Tuesday, January 26, 2010


We went to McCloud Park Saturday to enjoy some time outside in the sunshine. The boys liked this park a lot because it was really easy to get on all the slides and other things. This park is similar to the all access park in Idaho Falls by the zoo. We'll definitely be coming back here!

Rain...and Snow

Last week we got almost 2 inches of rain, and it really poured. Nevada doesn't have canals full of water like Idaho, they have concrete drainage canals for the rare rainfall...so the area doesn't flood because the ground is so dry. It was weird to drive around and see these canals with water flowing in them for several days.
This is the biggest, and longest rainstorm we had. This picture really doesn't do the rain justice.
While it rained in the valley, it snowed in the mountains. Yesterday we went sledding with Ronny's family on Spring Mountain. Of course, it took us over an hour to get there! But here we are at 8000 feet and it's 39 degrees...perfect for some sledding!!

Ammon had so much fun sledding by himself. He was a real trooper, until he went off a jump and tumbled off the sled. I wonder if he was more upset about falling off the sled, or the flying in the air?

Me and Izabella. I think we actually stayed on the disk the whole time.

This is Brady

This is the after effect

And here is Zenock, king of the snow pile!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

More Susan Boyle

I just LOVE Susan Boyle. Enjoy this!!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


If you like sweet and sour chicken, especially from Fongs in Rexburg, you have to try this recipe. It's so good, and tastes almost like Fongs! I made this for lunch today, and wow! I was so impressed at the flavor!

Sweet and Sour Chicken

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into cubes
1 egg, wisked
1 T extra virgin olive oil
3/4 cup sugar
4 T ketchup
1/2 cup vinegar
1 T soy sauce
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 to 1 1/2 cups orange juice

Dip chicken in egg, then coat chicken evenly in cornstarch. Cook in hot pan with oil until almost done. Wisk together remaining ingredients. Pour onto chicken and stir frequently until sauce thickens. If sauce thickens too much, add more orange juice and stir until desired thickness. Pour over cooked white or fried rice. Feeds 3-4 people.

This recipe cooks up so fast, and it is so delicious. I have never had homemade sweet and sour chicken that tasted this good.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

It worked!!

The SD card worked in the laptop! In fact, it downloaded the photos much faster than connecting the camera to the computer. So here is a ton of pictures from today at Hoover Dam. Someday I am going to figure out how to do a slideshow...I think that would be faster to create than this, but anyway...ENJOY!!

Ammon is in Nevada, and Zenock is in Arizona

This is the new bridge/road being built over the Colorado River to both connect LV to Phoenix better and more directly and to stop all the traffic having to drive over the dam. It's supposed to be done this fall.

Arizona side

More Arizona

Saturday is a Special Day...

It's the day we have fun before Sunday!! We put on our shoes and we brush our teeth. Then we go potty before going on a short road trip (to the tune of the primary song about getting ready for the Sabbath). We had so much fun today!!! We went to Hoover Dam - to which I have never been in all the years we have come to Vegas to visit.
We got some awesome pictures...and I would happily post them today, but for the life of me, I cannot find the cord to connect the camera to the computer to download. It seems I have a few more boxes to go through still! Hopefully I can find it tomorrow before church and then do a post then. I had a breakthrough just now. I think I have an SD drive on the laptop, so maybe I can load the pictures up.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Kids say the darndest things

Last night Ammon asked if the clouds were fog and how do they get to the ground. Zenock piped up and said: First, you have to get a spoon then a tall, tall ladder. You go up and scoop and then come back down. That's how clouds get on the ground. Three year olds are so smart!

It rained for about 10 minutes yesterday, but it didn't rain, it poured. And now we won't have moisture for at least another month. I think I might miss the spring showers.

We took the kids to the lion habitat at MGM. It's one of the few free attractions here. There were three lions there, and they were up walking around for some of the time. We got to walk under them in a glass tunnel, so we could see their bellies and huge feet. It was fun for the kids, and for us too. 5 pm during the week is the time to go do stuff on the strip. It was dead...compared to the weekend. There are some things that residents get discounts on, so when we get Nevada drivers licenses, we can go do some of the fun things.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Settling In

We are finally mostly unpacked here in Nevada. The weather is wonderful, and Brady is loving riding his motorcycle all the time. Apparently we left Idaho just in time. There is 10 inches of snow in Idaho Falls, most of it coming yesterday. No sledding for us I guess. But we can ride bikes all the time, so that's a good trade.

We get to go to church tomorrow at 1 pm. That means no naps on Sunday anymore, but bedtime is at 8pm sharp...so that means I can probably get away with bedtime at 7:30! Now that's cool, even though I have to deal with grumpy kids.

I have a bunch of pictures to post of Christmas, the kids playing with cousins and other stuff, but I haven't gotten around to unloading the camera yet. Maybe tomorrow...