Saturday, December 15, 2007


Today was my mom's birthday (don't worry I won't say how old)! She came up to visit with us for the day and we had a great time! I just adore my mom and I can't imagine life without her! She has been there for the birth of *almost all of our children and we wouldn't have it any other way. My mom has taught me so much throughout my life and I'm so grateful for her example. As a convert to The Church mom worked so hard to share the gospel with her girls. She has always taught us to be honest, thorough, kind, loving, hard-working and educated. I have such great memories of mom reading us to sleep ("'s Marvin...") and singing songs with us ("walk tall you're a daughter..."). My mom always has a smile on her face - even when her heart is breaking. It is so touching to see my children's eyes light up when they see their grandma! They run to her the way I imagine us running to the Savior to hug and kiss him when he comes again. I love you so much mom!!

P.s. When are you moving here?!!

At Avonleigh's birth

At Payton's birth

At Laethym's birth (she's the one with the camera)

4 generations of Lathams, November 2, 2003: Dad & Mom, Me (holding Laethym), Grandma Foot (holding Chirstopher), April.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Family Fun Night

So Friday's are our family fun night (no tv - we usually play games, talk about family goals, etc). Since it just happened to coinside with Todd's birthday (the day we get our tree), we had a great family fun night! We went and picked out our tree, then cut it how I say we? I know, we all know Chris does all the work (LOVE YOU BABE!). Anyway, we brought our perfect tree home (and not without it blowing out of the truck onto the busy road - this too, has become a family tradition) and decorated it with most of the kids. Payton fell asleep on the way home and took a nice little 4 hour nap. I'll be up late tonight, so I figured I'd blog. :o)
Cutie patootie, Choochie

Laethym was overwhelmed with excitement!

Chris handing out ornaments

Finished product! We sat around the tree and had hot cocoa (with peppermint candy canes) and talked about what Santa was going to bring us for was a delightful evening.

Ode to Todd Zahlmann - Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday, Todd! I think we look forward to your birthday more than you do! Since it was a long-standing tradition in Chris' family that they got the Christmas Tree on Todd's birthday, we have adopted the tradition in our own family. It is a lot of fun to traipse through the woods looking for the perfect tree while thinking about Uncle Todd!

Are these two photogenic or what?!

Between his 2 older brothers at TJ's wedding

Our "perfect" tree

There are so many things we love about Uncle Todd! He is kind, generous, funny, hard-working, loves his family and he is a worthy Priesthood holder! We loved seeing you in August!

Hope you had a wonderful birthday!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Ode to Parker Farnsworth - Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday Parker B - 6 years old! We love you and miss you!
Sorry I don't have a closer picture of you, but I LOVE this family shot! Parker we are grateful for your sense of humor! Christopher really misses seeing you at family dinner on Sundays! Hope you have a wonderful birthday! Lots of Love!!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Grinch Names

I saw this on Bethany's site and just had to give it a go!

Stephanie: Testytroll Rottenfoot
Chris: Grimgrinch Rottenfoot
Christopher: Meanmonkey Rottenfoot
Laethym: Miserlygrouch Rottenfoot
Avonleigh: Bleakfrown Rottenfoot
Payton: Wretchedbeast Rottenfoot
Harley: Scroogeygrump Rottenfoot
Big Cat: Drearycrab Rottenfoot
Solomon: Frownycrab Rottenfoot

Nana Zahlmann: Frownygrinch Rottenfoot
Papa Zahlmann: Woefulfrown Rottenfoot
Grandma Latham: Bleakwhiner Heartlessnoodle (SOOO FUNNY!)
Grandpa Latham: Moodygloom Heartlessnoodle (YEP, STILL FUNNY!)

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Laughing Out Loud

Christopher was playing with my Crocs and tossed one at Payton - she cracked up! It was so much fun to see her laughing so hard! I got nearly 2 minutes of this - sorry the quality is so poor! I had to do it with my digital camera instead of the video camera!

Friday, November 30, 2007

Ode to Aunt Molly - Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday Molly! We love you!!
So when the kids first met Molly, the girls thought she was as pretty as a princess and Peanut started calling her "Princess Molly." She LOVED Princess Molly and had lots of fun watching football and hanging out with her. Once Molly and TJ got married, we said Peanut could call her "Aunt Molly" now, but she still likes "Princess" better - hence the sign!

