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Throw Back Thursday

Is it really a throw back if it happened last month?  Well, on this blog and for today, we’re going with it.  On this last full day of school for this school year, I figured I would play catch up before heading to school for a water balloon toss with my soon-to-be-sixth grader!

So Spring Break…It happened to fall right around Easter.  So we stayed home and had a wonderful weekend just the 5 of us.  We started the longer weekend with a silly thing called a half marathon.  If you’ve never run 13.1 miles or wanted to, you make be wondering “what were you thinking”…the answer is…I have absolutely no idea.  I just felt like it was time, found a training schedule on pinterest, talked Jeremiah into running with me, and here we are.  Our first half marathon is in the bag.  It was the hardest physical thing I have ever done aside from birthing babies.  I am proud to say I accomplished one.  I am happy for the experience.  I would like to do another to get a better time but I felt this way with all my races.  My first half marathon was a good experience.  I learned a lot about myself…I’m stronger than I thought…yes, I should listen to my husband a little more often ;-).  So here is our finish selfie…The race started at 36 degrees and was 52 when we finished.  So we were a little ripe…


And our finisher medal.


Funny story, we paid for these but not everyone did.  But everyone seemed to get one and since Jeremiah was running with me (instead of me running with him) there were not enough left for us to get ours.  So we waiting for them to come in the mail.  I may have sassed an innocent volunteer when he said they were out.  I may have told him that I just ran 13.1 miles and I wanted my finisher medal like a little brat.  He should have sassed back stating that we should have run faster but he was nice and explained that they would be shipped free of charge, of course.  So when it came in the mail, I may have proudly displayed it on my neck for the remainder of the day.  Maybe. 😉

After the race, we took the kids to Boondocks Family Fun Center.  Neither of us wanted to slug the rest of the day and not be able to move the rest of the weekend, so we figured some go carts racing and mini golf were in order…




Easter was, well, Easter.  Ham and all the fixings, eggs, candy, kids in heaven.



Every year, I do a fancy dessert.  I let the kids pick it out this year.  Thanks to Pinterest or Facebook (not sure where it came from now) they all agreed on Peanut Butter Cup lasagna.  Pudding, cool whip, peanut butter cups, nutter butters, peanut butter drizzle, and chocolate drizzle.  It was, to put it mildly, a huge hit.


Mama’s Day:  I know this was only a few weeks ago but just go with it.  Anyone who knows me knows that I adore homemade things.  Especially made by my kids.  So to get handcrafted gifts from my kids is the ultimate special treat for me.  I got some pretty cool coupons from Mazie and Jacob and a cool banner from Jamie.

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Jeremiah found an interesting way to give me a gift this year.  He made me break a plate in the drive way…


You see, if one more plate broke, I could get new plates.  And wouldn’t you know, no one would help me with that.  I mean, when I was pregnant, I broke things left and right but when I really wanted new plates I couldn’t break one more plate.  Not one.  So we went outside to smash my last plate.

IMG_0074Now I have enough for lots of people to eat off the same plates when they visit, not just the 5 of us and everyone else gets paper!  Thanks for giving me the greatest gifts ever, Jeremiah…the reason I’m a mama and can share this day with so many wonderful mothers…our three fantastic kids.  I’m one blessed mama!

December 2014

I try to blog.  I really do.  But then I think about how much time it takes to sit here and create a blog and how many other things I should be doing and then I just don’t blog.  So for now, you get posts when I post.  It’s that simple.

But here is a wrap up of December.  Enjoy!

First, we will begin with my birthday.  I mean it is really important and all.  38.  A few years ago, it seemed like such a big number.  An old number.  But now that I’m here, it’s not so bad.  I mean, yeah I have to admit to being 38 and it sounds old but you really are as old as you feel.  And I don’t feel old.  Or at least what I would have thought I would feel like at this age.  I’m not really sure what I was expecting.  All of a sudden, I just turn into an old lady?  That’s not really my style anyway.  I’ll grow old by gracefully fighting it every step of the way.  I mean, 40 is the new 20 right?  Actually I don’t want to go back to my 20’s.  I kind of like it right now.  I’m good.  Am I making sense?

Ok so here are a few pixs from my 38th celebrations.  The kids were a little disappointed in not having a cake this year but it was ok since I opted for my primal fudge instead.  The mess says it all…

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And homemade cards/gifts are my very favorite thing…

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Jeremiah works with some pretty spectacular people who have become very good friends.  Once a month we all get together, sometimes with kids, sometimes without.  It always is a good time.  IMG_0144

During December the party was a bit of a going away from one of the crew.  So this one was a bit bittersweet.  These two happened to live across the street from us as well.  Jacob happened to love their oldest daughter but their second daughter happened to love Jacob.  Yep, our very first love triangle.  Also their twin boy and girl are just adorable.  I was given the name Missa Megan by the little boy who may have been a little excite to see me every once in a while.  You know I have a thing for little blonde haired blue eye boys!


