Wednesday, June 30, 2010


This is my new collective name for my girls. I got it from their friend Boston, who calls Ada that.

I haven't done an update on them in a while. Most of this stuff is old news, but I have to document everything they've been saying and doing before I forget it.

When they're not fighting, they're the best of friends. They are starting to play really well together, which is so great for me! Ada always wants Kate to play with her and gets very upset when Kate doesn't want to. Kate loves to do whatever Ada is doing. They love to chase each other around the house and laugh. Ada used to be the one to make Kate laugh, but Kate has become quite the little comedienne. I love watching them together.

-Speaks very well. She talks in complete or nearly complete sentences most of the time.
-Loves to look at letters and can identify several. Her favorite is 'W'. Whenever she is coloring, she makes us write her name and a 'W' on the paper. She even makes her Nursery leaders write 'Ws' on her pictures. The other day after Tyler wrote one, she said, "Oh, a 'W'. That's wonderful!"
-Sleeps past 7:00 a.m. most mornings. It is much better than days past. I'm still tempted to put on a show and go back to sleep, but I usually exercise instead. She is a great napper and often tells me she wants to go to bed before I have the chance to put her down.
-Is interested in the potty but hasn't 'gone' yet. A while ago she wanted to sit on the toilet. After sitting with no results, she said, "It's not working."
-Is obsessed with picking at things. She can't see a sticker or anything taped or glued without trying to pull it off. She often sits on the floor picking "yucky things" out of her toes. The other day she was doing this and said, "Oops! I skipped one!"
-Is a wanderer. We have to constantly watch her when we're outside or away from home. She tries to run in the road a lot. She likes to escape outside at our parents' houses. She's crazy!
-Says, "No way!" with a mischievous look on her face whenever I ask her to do something.
-Is also somewhat obsessed with boogers. I think she has allergies because her nose has been stuffy for months. A while back I asked her if I could see her boogies and she replied, "No. Boogies nigh-night."
-Has a thing for her uncles Jordan, Scott, Kevin, and Spencer (Dude). She loves to talk about them and play with them. She has also taken a liking to her aunt Korrin and the other day said, "Korrin's beautiful."
-Can be such a peacemaker. Whenever Ada is upset (which is quite often), she says, "Sorry, Ada.", even if it has nothing to do with her. Whenever she has something that Ada wants, she ALWAYS gives it to Ada to make her happy. She is so sweet. She's so young to be sharing things, but I'm not complaining! I just hope Ada's not getting too spoiled by it.
-Loves to color, but has to be supervised because she usually ends up coloring on the table. She's not allowed to color with markers.
-Is almost two. :(

-Can read lots of words. She doesn't like me to sit down with her and work on reading, but when she's in the mood she does a great job. She is great at spelling. I like to push her on the swings and ask her to spell words. They are mostly 3-letter words, but she can also spell things like 'shop', 'chin', and 'food'.
-Has been going to bed way too late every night and has therefore been pretty grumpy. Bedtime is not my favorite. After putting her down every night, she knocks on the door several times with silly little requests. She always asks for food and a drink. She has lately been asking for night lights. A few times she has said that she wants me to hang the flower on her wall a different way. Oh, the things she comes up with to try and stay up a few extra minutes! I don't know how to put an end to this nonsense.
-Loves to be silly. She makes up silly words and names all the time.
-Loves to sing. She makes up songs that go on and on. She is very good at memorizing songs. I've worked with her on a few and she has picked them up very quickly.
-Loves to color and draw with markers. She loves to draw princesses and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse characters. She is getting good at it. I'll have to post pictures.
-Has said a few funny things lately. One day around 3:00 p.m. she asked me if it was still morning. I told her it was afternoon. "Does that come after morning?" "Yes, and evening comes after afternoon." Her reply? "Let me sing the Skidamarink song to see." She didn't trust me, I guess. Also, Tyler asked her once what a cousin was. She said, "Cousins are friends that go to Grandma's house."
-Sleeps in most mornings. If only her sister would follow her example!
-Still refuses to wear anything but dresses or skirts. I'm lucky I got her to wear jeans for the snow angel picture!
-Is almost four. :( Months ago I saw a cute idea for a Minnie Mouse birthday party and wanted to do it for her. Soon afterward she decided that she did NOT like Minnie anymore. She became obsessed with Daisy and always tried to make me tell stories or play games where Minnie was mean to Daisy. So, I decided to throw her an Ariel party and do the Minnie one for Kate. I recently started planning everything, and now she decided that she loves Minnie and only wants a Minnie party. I've had to tweak some things, but I think it will work out well having an Ariel party for Kate and a Minnie one for Ada.

