Sunday, March 6, 2011

Homemade Tamales

As of yesterday I am 38 weeks pregnant. I spent my late morning and afternoon making tamales. Jarom is so adorable and wonderful that even as uncomfortable as I can be at times I did this for him. He asked if I would be willing to make tamales about a year and a half ago. He has been so patient and it is a miracle that I agreed to try (as most of you know before getting married I did not cook at all and never thought I would). I just love making that boy happy!

The end of January I was at a friend's house (Jessica Wheeler) and she had made tamales and wanted me to try one. It was my first time and I liked it with sour cream. The corn flour called masa is more coarse than our flour (so texturally I need the sour cream). When I came home and told Jarom that I am committed to trying to make them before we have the baby he was so excited. So doing this for him has been on my list of "things to do before the baby comes" since then. Jessica told me to let her know if I needed any help.

Some of the recipe was in spanish and so I didn't realize that the masa it called for was already moistened (I had the dry flour). So instead of a nice light dough it was a dry crumble. I called Jessica and she came over to help, yeah! I knew it needed more chicken stock and/or water I just wasn't sure how much. I used fresh banana leaves and so they had to be washed and then softened in the oven. Jessica told me you can buy frozen ones that are ready to fold. On friday I prepared the pork in the crock pot. Yesterday I did the dough, guajillo chili sauce, assembly and steaming of the tamales. It was wonderful having Jessica to show me the best way to fold and Jarom was in the kitchen cheering us on (the recipe gave directions but to have someone show me is so much easier). Jarom was able to try one before he left at 3:30 to go on a long run with his Dad and he was a very happy and grateful boy. He was so proud of me. Because he is so encouraging and complimentary it makes me want to make them again (plus it was kind of a cool new cooking experience). It will probably be a couple months (once I have my head on straight from having this baby).

Hope you are all doing great and we'll let you know when our new addition is here!!!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Sunday, February 13, 2011

February 2011

So I know it's been a long time. Now that I can post I will do my best to do a better job!!! The above picture is at Halloween 2010. Loranna is almost 6yrs, Nathan is 4 1/2yrs, and Daniel is almost 2yrs. We had such a fun night. So here is an update on the people in the Webster family:

Jarom and his Dad at the beginning of his 3rd marathon in St. George Utah 10-2-10. This was the first time he ran a Marathon with someone and was so happy to have Dad with him. He beat his best time by almost 40 minutes.

Jarom is getting ready to run a half marathon with his dad in Salt Lake this April. Last year at this time he had a health exam at work and decided he needed to improve his health. His exam went much better this month. He has lost almost 60 pounds and is feeling great. I am so proud of him. He also is getting ready to start new MS medicine this month. No more nightly shots, YEAH!!! The new medicine will be a night capsale by mouth! Now we are praying that the new medicine will work for him.

Mom Webster, Sarah, Jarom and Loranna. This picture was taken 10-29-10 outside the Tabernacle at Temple Square. It's after a Relief Society Musical Festival I was blessed to sing in. Loranna was so excited to go and to get to stay up late.

Sarah is now 35 weeks pregnant with a little boy. We are all so excited to welcome him into our family. Almost every morning Nathan is the first one up and he comes in my room and wants to say good morning to his brother and he says he wishes he would come out. I enjoy going to the gym and getting in the water and working on my favoite cross training machine. I'm planning to make homeade Tamales next week for Jarom (that should be an adventure). I'll let ya know how and if that works!

I took this picture 12-1-10. Loranna did her hair all by herself. She is loving kindergarten, having playdates and is becoming quite the artist. Last week I picked her up from school and she ran to me and said "mama I'm in love." His name is Russel and he told her that day "your more beautiful than anything." She was glowing all day! When I told Jarom he said "if that's all it takes we are in trouble!" This year we finished a room downstairs for her and she loves having her own space. Loranna is such a light and she's the best helper!!!

Papa and Nana Blanchard with Nathan on 11-21-10. Nathan enjoys going to preschool 4 days a week and having playdates. I have such social kids. He has the most amazing imagination and loves to play. He is a very tender hearted boy. Four months ago had his tonsils and adnoid out and he is sleeping better. He is so ready for spring so he can get outside and ride his scooter (he is really fast and has great balance). When I drop him off at preschool I love to listen to him sing his abc's as he is soaping up his hands. Nathan is my little star and he keeps me on my toes!!!

Daniel looking at a book (one of his favorite things to do). He is talking quite a bit now. He counts up to 10 almost perfectly. He always leaves out seven. Just this morning he was counting some cards and Jarom said "say seven" and he grabbed a card instead and said "see fish." We are getting ready to move him into Nathan's room in the top bunk. He is excited to go into a big boy bed. He loves to stack3 or 4 blocks together and bring it to you singing happy birthday to you. Then I blow the pretend candle out and we eat. He is such a joy to have in our family!!!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


I am writing on our blog with my own account for the first time! I'll be able to write here from now on. Yay!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Physical therapist done seeing Nathan

Nathan's physical therapist came for the last time today. She says he is doing great and needs no further visits. Great news! I think the occupational therapist will come once more and then the in-home therapy will be finished.

We had Loranna's and Nathan's first parent-teacher conference tonight. They are doing well and scored above average on several competencies.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Back from LA, everyone's doing well

Sarah, Daniel, and I came back from LA last night. It was basically a long weekend for us--visiting Carrie and Mike on Saturday and Sunday and staying in downtown LA on Monday and Tuesday for a convention for my work. It was a nice break for us, but we were especially glad to be able to go now that Nathan is doing better.

My folks and a neighbor in our ward took care of Loranna and Nathan while we were gone. Nathan got an ear infection, which was uncomfortable deja vu for us since his symptoms started with a fever and coughing (sound familiar?). However, he had not trouble breathing, so we were reasonably certain that it wasn't a return of the pneumonia. The doctor diagnosed it as an ear infection, and he is on antibiotics now.

He is doing even better than when we left. He is speaking more evenly and running around more. He is especially excited that we are going to a second BYU game (v. Air Force) on the 21st!

Tonight, Loranna and Sarah are at Disney on Ice watching all the princesses. They haven't returned yet, so I'm sure they've been having a blast.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Pix of Nathan and short update

Nathan is doing great. These were taken a couple of days ago. He is talking more and is getting better with his balance.

His speech therapist has come twice and will probably not come again since he is doing so well. Occupational and physical therapy come tomorrow. He is doing better and better and even ran a few steps tonight.

He is a fighter and we are so proud of him.