May 31, 2010

School's Out For Summer...

Boy #1 is so happy that school is out, although today when we reminded him about his summer chores he said he wished he were in school again. I'm sure he'll get used to his new routine. We had lots of fun end of school year events including the preschool graduation of boy #2 and the dance festival of boy #1. Summer here we come!

The graduate
Boy #1 concentrating on the "ribbon dance"

May 23, 2010


The boys have been wanting to hike the "Y" which unlike the "U" is really quite a hike. You can practically drive to the "U' but the "Y" takes some effort. Boy #1 hiked the "Y" without any help when he was four so we decided it was time for boy #2 to give it a try on his own two feet.

Boy #2 with the hiking stick he found

Boy #2 at the top of the "Y"

The boys at the bottom of the "Y"

Sunset from the trail

May 14, 2010

The Birthday Boy

Boy #2 is 4 years old today. We had a fun filled day including a birthday party at a nearby jumpy place. Happy Birthday to my sweet boy!

He started the morning with balloons and a pancake breakfast.

Playing on a slide
Boy #1 and boy #2 having fun

The whole group

Back home for an Oreo ice cream cake, click here to make your own

May 13, 2010

Cool Tile = Happiness

I got some tile several months ago thanks to my friend Laura. It took a while to decide what portion of the half bath to tile, but we decided on a simple back splash. It is now finished and I love it. Modwalls has really cool tile and I can't wait to use their tile somewhere else in the house.

May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

I want to say "Happy Mother's Day" to all the moms I know. I had a great day starting with sleeping in and waking up to hand made cards from the boys. Steve cooked the meals all day including a fabulous cobb salad. I went to the Beehive Bazaar the other night and picked up a painting that I counted as my mother's day gift. I was able to relax and I am now looking forward to dessert and something good on PBS.

Cards and crafts from the boys

My new painting fits nicely in the kitchen nook

A beautiful salad

May 4, 2010

Sister's Retreat

For years I have been wanting to get together with my two sisters and my sister-in-law for a weekend getaway. Collectively we have 16 children and it is difficult to spend much quality time together at family reunions with that many children wanting our attention. So, I am happy to report that we just spent a lovely long weekend in California together. We ate fabulous food, took several walks, went to the best farmer's market, and talked a lot. I had a great time and I think everyone else did too. Thanks to my three sisters for making it a great weekend!

Beautiful beets at the farmers market

Salad made with farmer's market tomatoes, mmm

The most amazing salmon that I did not order, but intent to next time I go to Hoppe's Restaurant

The wonderful sisters I spent the weekend with