Monthly Archives: March 2008

The Garden


We had a class at church on how to build and plant a raised bed vegetable garden.  I loved that class and took it to heart and forced suggested to my family that we make one for ourselves.  Well, everyone got on board pretty quickly and Chris made the frame for me and we went to work… img_3815_2.jpg.

  img_3817_3.jpg We have planted lettuce, corn, carrots, watermelon, cantaloupe, beans, tomatoes and cucumbers.img_3818_4.jpgimg_3821_5.jpgimg_3822_6.jpgimg_3823_7.jpg  We are planning on making another one for just watermelon and another one for just pumpkins.  I’m so excited!  I really am a domestic at heart….just a lazy domestic and this was so much easier than digging up a portion of the yard, making rows, fencing it off, etc.  I just love it!  Thanks Debbie!!!  Plus, there is the added bonus of feeling like we are heeding our church leaders council to be more self-reliant.  Before you know it I’ll be canning and sewing and cleaning the house….crazy times! 🙂 img_3825_9.jpgimg_3828_1.jpgimg_3829_10.jpg



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Back tracking….Camping Trip!

So, I am finally going to go back and blog about all the stuff that’s been happening around here in the last few weeks! 

img_3683_8.jpgimg_3682_7.jpgimg_3675_5.jpgimg_3690_10.jpgimg_3667_2.jpgFirst off, camping with the Castaneda family!  It was sooooooooo FUN!img_3666_1.jpgimg_3669_3.jpgimg_3717_1.jpg  I have been camping like two times in my whole life and was kinda worried about how I would like camping and all, but it was great!  It didn’t hurt that Tam and Cesar had tons of good camping equipment and had brought the boat. 🙂  The only hiccup in the trip was the temp dropped alittle more than expected at night and we started to freeze.  We just huddled together and it all worked out.  Next time we’ll be old pro’s and will be more prepared!  img_3686_9.jpgNick even cooked a peach cobbler over the fire in his dutch oven.  We were all very impressed with his camping cook skills. 

The next morningimg_3731_5.jpg Chris made us all breakfast (yummmm) and then we headed out on the boat.  Well, almost all of us.  Tam and Jakie stayed back to spend “quality” time togetherimg_3743_11.jpg.  I was worried that Gracie and Emma wouldn’t like the boat….too fast, too much spray….but, I was WAY wrong.  They LOVED it!img_3732_6.jpgimg_3735_7.jpgimg_3738_9.jpgimg_3739_8.jpgimg_3740_10.jpg  Gracie kept yelling, “I was BORN for this”img_3730_4.jpg with her hands in the air and Emma kept screaming her happy scream and saying, “more boat, more boat!”  After boating for an hour or so, we went back to camp, ate lunch and broke camp.  Everyone decided to have one more go on the boat (this time I opted to sit out…not enough room for us all) and then went home tired and happy.img_3745_12.jpg


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Easter Pictures

We had a very nice day over here!  We missed all of our family, but we had a good time hunting for eggs and looking through our haul!img_3758_7_1.jpg 

Emma had an all chocolate day.img_3765_6_3.jpg  She started by opening some candy in her basket and just kept going.  When we would try and pry the candy from her amazingly strong little hands she would yell, “my candy! my chocolate!”  Connor actually had some difficulty finding all his eggs this year. img_3759_5_2.jpg Normally finding eggs takes Connor like 2 minutes, but today….it was a bit of a challenge, which was nice.  Chris and I had picked up the girls matching dresses at Costco earlier (can’t beat that…..15 bucks a dress and I found matching for the girls…hard to do with the age gap). 


Connor looked handsome in his shirt in tie that he was forced willingly wore to church.


Lovely weather, kids in fairly good moods, overall a nice day.


Now if Chris and I could just get a little sleep…..


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Before I write about the thoughts I’ve been having, I first want to say that it is 1a.m. Easter morning.  I’ve just finished up the stuff for the kids and all is well.  I’m pooped.  I have soooooo many posts I want to put up….open house, camping, etc.  But, I was just thinking about Easter and I’ve been reading people’s thoughts on other blogs and I thought I would share just a few late night ramblings….

I’ve been a member of the LDS church for almost two years now and it is so interesting to me how many people believe that I left Christianity.  I’ve had more than one friend ask why I decided to stop being a Christian and become a Mormon.  Even in my own family there have been misconceptions.  My late Aunt Lauretta had a conversation with me one day about how Mormons don’t celebrate big Christan holidays such as Christmas and Easter.  Mormons have their own holidays and just kinda ignore the rest.  I remember trying to tell here that while we do have “Pioneer Days” to commemorate the Saints’ huge sacrifice in coming to the West, we still absolutely celebrate all other Christian holidays…..because we are Christian.  I could not convince her because she had “Mormon co-workers” at work who informed her of all these things.  I just laughed and said, “O.K., I guess I must be a different kind of Mormon then.”  That seemed to appease her.   

