Monday, January 30, 2012


So it has been a bit chilly here in Buhl and I am just not one to brave the cold lately. So we have been spending a lot of time inside entertaining ourselves. This is what Mr. Logan has been up to:


Trains, Trains and More Trains

A track for each engine :) (Thomas, Percy, and Salty)

A big track that he made all by himself. He is quite the track builder. He impresses me every time he lays the tracks :)!

One Proud Little Boy!

I think this little boy can look forward to quite a few new additions to his Thomas Trains this year :)!!!

Little Miss Ashlee has been doing nothing but CLIMBING!!!
She loves to Climb on anything she can get onto! Can I say NO FEAR!!

This is probably her favorite place to perch herself !

Look at that smile "Ha mom i got up here again" :)!

Look at that cute face!
Two of the best kids a mother could ask for!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Best of Friends

In the last month Logan and Ashlee have really taken to playing with each other. Not that they didn't before, but it is just really fun to watch them interact with each other.  They just do everything together. I love that they are becoming the Best of Friends!

Logan loves to play peek-a-boo when Ashlee is in her high-chair.

Havin some chocolate pudding!

Logan and Ashlee

They love to share and Logan loves to help her eat. There is nothing they love more than mandarin oranges!

Saying cheese so I can take a picture.

Eating Popsicles!

This boy loves Popsicles!

Her first time having a Popsicle by herself. She does a really good job, it doesn't really get all over her! She is growing up way too fast.

This past weekend my dad came up from Utah to see my grandparents and to make a stop to see us. When we were in twin getting our groceries we stopped in at my grandparents house to see everyone. We ate pizza and played a few games then we headed home to get our groceries put away.

Ashlee, Papa Brad, Logan (being a spazz)

My dad had to do a few things for my grandparents and then he came out to our house and we ate dinner and played wipe out on the wii. It sure was a night of good laughs. It was good to see him.

Then on Sunday he brought my grandparents over to our church, because Matt was talking in sacrament with Dylan and Flint. It was a pretty great meeting. Logan sure was sad when they had to leave, which means he had a good time. So we look forward to when we get to see him and Cyndi again :)!

I Finally Did It

So those who know me know that I HATE to cook. I only do it because I have a husband and 2 kids that need to eat. I wish we only needed to eat like 3 times a week, but sad to say we have to eat 3 meals a day:(! Don't get me wrong I love food, I just love it more when someone else is the one cooking it. So another thing to add to our list of "when we have some extra money", is a personal CHEF :)!  So until then, here is what we did that has actually brought my hate of cooking down to a strong dislike. It isn't a new idea and in fact I think quite a few people do it, but it is a new concept around our house. What is it you ask? It is a two week menu.
What a novel idea! I have tried this before with no success and this time around I did things a little different. During my failed attempt I wrote down what we were having each night of the week and then usually when that night came around I didn't feel like what was on the menu :(! And I hated trying to figure out what it was that I wanted instead. So I stopped doing the menu thing and continued hating to fix dinner. This time, I sat down and wrote down 14 things that sounded good (new and old recipes) and then we headed to the grocery store to get all the needed items. Which was quite the experience.
It had been like a month since we had been to the grocery store and our cupboards and fridge were pretty empty.I kind of dreaded going to town, because I hate the grocery bill when things get this low. Anyway, it was the first time in a long time that Matt went with me to get groceries. It was kind of fun, until towards the end and then I remember why it is that I usually go do it by myself. He is fine until you have been out for a while then he is just kind of whinny and he gets pretty agitated pretty easily. So usually I just leave him home and go on a day that my mom can help me with the kids and we usually have a blast :)! (Not that I dont have a blast with Matt, it just has to be a short shopping trip or neither one of us has a fun time). Anyway the 4 of us went to Costco and Winco, and we did great. We spent more than we wanted to at Costco, but like I said we were really running low. Then when we went to WinCo we were both a little shocked. We thought for sure we were going to go way over our budget. But to our surprise with a few coupons and sticking to the list, it was a lot less than we thought. YAY!
So lessons learned through this whole menu and shopping trip; I have enjoyed making a menu this time around and I look forward to cooking dinner, first because the ideas are already there and second because I know that I have all the stuff to make them. I have also learned that making a list of items that will actually be apart of already decided meals, and then buying them, really does help with saving money and making my job as shopper/cook a whole lot easier and more effective. So not only did I finally do it, but I have enjoyed it!!!!

So Here Is Our First List of 14 Dinner Ideas:
  1. Taco Salad (Use of Chili Cheese Frito's)
  2. French Dip (New Idea from Pintrest)
  3. Chicken Caesar Salad
  4. Tacos
  5. Hamburgers and Homemade French Fries
  6. Hamburger Helper
  7. Lasagna
  8. Pork Chops/Mashed Potatoes
  9. Homemade Chicken Nuggets
  10. Ranch Chicken Pizza
  11. Breakfast Dinner
  12. Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole
  13. Steak and Twice Baked Potato Casserole
  14. Turkey/Potatoes
We have had the Chicken Caesar Salad and I have to say that it hit the spot and was way better than I thought it would be. I bought a head of lettuce and cut it up, grilled three chicken breasts, we added olives and tomatoes, parmesan cheese, and a bottle of caesar dressing. It sure was good and we had a little leftover for lunch today! Tonight we are going to have Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole. I hope it is as good as it looked on pintrest.

Another fun thing we did for family night was to make a s'mores treat. It was golden grahams, chocolate chips, and marshmallows. I just mixed the golden grahams and chocolate chips. Then I melted the marshmallow in a pan with a little butter on the stove and then poured it over the cereal and chocolate chips. I loved it and I like it better than muddy buddies which have always been one of my favorites.

Helping Make the Smores Treat!

I am loving pintrest and all the new ideas! Lets hope this menu thing continues to be a good thing around here!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Last Box has Arrived!

So it has been a year since we got an awesome little envelope from fed-ex saying that we won a years worth of diapers! We sat down and figured out what we needed and it has worked out to be about 1-1/2 to 2 years of diapers :)!!!!! We were given $1000 to spend on diapers at! (I love, by the way!) It worked out great because we didn't have to go anywhere to buy them, they came right to our door. I also saved about $113 by sending in coupons and signing up for some of deals. So we actually got $1113 worth of diapers in 2010. It has been such a huge help financially this past year. I am just glad that we will have enough diapers (hopefully) until we start potty training Ashlee!

We were able to get
10 Boxes of size 1-2
10 Boxes of size 3
8 Boxes of size 4
1 Box of size 5
Total 29 Boxes of Diapers

These are all the diapers we have left :)!!!
A big thanks to Huggies! We love Huggies and Thanks for choosing us to win your AWESOME giveaway!