Monday, December 4, 2017

2017 Blue Jeans Week 48

December, here we are!  How did that happen so quickly?  Love the Christmas season!  We had a great week of decorating, a first Christmas concert, and the girls state competition.  Take a look at our week. . .
Love seeing these kids playing together.  Love hearing them play Christmas songs!  I LOVE Christmas songs!

As we were getting out the Christmas decorations we found this picture.  None of the kids claim they made it, though :).  It says, "The Ghost of the pet Dog."  hahaha 

Getting our 12 foot tree up and decorated is a chore and requires some major work!  These kids do an awesome job, though! 

First Christmas concert of the season.  Mr J doing a solo in his Jazz band.  Awesome!

And his regular band Christmas concert.  Loved it!


The girls had their state competition this week for their medical science fair.  They got to spend two days at a medical school and explore and learn.  It was a great experience for them!  So proud of their hard work!

Hope you had a great week!  Thanks for visiting!!!


Monday, November 27, 2017

2017 Blue Jeans Week 47

Had a wonderful Thanksgiving week!  My sister and her family were here for the week which was awesome!  Hosted a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner for 25 and had gorgeous weather!  Enjoyed some hiking and biking on our days off and got the house decorated for Christmas.  A great week!  So very, very much to be thankful for!  Take a look. . .
My sister and her cute family drove from Utah to be with us for Thanksgiving week.  We went exploring on the trails and found a cool cave!

My sister, nephew, Mr J and Miss E work on Thanksgiving name card holders--they were felt turkeys and turned out so cute!

Dinner is served!  The kids table :)  The kids keep getting bigger and bigger each year!

The adult table!  So many awesome people to be thankful for!!  Sure missed Miss A this year!  Can't wait to see her at Christmas!!!

And the best part of Thanksgiving?  The Pie!!!!  Oh yeah!  yummy!

My mom and my sisters, just missing my brother and his cute family this year.  

Mr J, my nephew and my mom heading out one day for a bike ride.  Our weather has been perfect!  

So much to be thankful for!  Thanks for visiting!  Hope you had a great week!  

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

2017 Blue Jeans Week 46


A beautiful pre-Thanksgiving week.  So much to be thankful for!  I am thankful I got to be with friends this past week, work on some Christmas stuff, listen to my kids play the piano and perform in a recital and go shopping by myself to the city and enjoy a Chick-fil-A frosted lemonade--ah, life is good!  Take a look at our week. . .
Lunch with the girlfriends today--a beautiful day!  Sure do love these ladies!!!

We will be having a foreign exchange student staying with us for a few months starting early December, so she will be with us at Christmas, and she needs a stocking!  She is Buddhist, so this is the first time for her to ever experience a Christmas, so we are excited about having her!

Miss O working very hard on her recital piece for later this week.  Love hearing her play!

Got to the city today by myself to get some shopping done, and love going to Chick-fil-A for lunch and a frosted lemonade!  A perfect treat!

Piano recital this week--these two did two duets, and one was so fun, they changed seats while playing and clapped in unison.  Lots of fun!  They worked very hard on their pieces.  

Miss E playing her piece--Falling Leaves, so pretty!

Mr J playing his Clementi solo piece and did awesome.

Miss O played also, but my camera malfunctioned and I didn't get a picture of her!  Augh!  And it was her last recital too.  Man, but we did get a video so that is good.  Technology--it is great when it works!  Not so much when it doesn't!  :)

But despite that we have much to be grateful for!  Have a blessed Thanksgiving!!  Thanks for visiting!!

Monday, November 13, 2017

2017 Blue Jeans Week 45

This was a nice quieter week in between sports seasons--had our cross country end of season banquet, went to the symphony, enjoyed Veteran's day and life is good.  So grateful for the Veteran's who have served and sacrificed so much for our freedom.  So grateful to their families also for making that sacrifice.  Thank you!!!  Take a look at our week. . .
Went up to the city to enjoy a visiting Russian Symphony which was very good.

This is a picture of my nightstand and all the books I have waiting for me to read.  I need to read faster....so many good books, so little time...

Had a warmer day that I could get out in the yard and get some bulbs planted for spring next year.  I enjoy working in my yard.

Miss O's last marching band parade.  Ugh, another senior last moment.  Yes, I cried.  She has been involved with band since 6th grade.  It has been a big part of her life.

Miss O was a team captain this year in cross country.  Had their end of season banquet, and love their coach!


Miss E and Ben went up to the city with some other youth from our church to attend the temple.  Miss O and Mr J missed it because they were marching in the Veteran's parade.  I love to see the temple.

Thanks for visiting!  Hope you have a great week!

Monday, November 6, 2017

2017 Blue Jeans Week 44

Had a nice week.  It was so good to have everyone (except Miss A) home again.  It was pretty quiet last week with just 3 of us home.  Enjoyed Halloween.  Mr J decided he wasn't trick-or-treating this year which was kind of sad, so no costume pictures.  Mr J and Ben had a scouts' camp out this weekend, so we girls went to see a movie.  It was a good week.  Take a look. . .
Miss O and her amazing grandparents on Sunday before they took her and Ben to the airport to head home.  Sure am blessed by amazing in-laws!

