Tuesday, November 29, 2011

My Sister & Group Pictures

Alisa wasn't feeling the greatest this day, but I think she still looks gorgeous...

Alisa & her boyfriend Joey

The Cousins...

I love how Aiyana and Mason are looking at Clara in this picture :o)

Oldest to youngest...

All of Us

Someone was kind enough to take our picture, but she took it at such a distance that the photo resolution is bad. Oh well, I am grateful that we got this shot.

The One Who Made "Us" Happen

A photo session with my mom...

My gorgeous Mom (I love her)

My mom & I

Mom & Zach

Mom & Alisa

Nana & her first Grandson, Mason

Nana & The Grandkids

Photo Session with My Brother's Family

I really enjoyed taking pictures of my brother, his wife Mary and my adorable nephew Mason.

My brother Zach and his wife Mary

Zach and his son Mason

Mary & Mason



I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this picture :o)

The Timmerman Family

Photo Session with My Family

Dana & I

Our First Born - Aiyana

Our Baby - Clara

The Girls Together...

My Family

Monday, November 21, 2011

He Not Say Hi to Me?

On Saturday my husband started up his laptop and video chatted with his brother Sam and Sam's two youngest, Skye and Kellen. The girls had so much fun video chatting with some of their cousins in Page. Then Dana video chatted with his sister, Carminda, in up state New York. Carminda just had a baby boy to add to the Cummings clan, his name is Jackson. Aiyana and Clara got to see the new baby and they also talked to their cousin Parker. That afternoon my mom watched the girls so Dana and I could go to a movie. Aiyana was playing on my mom's phone and she was looking at all of her mobile pictures. My mom said she knew how to slide her finger across the screen to view another picture and she also knew how to pinch her fingers together and slide them apart to enlarge a picture (not sure who taught her that?). Aiyana came across a picture of Zach (my brother) and she shouted "That's Zach!" Then proceeded to wave to him saying "Hi Zach". Perplexed that he was not waving back, she looked at my mom and said "He not say hi to me?" Since she had been video chatting all day, she thought that the picture was a live view of my brother... What a precious moment :o).

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sweet... Chili con Carne

After much deliberation "Sweet Chili con Carne" is the name of my chili. I know... not very creative, but I tried. The name came from the fact that the chili is somewhat sweet and there are two different types of beef in it, ground sirloin and cubed sirloin. Would that be different cuts? They are both considered sirloin? I don't know... Anyway...

Here's the recipe...


2 teaspoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Onions, diced
1 Green Pepper, diced
1 Red Pepper, diced
3 tablespoons of Minced Garlic (I buy this jarred, it's so much easier)
1 lb of Ground Beef (the higher the fat content, the better)
1 lb Beef Sirloin, cubed
1 (14 1/2 oz.) can of Diced Tomatoes
2 (6 oz.) cans of Tomato Paste
1 (14.5 oz.) can of Stewed Tomatoes
1/2 cup Brandy (it gets cooked- no alcohol content)
1/2 can of Beef Broth
1/2 can of Chicken Broth
2 (15 oz.) cans of Kidney Beans (drained)
2 (15 oz.) cans of Chili Beans (drained)
1/2 cup of Brown Sugar
2 tablespoons of Cocoa
1 tablespoon of Chili Powder
1 tablespoon of Cumin
1 teaspoon of Oregano
1 teaspoon of Cayenne
1 teaspoon of Salt
Ground Pepper, to taste
4 dashes of Chipotle Sauce

Brown the meats (seasoned with salt and ground pepper) and saute the onion, peppers and garlic in the extra virgin olive oil. While that is cooking add all of the other ingredients to your crock pot. When the meat is cooked, drain the grease and add the meat to the crock pot. When the onion is translucent, add it and the e.v.o.o to the crock pot. Set on low and let it simmer for 6-8 hours. This should be enough to feed about 10-15 people. Of course, taste the chili while it is cooking. If you like yours with more spice, use hot chili powder and more dashes of chipotle or hot sauce. That is how I would make it if I were cooking for myself.

