Friday, June 29, 2007

I had tree problems


The picture on the right is what the tree looked like when it was first planted.

Below is a picture of our new birch tree as of this evening. About a week ago, the leaves turned yellow and half the leaves fell off.







So, I panicked and called the nursery, the nice tree guy told me to buy triple 16. Okay, what the heck is that? Well, its granule fertilizer and apparently it is good for your lawn and garden. Nice tree guy also told me to give both tree's a good watering every 3 days. I was skeptical, but you know what happened? At the very top of the tree and at the end of most branches are new little tiny leaves!!! The tree is saved, and I couldn't be happier. I can't wait for the trees to get bigger and to provide us with more privacy. I can see into one of our neighbors dinning room and kitchen.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

What a treat

We have had our niece Haley with us for the past week. She has been at our house in the day while her Nana is at work, she sleeps at Nana Sue's house and spent the weekend having a blast her Nana too. We have had so much fun, we have been doing swim lessons, the library, the children's museum, the park and we even played photo shoot.





They love each other so much.
Good friends and cousins.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

In honer of Drake


I'm taking dinner to my best friends house tonight to celebrate the arrival of Drake.
He was born 6 lb 1.4 oz and 19 inches long.

He is just beautiful and I can't wait to get there an hold him. Reagan and I are taking the dinner and the boys are staying home to watch the Beavers play in game 1 of the championship game for the college world series. We are defending our title and going up against the same team we did last year North Carolina.



Spaghetti & Meatballs

The recipe was brought over from Italy and passed to my mother-in-law from her father and then passed to Tim who has altered it and made it his own. The recipe today is Tim's version.


Meatballs:
  • 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 lb. sweet Italian sausage
  • 1/2 c. seasoned bread crumbs (we use Italian style)
  • 3 T. fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1/8 t. pepper
  • 1/2 t. oregano
  • 1/2 t. basil
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/3 c. milk

Combine all ingredients mix well. Shape into meatballs. Cook in large (non-stick works the best for us) put enough olive oil to coat the pan. If you use non-stick you don't have to use very much. Add to simmering sauce and cook for an additional 10 minutes at the minimum, to let the flavors blend, we let ours simmer for about an hour, we think it tastes better. Pour over 1lb. cooked pasta. Tastes even better the next day.

Sauce:
  • 3T olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/2 lb mushrooms, sliced
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 6oz cans of tomato paste
  • 3 cans of water (use the tomato paste cans) you can also use some wine if you life
  • 2 T. sugar
  • 1 1/2 t. dry basil
  • 1 1/2 t. oregano
  • 1 1/2 t. Italian seasoning
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • you can also add crushed red pepper
Heat olive oil in large sauce pan. Saute onions, mushrooms, and garlic until onions are transparent. Add tomato paste & water, stir until smooth. Add sugar & seasonings. Simmer for at least 30 minutes. After about 20 minutes taste the sauce and if it tastes bitter you can add more sugar or salt if it needs it, ours almost always needs more sugar. We let ours simmer for at least an hour after the meatballs are added.

We also serve with it roasted garlic bread, a nice salad, and maybe some roasted asparagus or whatever is fresh.

In case people don't know what the abbreviations mean in the recipe here they are:
T = Tablespoon
t = teaspoon
c = cup

Hope you enjoy the recipe, leave a comment if you have any questions.

Friday, June 22, 2007

I almost forgot

It was my Dad's birthday last week and I forgot to upload the picture's. It was just my parents and my family. Tim BBQ'd steaks and we had cake and ice cream for dessert.
Happy Birthday Dad!!

I didn't have the correct number candles, so I used a 4 and a 2 which represents the 6 when you add them together, and then another 4 and a 1 to represent the 5 when you add them together. Dad turned 65, but Reagan insisted on using some little single candles and they just represent her I guess.


Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Were back

We forgot the potty seat and ended up buying one along the way and it proved to be very useful. We pulled over just inside the Idaho border so Reagan could use the potty, it was pouring down rain so having the potty seat came in very handy.
Reagan was an easy traveler, she adapts very well. Lincoln and I think its the age, had a harder time being in the car for the long hours. The DVD player was great, but we took scheduled breaks from it so Lincoln could sleep.

