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A Girl and Her Pony

Emmaline got her very own pony for Christmas.  He is he cutest thing ever and she loves him.  She goes out every day to see him and always has to give him a kisses on his nose.

This is a daily event!!  I can’t stand it, it is so precious.


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Posted by on February 10, 2017 in Uncategorized, Whats up with the fam


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It is What it is!! continued




It is What it is!!

When we arrived home on Saturday, we were met with a great roast beef dinner with rolls and all the fixings from Texie. She is like me in that I show my love by feeding everyone. .  It really hit the spot after hospital food and it was so great to be in our home and sleep in our own bed.  I had slept the night on the couch in Dave’s room and let me say it was not a pillow top.  In fact there wasn’t even a pillow.

The word had gotten out and the phone and doorbell did not stop ringing.  I was so amazed at the love that was poured out to Dave and our family.  It was truly amazing.  He is a very loved person in the neighborhood, ward, friends and clients.

The one thing he wanted before he had surgery was to take a long horse ride. There were no promises as to what the surgery would do to his capacity to do the things he loved, mainly work, ride and rope.  He never did mention that he was afraid that he would not be able to mow the lawn!!

So he and Jace went for a long ride out on Antelope Island and it was so good for him. He was able to do the thing he loved the most with one of the people he loved the most.

He came back very tired so I fixed him a nice big dinner and we put on a movie (Nacho Libre) and just spent some time being together.

Again I was amazed at the peace that came over me and I knew we would be okay. Looking back, I can now see that sometimes my okay is not the Lord’s okay.

Sunday we all attended church together and then again just spent the day being together. One’s perspective on life changes dramatically when you go through things like this.  I cannot believe that the man that I was so ticked at for some idiot thing just days ago (can’t even remember what it was) was the same man I was seeing now.  I thought how silly it is to waste a minute on these small things when life can change in an instant.

From the day he received the news in Moscow he never faltered.   His comment time and time again was “IT IS WHAT IT IS”, meaning for him, he was not going to waste time worrying about something he could not change.  He talked so much to me and the kids about the atonement and how the Lord loved us each so much, that whatever happened was what was meant to be in his life and would be for his benefit.  I cannot say that I had ever loved this man more than I did at that time.

What I didn’t realize was that for us the nightmare had just begun and we were to be tested in a way that we could never have imagined.  I am grateful for little tender mercies and periods of peace and comfort that attended us during these trials.  For us the villain was still very much alive.




The Tradition Continues



We recently celebrated my father in laws birthday.  When he was alive there were not many things that made him as happy as a couple of Arby’s sandwiches and a large Dr. Pepper.  He was quoted as saying “The epitome of good feelings going down into my stomach.

I am so grateful for that man and the impact he has had on my life.  The biggest impact of course was raising a fine son that is a great husband and father.  I have been truly blessed by him every day.  The other was the experience that I had to know and be loved by him.  He did not say much but I knew how he felt. I have so many memories of our time at the ranch and they will forever be my choicest.

Probably the most important has been his impact on my children.  We tease Dave and Jace often about how they act and sound just like him as if that is bad.  In fact I am quite thrilled.  I cannot remember ever talking to someone and mentioning that Leonard was my father in law, that there were not words of praise.  An honest, loyal, hardworking man were often mentioned.  I find that same description  of Dave and the kids.

Each year on Leonard’s birthday, we all celebrate, wherever we are, by getting Arbys.  I remember the first birthday after he passed away, Texie made reservations at the Arbys in Kaysville.  I am sure that was a first for them.  When we got there, she said, “We have reservations, what should we do?”  The little gal behind the counter said ” Get in line and order”

This was EM’s first year celebrating the tradition.  I am sure they had a few very interesting talks before she came to earth.  She seems to be remembering them right now!!!






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Catching up–and yes I am a Grandma!!

It has been a while since I posted.  If you look at the past few posts, you may understand why!!!   I am exaggerating a bit.  Walt is not the only reason that my life has seemed somewhat out of control, but he definitely has attributed to it.  Sometimes I find myself daydreaming about my life without dogs, or should I narrow that down to Walt.  I picture lawns without yellow spots, shoes without chew marks, floors without scratches, windows without smudges, baskets with the clothes still folded, and no dog hair.  But then I have to also picture no one to greet me at the door in an almost hysterical joy that I am home,  no one to snuggle with me at night(sorry Dave you could do that one) and many other wonderful things.

