Sunday, August 31, 2008


I don't like the way my hair is cut. The front is cute - but the back won't cooperate. So....I am getting it re-cut on Tuesday. Since I don't have the hair to work with I had the first time around...I will go shorter. This is the haircut of choice this time.
This time I am going to the person who normally cuts my hair. Which I should have done in the first place.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

The potatoes are finished!

These can be turned into.....
These! I am so excited! This is my new experiment this summer. I always try to can something new each year. I am really glad for these potatoes and all the stuff I can use them in! For instructions click on the link....

Mad scientist.....

Today I am going to be the mad scientist...Mwaaahaaahaaaaa! (rolling hands gleefully together) Actually - we had a good crop of red potatoes from our barrells we did and I am going to experiment with canning them. We won't be able to eat them all before they start shrivelling - so am thinking in longterm storage. I can use the canned potatoes for chowders, stews, soups, casseroles, hashbrowns - maybe even be able to mash them! I can hardly wait!

Last night we had an awesome time visiting with fellow cubscout families at our end of summer hotdog roast. We had about 35-40 people. Our friends have a really nice fire-pit so we did it at their house. We didn't get rained on - even though the sky threatened rain. The kids had a blast, got nice and dirty, came home for showers and crashed for the night. I love cubscouts.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Busy as a bee...

I feel like I am the ants in the story of the Ants and the Grasshopper. I got up really early and took the chicken stock out of the fridge I had started yesterday. I did 6 quarts of stock with chicken and 3 quarts and 5 pints of just chicken stock. Today I also did 1 quart and 4 pints of green beans from the garden.
With school starting next week - I like to get a jumpstart on having things ready. Today I made a double batch of french bread - see recipe blog - and sliced it for sandwiches. I like to add some meat and cheese - put the sandwiches in sandwich bags and put in the freezer. This does look like a lot of sandwiches - but in all likely hood would be enough for 3 maybe 4 different lunches. There are 4 lunch takers again this year. Next year there will be 5 lunch takers.
This is the story of my day. It's been a long one. I am tired.

A couple of boys and favorite flowers from the garden.

Our two oldest. Donovan and Christopher are almost as tall as me! It won't be long before they pass me by. :(
I love zinnias. This one is in the garden. A bumblebee working hard in the pollen.
I don't know what these are - they are on the back steps. They start out a deep purple, turn to this pretty orangeish/reddish then almost white. I like looking at them.
Another zinnia. This is in the little flower patch I made near the house.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Of potatoes, pears and onions....

Our red potatoes are ready! We did the potato barrell follow along in the Gardening Forum on It was very insightful and we are pleased with what we grew. Next year we will move to the garden and grow a couple different types.
By the looks of it - our onions are also ready! We will wait a while longer though before harvesting.
Our pear tree is loaded. This one was the only one on the ground. That means it's getting close to picking! Probably Monday I will have long arm Russell go out and help me. :)
This has also been a busy baking day. I did a double batch of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and a double batch of zucchini bread. Then I did a batch of banana bread. School starts next week and I like to have these already in little bags in the freezer. Then it's just grab and go in the mornings if I forget to make lunches the night before.
Tomorrow I will finish the chicken stock I started today. It has to sit in the fridge overnight so the fat conglomerates at the top and solidifies. I will can chicken stock and some jars with chicken and stock for the days people are sick and need chicken soup.
I love my job.

Monday, August 25, 2008


We took the boys to see this movie tonight. They really, really liked it. It was a fun family night. :)


We turned in Nephi's burdensome wheelchair for a pair of these today! He was super wobbly on them at first but over the course of the past couple hours is almost a pro!
If Nephi wasn't Michael's best friend before - he is now! He likes to "steal" Nephi's crutches and pretend HIS leg is broken.

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Haircuts and choosing....

These two pics I have set aside for a haircut for myself for tomorrow. I really, really like the first one. What is your opinion?

Saturday, August 23, 2008

waking up....hour after hour after hour....

