December 31, 2009

belly fat...

maya: mom, you have belly fat.
me: uh, well, yes i do.
maya: would you like to lose that belly fat?
me: um, yes i would.

we've had variations of this conversation for a year. damn those belly fat commercials. it's bad enough i have to watch them but then i have to have my 6 yr old reminding me every couple of days that i also need to listen to them. so this is the year of the belly fat removal. no, i'm not going in for surgery...i wish i was...i'm going to have to do it the old fashioned way. wish me luck.

December 30, 2009

chile verde...yummy yum yum...

hola! there is a little mexican restaurant that only exists in cedar city and st. george, utah. unfortunately i live about 3 hrs. from cedar and a good 4 hrs. from st. george. it is called pancho and lefty's and i literally crave their pork chile verde. it is also the only mexican restaurant that my dear sweet husband will walk into. damn the luck. so i decided the other day that i would try and recreate what they do so well and i ran across a recipe over here that is pretty darn close. i'll jot it down and you can try it if you like. it's a sunday dinner type of thing because it takes some time but it oh so worth it if you like a good chile verde.

pork chile verde

3 lb. pork loin cut into 1/2" chunks (i got 4.19 lbs and had the butcher cut into chunks for me which i then brought home and cut all the sinewy yuckiness out of and all the fat...after i got all that out it was about 3 lbs, i think.)
1 tbsp salt
1 1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp cumin
4 tbsp olive oil
2 1/2 c water

chile sauce
2 anaheim peppers, seeded and sliced or poblanos
1 1/2 lbs. tomatillos, cleaned and cut in two
1 lrg onion cut into 8 equal pieces
4 cloves fresh garlic, peeled
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp dry oregano
1/4 tsp sugar

Start by cutting your pork (if you didn't have your butcher do it, which you should because it's sooo much easier!) into 1/2" cubes and add to a large ziploc bag. quick tip: put your big ziploc freezer bag into some sort of bowl, i use my pyrex measuring cup, and pull it down over the sides. it's a good way to keep it upright while you have pork covered hands. add the salt, pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, water and olive oil to your bag. close the bag leaving a little bit of air in it and 'smoosh' it around to thoroughly mix the seasoning into the pork. set this aside to marinate for at least 30 minutes.

while your pork is marinating, peel the outer shell of the tomatillos and wash them to remove the sticky residue. cut them in half and slice the onion into 8 equal pieces. slice your chili's in half after seeding them. transfer your tomatillos, onion and chilis along with the 4 cloves of garlic into a baking dish and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 1-1:15 hrs. remove from the oven and let it cool slightly. add to a food processor or blender and add the salt, pepper, oregano, garlic powder and sugar. pulse to get it started and then blend it really well. set aside.

after your pork has marinated, add it and the marinade to a large deep skillet preheated to high. you will want a pan big enough to hold the pork and the sauce. a good way to know if your pan is hot enough is to add a few drops of olive oil and when it starts to smoke, it's ready. cook your pork on all sides, stirring often. this will take about 20 minutes. once the pork is cooked, stir in your sauce along with about 2 1/2 cups water. i did this differently...i put it all in my big crockpot and reduced the water to 1 1/4 cups. then i cooked it on high for about 4-5 hrs. taking the lid off the last hr. and stirring occasionally. if you don't want to use a crockpot then do this: bring all ingredients to a boil in the pot and reduce heat to the lowest possible setting and cover. your looking for a low simmer, it should barely even bubble. cook for about 1 1/2 hrs. stirring occasionally. you could also transfer your covered pot to a 300 degree oven and bake for about an hour. try a piece of meat and it should be tender when done.

now the recipe suggests that you use corn tortillas...we didn't. i spooned some of the chile verde into a flour tortilla then rolled it up and put it in the same baking dish i used for the veggies. then i spooned some of the sauce over the top, put some cheese on that and broiled for a minute or 2 until it melted. then we put sour cream, shredded lettuce and some avacado on top. so yummy!

i also made mexican rice and black beans and i'll put those recipes down too.

mexican rice

2 tbsp vegetable oil...i used olive 1 tbsp ground cumin
1 onion, chopped 1 c uncooked long or short grain rice
1 tsp minced garlic 1 3/4 c chicken broth
1 tsp chili powder 1/4 c tomato paste...i used tomato puree

preheat the oven to 350. heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. add the onion and garlic, cook and stir until onion is translucent. stir in the chili powder and cumin, and cook for about 30 seconds. add the rice, chicken broth and tomato paste and bring to a boil. transfer to a casserole dish and cover with aluminum foil or a lid. bake for 35-40 minutes, or until liquid has been absorbed and rice is tender.

black beans baby

1 16 oz can black beans...i used a big one 1 tbsp fresh cilantro...left this out because big d
1 small onion, chopped doesn't like it
1 clove garlic, minced 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
salt to taste

in a medium saucepan combine all ingredients except seasonings and bring to a boil. reduce heat to medium-low. season and simmer for 5 minutes.

well there you go....a mexican fiesta from mi casa to su casa.

