Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Christmas with snow

I was talking to my Mom tonight and she told me by blog was boring. Only a Mother can say such things, but since I am home and the girls are in bed and the weeks have been eventful, I will make a post, but not just any post, a really long post with run on sentences. So it shall begin.

1.) We started off our Christmas season with a Christmas tree in a house without any other furniture that was not swept from saw dust or without a clean bathroom and without us living in it. We came over for Family home evening, put up some decorations and ate some leftover pumpkin pie from Thanksgiving. mmmm.

2.) Packing, packing, moving, and still moving. I have decided that a short distance move is way worse and way more drawn out than a long distance move. It is nice because the two houses are right down the street from eachother, but a phrase we have been caught saying more that a few times in our house is, "it's at the other house". There is an end in sight; we have to be completely moved out of the rental by Monday, So we have a busy weekend ahead of us full of moving and cleaning all the little things that we really could just throw away. FUN! Milas and I have planned ourselves a cleaning date for Saturday, so if anyone really likes my kids and wants them on Saturday, please let me know, you are more than welcome to have them for the day.
Packing the most important things first.
Lydia packing and taping her box of books.

3.) I had showed Milas this way cute nativity online a few weeks ago and was telling him that it was on sale and all the good reasons to have it. He didn't seem to care. I think he looked and said, "huh, cool." and that was about it. Well a week or two later we got a "Prize", Milas had ordered the Little People Nativity. It is so cute and Lydia and Liza love it. I think it's awesome because we can talk about the nativity and they can actually touch it and play with it. I was so excited and was saying that I was, so Lydia was too, she kept saying, "I'm so excited, thanks Dad, I love it."

4.) Monday we were so excited to wake up to a Vegas snow. It was so exciting! we made a little snowman with raisin eyes and that was that. then it melted on Tuesday. Then today, Wednesday, it snowed again, but a lot more than before. They cancelled mutual, which was a little funny to me being from somewhere that snowed often in the winter. But I understand that Vegas is not a very snow equipped city. They also closed some roads in and around Vegas. So if you are wanting to get in out of Vegas, good luck. Milas and I took the girls to the park and played in the snow and then we came home and Milas and Lydia went out and played in the backyard. It is quite exciting. And it makes me miss the snow, but I am glad that I am here and not sick of the snow.
Lydia out in our little Monday snow.

Liza watching from the window.

This is as good of a snow man as we did on Monday. Perfect for Lydia.
Notice my Let it SNOW! window sticker?
Cute little snowman and cute little girl.

(The rest are Wednesday snow pictures)

snow angels, and then we left because the sprinklers turned on. How dumb is that.

Liza and Dad. Liza has a frozen face.

"once there was a snow man, tall tall tall."

cold kisses

5.) Lastly, I would like to tell you all that Milas and I have decided not to do a Christmas card this year. I know sad huh, and I know you were all so looking forward to it, but we have been so busy and thought,... how about next year. So we hope you all have a Merry Christmas from the Howes.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008


So my mom told me to look at this web site, so I did, and I love it. For all of us that have a hard time deciding what to make for dinner and often times don't or have the same things over and over. or we have French toast or tuna sandwiches if we are really running low on ideas. You will love it. You pick your recipes or menu for the week and put it in your calender and it will give you a shopping list for you. So you have your shopping list and you whole weeks worth of dinner and you don't even have to think about it. It's pretty awesome, so I hope you like it. It is

have fun.

I have been meaning to put this amazing recipe on for a couple of people so here it is. It is delectable. My friend Amber gave it to me and I make it quite often. So good.

Cafe Rio Pork taco salad (I think it's cafe rio)

1 Pork Roast

1 liter Coke

1 bottle of BBQ sauce (18 oz)

1 Tbsp honey

Put all ingredients in crock pot and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Take meat out, shred and put back in crock pot for 1 hour


Black Beans

Romaine lettuce

Mexican blend shredded cheese

Put is all together and have a taste of heaven. I have had it as a taco in a tortilla or a salad on tortilla chip or a tortilla bowl. or a salad on a tortilla, it is good all ways.

