She’s Here!

****shameless amounts of pictures up in here…****


First family picture, the morning after she was born.

Baby Girl Brown is here!!! I was pretty patient with the waiting until about a week before her due date. When she still wasn’t here on her due date, I basically decided that she was never going to come. But she did come (ha! Imagine that!)! She came one day after her due date on Wednesday, October 26th at 11:03 p.m. She weighed 6 pounds 14 ounces. The hospital measured her at 20 inches buuuuuut she was re-measured at her first doctor’s appointment and they said 18.5 inches. Which, let’s be real, makes a lot more sense;)


At the hospital, Ben kept calling her “baby fresh” to which a nurse said, “Oh, is her name ‘Fresh?'” Which just goes to show that people are naming their kids whatever the heck they want these days…;)


After her first bath at the hospital. She was not a fan.


See how much hair she had on that head of hers when she was born???


She must dream of angels because she is always smiling and even laughing in her sleep. And it kinda makes me want to melt.


Cousin Yvonne came to meet her. We said, “Want to give her a kiss?” So Yvonne did give her a kiss-smack dab on the lips!


Ben with our Teenies. How does Jaeger seem gigantic to me now??

But, no…her name’s not Fresh…although she is fresh…


We named her Wendy Clara.


Wendy’s first major adventure: The Grand Canyon.


What would I have done without these ladies? Mom, Heather and Yvonne made it so I didn’t have to lift a finger the whole first week we were home.

We had our ultrasound at 19 weeks. We found out we were having a girl and as I lay there in the exam room, I thought, “I wonder what her name will be…” But immediately after that thought came this thought: “No, her name is Wendy.”


When we left the appointment, I asked Ben what names he was considering now that we knew it was a girl. And he said, “I don’t know, I just feel like her name is Wendy.”


The middle name was a lot harder to decide on. But we went with Clara as it honors 2 of our ancestors: Ben’s great grandpa Claire Moses Farnsworth, and my great-great grandmother Clara Rabus.


Grandma Lifferth made this gorgeous quilt.


Snuggles with Grandma Brown.

We’ve had so much love sent our way.


I mean, Ben absolutely flooded instagram direct with pictures and no one even complained about it (thanks, family!).


But seriously. Our baby is loved and I love that.


She loves being on her tummy.


Ben and I slowly figuring out the whole parenting thing. Teamwork.



Teeny toes.




Banana Bread

I don’t know where the bug came from. The little bug in my ear that told me I needed banana bread. But it came and whispered its message and suddenly I knew that banana bread was the only thing I needed in my life.


The worst thing about banana bread is that you have to wait for the bananas to be perfectly ripe with just enough brown spots. At least it’s the worst for me because, somehow, Ben is an expert banana picker. He chooses just the right bushel (is that what it’s called even when there’s only like 5?), so that we eat them all before they pass that threshold of being too ripe.

A serious conundrum for a pregnant lady.

But where there’s a will there’s a way an I ended up just snagging the last banana (and a half) and making due. And the bread that resulted was so delicious and moist and flavorful that I had to make some more just a couple days later.


And then more a few days after that. Which means that Ben was staving off his banana cravings purposely so that he could get more banana bread. That seemed like a pretty good sign to me.

The recipe is very easy and fairly versatile (I’m sure throwing walnuts or chocolate chips in would kick this up to a whole new level!). It’s been a great go-to for banana bread. It slices beautifully and tastes incredible.

Banana Bread {Whole Grain, Naturally Sweetened}

1/2 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup coconut sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups white whole wheat or spelt flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sour cream or yogurt
2-3 bananas, mashed

Preheat oven to 350. Stir together butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir until everything is mixed. Fold in sour cream and mashed bananas. Pour mixture into a greased 9×5 inch loaf pan. Bake at 350 for 40-50 minutes or until an inserted fork or toothpick comes out clean. Let bread rest in pan for a couple of minutes and then invert onto cooling sheet to cool completely.

*I’ve used differing amounts of bananas in this recipe (anywhere from 1 and 1/2 to 4), depending on how many older bananas I have on hand. I think all the batches have turned out really good. Obviously with more bananas, you’ll get a stronger banana flavor (yum). But remember that if you use more bananas, you’ll have more batter and your bread will likely have to bake longer than the recommended time above (when I used 4 bananas, the bread baked for just about 1 hour).
*I use sour cream or yogurt depending on what I have. I don’t always have plain yogurt on hand, but I almost always have a neutral flavor like vanilla or honey. If that’s what I’ve got, I use it and I’ve found it doesn’t have a huge impact on the flavor of the bread. It might even make in yummier.
*You can totally just use white sugar and all purpose flour if that’s how you roll. You’ll still get some kick A banana bread.



Freezer Meals

I’m currently 38 weeks pregnant and I’ve yet to pack my hospital bag. BUT I do have a freezer full of meals that I can chuck into the crockpot/oven with little to no preparation so that we can eat when the baby is here!  You win some, you lose some.

Many people recommended getting some freezer meals ready to have on hand for when baby comes and I figured this would be a helpful thing. Truthfully, ladies in their first trimester of pregnancy probably ought to have freezer meals ready as well because that’s really when you don’t feel like cooking!

Now, I am in no way, shape or form a professional in the world of freezer meals. In fact, I’ve only ever frozen one meal (the chicken enchiladas listed below). When I was working full time, this was super helpful to have on hand…but I never got my act together by making a lot.

Turns out, I was actually pretty picky about choosing freezer meals. I mean, get on Pinterest and you will see that there are about a billion different posts on freezer meals. But a girl’s gotta have standards. I couldn’t just throw myself at any freezer meal I laid my eyes on. So here were some of my rules as I set out to find respectable freezer meals:

  • Some healthy meals. I feel like there’s an abundance of freezer meals that fit into the category of comfort food…which isn’t always the best for you. I wanted a bit of a mix-some comfort, some healthy. I chose ones that had some veggies. I tried to choose whole grains where possible. And if it called for sugar, I used coconut sugar or agave.
  • If it had 4 ingredients or less, I passed it up. Because, seriously, if I’m not able to just dump 4 things into a crockpot, I’ve got more serious problems going on. Why take the extra time and freezer space on something you can throw together in 10 minutes or less??? Maybe that’s naive of me, but…
  • I wanted a couple of meals for the oven simply because, while crockpot meals are easy peasy, you do have to remember to put them in the crockpot 3-4 hours before you eat. And oven meals usually just take 30-40 minutes. Much more last minute friendly.
  • I wanted something that would work for quick lunches (Taquitos was my answer).
  • And at the last minute, I threw in the beef stroganoff because I realized the only other meat I had was chicken and I wanted a bit more variety.


