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Friday, October 30, 2009

Pumpkin Carving

Tonight we carved pumpkins……



This is a great book that I would recommend to anyone! It is a wonderful way to bring the Gospel message into this activity!


Bekah was a lot more disturbed by the gooey mess than Anna. I think Rebekah got up to wash her hands at least 3 times during the 20 minutes we were working on the pumpkins.





The finished products!


Monday, October 26, 2009


Yesterday we (we= Josh and I) joined over  95,000 others at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA to see some Irish guys. ;)

We left after church, expecting “madness” with the parking and traffic situation……. it pretty much was. IMG_8293We did make a stop at a diner we had seen on Diners, Drive –Ins and Dives. This place called the Nickel Diner called our name when they showed they had homemade “novelty” doughnuts, which we tried.

IMG_8295 Here are the doughnuts…… we did have an actual meal, these were just the….. well….. appetizers. ;)

In order from bottom to top… Samoa Doughnut ( like the girl scout cookie), a homemade strawberry poptart, and at the top a Maple Bacon Doughnut. (that one was for you Miss Shanna ;)) The poptart was my favorite, the other doughnuts were a little over the top for my taste. Josh wanted me to note that he thoroughly enjoyed each of the items.


Here we are waiting outside the Rose Bowl for them to open the gates……


and here we are in our “seats”. I use that term loosely as they were actually bleachers and there was very little “sitting” that took place in them.


And then the concert began……

IMG_8336 It was quite a show!!!!!!

IMG_8359 This was my favorite part of the day…… spending time with my guy.

A picture of my date holding my hand. ;)

IMG_8356 And the guys depart, what a show!


It was a “beautiful day.”

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Christmas in October…..

The theme for adult fellowship’s class costume party was “ A moment in time.” So everyone came as a different historical figure or portrayed a different era of the past. I am always amazed by the creativity of our friends at this annual event. It was fun to see our friends all dressed up in everything from shining armor, cowboy hats, and moccasins to poodle skirts and 80’s prom dresses.

What did we go as, you ask?

Well, in thinking of a historical couple we could portray, my present “condition” really  only gave me one obvious option…..

so Christmas in October, it was…..

DSC_0413   Oh yes we did……. ;)

Don’t we look so biblical?

our little angels….. DSC_0416


So here is the reality… Josh’s costume is 100% borrowed (thanks Joy and Nate). I am wearing a $2 table clothe from the Goodwill (and it only took me a bottle of  Febreze and several drier sheets to get it to not smell like a Goodwill) and a bed sheet around my head. Our girls are wearing pillow cases purchased from Walmart with a feather boa tacked on the bottom and wings that were also borrowed.

And about 15 minutes into the party this is what had become of our costumes….


The boas on the bottom of the angel costumes had come off, the halos were discarded, the wings only lasted about 5 minutes, my head piece was quickly shoved in my purse, my shroud was quick to follow and the safety pins were not even able to save us from falling apart.  Josh (or Joseph) was the winner in keeping his costume on the longest. My girls spent most of the night running around barefoot in unadorned pillowcases and eventually just ran around in tights and t-shirts……. So cute. ;) (sense the sarcasm?)

We, did indeed, have a fun time with friends and, tonight, the girls were asleep as soon as their heads hit the pillows.( Maybe we should let them run around the church gymnasium every night, bedtime might be a lot easier.) So while our costumes might have been only slightly successful, the night with friends was 100% enjoyable. :)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Try them……

I try to cook with my girls at least once a week…… sometimes we cook daily  together and sometimes, I am all about getting them out of MY kitchen. This morning, I was feeling willing to deal with the extra hands and  they were in the mood for pancakes and as I looked at the pumpkins from our recent pumpkin patch outing, I thought……. hmmmmm…… pumpkin pancakes. So I went to my favorite cookbook…..GOOGLE, and typed in “pumpkin pancakes bisquick” (I tried just “pumpkin pancakes” at first and there was entirely too much work involved with the “from scratch” recipes) and ta-da Cooks.com came to my rescue again. This recipe was quick,easy and oh so yummy!!!! and fortunately I had all the ingredients on hand. I did cut the brown sugar by 1/2 and put a squirt of Karo syrup instead of a “large spoon”. These truly were like pumpkin pie. My girls gobbled them up (3 each) and I (who am not normally a breakfast gal) at 2 myself. Yummmm…… they really are very good and don’t really need syrup. I just put a little bit of butter and powdered sugar on mine and they were delightful, so delightful that I thought I would share the recipe.


2 c. biscuit mix (I use Bisquick)
1 c. cooked pumpkin
1 egg
1 c. milk - if mix is too thick, add more
1/2 c. brown sugar ( I only put a 1/4 cup)
1 lg. spoon Karo syrup (I just squirted a little bit from the jar)
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. salt

Mix all together. Makes 16 cakes.


