100th Entry

100 Entries!

Shortly after returning from Italy I started sending periodic updates of my life to my following, a practice I titled "Phil's Pills". The title came from a website I created even prior to serving a mission in Italy (they were labeled "Epistles" while I was in Italy) on geocities. I labeled it "Phil's Pills" mainly for the rhyming affect.

The earliest recording I have of the Phil's Pills updates being sent out is from my newly created Gmail account dated 10/25/04. These updates were pretty mindless and I can't really blame a portion of my readers who didn't actually read them, but promptly hit the archive/delete button.

This practice continued until Phil's Pills started using a Blog as a medium to reach its readers on 4/18/06, with an entry documenting my niece's new Easter dress. The final emailing of Phil's pills was on 9/30/06, urging readers to visit the blog often.

Since then, Jen and I have taken turns updating the blog with events from our lives. Some of the highlights include moving to Virginia, a documentary about Jen, a trip to Italy, the Wade being born, cherry blossoms in DC, and Wade's first attempt at crawling.

So, Phil's Pills has seen a lot in my life, from finding my beautiful wife,

Jen and me at Virginia Beach, VA
to the birth of my little boy,

Wade and me before we went to workout

Here's to another couple hundred over another couple years!

I love FALL...

I love the fall because of all the yummy food I get to make. This week I have thoroughly neglected all housework to spend time in the kitchen. I decided to put all those apples we picked to good use and make some homemade applesauce, which is actually VERY easy. For those of you that are interested, I peeled, cored and sliced about 12 apples (mixed variety). Put them in a crockpot with about 1 cup of water, 1/2 cup of sugar and sprinkled with cinnamon and nutmeg. I let them cook for about 2 hours and then mashed with a potato masher. That's it!
The finished product. It's quite tasty and makes your house smell so good.
I also love pumpkin anything. This is a batch of pumpkin chocolate chip muffins I just pulled out of the oven. Is your mouth watering yet? I found the recipe online here.
Happy Fall everyone!


I wanted to make a tree skirt last year, but never got around to it. I have been needing a project to work on and I thought it would take me a lot longer to do, but here it's not even Halloween and I'm already done. I think it turned out pretty cute considering I didn't have a pattern. Anyone have any suggestions for a new project?

Apple Picking Time

Wade has been telling us that he wanted to go pick some apples for quite some time, so we finally went down to an orchard. Jen got pretty good at picking the good apples.

Jen had packed a lunch so we could have a picnic there in the orchard. Wade had a great time with the fuzzy caterpillars. He told me it reminded him of the story his Mom reads to him before he goes to bed sometimes about the hungry caterpillar.
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