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Building a snow castle

Posted By: Jared
Dec 22nd, 2010

Morgan wanted to build something really big with the fresh snow that came down, so I left early from work and we played a quick game of bowling then headed home.  The snow rolled up very nice so we could easily make huge snowballs with it.  The base of it is made up of 4 huge snowballs and then we rolled in more to cut down and throw up top. 

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Almond Roca

Posted By: Allie
Dec 17th, 2010
We had a "baking" day today with my mother & sisters-in-law and it was so fun. We each decided on a treat we wanted to make and at the end we split everything. A great way to try new recipes and just have a good time baking. It was surprising how much can be made when everyone is helping. We made Oreo and egg nog truffles, date balls, homemade oreos, almond roca, and fudge.

Almond roca was my chosen recipe, I saw it on the Tasty Kitchen Blog and new I had to try it. I'm a big fan of almond roca. It was a little scarey because the recipe didn't have a set temperature to cook to, it just gave a visual guide. But it all worked out and is really yummy. I like how the blog gives step by step pictures.

4 sticks Butter
2 cups Sugar (rounded)
4 Tablespoons Water
2 cups Almonds, Chopped
1 cup Chocolate Chips
1/2 cups Almonds, Finely Chopped, For Sprinkling

Combine the first 3 ingredients and cook on high, stirring constantly through 3 stages:
1. Runny
2. Cheesy - it will look like melted white cheese
3. Runny and smooth, caramel brown color

Make sure you have the fan on your stove going, cause you'll probably set off the smoke alarm towards the end.

When it is runny, smooth and caramel brown in color, remove it from the heat and add the almonds. Stir until combined and pour the mixture onto greased cookie sheets. Spread it into an even layer. It will harden as it cools.

While it is still warm, sprinkle chocolate chips on top and let them melt enough to get soft. Spread the chocolate in an even layer across the candy. While the chocolate is still wet, sprinkle the finely chopped almonds on top.
At this point, while it is still warm and soft, you can score the candy with a butter knife to make it break evenly, or just let it harden and break it into rustic pieces.

Store in airtight containers.

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Little Slippers

Posted By: Allie
Dec 9th, 2010

Kairi loves shoes and is rarely seens without some pair of shoes on, so I wanted to crochet her some slippers she could wear around the house. I added some Puffy Paint to the bottom so she wouldn't slip in them, though I may look into other non-slip materials I could just sew on the bottom. Kaden liked them too so i'll probably make him a pair as well.

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melanie Wrote: Dec 31st, 2010
i totally want to buy some little boy ones. they are amazing!
NewYears1978 Wrote: Dec 22nd, 2010
Wow those are really cute, I bet people would buy them :)
Allie Wrote: Dec 15th, 2010
I haven't decided yet, If anyone's interested I suppose I could.
myndi Wrote: Dec 11th, 2010
these are great, are you going to sale them too?
No More Crib

Posted By: Allie
Dec 9th, 2010

I don't know what impulsed me to start putting kairi in her "big girl bed", I just thought; hmm, I wonder if she would take her nap in the bed. And she did, and she hasn't been back in her crib since. In fact, She has been in her bed for over a week now and we have already taken down her crib and given it away. So no turning back now, ha ha ha.

I think she loves being able to just get up in the morning and start playing with toys or come wake me up. She's really been growing up fast this last month it seems. She has started saying so many new words I dont even keep track anymore.

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Jamie Wrote: Dec 9th, 2010
No way I am just getting Dawson out of a crib. It is so sad getting your last child out. Well at least for me. I must be weird. She is so cute.
Whoopie Pies

Posted By: Allie
Nov 26th, 2010

Pumpkin and Cream Cheese Whoopie Pies


3 Cups Flour
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
2 Tablespoons Cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg
1 Teaspoon Ginger
1 Cup Vegetable Oil
1 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
1 Cup Sugar
3 Cups Pumpkin
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
2 Large Eggs

1 Stick of Butter
1 8 oz Package Cream Cheese
3 Cups Powdered Sugar
1 Teaspoon Maple Extract
1 Teaspoon Vanilla


Preheat oven to 350.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Set aside. In a large bowl, beat together the brown sugar, white sugar, and oil. Add the pumpkin puree and mix well. Add the vanilla and eggs and mix well. Slowly add in the flour mixture and mix until combined.

Using a 1 tablespoon scoop or a 1/2 tablespoon measure, drop the batter onto a baking sheet (lined, if possible, but not necessary), leaving about 1" between the batter. Try to keep the batter as circular as possible. Bake for 10-14 minutes or until the tops are done and a toothpick inserted into the middle of one of the cakes comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes on the pan and then transfer to a cooling rack.

To prepare the filling, beat the butter on high for 1-2 minutes until smooth and fluffy. Add the cream cheese and beat until smooth. Add the powdered sugar, maple, and vanilla and beat until combined. Transfer to a large Ziploc bag and cut 1/2"-1" off the corner.

Flip the cakes over on a flat surface. Squeeze about 2-3 tablespoons of filling per large whoopie pie (less if you used a 1/2 tablespoon measure) onto every other cake. Top each pie with the remaining cakes. Serve immediately if possible; otherwise, these can be refrigerated in an airtight container. Makes about 30 large whoopie pies.
Whoopie Pies


1 Box Chocolate Cake Mix
1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
2 Large Eggs
3/4 Cup Water

1 1/2 Sticks of Butter Room Temperature
1 1/4 Cups Powdered Sugar
1 1/2 Teaspoons Vanilla
1/8 Teaspoon Salt (Not Kosher)
2 1/2 Cups Marshmallow Creme


For the cakes: Pre-heat oven to 375
Place two teaspoons in a small circle on to a baking sheet. Six cakes per baking sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes. Remove to cooling rack until ready to fill.

For the filling: With electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and sugar together until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in vanilla and salt. Beat in marshmallow fluff until incorporated, about 2 minutes. Refrigerate filling until slightly firm, about 30 minutes. (Bowl can be wrapped and refrigerated for up to 2 days.)

Dollop 1/4 cup filling on center of flat side of half the cakes. Top with the flat side of the remaining cakes and gently press until filling spreads to edge of cake. Serve.

(Whoopie pies can be refrigerated in airtight container for up to 3 days.)

*There are a lot of recipes for more "homemade" pies. But I like that this one just uses a cake mix, it really simplifies things. And I loved the pumpkin pies, the maple flavor in the filling really goes great with the pumpkin cakes.

