We women have a lot to learn about simplifying our lives. We have to decide what is important and then move along at a pace that is comfortable for us. We have to develop the maturity to stop trying to prove something. We have to learn to be content with what we are." ~Marjorie Pay Hinckley~





Loehrmann Family Favorite Recipes

Sunday, December 21, 2008

The return of the elves... hee hee

We have felt so blessed as little brownies have left things at our door. I'm never fast enough, and always hope they hear my shouts of thanks from the doorway. Last week was a gingerbread house that we're putting together this week, with thoughtfully picked "Pfeffernuesse" which I like a ton.

Then tonight, banging on the door got me off the couch so fast, but I never look out the right door first, and then WHOOSH they're always gone. Thank you to our secret friends who have gone out of their way to dish out some Christlike love to our family this Christmas. We will never forget your kindness to us :) and we love you!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Elves showed up again!

Out on the porch there arose such a clatter
and I quickly arose to see what was the matter
When what to my surprise should appear
but a beautiful gift bag given by someone so dear.

Thank you secret friend!! I just can't stop smiling!! The ornament is super cute, and I can't wait to show Jared the rest!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Tree surprise!!

I couldn't believe my eyes as we came home from playing basketball tonight and found a Christmas tree at our door!!! It has a stand and everything, and it's just beaUTIful!! I feel as giddy as Eli does about his tree right now :) and can't wait to get that Christmas tree skirt I made around it at the bottom!

Thank you to the Santa's elves who thought of us. We love you and feel so blessed to have you as friends. :) We hope you'll find a way to stop by again later to see it all decorated! (You don't have to tell us of course, but I know we will always wonder!!) MUCH Love to you!!

Baby Stuff Advice

As Jared and I are collecting things for a baby here & there I'm wanting feedback for the "must-have" brands/types of some things. For example, someone (MG) told me that certain diapers are better for boys, etc.

Whether or not you have kids, put in your imput if you've got it!
I have these things, so less imput on them please:
crib
bumper & blanket
stroller
baby carrier (Moby)
high chair (clip to table kind)
little people toys (wooden)
car seat & base
diaper bag (does it matter what you use??)

I still need:
mattress
crib sheets
crib pad
diapers
wipes
pacifier

ear thermometer
powder
diaper pail
diaper rash cream
white noise maker
changing pad for on the go

rearview mirror for baby

5- 4oz bottles
5- 8 oz. bottles
formula
bibs
burp cloths

hat
socks
footed/sack sleepers
onesies
blankets

baby bath
wash cloths
towel/robe

Please write in the bests for the stuff I still need to collect! :) Thanks!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Extra, Extra! I'm in the paper!

Jessica Loehrmann, standing, who hopes to adopt a baby soon, checks out the handiwork of Libby Freeman as she stitches another quilt for expectant moms, courtesy of the local chapter of Families Supporting Adoption. Sue Cockrell/Enterprise photo

Giving their seal of approval to hand-made quilts and blankets are Kimball and Ava Weeks, with their mom Bonnie, right. Looking on at left is Jessica Loehrmann; she and her husband Jared have been approved for adoption and are awaiting a baby. Sue Cockrell/Enterprise photo

The news story: "Welcome to our hearts, baby: Adoption backers reach out with hand-made quilts" is about the "blanket project" being done by ward members to support birth mothers with unexpected pregnancies in finding their way to LDS Family Services where they can receive free nondenominational counseling for themselves, the birth father, and the grandparents. All the blankets are embroidered with
"www.itsaboutlove.org" - the LDS Church's website for information about adoption.

Monday, December 1, 2008

24 days til' Christmas!

Merry Christmas season! I recently found myself doing circumference formulas with a friend from the ward and thought, "Man, if my sixth graders could see this, THEN they'd see why learning that equation could be helpful in real life. I've started a Christmas tree skirt out of green & red scraps of fabric, and had to get a pattern for the 16 triangular panels. GO MATH- really, it was a defining moment for me.
Finished product pictures are soon to come!

Last night was first Advent and the last day of November, so we had to finally make our Advent Calendar. Jared and I celebrate with this German tradition each year, stuffing little sacks with candies and Christmas notes. The notes have activities written on them to do that day. Examples like "walk around & look at Christmas lights", "make a Christmas treat together", or "call a family member & sing a Christmas carol" are favorites every year.