With that said, I have been very negligent in my posting and I have had so much to post.  Two months ago, the most remarkable event happened.  One that I have been waiting for  for a very long time.  I finally became a Grandma.  Not a nanna or any other name, but Grandma.  I want the full fledged legal name.

I know that I am a little prejudiced, but she is possible the most beautiful, brilliant, gifted baby to yet enter this world.

I think I have put off my posting because I have so many wonderful pictures and so many feelings and thoughts that I didn’t think that I could really do it justice in a blog post.  But I am going to just post a few of my pictures to start with and then share the favorites as I go along.

Emmiline Hill was born January 1st, 2016 in a little hospital in Pullman Washington.  She was the first baby of the year for the Palouse region.   When Krystal was in labor, she was the only person in Labor and Delivery and Em was the only baby in the nursery, so they were very well taken care of.  Jordan and I were planning on arriving in time to be in the delivery room with them, but Emmiline was not about to wait and we missed it by several hours.

There is something truly amazing to see your son become a father.  Words cannot really explain it.  I am so proud of the both of them and the wonderful little family that they are creating.

It is hard being this far away from them, but Jace will be graduating in May and they will be moving home.  I cannot wait until I can see her every day.

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I have found that I have very little if any self control when buying for this little angel.  I had started a new budget plan the first of the year, but she definitely has made a mess of that.





What Were We Thinking ?

walt and charlie

One of my most recent posts documented the purchase of our newest family member.  The fact that there have been very few posts since, may have something to do with that purchase.  You can look back and see what a very cute and cuddly puppy he was.  Well fast forward that several months and you have 40 extra pounds and a somewhat destroyed house.  We have always been dog lovers and dog owners and this has been an entirely new experience for us.  I guess it is always a good idea to research a dog breed before you purchase.  If any of you have seen the movie “Marley and Me”, well Walt puts old Marley to shame.

The other day I was looking at articles about Weimaraners and read the following:

Weimaraners are devoted and loving members of the family. But they are not the type of dog to follow rote commands or have predictable habits. Though smart, Weims can be selective about when and how they use their intelligence. For example, they may yawn while being taught how to “stay” or “roll over,” but the moment you turn your back, they’ve figured out how to turn a doorknob and sneak outside. 

Weimaraners have the tendency to rule the household if they are not trained properly. A strong-willed owner—with the time and ability to train, socialize and play—is almost essential. As with most dogs, neglect or poor treatment of a Weim can lead to destructive behavior that could include property damage, excessive barking and soiled carpets.

Very gentle and kind, Weimaraners can inadvertently knock things (and people) over. For this reason, they are probably not the best apartment dwellers. Make sure they get plenty of exercise and (if possible) a yard to play in.

On the subject of yards, Weims are very good at escaping them. Known to unlatch gates and jump fences, they can also dig like groundhogs.

Maybe I should have read this earlier, but then maybe I would have missed out on one of the most loving dogs I have ever known.  He may cause a lot of property damage but he has stole my heart.

walt and santa doll

Don’t worry mom, I will protect you from this scary man in the white beard.  I know he got away the first 10 times I tried to get him, but he isn’t getting away this time.  I am just waiting for you to leave the room.  This won’t be pretty!!

walt and christmas tree skirt

So what you are saying is that I cannot wear this pretty gold Christmas Tree Skirt.  Why didn’t you just come out and say that the first 20 times I took it off the tree!! Oh and about all those ornaments–they just were so fun to watch roll down the stairs and break!









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Happy New Year

Like many things in my life, this blog has taken a back seat to Christmas preparations, celebrating, eating, and eating and spending time with my family.  It has seemed like it came so fast this year and was over even faster. Jace and Krystal have been here over the break with their 2 little ones, Stella and Quinn.  So it has been a wonderfully, crazy full house.

