Saturday, December 29, 2012

Wisdom Teeth

Montana, in preparation for turning in her mission papers, had to get her wisdom teeth out yesterday. She was really excited about it as you can tell by the picture! After the surgery, she was so funny! I got some good stuff on video. I will have to save it for blackmail purposes.....

Here she is a couple days later---not too swollen. It actually got quite a bit worse. That weekend she was also babysitting Ali Hill's rabbit Rue. It looks like she's holding a stuffed animal but it's a REAL bunny! 

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas Eve 2012

It's really sad how few pictures we take anymore----even on a big holiday like Christmas! 

Christmas Eve this year was with the England side. We gathered at Mom & Dad's with everyone but Sunne, Flynn and Elliot.....and new baby Boston. Sunne had just given birth on December 16 so they stayed home. We had a fun time. The kids were running around like crazies----too excited to contain their energy. 

We gave Mom & Dad their Christmas gift. I was so excited about it. And I think they really loved it. This isn't the greatest picture and we still need to re-hang them better and more permanently. 

Friday, December 21, 2012

Merry Christmas 2012

One of these years we will get a Christmas card with all of us together......

Friday, December 14, 2012

Everything under the sun

A little bit of what has been going on lately.  In no specific order...
Dinner and a movie---single girl style.

It's Friday and I should be excited about that but the fact that Kurt is gone AGAIN makes it a lot less exciting. Last Friday when he was gone I headed up to Salt Lake to the Dickens Christmas Festival, hit the new outlets in Lehi and then came home by 9 to watch a movie----all by myself. Most of the time I don't mind hanging out by myself but 2 weekends in a row is no fun!

Waffle Love and Decadance---heaven!
Can you tell I'm a foodie?? If Kurt is gone I seek entertainment in food. Thank goodness to my parents for super good genes or I could be really fat!

Focus on the polish not my unattractive hands.

I've said this before.....I'm no girly-girl. But I like to get festive once in a while with some sparkly nails!

Tuesday night we went over to Vivint to help out with their Sub-for-Santa night. They sent Emerson and I to Target to do some shopping for a couple of families. We picked up some Barbie clothes and I wanted to see how much they were. The above picture is what came up on the price-checker screen. How hilarious is that! I couldn't resist an Instagram post about that....

Montana, Emerson and I couldn't resist making a Christmas card that we WISH we had the guts to send out. It's unfortunate you can't see the pictures better. Also, notice Indy is not in the picture. We would've sent it out with no comment about him at all. Wouldn't that leave friends and family guessing....or laughing.....or questioning what is going on at our house???!!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Love it!

The kids looking at an iPhone.

I got all of Kurt's Ghana pictures on my computer and told him he needed to post about his experience there.  Of course he didn't get a chance to do it before he headed out of town again. But, in the meantime, this is one of my favorite pictures from his trip.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Emerson's Singing Debut

Last night was Canyon View's Christmas Choir Concert. And Emerson had a solo for the ladies choir. She sang the beginning of Santa Baby. She did great! She didn't sound nervous at all. We were so proud! All the singing around the house all day is serving her well!

Good job Emer!!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Introducing Clark

So, maybe our kids are a little old for an Elf on the Shelf but we are doing it anyway. The difference for our family is that there is a little (way little, $1) reward for finding Clark each day. Anything to help add to the Christmas spirit!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

A little vacation

Our lunch and movie date.
Looks pretty nice huh??

We left right from the ranch after Thanksgiving and headed to So. Cal for a little get-away. Granddad England graciously let us use his week at the house in Capistrano Beach. 
Finn decided last minute that he couldn't miss a week of school so he wasn't able to come. And Montana flew down later in the week to join us. Indy was able to miss a few days of school to hang out with us. So Emerson got a lot of one-on-one time with Mom and Dad!


The Montage was having a community event with food and crafts and music and a Christmas tree lighting.  We headed over there with Darin & Peter and Brett & Christy and their families. It was a little odd for me to be experiencing Christmas activities outside without being bundled up and freezing to death. It was a pretty good time and fun to see the beautiful hotel. 

A day at Disneyland is always a must! The crowds at California Adventure were a little crazy at the beginning of the day (because of CarsLand I think) but overall the waits were pretty minimal. 

My favorite ride!

We finally were able to see World of Color. I liked it! It was a little long after a long day at the park but I'd say it was worth it.

a little bike ride on the beach

Banzai Bowl----delish!!
no cooperation for a cute picture.....

Thanks to the England clan for letting us use their beautiful house! Hopefully we will get to go again....

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

Grandma loves her kitchen helpers.

