Tuesday, June 24, 2008


Wow, our first foray into organized sports. We finally got to play a game tonight after being rained out for both games last week. We had a great time, but I think we are crazy for doing summer sports; I think we will try to stick with fall or spring next time. We lucked out with a great coach and a good bunch of boys for Tyler's team. He kept asking if they won, and I tried to explain to him that in T-ball it's just about having fun. But let's just say if they were keeping score, oh yeah, we would have won.

And just because I've had so many people ask me, yes we really are doing okay. I have had a hard time, but each day is getting easier. What we are going through is like any other grief. And I keep repeating to myself to trust Heavenly Father. If there is a spirit out there that is supposed to be in our family, he will make it to us. I have been very grateful for my testimony, and for support from our families, friends, and ward family too. So, a big thanks to everyone for your love and support; it means the world to us.

Saturday, June 21, 2008


I didn't know that you could feel so sad for something that I guess was never really ours. Our birthmom changed her mind and has decided to keep the baby. Even though we knew this might happen, it doesn't make it easier. As far as I know, he is still not born, but we found out yesterday, and she decided it was better to make that decision now rather than after everyone saw him. I guess, but it still hurts.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Still waiting

Well, our due date has now come and gone. We really thought she would go early, but apparently we were wrong. It is quite nerve wracking to wait. We don't have regular contact with the birth mom so we have no way of knowing how she is or any clues to if she is getting close. So we are just waiting. We are hoping that we will not have to wait too much longer--we are ready for the new one to come to our family. We will definitely post here when we find out. Hopefully this week!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

A love letter

Dear Reese's Puffs Cereal,

Oh where have you been all my life? I am so sorry for not trying you earlier. I am sorry that I thought since I wasn't a "peanut butter person" that I wouldn't like you. You are most definitely my one true cereal love.


Friday, June 6, 2008


Dan has decided to pursue a new hobby--golf. He has always golfed a bit, but when we lived in Little Rock his good buddy Joshua got him even more into it. Last year for his birthday he bought himself some clubs, and this year I got him some golf lessons. Now, since I do not accompany him on his golf outings, I do not know how much he has actually improved, or even how much he enjoys playing. I do hear the comments when he returns home, which range from: "I hit the most beautiful drive off the tee, close to 300 yards" to "I suck at golf and everything I have learned means nothing."

Well, the golf bug has trickled down the line of men in our house, and Tyler decided that he too wanted to try golfing. Now, you can imagine the skills of a four-year-old, but Dan loved the idea of a golfing buddy, so I present to you: Tyler the golfer.
I cannot believe how adorable he is with his little bag on his back, the teeny glove, and hey, that's not too bad of a swing for someone of his age and skill level.

Monday, June 2, 2008

All I can think is--Exhausted

Except for the half hour for FHE and dinner, right now, at 9:30 at night is the first time I have sat down today since about 8:00. I am exhausted. But, I do have 30 meals in my freezer, ready to heat and eat. Oh wait, only 28, I am still waiting for the last meal to cool so I can package it and put it away. Yeah for me! Last week our ward did an Enrichment on freezer cooking. I had always wanted to try it, and I figured with a newborn on the way this was a perfect opportunity. Now, they say you should not shop and cook on the same day, but I have proven that it is possible to do it. I was going to shop today and cook tomorrow, but I decided to do it all today so we could go to the pool tomorrow. Next time I do it, I will see if we like these recipes, I will not shop and cook on the same day, and I will also try to do better at cleaning as I go. I had a hard time doing that. See:
That is my kitchen after 7 hours of cooking. I had 2 bags of garbage and at least 45 minutes worth of dishes that are still sitting there (not tackling those till tomorrow morning) but did I mention that I have 30 dinners cooked!

We ate one of these dinners tonight and loved it. I hope it is as good when it is frozen first. I am sharing this recipe because Dan said it was perhaps one of the best things I have ever made. Here it is. You can always make this, cook half then, and put the other half in the freezer to have later. Anyway, here it is.

Chicken Tetrazinni
1 16 oz. package Fusilli
1/3 cup chopped onion
3 Tbsp. butter
3-4 cups cooked chicken
2 Tbsp. chopped green pepper
4 cups grated cheese
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of celery soup
1 soup can of milk

Cook fusilli in salted water for 2 minutes less than shortest time recommended on package. (Or substitute spaghetti.) Drain. Thoroughly mix all remaining ingredients with pasta in large bowl or pot. Put mixture in 2 freezer bags. Label and freeze. To serve, thaw and place in a greased baking dish. Bake uncovered at 350 for 30-45 minutes.

Note: I did not put in the peppers, and certainly did not miss them. :)