Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Chinese Cooking Class

Haley and I went to a cooking class at our friends the Dunns. Lisa the teacher (home school mom) made three dishes. She instructed us as she went along.

A couple of tips: 1. Cut everything, meat and veggies, the same size.
2. Have everything cut and ready before you begin.
3. Start with the oil (not olive) hot so that it sputters when you stick the food in.
4. If you have larger pieces of chicken and you want to keep them moist mix an egg white and cornstarch until foamy. Put your pieces of chicken in there and mix really well. Then add your meat to the hot oil.

Then we all got to sample them. YUM This was the Sweet & Sour Chicken. She also made a chicken vegetable dish served on lettuce and Chicken & Broccoli. We ordered a cookbook and once it comes Haley and I are ready to experiment on the family. "big smile"

Their cat was hilarious. He loved the chair and perched there for the entire class time. I loved how he laid there with his leg hanging down! He makes about 3 of our little cat!

Gina and Jessica thank you. Haley and I are inspired!! Hope I can find my wok.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Happy Birthday Andrew!!

We love YOU!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Old Time Radio Players

Last night we had a treat. We were able to attend a program at the library featuring Those Were the Days Radio Players.

You know we have been studying WWII and are producing our own Fibber McGee and Molly radio program.
Well this troupe performed a Fibber & Molly program as well as several speeches by Winston Churchill, FDR, and Eisenhower. It was inspiring to watch since we are so involved with it all.

It was live radio including sound effects. Here is their sound effects table complete with door, screen door, various bells, hammer, rotary dial phone, (would your kids even know what it was or how to use it? giggle) and shoes for walking.

Each episode in the actual radio drama included the opening of Fibber's closet with disastrous results. The Radio Players had a ladder with all sorts of junk on it for the noise of Fibber opening his closet! I missed getting a picture of it! Aaaaaaa!!!!

But here's a picture from our day recording sound effects. The kids loaded the stairs with all sorts of noisy junk. The boys are at the top ready, with great delight, to push things down on cue.

Here Robby and Katrina have just made all the sounds for a smashing Ukulele. Robby jumped on a tangerine crate and Katrina plucked guitar strings. "smile" Bet you can't wait to hear it!

This gentleman was a fabulous Fibber. Oh was it fun to watch and hear. Soon we will be recording the rest of our production. Can't wait.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Some Fun

Monday after the convention we decided to do something fun. Ken stayed home for the day and in the afternoon we went to see the movie "UP". GRIN

I loved the humor. Nothing gross or having anything to do with bathrooms. I wasn't exactly what I was expecting, but I enjoyed it just the same.

After wards we raced to the closest ice cream establishment "Cold Stone Creamery". Yummy

The following information is confidential and quite shocking.
Believe it or not Nate and I don't like their chocolate!!
So I had a fruit smoothie!
You are going to be OKAY take a deep breath. . . . .
(Haley says that to me all the time.)

Ken had some cheesecake something or other. It was good. What's your favorite??

Oh Where??

Oh where, oh where are our Joooon----es now???
Oh where, oh where can they be???

(This should be sung with a bit of a howling voice.)

We hope that they blog their vacation pursuits!! "begging hint"

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Who's Smile??

Gretchen & Grandpa Sisson

So who does Alaina look like?

Kyle is the youngest child on the left there in this picture.

It seems with babies that is the most discussed topic. Everyone has an opinion.

Gretchen at about 5 months, Alaina's age right now.

It's fun when your siblings see your likeness in your child. After all, they grew up with you and saw you as you changed.


We grandparents also see glimpses of our kids in our grandchildren's faces.

Kyle on chair.

Gretchen and I

I'm not sure who she looks like. She doesn't remind me of Gretchen as a baby. To me she looks more like Kyle and his sweet mom. What do you think?

Kyle in the middle.

It's so much fun to watch her change.

Baby Feet

By Edgar Guest

Tell me what is half so sweet

As a baby’s tiny feet.

Pink and dainty as can be

Like a coral from the sea?

Talk of jewels strung in rows,

Gaze upon those little toes.

Fairer than a diadem,

With the mother kissing them!

It is morning and she lies

Uttering her happy cries,

While her little hands reach out

For the feet that fly about.

Then I go to her and blow

Laughter out of every toe;

Hold her high and let her place

Tiny footprints on my face.

Little feet that do not know

Where the winding roadways go,

Little feet that never tire,

Feel the stones or trudge the mire,

Still too pink and still too small

To do anything but crawl,

Thinking all their wanderings fair,

Filled with wonders everywhere.

Little feet, so rich with charm,

May you never come to harm.

As I bend and proudly blow

Laughter out of every toe,

This pray, that God above

Shall protect you with His love,

And shall guide those little feet

Safely down life’s broader street.

From the book Rhymes of Childhood 1924

Monday, June 15, 2009

The First Day of Summer

Well it's official. Today June 15th is the first day of Summer for me. Yes I went swimming! Last Sunday Mr. Capp said that he'd been in his unheated pool several times the day before. What a challenge!

Our pool is unheated as well. The kids took the plunge yesterday and I decided to join them today. No more wimping out for me.

Boy did I ever yell getting in.
Yep it's up to about 71 degrees! Ohhhhhhhh nice and cool.

Happy summer everyone!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Little Miss

Little Miss has learned how to spit. Gretchen says that she's a regular water fall. I have been told that she has been perfecting her technique this week. Now she can spit without her tongue.

I wonder how many kisses a baby gets in their first year of life. Never too many!!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

It's Convention Time!!

Well it's about to start. The work is mostly behind us and now the fun begins. (quote from a famous person)

Kyle and Gretchen will be in the stroller crowd this year. Tee hee.
You know what that means don't you?? I get to see Alaina!!!!
"GRIN" (oh brother, you should have known that was coming)

I hope this weird guy isn't there again this year.

Monday, June 1, 2009

It's June 1st

It's a new month!
In my mind (not according to the weather here) it's summer. Hooray!

My scripture reading for today is Psalm 1
1 Blessed is the man
who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
or stand in the way of sinners
or sit in the seat of mockers.

2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.

3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.

4 Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.

5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

6 For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.