Wednesday, April 30, 2008

gardening with grandma

This weekend Jacob's mom came to visit and we had a great time. Luckily, the weather was nice so we could be outside and enjoy the sunshine. Vicki wanted to garden with the kids and they thought it was a great idea! We planted 30 pots full of pansies, geraniums, petunias, begonias and alyssum. We all had so much fun.

Jack got tired of the girls taking over his pots and bossing him around so he decided to do his own thing.
All finished... I was very excited for Jacob to get home so he could see some of my plant stands in action. I have been collecting these for years but have never put them to use because we move in the summer. Jacob grumbles about the stack of metal that just sits in the shop when I come home with more, but now I think he will be just fine. He loves it! James was such a good sport. He just sat in his bucket and smiled at us the whole time.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Joni's other friend from Canada

For those of you who don't have a clue what Joni is talking about in her previous post... I will tell you. Georges St Pierre is Joni's other Canadian friend. She doesn't talk to Georges on the phone, but she watches him on TV. He is one of our mixed martial arts favorites and tonight he tries to regain the title that he should have never lost to Matt Serra. Neither of us are big fans of Matt Serra. Go Georges! Oh Canada!

The picture is of Georges when he won the title from Matt Hughes (I am a big fan of this Matt, he is about as All-American as they come, check out his site:

Good Luck GSP!

Friday, April 18, 2008


I cannot wait to watch my boy Georges St Pierre dominate Matt Serra tomorrow night.

Monday, April 14, 2008

adaline writes...

Adaline wrote this in school today.
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the sun has come

We finally had some beautiful weather this weekend! I think it was around 60 on Friday and the kids were in their suits having a "beach party". Saturday and Sunday were even warmer. We are so happy for a little spring!
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Thursday, April 10, 2008

alice is 6!

alice turned 6 on the 2nd. i forgot to reverse the order of the pictures so here is her day backwards.
alice loves carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. that is what she chose this year.

alice wanted to go to skate plaza. i don't know what we were thinking saying yes. the adults were completely out numbered. out of the six of us, only jacob really knows how to skate. i do alright if i don't have any one pulling me over but that was not the case this time. we were quite a spectacle but we had fun.

both of the girls have been wanting to have their ears pierced for years. we decided it was time. alice opened her card and she was so excited. i looked at adaline and told her she could go too. she smiled and then i watched her smile fade and her face go white. she looked like she was going to throw up. she wasn't sure if she wanted to get her ears pierced after all. we told her she could watch alice(who would go through any amount of pain to be grown up and beautiful)and decide if she would do it. alice was very brave and only cried a little. we asked ada if she wanted to go next. she promptly replied, "when i'm in my teens". she's convinced it will hurt less when she's older.

opening presents- thank you everyone!
birthday lunch of choice... bean and cheese burritos. my great friend dre gave me the best pinto bean recipe! it is so easy and my kids love them. you will never want to eat canned ones again.

here it is: *soak one 2lb bag of pinto beans in a pot full of cold water over night.
*in the morning or afternoon, dump the old water out and fill the pot back up with cold water.(don't loose the beans down the sink)
*add to the pot 2 onions, quartered and 5-6 cloves of garlic, smashed
*bring the water to a boil and simmer beans around 2 hours or until completely cooked through and soft. you may need to add more water as they cook. keep an eye on them and stir sometimes to make sure the beans don't stick to the bottom.
*when the beans are done remove from heat and add a stick of butter and a lot of salt(to taste). don't skimp on the butter, it is the magic ingredient!
*at this point, i get out my immersion blender and blast the beans until they are mostly smooth.(i like some lumps).
* the beans are now ready to either pack into containers to freeze or refrigerate. or... moving right into the refried part, you can get out your skillet, heat it to med. and throw a pat of butter in it.
*put some beans in the skillet and cook until desired consistency. if they are too runny, cook until they have reduced. if they are too thick, add some water.
so there you go. if any one tries these let me know how they turned out.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

April 5th????

2" of new snow this morning at my house. I don't know what else to say.