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Under the plan of heaven, the husband and the wife walk side by side as companions, neither one ahead of the other, but a daughter of God and a son of God walking side by side.
Gordon B. Hinckley

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Last Day in Nursery

Today was Emerson's last day in nursery. It's a good thing Capri was sick and I had to stay home, because I think that I would have cried when I dropped him off AND when I picked him up. Isaac was a good sport and took the camera with him (even though he didn't want to) and took some pictures of Emerson playing. (It was really hard for him to get a good picture, though, because they had this blue tunnell out and all Emerson wanted to do was play. (So, sorry the pictures aren't that good.) I'm going to snap more pictures of his first day in primary next week. (Isaac says if Capri is still sick, he is staying home and I can take the pictures.) I can't believe how big he is getting!



Emerson and his nursery friends.




Emerson and his nursery teacher. (He's blurry because he's trying to run away.





Emerson in the blue tube in nursery.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Little Helper

I was cleaning up the house today and told Emerson that I was getting ready to vacuum, so we needed to get everything off the floor. He was very excited about this comment and jumped right in to help. When I went in his room, I found the biggest pile on his bed. He had taken anything and everything he could find and piled it on his bed. (Even dirty laundry out of the hamper in his room.) He was very proud of his work and let me know that I could vacuum now. It was really cute that he tried to hard to help. (It took a long time to clean it all up, though.)


New kitchen Table!

Today Isaac and I set up my new kitchen table! It fit perfect in our kitchen. The kids were both exctited to eat dinner on the new table as well. I can't believe we went 5 years without one. We just love that Ikea has come to Utah!

Friday, December 28, 2007

Boren Family Christmas Party



Emerson slept throught the entire party.



Dan and Capri. He's such a great uncle.



Capri and Wendy. Capri loves to color.



Beautiful dress and shoes from Grandma.



Emerson and Capri watching the remote control cars.

We went to our annual Boren Family Christmas party today and had a ball! It was great to see everyone. Emerson slept the entire time and woke up just before we had to leave. He was thrilled though, because some of the older boys had a remote control car that they were playing with and he thought it was so neat. (Isaac has informed me that's all that he wants for his birthday.) They had a great slide show of everyone and a fondue fountain. It was great to see everyone and Nana and Grandpa did a great job planning it all. (Sorry there aren't many pictures of Emerson, he was sleeping the entire time.)

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Remember this old classic




Daddy's girl

Our Christmas Tree


This post is for Tammy. She wanted to see our Christmas tree. We just set up three little trees on our end table by the coach. Emerson helped us by putting huge candy cane decorations on the tree. I thought it was so cute, that I didn't take them down. I also liked the idea of Tammy's to post things about different ornaments that mean something to me!


Mom used to hide little presents in this box and the tree. It was so much fun to look for it. (Sorry it's blurry!)
I actually have tears come to my eyes when I look at this ornament. It was from a good friend in high school. He passed away a couple years ago from cancer. He was the same age as me.
This was made by my great grandma Boren. She died when I was in Jr. High.
Isaac and I had this made the first Christmas we were married.
Lindsey gave this to me when we were in high school. It has always been one of my favorites.

More Christmas photos



Lindsey, Dan, and Dad found Mom the 2002 "Hope for Healing" Collectors globe. It was the only one that she didn't have and this completed her set. They have been looking for this for a couple years and were excited to get it for her.