It is most delicious with this Mango salsa

2 Large Roma tomatoes chopped (or more)

1 Bell pepper, chopped (I've used both red and green, both are good)

1/4 Cup chopped onion

1 mango (or more, we love our mango)

Add to taste:

lime and lemon juice



Give it all a couple quick spins in the food processor. Chill at least a1/2 hour before serving for best taste

Milas usually does the salsa so I couldn't really tell you much about thisbut we usually make a more than this calls for. We use 4 or 5 tomatoes and a million mangos.

Monday, December 1, 2008


OOOOo-what!! (only Lindsey and Sarah would appreciate that ooo-what, it's and Andrea Ooo-what!) Anyway...

So we still are not in our "new house" I feel like it is a never ending project. But the end is in sight. We were going to move in over Thanksgiving weekend, but the base boards didn't come. LAME! We were going to do them on Friday and move on Saturday. The base boards came today so hopefully we can move in on Saturday.

We did go over there tonight for FHE and set up most of the Christmas stuff. Lydia was so funny, and such a big helper. all of teh ornament are on the bottom brances of the tree and she did a very nice job with the help of Dad on the tree lights. Christmas is so much fun with her now that she is kind of understanding. She is such a little Mother. She tells Liza that that is a a Christmas tree and that there are lights on them, but don't touch the ornaments. And Liza just looks at her and smile and continues on her way over to the outlet to shock herself again...

The outlet covers hadn't been put back on yet from painting and Liza has shocked herself twice. Poor thing. Milas put them all on tonight we figured that is kind of one of those things you should do with a crawler. We are really attentive parents can't you tell. :) Well maybe next month I'll post another one. jk. hopefully once everything slows down with moving and we get in to the house I can be a better blogger. Then again maybe not. We shall see.

Oh and I got a new calling that I am so excited about. I am the 2nd councilor in young womens. I am over the Beehives. It will be fun and busy, but I am excited because 12 year old girls are so giddy and giggly and so excited just to be there. So it will be fun.

I hope everyone had a super Thanksgiving. Ours was awesome. Thanks Trin-ty. You rock!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Happy Halloween!

We had a super Halloween. Lydia quite enjoys candy so we had a great weekend full of sugar and late nights. On Halloween we went over to our friends' house, the Barlows, and the husbands took the girls trick-or-treating. Liza went in the stroller and Lydia walked or got carried by Dad. Liza went through 4 or 5 dum-dums and was so hyper. Lydia was a pro trick-or-treater. People like little kids way more than the idiot high schooler kids that don't even dress up that just go around getting free candy. I have issues with those kids. I say if you can have a job you should not be trick-or-treating, so buy your own candy. There was a kid that was dressed as a woman, yeah a little strange, and he was carrying his heels he said that his feet were killing him because he had had them on all day at work. all said in his gay little voice. Yeah I think he got one dum-dum. His mom was even with him, (some people) anyways back to my kids....they are really cute :)

Just a cute little something about my cute kids. Today we were walking into church and Lydia wanted Milas to carry her in, and Milas was already carrying Liza, When we are carrying both of them at the same time Lydia always says, "two goyls" So we got in and she is reaching over to
Liza pinching her cheeks and keeps saying "pretty cute, pretty cute, Liza" Lydia is so funny. Lydia is so very talkative and pretty opinionated, she is a little mommy and likes to be the boss. She likes to be in charge of Liza and to tell her no. someday we will try the whole potty training thing. I want to do it before we get into the new house so she can have accidents here. :)

Liza has been crawling for almost a month, she is all over the place and is into copying everything. Lydia screams, Liza screams. she is waving, clapping and throwing fits, (especially when she wants a dum-dum) She has 6 teeth and wants to eat everything. I would pick up all the cheerios on the floor that she throws, but I don't because then she can have a snack for later, it's the chicken nuggets, raisins, rocks, shoes, and everything else on the floor that we have to be careful about. It was so much easier to keep the little things that are choking hazards off the floor with just one. I am constantly pulling rocks out of Liza's mouth, Lydia loves to bring the rocks in from outside. JOY! She pulls herself to stand and will probably be cruising any time now. She watches Lydia and wants to play with her so bad.

