Sunday, June 29, 2008

Craig's 36th

The kids bought him this bright yellow workout shirt with their own money. They even had enough leftover to buy rocket balloons (Micah) & a light-up ball necklace (Ayla).

We had curried chicken pitas on the porch along with a yummy garden salad. For dessert we had this blueberry/blackberry tart. Both Craig & Micah were disappointed that I didn't make a regular cake. When I asked Craig why he said he was just expecting something traditional. I asked him when I have ever been traditional & he admitted I had a point. Anyway, it was yummy, so I don't think they really cared too much!

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Summer Of '08

I know that whenever I think back to this summer certain songs will come to mind. "Paperback Writer", "We Can Work It Out", "All You Need Is Love" & "Yellow Submarine" to name a few. Yep, this is the summer of The Beatles. When I remember this first summer of Micah being on school break that will be the soundtrack in my mind. He plays these songs every single day. I wonder if forever after he'll think of The Beatles when he thinks of summer. Whenever I'm cleaning, I mean really cleaning I invariably think of Fleetwood Mac & the album Rumors, since that was my mom's cleaning soundtrack. What songs bring you back to the past?

Sunday, June 22, 2008


The embodiment of filth.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Baby Names

A little bit ago Ayla came up to me & brightly said, "Mom, I know what we can name our new baby. Probably Santa Claus or Marie."
Ummmm, oh-kaaaay, great!

One Of My Favorite Spots

Another one would be our strawberry patch. This is the first year it has produced much. We're picking about a pint every other day! Next year we should have enough to eat fresh & freeze for later.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

More Shots of Summer

Best buds - they play & fight just like sisters.

Having fun getting dirty.

Don't you love this bike riding outfit?

No wonder her hair is such a pain to comb every day.

Examining one of many painful owies. Today she told me her leg was about to fall off. I looked to see what she was being so dramatic about & it was a mosquito bite scratched to the point of bleeding.

Ayla took this photo. Maybe we have a photographer on our hands?

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Love This Photo

Here the kids are with Rebecca & Joel. We have known Rebecca since she was a newborn. Until 2 1/2 years ago we lived in the same general neighborhood & the kids saw each other every week. They enjoyed playing together again a couple of weeks ago.

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Saturday, June 7, 2008

Doesn't This Sound Divine?


  • 2 cans of coconut milk, chilled in fridge for at least 2 hours
  • 2 tbsps of sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup of flaked coconut

Combine first three ingredients in a mixing bowl until well-combined. Dump into frozen bowl of ice cream maker and turn on. Process for 25 minutes or until set, add in coconut then process a few minutes more until blended. Transfer to another container and freeze for about 30 minutes to set before serving. Sheer heaven.

I haven't made it yet, because we are all out of coconut milk. Dear husband has been on a smoothie making rampage the last while! I think I just might ask him to stop at the store on his way home today. If you give it a whirl let me know how it turns out.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

What The?

So today I'm at the Y for my yoga class. This lady I don't know, but have seen at the Y, the school etc. comes up & asks me when I'm due. I tell her October 5th & this is her reaction, "WOW, are you like having twins or something?" I assured her I wasn't & then to add insult to injury she asked me two more times if there was only one baby in there. Apparently I need to work out more than three times a week.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Working On The Summer To-Do List

Checking out the Teddy Bear Park in Stillwater.

Fishing up North

Visiting Uncle Walter & Auntie Julie

We've had a fun week working on our to-do list. Craig has been on vacation & we've been busy. We went to Sioux Falls & then Duluth. We celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary, went fishing, hunted morel mushrooms, spent time at Lake Superior & a few different parks, went shopping, worked on a garden shed & went to several graduation parties. Summer has officially begun!