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

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

2010 Relief Society Conference


L to R: Amanda, Julie, Heidi, Kim, Meredith, Jessica, Stephanie, Amy, Linnea, Kathy, Krista, Tasha, Becky, Michelle, Erin, Rachel.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Stolen Bike Trailer


I'm sad today. While Lukas and I went grocery shopping, someone scored a nice bike trailer from under our stairs.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Braveheart


The Lukas Lounge


This is Waldimar his favorite Bear. He rocks it like a baby, drags him around the house, dances with him- the all-inclusive best bear friend package.

This is Lukas' hangout spot that he'll crawl right into when he's a little tired. He'll say "hinlegen" and plop down there. Or throw himself into the pillows laughing. We read scriptures and brush teeth here at night, and this is where we hang out when he comes walking up to me in the living room with my zip-up triple combo from my mission saying "Mormon, Mormon" and we'll (okay I'll) drop everything to curl up to read.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey Mister Postman! & "Lukas auf vollen Touren...!"

Hey hey, hey hey Mr. Postman!

Lukas found this in a box of old toys and pulled it out to play with it. He has loved the little mailbox he has in which he can put letters, so now he uses this as a 'mailbag' when he's playing mailman. This bag goes back to MY childhood when I dragged around this little purse. Now, if Lukas finds a handbag, he places the handle up over his head and wears his little 'mailbag' around til we've all seen it and laughed.

And now for Oma and Opa. Yes, Lukas can finally ride the Bobby Car, FORWARDS!! hee hee. It's taken quite some time. He pops wheelies on it still a little, but is going farther and farther, faster and faster. :) So without further ado, we present the little racer:

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The NEXT Answer....

Since the initial ixnay on all Fri/Sat options with the band coming, I had written the band board asking if there was aaaaannnny way they could make it on Saturday since the football game wasn't til 4pm, and they could come any time starting 10am.

No answer.

So at the staff meeting on Tuesday, we made everything 'go' for the Halloween Carnival to be on Saturday- without the band, and I felt pretty sure that there would be a little backlash for the non-band, but thought it wasn't THAT big a deal in the long run.

I felt like- for me- this was the right choice, and felt good for standing up for what I, personally, believe in.

AND THEN....

On Wednesday the Band Manager wrote back and said:

Hi Jessica,
Thank you! Your perseverance and flexibility convinced the band officers to make a go of a performance on Saturday before the football game. For now, let's aim to have the band playing 10-10:30 a.m. on Saturday. I will need to confirm when we are allowed in the stadium for marching practice (they have a habit of changing our pre-game practice time on us last-minute) to make sure this time is a go, but I will get back to you as soon as possible on that front.
Thank you for your understanding and your patience. I am glad that we will able to keep the tradition of playing at Orchard Park for Halloween alive.
Ariel


I felt like Heavenly Father hooked a sister up. Yayyyy!!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

AmEN!

At first I didn't understand what he was saying.

Now I am grinning from ear to ear and my hearts all a'giddy!

"mumble, mumble, essen, Mama,AMEN!...Guten Appetit!"

Then, "mumble, mumble, Mama,Mama, Mami, Mama, Amen! Guten Appetit!" (I'm smiling now)

Then,"mumble, mumble, Mami, Papi, Mami, Papi, Amen! Guten Appetit!" (Can't wait to tell dad!)

He's beaming at me from his place at the table as I finished making his PB & J sandwich, thinking to myself, 'I hope my boy thinks that jam always tastes this way' as I spread our homemade freezer jam on his bread.

And there he sits in his little booster seat, smiling and giggling because he and I are both so excited that he's saying his own little prayers! Omigosh, this is such a memorable day :)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Zoolander + Moroni = Lukas

Someone thinks they are pretty darned cute. Really.

And while getting out of the bathtub after his first encounter with the clippers he saw the picture of the Frankfurt Germany Temple and said, "TEMPLE"... "MORONI"
Holding the vacuum cleaner attachment this way was completely his idea. Yes, I stand all amazed.

Now he says it everytime he sees a picture of a temple. He's one special kiddo!

First Haircut

A boy's right of passage: A haircut from his dad.


Parent tips for cutting a boy's hair:

Let the boy see daddy shaving with electric shaver.
With its cap on, let said boy hold shaver to his face.


Do this every now and then so it's a novelty.
When time comes to cut stringy, nappy hair, put kid in high chair, and let him briefly hold clippers (scissors are just way to dangerous for grabbing hands and quickly turning heads- think losing an eye here!)

