Derby Days


Kevin made his very own car this year for the Pinewood Derby (cub scouts). He cut, sanded and decorated it. Ammon had to do the spray-painting because Kevin could put the button and spray, but not move the can at the same time!



Fancy car!



Getting ready to race the first heat…

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Having fun!

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All of the boys with their awards



Guess who placed First…again?! We decided to leave his car as a rectangular block next year and just add the wheels to give someone else a chance 😉 Kevin didn’t like our idea for some reason!



I was excited to do some cupcakes since it had been a while…not thrilled with how they turned out, but that didn’t stop the people from eating them. =)

Valentines Day!

I love to make Valentines Day special for the kids. We started with a super yummy breakfast of Lemon-Cream stuffed croissant baked french toast with whipped cream and strawberry sauce. Oh and bacon! I took the kids to the animal shelter to visit and we hit the local ice cream shop (probably my favorite place town!).

Dinner was the kids all-time favorite. Cupid’s Crazy Cafe. It’s one of those dinners where you don’t know what you’re ordering. I made sure to include what the kids told me were their favorite foods…cheeseburgers, mac n cheese and ramen. Oh and with tang and chocolate milk.

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Even Rocky got dressed up for the occasion


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Cupid’s Cafe!

We ended the fun day by going over to our neighbors and listening to them play some awesome folk songs. There was a bass, fiddle, two guitars, a banjo and one amazing voice. Great day!


I made these super yummy muffins last weekend. Banana-berry Coconut Muffins (all whole wheat). They were super light, not dense like whole wheat can tend to be and full of flavor. We couldn’t stop eating them.



Next time instead of regular milk, I’m going to put in coconut milk. Yum!



You think cats are sun-worshippers? This girl has got them beat! She finds the sun wherever it is in the house and just basks in it! Sometimes it’s a little bright though….

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This is what Natasha was doing while I was in the hygenist’s chair having my teeth cleaned. Annika was the photographer!



I was subbing at the middle school last week and it was about 55F and sunny. I had over an hour for lunch. I just sat outside and drank it in! I never get tired of those mountains!



Cocoa discovered bugs the other day. She was fascinated! She watches intently….



Then…she squishes them. Then she plays with them. Then she watches them. Then she squishes them some more. lol



Meet Ruby!

No, we didn’t get another animal or have another child! (thank goodness! the ones I have are enough…animals and kids!). We traded in our Suburban for this little beauty and she’s awesome! Lots of fun bells and whistles, but most of all, I love the way she drives and she’s very spacious.

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Anyone who knows me, knows that red is one of my favorite colors, so it’s not shocking that I picked red. What is surprising, is that Ammon has a red car and now we’re a double red car family!



The kids are always excited for the snow, but sad because our snow is so light and fluffy, it’s next to impossible to make a snowman. Fortunately for them, we had TONS of snow in December and after some sunny days, they were able to make this cute little guy.


Puppy snuggles!


This is Skunky. He is one of Cocoa’s favorite toys. And no, we didn’t pose him this way. Cocoa put him like that. I’ve found him like this numerous times. Apparently, skunks get thirsty too! ;0


Annabelle squished herself into this box that was definitely way smaller than her!


Meet Skeletor. Kevin’s frogs died. We think it was temperature related. So, I found this cool skeleton fish.



The girl knows how to pose.


Happy New Year?

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This is how we celebrated! 7 layer dip and tray full of goodies. The kids had their own little movie party, complete with their own food and smaller tray of goodies, while Ammon and I celebrated with a Harry Potter Marathon. We were supposed to have two couples over to celebrate with us, but it didn’t pan out. We missed them, but were totally ok to spend time together.

December 2014

Ok. December was awesome! I really scaled down on any sort of volunteering and event participation, which may sound really selfish, but truly it was the best possible thing for our family and for me. Instead of feeling flustered and rushed and frustrated, I was able to focus on the Savior and spend important and much needed time with my family making wonderful memories. As a family, I felt that our Christmas season was filled with more peace and was much more spiritual than ever before.



This is a just a funny one…you see my best friend there….no, not Rocky, I mean the vacuum! Her name is Rosie (like in the Jetson’s!). Anyways, Ammon heard her making a weird noise when she was vacuuming. He came out to find that Rosie had sucked up Rocky’s tail. The best part was that Rocky didn’t even care, or seem to notice. He just sat there with his tail all sucked up!


Lots of Christmas baking going on! Tasha made these by herself!



Kevin got a little crazy while making frosting


Ammon made chocolate-covered sour cherry balls! SO GOOD!


Helping with brown sugar shortbread


Decorating sugar cookies

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Annika trying on some fabric we were buying to make her and angel costume for our church nativity…Unfortunately, she had a stomach bug that night and never ended up going.


Of course, we had to make a gingerbread house!

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Christmas Dog!

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A couple of hams!



We went on a drive to deliver Christmas goodies and were pretty bushed, so we went to the True Grit for dinner. The movie with John Wayne was filmed in Ridgway/Ouray, so this place was named after it, full of John Wayne stuff.


Our Christmas Eve picnic


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Apparently, Ammon is the only one who knows how to properly take a selfie, since he’s the only one looking at the camera. Oh well!



Ammon and I found Kevin like this on Christmas morning. Totally passed out on the couch. When he woke up, he told us that we had said he could get up at any time to open his stocking. So…he got up at 2 am and opened his stocking, ate half his goodies, read a book and crashed on the couch. Hilarious!


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Someone was happy with her beanbag chair on Christmas morning!


Julina and a friend came to visit the weekend after Christmas and we had a great time visiting and did some sledding on a crazy hill!



Someone had a blast in the snow!







We managed to actually be at home depot when they had their kids workshop. Kevin and Annika made wooden sleds, while Tasha waited patiently.



November 2014 Catch-up

Ok. I know. These past few months have been possibly my poorest blogging efforts ever. We were busy enjoying the holidays and then trying to adjust to real life again. My biggest excuse is that Ammon uses the computer on Sundays to write in his journal and write some missionaries. Totally a good thing to do, but it’s also the time I used to blog. So…’s kind of his fault! 😉 He says I can blame everything on him, so I’m going with it!!!


We celebrated Ammon’s birthday with friends and a chocolate-coconut-macadamia nut cheesecake!




For Thanksgiving, we split our time between Lee and Ellen, our friends, the Cardons and the Narayans.

At Kylene and Jeremy’s, Kylene and I spent a lot of time visiting, while the kids played. We did make a visit to the Parker Wildlife Museum too, which was pretty awesome! I wish I’d taken more photos!





There was a cool lego exhibit. We probably spent about an hour just playing there before heading on to the wildlife part of the museum.





Annika found a friend! =)

While at the Narayans, we decided it would be fun for the girls to get manicures. This was fitting as part of a Christmas present from the girls Great Nana and Papa. Great-Nana would totally be the first to take a girl for a manicure!





Also a really fun place to visit in Colorado Springs, was the Olympic training center. Olympians train there in gymnastics, swimming, wrestling, bobsledding and others.