How did people cook without the internet years ago?I find it amazing that I can type  ingredients into GOOGLE and in seconds pretty much am guaranteed a recipe with those exact things. FANTASTIC!!!!!


So if you get a chance this fall, make these pancakes, maybe with a nice cup of coffee on the side and a dollop of fresh whipped cream to top them off. Perfect!



It’s October, so of course, we went to the pumpkin patch……

Tuesday we went with our MOPS group to the Irvine Regional Park. They really put on a great fall line up of activities and given the rising prices of such events in our area this one remains a reasonably low cost outing. They have train rides, hay mazes, plenty of things to climb, pony rides, hay rides and this is not including the other park amenities and of course beautiful scenery. The girls ,of course, had a blast and we were blessed with a beautifully rare fall-like day. :)


the pumpkin Rebekah chose…


conversing over which pumpkin is the best choice….


a not so scary, scarecrow….


“hurry, take the picture mom, the sun is in our eyes”……..




Monday, October 12, 2009

Pennies, Pickles and Cheese……

The homeschooling program we are a part of allows us to take part in some really fun field trips. This past Friday the girls and I packed up our snacks ( a crucial part of any Nelson day trip) and headed out towards Temecula way.

Our first stop was the Temecula Children's Museum. Our school sponsored portion of the day was not  scheduled to start until 1:30 so I thought it would be the best use of our time to make a full day out it. And boy was it a full day!!!

This was our first visit to the Temecula Children’s Museum, otherwise known as “Professor Pennypickle’s House.” His house would indicate that he is somewhat of a crazy guy and the NUMBER ONE comment of the day from my girls (who said this over and over) was….” HE REALLY NEEDS TO CLEAN HIS BATHROOM!!!!” His “bathroom” was not a normal bathroom, flushing the toilet turned lights on, the sink was a bubble experiment. And they also had the entire house decorated with spider webs, spiders, bats and rats for Halloween(which didn’t help their perceptions.) So, don’t worry the actual museum "facilities” were quite clean and up to standards. DSC_0274Here is Bekah at the switchboard, Thanks to her mother’s fond affection for Turner Classic Movies, she knew exactly what this was.  Who says you can’t learn anything from TV?

DSC_0266 Playing with the Professor’s orchestra of instruments. Each piano key played a different instrument throughout the room.

DSC_0280 And  here is Anna with her favorite thing of the day. Anna has a “thing” for lose change. I pretty much find a nickel, penny  dime, peso or even Philippine coins (it is true) in every one of her pockets when doing laundry. So when one of the “hands on items” was a bucket of pennies, she was in heaven!!!!!

The museum was a fun stop. To be honest  I think my girls would have enjoyed it a little more if they were a year or two older. They have several scavenger hunts and experiments for the older kids to do and a lot of the stuff was a little over my kids heads but still, they had a blast pushing buttons, climbing through tunnels and looking for all the “pennies and pickles.” A fun stop if you are out in the area.

So after our morning at the museum and a lunch at McDonalds….. we ventured out to Winchester, home of the Winchester Cheese Company.


This is a working cheese factory and has in the past been a working dairy too. Due to the recent economic decline they are having to purchase their milk from other dairy’s and the cows have been relocated, but with the cows away we were able to go in some places of the factory we wouldn’t have before and as someone with a heightened sense of smell right now, I was especially appreciative of their absence. The cheese in-and-of-itself was enough of an odor to almost send me running, not to mention there were plenty of cow “left overs.”


Here they are out in the cow pasture and getting ready to go see THE cheese!


Our tour group in the “drying room”…..

DSC_0309 And pretty much how Rebekah looked for the last half of the tour…

DSC_0312 and Anna wasn’t much different.


All the cheese made by the Winchester Cheese Company is made by hand using methods that are hundreds of years old.

DSC_0328And the grand finale was “Dutch Windmill Cookies” and a little cheese sampling. Did I mention that the current owners are first generation Americans coming from a long line of Dutch dairymen?

That little fact is for Mr. and Mrs. De jong  ;).


DSC_0330It was a fun day out in Temecula. The 3 hour drive home was almost enough to drive me slightly batty…. but the girls were able to get in a nap and when asked about their day they both were very impressed by all the pennies, pickles and of course, the……CHEESE!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Happy Birthday…… to lots of people!!!

Last Friday was my birthday and apparently it is a very popular day to be born. We went to Disneyland and when we arrived there around 12:30 the parking structure was already closed and they made us park at The Garden Walk . Once we got in the park (an hour and a half later), it was quite an enjoyable day, topped off by eating at Disneyland’s new BBQ restaurant with good friends. :)