Take Down



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D.J. started wrestling in February and this past Saturday was his very first tournament. 

It started out early for weigh-in and then the waiting….  and the waiting began. 

So much waiting that our scrapper took a catnap on the floorboard of the bleachers. 


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D.J.’s division was supposed to start at 11a.m. but was running a little late.  Two and a half hours late!

We we’re worried that we would have to leave before he had the chance to wrestle,

which would be quite unfortunate since we’ve sat for all those hours and he was so looking forward to his first match.

But luck would fall on our side and he was called to Mat  #1 within 15mns. of our deadline.



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The ref. wiped them down to make sure they didn’t have any slick-stuff, shook their hands,

opponents did the same and the game was on.


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Those first few tense moments to see who is going to shoot first, like gunslingers at high noon.


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I’m not sure what exactly happened, but D.J. has him by the legs.

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David, Devin, Miss Is and I were along side the mat cheering D.J. on.  The guy in blue is one of D.J.’s coaches.


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Nice lift.  The scoreboard in the background, 0-0.


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D.J. is up three and round two is about to start.


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I know it’s really blurry;  the action is fast and D.J. is working it.

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The red team scored a point for his escape.

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Oh boy, that doesn’t look good.  Right now the score is 8-4 against D.J.


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Uh-oh!  Come on D.J. 


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In an instant D.J. turned it around. Hold’em!!

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Still holding….

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Such a nail bitter!  Keep him down, keep him down.!!!


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Now the ref is on the mat, making absolutely sure.  




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The ref closes the match by saying how he thought that was the best match he’s seen all day.

They all shake hands and then it happens.

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D.J. is announced the winner!  Whhooo-hooooo, we’re all jumping up and down!


The wrestlers shake the hands of their opponents' coaches and then their own.

His match coach said that he couldn’t believe that this was D.J.’s first match and that

with a last name like his, he’s gotta be a wrestler. 

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The winners sign their bout sheet.  You can see the score 4-8; without the pin, he would have lost.

The exciting match erased the painful day of waiting and the ride back home was a happy one.

If we didn’t already have plans that evening, we would have stayed so he could finish the

tournament.  Can’t wait for the next one!   Of course, this is all to stay in shape for football!  lol




Hi, my name is Stacey and I’m an Olive Garden, Zuppa soup addict.


Yeah, I love the stuff.  So much so that I found a recipe and tweaked it for the crockpot ‘cause that’s how I roll.  I made it today and it was DELICIOUS!  Four bowls later and I had to share the goodness.


1 lb Italian sausage

1 1/2 tsp crushed red peppers (I used a leftover packet from Dominoes)

1 large onion, diced small

4 T bacon (I used pre-cooked real bacon bits)

2 T minced garlic

10 cps (5 cans) chicken broth

1 pint heavy cream

1 lb Russett potatoes washed with skins on, thinly sliced

1/4 bunch of kale diced


1)  Bake the sausage until cooked, drain grease and put in the fridge.

2) Sautee onions, garlic and crushed red peppers until onions are clear then chuck in the crockpot.

3) Pour in 10 cups chicken broth, toss in bacon bits & sliced potatoes.

4) Cook on low until potatoes are soft.  (about two hours give or take)

5) Add heavy cream, diced kale and sausage.  Stir. Heat through.

6) Serve will class, devour with wild abandon. 



The fam ate it all in one day, it’s that good.  Try it!

Wild Kingdom


Feeling a little frisky this Valentines Day, Spike and Lucky shared the love.

It was like watching an episode of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom and I just happened to have my camera ready to document the affection.



Like any respectable, gentleman-like duel, the two warriors bow before the carnage begins. 

I couldn’t help but laugh watching them play – yes, they are playing. 

Lucky dog does this spinning-flipping thing around Spike to taunt him. 

Spike is like a lion on the African plains taking down a weeks worth of dinner at a time. 

Check out the claws on the hinny, or Spikes teeth sinking in. 

Lucky gets is jabs in too, what goes around comes around and in the end all is well.



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Seems I’ve been MIA from blogging, though the time I’ve spent on Blogger has made my head spin like Linda Blair’s character Regan in The Exorcist.  January was jumping – dumping –  at least it seemed like it.  So, here’s a month in a nutshell.


