Happy Halloween everyone!!!
Quote for the day:
Once in a young lifetime one should be allowed to have as much sweetness as one can possibly want and hold.
— Judith Olney
Every year my grandfather's independent living center sponsors a really fun Halloween party. It is so much fun and the residents that live there love to see the kids. They all buy tons of candy and then sit in chairs/wheelchairs in the dining room and pass it out to the trick or treaters. They put together an awesome haunted house, and provide hotdogs,punch, and cookies for atleast 100 kids. This year they had a phenomenal balloon artist. He was the best one I have ever seen!
Check out this spider he made for Reagan!
They also have a costume contest:
Tanner was Nacho Libre and Brady was Ramses (thankyou to the amazingly talented Sarah!!!)
Kiki and Reagan went as farmers to Zeus's cow. We made "utters" and he wore a cowbell. They carried milk buckets and wore overalls and John Deere hats.
The farmers and the cow won the trophy for best costume.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Happy Halloween everyone!!!
Posted by shahna at 22:00
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
What are the odds of a wasp flying into the open window of a moving car and stinging an innocent person on the eyelid? I would like to know because that is just what happened to our poor Kiki last Monday night. Here is the proof. If I didn't see it for myself I would not have believed it.
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Sunday, October 26, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
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Wednesday, October 22, 2008
All the kids got a caricature drawing.
Here is Tanner's
One of many bounce houses.
Reagan wins at the cake/cookie walk!
Pin the patch on the pirate
Jensen models the face painting with "I love twilight" on her cheek, have I mentioned that she is twilight obsessed?
pony rides for the little kids
a petting zoo
Tanner models his "goatee" and tasted sushi for the first time. He liked it!
It was a great way to celebrate the arrival of Fall for All!!!!
I will try to post about it ahead of time next year so that you guys can go too! It is totally open to the community (you don't have to be a cooper fitness member) and free. A gauranteed good time for the fam!!!
Posted by shahna at 08:00
Monday, October 20, 2008
On Friday our friends, the Bassis, came over and we all went to the big Prosper game against Celina. Here is Alexis with their cute little baby girl Susie. Isn't she adorable?
The rivalry between Prosper vs. Celina is a little like TEXAS -OU weekend in our small town. Everybody everywhere in the entire town is wearing their green in anticipation of the big night. Here are Brent and Tanner all decked out in their Prosper Eagle-wear.
Celina has beat us for the last 25 years. But that streak is over! The final score was 33-7, PROSPER EAGLES! There's nothing like Texas High School Football!!!!!
Posted by shahna at 13:25
Friday, October 17, 2008
I finished this in two days. She is a really gifted writer. The prose were beautiful. Although her situation seems tragic early on - her husband is killed and leaves her a single mother of four young children- she triumphs over hardship, finds out what she is really made of, and then decides to use her strength to help others as a Chaplain to search and rescue missions in Maine. Good Read.
Posted by shahna at 11:45
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
I was listening to a BYU fireside today from Elder Dallin H. Oaks about adversity and he shared this quote from Pres. Kimball. It was especially poignant to us. As some of you know Brent has suffered from a serious and chronic illness for a little over 2 years. When I shared it with him it brought tears to his eyes. I thought you might enjoy it too. The irony was not lost on us that these were the words from a man who suffered from a number of serious and life-threatening illnesses in his lifetime.
"I am grateful that my priesthood power is limited. I don't want to heal all the sick. Sickness is sometimes a great blessing. People become angels through sickness. Have you ever seen someone who has been helpless for so long that he has divested himself of every envy and jealousy and ugliness in his whole life? And who has perfected his life? I have. Have you seen mothers who have struggled with unfortunate children for years and years and have become saints through it? Have you seen people who have endured calamity? No pain suffered by man or woman upon the earth will be without it's compensating effects if it be suffered with resignation and met with patience." -Pres. Spencer W. Kimball
I add my witness that although I would do almost anything to find a cure for Brent - I am grateful for the strength that we have developed individually and as a family throughout the last 28 months. We are stronger, better people because of it. That includes my kids. We love each other with greater conviction and show it through service to each other. I am grateful for every moment that I have felt- and will continue to feel - the Lord at my side during this trial. There have been days I literally felt like HE was with me every step of the way, never leaving my side. I know Heavenly Father loves us and is ever mindful of us - especially in our afflictions.
