Sunday, August 31, 2008
Can you believe this dish was free at a yardsale?
Have a wonderful weekend!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
At only 73 degrees outside, he didn't get to wear it. I'm off to rest and eat my soup now.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Here she is in her new outfit. She was bursting as she put in on "I've always wanted to wear this outfit all day!" This was a school outfit from Grandma Owie, and she has only been allowed to wear it once to church. Of course Mo couldn't let Sissy get all the photo attention.
This is the lunch I carefully packed for her, and she didn't eat. Crackers, cheese and summer sausage, fresh tomato, banana, juice packet (I haven't found a small reusable container that doesn't leak yet) and a small chocolate wafer bar. She had the Eating Right Puffed Cocoa cereal for breakfast. (Just $1 at Safeway) Apparently the teachers had everyone eat the same meal today. Not sure what was the reason, but oh well, the food was still cold when it came home so Kaia's lunch is ready for Thursday.
Tomorrow Kaia has the day off, and then she starts in full on Thursday. I admit I didn't even tear up dropping her off, and was very excited to pick her up. She was just as excited to go as she was to see me.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Of course Kaia doesn't care about the details. What's important is the goldfish named Norman in the classroom. And the fact that there is a bin of dress up clothes by the wall. She's also pretty excited about her new backpack.
We actually got this at Bi-Mart for much less than I had expected I would have to spend. I tried to convince her that my old blue Jansport bag would work (remember how cool those were?), but she refused, which really didn't surprise me. Tinkerbell was less expensive than many of the backpacks we've seen. While Dana and I tried to talk her into a cool pink camo bag, she insisted on Tink. Which I guess is ok. The pink camo will come later. The other thing she's really excited about is her new lunchbox.
Princesses of course! Now she received a new lunchbox at Christmas, but she found this for half price, and there is something cool about the metal lunchboxes. While this isn't exactly retro, the retro girl in me loves that it is not vinyl with a puffy Dora image on the front. So now she has 2 lunchboxes.
Thanks for visiting today! Have a great weekend.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
We ran out of pull-ups last night. Mo refused to wear a g diaper. I improvised. I just didn't expect him to like it so much.
I realize I'm bending the rules a bit, but this post is part of Sincerely 'Fro Me to You at We Are THAT Family. Someday, Mo will be shaking his head and wondering why he thought this was so cool.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
I do want to share a few recipes with you. One I've been making over the last few weeks and it's a huge hit with my family. I grew up eating cucumbers and onions, also known as quick pickles. It's good, but the vinegar can be overwhelming. The other day I had a ripe cucumber and ripe tomatoes. So I made:
Cucumber & Tomato salad
1 Thin-skinned cucumber (homegrown or english works well)
1-2 Ripe tomatoes
Thinly sliced onion to taste
Rice Wine Vinegar
Salt and Pepper
Thin slice the cucumber into rounds. Put in shallow dish. Add the thin sliced onion. I used yellow, but red would work great too. Sprinkle salt all over the cucumber. You don't need a whole bunch, but you need to make sure each cucumber slice has some salt on it. Let sit while you work on the rest of the meal. After 20-30 minutes, drain any water that is in the dish. Add sliced tomatoes. Then drizzle the rice vinegar and olive oil over the top. Add pepper. Toss. The Rice Vinegar is a bit pricey up front, but most recipes call for just a small amount and the mild flavor really lends itself to this dish. We have not had any leftovers when I've made this.
Homemade Honey Mustard Dressing
I mixed it to taste. I used about 3/4 cup of Mayo, 3 Tablespoons of the Jalapeno Mustard, fresh squeezed lemon juice from a quarter of a lemon and a tablespoon of honey. Then added pepper liberally. I let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes to bring it to full flavor. We had this on top of steak salad last night.
Friday, August 15, 2008
I'm still not sure it's possible this little girl starts school in a week and a half.
Hope you enjoyed looking. I hope to stop by and say hi to you all soon!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
First day we arrived, sunny and warm, so Papa Richard went down to the beach.
Second or Third day at the beach. A little bit chillier.
No matter what the weather it was a wonderful time. Still trying to catch up at home and work, so more posts that are not vacation related coming soon!
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
I love the look on Mo's face!
Kaia visiting the tidepools. This was underwater the rest of our trip.
An otter at the Oregon Aquarium in Newport.
A Puffin enjoying the mild weather. The aviary allows you to be right next to the birds. No touching of course, but it's great to see them up close.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
We made it home, safe and sound, for the most part. My dad is recovering from his accident on the Harley (he only had a broken rib, separated shoulder, and road rash). I'm sporting a large bruise on my leg (from pushing the trailer out to go get Dad and Dana). My father in law and I enjoyed our time traveling to find the guys (they were almost 2 hours away). It was good bonding.
Grammy and the kids.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Papa after landing