Thursday, April 10, 2014


It's no secret that my Owen is a picky eater. It's been pretty disappointing to me just how picky of and eater I had created, especially since I studied nutrition in college and all that jazz. BUT...a couple weeks ago I told Owen that if he ate one single broccoli floret that I would take him to the frozen yogurt place (his favorite). It took him literally 8 miniature bites to eat the whole thing but he did it! I couldn't believe that he did! And since then he's eaten a couple more random bites of broccoli. But tonight was the major breakthrough! I served him up a plate with a decent pile of steamed broccoli, several baked sweet potato wedges, and a few spinach raviolis and he ate EVERY SINGLE BITE!!! And helped himself to more sweet potatoes and ravioli. It did take a little prodding but not much. Maybe he won't die from malnutrition after all!

And since we're on the topic of eating vegetables, here's a recipe that my neighbor gave me before St. Patty's Day for healthy green pancakes. Both kids gobble this one up, so we are making it pretty regularly around here. I like them too.

Green Pancakes
1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 cup almond or soy milk (I'm sure regular milk would work too)
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 cup applesauce (or 1 mashed banana...the banana works better)
1 cup packed fresh spinach

In a bowl, whisk together the flour, powder, soda, cinnamon and salt. In a food processor, blend remaining ingredients. Pour wet ingredients into the dry and mix until well combined. Cook on greased hot skillet.

My super cute, gun-obsessed, vegetable eating little boy:
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And this picture of Elsie is just too funny not to share.
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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Much Needed Quiet Weekend In Pinedale

The last month has been pretty much crazy around here...but somehow it's been a good crazy. Since Russ was made bishop it seems we never have any free time and I've finally come to the conclusion that I'm just going to be tired for the rest of my life (or at least the next 5 years...) and that's okay. Life wasn't meant to be easy, right? So before I get to this past weekend, here's some highlights from the last month:
--Friends in our ward throw a huge "pi/pie day" party every year on 3/14. We contributed a chicken pot pie and ate about 5 different kinds of pie for dessert...good times!
--I braved a 3 day trip to Utah alone with the kids. The kids did amazingly well on the plane and I even enjoyed sharing a bed with Owen each night, although I would not call those nights "restful". The trip was primarily to see my oldest nephew report his mission in Mexico and it was so fun to see him and hear about all the great experiences he's had!
--I volunteered to throw a baby shower for a girl I visit teach which ended up being a rather large co-ed BBQ party in the park. Way more work than I anticipated but it turned out great.
--Owen got accepted into the preschool that I was hoping for for next year. He's going to love it!
--Elsie can totally walk if she wants to. She just doesn't want to. The most we've seen her do was 11 steps last Tuesday but she's pretty much done none since. Such a stubborn little stinker.
--I discovered that the frozen yogurt place down the street gives 50% off on Wednesdays if you are wearing pajama bottoms. Since Russ is at the church on Wednesday nights, it's my new tradition to take the kids and get a treat in our jammies. Owen LOVES this!

Since we haven't been to visit Russ's parents recently and we wanted to get away for General Conference weekend, we headed up to Pinedale this past Friday. Owen was SO excited about this and asked about 30 times on Friday if it was time to go to "the grandma's house up in the mountains". And when we finally made it there at 7 pm and were getting out of the car he squealed "this is gonna be so fun!". He obviously loves his Grandma and Grandpa Perkins and has good memories of being up at their house. And seeing Elsie play with grandpa by butting heads over and over and giggling and seeing Owen playing toys all weekend with grandma made the drive totally worth it. I hope my kids will always have happy memories with both sets of grandparents because they have good ones! Another highlight from the weekend was taking the spotlight for a drive last night and finding some elk and a deer. Owen really liked their "shiny eyes" in the light and told me about it today. :)
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Life is good!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Our Crazy Life In Pictures

Just some random shots and memories that I don't want to forget:
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This is what happens when Russ watches Elsie during the 3rd hour of church. In his defense, she really is totally out of control by then. Poor girl just wants a nap!
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A few weeks ago our friends invited us over for dinner and they pulled out their battery-operated car for the kids to ride in. We all took a walk/ride around the block in the perfect winter AZ weather and Owen had the time of his life riding with his girlfriend, Izzy.
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Am I the only one that has to pin their kid down on occasion to get his teeth brushed? He's laughing here...I'm not hurting him, I swear.
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This girl loves cheese as much as her brother.
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Not sure why Elsie insists on finding the dirtiest spots in the yard to always play in, but I'm not gonna stop her when she's having fun!
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Not the best pic but this is from this past Sunday, right after Russ was set apart as the new bishop of our ward. So proud of my man!
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Tonight. Owen and I like to go outside at night, lay on our super cheap tri-fold lounge chairs, look at the stars, and have ridiculous conversations. Tonight we were debating on whether the clouds were moving or the moon was moving. He was getting so mad at me because I wouldn't believe that the moon was moving! He also loves to tell me which star he wants to have his house on. And yesterday he asked me if Jesus lives inside of the sun.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Half Marathon #2

This past Saturday (March 1st) I finished my second half marathon! I felt fairly ready going into it, but wished that I had an extra month to work on increasing my speed. (I'm kind of a slow poke.) My end time was 2:22:07 which isn't a bad pace for me for a long distance, but I was hoping for under 2:20.

I had to be up at 3:45 am that morning and to the finish line to catch a bus by 5. Traffic was horrible so I was late to the busses but so were a bazillion other people so it worked out okay. Then we all had to wait at the start line in the dark and in the rain for about an hour until the race started...good times! It poured rain for the first mile and a half of the race but then the rain stopped and it was just cool and cloudy for the rest...perfect running weather!

I ran the whole thing with the exception of walking through a few water stations just long enough to take a drink, and also at the very end of the race because it was taking FOREVER to see the finish line and my knees were in pain. I barely started to walk when the lady next to me yelled "you only have a quarter mile left...don't stop!" So I mustered up enough energy to finish up running and was glad I did!

Russ and the kids missed me crossing the finish line (I'm still sad about it, but it wasn't totally Russ's fault...) but my parents were there yelling loud enough for me to hear through the crowd. :)

I met up with Russ, the kids and my parents at the Bass Pro Shop that is right by the finish line so my mom could take a couple pictures and we could all say hello. By that time my knees were really in bad shape and I was hobbling around everywhere. We went home where I took a much need shower, popped a few Ibuprofen, inhaled a Jimmy Johns sandwich and then took a big nap...exactly what I wanted to do after such an exhausting morning. I'm glad I did the race but I definitely have no thoughts of doing another one any time soon!

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I'm not one of those chicks that looks like a supermodel after a race, but here is proof that I did it!
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And proof that my daughter didn't care one inkling about it. :)