Monday, January 13, 2020

2020 Blue Jeans Week 2

Back to school and early morning schedules this week.  Ugh.  Welcome 2020 and back to "normal" after the holidays, if normal really exits, and I don't know that it truly does.  Anyway, it was a good week.  Take a look....
For years we have had the tradition that the first Monday of each new year we write down our goals for the year. We focus on 4 different areas--physical, temporal, spiritual and intellectual.  We make posters of them and then put them up in our rooms where we can see them daily to remind us of our goals.  

I was re-elected to the school board for another 4 year term and went in to do my swearing in for the office this last week.  

We had breakfast for dinner this last week and had cinnamon rolls for dessert.  I love cinnamon rolls, and this recipe is so quick!  It is a flaky buttermilk biscuit type cinnamon roll versus a yeast bread one, and my family loves them so much!   They prefer these over the traditional yeast ones, and I don't mind because these are so quick and so yummy!  We had friends over for dinner tonight, and they said they were the best cinnamon rolls they had ever eaten.  Good stuff!

I do a lot of baking, and I personally feel like using real vanilla makes a difference in baking, but real vanilla is so dang expensive!  So last year I looked into how to make my own vanilla, and I did it!  It was so good!  I have about used up all I made, so Miss E was helping me make another batch for this year.  

More games.  We are loving different board games and playing new ones when we have time in the evenings and especially on weekends!

My mom is out of town, so we enjoyed having my Dad join us for dinner.  We all love hearing his stories!  Grandpas are the best!

Got a winter storm this weekend.  This was Ben shoveling Saturday.  It was pretty, and we didn't need to go anywhere, so we could just enjoy it from inside!  I like it when that happens!

Thanks for visiting!  Hope you had a great week!  Come back soon!

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

2019 Reading List

Every year one of my goals is to read as many books as I will have candles on my cake that year.  I do pretty good.  Most years I go over, some years I have barely made it, and I can only think of one year I didn't make it.  I have been doing this goal for many, many years.  I try to read at least 5 non-fiction books a year.  They are normally not my favorite.  I just love fiction, but I did get the 5 non-fiction in this year.  These are not in any certain order, just in the order I read them through the year.

1.  Seasons of Salvation by Dennis L Mangrum
2.  As You Are by Sarah M Eden
3.  The Spy by Clive Cussler
4.  Kiss of the Spindle by Nancy Campbell Allen
5.  Saving Mona Lisa--the Battle to Protect the Louve and its Treasurers from the Nazi by Gerri Chanel--non-fiction
6.  The Traveler's Gift by Andy Andrews
7.  The Race by Clive Cussler
8.  Glimmer of Hope by Sarah M Eden
9.  The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
10.  Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
11.  The Book of Mormon--non-fiction
12.  A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
13.  The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen
14.  Ogre Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
15.  A Night Divided by Jennifer Nielsen
16.  The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
17.  The Grave's a Fine and Private Place by Alan Bradley
18.  The Lost Airman:  A true story of escape from Nazi-occupied France by Seth Meyerowitz--non-fiction
19.  The Book of Mormon--non-fiction
20.  Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross
21.  Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
22.  Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
23.  Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosnay
24.  Audrey Hepburn:  A Biography by Warren G Harris--non-fiction
25.  Ranger's Apprentice:  The Red Fox Clan by John Flanagan
26.  Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
27.  The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser
28.  Ranger Apprentice:  Duel at Araleun by John Flanagan
29.  The House I loved by Tatiana De Rosnay
30.  The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman
31.  The Blue Bottle Club by Penelope J Stokes
32.  The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley
33.  The Things we Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer
34.  The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott
35.  Palisades Park by Alan Brennert
36.  A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller--non-fiction
37.  The Orchid House by Lucinda Riley
38.  Lies Jane Austen told Me by Julie Wright
39.  The Art of Healing Heardbeats by Jan Philipp Sendker
40.  Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan
41.  Church of the Small Things by Melanie Shankle--non-fiction
42.  The Lady in the Coppergate Tower by Nancy Campbell Allen
43.  The Christmas Basket by Debbie Macomber
44.  Christmas Letters by Debbie Macomber
45.  Call Me Mrs. Miracle by Debbie Macomber
46.  Dashing Through the Snow by Debbie Macomber
47.  The Perfect Christmas by Debbie Macomber
48.  The New Testament--non-fiction

Can't say that I had an absolute favorite this year.  Lots of good ones.  Lots of good World War II historical novels.  Looking forward to more good reads in 2020!

2020 Blue Jeans Week 1

Welcome 2020!  Started the new year off right with a great breakfast and enjoyed the last few days of having all the kids home.  College girls had to fly back Friday as school started for them the 6th.  Sure loved having everyone home and sad to see them go!  Take a look....
Ben made aebleskivers for breakfast on New Year's day.  That is a tradition he got from his Dad.  They are a round Danish pancake that we love!

Enjoying some relaxing family time and doing puzzles!

More fun game time before the older girls leave!

