Friday, January 15, 2010


1. Jaime's Coconut Shrimp Soup. I was craving a Thai inspired soup last night- so I got online and looked at a few recipes, then looked at what I had on hand, and came up with my own invention that turned out pretty tasty. Jake was raving over it.

1 Tbsp veg or olive oil
1 onion finely chopped
1 larg sweet potatoe peeled and cubed
1/2 tsp ginger

Add and let simmer till flavorful:
1 can coconut milk
3 cups chicken broth
3 Tbsp lime juice (I used combination of fresh lime juice and lemon consentrate)
1+ tsp sea salt

Last few minutes add:
Shrimp (I just threw in frozen shrimp)
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

When shrimp is cooked/warmed pour over some cooked RICE and ENJOY!

2. Humanitarian Services. I made a donation today outside our regular montly amount and specified that it be given toward Haiti relief (due to the devastating earth quake) and was reminded that 100% of the donation would go toward assistance. Pretty cool that our church is so on top of it. Also- there is a couple in our ward who has parents that live in Haiti and they were contacted by Wednesday by the area Stake President that his parents were okay. HOW COOL IS IT THAT THE CHURCH ORGANIZATION WORKS LIKE IS SUPPOSED TO IN SITUATIONS LIKE THAT. They hadn't been able to get in touch with his parents directly yet- but the church leadership was doing its reporting to find out how people were and where the needs were.

3. A THREE year old. Dekker turned three on the 12th. We had a fun little party here and he was so excited! He loved all his gifts and was very appreciative for each one. I'm so thankful for my little Dex. He is such an essential part of our little Runyan gang.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Yes, I'm still thankfull!

So I've been a slacker- but its not because I don't have things to be thankful for. I'm just busy getting used to this whole 3 kids thing, enjoying the holidays, being sick and trying to get back into a new routine for the new year. Among all the craziness though, there has still been PLENTY to be thankful for- so I apologize for not documenting them all.

Here are 3 for today:

1. So cute it hurts. Jake is a busy guy these days. This last week was particularly rough and we hardly saw him. When he was home Naomi was usually sleeping, or not very happy. Well, today they had some good daddy-daughter time. First in the morning, while I was getting ready. He snuggled with her and she fell asleep in his arms. Then, when I met up with him at church (he'd gone a early for a meeting beforehand) he immediatly grabbed her and let me wrestle the boys. I had her dressed up in a cute dress, tights, shoes and hairband. She was being really good for him, and eventually once again fell asleep in his arms. Twice, when I glanced over at him he actually looked up from admiring her, and mouthed to me "SO CUTE!" with an almost painful look on his face. I guess she's so cute it hurts.

2. Nap time. Even though we have church later now, Jake and I both wanted a nap after church (last night was Jake's rough coughing night- I had mine earlier this week). Josh and Dekker are both feeling the cold too- so I was trying to convince them it'd be good for them to take a nap too. I somehow actually convinced Josh, who went down to his room to lie down. I was trying to figure out what to do with Dekker so I coulld join Jake and Naomi her were already lying down and accidentally said, "Dekker, Josh is downstairs- why don't you go play with him?!" then realized my mistake, "Oops, never mind, Josh is sleeping- but you can go downstairs and play." He turned and headed downstairs. I know Dekker and figured he'd be back up in a couple mintutes, but took advantage of those minutes to lie down even if for just a little bit. A while later I realized the house was quiet and he hadn't returned. Curious I slipped out of bed and went to find him. I checked his room and the toy room before I found him where? Asleep on the floor in Josh's room. Josh alseep in his bed. The light was on. I laughed; I could totally imagine what'd happened. I'm sure Dekker went in there with the intention of waking Josh up. Josh is such a deep sleeper that he had no luck. He then started exploring and playing with some of Josh's things, and ended up falling alseep as he listened to the soothing sounds of Josh's deep breathing! Maybe you had to be there- but it was pretty funny and cute to me!

3. A bowl of cereal. As a mom of three it can be hard to even get a bowl of cereal sometimes. Thank goodness there quick, easy, and pretty fulfilling for those moments when I do find time to grab a bowl.

And a few from the last month or so....

1. a Wonderful Christmas. The boys are at such a fun Christmas age. It was really fun to see everything through their eyes this year.

2. My dad came to town. My dad came and spent Christmas with us. He's been through some real interesting things the last year or two. I think the challenges have made, and are making him a better person. It was great to have him around.

3. Naomi's blessing. Simple and beautiful.

4. Snow days and sledding. Josh loves the snow- Dekker tollerates it. Jake loves taking them sledding, making snowmen, and having snowball fights.

5. Service. So many great friends and family have helped me out during this transitional time- and I am so thankful.

6. Temple Square lights. Christmas eve we picked up my Grandpa Bybee and took him and my dad to dinner at Cheescake Factory and then to see the lights at Temple Square. We learned later that my grandpa, 95 years old, had never been to the lights at Temple Square before. Josh and Dekker liked the lights too. It was a really special night!