So- please don't hang up if when you pick up the phone you hear singing. It's not hold... it's just us, and we won't try to sell you anything. (no "crummy commercial!")

Seven pies for seven brothers...

...well, at least there were seven pies. And key lime was the winner, hands down. Perhaps it was the fact that the guy who made it squeezed 20 limes by hand and hand-whipped the whipped stuff on top to make it. I made a 21 pound turkey and the smell lingered in our house almost 2 full days. yum. I need a candle that smells like that turkey.




We had dinner with Verena & Marcella, friends of Jared's from UCD, and some friends of theirs who were in town for the holiday. We had a great time with entertaining company. Now, we relish in the leftovers of turkey yumminess.

I hope all of you had a chance to be around loved ones for the holiday!

Ol' Stick in the Mud!

In my excitement for making it outta bed early on a Saturday morning to put on shin-guards, cleats and warm clothes to play soccer in the fog, I said to Jared "Yay! I played soccer today" to which he replied... "Well, we stood around in the mud."
Then comes the mental picture of stringy little Jessi- a stick in the mud! Ha! I'll have you know we ran our guts out, so much that I had to take off my gloves AND the red beanie cap with the ear flaps! And yes, every fashion conscious person should have one!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Even before the turkey...

...has made its grand entrance into my kitchen inferno for yummy thanksgivingness, I'm on to the Christmas baking! Chocolate Chip cookies were Monday night, and Pavlova made it to the table tonight. Maybe I'll look more like Santa the next time I see you. Where can you get your hands on one of these?




Monday, November 24, 2008

We came, we saw, THEY conquered.


In the greatest showing of goodwill to men on Earth, BYU gave the Utes the ball at least six times, making it look like an accident, to be sure that the 13 million dollars available to a BCS Bowl team would come back to the Mountain West Conference. And hey, since BYU already muffed it up with TCU, I'm pretty sure the plan was to get the Utes to that next bracket. Yeah, and if the Utes hadn't caught the ball each time it was thrown to them, I'm sure the BYU players might have begun escorting the Ute players into the endzone, perhaps carrying pompoms of their own. I see now, on this day of the game-of-all-games, in the spirit of brotherhood and thanksgiving, BYU was surely the cream of the crop in the charity department. Way to go BYU.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

THINGS I'M THANKFUL FOR:

This slideshow is to help us remember things we can be thankful for this time of year! PLEASE email me pictures to add to it! (ah, hem! Mom and dad!) Some of the songs are especially reminiscent of our house, and should bring back some fun memories.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election Day & Dad's Birthday


I voted & Happy BIRTHDAY DAD!!



Dad- here's to you!! --- Happy Birthday, and thanks for choosing to be here! Love you!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Oct 31st- Halloween!

The day started off with some major action in the kitchen: Ghiradelli brownies, peanut butter bars, jello jigglers, broccoli onion soup/dip & chips for lunch, and then OFF to the community center to help set up for the huge Halloween Party for Orchard Park! It was so amazing, all the things set up for the families. Jared and I were in charge of the "Goblin soccer" and had a great time watching kids run around with this 3ft high inflated beachball. :) Here's to a great Halloween day!!


That night we got together at JoLynn & Casey's house for our Halloween Bash. Yummy treats, kool-aid with frozen hands, steamy rootbeer, limbo, dancing, and a scary movie with friends. Chelsea Christensen would be proud! :)





Wednesday, October 29, 2008

My first Trunk or Treat...

was quite a scream! Tons of little cute costumed kids running around, trunks decorated with amazing skill, and even a guy with a popcorn machine. I've GOT to get me one of those someday! It was so fun to see people look twice and then laugh when they figured out who I was!! YAYYYYY! Oh, and if you hear music, it's from the previous blog post that you MUST see, and just click on the horn to make the music turn off!


Here are the rest of the pictures!!

Rally on capitol steps in Sacramento: See yes 8 blog to right for more footage!





Monday, October 27, 2008

a- MAZE- ing night with the Institute & Apple Hill



We had maps, but new ways were cut into the corn field, signs marking the coordinates had been "relocated" by locals, and everyone seemed to think that they were going in the right direction. Those lucky enough to get to one of the three look out points in the World's LARGEST CORN MAZE could get new bearings and keep on the path toward the entrance. Truthfully, I don't know how the place can ensure that nobody gets left in there! The best was when we hid in amongst the corn stalks and scared the daylights out of people walking by, off their guard because the exit was within only 100 yds by then! I've never heard so many profanities strung together in the same sentence. My sides hurt I was laughing so hard! p.s. And what a great parallel to life... no wonder there's already a seminary video like it!



