Monday, November 30, 2009

Nov. 1 - Nov. 30, 2009

Nov. 30, 2009
Family Home Evening Activity - Puppet show. In particular, the Nativity story.

Nov. 29, 2009
Our city's football team went all the way to the Grey Cup this year! It was a close game - we lost in the very last play of the game. SO close to bringing home the cup. Maybe next year!

Nov. 28, 2009
We enjoyed a nice evening out for Lyndon's work Christmas party. We even snuck in a dance or two.

Nov. 27, 2009
End of November and finally the snow starts to fall. This will be just the first of many, many days of shoveling snow. Blech! Let winter officially begin!

Nov. 26, 2009
I finally found the ultimate dinner roll recipe. Easy, pillow soft, and delicious. This recipe is a keeper!


  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup margarine, melted


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, warm milk, water, sugar and salt. Remove from heat, and mix in the eggs and yeast.
  2. Measure flour into a large bowl. Make a well in the flour, and pour milk mixture into it. Do not stir. Cover with a lid, and let stand for 20 to 30 minutes.
  3. Pour melted margarine into flour, and mix well. Add more flour if too sticky. Knead lightly. Cover, and let rise for 20 to 30 minutes.
  4. Shape the dough into rolls, and place on a baking sheet. Let rise again for 20 to 30 minutes.
  5. Bake rolls in a preheated 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) oven for 15 minutes, or until done.

Nov. 25, 2009
The latest form of entertainment around here has been playing with Patches and letting him run around and on top of them. He's quite the character.

Nov. 24, 2009
It's exhausting putting up all of those Christmas decorations. But, it is energy well-spent. After all, there is something about the glow of Christmas lights and red and green that brings such joy and cheer to our home. 

Nov. 23, 2009
New Moon Mania has hit! I went to see this movie for the second time in 4 days tonight. Well worth the ticket price, I must say. There is something about this series that just transports me to another world. Everyone needs something like that ONCE in a while :)

Nov. 22, 2009
I made this fun nativity fridge magnet set out of some free clip art from the internet. Behind each piece is a fun Christmas activity to do - one for each day of December leading up to Christmas. Should make our December full of fun!

Nov. 21, 2009
I can't believe how lovely the sunsets are here. The sky just bursts with color - reds, oranges, purples, blues - it's breathtaking! God must certainly be an artist!

Nov. 20, 2009

Nov. 19, 2009
Western Day at school! Yee haw and giddy yap!

Nov. 18, 2009
Sad day. We said farewell to Oreo the Hamster who passed away late last night. TJ was heartbroken - she loved him. We all did. We held a little funeral service, and TJ's best friend was there for moral support. Hard life lessons to learn, but I'm glad we were all there for each other.

Nov. 17, 2009
Everyone got their H1N1 immunizations today - except me. Why? Because I'm not a child, not a teenager, not a high-risk adult, or an adult who works in the medical field. BUT, I'll get my shot eventually. None of the girls even made a sound or shed a tear. Brave little gals.

Nov. 16, 2009
Dad was in an accident today. He was bucked off a horse as he was doing a routine run on them, to exercise them. He bruised his lungs, bruised his hip, shattered his collar bone, and broke 4 ribs. It is scary how quickly things like that can happen, and it gave me moment to pause and think of my dad and how much I love and miss him.

Nov. 15, 2009
We had a wonderful couple from our ward over to dinner. They are so interesting and fun. It was such a great visit!

Nov. 14, 2009
After a trip to the library, TJ had an armful of books about our Province, ready to get to work researching for her paper which is due in a few weeks. She loves school work, and loves to learn. I hope she continues with that love as she grows!

Nov. 13, 2009
Playing 'Apples to Apples' had us in stitches at our girl's night. I had no idea I was "boisterous" and "Unnatural". But those were the cards I ended up with. These girls make me laugh SO hard. I had a blast.

Nov. 12, 2009
I had some time to work on my own star book. I loved looking through old photos of the kids, and picking out shots that represent my idea of what family means. Things like laughter, togetherness, love, and faith. I love this project!

Nov. 11, 2009
It was a day off for Remembrance Day and we wanted to do something special. We had little cash to do any outside activities, so we settled on setting up a movie theater at the house. TJ made tickets for everyone for popcorn, candy, and pop (juice boxes) and even set up a theater in our family room complete with numbers on the doors telling us what theater it was. We watched the latest "Tinkerbell" movie and did lots of cuddling.

Nov. 10, 2009
Each year the school puts on a wonderful Remembrance Day Assembly which never fails to touch my heart. B an TJ were both in the choir where they sang songs reminding us to be examples of peace and to remember all of those brave men, women, and even animals who willingly gave up their lives for freedom. Wonderful to be a part of.

Nov. 9, 2009
Nothing better than a photo scavenger hunt for Family Home Evening! We had a blast going around our house taking pictures of things like our least favorite chore, a good hide and seek spot, our favorite outfit, and of course... our favorite movies. I even learned a few things about my kids while having a blast together!

Nov. 8, 2009
Sunday came much too quickly! Our last day!! Boo!! We went to church, then sat around visiting most of the day. Who knew we would still have things to talk about after a week of nothing but visiting?! Well, that just us. We complete each other! LOL!

Nov. 7, 2009
Lyndon was in school, and had the van, so we decided to make the hike to the Bulk Barn not far from our house. It took a good 25 minutes each way, which made getting there all the more yummy. We had to trek through a muddy field, but it was worth every inch of caked on dirt!

Nov. 6, 2009
Friday we dubbed "Jammy Day". Who needs to change out of their cute PJs when there is nothing to do but scrap and make an impromptu trip to 7-11 for some slurpees?

