Saturday, September 25, 2010

Not quite as planned!

This is how we started our BEAUTIFUL Saturday morning. We woke up ate breakfast, the kids were happy and helping clean house.


They every were painting their faces, they did a pretty good job. We were going to put all the sheets in the wash when all the sudden I walked out my front door and this is what I saw.


I put the ruler and the shoe by it just so you can get a feel for how huge this thing was. Luckily it was dead so I went back in and went about my happy Saturday morning activities. About 20 minutes later when sheets where changed and we were going to start baking cookies, This is what I saw


It was INSIDE my house INSIDE!! AHHH! we (me and the kids) all went crazy. I hurry and called all who are on my party line and had to sit and stand watch for 2 whole hours until JC could get back home and take care of it.



It dropped its tail when JC got it.

Now maybe we can finally make cookies.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

You have to make this

K I was at a YW thing a few weeks ago and somebody made Chocolate Éclair Cake and it was to yummy not to go find a recipe for it. This is the best recipe for it


1/2 C butter

1 C water

1 C flour

8 oz cream cheese- softened

4 C milk

3 (3 oz) packs of instant vanilla pudding

1 container cool whip

Chocolate Icing

6 T cocoa

2 C powder sugar

3 T melted butter

few T. water

Preheat oven 400. Grease 9x 13 pan

whisk eggs set aside

in 2 qt. sauce pan melt butter and water. Add flour and cook a few min stirring constantly till forms a ball. remove from heat and add eggs whisk till smooth and spread into bottom of pan. bake for 25-30 min.

combine cream cheese and milk add pudding packs and mix. spread over cooled crust. top with cool whip. Top with chocolate icing

For icing:

whisk sugar and cocoa. add butter and start adding water till it becomes runny enough to pour on top of cool whip.

Let chill for at least 1 hr.

Hope you like as much as we did well all except for Jojo

Monday, September 20, 2010


The girls school had a fair this last weekend and they wanted to enter something. Sadie entered a Rum Cake and Jojo did Apple Dumplings.



Sadie baking her cake she really did do it all on her own with the exception of slicing the bottom off the cake.



Jojo making her Apple Dumplings


Cody being a typical man waiting for the food, boy he is like his Daddy!


The girls both won a blue ribbon for the desserts they made. They could not be more thrilled!!!


Jojo also won a 1st in her class for her picture.


Sadie eating a sour pixie stick


Jordyn and her friends getting sprayed by the fire truck


Cody playing basketball

We all had a fun time and the school raised a bunch of money for the teachers to use in their classes.

Thursday, September 16, 2010


Maren sent me this picture the other day, along with a few more that are to embarrassing to post, of JC and I when we were dating. Boy we both need to hit the treadmill!

Me JC Maren

Monday, September 13, 2010



Cody went to work with JC this morning. I got the go ahead from the little boss that I could come with, I never know with him.


Here JC and Cody are loading salt in the truck


Cody climbed up the tank alone to check water, yup there’s water


and of course this blow snake he was so cool looking. I had to nudge him out of the road so we could go about our day.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Its the most wonderful time of the year!

Ok today is the first Sunday of the football season. So in honor of the holiday Bro. Young has cleared all else from his schedule (yes that means church). The kids and I went, but lets be honest I HAD to teach, after we had to run by Wally World to get soy sauce and dog food.

When we got home I thought that I would make some snacks for the special day. JC was in the shower when we got home so Sadie thought that we should surprise him and have it all ready when he came back to take his position on the couch for the day. She thought he would like 2 kinds of dip with 2 kinds of chips and some pretzel M&M’s


He did!

We also made some for the kids so they could watch a movie and have snacks too.


Here is wishing you and yours a safe and happy season!

Friday, September 10, 2010

early mornings

I have been so proud of the way the girls wake up for school in the morning. For some of you reading this you might say oh that's not early but for my girls it is. I wake them up at anywhere between 5:45 and 6. Sadie used to have to wake up at about 7 so it has been a change. They are up dressed, beds made, hair fixed, shoes on and eating breakfast by 6:30. They are usually in good moods by the time they eat.


Jordyn eating bagels with cream cheese and tomatoes


Sadie eating her oatmeal telling us stories

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Chunk in the Ice

Do your kids ever come up to you asking for something specific and you have no clue what they are talking about? Well it happens to me all the time with my kids Jordyn and Sadie end up frustrated and Jojo usually cries and Sadie stays with it till I understand.

This morning I was in the kitchen cleaning up and Cody came in and said "Mom I want to watch Chunk in da Ice."

Me: ok what movie is that, do we have it

Cody: Yes its Chunk in the Ice and he gets that fing and that dog gets that fing

Me: what thing buddy show me

so Cody looked through all the movies and couldn't find it so I stat asking him more about the movie and think that he wants so watch Balto.

Me: Balto budd?

Cody: NO! CHUNK...IN...DA...ICE!!!

Me: Ok lets try this one

I put in Balto

Cody: Yup, that's it Chunk in da Ice, see mama.


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Day with the boy

The other day JC decided that it had been way to long since he spent a day with his boy so he stayed home and the two of them invited me to go to Sierra Vista with them. We bummed around town and then got some quick lunch at Chili's (which is rare for us to do anymore). We enjoyed the day together, my baby is getting too big too fast!

me cody in chillies

JC chilli's

Monday, September 6, 2010

Labor Day Weekend

We have had so much fun the weekend. Maren and her kids came to visit us for the weekend. They got here lat Friday night and stayed till Monday morning. I love that my family will come and visit, even though I have a Brother and Brother-in-Law that refuse to come see me.


Abbey and Cody

We also got a call from JC's cousin Greg and his AWESOME family, telling us they wanted to come out for the day on Saturday and also Val came to see us for the weekend, although I feel like I never get to spend the time with her when she comes because there are always other company too (Val next time you come we are going to go do something just me and you).


Val on Easy and Cody on Old Bay



James and Old Bay



Greg, Owen and Tara 

Saturday I thought that it would be fun to BBQ some hotdog's and chicken and let everyone ride and then roast marshmallows. So that is what we did and we had a blast! All the kids got along great and ate tons of somores.


Cody, Paige, James, Jojo, Tara and Reese


Jojo, Cody and Sadie




Reese keep pulling out the wipes and using them for a hat.

After everyone got settled in that night Kelly came back over to the house to grab a chair to sit on his pourch. I walked outside and was talking to him for a second and her heard Val yelling about a snake right outside the door. We both thought she was joking but sure enough there it was ready to strike. Kelly had walked right passed it a time or two we were all amazed that it didn't get him


Sunday we thought that we would take it a bit more easy and make a big Italian meal and hang out all day. For those of you that don't know Maren is a GREAT cook! She let JC choose anything he wanted for dinner (I don't think she will make that mistake ever again) he choose Gnocchi. Now this a a wonderful pasta dish but you have to hand make the pasta, which takes forever and is a big sticky mess. Needless to say Maren and I spent years in the kitchen but the end result was so worth the effort. After all was said and done Maren and I were beat and so we threw all kids in the shower and put them to bed. We followed shortly after.


Cody, James, Jordyn watching movies

It was a great weekend and I am so glad we could spend the holiday with all the people that we love the most! Thanks everyone for coming to visit us all the way out here, we love it and want you to all come back very soon!


Kids having a dance party before they left


Paige, Sadie, Abbey, Jojo, Jester, James and Cod


Cody was so sad after everyone left