Saturday, February 26, 2011


Todd had the ladder out to change some burnt out light bulbs in the house.  He decided to take the opportunity to wash the splatter of "who knows what" off the ceiling that has been there for several years.  No one seems to know how it got there.  It's a 10 foot ceiling.  How do spots and splatters get up there?

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sweetheart Ball

Thomas and Lizzi

Unexpected Expense

Our water pump burned out yesterday,  the water pump that is down 200 feet in the well.  It was right in the middle of someone's shower, of coarse.  And now, $1,600 later, we have water again.  Ouch!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Four Favorites for Friday

Four favorite things that are a part of our home . . . 

In the master bathroom linen closet there is this wonderful little outlet.  It's such a small little thing.  This is where we charge our cell phones instead of out on the counter.

I love this front door.  It is a huge 4 foot by 8 foot beautiful wood door.  I still smile almost every time I look at it.

This little tiny button is rarely seen.  Attached to the frame of the pantry door is a switch that turns the pantry light on every time you open the door and turns the light off every time you close it.

No, it's not this faucet that is one of my favorites.  It's what is a part of the plumbing underneath . . . a circulating hot water heater.  Wherever you are in the house, when you turn on the hot water, within about 2 seconds, you have hot water. 

Egg Molds

Have you ever seen these?  I came across my egg molds this morning.  They are a little tricky.  First you hard boil some eggs, peel them while they are still hot, shove the egg into the mold, and then drop the whole thing into some ice water.  One of the tricky parts for me was having fresh eggs.  The older an egg is, the easier it is to peel.  The other tricky part is getting the right size egg.  If the egg is too small, it doesn't fill up the whole mold.  If the egg is too big, it is hard to close the mold and egg whites shoot out the sides.

All in all, the kids think they are fun and it only takes a few extra seconds to throw the egg into the mold since you are peeling it already anyway.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Oreo Truffles

One of my favorite blogs to get great recipes from is Your Homebased Mom.  I am frequently printing off her recipes and putting them in my "recipes to try" pile.  These Oreo Truffles have been in the pile for a little while.  Don't they look like little balls of dirt?  They don't taste like dirt!  All you need is a package of regular Oreos, a package of cream cheese, and about 15 minutes.  Check out Your Homebased Mom's recipe here.

Eggs Again

The ladies are giving us eggs again.  They ended their winter hiatus about a month ago.  Love the colors!  We are getting 3 to 4 eggs a day.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

We didn't do much to celebrate Valentine's Day this year, so at the last minute I decided to fluff up the dinner table a little.  The kids loved it.  It just might have to become a tradition.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Mrs. Idaho

Here are some pictures of our beautiful daughter in the Mrs. Idaho pageant.

Hopefully Kimberly doesn't mind me posting this picture.  Can you believe she had a baby only 4 months ago?!

Kim received 3 trophies which included the most community service and Mrs. Congeniality. 

Friday, February 11, 2011

Valentine's Dinner at the High School

Kimberly, Travis, and Allie joined us for the Valentine dinner at the high school.

Notice how that cute little girl seems to be in all of the pictures . . . 
We were serenaded by all the Varsity choirs.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Chalkboard Change

I am so ready for spring!  How about you?