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  1. Patriotic Culinary Contest 2011 Results

    August 12, 2011 by sholdren

    I know this is a little late, but I would like to announce the winners of the Annual Patriotic Culinary Contest 2011.

    First place goes to Susanna Holdren for the “Star-Spangled Banner Cupcakes”!

    “Oh Canada Mini Trifles” (by Sandi & Anna Hammermeister) and “American Girl Cotton Candy” (by Stephanie and Esther Fowler) TIED for 2nd place!

    Oh Canada Mini Trifles – tied for 2nd place.

    American Girl Cotton Candy – tied for 2nd place.

    Good job, everyone! I hope we can do this contest again next year!

    – Sue

  2. patriotic culinary contest 2011

    July 7, 2011 by sholdren

    This year we had our annual Patriotic Culinary Contest, celebrating Canada Day and Independence Day! Below are the entries we received. Feel free to leave a comment to vote for your favorite! I’ll add up the votes on July 14th, and announce the winner then, so make sure you get your vote in right away!

    Oh Canada Mini Trifles
    by Sandi & Anna Hammermeister

    Patriotic Banana Cream & Coconut Cream Pies
    by Ruth Hoyer

    American Girl Cotton Candy
    by Stephanie & Esther Fowler

    USA Parfait
    by Elsie McDermott

    Star-Spangled Banner Cupcakes
    by Susanna Holdren

  3. mother’s day

    May 10, 2011 by sholdren

    I had a very nice Mother’s Day this weekend! We went to church, took some pics, got something to eat, came home, and had a nice, relaxing evening!

    The kids and I at church.

    Brianna at church!

    Brianna admiring Ally’s necklace.

    My Hershey kiss rose from Silas. He wrote his name on the paper all by himself!

    After making a lot of bubbles, Silas sprays off the driveway.

    Brianna having fun spraying.

    Brian and the kids around the campfire in the backyard.

    Brianna helping me roast marshmallows!

    I’m so glad to be a Mom to Silas and Brianna. They are my little sunshines.

  4. Happy Easter

    April 27, 2011 by sholdren

    Hope you all had a wonderful Easter this year! Here are a few pics of the kids on Easter:

    Brianna and Silas dancing around, singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

  5. v-day awesomeness

    February 14, 2011 by sholdren

    Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

    We didn’t do much to celebrate Valentine’s Day today, but we had a fun day.

    The kids opening their Valentine’s Day stuff from Opa & Omsie.

    The ring Brian got me. Love it!

    Silas made this Valentine for Brian and I, in Sunday School. The words were written by one of the Sunday School teachers, and instead of writing Mommy and Daddy, Silas told them to write our real names, and he told them what our full names were.

    The kids helped me make this Valentine’s cake!

    Brian also got me 4 different types of gummies (my favorite junk food), and I got him a “Ronald Reagen at 100” magazine, put out by LIFE.

    That’s it for now! Happy V-day, all you love birds!

  6. christmas weekend

    December 27, 2010 by sholdren

    Well, it is now the end of our Christmas weekend! Here’s how ours went:

    Fri. Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve
    Woke up, packed the presents, suitcase and food in the car. Barely got it all in. The trunk was stuffed, there was a suitcase between the kids, so they couldn’t even see each other, I barely had any foot room, and Brian was driving with a big bowl of poppycock on the floor, behind his legs. We had a lovely Christmas meal at Brian’s sister, Kim’s house, with other family and friends, and then opened all the presents! Brian, me, and the kids stayed overnight.

    Sat. Dec. 25 – Christmas Day
    Had a big Christmas feast at Kim’s house with family and friends, and the kids also played with some of their new toys. The food was delicious, by the way. Then packed everything up and drove home. Once home, the kids played around the house, and I set up my new Wii Fit Plus! We were all so busy playing and getting ready for church, that we forgot to have the kids open their stockings!

    Sun. Dec. 26 – Boxing Day
    The kids opened their stockings. Then we went to church! Came home, and the kids played and played with their new toys and games! Silas got some glow-in-the-dark stars in his stocking, so we put them up on his ceiling before he went to bed. He was thrilled!

    Here are a few pictures of our weekend:

    The kids having fun…Zackary trying to pull Brianna’s tights off!

    Helping Brianna open her new medical kit.

    Silas with his new Hexbug Nano Elevation Habitat Set, which he loves, and even I think it’s lots of fun!

    Brian with his new computer repair tool he got from his parents.

    This present was for Brianna, but Brian thought it said “Brian” on it, so this is his expression when he opened it and saw broccoli, cauliflower, and other plastic vegetables.