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Kinect for Xbox 360

Posted By: Jared
Nov 17th, 2010

So I decided to get the Kinect for the Xbox which uses a camera device to record movement.  This way you can play games just by your body movement and no controllers.  It doesn't seem as accurate as the PSmove which is a similar device for the playstation 3, but was still quite fun.  We played the game, 'Dance Central' where you have to mimic the dance moves shown on the screen.  There is a freestyle part where you do whatever you want and it then records the video and speeds it up or something, anyway here are 2 clips of it.


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Bobble Stitch Hat. . .and some others.

Posted By: Allie
Nov 17th, 2010

A few more hats. . . The first one is a small zig zag. Second has same colors with 3 large stripes.

Another zig zag and a large stripe with bow.

And my new favorite. . . the Bobble Stitch, with or without earflaps.

. . .Or with a heart on the earflaps

I made it to go along with a sweater I bought her, I'll have to get a picture of her wearing them both. It's been difficult to take pictures of her, but I did manage to get these with her wearing it. . .and she's been wearing it for hours now. :)

If you want to buy a hat I can customize them however you want, you can email me through the contact link on the far right of the top menu.

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Kaden's First Video Game

Posted By: Allie
Nov 9th, 2010
Kaden playing his first video game.

He has been playing Peppa Pig on the Wii and is very good at it. Mostly it's just "point and push A" type of things, but he absolutely LOVES it. Ha ha, look at the concentration on his face, he isn't even aware that i'm taking pictures.

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More Hats

Posted By: Allie
Nov 9th, 2010

Here are two more hats I made. This first one is a Puff Stitch hat with a Bow.

And this one is my version of the brimmed hat I wanted to make, I just need to make a flower for it. I still think the brim is a little big for her size of head, so I may adjust it more for future hats.

And Jared has convinced me that I should start selling these, so i'll have more information on that later.

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Heather Wrote: Nov 13th, 2010
i am buying a brimmed hat from you!!! Call me and tell me how much!!! adorable!
New Cocoa Flavors

Posted By: Allie
Nov 3rd, 2010

I LOVE hot chocolate. If you look in my pantry right now you will find at least 10 different flavors, most of them Stephen's. I am always on the look-out for new kinds to try and was so excited when I saw these at Walmart one day.

Well, the Peanut Butter Cup flavor I think I found a Macey's in January, but it's still kinda new. It has tiny peanut butter cups in it and is pretty yummy, but it's not usually my first choice when picking a flavor.

I LOVED Pumpkin Spice, perfect for fall.

The French Vanilla Milk Creme was a little different, I didn't even see it on the Stephen's website. It is malted, which is why it tasted a bit different than the regular french vanilla. But It has been one of Jared's new favorites.

And the Caramel Apple Cider. . .I was very dissapointed. By itself(made with water), I could barely drink it, but if you heat up some apple juice instead of water, and then add the mix, it tasted MUCH better. I wont be buying it again though.

Then there is this Raspberry Cheesecake flavor from their website that I really want to try. I havn't seen it anywhere, I may have to buy it from their website or something. If anyone comes across this flavor, please let me know.

And a tip on making hot chocolate, always use milk instead of water, it gives it a much creamier flavor.

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Posted By: Allie
Nov 2nd, 2010

We got home from the cabin on Saturday with a few hours before it was time to trick-or-treat. I tried to get both kids to stand next to the pumpkin for a picture but Kairi didn't want to stand still. She liked playing dress-up in her costume and just wanted to run all over and jump on the couch. Kaden at least now understands when mommy wants to take a picture it's time to stand still.

We went to the trunk-or-treat at Jared's mom's church. It was raining outside so they held it indoors which was nice. I'm glad we opted for the trunk-or-treat this year for Kairi, the way she was acting it would have been much harder trying to take her door-to-door. Kaden though was still wanting to go out, so when we got home I took him around the neighborhood while Jared stayed home with Kairi. It was still raining at the time, but Kaden didn't mind at all.

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At The Cabin

Posted By: Allie
Nov 2nd, 2010
We went to the cabin for a few days last week, it was so nice to get away from home for a while.

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Carving Pumpkins

Posted By: Allie
Nov 2nd, 2010
All of our pumpkins this year came from our garden, I think it may be a new tradition for us, as long as the pumpkins will grow. Kaden really seemed to enjoy the garden, watching all the plants grow, helping pick vegetables when they were ready, and seeing the pumpkins change from green to orange. I'm so glad we grew one.

We had Kaden help carve his own pumpkin, he told Jared what shapes to cut out and where. He thought of it as a type of puzzle and when all the peices where carved out he put them all back in their places.

Kairi didn't enjoy pumpkin carving so much. She just started crying every time a knife went into the pumpkin, much too violent for her. Funny thing is, when we were digging up patches us grass for my new garden area, she cried every time the shovel went into the grass, and the other night when we watched Jared's Crash Team video of him crashing his car, she cried when she saw him crash into the trees. What a sweet girl. I can't remember Kaden being that sensitive.

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Crocheted Hats

Posted By: Allie
Nov 1st, 2010
I've been in the mood to crochet again. I'm surprised I remembered how; it's been so long. But now that it's getting colder I wanted to make sure the kids had hats that fit them, some of their old ones are too small now.

I saw a cute hat for Kairi while shopping a few weeks back but thought the price was much too high, so I found some free patterns online and went to work. This white hat was the first one I made and I just loved it so much I made one for myself and for my sister-in-law Heather's little girl for her birthday.

I then made this pink brimmed hat which the pattern was a bit confusing and I feel like the brim is too big, so I found another pattern i'm going to try that I may like better.

 I made another one for Kairi that doesn't fit right, so when I re-do it i'll add that picture. And then I made this hat for Kaden and a matching one for Jared.

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Jamie Wrote: Nov 3rd, 2010
Allie we need to do a craft - crochet day. Those are so dang cute! Please teach me to do a hat!!!
The Living Planet Aquarium

Posted By: Allie
Nov 1st, 2010
My sister Myndi and her husband Ty took us to the Aquarium for Kaden's birthday. We all had a fun time, I think it's Kaden's new favorite place to visit.

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Kaden's Birthday Party

Posted By: Allie
Oct 13th, 2010

We had Kaden's Birthday party on sunday, he loved it. He keeps asking when his next birthday party will be. Since our fence was finally finished we had a BBQ in the back yard, im so glad the weather turned out nice.

