Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Salsa is sort of a tradition in the Asay family. They love to eat it on lots of foods and their awesome mom, Jan, loves to make it for them. She plants some 80 tomato plants every year so that there's plenty of salsa to go around, so it seemed only fair that Michael and I learn how to make it and I thought we'd better include the recipe for future generations.

16 ripe tomatoes
4 medium onions
10 lg hot green peppers (jal)
1 pint vinegar (2 cups)
1 T brown sugar
2 t canning salt
10 yellow wax peppers
6 red or green bell peppers

grind all but tomatoes

cook approx 1 hr.

process 15 min in water bath

we couldn't have done it without lots of help from Janelley :)

Monday, September 26, 2011


Dear Stetson,

Today you and I had a date to the dentist. I knew it was coming up so I tried to get you ready by taking you to the library to get little kid books on going to the dentist, and by talking to you about it a lot, but I'd forgotten that your dad took you about 6 months ago and that you're already a pro!! Dad said you sat on his lap and did a really good job, but still, it was 6 months ago so I was still a little worried, but I didn't need to be.

You sat in a little "Rolly" chair while I got my teeth cleaned. You were very friendly with the dental hygenist--asking her questions and showing her your Dora book about going to the dentist. You laughed every time the big tube thing sucked up my spit. You kept asking, "is it my turn?" "Are you done yet?" Not a moment too soon, it was your turn and you climbed right up in your chair. You were SO very excited. You asked if you had to take your shoes off. You got a little antsy when she scraped the tartar off with the hook shaped one, but I held your hand (not that you needed it) and told you that you were doing awesome, because you were.

After Dr. Welch checked your your teeth, you went to the treasure chest to pick your prize and were ecstatic to choose a rubbery snake. You carried your goodies (new toothbrush, paste, timer, etc.) all the way home and wouldn't put them down for most of the day.

Just want you to know how much I love you and how proud I am to be your mom.

Love you forever,

Sunday, September 18, 2011


Me and some of my roommates were supposed to meet up in Yellowstone last weekend, so I'd decided we'd make a little mini vacation out of it, get a room and the old faithful inn and take the whole fam. Well the roommate reunion part fell through, but we still had fun. We left Fri morning and made a stop at wal-mart in Cody for some snacks to take along the way-it rained most of the way there, but we stopped at Yellowstone lake and made our sandwiches and Michael took the kids to throw rocks in the lake for a little while. We got to the old faithful Inn late afternoon and looked around--we didn't get to do exactly all the things we'd wanted to because I'd have to stop and feed Janelle when she needed to be fed, but Michael was good about being flexible and entertaining the kids. The old faithful inn is a spectacular building. It was built in the winter of 1903 by Robert Reamer, a San Diego architect. I read on a biography thing that his daughter Jane said he "Lived for the pure joy of creating." This was evident in the unique "ness" of the building for sure. The building materials are native of yellewstone (Rocks, logs, etc.). There's stairs that go way to the top that we wanted to climb up but its not safe anymore because of an earthquake from '59 I believe. An orchestra used to play in the "Crow's nest" and guests would dance on the floors below. There was no orchestra there, but there was a lady there that night playing the chello and later the piano. That might have been my favorite moment--Michael was getting the kids to bed and I sat in the lobby rocking my baby listening to the beautiful music (and doing lots of people watching:). It was a special moment--just to do something different and get to rock my baby to beautiful music.

That night we ate at restaraunt at the inn. Everything way way expensive so we got the cheapest thing, which were $14 elk burgers and the kids split some chicken tenders and fries. It was really exhausting chasing/wresting the kids around the inn, but thats what we signed up for when we decided to have kids, I guess. :) We were one of very few young families there at the hotel. It was mostly older, retired couples. Lots of people would stop us and comment on our cute baby and ask how old she was. Janelle definitely won the popularity contest.

We slept in a room with 2 queen beds, the bathroom was down the hall which wasn't so bad. We had breakfast in our hotel room, which consisted of bananas, gogurts and donuts we bought at wal-mart the day before. After that we took a walk around the geyers, checked out the visitor's center and headed home. We wanted to check out the falls and artisans (sp) peak, but we were limited on time and driving with our 3 kids in the car can be less than pleasant.

We stopped at the Powell hospital on the way home to meet the newest member of the Asay family, Daniel & Kasi's sweet boy, and that was special.

I hope at least Stetson will remember our trip to Yellowstone and the fun memories we made.