On the second day Reagan was kinda loosing it, so I asked her if she could take some picture's with Mommy's camera. These are just a few that she took along the way.

She had the camera on night frame so some of the picture's are in this green color.



I'm not joking when I say this, she took about 20 self portraits of her self because she insisted on taking picture's with her eye looking through the lens.






This a picture of a deer that was down a road my Dad's GPS took us, it was wrong but hey we saw a deer and Reagan thought that was really neat.

We are so glad to be home, next on our schedule is Tim taking a trip to Alaska for his Goddaughter's baptism. Then a trip to New York City and a beach house in Maryland. Then Reagan's birthday and then a trip to Disneyland and Laguna Beach.

Busy Busy Summer.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Road Trip


My great Aunt Patty died 3 weeks ago and her funeral is Monday in Kalispell, MT. My parents, me and the kiddos are taking a road trip to Montana the great big sky country.

I went to Montana State for 1 year and during the winter I realized that I was not cut out for all this cold when my eye lashes froze shut when I would go from one building to another between classes. At the end of the year I packed all my belonging into my tiny truck and made the 10 hour drive home in 8 hours...come on no speed limits in Montana, I just told my parents that I had a good tail wind.

So anyway, we leave tomorrow morning we are not going to pull some crazy make it in one day thinking kind of trip. We are stopping in Spokane and then making the rest the next day. Tim cannot take the time off because he is already taking lots of time off this summer and just can't.

The List:

  1. I have the trusty built in DVD player for the kids and all our loads of movies and their head phones that I'm sure will make them go deaf but we will have peace.
  2. Our 2006 Honda Odyssey has 15 cup holders so we are good on places to put drinks.
  3. Snack galore, bananas, apples, strawberries which I'm sure the kids will want nothing to do with and only eat the pringles.
  4. 1 large cooler
  5. 1 small cooler
  6. books, color crayons, and toys
  7. 1 stroller, Reagan can walk
  8. first aid kit
  9. 1 gallon of water for whatever, pop, ice, milk, and yogert.
  10. Reagan's little potty for those times we are on the Interstate and we just passed the last rest stop for 45 miles.
  11. coats
  12. sound machine for Lincoln when we go to bed
  13. pack n play
  14. the kids special blankets and lovies (Lincoln's dalmatian dog named Abe, and Reagan's soft baby named baby).
  15. 2 car seats
  16. suit case packed with lots of diapers, clothes and whatever else from the bathroom and that will fit.
  17. Camera
  18. Did I forget something....?? I'm sure I did it always happens.
Did I mention that my Dad is taking his own car and my Mom will be traveling with me in our nice big van, we will pick up my Aunt and Uncle in Spokane (my Dad's brother and his wife). The girls will be in the van and the boys will be in the mustang with my Dad's new GPS gadget.

I have never taken a long road trip with the kids, so say a little prayer for us tomorrow and the whole time we are gone. I will let you know how it all goes, I might even update if we stay somewhere that has Internet.

Oh and my best friend Emily is going to have her baby on Monday and I'm going to miss it and I feel awful, so I can't wait to get back and meet your little baby boy!!

New tree's

Before: Sad droopy tree's, they look like they will break in half.


After: Strong, proud tree's, that give more privacy and shade.
I think they looks so much better.



The next project in the backyard is to finish spreading the bark dust and removing a large area of grass for the new play structure. But the play structure won't happen until September after all our big trips. Plus the company is going to have a big sale then, and that made the decision easy.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Beware.....updated..updated again

I just was reading another blog and she said that her son has had a rash and her brother suggested it might be the fire retardant in the car seat cover. She added the link to her page I will add it here healthycar.org
It tells you which car seats have high levels of this fire retardant and which ones with the lowest.

Lincoln has had "eczema" on his legs since we moved him to his big boy car seat the Britax marathon platinum. I checked healthycar.org and his car seat has the highest volume of this fire retardant (brominated flame retardant (BFR).)

