Jesus is Watching You!

March 31, 2008

While on our way home from Moab, we went through Farmington NM. and found this. It is totallly real and I loved it so much we turned around and went back to take pictures. I hope that it made a few folks stop and think.


March 26, 2008

My sister-in-law Rachelle introduced me to this recipe today, she told me it was good, she wasn't kidding! It is amazing. I took some liberty with the recipe and added our wonderful roasted green chile instead of regular green chile and for me it was the icing on the cake. Enjoy!

Amazing Green Chile Enchildads

2 T. butter

2/3 c. onion, chopped

2 T. flour

1 1/2 c. chicken broth

1 c. roasted diced green chile

1 clove garlic, minced

3/4 t. salt

dash of cumin

12 corn tortillas

1 c. cheddar cheese

1 c. montery jack cheese

2 c. shredded chicken

1 c. cream

salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large skillet melt butter. Saute onion until transparent. Stir in flour and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add broth, then chile, garlic, salt and cumin. Simmer for 15 minutes. Lightly fry tortillas in oil, not too crisp as they will need to be rolled. Fill each tortilla with mixture of cheeses and the shredded chicken. Roll and then place in casserole dish seam side down. Pour green salsa over tortillas, then pour cream over green chile. Top with 1/2 c. cheese. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes. Top with lettuce, tomato, olives and sour cream.

You know us...we love green chile, and this recipe is a tribute to roasted green chile!

Do They Look Alike To You???

March 25, 2008

Many people have told Jordan that he looks alot like Jason on American Idol. Hummmmmmmmmm, not sure I see it. How about you?

Reflections of Christ

March 22, 2008

Please take a moment to visit this website, and watch the video.

I have heard so much about this exhibit, but have not been able to visit it. I hope that you are inspired, as I have been. Happy Easter!

A Day At the Ranch

March 22, 2008

Riley and cousin David preparing to fish
Kelly with a mouth full of nuts!

Today it was such a beautiful day, that we along with other family members went to the Escondida Ranch. We took some steaks with all the fixins' and set out for some good fun. Trips to the ranch are always great. Kelly shares memories from his childhood of times at the ranch with his Dad and the kids hang on every word. The food is always extra good, today it was steaks cooked over the fire with onions, avacado and some roasted jalapenos. We also had some great quesidillas, also cooked over the fire. The kids played in the water and fished with the hopes of catching the "big one." We came home tired and very stinkey! A perfect day at the ranch!

Victoria the Photographer

March 22, 2008

Victoria is becoming quite the photographer. She seem to have the artistic eye of her father. Her are a few of her pictures.

The Savior

March 20, 2008

These are just a couple of pictures of the Savior that I love!

Semana Santa

March 20, 2008

In Mexico we celebrate "Holy Week." It is the week before Easter and would be like Spring Break in the States. I love that it is called "Holy Week" because it helps us stay focused on Easter. Anyway, we don't usually leave for vacation at this time of year because our Dad needs to be close to the orchards to make sure they are protected from the cold nights. So for a little fun we left for El Paso at 6am for some good fun with the "primos" (cousins). My sister in law took her kids and I took mine and we started the day at the movie Horton Hears a Who, which I highly recommend! Then we all went to lunch and went shopping. This is when the real fun began....

Since we don't go shopping real often, I had a list a mile long and the kids had their own agendas too. We went to Ross which is always a favorite, and in the middle of shopping I received a very important business call, that I new would take a few minutes and so I found a place in the store that I could talk. Well the kids got a little restless and to kill the time they came across some boxing do see where this is going right?? First Jordan got his pair, then Victoria showed up with pink gloves and finally Riley found himself a pair. They then proceeded to arrange the tie racks into a boxing ring and started boxing. All the time laughing so hard they couldn't stand up. Well many folks walked by and wondered "where is the mother of those children?" and well I was watching too, while on the phone, and frankly I was laughing pretty hard too!

My Mom named them the "three little foxes" when they were younger because they have away of interacting that is both amazing in a good way and sometimes overwhelming. They have the most incredible energy with each other. They are so close in age they really don't know life without each other. They are connected in an amazing way. I love how they love each other. I hope that they stay connected even when they are adults...I am sure they will. I think that Kelly and I are pretty blessed to be along for the ride.


March 15, 2008

We're all friends here...right?!? Well today was a good day in my kitchen and I thought I would share why. Every Saturday I spend the day cooking, baking, preparing for Sunday. And while I cook I watch the Food Network. It is a bit of a ritual. The children and the Dad know that this is sacred time for the Mom. Anyway, I loved all my shows today, they were all great as usual. But one caught my undivided attention..a segment about cupcakes! Horray! I am having a little obsession with cupcakes lately, I have recently bought some beautiful books all about cupcakes. So this was extra fun today. My favorite recipe shown was, Tres Leches Coconut Cupcakes with Dulce De Leche Buttercream. Do you see what I mean???? Can't wait to try it. The best ever is the Barefoot Contessa's Coconut Cupcake recipe, it is amazing. Happy cupcakes!

Sheila...You are a Grandma!!

March 11, 2008

A very dear friend, from "back in the day" just became a Grandma...congratulations Sheila! I am sure that was an amazing moment for you. Thanks for sharing a little of your life with me, I am so glad that we were able to reconnect after all these years. Hugs to you, Ted and the little grandbaby Sid. Funny how a great friendship picks up right where you left off...even if it has been 20 years.

A Very Eventful Weekend!

March 11, 2008

This past weekend was very eventful, not just for me but for some very dear friends as well. Sheila became a grandma for the first time Sunday, Shelly's oldest son was married, Maria's oldest daughter announced her engagement and well.....I finished the 1/2 marathon! I guess I am a little behind schedule with my friends. It is one of those times I am glad I am! Not sure I am ready to enter that time of life yet! Anyway I am thrilled for them.

The marathon was incredible! I loved every minute of it, even the painful minutes. The run was so beautiful, along the Colorado River, who could ask for a better location?! Moab is a great town and we had a fun time together (all the cousins). Kelly noticed that the only Jones' that actually ran were the women that the Jones men married! They should really get some representation don't ya think! I posted a few pictures don't judge...I did just run 13.1 miles!

"Gratitude Sunday"

March 9, 2008

I saw this idea on another blog and thought it was great! Here are the things I am very grateful for tonight:

1. I finished the 1/2 marathon! yea!
2. I wasn't last (hehe) not by a long shot.
3. I can still walk, even though my knee is pretty sore.
4. The beauties of nature that made the run extra special
5. Great friends to share the experience with!
6. An amazingly supportative husband and kids through the whole journey.

I am still traveling so I can't post pictures of the race but I will in the next couple of days. It was an amazing experience, one I hope to have many more times. Thanks for all the support!

"Beautiful Boy"

March 4, 2008

I always hesitate to recommend a book for many reasons....I have read books that have been raved about by others and haven't always found the same excitment..but then again other times I have. I think that when a book really impresses me it is because I am at a place that I need it or can related to it. Having said that Kelly picked up a book this past weekend while we were Albuquerque that he thought looked good, actually he thought my parents would like it. I began to read it and cannot put it down! It is called "Beautiful Boy" it is the story of a father's journey through his sons addiction to Meth. It is amazing! And something our family can relate to. It has taught me that we are not alone in this experience as a family as well as many other insights. is the warning.....the language is not so good in a few parts. He repeats only conversations but nonetheless it isn't so great. So if you choose the read please consider is a great book!
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