We are not in the new house yet. We have gotten a lot of painting done and this weekend we'll hopefully start the flooring. On Saturday Milas and some friends pulled up all the carpet and Linoleum. We are hoping to be done and start moving in at the end of the month. This is such a process, It would go so much faster, if I had a nanny, and if Milas could take 2 weeks off work. Oh well , we are so lucky to be able to still live in the rental. Thank you so much to everyone who has helped and babysat, we owe you big! Well now that you are sick of reading, here are some pictures.

Carving Pumpkins

Decorating for Halloween

Thing 1 and Thing 2

Sunday, October 5, 2008


I am been slacking on the whole Blogging thing. Our main computer died last week and the other one is in Liza's room so when I have a minute to get on is when she is sleeping in her room, so I havn't been doing it. Sorry. We also have been really busy with the house. Milas and I bought out first house!!! We are so excited to get it all going. It was a forclosure, so we got a great price on it, but it needs some work. Milas has been putting a thousand holes in the walls trying to wire up the alarm system and other stuff I have no idea about. My dad came up for a conference this weekend and he was kind enough to help patch holes and pull up baseboards and so much more. (Thanks Dad) Milas' mom and sister are coming this week (which we are so grateful) to help paint so we will be busy busy. And then we will have to get new flooring. It will be so nice once it is all finished. It is 5 bed 2 1/2 bath and it has a 3 car gargage(yes! room for Milas tools) Visitors are definetly welcome in about a month or 2 unless you want to work. :)

We still have two dang cute little girlies. Lydia is so fun, she makes me laugh daily. And Liza, what can I say, she is an awesome baby, I am so blessed to have her smile all day.

a couple weeks ago we went to the Gilcrease Orchard and our friend Trinity, who is now the bad Aunt or good aunt depending on who you are. had passed out dum-dum suckers to the kids. On the way home Lydia said "Liza likes it." And I said "don't give Liza food," I didn't think anything of it and then when we got home this is what I found. Liza did like it.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

say click take pic (name that show)

So I have been looking through pictures and I have been totally slacking. I have a lot of cute pictures and have had no documentation. So here are some pictures,

Fish cooked by Lydia anyone?

So a few weeks ago I had set out this fish on the counter to defrost. Lydia, Liza and I were in my room and it was nearing time for dinner, so I told Lydia it was time to make dinner. She looks forward to this, she loves to help me make dinner. So we went to the kitchen and I showed her the fish that we were going to cook. She was taking that in, maybe a little confused as to why the fish was in plastic and it didn't have eyes or fins. She didn't really seem to care much. I had forgotten my phone somewhere and went to look for it, which is a regular occurance throughout my day I always seem to misplace it. So I was looking for my phone. I had found my phone and went to the kitchen only to find that the fish was gone and now I was looking for our family fish. Well Lydia was going along with the plans to cook dinner, and since she has her own kitchen and I wasn't getting it done she took matters into her own hands. I found the fish in her microwave. It was still pretty rare so I cooked it the rest of the way in my oven. Without the plastic of course.

I just love a baby bum.

playing dress up. Lydia wanted Liza to play too. Liza thought it was pretty cool.

Yeah she is pretty slobbery and snotty. No worries though.


Wednesday, August 20, 2008


Last weekend my friend Katie planned a doll making party and we made these way cute dolls. I am addicted. They really aren't that hard to do after the first one.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Happy Birthday Lydia

Lydia turned 2 on Wendnesday the 13th. crazy huh. She got pretty spoiled, but I think she had a good day. We went to the park to play in the morning. and then Dad got to come home early from work. We made cake and Pizza. Lydia got to help. which she loves to do. She likes to pull up her chair and help stir. We opened presents throughout the afternoon so it wasn'y overwhelming for her. After she opened one she would say "more presents?". Until we gave her the big one and she was very happy and content with that one, We saved it for last, good thing. She has been talking on her phone that goes with it since. We sure love Lydia, she is a great little helper and a fun little girl, she has such a fun personality and I am so grateful she is here. We love her so much.

the cake

The first present

I didn't make them, I bought them in Casper at Hobby Lobby.


Don't worry it isn't on

present #2 (you may think I am working for a cinderella, but she does like these things.)

Present #3, #4, #5....

blowing out her candles


cutting the cake