December 29, 2009

oh fur the love...

this is what happens
at our house when a
funny hat shows up...
the camera comes out
and the goofiness

December 28, 2009

and other gifts...

so my girl that's 18...she gives good gifts.
last year she gave me a cd case with cds she had made for me. compilations according to genre. they are my favorite cds ever. she did good.

this year she saved her change in her piggy bank and cashed it in and gave me a mp3 player. i've wanted one forever and she bought me a nice one! i love it when they get older.;D

the man...he does a good job too. some years. one year i got a shotgun and a bright yellow parka. he uses the shotgun and that bright yellow went back and traded places with a nice green one. sometimes he forgets that i'm not a bright yellow kinda girl. he had a bad year that year. in his defense though, he bought the shotgun hoping that i would want to go hunting with him. hasn't happened yet.

last year he did a wonderful thing. i brought home an old medicine cabinet during the summer that i had bought at a yard sale for $3. of course he asked me the question he always asks me when i bring something home like that...'what the hell are you going to do with that thing?' to which i gave my standard reply...'i'll figure out somewhere to put it and you'll love it when i'm done.' well it sat and sat and he showed nothing for contempt for it because it was taking up precious space in his shop. then christmas morning last year he came in from the shop with a beautiful jewelry case made out of that medicine cabinet. it's awesome and amazing and i love, love, love it. every morning when i get my jewelry out i smile because he does love it.;D

this year i got a special little gift....we have some cool old drawers that he made a bunch of different things out of and i got a sweet little cabinet. inside that cabinet were certificates that he made himself, cut into snowflakes with honey do's on them. one was for a back rub...always a winner! for an installation of a door i've been wanting to put in...and one was for a movie date with no phone, that's a problem with him. all great gifts and well thought out. bravo big d!

i hope that you all got everything you wanted
for christmas and maybe some things
that you didn't know you wanted but you
love just the same!;D

December 25, 2009

the greatest christmas present of all time...

my girl...the oldest one.
she's turning 18 today.
that's a scary number.
next year at this time she'll be coming home from college for christmas.
which means she'll be away from home before that.
that's a scary and sad thought....
wrapped up in a happy thought for her.

18 things that make mady special to me:
her smile
her sense of humor
that she will dance crazy with me and the two little ones.
she's loyal
she's incredibly smart that is.;D
strength...lots of it
her sense of self
to know her is to love her
her hair...when it's all curly
that i got to carry her for 9 months
she makes me proud in some way everyday to be her mom
she loves her family
her tenacity
that she comes home after school and talks to me about her day
her courage
the goals she has set for herself
her morals
she's my friend as well as my daughter

so happy birthday mady sunshine...i love you with all of my heart!

oh and i guess i'll also wish all of you a very merry christmas! i hope your day is amazing!

December 11, 2009


it's been a hectic month. getting ready for the dickens festival and then getting there and setting up...for 8 hrs...and then sitting and sitting and sitting for 4 days. 9am-9pm. those.are.long.days. i'll post some pictures of the booth later.

the thing i want to tell you about is this...

by this amazingly talented man. we try and go see this every year. every year that we go i get all excited to buy the tickets when they come on sale and then when it's time to actually go my little home body soul kicks in and i don't want to go anywhere...let alone salt lake in the freezing cold, it was 3 last night! that's it, 3 degrees. brrrr. so yesterday i started in with the oh no i'm going to have to leave my house thing. of course we went and like every other time i'm so glad that we did. we took the middle one for the first time this year....i'm thinking that 6 is not quite old enough yet. maybe 8 is the magical number.

this play is the spirit of christmas in a song. i cry every year. every.dang.year. music just touches my soul. it makes me feel things that i forget i can feel. michael mclean does an amazing job of reminding me what the season is all about. christ. pure and simple. and family and memories and goodness. it's so easy to get wrapped up in all of the stress of christmas and forget that it's about those things. so thank you, once again, mr mclean for putting my heart in the right direction. my compass was shaky and needed to be firmly planted in the direction of home.

this cd is our favorite at christmas time. if you've never heard it i would greatly encourage that you hop on over to amazon and get it on its way to your home. your whole family will love it and i dare you not to cry when you listen to those 'forgotten carols'. there's a book too!

November 23, 2009

the blind side...

just got back from seeing the blind side...still crying. such a great, great, great story and the movie does the story justice. you HAVE to go see it....and if you don't like it AND shed some tears you are dead inside and i'm not sure we can be friends anymore. ;D;D
seriously have to go and see this movie, you won't regret it. i thought about my two little ones the whole movie and how darn lucky we are to have been blessed like we have been.
-k have to quit thinking and talking about it or my whole night will be spent in tears.