  • cleaned out the Farmers rooms
  • cleaned out the game closet
  • cleaned out the pantry
  • cleaned out the cupboard, drawers and every other kitchen nook and cranny
  • cleaned out the laundry room
  • cleaned out the master room  (finally got rid of three boxes that sat on the floor, unpacked for the last *cough* four years!)
  • cleaned out the master bath and nearly lost my life.  (Not really, though the fumes –good and bad – were enough to do me in.)
  • made six, packed bus loads to various charities
  • lived without a functioning dishwasher and yet remain married
  • made homemade white chicken chili – soaked beans and all
  • field trip with Devin to NNU for a science fair (way cool)
  • field trip with D.J. to NNU to see the Boise Philharmonic perform (way cool too)
  • had a baby session to shoot, edit and deliver
  • met with the couple that I’ve been hired to shoot their wedding
  • lost a lousy 8 lbs.
  • finished the 2009 fed taxes
  • asked to be a LIFE mentor
  • organizing the next ward activity (Circus themed)
  • went to an Enrichment that I didn’t have anything to do with
  • PTA stuff
  • played with Lucky (yes, we’re taking good care of him!)
  • tossed my cookies and then some (in no way do I want to go “bulimic”)
  • sick Farmers too  (Miss Is is home today)
  • Miss Is was awarded a Positive People award for being an excellent student
  • fed the missionaries
  • went to a wedding reception
  • lunch date with hubs at Olive Garden where I pigged out on Zuppa and salad
  • custom designed my “stuff”
  • caught up on LOST  (missed all of last season and I’m still just as confuzeded)
  • got a new ‘do and colors too
  • felt guilty for the past 30+ days for posting jack-diddly-do-daugh, noth’n.

Hmm, that sums it up.  Hopefully February will be much better.  I can’t tell you how relieved I feel about unloading all the extra stuff; the house feels cleaner even though there are still dirty socks and Lego's everywhere.  Getting close to “launching” officially.  Today I’ve been fighting with the devil of a registrar and blogger; they don’t like each other very much and the tech guys helping out must have a voodoo doll just for me, I’m sure.  Bridals are coming up – excited about that and praying that this yucky weather will improve, that the grass with magically go green or it dumps a fresh blanket of snow.   Making custom V-day cards for the Farmers.  I made Devin’s last night in about 30mins, including an on-location shoot!   I really like how they turned out!  With any luck I won’t catch whatever Miss Is has brought home and will be able to keep on keep’n on.   And just like Em, I feel like every post needs a picture… granted, mine couldn’t be as cool as hers even if I had walked on the moon. 


Update 2

Me and my new ‘do.


The Farmers watched Willy Wonka the other day (in my wee-little mind there is only one Wonka, Mr. Gene Wilder) while I was cleaning out the kitchen and I got to sneak a peek between cupboards.  This picture is inspired by the lovely blueberry tint Miss Violet Beauregarde takes on because of her impatience.  We have a lot in common, Miss B and I.  “…a mop of curly brown hair” and “talks very fast.”  I’m not sure about being a 10’ tall, 2000 lb blueberry, but some days it feels like it.  Farmers… Ooompa Loompas?  Maybe not.

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Happy New Year… twelve days late.  I’ve kicked off  twenty-ten with a vengeance against household chaos.  Not that I could ever eliminate the crazy altogether, but I can at least dampen the blow.  Three bus loads of stuff have been dropped off to charities and the slow drip of tangible organization is making its way into the bedrooms of three Farmers.  Everything has its place –even my sanity.  Looking toward the spring and summer, I know I’ll be just as busy as ever (which is very good) and the “mommy-maid” chores will only get more difficult to keep up with.  It’s been hanging like a lead balloon over my head for the past few months and I’m tired of waiting for it to come crashing down so my new philosophy on the subject is “better now than later cow”.  Yes, as in “Don’t have a cow, Mom.  It’s not that messy.”   We’ll see how the up keep goes.  In the meantime, I’ll seek and destroy the chaos of the kitchen, pantry, master bedroom and closet to finish my “house of order”.


Today, I didn’t get so much done.  It’s a rainy day, errands had to be made and I lacked the breath to dive headlong into the cupboards.  The sun and the Murphy’s oil will come out tomorrow, red-headed orphans or not.



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Raindrops on the window.


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Splash down on the cement.



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