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Friday, February 29, 2008

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Valentine Cookies and "the clock"

The girls were into the cookies. They loved it!

The boys, not really into it. Wes just wanted to bathe. Wade wanted to watch Wes.

And just for Lisa!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Wade eating

In my last post about Wade I posted the wrong video. I comments about his eating, but the video doesn't match. Here is the right video, lol.

2 answers

1. How did I get my blog to look so cute?
When you snoop around you can find out lots of things. One thing recently was a blog with cute backgrounds on it. Here is the link:



So I went there and followed the directions. The directions are on the right part way down. I could do it so I'm sure you all can too!

2. What recipe did I use for the rolls?

Again, snooping can help you find lots of things. I found the recipe on someone's blog. Here is the recipe.

Rolls from Michelle S.
1 C milk
2 T yeast
½ C shortening
1 C warm water
½ C sugar
1 tsp sugar
3 eggs
about 6 ½ C flour
2 tsp salt

Melt shortening in milk over low heat and cool. Dissolve yeast in warm water with a little sugar (about 1 tsp). Beat eggs in a large bowl until foamy--that is the key...mix the eggs really well. Add sugar and salt. Next, add milk mixture. Add yeast. Stir in flour. Dough will be a little sticky. Let rise about 1 hour. Roll out on floured surface. Cut into Parker House, crescent, or cinnamon rolls. Let rise until doubled in size. Bake at 400 degrees until golden brown. (about 15 minutes, a little less maybe)

This made 20 rolls for me and you saw the size. I could have easily got 24. Thats what I will aim for next time.

found on this blog http://whowantsdinner.blogspot.com/

9 months

I can't believe that my baby is 9 months old already. Whaaa!!!! He is a great crawler and loves to stand along the furniture.

We just got back from the pediatrician. Wade is now 19 lbs (25th%) and 28 inches (50th%). At least he isn't 17 pounds anymore. He was 17 lbs from the time he was 4 months until he was 8 months. We were dealing with a milk/soy allergy. I'm pretty sure that he has outgrown that though. He seems to tolerate anything I eat now. His reflux has slowed down too. I think all those issues will be behind us soon.

He eats almost any food now. Most times its more well received than this clip shows!

He is just such a fun baby and we really are blessed to have him in our family. Everyone loves him so much.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Homemade Rolls

I got a wild idea to make rolls for dinner last night. I started at 4pm. The rolls were baked at 8pm. It was long past dinner and the kids were already in bed, but they were still yummy! And they were so pretty. Fairly easy too so I might do it again.

Doesn't it look yum!

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Kids of the cousins

This is Dori's little girl Bree and Gina's little boy Eli with Wade. Wade and Eli are 6 days apart and Bree is a few weeks younger than that. We love getting the baby cousins together to see how they play.

Gina and Deon, we are really going to miss seeing you as often as we do. I can't believe you are taking Wade's little buddy so far away! Maybe we can come visit you in NYC. That would be cool. We will definately miss you all!

Dori, Bree is in our prayers! We can't wait until we can visit you this summer.

Just some recent pics to share with you all.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

My new favorite movie

I took my girls today to see "Enchanted" and I think its my new favorite. The girls loved it and so did I! If you haven't seen it and you are a fan of Disney princess stories, go see this! Its so good and girlie.


Sunday, February 3, 2008

Visual Survey

FIRST - read the question
SECOND - type in the first answer that comes to mind in Google Image search
THIRD - post the first picture that comes up and write what you typed in (it’s hard sometimes to use the first image, but you must)

So fun…anyone who reads my blog is tagged!

1. Age I will be on my next birthday - 33

2. Favorite Food - chocolate chip cookies

3. Favorite Color - pink and blue, gotta acknowledge my boys andgirls!

4. A place I would like to visit - Scotland

5. Where I live - Westminster

6. Name of a past or present pet - Rusty was a dog we owned when I was a child

7. One of my favorite places - Utah

This is a perfect picture!

8. Favorite holiday - 4th of July

9. A bad habit - leavingthe dishwasher open

No, this is not my dishwasher. I guess I do this so it will be easier to load, but it drives Steve crazy!

10. Favorite animal - pandas

11. Favorite cartoon from childhood - The Littles

12. My name (or nickname) - mommy

13. Sport I play (or my favorite) - used to be tennis, now its The Firm (but thats not really a sport)

14. Favortie extravagance (what I do or get when I have a little extra time and money) -get a good haircut

15. A phrase I over use - I love you

That was fun, but harder than I thought! If you do this then post a comment so I'll know to check yours out!

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Remebering President Hinckley

We're remembering President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Gordon B. Hinckley, today as we watch his funeral. Our 97-year-old President Hinckley died Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 7 p.m. of causes incident to age, in his Salt Lake City apartment surrounded by his family. As the 15th president of the church, President Hinckley has led the church for nearly 13 years.

Here is a short biography about this great man


President Hinckley was known, even at the age of 95, as a tireless leader who always put in a full day at the office and traveled extensively around the world to mix with Church members, now numbering nearly 13 million in 171 nations.