Anyhow, here’s how I did it! Scroll to the bottom for recipes!

First I did a ton of research! I browsed Pinterest and some of my favorite cooking websites as well as cookbooks for recipes and tips on freezing food. Some things contradict…so you just kinda have to go with what sounds okay to you (for example, I found several meals with potatoes…but lots of places said not to freeze potatoes. I opted to not use recipes with potatoes).


I made lists and ended up settling on 10 different recipes that would equal 10 meals and  2 options for lunches.


Once my recipe list was finalized, I went through each recipe and created a grocery list. Lots of items didn’t get on the list because it’s just stuff I like to keep on hand. But then I went grocery shopping. (Ben made our cute table👆!!)


I was nervous about having enough energy to get all the meals finished in one day, so I did a couple things the day before to prep. I went grocery shopping and labeled all my containers. The day before, I also cooked and shredded all the chicken I needed for the recipes and I made the enchilada sauce as well. I was so glad I did this before hand!


Day of, I started with the oven meals and Taquitos because they’re a little bit more labor intensive and require some actual cooking. I made enchiladas and Tuscan pasta (each divided into 2 pans, which made 4 meals). I would highly recommend cleaning as you go so you don’t get overwhelmed. Especially if you have a teeny tiny kitchen like me. I cleaned each bowl after using it, so I only rotated through 2 or 3 bowls (according to size) instead of dirtying every bowl in my kitchen.


Then I worked on the bagged crockpot meals. I chopped veggies for all (for example, 4 recipes called for onions, so I chopped all 4 onions at once and divided between the appropriate bags). This went a lot faster than than the oven meals.


When I thought I was finished, I went over each recipe again I to double check that I hadn’t forgotten anything.


Then I sealed everything and squished it all into my freezer.


After I finished everything, I realized I had forgotten to make a few batches of freezer brown rice…but one look at my freezer assured me that there was absolutely no room for this to happen so I kicked that idea to the curb. If the contents of our freezer slim down in the next little bit, I still might make this, but most likely I’ll just end up making rice as needed.

I made my freezer meals at 36 weeks pregnant. I wanted to have enough energy to get it done while being close enough to my due date that I wasn’t jumping the gun. I was so glad I did some prep work the day before. I was able to get all my meals ready the day of, but you can bet your butt that my feet were achy by the time I was finished…and I may or may not have needed to lie down for a good 20 minutes afterward before I was ready to conquer the rest of the day;).

After we give these recipes a try, I’ll get back to you on how we liked them (the only one I’ve tried is the enchiladas and I LOVE them! If you don’t have the cookbook, check with your library to see if they have it!) Also, lots of the links direct to pages with several more freezer meal recipes. Click through for more ideas from other peeps!

Freezer Meal Recipes (the ones I used:)

Our Best Bites Creamy Chicken Taquitos (very lightly adapted. I chose this to have a lunch option of just taking out and cooking one or two at a time).
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup green salsa
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic, or garlic powder
2 Tablespoon sliced green onions
2 C shredded cooked chicken
1 C grated pepperjack or plain jack cheese
small flour or corn tortillas
Olive oil

To Prepare: Combine all ingredients up to (and including) the cheese. Stir well. Warm tortillas in the microwave between 2 sheets of damp paper towels (just do 3-4 tortillas at a time) for about 20-30 seconds to make them pliable. Put about 1/3 cup of the mixture into each tortilla. Roll up and place seam side down on a pan. Brush olive oil on the top of the taquito and then sprinkle with salt. At this point you can bake them at 425 for 15-20 minutes (or until golden brown). To freeze, put the pan of them into the freezer for about an hour or until they’re set and won’t stick together or unravel. Remove from freezer. Put in ziplock and seal well, then return to freezer.
To Cook (after being frozen): Preheat oven to 425. Place taquitos on cooking sheet. Bake for 20-25 or until golden brown.

Our Best Bites Vegetarian Black Bean Taquitos (sorry, this recipe can only be found in their cookbook).

Our Best Bites Chicken Enchiladas (sorry, this recipe can only be found in their cookbook).

Six Sisters’ Stuff Tuscan Pasta
1 (16oz) box of bowtie pasta
4 tablespoons butter
4 cloves garlic, finely minced or pressed through a garlic press
1/2 tablespoon dried basil
8 ounces cream cheese, softened and cut into 8 pieces
8-ounce jar sun-dried tomatoes, rinsed, drained and chopped
2 cups milk
8 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated (about 2 cups)
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt, more to taste, if needed
1 cup of chicken, cooked and shredded
Cook pasta according to directions on package. In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, melt butter. Add garlic and cook 2 minutes. Stir in basil. Add cream cheese and whisk until smooth. Add tomatoes. Add milk and whisk until smooth and sauce like. Stir in Parmesan, pepper, and salt. Cook 5-10 minutes until it’s at desired consistency. Remove from heat and add pasta and chicken. Stir to combine. To Freeze: Divide between two 9×9 inch pans. Cover with foil and freeze. To Cook: Preheat oven to 350. Bake for 40 minutes, or until heated through.

Hello Glow Ginger Peach Chicken
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
12-ounce bag of frozen peach slices
1 sliced red onion
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
2 teaspoons ground coriander
Place all in ziplock bag and freeze. To Cook: Empty bag into slow cooker. Add 1/2 cup vegetable or chicken broth. Cook on low 6-8 hours. Serve with brown rice.

Hello Glow Lentil Butternut Squash Curry
1 diced onion
2 cups red lentils
2 cups diced butternut squash
1 large sliced carrot
14-ounce can coconut milk
15-ounce can diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon curry powder
2 teaspoons salt
Add all ingredients to a ziplock bag and freeze. To Cook: Empty bag into slow cooker. Add 4 cups water. Cook on low 6-8 hours. Check halfway through and add more water if necessary. Serve with rice.

New Leaf Wellness Chicken Curry
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
6oz can of tomato paste
1 small onion, chopped (about one cup)
2 cups of frozen peas
14.5oz can of tomato sauce (about 1 3/4 cup)
2 large cloves of garlic, minced
3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons curry powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 can (13.5 oz) coconut milk
Combine tomato sauce, paste, garlic honey and seasonings in small bowl. Place chicken, onion, and peas in ziplock. Pour tomato mixture over the top. To Cook: Empty bag into slow cooker. Add coconut milk. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low 6-8. Serve with naan and/or rice.

Chelsea’s Messy Apron Teriyaki Chicken, Quinoa, and Veggies
1 and 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 cup quinoa
2 cups beef or chicken broth
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup white sugar
1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons soy sauce (low sodium)
4 tablespoons rice vinegar
Heaping 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 teaspoon minced garlic
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 large peppers
1 can (20 ounces) pineapple chunks (drained)
1 tablespoon cornstarch + 1 tablespoon water, optional
Place peppers, pineapple and chicken in ziplock. Mix remaining ingredients (except quinoa) in a small bowl and pour into ziplock. Freeze. To Cook: Thaw. Empty bag into slow cooker. Add 1 cup quinoa. Cook on low 6-8 hours or on high 3-4. If sauce is too thin when finished, mix 1 Tablespoon cornstarch and 1 Tablespoon water and pour into crockpot. Cook until it’s at desired consistency.

Danica’s Sausage Tomato Tortellini Soup
1 lb Spicy Ground Italian Sausage
24 oz jar of tomato pasta sauce
15 oz can of northern white beans
3 handfuls of baby spinach
1 lb carrots peeled & sliced
1 small chopped onion
4 chicken bullion cubes
19 oz bag frozen or dried tortellini
Add all ingredients (except tortellini) to a ziplock and freeze. To Cook: Empty bag into slow cooker. Add 4 cups water. Cook on low 6-8 hours. 30 minutes before serving, add bag of tortellini.

Super Healthy Kids Beef Stroganoff
1 pounds stew meat
1 pound sliced baby bella mushrooms
1 onion, diced
½ cup apple juice
1 tablespoon beef stock base
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup sour cream
Add all ingredients (except sour cream) to ziplock bag and freeze. To Cook: Empty bag into slow cooker. Add 1 cup water. Cook on low 6-8. Right before serving, add 1 cup sour cream. Serve with rice or noodles and vegetables.



My Pregnancy: Updates by Trimester

When we found out I was pregnant, I was 7 weeks along and we were living in bush Alaska. Since we were so far from civilization and traveling once to see a doctor would cost over a thousand dollars (just to send me, not to send me and Ben), we opted to not see a doctor until we made it back to the lower 48. Because of this decision, Google became one of my BFFs and I fell in love with soon-to-be Mamas who blogged about their pregnancies. It was reassuring to know that I wasn’t the only one experiencing x, y, or z. Even learning mundane things was incredibly helpful- like one lady said that she had gotten a ton of bloody noses since she got pregnant. During my first trimester I did too, although I probably never would have attributed that to pregnancy without her seeing that connection.

Anyhow, the point is that I found these kinds of posts helpful, so I decided to do one too in case anyone’s curious or in case someone finds it beneficial.

Obviously, every woman is different and every pregnancy is different too. I’ve been really lucky to have a pretty easy and normal pregnancy and I am absolutely grateful for that.

So here’s a mega-super post chronicling each Trimester of my pregnancy since I didn’t post separately for each one:)


First Trimester (written at week 13)

Belly? Guys! I feel like I started showing at like week 10 😬! But truthfully, it’s not enough of a belly that anyone (besides me or Ben) would really notice. And, honestly, most the time I think it’s just gas (whomp, whomp).

Exercise? I’ve still been running and doing ab exercises. I have made the goal to get at least 30 minutes of exercise (not necessarily running) a day through this whole pregnancy so we’ll see how it goes. I’ve tried to be extra careful, especially since I haven’t seen a doctor yet. I take it pretty easy and, going against runner’s instinct, I walk if I feel the slightest need. I just don’t want anything to happen while we live in the middle of nowhere, you know? Ben and I will go for walks and I’ll (pathetically) have to stop at the top of a hill to catch my breath. I definitely don’t have the same amount of energy, but I do feel like staying active helps me to feel better overall.

Cravings? Ha! I live in the bush where grocery store/Taco Bell runs are non-existent, so I think pregnant or not I’d be craving something. So, while I don’t think my cravings are necessarily pregnancy related, at any given time these sound totally delicious: ice cold lemonade, watermelon, Chinese food, shrimp and this Thai Peanut Salad and dressing.

Food Aversions? Yes! Burgers, avocados and bacon! Right??? In fact, the day I took the pregnancy test, I walked into the house to Ben cooking bacon. I mentioned that the smell made me nauseous and Ben promptly said, “Kim, don’t bother taking the test. If bacon smells bad to you, you’re pregnant!” Truer words might never have been spoken…


I thought I was so huge then…ha!

Not-so-awesomeness: The Exhaustion! I feel like I wasn’t adequately warned about this one! But seriously, come 2:30 or 3pm and I feel like I could fall over and sleep wherever it is that I land. So so tired. The Nausea. I’ve tried to pay lots of attention to days where I feel sick versus days where I feel fine to see if there’s something that sets off the nausea and I’ve come to the conclusion that it is absolutely and totally random. There’s nothing that makes the nausea come on and nothing I can do to make things better. I mean, not letting myself get starving helps, but in the end, if my body wants to feel like I’m about to throw up, it will feel that way. On that note, I do feel extra lucky because I haven’t actually thrown up at all and I consider that to be a blessing. The Gas. Yes. Terrible. I know. The worst part is that the gas loves to just hang out in my stomach all day long until I feel like I could explode! It’s very uncomfortable and can get just straight up painful. I’ve found that ginger chews, peppermint tea and tums might help…but not always.

Awesomeness: There’s a baby in there. Obviously, this is the best things about being pregnant. And while some of the other stuff that comes along with pregnancy is lame, I can always come back to this. Ben. He’s been super supportive and kind. He’s optimistic and caring and I’m so grateful. The other day I was freaking out about how big I feel like I’m getting. Online says that women generally start showing at week 16 or so, so I was freaking out that I was showing way earlier when the baby was basically the size of a peanut! But Ben just said, “The baby might not be very big yet, but your body knows what it’s doing. It’s just making room.” I guess he can just be so logical that there’s not room to argue and that’s good. Not every day is bad. I don’t feel sick every day. I haven’t thrown up. I’ve been able to keep working without feeling like I need to tell the other teacher what’s up (meaning, I feel like I can act relatively normal despite feeling sick). I’ve been able to keep running. These are all things I’m super grateful for.

Anything else? Dreams. I have the weirdest and most vivid dreams. Like I wake up and can remember exactly what happened and exactly what was said. Pretty crazy. Heat Sensitivity. I used to be able to handle way hot things, no prob…but lately I’ve been a wimp to heat. Warm is fine, thank you very much. Bladder. Ha! I’ve always had a small bladder. Or I just drink a lot. Either way, I’m quite familiar with restrooms. But everything has multiplied and I go like all the time. It’s fun. Also, I have to go during the night. Every night. Very fun.

Second Trimester (written at 26 weeks)

Belly? Definitely have a belly, although, my opinion on the bigness of it seems to fluctuate. Sometimes I feel huge and sometimes I feel like people probably just think I’m chubby. Whatevs.

Exercise? I’m still running! I’ve slowed down plenty and I take it easy, but I run (okay, jog;)! I normally only go 3-4 miles at a slow pace and often I have to stop and walk. And, truth be told, I have more off days than on days with running. Most the time, I feel like I have to pee as soon as my feet hit pavement (even though I go right before I walk outside), and the feeling will sometimes go away, but often it stays for the whole run. A little over a week ago I had a miracle where I ran 5 miles without walking! But I have a feeling it’ll be a long time before I see those kinds of miles again.


I used to judge all those girls who posted pictures of their “bumps” that totally looked like their normal selves. Hahaha.

Cravings? None that I can think of. Not sure if it’s a craving, but sushi always sounds good.

Food Aversions? I feel really lucky-I’ve overcome the burgers and the bacon aversions. But the avocado is kinda hit and miss. I avoid it, but if it’s served I’ll test it out. Half the time I can stomach it and half the time I have to scoop it off my plate 😝.


This is when we announced our pregnancy (via Instagram. Our families already knew).

Not-so-awesomeness: Chloasma. Also called the mask of pregnancy. Around week 20, I started noticing my face had some splotchy patches. I didn’t know that could come on so early! After some research, I got some facial sunscreen (SPF 70, yo!) and have been putting it on diligently 2 times a day. Not only did it stop the chloasma from getting worse, but it reversed any splotchiness that I had! Sunscreen for the win!! Sleep. I sleep just fine. In fact, the need to go in the middle of the night has gone! But having to sleep on my side was doing a number on my hips! I was waking up with them sore and achy. That’s where the pregnancy pillow stepped in and changed my life. No more achiness! Dry skin. And only on my face! Seriously. Like I was putting facial lotion on like 3-4 times a day and my skin was still red and flaky. Yes, it came with zits, but for some reason that didn’t bother me so much as the dryness did! I got some goji berry face lotion and my skin is pretty much back to normal (although, I don’t know whether to attribute that to the lotion or to the changing hormones).

Awesomeness: Doctor appointments. Yes, we are in civilization! Which is good for lots of things, especially seeing a doctor! It’s just awesome to hear baby’s heartbeat and know she’s healthy. Gender reveal! Baby is a girl!!! The ultrasound was just so cool to be able to see a tiny human wiggling around in my tummy. For the record, I totally thought it’d be a boy (even the old wives’ string test revealed a boy;), but we are stoked to be getting a little girl. Feeling better. The second trimester has been kind to me and has removed (for the most part) all the yuckiness from the first trimester. I started feeling a little bit better around week 13 and I felt I was back to my regular self (as regular as a pregnant lady can get) by week 15. I rarely feel sick and I have much more energy. Movement! I felt baby move at week 22…and, in hindsight, I think I felt her move a lot sooner, I just didn’t know what I was feeling for. For me, the movement was like a butterfly was hanging out in my tummy-just the slightest flutter. It was also super fun to have Ben feel her move-especially because she gave him a full out soccer kick the first time.

Anything else? Telling family. We were going to wait to tell family until we got back to the lower 48…but we were worried I’d be showing too much to keep it a secret until the whole family was around. Sooooo we told everyone around week 15. And good thing. I might’ve been able to hide my belly…but I never would’ve been able to hide my painfully slow running pace from my running buddy/sister.


Third Trimester (written at 37 weeks)

Belly? Ha! Please, it’s huge. I feel like I skipped the cute pregnant phase. You know, where the lady has this cute little bump so perfectly formed and the rest of her’s so tiny that you know she’s got a baby in there? Skipped it. But that’s fine. I also have stretch marks. I thought I might get away without them (because my sister did)…but week 33 rolled around and they showed up. I was a little sad when I got them…but now they are just there. I don’t love them and I don’t hate them. The end.


Exercise? I stopped running! I said I was going to stop for a long time before I actually did. By week 31 I was only running a mile or 2…and hating every second of it! One morning I finally just said, “This sucks. I’m done!” Not to worry, I still do a workout every morning and I usually go on 2 walks a day. And truthfully, I feel really good (most days). I’ve been loving the YouTube videos by Body Fit by Amy. She has a handful of prenatal workout videos and they’re awesome! I feel like a lot of other pregnancy workout videos are kinda wimpy but these ones are great. They get my heart rate up comfortably and make me feel like I actually got a workout in, thank heavens.


Cravings? Not really. Sometimes someone will mention a certain food and it will be all I want to eat until I get it. But usually almost everything sounds yummy. Like one time we were watching The Office and Michael Scott mentioned cup-o-noodle soup and I thought, “Yum!” And that was when I knew I was pregnant 😉.

Food Aversions? Avocados are still hit and miss, but that’s it!


I’ve tried to be a lot better about taking belly pics over the past few weeks. Messy house, consistent photos. You win some, you lose some;)

Not-so-awesomeness: Tiredness. It’s not the same as the first trimester where I wanted naps every day. It’s just kind of a general fatigue. Like I’ll get tired if I’m on my feet for too long and need to sit down. Or lay down. Not sleep-just temporarily ease the pressure on my back. And some days are worse than others. Phantom bladder. It’s real. Acid reflux. I know heartburn is a normal symptom of pregnancy, and I haven’t had to deal with that. But acid reflux is something I’ve had to deal with. I woke up one night at 3 in the morning with bile coming up my throat. Not pleasant. Now, if I eat within a couple hours of bedtime, I take a couple Tums and I haven’t had any issues since then.

Awesomeness: Baby shower. My family and Ben’s family each threw us a baby shower. Everyone was so sweet and generous and it was just fun to see how much Baby Girl Brown is loved. Wiggly Joe. And by Joe I mean Baby. The movement is definitely different than it was at first, but it never ceases to amaze me. Child birth class. I took a child birth class (Ben had school right during it, so he couldn’t come with) and I really liked it. It was a short class-4 hours split over 2 nights-but I felt like it just gave me a bit more information and explained some of the things I wasn’t entirely sure on (like, am I the only person who had no clue was being effaced meant???). Not life changing, but definitely beneficial. Less than 3 weeks (supposedly;) till we meet our Chiquita. Ready or not, baby will be here pretty soon (interesting fact: in some places they’ll sometimes allow a woman to go 2 weeks over her due date before they induce, but in Flagstaff they’ll induce at 1 week over because of elevation. Don’t ask me why that makes a difference. I just thought it was interesting:). To put it mildly: we’re really really really outrageously excited (and maybe a teensy bit nervous too…Just me. Ben’s got a very level head).

Anything else? I don’t know that I can claim full on nesting yet (baby’s room is currently cluttered with a huge stack of fabric and the ironing board), but there is definitely always a running list in my head of things I still need to do and get before she gets here. A week or so ago, I felt on the edge of panic because Baby doesn’t have enough bows!! I had to take a deep breath and tell myself that it was okay to accumulate/make bows after she was born; she doesn’t need the entire color spectrum of bows immediately after she emerges from the womb. And that’s true for most things. Right now, our baby will have food, clothes, a place to sleep and lots of love…and that’s all she really needs, right??


At our ultrasound, the nurse recorded Baby’s heartbeat on this little device so we could keep it and listen to it whenever we want. It was basically the best unexpected doctor’s appointment gift ever. Totally beat the sticker and the lollipop🙂

WIP Wednesday: La Passa Progress

WIP is quilting lingo for Work in Progress.

When we were in Alaska, I shared the start of a sewing project that I was doing called La Passacaglia. 

I figured it was time for an update!

Now before you get too excited, just know that…I didn’t really get that much done. I know, I know, I had the whole summer with lots of time in the car to get some good progress…but I didn’t take advantage like I should have.

But with Ben in school and plenty of time to fill, I’ve been working on it more consistently. And while the going is slow, it is coming along! I try to work on it at least every other day (gotta keep my callouses!), but normally I pull it out and do some sewing every day.

I don’t think I’ll finish before the baby comes…but I’m hoping to get as much done as possible before she’s here!

So…as per another sewer’s advice, I started off doing two small rosettes…but I got worried that I’d run out of fabric for the big ones, since they use quite a bit more fabric. So I switched gears and focused on the large rosettes.


Here’s my green/yellow one. I struggled with this one, but I really like how it turned out.


Oh, dear. So, the one on the left is *hopefully* going to turn into my last large rosette. I made the one on the right first, but I wasn’t digging it, so I scrapped it (not really, I’ll still be able to use it in the quilt), and started again, thus producing the one on the left. Truthfully, I don’t love that one either…but hopefully it’ll turn out. The one on the left also endured Jaeger spilling some of my prenatal tea on it. After swearing and doing some moping, I had to unpick and re-sew parts of it. We’ve had a rough go, which is a crying shame because I love coral and was really excited to start this rosette.


Just so you all don’t think that every rosette is a huge pain, I loved this blue one!


It came together super easily for me. I just work row by row and like on the coral rosette, it seems like every row it’s a struggle to decide which fabric looks best for the next row. But the fabric knew what it was doing on this one, and it only took me a few seconds to know what the next row would look like. Bless you, bluey.


Getting all my rosettes laid out was really good for me. When I have a hard time with a particular rosette, I need to remember that it’s part of a whole quilt. So, while the little pieces matter, they’re probably not going to make or break the end product (ha! Hopefully;).

The project is long and tedious but I totally love working on it! The quilt  requires 4 large rosettes. So as soon as the coral one is finished, I can focus on the small rosettes that I need. Which, I need like a billion…but they go so much quicker because they only have 4 rows (compared to 8). And hey, it’s conference weekend! Hopefully that will help me to keep working!


Chinese Noodles

When I was getting married, I knew I’d be getting Ben. And I knew I’d be getting Ben’s dog. And I knew I’d be getting Ben’s family. But I knew nothing of all the new and delicious recipes I’d be able to sample by becoming a part of a different family. And that was a nice surprise.

To be fair, I also didn’t know about all the extra laundry which was not a nice surprise.

Back to the food, my in-laws have some seriously good taste. And I love trying food that they’ve made and loved since Ben was teeny. And somehow, it’s always surprising to me that the most tasty meals weren’t something that became a part of my family’s dinner rotation. Like, “Why didn’t we know about this???”

Good thing I remedied that by getting hitched. Right?

Anyway, one such recipe of awesomeness is Chinese Noodles.



Ben’s mom made Chinese Noodles for us once when Ben and I were first married. It really hit the spot and quickly became one of the first things I request her to make when we go to visit.


It’s totally a comfort food to me, and is a nice and simple twist on chicken noodle soup. It’s great for cold season (both when the weather gets cold and when sniffly, sneezy colds start running rampant). And I love that it’s a build-your-own kinda thing. There’s not many components, but everyone gets to choose what and how much to put in. Then if they hate it, it’s there own darn fault, right?


Now, I’m hoping that in 20 or 30 years, I’ll be able to make this taste exactly like Mama Brown’s. How is it that you can make a mother’s recipe exactly how she makes it but somehow it tastes just a little bit different?? Science should figure that one out. But even without Mama Brown’s magical touch, this recipe is sure to make you come back for more.

Is it wrong of me to love this recipe even more because it doesn’t give exact amounts? And makes you feel like you’re in charge of the kitchen? Cause, like, you are?

See? It’s good stuff by being comforting and delectable goodness and by boosting your self esteem. Win-win….win-win-win!

Chinese Noodles

1 whole chicken (3-4 lbs.)*
Enough water or chicken stock to cover chicken*
Spaghetti noodles (I use whole wheat)
Hard boiled eggs, peeled and sliced
Green onions, chopped
Soy Sauce

Rinse chicken. Put in large pot and add enough water/stock to cover the chicken. On the stove, at medium high heat, bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and boil for an hour and a half, or until meat easily comes off the bone. Use the time while the chicken is cooking to cook noodles, boil, peel and slice eggs and chop green onions. When chicken is finished cooking, carefully transfer the chicken from the broth to a pan (keep the broth). Once chicken is cool enough to handle, remove meat from the bones. Put bite sized chunks of meat in a separate container for serving. Taste broth. If it needs more flavor, add some chicken base or bouillon. If it needs salt, add a little soy sauce. To build a bowl: fill with desired amounts of noodles, chicken, eggs and green onions. Pour broth over the top. Taste. Add as much soy sauce as you want. Enjoy.

*Notes For This Recipe*
*You could definitely use chicken breasts or rotisserie chicken instead of a whole chicken. You just won’t get the same flavor in the broth, but that can easily be fixed by the second bullet point here👇
*If Mama Brown were teaching you this recipe she’d say that chicken just doesn’t taste how it used to. So, to make sure your broth is flavorful, use chicken stock instead of water OR add chicken base/bouillon to the water. I always do this when making broth.
*I cooked my chicken in my pressure cooker! Just pressure cook for 30 minutes.
*I’m a little paranoid about cooking chicken…so I always cook it until it seems done…and then I cook it a little longer. And that is probably one of the things I could try to be better at so I can achieve more Mama-Brown-like results…I could buy a meat thermometer, I guess…











Morning Muffins

When I was in high school, my mom started making this recipe. And it was like, “Wait…healthy things can taste good too???” Okay, I realized that a lot sooner in life…but this recipe had like soy milk and wheat germ and stuff that was totally foreign to me. So it was surprising that these naturally sweetened muffins were so gosh darn tasty!



Nowadays, wheat germ and I are pretty tight (hey, pregnant ladies! Wheat germ is an awesome source or folic acid!) I shamelessly put it in pretty much everything that has flour in it. Don’t be scared ot it! It just adds more nutrients and I bit of extra fiber. If you need to buy some, Bob’s Red Mill is cheaper than the glass jars of it…or you can get it in bulk at Winco for cheap, cheap, cheap (if you’re one of the people lucky enough to live close to a Winco…).


Ben is a hater of raisins, and I’ve made these a time or two without them. While they’re still good, they just aren’t the same! Keep the raisins! is my professional opinion. Also, since we’re talking about my opinion, these guys are best warm with a bit of butter on top.


And you don’t even have to feel bad about how much butter  you melt on top because the rest of the muffin is packed with good-for-you deliciousness. Here’s the recipe:

Morning Muffins

1 cup milk (soy, almond or regular cow’s milk all work)
1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup maple syrup
3 Tablespoons molasses
3 Tablespoons olive oil (I use extra virgin)
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup wheat germ
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup raisins
3 Tablespoons sunflower seeds

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray or line a standard size muffin pan. Combine milk and vinegar and set aside for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, mix dry ingredients-flour, wheat germ, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, ginger and salt. Add syrup, molasses and olive oil to the milk mixture. Mix wet and dry ingredients until just combined. Add raisins and sunflower seeds and stir. Pour mixture into tins to about 2/3rds full. Bake at 375 for 17-22 minutes (until toothpick comes out clean or until the muffin springs back when lightly touched). Makes 12.


Our Trip to Southern Utah (A.K.A. Plays, Plays and More Plays)

I overheard Ben talking to his mom about seeing some plays in Southern Utah and I shamelessly invited myself to go. Lucky for me, Mama Brown made some phone calls and got tickets so that Ben and I could come along!


Ben and I love Southern Utah. I went to school there (Southern Utah University) and that is where Ben and I met. So we were excited to spend some time there and have a chance to see some of the plays in the area. The trip was definitely centered around the plays, but we had a little extra time to go to some of our favorite restaurants, visit some good friends and hit up the Aquatic Center in Cedar City cause that’s definitely a fave.

While the extras were excellent, I thought I’d do a post on the plays we saw, what we thought and what we’d change if we did it again. Here are a couple things to know regarding these reviews:

  • Ben and I are in no way, shape or form play experts or enthusiasts. We are both mildly musically talented…but that’s about the extent of our play finesse (I know you’re thinking, “But Kim, what about the time when you played an extra in Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat in 9th grade???”)
  • Guess what??? Utah’s Shakespeare Festival has more than just Shakespeare plays! It’s true! When I mentioned USF (what I’m calling it now because Utah Shakepeare Festival is too long to write), most people were like, “I thought they only did Shakepeare plays.” Which I could see where the idea comes from, but, no, they usually put on about 8-10 plays each season, only a couple of which are from Shakespeare.
  • The play season for USF and Tuacahn goes through October! So if you see something you might like and live relatively close (definitely worth a weekend trip), I highly recommend getting yourself some tickets and enjoying some of these awesome plays.
  • (Oh, P.S., the photos that aren’t mine have links to their sources.)

Here’s what we saw:

Tarzan @Tuacahn: This was the first play we saw to kick off our show showdown😉 The rendition they did was based off the Disney movie and it followed the film and songs pretty perfectly. The main characters were excellent-I especially loved the lady who played Kala (the momma gorilla). I would say that Tuacahn is known for the sweet special effects they’re able to pull off on stage and Tarzan did not disappoint. I wasn’t completely in love with their costumes and Tarzan’s teeth were so white they practically glowed in the dark (okay, that has nothing to do with actual play…), but overall it was a great show and it had several parts that had me totally mesmerized.

The Cocoanuts @The Utah Shakespeare Festival: We had no idea what to expect going into this one, but we all totally loved it! The play is set in Florida during the 1920s and includes characters who are supposed to represent The Marx brothers. The slapstick comedy was hilarious and they spouted off jokes so fast that I could hardly keep up. To me, the production was very vaudeville-esque with lots of fun show-tune songs, flashy outfits and colorful scenery. It was super fun with a sweet little love story and lots of cons. The actors were truly talented and at one point “Groucho” admitted they were way off script, but everyone rolled with it and stayed in character…I never would’ve guessed they were improving it was so smooth.



Murder for Two @The Utah Shakespeare Festival: So….this play…oh my gosh…it was unreal! It was so funny and the talent…! I just can’t even!!! This play only has two actors. One actor played the detective and the other actor played about a dozen different parts. He could say five different sentences and be a different character with each sentence…and you always knew which character he was playing! It was hilarious! Both actors also played piano and they’d switch off or play together seamlessly. Both were incredibly talented. The script was clever and surprising, with great comedic timing. I ought to note that there were parts of the play that were a little bit raunchy, but I didn’t think it was too much and I still thought it all hysterical (so sue me:).



Mary Poppins @ The Utah Shakespeare Festival: This one was hands-down, without a doubt our favorite play that we saw. And it only ran through the summer, so you can’t go see it, which makes me want to cry for you!!! Seriously, we loved it. Truthfully, we almost missed out on this one. Neither Ben nor I were particularly excited about it, but Mama Brown offered to get these tickets for our birthdays and we agreed. I’m so glad we got to see it!!! It was totally magical! The characters were impeccable, the set and costumes were stunning, everything was absolutely spot on. I seriously get teary-eyed thinking about how much I loved this play which is a little bit pathetic but also attests the the play’s wonderfulness.



Peter Pan @Tuacahn: I hate to start out on a bad note…but Peter Pan was the play I was most excited for and, unfortunately, most disappointed with. I think the main issue was that the script/songs they used weren’t from the Disney version. I think there’s a lot of power in recognition and familiarity. I think when most people think of Peter Pan it strikes some sort of chord because it’s a well known story. But none of the songs were familiar and even the story line was kind of different. I also felt like they didn’t take advantage of all the opportunities they had to do special effects. Yes, they had flying and that was awesome, but I thought there were lots of other parts where they could’ve thrown in something more. However, they did have a really awesome dance scene and the actors did a great job. Plus, there were liberal amounts of glittery fairy dust which is always a win in my book.


What we thought (overall)/ What we’d suggest:

  • Ben and I were really worried that 5 plays in 3 days would be too much. But we were both surprised that it wasn’t! I felt like it was the perfect amount. We were able to get a good feel so we could compare and contrast without getting overrun by too much drama.
  • We were also tremendously surprised to discover that we were way more impressed with the Shakespeare plays than the Tuacahn ones. Like by leaps and bounds. And it almost feels like heresy to say that but the USF plays were so…tight. Like there was hardly anything to point out that was wrong or unsatisfactory. The USF plays did a better job of transporting you to the play, in a way. Tuacahn is more show-y and it’s definitely an experience being outdoors with that gorgeous redrock background, so Tuacahn has its place. We just discovered USF to be more our flavor.
  • So, considering the above, Ben and I agreed that if we did this again, we’d either only see one Tuacahn or none. I’ve seen The Little Mermaid at Tuacahn and it was mind-blowingly good…so they do have some stellar performances. I think we’d just be a little more picky about what we saw there.
  • If we did this again, we’d actually see a Shakespeare play at the Shakespeare Festival. I had seen a few Shakespeare specific plays before so I wasn’t bummed about not seeing one this time. But I really want to experience the new globe theater (!!!) and give Ben a chance to experience that (cause it is super fun).
  • Um, Tuacahn is in St. George. And St. George is hot!! I mean, I definitely survived…but if you’re a pregnancy lady, I would recommend not going when chances are it’ll be a scorcher…so pretty much wait until September. I guess it wasn’t too bad…but my feet were definitely on fire for the better part of the shows even though I got myself an iced lemonade that was super delicious.
  • We hopped on board without really knowing what we were getting into, truthfully. We signed on and were told 5 plays in 3 days and the total amount for the two of us. As we were given our tickets when we went to the shows, I’d look at the price and think, “gosh, that’s expensive!” The shows do cost money. And I don’t think Ben and I would have done this if we hadn’t walked blindly into it. But we were both so glad we did. What I’m trying to say is that it’s expensive but totally worth every penny. In fact, Ben and I are already hoping to go to a show or two next year.
  • Last suggestion is just to go! If you live in Utah, these two play venues are absolutely worth the price and the trip (if you’re not right in Southern Utah)! It’s fun and can be a family activity (if you choose the right show) that everyone will love!

DIY Pregnancy Pillow

I consider myself to be a pretty low key kind of person. And truth be told, I’m also kinda stingy. So my response to most “absolutely 100% essential can’t-live-without” pregnancy items was to figure I’d survive without it.

Buuuuuuut….when my sister in law offered to let me try out her pregnancy pillow, I took her up on it, mostly to see what the hype was about. And to see if it really would be worth shelling out the cash for one of my own.


Guys, the pregnancy pillow is life changing! I’m serious. Pregnant ladies in the second and third trimester are supposed to avoid laying flat on their backs. Somehow, I got this engrained into my subconscious pretty well, so I started waking up in the morning having not shifted positions at all in the night. To say my hips were sore from taking the brunt of my weight would be an understatement.

But with the pillow, I’ve got something to rest my back against without fear of rolling flat on my back (regardless of which way I face). I’ve got the option to use the bottom end in between my knees, as is often suggested. And if I don’t use it, Jaeger dog took a great affinity toward the pregnancy pillow.

Anyhow, what I’m saying is that if you are pregnant, you should definitely consider getting yourself a pregnancy pillow. Whether you fork out the $60+ for it or choose to make your own for a fraction of the price, get yourself one! You won’t regret it!

To make your own, you’ll need:

  • 2 yards of fabric
  • a marker for drawing your pattern (I just used a sharpie and kept the marked side as the “wrong” side)
  • A sewing machine
  • scissors
  • measuring tape
  • matching thread
  • needle
  • cotton stuffing (4-6 pounds)

This project is super easy and quick. I based my pattern off my sister-in-law’s pillow. I’m sorry I’m not a fancier blogger and I don’t have like print out instructions for making this thing. The pictures aren’t the best, but hopefully you get a good idea of dimensions if you decide to make one for yourself. Also, remember that it doesn’t need to be perfect! If it resembles the pillow and is roughly the same size, you will be in pregnancy pillow heaven!

First, outline the shape you want to cut out. My fabric is folded, so when I made the cut, I have two pieces-a top and a bottom.

The weird thing in the middle will get sewn onto the bottom left part for a more substantial pillow (P.S. These pictures are upside down, I guess. Your head actually goes at the bottom…). Dimensions are below:


Note that everything is in inches. Once all the pieces are cut, sew the middle piece onto the bottom left portion of the pillow. It should look like this:


Ta-da! Do that with the other side too. If you have a clear front and back side of the fabric, always sew with right sides facing each other. If your fabric is like mine and indistinguishable between front and back, just think ahead and make sure the sewn edges will face out when you sew both side together. Here’s more dimensions:


Face your two pieces together (wrong side facing out, as seen below on the left) and sew! I started in the middle and on the inside of the “C” and gave myself a quarter seam allowance all the way around. When you get about 5-6inches away from where you started sewing, stop! Leave a little hole so you can turn the fabric right side out. See? Hole…

Then turn the fabric…so it’s got the right side out all the way around! Then stuff!

I bought 10 pounds of Poly fiber fill on Amazon! You don’t need 10 lbs for this project…but buying in bulk is a waaaaaaay better deal! And who couldn’t do with a few more throw pillows? After I bought it, I realized that Walmart has this online for even cheaper than Amazon (Walmart has it for $20 and Amazon has it for $24). If you’re fixin to make some pillows, it’s worth getting the box! And opening up the bag of fill and watching it kind of explode is pretty awesome. Okay. Enough about Poly-fil…

Oh, I used about 5 pounds on this pillow if the huge box isn’t your flavor.

As you stuff, test it out a bit. I was packing mine pretty tight and after testing it, I had to unstuff a bit. Mine’s still on the firm side. It’s perfect for me! Once it’s all stuffed, pin the opening shut as best you can. Then use a needle and thread (preferably the same color as your fabric) to sew that last part together.


Using the same color thread is where it’s at, because then you don’t have to worry so much about your stitches. I just used tiny stitches that aren’t very pretty…but you can hardly tell because they blend in pretty darn well.


And wah-la!!!! You’re done!



The above picture isn’t a very good representation of size cause I’m standing on my cedar chest (surrounded by…stuff…). But here’s the pillow in action:

Ben plunked Jaeger in there to be his baby belly…


But it I got the vibe he didn’t love it.

Anyhow, super easy project! I spent about 2 hours on it from start to finish. I bought the cheapest fabric I could find and I think I spent about $6 on the 2 yards. I used half the fiber fill ($12) and everything else I had on hand. So I spent $18 on a pregnancy pillow that would normally cost $60!

Definitely worth it! If you’re pregnant, no matter if you make it or buy it, get yourself a pregnancy pillow as soon as possible!

Summer Vacation: Colorful Colorado


Sooooo….I was totes MIA this summer as far as the blog goes…and I don’t really have a good excuse except that I just kinda did what I wanted this summer.

When planning the summer, I kept nudging Ben towards finding a summer job, to which he finally replied, “Kim, I’m a teacher. Teachers get the summer off.” For some reason, I hadn’t clicked those two things together, but it made sense to me, so I went with it.

The summer was mainly spent hopping back and forth between our families-sometimes in Utah sometimes in Idaho. However, we did have a few trip trips where we went somewhere/did something different. One such trip was to the mountains of Colorado.

My extended family has reunion-type events pretty often. My parents and siblings haven’t ever really planned a reunion just for our family because it seemed like there was always a wedding dictating when we got together. However, weddings slowed down, more siblings moved out of Utah, and more grankids started coming. Long story short-we needed a reason  to get together.

We debated for quite awhile on where we should meet. Luckily our dad snagged us a chance to stay at a gorgeous lodge in northwest Colorado.

Now, the sad part is that we only got the cabin because we knew someone…so as incredible a place it is, it’s not something you can go online and book. Sorry! But it was gorgeous and huge and a perfect place for our family to adventure and hang out.


We were blessed with absolutely gorgeous weather (they predicted snow! Luckily there was none!). And everyone planned some stellar activities throughout the week. Besides the activities, there was lots of hiking, laughing, eating some freaking good food, and just enjoying nature (and each other, naturally). Here’s some of the fun stuff we did.

A huge hit with the kids was this beach cake. My mom baked a cake slanted in the oven, and on the empty end she made and set some blue Jell-O. Seriously, the kids looooooved it. They helped decorate it, and since they couldn’t eat it until after dinner, they spent hours just staring at it. And I’m sure sneaking some tastes…


My mom(yes, she is awesome and a kick-A grandma) custom made all the kiddos a t-shirt with her sweet embroidery machine. Again, the kids loved their shirts!










One activity we planned on was a popcorn making contest. We did sweet and savory and it was delicious to be snacking on p-corn throughout the day. We had every flavor between cake batter and bacon. Yum. Another fun contest we did was a blind root beer tasting contest where you had to guess the brand. We had like 10-15 different root beers to taste and guess. It was really hard (for pop amateurs like me) and super fun. And Ben would probably like me to mention that he tied for first place with Matt. Our soda connoisseurs.

My parents had been to the cabin before with my dad’s siblings, and my dad said the best thing there was to do was take the 4 wheelers out. Does my family have 4 wheelers? No. But no problem! Pa went out and bought some! Broken ones, of course and then he got them fixed up before he towed them to Colorado for us to enjoy all week. All in the name of a good time🙂 And they really were a blast!


Somehow I missed snagging a picture of one of the most deviously infamous parts of the vacation-the rubber band gun wars! And let’s be real, I didn’t get any pictures because I made it a very high priority to avoid getting hit (pregnancy is a wonderfully lame albeit valid excuse for many things). But you can see the guns in the above picture on the left. Mom and dad built the guns and there was a serious  rubber band battle field every single day of the reunion. It always started out quietly enough…but soon became a raging battle with Grandpa, Grandma, grankids, aunts and uncles all wielding a four-“bullet” capacity shooter. There were only minimal tears and nobody lost an eye.


Dance party! Luckily Aunt Whitney has trained her kids well and so the dance party was totally grooving. Mom brought finger lights that made it super awesome.


Aunt Linda had a game involving pantyhose on the head. It was freaking hilarious and unfortunately, I think Linda and I were the only ones to witness the hilarity of it.


The week before the cabin, Ben and I saw the new Alice in Wonderland movie, Through the Looking Glass. So when we saw this, we just about died laughing thinking of  Sacha Baron Cohen yelling, “You can’t win a race against time!” But you probably had to be there…

Aunt Heather planned this super fun scavenger hunt that led to this ice cream cone piñata. Yeah, she made that! Isn’t it adorable!? It was sturdy too! I think we cycled though each kid taking a whack at it like 3 times, which I think is pretty much unheard of in the history of piñata whacking.


In fact, it eventually just had to be wrassled to the ground in order to get to the goods.


Another win for mom were the tie-dye t-shirts. I have it on very good record that some of the grandkids may or may not have made 5 t-shirts. Each. Because when is tie-dye not an appropriate fashion choice???


It had been awhile since we’d had all the siblings together so we tried to take advantage and take some family pics. Let me just say that getting all these people to look good in the same photo was a challenge. Not that they don’t look good…just…faces…eye contact…eh, you know what I mean.

But everyone, to my knowledge, survived the photo-taking session.


Kids are probably the easiest to all get looking at the camera at the same time. Ha! But seriously-this one actually turned out pretty good!

Anyhow, totally awesome trip. Tons of fun seeing everyone. And all the activities were a huge hit (none of which I can take credit for…).

Now we just need to figure out how we can top it next year…