Thursday, April 28, 2011


We had a crazy Easter weekend.  Shocker, I know.  Every weekend seems to be crazy.  We're actually looking forward to NOT going ANYWHERE this weekend.  It's going to be nice!

We did our Egg hunt and Easter Baskets on Saturday, since Sunday was going to be crazy busy.   It was lots of fun!  Tryn was so helpful with the easter eggs. 

 She would pick one for her basket, then go find one for Martin's basket, and then one for Daddy.  All the green ones were for Dad.  

 And she filled her basket up FULL!

 Martin just liked holding the eggs.  And the dropping them.  In buckets of water.

 But he was sure happy!
 On Sunday morning, we got up early and drove up north for the blessing of Seth and Kiera's new baby girl.  And of course, didn't get any pictures of her.  She's super cute though, with lots of dark curly hair!

They had a yummy brunch for us, and then a huge easter egg hunt for the kids.  I say huge, because 1/2 the kids left before it happened, so it was mainly Katryn, Kyla, and Bryce doing the hunting.  Katryn loves to do everything Kyla does, and is like her shadow when they're together!

 She actually had so many eggs in her bag, that she was dragging it behind her!

 And it was windy, so Martin and I were making faces to keep the wind out of our eyes.

 Then we went to Grandma W's house and had ANOTHER easter egg hunt!!  Katryn was the only one hunting for eggs, and she had fun!

 Even found a pinecone (or two, or three. . .) to put in her basket.

And THEN we went had an dinner with Matt's parents, and had a birthday party for him, with his favorite cake--wacky cake.  (recipe will be on my recipe blog soon!  or if you have the World Wide Ward Cookbook--mom's best, it's in there!)

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Worldwide Ward Cookbook

Last Mother Days, I gave my mother, and my mother in law a copy of The Worldwide Ward cookbook because I had 3 recipes published in it.  Each recipe was special--1 for my mother in law, about Matt's favorite recipe, 1 for my mother, with one of my favorite recipe of hers, and 1 for my mother in law from her grandkids, with her famous wacky cake recipe. 

I have almost all those cookbooks, and I love flipping through them, and reading stories about members of the LDS church throughout the world, reading about how much this recipe means to them, seeing a little glimpse into others lives. 

(side-note: the only thing I DON'T like about the Mom's Best cookbook, is they spelled my name wrong.  My first recipes in print, and my last name is spelled wrong!  Although matt says that's what I get for marrying him, my last name will never be spelled or pronounced correctly)

ANYWAY, their blog is having a GIVEAWAY!!  I really want the new cookbook, Family Secrets, but i can't justify the expense, so I'm hoping to win a copy!  This post is my 'official' entry.  Go check out their blog, or facebook page for the details if you want to enter too!

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Gardens and Homeschool

Spring is supposed to be coming.  The snow coming down outside is NOT convincing me.  However, I'm getting my garden started.  I've built my first box, and I've got it filled up (lots of manure!  woot!).  It's going to be my herb box.  I also ordered some seeds for the herb box, and the garden/veggie box (that hasn't been built yet!) that will hopefully be here soon as well. 

Katryn helped me pick what was going in the garden, and she's very excited about everything.  When we see something that we have planned for our garden, I tell her and she get so excited about it, it's going to be an awesome gardening year!
In anticipation, and hope that she'll continue to love the garden all year, I picked some garden things for her easter basket.  The little shovel and trowel are from hobby lobby (99cents!!) and the mini garden from Bed Bath And Beyond.

Now we'll just wait for our seeds to show up, so we can plant them!!

While blog-hopping yesterday, looking for preschool ideas to teach katryn, I stumbled upon this site: Homeschool Creations (I found it through Confessions Of A Homeschooler), and I found their preschool packs.  This is what I've been looking for!  They're already colored in, and cover an entire topic with learning activities and skills!  It's awesome! 

I went crazy printing. 

After I printed the Garden Pack, the Transportation Pack, and the Medical Pack, I thought to myself "Man, these would last a LOT longer if I had read the instructions and printed them on cardstock."  So i decided to make as many of these into file folder games as i can.  And then they are harder for me to loose as well. 

I'll be laminated them all anyway, and then we can use them for Martin and any other kids in our family. 

It's funny to me, out 1 little thing can get me so excited to start teaching Katryn.  I've played around with the idea of homeschool for about 2 years now, and it's still something I'm seriously considering.  Matt always talked about how he didn't learn anything in school, that he hadn't already learned at home from his parents.  If our kids do go to school, I want them to feel like that too. 

So we're starting home preschool.  We'll loosely be basing it on the Letter Of Week concept (google it, it's everywhere!!) where we cover 1 letter/theme a week.  For example: Week #1 will be A, for Ants.  We'll talk about the letter A, find things that start with that letter, trace that letter, talk about ants, color and count ants.  Etc, and etc. 

I think I'll break it up every once in a while with these preschool packs, and see what else I can find similar to them. 

(Linking this up to HomeSchool Village Garden Challenge)