November 18, 2009


well yesterday i found myself in slc with only one i went to taipan. i cruised the aisles, looked at all there was to see. was just about to the end of my visit and then i saw this...
only it was in a cheap frame, poorly stitched, the buttons were ugly, and the fabric was bad.
i thought well holy s@#$, that's my picture. some little china man somewhere saw it either on line or in the country sampler and they've made it and are selling it at taipan. it has to be a copy of mine because it's an original design and they had used the same font, same star buttons. isn't that just the weirdest thing? it freaked me out!

i think they say that imitation is a form of flattery but i just think it's a little weird.;P

ooo and i got to go to pine needles and just shop as long as i wanted because it was peytie and she's my good shopper many fun, fun things. i got some great stuff to do for dickens! i'm so excited to start working on it!

November 14, 2009

it's's knowing...

that's what i heard this morning, way too early for a saturday, the little excited cries of a 3 yr old who was very excited to see the white stuff. she made sure she opened every door and let the sleeping person in bed know what was going on. if i was 3 i would do the same thing. i love the snow. love it. good thing i live in the state with the best snow on earth.
so a few minutes after she let us all know she came in to my room with a dress on and wanted me to help her put her jacket on. why? she was going to go watch daddy, who had just left. i heard the coat closet door open and close and i thought i better go check things out. this is what i found...

they are a little dark, sorry. i have to describe the clothing though. pajamas with a lovely spring dress over them with the buttons done up wrong, her snow boots, a jacket, a knit hat and gloves that aren't actually on her fingers.

i love this girl. she makes me smile.

happy first snow if you live where i do!!

November 3, 2009

you go girl...

i have to tell you this funny story...

there was a 13 yr. old walking home from school today. she was looking down and accidentally bumped into an older boy. she apologized and he started yelling at her. he eventually hit her in the arm and wound up to hit her is where the story gets good...ding dong didn't know that the little 70 lb girl he was picking on knows tai kwando (sp?!). he went to hit her and she took his hand twisted it around got him face up on the sidewalk...and per her instructors teaching...kicked him square in the groin with all her might. then she took off running. she looked around once and he was high tailing it in the opposite direction. after closer inspection by the police officer that was called he discovered that the kid had literally ran out of his was sitting in the middle of the road! HA...sucker got his, eh?

so WAY TO GO LITTLE WOMAN! that was the best story i've heard in a while and i had to share it with ya'll.

November 2, 2009

blind side....

bid d and i are big movie goers. i've decided it's because he can relax and not think about all the things he has to do (ocd). and i can relax because it's oh so quiet and dark with no children. (i greatly love my children but they drive me a little cuckoo sometimes.) so here's where this story is going...
when you go to the movies as much as we do, you see the same previews over and over and when they are promoting a big movie you can see those previews ALOT. well we've seen (is it seen or saw, i can never figure that one out.) the preview for 'blind side' ALOT. it's the new movie with sandra bullock, tim mcgraw and that big ole black boy that can play football. i always start out ok with that preview...i tell myself, it's ok, it's just a movie, don't cry. but it's not! it's a true story. anyways i get to the part where she shows him the bed...if you've seen the preview you know what i'm talking about. by that time i'm crying...big tears streaming, ugly crying. guess who else is crying? you guessed it...the tough guy. he's crying and laughing at us at the same time because we're always crying by this point. he told me he won't go see it with me because he'll probably cry like a baby. i love a man that can cry. especially when it's over something like that...he never did until maya came along. sometimes i would make him promise he would cry at my funeral, seriously. then along came the middle girl and now...sometimes it's for no good reason even. i love makes me love him even more.


if this doesn't cause frustration....a 3 yr old who will stand in front of the toilet and poop in her diaper....i hate diapers.

October 30, 2009

observations from the bus...


as a bus driver we are somewhat invisible to the narcissist known as the teenager. we are also invisible to most coaches...possibly teenage narcissists who never outgrew that? there are the exceptions to the rule on both counts. these gives me an unique perspective on what goes on at the high school.

take for example yesterday. i watched two young kids, i'm thinking boyfriend/girlfriend, probably about 16-17 at a high school. they stood out in the parking lot in the freezing cold sluffing their last period hiding behind a teacher's car so they wouldn't get caught. why? so they could rub against each other? the funny thing is that me and one other bus driver were right there....did they think that we couldn't rat them out? another thing was this...the girl was beautiful...the boy? not so much. that is also a very common occurance. interesting.

sluffing was the downfall of my high school career...that and a certain boy who should remain nameless. he was my main dumb in high school. there were lots of other dumbs but he would be dumb #1. kids sluff constantly. it's like a revolving door at the high school. sometimes when i'm doing pe runs i am there every 40 minutes dropping off and picking up classes. i'll see the same kid 3-4 times in one day. i want to yell...STAY IN SCHOOL! you want to be a bus driver when you grow up?! of course they would look at me like i'm a crazy adult bus driver who doesn't understand their teen angst and that they NEED to get out of the stifling thing that is high school. those poor kids.

