Archive | October, 2011


25 Oct

Finally the day arrived which was long anticipated…moving from Tucson to Hereford (Sierra Vista).

After many days of packing, Jordan went and rented the largest U-Haul they had (26 footer),

…and 8 hours later we had loaded everything we owned (almost) into the truck and were on our way down to our new place. I guess I needn’t say that it took MUCH less time to unload than it did to load? (try an hour and a half to unload compared to 8 hours of loading.) Fortunately, we were blessed to have our next door neighbors the Garcia’s come to help us unload. A huge thank you to Bro Ricardo, Sis Mary, Amos and Caroline Garcia for your help with welcoming us and helping us unload!

The cute part is that in the middle of trying to get some of the essentials unpacked…Lydia decided she wanted to help unpack the silverware…

…one piece at a time! 😀

The only bad part was she was just taking them out of the box and just putting them on the floor.

She thoroughly enjoyed climbing up on the boxes and rummaging through them to hear the bags rustle and to see if there was anything that she could pull out and chew on. 😀

We still have many boxes to go, but things are coming along much better! It always helps when your kitchen is mostly together…or the essentials at least.

Fondue at Julie’s

20 Oct

Once again, Chef Julie provides a masterpiece of a meal.

If you remember from this post we had discussed the possibilities of fondue, and so out of last minute inspiration, we decided to have the fondue dinner. After a bit of research, we decided on pizza fondue for the main course with chocolate fondue for dessert. Chef Julie saw to all of the preparations.

It was very delicious, paired with a french bread and a sourdough bread as well as Trader Joe’s sparkling lemonade and limeade (Julie’s specialty).

As her grocery shopping trip yielded a bouquet of yellow flowers, there called for a rustic style vase, so a clear pitcher lent itself nicely for the occasion.

We pulled out my crystal glasses as we now had another occasion that called for nicer dishware.

Red satin napkins, a lace tablecloth, and Julie’s square dishes added a nice feel to the decour. As black and red were the dominant theme, I happened to have a pair of red (partially used) tapers.

I also finally got to use some of my serving dishes that Jordan and I received for our wedding.

Many thank you’s to Mrs. Richard for the warming covered casserole dish…I LOVE that piece!

Dessert consisted of a nice chocolate fondue paired with pineapple, banana, angel food cake, and strawberries.

Julie, myself, Jordan and Ashley all enjoyed our dinner quite thoroughly. We shall have to see what is next. Perhaps a nice formal sit down with Beef Wellington, sparkling grape juice and eclairs for dessert?

Hunting Camp

14 Oct

I have now lived! (according to my family-in-law including my new cousins the Wallaces). Why have I just now lived? Because I’ve been camping out of doors. Jordan, Lydia and I attended the annual Wallace Hunting Camp, and we quite enjoyed ourselves. We arrived shortly before dusk driving 4.5 hours from Tucson to the hunting camp, minor distractions being stopping for gas, an explosive diaper, and a herd of elk beside the road.

We located the camp, and soon Jordan had our spot picked out for our tent, and him and Benji a friend from Nevada set up our tent. Everything was going good until Jordan went to set up the air mattress, only to find that the “pump included” had “batteries not included”. At that point Benji started edging away from the camp hinting that he needed to go take care of something in his camper. He was joking of course, but none of us wanted to be the one to pump the queen sized air mattress exclusively by our very own set of lungs. Fortunately, Jordan had a set of used batteries in a flashlight that mostly did the job, but believe me when I say I was very glad when he got a brand new set and finished the job up by the next night!

The first night was soup and salad, and it turned out quite nice by the variety of soups that were brought. All of the meals were very nicely coordinated by the Camp Assistant Director, Head Director of Meals Aunt Elisabeth.


The next day the highlight was the selecting and lumberjacking of the tree that would be used for the fuel for the campfire. Bro Armano Dominguez was our lumberjack, and when he started heading into the forest with his chainsaw, I grabbed my camera and headed after him, along with nearly everyone else in the camp.

A few tense moments, as he started sawing on the tree, and then everyone saw where the tree was and where it was started to sway and very quickly moved out of the way (we would have been fine where we were at.)

I decided I wouldn’t be able to get good pictures of the tree felling, so I took video instead. I was very impressed. I heard stories of how good Bro Armano was, and how one year he landed a tree mere feet away from someone’s RV. (Fortunately the person was away, the tree was moved fairly quickly, and all they had to go by was other peoples stories as well as branches that littered around their RV entrance).

Afterwards came the dismantling of the tree,

as well as a few aspiring (young) hunter/woodsmen that huddled around the base of the tree while some of the older ones helped them count the rings on the stump of the tree. It was neat. 🙂

The teenage/young men loaded the log pieces into a trailer attached to a 4-wheeler and they hauled them back to the campsite…

where a few other of the young men took turns at the axe to proof their manhood by how many strokes it took to split the logs apart.

I figured out of all of the guys there, Kenneth Zimmerman would have been the best log splitter as he was formerly Mennonite and surely he would have split wood to provide warmth throughout the winter, but when questioning him, he laughed and said “No, we used a [mechanical] splitter.” So much for that! He still turned out to be the best log splitter, and someone decided to try to tease him into splitting more wood for the fire (as it was getting low) by telling him “Y’know Kenneth, I bet you can’t split a log in under 10 strokes!” He turned and looked as if to say “Who said that?!” and then realized what the guy was doing, and he started laughing.

Josiah McLearn and Kenneth Zimmerman…

…as well as the fruits of their pride labor.

One of the cutest parts of the camp was Jude Murray’s little boys. Thomas, Reuben and Jeremiah were all having a blast at camp, as well as the fact that they had their own little tool. Thomas and Reuben both had pocket knives, while Jeremiah had a “torch” (Australian for Flashlight). They were so proud of their tools, and loved to show them off! 🙂 I had them pose for a picture with their tools, when suddenly Ethan Steinke came running up to get in the picture. I couldn’t pass it up. 🙂

The even more humorous part is while Jude’s boys were enjoying their new toys…Jude was enjoying a new (to him) toy of his own…a nice Nissan Titan!

Twigs, pine needles and dirty knees in all, I think Lydia quite enjoyed camping. She got to taste all of the above too (much to my chagrin).

I think she’d go camping again. I have decided that (done a little differently next time) I will enjoy camping again as well. After all, there’s just something in a little kid about tents that I don’t think entirely goes away when they get older.

I think Jordan and I are going to put in for Elk hunting next year. Maybe one of us will get drawn, and we’ll have to get a huge deep chest freezer to keep our delicious, untouched-by-man meat in to enjoy the following year. Maybe next year I’ll not only have a blog about hunting camp again, but also a blog on how to butcher a full sized elk. 😀 (I’ll be sure to forewarn you, as I know not everyone enjoys the gruesomeness of wild living such as butchering your own food. I love you Mom! :D)

Lydia the Bedhead

8 Oct

Lydia had just woken up when I noticed her having the cutest case of bedhead that I’ve seen yet! Enjoy! 😀

The RV Park Vulture

5 Oct

Lydia and I decided to take a walk around the RV park as we were both were needing a little sunshine and fresh air, try and as we took a walk, medicine I happened to look over and see what I thought was a large hawk sitting on the dumpster. A closer look revealed that it was…a vulture!

Needless to say I went back for my camera to get a few pictures!

Not every day that you see a vulture up close like that. It just worried me that it was sitting in an RV park where most everyone there is over 50! 😀

Lydia has hair!

3 Oct

Finally Lydia has enough hair to support a hair bow (clip) and a little hair for curling at the end (I used mousse). I thought she looked really cute. 😀