I just realized I've given a sneak peak to our living room. I will soon take pictures of the finished project and post them.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Weekly Quote 6/28/10

"We'll prepare and serve with flair a culinary cabaret" is from the song 'Be Our Guest' from Beauty and the Beast. I guess that was an easy one. That song is the first on the CD that Kate listens to every night, so it is in my head quite often.

Let's see if anyone knows this next quote!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Pumpkin Waffles with Apple Syrup

My friend Shanny posted this a while back and I've made them a few times. They are heavenly!

Pumpkin Waffles:

1/2 c canned pumpkin
2 c flour
1/4 c sugar
1 T baking powder
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t salt
2 eggs
1 1/2 c milk
4 T butter, melted

Stir flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, melted butter, and pumpkin. Pour the wet ingredients over flour mixture and stir until just combined. Cook in a waffle iron. Serve immediately with apple syrup.

Apple Syrup:

1 c sugar
1/4 t cinnamon
2 T lemon juice
2 T cornstarch
2 cups apple juice
1/4 c butter

Stir cornstarch, sugar, and cinnamon together in saucepan. Add apple juice and lemon juice and stir frequently. Boil one minute, then reduce heat to low and add butter. Stir until melted.

Soccer mania

I am loving the World Cup. There is nothing like it. I love working out every morning (since I do that now) to the hum of vuvuzelas. I love listening to the announcers with their cool accents (Ian Darke is my favorite--what a cool name!). I've loved watching the Chileans belt out their national anthem. I've loved listening to the names of all the Greek players. I love the celebrations after goals. I especially love watching the good ol' USA! Their comeback (a win taken away from them) against Slovenia was amazing. Their dramatic goal in stoppage time to send them to the Round of 16 was incredible. I love that Tyler stays home from work to watch the Americans with me.

I used to play soccer. I was pretty good. In 9th grade I tried out for the high school team. I had a good tryout and the coach even wrote my name down. Did I make the team? No. There are two reasons for this: 1) I didn't have any connections with any coaches or players. Dumb high school politics. 2) I wasn't big enough. Seriously. I wasn't THAT small, but they apparently wanted bigger girls on the team. There were girls who clearly had inferior talent to mine who made the team simply because of their size. I played with these girls in rec soccer the same year they were on the high school team (and every year previous to that). Several of the high school team girls were on the same rec team. My rec team beat every team in the league at least once. We were first place. I was the best player on my team (I don't like to brag, but I don't think anyone would argue with me on this one). After that, my soccer career was pretty much over. I played indoor several years later, but I wasn't the same player because I hadn't kept my skill up.

Wow, that was a tangent. I guess the point of all that was that I miss playing soccer. It's just so fun! I am in awe of all the players I've been watching. They have amazing skill, control, and stamina. Soccer is played on a huge field with no time-outs. Only three players are allowed to be subbed the entire game, so most are running around for the entirety of two 45-minute halves. Some people find watching soccer boring, but I love the action, the excitement, and the close calls. I've yelled myself hoarse in all of the US matches. I just love it!

I did take a break from my World Cup routine this morning to watch Wimbledon (another love of mine). I had to see the end result of the Isner/Mahut match, the longest in tennis history. They played for over ELEVEN hours spread out over three days. Unbelievable. I was glad the American prevailed (and he's freaking 6'9"!), but I felt bad for the Frenchman. He put up one heck of a fight.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Weekly Quote 6/21/10

"I might go to Yale...but I might not." is from Dead Poets Society. Pitts says it when Charley brings the girls in the cave. New quote up!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Chicken Enchiladas

Disclaimer: this recipe does NOT contain cream of chicken soup.

My friend Vanessa told me about this recipe. Neither of us has it written down, so I'll do my best to portray it here.

