Sunday, May 31, 2009

Sweet 16

Can you say that about a boy? Collin turned 16 today. He is a sweet boy. I can't believe that he has been around that long. The day before he was born I spoke in Sacrament Meeting. We had just moved to a new ward and so I told them I was due to have a baby in a couple weeks. Afterward, several of the older ladies came up and said, "Oh honey, you won't have that baby for at least a month." That statement and the fear of speaking must have caused too much stress because that next morning he arrived.

I remember bringing him home from the hospital, holding him in my arms, and wondering, "What do I do now?" Well, we seemed to have figured it out ok, doing well at some things and not so well at others. But together we are figuring it out. He is a great kid! In his honor I've decided to write "16 Great Things About Collin."
1. Full of energy - zoom, zoom, zoom. He doesn't stayed bored for too long.
2. Has never needed a lot of sleep - not so bad now but at 1 and 3 years old this was difficult.
3. Always wakes up cheery - no matter how little sleep he has had.
4. Champion of the underdog.
5 Smart - but doesn't want too many people to know it.
6. Very dependable - and I love that he has his driver's license and can be counted on to help.
7. Star saxophonist - if you haven't heard him you should. The tongue slap is way cool!
8. Positive influence - high school vice-principal is always assuring me of this. Whew!
9. Funny - I think he's funny. His sisters think he's weird.
10. Adventurous - i.e. scuba diving, kayaking, white-water rafting.
11. Great conversationalist - he always has something to talk about and will with anyone.
12. Hard worker.
13. Loves his grandparents - and so respectful of them.
14. Has a strong testimony of the Gospel.
15. An amazing and broad imagination - remember when I thought he didn't have one at all, Trent?
16. A shoulder of support for anyone who needs it.

So, happy birthday Buddy. We sure love you and are grateful to have you in our lives. Thanks for all you do to make our family happy and fun.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

We decided to go to Yellowstone early this year. So, we went on Sunday. Yes, we skipped out on church and I felt guilty the entire time. I worried that there would be way too much traffic but I think it was just perfect. I'm sure the southern loop would have been crazy but we were on a bear hunt and heading to the North.

Our first adventure was a hike around the Norris Geyser Basin. We wanted to wait for Steamboat Geyser (the highest erupting geyser) but considering it hadn't erupted since 2005 we reconsidered and moved on.

Collin is always good for a great conversation. He is either trying to rid the world of zombies (and preparing for the battle) or explaining the origins of philosphy in molecular physics (whatever that is). He is funny. If his ipod isn't in his ears, he is talking. Sure love that boy.

Adri and Katy hate their pictures taken and so I have to take it whenever I get the chance - no matter what the face is. Katy is so funny. She is always making us laugh. Adri is much more serious and quiet. Do you think they look alike? I realized today that many of their friends can't tell them apart and adults rarely can. They are absolutely delightful and beautiful. McKenna, though not pictured, was off doing the "pony dance" down the trail. We love her too.
Right in the center of this picture is a rabbit. He was so cute! It was the first real wildlife that we had seen. We don't count bison because they are everywhere. Still, we were on a bear hunt and this rabbit was definitely not a bear so we kept hunting.

We got delayed by a couple lifeflight helicopters that landed at the intersection. We enjoyed a nice picnic on the road while the accident was cleared. After an hour and a half wait, we were back on the road.

We enjoyed the elk at Mammoth and the FIVE bears that we saw along the way. All of them were black bears and two of them were really close. One was so intent on eating its baby elk that it didn't even notice the 50 people watching him about 50 yards away. That was pretty cool to watch.
Our last stop was near Mount Washburn where there is still 6 feet of snow next to the road. The view was absolutely spectacular. The snow made us appreciate the green grass that needs to be mowed and the garden that will need to be weeded.
We had a great time, a ton of laughs, and lots of fun memories. Can't wait to go again. Maybe we'll go on a moose hunt next.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Tasty Tuesday

Spaghetti Pie
6 oz. spaghetti
2 Tbsp. butter
2 beaten eggs
1/3 c. grated Parmesan cheese
1 c. cottage cheese
1/2 c. chopped onion
1 lb. ground beef or pork sausage
2 c. favorite spaghetti sauce (homemade or canned)
Cook spaghetti according to package directions; drain, should have about 3 cups. Stir butter into hot spaghetti; stir in beaten eggs and Parmesan cheese. Form spaghetti mixture into a "crust" in a greased 10 inch pie plate. Spread with cottage cheese. Brown meat and onion. Drain off fat. Stir in spaghetti sauce; heat through. Turn meat mixture into spaghetti crust. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese; bake until melted, about 5 minutes. Makes 6 servings.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Tasty Tuesday (on Wednesday)

So, we didn't have power last night - until 2:30 a.m. and I couldn't post my recipe. So, here it is on Wednesday. I'm sure that it'll be tasty any day of the week. Trent and I love it. We think the kids do.

All-American Turkey Burgers
1 pound ground turkey
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup ketchup
1 clove garlice, minced
1/8 tsp. pepper
Cook on the grill or in a frying pan. Combine all ingredients and form into patties (about 3 1/2 inches in diameter). This recipe makes 4 patties.
I love these burgers almost more than I love beef burgers. Yummy!