Thursday, March 31, 2011


I couldn't have made it through this week without the help of my Crockpot! My SIL, Sarah, introduced me to the first book by this author, along with her popular blog,
I recently purchased the 2nd book from Amazon and was just as pleased with the recipes included. I'm inspired by the author's "thinking outside the pan" to get a hot and tasty meal on the table amidst work, kids, and daily chores.

(not a paid review...just my rambling opinion)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Spring Break: Part 2

Friday: we went to the Wichita Mountains for the evening. I really enjoyed hiking around and the cooler weather. This creek bed fascinated Lillian and Lucas. Lucas was soaked by the time we were ready to leave; he rode home in his underwear! Speaking of underwear, beware of a photo further down the page- nature called!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Roasted Carrots- My New Fav

photo courtesy of Google Images
4 large carrots, washed
1 Tbl olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Directions: Cut carrots in half lengthwise, then slice diagonally in chunks
Toss with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Lay on a flat baking sheet. Cook at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until tender.
*This is perfect with fish and a salad!

Spring Break: Part 1

Our Spring Break hasn't been exotic or glamorous but we have done A LOT in 5 days! So much that it will take 2 posts to document all of it. We tackled several house projects the first 2 days with Brent around to help. Our living room had a major transformation! Watch for a post soon on that one. Here is part of our day Wednesday:

We've had to investigate new parks and we found this one in Fletcher. Great walking trail and pond but the kids mostly liked the playground.

Thursday: we went to Cheyenne to visit my grandparents, Connie and Loretta. Grandma is doing great and we all enjoyed the day and the 90+ degree temps. Lillian and Lucas came home dirty and exhausted! Granddad fed Lucas' desire to go fast on the 4-wheeler!

It's been a great week; I even met up with my college roomie and friend who lives in Lawton. We live so close but never see each other. It was good to catch up. Good friends are the ones you pick up right where you left off as if it hasn't been a year since you've seen each other. She has a photography business here.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


I had a WONDERFUL birthday! It was more than just a day; it lasted all week! Brent sent me flowers, the kids sent balloons, students gave me cards and candy, and my family gathered to celebrate Saturday night. Great fun!

Thanks, everyone!

1st Grade Musical

The theme for the 1st grade musical was dogs, dogs, and more dogs! The kids sang several numbers and acted out a simple skit about a "mutt" who didn't think he fit in with the rest of the dogs. Lillian was a beagle- brown ears and black nose. Her favorite part was the singing and she did NOT want a speaking part.

Lillian and her friend, Kaitlyn

She's in the back, with a brown shirt, and her hand over her head. Getting quality pictures in that building is a nightmare!
Great job, Lil!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

New Links

I cleaned up some of the links on the right side of my blog. I deleted a few and added a few. Check out the new ones! I always hate to delete a site I found with cool pictures and neat ideas but it seems like so many bloggers fizzle out and quit posting after a period of time. I'm kinda like that, too. I post regularly for a few days then get wrapped up in the business of life. I'm still around, just not in bloggy land!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Cole's 4th Birthday Party

No pictures of the presents, the cool cake, or the other party guests...just cousins and the beautiful weather!

Huck Finn In The Making

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