Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
But most of all I am regreting my desicion to invite all the eastern family here to our house for Christmas instead of going to Nancy and Peter's house like we usually do every year.
I love my quick thinking...lets have everyone here!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thanks Tay for being an awesome almost 13 year old!
Monday, December 15, 2008
He is doing well, but is sore and not moving as quickly as he used to!
It was quite the adventure! Thank Heavens he is well!
Saturday, December 6, 2008
- Fill the bottom of your pot with eggs, only put one layer otherwise they will crack.
- Cover with cold water.
- Put on high heat and bring to a rapid boil. Some recipes call for salt in the water, I have done it both ways and it doesn't seem to matter.
- Once water boils cover pot and remove from heat.
- In ten to twelve minutes you will have the perfect hard boiled eggs and they will not have that greenish gray ring around the yolk!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Arli 8 years old at her baptism, Feb 1997
Arli has had many milestones in her life. First, her birth, then her baptism, entrance into Young Womens, becoming a teenager, her first date, her first boyfriend, turning 18, leaving for college, becoming engaged, and voting for president.
Little Arli had another first last night.
She had her first wedding shower .
There are others planned, but last night was her first. It makes it special, and I am glad she enjoyed it so much!
She has had many other firsts and some seconds and thirds. Some were happy, some sad. She will have many more firsts in her life, I wish I could be there to share in all of them!
I am happy she had a wonderful time!
Thanks to all of Jake's family for being there feeding her and showing her a good time!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
I always have a lot to be grateful for, but during these especially stressful times I forget.
Today I am writing them down so I will have a place to remind me during my whinny times!
- My FAMILY! husband, kids, brothers, sisters, parents, in-laws, (or out laws...::snicker::) nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. How can you not be thankful for that? I am thankful for FOREVER FAMILIES!
- My Home! It isn't new or fancy and not always in order, but it is mine.
- My college degree! It was a dream of mine as a small child. I am proud of myself for accomplishing this great task!
- Technology. The GPS (although I still trust myself more), Atari (oops I mean WII), cell phones, and of course computers. I love, maybe too much, the Internet. Catching up on friends and family. Typing papers on programs that can catch a spelling error is amazing. Remember typewriters...UGGGH! Googling is a fun past time...agreed?
- Reality T.V., need I say more? (hey, this is my list!)
- Friends. They have been my family while I live a country away!
- The Church. How thankful I am to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I know my Father in Heaven loves me and takes care of me and my family.
- Food. You cannot forget to add this one to the list on Thanksgiving! It is not just a source of nourishment to my body but nourishment to my memories, through smells, sounds and sights. A beautiful turkey, creamy potatoes, brilliant red cranberry sauce all add to the day.
- Books! I love to read. I am in love with a great mystery. A fun children's book interests me as much as a love story. As always a great cookbook!!! I read them like regular books, if you have never tried it you should. You learn all kinds of interesting things.
- Service. Given to me and sometimes by me. I am grateful for the kindness of strangers, family and friends. I am grateful to see kindness given to others. A simple gesture goes a long way. 'Blessed are those who give without remembering and receive without forgetting.'
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
- 2-cans (16 oz) refried beans (add 1/2 tsp Adobo or garlic powder)
- 1-16 oz tub sour cream
- 1-package (1 oz) taco seasoning mix
- 3-large ripe avocados, pitted, peeled and mashed
- 1-tsp lemon juice
- 1-tsp Crystal hot sauce (Tabasco works also)
- -pepper and salt to taste
- 2-cups shredded Cheddar or Mexican cheese blend (8 oz)
- 1-can (2.25 oz) sliced ripe olives, drained (1/2 cup)
- 1-medium tomato, diced (3/4 cup)
- 4-green onions sliced
- Tortilla chips
- Mix refried beans and adobo (or garlic powder). Spread on platter.
- In a medium bowl, stir together sour cream and taco seasoning. Carefully spread over bean mixture, stopping 1" from edges.
- Add lemon juice, Crystal hot sauce and salt and pepper to avocados, mix.
- Carefully spread over sour cream mixture, leaving 1" from sides.
- Layer cheese, tomatoes, olives and green onions.
- Serve with tortilla chips
Sunday, November 23, 2008
I love this...you can see it when you walk in our front door. It is a wonderful reminder of where our hearts and minds should be.
Living room. We now call it the Thorne wall. It has some favorites from when we were first married and a new addition from Lisa for my birthday! Thank Lisa for the Giant T!
Of course I have to have my Shrine! It is devoted to my mother. She loved Angels, and the picture of her and me and my sister is one of my favorites!
Quite often my house is a mess, and I can't blame it on the kids, darn! We are getting better but mostly I love that it is cozy and warm! I want people who visit to feel welcomed and at home!
Friday, November 14, 2008
Christmas 2000 my mom and dad came out to visit us and spend Christmas with us in New Jersey.
I was so excited about having my parents with us for the holidays!
A few days into the visit and just before Christmas I happened to think about the cherished coffee set. I asked my dear sweet mother about it again, and when I might be able to 'inherit' it. My mother blew my mind when she told me she gave them away to one of my other sisters. I really can't remember which sister it was, but boy was I upset. I asked her WHY she would give it to someone else when she knew I wanted it so badly. (now you have to know that I was being nice...no yelling or screaming although I really, really wanted to) She said she didn't remember I had wanted them and she was SO sorry! Now being the great and beautiful daughter that I am said it was OK and held in the tears I so dearly wanted to shed at that very moment.
