Sunday, November 30, 2008

calendar girls & boys

Just starting to compile my calendars for the annual personalized family calendars & need the following pics:
  1. any favorites from the year that you'd really like included
  2. great individual face shots of everyone (for birthday dates)
  3. great shot of the couples (for anniversary dates)
  4. at least one great family shot
  5. at least one great all-kids-only shot

THANK YOU!!!

Making Fudge!



Today Josh decided he wanted to make Fudge. Tim, who usually supervises this endeavor, went with his dad to check cattle. So it was up to Josh, Jenni and I.



Josh read the recipe, added all ingredients, and stood at the stove stirring till it reached the right temperature. The only help I offered was to get the marshmellow creme stirred in. It was a little thick for him to get it combined. I was so proud of him. It turned out really tasty!

Way to go Josh!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Boys


I found this picture and couldn't get over how much Jake and Josh look like Brady and Cade.

Official Turkii


Well its official Brandon was crowned the Wii Turkii Bowlingii Championii! I always new he was a big turkii! Of course I'm a little soar, I was runner up remember. The trophy (runner- up ) is proudly displayed on my shelf in the living room. Better luck next year losers!

Thanksgiving!






Ok what a day! Kimi and Kati you guys did a great job with the food! We had a totally awesome time. Here are a few pictures. Thanks for everything!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

I've finally fallen for it!


I have signed up to sell Scentsy! Yes, it's an annoying Home Marketing scheme, but I really do like their products. I received my samples today, so we can test them all at Thanksgiving...because, YES, this is what you ALL are receiving for Christmas! Go ahead & pick out your gift on my webpage: http://www.scentsy.com/vesta

Save your Mii to your Wii remote

Don't forget to save your Mii to your remote before Thanksgiving! In the Mii Channel on your Wii, there is an icon to save your Mii to your remote. Then don't forget to bring your Wii remotes! It will be fun to have everyone's Mii, but we can use guest Miis if you forget.



So glad to see Bengi back on the posts!!!
OH...and please do NOT forget your Gratitude List!!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Hit a Deer!

Ok, I am as nervous and flustered as I have ever been. Tonight after Jake's tutoring we were on our way home. I had an uneasy feeling as I was traveling across black bear creek and I slowed from 70 to about 50 miles per hour. Jessi was in the front seat, Jake and Josh were in the back seat. I saw him about I don't know 30 yards (I'm really bad with distance). He was in the middle of the road headed north. I slammed on the brakes and pulled clear over on the shoulder. Of course the damn thing turned around and ran right at me. I hit him on the shoulder I think. It busted out my lights on the driver side and put a dent in my door. And a dent on the hood that isn't bad. Jake was crying, Jessi was laughing, I was freaked out. If I hadn't had that feeling and slowed down, I think I would have hit him straight on and probably had him through the windshield. He had a huge rack of horns. It was the scariest thing that has ever happened to me. Thank God my kids are OK!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Thanksgiving Family Dinner

What do you all think of pot-luck for Thanksgiving?

Since this is our first year to host & since I am the least experienced at all the Thanksgiving staples, I would hate to disappoint & be fired from hosting! I also think it would be fun for everyone to be involved in the preparation in some way...

...SO, unless there are unanimous NO's posted on the comments, let's plan on the following assignments:

MENU
Turkey (~20 pounds)...........................Chad
Ham (~5 pounds).................................Bob
Dressing (~2 baking dishes).................Mom
Mashed Potatoes (~10-12 potatoes)......Jessi
Gravy (~1 batch).................................Abby
Sweet Potatoes (~2 baking dishes)........Bengi
Macaroni & Cheese (~1 baking dish)....Tim
Broccoli Casserole (~1 baking dish).....Brady
Green Beans (~2 steam-in-bags)..........Brandon
Baked Peaches (~2 baking dishes).......Kati
Cranberry Salad (1 bowl).....................Grandma Mim
Cranberry Sauce (2 cans, jellied).........Grandpa Jay
Rolls (~3 dozen)..................................Kimi
Olives (2 cans)....................................Jenni
Soda (sufficient quantity).....................Jake
Ice (~2 bags)......................................Josh
Cheese Ball & Crackers (appetizer)......Cade


DESSERTS
Pumpkin Pie..............................Bengi
Pumpkin Pie..............................Kimi
Pecan Pie.................................Kati
Mincemeat Pie (w/o meat!).........Mom
Apple Pie..................................Grandma


I am just GUESSING here at quantities! PLEASE respond if I'm forgetting something or under/over-estimating anything. You are welcome to bring the groceries & prepare your item at my house or bring fully or partially prepared. Please let me know what you will need & arrive in plenty of time to prepare your item. Also let me know if you want to "switch" your assignments. :)


YEA...I am sooo excited!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Brady's Birthday Party

Just a few great pics from Brady's Party!
video

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Christmas

Its that time of the year again......

Thanksgiving - Kimi has the plan! Right? ; )

Black Friday - Mom/Bob are on Cade/Brady duty at 4:00 am! Bengi and Tim you are welcome to join in our craziness BUT I figured you have more brain cells than your sisters and brother-in-laws! Never the less we would love to have you on our early morning shopping spree!

Christmas - So, my suggestion is that we all go to Dad's on the 23rd spend the night, do presents in the morning, play all day! We want to be home Christmas Eve night.

Happy Holidays!