Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Here are a bunch of pictures from summer until now hope you enjoy.

Camping at Prewitt Reservoir

Vander loves camping 

Prewitt Reservior 

Friday night lights (well this is actually thursday and jv)

The Mortensen family was nice enough to allow Vander to share his birthday with their son.

Awesome Ayla

Vander's second Birthday party and Grandma Birdies


Vander and I took a 2 week trip to Utah.  This is at Wheeler farm 


Vander loves football

This is Vander and his best buddy at BOO in the Barn 

Cedar Mountain 

Vanders favorite aunt 

Wheeler farm with grandma 

Las Vegas Airport, there are some cool sculptures I was trying to kill time and energy 

Four Generations 

Miguels Graduation 

Giant Pine cone in the Sequoia grove in Yosemite

Giant sequoia in mariposa grove 

We took a spontanious trip to Yosemite with The Barnum's it was a blast  

On our way to Yosemite we stopped to see grandma Echeverria 

All tuckered out 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Trip to Denver and BIG Boy bed

So last Friday Miguel had a marketing teacher conference to attend in Denver so Vander and I tagged along. I took Vander to the ZOO while Miguel was in the conference and we had a blast, Vander loved every minute of it!! I think his favorite was the gorillas or the seal lions (which he called sharks). After the Zoo we picked Miguel up and headed for IKEA to get Vander a big boy bed since he is turning 2 soon. Vander loves his new bed.

It's nap time so there he is sleeping in his new bed
Looking up at the giraffe
Chillin in the wagon with his new zoo hat he pick out in the gift shop
(Vander is obsessed with hats right now)
Watching the Gorilla
I think his face says it all!!

Friday, August 26, 2011

3 Echeverria's 2 Yuma

For those of you who haven't heard we have moved to Yuma, Colorado. It is 700 miles from Cedar City and 45 miles from Nebraska and Kansas. Miguel has a job teaching business at the high school here and we are excited to have a job and embark on a new adventure. Miguel is almost done with his first week of teaching business at Yuma High School, He is doing great. Vander and I have been here for almost a week and we are slowly adjusting. Today Vander and I rode our bikes around town (well technically I pulled him on my bike). Living in a rural community is different. Most stores are closed by 6 a few are open until 9, some are only open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Grocery's are expensive, and the closest Wal-Mart is an hour away. We are planing a trip to Wal-Mart for tomorrow and I am really excited (isn't that sad). The weather is pretty normal, it was crazy the first few nights there were lightning storms and I was afraid there would be a tornado, but there has not been a tornado in Yuma for a hundred years. It is a little more humid than Utah and just as hot. One of the first things we bought was a swamp cooler. Our new house is very nice it is much larger than I am used to and I need to get some furniture. I am going to hit up a few yard sales tomorrow and see if I can find some treasures. Well here is what you really want some pictures enjoy.
This is the park right by out house, So great to have a place Vander and I can walk to and play. I forgot to mention that we drove here in one day 13 hours in a U-Hal. Here is a picture of my dad and Vander when we first got on the road. The following picture was taken when we were almost to Yuma. Notice the difference.

This is main street, there is 3 restaurants, 2 thrift stores, 1 grocery store, a hardware store, and radio shack all with in walking distance of our house.
Here is the house we are renting
And here is some scenery

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Adventures in Cedar City

We have been on a few fun adventures lately. We went up the canyon and roasted hot dogs and marshmallows. Then we went to navajo Lake to go fishing. We have been playing the grandma and grandpas backyard in the splash pool and going to the lake on the hill to cool off and play in the sand. Here are some pictures enjoy!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Who Loves Aussie Bites?

Vander is kind of a picky eater and I try really hard to find nutritious snacks for him to munch on, one of his favorites is Aussie Bites. They have been described as granola muffins, made with whole wheat flour, rolled oats, flax seed, coconut and dried fruit. You can get them at Costco, but now that we live in Cedar City there is not a Costco down the street so our Aussie bite supply has run dry. However there is light at the end of the tunnel a quick google search recovered several recipes for Aussie bites- so I decided to make some. They turned out great, possibly better than the ones from Costco (because we got to eat them warm). Anyways here is the recipe and in true food blog style some photos. Enjoy.


Adapted from Costco

Makes 50 mini muffins


2 cups rolled oats

2 cups whole wheat pastry flour

2/3 cup brown sugar

1 1/4 cups shredded coconut

1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds

1/4 cup flaxseeds

1/4 cup toasted wheat germ

1 cup finely chopped dried fruit (apricots, raisins, dates, figs, cranberries, etc.)

1/4 cup honey

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons hot water

3 eggs, beaten


1. Preheat oven to 350F.

2. Stir dry ingredients together in a bowl.

3. Melt honey and butter together. Mix baking soda and salt with hot water and add to butter mixture. Stir in vanilla. Combine butter mixture with dry ingredients, add eggs, and mix well.

4. Use a tablespoon to drop the batter into lined or lightly-greased mini muffin tins. Flatten the tops. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 350F or until golden. Remove from oven and let cool in pan for 5 minutes; finish cooling on wire racks.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


It has been awhile since we updated our blog. A lot has happened Christmas,a surprise visit, 2011, moved back to cedar city and spring fever. Here are some picture to catch you up

Temple Square at Christmas- we walked down around 5 and had to wait for the lights to come on by the time they came we were cold and ready to go home.
now on to the Allan family Christmas party Vander was not so sure about Santa but he warmed up after he got a present
On Christmas our family that is living Wisconsin surprised us with a unexpected visit everyone was so excited to see them!!

Vander got busted eating a fudge oreo
Bed head
Adventures in the back yard with Ayla

Vander learned to open the door only to find the screen door locked
And last but not least-- Vander DANCING!!