Thursday, July 31, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
We love summer!
Friday, July 25, 2008
Here's a different view. To the right are the crazy virus-like cantaloupe. It's growing up the fence, in between all the sunflowers, it's huge. In between the zucchini and the cantaloupe are tomatoes. We started them a little late so they are just flowering and not so huge yet. The garden doesn't look quite as hilarious as it did when we had the fence around it. We were trying to keep the rabbits out and it was so funny trying to keep all the plants in. Turns out the bunnies were getting in anyway, so we ditched the fence. I do have to say that we have been pleased with our first attempt at gardening. Our planning was poor, but things are growing and we are so grateful to have food to eat from our own yard.
I'm not much of a take a picture of your dinner for the blog type, mostly because I really don't cook that well, nothing is very noteworthy. However, I did make this loaf of bread yesterday and was very impressed with how it turned out and thought I would share. It's a recipe from this book. Yep it's the end of July and we had homemade bread with soup for dinner. It's OK to sweat while you eat right?
Friday, July 18, 2008
Other than that, we are just trying to stay cool and keep busy! We love summer!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
- Getting out of debt. Unfortunately this isn't going as well as I would like. Don't get me wrong, it's not really any worse, just not as good. See the problem is that I like to go out to eat, way too much. It's gets me into trouble. Roger and I were talking the other day and we think we are doing better than we were a year ago and as it stands today, I haven't been out to eat this week (hey, come on, I'm into small milestones OK?)
- getting healthy. I really wanted to lost 40 lbs this year and so far I'm up 10. That could be because I'm pregnant though and not really because I'm that unhealthy. Granted I could be doing better, I have such a sweet tooth, but I'm feeling recommitted to working hard at health, because not only do I benefit, but so does the new baby.
- Gardening. If I had to sum our garden up in one word it would be hilarious. Wait you don't associate humor with your garden? Well then you must be doing something right. We were so excited that we planted way too much stuff in a really small space. Did you know that zucchini plants get HUGE? They have taken over everything. They are almost as bad as the cantaloupe. It's like a rapidly spreading virus or something, it's everywhere. I was going to take a picture, but it's really too embarrassing to share. I will however, share this photo of our first zucchini, I think I let them get too big, but they'll be alright. Yes, Avery, they make me a little nervous too.
- Being prepared. This is actually going better than I thought. I managed to get our 72 hour kits together. I just need to rotate them now. I also got this cool plan for building up to a three month food storage. We also started a canning class at church. So far we have only made strawberry jam and man it's good. I haven't done that much canning so I'm really excited about learning as much as I can about it.
- Building a strong family. It's always hard to tell how that's going, but we are healthy, happy and trying our best to spend good quality family time together.
How are your resolutions going?
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Oh, they're excited for the show to start.
Friday came and we wanted to try to go down to Pittsburgh to see the fireworks. What's great about Pittsburgh, is that there was all kinds of entertainment going on on the rivers before it got dark. We went down at about 5 and found a place on the grass to sit. It was a little bit rainy, but we were prepared. Because it was a little bit rainy the crowd was sparse. We didn't really know where to go, so we just picked a spot on the North Shore. As it turned out, we couldn't have picked a better spot. The finals of a formula one race was right in front of us. We sat right by turn one and two. It was such an exciting race to watch. Then we had some time to wait before the fireworks started. The girls were so good and for the most part were content to people watch. We brought glow sticks and that kept them occupied for probably an hour. When it was time for the fireworks, again, we couldn't have picked a better spot. The barge where the fireworks are detonated from was docked right across the river from us. It was so exciting. What's so great about the girls is they are at the best ages right now that it's actually fun to go do things like this. It doesn't feel like a marathon, or a rodeo (all the wrangling) or even a wrestling match. We had such a great time and hopefully I'll have the guts to do it again next year!
Ashby with her glow sticks.
Avery doing a fine job modeling her glow bracelets. It wouldn't be a holiday without Kool-aid mustaches would it? In this case it's Strawberry crystal light mustaches, but the result was just as good.
Roger and I waiting for the fireworks to start. I don't ever remember having to wear a jacket on the Fourth, I loved it!