Monday, September 17, 2007

what's better than a family picnic with your dogs, a water hole and nice weather? not much. we took the kids to a watering hole complete with waterfalls up near payson for the day, brought swimsuits and food and of course the hounds--jake and max. we had sandwiches, cantaloupe, watermelon and some of the most tasty cookies i have ever made! yum.

after we ate we hiked up to the water and it took maybe a nano second for max to jump in and take off swimming. he was in his element. of course jake soon followed and they had a blast getting wet. then we went up a little further and found a great place for the girls to go in. no one would venture in so i had to go first and did a great job jumping from rock to rock until i was in the middle of the water. then carson and anna joined in. haley of course just waited for me to come and get her, which i did--we made it safely. taking her back was another story--of course i lost my footing and fell all the way in--soaking me entirely! well, that was fun. nothing like spending the day outdoors with your family. i love it.

we decided that we have been sitting inside too much and not getting out and enjoying nature and our family. too much time on the computer and watching tv. so dave and i decided that 2x a month we would each pick a place that was not too far away that we could spend a saturday enjoying some new and undiscovered (to us) place. can't wait for the next adventure--which is my choice!

good news--brianne is coming to visit! i am so excited to see my oldest baby girl! and we are having anna's 8th birthday party that weekend too. so i need to get busy and finish up my birthday invites that i started this weekend with my MAS girls--which by the way was a blast!! i had a great time seeing all of them!! ok everyone--here is the recipe for gooey butter cookies--

1/2 cup butter, 1/4 tsp. vanilla, 1 egg, 1 (8oz) pkg. cream cheese, 1 box of butter recipe cake mix, powdered sugar

beat butter, vanilla, egg and cream cheese until light and fluffy. mix in dry cake mix. chill for 30 minutes. preheat oven to 350 degrees. spray cookie sheet with pam. scoop a walnut sized ball of batter into a ball--roll in powdered sugar, bake 10-12 minutes. now i have a confession--i told my mas girls that i didn't like cookie dough--which horrified all of them. but i spoke too fast. i have found cookie dough heaven with this recipe. even david made me promise not to make these too often! peace out...L


Dust and Maddy said...

IS that the Juicy swimsuit? ;p

And do you have on long sleeves in that picture? I HATE YOU!

Can't wait to see the finished B-day invites!

Shanna said...

CUTE PHOTOS LISA! And good for you for enjoying tree-huggin' friend! We are heading up to the rim this weekend for some camping in the woods and the cool weather! Can't wait!

Kerry said...

What a fun day!

Where are the pictures of the dogs in the water?!?! Don't tell me you didn't get any!

Are you enjoying my Holiday book!?!?!? :p

Anonymous said...

SO CUTE! I am hungry, I cannot make cookies, but maybe I'll go eat some butter! Tammi

brianne said...

That cookie recipe sounds delightful, I will have to try it. I am very proud of you for the 2x month outdoor excursions. I love my hippie family and can't wait to come join you.

laura said...

good for you for making the effort to go out and enjoy the world. even us republicans do that sometimes, ya know? ;)

those cookies ... must. not. make. sound. too. good.

you're all so cute! :)