Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween fun

Caleb's preschool had a Halloween party, they got to make treasure bottles

Caleb had fun filling it up with all the treasures

I made these cookies from an idea I got from a friend, Thanks Michelle! Check out her site

I made these ones for the bake walk at our ward pumpkin carving party.

My cute children all dressed up for the trunk or treat

Doesn't she look like a mix between Peter Pan and tinkerbell? Bring it on! She's supposed to be a fairy, but I guess people thought she was a butterfly :) I was just proud of the tutu I made for her!

Sir Kylan

Sir Caleb

Friday, October 23, 2009


Last night was the Knightfest at Kylan's school. It's a little carnival that they put on. Part of it was a costume contest, so the kids could dress up like something from Midieval times. The boys just happen to be knights this year, and Hannah is a fairy. They had a lot of fun dressing up and playing games.

The only bad part about the evening was when Caleb came in from outside crying. He had crashed on his scooter and fell on the sidewalk. He tried to catch himself with his face, since it was all scratched up and his glasses were broken. I guess we'll have to give him some lessons on crash landing :)

some Halloween fun

We did these for dinner the other night. The kids loved them and they were super easy. I just bought some english muffins, Walmart had some on sale! Then just used sauce, cheese, and cut up the pepperoni with a pizza cutter, and the olives too. Your kids could even help make them. Mine were busy playing so it was a suprise for them. Hope you have fun making some!

Monday, October 19, 2009

A new family favorite...

Garlic Chicken Farfalle

16oz. farfalle pasta
1 c. heavy whipping cream
3 or 4 chicken breasts
2-3 crushed garlic cloves or garlic salt(spoonful)
1 T. pepper(hot, use less if needed)
1/2 c. butter
1 lb. bacon
1/2 c. shredded parmesan
12 oz. Lawry's mesquite marinade with lime juice

Put chicken and marinade in crock pot on low for 6 hours. Pull chicken out to cool, and shred. About 1/2 hour before serving, boil pasta. In small sauce pan, melt butter, add garlic, whipping cream, pepper, and parmesan. Add crumbled bacon*. Whisk together on low heat 3-4 minutes. In a large bowl, pour over cooked, drained pasta, add chicken and stir. Sprinkle with shredded cheese and serve.

*Cook bacon at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes and crumble.

This was really fabulous! The kids loved it and said it was their favorite! The only thing I would do different is maybe not use the whole bottle of marinade, just half(if you use 3 breasts). There is a lot of leftover sauce that you don't use. And once you shred the chicken, put it back in the sauce to soak up some of the was yummy! Let me know what you think if you try it.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Step by step

Step one...we are doing some remodeling. This is our closet before, minus some shelves and the other hanging rack.

Step two.....we knocked out the wall and built another, now we are going to add some shelves and double hanging racks and we'll have space for food storage and stuff. We will actually be able to use the kids' closets for clothes and toys instead of food storage now :) I am super excited since this has been stressing me out for a long time. I will keep you updated on our(actually Nate's) progress. I am a good cheerleader! :) Moral support, right?

Our trip back...

The red rock at a rest stop in Moab.

The kids needed a break from all the driving.

My cute family.

This was driving through Colorado, it was overcast and stormy, but look at the sun shining through. I needed that ray of sunshine :)

This was when we got to Texas, the sunsets are bigger here :) I don't like how the purple clouds didn't show up very well in the pic.

The service for my Dad


This has been put off for too long. I have been having a hard time getting myself to do this, but I want to share. It's part of healing too, right? Anyway, these are some of the pics from the service for my Dad. We didn't have a viewing at all, because he didn't want one and since he was cremated, that was different also. So we decided to show what his life was like in pictures. We put up displays for people to see him growing up, with his family, and in his sports. It all turned out so nice. Some of the pics are also from the luncheon afterward. One of the last pics is a funny one with my uncle and I, we were comparing bellies :)

32 weeks and counting

This is a little old, but I wanted to post it anyway. I was in Utah at this point and was getting ready to go to the temple. It was a much needed visit and it was the hardest, but most rewarding trip ever. The spirit was so strong, and I was really emotional, but it was great. It was less than a week after losing my Dad.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Heaven isn't far away...

When someone you love is there.

The mortuary we went through did an everlasting memorial for my Dad. You can check it out if you want. Go to and on the left side you click on obituaries. Then my Dad's name, Gary Stahl and search. Then you can click on his name and on the right side of the screen you can choose video or new gallery. They put together a nice photo video montage.