Monday, June 30, 2008

Hmmm....a change in political philosophy

So, as a decent American I have always agreed with the fact that "We do not negotiate with terrorists." I myself feel like you should never negotiate with terrorists no matter what!!! Then this morning I realized that I have been negotiating with terrorists everyday for the past 8 years. Hmmm....I realize now that when you have over 50 terrorist attacks everyday it just gets so weary not negotiating and you just have to give in. You can't expect to come out on top with every attack. I guess I do believe in negotiating with terrorists!! I think it is a good thing that America doesn't get attacked everyday or we'd probably just give up. I know I have....today is a "give the people what they want" sort of day which usually involves too much screen time...

PS - did I mention that Seth is not only a terrorist but he is also a "tear"orist. Taped up a book and some cards already today.

Ode to my dishwasher....


Do you like your dishwasher? I am lucky enough to have a really cute, semi reliable dishwasher. I acquired my dishwasher just over 9 years ago. A few years ago I traded in my dishwasher for a real dishwasher. My real dishwasher was really reliable but my cute dishwasher must have gotten a little jealous because he moved me to a place without a dishwasher and promised to do all the dishes as part of the bargain. As far as husband dishwashers go, I don't think it gets much better. He's been fairly consistent albeit a little more vocal about "ALL" the housework he has to do which includes dishes and.....really just dishes ;)

Sunday, June 29, 2008

The real problem with homemade yogurt...

So the homemade yogurt is going really well and everyone really likes it. It took a few runs to get it just perfect but it is pretty easy. My real problem is that you have to heat up the milk to around 180 degrees before you cool it and put in the starter. This isn't hard but heating up the milk causes it to smell the same as when you are making some kind of custard or pie. Every night I think about the banana cream pies and coconut cream pies and tapioca pudding that I've made. Then I really want one....mmmmmm, coconut cream.......

Remember the Mustard....

Remember the Mustard video we posted of Seth a little while ago...
Well the boys thought that it was soooo funny that they set out to teach Seth to scream just like the video all the time. I am sorry to report that they have succeeded in their quest. I hope this isn't a sign of things to come!!


Injuries...

Well, John is back in the mountains so that means more bike injuries. Of course, riding his bike to school is not directly related to the mountains but he never seemed to have bike accidents in Texas. He had tons in Utah!! We were very blessed in Texas that he didn't kill himself...alas, that was not to be continued. This week he misjudged a hole and was going fast enough to create a spectacular fall that began with him flying over his handle bars and ended with large cuts on one shoulder, a completely ruined and ripped outfit and a very bruised and scraped up leg.
On a side note, Math and I both have some big bruises after misjudging our abilities on the playground ;)

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

High Fructose Corn Syrup - help us all...

My first goal was to get rid of trans fats. This has been mostly accomplished (but we still have donuts and french fries sometimes). You have to be careful because even though it says zero trans fat that may be just because it has under 0.5g in which case they don't have to list it. You have to check the ingredients. At first I was shocked how much stuff had trans fats and not just crackers...it was soup and stuffing, most candy, fruit snacks, etc. A lot of things have had the trans fats removed like Oreos or reduced enough that it is now "dietary insignificant amount." Anyway, my next goal is high fructose corn syrup. This looks like it will be a little harder!! I decided to try and just get it out of the first 5 ingredients so I don't literally have to make everything. In order to facilitate this I have to start making more things like spaghetti sauce, etc. I found some good bread that doesn't have too much. Now, inspired by my cool cousin, I am trying yogurt. We go through so much yogurt that it will only take 3 weeks before we make up the difference for the cost of the yogurt maker (and that includes factoring the cost of the milk). So far it hasn't been too bad but I'll give a follow up report when my children have eaten a lot of it. Also...anyone have any good suggestions/recipes/products for stuff without high fructose corn syrup???
PS You can drink Mexican coke and Dr. Pepper because it doesn't have high fructose corn syrup...very yummy and I noticed that they have it at Costco now too!

Monday, June 23, 2008

It's the Sonic guy...

I know the Sonic commercials are a little silly but I think they are funny...one of the actors is in this Onion News which is also silly but I think it is really funny...

In The Know: Are Politicians Failing Our Lobbyists?

Brant - this is for you...


'Warcraft' Sequel Lets Gamers Play A Character Playing 'Warcraft'

Sunday, June 22, 2008

In case you didn't know...

Joshua's blog entry is very accurate but he didn't to mention the crown jewel of the day. This is what Hyrum gleaned from all our hard, tedious work taking the boys to church. John asked Hyrum, "How do we prepared to go to the temple?" Hyrum's reply, "Finding some gold." "Really, finding gold?" "Yes, Jesus really likes gold." I am not sure it was worth the tears today ;)

bad day

Today mom had a bad day. It took place at church. A stake president talked about reverence and when we got home mom said we were not reverent.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Rocky mountain high colorado


Hi blog fans that don't live by the rocky mountains in Colorado. And guess what um the Prince family lives here by the rocky mountains in Colorado. Here are some hints. They are rocks and we climb to the top on family home evening but they are really hard sometimes. And we saw huge dandelions and that's all from my hints from Colorado rocky mountains.

