Sunday, September 30, 2007

What I want to be when I get big

I have added a list (at the right) of things that we want to be when we get big. I would love to know what y'all would like to be (especially Noah, Eli, and Amelia). Ian was the inspiration for this list. We saw the tail of an airplane glowing in the sunset when we took our walk today. Ryan was explaining why we could see the bright tail and that led to a passing reference to seeding the clouds. Ian declared that he would like to be a cloud seeder when he gets big.

Leave a comment and I'll add your desire to the list. Or corner Matt or Eric who also have admin rights. I'm not sure if there is a way to make a collaborative list. Matt or Eric, if you know more than me, please do your magic and make it happen. (If anybody else really wants admin rights, let me know. Daniel?)

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Holy Mole!

I made this today. It was fantastic.

The recipe is from Tyler Cowen (economist, ethnic food expert, and blogger. Check out his homepage.)

I modified the recipe slightly. At April's suggestion I used poblano chilies. The pepitas I used never popped when I cooked them. I just cooked them to a darker color over medium high heat in a little oil. I used my cast iron pan for all the cooking.

Addendum: The sauce needs about 1 tsp salt.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Ian's Antics

Today Ian says: I love my friend Jesus.

If you don't recognize the book in the picture, it is one of Ryan's TinTin collection.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Fender and harrassing Eric

I thought that you all might want to see this.
As you may be able to tell my bumper is a little bent. This is do to being rear ended two weeks ago Monday. I was the front car in a three car pile up because the people in front of me were trying to turn right from the left lane through a semi.

On a different note i have recently found out that Eric has another blog. I know it is shocking. But even more shocking is he won't tell me the address. Therefore I am offering a reward, to be determined later, for anyone who can provide a link to the blog. I realize the address will change immediately but, it is fun for me anyways.

p.s. Chuck Norris can slam a revolving door.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

An Update on Ryan's Conditional Life Expectancy

According to the federal government, I have about about 44 years to live. My probability of dying this year is apparently 0.001468. Look up your own if you dare.

I have been reflecting on mortality for 2 reasons. First, I ain't getting any younger, and September always reminds me of that. Second, the first counselor in our Elders Quorum died, and I was called to replace him. I view it as a great opportunity to do work for the dead. (Thank you! Thank you! I'll be here all week!)

Friday, September 14, 2007

Top 10 List

Here is my top 10 list for this week. You disagree? Post your own top 10 list, or just tell me what should be better in the comments....

Top 10 Live action TV Shows:

10. Psych - Guy pretends to be psycic to get a job as a detective
9. A-team - Mr. T. Need I say more?
8. Airwolf - The coolest Helicopter on the planet
7. MythBusters - Making fact or fiction out of urban myth
6. MacGyver - Is there anything this guy can't do?
5. Top Gear - British car show that has their own bit of spunk
4. Joan of Arcadia - High School girl sees & talks with God
3. The IT Crowd - Awesome show about a small IT department
2. Heroes - Save the cheerleader, save the world
1. Doctor Who - Remake of the original

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Grace's Tubes

Grace went to the hospital today at 6:30 and got her tubes. The doctor said that it all went really well. Grace was very very sad when she woke up but has been doing well today. Hopefully this will solve her hearing problems and help her catch back up with her development.

Picassa Albums

Eric, I like the links to the Picasa albums. It looks like you have to have public albums to see the photos. How do you decide whether they should be public or not?

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Graduation Application

I just thought everyone would be interested but yesterday I applied for graduation for spring semester. Yeah I might actually graduate sometime.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Chuck Noris

  • Chuck Norris doesn't churn butter. He roundhouse kicks the cows and the butter comes straight out.
  • If you spell Chuck Norris in Scrabble, you win. Forever.
  • A Handicapped parking sign does not signify that this spot is for handicapped people. It is actually in fact a warning, that the spot belongs to Chuck Norris and that you will be handicapped if you park there.
  • Chuck Norris once shot down a German fighter plane with his finger, by yelling, "Bang!"
  • Time waits for no man. Unless that man is Chuck Norris.
  • Chuck Norris sheds his skin twice a year.
  • A Chuck Norris-delivered Roundhouse Kick is the preferred method of execution in 16 states.
  • How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could Chuck Norris? ...All of it.
  • Chuck Norris can divide by zero.
  • When an episode of Walker Texas Ranger was aired in France, the French surrendered to Chuck Norris just to be on the safe side.
  • Chuck Norris invented black. In fact, he invented the entire spectrum of visible light. Except pink. Tom Cruise invented pink.
  • There are no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, Chuck Norris lives in Oklahoma.
  • Chuck Norris played Russian Roulette with a fully loaded gun and won.

