Saturday, November 14, 2015

Halloween 2015

Bea and Wyatt's Homemade Minion Costumes
That is Bea
This is Wyatt

Friday, July 31, 2015

It's official, Kori is going to be a Computer Science Major.

Kori is now part of the third cohort of students to be awarded a scholarship by the Matsui Foundation and admited into CS-in-3, a partnership between Hartnell and CSU Monterey Bay that awards a BS in Computer Science in only 3 years, and will be starting full time in the fall.  So for the next 3 years, she will pretty much be gone 6 days a week.

Kori after a very exciting night.

Watch out California... Kori is now a licensed driver

Kori passed her drive test and is now enjoying the freedom of driving back and forth to school alone.  She passed with only two minor mistakes (It takes 15 to fail).  As she took her drive test at 8 AM in the morning the babies ran amuck outside the DMV.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Kori has her first car.

No picture, but it is a small Kia Rio.  We have moved the kid seats into her car, and she has now started driving the family everywhere.  The goal is to have her ready to pass her driving test by summer so she can drive herself to classes.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Bea and Wyatt in the car singing and Wyatt dances in his car seat a little too.

Recent Pictures of the Family Hiking and Stuff

Some Deer at our Hiking Spot

Wyatt resting

Dad helping Bea get ready for the caves.

Dad and Bea hiking

Mom poking though a hole

Bea and Mom rest

Wyatt and Mom posing for the camera
A flock of wild turkeys

Bea walking carefully

Wyat, Dad, and Bea are enjoying the view.

Bea decending into the caves.

Mom and Bea at rest

Bea more interested in the flashlight than the caves.

Kori and Wyatt find something interesting

Bea helping Dad out of the caves.

Wyatt readies his flashlight.

Wyatt and Kori wait at the entrance to a cave.

Kori in the cave.

Mom, Kori, and Wyatt pose... Bea goofs off.

Mom and Kori pose on a log.
Wyatt and Mom playing with rocks.

Dad, Bea, and Kori hiking.

Dad, Mom, and Wyatt pose for a picture, while Bea makes it clear that she is done.

Dad, Mom, Wyatt, and Bea pose near a rock wall.

Bea gets to meet Chuck E, Cheese during Wyatt's Birthday Party.

The Kids

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Kori Did It!!

She has passed the CHSPE and is now done with High School at 15.  This summer she will take a class at the community college, then enroll full time in fall.  We are super proud of her and can't wait to see what she does next.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

My Grandma's Cookie Recipe

  • 1 Cup shortening (Crisco)
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar (Packed)
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 Cups Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Cup Mini Chocolate Chips (1/2 package)
  • 1 Cup nuts (optional)

      Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Cream shortening and sugars together with a mixer, then add vanilla and eggs. Mix.  Add flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix again.  Then fold in chocolate chips with a spatula.  Place tablespoon sized balls of cookie dough on lightly greased (you could also use parchment paper for easier clean up) cookie sheet and bake until edges are golden brown (about 7-15 minutes depending on where in the oven they are placed).

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Look Who's Starting to Walk!

Christmas morning

Wyatt's first McDonald's sausage muffin.

Christmas photo

This was the best Bea would do on Christmas morning

Bea the painting spidergirl

Bea loves superhero sleepers.  She will only wear Spiderman and Batman.  Any other ordinary sleeper gets a very firm "no".

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Opening Night - Our Town

Here is Kori's lines in the second act.  The camera's battery died, so the third act lines will be posted after her next performance which is Friday Dec 13th at 6:30.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Christmas List for Bea and Wyatt

Not that anybody has to get anything from this list, but if you are struggling to figure out something they would enjoy here is a list of toys that we think they would enjoy. Christmas List is here.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Our go to Cinnamon Roll Recipe

This recipe started out at three different recipes.  We took the best roll recipe, the best filling recipe, and the best topping recipe and combined them into what we think is a superior Cinnamon Roll.

½ cup water
8 tsp flour

1. Whisk 8 tsp flour into ½ cup of water in a sauce pan and heat on low heat to 149 degrees or until the Tangzhong has thickened.
2. Remove from heat and place in a small bowl. Cover with plastic wrap so that it touches the Tangzhong and let it cool to room temperature.

Dough Ingredients:
1/2 cup +2 tbs warm water (110-115 Degrees)
1 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
½ tsp sugar
5 ½ tsp sugar
3-3 ¼ cups all purpose flour
1 ¾ tsp salt
3 tbs oil

1. In the bowl of a food processor with a dough blade attachment pulse together ½ cup + 2 tbs of warm water, 1 ¼ tsp yeast, and ½ tsp sugar until yeast has dissolved.
2. Allow to rest 10 minutes.
3. Add remaining 5 ½ tsp of sugar, 1 1/3 cups flour, 1 ¾ tsp salt, Tangzhong and 3 tbs of oil.
4. Pulse until well combined
5. Add remain 1 ½ cups of flour and pulse mixture.
6. Add ¼ cup of additional flour as needed until dough is tacky. You should be able to touch it, it should cling to your finger but none should remain on your finger when pulled away.
7. Transfer dough to a large buttered mixing bowl and cover with plastic wrap to allow to rest in a warm place free from draft until dough doubles, about 1 ½ hours,
8. Rub a small amount of oil on your hands then punch the risen dough down.
9. Form dough into ball so that you can roll it out.
10. Roll dough as close to 15 x 12 inches as possible about 1/4 inch thick
11. Soften about 2-4 tbs of butter in microwave on medium power for about 30 seconds.
12. Swirl butter with basting brush to get smooth and brush with onto dough, leaving the sealing end unbuttered about an inch from edge.
13. Sprinkle cinnamon mix onto butter and add dried fruit or nuts on top if you wish.
14. Roll from bottom to top.
15. Take a piece of dental floss and place roll over it, pull both ends across like you are trying to choke it and cut into desired sizes, remember uniform cuts make uniform bakes.
16. Place cut pieces into a parchment lined or greased baking dish and let rest about 1 hour at room temperature prior to baking, OR let rest in refrigerator over night and remove while preheating the oven.
17. Bake at 425 for about 11-14 minutes or until tops are golden.

Cinnamon mix ingredients
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 ½ tbs cinnamon
Cinnamon Mix
Combine 1 packed cup of brown sugar and 2 ¼ tablespoons of cinnamon in bowl and stir, cover with lid and shake, whisk with fork, just mix well any way you like.
Icing ingredients
3 oz softened cream cheese
3 tbs softened butter
1 cup powder sugar
¼ cup of milk
¼ tsp vanilla extract

1. Blend 3 tbs of softened butter with 3 oz of cream cheese in a mixing bowl with a hand mixer set to medium speed for about 1 minute until well combined and slightly fluffy.
2. Add remaining ingredients and mix well until combined.
3. I put the icing into a zip lock bag so I can pipe it onto the rolls.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Kori's 15th Birthday

We went to what used to be called Marine World and Kori swam with a dolphin.