Jamie had 2 concerts with her choir club.  One was at the Ogden amphitheater.  This was all I was allowed to get for that one…



But she made up for it by posing for the next concert which was at school…





Christmas came and went and it was so much fun this year.  Pop Pop arrived in early December and joined us for Christmas this year.  The kids (and us parents too) were over the moon about it.

Jacob was in charge of making the reindeer food and placing the treats and milk out for Santa…

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So after watching Rudolf, the kid went to bed…


The adults had to get everything ready quietly which was tricky but we managed…


And then Christmas morning was crazy with hot chocolate, cookies, and presents…lots and lots of presents…

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And then Pop Pop went home.  Boo!

We did manage to do a little exploring of Utah while Pop Pop was here.  We hopped on the front runner (the commuter train around here) and took it into Salt Lake City to Temple Square to see the Christmas lights.  The kids were excited about the whole thing but Jacob was a little over the top with the train.  I have to say, it was simply amazing to see all the lights.

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It was a lovely holiday season.  That’s all I have downloaded from my camera.  More to come some other day…Thanks for looking!

Father’s Day

Today on Father’s Day, we would like to wish every dad we know a very happy day.  We are so blessed to have some pretty exceptional dads in our lives.  But that dad who lives in this house happens to be King, even if it uncool to have mom capture a kiss from dad on camera…


Can you say “mini me”?  I mean if there ever was another matched dad and daughter, I’d like to meet them.  Same smile, brains, looks…


And this boy thinks his dad hung the moon.  His dad is pretty awesome…


I think I need a shirt that says, “This is my circus and these are my monkeys”.




But I wouldn’t change that for all the normal in the world.


Happy Father’s Day, Jeremiah!  We love you.

Ten on Tuesday

1.  Easter was pretty laid back here.  Pretty uneventful which is just the way we like it.  The kids searched for eggs…in their jammies…




2.  That’s just how we egg-rolled this year.  (sorry, I couldn’t resist)

3.  Pop Pop arrived and it’s been non-stop since.  If you are friends with me on facebook or follow me on twitter, you know there was a lot going on this weekend.

4.  Jamie’s birthday party was this weekend.  We celebrated her 10th (*sigh*) birthday at Color Me Mine in Ogden.  We had a grand time.  The one serious picture I took and Jamie’s eyes were closed…


so we took a silly one too…


5.  The kids colored their pieces and then they were sent to the back to get glazed and baked.  Then they enjoyed birthday cake with Olaf on top…


6.  I’m still at a loss because tonight, on her birthday eve, I have no idea how this…

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and this…


and this…


turn into this…


7.  Jamie and Jeremiah went on their annual date too.  They went to see Rio 2 (which Jamie highly recommends) and to eat at Olive Garden.  She told us when she arrived home that there was no way she was going to fit into her wedding dress next week if she didn’t stop eating!

8.  Today was a fun day for our family.  The kids stayed home from school so they wouldn’t be late for Jeremiah’s promotion ceremony.  Since his promotion to Lt. Col is official May 1, he just couldn’t take away from Jamie’s birthday tomorrow so he decided to take off tomorrow and do the ceremony today.  The kids loved putting on his new rank and were so proud of dad.  Pictures to come since I didn’t pick up my camera during the ceremony.   Hopefully the photographer there got some good ones.

9.  So tomorrow we have 2 tweens in the house and a newly promoted Lt. Col.  Big changes going on around here.

10.  That is all for now.  I have to update the Stahrs Cakes blog and hope to do it soon.  Stay tuned!

Happy Tuesday!

Spring Break 2014

Our Spring Break came and went what with 5 whole days off of school.  It sure is a difference from the whole 2 weeks we had in Colorado.  We just kind of hung around and relaxed for a change.  And the kids were ready to go back to school today!

1.  Quarter Update:  As you may remember, last week Jacob swallowed a quarter.  Still not sure how but it’s in there.  Friday he had his 7 year check up and we did a few more x-rays to see what was going on with this quarter.  Turns out that it hadn’t moved at all from his Wednesday x-rays.  This started a little bit of worry in the doctor.  She called a GI specialist who ordered a few more x-rays.  After a total of 6 x-rays (since Wednesday) we find out that the quarter is in fact in his stomach and can stay there for up to 4 weeks!  We were asked to just monitor his poop for signs of a quarter and otherwise come back on Monday for another x-ray to see what’s going on.  Monday’s x-rays (2 more) showed the quarter is on the move, still in the stomach but on the move, nonetheless.  We check it again next week.