Emerson playing "kitchen"



Capri playing with Mr. Potato Head from Auntie Lindsey and Unckie Dan



Capri wearing the Mr. Potato Head glasses

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! We had a wonderful Christmas. We were able to spend Christmas this year with Isaac's parents and Ashley parents. That was a great oportunity. Isaac's parents came here from Arizona and went to Ashley's parents house Christmas morning. Emerson and Capri scored so many presents! We had kind of a theme this year. We did a "kitchen" theme. They got a mini table and all kinds or fake food and dishes. Emerson also got lots of cars, and Capri got lots of cute clothes. Isaac got a new coat, some gloves, lots of sweeters, a shaver, tie, knee pads, and some other things that I can't remember. I, Ashley, got a new microwave (yaaa!), a scrapbook program, a new kitchen table, a digital camera (thanks to Isaac's sisters!), a couple new coats, clothes, and more. Wow, I think that we did pretty good this year. I just can't believe that it's all over. The kids actually did really well, considering that they both were sick. (They both cam down with strep throut on the Sunday before Christmas.) Enjoy the pictures!
Capri helping grandma wrap presents

Capri reading up about The Story of Christmas
The Christmas loot
Emerson running upstairs to see what Santa brought him
Capri pushing around her stroller from Aunie Lindsey and Unckie Dan
Emerson and the look of Christmas joy

Sunday, December 23, 2007

I have never done this before, but I needed to share with everyone a very tasty meal. I have already made this 3 times this season. It's a bit involved, but it's easy. It feeds a lot or a little amount of people (depending on the size of ham that you get) and is great for guests around the holidays. The ham tastes good even days after! (Cold or warmed up.) So here is your complete holiday meal, highly recommended! (Oh, and ham is very cheap. I bought everything to make the entire meal, plus desert for under $30!)

Main Dish:
ORANGE GLAZED HAM WITH BABY CARROTS
Ingredients
1 (8-12 lb.) smoked ham, bone-in, skin on
salt and freshly ground pepper
1 bunch fresh sage leaves
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 c. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut in chunks
2 medium navel oranges, slice thin, peels on (don't peel, you need the zest from the peel)
2 cups orange juice
2 cups light brown sugar, packed
1 cup water
1/4 tsp whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
1 1/2 lbs. peeled baby carrots

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.

Put the ham in a large roasting pan, fat side up. using a sharp knife, sore the ham with cuts across the skin, about 2 inches apart and 1/2 inch deep. Cut diagonally down the slashed to from a diamond pattern; season the meat generously with salt and pepper. Chop about 8 of the sage leaves and put in a bowl; mix with the oil to make a paste. Rub the sage-oil all over the ham, being sure to get the flavor into all the slits. Bake the ham for 2 hours. Now there is plenty of time to do the orange glaze.

For the glaze: Place a saucepan over medium heat. Ad the chunks of butter, oranges, orange juice, brown sugar, water, and spices. Slowly cook the liquid down to a syrupy glaze; this should take about 30-40 minutes.

After the ham has been going for a couple of hours, pour the orange glaze all over it, with the pieces of fruit and all. Scatter the remaining sage leaves on top and stick the ham back in the oven. Continue to cook for 1 1/2 hours, basting with the juices every 15-30 min.

Scatter the carrots around the ham and coat in the orange glaze. Stick the ham once again back in the over and cook for a final 30 minutes, until the carrots are tender, the ham is dark and crispy, and the whole thing is glistening with sugary glaze.

Set the ham on a cutting board to rest before carving. Serve the carrots and orange glaze on the side.

Side dish:
BAKED MASHED POTATOES WITH PARMESAN CHEESE & BREAD CRUMBS

Ingredients:
1 TBS unsalted butter, plus 1/2 cup unsalted butter
salt
4 lbs. russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 1/2 cup whole milk, at room temperature
1 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Freshly ground pepper
2 TBS. dried plain bread crumbs

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Coat a 13x9x2 inch baking dish with the 1 TBS. of butter. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the potatoes until they are very tender. Drain; return potatoes to the same pot and mash well. Beat in the milk and melted butter, then mix in the mozzarella cheese and 3/4 cup of the Parmesan cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer the potatoes to the prepared baking dish. In a small bowl, stir together the bread crumbs and remaining 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle the bread crumb mixture over the mashed potatoes. (The dish can be prepared to this point up to 6 hours ahead. Cover and chill. Bring back to room temperature before baking.) Bake uncovered until the topping is golden brown, about 20 min. (I put the potatoes in right after I take the ham out. That gives the ham time to cool down and the potatoes are ready just in time to sit down and eat!)