    Silas with is new t-shirt from

    Brian with the t-shirt I got him!

    Silas looking through his and Brianna’s pile of presents. The red arrow is pointing to his head.

    Poor Rex doesn’t have a chance against Silas’ flashy new machine gun!

    Silas’ demonstration on why Walking Rex and Nano Bugs don’t mix!

    Brian and Brock relaxing.

    Brianna and Silas glancing at Brock, who has come to say hello.

    Brianna and Silas shielding their faces from Puppy McLicky, who is very, very affectionate!

    The back of our car, before leaving to come back home.

    Brianna and Silas opening their stockings.

    That’s it for now! I’m working on a video that will be comprised of small clips of most of the toys and games the kids got. It should be done in about a week.

    Merry Christmas, everyone!

  7. christmas service

    December 20, 2010 by sholdren

    Today was our Christmas service at church! Brian and I didn’t sing this year, but Silas sang with the Sunday School choir, and I played the piano for them. Not all the kids were there, so the choir was rather small, but I think they did a great job! They sang “Away In A Manger”, and Silas did his best to sing along.

    The kids choir. Silas must have thought the choir mic was just for him!

    So proud of my Silas!

    Here’s a video of them singing:

    Brianna in Sunday School.

    Some of the kids in the Sunday School room before they went up to sing.

  8. turkey day

    November 26, 2010 by sholdren

    Yesterday we celebrated Thanksgiving with family and friends at our house. We also celebrated Brianna’s 2nd birthday!

    We had a wonderful time, and all the food was fantastic! We all made different things from the menu. Every single dish was delicious!

    The Thanksgiving table. The sliced bread is made by my sister-in-law, Kim, using her new bread maker. Unfortunately, I forgot to take pics of the table with all the food.

    Silas with a big bowl of turkey broth I took from the roasting pan, ready to be made into gravy!

    The delicious, delicious turkey!

    My “Zesty Festiva Cheez Whiz Ball”. Everyone loved it.

    Here is us singing Happy Birthday to Brianna, and her singing a song too:

    Brianna’s birthday cupcakes.

    Brianna with her giggling doll from Grandma & Grandpa. She likes it.

    Brianna enjoying her new sandwich maker kit from Uncle Terrill & Tante Stephy, Esther, Heidi & Elliott.

    Brianna with her “girl” sock monkey from Silas. Silas has a regular sock monkey, which he loves too.

    A doll she got from Uncle Sam & Aunt Kimmy & the boys. You fill it with warm water, and it feels more like a real baby.

    The kitchen we got Brianna. Both her and Silas love it, and will spend many hours playing with it, I’m sure.

    The homemade caramel apples we gave out before everyone left. My sister gave me this recipe, and it’s awesome.

    Brianna and Zachary in the car.

    Fun was had by all!

  9. crazy costumes

    October 31, 2010 by sholdren

    Although we don’t celebrate Halloween, I do think that it’s the perfect day to dress up as something you’re not, and get away with it! So, for fun, I made each of the kids an outfit!

    Brianna in her Amish girl outfit!

    A couple other views of her outfit.

    I made her outfit from scratch. I sewed the dress, and the bonnet I made using black fabric, a piece of cereal box (cut out) to go inside the visor for structure, and a glue gun to glue it together, as well as some stitching on the ties.

    Here’s Silas. His outfit is Cloud from the game Final Fantasy VII. Silas doesn’t play the game, but he likes this character because he has a HUGE sword.

    Close-up of cool dude Silas! Here are a couple links to what the character looks like: link1 link2

    Silas’ outfit is made of: winter boots, black dress pants, 3 black belts, a long-sleeved sweater (that was getting too small on him) with one sleeve cut off, a sleeveless black t-shirt, a knee pad (for the shoulder pad), a pair of sunglasses, some hairspray for hair spikes, and a toy sword with cardboard and duct tape wrapped around it to make it HUGE!

    It was fun to make the costumes from scratch, and the kids had fun with them, except I don’t think Brianna had any clue what she was actually wearing!

  10. july 5th

    July 6, 2010 by sholdren

    Since July 4th fell on a Sunday this year, it was observed by some businesses on July 5th, which is today. So, Brian was home with us, and we did a few fun things together!

    The kids in their pool today.

    Brian and Silas at the park, with the fire we built!

    The kids and I at our little picnic area. We were making smores. Brianna liked licking the marshmallows.

    Brianna is walking all the time now!

    Brian and I!

    We were going to see some fireworks in the evening, and we went, and there were quite a few other people there, but the date was wrong on the website we all saw it on, and there were no fireworks!

    We had an awesome day, though! Looking forward to many more fun summer adventures!