His quick wit and humor, combined with an eloquent style at the pulpit, made him one of the most loved of modern Church leaders. A profoundly spiritual man, he had a great fondness for history and often peppered his sermons with stories from the Church’s pioneer past.

He was a popular interview subject with journalists, appearing on 60 Minutes with Mike Wallace and on CNN’s Larry King Live, as well as being quoted and featured in hundreds of newspapers and magazines over the years. During the Salt Lake Olympics of 2002, his request that the Church refrain from proselytizing visitors was credited by media with generating much of the goodwill that flowed to the Church from the international event.

In recent years, a number of major developments in the Church reflected President Hinckley’s personal drive and direction. In calling for 100 temples to be in operation before the end of the year 2000, the Church president committed the Church to a massive temple-building program.

In 1999 — 169 years after the Church was organized by its founder, Joseph Smith — the Church had 56 operating temples. Three years later that number had doubled, largely because of a smaller, highly practical temple architectural plan that delivered these sacred buildings to Church members in far-flung parts of the world. Many more Church members can now experience the sacred ceremonies that occur only in temples, including marriages for eternity and the sealing of families in eternal units.

President Hinckley was the most traveled president in the Church’s history. His duties took him around the world many times to meet with Latter-day Saints in more than 60 countries. He was the first Church president to travel to Spain, where in 1996 he broke ground for a temple in Madrid; and to the African nations of Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Cape Verde, where he met with thousands of Latter-day Saints in 1998. In 2005, he traveled nearly 25,000 miles on a seven-nation, nine-day tour to Russia, South Korea, China, Taiwan, India, Kenya, and Nigeria.

At a general conference of Church members in April 2001, President Hinckley initiated the Perpetual Education Fund — an ambitious program to help young members of the Church (mainly returning missionaries from developing countries) receive higher education and work-related training that they would otherwise likely never receive.

Closer to his Salt Lake City home, President Hinckley announced the construction of a new Conference Center in 1996 and dedicated it four years later. Seating 21,000 people, it is believed to be the largest religious and theater auditorium in the world and has become the hub for the Church’s general conference messages to the world, broadcast in 54 languages.

Even before his term as president, President Hinckley’s extensive Church service included 14 years as a counselor in the First Presidency, the highest presiding body in the government of the Church, and 20 years before that as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

President Hinckley was born 23 June 1910 in Salt Lake City, a son of Bryant Stringham and Ada Bitner Hinckley. One of his forebears, Stephen Hopkins, came to America on the Mayflower. Another, Thomas Hinckley, served as governor of the Plymouth Colony from 1680 to 1692.

President Hinckley’s first job was as a newspaper carrier for the Deseret News, a Salt Lake City daily. After attending public schools in Salt Lake City, he earned a bachelor of arts degree at the University of Utah and then served two years as a full-time missionary for the Church in Great Britain. He served with distinction and ultimately was appointed as an assistant to the Church apostle who presided over all the European missions.

Upon successfully completing his missionary service in the mid-1930s, he was asked by Heber J. Grant, then president of the Church, to organize what has become the Church's Public Affairs Department.

President Hinckley began serving as a member of the Sunday School general board in 1937, two years after returning home from missionary service in Great Britain. For 20 years he directed all Church public communications. In 1951 he was named executive secretary of the General Missionary Committee, managing the entire missionary program of the Church, and served in this capacity for seven years.

On 6 April 1958, while serving as president of the East Millcreek Stake in Salt Lake City (a stake is similar to a diocese), President Hinckley was appointed as a general authority, or senior full-time leader of the Church. In this capacity he served as an assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles before being appointed to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on 5 October 1961.

President Hinckley received a number of educational honors, including the Distinguished Citizen Award from Southern Utah University; the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Utah; and honorary doctorates from Westminster College, Utah State University, University of Utah, Brigham Young University, Southern Utah University, Utah Valley State College and Salt Lake Community College. The Gordon B. Hinckley Endowment for British Studies, a program focused on the arts, literature and history of the United Kingdom, was established at the University of Utah.

President Hinckley was awarded the Silver Buffalo Award by the Boy Scouts of America; was honored by the National Conference for Community and Justice (formerly the National Conference of Christians and Jews) for his contributions to tolerance and understanding in the world; and received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. In 2004, President Hinckley was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush in the White House.

In March 2000 President Hinckley addressed the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. He also addressed the Religion Newswriters Association and the U.S. Conference of Mayors and twice addressed the Los Angeles World Affairs Council.

President Hinckley wrote and edited several books and numerous manuals, pamphlets and scripts, including a best-selling book, Standing for Something, aimed at a general audience. In it he championed the virtues of love, honesty, morality, civility, learning, forgiveness, mercy, thrift and industry, gratitude, optimism and faith. He also testified of what he called the "guardians of virtue," namely traditional marriage and family.

President Hinckley married Marjorie Pay in the Salt Lake Temple in 1937. They have five children, 25 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren. Sister Hinckley passed away 6 April 2004.

Can you relate?


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