My mom and I are part of a fun book group that meets every other month.  This month my mom hosted and we had read an English Regency Christmas book, so my awesome mom decided to do an English style tea for our book group.  I brought along Miss E because she had read the book, and several others joined us a little bit late, but it was a lot of fun and yummy food!

Our English style "tea" which was actually wassail and mini chicken and cranberry sandwiches, lemon curd pastries and scones with clotted cream and jam.  Yummy!

Welcome 2020!  Hope it is a great year for all!!

Monday, January 6, 2020

2019 Blue Jeans Wrap-up

Wrapping up 2019.  It was a good year.  The theme of our Christmas and New Year's break has definitely been games.  Since last summer when I made it a goal to play one game a day, we have been loving lots of different games.  It was the Christmas of games.  Everyone got at least one new game to play.  So much fun!  Take a look at our end of the year and hope your had a wonderful New Year!
Sunday we volunteered at the soup kitchen we always do.  It was nice to have the whole family there!  It was sweet to see the people visiting with Miss A and Miss O and having missed them just like us!

Just some of the many games we got for Christmas and have been playing over the break!

Playing one of the new games!

And relaxing and doing puzzles is another favorite activity at our house.

During the day of New Year's Eve, Ben and I went on a bike ride on the trails by our house, and there were these two goats on the trails.  Weird!  And then we rode past them and they ran after us!  They followed us for at least a mile (and we were not going slow!)  We got into town and called the police.  They had collars so we knew they were somebody's.  Thankfully the owners were found.  They had been walking them on the trails and lost them, and they found us!  A memorable way to end the year!

New Year's Eve we spent playing more of our games.  It was a fun way to celebrate the end of a great year!  Welcome 2020!

Thanks for following us this year!  Hope you had a great year and looking forward to next!  Come back soon!

Monday, December 30, 2019

2019 Blue Jeans Week 52

Merry Christmas!  Hope you all had a wonderful one!  Our week was great.  Take a look....

Happy Birthday to this amazing young woman and recent college graduate!  Woohoo!  So proud of her!!!

Ben reading Christmas stories to the kids by the tree.  One of my favorite things!

Christmas Eve at our house with lots of friends and family and music!

and our Christmas Eve Nativity play...the shepards with Mary and Joseph

New PJ's on Christmas Eve.  Ben was in charge of buying them this year :)

Merry Christmas!  Miss E made Ben homemade marzipan and then shaped it into fruit!  So yummy!

Christmas morning---exploring the new stuff and relaxing!

Hope you had a blessed and safe Christmas and hope you have a wonderful New Year!!!

2019 Blue Jeans Week 51

Catching up.....the week before Christmas was great.  We finished up school, basketball and got my girls home!  Take a look...
Community Christmas choir concert.   Mr J played a duet during the intermission, and it was a great concert.

Life right now...making lists and checking them twice as I eat lunch and multitask.

Mr J in his jazz band Christmas concert.  They sounded awesome!

We got snow!  It didn't last, but it was pretty with the Christmas lights on at night.

Two basketball games this week!  Lost one, but won the last one before the break and Miss E did awesome, and her older sisters got to be here for the last one before the break!

Heading up to the city to stock up at Costco before we pick up the girls from the airport!
And they are home!!!!  Picked them up from the airport and hit Panda for lunch.  My heart is so happy!

Everyone together again!  We up to the temple to serve as a family today which was awesome!

Enjoying Christmas books by the tree in the evenings.

Making gingerbread houses at my mom's is a Christmas tradition.

Their awesome gingerbread house!

And the house Ben and I made.  Pretty fun!

Thanks for visiting!  Christmas coming up!

Monday, December 16, 2019

2019 Blue Jeans Week 50

We had a good week.  Lots of basketball games for Miss E--it was a tournament week, and her team did awesome!  We did some of our Christmas traditions this week and are looking forward to just 3 days of school this week and our college girls flying home!!!  Take a look at our week...
Making gingerbread cookies is always a must for us in December.  We always make this recipe from Mel's Kitchen Cafe.

Another Christmas tradition we have is making snowflakes to put on our kitchen window.  This is what we came up with this year.  Pretty awesome looking and very unique snowflakes I think!

I was at a school board conference and picked up these fidget spinners that light up which Mr J was excited to get!

Miss E is helping a friend convert plastic grocery bags into mattresses for the homeless.  They connect them together and then her friend weaves them together.  Not exactly sure how it works, but Ben helped Miss E hook them together one night as they watched a Christmas movie.

Music is a big deal at our house, especially on Christmas Eve, so these two have been diligently working on some Christmas duets to play for us on Christmas Eve, and I am excited!

We had this little friend with us this weekend as his parents celebrated their anniversary, and we enjoyed playing Rush Hour.  Puzzle games are the best!

To wrap up a week full of lots of tournament basketball games, Miss E and her team got a very well deserved 2nd place in their tournament this weekend.  Woohoo!  These girls work so hard and never, ever give up.  They are fun to watch.  It is going to be a good season!

Thanks for visiting!  Hope you have a great week!