high school kids are zombies in the morning. i don't know what they did before they could put music in their ears. by the afternoon they are loud and obnoxious. lucky teachers that have them 1st period.

couples in high school are the funniest to watch. most of them are past the sticking the tongue down each others mouth phase that the jr high kids are in...we'll get to that at another time...high school kids are in the we're married and have to hug and kiss and tell each other how much we love each other between every class. oh and especially after school. they have to walk each other to the bus or car and make sure that everyone knows that they are together. it cracks me up. when was the last time that you took 3 minutes to hug, kiss, fondle and caress your husband before he left for work? i have 3 kids and most of the time my husband leaves for work at 5:30am. he's on his own.;D i do tell him i love him before he goes because i don't want him to ever forget that i do....there are lots of girls who like a man in uniform. especially a good looking one like big d. insecure, yes i know...that goes back to dumb #1.

then there are the kids once they are on the bus. i have been informed that only dorks ride the bus. there are a few exceptions to this rule. also even the dorks have some sort of hierarchy. and all lower income kids ride the bus, cool or not. my teenager is just kind of a spoiled brat surrounded by others of her you mad. where was i....oh yeah, hierarchy. it is and always has been the cool at the back and the not-so-cool at the front. don't get me wrong, i usually like the kids at the front much more than the kids at the back. they are nicer and quieter and more willing to help out a girl who's lost on a sub bus. here's the kicker though. sometimes the kids at the front of the bus don't care that they are the nerdier kids. case in point...a girl the other day, think gilda radner as Roseanne Roseannadanna on snl. she was a front seater. i felt bad for her. thought oh this poor probably ever pays attention to her or makes her feel good about herself. she probably has no self esteem at all. well then she starts singing, loudly and off key, a song i've never heard before. she may of even made it up herself. i immediately thought, oh honey stop!, the kids in the back are going to have you for dinner. but then i realized...she thinks she sounds good and she doesn't care about what the kids in the back think. she does have self-esteem, probably more than any of them. good for you. she sang until i let her off the bus and then she put a little dance to it and did it until she was in her house. woohoo for you nerd girl!

low income kids are the most polite kids i drive. whether it's high school or elementary school they are the nicest. rich kids are brats...for the most part. there is a certain area in our valley and the kids from there are aw.ful. but the kids who live on the west side of the valley or the farm kids from out west are by far the sweetest kids i drive. they are polite and tell me thank you and they are willing to help and they are not as mean to each other. that's a thinker for you.

well thanks for letting me ramble. i thought about this yesterday as i drove...

October 28, 2009

windy, windy, windy...

Hum dum dum ditty dum
Hum dum dum

Oh the wind is lashing lustily
And the trees are thrashing thrustily
And the leaves are rustling gustily
So it's rather safe to say
That it seems that it may turn out to be
It feels that it will undoubtedly
It looks like a rather blustery day, today
It sounds that it may turn out to be
Feels that it will undoubtedly
Looks like a rather blustery day today

~winnie the pooh and the blustery day

October 19, 2009

be still my heart...

sisterhood is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost.
~marion c. garrety

i was just looking for some pictures and ran into these on my computer...mady likes to take the little ones out and take pictures and oh how sweet are these? look at those chubby little fingers and how soft those two are....

October 16, 2009

free smile...

happy friday! here's somethin to make you smile...

you'll have to go down to the bottom and pause the sorry.

October 14, 2009

a new favorite time....

on the school bus. picture this if you will...
early morning, all alone in the bus, battle of the 80's bands on 101.9, michael jackson singing 'i wanna rock with you' rockin out on the bus in the dark because no-one can see me and singin with mj at the top of my lungs. good times my friends, good times.

and it's a wrap...

i just posted the end of the pictures over there at the blog...whew.
one thing off of my to-do list. now it's time to start getting ready for next year.;P

October 10, 2009

more shtuff to look at...

oh you know the drill by now...
get on over there...

oh sometimes...

i feel like the world's worst mom. i took the little ones to art market in slc today. i thought it would be fun to go there and then head to gardner village for the witches...why would i think that?! why oh why? once upon a time there was a little girl named mady who spoiled me on children. i never realized how easy that child was to take places. with the two little hooligans it is cry and whine and fight, fight, fight. it's a dang good thing they are so cute.;D i tell myself each and every time we come home from an outing such as this that i won't do it again! i won't dangit! and then for some reason i convince myself it will be fun.
so here's where the worst mom part comes in....i yell. i yell a lot sometimes. i just lose it. seriously. i can't take it anymore and they'll be whining and crying and i just yell louder than them and sometimes it shocks em so much they stop. or they cry. and then i feel the bad mom syndrome set in.
so here's the deal. next time i think that it will be fun to take my two little ones anywhere by myself until they are at least 20 yrs older than they are now will you please stop me? maybe then i won't feel like leaving them on the side of the road.;P
thank you!

