Saturday, October 30, 2010

Sleepy Saturday

I'm still in my jammies... it's almost 2pm.
The girls are napping.
Cori is at the hardware store.

My great feat today?
Organizing 3 book shelves.

Who needs vacuuming and mopping right?
The book shelves are beautiful.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

It's a really good life

This morning Cori and I woke up just after 4am.
Not on purpose. We believe in sleeping until our 2 legged alarm clocks wake us up, they're pretty accurate 6:58 is our current 'alarm time'.

We lay in bed and tried to sleep for a long time. After a while Cori said to me, "We have a really good life." I couldn't help but agree with him and list off all the good things I could think of off the top of my head,

  1. Excellent Parents
  2. Siblings we like
  3. Our beautiful home
  4. A good job
  5. A good boss to go along with that job
  6. The ability to spend lots of time together
  7. Time and opportunity to serve people
  8. Good friends
  9. Nice kids, not trying to be biased, they're just nice people.
  10. And each other, we really like each other, that is such a blessing.

There are always those 'little detail' blessings that make life beautiful, but right now, I think we both feel pretty overwhelmed by all the big things that are so good. I know I do. Knowing things are so good for us makes me want to make sure we don't take them for granted/develop a sense of entitlement to them. That we don't say, "Gee Thanks Heavenly Father," and go on our merry way. Because I know that life doesn't get to look like this all the time. I want to make the most of what we've been given, I want Heavenly Father to know those blessings aren't being wasted on us.

To Remember:

*pretending- at our house Lilly is always the Mother*

Havah- "Motha, aw we going to have anotha ba-ba?"

Lilly- "Yes Honey. He will have a name and then he will turn into an Octopus to swim."

Random singing ensues...

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Somethings are genetic??

When Whitney was little she liked 'bun rubbings' before bed.

I guess some things like that are hereditary, because no matter how grumpy Lilly is,
she will melt in to a puddle of mush with a good butt massage.

Halloween Sneek Peek

It has been brought to my attention that I have never taken pictures of my kids in their Halloween costumes.

Kitty & Madeline
(who's hair is sortof falling off)

Monday, October 25, 2010

A Pun-kin Story

All good stories have three things:
A Beginning

We went to the store and bought two pumpkins.

A Middle

Mommy and Daddy made the pumpkins friendly while the girls 'made pie'.

And, an End.

Then we turned off the lights, and it was magic.


**Isn't Lilly a cute kitty? We're practicing, hoping she'll forget that she actually wants to be Dumbo, but her Mommy doesn't have it in her to make that happen this year.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

reasons my dad is one of the most generous people I know

  1. He installed my beautiful laminate for me,
which I was supposed to do myself, but ended up being way past my physical capability 2 months postpartum.
2.He taught me to make this.

And passed on his ability to eat an copious amount of it.
3.He's the reason we have a piano

4.He takes us on Costco dates, and gets us Pizza.
5. He gave me a new microwave... it has a handle... (the old one didn't) and many other lovely features.

6. He helped Cori get the roof up on the shed (well someday it will be a shed)

7. He gave us a dishwasher... it washes dishes, which the old one didn't really do (and is tall enough for cookie sheets)

8. He gave Havah a Two Wheeler, which gives her no end of pleasure.

9. He gave us a new Stove and Washer and Dryer (they're not in yet, gas lines first)

10. He spends time with us... even when he has lots of things to do.
Craig Eliason, I'm glad you're my dad.
And not just because you are a giver of (many) good gifts.

Life Lessons:

If you put a lawn mower on top of your mini van, and don't tie it down....

You'll probably end up towing it.

Sunday, October 17, 2010


This afternoon we have:

Looked at pictures of (aren't table top books so cool?)

Pretended to be

Got MARRIED (twice)

And 'hfhneeked' (I cannot even think of how to write the way Lilly says sneek... it is delicious) around the house peaking out the windows to see if we could find anything interesting.

Now we need to go build until it's time to go have desert at the church.

Three cheers for meetings with refreshments!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Please excuse me...

but, WHY do you tell everyone in the district to "Be there! Don't miss this round table! We're handing out fliers for Scouting for Food! Be there! Be there! Be there!" And then when we show up to collect said fliers say 'Oh sorry, they're not ready... we'll send out an email and let you know when we have them..."

Oh, I'm sorry. Why didn't you just EMAIL AND TELL US THAT??? I know why, because if you had, no one would have shown up, because except for those times when essential services/information are provided, Round Table in our district is a complete waste of time... Are we even talking about the new cub scouting program? NO. Did the district commissioner even recognize the name Fast Tracks when I asked her if we would be getting trained on that? NO.

