Sunday, April 20, 2008

Walk A Thon

Abi and Tal cruise through the laps.
Great efforts deserve great prizes.
Abi and Tal participated in the Walk A Thon for her school to help raise money for new playground equipment. She solicited pledges from grandparents and her aunt as well as mom and dad to support her. Each lap was 1/4 mile and they had 1 hour to walk it in. She set a goal to walk 6 laps. Well she blew that one out of the water by walking 15 laps or just under 4 miles. Tal also walked 13 laps or just over 3 miles. Mom was stunned and very proud. After they ran the first 3 laps I knew they were going for the gold. All in all, Abi raised $40 for her school.
Go Beans!!!!!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

What I've been doing instead

A few people (I can't say several because I'm not that popular) have commented that I needed to update my blog. So this is what I've been doing instead of blogging. Our little "Sweetie" arrives in just about seven weeks and I still have much to do. I didn't have $200 to spend on a new crib set so I decided to make one. I'm not much of a seamstress so I was looking for one of those little panels that has a coordinating border and then you just quilt it. Well apparently they don't make those anymore. Everyone must piece those amazing and intricate quilts. While fabric shopping I found the cute pink polka dot piece. It is very me. And then I found a very easy pattern that swore you could make a quilt in an afternoon. I took the bait. It took me a bit more than an afternoon but really was easy. My mom helped me tie it, that took an evening and a bit of an afternoon. Then I hand bound it at night while watching TV for several nights. After that I launched into a crib bumper, again not to hard but it did take some time, and a snuggle blankie. My kids each have one of these microfiber fleece blankets, they are soooooooo soft. They still snuggle with them.
Now we just have to finish Abi's room downstairs, ie: finish scraping off the old texture, repair the walls, put in an egress window, trim and paint. That's all. Then I bought a dresser at DI for $15 yesterday that I'm going to refinish and double as a changing table. Plus I have a perennial garden to get ready in back of the house, prepare and plant my little vegetable garden boxes and clean out my flowerbed in the front. Not to mention rake the lawn and apply the humates. Whew!!! I'll try to update my blog a little more frequently but I can't promise anything.

Pinewood Derby

Our Ward held an Elder's Quorum Pinewood Derby and Soup Supper Social.

Tal was sure that our "West Coast Prowler" was his car.

The winning team!!!

Our ward held a Pinewood Derby and Soup Supper Social. Being short on time, Kris and the kids bought a kit car and put it together. It was a pretty smoking "West Coast Prowler." As we didn't have a scale, all of the cars raced in the open division. Our car was eating up the competition until it got knocked off the stage and broke a wheel. After that it just careened down the track smashing into other cars. But everyone won a prize and Abi and Tal were happy with our screwdriver and gummy bears. For my part I made my Mexican Cheese Soup. It's always a big hit, even with the kids.

Mexican Cheese Soup

1 lb hamburger

1 onion, diced

1-2 Tbsp Taco Seasoning

1 quart diced tomatoes - I can my own, so probably 2 cans from the store

1 pint corn - canned or frozen

1/2 brick Velveeta cheese, diced into cubes

Milk to thin as desired

Saute' hamburger in skillet with onion and taco seasoning. Once browned, dump all ingredients into a crockpot and simmer for 3-4 hours. May thin with milk as desired. Enjoy!!!