Thursday, January 29, 2009

Fun Week...FHE and Baking!

We began the week with a wonderful FHE about Lehi's Vision. With our art skills, we (Analeah and Sofi) drew our version of the vision. I gave captions, just in case you couldn't guess... This is what is so wonderful about the gospel. Even young children can understand and participate:)
Sofi has learned what GUM is! AUGHGHHH! Every time she sees gum, she insists on having some. So at first, I gave a miniscule piece and she was content...meaning she would swallow it the second she put it in her mouth. Now she has learned that you are not supposed to eat it. So, she just holds it in her hand (see her hand in the photo) and sucks on it every now and then. Needless to say, I find pieces of her gum everywhere:(
Someone at David's work gave him some old toys that they had. A barbie car, an Easy bake oven, a huge tea party set and some friendship bracelet materials. The girls were thrilled with them all. So its been like Christmas at our house. Both Sofi and Nuni constantly fight over the car...I never did like barbies, ha ha ha. But they really love it.

This morning we tried baking chocolate chip cookies in the easy bake oven. This is the outcome... pretty yummy considering they were cooked by a light bulb. :) Analeah loves it. The best part for Mommy---Analeah and Sofi fight over who gets to stand on the chair... and if both of them are standing on the chair, who has more room... Is this just a stage, or should I prepare myself for a lifetime of sisterly love:)
Here you can see their REAL sisterly love. They are wearing the absolutely adorable aprons my friend Camille made for Christmas. Gotta love a girl in an apron--or two:)

Sunday, January 18, 2009

This Week

What can I say? I have no pictures for this week. Sorry! It was pretty much a normal week. David was busy with meetings and appointments, we missed him but are proud of the work he does. Analeah went to CTR 5 today. She was so excited to be in a new class and have a new teacher. She felt OLD because the new little sunbeams came in and she is finally not the youngest. Saturday they had a primary breakfast where she met her class and teacher. She also got to help David clean the church. She feels really special because David only takes her, and not Sofi.
Sofi misses Nuni when she goes to preschool. She is usually pretty whiny and hangs on me. She doesn't know what to do without her partner in crime:)

No tengo fotos para esta semana. La semana estaba normal. David fue muy ocupado con reuniones y entrevistas. Le extranamos pero estamos orgullos para el. Analeah empezo un clase nuevo en la primaria, Estaba muy animado para su maestra nueva, a para ser Los VIEOJOS en la primaria. En Sabado, fue a un desayuno para la primaria. Tambien fue con David a limpiar la capilla. Se sento muy especial porque Sofi no fue, solo Analeah:)
La Sofir--la extrana a su hermana cuando va a preescolar. Llora y quiere upa cuando Analeah se va. No sabe a que hacer sin su hermana:)

Homemade Cleaning Supplies

I found these recipes on the blog of one of my friends. I am interested in trying some of them. If nothing else, baking soda should be a MUST in your food storage. It's multi purpose-- cooking and cleaning!

