Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tuesday Treats: Applesauce in the Crockpot

I love the Fall.  I know it's still 90 something degree outside and it's August, but it's mostly fall. The kids are in School, and September is just around the corner. 
Fall to me is comfort food time.  Here's one of them:
10 lg. cooking apples, peeled, cored & sliced or cut in chunks
1/2 c. water
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 to 1 c. sugar

Put all ingredients into crockpot. Should be about 3/4 full. Cover and cook on low 8 to 10 hours (high 3 to 4 hours).
(by Cooks.com)
(picture from blogs.babble.com)

Monday, August 27, 2012

Monday Musings: Broken

I was reading an article in the The New Era the other day about the new Strength of Youth pamphlet.  It was an interview with Brother Beck and Sister Dalton.  At the conclusion of the interview, Sister Dalton expressed that she wanted the youth to know that repentance isn't a bad thing,  it's a blessing. 

I loved that.  Repentance is a blessing through the atonement of Jesus Christ. 

The Lord loves broken things.  I'm stealing that line from a song by Kenneth Cope.  He loves when we come to Him broken from life, or when we simply come to Him each Sunday with a "broken heart".    He wants to heal us.  He wants to sanctify us and redeem us and make us whole and better than we can ever be on our own.

"My weakness in mercy he covers with power"   (The Lord is My Light)

Here's the song by Kenneth Cope:  Broken


Friday, August 24, 2012

Five for Friday: Idaho

Bear World:  We got to pet deer!  (Can I tell you that has always been a dream of mine)
And feed them

We were able to see bears so close in our car.  One came right up to the car

Doug and Linda's and good food

Doug and Linda and Kyrie and doggie (forgot name)

Yes we were here

BYU Idaho Rocks!

The beautiful Rexburg temple

Eating at Mary's house with Gayle and Leonard.


1.  Uncle Doug and Aunt Linda:  Great Hosts
2.  Spending time at Mary's with Uncle Leonard and Aunt Gayle
3.  BYU Idaho (Counting how many times Marc said, "Wow this place has changed!)
4.  Bear World
5.  Petting deer

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Wednesday Book Club

Mr. George Baker (Reading Rainbow Book)


I didn't have a lot of activities planned this week.  I was planning to take Jaycie with me to Meals on Wheels but that didn't work out this week.  This book illustrates the importance of literacy, so focusing on reading will be an activity.

Also, friendship is another theme running through the book.  Harry, a child is friends with Mr. George Baker who is at least "a hundred years old."

So along those lines of friendship, I found some cute stationary online that I will have Jaycie (and Braden) notes to family who took care of them while I was at Girl's camp.

(from Makinglearningfun.com)

Monday, August 6, 2012

Summer... it still turns me upside down ( in a good way)

Well Summer isn't officially over yet, but it is in it's winding down stages as school begins in about 2 weeks.  I'm looking forward to more structure in our lives, more routine.   I NEED  routine!  And it's possible during Summer but not easy.  At least for me.

I will miss spending time with my kids. Whether it's just cleaning a bathroom, doing Meals and Wheels together or just simply playing. 

We have done a lot of fun things, but I think one my favorites is well, biking, but also the other day we went up to Bridal Veil Falls and played.   We waded in the water, climbed the  rocks, looked at the fish, and then ended with a picnic.  It was Simple Summer Fun. 

I'll miss those times, but know the kiddos aren't going away to Boarding School or anything. I still get to spend time with them.  It will be limited, but there will be opportunities.

 I'll miss you Summer, but remember the good times when I get back into the normal, boring (though sometimes nice) everyday routine. 

So here's my tribute to Summer by a groovy :) 70's group:   Summer Breeze by Seals and Crofts.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Five for Friday: Girl's Camp

Beautiful Shalome

Chelsie Shining

Our Cabins

Mikaela conquers Waterfront

Waterfront with a view

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Wednesday Book Club

This was actually last week's book because Braden and Jaycie were sleeping over at their Grandma's (my mom)and Aunt's (my sister) house last week.  I knew it would be a little scary, exciting and fun for them.  It was far far away in Tooele even. 

I love this book how it captures Ira's feelings about sleeping over at a friend's house just next door.  He is excited, yet nervous at the same time.  He wonders if he should take his teddy bear and the dilemma that causes in his brain.  The dialogue between his sister and his friend is so realistically funny that it makes this book fun  to read out loud.

This is this week's book.  It just simply celebrates childhood and it's relationship to animals.  Lots of similes,  "I'm as...

Activity:  Going Bouncing at Classic Skating, Provo Canyon to play.