Friday, May 9, 2014

I'm a Mom.

Photo credit: Erin & Nathan Barney
In two days, it's Mother's Day. And I'm blessed enough to be a mom to these crazy, fun kids.

In no way am I the "perfect" Mom. {Is there even such a thing?} In fact, while I enjoy Mother's Day most years, I've had a few that weren't so enjoyable, just because I happened to have a bad day and feel woefully inadequate! I'm sure I'm not the only one....but most of the time, I just try to be grateful for the amazing people my kids are....not because I made them that way, but because we have a Father in Heaven who sent them this way!

All mothers know one thing for sure--it is soooooooo hard to be a mom. I'm finding that it can get tougher as they get older. But the good news is, it's also rewarding. Mostly because these guys are all so amazing! Two of them are adults and are doing great things and it's fun to watch. The other four are on their way, and I realize that before I know it, they'll be adults too. And that right there is the hardest part--letting them go and be their own people--and hope they will come back and visit often. And {ultimately} bring grandchildren with them! :)

Happy Mother's Day!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Women in Our Lives

This video came out a few years back, but it's definitely worth watching again. This Sunday, celebrate all the women in our lives who help us be better than we are! For me that means mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts, grandmothers, friends, neighbors....

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Hot Cheesy Chicken Hoagie

This stuff is yummy, and all my kids love it! {You know if a recipe is liked by all the kids in a family, it's a definite winner!}

The recipe is originally from Mel's Kitchen Cafe, and adapted a little by me. I felt like the chicken mixture was not quite enough, so I increased it to cover the french bread better. I also think it's even better after a couple minutes under the broiler. It's an easy weeknight meal the whole family can enjoy.

Hot Cheesy Chicken Hoagie

1 loaf french bread, cut in half lengthwise
3 large cans of chicken breast
2/3 c. mayo
2/3 c. reduced fat sour cream
3/4 t. garlic salt
2 T. dried parsley
3 green onions, thinly sliced
2 cups shredded Cheddar-Jack cheese
salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lay the french bread halves on a large baking sheet. Mix remaining ingredients together in a large bowl until well combined. Spoon chicken mixture evenly over the top of the french bread halves. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until hot and bubbly. Turn the broiler to low and broil 2-3 minutes, or until browned on top. Sprinkle lightly with salt and fresh ground pepper. Slice and serve.

Monday, May 5, 2014

It's Official!

Last December, Nicole finished all the requirements for her degree in Human Movement Science/Exercise Science.

Saturday, she officially graduated from Utah State University! It was an awesome day for us. I particularly enjoyed all the ceremonies because I missed my own college graduation....I was prego with our second child and confined to 90% bed rest. Doctor said I'd be on my feet too much if I went to it was out.

Anyway, I lived vicariously through Nicole and it was great!! We are SO proud of her for working hard and sticking with her goals! You ROCK, Nicole!! WE LOVE YOU!!