Chuck Norris.....

For my laptop and Desktop at work I use a version of Linux called Ubuntu, and they are paying homage to an intergalactic legend this week. I thought I would share the love.

Everybody needs to post their favorite Chuck Norris jokes.... Here are some of ours (feel free to post your own favorites....):
  • When Chuck Norris does push-ups, he doesn't push himself up. He pushes the earth down.
  • Guns don't kill people. Chuck Norris kills People.
  • There is no theory of evolution. Just a list of animals Chuck Norris allows to live.
  • Chuck Norris does not sleep. He waits.
  • The chief export of Chuck Norris is Pain.
  • There is no chin under Chuck Norris' Beard. There is only another fist.
  • Chuck Norris has two speeds. Walk, and Kill.
  • The leading causes of death in the United States are: 1. Heart Disease 2. Chuck Norris 3. Cancer
  • Chuck Norris doesn't read books. He stares them down until he gets the information he wants.
  • Chuck Norris is the reason why Waldo is hiding.
  • Chuck Norris counted to infinity - twice.
  • Remember the Soviet Union? They decided to quit after watching a DeltaForce marathon on Satellite TV.
  • Chuck Norris doesn’t wear a watch, HE decides what time it is.

Eric Water


Noah and Grace just wanted everybody to know that Kool-Aid has officially changed their name to "Eric Water". While he lived with us, he always wanted Kool-Aid, so in honor of him, we have officially renamed it (notice, they are even drinking purple Eric Water...).
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Pot Roast Recipe

Here's a recipe for roast beef in the crockpot that we do all the time. We had some people over tonight and they asked for it, so since I typed it up I thought I would share.

Let me know if the link to the google document doens't work.

Grace's Brithday

Grace just had her first birthday. She is such a big girl now. Matt and I took her to the fun park to play in the soft play there. She loved it (Noah was scared to death). He loved to climb and crawl and slide down the slides.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Friday, September 7, 2007


The last few days has brought a lot of firsts to our house. Molly has finally figured out how to get her hand in her mouth and also toys. As I was taking pictures of her playing yesterday, she also rolled. So, here is the photographic evidence of both firsts.

I also finally remembered to buy her cereal finally, so she got her first food, which Ian thought was great. He was very excited to help feed her—and he didn't ram the spoon down her throat.

Thursday, September 6, 2007


Ian, Molly and I went hiking today at a Nature Preserve called Hemlock Bluffs. We had a very lovely time. Ian made the request yesterday and he made it around a 0.8 mile loop today. We saw squirrels, a bright lime green colored snake, which jumped off the board walk when we got too close, two deer, and a green lizard that let Ian touch it several times and thus became "my friend". Here's a picture of Ian in his hiking hat and shirt waving the two leaves that he carried around the path to show daddy he had been hiking.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Noah's first day of school

Noah started Joy School today and it was very exciting. There are three other boys Keegen, Max, and Seth. Today he played with the kids, and had sharing time (he showed his Mack with eyes), He learned the song "where is thumbkin" and played outside. He says it was lots of fun. Mom says he was a pill. But all in all it went well.

Ian announces:

I am a bear sitting on my log thinking of honey.
(Think winnie the pooh)

Monday, September 3, 2007

Labor Day Weekend

I hope that everyone has had a lovely labor day weekend. Even though our kids aren't starting school it is feeling like the end of summer (Hooray!). The weather has cooled down here enough that Ian once again resumed his position on the porch to watch Lamar (a neighbor kid) mow the grass. We even ate breakfast outside.

Considering our social backwardness, we have had a fairly social weekend. We went up to see Alison and Hallie in Norfolk, Virginia. Tobin's grandfather died and he was back in Logan for the services. We had a nice time. Ian and Hallie really enjoyed a trip to the beach—which, despite excessive assurances that the beaches here were pleasant, was very windy. Molly even got in the water, though she was much happier watching then getting her toes wet.

Hybrid? Try "Tribrid"

Mazda is working on car with a rotary engine that runs on gasoline, hydrogen, or battery power!

And it can take corners faster than a Lamborghini! Or not.