Sunday, January 15, 2012

Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

These were developed for those with egg allergies...but they're yummy (and if you were inclined to worry about eating raw cookie dough...these would be safe!)

Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

6 ounces cream cheese, softened
3/4 C butter, melted and cooled
1 C packed brown sugar
1/2 C white sugar
2 t vanilla
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
2 C plus 3 T flour
1 1/2 C chocolate chips
chopped walnuts (optional)

Mix dough, roll into balls or cookie scoop...flatten slightly. Bake at 325 about 10-12 minutes. Let cool on baking sheet a few minutes.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Happy Birthday (again), Kendra...

Just a few more old pictures remembering how happy we were to have Kendra join our family!

January 1977...Karl was so happy to be a big brother!

Kendra and Dad with Grampa Nieman in Santa Cruz.

From my (practically nonexistent) journal...July 18, 1977... Kendra started sitting up and creeping forward on her arms...She got her first tooth last week...Today she has started getting up on her knees and rocking.
...Sept 21...Kendra is trying to walk....Oct 24...Kendra is really walking now! (9 1/2 months)...

Kendra's early love of piano...

December 4...Kendra is cutting her two top teeth...and CLIMBING up everything...on Karl's desk...and up the back of the rocking chair.

Kendra (age 1) with Karl and Peanut

Kendra got a little orange plastic slide for Christmas...she spends hours climbing up the two steps, sliding down and clapping her hands when she gets to the bottom...

..December 27, 1978...Kendra is trying to undress herself... I hear her saying, "Off clothes, off shirt, off plastic pants!" (She sounds a bit like Harry Potter)

Kendra calls the Busch's "Mommy Busch" and "Daddy Busch"... Karl was friends with Michael Busch and Marcy Busch loved playing with Kendra.
...with Grandpa Gil, reading Harry the Dirty Dog...

Jan 9, 1978 (Kendra's 1st birthday)...Kendra has a really strong spirit...she doesn't give in easily...will only sleep when she wants, eat what she wants, wear what she wants...
Hmmm....guess we shouldn't wonder at the strong spirits of Brady, Carson, Parker and Kody!!

Jan 18, 1978...Kendra gets my finger and pulls me to what she wants...the cupboard for a graham cracker, the sink for a drink of water, the refrigerator for a popsicle, the light switch so she can practice turning it on and off...she says "dah" for dog, "baba" for bottle and sometimes manages a "daddy" or "mama"...

Jan 27, 1978...Kendra likes to brush her teeth with me - she even leans over the sink and gives a little "spit" sound when appropriate...she likes to play pick-a-boo, ring around the rosy, pat-a-cake and go down her slide.

Jun 4, 1978
....Kendra(17 months) says a lot now..."horse, hot, house, dog, ball, cat, clock, cake, cookie, shoe, bye-bye, hat, hi, bike, outside, mama, daddy, rock, water, fish, ice, cow, airplane"...she does sounds for a lot of animals, knows all the parts of her body, all her colors and most of the alphabet! She smacks her lips for strawberries or anything yummy!

Did I ever worry about Kendra falling into the big concrete hole in our backyard..the pool was like this for three years before it was finished!

Dec 30...Kendra was riding her bike on the sidewalk when she saw Mr. Johnson's garbage can sitting on the curb (this was in the days when we still used metal cans)...she got off her bike and ran excitedly towards the can shouting, "Oscar, Oscar"....

Jan 6, 1979...Kendra eating ice cream...""...I thought it was pretty good vocabulary for a two year old...

Jan 17, 1979...
Kendra(age 2) heard me talking to mom (Grandma Janiece) on the phone and started saying "I go to San Ta A (San Jose) see Niecie??" I thought it was amazing she knew where Grandma lived...early signs of that good sense of geography that her boys have inherited!

dance career...

Friday, January 6, 2012

An Adventure with Brady and Carson....(and Parker)

Brady and Carson and I went to see The Adventures of was great (and the first 3D movie I had seen much to the boys amazement!)

This was a great movie...the dog was the star....and named "Snowy" like Lindi and Sadie's dog.

The boys felt quite indulged as I let them get ice cream ...(Yes, Carson, you can both get "large"...)...and after the show we went to 5 Guys...Dustin met us with Parker who, I suppose after finally discovering that we had gone without him, (although Parker has yet to sit through an entire movie...many scary things, etc.) was having a melt down...he was still pretty sad (Parker really cherishes perceived injuries and slights, both physical and emotional...)when they arrived, even though we had gotten him a cheeseburger with just catsup...but cheered up when I told him I had my 3DS out in the car and he could play it when we got home...everyone ended up happy! ( Always a plus for the Grandma!)

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

2012...a good beginning

Hugh Nibley, Teachings of the Book of Mormon, Semester 1, p.2

…this is where the Book of Mormon comes in. It's like nothing else. It's the only answer you are ever going to get to that question in this dispensations(What am I doing here? How did I possibly get into this mess, What should I be doing?) In reading the Book of Mormon no one is ever doing something he shouldn't be doing. Most of the time he would be doing probably the best thing he could possibly be doing. If it is not itself the best thing to be doing, it will quickly put you onto the best thing to be doing because it will have a direct effect on you. It will change you; it will work on you.It is a personal intimate document. It will hit you. You can't just read the Book of Mormon and nothing else. It immediately puts you on the high road to what you should be doing, like no other book. And it will lead you directly into a course of thought or a course of action of the greatest significance to yourself and to the world you live in. In other words, it will enable you to break loose as nothing else can. Only the Book of Mormon breaks loose because it does break loose. It's like nothing else. Now we have the direct revelations in the Doctrine and Covenants, etc., but the Book of Mormon was brought by an angel, a tangible thing. …...

I was going to ask the question, how many have read the Book of Mormon? It's an utterly absurd question. It's like asking, have you seen the moon? Or have you been to North America? The answer is "yes," I suppose, but you haven't told me a thing. How much did you learn from that? With the Book of Mormon, it can mean anything. You can say, "I read the Book of Mormon." I remember when I would say that, and it didn't mean anything of course. It meant I had piled up so many pages and got my gold star; that was it. That's not what we are reading it for now.

(So I've got a lot more posting to make to 2011 that I haven't gotten around to yet...but rather than wait to start on 2012 until they are done, I'm just jumping in...I'll catch up on last year later...I hope!!!!)