October 7, 2009 slc...

did anyone know that pioneer woman is coming to slc on her book tour on nov 4? if you did then why the hell didn't you tell me this important piece of information? and if you didn't then wanna go with me? very good, talented and pretty friend mindy has a photo on pioneer woman!!!!! i know how cool is that...go check it out and leave her love.

October 5, 2009

the goods...

just posted some pictures of great goods over at the other blog...go and see!

October 2, 2009

booth pics...

head on over and visit the fff blog, i just posted a few pictures of the booths.

October 1, 2009

a new you might be a redneck joke...

my dear sweet husband gave up a part of his muzzleloader deer hunt last week to help me with the show. it's the only thing he truly loves to do, this hunting thing. so him and his little brother decided to pack up tuesday night and head off down south to hunt for a couple of days. they decided that they were going to take the middle one and my nephew down with them. off they go late tuesday afternoon. well we just got a major winter storm in the mountains of utah. they spent the night fighting a horrible blizzard in a tiny tent with two grown men and two small children. everything got wet. tree limbs were falling on the tent. not a good night for anyone.

here's where the new joke comes in. i think i'll just write a letter to mr. foxworthy and explain to him the siteation.

dear mr. foxworthy,
i have enjoyed your redneck jokes for years. i've always thanked my lucky stars that i lived west of the mason dixon line and had no rednecks in my family. well that changed this morning when my husband arrived home from a hunting trip with his brother. they had spent a horrible night on the mountain while hunting and decided to drive into a small town close by to stay for the night. not a bad thing. certainly civilized. that was until they decided to unhook the smoke detector and wrap it in a baggy so that they could barbecue hamburgers in the hotel room. oh yes they did. and it gets better. because they hadn't planned on staying in a hotel they didn't take any swim trunks for themselves or bathing suits for the children that were with them. who needs bathing suits, right? not rednecks. they just go in their underwear. throw a t-shirt on the little girl and it's all good. never you mind that there are women there. just keep the towel on until the last possible moment and climb right in. so there you have it. i can officially say that i do have rednecks in my family. in fact my handsome husband has a little redneck in him apparently.
well there you go. see what you can do with that material. just please keep my name out of it, ok?

keep doin what yer doin,

maybelle welcker

what do you think? do you think there is a redneck joke in there somewhere? ;D

September 30, 2009

merry autumn...

oh i love the autumn...
it makes me well up inside with feelings
i can't describe when i look at the mountain
behind my house covered with fall foliage
and can finally feel it in the air.
we got a storm today and it is finally here.
there is snow on the top of mt. timpanogos...
i love it!

cow's bum and more pleasant things....

well now that got your attention, didn't it?

my oldest has been wanting to drag me off to eat sushi for awhile now.
i told her i thought i would rather lick a cow's bum than eat raw fish. then i finally broke down and promised her that we would go and get raw fish after the show was over. well i really just told her that to get her to shut up about it but she remembered. it's not like the good ole days when she was little and i could just tell her things that she wouldn't remember in 5 minutes let alone 5 days. so tonight was the night. we headed out to the 'happy sumo' and got sushi. i made sure there was no raw eel or octopus and a couple of those rolls had ingredients that were not even english...imagine that in a japanese restaurant...i did recognize the words 'eel sauce' though and stayed clear of that. that should never be an ingredient...ever. well now here is the surprise. i thought i was going to have to eat just big chunks of raw fish like a whale or fat jokes please. all of that raw fish is rolled up with yummy ingredients in rice! all of them. put a little wasabi and some raw ginger on a california roll and that is just plain good. mads has always said that they are a little flavor bomb that goes off in your mouth and i totally agree. imagine it. she was right. it happens sometimes.;p

September 28, 2009

it's over...whew...

well the day came and went in a whirlwind of activity, friends, family, and awesome things to look at and buy. we all had a little bit of a breakdown yesterday but it's all good.;D i was glad when it was here and now i'm glad that it's over. we learned some things to do differently and were thrilled with how things turned out. we got lots of compliments...we're trying to not get big heads...hahaha. i got to visit with people i haven't seen in a long time and that was awesome. i got to visit with friends that live far away and i miss all the time. i got to smell baking bread and goodies for 3 days straight while my mom and oldest one baked their hearts out. all in all it was successful....but do you know why? because i have so many people who love me and support me. both family and friends. i am surrounded by good people. how lucky is that? plus i have big d who i owe a lot of back rubs and head scratches to. what an amazing man he is. so thank you everyone for everything. even if you just came, that meant more to me than you know. you all rock. and if you didn't come well then you missed one hell of a day! LOL

my friend, mindy, took lots of photos and i'll be posting them on the blog soon. i'll let you know.

oh and i'll be showing you something i've been working on soon....

September 24, 2009


house is mostly cleaned. cupboards delivered. cabinet completely painted...needs poly. hooks for shelves picked up....lots of other stuff just can't remember it all.;D

now on to decorating the yard. finishing porch. kitchen cleaned. shelves put much other stuff i can't name it all.;D

tomorrow it's set up day!

