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:
bumper & blanket
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:
crib sheets
crib pad

ear thermometer
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
burp cloths

footed/sack sleepers

baby bath
wash cloths

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!