Sunday, April 17, 2011


I am not even going to pretend I know where I last left off...McKenna went to some dance, Danny was still at some school, Lindsay was transferring to some other school that was meant to be in the beginning!

Since then, life has been gold! I can honestly say, all my kids are happy (and Ron and I are happy) and content with the life they have chose and the life they envision for themselves! And they still like to call and/or visit their mom!

McKenna has completed her year as MMLOT and given up her crown..the good thing is she gave it up to one of her best friends Ciarra! The bad thing is I/she misses her crown! McKenna honestly had a great year representing Moses Lake and I can not tell a lie...I had a fun year with her!

Lindsay has transferred to Eastern Washington University! It's funny how things come full circle! This is the first place we looked at during her senior year...then WSU then ASU (which she went to for a year and LOVED Arizona, but so far away, not so much) SFCC for 3/4 of a year and now back to EWU!! So happy for her, this is a much better fit than anything she has done and she looks and feels great! (And my kids closer to home makes me a MUCH happier mama!)

Danny...wish I saw his smiling face more! But I know growing up means reality sets in and responsibilities take over! Dan is doing GREAT at WSU, just recieved another grant that at the LEAST looks great on his resume, at the most pays for part of his education, which makes his dad and I so VERY proud! For his JR year in college, the child is doing okay! We look forward to many more things in his future!

And then on top of the family updates, I have a RECIPE...I know I should space these things out, but because my history shows it will be 3+ months til a new recipe and/or update, I'm going to do one whenever I feel like it! Oh well! My mom and the three other people that see this understand!

Both my girls and Ron gave me a HUGE thumbs up for this recipe!

Stovetop Fideos

Makes 4 servings, about 1 1/2 cups each
Active time 45 min Total 45 min

Fideos, a toasted pasta dish served in both Mexico and Spain, always begins with toasting vermicelli-style pasta and varies quite a bit from there. Some versions morph into vegetable-noodle soup, some versions are less brothy and more like a pasta main course. Our vegetarian, summer-vegetable-packed version features green beans, corn and tomatoes. Omit the cheese to make in vegan.

3 TB extra-virgin olive oil, divided
8 oz whole wheat angel hair pasta, broken into 2-inch pieces (about 3 cups)
2 cups 1-inch green bean pieces
1 med onion - diced
4 cloves garlic - minced
2 med tomatoes - diced
1 cup corn kernels, fresh or frozen (thawed)
1/2 t dried oregano
2 cups vegetable broth
1/2 t salt
1/2 c finely shredded Cotija or Asiago cheese
2 scallions, sliced
Lime wedges

Heat 2 TB oil in a Dutch oven over med heat. Add pasta pieces and cook, stirring, until toasted and browned in spots, 2 - 3 min. Transfer to bowl.

Add the remaining 1 TB oil to the pan and heat over med heat. Add green beans, onion and garlic and cook, stirring until the beans are beginning to soften, 3 - 5 min. Add tomatoes, corn and oregano and cook, stirring, until the tomatoes are just beginning to break down, 1 - 2 min. Stir in broth, salt and the toasted pasta: bring to a boil over high heat.

Reduce heat to med-low, cover and cook, stirring once or twice, until the pasta is tender and most of the broth is absorbed, about 7-10 min. Serve topped with cheese and scallions, with lime wedges on the side.

Per Serving: 443 calories, 17 g fat, , 16 g protein, 12 g fiber

Monday, March 7, 2011

MLHS Sweethearts Dance

McKenna and Jonathan were THE best looking couple at the Sweethearts Dance...at least in MY opinion!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Boy oh boy...time to catch up!

It is hard to believe it is already half way through January! The holidays sure went by in a blur...we spent Christmas in California and had a great time! Here is a quick catch up on what went on around here!

McKenna and Jonathan at her Sadie Hawkins danceLindsay has some college fun with friendsMcKenna and her "little sister" Hanna emceed the Moses Lake Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
McKenna in the NutcrackerMaking Gingerbread HousesChristmas in California!
The upside down tree My parents The breakfast gathering The kids goofing aroundThen to start 2011 off right, McKenna and 3 friends went to a 3 day hip hop workshop with fantastic choreographers! They were all exhausted by the end of the weekend, but it was completely worth it!

Caitlynn, McKenna, Elise and Alyssa with Montana Efaw who just came off a tour with Lady GaGa!
McKenna and Caitlynn with Napolean D'umo of Tabitha and Napolean, the most awesome husband and wife team, seen on many dance shows like So You Think You Can Dance!

And that gets us all caught up! Enjoy the New Year!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Hold on a sec...Lindsay is 19?

Is it just me? Or do the years seem to be flying by?

LOVE having Lindsay closer to home...Spokane is a whole LOT closer than Arizona and we get to have her to ourselves So much more!

Happy Birthday to a very special girl...LINDSAY...who turned 19 today!! Ron, McKenna and I had a great day out in Spokane (Dan would have joined us, absolutely, until the time changed from afternoon LazerTag to morning shopping..can you really blame him? He did leave a sleepy sounding message for Lindz around 1:00 pm ish!)

We are very proud of Lindsay, she has become both her parents and her siblings very good friend and confidant.

She is the child that has always had a plan, though the plan may vary, it is always there and Lindsay will succeed!
Brand New Lindsay!
Ron with Lu (probably watching some game!)
Lu and her proud Mom
Ron with Dan and his new little sister (Danny really wasn't sure that crying thing should come home with us!)
Big brother helping out and feeding Lindsay (or at least making her stop crying for a minute!)
Lindsay did have a "Black Light Party" with her friends and I have the pics on my phone that show them in a black light with their light up wands and white t's...but can NOT figure out how to get those pics from my phone to my computer! So...
Happy Birthday Lindsay! We all love you!!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

We had another of our annual Pumpkin Carving Parties and they get more fun every year!! Once again, I have to say, we have the best friends that love to decorate/carve/spray paint/light and/or flame their pumpkins!!

We had our next generation show up this year! My kids babysitter, Rachelle and her husband Chris came with their brand new 4 week old son LEVI!! Love that this tradition will continue!

I honestly can say that this is the THING that I look forward to doing every year! And to top it off, all my kids were back this year to celebrate with us!! Can not beat that!
The Carving - Dan and Reilly
Reilly's "Pumpkin Pi"
Lindsay's "Purr-ty" kitty
McKenna carved a pumpkin to look like NICOLE!
The Gang
Some of the non-carving: Becky and Kim
Scott, Leslie and Rosalie
Curtis (did not ever see him go near a pumpkin!)
Rachelle (excused from carving) with Levi, whom you can't see because my dog Fletcher is determined to steal the spotlight!
Ron! Did we wait too long to carve!!?
Some of my favorite people!
Reilly, Lindsay and Danny
Caitlynn and Elliott
Sam, Brandon and Mom Michelle
Cloe and StephanieThe Flaming Finale!Dan's WSU!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

McKenna's Homecoming Dance!

McKenna went to her first dance at the high school last night! She could not have had a better date, her best friend Jacob! They grew up together, living across the street and it is so crazy to see them grown up, dressed up and going to a dance!

The theme for the dance was "Vegas" and Jacob's mom and I were hosting the dinner for their group with the help of all the parents. So of course we had to have an "All You Can Eat" buffet and Michelle and I put up a backdrop in her garage for the pictures!

All the kids looked fabulous, the food was excellent and they had a great time!
McKenna and Jacob
The Corsage
The Boutonniere
Hailey, McKenna & Haley getting ready at the house
Ciarra and McKenna
The Girls
The Guys
The Group