Saturday, September 27, 2008

To Market, To Market...

Every Friday there's a Farmer's Market that we (probably mostly just I) look forward to.
Tamale's, Italian Ice, Gardens, Fresh Produce... what's not to look forward to?

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Lavender Lemonade

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When you make a lot of lemonade, jazz it up with some lavender!
Lavender Lemonade
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup (a generous handful) fresh or
1 TBSP dried lavender blooms stripped from stems
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, strained
Combine sugar with 2 1/2 cups water in a medium pan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Add the lavender blooms to the sugar water, cover, and remove from heat. Let stand at least 20 minutes (and up to several hours). Strain mixture and discard lavender. Pour infusion into a pitcher. Add lemon juice and another 2 1/2 cups water. Stir well and watch lemonade change color. Refrigerate until ready to use.
*My across the street neighbor is a Master Gardener. That's really what her title is. She teaches classes all over and occasionally teaches the Relief Society some garden stuff. She had a class with some taste tests over the summer, and oh my goodness-you all must try this. Savor it. Smell it. Love it. If you want some lavender I have a lot in my yard. Come by or I can even send some. Enjoy!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Big Wednesday

I know every kid does it. Every kid gets old enough to be dropped off at preschool, left to make choices all on their own, to learn, play, and experience stuff their Mommy will only hear vague descriptives about. It was a very exciting morning in our house because it was Taj's first day at Sunshine Preschool. He was so pumped for it and when it was time to go ran down the sidewalk to his seat and told me "Love you. Bye." before I had a chance to get myself emotionally seated and ready for "bye". I am proud he was so into it all. I am told he was a great listener and did everything he was told.

Wednesday was also Bennett's birthday. We had a blast at an alpaca farm. Carlotta here was a great sport.
I think I know where to go next time I need a sitter. They could have sat and cuddled this sweet animal all day.

Look at these two studs. They are both three this week and were totally showing it at the party. After eating and talking about how much they love chips they chased and tackled each other all around the pasture. Lindsay had to pull out the Texas sheet cake (so amazing) to get them to come over. It's so boy and a event I've been looking forward to as a mom of a boy. What a great day.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Pirate Taj

Three years ago yesterday our little swash-buckler (what does that really mean?) was born. Wow! We still can't believe it. We knew we wanted to make it special so Micah and I threw together a pirate themed party. About half way through the prep (a lot of prep) I worried the kids wouldn't get into it. They were REALLY into it.
First there was a treasure map from an old chest.
To find a pirates treasure we had to dress like pirates.
After a lot of excitement and "Arrgh" ing, we followed the instructions on the map. At the gate they all yelled, "Yo ho, yo ho, a pirates life for me."
There was another boat trying to get to the treasure first, so they all threw water balloons at it, and knocked a parrot down.
They pulled out their telescopes and finally spotted the treasure! This is actually the birthday cake and the reason we went with the pirate theme.
The kids seemed to love it, which made putting it together all so worth it. Having kids has been so much fun, and I feel so blessed to have such a sweet, smart, and fun little pirate.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

I always wondered...

...what kind of people would pay to go three miles out to sea on a little boat and then after watching a skipper named Chip throw chum out to get sharks to come to the surface, get into a cage and immerse themselves in the same water where ten foot sharks were visibly swimming and eating. Who would do that? Honestly.

I was hoping to use my hair as a way to discourage snacking. Hairball.

Monday, September 8, 2008

She Did It!!!

This has been a big month for Eden. She's really crossed over from baby to little person. She gives kisses, has six and a half teeth, started carrying little towels or buckets around ( with my finger in the other hand so she could walk), pretends to talk on the phone, fake laughs and even says a few new words. Tonight she officially became a toddler. She was holding onto my finger after dinner as usual, then decided to let go. She walked herself to some toys with the couch helping her, then I moved away and asked her to come to me and SHE DID IT!!! At eleven months and without crawling. I'm so proud.

Captain Mark Rocks!

Saturday was family day at the beach. Mark Lee, I mean Captain Mark (according to Taj) took us out on his catamaran along with the Moffats. We had such a great time. The ocean was crystal clear.

Taj loved it almost as much as Micah did. Mark's a great sailor, Dad, and photographer. Stay tuned for some pictures he took of our family, or check out his blog at: He's very talented, and we're glad to have him and Ruby and Atticus as friends. Thanks again Mark!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

If I Said It Once...

I said it a thousand times. Having kids is a great way to do some really fun stuff you might not do otherwise. For example:
We have gone to visit a helicopter by Turtle Bay Hilton everyday since we've been here on Taj's request. Nana stepped in and decided enough was enough and gave us the coolest gift ever. We got to go on a helicopter! I'm telling you Nana, totally worth every penny.
We had an amazing time. I had no idea I would love it this much, I mean, Taj loved it. I love this pic cuz you can see Ziggy, the adventure dog that got to come with us. I never even considered doing it before, but as you can see it was a half hour of incredible fun. It felt like we were on a magic carpet ride.
Don't be shocked if Micah changes his career to some type of tall man aviation. It was amazing and we'll be going again as soon as we can save enough pennies.