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

Monday, July 14, 2008


Imagine my surprise when I opened the skimmer drain to find hundreds upon hundreds of little mayfly-type bugs dead. Their friends, also in the hundreds, floated peacefully on the top of the water- also kicked the bucket. Is there something to the season that makes them do that? I felt like a mortician this morning!

P.s. Even if we don't have kids in our family by the end of the year, I might just buy a wagon to get the laundry to the washroom! Thanks Natalie for lending me yours!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Feeling Thankful...

...for so many things today.

1. My wonderful husband who lives life to the fullest.
2. Last minute ice cream trips with the girls
3. People who confide a secret in me, who is usually the last to know
4. Experiences that strengthen me spiritually, leaving me full of hope and peace
5. Bishops who don't get paid to work in a church, but take time to talk to us, get to know us, and pray for us.
6. Primary Children at church who talk about how much Jesus loves them, and in what ways they try to be like them. They bring me joy and make me feel like the world is a better place because they and their parents are in it!
7. Bread maker and heart shaped cakepans: Our bread machine makes the whole house smell wonderful, and the brownies turned out so yummy in those cute pans.
8. The little Bambies in the trees on the hill behind our house. With dotted hides and all... straight out of Disney the sight of them warmed my heart.
9. Nieces and nephews. From new carebears to stories of what happened during the day, their little high-pitched voices always bring a smile to our faces.
10. My faith in Heavenly Father. I know that he has a plan for all of us on this earth, and that he wants us to be happy. We just have to find that happiness through him. I love the Book of Mormon, and the spirit I feel when I read the words of Christ in it.

The infamous sidewalk...

Housing came one day while I was at my pool job, and jack-hammered the concrete slab right in front of our stairs. I came home to find a huge rocky treacherous mess. Luckily I have proactive neighbors with little kids' feet and strollers with air-filled wheels who were concerned enough to call after it'd been left like that for a couple of days! The very next day after the phone call was this scene in front of our apartment building! How exciting! Click play...

New Chairs-- sort of

Brown and Orange woven fabric. I'm sure that 30 years ago it even used to be thick and rugged, but the seats were down to threads... and then there is the decomposing foam that has turned a putrid shade of yellow. OFF with the old, in with the "new."

My friend from school reupholstered her chairs, and it looked so amazing that I asked her to help me do mine! Instead of spending almost $16 per chair for the good chair foam, I bought instead thick throw-pillows from DI (it's like Goodwill, for those of you not from 'round here) and used them for cushion instead. Thanks, Annette, for the great idea and for helping me find such a great steal on fabric!

Here are the before & after pictures:

Monday, July 7, 2008

4th of July CAMPING TRIP!!

We decided spontaneously last week to go camping, so we packed up all the gear we have, made hobo dinners, and off we were, driving toward Mapleton at the edge of the Uinta Mountains. We camped at Whiting (It's about 5000 ft. elevation) and got set up pretty quickly: tent, hammocks, fire, food!! We whittled sticks until they were satisfactory enough to spear polish sausages! Then, for our next experiment, we wrapped some sticks with aluminum foil, and plastered a croissant roll around each one. Down near the coals they cooked so quickly, and with applesauce, they were AWESOME!!

Meanwhile, our hobo-dinners were right next to the ambers cooking. If you don't know, a hobo dinner is just some potatoes, onion, carrots and meat- all spiced up and wrapped in tin foil. If you're lucky, the carrots and potatoes will actually become soft! We were so excited that this actually worked. We relaxed to the sound of a little girl singing "Mary Had A Little Lamb" over and over at the top of her lungs from across the dry creek bed from us. It was hilarious. We saw different birds and butterflies that we'd never seen before, and except for the attack of the fly swarms loved being out in nature for a couple days. We ventured out on a hike to some supposed lake somewhere. I say that because we never made it there. We'd gone for a few hours... 4000 ft. Needless to say it was steep and rocky, and if our legs were ever going to go back that steep path the way we came, we knew better than to keep going! 7 miles behind us, we sat exhausted in the car, shaky-legged from the steep and incredibly rocky climb. My thought- I could never be in the ARMY!