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.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Annistyn's 6th Birthday Party

 Chocolate cake with strawberry pie filling in the middle. Man, this cake for some reason gave me a run for my money. You would think I had never baked a day in my life. I can tell you that it tasted fantastic though. That's what I get for experimenting

I cannot believe that Annistyn is now a 6 year old and will be starting 1st grade in about a week. We threw her a big Princess, pizza dance party.
We started the day off at Seven Peaks Water Park and then came home and prepared for her party. I have to admit this was her first " Friend Party" we had  BLAST. Each of her friends came sporting their best Princess dress, we ate pizza and then danced the night away. She got tons of fun gifts.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

This is what I feel like trying to potty train my last child....UGH! All the rest of my kids were a piece of cake. Bryson was potty trained at 2 years and 2 months, both of the girls were potty trained at 18 months and all were super easy because they all hated being "wet". Yeah well this kid is going to make me nuts. For example the other day we put big boy pants on him with light blue shorts on top about 30 mins later he CLEARLY peed his pants. I asked him " Boston are you wet" his reply "NOPE" I said " Did you go potty in your pants" and very confidently he said "NOPE" I said then how come your pants are wet? He looked down at his pants spread his legs out and looked up at me and said "OH" lol. He doesn't care if he's wet he doesn't care if we let him sit in his poop for a little while. I ask him if he needs to go and he yells no and runs away. It has been really hard this time around because I'm not home 24/7 to make sure he is taken potty I have to rely on my kids to do it. When I get home from school and ask the kids how he did on the potty they tell me he did great, to that I ask how many times they took him potty and their response...Ummm welll we kind of forgot. I am going to need all the prayers, hope and faith to get this kid out of diapers. HEAVEN HELP US ALL!

We had such a fun time at the zoo with our bestest friends. We really loved seeing the new polar bear exhibit and watching him swim around and around. It was a hot day so we don't blame him at all for wanting to swim.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Cul-De-Sac of Fire

For the 24th of July we had a neighborhood party. We invited a bunch of our neighbors and ward members over for a BBQ and Fireworks. It was fun to hang out with everyone

We had an AWESOME turn out and cannot wait until our next party.