Saturday, August 29, 2015

Homemade Pasta Yum!

I have been wanting a pasta maker forever so when I saw this little gem at thrift store I jumped at it.

Essentially the recipe is finely ground whole wheat flour mixed with a flour and water mixer till the pasta is the right texture (not to dry not to wet still kinda grainy) oh and a little salt. The fun part is you can add whatever seasoning you want like I added garlic and it was yum. 
My favorite part is that it taste so much better than store bought pasta and is so filling. It came with a half dozen attachments so we can make all kinds of different pasta: lasagna, macaroni, fettuccine ect.

Shiloh is my little Shadow, she loves being involved with whatever I am doing and she was more than happy to be my pasta taste tester. She could not get enough of it and it wasn't even cooked.

This is what happens when baby wants more and doesn't get it right away.

Then she decided she wanted to hold the camera. lol

St George Vacation Summer 2015

James had two family reunions this summer one in August in Utah and one in September in CA so we decided that instead of driving to the west coast twice we would just rent a condo in St. George for a month and hang out. We are about 10 minutes from his parents and St. George has a ton to offer families.
family pic before chuch

Almost every morning we have been going for bike rides/ walks and hanging out at the park, it has been a lot of fun. This is the kids favorite park and its only about 2 minutes from the Sports Village condo we are staying at.

During the Family Reunion some of James family went to do baptisms for the dead. James joined them and the kids and I went to the visitor center and walked around the grounds. It a lovely place.

my attempt to take a picture of all my kids

The kids got to go swimming with their cousins in Grandma Betty's and Grandpa Marc's pool.

In downtown St. George there is a Library, Children's Museum, Splash pad, Carousel and nice grass field. We have hung out down there a lot. 

Handsome right!

Royce kissing the frog. Luckily he didn't change to a Prince

My drove out from Missouri and stayed with us for a couple weeks. It was nice to have her around to help us and just fun to spend time with her. She is pretty awesome!

Bella was really sad when Grandma went home. She loves, loves, loves her Grandma

We did this 300 piece puzzle as a family. Its missing a couple pieces cause we got it at the DI

Grandma and Grandpa Mortensen met us at a park/splash pad one morning then took the kids to Mc Donald's for lunch. Shiloh was smiling when she first came down but wanted to go again and was getting mad that we wouldn't let her.

Angry Royce

Isn't this an adorable angry face. He often gets what he wants

Aunt Michelle and Grandma Cherie Visit Missouri

My sister Michelle, her husband Lynn and there two beautiful children came for a visit at the end of July. My Mom also flew to Ohio and drove out with them. of. We had lots of fun playing at the creek, cooking dinner over the fire pit, shopping, and just hanging out
Cute Charlotte, she is a little older than Bell

Michelle is in the white

Grandma Cherie

 Charlotte, Hailey, Ashlyn

 James trying to break our naughty ponie Prince

Happy 9th birthday Luke!

Our first born child turned 9 on July 27, 2015. We had a small party for him at our house. Grandpa George came. Luke loved all his presents but was especially excited about getting his very own tablet. 
Here is a little update on Luke:
color: yellow
food: fried chicken
dessert: peach pie with rainbow ice cream
sport: swimming, soccer, or kickball
game: life, monopoly, and clue
movies: Transformers, Avengers, Thor
things to do: use my imagination
Do you want to get married someday? "Yes"
What kind of girls do you think are cute? "Mom I'm nine I don't think about that".
Do like having lots of brothers and sisters? "yeah"
 Why? "So I don't have to wash the dishes every single time"
Do you like going to school? "I like the end of school basically".
If you could pick anyone in the world to spend a day with who would it be? "A family member"
If you could spend a day doing anything you wanted what would it be? "Playing games".
What do you think is the best thing about you? "playing checkers or monopoly" (he did not want to answer this question)
I his mother think Luke is good at a lot of things. This year he has started to remind me so much of James. He is brilliant, kind, generous, loving and sweet. He still loves to snuggle which is getting difficult cause he is getting so big. He loves hanging out with friends and family. He makes good choices. He is a important part of our family.

Pool Time in St. George

We spent the afternoon at the pool at the condos we are staying at.

More Summer 2015

Bella loves riding my sisters pony Napoleon she goes for a ride most days. He is much milder than Prince. 

Princess Shiloh

Jesse in a box

These two love playing together outside. It had rained the night before and they had a lot of fun in this little mud hole