Wednesday, May 21, 2008

TEXAS!

Chad and I have been considering moving our family and the business to Texas and so last weekend we hopped on a plane to check it out. We were able to stay with our friends, the Birds, who moved from Fullerton to Cypress, TX which is just north of Houston. I can't believe how much we loved it and how different it was from what I had expected. Everything is so green, the whole area is a thick forest. Maybe because it rains 5o inches a year? Most people are transplants and many are from California. The places we looked were full of young families and that is at the top of our list when it comes to choosing a place to live. So who knows, maybe we will call be calling Houston home in the near future.

We took Della with us and she was an absolute dream. This is what she did most of the time...
Della loved hanging out with "the girls." (L-R) Cameron, Della, and Kaden.


Here is Della entertaining herself at the airport...


I will post more Texas pics later. These next two pictures are a little out of place. But they were so cute! Archer and Della on the "diaper train"...

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Monday, May 12, 2008

It's that time of year again...

Start off by buying "jam berries." They are the most ripe and are on the verge of going bad, so the stand usually sells them at a discount. I bought a flat for $10 instead of the usual $30.

The ones I bought were huge...

Jam berries have to be processed the day you bring them home...
Throw them in the food processor, measure out 5 cups (for one batch) and freeze it until you are ready to make the jam...

5 cups of strawberry puree, 1 bag of pectin, and 7 cups of sugar. Who wouldn't love something that has more sugar in it than any other ingredient?
The finished product. We figure the cost to be a little less than a dollar a pint. Not bad. We also give it out as Christmas gifts. Nothing like tasting a little summer in the dead of winter...

*I am not posting this to show off my "Molly skills." This is something that my family does and I wanted to document it. Making jam is sooooo much easier than people think and it is so yummy.

Friday, May 09, 2008

Strike A Pose!

My brother Cameron sent Archer some pajamas from Taiwan, where he is serving his mission. They are Archer's favorite thing to wear and he calls them his "underwater pants" because there is a fish design embroidered on the bottom. So he came out wearing his pants the other night and we decided to take a picture to send to Cam so he could see just how much Archer loves them. Archer started posing and it turned into a full on vogue-ing session that would make even Benny Ninja green with envy.