I had another conversation with a church member who’s husband is not a member and he doesn’t think the LDS church is Christian because we don’t use the symbol of the cross in our buildings and chapels.  I thought that was interesting.  I am beginning to think that that fact bothers people more than almost anything else.  I know is sounds too simple and maybe I’m way off base, but I think the majority of the non-LDS public don’t know many details of the LDS religion and just know that we don’t use the cross as a symbol and that spells “non-christian” to them. 

With Easter being today, you can’t help but think of the cross and what that means.  Jesus was killed on the cross.  He sacrificed himself for all of us….Mormons, Catholics, Muslims, Jew, Hindu….all of us.  Because of what he accomplished in his short time on Earth we now all have the opportunity to return to our Heavenly Father and live in his presence.  We all have the opportunity to be resurrected and have perfected bodies.  Jesus was and is the perfected example of how to spend our time here in this Earthly life.  That is what my church focuses on.  His perfect example.  His life.  His Resurrection.  His love.  While the cross is an important symbol of his sacrifice for all of us and I in no way want to diminish that;  his life and his Resurrection are the way to salvation.  I wonder why the symbol of the empty tomb is not used more in churches?  Isn’t that the hope?  Isn’t that the promise fulfilled? 

One symbol cannot…should not define an entire belief system.  I am a Christian and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and I don’t display the cross.  I could not sum up how I feel this very early Easter morning better than a verse from a hymn used in my church:

I stand all amazed at the love Jesus offers me, Confused at the grace that so fully he proffers me. I tremble to know that for me he was crucified, That for me, a sinner, he suffered, he bled and died. Oh, it is wonderful that he should care for me Enough to die for me! Oh, it is wonderful, wonderful to me!

Happy Easter everyone!


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For the Mormons…

This was too funny not to post, but I realize that only my friends who are LDS will get it.  So, for those of you who understand what “Fast Sunday” is….you will LOVE this song!! 🙂


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Tagged I am…

Ok, so I’ve still be a little active on my computer after vowing to slow down in my last post!  Well, it’s hard just to go cold turkey everyone! 🙂  Plus, I just love many of the ladies out there that I read!  I was reading my friend Tam’s blog and she “tagged” me to answer a slew of questions….so here we go!

4 Jobs I’ve had (in no particular order):
-preschool teacher
-pbx operator
(many of these jobs I’ve had several times over the years….I’m not a very long term employee….I was just waiting for my Prince Charming to sweep me off my feet! 🙂 )
4 Movies I watch over and over:
-The Witches of Eastwick
-Gone with the Wind
-Shrek (not by my choice and I rarely “see” the movie…I know the lines by heart…..the movie is on  a constant loop in the Suburban….ugh)
4 Places I have lived:
-Long Beach, CA (8 different apt/houses)
-Anthem, AZ
-Glendale, AZ
-Flower Mound, TX
4 TV shows I watch:
-Desperate Housewives
-Law and Order SVU
-Law and Order
-Jon and Kate plus 8
4 Places I have been…
-Hong Kong
-Las Vegas, NV
-Rosarito  Beach, Mexico
4 People who e-mail me regularly:
-Becky W.
4 Favorite things to eat (only 4????):
-Steak Oscar 🙂
-Crab Legs with melted butter
-Sauteed crab fingers
-artichoke dip
4 Places I’d rather be:
-cuddling my kids in bed
-floating in a pool while reading a book
-visiting my family and eating out in restaurants!
4 things I am looking forward to this year:
-losing all my weight
-fixing up the house
-being financially secure
*extra…..playing on Cesar’s boat!
4 People to tag
-Jenny N.
-Becky W.
If you don’t have a blog, just put this in the comments section!

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Well hello there!

I realized that I haven’t written anything is a while.  I actually have alot of updates and pictures waiting on my memory card just begging me to put them on.  I have been obsessed recently with reading other people’s blogs and discussion boards.  I have been addicted really.  Thus, I haven’t been paying any attention to my own blog.  I have vowed to start limiting my personal screen time….t.v., computer, etc.  I just get too sucked in.  Anyone else have this problem?  I spend all my free time reading about other people’s lives and don’t live my own.  How ironic.  I really think this had become a modern day problem.  How many of us watch our favorite “reality” shows or read other people’s blogs and find ourselves more involved in their stories than in our own lives?  I know I do.  Well, I’m gonna try and cut back.  My house is falling apart and I’m getting frustrated at myself.  All outward signs of a inward problem me thinks.  Oh, so many issues….so little time! 🙂


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