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Lydia’s 2nd Birthday

28 Jan

Opening gifts from Grandma and Grandpa Tamblingson.


I love it when she tries to eat the banana! 😀


Happy Birthday Dear Lydia!!



Happy Birthday Jude!

12 Apr

Jordan’s boss, Jude Murray of Kiwi Hifi had his  birthday today. To show their gratitude for all that Jude has done for them, and for the wonderful boss that he has been, Jordan’s wife (yours truly) decided that  a little token of appreciation was in order, in edible form.


In other words, I made a fruit tart for Jordan’s boss’s birthday. He loves fruit, and while paging through a recipe book, Jordan and I stumbled on a delightful creation called a White Chocolate Fruit Tart.

Doesn’t it look wonderful?

So, the morning of I was up placing fresh fruit on a baked shell that had been filled with the white chocolate filling. I didn’t have a pastry brush at the time, so I had to make do with a cut up paper towel.


And…here was the finished product!

I was surprised how similar they turned out, but hey…I guess that does happen when you actually follow the recipe. 😛

Ask Jordan or my Mom…I don’t follow recipes well.

Anyways…it was a success. Everyone liked it. Jude was named 2012 Boss of the Year by the guys. Appropriately so.

Thank you Jude, for all that you have done for Jordan, Austin and Zachary. You have been a real blessing.

Lydia’s First pair of Tennis Shoes & Mommy’s Anniversary Gift (a Vacuum)

21 Feb

With the outdoors available, and Lydia able to walk (and getting better at it), I finally got Lydia her first pair of tennis shoes. 😀 I thought that they were adorable!

She’s having to get used to the feel.

I had her wearing them inside first.

A closer look.

And here is Lydia with Mommy’s 2nd Anniversary present (from Daddy!)

Jordan got me a nice Vacuum! I have never been so happy to vacuum anything in my life! (I really hadn’t had a vacuum up to that point. We were borrowing one while living in Tucson, and since moving to Sierra Vista, I had no real vacuum, so I wanted to vacuum the floors very much!) I love my Vacuum! Thank you Jordan!

Lydia’s birthday celebration

29 Jan

We did a simple celebration for Lydia’s birthday, as it was Sunday, and we only had a few hours between services. We made a cream puff tower, and had 2 dishes filled with Blackberries, blueberries and strawberries, with more cream puffs in the center.

Auntie Hadassah taking a momentary break from the intriguing conversation.

Lydia and Grandma P enjoying a special moment together.

Lydia awaiting her birthday treats.

Join the celebration!


Lydia turns a year old

28 Jan

Happy Birthday Lydia! Our lives have been made better because of you! We love you!

Lydia – 6 months old

28 Jul

Lydia at 6 months old with her strawberry.

Happy 1/2 year Lydia!

Happy Birthday Ruth Spencer!

8 Jul

May God grant you the desires of your heart!

Grandma and Grandpa Peterson’s 60th Anniversary

10 Jun

Congratulations to Grandma and Grandpa Peterson who just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
 It was all very nice as they had family from Washington state come in and help with setting up and just to visit with everyone.
They did a nice job on setting up the tables and arranging the decorations.
Glen (in the forefront) and Julie (not in this picture) were very instrumental in helping get everything ready.
Aunt Elisabeth, Mom Peterson, Julie and Aunt Shirley setting up the buffet line.
The meal was catered by the Petersons (with the help of the Wallaces, Aunt Jana Strokhorb, Grandpa Peterson’s brother and his family that came, Sis Tina Steinke and a few others), so of course it was fabulous. Aunt Jana located a divine pasta recipe online “Extra Crusty Baked Rigatoni with Beef Ragù”. I am going to put the recipe into my own personal collection. No one could quite manage to keep their fingers out of the pasta when they were mixing it all together in a big bowl before layering it into the chafing pans.
The appetizers consisted of Kalamata Olives, goat cheese, crackers, sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and I’m sure a few other things, only I can’t recall it all.
The main meal consisted of a delicious Salad, grilled zucchini, the italian sausage pasta, Caprese salad (layering tomato & Mozzarella cheese with basil & olive oil), white or rustic style sourdough bread from Beyond Bread with Garlic butter, and Prime Rib served by none other than the eldest Peterson son Arne Peterson.

There were some very distinguished guests who came, such as Sister Mary Norman, Brother and Sister Green, Brother Steven and Sister Rebekah Smith. We were very delighted with all who came and who celebrate with us…the Steinkes, the Yarboroughs, and many other families.

It was a very enjoyable evening, including some songs (MC was Uncle Russell Wallace), slide shows, stories by people, Coffee, and gourmet cheesecake with a raspberry sauce and fresh raspberries, and tiramisu dusted with chocolate shavings. The desserts were absolutely beautiful, and very delicious!

(This is Lydia after having to hear Mommy Sing!) 😀

After the festivities had ended, Serenity (who was playing babysitter and keeping Lydia quite entertained) had found a tiny rocking chair that had been Grandpa Peterson’s when he was quite small, and while everyone was busy re-arranging the replaced furniture, cleaning up the kitchen, and removing the projector screen, she was keeping Lydia busy by sitting her in the rocker and rocking her back and forth. It was so cute, and so Aunt Elisabeth and I both snapped pictures of it.



When they brought the piano back in, Serenity sat down at the piano with Lydia and was letting Lydia bang away while she played.



It was quite cute, and as up until that time, Lydia hadn’t really shown too much interest in the piano. She probably wasn’t ready for all of the noise that it made. Now she quite enjoys noise. I just hope Lydia enjoys music as much as Jordan and I do.

Before we all went home, we got a picture with the Peterson family.

After getting home late, it was good to sleep in the next morning (I think we got home somewhere around midnight or so.) We enjoyed ourselves, and all of the leftovers (though I’ve yet to know who truly ended up with the rest of that cheesecake! Wow…good thing I snagged the recipe! :D) Happy 60th Anniversary Grandma and Grandpa Peterson!


Birthdays and Anniversaries

17 Mar

Thank you to all of you who wished “Happy Birthday” to Jordan (Feb 24th) and I (Mar 9th)  and “Happy Anniversary!” (Feb 20th) We really appreciate it. 🙂