Unfortunately there are only 2 pictures from our Thanksgiving festivities at the ranch this year. We had a good time though. Darin and Peter and family were missing but that was it. 

The stomach flu came through and hit Grace, April, Ford, Emmy and Montana. It hit Indy and Emerson after we left. Luckily it was pretty quick----about 24 hours. But it's still not fun to be sick especially at the ranch. 

The food tasted unusually good to me this year. Not sure why.... Still thinking about that yam soufflé and pretzel salad.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Election Day

I don't think I have ever been so interested in a presidential campaign in my life. It's an exciting day!


Saturday, November 3, 2012


It's going to be a long 2 weeks I tell ya!! Kurt left yesterday to Ghana. A group of sales reps from Vivint are going there to do some humanitarian work and Kurt and his team are going along to film the project. Kurt has been to Africa before----about 2 1/2 years ago he went to the Democratic Republic of Congo. But so far he says Ghana is a completely different experience! Much better from what I'm gathering. 

After flying to New York yesterday and then a direct flight to Accra, he arrived this morning (or afternoon there...) and now he's in an ancient mini-van for 2 hours through the desert to his destination.  
Looking forward to hearing about the rest of his adventures!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Some cute chicks

I think the feet are the cutest part! 

Emerson decided she wanted her and her friends to be chickens for Halloween this year. She found the idea from Martha Stewart and the costumes turned out so cute.  Although I think I'll be finding feathers random places in my house for the next few months.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

my new brü

As soon as the cold weather hits every year I start brewing up the hot chocolate in the morning. This year I've got a new obsession----Crio Brü. It's definitely not sweet and creamy like hot chocolate but I love it! 

Monday, October 29, 2012

You know you're getting old when.... think it's okay to tape your glasses together like this.  However, this is an improvement from just resting the two halves of your glasses on the sides of your nose (which went on for about 3 weeks)!

Thursday, October 25, 2012


 road trippin' with the folks

I finally got the chance to go see Indy last week! The trip actually had a dual purpose. My parents were going to So. Cal for Max's funeral so I decided to go with them and then stay a few extra days. 

San Clemente Pier

We got to San Clemente Thursday night and went out to dinner with Granddad and Dorothy at the pier. It was a little early celebration dinner for Mom's and Granddad's birthdays. I got to stay at Dan & Jan's house that night-----what a gorgeous house! Nothing like having a sleepover with your aunt in the kid's bunk room!

Friday was the funeral and it was amazing! Courtney and Gordon are amazing---such strong testimonies. Although the accident is such a tragic thing, I know that they feel peace and will continue to feel that because of the gospel and the plan of salvation.

When I finally made it to Laguna, Indy wasn't really in a hurry to see me! He was with friends and taking his sweet time to get home. I was dying! After a couple of hours he got home and it was so good to see him! He's gotten taller.  And all the surfing has made his shoulders and arms pretty strong! Watch out Finn----little brother is getting bigger!!

That night I went with Peter and Darin and all the kids to the Laguna High football game. It was a lot like the games here at Orem---very social with tons of parents and families. It was fun to see Indy in his social scene.

Saturday was spent doing a little skimming, shopping at Irvine Spectrum and just hanging out. Unfortunately the weather wasn't the greatest that day so I didn't spend any time at the beach.

The next few days were just spent hanging out at Darin's. I didn't really do much of anything. It was nice not to have a schedule and just be around to be with Indy. He seems like he is doing very well and enjoying his stay. We all sure miss him though and will be glad when he is back home with us.

Big shout out to Peter, Darin and family for taking care of him!!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Families are forever.

Sweet Max

A terrible accident happened on Friday morning in our England family. My uncle Todd's family was in the beach house in Dana Point/Capistrano Beach. Aunt Jeannette and cousins Courtney, Chelsey and Amanda were all in Denver at the time for a girls weekend.  Courtney's 17 month-old Max escaped briefly and was found floating in the hot tub. Todd and Chase found him, called 911 and immediately started CPR. The paramedics arrived and continued working on him while they took him to the hospital in San Clemente. The doctors confirmed, at that time, that there was no brain function. He was then transferred to Children's Hospital of Orange County where he passed away Saturday morning.

I remember thinking, after I got the terrible news of the accident, that he would be okay. Although he was on a ventilator, his little heart was beating on its own.  I just kept thinking he would be okay----our prayers and pleading with the Lord would be answered and Max would live. But that was not Heavenly Father's plan for Max. And what a tragedy it would be if we didn't have the knowledge of Heavenly Father's plan. I know they will see him again and that he is sealed to Courtney and Gordon forever.

