Friday, January 29, 2010

Kids and Lennie

We are in need of an updated picture of the kids to put on the wall. So I decided while they were at the park that I could take one of them there. Bad idea. At the park they go into full-on wild child mode. Playing on the playground. Rolling down hills. Climbing trees. So by the time I broke out the camera, the last thing they wanted to do was sit for a picture. They cooperated for the most part, except for Tristan who did something silly in every one.
I absolutely LOVE this picture of Sadie. You can kinda see the missing front teeth. Just enough for me to really notice. I think she is adorable toothless. And according to the dentist, she will be that way for over a year. So that is two Christmases of singing the "All I Want for X-mas is My Two Front Teeth" song.
Our puppy Lennie is getting so big! She is about 5 months old in this picture and this is really the first good picture we have of her. She is so energetic and there was no way she would sit still as a puppy. But here she is showing off her Sit-Stay.
And her down-stay. And as you can tell, she is a Miami fan, which makes Tim so proud. :) He bought her this jersey a few months ago and it swallowed her whole (he bought a large). Now, it's almost too small. Our little puppy is growing up so fast. *tear* *sniff*

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

So good. Shredded Pork.

Tim is a really really good cook... not better than me, of course. :) But still good. One of the things that he loves to make is Shredded Pork. It is AMAZING!!! You want the recipe??? OK!
1 Pork butt, pork roast, pork loin, whatever
1 small bottle of liquid smoke - whichever flavor you like (hickory, mesquite)
Whatever seasonings you prefer.
We add (all to taste):
Seasoned salt
Garlic salt
Creole seasoning (whatever that is)
Minced garlic juice
Cavender's greek seasoning
Preheat oven to 400. Cut the pork into fist sized chunks and place inside a deep pan. We use the disposable ones. Add the liquid smoke and the seasonings. Fill with water until the pork is completely covered. Cover with foil and cook for 4 hours. When the pork is done, drain the pan. Pull/shred while the pork is still hot. And add BBQ sauce if you wanna. It's delicious without it too.
*Tim's tip: Fill a bowl with lots of ice and water. Submerge hands to the point of numbness, then immediately start rippin pork butt.... repeat as necessary.

Stuck like a duck.

On Saturday, Tim went to take some recycling away in the beast. And while he was gone, the kids and I took Lennie on a walk down the trail across the street from our house. I told Tim to just come down there and get us when he was done. No big deal, this is where we always go mudding. But the 4-wheel drive is usually working when we do. I shouldn't have opened my big mouth. :) So.... we got stuck. Tim called his friend, Travis and he came to our rescue.
They couldn't work the truck out, so they started scavengering the woods for things to help the truck along. A piece of wood - didn't work.
"Maybe if I put it on both sides of the tire." Anything for some traction.
"Maybe if we beat a stump under the tire."
"How about I jump on it while you drive"
Nothing worked... not even close.
.... Not Even Close! Don't ya love muddin'!
So, how did we get the truck out, you say?! Travis's muddin truck, that's how. Why didn't he do that in the first place? I don't know.

Friday, January 8, 2010

X-Mas 2009

We had a great Christmas this year. Every kid had a list of things they wanted. No guessing on our part about if they are going to play with something we THINK they will like. This year we knew they would. They were all excited about decorating and christmas music and everything having to do with the holiday. I hope each year after this just gets better.
Cayden with his Bakugans... don't even ask. I still don't know what they are.
Sadie desperately wanted Whoopsie Doo. Her Baby Alive baby doll that isn't potty trained. :/
Tristan got a Pogo Stick. Fits his personality perfectly.
Tim... I mean Cayden got a Lego Bionicle guy.
Tristan and his Leapster.
Cayden playing his new Indiana Jones 2 game on his DS.
Sadieboo hiding away in her bed playing her new Leapster.

Cousins Camp 2009

This year our theme was Cowboys and Cowgirls. My mom did a wonderful job coming up with things for the kids to do. It started off with a scavenger hunt where they read clues that told them where each item was. They got hats, bandanas, guns and holsters, harmonicas, money, horses, and other cowboy stuff. They also made vests out of paper bags and decorated them, made their own pizzas at lunch and at the end they had a cowboy vs indian fight. They had a great time.
After they got their first clue, they all went together to the next one. Cute!
The Cowgirls
Cayden and Grandmommy making Cayden's vest.
They had fun making their pizzas.
The cowboys... Tristan's weird smile cracks me up.
Silly girls
Cowboy Tristan. He was serious about all this.
Fighting the indian. My brother, Chris came into the backyard to attack the cowboys and girls with.... marshmallows. It was so much fun!!!

Catch up and Cousins

I know a lot has gone by since my last post, but instead of playing catch up, i am just going to start in November. :) This year we decided to start something that we hope will become an annual event. We are calling it Cousins Camp or whatever... who knows what the official name will be. But this year it was called Cousins Camp. Allison and her family came to visit for a couple weeks around Thanksgiving, so we decided to do it then.
These are the cousins: