Thursday, May 30, 2013


Such a fun night with my girls.
Gentry came in this morning and said, "Mom, I'm never going to be able to listen to a Taylor Swift song again and not think of her concert!  Even when I'm thirty-seven." And by the time I payed for the t-shirts and put away my credit card (again), I seriously laughed out loud, because it was starting to feel like a visa commercial. You know. Priceless.

Monday, May 27, 2013


Memorial Day. Enjoying time together as a whole family (Gregg returned from Italy last night).  Sadie found out from our Bishop yesterday that her mission destination was  assigned on Friday.  Now, we just have to wait, and watch the mail box in anticipation of that little white envelope.  The contents that will read something like this, "Sister Sadie Maughan, you have been assigned to labor in the ??? mission".  I have done soooo well to this point.  I have felt calm and peaceful and not the slightest bit nervous.  Until yesterday.  The anxiety kicked in full gear this morning, and I finally had to go to the gym and just run it out. Sadie (at least on the surface) seems to be taking all in stride and insists that wherever it is is where she's supposed to go.  I love that girl.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

life {lately}

So here it is....

Gregg celebrated a birthday and liked his new beach cruiser.
 Sadie (while still on narcotics) agreed (reluctantly) to a family picture.
 Then recovered and started her new job (working at Gregg's office interning in marketing).

Sierra and Whitney performed in their last concert at school (with an eighties theme)....
and sang their duet for  "Little Talks" to come later.

After party at Krispy Kreme's.

Drew also had his last school concert of the year.

And rounded up the lacrosse season playing his first year as goalie. Thankfully with no injuries!

Gentry's poem was chosen to be recited by all the fourth grade in their final concert/poetry reading.

And oh yea....Mother's day.....Sierra took over  the kitchen to make her famous fettucine alfrado noodles. 

They were delicious.

And this picture is kind of bitter-sweet for me. This picture was the last thing Sadie had to include with her mission papers in order to submit the application to our church head quarters in Salt Lake City. She had her interview with our stake president on Sunday and yesterday, he sent in her completed file.  So what does that mean? Basically, we could find out where Sadie will be going on her mission as soon as next Monday.  Occasionally there are delays...but bottom line, she is doing this thing. I had a dream last night that she was going to England. Really she could be going almost any where in the world. To be be honest, I'm hoping for a nice stateside mission. Gregg's hoping for Argentina, where he served his mission.  And Sadie? She insists she's open to any where..... to be continued.....

Thursday, May 16, 2013

the "love" side of my love/hate relationship with the internet and shirking my motherhood duties

It's no secret.  There are many, many, many things I do not like about the internet. But like many entities,  it also has a lot of positives. Case in point....It's 4:45.  I haven't made it to the grocery store this week. In sixty short minutes, my family will expect me to feed them (again). After my third sweep of the pantry and refrigerator, I have come up with the following ingredients.  Broccoli, one sad looking carrot, an over ripe honey dew, some chicken, and several types of left over cheese. Hmm...internet recipes to the rescue, and Chicken Broccoli casserole it is. And, I get to avoid the grocery shopping (seriously my most unfavorite mom job)  for at least another day. And, let's be honest,since tomorrow is the start of the weekend, I'm hoping to avoid cooking altogether until Sunday night.  My grandma used to tell me, "The way to a man's heart is through his stomach,"  and I'd like to add, "The way to a mom's heart is through take-out". Just saying.   

Saturday, May 11, 2013

something light and easy

Happy Saturday! What are your weekend plans? We will be cheering for our men's high school team as they take on our biggest rivals in the state volley ball championship.  Go Tigers!!! 
Summer is just around the corner, and I wanted to pass on one of my family's favorite summer time treats. This trifle dessert is so easy to put together,  and a yummy way to take advantage of the summer fruit harvest.  
1 angel food cake (our local grocery always carries these in baked goods)
1 large package cool whip (or you can use real whip cream)
1 large package jello instant vanilla pudding (prepared as directed)
1 large package fresh blue berries 
1 large package fresh raspberries 

Slice cake as pictured and layer with other ingredients in large trifle dish (or very deep glass container).  Chill for at least two hours (if possible).  

I also love this dessert because it's a fun thing to make with my kids. This was Gentry's creation last weekend. 

So easy! Enjoy.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

wisdom teeth woes and birthdays

Poor Sadie.
This picture was from day one (yesterday).  Today I left her alone for awhile.  I had an appointment I couldn't miss. The Dr. said that would be okay ( to leave her alone) after 24 hours and establishing how she reacted to narcotics.  Yesterday Sadie "reacted" by sleeping or watching movies for most of the day.  This morning she seemed very cognizant and convinced me that she did NOT need someone to come stay with her.  One my way home from my appoint I called to check on her.  She said everything was fine.  When I got home I found her parked on the couch, just where I left her.  I was relieved.  Everything looked okay.  Then I went into the kitchen.  There were parts of our ice-cream maker in the sink and on the counter.
Me, "Ah, Sadie? Did you try and make ice-cream?"
Sadie, "Yep!"
Me, "Ummm, you know we have lots of ice-cream in the freezer, right?"
Sadie, "Yep! I just thought it would taste better.  I didn't work."
Me, "Alrighty then..."

Note to not leave Sadie alone while medicated.

On a very separated note, Happy Birthday to these very important people.
My husband....

and my Dad.
Seventeen years ago with Sadie

Break out the cake.

Monday, May 6, 2013

things that make me laugh...

Our horses in their new fly masks....helping relieve those pesky things...

...and kind of looking like, well, "flies" themselves.  

On a separate note...Sadie is getting very close to submitting papers for her mission. Her wisdom teeth will be removed this Wednesday (as part of the requirements). We hope to find out where she'll be going in the next three to four weeks.  Any guesses?  I'm not going to lie...I'm hoping for a nice u.s. spanish speaking mission.