Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Life recently

I'm starting a music group, and Dallas said, "I want to be in your band."
I said, "Hmmm... I'm not sure what you could play since you can't carry around a piano"
Then the idea of shakers came to my head,  "Maybe you could shake something!"
And not missing a beat Dallas said, "Yeah, like my butt."

 Isn't E great?  He's been watching Dallas diagram sentences I guess, and I came in and saw this.  Pretty good for a new kindergardener (sp?).

Currently, the sister in our house, goes into the brother's underwear drawer and helps herself.  Usually she just pulls them all out and makes a big mess.  This time she thought they made pretty good hats.

This is Sam at a baseball game.  Pat got two free tickets from a co-worker and free food vouchers so Sam got to eat real game food.  You know, healthy stuff like hot dogs and cotton candy and kettle corn.

Lately, I've been getting really frustrated at all the special food Pat gets through his work.  He was at a meeting recently and someone had ordered Chicago style pizza FROM CHICAGO!   He brought home a piece for me to try since I had no idea what it was, and it was sooooo good.   Then I went online to try to make my own.  You make it in a round cake pan so it's deep, but it's really only high since the bottom is thin.  Then you layer cheese, pepperoni and sauce ON TOP.  Mine turned out okay.  I didn't want the white bread/cornbread crust so I used whole wheat.  Wasn't quite the same.

I don't think a prettier picture of our town has ever been taken.  This is a new field they put in and here is Pat coaching soccor.  Sam is in orange and his best friend Tyler is in blue looking at the camera.

Evan very proud of himself for folding his laundry and putting it away.

Dallas stuck this note to Ln's head and came to me and said, "I found a way to make Ln stop crying!" 

Boys proud of their "stained glass" artwork.
After getting home from the temple the other night, the boys all met me and told on their dad.  Apparently Pat had not cleaned up dinner off the table and Ln had gotten up there while he was distracted and dumped a huge tupperware of homemade syrup over her head.  She was scared to death, her face covered in syrup, and the mess was enormous.  Pat mopped twice, and after I got home I mopped again and still I find syrup everywhere- on the curtains, chairs, in my bathroom where he took her to bathe her, and all day today my baby smelled very maple-y.
Today Sam and Evan had doctor visits.  Evan was as sweet and smiley as can be and Sam was... well... on his dark side.  He let the nurse take his height, weight, pulse, bp, etc, but once the doctor came in he refused to even sit on the table.  He was so rude that it took everything in me not to spank him and threaten him with his life.  I'm not necessarily against spanking, but I knew it wouldn't help.   What a frustrating day.  Uuugghhhh!!!!!!!!!!!

On a Sunday afternoon...

We went up to take a walk along the crest of the Sandias.  I always hate the winding drive up the mountain, but I LOVE it once we get there!  It was a beautiful day and we had a wonderful walk.
I love Ln's "ears".

Dallas who is always cracking me up, tried to slide down every single rail even the flat ones.

Dallas found this.  While we were in the woods we found a spot to read our scriptures.

Looking out over Albuquerque- so pretty!

4th Annual Chili Cook-off

Since this is the 4th year we have been in charge of the chili cook-off via Pat's Elders Quorum calling, I figured I'd better actually document it with some pictures for once.  The first two years were at the Shepherds home and these last two years we had it at the Nuckols.  I think it was the best year of all.  We've had bigger numbers some years, and it's always fun, but this year it was so relaxed.  I made french bread, corn bread and Pat made a dutch oven dessert while we were there (apple crisp).  Everyone brought chili or some side dish or dessert.  We didn't do the kids sack races and relay races just because we were tired from three soccer games that morning.  But still everyone played and had a grand time.  This year we just didn't stress at all and I should really do that more often. 

Waiting for people to arrive.  Ln loved the grass.  So did the missionaries.  They got down and rolled around on it.  You never knew how much you appreciate grass until you've lived somewhere where there's hardly any. This is our Bishop's house.

The chili's start arriving.


Ln loved this swing and stayed put pretty much the whole night.

Pat's favorite-the Woodards corn cakes.  My favorite-the Underwoods jalapeno poppers.

Ultimate Frisbee- we have a great group of energetic players in the ward.

