade. Bella had so much fun running around collecting the toys and candy the floats were throwing. She made out almost as good as Halloween.

We are still waiting for the vegetables to decide it is time to start zooming up, but we do have several tomatoes coming along in size and the zucchini bloomed for the first time this morning. So we'll see.

Had to replace the entire front stairs up to the porch. That was fun, but it is done now and only needs a coat of paint.

And don't worry we will be putting up pictures as we are able. Love you all.

08 July, 2010


We finally got the keys to our house! It was fun to spend that first night there, wake up in the morning and go on vacation. We spent an enjoyable Fourth visiting with family in eastern Washington. My parents came up and came back over with us to see the new house. They were a big help with getting things cleaned-don't' ask.
We really appreciate their help- sorry that your vacation wasn't more restful.
Just getting settled now and loving it. Thanks Mom and Dad for helping the girls to not be afraid of the trains as they go by.

29 June, 2010


We have been having fun going around to a lot of different parks lately. The Olympia area is filled with parks. The girls always have a blast. We play for awhile and then we usually end up taking the nature trail so indigenous to northwest parks. We look at butterflies, listen to birds and study plants. Bella is full of questions which we do are best to answer before she gets distracted. Iyla toddles along and does pretty much every thing that her big sister does. It is so cute.
We went to a park that had a lot of different climbing toys. I had Bella do each one at least once. I told her that if she was going to play with the big kids now she needed to know how to play properly to be safe. I later overheard her telling another child "I will show you how to do it to be safe. My dad says that is park rules."


We found out that we are going to be parents again!!! I must say that I am so excited for it. I really don't care what gender the new baby is, just healthy. A boy could be fun. I am not sure I would know what to do with a boy though.
We had been hoping to be pregnant for a while. We were excited last summer, and then heartbroken when we miscarried. It has been feeling like someone was missing for awhile now. We would get in the car and count heads- 1, 2, 3...Wait there is no three. :'C But now there will be and we can't wait to meet whomever we are blessed with.

14 June, 2010

Woo Hoo!!

I am finally connected again. Oh yeah baby! Nothing fancy, but the ability to make calls is nice.

12 June, 2010

Poor Baby!

Iyla woke up yesterday with massive eye goobers. She also had a runny nose and a fever. We took her to the doctor to see what was up. Turns out that she has a double ear infection which for some reason always ooze out of her eyes. It had spread into a sinus infection also.
She feels much better now though. She is on anti-biotics which are really helping. She is also supposed to eat yogurt to help not get a urinary tract infection. But Iyla is a funny duck because she doesn't like the texture of yogurt, or mashed potatoes etc... So to get her to consume the yogurt we milked it down and she drank it right up thank goodness.

06 June, 2010

Busy Saturday

We had a very full day. Isabella had a birthday party at ten. We then went to lunch with friends. And then we went to the Duck Dash.
It was so much fun! They have this huge bin full of thousands of rubber ducks which all have a number on the bottom. You can buy a ticket for $5 which corresponds with the duck's number. (The proceeds support the Rotary Club.) Then the bin of ducks is lifted high above the Deschutes River just below Tumwater Falls and the ducks are dropped out. The first fifteen ducks to cross the finish line at the bottom have the chance of winning fabulous prizes such as a new car, thousands of dollars, a year of free ice cream etc... but your number has to match.
And there are vendors set up for eatables. A live band from several local high schools and all of the kiddie activity booths. Iyla and Bella especially enjoyed going down the 21 foot tall inflatable slide. I got to go down with Iyla because the steps were really steep. It was soooo fun! We were both giggling because of the butterflies in our stomachs. I'm assuming that Bella had a good time too because she wasn't crying, but she had already gone off to do something else by the time I got down.
Then Leahona and I gave the girls to my most wonderful mother-in-law and went to a local restaurant for an adult cousin's couples birthday party. It was fun until we got the call informing us that Iyla had consumed some reed diffuser oil and was at the emergency room.
We rushed out as quickly as we could. She had already been discharged when we got there. The instructions were to give her lots of milk and keep an eye on her. She coughed and hacked all night, but is doing much better this morning. SCARY! So glad she is all right.

01 June, 2010

I'm sorry

I know it has been ages since I last wrote. Mi dispiaci. I am very sorry. I hope nobody was seriously considering doing anything drastic because i haven't written. You can stop those kind of thoughts right now. Do I hear the distant sounds of cheering? Rejoicing and cavorting wildly, madly in the streets? Good, I deserve as much. LOL