At their rehearsal dinner

Just stepped out of the Salt Lake Temple...the picture of Eternity

The Zahlmann clan at Molly & TJ's reception

At Molly's bridal shower

I am so grateful that Molly is a part of our family. She has such a sweet and gentle spirit. She is kind and understanding and very accepting of others. She mirrors the Savior in these qualities so it's no wonder the kids just adore her! TJ - you got yourserlf a good one! We sure love you Molly!

We really miss you guys!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Happy Birthday to ME

On Monday night, Chris stopped and got a couple of pies and ice cream on his way home from work. He had invited his parents and Jess and Cooper over to celebrate with us. It was really nice! Dad, Cooper, Avonleigh and Jessica

My sweet man! Funny story - no I am NOT 34 OR 43! We didn't have any candles and as we were searching for some, I found a #3 and a #4, so Chris threw them on there - he's just a bundle of laughs.

Jessica, Mom and Christopher

Laethym in her ballet outfit - what a nut!

The pies: Pumpkin cheese pecan streussle and banana cream. Somebody had already dug into the banana cream...I can't image who that would be...

Thank you all for making it a special birthday this year! Love you!

Happy EARLY Birthday to Me

My birthday was on Monday, but we started the celebration early when my mom came up Sunday to cook my favorite meal: Sweet 'n Sour Chicken and Pork-fried Rice - YUM! She also made this amazing cake! How many moms still want to come and cook your favorite meal when you're pushing 30 years old? She's all mine - you can't have her! Mom, you're the BEST!

Disclaimer about the cake (because I promised mom): This is the BEST cake - the frosting is to DIE for! Anyway, the heat in her truck on the 2 hour drive over here melted the frosting into what you see here. She was so disappointed, but I didn't care - it still tasted the same!

Me with my cake! I know I look tired - I was! It had been a LONG Sunday - one where you show up and immediately want to go home! Just before I left for church, I had 3 teachers call in sick from primary. And by the time I got there, we had 3 more that were gone! We have 2 nurseries (and 5 leaders) and only 1 nursery leader was there. Also, a lady from Relief Society was going to help 2 of our teachers with sharing time (it was the teachers' week for sharing time) and she couldn't come either! So I did sharing time on the fly and my dear friend, Sarah came in to help with teaching the kids to tie quilts. ANYWAY, LONG SUNDAY!

Payton getting her first taste of cake and ice cream

The kids around the table - we had Coop join us for a little while!

Chooch thoroughly enjoying that cake!

My mom, finally enjoying the spoils of her labors

Friday, November 23, 2007

Good Thing: Caramel Pecan Pie

This recipe was awesome! I LOVE Pecan Pie (by far my favorite), and this was a really fun twist on an old favorite. Very easy to make, so try it and let me know how it goes!

Caramel Pecan Pie

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 - 55 minutes
Yield: 8 servings

  • 1/2 cup Karo® Light Corn Syrup
  • 28 caramel pieces, unwrapped
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 1 (9 inch) unbaked or frozen deep-dish pie crust

1. Melt caramels with Karo® and butter in covered double boiler or in a saucepan over low heat.

2. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, combine sugar, salt, vanilla and eggs. Gradually add caramel sauce and mix well. Stir in pecans. Pour into pie crust.

3. Bake at 350° for 50 - 55 minutes. Pie filling will appear to be very soft, but becomes firmer as it cools.

PS - I doubled this and used a whole bag of Kraft Caramels (it was 51 pieces, but it worked great).

A Thankful Heart

What a wonderful Thanksgiving we enjoyed this year! It was full of good food, great family, lots of laughs, fun movies and some pretty good football! What more could you ask for? It was very laid-back. We went over to Chris' parent's house along with Kym and Alan and Scott and Jessica (somehow I managed not to get a single pic of Scott or Jessica!) and everybody made a few dishes to bring, which resulted in enough food to feed all of our families for about a week! But it was really nice to make a few things and enjoy so many more!
Avonleigh could not get enough of the spinach dip - but only if Papa hand-fed it to her!

Almost all the pies - we ended up with 4 pumpkin, 2 pecan, 1 cherry and 1 apple - YUM!

Good 'Ole Harley!

Some of the spread...

