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gunn family blog

What?

I’m not even going to attempt to play catch up. I’ve gotten lazy when it comes to blogging. I want to do better because it’s like a journal. I can’t make any promises but I’d like to be better. This summer is going by fast! We seem to have something going on every week. I do regret not getting Lagoon passes this year. It was nice to have them last year. I will definitely  get them next year. The kids got a trampoline for Christmas and have enjoyed playing on it.  They have swim lessons next week, and in a few weeks we will head to Bear Lake. Hopefully I’ll be better at keeping up on writing. It’s my form of journaling!

We’re still here

It’s been a very long time since we posted.  My goal is to post something once a month. (Hopefully more.)  Instead of playing 12 months of catch upp I’ll just post the highlights.

Four kids makes life hectic. People use to tell me “3 kids is overwhelming. Once you have 3, having more isn’t too hard.” I didn’t think 3 was too bad. But 4 has definately pushed me closer to the edge. :)

Adam got a new job! Hurray! He starts Monday. He will be the Corporate Brand Mamager for a company in Ogden called Marketstar.Today is his last day at Forthgear. We will miss the friends we’ve made there. It was a good place for Adam but we both felt it was time to move on.

I got a job in September as a Crossing Guard near Abbi’s school. I take my boys and they just hang out in the car and play or watch a movie while I work. It’s worked out great and we’ve been able to use my paycheck to help out with Adam’s payroll reduction.

Abbi has been enjoying 2nd grade. She’s also participated in soccer and dance.  She has 2 soccer games left and her dance recital is in June.  She’s decided to try something new this fall. It’s called Choral Collection.  She has a few friends doing it so I think she’ll enjoy it. Abbi turns 8 in June and will be baptized in July.

Caleb is finishing preschool, and is very ready to go to Kindergarten.  He’s growing up fast and is a great little helper with his younger brothers.  He’s also been doing soccer, and has just started T-ball.

Logan is excited to start preschool in the fall. He want’s to be big like Abbi and Caleb  and get’s frustrated when he can’t do everything they do.  He’s a very funny boy who always says something to make me laugh. He’s our comic relief.

Carter is getting big and will turn 1 in June. I can’t believe my baby is growing up so fast. He get’s into everything, and loves to empty things and pull things off shelves. He’s been crawling for awhile and is starting to  show interest in walking.

Adam and I just celebrated our 10 year anniversary! We went to Disneyland and had a fun few days together.  I bought Season Passes to Lagoon for the summer so we will be busy playing. The kids have swimming lessons, t-ball, arts in the park and a fun trip to PArk City in June.  Adam and I are going to Hawaii with his family in August. So we will have a fun and busy summer!

That is my quick update. I will do better at posting!  And i will post pictures when I remember how!!!

Utah Jazz

My Boys are huge fans of Deron Williams. We had the chance to go to the Jazz pre-season game on Thursday (pics to come). Anyway, this is a hilarious commercial Deron did for TNT. What could be better than D-Will and Rainn Wilson from the Office in a cab together.

Monte Cristo Sandwhiches

with the growth of social media channels our blog has been seriously ignored over the past year. It’s too bad too because of all the ways we have to connect now (twitter, facebook, linked in etc) the family blog seems the most timeless and personal. Four kids has really rocked our world. I lay down in bed some nights and wonder where the last 24 hours went. I know Jami feels the same. There’s a lot going on in our household but rather than try to catch up I’m just going to post.

So what about Monte cristo sandwiches?

