Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Caleb's Birthday!

Wow...I cannot believe my oldest son is now 9 years old!! I mentioned last night that it will only be 3 more years until he will be able to pass the sacrament and then he informed me that he's only 6 months away from being halfway to going on a mission!! I LOVE that!! What a good little (or not so much anymore) boy I have! I love him to pieces!! Anyway, here's some pictures from the festivities!
Here is Caleb putting his candles on his cake. (which was one of the best cakes EVER...again if you'd like the recipe head on over to my recipe blog and try it out!)
Caleb with his sister and brothers
Caleb posing with his new baseball mitt...he's so excited for little league which he gets to start this year!
He was also so excited for these walkie-talkie's (not the South Africa type either!!:))

Eli's Birthday party with friends!

We had Eli's birthday party on Satuday the 20th because we were in Rifle for the DI competition on the 13th and couldn't have it then and it had been a couple of years since his last friend birthday party so...10 days late!:) Anyway, we had it at a park here in town and it was actually a really nice day!! Since it is close to Easter we made easter basket cupcakes and had an Easter egg hunt! And then just let the kids run around and play. It was a good day, and Eli had a blast with his friends. Here are some pictures!
Eli with Collin
Eli with Ty
Eli with Eliza
Eli with Quinn
Eli with Austin
Eli with Emma (she didn't want to sit by a BOY...eeewwww gross...cracked me up!!)
Here's the gang with their Easter Egg basket cupcakes!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Makyla and Caleb's (and Tony's) Destination Imagination Competition

Saturday the 13th of March was the DI (Destination Imagination for you Utahns out there...not Deseret Industries:)) competition in Rifle. Tony was the coach again this year. Since he is now finished with his masters he had the time to take on a team again and both Kyla and Caleb were on his team. They had been working 2 days a week since December for this competition. They put on a skit and during the skit they had to add weights to a structure that they built out of only newspaper and glue that could not weigh over 75 grams. Their structure ended up holding 52 pounds which I thought was pretty amazing considering the requirements! The only thing I was disappointed about was that I couldn't hear the skit very well. They had the kids in a large gymnasium and the acoustics were HoRrIbLe!! They ended up taking
5th place out of 10 teams which isn't too bad, but only the top 3 teams make it to state. The kids were a little bummed about that, but I think Tony was a little relieved!:) Anyway, here's some pictures of the festivities!:)
Their structure was placed underneath that top piece of wood inside that box and then the weights were added on top. Caleb was one of the boys who placed the weights on the structure.
The team setting up for their skit!
Getting all the rules from the officials!:)
It was a fun day spent with the family! They had a dance afterwards and then the awards ceremony. Eli was a HAM at the dance. I took some video and if I can figure out how to get it on here I'll post his "moves"!! It'll give you a good laugh!!:)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


You know you've raised your child right when they pick BYU to win the tournament championship!! Brings tears to my eyes...you go Caleb!!:)

Now we have proof!

So as I've let everyone know...Tony finished his Master's Degree last September. It was such a relief to have him finished! Now about 6 months later they finally sent his diploma (after having to pay $125 fee for graduation...apparently this is the norm??). Anyway, here it is!

I have to say, I was a little perturbed after reading the diploma which says "Be it known that Cody A. Miramontes having satisfactorily completed the prescibed curriculum"...yada, yada, yada...anyway that word satisfactorily rubbed me the wrong way! After all his hard work for nearly 2 years and only recieving one B+ and one A- (the rest were all A's) and a cumulative GPA of 3.9 he deserved more than just "satisfactory"!! Outstanding(ly):) would have been the word I would have chosen!!

But I do like the title "Master of Education"!!! Sounds pretty high and mighty don't ya think??:)

Monday, March 15, 2010

Eli's apology!

Eli got in trouble last week for calling Makyla the "stu" word as he calls it. This was his attempt at an apology letter!!

(Just in case you can't read it...it says (and I'll fix the spelling:)) "Dear Makyla, I'm sorry for calling you stupid you're just crazy. From Eli.

Maybe he needs a lesson on what an apology really is!!:)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Tony's Roll-top desk...FINISHED!!

So here it is...it only took about 5 cans of spray paint, adhesive, material, and lots of time, but I think it turned out great! I worked up the guts to even try this by looking at the fabulous website that I stumbled upon about 6 months ago or so that I LOVE!! You should go check it out...they give all kinds of ideas and step by step instructions on how to do things. It's awesome! The website is All Things Thrifty. So anyway, just in case you missed the before picture here it is...
Drumroll please...here she is!!

Now I just have to get Tony to use it to write his #1 bestseller he's been talking about doing since we've been married...and get our computer room cleaned so she'll have a home of her own!:)
p.s. please just ignore my muddy dirty floors and try to enjoy the desk!!:)

Eli's 7th Birthday!