Nephi was doing so good for a couple of nights. Last night he woke up an hour after I went to bed. I got up to help him. A couple hours later he woke up again because his leg (in the cast) was itching. I had him come to our room and sleep in a comfy sleeping bag and I laid down beside him so I could rub his back and both of us fall back asleep. About an hour later Russell woke up and woke me up to come back to bed. About 2 hours later Nephi woke up again because his leg was itching again. Then it was time to get up to take Donovan at 5:30 a.m. to his scoutmaster's house. There was a make up 50 mile bike hike this morning for boys who couldn't go last Saturday. Donovan wanted to go for fun. I came home at 6 a.m. and looked online for a bit for a new hairstyle. I am getting my hair cut Monday morning and I am excited! I fell asleep on the couch about 6:45 a.m. for a couple of hours. I would still be asleep except Christopher was yelling at Michael about something he thought Michael should be doing.

How was your sleep last night?

Thursday, August 21, 2008

I love this time of year....

because I can preserve food for my family for the upcoming year. Today I canned tuna fish. I got 25 lbs of tuna fillets today.

These +
Tuna fillets =
60 half pints and 1 pint canned tuna! Only 36 are pictured here. This was the first batch. The rest are in the canner when the picture was taken.

It was a good day. A very good day.

Hey everyone! Look who came home last night! :) This pic was actually taken this morning while he was eating breakfast. Russell has been gone since 29 July to Yakima, WA and Boise, ID doing stuff with the Oregon Army National Guard. He still has stuff to do during the day at the armory today thru Sunday but he will be home in the evenings now. Yay!

Making Peach Freezer Jam. Michael is my helper. Michael loves mixing. Well really he loves anything in the kitchen he can get his hands on. He is master egg fryer (his favorite breakfast by the way) and bread toaster. Yesterday though he did discover the having only 2 eggs for breakfast and nothing else leaves an empty tummy the rest of the morning.
Announcing Nephi the leg breaker! Actually he is sitting sort of on the chest yelling noises into a plastic tube that goes with his pirate ship. He even slept through the night last night. No noises - no nothing. Why couldn't he do that when Russell was gone? Inquiring minds (mine really) need to know!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Michael's words of wisdom....

Michael: "Mom - how many more days until school starts?"

Me: "14 days Michael. Why?"

Michael: "I hate school. I don't want to go to school. I don't like my teacher."

Me: "Why would you say that Michael?"

I LOVE the thought process he goes through......just make sure you aren't drinking anything while you read his reply.......

Michael: "Because when I go to school it interrupts my play time. I NEED to play ALL day."

One of my most favorite quiet spots....

is in our garden. I was out picking green beans today. They are planted inbetween rows of corn. I was squatting down picking beans when I realized the corn was tall enough to hide me. From the boys. It was great! :) It was nice and quiet and peaceful.

Oh look. A little baby corn is growing. How cute is that! I love watching the garden plants change. It always amazes me that they know how to grow from a seed to be able to produce food for people/animals to eat. Our corn. It's tall enough to hide in now. (I will have to keep this in mind the next time we play outside hide and go seek. )
My little flower patch with a zucchini plant thrown in for good measure. Actually - I don't even know how the zucchini seed got there. It must have been in with the flower seeds. The seeds were leftover from when I was helping cub scouts make milk jug planters back in May. I bet the seeds got mixed up. That's okay though. It just makes everything more interesting - that's all.

A crazy canning day in Candace's kitchen!

Between last night and this morning I did................
33 quarts and 2 pints of peaches...... AND
7 pints of green beans today.
Not pictured is the 5 or so additional cups of shelled peas in our freezer.
It's been a busy day. I am exhausted!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Beautiful bountiful blueberries, blueberries, blue blue blueberries and bonks...

