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

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Visiting Teaching Done for the Month



That first picture is my friend Job. Her name is really Jen Atherton, but she has the patience of Job, and makes amazing cakes. Which is a really good thing since the lady I visit teach called me on Tuesday, asking me to help her throw a wedding reception on Saturday. That's 4 days people. So luckily, being Mormon, there are always white table cloths in the Relief Society Room, lots of tables on the stage, lots of vases & materials in the YW closet, and someone talented enough to decorate cakes. And for the rest there's Costco Good thing Jen's husband is her home teacher, right?  Here, then, is a last minute wedding reception for a couple already together 14 years, but getting officially married so the husband can get baptized. Thank you Jared for cutting cake like a rockstar and being my right hand man. Whew. 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Orientation at The Classical Academy-Vista

Tierschutzbund. That's what we call Lukas in the presence of animals- dead or alive. Tonight as we visited his school to be sure, again, that this is the place we're sending our little man for Kindergarten, we happened upon the science room. (Did I mention that the kids even wear white lab coats in the science room? It is awesome!) The teacher had dead frogs set out for inquiring minds to investigate, and probes ready for weilding. I was back in my college "blood & guts" class, full of excitement to show Lukas all the parts of the frog. He, however, was not so sure. Mostly he was concerned with how the frogs came to be here in the school, and why someone killed them. 
Thus the name, Tierschutzbund. Animal Protection Agency. 
 Don't worry Lukas. They breed frogs especially for science. If they'd all be in the wild, many wouldn't survive anyhow. So it's okay. Just show respect for what you're working with.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

First Apple Pie

This is no cherry pie, bought 'sight unseen' by Mrs. Sanders from the 4th Grade at Hubbard Heights Elementary School in Fort Worth, TX. Nope. It's apple. But the stories being told as Lukas and I made it together had me smiling. My mom is an amazing pie-maker. The crust is always flaky,and dad loves nothing more, I'm pretty sure, than cherry pie made by my mom. She always let me put the bumps in on the sides with my little pinky.  We have recently discovered that someone in the house under 5 feet tall can't get enough of Granny Smith apples, so a pie was made. 
Thanks again JM for the Best Bites cookbook! It's never let me down!


Monday, May 19, 2014

Last Day of German school!

The kids performed Hansel & Gretel. Lukas was a tree. A very cute tree. With psycho hair. Who sings really well!

 Sometimes, it felt completely rewarding and the accolades from grateful parents were nice to hear. But then there were days where either Lukas or I were sick, and we had to go anyways since there were no substitutes. And because it was every.single.Saturday, we began to feel drained of the marrow of life. We'd buy Little Caesars Pizza on the way home and head straight to the pool, just to eek out some leisurely experience for the week! haha. But teaching was fun. And I loved seeing the kids grow and progress. I felt like I was really getting somewhere with them, and with the program as a whole. Jared and I even got asked to give a seminar to all the other GASA teachers in the summer. We are so pressed for time, but we love what we are good at, and like suckers said yes, we'd be there. So, Here are some pictures from this year to remember the crazy times together.







The Baby Whisperer

He dotes over little people and tells them everything's going to be okay. He's the baby whisperer. Always wanting to feed, play with, hold, and comfort. Here he is with "baby Braeden" and you'd think he was going to Disneyland by the way he looks forward to a baby coming to hang out at our house while another mom has to be away. 


Friday, May 16, 2014

Craig

The coolest 9 year old I know. He is the best skateboarder of the three of them and sometimes lets them hitch a ride. He is the boy who taught my son to burn things with a magnifying glass, cut things with a pocket knife and use matches. Which maybe sounds shady to mention in the wake of all the fires. Don't worry. The kids are all nice and worried about fires. Lukas, for one, has heard many many times the story of uncle Jeremy and uncle Justin starting a fire behind the recliner while the babysitter was over. The green carpet had a black spot and it stunk. Luckily the whole house didn't burn down. Lol.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

California Fires 2014

While hanging out at a friend's pool during a playgroup swim day, I get a call from my friend Rachel, who informs me that there are fires breaking out around our area, that her husband's workplace was just evacuated on Palomar Airport Road, and that she was packing 72 kits into her car. Needless to say, we grabbed our things immediately and jumped into the car, stopping at Wal-Mart on the way home to buy extra jugs of water. I was puzzled that with the huge billows of smoke seen in the first picture from the store parking lot, that a)nobody was talking about it and b)nobody seemed to be in any hurry to get water or other kinds of basic needs. We got home and pulled our 72 hour packs out to the living room when suddenly I get a call from a friend who asked me to be the emergency contact for her 2 little ones at the montessori school across the street.  Twenty minutes later the montessori school called me to pick up the two little ones since they were evacuating as a precaution. 

