Sunday, January 23, 2011

Spiderman has been Kidnapped!

(click on photo for a closer look)
If anyone would like to see this webbed crusader again, you will send Addason $1 million pennies care of Kim (his Mother).


I was going into the kitchen to make lunch and I saw this. I quickly grabbed my camera because it was so funny! Addi had taken the red tape off the Bananas (the red tape bananas are cheaper, and go bad faster for banana bread) and wrapped up Spider man. I guess Venom won this round!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Do you have a shadow like mine?

So you all know that Licorice is MY cat. She really tolerates the kids and she likes other adults but for some reason she really likes to follow me around. She is literally my shadow. For some reason on this day she would not leave me alone. She followed me everywhere and whatever I was doing she had to get in the middle of it. I LOVE her but sometimes you need a little space from your shadow.

After showering (she hung out in the sink, till I was done) and then I was trying to get dressed and all she wanted was for me to pick her up and carry her around on my shoulder.

 So I did for a little while, but I really needed to get some work done and sooooooo

 She decided to help me out by sitting in my chair or right on my keyboard, locking out my computer and I had no idea how to unlock it. I finally got it unlocked but had to put her outside my room and close both doors.

I got up a little while later and there she was waiting for me outside my door and followed me as I went into the bathroom.
 I eventually had to put her outside so she could get some air and clear her head. It didn't work because when she came back in she was right there with me till I went to bed that night.

On a good note she is getting much better at getting along with Rascal and Pearl, she will actually play with them now! She still is the head honcho and we are all impressed; however we are starting to see her softer side as well.
I just love out kitties!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Pecan crusted French Yummy!

We went to a restaurant in Washington once that had the Yummiest breakfast choices. I chose Pecan crusted french toast and Jason had the cinnamon role french toast. His was good, but mine was better. I have been recreating this dish for a while now trying to get it just right. Here is what I came up with. Its super easy and uses items that I usually have at home.

 I always have some sort of French bread laying around that has gotten old, and this is perfect for french toast. Did you know you were supposed to use stale bread to make it? I learned that on the food network.

 Melt some butter in your pan. Get your egg and milk mixture all ready. I always add a little flavored creamer to my mixture; it gives it a nice flavor. This time I chose Hazelnut.

 My coating is cornflakes, pecans, cinnamon and sugar. I crushed the cornflakes and pecans and added a teaspoon of cinnamon and a teaspoon of sugar. I rolled my bread in this and made sure to coat all the sides.

 I cooked it on both sides till it was a golden brown. I like to put my french toast in the oven for ten min or so, because I don't like the middle to be SOGGY....that's just gross!

 I took the leftover coating and fried it up in the pan; it gets nice and toasted.

I top my french toast with this Syrup; we have a local restaurant that uses this same syrup and it is to die for! We had a good breakfast that lasted us most of the day, they are very filling!
Items needed

cereal (cornflakes, honey bunches of oats)
buttermilk (if you dont have it you can make it by adding a tblsp of vinegar to a cup of milk and let it sit

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Christmas, New Years and All That Jazz!

So we had a busy few months after Addi's birthday.
This is the last few months in a nutshell.

 Aleah had her Christmas singing program, she had to dance with a BOY! It just so happened that the boy she was assigned to dance with is in our ward. It was super cute, when they went to go up the steps to dance he waited for Aleah and then held her hand all the way up the stage, it was soooo cute. I like the picture cause she is clear and the others are blurry, its a cool motion picture. When they were done he held her hand and walked her back to her seat.

 She would practice the songs and home and she did a really great job!

 She wanted a picture with this snowman...?

 Alexia turned 13 (WOW)! She invited some friends over to spend the night and she also wanted to go see Harry Potter #7. She had four friends show up a few stayed the night and the rest went home after the movie. Pretty soon I will have 3 teenagers in the house and 3 girls in Young Women's! I love it!

 Aunt Beks came to visit!!! We did lots of fun things. We went to see the Carl Bloch show at BYU and that was so great. We went and saw Narnia, we went shopping and played games. Here she is cooking dinner for us. Sharon came over and hung out that night as well, the pics are out of order. I laughed cause the way Beks was wearing her apron? Never seen that before! HAHAHAHAHa

 We went to temple square and ate in the cafeteria before we did some temple work. Beks helped me do some of Jason's family and it was really great. We went to a live session, and then walked around temple square for a bit looking at the lights, they were so pretty!

 Goofy sisters!

 and again!

 Lights on Temple Square, it was a really nice night. Not to cold; however it was a little crowded.

 Salt Lake Temple Ariel view

 When Beks came she brought all the snow from Washington with her and the kids had a blast playing in it all. We got around 2ft that day.

 The kids made a sled run off our porch, here Beks is trying it out before she left to go home.

 Gotta do a goofy shot...its a must.

 We love you Uncle Beka!

 Sisters! Love you Beks, you are so strong and working so hard. I am so so proud of you!

 Jason kept throwing the kids in the snow, here is Addi catching some air.

 After he landed, see how deep it is?

 Anni taking her turn on the sledding hill.

 Christmas Eve, we went out for Chinese food with Warren, Jamie, Phena, and Jim. It was good and we had a fun time.

 We totally filled up the restaurant, its not very big either. We had a lot of kids there.

 Christmas Morning! Santa came and filled the socks. The kids were up for awhile but they were not allowed upstairs till I came and got them. I like to record their reactions.

 A picture before the kids came upstairs (Thanks Aunt Kim, Uncle Scott, Grandma Crickett, Aunt Carol and Uncle Ray) we had a wonderful Christmas day.

 Christmas Morning 2010. We had to hurry because we had to go clean the church (I know right? on Christmas Day?) however when we got there someone had already done it as a gift and those of us that showed up all got to go back home and enjoy our day. Thanks to whomever it was!

Later on Christmas day, we did our gift exchange with Warren and Autumns Family and James and Mel. James and Mel always do boxes of Cereal for the kids (I love that!) Here are the kids with their boxes and other gifts.

 Jason gave Warren a photo of a Cactus so he wouldn't miss AZ so much.

 I gave Autumn a Gourmet cupcake book, you can make a gourmet cupcake with just a regular cake mix. I am still waiting for a Key Lime one!!!!

 I gave Mel an Umbrella with Edward on it, He will keep her nice and dry!

 Jason gave Jamie a sign that says "show off your rod, fish naked" (it was more of a joke (sorry mom) and he loved it.

 The real gift was another picture of him fly fishing, those never get old!

 For New Years we were at the Ellico's. We played games and ate LOTS of food. The day after we got there it started to snow, and snow, and snow. This is what it looked like after it was done. Needless to say, we didn't go anywhere. That was fine with us, because we got to play more games!

 They got like 18 inches I think? But it was sooooooooo cold and the kids couldn't play outside really because of the low temperatures. I think the high was around 18?

 The kids exchanged gifts, we love visiting our friends!

 Anni and Cassie
This was Katie and Lizzie's Model faces? It looks more like something stinks and they don't like it?
I hope all of you had a great year end, we did and we look forward to more fun times in 2011!