Monday, April 26, 2010

Sundays, the New Saturday

I am in big time love with Sundays. I used to feel a let down come Sunday afternoon when all was said and done but now they feel...different.

What could be better? You got Mass with the family, loads of coffee and now longer daylight to have that much more crammed in. Gardening, running, and biking- just being outside. We filled two bins with overgrown yard-the garden is almost cleared and ready, yay!

And now my favorite new thing...the Sunday afternoon escape with my husband. Right up the street from us is an old tavern (known to host one talented cutie, Dave Matthews)nestled right in with the houses. Our new tradition is a good one- bike up for an ice cold Mac & Jacks and watch the boats go by. An hour later and totally refreshed and relaxed we bike back to grill with the kids. Sundays are good, no?
Not too shabby of a place for a ballgame.

Rumor has it this is an old brothel that catered to boat business across the lake. Creepy.

Alas, my cold one. We plugged in a few songs on the jukebox and put our feet up. Looking forward to Sundays...

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Mulchin' with the Corps

I had the pleasure of working with Earth Corps yesterday at a local island park. I had no idea I was in for such a bootcamp style butt whooping- up and down that hill over and over with bucket loads of mulch. In between sprinkles of rain and sweet sunshine we filled in lots of eroding land and learned about those pesky invasive plants. (I can't stand blackberry scrapes!)

This hill just kept going on down to the lake. My legs are VERY sore today.

I loved the whole experience and I adored Moses, our soft spoken, smiling guide from Kenya who can't wait to see his new nephew after being gone two years to the states.
Awesome way to spend the afternoon- I recommend looking them up and volunteering. it's a refreshing change (and a fabulous workout).

Some of our troop and parents and some randoms, don't you love randoms?

Thursday, April 22, 2010


Happy Earth Day all you tree huggers! Although the earth has been around a wee bit longer, today is officially the 40th celebration of this great place.
How are we celebrating you want to know? Well I'm off to Holy Yoga this morning and then to make up my kids favorite dirt and worm cakes. After school (and after one individuals nightmare vaccinations) we're heading to see this. We've waited months for this and can't wait. Peace out.

Maybe They Really Do Fly

Last year out in the country we saw loads of wildlife. But here, on our small island, not so much. Until the other morning when four oddballs were on our street.

How in the heck???

PS Rumor has it, they swim across. Believe me, I wanna see that!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Howlin' Fun

We finally got around to taking the kids to Great Wolf Lodge this weekend and turns out, they loved it. (Can you believe it?!) Smart we were to bring coolers full of food and libations because holy cow, that place gets ya. Meanwhile I'm contributing to the savings fund for my kids counseling sessions since mom and dad wouldn't buy them the $44 magic wands to run around the hotel and listen to things talk to them. And yes, even though we obviously don't love them enough, they had the time of their lives. Two of them cried that it was over and one begged for the next birthday...and the magic wand with the blue crystal.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Partial Family Update

This old girl, our sweet and naughty Belle, took a serious backward flip off the slippery stairs last night. Each day she falls a little more and we sense the end a little nearer. Sniff sniff.

And this little boy asked to please have his hair like this big boy's...

so mama got out this scizzors and removed quite a bit.

And now that mama needs to get ready for sports Saturday and all the uniforms while sipping espresso from this new purchase (I now have three coffee makers, yow!) And can I just add two more things? One- I got carded last night buying beer and wine. Mmmmwah to that girl who said it was iffy. Two- spring break is almost done and I'm not very happy that Thursday brought hail and yesterday brought snow while I was teaching outdoor bootcamp. I'm just glad it's almost done so I don't have to hear one more person say they were leaving for Hawaii.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Sweet Baby A

Please join me in prayer for the repose of the soul of sweet baby Adele Marie and prayers for the strength and peace of her family. May they be comforted and loved.

New Digs

Last August I had a blog entitled "New Digs" and here we are again. We've been in one month and settled but not quite done with our fix ups. Because our house is so much less in monthly rent and in line for a tear down after our lease, there are lots of loving touches needed. We happily are adding some borrowed paint and having some fun with this old house. It's from 1948, has loads of charm and the location is first rate. It will be hard to leave this one. Let's hope no move comes any time soon or I'll end up in Lake Washington. Three moves in less than three years has taken a toll on this mama. I just want to settle. But for now, I'll focus on my summer garden plans, finishing my art room and getting crafty with 2000 less square feet than the last home.

From a three car garage to none-how long will we look like the Beverly Hillbillies with the pool table and many bins out front??

Ice cream and short sleeves, what a tease that week was.