That's the test to see if you can continue. If they hold them and giggle with excitement, do continue.

With barber wrap in place (or bib, or towel with clothespin on the back) begin buzzing head to preferred lengths.

Here's the kicker: Continually feed the little patron pretzels or some other snack he likes to distract him the whole time :)

Involve them in the process. Let them hold the comb, the clipper end, etc. Show him the hair you cut off. Most importantly, keep feeding pretzels.

And when they are just wondering where it's all going, tell them. They learn SO many new words while you describe this activity to them! LOL

Oh, and when you're done and he's rubbing cut off hairs into his eyes when trying to use his little sticky fingers to get them off of his face, just let him play in the bathtub directly after, and WHA-LA! Clean, cut and happy little boy! YAYYY!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Answer...

What do Mormons believe about Sunday?

Here's what I told my boss:
We try to keep the Sabbath Day holy, like it says in the 10 commandments. So, as Christians, we don't shop on Sunday, we go to church, we do things that would bring praise to Jesus- things that honor him, things that are uplifting. It doesn't mean that we don't do anything on that day but sit around. Sometimes that means visiting with family and friends, or those who are in need of a pick-me-up. Some choose to write in their journals or catch up on letters to family/friends. If someone needs a meal, we'd bring it, for example. There are, of course, moments when there are exceptions to this rule. We call it "the ox is in the mire" (from the Old Testament). If your ox would be stuck out in a ditch you wouldn't leave him there, but of course, would go get him. But like my dad always said, lack of planning on someone's part is not cause for an emergency on yours (like forgetting to buy dogfood is in my opinion not exactly 'the ox in the mire' but happens) A co-worker said "There goes your weekend" (if you can't shop on Sunday) and expressed how stressful it'd be to get everything done on Saturday. (In my head I'm hearing, "Saturday is a special day..." and smile)

She then asked, "Would you let your kid go trick-or-treating if it fell on a Sunday?" to which I said:

No, I wouldn't. I think it makes for a great opportunity to teach the importance of the Sabbath. That being said, our church usually has some sort of Trunk-or-Treat activity which would allow them to have the Halloween candy-begging-experience- thereby not 'denying' them of anything -which seems to be the social concern. And really? This happens, what, every 7 years? They'll be fine.

And if your kid is that worried about being a social dork with her friends then you still have options of throwing an amazing Halloween party on Saturday night at your house to invite some great social Halloween fun. I realized this week to what ends I'd personally go just to have the party NOT happen on Sunday. LOL. Did you say cotton candy machine? Snocone machine? They're so cheap to rent on the fly. Why not?

That being said, it's tricky when it's about your temporal job too. (I'm the Resident Assistant of family student housing. I organize activities, welcome new residents, let lock-outs back in, check for fire code violations and lots of other random tasks)

Then I went to Stake Conference last night and today. I feel resigned to hold my ground and get our neighborhood party on a day other than Sunday, even if it ends up being an unpopular decision. Yes, EVEN if the band can't come. Sigh.

I really like holidays, but I think that if a holiday takes over a holy day, then it's perhaps worth considering leaving it out that year. It will always come again next year.

Friday, September 17, 2010

The New Dilemma


"Do you let your kids go trick-or-treating when Halloween falls on a Sunday?"

I'm the ultimate planner of the community Halloween party this year, and it falls on a Sunday, the traditional band cannot come on Friday or Saturday due to practices and games, and this is what my boss asked me when probing to see what Mormons believe about Sunday, and keeping the Sabbath Day holy.

Yes.

I spoke for all of you.

Even though I might actually NOT have done that (speak for YOU, per say)... Soooo, what do you say?
Yes? No? AND WHY!!! Then I'll reveal my deal. I'm sorry if I misrepresented you.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Bakerloo Lane

On Bakerloo Lane
life is CraZy you see.
Just look at these pictures
and you tell ME!
Jeremy & Justin,
Joel & Jess
In some of them we're cute,
and in some we're a mess!
Because on Bakerloo Lane
life is CraZy you see.
Just look at these pictures
and you tell ME!











The HOOVER maneuver

Dear Bonnie,

Remember how when you were moving you asked Lukas if he wanted the vacuum or that clickety clackety rolling thing and how I tried to get out of taking either one because we were not in need of any toys, and would still be staying in less than 600 sq. ft. while you would be graduating to a glorious, spacious, more-than-900 sq.ft. apartment that has a garbage disposal, washer & dryer, and central air. aHem! Anyways, I figured the little vacuum that he instantly grabbed for would last, oh, a week or so til it would be passed on to some other sucker.

