Monday, June 29, 2009

A Pinch Of CHAOS

My sister Lene

has streched her blogging wings and has started a blog with some of her favorite recipes...

I think you will enjoy it.

Enjoy ...


Reku is growing like a weed he still loves to see Kira.Look how much the Avocado Tree has grown in 1 week!

How High Will It Go

This has been a crazy Spring with lots of rain and very cool weather.
But, this past week has had more seasonal weather and this week we will be in the 90's
So, what happens when you combine snow in the mountains, lots of rain and 90*.
YES...a high Snake River...
It has been several years since our last flood...our dock was completely underwater other than about 6" of the posts!Kirk has built a retaining wall, and as you can see the river is coming in behind it.As if he doesn't have enough to do, the great Snake River is wanting to take our dock apart...
We will wait until after the water goes back down before we start putting the boards back on the dock that are lifting up.

But, I would not trade living on this amazing river for a little high water.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Do You Know Hyrum & Joseph

SMITH?Today marks the 165th year of the Martyrdom of the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum.
For those that are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

This day will hold more meaning than for others not of our faith.
But, the fact remains no matter your religious beliefs...
Men, Sons, Brothers, Husbands, Fathers, Leaders, Friends
and a PROPHET of God were murdered this day...
and that should make us all sad that we as humans still fear men's beliefs more than God.

To learn and see more visit HERE

“I am going like a lamb to the slaughter, but I am calm as a summer’s morning. I have a conscience void of offense toward God and toward all men. If they take my life I shall die an innocent man, and my blood shall cry from the ground for vengeance, and it shall be said of me ‘He was murdered in cold blood!’ ” (History of the Church, 6:555; see also D&C 135:4).
Joseph and Hyrum Smith Are Murdered

The mob inside the jail ran out to see the Prophet’s body, and Willard Richards hurried to the window. After seeing the Prophet’s lifeless body, Elder Richards ran for the door. He stopped when he heard John Taylor cry out from under the bed. He knew he would not be able to carry Elder Taylor out right away, so he hid him under an old mattress, saying, “If your wounds are not fatal, I want you to live to tell the story” (History of the Church, 6:621). Elder Richards expected to be shot as he left the jail, but before the mob could make sure they had killed all four men, someone mistakenly shouted, “The Mormons are coming!” and the mob members fled into the woods.
Elder Richards had not been injured in the attack. This miracle fulfilled a prophecy made a year earlier by Joseph Smith, who had told Elder Richards that there would be a time when “the balls [bullets] would fly around him like hail, and he should see his friends fall on the right and on the left,” but he would not be hurt (History of the Church, 6:619).
The Prophet’s brother Samuel was on his way to Carthage to help his brothers. He was chased by members of the mob along the way, and he arrived, exhausted, to find that his brothers had been murdered. He helped move his brothers’ bodies to an inn in Carthage. Tired and weak from his trip to Carthage, Samuel developed a bad fever, and he died the next month.
The bodies of Joseph and Hyrum were carried back to Nauvoo in wagons and laid out in the Mansion House. The next day, ten thousand Saints waited in line to walk past the caskets and pay their respects. The Saints grieved over the loss of the Prophet and his brother.
Lucy Mack Smith wrote of seeing her martyred sons:
“I had for a long time braced every nerve, roused every energy of my soul and called upon God to strengthen me, but when I entered the room and saw my murdered sons extended both at once before my eyes and heard the sobs and groans of my family … it was too much; I sank back, crying to the Lord in the agony of my soul, ‘My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken this family!’ A voice replied, ‘I have taken them to myself, that they might have rest’ ” (Lucy Mack Smith, History of Joseph Smith, p. 324).

Doctrine and Covenants 135 contains an account of the martyrdom written by Elder John Taylor, who was wounded in the attack that killed Joseph and Hyrum. Elder Taylor said Joseph Smith “lived great, and he died great in the eyes of God and his people; and like most of the Lord’s anointed in ancient times, has sealed his mission and his works with his own blood; and so has his brother Hyrum. In life they were not divided, and in death they were not separated!” (D&C 135:3).

I have a testimony that on a cool spring day OUR God and His son, Jesus Christ appeared to a young boy in a grove of trees.
There again the heavens were open...the priesthood keys that Christ had, when he walked the earth as a man, were restored..
That Prophets would again help and direct us if we would just listen.
Today we still have a prophet for the earth...just not the LDS church...he will lead just as the prophets of old...Moses, Noah, Abraham..
We are our Father's Children ...he loves us and will never leave us with out a mouthpiece here on this earth, until the 2nd coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
This is my testimony,
With Love,

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Kirk keeps a beautiful garden.
He will spend a couple of hours every night after work...weeding, watering and what ever else may need to be done.
To see more pictures of the garden visit 'Lene's blog.With him being gone on his white water rafting trip...I realized that I was the one that needed to stay on top of the garden.
In just the short few days he has been gone and the LOADS of rain and now sunshine; the garden was in deep need of some attention...So, out with the things I find important to working on the garden.
I had Twilight's "Eclipse" thanks to Mary RC loaning me her CD's,
diet soda, gloves and my favorite music CDKira came home and has got me hooked on a few Latin groups...
I may not be able to understand what the words say, but I can feel the music...
I love it!
4 hours later, 5 CD's of Eclipse and the calming music of Reik...
the garden looks pretty good and I have blisters to prove it!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Happy Freaking Birthday

OK...I know I am not big on birthdays and I really do not like people making a big deal out of anything that might have my name attached
I might need cheese cake to go along with this whine...Call me strange but ask me if this sounds like a great way to spend your B-day...
Lene and her kidlets leave me...Then Kirk and Kira leave for the "family" white water trip...
No, I do not get to go...because "I am sick"...blah, blah, blah... BUT...I did get some really neat things ...giggle,giggle....made them feel guilty for leaving me hehehehehe
I have to show you what 'Lene gave me... Is that cute or what!!!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Do You Know What This Is?


