Monday, May 30, 2011

Chow time!

Happy Memorial Day! It is with gratitude to those who protect our freedoms that we toast, eat barbecue and share a free day with friends. Thank you Uncle Ry, great-grandpa Em, Matt, great-grandpa Jerry, all who have served. Our garden is finally producing a bit... Friday Mom and I enjoyed a few radishes and a mini-salad (that was surprisingly good)
We've had another rainy stint, but when you have this much rain, this time of year, you can get some pretty spectacular rainbows! Speaking of rainbows... we got some brightening of our days with some time with friends. Friday we got out of the house to visit with Joaquin and Esme! Thank goodness, we were getting a little stir-crazy, and of course, it finally lightened up a bit and we go to play outside! I have opened up one of my banks and found I had a little over $2 in there... and was wondering all week if I could use it to buy a strawberry plant that I could take care-of but share the strawberries with my family. On Saturday we headed to the farmer's market and I got my plant! It already has some wee little strawberries on it, so I figure I"ll have a pretty good harvest in a few weeks if we ever get some sun! Sunday we went to church and had a great afternoon with Chris and Christina who came over to brew a giant batch of beer with Dad. There was some clever hiding, playing and helping. It took most of the afternoon/evening so we also got to enjoy dinner with them. I was only mildly distracting, but got away from them for a bit to go out on a coffee shop date with Mom... really more of a milk & cookie sort of excursion, which was pretty fun. Today we had a barbecue with friends! Dad did some pretty yummy pulled pork, Mom made a fun assortment of crostini, and folks brought all sorts of yummies. Mostly though we just played around, made a few shrinky-dink charms, fun, food... a wonderful afternoon with everyone.
Otherwise, loads of fun time with the family, we are ALL enjoying Grace's new obsession with books, particularly Barnyard Dance, Jamberry (my old favorite), Belly Button Book,
Brown bear and Cowboy bunnies, but really the first three get a lot of circulation. Grace is also really into the itsy bitsy spider and the tiny turtle song... songs with lots of hand motions make her very happy and I love to sing for her while she motions along.

Sunday, May 22, 2011


Well, awesome outside time this week!
I have a good friend at school who is teething a bit... on me, anyhow, we're working things out but when Mom inquired if I was instigating anything, I got a glowing report from my teachers claiming I am the cuddliest, never complained or cried without reason (obviously I have a different tack at home)... and upon pondering for a moment they did claim that if I have one fault, is that I am an aggressive lounger, yep, find a friend and leeeaaannnn, sounds about right. Anyhow, Friday we went on a nice walk with Mom. On the way back, I dozed off so Owen played in the park... he was the biggest guy there and was super sweet with the younger kids, helped man the merry-go-round, sped up, slowed down, allowed for riders to load up or depart upon request, was affectionately called "big guy" by the kids... as in "Hey big guy... go faster!" "hey big guy, can I get on too?... Thanks big guy!" he was thrilled. After I woke up we had a good back-yard sort of afternoon, playing in the tent... unearthing some left-over Popsicles from last summer. Pretty tasty! My first popsicle, and I ate the whole thing!! Saturday was pretty awesome... Dozer days came around again!!! My first one, it was pretty cool, but really the big kids really got into it. We met up with our friends the Miners and had an awesome visit with them, in spite of most conversations being hollered over the construction din. G. & G. were lookin' awesome and a great job driving dozers and excavators... It was so nice to get to meet them. I had a blast riding everything that resembled slides (repeatedly). We even met up with J. and E.! We spent all day and I totally missed my nap, it was worth it though. Finished up with a bite at burgerville (well, I slept while everyone else ate). Today was totally mellow, stay-at-home day. A few small errands, planting some plants, playing games and doing crafts.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Watch out, there's a new chef in Portland

This is my serious chef face.
Man, can we suck the marrow out of a quiet weekend or what.
No really, it was a nice, mostly sunny, relaxing sort of family time.
Friday Mom, Grace and I picked up some plants from the nursery
and made a quick stop to the hardware store to get some gear to put together a tent!
Easy peasy and tons of fun inside and out.
We had a super lovely afternoon lounging on the grass, picking the flowers,
talking with the chickens, drawing, leaf rubbings...
niiiiice. Saturday was pretty sweet as well. We spent the morning walking around town with A., H. and their folks. Hit a food cart for some great biscuits and Gravy, then walked over to a park for some good play time.
My monkey bar skills are through the roof,
Grace has completely embraced the tall, steep, swirling slides.
We finished up hitting a different nursery
to complete our spring plantings.
Grace fell asleep on the walk home... no she's not just being dramatic here, she is asleep (and heavy)
In the afternoon, we did some planting and played with some neighborhood friends for a little bit.
Spring is pretty awesome, when the sun is out at least (we're back on a rainy part of the cycle).
We had more quality back-yard time
and G. really tried hard to help Dad mow.
Today Dad and I were supposed to hit the water with a friend who has a boat... we were all ready to go in our rain-gear and everything and actually in the car driving through the very cold rain when we got the cancellation call. I was kinda bummed, but didn't show it too much (except with a little non-target frustration behavior later in the afternoon perhaps after having to play inside all day).
So we played leggos, tackle Daddy, tickle battles, and finally decided to make our own pasta for dinner.
I reported to Mom that "there are two new chefs in Portland, Brian and Owen"
though Mom and Grace helped out as well.
Nice and tasty end to our weekend. Ah, and a parting shot of St. Scooter.
Grace loves to feed Scooter, one or two pieces of food at a time. Scooter patiently waits and gobbles the pieces she meters out slowly.