2.  Jacob’s new theme song is Radioactive by Imagine Dragons.  I may have joked with him about heating some food up for me for supper.  All he would have to do is hold it and count to 60!  He didn’t find humor in that.

3.  I took the kids to school on Jacob’s birthday and when we arrived, it was just the right time to snap Jacob’s official birth picture…


4.  This is his first year that school was in session over his birthday.  So he was pretty excited to share some mini chocolate cupcakes with his friends at school.  IMG_0008

5.  When he got home, Jamie and I made Jacob homemade fettuccine noodle while dad worked on the alfredo sauce, shrimp, and meatballs (yes that is what he ordered).  Then the neighbor kids came over to wish him a happy birthday while he blew out his seven candles…





My little jokester.  He asked for all kinds of dress up things for boys.  He couldn’t wait to try them out!

6.  We celebrated Jacob’s birthday at Sky Trampoline Arena.  The only thing he wanted for his party was to have as many boys as possible at the party.  We do not have many boys in the neighborhood and with Spring Break (good job scheduling things, mom!) we didn’t have many to choose from.  He was ok with the girls showing up since there were actually more boys anyway.





We were missing a boy in this picture.  Not sure how that happened.  But there were 6 boys and only 4 girls, officially!


He wanted a Lego cake for his party.  He wanted a green piece that was chocolate cake and two white cakes that were blue and yellow.  I don’t think I did too bad of a job!  All the kids asked for seconds.  So that’s good, right?

7.  March happened to be Mustache March around here.  Jeremiah’s offices never made such a big deal out of it before so he thought he would join in the fun this year.  31 long days of facial hair.  Don’t get me wrong, I like seeing men with facial hair.  Beards fascinate me.  I always want to touch them when I see them.  Not that I would go up to a complete stranger to do so but still.  So facial hair is not a bad thing…unless you want to kiss it.  I personally do not like facial hair tickling my nose when I want to give my husband a kiss.  So on Monday, I took this of Jeremiah in all his facial (and head) hair and then ordered him to remove it so I could kiss his handsome face…and he obliged…


8.  We had kind of weird weather for Spring Break here.  It would rain on minute and snow the next.  I’m kind of over the white stuff and we haven’t had much here.  I can’t even imagine what it’s like for our eastern friends.

9.  We received a package in the mail on Monday holding A Flat Stanley and his passport book.  We are so excited to take him into the city and then send him off on his next adventure.  He’s had quite a few up to now.

10.  Speaking of passports, Jeremiah and I have an appointment on Friday to get our passport photos and applications sent in so we can go to Jamaica in July.  I’m kind of really excited. 😉

Christmas & New Years Wrap Up

There are a few big celebrations coming up in the next few days so I figured it’s time to close out last year and get on with the new year.  Just before Christmas we had a Winter Wonderland here on base.  It was simply breathtaking and I couldn’t resist grabbing my camera after taking the kids to school to drive around and take a few pictures…


IMG_0006 If you follow me on instagram or facebook, you’ve seen a few things our Elf was up to over the Christmas season.  While we do not use him for behavior purposes, it was fun to see the kids’ expressions when he up to something.  Here is one of his last “stunts”.  He was having tea with Snowboarding Barbie…


Christmas Eve was fun.  Jacob and I started (what I hope to be a new tradition) dancing by the Christmas tree.  Maybe someday he will actually be able to dip his dance partner without throwing them on the floor…



IMG_0027 I’m pretty sure Dad wouldn’t mind it becoming a tradition either.  The dogs probably could do without it 😉IMG_0021

IMG_0032We set out the carrots (shredded this year because someone may have forgotten about the baby carrots for the deer), reindeer food, milk and cookies…IMG_0039The kiddos went to bed and we went to work setting out all the gifts for the morning craziness.  They actually slept in!  It was at least 8:30 before we really got started.  I couldn’t believe it!  We took our time and opened everything completely before moving onto the next thing with breaks for cinnamon rolls.




We spent the rest of the vacation playing with our new gifts.  We also went on a few outings over the break.  We went to the planetarium in Salt Lake City.  We went to the movies to see Frozen.  If you haven’t seen it, I recommend it.  It is one of the best Disney movies we’ve seen in a long time!

