August 27, 2010

Porter's love

We got some cupcakes last night just for fun from Sam's Club and Adam told Porter it was because his mommy loves him. He asked Porter if he loved his mommy and he said yes. I asked him if he loved his daddy too and he said, "I love him very very much, because I want a cupcake." Silly Porter.

August 18, 2010


Howdy all this is Adam posting today. I don't have much to say but I thought I would put a few quotes from Porter down for posterity.
Today Porter was helping me change (he likes to pick out my clothes when I change after work) and he stopped and said "I smell a Dinosaur!" I laughed and told him to go tell Mommy that. He did and then said that "Dinosaurs smell like RAURRR!"
Last Sunday I was talking and he and he asked increduliously "Really?" only it sounded like "Wreawy?" and I replyed "Wreawy,Wreawy.", and he said "Wreawy, Wreawy?" This went on for a bit until he said, in a grown-up voice, "Ok, if you say so."
Just now I turned to Porter and said, "I love you Porter," and he leaned into my ear and wispered back "I'm hungry." So I am off to get him food. :-)

One More for the Reunion

This is one more competition from our Minute to Win It games. You had to blow all the cards off except for the last one. It got harder once we switched to plastic cups, but he still did a great job.

Adam and I have wanted to take a DDD tour for a while and when I saw a tutorial online for these banks, I just had to make my own. I had a lot of fun creating them. I made one for Porter too with robots and one for his cousin Sammy with sock monkeys. So easy to make. Here is the tutorial I found online There is a link there for the dump truck bank and it is really cute as well. I was going to save this idea for Christmas and give some away then, but I just couldn't wait. I think it turned out great and I am already thinking of what other things I can do. There are so many paper options at the scrap booking places and with stickers and decals the possibilities are pretty limitless. You can't tell very well in the picture, but the traveler decal is 3-d and leather looking like a suitcase. The hardest parts were getting the letters for Diners Drive-ins and Dives on the glass straight and getting the hole in the back cut straight and looking nice, but with a little work it ended up pretty good. Just makes me smile looking at it.

Summer fun

Ignore the dead grass and just enjoy the boys. :)


Adam has wanted a fedora for a while and I thought I had found a good one. It didn't fit quite right so we ended up taking it back, but for the day we had it, Gabe loved it. He kept putting it on and taking it off. Its a good thing it was soft material and easy to reshape.

August 15, 2010

Family Reunion

As promised, here are some pictures from our family reunion. I will have to steal some from the rest of the family to add to them.

One of the highlights of the reunion was Minute to Win It. Here you needed to throw ping pong balls and get them to stick on a slice of bread covered with Peanut Butter.

Gabe loved being around everyone.
More Minute to Win It. The object was to get the cookie from your forehead into your mouth with only your facial muscles. Hilarious to watch.

In this one the object was to get the malted milk ball from one specific hole to another specific hole, using only your knees to move the racquet.

The last day, we went to the reservoir and the kids loved the sand and water.

August 14, 2010

Its a Bran Muffin Kind of Day

No, I am not implying anyone in my house has digestive issues. It just seemed like a good morning to make homemade bran muffins. I remember devouring them by the dozen when I was pregnant with Porter. Two things I remember craving the most when I was pregnant with him were clementines and bran muffins. I haven't eaten either in near the quantities before or since then. I could eat a dozen clementines a day and three or four little muffins at a time then. I really craved them. There were other things that I craved occasionally, but those I could eat anytime anywhere the whole time I was pregnant. Adam even brought me some freshly made muffins in the hospital after I gave birth and I scarfed them. Of course, I hadn't eaten anything in about 36 hours by then, so I had that excuse too. :)

Anyway, I digress. Today seemed like a great day to make bran muffins. I decided to make a little change in the recipe this morning and substitute half of the vegetable oil with coconut oil and I have to say the change is probably a permanent one for us. I really liked how they tasted and I also like thinking that I am getting something just slightly better into the recipe. Bran muffins, for all the bran in them, are remarkably unhealthy, so we don't have them all that often, but sometimes, like today, they fit the bill nicely.

For anyone also feeling a hankering for bran, here is the recipe I used. For those of you counting calories as I am, each muffin has about 120 calories. The mix keeps in the refrigerator for about a month, so you can make as many or as little as you want at one time. They also freeze really well if you want to make them all at once so you aren't heating your house up every day making a batch.

2 c. water
2 c. 100% all bran
1 c. vegetable oil (we used half coconut/half vegetable)
3 c. white sugar
4 eggs
1 qu. buttermilk
5 c. white or wheat flour
5 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
4 c. bran cereal (we use regular raisin bran, but you can use just bran if you don't like raisins)

Combine water with All Bran. Cream together oil, sugar, and eggs. Add the two mixes to the remaining ingredients. Fill cupcake tins 2/3 full and bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes. **We cook them a little less because I think the texture is better a little less done. Watch them the last few minutes as every oven is different and take them out at your desired doneness.

August 11, 2010

Hi, my name is _______ and I am an Idiot

So I got pulled over today. Ugh. That hasn't happened in a long time. Fear really works for me as far as driving laws go because I am super careful all the time so that I don't get pulled over. I have no luck with the police in getting out of a ticket, so I do my best never to get pulled over. I always make sure everyone has their seat belts on, I always try to stay within 5 miles of the speed limit, I always use my signals, and I keep my insurance and registration up to date and in the car.

Today however, I must have forgotten just about everything. I was only going a few blocks from the house, so you wouldn't think so many things could go wrong, but I must have a talent for it.

Firstly, I forgot my seat belt. Both my kids had theirs, but I forgot mine. Secondly, I was going fast than I should have. For some reason I keep forgetting that the backstreets are 25 and not 30 or 35. Then after he pulls me over, I realize that I still have my NV license and panic.

***Side Story*** Adam got pulled over a couple weeks ago because he hadn't put his current registration sticker on his car yet and the policeman who pulled him over was VERY irate with him. Took a look at his UT license and told him that since his address hadn't been updated, he was lucky not to get his car impounded. WOW! I had no idea until he came home that you are only given ten days after a move to get your license updated. Anyway, Adam got his sticker put on in short order.

Back to the story. My license is still a NV license and I just knew that was going to be a problem. I handed it to him with my registration (which was current with the sticker on the car, at least that part went right), but I couldn't find my current insurance, which I knew I put in the car in the last month when we renewed it.

So, no seat belt, going too fast, no current insurance card, and an out of state driver's license obviously in need of updating (thank heavens it wasn't expired). No way I am getting out of this without some tickets piling up.... Put a dunce hat on my head and name me idiot of the year.

I left with only one small ticket for the speeding and since it was less than 10 over it shouldn't be too terrible. He didn't mention my missing seat belt, I did eventually find my current insurance card, and he didn't say anything about my license. Whew!

If you are driving behind a little old lady who doesn't know how to use the gas in the near future, take another look. It is probably me, driving like a turtle, in fear of getting pulled over again.