Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Pintrest attempts

I do much of my research for sets and plays on Pintrest.  It's a convenient place to store inspiration and ideas.  Sometimes I pin crafts and recipes.  But what's the point of finding something new if you never try the something new.  Most of the time I am the Queen of Pintrest Fail.  Then it occurred to me... could trying really be failing.  After all, I wouldn't be surprised if the original attempts of those crafts and recipes didn't look as nifty without the help of talented photographers and a little "touch up" before posting.  :)

This week I tried 2 Pintrest inspiration recipes.

I needed something easy for dinner so I tried...

It was totally easy and super yummy.  Of coarse, by the time it was time to eat I was tired and completely forget the cheese and the cilantro garnish stuff.  It turns out that didn't matter to much because it tasted great and it was a hit with the family... well the family that ate it.

This morning I tried a second recipe.  Ia m always on the look out for ways to make mornings more efficient.  Leaving at 5:45 am makes it hard to ensure that the high school student gets some kind of nutrition in the morning.  I found this next idea when I was searching for ways to use the eggs my chickens so thoughtfully provided me.  This too was a big hit this morning... AND I've got breakfast for tomorrow as well!

hash brown egg nests
Ok... but my kids renamed them Mountain Man muffins because it reminded them of Mountain Man that we make when we are camping... Oh and I had Spam open in the fridge because john stepped on the can so I used that instead of bacon... Oh and I didn't have avocado but we liked with ketchup instead.

So there it is.  My Pintrest isn't all a waste of time.  I tried two things and they were a success... though not picture worthy.

The September Report

 Here it is... the long awaited review of the adventures at the Boyack house throughout the month of September.

We started the school year.  Lillian and Hannah started school right after Labor Day.  Lillian is rocking the home school.  She gets all of her assignment done quickly and is able to be a helper at the Dance Studio and take classes in the afternoons.  Hannah isn't thrilled with her schedule.  She doesn't have many classes that have friends in them.  This year the high school is also having two lunches and her friends are not all in the same lunch.  It could be a looong year!  Hannah also joined the Model UN club this year.  She is also continuing to practice driving... I love her driving outfits (her footie jammies) in particular.

She is a fashion deva... see future fashion plates later in the blog.  LOL.
 Mom closed her show, Your'e A Good Man, Charlie Brown.  It was a great show.  I had a great cast.  I will miss seeing most of them everyday (I do see a couple of them everyday ;))

We did a fund raiser performance for Children's Educational Theater.  I laughed out loud when I saw this life size cut out of Robert... a.k.a. Charlie Brown.  Laughed even harder when I saw he posed with himself.
 We had a cast party after the final show.  I gave all the cast the jammies that we made for the show.  Dani (my AD) made the cast these cute little gnomes of each of the characters.  I'm glad she can take my cash and make something cute and creative out of it because I was too tired to be creative.

 We nearly finished the set for Beauty and the Beast at Central High School.  I volunteer two hours a day at the high school and help with the make up class and the tech class.  Jeff was super sick for a week.  I ended up teaching the classes those days while the subs sat and watched me.  I decided I need to get on getting a sub licence.  I'm just waiting for my transcripts now and them I will pay for the privilege to sub.   Laws are weird like that.
 I will write more about the set in the Beauty and the Beast blog.  Just know that we created multiple rolling stair units and a couple flying walls.  There are so many scene changes in a short amount of time!  it's even worse when it's a Junior version... which we are doing.

Hannah and Lillian and I have also been going to all the rehearsals after school.  I've been helping three days a week with blocking and stuff.  It makes for a some longs days.
 For my free time I made this cute dress... it's like a dafadil ... with a head band...

... a blanket... I forgot to take a picture...
 ... and this  blessing dress, booties, and head band for Lenayah...

The dress turned out so cute!  I will have to try that again... but I might need to make it slightly bigger.  It nearly didn't get on Lenayah.  LOL.
 Then, we drove to Logan to witness Lenayah's baby blessing.

Hannah, once again, traveled in style.  I am sure that all the people at all the places we stopped (Wal-Mart, gas station, rest areas) were all jealous that that weren't as stylish as Hannah in this outfit.
 It took us 13 hours to drive there.

We sang the whole way to pass the time.
 And we did home work...

... and watched movies on dad's phone....
 We had fun visiting with Myles, McKay, Lenayah and family.  Grandma and Grandpa Boyack, Mark and Lesa and 4 of their kids, MaryJane and Jim and 2 of their kids, Montana, Anna, and Myles mom, sister and brother with his wife all came for the great event.








Hannah got to go to the Logan temple with Myles and his little sister on Saturday morning.

People went for a walk and found the ducks with hats.

Myle's brother made some awesome ribs...

and then we went to "clean the sink"

even Lenayah helped out...

