I am man, see me construct

“I’m a man who discovered the wheel and built the Eiffel Tower out of metal and brawn. That’s what kind of man I am.”

Yes, last weekend I decided to assert my manhood through that age-old tradition of home improvement.  After dusting off the ol’ tool belt and borrowing a truck-load of power tools from by brother, Ken, I was ready to begin the task of tearing through wood with a table saw and driving nails through it with the raw power of compressed air.  OK, maybe it was a little more elegant than that, but it sounds a lot tougher when you put it that way.

Natalie and I decided it was time to get started on Tateym’s room, and our first task was to put up beadboard.  This was my first time undertaking such a task, but it seemed simple enough:  put some glue on the plank, stick it on the wall, then nail it in place–I could have it all done in a day!  Or so I thought.  As it turns out, if you want it to look good (which was the general idea) there’s a little more to it.  I quickly discovered that to get a level line at the chair rail level I was going to need to trim each plank to the proper height, which in turn meant a lot of measuring and running up and down the stairs to the saw in the garage.

Well, a couple of Saturdays, a few weeknights, and a number of sore muscles later I’ve nearly finished my one day project.  It still needs those finishing touches, a little caulk and some paint, but all in all I think it’s coming out pretty nice.

Heavenly Banana Delight

Without a doubt this is one of Eric’s and my favorite dessert. It truly is a bit of heaven in a dish.

Serves 10-12 (If you’re piggies liken Eric and I, this recipe serves 6.)

  • One 3 1/2 package vanilla instant pudding mix
  • One 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • One 12-ounce box vanilla wafers
  • 3 or 4 bananas, sliced
  • Chocolate syrup
Heavenly Banana Delight
Heavenly Banana Delight

In a large mixing bowl, combine the pudding mix, condensed milk, and milk, and beat for 2 minutes, or until well blended.  Refrigerate for 10 minutes.  In another bowl, whip the heavy cream.  Add the whipped cream and the sour cream to the pudding mixture.  Place half the vanilla wafers in the bottom of a 13 x 9 x 2-inch dish.  Top with half the sliced bananas, half the pudding mixture, and a drizzle of chocolate syrup (don’t be shy with the chocolate syrup).  Repeat each layer and decorate the top with chocolate syrup.

What a Summer!

Many people I know have asked me how my summer was and I simply reply by saying it was the most eventful summer of my life. Basically I went to New York with my girlfriends, then Eric and I went camping in Washington, afterward I came home and got a baby! How many people can say that? Continue reading “What a Summer!”

Tateym’s Adoption Story

We know blogs are meant to keep people up to date on current events, but we have a whole back-log of events that we need to get caught up on. The most significant one, of course, is the adoption of our beautiful little daughter, Tateym. For those who haven’t heard the story, or for those who like to hear it again and again, we thought we’d post it so everyone can hear how this little miracle came about. Continue reading “Tateym’s Adoption Story”


Those who know me know I like to cook, so I told Eric I would like to add recipes as one of our categories on our family blog. I’m hoping to post a new recipe each week accompanied by a picture. Hopefully this will inspire some of you to get into the kitchen and cook something new to share with your friends and families. Most of my recipes come from several different sources such as The Food Network, Martha Stewart, the internet, and of course my southern mother. The good news is, I try out these recipes for you and then give them my stamp of approval when I post them.

This popover recipe is simple and delicious. If you’ve never made popovers, get in the kitchen and make them right now. These taste wonderful will a little butter and honey. My favorite way to serve them is with pot roast and gravy drizzled over the popovers. Good luck and what ever you do, don’t open the oven and peek for a full 30 minutes!

Yields 12 popovers

  • 4 eggs
  • 2cups milk
  • 2 cups all purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt

Grease 12 large muffin tin cups. Break eggs into a bowl: beat well with a fork or whisk. Add milk, flour, and salt and beat just until blended. Fill muffin tin cups three-quarters full with batter. Place the pan on rack in the center of the oven. Set the over for 450 degrees and turn it on. Bake for 30 minutes without opening the oven door.

Jonathan, Jason, and Eric Visit the Creamery

So this is a throw back to my college days, but I wanted to post it anyway because it makes me laugh. Allow me to start with a little background for those who may not have known me as a freshman at BYU:

My two best friends, Jonathan and Jason, and I spent a lot of time goofing around as freshmen (I know, freshmen goofing around, a real shocker). While academically speaking it may not have been the most productive year, it was still a lot of fun. There were many a night spent sitting up planning stupid pranks and other such nonsense. On one particular night, we were sitting around as we always did, and for no apparent reason we decided it would be funny to record a small play on our voicemail (similar to the old radio dramas). We started hashing out a script for a parody of one of our favorite cult classics, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. As production began, we soon realized our small play had way too much to cram into one 2-minute voicemail. As a result, we broke it up into five separate acts, each of which was recorded as a separate messages, plus another for the credits.

And now ladies and gentlemen, without further adieu I present to you Jonathan, Jason, and Eric Visit the Creamery:

I should also mention, all music and sound effects were performed live by Jonathan on his trusty keyboard.