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

Friday, May 31, 2013

Pirate Dinner

Remember Treasure Island's hoochy dancer ladies in Vegas that we left? This was the redo. Version 2.0, cleaned up and interactive. Haha! Kind of like the Medieval Knights shows, this was a huge pirate ship and water in the middle of the restaurant, where pirates sing, swing, and show while you eat like pirates. It was pretty loud and Lukas needed earplugs, but the story was clean, and the pirate for our side even came over and said hello. :) I really was there, and even dressed up, but I take the pictures, so I'm not in any most of the time.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Opa Uwe & Oma Sigrid Visit from Germany!

Uwe & Sigrid were in town after visiting many cities on the west coast, including Vegas, Salt Lake, St. George, and some others. Sigrid served a mission in Idaho and Uwe's mission president lives in the West. They visited lots of neat places and people. Then they visited us. The boys played "Kraken Alarm" for the first time, and has been a hit at our house ever since. We visited the U.S.S. Midway together. It was Memorial Day time, so there were special bands, singers and presentations going on, including some fly-bys from some very loud fighter planes. Jared helped Lukas earn his Junior Pilot Wings through listening to a guided tour and answering some questions about certain places. In the brig, for example, you only get bread and water. The most common injury on board? Head lacerations from the low doorways. Shower length? 2 minutes, I think. The older gentleman in the engine room reminded me of Uncle Hank. Before we left, Lukas picked up his 'wings' from an old sailor- now museum volunteer- and said, looking in his face, "thank you for your service!" with his sweet little Lukas voice. The man could barely reply a your welcome as he was getting teary eyed. It was a touching moment.

They had a good time, and we had lunch afterwards at some mall where I splurged five bucks for a new pair of earrings. (We don't have a lot of malls around us). We spent some time one evening at a lake which has a path all the way around it where we walked, but not too too much since Jared's foot was still in a boot- waiting for a doctor to look at it. Lukas and I took turns riding his little bike down a crazy hill there, for adventure's sake, and he loved pedaling along the path. Our last hurrah for their stay was a bonfire at the beach. We grilled hamburgers and corn on the cob. And Uwe fulfilled his goal of swimming in the Pacific Ocean. Brrrrr!

Photo: Life is good! We will never be rich in money, only in time together!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Friends: So Happy Together

Whether it is making up new games, looking for new destinations, exploring with water... friends are amazing. Sometimes they can plumb wear you out too. But with new strength, you go back out to play. A little dirt you say? Pshhh, that's what washing machines were made for! Friends make rivers and mud pies together, look around in quiet contemplation, and sometimes chuck a little dirt down your shirt. 

Sunday, May 19, 2013

First Talk in Church

A first talk in primary. I was thrilled!!  But Jared and I are those weird kind of people that love to give talks, but this,... this was different. Jared prepped little note cards with one sentence written on each one, numbered carefully in the corner. We asked Lukas about tithing and his experience with it, and just wrote it down for him, helping him with those "talk" parts to include, like a scriptural reference. His assigned theme was: The Prophets Teach me to Pay Tithing. Here was his talk:

1. The prophets teach me to pay tithing.  
2. In the Bible, the prophet Malachi teaches us to pay our tithing. Mal. 3:10. (Then he read it out loud from the Bible itself. His choice.So cute, wanting the big book and all!)
3. I know that God blesses me when I pay my tithing.
4.Last month I paid my tithing for the first time.
5. I paid 10 percent of the money I earned.
6.I felt happy when I gave my tithing to the bishop.
7. I know that God blesses us when we follow the prophets and pay our tithing. In the name...

I was so proud of him, sitting there with his Sunbeam Primary Class on the front row... with my cell phone to take this picture. Don't worry, I was all incognito about it with it on my lap! He spoke loudly and clearly, and was so confident. I felt so happy for him inside, seeing him accomplish this big milestone of his young life!
We had practiced at home, having him stand on a chair, turned around holding onto the back of it like a pulpit, opting to repeat after Jared what to say. I was thrilled at how giddy he was to finally go to the front of 'the big primary class' and talk from the microphone!!  

Once home he asked, Mama, who is Malachi? (And I laughed inside before answering!!) and when I asked him how he felt giving his talk, he said it was fun. And that he was nervous inside. He was surprised to learn that I also get nervous, and asked me why? It was a sweet little cross-generational moment. 

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mothers' Day

Someday we will look back on 'the olden days' when Lukas was 4 and I towered over him when I'd hold his hand. I am sure that by then, the days of towering, and hand holding might be over, but my love for this little boy will never grow weary. Grateful for my mom who was home for all those years of towering and hand holding!

Friday, May 10, 2013

First Father Son Campout

So giddy to go camping together these two rode off in a cloud of laughter, rainbows and sunshine. SO cute. Both so proud of getting to hang out with the other in such a coming-of-age-event. The Father/Son Campout. Lukas dutifully helped pack the car. All the necessary comforts for one night of camping near the beach. Bratwursts, sticks, marshmallows... check! That night someone made dutch oven dessert and as Jared went to get some for Lukas he saw that the 'big boys' had already taken care of him. Eli, Jared, and some other big boys took Lukas under their wing. Lukas later excitedly explained, "Mama! Wir haben secret agency gespielt!!" (We played secret agency!) He loves hanging out with big boys, and nothing makes a mama heart happier than hearing that other kids were kind to my son and let him play with them. And made sure he had dessert from the Dutch Oven!! Lukas got to play in the ocean a little before crashing for the night, giddy to have a sleep over with dad... without any girls. So you can imagine his panic when I showed up with Ron and David Woody, driving their suburban to drop them off (since they weren't otherwise going, and I visit teach the mom). But I left quickly and manliness was restored. Haha!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013


Lukas caught a frog and kept it as a pet for awhile. Til it died anyways. The excitement of this frog was never waning. He would bolt out onto the patio every morning to see if he was still there. He had a name for him too, and claimed that he would never run away because his froggy loved him. Oooohhh oh oh. He raced down the path to show his best buddy, Jacob, who was sick at the time. Not sick enough to pass up holding a frog, but sick nonetheless. Kaelyn and Reane helped Lukas make a little terrarium for it, rocks and dirt inclusive. Lukas would take it on walks all through the neighborhood, grabbing it up again if it hopped too far. Poor thing didn't handle all that afternoon heat on its container, I am sure. And the constant handling. Sigh.