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heather Wrote: Oct 29th, 2010
you should say something about me since i dont have a web site he he
Caramel Apple Cider

Posted By: Allie
Oct 4th, 2010

I've seen a few versions of this drink online and even have a different one in my recipe section I have yet to try, but i'm going to post the version I just made cuz it was yummy.


1 Envelope apple cider mix
Jarred caramel sauce
Whipped Cream
*optional: Caramel flavored syrup

Prepare cider drink mix (I only had sugar free cider mix, i'm sure it would taste even better using the regular kind).
Add 1 tsp caramel sauce. (This made it sweeter, but didn't give it enough caramel flavor IMO, so I added a splash of the caramel syrup which made a big difference)
Top with whipped cream and drizzle more caramel sauce on top.

mmmm, yummy. I had made this a few days earlier using regular apple cider, and I much prefer the drink mix to the real thing.

I wonder what it would taste like if i added this. . .

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Kaden's Room

Posted By: Allie
Oct 4th, 2010

Finished painting his room and glad to be done. Took me maybe 5 days, just doing it one part at a time. And we had Kaden sleeping in Kairi's room while it was being done, and i'm so glad to have them in separate rooms again. Getting them to fall asleep at night was terrible.

I like how it turned out. I was planning to spend more time on the details of the brick but got sick of painting, so it is what it is. And I kept the blue sky on the ceiling since Jared did such a good job on the clouds I didn't want to paint over it. It would have been too hard for me anyway.

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Too Tired To Eat

Posted By: Allie
Oct 4th, 2010

Kairi was having one of those days where she didn't want to take her nap, but the lack of sleep finally got to her when it came time for dinner. It amazes me that she can just fall asleep like that. You would think she'd at least cry or make some kind of fuss, but I just walk out of the room for a couple minutes and come back in and she's asleep.

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Finished The Painting

Posted By: Allie
Sep 26th, 2010

Here it is. . .

I am so happy to have this finished, I think it turned out pretty well, maybe a little crooked in some areas, but that's just character. (dont ask me what that black part on top is supposed to be, it was just in the original drawing so i added it. lol)  It'll look great on his wall. Now on to painting his room. . .

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Is this a phase?

Posted By: Allie
Sep 26th, 2010

The last few weeks Kaden has insisted on sleeping on the floor. Is this just a phase he's going through or should i consider getting him a new mattress. ha ha. Or maybe he just likes sleeping close to the night light.

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One Cookie

Posted By: Allie
Sep 26th, 2010

I gave Kairi one Thin Mint cookie and who knew such a mess could come from it. ha ha. -notice it all over her legs too.

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Playing at the Park

Posted By: Allie
Sep 26th, 2010
There is a little park a couple blocks away I like to walk the kids to, I decided to bring my camera along to take some pictures. On our way to the park we witnessed a cat catching a little bird. Just walking the kids in the stroller along the sidewalk and a cat ran out in front of us chasing a wounded bird. The cat was kind of playing with it and ran it out into the road where it stopped traffic for a minute and then the cat grabbed the bird and ran off. I was wondering what kaden would have thought about it, but he didnt seem bothered at all. He just wanted to go pet the cat.

We played at the park for a little while and then came home and they sat together in the playroom to watch a movie. I love it when they get along.

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Fire Truck Room

Posted By: Allie
Aug 30th, 2010

I've been wanting to re-do Kaden's room for a while now, something a little more grown-up. It was either going to be cars, or dinosaurs. . . and then I came across some pictures for a fire truck themed room and knew that's what I really wanted to do. We gave Kaden the choice between the three options and he said fire trucks, so yay! And  I've already completed my first addition to the new theme. . .

I found the frame at DI for $1 and just took out the picture so I could use the glass. And using my new cricut software I made the cross image and cut it out with vinyl and stuck it to the glass. Pretty cute I think. Some other pictures for inspiration. . .

I just LOVE this pottery barn room. My goal is to paint a fire truck on canvas just like that one, well maybe a different truck, but same concept. 

I really liked the brick in this room, so I may attempt doing faux brick on one of his walls.

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Broken Toe

Posted By: Allie
Aug 25th, 2010

Sometimes you stub your toe so hard it feels like you borke it, but in this case I know it broke. I heard the bone crack and could move it in ways I couldn't move my other. Ya, gross. And it still hurts. I'm not too worried about it though, there isn't much that can be done for a pinkie toe, just need to take it easy for 6 weeks.


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Jamie Wrote: Sep 3rd, 2010
Ouch. I have done that twice on the same toe. I'm sorry but it does heal pretty quick.

Posted By: Allie
Aug 22nd, 2010

We were invited to go boating with Jared's parents yesterday and had a lot of fun. This was the kids' first time being on a boat and both of them did very well, especially Kairi. I was expecting her to be scared, but she was very calm and just enjoyed watching everything going on. Kaden got to go for a ride in the tube with Jared and even did a little swimming before he decided it was too cold.

There are some more images in the gallery.

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Things Going On

Posted By: Allie
Aug 19th, 2010

I just wanted to ramble a bit on things that have been going on. With our fence nearing completion, we (Jared) have been working hard on getting sprinklers moved and new ones installed where the fence will now be blocking previous sprinkler flow. We now have a big pile of dirt sitting on our patio, so it would be a good time to build my garden boxes. We will see what happens there.

Kaden has shown a big interest in being potty trained this past week. He tells me he no longer wants to wear diapers and is more frequently taking off his pants and diaper when he needs to go. It's a little hard for him to do, but I don't want to start buying pull-ups till I know he's a little further a long. If anyone has some tips I could sure use them since he's my first trainee.

Kairi just today has said two new words. Sippy and bubbles. Other recognizable words she's said : Dada (her first), ball (her second), car, all-done, and cracker. Though the last two she's only said once. I've yet to hear her say mama :( . . .unless i just didn't pick up on it. 'Dada' is very clear though, when she sees him in the morning her face will light up and she'll point to him and say DADA!. Last night while Jared was at work, I was talking to her about "when daddy gets home..." and she got excited and started looking around for him. She just loves him.

And I have been playing around a lot with my Cricut since finding the Sure Cuts A Lot program. It lets me cut any type of font I have installed on my computer. I also found Inkscape, which lets me create my own svg images for cutting. HERE is a tutorial I found useful on creating a simple svg word image.

I have also been doing a lot of digital scrapbooking; trying to get the kids' albums finished. If you are interested in starting I would suggest beginning with Memory Mixer, which can be found at Roberts Crafts. Just wait until they have a 50% off coupon. That program is good for basics, and it gets the job done, it's what I started out with. But it didn't have the capabilities I was looking for so Jared got me Adobe Photoshop and I absolutely LOVE it!

