Monday, March 30, 2009

Sweet Blessings

We blessed our little Andi yesterday. Of course our most mellow baby would cry her whole way through the blessing. Who knew? Anyway, it was a great day. Here are a few pics.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Sweet Baby

I can't believe my baby is 2 months old already. Time has flown by with this little angel. Yesterday was kind of a rough day. I took Andi in for her 2 month appointment and was told that she had an ear infection. I was shocked since she has really shown no signs of sickness or discomfort beyond normal. So, my poor little girl is having to down quite a bit of antibiotics for such a little one. I don't know if it was the medicine or the immunizations or the ear infection, but we had a terrible day. She was so sad all day and then she threw up, honestly vomited. I have never seen so much come out of something so small. SO SAD! We were pretty worried about her. Thank goodness for the priesthood and a wonderful husband. Andi woke up today happy as can be and has been such a joy today. I couldn't help but do a little 2 month old photo shoot. I think I am getting a little better with this amazing camera. 200 pictures later, these are some of my favorite. We are blessing her on Sunday and I pulled out her dress, which is actually the dress I was blessed in 27 years ago. It is so beautiful. I had to included it in the background of the pictures. I can't wait to put her in it on Sunday.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

In Good Hands

I love this picture of Andi and Dane. It makes me think of me and my older brothers. I remember (at least when I was young enough for them to still think I was cute) my brothers seemed to have this protective side of them when it came to their little sister. Dane and Peter certainly act different with their sweet little Sis. This picture just seems to say to me, "Don't worry Mom, I'll take care of her." I love my kids! My mom called me today just to tell me she loved me. She said that she had such a warm, happy feeling inside and was overwhelmed by the love she had for me and my brothers. Oh, I love my mom, and I definitely understand that overwhelming kind of love. Being a mother is AMAZING!

Friday, March 13, 2009


The smile reward is finally paying off. I feel like after that first month of newbornness, those smiles are so needed. I finally caught one on camera the other day. LOVE it! And the boys were being so irresistibly cute, I had a picture fest with them too. I love this one of them. I love having my boys so close. They are just best little buddies, most of the time.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Stubborn but Beautiful Children

I just wanted one good picture of my 3 kids together to send out to family. Thanks to a very talented friend, this picture is as good as it is. We had a very unsettled Andi being handled by a bored and non-cooperative Dane and Peter. Despite my naughty children I think it turned out pretty great. This is Andi at 5 weeks old. I love my kids!!! (most of the time)

Monday, March 2, 2009


So I had a few requests to post a recipe I made at a Relief Society activity last week. Here it is girls!

Fresh Tomato Soup with Tortellini

Prep: 25 min
Cook: 30 min

1 large onion, chopped (1 Cup)
2 Tbsp. margarine or butter
2 pounds ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped (about 6 medium) I am sure you could use canned tomatoes to make it really easy
3 cups chicken broth
1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
1 Tbsp. snipped fresh sage or 1 tsp. dried sage, crushed
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
4 ounces packaged dried tortellini (I used the fresh cheese tortellini found in the fridge department by the cheese at Smith's, probably about 10-15 ounces)
¼ Cup Finely shredded or grated Parmesan cheese
6 fresh sage leaves (optional)


1.In a large saucepan cook onion in margarine or butter until tender. Add tomatoes, chicken broth, tomato sauce, sage, salt and pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Cool slightly.
2.Meanwhile, cook tortellini according to package directions.
3.Press tomato mixture through a food mill or place 1/3 to ½ of the mixture in a blender or food processor. Cover and blend or process until smooth. Repeat with the remaining mixture.
4.Return tomato mixture to saucepan. Add cooked and drained tortellini; heat through. Spoon soup into bowls; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. If desired, garnish with fresh sage leaves. Makes 6 side-dish servings, or 4 main-dish servings.