Family Fun Photo Dump #52Project


  Confession: I love keeping up with my photo a week personal challenge, but I was getting kinda embarrassed that my #52Project posts were, like, practically the ONLY posts on my blog. I debated about canning the project, but I'm not one to quit at anything, so my next thought was to just do one post a month and include a photo a week from that month. That was end of March, and here we are … [Read more...]

Lazy Man’s Stuffed Cabbage Casserole

Lazy Man's Stuffed Cabbage

  Looking for a cheap dinner recipe? Lazy man’s stuffed cabbage is a great combination of low-cost and easy to prepare ingredients. But first, let me tell you the story of how I came across Lazy Man’s Stuffed Cabbage. As you probably know, I am a teacher. Lately we’ve been struggling to stay under budget, and one of the best people to give advice on low-budget meals is the SAH-wife of my … [Read more...]

The Smell of Campfire and Ocean Spray

Mom and Logan

  This Mother's Day I'm sharing one of my favorite memories of my mom. Camping is a passion of my mom's. She was fortunate enough to have been raised with some amazing camping experiences and she did her best to share her love of camping with her children. When I was little we used to go camping twice a year with several other families at a little beachside campground in Santa … [Read more...]

English-to-Toddler Picture Dictionary

Emily Swimmin'

Kids say the darndest things, don’t they? Thankfully, we aren’t at the stage where the girls say horribly embarrassing things about strangers at full volume. Madeline and Emily are in the “See how cute she says ___” stage. And it’s awesome. For a while, I did that thing you’re not supposed to do and compared my twins’ lack of vocabulary to the extensive vocabulary of other twins their same age. … [Read more...]

Too Loud!

too loud

She inherited one of my family’s most notable traits: A big, loud mouth. When she tells you something, it’s at top volume. Songs are at a zillion decibels and don’t even get me started on happy giggles.  I guess I can be thankful that she isn’t shy. When she starts school she will be one of the ones that the teacher picks to lead the recital or emcee the presentation because her voice carries so … [Read more...]

10 Lessons I Learned from my Toddler Twins

toddler twins on errands

At times they will drive you crazy. But raising toddler twins isn't all tantrums and food fights. They are also the most lovable, most adorable pudgy-cheeked little people at times. They will drive you bonkers, but you will treasure them and never want them to grow up. Here are 10 lessons I learned from my toddler twins. Having toddler twins will make errands just that much more of a … [Read more...]

My Last Baby #52project


  I love this face. Over Spring Break, I have found joy in waking up every morning to the big, goofy smile of baby John. I’m not sure why, but I’m finding that every moment with this baby is precious.    I get a kick out of his silly smile. My heart warms when I hold his tiny body in my arms. Although I loved them with all my heart, I didn’t feel that way with the other three when … [Read more...]

Crock Pot Chicken and Dumplings

crock pot chicken and dumplings

  Chicken and dumplings is one of my all-time fave comfort food recipes, along with this casserole (chicken divan). I just love the creamy chicken soup flavor and the fluffy dumplings. I make a crock pot of chicken and dumplings over the weekend, and usually have leftovers for lunch the next day.  The biscuits take a while to cook, so you can't really leave the crock going all day while … [Read more...]

#52project See You Later

See you later

Two weeks ago I stood in front of my aunt’s house and asked my mom to take my picture. All our bags were packed and loaded into the car. Good-byes had been said, hugs had been given, and we were ready to make the return trip to San Diego. There was just one thing left to do: Stop by the assisted living facility and say goodbye to my grandma. It was the reason we had come to Utah and yet I … [Read more...]

#52project Grandpa


Apparently Grandpa is the favorite. The girls got to spend an evening at their grandparents house while their brother had a zillion rowdy boys over for a slumber party last weekend. They had such a great time snuggling up under their fuzzy Frozen blankies with Papa. … [Read more...]