Here are my favorite scrapbooking sites:

Peppermint Creative : Super cute kits(I don't buy any but I look at them for inspiration), They offer a free kit download which is supposed to be updated regulary, but I have yet to see it updated. They have a lot of cute layout and vinyl craft ideas in their Gallery, and tonz of titles and phrases in their Phrases section.
Delicious Scraps : TONZ of freebies, from embellishments, to templates, photoshop actions, and mini kits.
The Shabby Shoppe : Cute layout ideas in their Gallery and offer some tutorials i've found helpful. they also have lots of free kits HERE.
Computer Scrapbook : Tonz of free kits.
Atomic Cupcake : You'll love this if you're familiar with photoshop actions. They offer a monthly free download, but if you know someone like Jared you can find more.
Free Scrapbook Fonts : Very cute fonts.

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Progress of fence

Posted By: Allie
Aug 11th, 2010

They started our fence yesterday and dug out all the holes, they ended up hitting a main irrigation pipeline which they will hopefully be able to repair, and today they are setting the posts.

UPDATE: They repaired the the pipe and wiring and everything seems to be working fine. They should be back to install the paneling early to mid next week. (Around the 23rd)

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St George

Posted By: Allie
Aug 11th, 2010

We went to St George again a couple weekends ago and we watched City of Ember. After the movie Kaden went under the kitchen table and closed himself in and pretended to play with the bolts underneath like he was repairing pipes while saying "It's my job". It was so cute!

The kids had a lot of fun, but unfortunatly got a cold from Jared while there and Kaden started coughing a lot and started having a really hard time breathing again. So we left in a hurry when that started up. I'm glad I brought his inhailer.

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Playing With Snaps

Posted By: Allie
Aug 11th, 2010
We bought some snaps for Pioneer Day and the kids had a fun time throwing and stepping on them.

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Kairi's Mess

Posted By: Allie
Jul 21st, 2010

Kairi's at a stage right now where she loves to explore every drawer and cupboard to find out what's inside. When mommy wasn't looking, she decided to go for the bathroom sink (which used to have a safety latch till it broke) and found all the diaper things. . .including the baby powder.

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myndi Wrote: Aug 2nd, 2010
reminds me of the picture when i decided to clean grandma's bathroom, haha
Kids Pages

Posted By: Jared
Jul 17th, 2010
The kids sites are now done and Allie is working on adding content to their sites.  You can view Kaden's HERE and Kairi's HERE.  I am debating on whether I should make a site for anyone to register to and create their own online albums for their kids.

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Digital Scrapbooking

Posted By: Allie
Jul 13th, 2010
I've been really into digital scrapbooking for the past week, since I got all of my files and programs back on my computer. I'm using a program called Memory Mixer which has made it very simple and there are so many free kits you can download that include paper, embelishments, and letters. . .it can get a little addicting.

I wanted to put together digital albums for my kids and stick with regular scrapbooking for my own albums, but now I just don't know anymore. Scrapbooking can be really expensive after all the things you have to buy; most of which you can only use once, and it takes up so much room. With digital it's just all stored on a hard drive and you can use everything as many times as you want. So . . .maybe I'll just scrapbook cards from now on and do everything else on the computer.

Here is a page I did; just playing around with the program.

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myndi Wrote: Jul 15th, 2010
Ugh, I need to scrapbook too. I haven't even uploaded my photos to shutterfuly or mixbook
July 4th Weekend

Posted By: Allie
Jul 6th, 2010

We stayed at the cabin over the weekend and went to the Oakley rodeo on Saturday. It was a lot of fun, The kids loved playing with their cousins. I wish we could have stayed longer.We came home on the 4th and had the kids do sparklers.

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Crockpot Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

Posted By: Allie
Jun 22nd, 2010

1 can cream of chicken soup
5 C chicken broth
5 C water
1 C diced celery
1 C chopped carrots
2 C cooked chopped chicken
2 4oz. Pkgs long grain and wild rice mix with seasoning packets

Combine all ingredients in a large crockpot. Cover and cook on low 4-6 hours or until rice is done.

*I did mine a little differently but it still turned out yummy. I didn't have chicken broth so I just boiled some chicken legs in water until cooked. Then removed the meat and put the bones back in to continue boiling while i prepared everything else. I halved the recipe because my crockpot isn't that big but I still used a whole can of cream of chicken soup and I used my chicken stock instead of the broth and water (about 5 cups). I really liked this and so did the kids.

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Strawberry Days Parade

Posted By: Allie
Jun 22nd, 2010

I took the kids to their first parade and they loved it. Kaden got a bit antsy before the parade started and wanted to walk around. Thankfully we didn't have to wait very long. They started out with police motorcycles driving by with their sirens on, which instantly caught Kaden's attention. He just loved all the police cars and fire trucks. Kairi loved it when horses went by. She would get a huge smile and start talking and pointing at them.

I was a little annoyed at the kids around us who ran out and grabbed every single piece of candy thrown by us, Kaden didn't even have a chance. One piece even landed right at his feet and he goes to pick it up only to be dissapointed as another kid snatches it away. Kaden saw all the kids around him eating candy and he kept asking me for some, so I started grabbing them before other kids could.*Note the picture of Kaden below, the kids counting all the candy in their hands and Kaden watching, so sad.

Then Kairi started getting hungry so we left a little early to go eat. I'm planning to take them to the steel days parade if anyone wants to join me. July 10th at 9:30 a.m.

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myndi Wrote: Jun 23rd, 2010
Grr, that makes me so mad that the other kids would take candy that Kaden was bending down to pick up. How rude! Maybe we will join you for the other parade. I don't work until the afternoon.
Bee Hive

Posted By: Allie
Jun 15th, 2010

We were in the backyard playing in the sprinklers when I glanced across the yard and noticed a swarm of instects around a pine tree. I could only think; bee hive. And I'm 99.9% sure im right. I don't want to get close enough to make it 100%, but I think my pictures are proof enough.

As you can see from the last picture, it really isnt that far from where our kids play. (It's the pine tree in the middle.) Far enough that I don't think they'll randomly attack us when we are outside, but i'll feel a lot safer when we get our fence so I know our kids wont accidentally provoke them. Wonder if our HOA would do anything about it. Perhaps I should bring it to their attention.

