Wednesday, April 23, 2008
The Hogle Zoo has a train too, which made Taj's lifetime.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Every once and a while we have to get a change of scenery. Last week was one of those times, so when Friday came around we packed up and headed south to Bryce Canyon. That place is amazing.
With the little ones in tow we only took on a few scenic points and one hike. We saw some wildlife, and saw some breathtaking views. We felt like we were in a different world. Heavenly Father is so creative.
We feel like we're doing something right when Taj tells us how beautiful it is and that he likes to hike. (He was in the pack 90 percent of the hike, so of coarse he likes to hike :) The kids are great travelers, and that's a good thing since we definitely like to get out.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
At $3.50 per person, two and under free, they'll be seeing al ot of us this summer.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
A few days after the Easter candy overload, while I was feeling particularly gross, I caught myself offering Taj "Easy Cheese" and crackers as a snack. I had a moment of self disgust. I remembered a recent negotiation I had with Taj that went something like, "You need one more bite of your chicken nugget before you can have french fries." As if the chicken nuggets were a better option. What and who had I become? Me, the ex-vegetarian that still insists that a salad is a full meal, and thinks that the raisins in raisin bran is a little too sugary for breakfast. I had hit rock bottom.
I took that moment in time as my wake up call. I've had a few of those moment in my life where something had to give. In this instance it was my eating habits, which directly effect the eating habits of my family, and the state of the organization in my house. I'm proud to say that since that moment I've begun a cleansing process. I've been eating way better... fewer Easter treats, and have done a major overhaul on the toys. They were accumulating way faster than I had places for them. They now all have homes which Taj has been happily returning them to after playing with. I know it's a long way back up, but I also know that I can't use my six month old as an excuse anymore. Rather, I need to use my children as part of my motivation.
Whenever I try to eat better, I become obsessed with food and cooking. New neighbors: I need to make cookies. In laws just back from a two day trip: invite them over for dinner. Saturday morning: make banana bread like my Dad used to. You get the idea. I don't think it's a bad thing. It shows that I am being more conscious about what is going into my body. I know that banana bread is not necessarily healthy, but it's not that bad either. It's one of my comfort foods. Please try this recipe and enjoy the comfort and wonder of good homemade love, I mean food.
Best Banana Bread
1 C. shortening or butter
2 C. Sugar (1 white, 1 brown)
4 C. flour (1/2 whole wheat, 1/4 wheat germ, or just reg. works fine as well)
2 tsp. baking soda
12 banana's (mashed well)
2/4 C. walnuts (optional)
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. salt
*Cream sugar, shortening and eggs first
* Bake at 325 degrees for 55 minutes or until done