Tuesday, September 30, 2008
The Fall season is now upon us and his goal is to get things in shape before the weather changes... as I type this you can feel a light chill in the air and it is sprinkling. The reason things need to get 'in shape' is because we, mainly he, set all that aside to enjoy Summer with us! And, that we did! Although we didn't have any major 'family vacations' planned we enjoyed the lazy days of summer while playing, soaking up the sun, camping our weekends away, venturing into new regions of our state, spending time with family and creating some amazing memories together.
We watched Holly grow even more, enjoy the simple pleasures we often times forget and develop into the feisty yet sweet girl she is. All the while we spent ample time as a family, time I am so glad we had... and made for ourselves! Even though the yard became a bit shabby or house projects sat partially completed - we don't regret any of it!
In fact, this week as company teased Bryan (in good fun) about the blue tape dotting our new trim work... I smiled. In my head I was thinking just how wonderful he was to put that all on hold, for us! How he is not the kind to selfishly push through a project just to get it done for appearances sake - but rather he is the kind to stop and share himself with us. We are lucky that way!!! That blue tape can be there forever for all I care... I know someday it will be done!
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
A fun weekend is approaching though - Holly is starting soccer tomorrow! She is beside herself and can't wait to get dressed up in her new gear and play! I am just hoping she'll be able to listen well, ha! We will also head out and see Auntie Blayne who is showing her horse this weekend in town. They came for dinner last night and Holly was rather giddy with excitement to play with her, not sure Blayne was but Holly sure was! As well, we have lots of yard work and house work planned ~ good thing the weather is good!
Enjoy your weekend!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
This past weekend we headed out camping one final time with a bunch of different families and Bryan decided he wanted to do some more dutch oven cooking. He has perfected the pancake with fresh blueberries. Now we needed to try something new. We went for enchiladas and they were really good! Pretty easy too! Definately a keeper for our camp food catalog!
We went camping up at Kanaskat Palmer state park again with a bunch of families. It was fun to get away and the weather was absolutely beautiful for it! We ventured on a couple of small hikes around camp for some great river views, picked berries, some a big ol' snake, picniced with all of our friends and enjoyed a bit of time at the river too! Holly loved it because she had her friends to share the weekend with! Overall, another fun weekend!
Friday, September 12, 2008
As a child I clearly remember helping to clip coupons or better yet, unearth them from the community bin at the local grocery store... fun times, fun times! (Kidding Mom!) Well, I guess those skills have finally resurfaced and have found their way to my shopping style. Which of course makes Bryan a very happy camper!
The beauty is that now a days you can find most of these tips and resources on line - easier, quicker and cleaner than the community coupon bin at Mark N Save. However, when I search the trenches of online savings - I find it relevant to several stores we do not have in the PNW or relevant to the land of doubling coupons... which once again, we do not have in the PNW.
So, I am going to attempt a local home grown version of frugality - minus the famed store "CVS" or doubling & tripling coupons... but rather using the resources we have with the stores we have. As well, I will share various tips I have learned or experienced to save a buck, freebies you can find, local attractions and more.
Where can you see all of this? At a new blog I am just starting (meaning give it some time to build up, please!). Share the word if you know anyone looking to be frugal or if you are not that type of person use it for pure enjoyment of laughing at my cheap ways!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I have also started to fight the urge to decorate for Fall... just a few more days and then I'll cave - I can feel it! Pumpkins have shown up at the market and it has taken all resistance to get just one, one small pumpkin to welcome Fall. But, I have held out for now. I am trying to exercise patience and slow down to enjoy these beautiful days, the summer moments and the butterflies & flowers before they fade.
This weekend we are hitting the campground for a final camping trip. The weather looks amazing for us too. We'll enjoy a fun weekend with friends, smores over the fire and a final break out of Holly's swim gear to enjoy the refreshing water. Then next weekend we are heading out to visit Bryan's aunt in Oregon. A pretty drive and his old stomping grounds. We will also be enjoying a local amusement park with Holly - should be fun! Our last to hurrah before we say goodbye to Summer and hello to Fall.
Wishing you all a wonderful farewell to Summer -- enjoy these final days of sunshine and fun.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Huckleberry is our laziest furball although she started life out as a complete ball of fire, literally climbing the walls. In our first home we had a classic 1950's wood decor cut wall divider that Huckleberry spent many, many hours climbing and sleeping in, not on, but in. She has fashioned her way to sleeping, sleeping, eating and sleeping. But, come 8:00pm - she comes out of lurkdom for attention - and if you give it to her, she does NOT want you to stop. She swipes at you if you stop petting her... I mean how dare you stop petting her!Riley is our dump cat. Yes, she was rescued from the local dump at a mere 4ish weeks old - we had to bottle nurse her, care for her and the such until she learned all those skills on her own. She is probably our neediest cat - for Bryan & I that is. If your name is Adam... she obviously has an inner resentment towards you, a good memory of torture as a kitten I am sure! Riley was almost named Dingleberry, but Bryan wouldn't let me - however, now that he knows her personality better he might be easily pursuaded, hah! Actually Riley is a big ol sweet pea, fun as all get out, plays fetch like a dog and will ONLY drink from a running fawcett never the water bowl - how primal is that... a waterbowl, hmph! So, if you ever hear whining in the bathroom or she stalks you as you head in - just turn on the water and she'll be happier than a clam!
Friday, September 5, 2008
Me: "Well, not really. Why do you ask?"
Holly: "I really love french fries."
Me: "Do you know what french fries are made from?"
Me: "Oh really. Well, how do you think they are made?"
Holly: Pondering for a while.... "You take a little French and just fry it!"
So, just in case you were wondering how to make french fries... that would be the recipe!