Thursday, August 27, 2015

Smoothie Kits

I love having these smoothie kits on hand... they make it easy to get some nutrition in the kiddos without having to take out 10 ingredients in the morning! Just pull a bag out of the freezer, add water, (or you could try milk or almond milk) blend and done!! Makes for happy kids and a happy mom!


Mango Strawberry Smoothie

1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
1 and 1/2 cups frozen strawberries
1 cup frozen mango
1 banana (sliced)
1/3 cup orange-pineapple-apple juice concentrate (or any other fun orange juice combo)

Place ingredients in a freezer bag, flatten and freeze.

When ready to serve, microwave the freezer bag to soften fruit for blender (about 30-60 seconds)

Pour mixture in blender, add about 1 cup water and blend!

Triple Berry Grape Smoothie

1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
1 and 1/2 cups frozen strawberries
1 cup frozen triple berry mixture
1 banana (sliced)
1/3 cup grape juice concentrate

Place ingredients in a freezer bag, flatten and freeze.

When ready to serve, microwave the freezer bag to soften fruit for blender (about 30-60 seconds)

Pour mixture in blender, add about 1 cup water and blend!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Mt Rushmore Trip 2015- Waterpark

One of the things we love about going to Rapid City, South Dakota is staying at a hotel attached to Watiki Indoor waterpark. It's a great place to be able to play while the weather outside is still cold.  The kids love going down the big slides, and Lucy is getting more comfortable going down the slides in the playground area.  

Friday, March 13, 2015

Mt. Rushmore Trip 2015

We headed up to Rapid City, South Dakota for the kids "spring break" (just a long weekend).... We love staying at the hotel connected to Watiki indoor Water Park and getting to see some sights. It's a great way to get out of town when the weather is still questionable! 
 The cute travelers in our new van! We bought it in Dec 2014.

 Quick drive through Custer State Park on the way to Wind Cave... saw some buffalo. :)
 Inside Wind Cave... really cool cave! The big kids loved it.... Lucy kept saying she wanted to go back to the hotel. ha ha.

 At Mount Rushmore

 I love this sweet face!
 and this one 
 and this one!
 We found a place to climb around close to Mt. Rushmore... the kids loved climbing on all the big boulders. 
 Love her! We started the "I love you" sign at school, as a quick way to say hi, when she passed by my room while I was teaching. 

 These guys climbed a really tall boulder! 

It was a great getaway during a very busy school year. Love this bunch!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Winter 2015... randomness

Some random pics form Winter 2015... Lucy's list of her "favorite things" from preschool. Lucy dressed up for her fancy "tea party" at preschool. Ms. Amee  (Hicks) was amazing. Lucy loved her and she loved Lucy. It was a sweet and growing experience for Lucy to come to Potter with me for school.

My baby bump growing! 

We discovered Lucy loves gaucamole!! She licked the bowl clean!
 We did a bathroom remodel of the Kid's bathroom!!

Saturday, February 7, 2015


Avery and I went to Roger's and Hammerstein's Cinderella in Denver on February 7, 2015. She chose to go to the play as a birthday present, instead of having a "friend party" . We had a blast together! We went to Maggiano's for lunch, then to the play, hit the American Girl doll store, then headed back home. The play was amazing and she loved it all. She is growing up too fast and is such a sweet girl to be with. Love you Avery!!
Avery enjoying her lunch at Maggianos!

Outside the Buell Theatre

Avery in front of the stage. 

This picture shows the building the Buell Theatre is in. Such a fun part of Denver.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Snow Day! Hooray!!

Today was a glorious, much-needed snow-day, no-school day! January was the longest month with no breaks and today was just a blessing! The kids played outside in the snow most of the day! Jackson, Avery, Lucy and Charlie went down to the ditch near our house this morning and sledded. Later, Jackson and Avery went down to the bigger ditch near the park to sled with friends. They did that while Lucy and I napped. It was heaven. :) It feels great to have a break and get caught up again on housework and laundry on a Wednesday! P.S. My kids are adorable. I love when they are bundled up like little snow-muffins. 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 Year in Review

2014 Year in review:

January 2014: Kirtis called to bishopric, I'm called as YW President.
February 2014: I start subbing in Sidney a few days a month.  My friend Rose Bowcut and I trade babysitting when we sub. I watch her daughter Clara a few days a month. Jackson finishes reading his first long chapter book: Summer of the Monkeys.  We take a family trip to Lincoln. Kirtis had work there and he brought me and the kids along. We swam in the hotel pool, visited the natural history museum at UNL and go to the Omaha zoo. Temps are freezing, but we have a great time.
March 2014: Jackson turns 9. We go to South Dakota for the weekend. We visit Mt. Rushmore and go to Watiki water park.
April 2014: I apply and am offered the English Teaching Position in Potter for Fall of 2014, and I accept. I will be able to count the first semester of teaching as my student teaching and will be able to get my teaching certificate!
May 2014: Kirtis and I go to Cancun for our 10 year anniversary.  (April 28- May 3).We stay 5 nights at an all-inclusive resort and have the most relaxing and wonderful time. (Kristi babysat for us). The school year ends and we take off to Utah. Kirtis stays for memorial day weekend, then flies home.
June 2014: (May 28-June 7) Trip to Utah/California with mom to visit Rhonda's family. Drove to Utah, flew to LA with mom, drove back with kids to Nebraska by myself.  June 14: Kirtis and I go on the Stake Youth Trek at Martin's cove. We were "ma" and "pa" of a family of youth. Truly a life changing and incredible experience to be in that sacred place.
July 2014: Madi Busskohl (age 16) is baptized. She started investigating the church in February. Kirtis does some job hunting, has several serious prospects/interviews. We take a weekend camping trip to the Niabrara River and camp at Smith Falls.
August 2014: Lucy turns 3! The kids and I take a trip to Virginia for the Messick reunion. We stay at Lake Anna for a week and have a great time swimming and tubing and making fun memories. School starts for the kids: Jackson 4th grade (Mrs. Jackson), Avery 1st grade (Mrs. Dobry). Lucy starts daycare in Potter and transitions to preschool in October with Amee Hicks. I start my teaching job at Potter-Dix Jr/Sr High in Potter, NE. I teach grades 7 and 9-12, a reading class and creative writing.
September 2014: Labor day: We go hiking as a family at Vedauwoo, near Laramie, WY.
October 2014: We find out that I'm pregnant with Baby #4! We are thrilled! Oct 25- Kirtis and Jackson drive to Utah to pick up Kristi and see Landry ordained a deacon. My morning sickness is pretty bad and I'm so grateful Kristi can come to help.
November 2014: Travel to Utah for Thanksgiving. We take Madi with us and take her to temple square and BYU.
December 2014: Kirtis starts a new role within Cabelas in the Commercialization department. Avery turns 7! She spends her birthday going to Denver with Kirtis to pick up Kristi. Kristi's flight is canceled, so Kirtis and Avery have a lot of time in Denver to kill while they wait for her new flight to get in. They go out to a Chinese Restaurant and Kirtis takes Avery to Justice and buys her a new outfit.  We spend Christmas in Nebraska with Kristi and go to Utah around the 27th.