Our pictures we took make me laugh. I love taking pictures and thougt this weekend would be the perfect chance to get some really good ones, but between restless toddlers and dying batteries, our pictures were not so great.
The last time Michael and I drove through yellowstone was when we took my dad's '96 taurus to Rexburg so I could take my music praxis test. We stayed the night at one of my friend's apts, I got up the next morning early to take my test and we drove home after that. That trip 5 years ago was a lot easier than this one. :-)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

First day of VIP

Here's my boy on his first day of preschool. He was so excited to go (he said he was scared, too)! He's been asking for months now if it's August yet (thats when we thought he'd start going) and it seemed like it would never come, but come it did and he had a great day. He said they played, painted, introduced themselves and sang songs. Kandace was disappointed that she didn't get to go, but she had fun while I dropped him off because my nice visiting teachers happened to be coming the same time I needed to drop him off so they stayed with the girls and played games with Kandace. Kandace insists that she's old enough to go to preschool and I keep telling her she has to wait 'til she's older. After I dropped him off, me and the girls (I love saying that :) went to story time, came home, had lunch then went to pick up Stetson.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

thoughts on 9/11

I've been thinking a lot about 9/11 lately. Its been all over on TV, newspapers and everything else. Our local newspaper featured a section on remembering 9/11 where it interviews people on what their thoughts were on all of it...where they were that day, how they think we've changed as a country, etc. I thought a lot about what I would say and how we have changed as a country and as individuals. I don't know a lot about politics, which I'm ashamed of and am trying to be better at. I want to be able to answer questions that my kids have about history and current events, so I've been watching more news and asking more questions. But back to 9/11. I've been feeling like I need to come to some sort of "conclusion" on how I feel about things and what I have to say and how I feel and what all this means, and there's a lot that could be said, but in the end, I'm mostly impressed by the way our

country has "bounced back", specifically the city of New York. When I watched footage of this on the news, the thing that left the biggest impression on me what the unbelievable mess all of this left. I mean dust and debris EVERYWHERE...ridiculous amounts, so much that who would even know where to start or what to do, but 10 years later, after lots of sweat, blood and tears, the city of New York has cleaned things up, and has this absolutely beautiful monument to show for it. There's so much to learn from this--how we all need to pick ourselves back up after a let down, clean things up and make something beautiful.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Can you guess where these 2 went today?

Stetson and Kandace (and me) are lucky they have a dad who takes them so many places, especially the farm!! Stetson and Kandace are going to know how to combine before they know how to ride a bike at the rate they're going at. Michael took them both to the farm today while I took our baby to her check up. They always come home pretty dirty, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

2 months

Our girl had had 2 month check up today. She is 11 lbs 2 oznad 23 1/4 inches. That puts her in the 75% for weight and the 90% for height. Dr. Bohlman kept commenting on how long she is..we agree!! Hopefully some athletic genes will trickle down from somewhere and she'll be a basketball star!!

At 2 months Janelle is doing all sorts of great things. She is smiling like crazy, cooing and starting to move around a bit when she kicks on her back. She's very alert and likes looking around. She also loves it when we get close and talk to her. Thats when she smiles the most and we love it. She also loves lying on her back, even more than being held sometimes. Today when I took her into her appt, she was crying until we got in the doctor's office and laid her down so I could her her clothes off. She calmed down right then. She has a clogged duct on one eye. Doc said this could last up to a year, but hopefully it will clear up before then. We're supposed to massage it and put a warm compress on it. Janelle eats about every 3 1/2 hours. After she eats she's awake kicking on the floor for about 30-45 minutes, sometimes she goes in her swing after this and then takes her nap, usually about 2 hrs. Her best naps are in the morning, probably since thats when we're always home and conistent. She averages 10 hrs at night and its been so nice. She's started going to sleep earlier at night, like around 10ish instead of 11 or 12. She seems happiest at home where she can do her thing and is familiar with her surroundings. I've been more concerned about my milk supply this time around for 2 reasons, 1 is that Kandace was so much smaller than Stetson and I always blamed myself, and 2, because I have 2 other kids to take care of and so I'm running around more and probably more tired, and these factors can limit your supply, so I'm trying to be mindful of that. I pump pretty often now especially if she doesn't eat well on one side, plus its nice to give her a bottle every now and then in case I start subbing or something. I haven't been as rigid with the schedule this time around. I've been better about watching her and not the clock. I really have to be flexible anyway, since she doesn't always wake up in the morning at the same time. Sometimes its 6 or 7, but today I went and woke her up after 8 (could I get an allelujiah chorus here?! :) It seems like as long as we're consistent in our sequence of events (eat awake sleep) she still takes long naps and sleeps through the night. I haven't been stressed about her schedule near as much, which is nice. She doesn't even cry really when we lay her down, so thats great. She is a trooper for putting up with her VERY affectionate big brother and big sister (especially big sister). The kids like to call her Janelley-welley-belly. When Kandace says it it melts my heart.

She is our pride and joy and we LOVE her like crazy.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Labor day 2011

We had our annual Labor day picnic at sheep mountain this year. We had delicious hamburgers, polish hotdogs, salads, chips, pop and s'mores. It was awesome!! The highlight of the trip is the ride up there-its a little scary on the makeshift road they have that leads to sheep mountain. Its always a miracle when we make it there alive! lol Thanks Stan & Jan for a good time!

Friday, September 2, 2011

conversations to remember

Stetson: mom, I want to color a leaf. Mom: a leaf? Stetson: yeah, those green things that belong to trees.

Stetson and Kandace were sitting on a merry-go-round thing at the park at Powell waiting for me to push them and had this conversation:
Kandace: whats this?
Stetson: Nobody knows, but I call it a spinner.