Monday, December 8, 2014


Another dentist visit! The older kids were cavity free, but Boston has two that we knew about ( bad experience at a different dentist...numbed the wrong tooth, drilled anyway, screaming son, pissed off mom) Dr. Briggs was great.

Bryson was great too, just didn't want his picture taken.

Saturday, November 29, 2014


John has been having a lot of pain in his esophagus and upper chest. He finally decided it was time to have things checked out. He wasn't too fond of the idea, just because he has never had to have any medical procedures done. I have to admit after 4 babies, a hysterectomy and two knee surgeries I was more that happy to be on the opposite side of things. The scope went really well and he ended up LOVING the knock out drug :)
They took a bunch of biopsies and we are just waiting to hear back from the lab about the results.

Holiday Fun

It's always fun having family come to town during the holidays. This year we were super excited to hear that Natalie, Jimmy and Carly were coming up from California. We have had a lot of fun.

Thanksgiving 2014

This year was awesome!  We had 42 people show up for dinner. We were suppose to have about 60, but two families ended up not making it. Tauni and Julius chose a sucky time to get the flu. It was fun seeing family we haven't seen in years. 

Monday, November 24, 2014


For Johns birthday, we decided to take the kids bowling. Boston is such a competitive soul! If he didn't get a strike he would FLIP out and say "I wanna win....ugh" haha. This kid! Bowling was fun, but not something we will do frequently.

Holy Moly

So I finally remembered my blogger username and password, only to realize I am TWO years behind...yikes. Well if I look back, I feel overwhelmed so I will just face forward and try to stay caught up, no promises :)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Chicken Tortilla Soup

 I found this recipe on Pinterest. It is one of the best best best Chicken tortilla soup recipes I have ever tried. My advice is don't skimp on any of it. Make the Pico, the homemade tortilla strips and BBQ the chicken. All of it together is like heaven in your mouth. For sure a keeper. 
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • a dash (or two) cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 5 c. chicken broth
  • 3 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 Tbsp. taco seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp. paprika
  • vegetable oil (to taste)
  • pico de gallo (click HERE)
  • 2-3 avocados, diced
  • 2 c. pepper jack cheese
  • tortilla strips (Click HERE)
  • cilantro (for garnish)
  • lime wedges (for garnish)
  • In a small skillet, saute onion in 1 Tbsp. oil until onions become slightly soft. Stir in cumin, cayenne, and chili powder and saute an additional minute or two.
  • Transfer seasoned onions to a small crock pot (or medium-sized saucepan). Add chicken broth, cliantro, lime juice, pepper and pinto beans to onions and simmer on low-heat for at least 2-3 hours.
  • In the meantime (when you are close to serving), combine taco seasoning and paprika. Brush chicken with oil and rub with taco seasoning/paprika mixture. Grill chicken over medium-heat until cooked through (try to turn only once during the grilling process). Remove from grill and shred.
  • In individual bowls layer chicken, about 1/3 c. pico de gallo, 1/3 c. diced avocado, and 1/3 c. pepper jack cheese. Ladle about 1 cup of chicken broth directly over the layers. Top with tortilla strips and garnish with cilantro and lime wedges.