This was our first year experiencing the in law sharing and may I say, I do not share well.  It was terrible having Jace and Krystal gone for Christmas Eve and Christmas morning.  They did make it in time to go to aunt Heid’s house on Christmas day and participate in our very competitive yearly game of MAD GAB.  Jace was heard to say that everyone should marry orphans or at least someone that hated their family.  I think he missed us.  At least we had the dogs.  We spoiled them rotten.  The very large box of DOG TOYS was demolished in record time. Most were shredded down to the squeakers within the first hour.  Much like children, they only wanted the toy that someone else had and there were some very tense moments.


I do think they had more fun than everyone, especially Kallie who experienced her most adulthood Christmas yet, receiving pots and pans and a crockpot!!!!  It was fun reminiscing about their favorite Christmas.  I am sure Kallie will not look back and say it was the year she got pans!!!!

It is Sunday night and Jordan goes back to school tomorrow, I go back to a full week at work,  Kallie is back to work also so we are all in a little bit of a funk.  I hate the let down and more than that I hate everyone leaving.  I have loved having everyone around.  I have cooked more in the past 3 weeks than I can remember and I have been in heaven.  I will try to remember the wonderful time we have had and enjoy the somewhat slower pace of January. Jordan and I both have to find something to plan and look forward to or we will be in deep depression.  I do know that it cannot include eating or shopping.  Time to budget and diet.  Oh how I hate January.

So for the next week, I am going to share some of the things we made and cooked over the holidays.  You’ll love them.  At least we did!!!!!


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Memorial Day and Golden Graham Smore Bars


Today was the unveiling of Dad’s headstone.  It has been a year and a half since he passed away and we finally got it placed.  It turned out so amazing and I think he would have been so pleased.  I did not get a picture of the back of the headstone which is my favorite.  I will get one and add it later.  It has a picture of Dad’s airplane from the war and then missionary tags.  They engraved them on pieces of granite and then inlayed them into the stone.  They look so good. I think it is the prettiest headstone in the cemetary.  It may have taken us awhile to get it picked out and get mom to a place she was ready to order it, but it was well worth the wait.

We had a cookout at Ric’s and it was such a nice evening.  I have the most amazing family.  Everytime we are all gathered, it reminds me just how lucky I have been to have them in my life.  Tonight I looked around and could not contain the love that I have for each of them.  I have always watched my brothers and the lives that they lead and the families that they have raised and I am so grateful.  I am grateful for their example and the wonderful women that they have married and that I can call sisters.  I watch my kids interact with their cousins and I am again so grateful that they can watch them and learn from them.  I also watch my children and am again so grateful for who they are.  Most of all tonight I watched my husband as he talked and laughed with everyone, his love and admiration apparent.  I am again so thankful for the relationship that he has with each one of them.  It is these relationships that to me are the most precious and also so rare.  I am not sure that there is many families these days that can share these types of simple occassions with so much love and joy.  I am blessed and I need to take the time to reflect more on these simple yet so important moments.  Well enough about that, now on to the important things—–food.

Tonight Jordan was in charge of the dessert and made a very simple one that is always a favorite.  I watched the dessert table when she put them out and it was emptied within minutes.  The best was the kids that were walking away with one in each hand.  Well I had one in each hand also, but I did intend to take it to mom if that makes it any better.


Golden Grahams Smores Bars


8 cups Golden Grahams cereal
5 cups miniature marshmallows
1½ cups chopped Hershey chocolate bars (about two 4.4-oz size bars)
¼ cup light corn syrup
5 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cups miniature marshmallows


1. Butter a 9×13-inch baking dish and line with parchment paper; set aside.

2. Place the cereal in a large mixing bowl; set aside.

3. In a large bowl, combine the 5 cups of marshmallows, 1½ cups of chopped chocolate, light corn syrup and butter. Microwave in 30-second increments, stirring after each, until the mixture is completely melted and smooth. Stir in the vanilla.

4. Pour the melted mixture over the cereal and, using a buttered spatula or wooden spoon, gently stir until all of the cereal is coated. Stir in the additional cup of marshmallows.

5. Turn the mixture out into the prepared baking pan. Butter your hands or spray them with non-stick cooking spray, and press the mixture evenly into the pan, pushing it down into a flat, even layer. Let set at room temperature for at least 1 hour, or pop them into the refrigerator to firm up faster. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.

Oh the Heavenly Gooeyness!!!!  These are so sinful and addicting but aren’t all sinful things!!!!!



Posted by on May 27, 2013 in Recipes, Whats up with the fam


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