Monday, September 29, 2008

Sunday evening we went up to the canyon with good friends of ours, The Roberts family, both the Parsons family, and the Rollins family for a great time. It was great enjoying each others company, the beautiful leaves, and the awesome food. Thanks everyone for coming and having a good time.

the leaves were amazing up there!

Tad, Becky, & Kendi Rollins

Jenn, Brylee, Kendi, Becky, Brax, Linsey, Stacey, & Porter

Josh, Tad, Reggie, & Trayl

Josey and Jenn

What a goof!

Stockton & Brynlee had sooo much fun! they were sliding down the hill on their bums!

getting the fire going! Brax, Port, Lance, & Josh

Reggie & Trayl

me & Brylee

the boys were excited to finally get the fire going

I'm at it again....

yep, that's right, I'm bottling! This time I done tomato juice. I only done 14 quarts, because I started late and we were planning on going to dinner with some friends on Saturday night, so I didn't want to still be doing them when it was time to go, so I opted for less and figured since there are more tomatoes that need to be picked, I would do more later this week. I was lucky enough to have Josh home, so he was so kind and helped me with it. thanks so much hon, I really appreciate it & love you for it :) We also had lots of help from the kids, which turned out fun cause we were all helping and having good family time!

all the mixins cooking away
Porter said he was in charge of stirring the pot
I had to help a little (making sure it wasn't burning on bottom):)
Can you tell she was a big help?!
both boys were in charge of getting the "leftovers" and putting it in a seperate bowl

the finished product. sure does feel good to get something like this done.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

PeAcHEs, pEaChEs, & mOre PeaCHeS

so as I mentioned in the previous blog, I have been a busy little bee bottling peaches. I spent pretty much all day Saturday working away at my messy project. My mom came over Friday night to show me how to do it, then came over Saturday morning with my sis Chelsee to bring me more jars, and helped a little more. My sis Jamilee stopped bylater and helped a bit before heading off to get Ledger. I managed to bottle 42 quarts of peaches, but with 2 jars breaking (oh that makes me sooo mad) I ended up with a grand total of 40 quarts! Can you believe it?! my first time doing this and I done that many. I think I have turned into quite the little betty crocker, if I do say so myself!! :) of course at the time, I didnt even think to take pics, maybe it was because I had no time to think of that! so I took a couple pics of my great accomplishment afterwards! next up....freezer jam (which I already know how to do, so it won't be too tough)

Friday, September 19, 2008


to bring you HUNTING season!! That's right the season of hunts are starting. Josh has been putting in for Bull Elk for the past 13 years! and finally drew this year. so you know, there has to be a scouting camping trip before the BIG hunt even begins. so I am a widow with 3 kids starting today and ending um....who knows when! :) I guess when he gets "THE BIG ONE" so while he is off having a great old time, I am slaving away in my kitchen bottling peaches! I started a little late tonight, so I only got 14 quarts done, which I am getting up early to do tons more. But it will all be worth it when I am done and have lots of yummy peaches stored up for the winter! pictures to be posted later...

Monday, September 08, 2008


20 years ago.....
1. I was 8 1/2 years old. and was in the 3rd grade at Monroe Elementary. my teachers name was Mrs. Peterson. (she still teaches at the same school I went to!)
2. I lived on a farm, which I had to help with the chores: feeding sheep, dogs, horses, chickens, & one goat.
3. my best friend was Vickie (Chaston) Winegar and we played just about every day of our lives!
4. I even had a pet deer! there would always be deer eating in our fields and some how a baby deer would get left behind and it would stay around our house and we would feed it and it would become our pet. (this happened quite a bit)

10 years ago.....
1. lets see..I had just graduated, got married, and had a baby within 2 months! how does that work you ask? well I got married just 2 days after I graduated. then Braxton decided to make his grand entrance 6 1/2 weeks early,yes I was prego before I graduated. so there you have it! (don't ask anymore questions! :) ) 2. we moved twice that year, but stayed in the same town.
3. I was so enjoying my time with my precious baby. he was so much fun. we were so lucky to have him be okay being born that early.
4. I was taking classes to get my associate degree, and just starting to substitute at the elementary school.

5 years ago....
1. I had two little boys ages 5 and 2. Brax was just starting Kindergarten, and I was so sad to see him starting to grow up.
2. Porter would spend a lot of time at his grandma Sheen's house because I was substituting quite a bit at the school.
3. I was still taking classes to get associates, but started taking Elementary Education classes to get my Bachelor's Degree.
4. we were in the process of starting to build our house, and I was so excited!

3 years ago....
1. I was barely pregnant with Brynlee, but I knew all along that she was going to be a girl. I had bought stuff for her room, along with the letters that were in her name, way before I even knew what I was having. that's how sure I was!!
2. Josh and I had been married for 7 wonderful years! at that time we couldn't believe it!
3. I was working in the primary (again) teaching the 4 & 5 year olds.
4. I was basically living in Cedar during the weekdays for the summer block as part of my eduacation classes. which totally sucked!
5. we finished our basement, and were very excited to do so.
1 year ago...
1. was my first year officially working at the elementary school part time. I worked in the afternoons from 12:00 to 3:00 in the Kindergarten and I LOVED it!!
2. Porter was starting Kindergarten.
3. I was called to Young Womens Mia Maid Advisor.
4. Brynlee turned one year old.
5. I went to Tim McGraw & Faith Hills Soul2Soul concert. 3rd row seats baby!!

This Year....
1. We went to the happiest place on earth... Disneyland!!
2. my mother in law passed away after having been diagnosed with brain cancer. she lived for 20 months after being diagnosed :(
3. Josh and I celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary. yah!
4. I was released from YW and called to Primary (again) to teach the 6 year olds. and it has been a ball!

1. went to church.
2. picked and shucked (sp?) corn to get it ready to freeze.
3. made shrimp Linguine for dinner...yummy!

1. went to work
2. Tamara and I done 58 bags of freezer corn.
3. had to call animal control cause two dogs were chasing the neighbors sheep and goats (neighbors are in California) so we chased them around the yard forever trying to catch them. sorry if they were your dogs.....I was just looking out for the animals like they asked me to :)
4. went and looked at baby chocolate and black labs. aaawww. soo cute

1. going to go to work.
2. probably go grocery shopping. ugh!
3. do some laundry, since that's all I feel like I do.
4. then before I know it, its time for bed.

Next Year....
1. my kids will be 11, 8, (baptism time) and 3. wow, I can't even believe it.
2. I hope to get my yard completed!!!
3. Josh and I will celebrate 11 years. (I hope he will take me somewhere since we never got a honeymoon)
4. I want to have all my updates on my house done. (redoing rooms, painting, decorating, etc...)

Well that was fun! Now I tag.... Jennie, Rachel, Ashley B., Libby and anyone else that would like to try it.