On Saturday, our friends drove us up to Apple Hill to get a literal taste of California! Hand dipped corn dogs & tri-tip steak don't exactly grow on the trees, but that deep fried and barbequed goodness was too much to pass up. We certainly had our fair share of "samples" (Is it a sample if you just keep going back for more??): We watched apples gets dumped into huge containers, get squooshed through a press (I'm sure that's the technical term Amy) and watched the juices ooze through strainers into a huge vat of pure liquidy apple yumminess. I discovered Pippin apples, jonagold apples, apples as big as a baby's head, and apple pumpkin butters, and a jillion other things made from ... apples. Even apple DONUTS! Thanks JoLynn & Casey for an awesome afternoon!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Prop 8 Booth on UCDAVIS CAMPUS

BOOTH on UC-Davis Campus
President Hinckley said "We are involved in an intense battle. It is a battle between right and wrong, between truth and error, between the design of the Almighty on the one hand and that of Lucifer on the other. For that reason, we desperately need moral men and women who stand on principle, to be involved in the political process. Otherwise, we abdicate power to those whose designs are almost entirely selfish."

...There we were, right along side the Filipino Health Science Careers booth, staking out our claim to express thoughts openly on a college campus. And boy did we get noticed. Someone said they were impressed that we had the [guts] to be there, and we even got a volunteer or two out of the hour that I sat on that table, chattin' it up with passersby.

One guy, upon seeing the signs to vote yes on prop 8, assumed I just hated gay people and started walking away expressing this. "It's not about that" and the cookies lured him back (way to go Waite Fam) and we had a very interesting conversation with him and another girl, neither of whom was gay, but professed through their comments and beliefs to have latched on to the "new tolerance" which seems "progressive" to embrace all of these evolving morals, and seems to have the belief that if we don't embrace everything that you do, then we must be intolerant.

Hmmm, here is where respect and goodwill and information goes a long way. There are a few people out there still who didn't know what prop 8 is even about. Luckily they asked us, right?

It's not about taking away civil rights from the gay community, it's about preserving traditional marriage as we enjoy it today... with my religious and moral rights still intact.

Guys, people are willing to talk/debate without yelling and hollering like one guy who visited our table today did. Everybody looks at them weird... not us. People who came to talk to us have generally good intentions and don't want to "hurt people's feelings" and I think the more that they are informed about what rights we are really trying to protect, the more they'll understand why we're so passionate about passing this thing!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Scones... & 8

Where there are Mormons there is usually food- not just food, but good food.
Just a shout out about Bishop's scones with Sister Gubler's homemade jam: If you weren't there to eat it this morning for prop 8 calling, you missed out! And so you know, everyone I've called, even the NO voters, have been really nice--- or they just hang up if they have a different opinion to save me a tongue lashing!

My favorite quote of the day: "Thanks for everything you guys are doing." - A guy we called who is voting yes on prop 8. There are a ton of people out there who are hoping this thing passes!

Living in 597 square feet...

...is the title of an IKEA room set up. Perfect. So I ask myself when company says something that I think should not be persued further in conversation, to which Jared's mom suggests to ask, "Could you come with me in the kitchen real quick?" to which I laughed histerically on the phone "We eat in the kitchen, and half into the living room!" Maybe I shoulda said, "Could you come look at something in the bathroom with me? (Die Klobrille!!haha)"

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Discovery Bay Discoveries


I felt like a little baby: Wet, cold, crying for my mommy. Well it wasn't quite that bad, but pretty close to it. My first attempts at wake boarding failed miserably as the slides adequately document, but I earned the respect of the guys by getting back on the board. Ah, let me amend that, because I the closest I ever got to being "on the board" was when I put my feet into the shoes of the board. The thumbs up was a little premature, I guess. It was fun none the less to get a few drinks at the Discovery Bay "Bar". I was for sure well hydrated by the end of it. Although I did not do as well as I had hoped, I made a few discoveries: For example, how much water I can displace, or drink, that you lose count after so many time of bouncing all over the water, and that a wet suit is really cold if you are third in line to use it. Chris, next time I will go first. My spirit might have been drenched, but not broken...I'll be back!!!