September 22, 2009


well it's almost here.
we'll start the countdown now...eek.
been painting, shelf making, painting some more, deciding on where to put booths, a little laundry, nursing hurt abby lab, a little more paint, and putting out banners today. finalized a few more vendors, added some to the blog, and got a little nervous. eek again.
~this is the day that you start planning on coming to the show with all of your friends~

tomorrow is day 3. more painting, hooks on shelves, buying spray paint, finishing cupboard project. mom is coming to start baking away for the cheer girl's bake sale...yum, my house will smell like fresh baked goodies. delivery of some cute cupboards from sweet lady in lehi who i really want to come and can't but she's sending some things my way anyway. we'll let you know tomorrow how it all goes.

September 21, 2009

my boy...

this is my boy, drake. he's been a part of my daily life for 14 yrs. 14 yrs is a long time in dog terms. we've been swimming together, he's peed on my leg to mark me as his, he's sat by me while i weeded, we've gone 4-wheeling and camping together many many times. the last year he's started slowing down. he lost his hearing and his sight wasn't what it used to be. he used to be able to hear dave's truck when it was at the top of the road and lately you had to stand right in front of him for him to know you were there. on friday night someone hit both of our dogs. we're not sure who because they didn't bother to stop. luckily abby, our other lab, is going to be ok. when we took drake to the vet today we found out he had kidney disease and the hip injury he got on friday was nothing compared to everything else that was going on with our old man. we had to make a tough decision but we've been preparing ourselves for it all weekend. lots of tears at our house. lots and lots of tears. so today he left us here to go to a better place. one where he can run and chase birds and feel like a pup again. i'm going to miss his brown eyes and having him laying in the drive way when i get home. i'm going to miss scratching his belly and having him with me in the garden....but i'm so glad that he gets to feel good again. i read a poem at the vet's office that said that someday when it's my time to go he'll be there and when he sees me he'll run through the field and be so happy to see me. i'll be happy to see him too. goodbye my boy, thank you for being such a good and loyal friend.

September 11, 2009

oh my gosh...

i just went and checked 'the farm chicks' blog because it's what i do.
teri, the blonde farm chick, is quitting.
what the?!
you can't just quit being the second half of the farm chicks.
i feel sad and i don't quite know why.
why do i really care if she retires and enjoys her peaceful little life in spokane?
i don't know why but i really do. weird.

have i ever told you why i love the farm chicks so much? well good, i'll tell you now. i've taken country living magazine for many moons. one issue about 3-4 yrs ago there were these darling ladies who did a whole article on pies. they talked about being homemakers and being happy about being homemakers. mady and i made one of those pies one sunday. from start to finish. it was beautiful and yummy and i made it with my girl. i loved that article and then i went to their website and loved everything there. i loved what they stood for and their little motto. i wanted to have that motto for my own. so i stitched it up and it hangs in my bathroom. i also stitched one up for each of them and sent them on their way to washington. they probably thought i was a nutcase.;D little did they know. ha ha ha. here's the thing that hit me hard with these two ladies. they are true to their faith, they love being mothers and wives, they know how important it is to be a homemaker, and they voiced this in a national magazine. they started with something small because it was something they loved to do...junking. they appreciate things that are old and have a story, they truly appreciate it. anyone who knows me knows that i am the same way. the thing that hit me the most was the homemaker thing....i always fight with the feeling that if i'm not out making money then i am not truly contributing to my family. to see these two amazing women saying that it was okay to be a homemaker and nothing else made me somehow feel good about my decision to stay home and be just that. they also were small business owners who had taken their business and run with it...that gave me courage as a small business owner. then i went to their show in washington. i met teri and she was so excited to know that i had come there from utah for their show. she gave me a big old hug and got a little teared up and then i knew that my adoration had been placed in the right place. these two women are truly amazing. they are the real deal. and for some reason they just made me want to be better.

so, after putting that all down in words it makes more sense to me that i am sad about her decision...but i'm very happy for her that she gets to slow down and enjoy life.

September 9, 2009

just a bunch of randomness...

i'm going to go a little hog worries, there will not be any nudity on this post. i KNOW you are all taking a deep breath right now.;D

speaking of nudity, mady is doing an internship at the hospital and guess what she saw today? that's right...saggy old naked man junk. ha.

want to see a cool video of the oldest one and her old man? good, cuz your gonna. please don't listen to the audio because there is this crazy old lady cackling in the background.

cool, huh?

we've had this boat sitting in the backyard for approximately 8 yrs...big d did some trade work back when he was an electrician and got a boat that had been rolled on the way to powell. so it's been worked on here and there and finally this year got the final stuff done to it. he loves boating, seriously loves it. so it's been fun to watch him...and by dang, it's enjoyable out on that boat. so here's a couple of fishing pictures for ya...