We got busy with Christmas preparations. Wrapping, school plays, shopping trips in the newly fallen snow. Rick worried so much about my mom not having a coat (she hated them, she was from Arizona for heaven sakes! he INSISTED on her wearing his grandmothers fur coat! If you know my mom that isn't her and she only wore it in the car and then promptly took it off before we entered the mall.
Finally, Christmas day came. WE were all so excited to be together and enjoy our morning. As we opened the presents each one seemed to be special and fun in its own way.
Mom had me open a HUGE box. Now I know what your thinking "yeah, Lorri got the Coffee Set! What a great mom she has!"
Surprise! I had a beautiful new quilt my mom had carefully worked on for me! In fact she made one for each of her children from an old quilt my grandma Jesse had made. As children we often fought over who was going to get the quilt when the time came! Each of us had a good reason for wanting it. My mother played King Solomon that year and cut the quilt up in several pieces and added them to her own creation so we could each have part of Grandma Jesse's quilt!
Imagine my surprise! I loved it and tears filled my eyes!
More presents, more laughter, more surprises!
My mother pulled out another box.
"OPEN IT!" Yelled the kids!
I unwrapped the package...
looked inside, and carefully pulled back the padding inside.
THE CHERISHED COFFEE SET!
I Shouted with joy, jumped up and hugged my dear sweet mother!
"thank you, thank you thank you!" I yelled and
Thanks again mom! I love it!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
So this is my New Job.
I am babysitting Whitney Rockwell's 4 (YES I SAID 4) kids! They are all 5 and under!
It really doesn't feel like a job!
I like to be home and run errands or go out when I need to, I like to be able to get on the computer...
(when the kids are sleeping of course!)
Plus, being home gives me more time to work on the wedding!
I only work 1/2 a day on Wed. so I head into John's office and work there. I think there are two reasons I stay with John,
2. He can't do it without me! No really! This is the biggest reason I stay. He calls a couple times a week to find out how to do this or where is that? When I come in I get quite a bit done in the short time I am there. We have a lot of fun... believe it or not! Lol!
I have had 4 kids before. They are still ALIVE, so I can do this part time no problem (I hope!).
And the LUCKY kids are...
He was born on Taylor's Birthday! He is a happy little boy, and full of spunk!
(who by the way just woke up his baby brother Garrett so we could go and get a treat. I told him earlier we would have to wait until the baby woke up to go and so he helped things along by waking him. Obviously we are not running out to get a treat, I put the baby down again where Matt can't get him! Your little scheme didn't work Sir Matty!)
Ben is 2. Need I say more?
He is a funny little guy who is discovering his language every day! Sometimes I am lowi, sometimes I am Arli, sometimes I am Taylor and sometimes (ok only once) I was mommy **After he said it he looked at me and realized I wasn't mommy, sorry Ben!**
Garrett is 7 weeks old! He is a sweet baby and I really enjoy him! He isn't difficult at this stage.
Now if I can keep the boys from attacking him all the time, it is a constant battle. "he needs his Binky" "he wants a toy" (yeah sure he does) "he wants to go and get a treat"
(Really, is that right?)
The best one is when Ben wants to stick his finger in poor Garrett's eye or up his nose or in his mouth!
So...I begin my adventure! I know now why women have children at a younger age. I don't know if I could have children at this age! Holy cow! It is so easy to leave with my girls, everyone can buckle their own seat belts. The bottles, binkys and diapers stay home. Best of all, my girls come when I call (just kidding, I am trying to fool ya, did it work?)
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Remember the joy of a big bubble?
Monday, October 27, 2008
I am so proud of my girls because it doesn't matter why we go they will always find a way they can help. It could be to help run the games, or take a little one trunk or treating, or just hold a baby (yeah like thats punishment) so the mom could get a break! they are so sweet...even if no one asks they find a spot where needed and pitch in! Great girls! Besides they like to eat chili, get candy and hang out with their friends!
This year I invited Ricks brother Chris, his wife Chrissy and of course my niece Brianne. Chrissy brought her friend Stacy and her little boy Zach.
From the moment Brianne walked in she insisted she needed to be on the stage. Of course she is attached to uncle Rick and he would do anything for her...
This was the result of uncle Ricks love...and the Highlight of EVERYONE'S night! Listen carefully to the cheers!
How can you NOT love that?!!!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
I remember the day he was born like it was YESTERDAY! Sadly it was 21 years and 5 months ago today! ( so we will call this his un-birthday...I just want to boast)
MY oldest and only boy!
He loves sports, always has...any type. He can tell you anything you wanna know about them- scores, odds, player rosters, and anything about the March Madness basketball stuff, you know all the stuff I dont!
He has lived at home, away from home, clear across the country and just an hour or so near by. I like the hour or so near by, we can still visit!
He lives in Queens, NYC in a really cool apartment!
I MEAN REALLY COOL! I wish I had it!!
If I could repent about those thoughts at all...I would have to say I was wrong, I think you Worry MORE!
Monday, October 6, 2008
He is so CUTE! I love his laugh!
Daddy didnt have grey hair until he married mom. . .