I feel horrible that he has been exposed to this but the quick solution is an old car seat cover that was Reagan's, we ordered her a new one because her old one was all faded and badly stained. Until I can find Lincoln a seat that is 100% cotton or hypoallergenic for his sensitive skin.

I did find out that Britax has pulled replacement covers off the shelf because people were buying new covers and selling old car seats as new. So, now I have to go directly through Britax and they are on the east coast and close at noon on west coast time, so tomorrow morning they will be getting a call from me.

Update:
I just got off the phone with Britax and they are sending me a new cover, the brownstone pattern at no cost to us!! I'm so glad that they are a responsible company and replacing them at no cost.

I found this article at boston.com

Monday, June 11, 2007

Mmmmm Crayon's


On the way home from a birthday party, Tim looked back at Lincoln because he heard Lincoln eating something and he was a purple crayon. This picture was taken after we arrived home.

Friday, June 8, 2007

A few things on my mind


My brother's myspace page says, "I'm tired of celebrities." I couldn't agree with him more. I knew it was time to turn off the TV when it went to breaking news that Paris Hilton was going back to jail....I mean who really cares?

We came to an agreement with the landscapers and on Tuesday they will unearth the old tree's and plant the new tree's that we bought, we paid for the trees and he does all the labor and we are even. The tree's we picked are just beautiful, I will post before and after picture's when its all done.

The Beavers baseball team is hosting the Super Regionals against Michigan this weekend. Both Tim and I are OSU Alumni and were hoping to go and support our alma mater. Tickets went on sale Thursday morning to the public at 7am online. I just wish I was able to have bought a ticket. I was up at 6 am turning on my computer, getting the right web page loaded and then I waited. Around 7am, nothing, and then more nothing, then a page saying it would refresh every 60 seconds and that there were too many people. When I did get a screen an hour later, it said they were sold out of reserved but they had GA available, but they didn't. It sucked, when in this day an age I can buy an item on eBay with 3 seconds left and beat someone else out why with my high speed connection couldn't I get it and buy tickets.

We are extremely proud of the Beavers, we got put on the waiting list for season tickets, so hopefully we won't be in this position next year.

GO BEAVS!!!

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Our Sally


I just need to say that we love our cleaning lady Sally. She comes every other Tuesday and 2 weeks ago she couldn't come because she was sick. We did alright and kept the house clean, but it was so nice to have her back. The kids just love her, Reagan follows her around the house with her own little broom, dust pan, and duster pretending to clean. A while ago, I asked Reagan to clean up her room and she looked at me with a confused look on her face and said, "why, Sally cleans my room for me." I told her that Sally only changes her sheets and vacuums her room, and that it was Reagan's job to put her toys away and dirty clothes in the basket.

When Sally called us 2 weeks ago to tell us she was sick, I told her to get her rest and to not worry about us, and then I told her that we loved her. She told me today that after we got off the phone she just cried because she had been feeling so awful and that we had made her feel so loved. All of her grand kids live either in the state above us or below us and she said that when she comes to our home she gets to feel like a grandma again. Sally also cleans my Mother-in-laws home and that is how we found our Sally. Sally feels like family, and after she has left I feel so much better about my day and our home, she always brings us back to square one.

WE LOVE YOU SALLY!!

Sunday, June 3, 2007

The new camera

This camera is so cool,
here are a couple of picture's taken over the past week.

Isn't she a beauty, all grown up too,
she goes number 2 on the toilet now
all by herself....no more diapers!!!!!



I just want to kiss him from head to toe,
he is just our big guy!!
(can you see Reagan in the back ground hanging
upside down in the playhouse window....such a goof)



You can't tell from all the smiles but he is getting his
molars this week and has been extremely cranky,
grumpy, and a bit of a snot, but he is in pain so we just
pour on the love and the Motrin every 4-6 hours.


We love the new camera!!!

Friday, June 1, 2007

The dark side

About an hour ago, Darth Reagan walked into the kitchen, priceless....