Wednesday, September 30, 2009

What season is it?

So the weather man forecasted a storm on the day we were supposed to go up to see the beautiful fall leaves.....well the storm arrived and, look at what it left!!!!!
I love snow, I love the clean, crisp air and the fresh look of it's time and place!!
But, I really love the in-between summer and winter season, called FALL!!!! I don't want to miss it, so GO AWAY least for a few weeks, till after the BEST HOLIDAY OF ALL!!!!!!!!
At least it didn't snow on our pumpkin and corn stalks, because they could get frozen and not be able to be used for Jack-o-lanterns for the BEST HOLIDAY OF ALL!!!!!!!!!!
Did I mention at our house we think Halloween is the BEST HOLIDAY OF ALL?????
Just ask Jaemon, he has wanted to carve this pumpkin since the first week of August, we can't wait!!
Soooo, lets hope that the leaves stay pretty for a few weeks more, and that it is cool and fallish, but no more SNOW!!!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Gracie starts Preschool!

Our baby Gracie started pre-school this week. I'm not sure how I feel about it, but she for sure, is thrilled! She was not really happy that I stayed for her first day, she informed me that she was a "big girl and mommy needs to go home by hersself." So, I guess that tells ya how it really is!
I think this is going to take some getting used to, I still think of her as a tiny baby, and I am going to miss her. I know, it's only a few hours twice a week, but it still means, yet again, that my babies are growing up.
What should I do now? I guess I'll find out!
Have fun baby, preschool is so fun, and you'll love it!!!

Saturday, September 12, 2009


Yesterday was the 8th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon and the crash in Pennsylvania. Time really does make us forget, but yesterday I attended a memorial service that Tyler sang in. It made me remember.
They sang "Proud to be an American."
There were so many servicemen and women who died trying to help those in the buildings, there continue to be so many fighting against terrorism. Unfortunately, there are so many American's who do nothing but complain and whine about so many things. There was a brief message about this at the memorial. In essence, he said that we of all people, should be GRATEFUL, THANKFUL, and step up to the plate and teach our kids about RESPECT and to REMEMBER all those who have fought, continue to fight and those whose lives were taken, in wars, in the terrorism attacks and in the future. Whether we like it or not, whether our political views coincide or not, whether we're black or white, male or female, young or old, big or small, we ALL should step it up, just like we did in the days following the attacks. We have a great, amazing country to live in. Having been raised in another wonderful country, I know for sure that we are very blessed, in both USA and Canada, with freedoms that so many people take for granted. I hope with all my heart that I can teach my children those values that will help them to never forget.

It's people like this sweet veteran couple that have helped us to be free. I hope I don't let them down!!!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Raspberry Jelly!!

Our neighbors have a HUGE raspberry patch.........
Sooooo, we picked a whole bunch!!!!!! And made raspberry jelly!!!! YUMMM!
First we juiced the berries,
Sooo delicious!
Then we added sugar and pectin....
Stir, stir, stir.....
Ladle into cute little bottles...
Set them out to set....

Look how pretty they are!!!!!
I actually really hate raspberries! I love the taste, but can't stand the seeds, so when we first got married, Jon's dad made me raspberry jelly, and I loved it! Well, since he's in Samoa (and has been in various South Pacific Islands for many summers now) we've started doing it on our own! The kids are actually somewhat excited about the process, well, maybe not the big ones so much, but they are all very excited about eating that yummy jelly on toast and pancakes!!!!! Delish :)