Thursday, July 31, 2008
I have to admit it is nice to see! She has a ton of time with her friends. We have a wonderful playgroup whom we meet with weekly, friends we see at various activities and make play dates for her to enjoy. Socially, she is great! But, sometime at home it is hard on her. Hard for her to understand she needs to have some alone time for her imagination to grow. So, to see her blossoming lately in alone play makes my heart smile because I know she is maturing some.... which makes me sad all at the same time! LOL! Oh well, off I go to sneak an earful of her sweet song to the Little Pet Shops!
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Cinnamon Streusel Topping
1/4 cup Gold Medal® all-purpose or whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons firm butter or margarine
1 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose or whole wheat flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup fresh or canned (drained) blueberries
1. Heat oven to 400°F. Grease bottoms only of 12 regular-size muffin cups or line with paper baking cups. In medium bowl, mix 1/4 cup flour, the brown sugar and cinnamon. Cut in butter, using pastry blender (or pulling 2 table knives through ingredients in opposite directions), until crumbly.
2. In large bowl, beat milk, oil, vanilla and egg until well blended. Stir in 2 cups flour, the granulated sugar, baking powder and salt all at once just until flour is moistened (batter will be lumpy). Gently stir in blueberries. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Sprinkle each with about 2 teaspoons streusel topping.
3. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately remove from pan to cooling rack. Serve warm or cool.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
So, we turned right around and grabbed some buckets. At first I wasn't too sure becuase many of the berries are just not ripe yet. We found a couple here and there, Holly was eating faster than we could pick them. We wondered around a bit and finally hit a good spot that inpsired us to keep going. Our initial goal was enough berries to make some blueberry pancakes for breakfast but after finding the good spot (or two) we picked 4lbs... yes, 4 lbs! We didn't even stop in to see how much per pound they were. Bryan asked me and I said well at the store they are like $4.00 for a pretty small container but sometimes on sale. At that point we stopped picking worried about the price. We brought them into the little shed and they sorted them on their berry sorter (cool machine!) and at that point I asked how much they were per pound. And, guess what -- they are only $1.75 a pound!!! Yeah! I have a strong sense we might try this again next weekend if things are ripe and ready to go! Oh, and the best part is they play classical music in the blueberry fields while you pick! It was so wonderfully fun!
We then resumed garage sales as Holly napped. Today's big find was books, books and more books... all for Holly! Funny thing is she has no idea we even have them as she was napping. What a fun surprise they will be! At one sale I found some excellent condition readers from 1938, 1958 and 1960 -- I love them! They are old school texts with lots of innocent short stories, fables, poetry, folk lore, etc... the illlustrations are simply wonderful! Cannot wait to read them! I then hit a great sale that was closing up. I had chose three books for Holly until the lady said a whole bag for a $1.00! Well, well... that changed things! I loaded that bad boy up - completely! All in all we brought home over 40 books for her!
So, that is how we spent another nice Saturday morning around town! Not bad entertainment for about $8.00!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
It is so easy to fill our every waking moment with some kind of task or another - whether an activity or errand or the house. But, I am trying to make sure I really slow down and take advantage of this weather, for Bryan & I - but mainly for Holly! Spending a leisurely sunny day playing outside, alone or with friends, is what childhood is about. Treasuring the memories of running, giggling, swinging or simming with a popsicle dripping down her chin... I want her to remember that feeling! Stopping to hear the leaves rustle in the light breeze, chase a butterfly around the yard, inspect a bumble bee in the garden or soak up the sun. We just don't get to enjoy those small moments in life enough!
This past Spring I was toying with putting Holly into Dance for the summer and a sport, however I am glad I waited! I am glad she has time everyday to just be. Just be three! Enjoy her yard, her toys, her friends, our small travels and take in the memories! We'll hold off till fall to put something back in our schedules, in the mean time we will doddle the afternoon away outside, in the pool with popsicle juice running down our chins! Life doesn't get much better than that!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Just arriving, the views from our site.
Bryan & Holly flying her little kite
Some great rocks offering wonderful little tidepools!!! FUN!
Holly & I on a wooden bridge along the trail
Marymere Falls near Lake Crescent
Holly climbing a tree root area.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
And, what was so funny.....
What was Tigger looking in the toilet for?
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Saturday we headed out to Titlow Beach & Park for a bit of beach combing and a picnic to visit with friends! One in particular we haven't seen in over a year, which was really nice! The weather really warmed up by that evening and Holly had a ton of fun playing on the big toys. We also packed a container of great park toys and we brought that out later one - nothing like a good game of frisbie or soccer ball around a huge park. We stayed pretty late and had nothing but a good time! Earlier in the day the tide was out pretty low so we hit the beach and searched for some critters. We found sea stars, snails, tons of crabs of all sized and kinds, sea anemones, some kind of eel like fish and more! It was mucky, mushy, muddy & fun! Good thing we brought extra shoes & clothes.Then on Sunday we headed out to see the Tall Ships in Tacoma for the day. This was very fun! Even though it did become a very large crowd and the lines were long, we kept on and it was worth it. We did the big ticket tour and were able to visit quiet a few ships, especially in the time we had with Holly being on board with us. We boarded ships and were able to check them out up close and hear/learn of the history of some. Some are replicas that were created for movies... like the Bounty which was used in Pirates of the Carribean 2. Holly also was able to check out a couple of kid items and make her own boat and sailing hat, we checked out a great maratime exhibit geared towards kids and some neat small wooden boats (these caught Bryan's eye!). Here are some neat shots to share - if you have never done this... it's wonderful!
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
And a side view showing how it is off the ground... keeping your sleeping arrangements a bit warmer and more comfortable.
Holly & Bryan roasting a marshmallow.
A little rock tossing in the river.