I was out to lunch at this odd little restaurant in Clearfield Utah called Ramblin’ Roads Diner it’s an odd little place but on their menu was a Monte Cristo Sandwich. I was naive to what exactly it was but it was basically a club sandwich that is fried in batter and served sprinkled with powdered sugar and a side of jelly. It really didn’t sound that good but I’d heard anything deep fried should be tried so I decided to order it. Needless to say I was quite impressed with it when it arrived and pleasantly surprised by the taste experience. I never in my right mind would think to put jam on a meaty sandwich and at first I just ignored the jam but finally I got up some courage to try it with the jam and it was unlike anything I’d ever had. A few weeks later I got a Disney D23 magazine and in there was an article on the Blue Bayou Restaurant at Disneyland. In the article was their recipe for their signature dish the Monte Cristo sandwich. What an odd coincidence I thought. I decided to follow their recipe and make them for the family. Everyone found them quite good, even the kids, although Jami had to question me a couple times on the combination. The biggest challenge to the Monte Cristo is the preparation and the mess. You would definitely want to have a deep fryer to even attempt a true monte cristo and I was covered in batter after dredging a whole sandwich in the batter.

That was several months ago and last night jami and I were both craving them again but I did not want to clean up a huge mess so I did a modified version of the sandwich that I think is somewhere between the ramblin roads version (bacause I don’t think they deep fried theirs) and the Disney recipe. They turned out pretty good so I’m going to post it below for anyone to try:

This batter was enough for 4 sandwiches:

Batter:
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup flower

mix batter well. Dredge 2 slices of bread in batter and warm on griddle until underside is cooked (think french toast).
flip bread. While on griddle add to cooked side of one slice a single slice of Swiss cheese, 2 slices ham and 2 slices turkey.
continue to cook on griddle until cheese is melted and bottom side of bread is sufficiently cooked. add second slice of toast
to top of sandwich and remove from heat. sprinkle with powdered sugar. serve warm with side of jam. We like raspberry best.

That’s it. Life is short so give the Monte Cristo a try! Here is a link to the Authentic Disney version

Summer! It’s almost over!!

This summer seems like one bog blur!  Sleep deprevation and four young kids has thrown me for a loop.  School starts in six days and I thought I should try and sum up our summer before life becomes even more busy.  I’ll do it by what each of us has been doing.

Adam:

He’s been working a lot.  Long days at the office and long nights with freelance projects.  It seems like he is constantly working.  Although he did find a little time to play.  He designed the logo for this years Farmington Festival Days.  As part of his compensation he got to go on a helicopter ride!  He also got to have a Man Trip the 24th-25th of July.  He  played a lot of golf; not 9 holes, not 18 holes but 54 HOLES of Golf.    He was also able to go to the MLS game a few weeks ago.

Am I strapped in?

Am I strapped in?

Jami:

I had a baby (all natural) in June.  Need I say more!  One more thing, my brother Mike came home from his mission in July.  It’s been fun getting spend time with him!

Abbi:

She’s been my big helper this summer!  She was able to do Arts in the Park for a few weeks in July.  She went with some friends and had a great time playing and making things.  She’s swam with friends, played at parades, and has enjoyed her break.  She is looking forward to 2nd grade!

I want more candy!

I want more candy!

Caleb:

Caleb is becoming more adventurous.  He’s had fun playing with friends, riding his bike, and doing whatever Abbi does!  We’ve worked really hard this summer practicing writing his letters and numbers!  He’s made great improvements!  He’s excited to start preschool in a couple weeks.

What?  Do I have something on my face?

What? Do I have something on my face?

Logan:

We’ve been trying to potty train him all summer.  Some days are good, but most are not.  He has no interest, we’ve tried bribing with candy and toys, nothing is working.  We’re going to take a break for awhile.  Logan has figured out how to open all the doors in the house.  We’ve had to by child protection handles.  I find him in the pantry eating anything and everything, or outside roaming around.  He’s definately high maintenance!

Don't let that cute smile fool you!  I'm a handful!

Don't let that cute smile fool you! I'm a handful!

Carter:

He had a hard time gaining weight at first.  It took him three weeks to get back to his birth weight.  But now e is getting big!  We had his baby blessing a couple weeks ago.  He got to wear Adams old blessing outfit.  He had his 2 month appointment yesterday.  He weighs 9 pounds 10 oz, and is 22 1/2 inches long.  He is a good baby! ( Except between 8-10 pm.)  We’re glad he’s part of our family!

I'm thinking.

I'm thinking.