Yesterday I went back to Fred Meyers as their blueberries were $3.98 for a 2 lb box. They were great quality so I bought 4 boxes. I canned all of them and I now have 40 half pints to add to our food storage for the next year! We only use these canned ones for blueberry muffins though. Which we like a lot.
Well - Nephi may have a broken leg but he certainly hasn't lost his throwing abilities. He got mad at Michael and threw a toy at his face giving Michael a split lip. Hmmmm. Some days I wish I had a room that was padded I could toss them in and throw away the key.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Today's accomplishment....

I did 8 half pints of blueberries today. Yes - they can be canned! We use them only for blueberry muffins. I have enough jars here to do 8 batches of muffins now! :)

Next we will work with this...
I have been saving strawberries we have grown most of the summer now. I kept them in the freezer. After seeing I had enough - I made.....
Strawberry freezer jam! Please pass the bread please!

I also cleaned out the big freezer. I have no idea what is for dinner because the containers sitting on the counter are frozen and unrecognizable. I am bad when it comes to labeling. I don't.

I also shredded about 4 1/2 cups of zucchini today. This will come in handy for zucchini bread and other yummy foods that shredded zucchini can be added to.


Some people have commented that Nephi didn't get a glow in the dark cast as promised. He really did get one. It just doesn't glow in the day. I will have to get a picture. Maybe in the closet or something. :)

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Shelling peas and snapping beans...

We had a productive produce day from the garden. :) This afternoon we shelled peas and snapped beans.
Nephi is helping me shell peas. He loves doing this. Really. I promise.
I don't remember the variety of peas I bought but they all have a high yield like this!
Christopher likes to help too.
Nephi likes to eat the peas while he is shelling.
The end product. We did good today. Our freezer will be so pleased!
Now moving on to the beans. Get crackin' and start snappin'.
Nephi loves this job too. I had to go take care of something and he took care of the bean snapping for me.
I saw that! (Michael didn't help shell peas. He just likes to sneak in and eat them.)
The beans are all done. I canned 2 pints today and 2 pints on Monday. I realize that doesn't seem like anything - but you know what - all these little jars I do eventually add up. There are tons of blossoms out there on my beans so I am hopeful we will have a good crop.

Nephi's cast is now showing...

Nephi's cast is now on display until September 9th. Get your tickets now! :)

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Shoe sizes and body aches....

We have two boys in mens' shoe sizes now. Our 12 year old and almost 11 year old are now wearing men's 8 1/2 shoe sizes! Our 7 year old is not far behind. He is into the big boys' size 5. That just jumped school shoe shopping up A LOT! (I dare you to say school shoe shopping 5 times fast.)

My body hurts. My whole abdomen area hurts, my back hurts, my arms hurt. From moving Nephi around. I can't wait for Russell to come home to help with the moving part. I keep praying for the strength I need to move this broken leg boy around but end up feeling like I have a few hernias in the making. (I've already had my share of those.) Maybe in four more weeks little squirt will be able to put weight on his leg. Right now that phase of leg healing is out of the question. Spiral fractures take a long time to heal.

Straight from Michael's mouth....

Michael cracks me up. He has his own style and his own way with words. Yesterday morning we got school shoes for the boys. I told them they could wear them to Grandpa and Grandma's house if they wanted. Michael said "Mom! You copied my brain!" He cracks me up.

Time flys....

The past couple of days have been a whirlwind of going here/going there. Nephi got a full leg cast put on yesterday. Then we spent last night and this morning with Mom and Dad Z. and Aunt Carrie today. The boys had fun playing with cousins. Grandpa made Nephi a little go-cart type thing for using inside. I can't keep hauling the wheelchair in and out. It's way too heavy. At any rate - I will post pics later. I forgot the camera at Nephi's appointment yesterday and am too tired to do anything about pictures today. Nephi still hasn't slept through the night since he broke his leg. I am really hoping he can tonight. I need sleep. I haven't felt this sleep deprived since the boys were babies and either sick or nursing or in some cases - both.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Peeking in on a child's thoughts....