Winding down and cleaning up- I wish my yard looked like this!
I have to say I am so thankful for the opportunities the church gives us to meet and make friends.  It is a privilege to know so many great people.  I was just struck recently with all the selfless service given in the church as I went with the youth to the temple.  Not only were the youth serving when they could have been home doing homework, playing volleyball or other after school activities, but all the leaders who gave their time to carpool them down there and serve in the temple after a long days work, giving up personal time, or time with their families.  Temple work is amazing.  I was just called to be a leader with the young women, and I feel so happy that I get to go on trips like this.  At first I was nervous, (well I guess I still am) because I really like primary and don't know how I'll do with teenagers.  But I got to really love working with the Beehives (12-13 year old girls) for the last 2 months, and was sad that they suddenly changed me again, but now I get to do activities with all the ages and I'm really excited! I love the gospel of Jesus Christ and I have a testimony of the wonderful blessings that come with service, and I hope that we can all grow closer to the Lord and to one another.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Thankful post!

I'm thankful for the great date that I had with my husband a couple weeks ago.
I went out running in the morning like I usually do on Saturdays and when I got back he'd arranged for Samantha to come over and babysit and I got so excited!
He took me to a vegan/raw foods restaurant.  They did cook some stuff though.  I got an Indian plate that was okay, and Pat got the most disgusting thing I've ever seen.  It was shepherds pie made with lentils instead of meat and sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes and lots of green stuff in it too.  It was mostly disgusting though because of how they presented it.  It's hard to describe...Pat hates yams/sweet potatoes but he ate almost all of it!
Which reminds me that we had a family over for dinner that Pat invited last minute and so I made what I had which turned out to be yam mashed potatoes and a zucchini casserole, and pork chops.   It all turned out really awful.  My friend Melinda, well lets just say she is a great cook and she hates vegetables so this was a trial for her.   It was hilarious.  Man that dinner sucked.  She finally gave up trying to be polite and said it was prison food.   She didn't offend me, since we were all laughing about it.  You know, I'm usually a really good cook, but I experiment a lot and things usually go wrong when I experiment on guests.  Luckily she brought dessert so people did get to eat something.   I'm glad people love me anyway.  Although I watched a chef make those yam mashed potatoes on T.V. and they said how good they were and so I was mad that they didn't turn out.  Especially since those yams were for me to eat raw, and I sacrificed them to the last minute dinner for nothing!
Back to our date:
Then we had to go get a water softener since ours broke.  Don't you love buying really expensive appliances?
Then we stopped at Kohl's since Pat needed some shirts and they had some necklaces on clearance for under 5 bucks so I got a few that I liked.  Yep, Karisa's going to look spiffy-er on Sundays.   Anyway, it was a great day!

Today I listened to Andrea Bocelli's Canto de la Terra and burst into tears since it was so beautiful.  All the kids freaked out and Pat laughed at me since he knows me and how much I love music.  I'm so thankful for music.

Sam had his friend Tyler spend the night last night and these two seriously have so much fun together.  I only wish Dallas had a friend like that.  They couldn't stop laughing.  It was great.

Later after we dropped off his friend today we ran by the store and Sam was rude or not helpful to two people.  I was so sad.   I talked to him a lot about it, worrying that my children are turning out home-school freaky, you know.
I don't know what happened to Sam, especially since I had chewed him out, but all evening he could not stop saying how much he loves me.... kissing me, hugging me.   He would never walk away.  He would just hug again and again and say I love you again and again, brushing my hair, etc.  It's not strange for him to do that stuff, but tonight he just seemed overwhelmed with love for me, and of course I appreciated it so much!  Strange though.  I wonder what happened?

Then I laughed really hard because Pat started to get jealous and went begging hugs from him.
He told him we're going to go on a walk tomorrow.  All the boys were excited, but since it's on the edge of the highest mountain overlooking Albuquerque, Dallas said, "I wish they would put a fence up.  My hands are getting sweaty."
He's so funny.  He beat me in chess today.  Like usual.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Journal found!!

I finally found my journal that I took to Ireland!!  Almost 1 year later.  So with my flying typing fingers... and Pat's too... it's all in here now. 

So if you are interested in the extremely long winded story of our trip to Ireland (it's really boring) then look back to November of 2010.  (It's a series of posts starting with Day 1 and ending with the Andrea Bocceli concert.

I'm just glad I found it since Pat is trying to get our 2010 book ready to print and it would have been missing so much!