Tuesday, October 29, 2013

It's About Time

I had almost complete forgot about this little blog, until the other day Sam emailed me the link with the subject of, "memory lane." As I scanned through my older post I was sad that I don't have a good record of the past several months, so I'm back on it.

This summer flew by with a trip to Lake Powell, followed by a couple weeks in Logan. I said good bye to my sister as she left for the Santa Rosa, California Mission. I then drove back to Dallas with my sweet mother who agreed to make the drive with me. It was my first time ever hauling a trailer and I have to say Sam (and my father-in-law) would have been proud at my mad backing skills displayed at the Ramada, in Santa Fe.

Things slowed down back in Texas, as I was really sick most of July and August. I think this is where James developed is love of Milo and Otis, as on bad days it was not unusual for him to watch it a few times a day. Yet, now the sickness is over and the heat has subsided in Texas and everyone is feeling great.

The end of August we made the drive to Destin, Florida where we met up with the Salmon crew for a fantastic family reunion. Filled with the beach, great food and great company it will be a family reunion never to be forgotten. While there us Lee's were able to visit the grave site of a few amazing ancestors, who showed great faith in joining the church and giving up comforts to live the gospel. It was a special feeling to visit there resting places.

We have a sweet baby girl coming to our family the end of February and I could not be more excited. James is clueless. He seems to be growing up so fast!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Raise the Song of Harvest Home

We have much to be grateful for this year, loving family, the arrival of our boy, and the blessings of the restored gospel. I love that we have a holiday to reflect on and celebrate our blessings.

It was my first time cooking a turkey and I think it was still frozen when I put it in. Finally after 5 hours in the oven with the bottom half still raw, we decided to just eat what was cooked and forget about the rest. It looked really good, and wasn't too dry considering how long it was in the oven.

We feasted on all the traditionals, sweet potatoes, creamed corn, mashed potatoes, rolls, carrots, corn bread stuffing, and pumpkin pie!

Waiting for the turkey gave us some time to make Thanksgiving hats. 

Of course, it would not be Thanksgiving without the Thanksgiving Pudding. This is a tradition in my family that represents the beginning of the giving season. There are presents for each person in a basket with a long string attached to each, everyone pulls there sting at once and you have to untangled all the strings to get your present.  James was so tried from all the excitement of the day, he was already in bed and missed the Thanksgiving Pudding. 

We spent the rest of the weekend decorating for Christmas, making donuts and visiting the Christmas display in Frisco. The city of Frisco had created a light display downtown that was synchronized to Christmas music.

I had more pictures, but blogger just said I have exceeded my picture capacity. So you will just have to wait until I figure this out.

Monday, November 19, 2012

An Unexpected Day in Plano

The check engine light of our Subaru blinked on last Thursday. My own response to this is to keep driving as usual and hope that the light will eventually go off.  Sam had a more responsible approach. On our way to have the car looked at we started to smell something burning, and then saw smoke coming out of our hood.  Good thing we were on our way to get it fixed. We were given a loaner car to drive for the day, a 2012 Subaru Outback. We felt super cool driving around in a new car, although it was green, which is a shameful color for a car.

We spent the day in Plano, where the dealership is, waiting for the car to be done. We had fun going to stores and make James try on cute little hats. At 3:30 we received a call informing us that the Subaru would not be done until Monday- so we got to have the new car for the rest of the weekend. Super fun.  Sam is going to be sad to have to give it back today. 

I love these little white jeans. 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Cheesecake Pie

For this week's Sunday treat we made a cheesecake pie with blackberry sauce. It was quit delicious.

Sam and I tried to see who could make the plating look the most gourmet. You decide.

James is getting better and better at his scoot crawling everyday. Saturday night while Sam opened all the windows and doors and I wafted the smoke that was billowing out of our oven away from the screaming smoke detector,  James found his way right out the front door. Two lessons learned, one, James can move much faster now, and two, my oven should never be turned to 500 degrees. 

Here are a few recent shots of James.

Bath Time

Practicing Sitting (I love these pants)


Monday, November 5, 2012

An Unofficial Haircut

This week we had to trim the hair that was growing over James' ears. It was starting to look ridiculous.

November in Dallas is beautiful. On Saturday it was 75 degrees with a light breeze and we were enjoying being outside. 

The best part of the day for James is when Dad comes home. He kicks his legs in excitement and screams out in joy. He loves his papa. Sam was swinging James around in this grocery bag and James was loving it.