I have tried many times to grow an avocado tree...but never could get one to start.
When Kira came home from her mission in Argentina she had a picture of one of the Hermana's avocado was awesome...and no I could not find the picture to post it.
So, when I bought avocados the other day, Kira taught me what I was doing wrong.
You need to soak the seed so that the brown covering will peel off, then place the toothpicks in the seed and place it in water.
Within two days I had roots and the seedling is about 10 days old!
Who knows maybe someday it will actually become a tree!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day

I have heard as a little girl, I was a real "daddy's girl"... I am the oldest of 5 siblings. I am not sure when that changed, maybe when the first son was born...
My father and I are a lot a like:STRONG WILLED
pig headed
what ever you want to call it...
we seldom see eye to eye.
When my dad said he was coming for Josh and Ali's wedding...I will admit I was really FREAKED OUT! We hardly get along in the same State for a day let alone in the same house for several days.

my dad is on the far right of this picture-look for white hair

I have to admit, I am glad he was here for Josh and Ali.
I know that my dad's health makes it very difficult for him to travel and so I know this was a great sacrifice for him.

I know I don't say it enough to him...but I do love him. He is my father...
he taught me to be a hard worker, he provided for my family
I know in his way...he loves me too.


Friday, June 19, 2009

All Gone...

My Sis, Lene and her family left today after a wonderful couple of weeks hanging out...
Can I just say...
It is quiet...But BOY I AM MISSING THEM...
I think "Ham" even loved me by the time they got ready to leave!!!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


My children and their friends have played
for I do not know how long.
Someone yells the floor is Lava and everyone has to find a place to get their feet off the floor...yea cute trick when you have three 21 year old boys jumping to your couch...the floor remains LAVA until the person who called it out changes it back to the floor or something else. You might go several weeks with out hearing it called and then just out of the BLUE hear your furniture screaming in pain.
Well, that was the inspiration for Josh's 26th Birthday Cake...
It did not turn out like I wanted it to...(The UGLIEST cake I have ever made) But, it tasted soooo good.

Thanks Josh for spending your evening with us.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

To Much Rain

We have been getting ALOT of rain….


My grass is turning YELLOW


and I have MUSHROOMS growing in my yard!!!

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I am really looking forward to ONE day of NO MOISTURE!


Happy Birthday Josh

Happy 26th Birthday Josh
I love you

Saturday, June 13, 2009


I know my blogs have been few and far between...but I am having to much fun being Aunt Niece! I laugh when I read my
My sister 'Lene's blog

because she will have posted the same things I would have!

Great Minds must think alike!

Reku's New Home

When Josh asked if he could have Itsey's puppy, I thought o.k. this will be easy...
He was given the name "Reku"...I am not real sure of where Josh came up with the name but it was now HIS puppy and he could name him what ever he wanted..
Reku is a funny little dog...spazy even...but one of his favorite places to hang out was on Kira and snuggling in her hair. His most favorite next to his mommy
I took Itsey with us to Josh and Ali's.
Josh and Ali were so excited to see Reku arrive...

I knew this day was coming...but I didn't realize how hard it was going to be...

Thursday, June 11, 2009


If you wake up with a sexy-deep voice not NEXT to you...
have a sexy deep voice when you wake up and a cough that feels like you are going to cough up a lung or pee your pants or BOTH...
You might just have BRONCHITIS.
My doctor prescribed a "Z-pack" of antibiotics.
I just checked out WEB MD and it says that the cough can last up to 3 weeks in a healthy person.
at least I am no longer contagious!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Cheesecake Anyone!

"This is better than The Cheesecake Factory" is the comment that came from my nephew...
got to love him!!!

This is so easy...

pre - made graham cracker crust

I mix everything in my Kitchen-Aid
1 - 8oz Cream Cheese
1/2 Cup Sugar
mix well
regular tub of Cool Whip
and a little vanilla
mix well...
add to Crust
SERVE: with cherries or blueberries or just plain

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

What’s For Dinner?

So, I admit I have been a little unorthodox about dinner the last few weeks!

But, the Nephews and Nieces are not complaining!

with doughnutsdoughnuts


This is really my scone recipe. I use a Kitchen Aid to mix with the bread hook. It is very soft dough. I add a little extra flour after they have proofed.

3/4 Cup Warm Water

1 Tablespoon Yeast

3 Tablespoons Shortening

3 Tablespoons Sugar

(Let “grow”)

Add 1 1/2 Cups Warm Milk

1 teaspoon of Salt

5 Cups of Flour

Roll on floured towel or board. Cut into doughnut shapes.

Add to warm oil, as it raises to the top of the oil flip doughnut over. Let the doughnut become a light brown.

Frost with …what ever you like or cinnamon & sugar or powdered sugar