Sunday, March 1, 2015

Long time, lots has happened. Let's try to catch up.

At one point Dustin wanted me to delete the blog becuase I never posted anything.  Well it's been what, 4 years and tonight when I am supposed to be writing two 1200 word papers for my mid term exam I decide to look up random stuff.  One thing I like to do is Google my name for kicks and see what comes up. Well what do you know, here is my blog.  I kind of forgot it was here.  It was cool to look through it and see how little everyone was, including me!  Since my last post, we bought a house in Middleton, ID... then two year later sold it and moved back to California. 

This is what it looked like when we took possession:

Don't you just love the wall color?  It was crazy in person.

That poor grass!

I loved the play-set, but look at the dead grass and weeds!
A shot of the kitchen. 

This ended up being the playroom, then Thaddeus' bedroom.

And after two years, when we sold it.  I cried the day we signed the papers, and it took a while for me to sign!  I loved my first little house so very much.

So pretty. 

Look at that green grass!

My favorite room.  Such a happy room.  I sure did love those squares.

Master.  It was small and a little hard to get around the furniture, but I loved it.

Look at the grass again!  so green!!!

I loved the huge backyard.  The kids ran for days around that backyard... When it wasn't snowing or freezing outside.

Looking into the kitchen. 

I just loved how clean and sharp it was.

I was feeling Springy today so I put a flower dress on Lily with a big fat bow. I think she is adorable!

Even with food on her face

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Spring Weather

I've been MIA for a couple weeks. I won't bore you with the details, but I am back in action. I am pretty excited to post my 2nd Chopped dish. But until then, I'm gonna talk about the weather.

See, someone needs to tell the weather that the first day of spring is here. It is still a little chilly outside. Although it is nicer up here than it was in Provo- it is definitely not as nice as it is in California this time of year. In fact today it was WINDY! And not just an, oh that's a nice wind, let's fly a kite kind of wind. No, it was a holy cow is that a tornado? wind. Pretty Windy. And it has been hailing. I have to admit, it is pretty cool to watch.

While it was storming outside, Brooke and Lily watched through the window. Those little turkeys make me laugh.
They better stop messing with the blinds.

One of the best things about Spring-time is the Flowers. Especially tulips. I really like tulips. Imagine how excited I was to get these from my wonderful hubby.
It made my day. Actually it made my week.

Friday, March 4, 2011

The Dentist and Other Goodies

Yesterday Brooklyn went to our new dentist for the first time. She did wonderful, and I was so proud of her. She wasn't quite brave enough to sit in the chair by herself, but she did sit on my lap and let the Hygienist look in her mouth. It was a "fun" visit so no cleaning this time. The hope is that in a few months we can go back and have an official cleaning. But, her teeth looked great- no decay and no visible problems.

Dustin, on the other hand, didn't have such luck. He endured a cleaning and then was told he needed to come back to get 3 cavities filled. I told him he was trying to keep up with me. (I have an appointment later this month to take care of 3 cavities)

Fun times at the dentist!

So we celebrated with a trip to my friend Heidi's cookie shop Sweet Valley Cookie Co
It is an adorable shop! You can buy cookies, soups, and drinks. They also have cards, jewelery, toys, and other cutesy stuff for sale.
Heidi was so kind and gave us some delicious cookies. The Brookie is my favorite- brownies and chocolate chip cookies mixed together, how could you go wrong?
Then we picked up a couple boxes of girl scout cookies - I had to support the girl scout troop!
We won't tell my dentist.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


There is a TV show called "Chopped" where the contestants are given different ingredients and they have to create dish using those ingredients. You can add what-ever else you'd like, but you have to use the ingredients given to you. On Sunday we were invited over to our friends house for dinner and to play chopped. The rules were to make an appetizer using the following ingredients:

When I saw the bacon, I first though of Pioneer Woman's Stuffed Jalapenos, but was at a loss as to how I could use the onions and rolls. The onions made me think about a broccoli casserole dish my sister-in-law makes. I decided to take a spin off that dish. So I cooked up all the baconChopped it up
Then I grabbed broccoli, cheese and cream of mushroom soup
Cooked the broccoli for just a couple of minute in a pot of water

Melted the cheese and soup together, then I threw in a couple of onions.
Mixed the broccoli, bacon, and soup mix all together
Then I took the crescent rolls and used a pizza cutter to make triangle shapes
And spooned a little bit of the broccoli mixture on top
Cooked it in the oven 375 for about 15 minutes and it was good to go.

This is a picture of the 4 different entries. They were all really good. My favorite was the top right, Emily made a southwestern flavor, which worked very well with the bacon and onions.
If I had the chance to do it again, I'd probably cook the crescent rolls for a little bit before I added the mixture. I think it was overcooked. But it was a fun appetizer.

The Judge. He said we all won.
Oh dear. Don't worry mom, the can isn't open. I think Lily liked the cold feeling of the can.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Kid's Fair

Boise had a Kid's Fair today. My friend Emily and I planned on going for the past two weeks. I was so happy Brooklyn was better so we could go. It was nice to get out of the house, and it was super nice to see the girls have fun. I also love entering all the free drawings. Don't knock it. At the Boise Christmas Show I won a free Miche bag and shell. (I'll post about that soon. I love Miche)
I had to take a couple pictures of the girls while we waited for Emily to pick us up
We got there as they opened the doors. Which is a good thing becuase that place got busy fast!
The kids had fun on the blow up toys (is that what they are called?)
This picture is super blurry, but I was very proud that Brooklyn went down the slide all by herself.
Meeting fun animals
And of course the princesses. They love the princesses!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Flu Update

Going on day 3 of the flu in the Lawrenson house. Brooke is still on a water/Gatorade diet. She ate 4 crackers yesterday but threw them all up within 30 mins. However I am confident that she will show dramatic improvement today. In fact I just saw her smile for the first time in 3 days!

Where I have spent 90% of my day.
Don't judge me-I know I look terrible; I am functioning on very little sleep.

After being sick for 2 months, Hubby finally went to the Dr yesterday! The Dr said that his throat looked terrible. Mr. Dlaw was like, "Tell me about it, I feel like there are razor blades in my throat." They tested for strep and it came back negative. The Dr ended up giving him some penicillin and nose spay. If this doesn't kick it, he will have to go back to do more tests. Let's hope the penicillin works. I am ready to have a healthy house!

Bless Lily's heart, she is a doll. I wonder if she somehow knows that Brooklyn needs most of my attention. She is just wonderful!
On a happy note, Hubby and I were able to watch Modern Family last night. Possibly the funniest and best show I have ever followed. Last night's episode was hilarious. It was nice to laugh!