Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Gabby's Cooking Show

Here is Gabby's Kindergarten final project. They had to do a 5-10 minute presentation for the class on something that they want to learn more about. Gabby and her friend chose to become "experts" on cooking. Watch out Food Network!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Claire's First Cooking Show

This is what we do when it has been 120 degrees at our house all week.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Sharing the Love

Here are some pics of Gabs giving a presentation to her class on chocolate...

...she dressed in her most "junglish" outfit - complete with "braids that look like vines"...

...and passed out chocolate frogs, which were, or course, a big hit.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Finishing off the Trip

We spent the rest of the week swimming...

...and finding dinosaurs...

...even pink ones!...

...good times! We love our cousins!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

V Chocolates Factory Tour

We pulled Gabby out of school for this latest vacation, so I decided that we would try to make sure she didn't miss too much. They are studying the rainforest right now, so I decided to give her a little "taste" of the rainforest during our trip. We visited a chocolate factory where the Chocolatier taught us all about chocolate - from the cacao tree to cocoa bean to the heavenly dark chocolate truffles (seriously, one bite brought tears to my eyes).

The girls with our own Willie Wonka. We all want his job.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

A Man of Great Patience

6:00p.m.: Let the roasting begin.

6:02p.m.: Aw, forget it.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Hangin' Out at the Cabin

One of our favorite places to escape to - the cabin. This is the first time I have actually been up here in the summer - and it was every bit as wonderful as it is in the winter. Boredom does not exist in this place.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Independence Day Part II - The Celebration

Fortunately, we were in a small mountain town in Utah for the 4th of July, so even though we spent the 4th in the ER with a broken arm, we did not miss out on the celebrations. If you find a small enough town, they still throw candy at their parades! Here is a picture of the troop waiting for the next shower of goods. I was quite impressed - just under an hour (perfect for little kids), lots of horses, too much candy, lots of cowgirl royalty in sparkly outfits to give the girls something to aspire to(?) and no old men in sports cars or local government officials.

And what better way to spend the evening than at a rodeo with a finale of fireworks. Yeehaw!

Learning to Ride with Great-Grandpa

These are the experiences that I hope the girls will remember for the rest of lives. Great-grandpa spent the afternoon helping me and the girls ride his horses. Riding through his land in this beautiful mountain setting - words cannot describe.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Independence Day - CRACK!

And the cracking was not from a fire-cracker, but rather the cracking of our little guy's radius and ulna. We drove up to the family cabin on the 4th of July and after 8 hours in the car, he was ready to run around a bit. During the 3rd and final jump off the couch, the racket in his hand caused some complications and he stood up screaming, ran to Tim crying for about 20 seconds, quit crying, turned completely pale, and then fell asleep in the car for the 45-minute ride to the nearest emergency room. From there on out, as you can see, he was pretty much smiles with the exception of the failed attempt at the IV which he was not happy about.

Bring on the Fruit Loops! (Notice the little bend in the right forearm.)

No big deal, Mom, I can just use my left hand for a while. He really doesn't care. The only problem is that he hasn't stopped being so rough and without a right hand to help stop his tumbles, we've collected quite a few bruises and bumps - particularly to the head - over the past couple of weeks. And everytime he jumps I just try not to cringe, half expecting a second trip to the ER.

By the time he got his cast on a few days later, it was like it never happened. He thinks the green cast is quite cool and likes to tell people about his broken arm from "falling" off the couch. This is us at the pool the day after the cast went on. What a trooper. Had it been one of my other lovelies...I can't imagine the drama! You gotta love this kid!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

One of my Proudest Moments

Can you believe it? I actually made laundry soap. But it was a little bit more of an effort getting there than I had intended. I went shopping for my supplies, came home, and called Tim at work to tell him that for less than $15, I had purchased everything I needed to make my own liquid laundry detergent for the next several years. That's right folks, I no longer have to purchase laundry soap on my shopping trips.