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Posted By: Allie
Jun 15th, 2010
I took Kaden back to the Doctor for a follow-up. Yes he has asthma. I don't know a lot about asthma so I guess I'll be reading up on it for a while. Hopefully; now that we know, it will be a lot easier to avoid future scares like the last one. He has to take his inhaler twice a day until he is three. Then we will re-evaluate it and see if it's still needed or if we need to change anything.

Kaden with his inhaler and Kairi being cute.

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Peanut Butter Middles

Posted By: Allie
Jun 13th, 2010

1-1/2 C Flour
1/2 C Cocoa Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 C Sugar
1/2 C Packed Brown Sugar
1/2 C Butter
1/4 C Peanut Butter
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Egg

3/4 C Powdered Sugar
3/4 C Peanut Butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a small bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda. In a large bowl, beat together the sugars, butter, and 1/4 cup of peanut butter until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla and egg. Slowly mix in the flour mixture. Set aside.

For the peanut butter filling, combine powdered sugar and 3/4 cup peanut butter. Beat together well. Roll filling into 30 small balls. Try to keep the balls all the same size; around 1 inch.

For each cookie, use 1 tablespoon of chocolate dough and roll into a ball. It helps to flour your hands first. Squish the ball of chocolate dough flat and place a peanut butter ball in the center. Wrap the chocolate dough up and around the peanut butter ball to completely cover. Place 2 inches apart on a baking sheet. Dip the bottom of a glass into sugar and use the cup to lightly flatten the cookie balls. Bake for 7-9 minutes.

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heather Wrote: Jun 29th, 2010
i Looovvveed these!!!
Playing Outside

Posted By: Allie
Jun 11th, 2010
It's been nice enjoying the warm weather before it gets too hot. The kids want to be outside all the time, even if there isn't anything to do, they just love being outside. It was a little windy when we went out, but it felt nice.

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Family BBQ

Posted By: Allie
Jun 11th, 2010
My sister Liz came to visit for Memorial Day weekend and the whole family got together for a BBQ. She lives in New Mexico now and we are lucky to see her once a year. This was her first time meeting Kairi and cousin Jaxon.

Shawn and Tonya

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Posted By: Jared
May 29th, 2010

So almost every Tuesday I go bowling with Morgan over at FatCats for their "all you can bowl" and we try to get in as many games as possible.  I think that we have started to improve our game and finally decided to start tracking our progress.  I created a bowling page to keep track of our stats easily and right now my average is 149 but we have only tracked one game so far.  My highest score is 192 which I had gotten a couple weeks ago.  I actually got that same score 2 games in a row!  Anyway you can go HERE to see our bowling scores.

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Posted By: Allie
May 28th, 2010
The kids are sick again. Having sick kids is the worst thing in the world to me. They are so miserable but you can't do much to help them, especially at this age. Kaden took it really hard too, could have been from his previous pneumonia and weakened lungs, or the possibility that he has childhood asthma, he really had a hard time breathing the first night. He was constantly coughing and sounded terrible when he breathed. He would fall asleep for 20 min and wake up crying and wouldn't stop for an hour, then he'd fall asleep for another 20 min and this repeated the whole night.

We got him into the Dr ASAP the next morning and they said his oxygen was low. They gave him a breathing treatment and he instantly started breathing better. He also had to get a chest xray which came back fine. He just has to continue using a nebulizer for a few more days and will start taking a daily inhailant. For now we are treating it as asthma and in a few weeks will see how things go from there.

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Allie Wrote: Jun 15th, 2010
Ya, Very scary. The Dr said that he was close to being hospitalized when we brought him in.
Myndi Wrote: Jun 4th, 2010
Oh sad! That must have been so awful and scary for you!
Growing Seeds

Posted By: Allie
May 28th, 2010
There are a few spaces of dirt in our back yard that I havn't done anything with, so I've decided just to grow a garden in them for now. Im hoping that soon I can do something more permanent, but havn't decided what i want yet.

I don't want to take on too many plants with this being my first attempt at gardening, so I just chose a few. Roma tomatoes, cucumbers, cantaloupe, and pumpkins. No specific reasons for choosing these, except the pumpkins. I thought it would be fun for the kids to pick their own come halloween.

I'm letting Kaden help out and he has loved it. We planted the seeds and he watered them. I let him choose a seed that could be just for him and planted it in a separate cup. He chose cantaloupe. They started sprouting and he got really excited. He wants to water them all the time and got a bit carried away once and broke his plant. I thought for sure it was a gonner, but it's still growing.

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Some Pictures

Posted By: Allie
May 24th, 2010

Taking pictures of these two together isn't very easy, but they still look cute. Notice Kaden got a haircut? His last one was probably over 6 months ago. I was planning to go for a longer hair look for him, but just couldn't stand it anymore. Plus, it's almost summer so I thought it would just be better short.

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Anyone up for a yummy drink?

Posted By: Allie
May 19th, 2010

When we went to California we came accross a store that sold these Torani flavored syrups and we bought a bunch. When we came home we tried to find a local store that sold them, and when we did find a place, they only sold the flavors we already had or didn't want. We decided just to buy them off the website. They have so many different flavors we couldn't just pick a couple - we picked a ton, maybe went a little over-board even.   . . .ya it was expensive, but i figure they will last a long time (Or maybe not, we will see).

Here are the flavors we have:

Black Cherry
French Vanilla
English Toffee
Blue Raspberry
Cherry Lime
Blood Orange
Chocolate Mint
Mandarine Orange
Passion Fruit
Pink Grapefruit
Pumpkin Pie

Mmmm, can't wait to try them all. In Sprite, lemonade, Hot chocolate, whatever else sounds good.

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Bubble Wrap

Posted By: Allie
May 5th, 2010
We had a package delivered to us earlier this week and the item was wrapped up in this bubble wrap. I gave it to the kids to keep them busy for a bit while I did some housework and they were so intrigued.

Kaden was popping them one by one which was a little slow going, then Kairi started crawling on top of it to pop them, so Kaden must have thought, "hmm, that's much faster, I should do that too".

Then they started fighting over it so I cut it in half and gave one to each. Kairi got bored and went to do other things and Kaden finished his half and asked if he could have Kairi's. So I gave it to him and he popped all the bubbles on it too.

I hope our next package has bubble wrap instead of peanuts.

