Got Pumpkins

We grew a ton of pumpkins this year. We grew both giant and regular pumpkins. We even had volunteer pumpkins growing out of the compost pile. We were pretty happy with how big our giant pumpkins got. I have never had any luck growing them before so I thought they were wonderful.

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They were fun to watch get bigger and bigger. We thought that they were big. That is until we went to Buaman Farms and saw their big pumpkins. It was pretty cool to see the new world record largest pumpkin. Now we think our pumpkins are pretty small. I am not sure I will grow giant pumpkins again next year. They take up a lot of space, but if I do I will probably try harder to get bigger ones by keeping only one pumpkin per plant.
Did you know you can eat giant pumpkins? You can you just roast it up like a regular pumpkin and cook with it the same. I made a pumpkin pie out of it already. One approximately 100 pound pumpkin made 18 quarts of puree.

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2014 Summer List

058 While we school year round we still take time to have some summer fun. We try to check off everything from our summer list between Memorial Day and Labor Day. We start next weekend. Bring on the FUN!

What fun things are you doing this summer?

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Snow Ice Cream

While I have heard of snow ice cream before. I have never eaten any before and I probably shouldn’t have tried it. I did though and it is YUMMY! Good thing it rarely snows here.

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4 quarts fluffy snow
2 C. Heavy cream
1 C. Sugar
1 t vanilla

Mix Cream, sugar, and Vanilla. Then slowly fold in snow. Enjoy!

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Mr. Handsome’s First Haircut

While most of America was watching some football game, Oh wait I guess to some the Superbowl is kinda a big deal but don’t hate us just because we aren’t fans. In fact I count myself blessed that my husband doesn’t watch sports on TV.



Today I cut my baby boys hair for the first time. I am not gonna lie I got super chocked up. He has the straightest hair of all my kids at this age but he did have a tiny bit of curl in the back. I am gonna miss that cute little bit of babyhood. He was a very good boy. He sat very still which shocked me.



Funny little side note is I wasn’t the only one sad Mark was getting his hair cut. One nameless older sitter refused to even look at him because I cut his hair off.



Gonna miss his long hair but I am pretty sure he is glad it is out of his eyes.

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Happy 12th Birthday!

A trip to the mall. Pierced ears, legos, books, and yarn. Crafts, cake, and ice cream.

Legal to babysit. Growing up and still my baby.

  Love you sweet girl!

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2014 Goals

Here are my goals for 2014. Some are lofty goals like dishes and getting all that scrapbooking done. Some of my goals I do in the year anyway. I like to write down goals. I am more likely to accomplish things if I write it down and yes, getting to cross something off is highly motivational for me. For the most part I don’t feel bad when I don’t finish a goal. I know I put more than is probably humanly possible but that is the point to push myself harder than I would normally. No matter what the Lord brings our way this year I am determined to grow. Happy New Year!

Goals for 2014
1. Read Bible 2 times
2. Memorize 50 Verses
3. Exercise at least 4 times a week for 30 min.
4. Read 50 books
5. Take kids to Multnomah Falls
6. Mark’s 1st year scrapbook
7. Lydia’s 1st year scrapbook
8. Joseph’s 1st year scrapbook
9. 2013 Family scrapbook
10. 2012 Family Scrapbook
11. 2011 Family Scrapbook
12. 2010 Family Scrapbook
13. Lose weight to 130
14. Date Tad twice a month
15. Have Company twice a month
16. Take dinner to someone once a month
17. Memorize 50 states and capitals
18. Preserve 600 Quarts of food
19. Attend 5 corporate prayers
20. Deep Clean house in Jan and July
21. Do a once a month cooking
22. Put $300 in savings a month for $3,600 total
23. Do craft Project with the kids once a month
24. Play board game with kids once a month
25. Go fishing 10 times
26. Run a 5k
27. Learn to play chess
28. Send Birthday card to all nieces and nephews
29. Finish all mending
30. Start a quilt with Tads Old Shirts
31. Sleep outside or camp 2 nights
32. Date each kid twice in year
33. Read a digital photography book
34. Sew 4 diaper covers
35. Plan trip to central OR for 2015
36. Butcher and eat 10 chickens
37. Make a picture ornament of each kid for each Christmas
38. Finish all dishes before bedtime
39. Sew advent bags
40. Blog once a week

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A Little of What We Did in 2013

I just got a review of my blog for 2013. Wow! I managed just one post. So here is a second one. I didn’t write a Christmas letter so this is it.

In January Tad and the kids ice skated. dec12-April13 064
In febuary we added this sweet boy to the family. We all love, Love, LOVE him.

dec12-April13 137In May Lydia enjoyed alot of frosting. dec12-April13 052Then we enjoyed a stay at the beach.summer2013 048Next we had county fair. The four older girls all showed their rabbits and lots of other things in the exhibit hall. Abby got Champion in Poetry.DSCN0429DSCN0487DSCN0499Elizabeth had fun dressing up at fair.DSCN0431The kids had a vegetable stand. They actually made some money enough to take us to the movies. We spent alot of time in the garden this past summer. Wore some people out.DSCN0633august 2013 005

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We started school back up in full force in September. I decided we are going to work on how to take a group picture this year.DSCN0172In October we finished up the garden. We still had a lot of tomatitos and green tomatoes. I finished preserving for the year. 588 quarts total. We also we to the zoo.DSCN0403DSCN0295

In December we have enjoyed some snow, Christmas, and finally getting over the flu.098We were very blessed in 2013. We are looking forward to the new adventures 2014 will bring us.

