Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Wow... It's been a year sense I have updated this blog.. It's time to get back on track and hopefully I will be able to update on a regular basics..

January 2011

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

I took some fun pictures of the kids in front of this really nice house one Sunday afternoon.. I think they turned out pretty good..

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Homemade Tamales

Christine and I have been talking about making tamales for years now, but have never attempted it (she made green chili ones a couple nights ago that were very yummy).. So last night we decided to try the red chili ones! Christine got this recipe from her grandma Kippy. In this recipe there is not to many ingredients just very time consuming. Mark's sister Sara joined us. I have to say for my first tamale making experience they turned out really good. They can only get better from here! It took us 3 1/2 hours to make around 6 dozen. I want to try green chili next time and maybe even a desert tamale some day.. YUMMY
Look at all that lard
Mixing the masa
It's easier to use your (clean) hands!
Christine put the traditional green olives in hers.. I left that part out LOL!!
Spreading the masa on the cornhusk (this was the trickiest part) if it's to dry it won't spread so getting it just wet enough was the key

Placing the meat on after you spread the masa over the cornhusk then you fold it up!
Steaming the tamales for 45 mins.
Very tasty!!! (Ally ate 3 and I think Georgie had 4) if the kids like them they must be pretty good!!

Friday, December 26, 2008

The Day After

Christmas afternoon it started to snow. We were all so excited, it doesn't snow in Safford very often. It continued to snow all afternoon, but didn't stick until the next morning.
This is what we woke up to the next morning.. Not much, but just enough to play in and take some pretty pictures. This picture was taken off my mom and dads porch looking across the street.
Simon and the kids having a snowball fight in the back yard
The kids are sticking there tongues out trying to catch some snow..
Mandy, Me and Tracy in the snow! (my sisters)
It just started to snow and it was COLD!!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas 2008

This year for Christmas it was our turn to spend with my family. Christmas morning about 6:30am Tyler crawls into our bed. I asked him if Santa came and he said "yeah mom, we really hit the jackpot this year" hehe I thought that was so cute. Tyler went and woke Ally and NIk up and we began to opened presents and one of them was the Wii and some fun games to go along, they were SO excited about that. It was a great start to Christmas day all the kids were happy! We then packed up the car and as we are getting ready to leave Mandy my sister calls and says "bring the Wii to moms". So we through it in the car and headed to my moms. Once we got there the kids discovered some more presents. The kids got rock band to go along with the wii! That game is so much fun, they all get to play a part which is very nice.. Simon got his annual AMC movie card that he looks forward to every year and I am trying to decide what to buy with my gift from mom and dad.. I am really thinking it might be a GPS system.. Thank you mom and dad for everything!

Mandy and David were already there and shortly after Tracy and her family arrived. The next morning my Grandma, Aunt Sheryl and Brittany arrived. It was very nice to see everyone and we all had nice time visiting with everyone and the kids played good which is a bonus! Of course we ate lots of holiday food and played a lot of Rock band. Mandy's boyfriend David and Tyler got along pretty good with all the video games and Davids magic tricks.. We had a wonderful Christmas 2008
One of the many games the kids got for Christmas!

Mandy and her new purse

Look at that Mess! Merry Christmas

More Christmas Pictures

Checking out the presents

The mess
Ty's Ripstick
Nik's scooter
Ally's pet shop planner

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve Santa came to visit all the Gustafson grand kids at grandma and grandpas house!
He brought all the kids stockings full of goodies. After Santa left we had some yummy food and visited with the family.

Ally and Santa
Santa and Tyler
Santa and Nik
Off goes Santa to the next house!

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