Thursday, May 22, 2008

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Cole's 4th Birthday

Yesterday was Cole's 4th birthday! He woke up to the "Happy Birthday" song and he tried fervently to not go to school. I told him he didn't have to take a nap but school was a priority. I had took the day off and I enjoyed it very much. Travis and I ran errands and then I came home to decorate. I had resolved to have low key parties for the kids this year so I just had grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Needless to say we were a packed house. I made Fettucini Alfredo and my sauce is getting better and easier each time. I absolutely detest Alfredo sauce from a jar. I also buy fresh pasta noodles from either Wildberries or the Co-op the fresh noodles that are in plastic wrap in your deli or cold section still aren't the freshest. Cole got a new Yamaha 90 four-wheeler in March from all of us, grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles but he still managed to scrap up a few more gifts. I will post some pics of his four-wheeler when I go to Salyer next. Carly and him have their four-wheelers up there so that they can haul yard clippings, weeds, and whatever else.

Are memorial plans are to help Uncle Dave brand his cows on Saturday in Redding. I will probably take the kids to the water-slides and meet up with some friends. Sunday we are racing home to Salyer to brand our cows and stay in Willow Creek until school on Tuesday. I hope everyone had a great May because it is almost over!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Pizza Picnic and more!

Saturday night the kids came home from Salyer with Vickie. They were dressed in Salyer clothes which is commonly known as whatever was left up there from the last time we were up there. Vickie said that Carly had had an issue with pooping in her pants which is strange but she went through matching clothes faster than ever. What I love about Salyer is the weather, the house I grew up in, gardening, and how infrequent the phone rings. What I do not like about Salyer is seeing people who I wish would disappear (they know who they are!) Back to point of this blog. Cole called me on his way home and requested pepperoni pizza for dinner. I had been planting flowers after my class and knew this would work. We picked up the pizza and proceed to have a pizza picnic in the living room. They even got to drink hansen sodas! After all this fun they took a bath, and we watch "The Secret Garden" in my bed. It was a great night! Have a great week.

p.s. Mother's day was nice. I got all my bender board put in but I am going to show pics when it is completely finished. It may take all summer!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day

Okay, so today is mother's day! I think it is a great day but I honestly question way everyday is parent, and spouse day. I wish I could treat my husband like it was father's day everyday and vice versa, oh well. Anyway, I had school yesterday from 9-3 and when I got home I mowed the lawn, picked up things that had blown around from the wind, watered, and laid out where I am going to put bender board this morning. My project for the day is to clean the garage, put a new tarp/custom neoprene roof on our dog kennel, and put in 200 ft of bender board. I know the kids will be cooperate because they love playing outside. Travis should be home any minute and he has some projects he needs to finish. I will have to post some pictures of the bender board when I am finished. Happy Mother's day to all of you who have dedicated your lives to raising extraordinary children!

More Pics of Carly's birthday

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Slowly but surely

Here is a picture of Vickie and Carly. Vickie made Carly's cowgirl cake. I will upload more when I get a chance.

Monday, May 05, 2008

This Weeks Menu

I have been on a new kick lately. I am trying to cook different things than I normally cook. I am trying to make two New things each week. This is not always possible because getting home at 5:00 doesn't inspire me to cook a new recipe. Below is a list of what we are doing for dinner this week. Post a comment if you really want a recipe. I am not going to post them for eye candy.

Sunday-Mushroom and Fontina Quesadillas, these were delic., quick, and my family loved them! They are defiantely a full meal. I served it with a light salad.

Monday-Creamy Fettucine Alfredo with Pancetta-This is the first time I have made this with sauce from scratch. We'll see. I bought homemade noodles so they should make a big difference.

Tuesday-Beef Enchiladas-I won't be home till 7:30 so I am going to make these in the morning and have them ready in the fridge!

Wednesday- Pork Chops with cream of mushroom soup and white rice baked in the oven.

Thurs. Fri. Sat.- I will be on my own as Travis is going to Ft. Bragg for Abalone, I have school all day Saturday, and the kids are with my mom and Vickie in Salyer.

I hope this inspired some of you to change up your menu!
p.s. There are so many food blogs. That is what motivated me.

Sunday, May 04, 2008


Hey Everyone,
I am even impressing myself with all these posts! Carly had a wonderful birthday. It was so nice to spend the day as a family and wish my little girl a "happy birthday" every couple of minutes. She did terrific and we had a fabulous time in sunny Salyer. I will post pictures once everyone sends me there copy. I forgot my camera. I wanted to post some pictures of my bedroom because I think it looks really cute right now. Nothing in it is recent but after Christmas I made changes. Also, I put some fresh tulips by the side of my bed and they instantly brightened my day.

Friday, May 02, 2008


WOW! I know some blogs get multiple comments on each post but I just got "4." If that isn't incentive to keep blogging I don't know what is. Thanks guys

Week Recap:
Carly start school and some of the comments that people told me were Day One "She had kids lined up outside directing the games that they were going to play."-The kids were in awe that the new girl was so bossy, that's my thought!ha "She did very well, she listened and is getting the hang of our routine"-This is a polite way to say that a student is non conforming but we are having a little power struggle and I am going to win! Go Gaye (That's the kids' teachers name)

Cole talked his Grandma Vickie into bringing their new baby chicks to Preschool for show and tell. He went swimming with Grandma Dena at Healthsport and then on to Bon Boniere! I am glad he stayed at Mom's house because who knows what he was like the next day for school....

Travis worked all week in Salyer and is planning on reloading rifle bullets this weekend. We are going to Salyer to celebrate Carly's third birthday. We are also bringing our travel trailer! My parent's are remodeling their bedroom, and bathroom in Salyer so we thought it would work to bring our own showering device.

I am finishing up teaching a unit on Rise of Industry during the 1900s. I began doing a "Read-Aloud" with the students on a historical coming of age novel, "Lyddie." My academically challenged class is doing well because they loved to be read to and they are listening intently. My mainstream class is excelling because they can listen and be analytical. I don't know if any of you have seen the documentary "Made in L.A." it is about three illegal immigrants in L.A. who fight to get companies like Forever 21 to pay for the work they did. I could rant but I would advise everyone to see it! My last note is that The horrible working conditions of the 1900s continue today! No, companies don't just exploit workers in countries outside the U.S. it also happens in The U.S.!!!!
Till next time!