New Years Eve was fun.  We broke out Monopoly (the M&M version) and introduced the kids to the wonderful world of investments and managing their money!  Jacob was a little too young to fully understand but with help had fun with deals and such.

I made a new family favorite.  Tater Tot Bacon Bombs…

IMG_0001Seriously, it’s the first new thing in a while that we have all agreed on!  That’s saying something.  I mean, really, how can you go wrong…bacon, tater tots, cheese.  Did I mention bacon?

We had our traditional fondue…


Thanks to Pinterest, the kids were able to pretend to be older for the night.  Milk shots!

IMG_0004The kids got a kick out of the cute drinks.  We also had some sparkling grape apple juice to toast in the New Year when the ball dropped on the East Coast at 10pm our time! (there’s a benefit to the time zones).  Mom and Dad had the champagne.


We had our traditional good luck meal of pork and sauerkraut on New Years Day.  The kids started back to school and Jeremiah went back to work and life got back to normal.  That’s our end to 2013 and beginning of 2014.  Happy New Year!

Ten On Tuesday

1.  I sent out all my Christmas card yesterday.  Actually, all three kids took a small stack each to the mailbox and forced them into the outgoing mail slot.  It was fun to watch!

2.  I mailed all the packages we sent to people all over the country last week.  So if you get a package from us normally, it should arrive soon!

3.  Yesterday I finally finished all the Christmas shopping.  I was so late this year.  I blame moving.  Everything went so fast after we moved in.  But everything is wrapped and ready to place under the tree.

4.  My favorite Christmas song is O Holy Night.  It always has been.  What’s your favorite?

5.  At the end of the school day on Friday, the school had a Christmas concert.  The choir, the guitar class, and orchestra performed a song each.  The band of 10 students performed 3 songs and then the whole group played 3 more songs where the elementary students could sing along.  I couldn’t stop laughing and smiling at the kids singing.  I’m pretty sure they were having a great time singing while the big kids were playing.


6.  I just like to smile, smiling’s my favorite!

7.  I made some chocolate fudge today.  For the first time.  Not sure if it turned out but I’m pretty sure the kids will eat it anyway.  I mean, it’s chocolate after all.  I also made pretzel bark and peppermint bark for us to eat here (as in not to be mailed or given away).  I have also been asked to make cornflake wreathes, peanut butter temptations, mint truffles, and sugar cookies.  I’m thinking we will space them out and they will be holiday season cookies instead of just Christmas cookies.

8.  The kids have off starting after school Friday until January 2.  They go back to school for Thursday and Friday (with an early release on Friday since that’s how Fridays are here).  Does anyone else go back that early or do you have off the rest of the week and go back on Monday?

9.  We always have cheese fondue (and then chocolate fondue for dessert) on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.  Then we have a brisket dinner for Christmas and Pork and Sauerkraut dinner for New Years for good luck.  What are your traditions?

10.  There are a lot of questions for you to answer.  Let’s see how many will share your answers!

Happy Tuesday!

Ten on Tuesday

1.  After Thanksgiving, time didn’t slow for the Stahrs.  We spent the weekend gearing up for our Pop Pop Christmas.   It’s an actual holiday around here.  It’s not on a set day like Christmas but is dependent on when Pop Pop is available to be here and celebrate with us.  So we decorate the house and got our tree (on November 30 which has never happened in our house before since I’m usually a stickler for not doing anything Christmasy until December)


but it was done and it was fabulous.  After all a skirt is a skirt, right?




2.  The kids were pretty excited about Pop Pop Christmas this year.  I mean, who wouldn’t be?



They tore into their gifts and it was way too much but they loved it.  They are thoroughly enjoying all their new things and it’s been just grand.

3.  We also celebrated Pop Pop’s big birthday.  So with my new toys from Pop Pop, I made homemade spaghetti noodles (for the first time) with homemade sauce.  Then we had lemon drop cake with vanilla bean icing.





4.  Do you remember the last post about all those Thanksgiving treats for our little dessert party?  Yeah, I’m not gonna lie about purposely ignoring the scale the last week…

5.  So my birthday happens to be the day after my dad’s.  Jeremiah took the day off and worked very hard on my angel food cake.  He opted to go with the boxed version to make sure it would turn out this year.  He hasn’t been very successful with this cake the last few years.  In his defense it is a difficult cake to make and he has the altitude against him.  The cake turned out great and was very tasty with our chocolate fondue!