BUT, this picture is from my second attempt. You have to let the detergent cool overnight, so I woke up Saturday morning, gathered my laundry and almost skipped to the laundry room. Then I went to the bathtub to check on my laundry soap and move it into the laundry room. I opened the lid and...WHAT?!!! It's empty! My 5 gallon bucket is empty! How can it be empty? Who stole my laundry soap?! Calvin! No. I'm so confused. Oh, look at that, a little trail of laundry soap leading from the bottom of the bucket to the bathtub drain. Crap. There's a hole in my bucket, Dear Lisa. So this bucket was not the cheap $2 bucket that was on sale - I broke down and spent $5 to make sure there were no mishaps for attempt number 2.

Voila! Here is my masterpiece sitting peacefully on the laundry room floor. As my clothes have come out as clean or cleaner for the past few weeks, I am actually finding a little bit of joy in my bi-weekly exercise in drudgery.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Picnic at Mt. Charleston

We decided it was time to escape the heat for the afternoon and evening and headed up to Mt. Charleston for a picnic. This family belongs in the great outdoors. What a happy afternoon!

We let Calvin practice roasting a hot dog for the first time. Don't worry - we didn't make him eat that one. Although he would have.

"Me big, tough man. Me cook on fire. Me tough when me walk around with match in mouth."

So happy to be outside in a place where only the food is cooking!

This girl never stops smiling when we are in the mountains.

Make sure you get every last bit of that marshmallow.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Tooth Fairy

Finally! We have been anticipating this day for months. She lost the tooth Wednesday and wanted to save it and take it to school for show and tell on Friday. We were able to convince her that she needed to leave it under her pillow if she wanted something from the tooth fairy. Fortunately, she decided that her prize (which turned out to be two 50 cent pieces) would be a better show and tell than a bloody tooth. It's funny, but even though she knows there is no Santa Claus, she is still having a hard time letting go of the Tooth Fairy.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Swim Lessons!

Ahhh! Time for swim lessons again. This is the girls' favorite part of summer. And they are turning into a couple of little fish.

Doesn't it look nice and cool in there? Imagine me standing in the 100+ heat off to the side. I think I need swim lessons too.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

The Garbage Box

I told the kids I was tired of picking up their toys and brought in a toy garbage box. Anything I had to pick up went in the box. Whatever was in the box at bedtime was going in the garbage. Here is a picture of the first piece of garbage I found in our box.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Calvin's Birthday - He's 2

[The following entry was posted by Tim.]
Nothing says “We want to celebrate but it’s been a long day and we don’t want to make a huge mess, and he’s only 2 so he won’t know the difference anyway” more than green and orange cupcakes! Now blow the candles out already, sheesh.

It’s always good to have a few extra hands to help open presents. His favorite one was the Home Depot Toolbox (Dad says), which now gives him the green light to hammer on anything he wants (walls and sisters are some of his favorite targets). Not pictured (because Dad won’t allow it) are the baby blue stroller and purple baby – too bad this boy doesn’t have a brother!

We also had family visiting for his birthday, which meant more presents, more food, and balloon animals! Well, kind of, in the end everything ended up being either a worm, snake or sword.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Dance Recital

The pictures from the actual recital didn't turn out, but here's a shot of the costumes. Wow. That's about all I can say. Wow.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Dodgers Stadium

We took a quick trip to Los Angeles to spend a couple of days at the beach and catch a Dodgers game. Even though we were sporting our true baseball loyalty, us girls were excited for our first game at Dodgers Stadium and the all-famous Dodger Dogs that we've heard so much about.

And the true Dodgers fans even let us sit by them. Although, Cal would have nothing to do with me for the whole game. Sit on your lap? Are you kidding, Mom?

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Cinco de Mayo

The celebration began on Quatro de Mayo at preschool with homemade sombreros...

...and of course not forgetting the Mexican Hat Dance...

...and continued on the actual Cinco de Mayo...

...with what has become one of our favorite holidays.

What's not to love? Music, dancing, and Mexican food! What a great holiday!