Monday, December 14, 2009

Craziness of the Scott's

Life has been very disorganized and crazy lately. Heather was out of commission for a couple of months in Sept, Oct, and part of Nov. and has now jumped back into life a full swing with work, kids, and home. The fall has gone by in a flash.

The picture above and below really make me reflect on what is important.
And it is the people in that picture that keep me going...
These cute faces drive me to want to better...
But there are times in life when I don't know if I should cry or laugh...
Or when it is appropriate to do both!

Madilynne choosing to cut off all of her hair in less then 30minutes
Paul bringing home a puppy without asking!


Friday, September 18, 2009

Harvest Time '09

We started with just a few seeds and a few small plants. . . .

After many days of water. . . sunshine. . . weeding. . . more weeding . . . & TLC.
We, as a family, created something MAGICAL....


We picked our first big batch . . .
and then we picked 1 week later and got these. . .
(You didn't know that you could grow 3 adorable children in 4 months time.)

Have you ever wondered what 47 pints, 14 quarts, and 20 1/2 pints of
Hot salsa,

Mild salsa,
Spaghetti Sauce (in the freezer),
Tomatillo Salsa,

and Strawberry Jam
Look like?
Well, there you have it:

23 pints of Zesty Hot Salsa
5 pints of Tomatillo Salsa
20 1/2 pints & 7 pints of Strawberry Jam
12 pints & 7 qts of Roma Mild Salsa
7 qts Spaghetti Sauce

74 jars in total!

Oh, but there are still more tomatoes, cucumbers (regular & armainion), jalapenos, Anaheim peppers, bell peppers, and carrots coming off.

Thank you dear Lord for blessing our family with these many experiences of growing, nurturing, and harvesting a garden.

And if any one is interested or in need please let me know.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Fresh Salsa

I have to preface this recipe, it is vague and changes a little every time I make the salsa. I just use what I have on hand so you may have to tweak it a little.

1 Large Bowl or Grocery sack full of tomatoes
1-2 Bell Peppers (Red, green, or yellow)
1 Lg onion or 5-6 green onions
5-6 Cloves of garlic
2 Jalapeno (seeded) or you can substitute for 2-3 Anaheims or Garden Salsa peppers)
1 Bushell of cilantro
2-4 Limes
Salt to taste

Use a food processor, the pulse mode, and chop away. Core your tomatoes first and leave the skins on. Chop. Dump tomatoes into receiving bowl. Next take the jalapeno, garlic, and bell peppers and chop finely and add to bowl. Chop onion and add to bowl. Hand chop the cilantro and squeeze in the limes. Add salt to taste.


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The DAMN Pencils!

I was really excited for Mitchell to start 1st grade.
I was thrilled for Mitchell to start 1st grade.
Did I mention I am happy about school starting.

Here is the first of many stories to come...

I picked up Mitchell from his classroom on Wed. of last week and his teacher informed me that Mitchell now had a new special job.
I looked at Mitchell and asked, "What is your new special job?"

His reply, with a large smile, "I get to sharpen all the DAMN pencils!!!"

My mouth dropped and Ms. Steffensons' did the same.
I was mortified that my good little 1st grader was swearing in front of his brand new teacher!
I asked him to repeat what he said.

Mitchell said, " I get to sharpen all the DAMN pencils!"

Again my mouth dropped and I explained to Mitchell that we don't use that word.
He argued for a moment and then gave a great sigh and said goodbye to his teacher.
We walked to the edge of the hall and I was talking to Mitchell about why we don't use words like that and he interrupted me.

"But Mom, I said DAMN, you know, like when a light bulb gets small, and doesn't shine as big."

"OH!!! Mitchell you mean DULL. When the tip of a pencil becomes small like a light bulb, it is called DULL!"

"Okay Mom, whatever, DULL!"

I immediately made him turn around and inform Ms. Steffenson that he meant to say Dim and now knows what the word DULL means.

So if you ever need someone to sharpen you DAMN pencils, just let me know, I have the perfect little boy to do the job!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

A day at the Beach!

We had a wonderful day at the beach at Bear Lake with just us and the kids. We packed a lunch, some floating toys and a couple buckets and shovels!