And although I can’t believe my actual number, 37 feels way better than I was expecting.  The kids are keeping me young and old at the same time! 😉

6.  On Pinterest, I found these Elf Warnings.  I downloaded and printed one for fun, thinking I would not really use it or maybe use it as a joke for the kids.  Jacob decided to see what would happen if he bit Max.  She did absolutely nothing but I felt he needed a lesson.  So Twinkle the Elf left a warning for him stating he saw the whole thing and that Jacob was not on warning to possibly not get any gifts from Santa.  Would you believe it actually made the boy cry?  He pinned the warning on his chore chart as a reminder to be nice to the dogs.  I can’t say that I’m sorry it worked.

7.  Today I made homemade fettuccine noodles with my pasta attachments.  They turned out so much better than the spaghetti did.  The kids even said it was better than the boxed noodles.  It was Jamie’s turn to help with supper and she had a blast helping me with them.  I love cooking with my kids.

8.  So 37 doesn’t make you more graceful.  You can still slip on the wet hard floor of your kitchen when you are rushing around trying to get errands done before picking kids up from school.  Turns out the desserts from the last few weeks actually didn’t add enough padding on my lovely saddlebags to not hurt when I hit the floor.  Ouch!

9.  I have mailed all of our Christmas packages out today!  I wish I could get the cards out too.  I’m only half way on those.  I still have to get things for Christmas here too.  Somehow Christmas kind of snuck up on me this year.  Does anyone else feel that way?

10.  I haven’t made any cookies yet.  I have made and packaged 3 batches of peppermint bark but I have made nothing for the kids yet.  I think I’m going to dial it down this year and only make a few things.  What are your favorites at this time of the year?  My favorite are sugar cookies, hands down.  They don’t even need to be decorated!

Happy Tuesday!


Thanksgiving went off without a hitch this year.  Starting with the turkey (named John by Jacob)…


all the way to the feast…


Our feast this year included John the turkey (cooked, of course), mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce, brown sugar carrots, corn, and homemade sweet potato knots.  It, of course, was way too much food as usual and we will be eating leftover until Christmas but it was so yummy.

We then cleaned up from our feast to have a dessert party with our neighbors.  It was so much fun and, again way too much food.


Desserts consisted of Shoo Fly Cake, Pumpkin bundt cake with streusel filling and dark chocolate ganache, pear crisp, spice cupcakes with maple buttercream, pumpkin pie, apple pie, pecan pie, and pumpkin dip with nillas and gingersnaps.  Whew that’s a lot!

Anyone want to come over for leftovers?

Halloween and such

I finished up the 5 week course I was teaching to Jamie’s 4th grade class for Junior Achievement.  It really was so much fun.  The kids were always joining in the conversation and really understanding what I was trying to teach them.  I was so nervous about teaching 27 9/10 year olds, having their undivided attention, trying to keep them engaged, etc.  The students were so awesome.  I totally underestimated them.  These kids were so smart.  They had answers to questions that I wouldn’t have been able to come up with and they had such great ideas about how to fix financial problems.  I was completely amazed by these students.  So for the last class I got them these pencils from etsy with the phrase Mistakes = Learning because that was one of the key points of my session.  I also made a little treat of cupcakes to hand out.  The class surprised me with a packet of homemade thank you cards and a gift card to Cold Stone.


When I sat to read these thank yous, I was laughing and crying at what the kids wrote.  It filled my heart that they thought I did such a great job with them.  It was truly a great experience!

On to Halloween parties at school…The elementary part of the school had a little parade for the parents and then went on to parties in their class rooms.  During the parade, neither Jamie or Jacob would look at my camera knowing I was waiting to snap away.  So I just took some of them doing their party activities instead…



Then we went home, ate our traditional supper for Halloween…Bones and Guts (aka: spaghetti squash and bread sticks), and then went trick or treating with the neighbor kids.  Trick or Treating on base is a crazy experience.  People come from everywhere because they know it’s safer than just out in a normal neighborhood.  My sad little bucket of Tootsie Pops were gone within minutes, I’m sure.  But the kids had a grand time and it was fun to walk around our little neighborhood.




IMG_0037And remember the office party a few weeks ago?  Here is the picture of all of us from that party…


Timmy the Tripod assisted Cam the Camera in taking our family pictures this past weekend.  The kids *mostly* cooperated for 45 minutes to get quite a few pictures.  Maybe I will get to the editing process to share them here.  Who knows on that one?

Tonight Mazie has a band concert.  She is one of 2 flutes in the band of 10 or so students.  It should be interested!  More to come on that.

And one last note…I want to say Thank You to all of those who have served, are currently serving, and will serve in the future, in the military.  Because of you, we can have things like blogs and opinions.  I am very proud of my military family from all over the country and world.  Happy Veterans Day!

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