Mustard - for Aunts and Grandparents ;)

Apparently Seth also likes mustard along with grape tomatoes...watch the end to see what happens when he gets a big dose...

Water Days


At Student Housing they have water days where they fill up little swimming pools for the kids to come and splash around in. It is fun...

Friday, June 20, 2008

John = PhD

I am not exactly sure why but all our mail addressed to John is coming as "John Prince, PhD." Is there some kind of PhD network that goes around and informs people that you have a PhD and insists that you have it in all your mailing addresses? Maybe I should change my amazon.com address to read "Melissa Prince, PhD wife of" and our Ensign subscription to read John and Melissa Prince, PhD. :)

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Also...

Since I am shamelessly promoting...
I thought I might add that I love my mix & chop from Pampered Chef. Little pricey but it is one of my favorites. It cuts up hamburger and meats and onions pieces I missed all in the pan. I use it all the time and usually find it dirty when I want it. It is definitely luxury ;)
PS My friend Jeannie sells PC if you need someone (www.pamperchef.biz/jeannie) but don't tell her I shamelessly promoted her too...

Chaco Shoes....


I know this is only important to really myself but Chaco has finally made a shoe. Are they expensive? Yes! Will I find them for a good price? Yes, because I need them ;) For all of you who have seen me wear my sandals you know that they are my favorite shoe. In fact, I received my hipthongs for Christmas a year and a half ago and I have worn them everyday since that Christmas with the exception of 10 days ( in which I wore my other Chaco z/2 unaweep which are 6 years old and still in perfect condition. I wore those everyday before I got the hipthongs). That adds up to over 500 days and they are still wonderful. Best shoe ever....worth every cent!!!!!!!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day...

John is a wonderful father. Our boys think he is the best! He is also very popular with cousins and me ;)

Call of callings...

Well, we had two weeks off...it was a good run. One week was when we were visiting with cousins in Arlington, TX. The next week was our first week here in Boulder. When we arrived for our second week in Boulder our callings arrived. The damage wasn't too bad. ;)

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Rocky Mountain National Park



Today we went to Rocky Mountain National Park with our neighbors from the ward the Soderquist's. It is a huge Natl Park!! We only got to see part if it so we will be going back. Our boys are pretty adventurous and I think the Soderquist's ended up doing a little more climbing than they are used too. We went to Beaver Meadows where the elk like to hang out and then we went to the alluvial fan area where a natural dam had broken and washed down a lot of the mountain. It was amazing.




Friday, June 13, 2008

Amazing Beauty, Extreme Fun...

Some Colorado Beauty!!






Our day started with us anxiously awaiting the arrival of Zoey, Fielding and Walter and having a little fun too. After they got here, we played at the playground and then went for a picnic lunch at a fun park. After lunch we built sandcastles and got really dirty.


Lunch was good and then it was off to the canyon for hiking and rock climbing (thanks to Uncle Scott). It was so amazing and beautiful.




After a yummy dinner we finished off the night with a round of Wii Mariokart.

You should watch this video of Math...

Today we had our extreme cousin fun day with the Zogg's (more pictures to come). While Math and I were sitting, he was throwing rocks and talking to himself so I thought it would be fun to take a quick video of him. I hid the camera so he couldn't see it and this is what happened...if it is a little shaky it was because I was laughing so hard.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Marble Works...


Today Seth wanted to get out the marble works. After a minute of Seth pointing toward the bin and going "urgh, urgh, urgh" I got it out. I built an awesome set up that started at one point then split into two and then came back together at the end. As soon as I was done, Seth broke it apart and took all the single pieces to make a sword. Then he started playing with that ;) At least Hyrum played with it...

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

I know, I know...another Onion News...

I know it is another Onion News but this one is so funny. Sometimes I like to watch them more than once so if I put it on the blog then it is easier for me to watch...


McCain Vows To Replace Secret Service With His Own Bare Fists

Monday, June 9, 2008

Our First Family Hike





It went pretty well...no one died but Hyrum fell down a lot. He is not really in tune with the difference between pavement and gravel. It was beautiful!

Smiles because of Seth...

Photo Tagged

So the basic premise is that you must go around and take the photos without cleaning up...or in some cases unpacking ;) It is to get a "real" glimpse into your life I guess and then tag 5 more people...

1. Laundry Room or in our case closet...the washer is a little big for the closet which is designed for 1970's washers but it is still better than going down to the laundry. No, I don't have a dryer.


2. Favorite Room...I don't really have a favorite yet because there is still stuff all over the place but here is Math and Seth's room...it is the most "settled."



3. What your kids are doing right now....they're crazy ;)




4. Your favorite shoes for summer...do I really need a picture for everyone to know what shoes I will be wearing...probably not...



5. Toilet...I didn't even have to pick since I only have one...




6. Kitchen Sink...in my case this also represents all the counter space I have. About 6 inches out of the left of the picture is the stove and then the fridge and that is the entire kitchen...




7. Fridge...just went shopping ;)



8. Self Portrait...could be worse..



9. Closet




10. Dream Vacation...well, right now I would take anything that is free but I have always wanted to go to Ireland & Scotland



I am going to tag Tonia (because you have a new house and you obviously need some new posting inspiration), Patti & Anne (welcome to bloggerhood), Melinda and Melissa (Pearson)