April 19, 2016

A return to bloggin life

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Long time no see

We have done so many wonderful things this year so far. 
 Our Arely got married in Mesa AZ. I was so lucky to be able to photograph her day. I am so proud of her for making such wonderful choices in her life. We love her to pieces. 

 I became a member of the McMinnville Chamber of Commerce. I am loving it. It is so great to be able to network with so many great people. 

 I closed my day care doors. I have loved taking care of these amazing little people. I love them all so much. I love watching them grow up on Facebook. Thank goodness for Facebook

We went and stayed the new year with our dearest friends Wendy & Brian Coughanour in Klamath Falls.  We love them and miss them like crazy.
 So far we are enjoying our 2016.

July 4, 2015

An epic activity girls sleepover

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Princess sleepover

Pizzas, popcorn & juice, & Princesses. After dinner we had a lesson from the Hermana Missionaries. We talked about how we come from a Heavenly Father that is a King making us princesses. We decorated crowns and made a gigantic glittery mess in my house. 
Afterwards it was play time in the pool. A bunch of rowdy, squealy girls were pretty much emptying my pool out. haha! 
The Princess diaries was the movie of choice. Since we had a theme going. 
The adults really enjoyed the movie… the girls ended up singing and playing in the play room. But hey it was their sleepover. I went to bed around 11:30pm, leaving the other two adults to suffer… sleep nearby the girls. I was told they ended up going quiet around 4am. But bright and early at 7am girls were up and giggling. I got up and made blueberry pancakes. We put on another movie as we waited for parents, turns out they weren't as interested in the movie and wanted to play in the dress up. By 11am the last girl left and my house was cleaned and quiet. ahhh…
I am so grateful to be the Primary president and to be able to have activities like this for these kids. They are making memories, building relationships, and growing their testimonies. These girls are our future leaders, and future moms.


The bestest most softest chocolate chip cookies

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Seriously the best cookies ever

 I found this recipe and I am never going to use another chocolate chip cookie. Props to Pinch of Yum for the perfect recipe. 

Chocolate chip cookies

  • 8 tablespoons of salted butter
  • ½ cup white sugar (I like to use raw cane sugar with a coarser texture)
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (but I always add a little extra)
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips (I use a combination of chocolate chips and chocolate chunks)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Microwave the butter for about 40 seconds to just barely melt it. It shouldn't be hot - but it should be almost entirely in liquid form.
  2. Using a stand mixer or electric beaters, beat the butter with the sugars until creamy. Add the vanilla and the egg; beat on low speed until just incorporated - 10-15 seconds or so (if you beat the egg for too long, the cookies will be stiff).
  3. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix until crumbles form. Use your hands to press the crumbles together into a dough. It should form one large ball that is easy to handle (right at the stage between "wet" dough and "dry" dough). Add the chocolate chips and incorporate with your hands.
  4. Roll the dough into 12 large balls (or 9 for HUGELY awesome cookies) and place on a cookie sheet. Bake for 9-11 minutes until the cookies look puffy and dry and just barely golden.Warning, friends: DO NOT OVERBAKE. This advice is probably written on every cookie recipe everywhere, but this is essential for keeping the cookies soft. Take them out even if they look like they're not done yet (see picture in the post). They'll be pale and puffy.
  5. Let them cool on the pan for a good 30 minutes or so (I mean, okay, eat four or five but then let the rest of them cool). They will sink down and turn into these dense, buttery, soft cookies that are the best in all the land. These should stay soft for many days if kept in an airtight container. I also like to freeze them.

June 24, 2015

One Branch 3 mission calls

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Miracles are happening
Very soon our little Spanish branch will become a Ward. And we are seeing such miracles happening. Gustavo has a great conversion story, just ask him. He has been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints for a year and he has decided to serve a mission. 
And then we have the 2 boys that have grown up together, gotten the eagle scout together, graduated together and now they opened their mission calls together. It's so exciting and we can hardly wait to send these young men into the mission field. 

Good luck boys, 
and may God be with you til we meet again!

Father's day field day

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Field day

 I have been looking forward to this activity. I have wanted to do a water activity with the branch. So I thought it would be perfect to pair it with a Father's day dinner. So we had BBQ and all the yummies that go with it. 
We had the activity at the Ramos Families home. They were so kind to let us invade their beautiful property. Pacer and I got there at noon to set up. I knew I had 1000 water balloons to fill. After my second hour of filling balloons I called it at 500. I was done! my fingers were wrinkled and red. 
We had water balloon volleyball, water softball, and then a killer water balloon fight all set and ready to go. The activity was supposed to start at 4pm which in Spanish means 5pm. Food arrives, we start and eat chicken, beans, rice & tortillas. So my favorite foods!
The kids were anxious to get started so food had been eaten and it was game on. 



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