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Kaden is a Chatterbox

Posted By: Allie
May 4th, 2010
I can't believe 6 months ago we were so worried about his speech. Maybe we are just luckier than most parents whose children are late in speech development. I remember being told "One day he'll start talking, then you wont ever get him to stop". Which at the time I found hard to believe, but it's so true. Kaden is such a fast learner, he catches on so quick. In just a few short months he went from 0 words, to saying 3-4 word sentences, it just amazes me. He's saying new words almost every day and sings along to songs. When we sing twinkle twinkle star, it sounds a lot like he's saying twinkle twinkle little car. Maybe he is, ha ha.

You really have to watch how you phrase things around him now because he will copy everything you say. It can be so cute when you say a big word and he tries to imitate but says it competely wrong. Or when I say a long sentence he will still try to repeat every word I said and will get the words mixed up. I think one of my favorites is when he wants to know where something is, he will say "Where Daddy is?" or "Where yellow truck is?".  . . .It's cute to me anyway. ha ha.

Kairi's starting to pick up on things too, she will say dada and mama on occasion and likes to copy sounds. When she plays with a car she will sometimes make driving sounds, and when she plays with a toy tiger or dinosaur she will say "grrr". She picks up a lot of things from Kaden, I can tell she really likes him.

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Back Home

Posted By: Jared
Apr 29th, 2010
We went on a vacation these past 5 days and got home very very early this morning. What a fun trip, we spent our first night in St. George at Jared's parents' condo. We went bowling which was quite expensive and watched a couple of movies in the awesome theater room. I can't wait to go back there, he he. We left the next morning and stopped in Vegas for a while and walked around, we rode the rollercoaster at the Adventuredome in Circus Circus and went to the Green Valley Ranch Feast Buffet before leaving. If you ever go to Vegas I highly recommend going to this buffet.

Rollercoaster at the Adventuredome

Green Valley Ranch buffet (Feast Buffet)

We stayed in a hotel near Six Flags which wasn't too bad but was quite expensive compared to the Excalibur in Vegas. There was a guy in the room next to us that appeared to be living there, he had two cats that liked to peak out the windows. The first morning there, about 5am, there was a bird outside our room that started chirping, and literally didn't stop until 6am.  The kind of chirping that drives you crazy and you can't sleep through. Just "chirp, chirp, chirp, chirp, chirp", no pauses between chirps, for a whole hour. I could never go back to sleep after it stopped. But anyway. . .

We went to Six Flags that same day, and it was the best! Make note, if you ever want to go to six flags and avoid long lines and wait times, Mondays around April 26th are perfect. We were the VERY FIRST people in the park. The weather and tempurature were perfect and most rides were no more than a few minutes wait. Some rides even let you get right back on when it was over.

The next day we drove to Hollywood to go to The Price Is Right. It was fun, and I'm glad I got to experience the whole thing, but I can't say I'd ever want to do it again. Around 10am, I think, we got to the studio and picked up our ticket for a place in line, then left and went to a few stores and looked around for a while. We had to be back at noon and they started calling people to get in line in the order of when you picked up your ticket. We were pretty close to the beginning of the line. They gave us cards to fill out where you write in something about yourself that might be interesting and they gave you a nametag. We then got our pictures taken went to wait in a different line where we had a short interview with the producer of the show. Afterwhich we went thru security and waited in another line until the show tapeing which was at 4. So the whole line process was 4 hours.

When we went inside to the set, it was smaller than I thought it would be, we got seated on the edge close to the front and got a lot of instruction from the annoucer (Rich Fields). They really encouraged us to chear and clap a lot. Drew  Carey stayed on the set during commercial breaks and talked with everyone. The show itself was a little dissapointing because most of the contestants didnt win the prizes. But you can see for yourself if you decided to watch it, it airs on May 24th.

After the show we started our drive back to Las Vegas, we were originaly going to go back to the hotel by Six Flags, but decided to spend some extra time in Vegas so Jared booked us a room at the Excalibur. Our Next day in Vegas we did A LOT of walking. Well, most of our trip involved a lot of walking, but this day especially. We looked around some of the casinos we'd never been in before and saw the lions at the MGM Grand, we wanted to go on the rides on the top of the stratosphere but it was too windy and we knew they would be closed. We got reservations to see the Tournament of Kings dinner show and that was SO FUN! I'm so glad we decided to spend the extra time to see it.  We played some of the carnival games in the lower level of the Excalibur and went on the Spongebob 4D ride which was VERY fun and would recommend it.

Lion at the MGM

After the show we started our long drive home. I couldn't wait to get back and see my babies in the morning. It was hard leaving them but I was glad for the break as well. Next time we take a trip down to Californie they should be old enough to really enjoy it too.

Edit By Jared - I am putting this under my name because I have added more details and pictures. I also fixed up my avatar which you can see to the left so it looks more like me, well maybe in my teenage years.

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Kairi falling asleep while eating

Posted By: Jared
Apr 20th, 2010
There isnt much else to say, just click on the video and wait for it to show up, then click on play. You can also see this and other videos in the gallery.

Also my avatar to the left does not look like me at all.... My profile was corrupted and I lost my avatar that I made so I had to re do one from scratch and did not want to take the time to make a better one so thats why he looks so ugly. When I have more time then I will make him look better.

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myndi Wrote: Apr 25th, 2010
America's Funniest Home videos? hehe Best video ever! Thanks for sharing!
Jamie Wrote: Apr 22nd, 2010
Ha Ha
Quiet Book Cover

Posted By: Allie
Apr 8th, 2010
I finished up Kaden's cover. I added some snaps so it would stay closed and would be less likely to lose any pieces. I also put a pocket in the back for a small notebook and pen, or whatever else. Right now it has some alphabet flash cards. I just need to get another ring for the middle eyelets and it will be completely finished.

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Easter Sunday

Posted By: Allie
Apr 5th, 2010
We had planned to go to my parents' for Easter, but a few days before, Kaden's lingering cough started sounding a lot worse, so I took him to the Doctor and was told that he had developed pneumonia. I was a little shocked to hear that because he didnt seem that sick, just a bad cough. Good thing we caught it before it had a chance to get worse. So he's been on antibiotics and has been improving greatly, but we decided it was best to stay home for Easter.

We hid their Easter baskets and had the kids look for them, when kaden found his the first thing he noticed of course were the toy cars.  I put some bunny ears on Kairi and she loved wearing them, which I thought was cute. Normaly when I try to get her to wear a headband she just takes it off, but with the ears, if they fell off, she would bring them to me and want me to put them back on.

We dyed eggs in the afternoon and Kaden had a lot of fun helping, he got to choose the colors for his eggs and he colored on them with the crayon and put stickers on them, he was very proud of the ones he did.