So why should I drive 30 minutes to sit around and listen to a bunch of people shoot the breeze and talk about 'ideas' for scouts, or make neck slides, I could look up all those things on the internet at home?
Dad can I please just have copies of the information/training your district is providing you guys at your round table? Thanks...

Sorry about that.... I am sort of hormonal... and very frustrated right now at the lack of focus being paid by our district to the new Cub Scout program.... which is an awesome program, and what we should be doing is spending time discussing how we can use it better... instead of wasting 2 1/2 hours once a month.

Thank you for letting me get that out of my system. Now I will go finish making my pack flag.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Also taken by Havah

How realistic.
I have a basket of squash... and Cori has a pitch fork.

I actually do have a basket of squash.
(I should probably do something with them...)
and Cori really does have a pitchfork...
but he calls it a 'potato fork'.


a photo essay
by Havah J.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Corn Maze

For Family Night we went to the Farmstead Corn Maze.
We pet the animals.

Road the Cow Train (big hit with Havah... Lil, not so much)

Played in the 'Corn Box' ...

(they were having so much fun they wouldn't even look up at the camera)

And Daddy got us a surprise cotton candy snack.
I wish I had a video of the girls doing the 'cotton candy dance' they did when they realized what he was buying.

I love the fall.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Go Big or Stay Home

That is how we date in this house.

And last night was a go big night... that happens like... well this was the 2nd time ever, first with Lilly, actually.

Auntie Lissa came and spent the night with the girls. The day could not go fast enough, they were dying to see her! Much screaming and bumping into each other ensued when she arrived. They didn't really care when we got home, but they sure were upset when she left this afternoon. Thank you Lissa.

And then Cori and I left and drove to a nice hotel (which gave us a free room, thank you United Reward Points), ate WAY to much Greek food... (thank you and watched Despicable Me, (thank you to all involved in making that very funny flick).

It was relaxing and lovely and we slept in until 8:30 this morning and didn't have to make anyone breakfast or change diapers... until we got home... apparently Lilly had been saving up the nasty stuff for us all day. Thank you Lilly... I guess.

We also bought a new mattress for 50% off... because our mattress is like being stabbed repeatedly with spoons all night. Not exactly what you would call "restful". (thank you Sears and Serta)

Oh and while waiting in the drive through line for our Texano ( Thank you Los Betos for your perfect blend of chicken potatoes cheese and sour cream in gigantic burrito) we found this guy....

Have you ever seen a brown preying mantis before?

Cori found it... he is good at finding things :)
I like my husband.
We don't spend a lot of money going on dates.
Most of our dates are at home on our couch, but I love them.
I love to just be with him, at home or out.
I like to just sit and talk with him.
The pleasure I take in his company is a constant reminder to me that I chose very very well.

Thank you for a lovely life, Cori.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


Havah can do cool 'monkey bar' tricks.
She can flip and swing.

The last few days she has been working on being able to pull herself back up after she lets go (abs workout... maybe I'll try in a few months hehehe)

Lilly though she should do some tricks too...
I knew she was the adventurous one, but I didn't know what kind of skills she had.

She went all Mary Poppins on us and made her whole swing fly off the swing set.

Talk about a crazy trick.

Luckily, we just have a little fat lip, should be better in a couple of days...
I guess we will be purchasing a new baby swing next spring.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Gooey Caramel

I am currently in the process of making myself sick.
That's what happens when I make Caramel corn.

2 cups brown sugar (or 1 brown 1 white if you like a lighter caramel)
1 cube butter ( I prefer unsalted)
1/2 cup light Caro syrup

Melt together on medium heat until totally combined,
While that is melting open a can of Sweetened Condensed Milk and set it and a spatula next to your pan so they are ready to use.
Then crank it up almost as high as your stove will go (8 or 9 on mine). Stick in the candy thermometer and stir constantly.

Right when you see your candy thermometer hit soft ball stage, kill the heat, add your sweetened condensed milk and stir like a mad person until it is smooth and beautiful, then add a teaspoon of vanilla and stir a little bit more.

DO NOT leave your caramel in the pan, it will crystallize and you will want to cry. Put it in a glass something or on to whatever you're going to eat it on right away. Also, if you're going to save it, don't put a lid on it right away, or there will be condensation which will also cause crystallization.

This makes enough caramel to do about a five gallon bucket of popcorn. Not everyone follows in the Eliason family tradition of eating heinous amounts of caramel corn, so I would advise having a clean jar around to save the extra... or just make it and use it to dump on whatever you think sounds delicious drenched in gooey caramel. That is also always an option.

(I'm going to put this on ice cream tomorrow)

If you would like to increase the recipe... you can double the sugar with out changing any other measurements.

Now if you will excuse me, I'm going to go get a glass of milk to help my polish off my mixing bowl of caramel corn...

why sisters are great

Every day I like them more.