After four kids, ten moves and nearly two decades, we are still blissfully in love (most of the time) and I found myself back in the state I was born and raised in. It has definitely been a journey. In fact, on our 18th anniversary we pulled the last of our stuff up over the pass and into Montana, leaving our surprise love, Idaho, behind. But Montana is a great place. The last best place according to some. And we fully intend to explore as much of it as we can! Join us on our continued adventure through life, love and other stuff that comes with it.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Dear Santa,

Turn this paper over and see the pretty sunset and pretty house that I made by myself, that I drew with markers for you. Enjoy the yummy cookies. I know they are not your favorite cookies, but I hope you enjoy them with the milk. Jesus loves you. Merry Christmas. He loves you all the time and God made everything.

From: Grace Calla Annabelle dog Voilet and Reegan

(From the mind of a 5-year-old, transcribed by daddy on the back of her pretty picture.)

Happy Babywearing and Merry Christmas everyone!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Yummy Chicken. Nuff said.

Food. Sometimes there is that meal that is just divine. And to top it off, it's easy.

Tonite my husband said, "You know, I really like this. I think you could make it every night and I wouldn't get tired of it" as he was picking every last yummy piece out of the pan while I was cleaning up the rest of dinner.

We call it Yummy Chicken--the recipe was actually called Indian Summer Chicken.

A note on my recipe--I'm a "little of this and a little of that" type cook. It sometimes drives my almost type-A husband crazy. But he really likes this dish--and it always turns out yummy.

Brown some chicken breasts. Then throw in some chicken broth (like a can) a glug or two of white wine and a can of stewed tomatoes--or any tomatoes really. Stewed, canned whole, canned diced, fresh, whatever. Tomato sauce would probably work well, too. Simmer that for about 30 minutes. Toss in some basil--fresh if you've got it. And serve. Yummy chicken. We have it with wild rice blend and a salad. And even the girls eat it all up.

Pure bliss in a dish.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Tell you what . . .

. . . my husband says to the girls tonite WELL after their bedtime.

You two just stay in your beds and stay awake all night. If you can do that I'll give you a dollar.


Yes. If you stay in your bed and stay awake all night, I'll give you a dollar.

But I can't stay awake that long.

Well, if you go to sleep in the next 5 minutes, I'll give you two dollars.

(10 minutes later)

I think I owe Grace two dollars.

And Calla pooped her pants.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Love my mom friends!

Some tidbits from today:

Bread is the underwear of the kitchen. -Lisa. We love Lisa.

They've got boobs in there and they're not afraid to use them! -Kate *warning* the men working in the garage that there are nursing moms in the house and they should enter at their own risk. Poor guys.

I'm glad my husband approves of my friends.

Monday, December 1, 2008


Last night a friend took the girls to a Japanese restaurant. It was one of those ones where the chef comes to your table and cooks and throws food and knives (just what my almost 3-year-old needs to see). They had a grand time.

And they came home with chopsticks. This morning Grace tried them again.