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!!!]]>
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:
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]]>
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!]]>
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!]]>