Thursday, June 29, 2006


Today my 3 year old got dressed and I noticed a few grease stains on her shirt, that I obviously missed when I did the laundry. I pointed them out to her and told her she needed to change because of the stains. She looked down at the marks on her shirt and said, those are polka dots, Mom.

I needed that perspective today, thanks, Genna! Posted by Picasa

Monday, June 26, 2006

I have been planting tomatoes in my garden for at least a decade now. I started long before I appreciated the difference between red, ripe homegrown variety and the pink, dull impostors that you get at the store. Back then I only planted tomatoes as a means to making spaghetti or pizza sauce. Now I must plant them, because you just can't enjoy a blt with the t's from the store.

Another reason I love having a garden full of tomatoes is so I can make Fried Green Tomatoes. I dip the green ones in a flour/salt & pepper mixture and fry them in a tiny bit of olive oil and then eat them with ranch dressing. I was so excited to be able to pull a few small green tomatoes from the garden the other night.
It won't be long now and our salads, tacos, sandwiches and burgers will taste so much better with the juicy red tomatoes that only summer can bring. Posted by Picasa

Friday, June 09, 2006

Swimmers Take Your Mark

I am really proud of my boys! They had a swim meet Monday night and they both swam GREAT!

I know they don't always feel like swimming for an hour a day for practise, but they do it anyway. It is such great exercise and has really made them into strong swimmers.

It was only two years ago, but I still remember the first time Connor swam the whole length of the pool and had to stop on the side part way through. Monday night he got 4 first place ribbons and a heat winner ribbon.

With my boys being so close in age, there is a lot of competition between them. So naturally, Jameson was a little upset that he didn't get as many blue ribbons as his brother. Even though we explained it to him, he didn't understand that he swam in fewer events, against twice as many boys as Connor did. So getting, 2 6th place ribbons, a 3rd place and 1st place ribbons is nothing to be ashamed of.

Like I said, I am extremely proud of Jameson and Connor. They work hard everyday swimming and it paid off at their meet on Monday. But I hope they know that even if they hadn't brought home any ribbons I would be just as pleased with the efforts that they have put into swimming. Love you boys! Posted by Picasa

Monday, June 05, 2006

Summer Lovin'

Along with trips to the pool, popsicles, and watermelon- reading has always been high on my summer to do list. I remember as a teenager, my sister and I riding our bikes to the library with a backpacks. I would check out as many books as I could stuff in the bag. The ride home always seemed so much longer than the ride there. I don't think my parents appreciated me holing up in my room until I was finished reading them all. And I do remember on several occasions on vacation being told to put the book down and enjoy the view as we were traveling.

I wish I could instill this love of reading to my children. The boys just don't seem to have caught the bug like I did. I am sure it is my fault, the tv and game cube are too accessible and can provide entertainment without much thinking or effort on their part. I am holding out hope for Genna however, every night she asks to have the light on for a while longer so she can read.

We are planning a trip to Michigan this summer and I can't wait! But until then when I am not at ball games or chauferring my kids to the pool- there is a good chance I probably won't be around. I might be visiting an Amish community while reading, Jodi Picoult's novel Plain Truth or learning how incredibly blessed I am to have the wonderful loving husband I do, instead of the abusive one the main character has, in Picture Perfect, also by Jodi Picoult. Posted by Picasa