Sunday, July 8, 2012

Girls Camp and Thoughts on Babies

When we moved back into the El Dorado Ward, I'll have to admit, I was sad. Not because I didn't like El Dorado, but because I loved Brookside Ward and especially my calling in YW. Apparently, Heavenly Father knows that though because I got the exact same calling when we moved into the El Dorado Ward that I had in Brookside! I could not be happier and am loving all of these girls and the women I serve with so much! 
Archery was definitely a highlight for me and even more than that, being there to hear the girls' bare testimony of gospel truths they have learned along the way. I am always impressed at the wisdom in these young girls. I think I get so much more from them than they get from me. Again, I am soooo grateful to be working with the Young Women.
I was barely gone more than 30 hours, but oh, how I missed my boys. Landon greeted me with an excited hug and kiss when I got home. Harper didn't even get up from his chicken nuggets, so I headed over to the table to give him a kiss. He said, "No kiss me! I sitting with Daddy!" I was shocked! I expected him to miss me the most. 

I was wiped out, so last night I put them to bed early. Harper crashed and Landon stayed awake lying next to me for several hours asking question after question, like really deep questions for a four year old. He surprised me with his maturity.  I was thankful for an opportunity to have a long, uninterrupted conversation with him, based mostly upon his thoughts and interests. Normally, I'd shush him by 9:30, but we laid in bed and talked until half past 11. He talked a lot about babies... here's where it started:

It's kind of funny-- a few months ago, we were at the veggie park for a play date, and Landon told my friends, "My mommy gonna have a baby, and it's a girl!" 

My friends looked at me shocked and as they were about to question/congratulate me, I had to correct him. Nooo, I'm not pregnant. Not even close. Maybe a food baby, but that's about it. Of course, Luisa wasn't going to miss an opportunity to have fun with this though. She asked Landon what the baby's name was, patting my belly. He didn't hesitate to respond with, "Rainbow!"

So, that's when it started. The last few weeks, he has mentioned "Rainbow" at least every other day, even praying for her, marching into my room unannounced telling me we need to get baby girl clothes, and asking to get her a bow headband in every color. One night, I told him, "You know Landon, we may not have another baby for a long while, and if we do, we don't get to pick if it's a girl or boy."

He said, "We'll have a boy, too. Two babies". I asked him what we would name the boy (because the name Rainbow just cracked me up). He thought for a minute, very seriously, and said, "Ayson!" He's never even met an Ayson, so, for coming up with it himself, I think it's pretty cool name. 

Tonight, he told me that Rainbow is going to come first, then "it's Ayson's turn to get in your belly". He also told me that he wasn't going to be big like daddy, but that he would be a little bit taller than Rainbow. He said, "I'll be a little taller than Rainbow, Harper will be tall, and Ayson will be short".

I don't expect anyone to be reading this far along into the post, but I wanted to write this down just in case, our future ends up looking like this.

Anthony and I weren't planning on having another child for a few years. We always talked about having 3-4, but there was no rush. Some of our friends had 2 close in age, then waited 6 years to get pregnant with their third. We thought that was a pretty good idea. Then we thought of adoption. We signed on with an adoption agency in our county, were assigned a worker who we met with, and started the mounds of paper work, knowing it would probably be a few years before we were to adopt. About a week ago, our worker called me and asked how the paper work was coming along. I told her we were working on it, slowly but surely, and that we were also interested in becoming foster parents, so that if we needed to adopt a child through foster care, there would be less transitions for him/her. Even though this agency works hand in hand with foster care, I think she took it the wrong way, and sent me a letter saying that our case had been dropped, per our request, but to contact her if we change our mind. Major miscommunication. But lately, I have felt like maybe we should just have our next child naturally. As much as I wanted to and planned to adopt, that may not be the right plan for our family right now. 

So, what to do? I've been praying, a LOT. I've fasted. I'm still not sure what the next step is, but cannot stop thinking about having another baby. Some call it baby hungry or baby fever. I don't know if that's it or if it's a spiritual prompting to have another child. What do you think? Have you been "baby hungry" before? Does it just go away? Or do those feelings get stronger and stronger until you have a baby? I've told myself, we can't even try for another until I'm 100% okay with having three boys, because that's a huge possibility. I'm hoping Landon's right about a girl-- but I don't think we'll be naming her Rainbow.

Oh, yeah and Landon learned to write his name today. :)

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Water Balloons and Sprinklers

I can't believe how long it's been since I've blogged! This is the longest I have gone without blogging since I started in 2008. Yikes. Well, we have been pretty busy this Summer. We moved into a house in April, so we finally have a backyard and the boys are loving every minute of it! 

This morning we filled up some water balloons, carefully leaving half the package untouched for when friends want to join us! Because this is a TON of fun. 