Kairi is starting to walk and has taken 4 steps before falling. She can stand by herself for long periods of time also. Right now she likes to get around by "walking" on her knees, which takes longer than crawling, but I think it gives her the same feel as walking so she likes to do it.

When we finished dying the eggs we had an Easter egg hunt with Kaden. He was very quick to find all the eggs and he even tossed other things that looked like eggs into his basket as well, It was cute.

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Kaden's Quiet Book Pages

Posted By: Jared
Mar 26th, 2010
I have finished the pages for Kaden's quiet book, I just love how they turned out. It took a lot of work but I really enjoyed doing it. Once all the individual pages were done I sewed them together back to back lining the edges with bias tape. I punched out holes and set eyelets so the pages could be held together with rings. All that's left to do is make a cover.

Some of the pages have already been posted, but i'll post them again to show the end product. Page 1 is the barn with animal finger puppets.

Page 2 is one of my favorites. It has a robot with elastic arms that stretch when you pull them. Also the hands each have magnets in them so the clamps can hold onto things. And there is a zipper pocket for putting things in, I put a treat in there for Kaden to have next time he peeks inside.

Page 3 has the car and truck with interchangeable tires. Kaden loves this page.

Page 4 with the teddy bear and bow.

Page 5 has a rocket ship that goes up and down.

Page 6 & 7 have a town with roads for his hotwheels car to drive on. There is a pocket to store a car. He loves this page too.

Page 8 has the Autumn leaves. I think this is Kaden's favorite right now, he loves to pull off the leaves and put them in the bag and close it.

Page 9 is an island with a treasure chest that has a lock. The key is hidden behind a rock and it opens to reveal gold coins and an eye patch and earing. The compass is attatched with velcro so he can play with it.

And page 10 has a snowman that can be dressed up with different accessories.

I would love to read comments/suggestions anyone has. :) I'll probably start making Kairi's soon. Well. . . maybe i'll take a break for a while.

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myndi Wrote: Mar 31st, 2010
These are so cool! I love the robot you came up with. An obvious choice for Kairi is dressing up a doll, like the snowman. You could do flowers with different petals you can velcro on, kinda like the tree leaves. or change the center of the flowers with buttons like the car wheels.
Some Cute Pictures

Posted By: Allie
Mar 21st, 2010

Kairi was supposed to be taking a nap, I heard some noise from her room and went to check on her and Kaden had climbed into her crib to play with her.

Kaden loves to be in our bed. Sometimes when we are having quiet time he will get tired and crawl into our bed to take a nap. He looks so cozy.

I had put a movie on in the playroom for Kaden to watch, and he got tired and fell asleep in the chair.

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Korker Ribbon

Posted By: Allie
Mar 20th, 2010
I needed a hair clip to go with Kairi's watermelon outfits so I made one using this Korker ribbon, as they call it. To do this you will need some dowels, clothespins, and of course ribbon. The size of dowel used depends on the size of ribbon, for a 3/8” Grosgrain ribbon you would use a 1/4" dowel. You can also use other types of ribbon but for this I just used Grosgrain.

Preheat your oven to 275.
Start by securing the ribbon to the top of the dowel with the clothespin and twist it all the way down and securing the bottom with another clothspin.
Place dowels on cookie sheet and bake for 20-25 min.

Let dowels cool a bit and unwind the ribbon.

And there you have it. Pretty simple. There are different ways to make a bow, for the one I made I cut two 3" lengths of each color. I then straightened them out and alternating right side in / right side out I layered them on top of each other and secured them with some thread.

And then attached it to the clip with another strip of ribbon.

And here is my finished bow.

If you found my instructions a little confusing,

HERE is the tutorial I used.

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Jamie Wrote: Mar 26th, 2010
So cute. How funny, I just made some of these!
This girl will fall asleep anywhere.

Posted By: Allie
Mar 5th, 2010
It was so cute I just had to post about it. We were all eating lunch and Kaden finished so I cleaned him up and went to dish up some more for Kairi, one second she was awake and the next she was basically knocked out.

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Jared Wrote: Mar 6th, 2010
ha ha that is cute! I wish that I was home more often to see these things
Teddy Bear Page

Posted By: Allie
Mar 5th, 2010
I started up on the quiet book again and finished this page in an afternoon. The purpose of this page is for learning to tie a bow, I feel now that I should have used a thinner ribbon, maybe I can replace that later. Also the head looks a little small to me, but I wont re-do it. I sacrificed a stuffed bear that the kids don't play with so it would have the same teddy bear look and not just be fabric. I think he's pretty cute.

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Posted By: Allie
Feb 24th, 2010
I can't wait for Kairi's hair to get longer. I did my first attempt at pig tails this morning and she is adorable! I think it makes her look a little more grown up.

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myndi Wrote: Mar 3rd, 2010
how cute! They have so many cute bows and headbands these days!
Oreo Truffles

Posted By: Allie
Feb 22nd, 2010

I've had a couple requests for this recipe so here it is.

1 (16oz) pkg Oreo cookies, divided
1 (8oz) pkg Cream Cheese, softened
2 (8oz) pkgs Baker's Semi-Sweet Chocolate, melted

Crush 9 of the cookies to fine crumbs in food processor; reserve for later use. (Cookies can also be finely crushed in a resealable plastic bag using a rolling pin.) Crush remaining 36 cookies to fine crumbs; place in medium bowl. Add cream cheese; mix until well blended. Roll cookie mixture into 42 balls, about 1-inch in diameter.

Dip balls in chocolate; place on wax paper-covered baking sheet. (Any leftover chocolate can be stored at room temperature for another use.) Sprinkle with reserved cookie crumbs.

Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Store leftover truffles, covered, in refrigerator.

* It helped to refrigerate the mixture for an hour before rolling into balls.

If you want to know how to make them look like cupcakes as I did you can view Bakerella's tutorial
HERE. I loved the idea of cupcake bites, but I'm not a big fan of mashed up cake mixed with frosting so I tried to find an alternative and I think these truffles worked.

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myndi Wrote: Mar 3rd, 2010
These were much better than cake bites
Cupcake Birthday Party

Posted By: Allie
Feb 22nd, 2010
We had Kairi's birthday party yesterday, I chose to do a cupcake theme and had a couple different treats and made cupcakes of course. The kids played bingo and everyone got to win a prize. When we gave Kairi her cupcake she examined it for a while and tasted the frosting but decided she didn't much care for it.

