Thursday, July 29, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
While digging through my hundreds of California photos and videos, I knew I forgot one. This is Emma during the parade when the kids were invited to join. She is like a jumping bean! I like how she keeps going, even when her pants start to fall down.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Any of you artistic, creative types have any suggestions for me??
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Look at the size of those links for the anchor! This is in the "folksole" or forecastle. Be sure and pronounce it the first way, otherwise they will leave you on a deserted island with only one bullet and no rum. Oh wait, different movie.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
So, time to get the family well. I have been staying close to home quite a bit in the last week (and more, if you count while I was sick) and I have to admit, with the coughing and the fighting (to be honest, they haven't been acting that sick, but I have noticed that there have been way more meltdowns lately), I have been a little stir crazy. Would you believe that I went to Target twice this week, just to have some "me" time? Aren't you jealous?? Don't all moms want to go to Tar-jay to enjoy themselves and do some retail therapy? It's so much better than the Lysol, comet and bleach therapy that I am forced to do at home. Let's get healthy so we can enjoy the weekend, and perhaps get out of the house and get the big "Unclean" sign off our foreheads.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
I absolutely loved this part of the fireworks show. It gives me goosebumps to watch it again! The second video actually caused me to squeal so loud that the man in front of me turned around and laughed at me. Nothing new there! :)
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
We had the Iveys and Wilson over, and some neighbors showed up as well to enjoy the show.
My stinkers on Sunday. We were going to go to my newest nephew's baptism, but due to a communication error with Tommy and I, we missed it and only made the party.
Jenn and her family invited us for dinner on Sunday, and her oldest boy was so excited about fireworks. It is a far cry from my "Mr. Safety" Patrick, who spent the majority of the show inside or up on the deck - far away from the noise and sparks.
Look how intent they are on the sparklers! Patrick did get a little more daring when he realized they weren't going to be the big ones that make huge booms, so he did come down a bit later in the show.
In looking at this photo, I realized that the propane tank looks quite close, but I assure you, it was a safe distance away. LOL I am grateful that we had a really long weekend to enjoy family time. Happy Birthday, America!
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Fresh Pineapple Salsa
2 plum tomatoes
1/2 small red onion
1 4-inch piece seedless cucumber
1/2 cup lightly packed cilantro leaves
1 jalapeno pepper
1 medium pineappled (I usually use the canned sliced)
1/2 tsp salt
1. Hull and seed tomatoes. Dice onions, tomatoes, and cucumbers, chop cilantro. Remove seeds from jalapeno (unless you want the heat) and dice (I used my Chopper to dice the pepper and cucumber). Combine in a bowl.
2. Dice pineapple. Juice lime to measure about 2 tbsp juice. Add pineapple, lime juice and salt to the bowl and mix thoroughly. Enjoy!
(From the Pampered Chef Season's Best Spring/Summer 2009 cookbook)
Monday, July 5, 2010
We swam with, I mean under some sharks. Can you hear the appropriate music? I loved going through the tunnel with the sharks overhead. It was an amazing experience!
I like this self-portrait of William and me, but I especially like Patrick's face in the background while we were visiting the penguins.
We had a lot of fun feeding the sea lions (or seals, I don't remember which) since they would bark and call to you to get food. Emma had a fish in her hand, but a bird came and took it before she could throw it in.
There was a Sesame Play area for the kids, that had some really fun rides which Mommy didn't ride. We were lucky enough to have more adults than kids at this park and it was so great to have a few extra sets of eyes to watch and hands to hold. The kids absolutely loved having Tim and Cindy there, and are still cuddling with the stuffy-wuff turtles they bought for them!
I love love love the Beluga whales. So beautiful, and fascinating.
We saw a dolphin and a "Shamu" show, and the whale was so cool. William and I were the only ones not in the "soak zone" but be could have joined everyone else because they were just as dry as us.