Desert: (Okay, I really like this dish, even though I don't like cranberries!)
CRANBERRY POP CAKE
(This is called a "pop" cake, because the cranberries pop while baking)

Ingredients:
(Cake)
3 Tbs. Butter, softened
1 Cup Sugar
2 Cups Flour
1 TBS baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 cup evaporated milk
2 cups fresh or frozen whole cranberries

(Butter sauce)
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup whipping cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract

For the cake, cream the butter and sugar in a mixer bowl until light and fluffy. Mix the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Add to the creamed mixture alternately with the evaporated milk, mixing well after each addition. Fold in the cranberries gently to avoid coloring the batter.

Spoon into a greased 8x8 inch cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 min or until the cake tests done. For the sauce, combine the butter, sugar and cream in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Serve hot with the hot cake.
serves 9

I hope that someone loves these recipes! Ask me if you have any questions. Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

PICTURES WITH SANTA

Every year that we have had kids, we have gotten their pictures taken with Santa. We got them all dressed up in their matching christmas sweaters and headed off to "The Sugar Shack" in Sugarhouse where santa lives. (At least where there is not usually a long line like the mall.) Emerson was so cute with Santa. He told him all about what he wanted for Christmas. (Which mostly included toys having to do with Lightning McQueen. Capri, on the other hand, was not that sure about Santa. She kept staring at him and holding on really tight to me. Then we when sat them both on Santa's lap, Capri went balistic! Luckly they were able to snap a couple pictures before we rescued her. (Hopefully she's not scared for life.) Enjoy the picture, I think it's hilarious!

Saturday, December 8, 2007

SLEDDING IN THE SNOW



Hold on . . . it's yet another post today. I just have a spare minute, so I dediced to post all my pictures while the kids are asleep and I can actually have two moments in peace. (Not that I don't just love their little voices. . .)

Isaac bought a sled about 2 months ago and has been sooo excited about taking us all sledding. It snowed the other day and it was FREEZING. Not to mention, it was still snowing, but I got off work and Isaac was ready to go. We bundled up the kids like the Christmas Story and found a good hill at a park in Sandy. We sledded for about an hour. It was so much fun. I know the kids aren't smiling in the pictures, but they were having a great time. They were very disapointed when we had to go home. What a great memory! I think we have just started a new family tradition.

FIRST SNOW FALL

We had our first snow fall of the season and the kids thought it was sooo neat. As we were walking in from the car, the kids were so excited. I ran and got my camera and shot these really cute pictures.




THANKSGIVING

Okay, here are my thankgiving pictures. We went to my mom's house and had a great time. Grandma and Grandpa Clark, Dallas, Skyler, and David Clark, Steve and Suzette and Lindsey and Dan all joined us. It was great! We ate the best food ever. (Thanks to mom - she is the BEST cook out there.)


Uncle Steve taught Emerson all about the best football team and even let him try on his really cool helmet.


Emerson was very willing to help with all the cooking. (Especially when it came to licking beaters or spatulas.) He loves his grandma so much!


Capri hung out with grandpa. She sure thinks he's pretty neat. Capri has brought out something in my dad that I have never seen before. (I think she has him wrapped around her finger.)
My first ever made from scratch apple pie. It turned out great. (I forgot to put the butter in it, though. Mom and I put some in all the little holes before anybody noticed!)

I THINK THAT I TOOK TOO MANY PHOTOS!!



HALLOWEEN



Okay, so I know it's weird, but I just got our film back from the store and it had our halloween pictures on it, so I decided to share them all with you. (They are so cute!) We went to a halloween party with Wendy and John Paul. Capri was very interested in the candy. Emerson is not much of a candy kid, but he did have a lot of fun playing all the games. Enjoy the pictures!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Merry Christmas!

We wanted to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. Click on the link below to see us sing you a Christmas song! Enjoy!

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