... and Lillian got out the straw to get the very last drop.

Meanwhile, back in Monmouth, Grandma and Grandpa Mabee came to our house to visit Freya, Kimber, Ray and Ben.

Here are our beautiful grand-daughters a month apart... Freya - one month 
 Lenayah - two months.
I got to spend some time with Ben while Kimber was in the doctor's office.

I think he makes the funniest poses!  There he is saying, "Cheese!"

September is a month of skyping too.  I am not a fan of  McKay and Myles and Lenayah living far away.  At least there is Skype.

Let's see... we also emptied the family room into the kitchen and had the carpets cleaned.  When we finally put it all back we moved the furniture around and through out 5 bags of stuff.  I do love a good "down sizing."

Lillian and I canned tomatoes and made grape juice.  Canning is not the same without all the big girls helping.  There was no good conversation... no loud music... no one to fetch and clean jars... no one to swat the bees away...  ever since I was a kid I've loved canning, not for the food, but for family time working together.  I don't like this kids growing up thing.  Canning is not the same... now it's work.

... and John took Lillian camping to Lava Lake.  The found frogs.  They hiked around.  The canoed around the lakes.  They had a great time.


Monday, September 1, 2014

Catch up - August

 OK... It's September and although I had good intentions of catching up with what goes on around here through a weekly blog post, I've been more successful in a weakly blog post.  LOL... Or no blog at all.  What can I say?  It's summer.  we are busy.  I'm lazy.  There is so much to do.  So little time.  OK. The real reason is I just am not making the time to take a picture nor to write anything down. So let's see what we did in August.

Well... we went to the park...

.... we had Chad's birthday...

... we played with Ben and Kimber tons...

... We made plans for school and seminary...

... we crocheted...

... the garden grew and grew and we became the crazy stalker people that chase you and make you take zucchini...

 ... we hosted a baby shower for Kimber and Freya...

... we played some more...

... we did tons of laundry and more dishes than 3 kids at home should generate...

... we sang a few songs...
... we helped Kimber, Ben and Ray get ready for Freya to come...
... Chad went a concert with Jon and Jon's friend... 

... They had fun... and Chad got a job as a "night stalker" at Wal-Mart...

... we worked on our style... still needs work!... but what can we do?

... we went on a hike with dad...

... still working on our style...

... Hannah went to visit McKay, Myles and Lenayah and helped them move to Logan, Utah...

... and helped them finish of this HUGE plate of ice cream....

... but only took these pictures to prove we were gone for 13 days...

... Lilli went Cheer Camp at Central...

... Mom rehearsed for You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown...

.... and rehearsed...

... and rehearsed...

... and finally opened the show...

... Lilli is a spot light operator for the show and Hannah helps out when she feels like it or is in town...

... Kimber and John have seen the show and seem to like it...

... I love the show and think the cast is perfect... but sure wish more people come to the show...

... and on the last day of the month... Kimber brought Freya into the world.

She is a ROCK STAR.  She did the whole thing all natural.
See, I was at the matinee for my show.  When I left church to unlock the theater I knew she was having contractions.  I told her to keep me posted.  She would update me with text.  I let my cast know that I would be watching the show from the light booth in case I need to run home for the baby.  Sure enough, Kimber text me and said it was time to come home 15 minutes into the show.  When I got home, we got Kimber into my bathtub.  We knew from Ben's birth that she labored well in the tub.  Every so often she would call out that she was having a contraction.  I would write it down.  We didn't want her to get too excited and stressed.  In about an hour We got her out of the tub and she lay down on my bed in my robe and watched some of her favorite TV shows.  The contractions were now about 3 minutes apart and lasting close to a minute.  I slipped out into the family room and told Ray it may be time to do something.  3 more contractions and I knew it was time to go.  Kimber was a little worried they would send her home.  No way!  She had 4 more on the way out the door and 10 more before we got to the hospital.  I dropped Kimber and Ray off at the door and parked while they got in the elevator and went to register.  I came in and we helped Kimber to a labor room and into hospital wear and into the bed.  Meanwhile those contractions kept coming faster and harder.  They checked her and she was definitely not going home... a solid 7-8.  The mid-wife was at least 10 minutes away.  They started to admit her but never finished.  Things were moving too fast.  They mid-wife came in and and got everything ready for having a baby.... a few more contractions and Kimber was to a 9.  The mid-wife broke her water and it was pretty much over.  3 pushes and out came a baby.  We were in that room for only an HOUR.  No tearing... no drugs... BAM!  The nurses were so impressed!  So was I.  Kimber got to hold Freya for an hour before anyone whisk her away.  When they finally weighed her she was 8 pounds 7 ounces an 21 inches long.  She is a god sized baby, very good natured, and already interested in nursing.










Then everyone came to see her.... an AWESOME day but a LONG day!