Fires were within 5 miles away. 

It was 105 degrees outside. 

Even though the little school was just across the street, we drove to get them, squished everyone into our sedan, and came home. Evacuation for a family is one thing. Evacuation with someone else's kids adds a layer of complication to the whole plan. More needs. Less car space. 

Lukas wants to know if his books will burn. His books. I mentally pat myself on the back as I assure him we'll haul as many as possible should the need arise, and reassure him that there's no need to worry because Mommy and Daddy are totally prepared (except for that water-run at Wal-Mart of course!) We've listened to the counsel to have go-bags ready, and we've had em ready since living in Wymount housing years ago, and as I tell him I feel so grateful for our readiness and the feelings of peace and security it brought at an unsure time.

As the fire days continued, new fires popped up. UCSM evacuated. Fires close in another direction. Great. And all major highways closed. With seven fires being fought all the way around our city, we weren't really going anywhere any time soon. Most neighbors congregated at the pool, talked about the fires, and related stories from previous fire seasons that were much worse; people had to wear masks and school kids weren't allowed outside at all.

No wonder the people at Wal-Mart didn't seem to make much of a fuss.

You must know that for a few months afterward, everytime Lukas would see clouds he would call out, "Uh ohhhhhh!" in a worried voice, thinking that it was smoke. A year later as I write this, he doesn't even remember thinking that about the clouds. Thank goodness. 








Monday, May 12, 2014

Singing at the Mothers' Day Program. Yep.

Lukas, ..., Lauren, Dexter,Matthew, Jacob

Lukas and "the girls"

Mothers Day

I love Mothers Day for the pure fact that the boys go to extra lengths to spoil me and make me feel loved and special. Otherwise, I think it's a useless guilt-inducing Hallmark Holiday made to stimulate the economy. The big man and little man sent me over to get a pedicure, which I pretty much never do, so I get bright happy colors painted on while watching soccer and reading shallow magazines. Lukas wanted so badly to bake a cake shaped like a heart with which to surprise me, and could not WAIT for the 'big reveal' the next morning after he and dad baked together. It's just as much fun to see him give so much effort to do something special as it is to be on the receiving end of all that trying. Love this little man and all the joy he shows me in life. 





German school end of year party

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Like Sisters

$20 Kettcar off Craigslist. Paid for by Lukas himself, with the money earned from collecting bottles. 

Friday, May 9, 2014

For the record

47.5 inches tall. Size 1 shoes. Just turned 5.  Whoa.

Father & Son Campout 2014

 The giddiness that fills the air when it's time to go into nature with a bunch of males and bond. Lukas lives, and I mean LIVES for it.  This year was in the woods, but with major fire restrictions; we've had fire warnings for weeks now. They played at a playground, walked around a lake, and slept outside. Jared can fill in more details, but they had a great time.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

7am at the Duck Pond

We took Jared to work today in the wee morning hours, and found this beauty at the duck pond.

Let's Play Music- End of Year 2014 season

Father Son Campout is same night as music recital. Which one wins? Psh..no contest. Camping with Dad. So to end the year, and get out of a recital full of a cacophony of music, we ended our music season with the last combined rehearsal for the recital:


Monday, May 5, 2014

Saturday, May 3, 2014

A Big Scripture

Lukas was assigned to prepare a scripture about strengthening families. He read 2 Nephi 25:26 We talk of Christ.... His biggest concern was whether it was a big scripture. I realized quickly he wanted to talk at that podium in that microphone for as long as possible. I assured him it was a long one and he was overjoyed! He was clear, confident and happy, and very proud of himself!


Friday, May 2, 2014

Compassionate Heart of a Little Boy

"I want to brush your hair...You're pretty mommy! Like Ariel!"- Lukas
(We watched The Little Mermaid play, put on by two separate schools recently---it's in the air.)
I treasure these little boy moments and love the kindness and sensitivity he shows to his mommy and others. :) My sweet, tender boy!
I'm adding this picture from April 22nd when we helped a friend, Celeste B.raun, move from her apartment. Here is Lukas pushing a dolly towards the moving truck. Love him and his willing heart!!