Thought I would check in.  It has been a busy and crazy life since I last posted.  My life changes and I have to roll with it, or get run over by it!

We are back to the school schedule, but this year I have it easy with only one child in school.  Well, easy is a relative term, since having a 14 month old and a three year old home is anything but easy.  I have lost my two teenagers who have gone to live in Utah with their Dad. I am not happy about it but what can you do, I have learned to deal with it I guess. Like I said, roll with it or get run over…

I have enjoyed the summer, we made the most of it I think.  Summer is a time to go and have fun, to eat fresh grown fruits and vegs, and put aside my love of baking until the weather cools and I don’t have to worry about heating the whole house with the oven.  Everything in its season… right?

I have just been called as the Primary Chorister, and it is one of my all time favorite callings, so I am enjoying that.  Scott gets to have some bonding time with Jonah during the last two hours of church as a result, and they spend a lot of time in the halls.  Jonah is unfortunately super cranky by that time, as it is his normal nap time… yikes, good job Scott!, way to go honey!! Rah Rah RAH! (is the cheering you on helping??)

Chloe is in the fourth grade and really enjoying it so far.  At the moment she is also doing cross country after school – go CLO!

Here are a few pics from our summer:

Scott’s Birthday!

Butterfly garden at Six Flags


Jonah turns ONE!

Redwood hike in Oregon with cousins 🙂

more Oregon


secret beach on a cool foggy morning

love my man

kite flying on the beach in OR




Chloe starts the FOURTH grade!

Labor Day weekend in Bodega Bay. Catching the sun




Scott and I sunset on the beach – Bodega Bay





Molly is Three

cork·er  (kôrkr) n.
1.  A striking, outstanding, remarkable or astounding person or thing

I was going to type a bunch of things about my magnificent Molly,but I think the pictures say it all!!

I love you my little Miss Molly!!

halloween 2011

As is our annual Halloween tradition, we went trick or treating on Mai Street Placerville.

This year Scott was Captain Picard, (complete with phaser and tri-corder app!)  I was a spiderweb and Jonah was my spider, chloe was Athen, Dillon a robber, and Molly a butterfly!

Chloe looked sad there, but really she was just looking at her candy…. 🙂

Here is Dillon’s awesome pumpkin;

Hope you had a fun Halloween too!

pumpkin time!

We try every year to get to Apple Hill and hit the pumpkin patch for our Halloween Jack-o-lantern needs!  So for FHE we loaded up (most) of the family and headed out.

Daddy grabbed his pumpkin,

and I had mine,

ha! I LOVE that picture! here is his normal face:

When we got home we finished the night off with roasting hot dogs and marshmallows on our little bonfire (are bonfires supposed to be big?, so is that an oxymoron? )

It was a perfect fall day and we had a great time!

backyard movie night

We celebrated Dillon’s 14th birthday by having a backyard movie night.  We invited the family, had cake and ice cream and watched Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure on the side of the house while munching on 3 different kinds of popcorn from the “popcorn bar”.  It was SO fun!

here are some of the crazy cousins:

here is a really bad pic of the movie, but you get the idea…

last minute cake decorationg:

The cake was really good, i doctored up some mixes to make a choc/vanilla marble cake and made a basic chocolate frosting..

The best cake mix doctoring I have come across:

mix up the batter according to the directions, and in addition add:
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup sour cream
big dash of salt
1 TBS vanilla extract


During the movie Molly went in the house and came out a little later with sticky fingers… upon investigation I found this:

I am actually surprised it wasn’t much worse… she annihilated a cake I made a couple of weeks ago….

Here is what I did for the popcorn bar:

I made the popcorn cones for everyone, and bought scoops at the dollar tree for serving.  The cherry popcorn was the favorite, it was totally gone at the end of the night, but my favorite was the pb n chocolate!

All in all it was a hit and we can’t wait until our next backyard movie night!

how many flags?

Six Flags!

Chloe earned a free ticket to Six Flags for reading a bunch of hours, and also in celebration of Dillon’s 14th birthday this week we took the family to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.  We got there half an hour after opening and stayed till closing (which was only 8:30).

We saw the Shouka show.  It was so amazing to me to see that huge whale!  Seriously, HOW do you train those things?

Jonah was actually quite good.  He’s getting to be quite a little traveler this summer!

How’d I get so lucky??

Some of the cousins earned tickets too!

check out these cuties:

it was so fun to take Molly on all the little rides, she Loved it

It was a good day