Nov. 5, 2009
Today was spring roll day. We spent the morning making nearly 200 of these YUMMY Vietnamese spring rolls. They turned out SO GOOD!

Nov. 4, 2009
We got back to work creating. I worked on my star books, and also did up a few scrapbook pages. We filled up on Halloween candy and some sparkling cider. Nothing like spoiling ourselves!

Nov. 3, 2009
THIS IS IT! On a whim, we decided to check out the Michael Jackson film "This Is It". It was cheap night at the theater, so we got in for under $5. The movie was as iconic as Michael was. We lost a genius when he passed away this year. It was a wonderful movie.

Nov. 2, 2009
My sister, Laurie arrived from Calgary today! I was more than ready for a week long visit with her. Let's get ready for some fun!

Nov. 1, 2009
A fun overnight visit from Kaly and Matt, along with their Dobermans - Jinx and Dolche! They are the sweetest dogs. I just loved having them over!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Oct. 1 - 31, 2009

Oct. 31, 2009
Happy Halloween! What could be cuter than a poodle, a puppy, a vampire, and a tiger? Not much! They had a wonderful time trick or treating - TJ with her friend, J. B with her friend, J, and the little girls with their daddy. I stayed home to hand out the goods - halloween pencils! It was a spooktacular halloween!

Oct. 30, 2009
Black and orange day wouldn't be complete without some serious facepaint! My girls won the prize for the best dressed - tickets to the movies!

Oct. 29, 2009
One of my new church assignments is to be the Bulletin Specialist. This is my second one this time around. I love doing this!

Oct. 28, 2009
I made four of these orange leaf necklaces for our girls to wear to school on black and orange day! I also made them some bracelets, earrings, and flower barrettes to wear in their hair!

Oct. 27, 2009
Our Stake trunk or treat! We brought a Fairy Queen, a Ballerina Princess Fairy, a Tiger, and a Vampire to join the fun.

Oct. 26, 2009
After a suggestion from a friend at church, we took the kids to a local candy store for our Family Home Evening treat. WHOA!! This was the coolest candy store EVAH! We found candies we hadn't seen in years there! They carried candies from around the world, as well as some interesting treats like scorpions inside lollipops!

Oct. 25, 2009
A very tranquil and lovely Sunday. The kids did well in their Primary presentation, and besides an unexpected head ache, it was a lovely Sabbath day!

Oct. 24, 2009
Yay! We won this CD as a prize at our awesome Stake Anniversary Ball. I correctly answered the question "what month was our stake organized?" Um.... October? Hence, the anniversary ball? Boy, am I ever a smart cookie!

Oct. 23, 2009
JJ's first family day at Pre-Kindergarten! She made her very own scrapbook page. Nice work, JJ!

Oct. 22, 2009
Amazing what about 10 minutes can do to a dresser and a bunk bed? Why can't my kids figure this out?

Oct. 21, 2009
Took the plunge and upgraded from CS2 to CS4! I love the new features, the added control, but don't love the new learning curve!

Oct. 20, 2009
Some very chic art work courtesy of a little artist called "Bayboo!". Fridge worthy, for sure!

Oct. 19, 2009
We put up a few autumn/halloween decorations for Family Home Evening. The kids' favorite by far is this little inflatable witch. It's better than candy!

Oct. 18, 2009
We were invited over to our friend's home for some delicious dinner and good conversation! Sure love you guys! Thanks for taking such good care of us!

Oct. 17, 2009
Family portraits - courtesy of my camera and a tripod! Thanks, guys!

Oct. 16 2009
Date night! Off to see "G.I. Joe" and dinner at Tony Romas! Can't see a movie without some delish Milk Duds, either!

Oct. 15, 2009
After babysitting some of our friend's children rather last minute, they surprised us with a gorgeous bouquet of a dozen roses. They were so fragrant and beautiful!

Oct. 14, 2009
Doing our part to feed the hungry - dropping off a bag of non-perishables to the food bank!

Oct. 13, 2009
What better to do with unwanted snow than to make it into a fun snowman - with no face? Well, it's a work in progress, and at least I can see my green grass again!

Oct. 12, 2009
So sad to see Mark and Christie go. The kids just love them and their girls. In fact, they wanted to go home with them! Sad to say good bye to welcome visitors, while the snow (the unwelcome guest) sticks around!

Oct. 11, 2009
The sky light inside the Legislative building. We took the tour with Mark and Christie while they were here.

Oct. 10, 2009
Oh happy day! The Halvorsons came to visit for Thanksgiving! We had such a blast visiting several spots around town, like this Hay Maze!

Oct. 9, 2009
More snow. Lovely. Why couldn't it wait another month or so? Such an unwelcome guest!

Oct. 8, 2009
Our first real snow fall since last winter! The crystals make me cringe. Winter is on it's way!

Oct. 7, 2009
Taking a walk to Wal-Mart. Wasn't too bad of a walk! Will probably do it again!

Oct. 6, 2009
Good old Windex, makes my mirrors sparkle and the sun shine through my windows! I love you, Windex! (Is it a little weird to love a cleaning product?)

Oct. 5, 2009
This is cheese. Gendered cheese. Just so you know - that is "boy" cheese on the left, and "girl" cheese on the right. JJ only likes "boy" cheese. You would think she would like girl cheese, seeing as she is a girl, but no. It all makes sense - we make GRILLED cheese sandwiches with the cheese slices and she thought we were saying "GIRL" cheese sandwiches!

Oct. 4,2009
JJ was sure pooped today. Hope she isn't coming down with something!

Oct. 3, 2009
Bright eyes.

Oct. 2, 2009
Bayboo showing me her school book, reciting the poems they are learning.

Oct. 1, 2009
Picture day at school! My beauties all gussied up for photos. Gosh, I make cute kids!