Friday, February 27, 2009


I have to admit that I imagined our initial reunion a bit more romantic, bu
t after being up since 4:00 am cleaning up Grant's throw-up and diarrea, leaving by 5:45, traveling slow through a snow storm and finding Jess landed a lot earlier then expected, my ideal reunion was a bit crumbled. But just because it doesn't begin the way you want it to doesn't mean the whole day goes sour. It was a great day.

The girls were so happy to see dad again and we caught up a bit on the ride home. As soon as we hit Camelot Village Jess saw the flags and sign that had been so thoughtfully put out last night to welcome him home. He asked me, "What are all the flags for?" When I told him they were for him Jess cried (of course grumbling at the same time that we shouldn't have done that for him.) It was a sweet gesture though and it made me cry as well because I know that the flags represent the love that the ward has for our family. Thank you everyone for putting them up and for all the support and love you have shown us through this last year. I would never have been able to get through the last 13 months without you.

When we got home Jess gave each of the girls a yellow rose and a red rose for me. He also gave Reanne and Sierra a party dress from Afghanistan. I wish the pictures would have turned out clearer so you can see the dresses better. They are very intricate and we both decided that Afghans definitely like their bling. Reanne and Sierra also gave Jess a book that they had made from their drawings and paintings called "I Love You Dad." It was really sweet.

They both went around the house and showed Jess everything that they thought might be important for him to know. Things like what they got for their birthdays and Christmas, what they like for snacks, and where the hairbrush is. What they really were looking forward to most however, was wrestling dad. It was so cute to watch. I don't think I have seen Reanne or Sierra so happy in the whole year Jess has been gone. Oh how little girls need a dad around! Letting them jump on me and pound me is just not something I am willing to do and they just love it. Grant of course loves Jess too, just like everyone else. He was smiling and laughing with him and not a bit shy.

It was such a wonderful day. I am so happy that it finally came.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Bread Recipes

Thank you to those of you who came to my stamp party. I thought it was fun.

Here are the recipes for the two breads that I made for the party. The banana bread I actually left in a bit too long and it usually turns out better. In the pumpkin bread I put in fresh pumpkin but canned works equally as well. Enjoy.

Banana Bread

1 1/2 cup sugar
2/3 cube of butter
3/4 cup sour milk (to sour just add some lemon juice to the milk)
2 eggs
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
3 crushed bananas (the browner the better)
1 tsp vanilla
nuts (optional)

Cream sugar, butter and eggs. Add dry ingredients alternately with milk. Add vanilla, bananas, and nuts. Blend. Pour into 2 greased bread pans. Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees.

Pumpkin Bread

1 1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 2/3 cup flour
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cloves
2 eggs
1/2 cup salad oil
1 (15 0z) can pumpkin
1/2 bag chocolate chips

Beat eggs, oil, and pumpkin. Add dry ingredients and blend. Add chocolate chips. Bake in 2 greased bread pans for 1 1/2 hours at 325 degrees.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Our Family

Our family picture drawn by Reanne. I love Grant's hair.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

A Couple Firsts

A few days ago, while feeling the spot in her mouth where her tooth wiggled, Reanne discovered it was no longer there. She was very upset that she couldn't put her tooth under her pillow until I convinced her that tooth fairies could read. She made this very adorable note for her. (Are tooth fairies girls? I always thought of them as female but I guess they could be male.) The fairy, whatever gender, took the note and left Reanne a quarter.

On a sadder note, Grant had his first fall of the bed yesterday. I knew he could roll but I didn't think he enjoyed it much and I did put him in the middle of the bed. While I was having dinner with Sara Pratt and her kids, I heard a bowling ball thump. I listened and didn't hear anything immediately so I kind of ignored it. A few seconds later there was major screaming and I realized what had happened. The fall probably knocked the wind out of poor Grant for a bit. I don't have to tell any mom out there how bad I felt. Helpful Reanne told me that he had to sleep in his crib from now on.