I'm hugging my kids and husband a little tighter today. I know that every minute I have with them is precious and could be taken away so quickly. But my knowledge of the gospel plan is sure and how eternally grateful I am that families are forever. 

Saturday, October 13, 2012

The Zombie Life

That clock says 10:00----10:00 AM!

If you know Kurt very well then you know that he loves zombies----zombie movies, zombie books, anything having to do with zombies. 
Well, for the past 2-3 weeks, he has been living the zombie life. He has been working on hard on all his year-end projects for Vivint. He hasn't come home before 1 or 2 am but still jumps out of bed by 9 to get back to work. This has included Saturdays and even a few Sundays. Yesterday he came home at 6 am, didn't really sleep but got up at 10 am to go back.

Luckily last night he finally got to show off all the videos. They were all so awesome. Kurt is so talented! I only wish people truly appreciated the time and hard work that goes in to a little 5 minute video. 
Love you Kurt! You're a rock star!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

How about them tomatoes!!

Just ignore my funny-looking thumb.

Can you believe the size of these things???? And WE grew these!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Pumpkin Pull-Apart Bread

Recipe courtesy of

So I have had multiple (that is really only like 1 or 2...) requests for the recipe for this pumpkin bread. I actually got it off of Pinterest but, apparently, there are some people out there who are NOT on Pinterest....what???? C'mon people get with the program!!!   

Anyway, it's not my recipe but comes from the blog listed above. I wish I had a little print button so you could print it out from my blog but I'm too computer illiterate to know how to do that. So if you want to print one out then go to the above website.

Pull-Apart Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bread

2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1/2 cup milk
2 1/4 teaspoons (1 envelope) active dry yeast
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups bread flour

1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter

In a saucepan over medium-high heat, brown 2 Tbsp. butter, letting it bubble up and turn a dark golden brown color. Be careful to not let it burn. Once browned, remove the pan from the heat and carefully add the milk. Return the pan to the stove and let it heat through. Pour that mixture into the bowl of a mixer and allow to cool to between 100-110 degrees F. Once it has reached this temperature, add the yeast and 1/4 cup sugar and allow it to proof (this may take as long as 8 minutes). Then add the pumpkin, salt, and 1 cup of the flour. Mix until combined and add the rest of the flour 1/2 cup at a time. Knead for 6 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic and slightly sticky. Add extra flour if needed. 

Move dough to a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a clean towel. Allow to rise in a warm place for 60-90 minutes or until doubled in size. 

While dough is rising, brown another 2 Tbsp. butter. Add sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix well. Set aside. Grease and flour a 9 x 5 loaf pan.

When the dough has doubled in size, punch it down and turn out onto a floured surface. Knead with hands for 1-2 minutes. Roll dough into a 20 x 12 rectangle. Evenly sprinkle the dough with the cinnamon sugar mixture and press into the dough. Cut the rectangle into 6 strips. Lay strips on top of each other and cut each strip into 6 even squares. Stack strips vertically into the loaf pan. Cover the pan with a clean towel and let rise for 30-45 minutes. 

Bake in 350 degree oven for 30-40 minutes or until top is a deep golden brown. 

2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1/8 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp. milk
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 Tbsp. rum flavoring

Heat butter, milk and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Then immediately remove from the heat and stir in the powdered sugar and rum flavoring. Drizzle over warm bread.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

What's up lately

Pumpkin pull-apart bread
 I love fall for many reasons. One of the things fall makes me want to do is bake! It's not always good for the waistline.  If I start restricting calories now I can maybe justify the number of doughnuts I will consume on Halloween. 

Emerson has been busy crafting! She made the cute Halloween banner. The mess she made in the craft room-----not so cute.

 It seemed that Homecoming was barely over before Finn was asked to Sadie's.  I love school dances---such fun high school memories.

pictures in wrong order...oops!

For FHE a couple weeks ago we made the trek to City Creek. It's a great mall for the girls but Finn doesn't really love any stores there. So we ran over to Gateway for him. You can always count on getting a good laugh at something (a book, gadget or toy) in Urban Outfitters. I may have to buy Kurt these giant foam hands for his birthday.

Emer is my little chef-in-training. She LOVES to cook and help me in the kitchen whenever I ask.  One night she took over dinner completely and made this whole-wheat pizza with fresh basil and tomatoes from our garden. It was delicious! 

We haven't had too many families dinners lately because of crazy schedules but, when we do, we all fight over baby Atticus. Or as Kurt has dubbed him "fatticus". Sorry, Linz. It's an endearing nickname for sure. That big little belly was being squeezed in that shirt a little too tightly. We sure love the babies in our family.