Posted by shahna at 13:01
Sunday, October 12, 2008
The last few years we have started a tradition of making pumpkin bread (Cheryl Blair shared her UNbelievable recipe a few years back). For those of you who don't know Cheryl she is Cherise Sallaway's (from Frisco 4th ward) mom. Anyway, fall just isn't fall at the Argyle home anymore until we have spent a Sunday afternoon baking pumpkin bread and then delivering it to a few families that we either visit teach, home teach, want to say "thank you" to, want to say "get well soon" to, want to say "hello" to etc. It has become such a fun family tradition that we thought we would share it with you. Maybe some of you who have daughters will start this tradition down the road some time. (I say "daughters" because at our house this is what we do while the boys enjoy THEIR tradition of watching the Cowboy game.)
Kiki likes to don her "Young Chefs Academy" apron first. (She and Reagan take cooking classes there sometimes.)
Here is the cast of characters: (nod to Pioneer Woman)
Here is the actual recipe. The icing recipe on the top is good to add too. (Ignore the Neiman Marcus cake recipe on the bottom.)
The chefs at work....
We got these cool pumpkin pans last year. My kids like to take some in their lunch boxes and it is just the right portion size for a lunch treat.
Here is the finished product after it has cooked.
Here it is all wrapped up "cutesy-fied", ready to deliver!
Posted by shahna at 16:56
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
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Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Just when I start contemplating whether or not I want to keep driving to, paying for, and sacrificing valuable family time for piano lessons and nagging 4 of my 5 kiddos to practice, Jensen runs in the door from school and says "I am going to practice my piano right now 'cuz I couldn't wait all day- I kept thinking about how much I wanted to play this new piece - I just love it!"
She is playing "Out There" from The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Brent just commented to me the other day that Tanner has really improved a lot lately too. He is playing The All American Reject's "It Ends Tonight". I can't believe it! He is really getting good. Our goal when we started him a year and a half ago is that he would be able to play the hymns by the time he leaves to go on a mission and I can see it happening now! They both read music way better than me or Brent. It's a small miracle that I am grateful for. Maybe the sacrifice is worth it. (BTW, he wasn't exactly THRILLED that I am posting that he plays the piano because he doesn't think it is "cool" to play but I told him my fellow bloggers would not divulge this secret. Keep it under your hats ladies.)
This last picture is to show you how where Zeus is while the kids practice every day. He goes in and hangs out in the living room while they play. Apparantly he is a music enthusiast.
Question: How many of you are "music lesson moms" that keep perservering or had a "music lesson mom" growing up that nagged you about practicing and now you are glad. I REALLY wish my mom had put me in lessons when I was a kid. Undortunately we couldn't afford it. I think I might take piano myself next year when Brady is in preschool three days a week. Is that crazy?
Posted by shahna at 20:02
2 lbs. lean ground beef
½ tsp salt
package of frozen corn
½ c. onion, chopped
1 can of crushed tomatoes
2 c. hot cooked rice (I use brown)
2 Tbsp. brown sugar (optional)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Brown ground beef and drain.
While beef is cooking, cut a 3-inch opening in the stem end of a pumpkin, like you would a jack-o-lantern, reserving the top piece. Remove and discard seeds and pulp.
Add tomatoes, rice and corn to beef; cook until tender. Add the brown sugar.
Spoon into the pumpkin or squash.
Lightly grease a 10-inch circle in the center of a baking sheet.
Place filled pumpkin on greased pan.
Bake 1 to 2 hours or until pumpkin is tender and filling is bubbly and hot throughout.
To serve, spoon some of the cooked pumpkin along with the meat filling onto plates.
Serves 6 to 8.
Great to serve with a side salad and crusty bread.
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Saturday, October 4, 2008
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Friday, October 3, 2008
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Wednesday, October 1, 2008
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