Thursday, July 31, 2008

Idaho Falls and Yellowstone


This past weekend, we went to Idaho Falls to see my sister and her family. Then we went to Yellowstone for a family reunion. I don't know about the rest of the family, but we had a GREAT time! (Even though we all got a little sunburned and didn't get enough sleep.) The girls liked everything, except for the driving, but I think their favorite part was the sing-a-longs. They have been singing camp songs ever since we left!

We first stopped at the Grand Tetons, since it was on the way to Idaho. I'd never been and they were pretty neat. And if you see this picture again, don't laugh. It may be as good as we get this year, as far as family pictures go, and it may wind up on a Christmas card. We'll see.
The girls loved playing with their cousins! And they all loved Carson's car. Here, Layla is actually pushing Carson around the patio, which he enjoyed too. Seryn loved it when Layla and Carson would join Lylli in the sandbox so she could have the car all to herself.
We found these lilys at the temple and thought it would be fun if we got a picture of Lylli with the lilys.
Of course, then Layla needed to get her picture taken with a Layla flower. So here is Layla with the "Layla."
Seryn loved the grass at the temple and loved the space she had to move about and explore!
Every night before bed, the kids talked Grandma or Grandpa into story time. Even Uncle Dean joined in on the fun!
This was in Yellowstone where we stopped for lunch. There was a river that the girls went and played in before we ate. I was surprised Seryn went wading because she has such an aversion to water. However, Aunt Michelle died the bath water purple the night before, and that must have cured her because she no longer has a problem with water of any kind.
This was a stop along the path at Mammoth Springs. The area is so beautiful!
Here is our family at Mammoth Springs, and Carson tracing the letters on the sign.
It's always more fun to catch everyone off guard when taking a picture. Then you are more likely to get faces in the picture! In the back is Dean and Dad, then Shane and Layla, then Lylli and Mom. (I don't know why Michelle and Mike never end up in these pictures.)
This is Lylli at Morning Glory, though I was a little disappointed with the pool. I remember it being so much prettier when I was a kid. But it was still neat.
This was Layla and Shane at one of the mud pits, Black Dragon, I think. And there is a buffalo just chillin' across the way.
This is Dragon's Mouth, another mud pit. The girls didn't like it too much because there were frequent rumbles from the cave and Uncle Dean kept telling them that there were real witches in the area. So for a while, Lylli was convinced there was a dragon in the cave. And I think Layla held her nose for a good portion of the walk.
I think this is another one of the Mammoth Springs.
This is Seryn after two days in the sun. I know I applied sunscreen several times, but she still got plenty of sun. And the thing on her nose is a blister. So this is how we ended our trip; a long drive home and a very miserable baby! We had to drain it three times before we got home!!! But we all had a good time and it felt incredibly good to take a nice long shower and sleep in our own beds when we got home! Thanks Mom and Dad for a fun reunion and thanks to Michelle and Mike for sharing your new home with us! We had a good time!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Go Fly a Kite!!

Just as a little aside before I tell you about our activity the other night, I don't know if this means I'm doing something wrong, or that I'm doing something right! All I know is, Shane went outside tonight and found this message on the sidewalk and busted up laughing. (The neighbors thought it was pretty funny too.) Lylli wouldn't even tell me what I had done to deserve such verbal abuse. Oh well. I guess we all have our days.
(Mom, Why are you so mean?)
Anyway, the real reason for this post. A couple weeks ago we got a new kite. And we love to fly kites! So we took it out to Mike Cedar to give it a go. The unfortunate part is, it had been perfect kite weather all day. But by the time we got there and out in the field, the wind completely died. I mean, dead as a doornail. We did get it up a couple times, but nothing like the maiden voyage should have been. Oh well. We still had a great time!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Happy Birthday Shane!

Today, as many of you may know, is Shane's birthday! 29, can you believe it?! I am so grateful that he is my husband and I am proud of all his many accomplishments. He is a very dedicated worker, a wonderful husband, father, and friend. I love him dearly and I would feel remorse if I didn't say happy birthday. I love you, handsome!

Chicken Nuggets

I thought today I might share a recipe that my family loves! The girls love to help out with this and they are so tasty. I always get compliments when I make them. Try them and let me know what you think! Keep in mind, I'm terrible when it comes to measuring things so the pictures may look a bit different than what the recipe suggests.

1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
2 cups crushed crackers (I use Saltines)
1 tsp. oregano
1 egg white
1 Tblsp. water

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut chicken into 1-inch chunks.

Place flour, salt, and pepper in resealable plastic food storage bag.

Combine cracker crumbs and oregano in another bag.
(I don't know what happened to this picture.)
Whisk egg white together with water in a small bowl.

Place 6 or 8 chicken pieces in bag with flour mixture; seal bag and shake until coated. Remove chicken from bag and dip chicken pieces into egg white mixture, coating all sides. Place in cracker crumbs until coated. Place on shallow baking pan. Repeat with remaining chicken pieces.
Bake until nuggets are golden brown, about 10-13 min.
(sorry, bad shot.)
Eat with BBQ sauce or ranch.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Wildwood Dancing

I know, I know. I just posted yesterday. But I just finished a good book if anyone is looking for reading material (besides my books, that is.) It's called Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier. It's kind of based on the twelve dancing sisters story, if you're familiar with that. Anyway, I enjoyed it and thought if anyone was looking for something new to read, this would be a fun choice! Happy reading!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

A Fun Week!!!

So much seems to have happened, though it seems to have been centered all in a couple days. For the 4th, we went over to some friends and had a BBQ and did a few fireworks. The kids had a great time!
Natalie Sundquist, Lylli, Layla, and Alexis Worthen. Aren't they adorable!
Seryn wasn't sure what to think of the sparkler, but after she tried to grab hold of the 'sparkle' that was the end of her sparkler experience.
The girls really had a good time!

Today we had a pretty enjoyable time. Lylli and Shane rode the vet in the parade and Layla and I watched. (Thanks to Grandma who watched Seryn!) Layla loved the horses and the clown car that pulled wheelies!
Layla and Mom at the parade! We were so excited!
Shane drove Ray Pacheco (who is running for County Commisioner). Lylli was his side girl, who had fun but was tired by the end.
This was the fun car that flipped wheelies!

Tonight we went to the fair. We saw the animals but a sheep 'baaa'ed in Seryn's face and she no longer trusted anything on four legs. The girls did have a great time riding a couple rides though. They both said the slide was their favorite but Layla said she liked her car ride too. They had a great time and we topped the night off with the best part of the fair! Funnel Cakes!!!!!!
The first ride of the evening. The Carousel! What girl can resist?
Layla and Mom on the slide. It was soooo high! Layla had so much fun that after the ride was over, she ran back to the stairs to do it again! She didn't realize you had to pay for every ride and that Mom had to pay too. Oh well.
Lylli on the slide. She's big enough to go by herself this year!
Seryn loved the music and was almost constantly dancing.
Layla driving her car with another little boy. She really liked this.
Lylli on her motorcycle. She was really getting into this. Every time the bike went down, she hunched over and every time it went up, she pulled back on it. It was so cute! She's most definitely her father's daughter.
The girls watching one of the rides with their dad.