Dishwasher Detergent
1/2 borax and 1/2 baking soda. Put in sealed container. Use 2 Tablespoons per load or more if you have hard water. Rinse Aid1/2 water and 1/2 white vinegar. The vinegar smell goes away as soon as the dishes are dry.
My Favorite Laundry Detergent
This stuff smells so good. You may need to use Clorox 2 on tough stains but this will get your clothes clean. Finely grate 1 bar of Fels Naptha laundry soap (in the laundry aisle). You could use Ivory soap or a vegetable based glycerin soap if you have a Natural Foods store close by. Add 1/2 cup Arm and Hammer washing soda (NOT baking soda) and 1/2 cup borax powder. Shake it up in a closed container. If you'd like a different scent add some drops of your favorite essential oil. I find I like orange and lemon the best. Tea tree oil has an anti-bacterial effect! Anyway, use just 2 Tablespoons per full load. This costs 2 cents per load instead of 15+ for regular detergent. I just saved myself over $100 this past year!
*Instead of Downy you can add 1/2 white vinegar and 1/2 water to your downy ball for the same anti-static effect. This will slowly strip off the waxy build-up from those dryer sheets.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
My least favorite thing in the world... So add a splash of white vinegar to the bowl. Then sprinkle some baking soda on your toilet brush and scrub around. (I like to save my Parmesan grated cheese containers and reuse them by putting baking soda in it.) If it's bad feel free to let it sit while you clean the rest of the bathroom then scrub it again.
Tub and Sink Cleaner
Save that grated parmesan cheese container (clean it out first) then put in baking soda. Sprinkle on whatever surface you want clean then scrub with a wet scrub brush or rag then rinse clean with water. If you want something like that Soft Scrub brand all you need to do is sprinkle salt on the wet surface. Cool, huh?
Window Cleaner
1/2 vinegar and 1/2 water works best but I've also tried club soda and that works too. Windex is mostly water and ammonia. That stuff just gives me a headache and if you accidentally mix it with anything that has bleach in it you get toxic fumes. TOXIC people!
All-Purpose Cleaner
Mix 2 Tablespoons white vinegar and 1 teaspoon borax in a small bowl. Add 1 cup hot water and stir till dissolved. Let cool then put in 16 oz. spray bottle. Add 1/8 cup Palmolive or Ivory liquid soap then fill to the top with water. If you want an anti-bacterial spray add 15 drops tea tree essential oil.
Disinfectant Cleaner
Fill a 16 oz. (2 cups) spray bottle almost all the way with purified water. Add a few drops of Palmolive soap and 30 drops of tea tree essential oil. Did you know that Lysol spray is legally considered an insecticide? Yike! Who wants to breathe that?
Furniture Polish
1/4 cup olive oil, 4 Tablspoons white vinegar and 25 drops of lemon essential oil and no ozone-killing aerosol can! Hooray!

Other Ideas to Try
We have a carpet cleaner that comes in handy for flu season or potty training season and I've found that instead of buying the carpet cleaning solution all I have to do is put in a few Tablespoons of Clorox 2 with 1 cup hot water and I've made my own!One more thing: We use the foaming soap dispensers for our bathrooms. If you buy the concentrated liquid soap and use 1-2 Tablespoons and fill the rest with water, and shake really well, you've made your own for a lot less money.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Sofi Turns 2!

Our little Sofi is 2! I can't believe my baby is growing up so fast. It seems that we just brought her home from the hospital. We celebrated her birthday during Christmas break while we were in Colorado. We made a little Elmo cake for her, but she didn't blow out the candle. She loved opening the presents, and actually did it herself. Just in case, she had lots of help from analeah and Colton. Thanks everyone for the presents and for coming and calling this week.

Nuestra Sofi tiene 2 anos. No puedo creer que esta creciendo tan rapido. Parece que recien la trajimos del hospital. Celebramos su cumpleanos en las casa de mis padres en colorado. Hicimos una torta de elmo. Le encanto a abrir sus regalos, y ella mismo los abrio. Tenia mucha ayuda de su hermana y primo tambien. Gracias por todos los regalos, y llamadas.

Monday, January 5, 2009


We made the 16 hour drive to Colorado this Christmas Holiday and we are so glad we did!
If you exclude the 16 hour drive, stopping almost every hour :), snowy and icy roads, and freezing weather! Truthfully we are so grateful that we were able to see our family. Thanks to everyone who made sacrifices/staying later than planned so that we could see you. Thanks for making it a worthwhile trip.
We stayed a full week and it was relaxing and good to see the girls interact with grandparents and cousins. We had a very good end of year celebration!

Fuimos a Colorado para una semana durante los vacaciones de David. Manejamos 16 horas en el nieve y frio, pero despues de 2 dias, llegamos a la casa de los Johnson. Gracias para todos que nos ayudaron a llegar. Que alegria a ver toda la familia. Las ninas los quieren los abuelitos y primos.


Sunday, January 4, 2009

New Years Resolution

One of my new year's resolutions is to update the blog weekly. Sooo...I will try my best to post updates about our family, so that you won't see a halloween post with a Christmas background. hee hee hee.

Anyway, wish me luck and post comments to motivate me! Happy New Year!

Unas de mis metas para este nuevo ano es escribir cada semana en el blog. Porque he tenido los eventos de Halloween en una pagina de Navidad... hee hee hee.

Entonces, desenme suerte para este nuevo ano y escribenme commentarios.!