Mar 212010

This morning as we were driving to church Ethan and Tyra had a really cute conversation in the back of the van.

Ethan: “When I get baptized I will be a member of the church.”

Tyra: “Well when I get baptized I’m going to be a princess of the church!”

It was so cute that Kyle and I both had to laugh. 🙂

Mar 122010

Yumm! This is my newest experiment in the canning department. We had a pineapple sitting on the table, just waiting for the ‘perfect’ time to cut into it, and well the ‘perfect’ time just never came, so the pineapple was starting to look a bit over-ripe. So I decided “Hey! Let’s look for a recipe to make some jam!” Well I found one and it worked, so I sent Kyle to wal mart to get a few more pineapples because they were $2 each at the time. 😀


  • 3 1/4 cups crushed pineapple
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 box Sure-jel powdered pectin
  • 1 tsp butter or margarine

I crushed the pineapple using our food processor. It came out nice and chunky. I did do a batch with pineapple that I put through the blender, but it just pureed it, instead of crushing it.

Combine the crushed pineapple, pectin, and butter or margarine in a large pot. Bring to a rolling boil and add the sugar. Return to a full rolling boil and boil hard for 1 minute. Fill prepared jars leaving about 1/4 inch head space. Adjust two piece lids, and either invert for 5 minutes and set upright to cool and seal or, process for 15 minutes* in a boiling water canner or a steam canner.

*For our altitude here in Utah you need to add 10 minutes to the processing time.

Mar 032010

This week is just CRAWLING by. I’m so tired, and really stressed out, and I just can’t wait for the weekend. Well for Friday night really. You see, Kyle’s out of town on a business trip. His manager came up to him Friday and asked him if he would go because he’s the best they’ve got, to send. And quick as a flash they had flights and a hotel arranged, and Kyle headed off very early Monday morning to catch his flight to Cincinnati, Ohio.

Me on the other hand, I’m just going crazy being alone with the five kids ALL week! I know that really this week shouldn’t seem much different from what I normally go through. I mean, Kyle works two jobs. He leaves first thing in the morning (he used to leave before the kids got up, but they’ve been getting up earlier and earlier for a chance to see him), and then he goes from job #1 straight to job #2 then he will sometimes go to the gym before heading home, and when he finally does get home the kids are all asleep and I’m usually asleep as well. So really this week shouldn’t be much different right? WRONG! Just knowing in the back of my mind that he’s hundreds of miles away from me is like a dark cloud hanging over my day. Waking up in the middle of the night and finding him still not home drives me crazy. I don’t sleep well, knowing he’s gone and isn’t coming home tonight. Here it is Wednesday night, and I feel like he’s been gone forever, and Friday night just can’t possibly come fast enough!

The last time Kyle went on a business trip I handled things rather nicely. Granted, we only had Ethan then. But Kyle went to North Carolina and was going to be gone for two weeks, so I just said “Ok then I’m going to California for two weeks!” This time I didn’t have that luxury. Having 5 kids now, and with Ethan and Tyra both in school I’m tied to my current location, or believe me I would have packed the van up so fast and we would have gone to Ohio WITH Kyle.

Mar 032010

Keep the Sabbath Day Holy Lesson 29

Opening Song: “Saturday” Children’s Songbook pg 196

Opening Prayer: Tyra

Scripture: Exodus 20:8 “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy”

Lesson: Bear your testimony of the blessings that come from keeping the Sabbath day holy. Relate the following incident or a personal experience like it.

“John and Mary had been married 14 years and still didn’t have a home of their own. They had just gone through a particularly difficult business year, and had been turned down for a modest house. John was brokenhearted. Then he happened to read in D&C 59 where the Lord promises to all those who keep the Sabbath day holy: ‘The fulness of the earth is yours…whether for food or for raiment or for houses, or for barns.” He resolved to put this scripture to the test, and asked the Lord to help him and his family keep the Sabbath day holy and to help them buy their new home. Thirteen months later they were led by inspiration to visit their old neighborhood, where they saw a “For Sale” sign on one of the houses. They called the owner, who knew then, and he offered to let them move into the home, put it on a contract, and pay the down payment when their business improved. They knew the Lord meant what he said when he promised them ‘the fulness of the earth’ for keeping the Sabbath day holy.”

So I talked with the kids about some of the ways we can keep the Sabbath day holy

  • Wear our ‘Sunday clothes’ all day.
  • Read scriptures
  • Pray
  • Watch special ‘Sunday approved’ movies and not just any movie
  • Don’t play video games or anything that would keep our mind from the Savior
  • Listen to ‘Sunday music’ and not just whatever happens to be on the radio (or in itunes)
  • Take naps to rest our bodies for the coming week
  • Keep housework to a minimum

Activity: Call Daddy

Closing Song: “Welcome, Welcome, Sabbath Morning” Hymn #190

Closing Prayer: Jeremy

FHE Treat: “Cold Turkeys”: For each person you will need one scoop of vanilla ice cream, a cherry, a toothpick, a big chocolate chip cookie and chocolate syrup. Put a school of ice cream on a plate; using the toothpick, attach the cherry to the ice cream as a head. Stand a cookie against the ice cream as a tail. Dribble chocolate syrup over the ice cream.

I didn’t have vanilla ice cream or chocolate chip cookies, so we ended up using cookies and cream ice cream and Reese’s peanut butter cups 😀