I wish I could provide pictures, but when I made this I was making three large pots and somewhere between snapping pictures of the canned tomatoes and using the hundreds of spices... I stopped taking pictures. I won second place in a work contest with this, but when I win first... I won't be sharing my recipe :o)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Travis & Karen's Wedding

Dana's brother, Travis, married the love of his life, Karen, on November 4th, 2011.
It was a beautiful ceremony at the Wright House in Mesa, AZ.


All of the little cousins wore off white or eggplant (purple)...

Clara was checking out the venue before the ceremony started...

The groomsmen waiting for the ceremony to start...

A creative twist to the picture above...

Here comes the bride!

Aiyana and her little cousin Jade watching as the ceremony got started...

Aiyana admiring the bride and wondering what all of the fuss is about...

Trying to entertain Clara with snacks. Neither of the girls could cooperate long enough for me to watch the very short ceremony :o(. I had to step out with both of them because Clara wanted to run around and Aiyana kept shouting "I have to go potty".

Aiyana with her cousins Jakelle & Skye...

Getting hitched :o)...

My baby and I...

My family... I love them :o)

Lorin's family: Joecy, Jayne, Sunnie, Jade, Lorin, Jakelle & Jewel

Sam's family: Skye, Sam, Emmy, Kellen & Tessa

I don't have pictures of Carminda's or Don's family. It was bit hectic gathering people for pictures. The kids were all over the place. Don's family was there and I have some pictures of their little ones later in this post. Carminda's two oldest girls were there and I also have pictures of them, but Carminda couldn't make it because she was/is busy with the new addition to the family, little Jackson. So Craminda, Daryl, Grace, Parker and Jackson were not there.


After the ceremony they put up an activities table for the little ones. They even had gifts for them to play with (spectacular idea).

Aiyana with her new My Little Pony...

Clara all dressed up and drinking from a fancy glass :o)

The newlyweds...

Oh my, this was not what I had envisioned. It was later in the night before we gathered the kids for pictures, mistake number one. Anyway, here they are... Front (L to R): Tessa, Jakelle, Clara & Aiyana. Back (L to R): Jayne, Jewel, Joecy, Andrew, Kellen, Skye, Jade & Gabrielle. That's Sunnie (mom of 5 girls) trying to keep the kiddos in line. Missing from the picture are Kealie, Siobhan, Grace, Parker & Jackson (Carminda's 5)

Another attempt...

My hubby & I...

Emmy (Sam's wife) & I

Carminda's two oldest, Keali & Siobhan & Dana's mom, Lorena.

Siobhan, Emmy & I

They were kind of nice about it, Travis smeared a little in Karen's face at the last minute.

The first dance...

The little girls admiring the bride... so cute...

Aiyana and Clara had so much fun dancing, they loved it. It was very entertaining to watch.

Skye, Gabrielle, Tessa & Aiyana busting a move...

Dana found Clara...

Gabrielle & Aiyana...

Skye & Aiyana...

Such an awesome idea for a wedding. They had a photo booth that printed out 2 cards of photos. One went to the bride and groom and the other, we got to keep. The one that went to the bride and groom was attached to a scrap book page that you could write a message on and sign. Loved it. Such a cool idea. The pictures were displayed on a screen outside of the booth and they were entertaining to watch :o)


Here's our family's pictures.... (the third picture was supposed to be a group pukana face because Clara likes to make that face, but it looks like she was the only one who opted out for the picture).

Here's a video of Skye & Aiyana dancing...

Here's a video of Clara dancing (she's the one carrying the glow bracelet). She's got rhythm...

Travis's friends can really dance and they were so entertaining to watch. I wish the lighting were better, I would have taken more video. Here's a little snippet of one of his friends dancing...

Wow... it's even darker on my blog... sorry.