Our summer has been pretty uneventful!  But it’s been fun!  I love my kids and am greatful for the spirits the have and the joy they bring into our family!

Our family!

Our family!

Our Gurus

My dad’s company works with Cisco and he sent us this fun viral video site.
check out these Gurus
Caleb’s Video

Abbi’s Video

Welcome Home Carter

On Wednesday, June 17th Carter Jamison Gunn entered the world at 5:30 pm, weighing 6 lbs. 10 oz. and measuring 19 1/2 inches long.
We are so glad he his here, and I am so glad not to be pregnant anymore. The last two months have been miserable. My doctor went out of down on the 1st of June and returned on the 16th. He had me visit a Nurse Practitioner who was nice but just not the same as seeing Dr. Swift. ( He know’s me, my history and my family.)
So I had an appointment to see him on the 17th and was hoping we could set a day at time to get my baby here.
Wednesday morning at 5:00 AM I woke up suddenly, because my water had broken. Adam and I rushed to the hospital. (cassandra was nice enough to come over at be with the kids.) The hospital was full and they were expecting a very busy day. They stuck us in a little room. (Rooms for people they aren’t sure are staying.) They hooked me up to the monitors. I wasn’t having any more contractions then usual so I started to worry that maybe my water didn’t break. I maybe had an accident. The nurse checked me and said she didn’t think my water had broke. She kept me there for an hour to monitor me. My contractions started to come more frequently and last longer. She checked me again. I hadn’t dialated any more in the hour I was there so they sent me home. They couldn’t admit me and start me on Pitocin unless I was already in active labor.
We got home around 7:30 AM. The contractions were now coming every 3-5 min. I was hoping my Dr. would have good news at my appointment. Adam went to work and KEri took me to my Dr.’s at 11 AM. I was dialated to a 4 and turns out my water had in fact broken that morning. He sent us to the hospital.
By the time I was in a room and hooked up to all the monitors it was about 1 pm. I was now dialated to a 5. ( The farthest I have ever gotten on my own before.) They started Pitocin soon after that and I got an epidural around 3 pm.
Anyway, the epidural didn’t take and around 4 pm my contractions were coming faster and becoming very strong. There was no time to redo the epidural so I ended up feeling everything. Adam was a great support, I think I severely bruised his hand. My mom was there and helped with breathing and focusing. I probably would have passed out.
Sorry, for such a long boring post. I just needed to document things before I forget. Here are some pictures to make up for it.
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Park City Weekend