 Here are Harper's expressions after I told him to throw the balloon at Landon:
 First: "Whaaat?" Then: "Oh, yeah!"

 Unfortunately, Landon gave him the first hit, but don't worry- Harper got him later!
 Then this evening, we played in the sprinklers.
 Landon had so much fun, so much that I'm hoping he'll go to bed real easy tonight.
 Harper ran through once, then observed for the rest of the time. 
 Then I came inside to do some work, leaving them to play.
Here's what I found when I asked them to come in for dinner:
Then they had a bath
(how most adventures end in the Matthew's house).

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Sugar Free Oat Drop Cookies

While I have a few minutes to blog, I had to post my favorite sugarless recipe, so far. They're also perfect for someone with allergies because they can be gluten free and do not contain eggs. Intriguing, right? You can't stop at just one of these. I dare you to try. And FYI, the dough is just as good as the cookie. The best part, these are so healthy, you could eat them for breakfast! Now who doesn't want to eat cookies for breakfast? 

Sugar Free Oat Drop Cookies
(adapted from this recipe)

1 1/2 cups regular rolled oats
1 cup coconut flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/4 cup of almond meal or flour
1/2 cup mixed nuts, finely chopped
1 cup dried fruit (I used raisins and craisins)

3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 325F. Grease baking sheet.

In a large bowl, combine rolled oats, almond meal or flour, mixed nuts and coconut flakes. Stir in allspice and cinnamon. Add dried fruit and stir until well and evenly mixed. Make sure the dried fruit do not stick together in big batches.
In another bowl, combine canola oil, mashed banana and vanilla extract. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and stir until well combined.

Place on baking sheet 2 inches apart in one inch balls, slightly flattened. Bake for about 20 minutes or until edges are golden brown.

Makes about 2 dozen. Enjoy. :)

No Sugar | Day 12 | Delectable Whole Wheat Sugarless Carrot Cake

Hi, my name is Kali, and I am a sugar addict. Seriously. Studies have shown that refined sugar can be addictive. It triggers the same parts of the brain as cocaine. Scary, especially for people with a genetic predisposition to addiction.

I'm thrilled because I did not think I could do this and honestly, didn't know if I even wanted to. I haven't had sugar in 12 days! You may not think that's a big deal, but this is coming from someone who hasn't gone a day without sugar in probably her entire life. I'm hoping to abstain for at least a month, then I'll decide if I want to adopt it as permanent lifestyle change, because it is a lifestyle change. I've had to become a constant label reader and the stuff is in practically everything.

Days 3-8 were the hardest. Killer headaches, massive fatigue, and unyielding cravings. But I'm happy to report, I stuck to my resolve.

One of the huge benefits that has come from quitting, is all I've learned about substituting sugar with natural sweeteners, like bananas and pineapple, honey and applesauce. I love to bake and haven't felt cheated at all. 

Now to the point of the post, introducing:
The Delectable Whole Wheat Sugarless Carrot Cake
(adapted from this recipe here)
photo © Kali Matthews Photography

  • cups white whole wheat flour
  • teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • teaspoon salt
  • teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • eggs
  • cups grated carrots
  • cup unsweetened crushed canned pineapple , drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  1. 1
    Combine dry ingredients.
  2. 2
    Add oil, vanilla, honey, and eggs; mix well.
  3. 3
    Stir in remaining 3 ingredients.
  4. 4
    Bake in two greased 9-inch cake layer pans for 35-40 minutes at 350 degrees.
  5. 5
    Cool in pans several minutes, then remove from pans and cool completely on wire rack.
  6. 6
    You can also bake this in a 9x13 pan as a sheet cake -- just as good, and easier than frosting a layer cake!
I whipped up a delicious sugar free cream cheese frosting using these ingredients:

8 oz of cream cheese, 3 tablespoons of butter, 2 teaspoons vanilla, 2 tablespoons of honey, and 6 packets of stevia. Just throw them in a mixing bowl and use a hand mixer to whip.

 It also helps to have an enthusiastic three year old co-baker on hand for entertainment purposes. The boys and I absolutely loved this cake, and I will definitely be making it again.

Monday, January 2, 2012

photo a day challenge (intro & days 1-2)

I'm participating in a photo challenge issued by Chantelle at fatmumslim. I think it will be a fun way to start off the new year, get my creative juices flowing, and document the little things that go on in our life.

I'll try to get out my nikon for most of the photos, but I'm pretty sure lots of days, I'll be posting pictures from my trusty little iphone.

You can follow me right here on my blog or on Instagram, username kalisarah88.

Join in? (: The party just started yesterday, so you don't have too much to catch up on. The details are on Chantelle's blog here.

Day 1: me (taken w/ iphone)

Day 2: breakfast (taken with nikon)
lowfat vanilla yogurt, walnuts, a dash of honey bunches of oats, raisins, and green apples. 
easy and de-lish.