we caught a bunch this fun! cold, but fun.
this is what happens when you are on a boat for hours fishing...silliness. there are approximately 35 pictures of varying degrees of silliness. gotta love digital cameras.
is she just model gorgeous or what? click on it and you can see those amazing eyes.
these two...sigh. it's a beautiful love thing.
and here's my little home fried skillet. peace out.

so are you bored yet? tough. stick it out.

for the last week of time off we have been working on a path down the side of our house and it's almost will come in time i'm sure. we are steadily plugging away at the list that needs to be done by the 26th. you know, the's the day you are coming to my house, right? right?! you better be dangit. can i just tell you, between you and me, that i am more nervous than i have ever been. i'm serious, ever. ok maybe not as nervous as going to the farm chicks, or as nervous as the first day i drove the bus, or when i gave birth to mady, or adoption days...ok so maybe i'm not so much nervous as worried. people, i am begging you as my family and friends....please come and bring everyone you know. i've lost two months of sleep over this thing. i have a new mantra....if you have it they will come. ;D it's late, give me a break. by the way, if you know anyone who does fabulous jewelry and is not pregnant or doing another show will you please give them my number? i'm desperate for a fabulous jewelry person. i'm dreaming of jewelry people.

my mom brought me an amazing find today...i'll have to post pictures. it's really dark outside or i would go take some now. in fact i think this find deserves its own post. not some random weird post.

i saw john of 'john and kate' on some dateline thing tonight. what do you think of the guy? on one hand that kate seems a little bossy and maybe even a little bitchy...but is it ever right to cheat and doesn't he kind of seem like a weenie? i've never watched that show so i'm just going off of one interview with him and tons of tabloid reading at walmart.

i went to mesquite with the man last week...did you know it's hotter than hell down there? holy crap. we were sitting by the pool one night dangling our feet in the water and guess what? a frog hopped by. seriously a frog. i was so excited. like a big old frog just hoppin around. cool, huh?

k well as you can tell it's around 1am and i really need to go to bed so that i can dream of jewelry people and posters and banners and all things show related.:D thanks for listening to me ramble on...sometimes i just need someone to listen.;D

August 30, 2009

first days...

so the middle one just started kindergarten...

i can't believe that...

the oldest one just started her senior year...

can't believe that one either...

when we got the middle one the oldest one was starting the 6th grade...


time goes by way too quickly...

this time next year the oldest one will be away to college...

i don't want to think about it...

but yet i do, everyday...

the middle one is going to be as old as the oldest one before i know it...

but for right now we'll just enjoy kindergarten and not think about that...

we'll just pretend that isn't going to happen and enjoy everyday...

August 29, 2009

yummy recipe....

hey there friends...go on over to fallow field farm for a yummy pumpkin chocolate chip bread recipe. while your there you can check out the new vendors over there and possibly give em a little love.;D happy sunday!

August 28, 2009

helluva week...

whine~stomach flu~whine, whine, whine~stiff neck~chiropractor~no sleep for days~whine~dance & tumbling same day same time~oldest girl stomach flu~her whine~3 yr old who won't stay in dance class without me~school shopping for two hours with a 3 & a 6 yr. old in target then realizing no debit card because big d didn't put it back~more stomach flu~whine, whine~big d stomach flu~whine, not mine~whine, mine~dentist appt for little and middle ones~missing first day of kindergarten for 6 yr old~sigh~run home to get ready for wedding lunch in big city~drive to big city

beautiful luncheon for an even more beautiful little niece who is radiantly in love with her sweet as can be new little husband who sang her a love song at the luncheon while playing the guitar and crying a little here and there~another sigh~sweet little niece, lauren, who is crying because her big sister who is on a mission can't be there to be a part of this big day~a few tears of my own~sitting at a table with 6 of my favorite ladies while they tease me with takeout boxes~a little blushing~going to a gorgeous setting for a reception for the happy couple and feeling so excited for them to start their amazing life together while chatting with family that i love~contentment

i love the way life always gives you a little peace at the end of a helluva week.

August 23, 2009

a little somethin...

funny! if you wanna little giggle head on over here...

wise words...

"Sisters, find some time for yourself to cultivate your gifts and interests. Pick one or two things that you would like to learn or do that will enrich your life, and make time for them. Water cannot be drawn from an empty well and if you are not setting aside a little time for what replenishes you, you will have less and less to give to others, even to your children. Avoid any kind of substance abuse, mistakenly thinking that it will help you accomplish more. And don't allow yourself to be caught up in the time-wasting, mind-numbing things like television soap operas or surfing the Internet. Turn to the Lord in faith, and you will know what to do and how to do it."

~M. Russell Ballard

~you know how you read those blogs and then you wonder, how did i find this in the first place? well this is one of those blogs. i love this lady and would love to be her friend. you have to read brooklyn's blog, it's about her daughter and it'll make you cry and feel so blessed all at once. she has this quote on the side of her blog and i needed it and thought maybe someone else would today too.