2 frozen chicken breasts
1 packet taco seasoning
1 can diced tomatoes (with the juice)
1 can beans, rinsed and drained (I prefer black)
corn (I add a few handfuls of frozen corn, but you could also add a can)
1 can (soup can-sized) green enchilada sauce
10 medium-sized tortillas

Put chicken in bottom of slow cooker and cover with taco seasoning. Add tomatoes, beans, and corn and cook for 6-8 hours. When done, shred chicken and add 1/2 can of enchilada sauce. Roll into tortillas and place in greased 9x13 pan. Pour rest of enchilada sauce on top and cover with grated cheese. Bake at 350 for 20 mintues.

I think they're good on their own, but you can add sour cream, salsa, guac, or whatever.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Weekly quote 6/14/10

"Geez, I think you ripped my mole off!" is indeed from Napoleon Dynamite. Kip says it after Napoleon puts him in a headlock. New quote up!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Two months ago...

I took at trip to Kansas! I left the hub and kids behind and took a nice little vacation. Angie and Hyrum were planning on going and talked me into it. Then I talked Abby into going, and when Emily found out we were all going she invited my parents along for the ride! Too bad we couldn't get Dude to come.

Emily and Neal live in Overland Park (near Kansas City) and had just had their second child. I'd never been to visit in the 4+ years they've lived there, so I decided this was the time to go! Neal had a break from his residency stuff so he was around the entire time. We weren't there for too long and really didn't do a lot, but we had lots of fun. The girls ate out at a Thai restaurant while the guys went to a Royals game (I was really torn on which to do), we got frozen custard, went shopping, played games, watched a movie, played wiffle ball, and had a barbecue. On Sunday, little baby Austin (the first man-child grandkid for my parents) was blessed and we had lunch afterward. Ang & Hy and my parents left that day, but Abby and I stayed until Monday. We were able to go to Independence, MO and Liberty Jail before we flew back home.

The girls who shopped. There was an awesome shopping center and my sisters talked me into a very indulgent (for me) purchase from J. Crew. I justified it by having my mom save it for my b-day

All the sisters hangin' out in Emily's very large, pretty yard

Abby, Emily, Mom, Ang, & me

All of the Dickson clan that were present

Me with sweet Austin. Sorry the picture is sideways! My camera battery died, so I had to get all my pictures from my sisters

Sisters again

The Community of Christ temple in Independence, MO. We didn't get to spend much time in Independence. The Community of Christ church was having their worldwide conference, so there were lots of people there. We went to the LDS Visitors' Center and then left (another sideways photo...all apologies)

Liberty Jail, where Joseph Smith and four others were unjustly imprisoned for 4 1/2 months under terrible conditions. It was a humbling experience to visit. My favorite scripture was revealed to Joseph while he was here

It was fun to get away and spend time with my family. I wish I could see my sisters more often! It was a great trip, but I was happy to get home and see Tyler & the girls. I think they missed me.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Mom's Brownies

This is my favorite brownie recipe. They are rich and fudge-like. I think they're best with semi-sweet chocolate chips.

1 1/2 c flour
1/2 t salt
2/3 c butter
1 1/2 c sugar
1/4 c water
2 bags (12 oz each) chocolate chips
2 t vanilla
4 eggs

Mix flour and salt in bowl and set aside. In saucepan, combine butter, sugar, and water. Bring just to a boil. As soon as mixture starts to boil, remove from heat. Add vanilla, eggs, and 1 bag of chocolate chips to saucepan. Stir until chocolate is melted. Combine chocolate mixture with flour mixture. Pour into greased 9x13 pan. Pour remaining chocolate chips on top. Bake at 325 for 30-35 minutes, until the sides start to pull away from the pan.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Weekly quote 6/7/10

"You don't believe in this cold fusion mumbo jumbo, do ya?" is from 'The Saint'. Props to Clark and Holly (I'm going to take your word for it), and to Morgan for texting me with the correct answer. Have a go at this next one!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Soft breadsticks

This is a really fast, easy recipe if you want a little something extra to go with dinner. There is no yeast, so you can whip them up in no time! Tyler loves these.

2 1/2 c flour
4 t sugar
3 t baking powder
1 t salt
1 1/3 c milk
6 T melted butter

In a small bowl, combine first 4 ingredients. Gradually add milk and stir to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface. Knead gently 3 to 4 times. Roll into a rectangle. Cut into 24 breadsticks. Place butter in 2 9x13 pans. Put breadsticks in butter and turn to coat. Sprinkle with desired toppings (I like garlic salt, Italian seasoning, and Parmesan cheese). Bake at 450 for 14-18 minutes.

I usually half this recipe.