Tuesday, July 17, 2018

SBL - Date night with Ethan

I love this boy! It would seem that we have weathered the rough teen years and come out on the other side. He is responsible and hard working. He is doing his best to be helpful and kind and it is making a huge difference in our home. 

And he's just plain fun to be with. He has a great laugh and we like a lot of the same things. He gave me a big squeeze this afternoon and said, "Wanna go on our date tonight?" 

I mean, come on. 

So, we left the girls in Megan's capable care (with a hot chicken pot pie right out of the oven) and we went in search of a "real burger". We've been settling for Freddy's lacy burgers for far too long. We ended up at Old Chicago...and he found his burger. I got a yummy apple chicken walnut wrap and we swiped each others fries and onion rings.  He stopped to talk to a veteran (always) and found out that the navy hat he was wearing was in honor of his son that died at the pentagon on September 11th. He is forever loving these wonderful men and showing them that their service and sacrifices are not forgotten. He's such a good young man. 

We wolfed down our food and booked it over to the theater to watch Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.  It wasn't terrible. But it doesn't really matter. It was fun to be out with my son and thinking about his senior year. So much is going to change for him and I'm going to enjoy him every chance I get!

Did I mention that he drove?!? And paid for dinner?!?

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Mari's veggie dip

Mari finally taught me how to make her yummy dip. For her, I suppose, it's a veggie dip. For me, I would qualify it for anything: veggies, breadsticks, pita chips, pretzels, fingers.....

The DIP!

1/4 c sour cream
1/4 c plain yogurt
1/4 c mayo
lots of fresh dill...(2ish TBSP)
1/2 tsp celery salt
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 Tbsp dry parsley (fresh would be amazing)

Stir and start dipping!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018


The girls got in a fight and Mark sent them off to their rooms to "work it out". He wasn't specific and we imagined they'd come back and say that they had apologized and maybe even give an obligatory hug or two to make it convincing. 

Instead, they came up with this: 

Sometimes, they parent themselves better than we do.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Mother daughter campout

The Young Women presidency planned a Mother Daughter campout....which I think is so fun and well overdue. I may or may not have guilted them into including all the girls, not just those over 12. I was glad they allowed siblings because camping in the summer (in the Midwest) is only done a) once b) as early as humanly possible  c) with as much gear as we can stuff in the car. So, let's bring everybody and put it up on our bucket list!

We got there about 4 pm and picked out a spot right in the shade of the only big tree. Regina and her girls beat us by 30 minutes and had already scoped out the cleanest bathrooms in the loop. I trust her judgement. Megan and I put up the tent pretty quickly considering that half our tent poles are splintered and needed to be duct taped. In the end, it wasn't gorgeous, or straight, but it was in the shade.  

And shade is everything.

We fashioned a front porch out of extra tarp and our picnic blankets and camp chairs. Soon other mothers and daughters were coming over for a chat :) 

We ventured down to the "lake" to find shells. It was a bit gross. Lots of mud and swarms of gnats. But the waterline was low and the girls found loads of little muscle shells. We kept our collection safe under the washing station.

We spent the next 18 hours, swinging in the hammock,

trying to keep a fire going off of wet wood and gathered seed pods....

and offering free therapy to each other while our girls ran free in the night!

We had such a fun time, even with the humidity and the mosquitoes and the plentiful itty-bitty ticks that haunted our dreams. If only they had been satisfied with that and not sent several of their friends home with us.

Friday, May 25, 2018


I guess I'm not supposed to leave the candles outside?

No love lost

I think it's fair to say that Ethan will not miss Algebra 2. 

He and his friend, Avery, lit their homework on fire and watched their worries float away. 

Unfortunately, the thunderstorm we had last night made their efforts more smoke than flame. But they were pretty determined.