Sunday, September 30, 2007

Marshmallow Roasting Stick

This is a marshmallow roasting stick the Jake and I made. We are thinking about making these and selling them at the local Farmers Market next summer. What do you think? We would like any kind of feedback please. Do you think it is something that people would be interested in buying? How much would you pay for a single or a pack of four or six? I will make some bags to carry and store them in. Anyway, just curious about what other people think. We would be using different types of wood.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Friday, September 28, 2007

Daddy Daughter Day

I didn't have work today so I decided to make it a daddy-daughter day with Sierra. This morning we got up and made some scrambled eggs. Sierra really likes to help cook, especially when there is some stirring involved.

After breakfast we got ready to hit the town. I had to meet with the gas company at one of our jobs and lucky for us he was already there and almost done when we showed up!

Afterwards we decided to have some lunch. I decided to break one of our rules and I took her to Burger King (we don't eat fast-food) because they have a really cool play place. Sierra was super excited to try it out. After we ate, we played for about a half hour. I was exhausted and getting hot so I decided it was time to go. Unfortunately Sierra wasn't ready, so we compromised and she went down the slide two more times. Too much fun!

We decided to go to the video store and look at the books, toys and movies. We rented a few movies for the evening and decided to head on down the road to the mall. Sierra loves the mall. She loves walking around like a big girl. We got some ice cream cones, a small one for her and a big one for me. We did a little shopping and decided that we needed naps. It was a good day and a fun time. I'm glad that I took the time to have a special daddy-daughter day with my oldest, but still little girl.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Goofy Pics

Getting ready for Halloween!

Baby Baby

She makes me smile.

My Sanity

Sunday, September 23, 2007


My dad was here a few days ago for a visit. When he got here he wanted to go down to the river to take some pics. So down to the river we went. On our way back, in the field right behind our house, I saw something that looked like bear poop. I asked Jake if that is what it was - he didn't think so - it just doesn't seem like we would have bears around. Well, a few days later, we were talking to Jake's 'good friend' the farmer - he warned us to be careful if we go down to the river because there was a bear around. I guess the bear ate a few of the beavers that live down there and has been eating the farmers apples - and has left plenty of evidence along the way. So, I guess that really was bear poop behind my house. It makes me a little uneasy about having a bear around. I just wish I knew if he was still around or not.

Friday, September 21, 2007


P.S. from the Growing post. I just looked up the percentiles for Sierra and Maddie. Sierra is below the 5th percentile (she has always been this low) for height and weight while Maddie is in the 90th percentile for weight.

For those of you who don't know what the percentiles mean - Maddie being in the 90th percentile means that only 10% of babies her age are bigger than her - she is big for her age. That would mean Sierra is super small for her age - over 95% of kids her age are bigger.


I CAN NOT believe how fast Maddie is growing. She has gained 3 pounds in two weeks! She weighs 15 pounds. She just moved up to a #2 in diapers about a month ago, and I am already considering moving her up to a #3. I don't remember Sierra growing this fast.

Sierra went through a growth within the past few months as well. It's about time! I thought she was going to weigh 18 pounds forever. She was stuck at 18 pounds for a good 6 months. She is finally too big for her 12 month clothes (well, most of them). Sierra weighs 22 pounds and is 31 inches tall. She can finally reach the door knobs. Good thing she doesn't know how to open them yet...

Tuesday, September 18, 2007


Sunday, September 16, 2007


Sierra chose her own outfit to wear today. :)

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Fruits of Our Labor

Fall is approaching and I think our garden is done. We decided to attempt a garden this year. It went pretty well. We had a garden a few years ago, and realized very quickly that we have lots of deer. We didn't get much out of our garden that year. As a matter of fact - we didn't get much out of our garden this year either - due to deer. We must be slow learners.

We planted corn, peas, radishes, carrots, cukes, spinach and lettuce.

Corn - We planted the corn a little too late. It grew great, but it got too cold too fast. It only needs a week or two until it is ready, but it is too late. The stalks are dead.

Peas - We got about 7 peas out of two and a half rows. Deer.

Radishes - I don't know what went wrong with the radishes. They looked great from above the ground, but they wern't nice round radishes. They just looked like red roots. We did get to eat a few though, they were kind of round...

Carrots - We planted a row of carrots, but they didn't really come up. Just a few here and there. Out of the few that did come up, only one was big enough to eat. It was tasty. :)

Cukes - I love cucumbers. We were having a great crop of cukes, then the deer came back. It only took one night for the deer to ruin the whole crop. We did have two that we ate before the deer came. Yum.

Spinach - The spinach was great! We got to eat the whole crop and it was good.

Lettuce - The lettuce grew fine, but it looked kind of weird so we didn't eat it. It probably was good, but I wasn't willing to try it out.

So, out of our whole garden we got 7 peas, 2 cukes, one carrot, a few radishes and all of our spinach. Kind of pathetic that I can count our crop. Our raspberries didn't produce very many raspberries this year either. Oh well, there is always next year.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Three Month Maddie

Maddie is three months old today! We just love having our lil' smiley girl in our lives. When I found out I was pregnant with Maddie, I wasn't really ready to have another baby, but it was definitely a blessing in disguise. I can't imagine my life without her. We just love her!

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Our Walk

Sierra loves her new stroller. I had been thinking about getting her one for a while, but Grami Tami beat me to it. She must have read my mind. Sierra loved it immediately.

We went on a walk the other day down the street. I had Maddie in the big stroller and Sierra was pushing her doll in her stroller. Whenever I would stop to help Maddie, usually to put her binky back in her mouth, Sierra would stop and fix her doll too. It was so cute. When it was time to turn around to go back home, Sierra didn't want to. I started heading back home saying "Bye" to Sierra, thinking that she would think I was leaving her and turn around to follow me. She called my bluff, and kept walking down the street. She got pretty far before I realized that she wasn't turning around. It was kind of cute watching her walk off down the street all by herself pushing her stroller.

She is going to be a good mom someday.

Monday, September 3, 2007


Jeff, Tami and Megan came for a visit this weekend. This was the first time they have seen Maddie. Most of you know that Tami came to stay with us while I was due, but Maddie decided to take her time to make her appearance. Tami was here for 10 days and Maddie was born 2 days after she left. So, Tami finally got to meet Maddie.

On Sunday, we went up Hylite Canyon and had a picnic at the reservoir. It was a hot afternoon, but felt nice when the big clouds covered the sun. Jake was pretty bummed that he forgot his fishing pole. After we did about all we wanted to do there (lunch and a small walk), we moved the party to the park. Sierra, Jake and Megan played on the playground until it got too hot. So they went over to the creek and skipped rocks. Jake said that Sierra copied everything Megan did. We spent the rest of the evening at our house with pizza and a movie.

We love you guys and had a fun time!