We had the opportunity to take a mini-vacation this past weekend to Park City. We are slowly outgrowing the condo units at the Marriott Mountainside Resort but that hasn’t slowed everyones enthusuasim to get together and have some fun away from home – especially the little cousins. The weather here in Utah has been really weird. I think it has rained every day in June. Luckily the weather didn’t slow us down too much.
I took Thursday afternoon off and Jami picked me up and after a stop at costco we were headed up I-80. It rained most of the way up and we decided to stop at the Outlest stores on the way up to shop a little before heading into Park City. Old Navy was having some good sales for guys so I bought some new shirts. We then headed up to the Marriott where the gals lounged around for a couple hours while the guys went to the golf course. We thought about playing a quick nine holes but the weather looked really ominoius so we just hit a bucket of balls. It was a good choice because not ten minutes later the sky opened up and we got soaked. After we dried off and changed my dad took everyone to Baja Cantina for dinner. I tried the Ahi Tuna fish Tacos which were delicious. After dinner we took the kids swimming and then tucked them into bed about nine (swimming wears kids out like nothing else). The adults stayed up and played Sarah’s dice game Zonk. If you want the rules let me know – it’s a lot of fun.
Friday morning the guys got up and played 18 holes at Wasatch Mountain’s Lake Course. The morning was clear and beautiful and the cool tempratures were perfect for golf. We had a lot of fun. We got back about noon, had lunch and then had a lazy afternoon, the girls went back to the outlet malls while the guys tried to keep track of the kids. Caleb wanted to go for a hike so he and I started up the mountain and found a cool trail which took us on a little adventure. He is quite the trooper and looks like he will be quite the outdoorsman. Jami made a great dinner of Orange Chicken and then we headed back to the pool for a late evening swim. We ended the evening watching the Penguins upset the Red Wings in the Stanley Cup. I never thought I would get so excited over hockey but these playoffs were exciting this year – much better than how the NBA playoffs fizzled out.
Saturday morning I had the opportunity to Golf again, Jami was incredibly gratious to let me play 36 holes of golf in two days. I guess she’s banking on there not being much time for golf once baby number 4 arrives. I played really well and while the weather wasn’t guite as nice as Friday morning we had a great time. Ben jumped out to a big lead on me but I played out of my head on the back nine and caught him going into the last hole. I missed a 6 foot put for par on 18 and ben had a 5 footer on about the same line to win and he left it right on the edge. It was fun. I’m glad we tied. We’ll have to make our next round the playoff. We got back and headed out to ride the Alpine Slide and then took the buses downtown to walk main street. There was a street fair celebrating the 125th anniversary of the founding of Park City. The kids were able to make really fun birthday hats before the sky opened up again and it rained hard. As we were heading back from the bus to the hotel the winds picked up and flipped our umbrella and Jami had to duck into a store to try to fix it. I kept running with the kids and they seemed to think mom had gotten sucked into the storm. Logan was especially freaked. Kids get the funniest ideas sometimes. We thought we might swim on more time but the weather was just too cool and rainy so we packed up, hit the outlet malls for one last look at a few items and then headed back down the canyon. We are so blessed to have these fun traditions to allow us to get away from our regular day-to-day challenges and make some fun memories.park-city-1101
One of the kids favorite things to do is go on long walks or adventures
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getting ready to rock the alpine slide
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Abbi was brave enough to ride by herself. She loved it!
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Here are the cute hats they made downtown.
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I love this photo of Caleb. It captures his personality.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ABBI

Abbi turned 7 on Sunday.  She is getting so old.  last Friday she graduated from 1st grade.  Abbi invited a few friends over Friday night.  They had a tea party.  The first course was fruit: strawberries, apples, and banana.  The next course was mini sandwiches: peanut butter and jelly, turkey and cheese, and veggie.  The last course was mini homemade cupcakes (Thanks Aunt Sarah.)  They all wore spring dresses and I got them fun spring hats.  (I have a picture somewhere, I’ll have to post it later.)

Saturday, Adam and I took her to dinner and then shopping.  We took her to Target where she picked out a new bike and helmet, (she talked us into a Barbie movie too.) Sunday evening we had family over for cake.  I’d say she had a good Birthday weekend.

I’m really proud of Abbi.  She is a great big sister and a wonderful help to me.  She’s growing so fast.  She works really hard at school and made great improvements.  I love Abbi for everything she teaches me and for being m daughter.  (She’s the only one I’ll get.)  She is a great friend and makes an effor to make sure everyone is included.  She loves and plays with her brothers and I know they look up to her and want to be like her.  I LOVE YOU ABBI!  I hope you had a great birthday!

Proud Moment

Caleb was asked to give his first talk in primary this week. Some wards we’ve been in don’t even bother assigning talks to sunbeam age kids but he accepted the assignment which meant it was up to Jami and I to figure out what to do. We thought about it with little more discussion than doing the typical just whisper in their ear what to say thing until Saturday morning. I remembered back to my childhood days and my mom writing for me or maybe a sibling a talk composed of pictograms. I grabbed Caleb and together we scripted 5-6 sentences he could learn and use the paper we drew together as ‘notes’. We practiced all day Saturday and Sunday morning came and we anxiously headed off to church. His moment in opening exercises finally came and he got right up there and did his thing. I knelt beside him for encouragement but outside of a few prompts he pretty much did it all by himself. I was so proud of him at that moment I could hardly get the smile off my face. I’ve attached the “script” we made so you can see how it came together. Can you figure out the message of his talk?

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