Sunday, May 31, 2009

Awesome commercial.

This is Paul, I was watching the Cavs play the Magic in the last game of the series. I am only able to watch the games at the Sports Academy on the treadmills...its great motivation. While I was running I saw this commercial come on, I haven't ever laughed and loved a commercial like this before--probably because it is not selling anything for money.


Friday, May 29, 2009


Shay has been falling asleep in the strangest places.
We went outside to play with the hose in the backyard today.
Gavon loved it up until this video was taken. I should have seen that coming.

Lagoon at our house.... Not that exciting.


Here's a video of our garden. At the very end I go show the little birds. After I took the video I found the nest at the foot of the tree and the birds dead. I'm almost crying typing this. Our neighbor's kids must have found it and pulled it down. Sad.


We finally got our garden in. Paul bought some 2X4's and built a frame to hold some tomato plants upside down. Cool! The tomatoes I grew from seed all died. I think I waited a month too long to plant them because they weren't as big as they should have been. Only half the peas came up...the ones closest to the house survived. We have watermelon, tomatoes, squash, basil, and parsley. Shay got to our oregano.

On Shayden's birthday, a little nest of robins hatched in our neighbor's yard. They are so cute! It's been fun to watch them from our back yard.

Lost Camera

No pictures, but Shay and Gavon are growing like crazy. Shayden climbed into the dryer yesterday...classic, and just started opening doors whenever she can. She had the ability before, but she never was daring enough. It's the same with jumping off our bed. She can totally do it, but just doesn't dare.

Gavon is sitting up on his own now and starting to grab at everything he can. He loves to laugh and is extremely ticklish.

"Shaydenish" words---Translation
"Djew Djew"---Hold you. She says that when she wants to be held.
"A pie kies"---Up high in the sky

She says most other words pretty normal.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Shayden Turns Two

Yesterday was Shayden's Birthday. I made a worm cake and we had a dinner with Rob, Joana, Grandmother and Grandpa Bob and Kit and Celia. Overall Shay had a pretty good day...I think. Paul and I sang to her in the morning and she got all scared and ran into the corner and then out of the room. We went to church, but she couldn't go to nursery because she had a pretty bad runny nose. I think she felt how much everyone loves her, though.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Blog Worthy

OK, I think it's worth the effort to blog.

On a side note, I decided to make a list of everything Shayden loves to do, but knows she shouldn't.

*Running with my knitting needles...she might turn out like her dad, except her dad was running with a javelin.
*Playing in the flour, sugar, rice buckets.
*Throwing potting soil from our "garden."
*Going to the park by herself.
*Running away from us when she knows we need to stay put; like in church or something.

...the list goes on.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Continue Blogging?

Who votes that we continue to blog?

Friday, May 15, 2009

Waddle Run

Shay has the cutest bum waddle run. She sticks her arms and hands out and runs so cute.

Monday, May 11, 2009


Here are Gavon's pictures that I'm finally able to post. He's a cutie.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Cool Ideas

It just so happens that the people that moved out of the apartment we used to live in just before we moved here live just a few doors down from us. How random is that?! It was cool talking to the mom at the park, because we lived under the missionaries and got to know some of them pretty well. Anyway...she gave me this cool idea. During the sacrament she has a book that she gives to her 18 month old son with pictures of Christ that she cut out from the Ensign. It says on the front page, "During the Sacrament, I think of the Savior" in big handwriting. I thought that was so cool, because Shayden understands so much, and they can start to understand what the Sacrament is all about so little. I just wanted to pass the idea along. I made myself one last week and it worked well to keep her busy during that special time, and helped her remember what it's all about.

This is for you, mom. These are some yummy recipes I've gotten a hold of the past while...

Breakfast Bars (from Lisa Sheffer)

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup oatmeal
1 cup butter
1/2 cup ground flax
mix well and push onto bottom of 9x13 in. pan

4 eggs
2 cups chopped walnuts
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup coconut
mix well and pour over crust

Bake 30-35 min. at 350 degrees.
These taste kind of like homemade granola bars. You can mix things around and do butterscotch chips, or if you like raisins, yada yada. Paul doesn't like nuts, so sometimes I leave those out.

Also here is a yummy Mexican Pasta Salad. I made this for Cody and Lisa when we first moved into our house. It's pretty yummy.

20 oz macaroni or shell pasta
2 cups mayo
2 cups buttermilk
1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch Fiesta Ranch Dip mix
Kidney Beans
Garbonzo Beans
Green Pepper
Red Onion

Serve with tortilla chips, avacado, tomatoes and grated cheese.

I add black, or red beans or whatever beans I have on hand. To get rid of too much of an onion taste, I'd saute the onion and green pepper in a little bit of oil before I add it to the salad. You can eat it warm or cold...but it's meant to be cold. Just add enough of each of the ingredients to serve your taste. Yum! Also this makes a ton, so for a family of 5 I'd definitely half it.