August 22, 2009

lucky star...

well i'm thinking that lately i've been sitting under a lucky star...

i won this little darling a month or so ago on a blog give away...just perfect in my kitchen windowsill.

and just yesterday this showed up in the mail because i won another drawing on sadie olive, one of my very favorite spots to visit. she is lovely...

and i know to some this may seem a little wacky but to a junktique type of gal this is a lucky find. one of mady's teachers gave this to her to use for a garage sale and we snatched it up...yup it's an old movie screen...just perfect as a blind on our new patio cover. lucky, lucky.

so, lucky star, please stay over me until after september 26th. that's all i ask...good weather, lots of fun and lots of customers, please, please, please!;D

August 20, 2009


6 yrs ago a little miraculous bundle of joy came to live at our house. she was 9lbs 14 oz of pure heaven wrapped in a pink blanket. she and i fell in love at once. i spent her first night at home holding her, playing with her fingers and toes, singing christmas songs to her, and just being amazed that she was going to be my girl. my little one who grew in my heart and not my belly.

two days ago we celebrated my middle ones birthday. 6! oh my how the time flies by. she wanted to go eat at the place with the train where it's dark...spaghetti factory at trolley square. it's her most favorite place and spaghetti is her most favorite food. it's also the first time she's asked to take a friend a long and so we took her little friend kami from across the street.

the small one...she's a total ham.

maya and kami hanging out of the trolley...of course we HAD to eat on the trolley!

the dark place with the train...seriously that's how she describes it to me. love that kid. try figuring that one out after a year of not being there and having that conversation come right out of the blue sky. it took me a full 5 minutes to guess what she was talking about and she wouldn't give up the fact that we had eaten spaghetti there. turkey.

look at the pure joy that is on that face...they are singing the happy birthday song to her. those spaghetti singers have never made someone so happy.

and then it was off to the aquarium...where i got no decent pictures. i ehat my camera...actually it's not mine it's dave's and it sucks and that's a whole nother story.

but dang did those kids have fun. that's a pretty neat little place. they have a stingray pool where you can touch the stingrays and maya was having none of that touching those things. she just sat back and watched them really quietly while the rest of the kids there ran around like crazy people trying to touch those things. she's an interesting little girl, my maya. i've never met anyone quite like her...and she has stolen my heart.

August 17, 2009

August 10, 2009

family reunion...

i had the pleasure, yes i said pleasure, of spending the entire weekend with my family. my sister ginny was there with her amazing brother alan spent a night and day with us...and my mom and lynn popped in for a little while. everyone was in and out but it was sooo good to see them and get to relax and enjoy being together. i have an awesome family and there really isn't a one of them that i'm not awfully fond of.

we got to stay in a quaint little house in midway...a creek running just outside the door...and just a few minutes away from the lake and the mountains. oh and LOTS of big spiders! eeek! we ate lots of good food and played games and just sat and b.s'd. good times. of course we also enjoyed the lake...

mady and ginny, the wind was blowing super hard...
my bro-in-law, jon, riding with sammy and maya...that was before he got tipped right off of there!:D
sammy, maya and peytie getting ready for a ride!

we also ventured to the mountains, where it was actually cold!!! yay!!!

smell that leaf?
(i know you can't actually smell it silly, use your imagination!)
that is what fall smells like and it was almost in the air up in the mountains. yum.
morgan and maya went 4-wheeling.
peytie waited very patiently and got to ride with ginny and lauren for a little bit. she and i rode in the truck behind the 4-wheelers, which i was more than happy to do. it was only 54 degrees outside! perfect when your in the truck, with the heater on and the windows rolled down. the best of both worlds!
i just missed a big fiance' hug between gretchen and griffin... can i get an awwww? little niece is engaged and getting married in two and 1/2 weeks! gretchen was freezing!

then there was the time in the house where aunt marci got to pester everyone with the camera...

sammy was nice enough to let maya play on her i-touch and peytie was right in there with her!
the attic where i got to sleep with my homies.
HA! that's what you get for not reading my blog morgana!
maya and peyton stayed up as late as they wanted and sang and read and danced around.
while me and sam read, peyton read too.
please sam...please...just one, come on! what a cutie, eh? my very very sweet little niece sam who both of my girls ADORE! seriously, we were going to take maya to the movies all by herself one day and she CRIED because she wanted to go to sammy's with peyton. peyton asks about her at least once a day. love this girl.

and then we returned to the lake...

mady and morgie...these two are great cousins!
possibly my favorite girl in the world, my niece lauren. she was in HEAVEN driving the boat! uncle dave just let her go and she did a pretty good job. of course now she thinks her dad needs to teach her to drive the truck.:D
big d worked hard trying to get these two off of the tube...they did a pretty dang good job hangin on!
the man and maya...i couldn't get him doing the back flip off the back of the tube...he's a wild man and a dang good dad and uncle.

i want to give a big shout out to my sister...she is an amazing mom, sister, aunt and wife and i am so lucky to have her. she took care of everyone up there and took care of getting us there in the first place. i appreciate her and her awesomeness. i love you big sister!
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