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Summer 2013 Bucket List

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  We have finalized our summer list. Tomorrow is the first day that we can start working on crossing things off.  September 6th will be the last day to finish anything on the list. We are hoping to accomplish everything but in reality we probably won’t. Still we think it is fun to discuss what to put on the list and then to mark things off. I am planning on updating a couple of times this summer what we get done. So whether you are cheering us on or you enjoy seeing what we don’t actually do here is the list of 150.


  1. Memorize Psalm 119:1-5
  2. Daisy Chain
  3. Catch bugs
  4. Build a fort indoors
  5. Write a book
  6. Invent something
  7. Kids make dinner
  8. Memorize Psalm 119:6-10
  9. Paper airplanes
  10. Play Settlers of Catan
  11. Shadow puppets
  12. Flubber
  13. Canasta
  14. Memorize Psalm 119:11-15
  15. Press flowers
  16. Bad mitten
  17. Origami
  18. Basketball
  19. Thumb Print Art
  20. Smore’s
  21. Family movie night
  22. Memorize Psalm 119:16-20
  23. VBS
  24. Soccer
  25. Snipe hunt
  26. Sword drill
  27. Swimming
  28. Pick strawberries
  29. Memorize Psalm 119:21-25
  30. Make strawberry Jam
  31. Library reading program
  32. Fishing
  33. Zoo
  34. Make Popsicles
  35. Sparklers
  36. Memorize Psalm 119:26-30
  37. 4th of July Parade
  38. Beach
  39. Portland Children’s Museum
  40. Picnic in Park
  41. Can green beans
  42. Marion County Fair
  43. Memorize Psalm 119:31-35
  44. Solar Cooker
  45. Creek Walk
  46. Camp in Back yard
  47. Monopoly
  48. Freeze Corn
  49. Banana Grams
  50. Memorize Psalm 119:36-40
  51. Pick Raspberries
  52. Play dough
  53. Hike
  54. Bike Ride
  55. Fondue
  56. Bowling
  57. Memorize Psalm 119:41-45
  58. Make cookies
  59. Pick Blueberries
  60. Make Christmas ornament
  61. Collages
  62. Bubbles
  63. Pick Apples
  64. Memorize Psalm 119:46-50
  65. New School Schedule
  66. Paper Mache
  67. Pick Blackberries
  68. Star Gazing
  69. Lego Creations
  70. Paint
  71. Memorize Psalm 119:51-55
  72. Water War
  73. Can pickles
  74. Make Ice Cream
  75. Spa Day
  76. Sew Something
  77. Invent a game
  78. Memorize Psalm 119:56-60
  79. Nature Walk
  80. Write a Letter
  81. Baseball
  82. Deep Clean House
  83. Scrapbook Day
  84. Read Johnny Tremain
  85. Memorize Psalm 119:61-65
  86. Play tourist in Albany
  87. Tea Party
  88. Have Lilly over
  89. Recover Notebooks
  90. Green Smoothies
  91. Baking Soda/Vinegar Volcanoes
  92. Memorize Psalm 119:66-70
  93. Fudgesicles
  94. Camping
  95. Make Salsa
  96. Volleyball
  97. TV free week
  98. Leap Frog
  99. Memorize Psalm 119:71-75
  100. Sundial
  101. Boil water in leaf
  102. Hobo stew
  103. Cool Pool
  104. Potluck
  105. Scavenger Hunt
  106. Homemade glow in the dark bottle
  107. Memorize Psalm 119:76-80
  108. Nerf war
  109. Elephant Ears
  110. Family Picture
  111. Plant Garden
  112. Make yogurt
  113. Chocolate Play Dough
  114. Memorize Psalm 119:81-85
  115. Read Stuart Little
  116. Potty Train Lydia
  117. Kids make a movie
  118. Read Wind in the Willows
  119. Create a Memory Pottery
  120. Memorize 50 States and Capitals
  121. Visit Huttingas
  122. Memorize Psalm 119:86-90
  123. Linn County Fair
  124. Bible Trivia Game
  125. Garage Saling
  126. Read Grandmas Attic
  127. Sidewalk chalk art
  128. Watch clouds
  129. Have Leah over
  130. Wash Van
  131. Memorize Psalm 119:91-95
  132. Eat Watermelon
  133. Try a new Veggie
  134. Grow herbs
  135. Dry flowers
  136. Bird watch
  137. Make Ketchup
  138. Memorize Psalm 119:96-100
  139. Enchanted Forest
  140. Make Cards
  141. Marshmallow war
  142. Make toothpaste
  143. Fruit soup
  144. Run 3 Miles
  145. Cartwheels
  146. Weed free flower beds
  147. Picture of Garden
  148. Ooblec
  149. Parachute
  150. Hula Hoop
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Sweet Potato Casserole

Don’t tell me you don’t like sweet potatoes. These aren’t your average sweet potatoes. This is really a desert but I serve it at dinner. I received this amazing recipe from my older sister a few years back. Every time I make it people ask for the recipe. You will want to double it and freeze the extra uncooked. It is amazing and yes my sister is an amazing cook.

Sweet Potato Casserole

3 C. cooked, mashed sweet potatoes (peel and boil just like regular potatoes)

1 1/4 C. white sugar                          2 eggs

dash of cinnamon                           3/4 C. butter

1 can sweetened condensed milk

Mix ingredients well. Pour into a buttered baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees F.  uncovered. Remove and sprinkle topping of

1 C. crushed Ritz crackers

1 C. chopped pecans

1/2 C. brown sugar

1/2 stick of butter

melt butter and stir in brown sugar, add Ritz and nuts – mix well until crumbly.

Bake for another 15 minutes.

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Lydia’s latest mess

Lydia had a little bit of fun while I was helping other kids try on new shoes.

a little Hershy’s syrup anyone?

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