Mashmallow Pops and Cupcake Oreo Truffles

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heather Wrote: Mar 13th, 2010
that party was so cute! YOu are so creative and have he cutest ideas! i wish we lived closer...Kairi is getting so big
Jamie Wrote: Mar 9th, 2010
My kids loved the cookies that you gave them. Everything was so cute. Good job, you are a cute mom.
myndi Wrote: Mar 3rd, 2010
Everything was so cute, you did such a great job. I love how creative you are. We had a great time. Thanks for inviting us!
My Little Girl Is 1 Today

Posted By: Allie
Feb 17th, 2010
Baby Kairi is one today, it feels like it came two months too early. I don't think I'm ready to leave all things baby behind, Jared and I planned on only having 2 children and I don't think I could handle the stress of another one anyway, but I wish I could hold onto the first year just a little bit longer. There are so many things I'm going to miss. . . and not miss.

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Jamie Wrote: Feb 17th, 2010
I know that is how I feel as every month goes by getting me further away from the baby stage and closer to my children growing and being gone. :( It goes by way to fast.
5 Petal Crocheted Flower

Posted By: Allie
Feb 15th, 2010
One of my newest hobbies is crochet, not so much recently, but it does get addicting. There are so many free patterns you can find online and a lot of them are really simple, you just need to know the basic crochet stitches (you-tube helps a lot with video tutorials). This is a pattern for the flower that got me started with the hobby. I thought it would make a cute hair clip for Kairi so I looked up how to do the basic stitches and with a little practice it became very easy. This is a card I made using the flower as an embelishment.

These are the basic stitches in the pattern and their abbreviations:

Ch = Chain
st = stitch
sl st = slip stitch
dc = double crochet

5 Petal Flower Pattern

Any size hook (depending on what size flower you want, I generally use a size G hook)
Any weight yarn

Rnd 1: Ch 5, join into a ring w/sl st in first ch.
Rnd 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), work 9dc into ring, join to top of ch w/sl st. (10 sts total)
Rnd 3: **Ch 2, work 3dc in next st, ch 2 sl st in next st** five times. Fasten off.

For a different color center, try changing yarn colors after round 2. Experiment with different weight yarns and hook sizes. To layer a slightly smaller flower on top, go down one hook size from larger flower.

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Silly Faces

Posted By: Allie
Feb 12th, 2010

I put some flavored chapstick on Kairi and she wouldn't stop licking her lips.

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myndi Wrote: Feb 12th, 2010
Thats cute. that was so funny when Kaden was playing with your chapstick
Peanut Butter & Jam Bars

Posted By: Allie
Feb 5th, 2010
These are yummy, I think they are a bit like putting a layer of jam between two peanut butter cookies. Just a side note: The glaze made a lot, but dont put all of it onto the bars like I did, just drizzle it on top and toss the rest.

½ C sugar
½ C brown sugar
½ C shortening
½ C creamy peanut butter
1 large egg
1 tsp  vanilla
1 1/4 C flour
3/4 t baking soda
½ tsp baking powder
3/4 C strawberry or raspberry jam

1/4 C real butter, melted
2 C powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 T hot water

Cream shortening and both sugars together until light and fluffy. Mix in peanut butter.  Mix in egg and vanilla.  Add remaining dry ingredients.  Mix well. Reserve one cup of the dough for later use.  Take the remaining dough and press it into the bottom of an ungreased 9x13 pan.  Spread jam evenly over the dough. Take the reserved 1 C of dough and use it to cover the jam layer.  Take small pieces and press them with your fingers to create flat little piece of dough to lay on top or you can also crumble it.  Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes.  The top should be set and just barely golden brown. Place on rack and cool completely.  Mix all glaze ingredients together and whisk until smooth.  Spread over cooled bars.  Let glaze set a bit to harden and then slice bars into squares or triangles.

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Peanut Butter Crispy Treats

Posted By: Allie
Feb 5th, 2010
AKA Chocolate Scotcheroos. This is a recipe we got from Jared's sister Jamie and they are soo chewy and yummy, I just want to eat the whole pan when I make them. Next time I'd like to try making them with cocoa rice crispies.

1  C Light Corn Syrup
1  C sugar
1  C creamy peanut butter
6  C crispy rice cereal
1  C semi-sweet chocolate chips
1  C butterscotch chips

Place corn syrup and sugar into saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until sugar dissolves and comes to light boil. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter. Mix well. Add cereal. Stir until well coated. Press mixture into 9x13 pan coated with cooking spray. Set aside. Melt chocolate and butterscotch chips together in saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly. Spread evenly over cereal mixture. Let stand until firm. Cut into bars when cool.

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Jared Wrote: Feb 6th, 2010
This is one of my favorite treats!
myndi Wrote: Feb 6th, 2010
these look sooooo good!
Sound Sleeper

Posted By: Allie
Feb 5th, 2010

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Allie Wrote: Feb 12th, 2010
Ya, she didn't look comfortable so I took the pics and then moved her. I don't think she would have slept long if I left her that way.
myndi Wrote: Feb 6th, 2010
I remember the picture when kaden got stuck. how sad, but she's still sleeping so must be that uncomfortable.
Heart Happy

Posted By: Allie
Feb 5th, 2010
I know how Jared feels about spending money to buy decorations, so I usually try to be as thrifty as I can, especially with holiday decorations since they are only out for a few weeks. I decided to get creative and see what I could do for Valentines Day. I'm pretty happy with what I came up with, condsidering I only spent $2 for fabric and everything else I already had.

This first one was made from some scrap wood from finishing our basement which I spray painted pink. Using my cricut I cut out 'Valentine' in red vinyl and applied it to the wood. I then drilled some holes in the top and stuck in some wooden skewers. And I sewed some hearts with the fabric to put on top of the skewers.

This next one I just cut out the heart and wings with fabric and sewed them in place and put it in this cute frame.

I had another one in mind but have not yet finished it. We'll see if I get around to it.

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myndi Wrote: Feb 6th, 2010
wow, you are crafty! I love what you did. and for so cheap? thats awesome
Another year gone by

Posted By: Allie
Jan 1st, 2010

2009 went by so fast. A few highlights of 2009: Having a beautiful baby girl, finishing our basement (except for the bathroom), and getting Kaden to say his first real words (his vocabulary is expanding every day now!). A few goals for 2010: Getting Kaden to say certain sounds and speak in short sentences, build a fence around our yard, build up our savings account. As for personal goals, I'd like spend more time with the kids and my husband, go to church more often and work towards going to the temple, try not to loose my temper as much, and I'd like to cook more.

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