Who doesn't love Sand and Water in every crease of your body...
Building sand castles until your fingers look like prunes.....
And being turned into a gorgeous Mermaid!

It was a wonderful and relaxing day at the beach. We topped it off with world famous RASPBERRY SHAKES from LeBeu's. I don't think anything could have been better then being with my family, enjoying the smiles, and playing with the kids (Paul included)!

Minnetonka Cave, ID 7/09

On the 24th of July our little bunch packed up and headed to Bear Lake. We actually camped in Logan Canyon and drove down to the Lake and up to Minnetonka Cave in Idaho. It is very similar to Timpanogas Cave, except for the steep hike up. Instead you climb over 888 steps one way on the inside of the cave. The kids loved feeding the squirrels at the entrance as we waited for our tour to start. And Madilynne and Mason enjoyed an hour and a half long hike on Mom and Dad's back! OUCH! My thighs and back were shaking by the time we were done. But we did have a great time.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Franklin Basin, Logan Canyon

LEWIS REUNION 2009We had a great Lewis' Reunion in June this year up Logan Canyon at
Franklin Basin.
All my side of the family is actually in the photo!
24 in all, I think it's a first.

We camped, 4-wheeled, ate, and enjoyed each other's company & had SMORES!
We spent a day at the Bear Lake on the beach!
It was a little overcast, a slight breeze, but delightful!
We ended the afternoon w/ world famous Raspberry shakes &
then headed back to camp for a wonderful dutch oven dinner!
Heather tried a new recipe of Artichoke chicken
and dutch oven sausage-mushroom potatoes.
And of course we had peach & apple cobbler & more SMORES!
I don't think I have ever seen so much chocolate, graham crackers, and
marshmallows in one camp out!
Everyone contributed!
Two WHITE, HOT Mamas of three . . . Heather and Marcie!
I think I win on the most glow. . . that is in my legs of course,
I am not pregnant!
This girl is getting a little comfortable in front of the camera!

What can I say about Nathan and Camille except their 1 year anniversary is almost here!

Morgan and Christy contributed the Jet Ski's for the day at the beach and the most kids, four, in the family!
The cousins, Dallin, Elijah, Hunter, and Mitchell turned over the sand in hopes of possibly finding buried treasure. They had a blast!
Fisher looked a little bloated, but he never sank!
Justin and Jake, chillin' in the shade.
Heather and Madilynne loved the sun and water. I don't think Madilynne stopped smiling once. She LOVES and I mean LOVES the beach!
Justin, Angie, Addison, and Jake just came up for a day of fun @ the campsite and @ the beach. We loved seeing their smiling faces. Jake just loved eating the sand!?! What can I say.... more fiber?
Paul wasn't feelin' to hot @ the beach and he was the perfect bed for a little nap for Mason!
Grandpa delighted in sweet little hugs to help warm up cold wet little girls!
Mason had fun pushing the throttle on the Jet Ski to go for "WRIDE!"
Marcie and Fish enjoyed several rides on the 4 wheelers!
Kinsley couldn't figure out where her tongue was supposed to go.
I think these two smiles sum up the fun we had as a family!


TONY GROVE, Logan Canyon, UTAH

Where's Gilligan?


I'm not sure who was the skipper, or even movie star, okay, maybe Madilynne. But I can tell you what started out as a little walk to help the kids not be so bored fishing @ Tony Grove turned into a three hour hike around the entire lake! And it was just me and my three brave little hikers.

Mason ran about the first 2 miles around the lake. We took a lot of little stops and enjoyed the scenery. But the last 2 to 2 1/2 miles I carried Mason and coached the kids to keep moving the last mile to mile and a half. I was very impressed by their stamina and great attitudes. It was a fun hike and I am proud we did it.

Mason loved sitting by the water and throwing anything he could get his little hands on into the water!

They smiled at every stopping point and posed for more pictures.
Dad got hollered at all around the lake when we could see him. He just kept waving back and kept on fishing w/ Nathan and Camille.
The cutest whittle fisherman!
Two cute flower girls - Camille and Madilynne.

Mitchell might have scared away all the fish with his frightening faces!
We finished victoriously!