Family Photos 2010

Whole Family 4x6
Last week, I had the chance to take photos of our family during the holiday.
I think they turned out pretty good, considering the lighting situation in my parents’ house.
The babies’ faces look a little blown out in the one above, but other than that, I’m pretty satisfied with how the photos turned out.
Especially considering I was using the self-timer on my camera.
Imagine trying to get the attention to two toddlers, get seven other adults to pay attention and look at the camera, set the timer, run to my spot, and look like I haven’t just nearly tripped over my tripod on my way to my allotted spot.
It was a lot of fun.
Dan Nan and Dogs 3 4x6
Here are my mom and dad, with their dogs, Bella and Angel.
Grandbabies 2
And Nanna and Pappy with the grandbabies, Hyrum and River.
Mema and Grandbabies
My grandmother and her great-grandbabies.
Four Generations
Four generations. Wow.
Brad Jet and Hyrum 5 4x6
Jet, Brad and Hyrum
Brad Jet and Hyrum 2 4x6
Jet, Brad and Hyrum
Andy Alex and River 3 4x6
Andy, Alex and River
Andy Alex and River
Andy, Alex and River
James and Arena with dogs 4x6
The Nerd, Me and The Minions
James and Arena with dogs 2 4x6
This is my favorite photo of the day. I love this one of our little family.
If you want a good laugh, take a look at the photos I took during Christmas last year.
My oh my how our family has changed. With two new babies on the way, I can’t wait to see what we come up with next year!
Did you get any photos of your family at your holiday celebration this year?
Thanks for looking!
We had a family photoshoot at our holiday celebration this year. I love how much our family has grown!

12 Days of Christmas Cookies

The Holiday Baking Season is upon us!
One of my favorite things about Christmas is all of the fun, festive treats that we get to enjoy.
With that in mind, I wanted to come up with a creative way to share some of my favorite Christmas cookie recipes…and so, the 12 Day of Christmas Cookies was born.
I know several other blogs have done something similar in the past, but I wanted to do something a little more … memorable.
So, I timed my recipe schedule according to the song!
Here’s the line-up:
9: Stenciled Cookies
10. Candy Cane Swirls
11. Marshmallow Cookies
12. Glitter Balls
But I’m not just interested in *my* recipes. I want to see yours, too!

At the end of this post, there will be a Linky for you to add links to your own holiday cookie recipes. I’d love to see what you have! I’ll even link to some of them in my upcoming posts.

Be sure to include the name of the cookie and your blog name in the Linky title field.

Example: Snickerdoodles (The Nerd’s Wife)


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Happy Holidays!


Come see the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies…where I share 12 of my holiday favorites, and my readers share some of theirs, too!

Matched by Ally Condie

Today is a day I’ve been anxiously awaiting for a long, long time.It’s the release day for Matched by Ally Condie. I cannot wait to get my hands on a beautiful hardcover of this amazing book.

It is seriously one of my favorite reads of the year.

If you do nothing else today, go to your nearest bookstore and purchase this book!

“Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it’s a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she’s destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.”
— Description from GoodReads
From the beginning, I was mesmerized by the world that Condie creates in Matched. The opening scene is so beautiful and I could just picture Cassia in her green dress on her way to her Matching.This book brought back memories of The Giver by Lois Lowry, one of my favorite stories growing up.

The Society has everything under control — or so it seems. And Cassia has the perfect future — a life with her best friend, a promising future career as a sorter — and she’s not really looking to rebel.

I think that is what makes her such an amazing character. She was content, but soon realized that her contentment was a lie.

Can you image a world where there are only 100 Songs? Or 100 Poems? How could you choose? What if you didn’t have the choice?

Ky is the perfect Match for her, but the rules of the Society forbid that they be together. He is interesting and fun and truly cares about her. He has so much depth in his efforts to hold back and stay exactly average, to avoid notice.

There are so many twists and turns. I devoured this book in a day.

The only issue I had was the ending — it was very anticlimatic. I believe there will be a sequel, so that will answer a lot of the questions. That’s all I’ll say as I don’t want to spoil it for anyone.

All in all, this is a great read and an amazing debut.

Lovers of dystopian, this one is for you.

**Disclaimer** An Advanced Reading Copy of this book was provided to me for review by Dutton Children’s Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers GroupThanks to the publisher for the chance to read and review this book early!

Happy Reading!

Paranormalcy Giveaway Winner!

I took last week off (for the most part) and now am back to announce the winner of my *signed* Paranormalcy giveaway! 
There were 87 entrants with a total of 355 entries.
I used the super-awesome random contest picker my brother created to choose the winner.
And the winner is…
I’ve emailed Jessica and she has 48 hours to respond with her address or another winner will be chosen. 
Thanks so much to everyone who entered. 
And if you didn’t win, don’t despair!
My blogiversary is Dec. 11 — and I have a HUGE giveaway planned for then! It is seriously one you don’t wanna miss!
Happy reading!

Fall Spice Sugar Cookies

Today, I have a lot to be thankful for. I have a wonderful husband, who doesn’t mind when I tell the world about his stinky feet. I have a beautiful niece, who will someday grow up to be a cheerleader. I have a super-cute nephew, who really, really, really loves chocolate cake. I have an amazing family, who acquiesces to be the guinea pigs when I decide to try out new recipes.

This past year has been absolutely wonderful, and I can’t say enough how blessed I am.

As I was planning our Thanksgiving menu, I wanted to find a way to incorporate the “reason for the season” into the meal. I’m not much on open declarations of emotion, so I wanted a way that we could each do on our own and share with others if we chose. These Thankful Cookies from I Am Baker were exactly what I was looking for.

Each cookie is decorated with Royal Icing with space to write what you are thankful for.


I also wanted to mix things up a bit with my sugar cookie recipe. This version from Bake at 350 is the perfect combination of sugar cookie and fall spices!

Fall Spice Sugar Cookies

Source: Adapted from Bake at 350


>3 c unbleached, all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp All-spice
1 c granulated sugar
2 sticks butter
1 egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and mix well.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder and spices. Beat the the dry ingredients into the wet mixture gradually, scraping down the sides of the bowl.

Roll the dough out into two disks and chill for about an hour before cutting out shapes.

When ready, bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes, until edges of the cookies are golden brown.


Looking for more fall recipes? Look no further!



White Turkey Chili

White Turkey Chili

This week, I’m with the family at my parents house. We each agreed to cook dinner one night (besides Thanksgiving) so I knew I needed a recipe to feed a crowd.

This White Turkey Chili was perfect. It was a little different than usual, with was great. And there is nothing red in it — a stipulation from my uber-picky brother. Serve it on a cold night, and you’ve got a meal that will warm you up AND fill you up!

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Christmas Boots

Last year, I bought my first pair of Ugg boots.
I love these boots for their comfort and ease. They are the perfect winter shoe!
This week, we’re staying at my parents’ house with my siblings and their children for Thanksgiving.
And I’m wearing my Ugg boots.
Last night, River saw them sitting in the floor and exclaimed, “Christmas Boots!”
Umm…Christmas boots?
So she had to try them on for herself.
It was so funny to watch her trying to run around the house wearing these hugely oversized boots.
She was slipping and sliding on the floor.
But I think she had a great time.
All’s I can say is…
I know what *somebody* is getting for Christmas!
Thanks for looking!
River decided to wear my Ugg boots for herself one evening…she called them “Christmas Boots.” Protection Status