Friday, April 25, 2008

Eleven Years Ago . . .



. . . today, my husband and I married each other for time and eternity in the Boise Temple. As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, we believe that Christ has made it possible for our marriage to last forever, not just until "death do us part." It was a significant and wonderful day in my life, and I am so thankful I made the choice to be married and was worthy to enter the temple.

Now, if we can just get through today! It's been a tiring day and not nearly as "special" as these days can sometimes be. DH & I are both tired, and the kids have been cranky and disobedient. I've dealt with four accidents (seems like the twins will be fine for months and then have set-backs for several weeks!) including one poopy one, several arguments, a boy who hides his pull-ups in a corner of his room instead of throwing them away, a cranky husband who stayed up too late last night working, a babysitter who canceled so we can't go out to dinner, and I'm reorganizing my office. The latter I suppose I could have put off until another day, but the mess has been getting to me, so I went to Home Depot this morning, bought & cut to size 4 shelves and installed them in the closet. It's been kind of exciting to see how much organizing space I have now. Maybe I'm strange, but I love to organize. Like everyone else, I put it off and put it off, but once I start into it, I get such pleasure in sorting, labeling, and especially throwing away.




And there have been other good points today. DH brought me home some delicious take-out for lunch, we'll be going out later tonight for ice cream, and Lillian got dinner ready for herself and the other kids. I also met my soon-to-be neighbor. The house next door to us has been empty since last summer and recently went into foreclosure. Meredith seems very nice and she's expecting her first baby (a girl) just weeks before mine is due. I'd been hoping someone will move in who has kids the ages of my younger ones (we're blessed that our neighbors on the other side of us have kids close enough in age to be friends with my three older kids and Eliza), and it sounds like they'll be around long enough for our little girls to grow up together. We live in a culdesac with about a dozen homes that's a bit isolated from other neighborhoods around by the busy road just outside our culdesac. Most of the homes have been here since the 60s, with 5 lots developed in the last few years. Our neighbors are wonderful, but there are only three families with kids, including ours (OK, four if you count the family whose youngest is 14). So, it's exciting to see more kids on the street.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Southern California!





It was spring break for our kids, so we spent the weekend in Southern California. Two days at Disneyland, then a day at the La Brea Tar Pits and the Children's Museum in Santa Ana (picture above is from the La Brea Tar Pits). Sunday, we spent the day and went to church with DH's grandma in Tehachapi, then we drove home Monday.

The best part of the trip? Allison is now 40 inches and could ride the more exciting rides at Disneyland. Sarah, sadly, is only 39 1/2 inches. We were hoping that the ride operators would see twins, measure Allison, and wave them both through. Indeed, that happened twice. But other operators checked them both and Sarah got denied entry to the Jumping Jellyfish ride. Luckily, we had a back-up plan. We brought a set of "tall" shoes for Sarah to wear. Her Sunday sandles have a heel an inch high, bringing her well within the height limits. We found a bench, changed Sarah's shoes and walked right back to the Jellyfish ride. Sarah skipped and sang out when they told her she was tall enough, and we didn't have any more problems. Both girls walked on Space Mountain, Star Tours, Soaring over California, and Splash Mountain. Both liked Splash Mountain but said they didn't want to go again (Sarah later changed her mind and begged to go on it again). They liked everything else, including Space Mountain, which surprised me.




Another highlight was visiting the Borax Mine in Boron, California. I had no idea that borax was in so many products (all right, I didn't even know anything about borax at all before the trip). The borax is dug out of an open pit mine, the largest in California. The rock itself is a beautiful crystal structure (yes, that's it just behind Sarah in the picture above). We were allowed to sort through several rock piles before we left and take lots of samples home. It was great.

It was a great vacation. We did have a few hitches, mostly because we originally planned to leave Thursday afternoon after the kids' half-day of school but then decided Wednesday morning to leave that night. In the mad dash of laundry and packing and dealing with details, I forgot several items, including Eliza's pack-n-play and the Baby Bjorn. We did all right without them, but it would have been nice to have remembered.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Strange what you look forward to

In 3 months, my twins will turn 4! At this time four years ago, as my belly expanded and I felt the daily tug-of-wars going on inside, I REALLY looked forward to NOT being pregnant.



(Yep, that's me above at my oldest child's 5th birthday party, 2 and 1/2 months BEFORE the twins were born.)

Today, as I thoroughly cleaned out my van so we can all go to California this weekend, taking out three carseats, two boosters, tons of crayons, old drawings, broken pencils, dirty crumpled socks, several jackets, four and a half pairs of shoes, a library CD we'd lost and paid to replace just two weeks ago, large cracker crumbs, old zoo passes, and too much crud to mention, then vacuuming every inch of the car and wondering why in the world I let my kids have fruit snacks and crackers and Cheerios, I realized that in 3 short months, we can pull out two of those infant seats and put in booster seats instead. I know I'm strange, but I'm really looking forward to it! Of course, a month after that, we'll be putting in another carseat next to Eliza's, but hey, 2 is better than 3, right?

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

What a Relief!



Last night, just when my eyes were starting to glaze over and I was going to fall asleep at my computer, my friend Wendy & I finished the last of the yearbook pages -- 58 in all that had to be submitted yesterday. But the yearbook is now DONE and I'm so glad.

I've had more time and energy today to devote to my children. I got out watercolors during their playgroup this morning, then the twins helped me make new playdough (the last batch I made is getting dry & crumbly). Then I found a post on my twins website asking about homemade donut recipes, and I just had to make my favorite recipe. Allison & Sarah were a ton of "help," and Michael dipped each donut in sugar when we finished. I didn't realize doubling the recipe would give us about 35 donuts, but that was fine with the kids, because we had enough to share with some of our neighbors (Sorry, Kacy, you weren't home!).







Halloween Cider Doughnuts


2 eggs
1 egg yolk
1 cup fresh apple cider
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
4 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 t. nutmeg
2 T. melted butter

Beat the eggs and the egg yolk together, then gradually add cider and both sugars. Mix flour and other dry ingredients together, then stir into egg mixture along with melted butter. Stir only enough to mix. Roll dough out on a floured work surface. When dough is 1/2 inch thick, cut out donut shapes and let them rest 5 minutes.

Heat oil. When it reaches 365 degrees, drop 3 to 4 doughnuts in it. As soon as they float to the top and are holding their shape, turn them. Fry until golden on both sides, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove as soon as they are done and drain on paper towels.

These are SO yummy just as they are, but I also like to dip both sides in sugar while they're still warm.

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