Yesterday was my Eli's birthday. It was a busy and fun day! I picked up Eli for lunch out. He had already told me he wanted pizza for his birthday dinner, but he also wanted pizza for lunch, so we went to a local place called Davetos for lunch and he ordered pizza!! You'd think he'd get sick of it, but he ate 2 pieces at dinner too!:) Anyway, he told me that he wanted a green cake for his birthday because they've been talking about St. Patrick's Day at school and he thought that would be neat, so we decided on making him a Jell-O poke cake. He really liked it! (Here's a picture of his cake and if you would like the recipe head on over to my recipe blog HERE!) I had piano lesson from right after school until 7:00 yesterday so I told Eli that we might have to have his family party a different night because I didn't know how I was going to get everything accomplished and get the kids to bed at a descent hour! He did not like that idea, so Tony was in charge of getting our Papa Murphy's pizza cook and ready at 7:00 so we could eat, and I was able to get the cake mostly done (all but the frosting), and his presents wrapped before piano started. He didn't have much time to play with his presents after the party and before bedtime, but he was happy, so I'm glad it worked out! Anyway, here's some pictures of the birthday boy! SO excited for his birthday!!:)
Eli had been saving up his "piano dollars" (my incentive program for my piano students) for a couple of months to buy a frisbee that was in one of my prize boxes. So after he finally had earned it he wanted to take it to school the next day, so we put his name on it and he was off. When I picked him up from school he was so upset and handed me his broken frisbee. It was just a cheap one and the plastic broke and he was so upset, so guess what he got...a new frisbee, but this one won't break, it's flexible!! He was really excited!
We went to Grand Junction last Saturday and ate lunch at a park. While eating there was a man there who had a remote control jet. It was probably about 5 feet tall! It was huge and he did all sorts of tricks with it. It was so cool and Eli loved watching it and told me he wanted to save up his money so he could buy one. I told him they were probably pretty expensive and so he wanted to go and ask the guy how much it cost, but I didn't think that was a good idea...anyway, so this will have to suffice until he earns that money to buy him a remote control one!
After the park we went to Target and Eli fell in love with this piggy bank...he just had to have it to save all his money in. He's gotten quite a bit of money lately from the tooth fairy and has given it to me to save for him and he wanted a place to keep it. He was so surprised when he unwrapped this one because I told him he couldn't have it!:)
Tony picked out this for him and I think it might be his favorite! This is what he did while everyone else was eating their cake. I told him he needed to try his cake, but he told me he would when he was finished with his picture!! The 3D glasses are pretty cool!
I love my Eli and love having his playful and humorous spirit in our family!! He sure can make me laugh! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Recipe blog!

I know some of you already know about my recipe blog and are contributors but I wanted to get the word out again for those of you who are interested. The blog is www.recipestoplease.blogspot.com and if anyone out there who reads this and isn't already a contributor and would like to be please comment and let me know and I'll get you an invite! Or you can just check it out and try some of the fabulous recipes we've posted. I'm really starting to get into it and am wanting to try a new recipe at least once a week to blog about...but we'll see how that goes!!:) If not I'll make sure to post a tried and true recipe for y'all! Hope to see you all over there!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

A project!

Tony's been wanting a roll top desk for a long time now and we've looked at some, but they are SOOOO expensive we couldn't justify buying one. Well, we found one on Craig's list for $35 that needed some TLC and Tony told me he'd buy it with the money Dad & Mom sent him for graduation and then we could use the leftovers on supplies to fix it up! It still isn't quite done yet...I'm going to wait until it's all finished to post picks, but I thought I'd give everyone a little teaser!:) So here's the before picture...stay tuned for the after!!! It's gonna a be a beauty!!

Thursday, March 4, 2010


I have no idea what is going on with my body, but since Monday my skin has been pretty itchy on my arms, hand, legs, and feet. Well, this morning while scratching myself to death I realized I was covered in hives all down my legs and the back of my arms, hands, and feet! For the life of me I can't figure out why...it's most likely some kind of allergic reaction, but I haven't changes any detergents or eaten anything new. Can seasonal allergies cause hives??? I don't have a runny nose, itchey watery eyes or anything else like that...I'm stumped...anyone got any ideas?? I took a picture of my leg and arm because I wanted to show Tony, because he always thinks I exaggerate (which I probably do quite often:)) but I'm not today!! So, don't gross out over this horribly unfortunate arm & leg!:)
(I decided against posting the picture of my leg...although the hives are worse there...my leg is VERY white, pasty, and ugly...and I'm a little self-conscious about it!!
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Monday, March 1, 2010

My toothless wonder!

In the span of 3 weeks Eli has lost 3 teeth and has another front tooth that is loose and soon to come out! He gets so excited and wants to pull them out himself, and then every morning after the tooth fairy comes he gives me his money to keep safe because he's saving it so he can buy something special...don't know what it is but I'm sure he'll let me know!:) Anyway, here's some pictures of my little Eli!
This is Eli's front tooth ALMOST out!
And here's the final product...2 bottom teeth missing and one front tooth! What a cheeser!!!:)