I was so so so wrong.

Love,
Jess


He LOVES it, says "STAUBSAUGER" which you can imagine is quite the mouthful, and pulls it out every morning after breakfast (and with good reason since half his food is on the floor, ya know!), and vacuums with me :)

Weatherman?

UC Davis Honey Bee Haven

... and it's sponsor is Häagen-Dazs®, which means yummy-in-my-tummy-heaven!
Bikeride down through a whole lane of Olive trees and out past the end of the airport runway to the new honey bee gardens. Free ice cream, honey sticks, candies, wildflower seeds, tours, and people walking their dogs (that's a bonus for Lukas more than anyone else!) EQUALS the coolest Saturday morning we've had together this month! Lukas got to have honey for the first time (YUM!) and pet some animals (luckily no bees, although there were a couple of close calls!) and really fell into a groove with the sticks and the mulch, as seen in the last photo!





WHAT WE LEARNED:
One third of our food (think peaches, nuts, etc) is affected by pollinators (bees, butterflies, etc.) and if the colonies are dying we're in big trouble.

Something we can do to help is to grow things in our yards/gardens that are pollinator friendly.

Over 6 million bees visit this new garden!

Oh, That's SO Davis!

Made a couple of tie-dye shirts for my little Davis-hippie :)

We all hung out around a bucket of soda ash deciding what patterns we'd attempt.

People threw in tshirts, socks, underwear and even a lab coat.

I was pretty happy with the end result! And my Smurf-blue dyed hands became pretty normal after only 2 days!

Wishful Thinking...

Don't Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is!

Gather all your Harvest in...

Tonight was a food making marathon. I made seven dozen cookies and a lotta sauce with these beauties! All part of my job...sort of.

As the RA, I bring cookies to new residents when they move in. A large influx of new move-ins means a whole lot of cookies! So sometimes my counter ends up looking like this:

So with the added duties of heading up a children's garden at the beginning of the summer, I decided that if I would put in all kinds of time and elbow grease to get things running, then I would look forward to harvesting when and if the time came. I have found great uses for the bell peppers and eggplants in the sauce. The tomatoes are, sadly, still green, but if all else fails, we can just pick em all and let them ripen in windowsills til they're good and ready to turn red! Any ideas for forever-green tomatoes?

p.s. Peach Jam tastes AWEsome!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Chemical Warfare


And he chants, "MÜLL MÜLL MÜLL" the whoooooooole way to the trashcan until he plunks his diaper in there.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Grateful for...

...high school Friday night football games (especially when the kids are awesome)
...a new ward opportunity (We visit the ward of Jared's seminary kids/families- they're awesome)
...nursery class at church
...BYU winning a season opener (23-17 against Mr. Heisman-booyeah)
...peach jam from trees out back- waaaaay out back.
...Tilex
...baby potty seats (because if you were that little, wouldn't you be afraid of falling in??)- and yes, we're starting to get "there" haha! Lukas yells "Mama!"...(pause)..."AH AH" (means poo poo) SO funny.
...wagons and cars (bribery to get Lukas out the door and stop crying at the drop of a hat)
...7pm bedtimes. We are both just exHAUSted today! It feels like we finally ended what was a reaaally long week last week!
...Ben & Jerry's ice cream because it is just good and I'm going to eat some now!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

DU bist weder ein Löffel...noch ein Schattenparker!

Today Lukas got the yogurt onto the spoon and held the spoon level the whole way to his mouth multiple times. You have NO IDEA how liberating this must feel for him, and let's be honest, for me too! LOL. It's not that I don't mind feeding him, but usually when I do he just grabs that spoon and yanks, sending who-knows-what who-knows-where. This has led at certain times to peas on my eyelids, yogurt on his head, sauce in his ears, ... you get the picture.

And he played football with the big guys this morning: "Down, set, hut!" sending the ball between his legs to dad who passed it to the guys who could run faster than 2mph.
Since not a ton of people could come to the Elders' Quorum Flag Football event, he got more playing time than expected. I was glad there was another kid there to keep him happy- and from falling asleep since we were so close to naptime!











Comment from Mama on our blog this morning:
"Gut, wenn man coole Eltern hat. Super, wenn man selbst cool ist und auch noch so aussieht!!! mom" (Danke Mama,Das hat mich zum lachen gebracht!LOL)