Sunday, August 16, 2009

Three word sentences

This is Jen.
She is awesome.
Super great photographer.
One talented lady.
A caring Mother.
Makes me laugh.
Nice to explain.
Supportive and enthusiastic.
I love her.
She is awesome.

Rain Time!

Allison took this shot of Ammon and I. She was loving the camera tonight.
But not being in the pictures.
Can't you feel Ammon's enthusiasm for the rain?

Park Time

I just had to add a picture of some of the loot we are bringing in this year. This is by far my best garden eh-ver. I picked a nice big bowl full of beans today, two zukes, and four tomatoes. It makes me so so so happy. I love to garden.

Ick Ick Ick.
Now I'm going to have yucky spider dreams again.
This Orb weaver spider is in my front garden. Justin thinks it's awesome and won't squish it for me. I think he's chicken and doesn't want to hear it crunch.

It's nice to have a park so close to our house. It would be nice to live in the era where it was okay to let your kids roam the neighborhood, but alas, that has come and gone.

Fun Family Home Evening

This was a fun night!
Justin home teaches the K's and they home teach us,
and Jen and I visit teach each other = some months we just have a nice mini-party with a message.

This month we decided that we'd combine with other families that we visit/home teach for a softball game at Long Lake. The playing field was great because it was all grass. No dusty kids! We played a few innings of softball, munched on watermelon, then played kickball.
Our bases were: a frisbee, baby blanket, and a diaper changing pad. The changing pad turned out to be a little slick. It was fantastic to watch people slide into base, even if they weren't expecting to.
  1. Amelia
  2. Allison
  3. Jaeden
  4. Marshall getting in the zone
  5. Brandon and Katie
  6. Josh and Jonah
  7. Brandon and Benny
  8. Jacob
  9. Jen
It was fun getting to know these great families a little bit more. I'm glad they came.
Let's do it again next year!

A Day at the Beach

We've been having playgroup with our ward at several beaches this summer, but the favorite has been Lake Johanna. It's been fun for my kids to see some of their other church friends outside of Sunday meetings.
  1. Katie striking a cute pregnant pose.
  2. Beautiful Ameila.
  3. Silly Allison in her goggles.
  4. Ammon holding I believe just water...I hope.
  5. Benny loves his mommy.
  6. Miss Gracie
  7. Isaac
  8. Ammon and Isaac. Isaac got really into building this sand sculpture. He spent most of the two hours on it.
  9. Rachel and Ed.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The best zucchini you'll ever have

This is a family recipe; well I think it is. I learned it from my Mom. We had it every year growing up and, boy oh boy, was it a treat.
If you had a plate of candy and a plate of zucchini, I'd be hard pressed on which one to choose. Now I think about it, I'd for sure pick the zucchini. I can get candy any time.
In blender, put in one sleeve of soda crackers. I like to use non-stick foil to line my cookie sheet. I also like to use squeezable Parkay, or you can melt about 1/4 cup butter and pour it in the cookie sheet. You need 2 medium sized zukes.
Slice zucchini into 1/4 inch slices. Beat two eggs in a bowl. In separate bowl, have crushed soda crackers (about 1/2 -1 sleeve). Dip slice in egg, then coat in crumbs. As you can see, Ammon and Allison are great little chefs.
Put in single layer on cookie sheet. When sheet is about 1/2 full, preheat oven to 350 degrees.

When you are finished coating the slices, you can either put squeezable Parkay, or dot the top of each slice with butter. Salt and pepper.
Bake 20 minutes. Turn slices; I like to use a fork. (If you would like to try the old school method, don't prep the pan with butter. After you flip the slices, you can put on another dot of butter. I find this to be hot!)
Bake for an additional 20 minutes.

This will be your end result:

A plate of oohs and aaahs.
It may be time consuming, but it is sooo worth it.

My mom likes to use a little lemon juice for a condiment.

A Humid August Outing

Could it possibly rain anymore than it did Saturday morning? I declare that it could not.
Which makes for an extremely humid day. It wasn't even that hot, but sweat was abounding.

Justin had a fun idea of driving to Taylors Falls. We have noticed that as our kids have gotten older, we don't get out and do as many things anymore. We were trying to decide the reason: I attribute it to we're busier, and it seems like our kids bicker more than they did. Maybe we've glommed into a homebody family. Regardless, it was a fun day.
  1. Cool leaf. Can this color be true so early in the fall? Tell me it isn't so!
  2. Metal ring for tying up boats.
  3. Allison by the St. Croix river.
  4. JoAnne in the Sculpture Garden.
  5. Isaac on a swing in the S. Garden
  6. Isaac thought this was a cool natural seat.
  7. Ammon climbing on the rocks.
  8. Old tree.
  9. Tiger Lily
Taylors Falls

Ammon fell down at the end of our walk in Taylors Falls. He was NOT happy about it.
Bandaids are a marvelous thing.
Franconia Sculpture GardenWe haven't visited the Garden since it relocated. I didn't recognize any of the structures. Many were thought provoking. Some disturbing. Makes for a fun family outing. Best of's free.
Isaac and Allison
Isaac and Ammon
Sign in front of S. Garden