I love the fact that Donovan has a blog now. He is a quiet kid and now I can peek at what he is thinking/wanting to do. I told him I would be checking on it here and there to see what he is up to.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

From the mouths of little boys....

From my Michael.....
"I'm a lucky man."

Me: "Why's that?"

Michael: "Because tomorrow when I do my chore - I only have two things to pick. Yep - I'm a lucky man."

From my Nephi.....
Last week BEFORE he broke his leg - while we waited for extended family to come visit....

Michael: "Mom - when are Grandpa and Grandma coming?"

Me: "In a little while."

Nephi: (I LOVE this comment.) "A little while is HALF of a while."

Skooching (is that a word?) around the floor...

Nephi is not happy with me as the wheelchair we rented is too heavy to heave in and out of the house all the time. I have decided to let it stay in the car for when we need it out and about. I told Nephi today I was putting him on the floor. If he wanted to go anywhere - he could skootch there on his bummy.

I wonder how much stuff he could actually carry. Hmmm......
He's actually pretty darn fast getting around this way.
The magnetic pull to be with his brothers playing is just too great.............

The newest blogger in the family....

I would like to introduce Donovan as the newest blogger in the family. Welcome Donovan! I just love it when kids find blogging as addictive as I do. Mwaaahaaahaaa. (Mom with evil grin rubbing hands moment.) lol

Friday, August 8, 2008

A visit to the Tillamook County Fair

We've lived in Tillamook for 3 years now. This is the first year we've gone to the county fair. It was a lot of fun - we saw quite a few people we knew - and the kids all had a great time. Thanks for treating us Grandpa and Grandma!
Right in the center is Nathaniel - my nephew in the bumper cars.
Michael is on the same ride wearing orange.
Nephi is a lot disappointed he can't go on any ride.
This is the first time Nephi ever had cotton candy. Does he lead a deprived life or what?

Christopher eating his cotton candy.
This is also Michael's first time having cotton candy. He really likes it too!
Nathaniel opted for a drink instead. Hi Nate!
Hi Mom!
Hi Dad!
Michael, Candace and Nephi.
Corn dogs and french fries and soda pop make a good dinner on rare occasions. At the fair is one of those times. Those fries were so thick and tasty.
Eating corn dogs is fun to do! (Nephi did get the royalty treatment from some of those game side show people. On the house games. That partly got him the turtle he is holding. I forked over some funds and so did Grandpa to get this prize.) Boy those people are sneaky. Now I remember why I avoid them at all costs.
This and the next three pictures are from the magician's show. Raphael my nephew got to go up and be a "helper" with the double guillotine.

Hop on in Raphie. It won't hurt a bit. Really.
Oh no! He's still alive! Just kidding.
Christopher petting the goats.
Nephi petting the goats.
Michael playing a baseball game at the TLC booth.

I just love this picture! The's the place to be!

I just love this picture!  The's the place to be!
I think this was in 2004. It was Nephi's first trip to the beach. The boys were all so little! My have they grown.

Meet the Parents...Russell and Candace

Meet the Parents...Russell and Candace
It all started for us when Russell left for Cape Town South Africa on a mission. Candace felt inspired to write him - so she did! We wrote for 3 1/2 years. Candace came home from her mission to the Texas Houston East Mission and we dated for 5 months. We married in July 1994 and have been happy ever after!

Son 1...Donovan

Son 1...Donovan
Our 14 year old boy scouter, 50 miler bike rider, cartoon drawer, computer gamer, book reader, clarinet player, babysitter, 8th grader boy!

Son 2...Christopher

Son 2...Christopher
Our 13 year old, boy scouter, harry potter computer gamer, lego creator, imaginator, book reader, 6th grader boy!

Son 3...Michael

Son 3...Michael
Our 9 1/2 year old drama king, perfectionist (I wonder if he gets that from mom? lol), drawer of many things, 3rd grader boy!

Son 4...Nephi

Son 4...Nephi
Our8 year old keeper of surprises, leg breaker, book listener, lego creator, music enjoyer, 1st grader boy!