Sunday afternoon we made our traditional pumpkin sugar cookies to share and eat :)  Wouldn't be Halloween without those at our house!

Yeah!  He is home, and we put him to work cleaning out pumpkins!  Lucky guy!!


And here are this year's creations done by Miss O(on left) and Miss E (center) and Mr J on right. 


One of my creations this week.  I made a double crust blue ribbon apple pie.  Wow!  It was an all day process, but it was sooooo good!  Mel at Mel's Kitchen Cafe has been hosting a pie making boot camp the last few weeks, and I felt inspired.  All recipes are from here

Friday night the boys had a scouting camp out, so the girls decided to go see the new Thor movie, and it did NOT disappoint!  We are huge Marvel fans, so we loved it.  What I did not expect was how funny it was!  We were laughing through the whole thing!  A great girls' night out!!

And the boys went camping.  Saturday morning they went fishing which is a new thing for Mr J.  He caught a fish!  Pretty awesome weekend for him too!

Thanks for coming!  Hope you have a great week!!!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

2017 Blue Jeans Week 43

Busy week!!!  It was a short school week because of parent teacher conferences.  Last band competition for Miss O.  A medical science fair win for the girls, and then Miss O and Ben got on a plane for Utah and a college visit while Mr J and Miss E stayed with me, and we went exploring to see The Pioneer Woman Mercantile in Oklahoma (more pictures in previous post) and went to a ballet.  Take a look at our crazy busy week. . .
Last marching band competition for Miss O.  So proud of her hard work in band!  

These girls--on their own and not for a class, entered a medical themed science fair and won their regional competition and advanced to the state competition next month!!!  Lots of hard work done by these ladies!!! Appreciate their sponsor too!


While Miss O and I were in the city at her band competition we hit Hurts Donut Company.  Yummy!!

Ben did a cake decorating class at the library with Miss E and Mr J earlier this week.

No school Thursday so we went on a field trip down to Pawhuska, Oklahoma to The Pioneer Woman Mercantile and restaurant and were able to tour the Lodge where she films her Food Network TV show.  So much fun and such good food!!!  Way more pictures of this in the previous post.

Friday we had tickets to the ballet in the city and my best friend joined us since Ben and Miss O were gone.  It was lots of fun!  

And this young lady went with her dad to Utah to visit BYU where she hopes to go next year and to see Miss A!  Hello BYU and love the Y on the mountain.

No trip to BYU would be complete without getting ice cream from the BYU creamery!  Yum!!

They were able to go hiking while there to Stewart Falls--so pretty!

Went to a football game and met up with my sister and her family.

And Miss O got to ride in a plane for the first time (that she can remember, she went as a baby, but obviously doesn't remember it :)  She thought the plane ride was pretty cool.  

Busy week!  Thanks for visiting!  Hope you had a great week too!!!

Pioneer Woman Mercantile

While Ben and Miss O were on a college visit last week, the kids didn't have school Thursday or Friday because of parent teacher conferences, so we decided we were going on a field trip.  I have been a fan of Ree Drummond aka The Pioneer Woman since 2007.  When her Mercantile and restaurant opened I really wanted to go.  When I found out it was just a few hours from me, I decided I was going!  My mom,  my sister and her husband and Mr J and Miss E joined me.  We were lucky enough to be there when you could tour the Lodge--the ranch guest house and where Ree films her Food Network show.  It was so beautiful!  So here is a look at our field trip from last week. . .
Eating an early dinner--normally the wait time for the restaurant is about 2 hours.  We got there later afternoon, went to the Lodge, and came back to the Mercantile to eat around 4 and walked right in--no line.  It is open from 7 a.m. to 7 pm. and early morning or later afternoon evening are the least busy.  All our food was amazing!!!  Everything on the menu and at the amazing bakery upstairs is one of The Pioneer Woman's recipes and does not disappoint!

This is the Lodge--the ranch guest house that Ladd and Ree remodeled in 2008 and where they film her Food Network show.  It sits on a hill and is such a beautiful setting!  We were lucky that it was open for tours the day we went because it isn't always open because of filming and guests staying there.

Inside the Lodge.  I loved the cowboy boots on the mantle!

Part of the kitchen where Ree cooks!

One of the awesome Pioneer Woman Kitchen aid mixers.

I wanted to cook in this kitchen!

So much fun!

They added on an addition to the Lodge a year and a half ago with a prep kitchen and storage or Ree's props for her cooking show.  Cool to see this room with all her stuff she uses!

And the view from the Lodge was absolutely amazing!  They definitely are out in the middle of nowhere, though!  100,000 acre ranch!

At the Mercantile.   

Inside the Mercantile and heading upstairs to the Bakery which is not to be missed--blueberry scones are amazing!!

If you ever get near Pawhuska, Oklahoma, I would highly recommend stopping and exploring and, of course, eating!!