More food

This sweet little girl was just running on fumes, but she was happy! She ate like a champ!

Cooper carrying around his mom's purse.

Payton and Cooper

Payton and Cooper smiling


Alan and Kym "The Newlyweds"

Chrisser being goofy

Chris being a stinker! This was the best shot I got of him!

Laethym and Avonleigh

Payton, crashed.

It was a really relaxing day - I didn't even put make-up on (hence no pictures of me!). But, seriously I was so overwhelmed with gratitude yesterday. My family is immensely blessed: I have an amazing husband (who also happens to be my best friend); he has a fantastic job; we have 4 healthy, bright children; we have The Gospel in our lives; a supportive extended family, a warm home; and a free country. It doesn't get any better than that!

I'm reminded of the scripture in The Book of Mormon, Alma 34:38
"That ye contend no more against the Holy Ghost, but that ye receive it, and take upon you the name of Christ; that ye humble yourselves even to the dust, and worship God, in whatsoever place ye may be in, in spirit and in truth; and that ye live in thanksgiving daily, for the many mercies and blessings which he doth bestow upon you."

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

NFL Boys Weekend

I have been DYING to blog this special weekend in my boys' lives! It took a while to get the pictures off the phone (I'm kicking myself for not sending my camera with them).

So at the beginning of 2007, Chris noticed that the San Francisco 49ers would be playing the Seattle Seahawks (in Seattle) on Nov. 12, 2007. We bought 4 tickets for Chris and Christopher, Uncle Scott and Papa. It worked out well that Aunt JoAnn lives just outside Seattle, so they had a place to stay (THANK YOU AUNT JOANN!!).

Before the game the guys went to Pike's Place Market and walked around. Chrisser was running up to everybody and anybody wearing red and trying to give them high-fives or knocks as you said, "Go 9ers!" One guy he went up to said, "Yeah, give me 5 little man!" Christopher walked back over to Chris looking befuddled and asked, "Dad, how did he know MY name?!"

The game was set to start at 5pm and the guys got to the stadium at 3pm. Chris has been a 49ers fan his WHOLE life (and Christopher shares in that excitement), so he gave Chrisser his Steve Young jersey from back in the day!. Well that Little Man was the hit of the show! He got sooooo much attention that the 49ers Owner,John York, came over and started talking to them! He gave them an NFL pin and a SF 49ers pin and field passes to come down onto the field and watch warm-ups. He also told them they could come down during half-time for the show, and after the game to get autographs.

Field passes, Game book, pins and stickers

Chrisser in his gear!

A close-up, who could resist that sweet face?

Father and son

This is the quaterback, Alex Smith

Chris spent time hobnobbing with all the reporters and coaches...I think he had more fun than Christopher!

The best part for me, was watching on TV as the camera was on one of the commentators (Chris will die that I don't know which one...) you could see the guys in the background near the stands. And a REALLY good shot of Chris w/ Christopher on the sidelines while the camera was filming Alex Smith warming up! It was so exciting, the girls and I were dancing and yelling while we watched - THANK GOODNESS FOR TIVO!! The guys loved watching it when they got home.

Chris said Chrisser was running up and down the field (on the Seahawk side) with his arms in the air yelling, "Go 9ers!" And the people in the stands were booing him SOOOOOOO loud. Chris said some were yelling rude things to him ("You suck") but nothing fazed him, he was having a fabulous time!

From a 6 year olds perspective:

*Christopher leaned over to Papa on the 5 hour ride home and said, "This has been the best adventure of my whole life!"

*After the 49ers lost (they are NOT very good this year, sad, but true - we still love them!) Christopher was in the lobby getting ready to leave and this Seahawks fan (all decked out in gear) came up to him and gave him knocks and said, "Go 9ers." That brought tears to my eyes thinking of this nice gentleman consoling our son after the loss and Little Man said, "Yeah, he was a flopper!" Nice.

*Little Man was walking up the stairs to his seat and a Seahawk yelled, "Hey kid, you're wearing the wrong colors!" To which Christopher replied (in his biggest voice), "That's because I'm a 49ers fan!!!"

*Because this was on Veterans Day, the Military put on a show before the game and one of them saw Little Man running up and down the field and had him come over and march with them (he even put a helmet on him!) Then they all started taking pictures of him!