Thursday, June 25, 2009

RIP Turtle1, Long Live Turtle2

Son's goldfish, Turtle, was dead when we got up this morning. So we made a trip to the pet store only to find that they had no goldfish. I asked the lady working in the fish department what the next cheapest fish was, and she proceeded to tell me that I should not put another fish in my tank because it was too small. She basically refused to sell me a fish to put in the same tank. Son was not happy about not getting another silver fish, but was ok with blue Beta instead. So now we have 2 tanks, each with one fish and all seems well with fishy world...for now.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Treasure Hunting

So we finally tried our hand at Geocaching yesterday with Tina and her kids and had a great time. If you're not familiar with geocaching, it's basically treasure hunting using a GPS. People hide caches all over and post the coordinates where they are hidden on So I go to the website, look for some that are in my area or wherever I want to go then put them on my GPS. When you find one, you sign the logbook that is in the cache, take a trinket and leave a trinket. And while doing all of this skulking around you have to look natural so as not to alert the "muggles" that there is something there.

So yesterday and today we found a couple of caches on the Tolt pipeline trail, one in a nearby park and found 1 of 3 in another park. The first park find was pretty easy. I didn't pay much attention to what the kids took from the box, but as we were walking away I noticed that daughter had grabbed a Travel Bug, which I thought was pretty cool. When I told her that she would have to put the cute little ladybug toy in another cache and couldn't keep it, she promptly put it back and took something else. So until we get a few more of these under our belt, I guess there won't be any travel bugs for us.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Olivia and Turtle

We have 2 new additions to our family: Olivia and Turtle! Olivia is the orange one and Turtle is the silver one. Guess which child named which one. :)
The kids have wanted a goldfish for a while and while at the mall the other day, we stopped into PetCo "just to look". Of course we came home with 2 goldfish. Granted each goldfish cost about 27 cents, so if they meet with an early demise it's not the end of the world. They are keeping both the kids and the cat entertained

Friday, June 19, 2009

Last day of school

Well, today is daughter's last few minutes of school. I'm not exactly why they insisted on having the kids go to school today as they will get out of school 2 hours after they get there. Seems like a waste of time to me, but I guess the kids will enjoy saying goodbye to all of their friends. And maybe the school district needed a couple more hours of school to have the right number of days for the year. Whatever.

We were going to have lunch in the park and try our hand at geocaching today, but now that it's raining outside I'm not sure what we'll do. Maybe we'll go to a kids' museum or something like that.

Son is mostly over his cold now. Yesterday he was sneezing out lots of yucky stuff, but after a great night's sleep in his own bed he seems to be better. Yay! He stayed in his own bed ALL night, which was great timing since the night before he kept me awake almost the whole night with his kicking. I was ready to go sleep on the couch if he did it again.

The garden and pumpkin patch are enjoying the rain, I'm sure. I seem to have lots of volunteer plants in random places throughout the garden. I noticed I have a volunteer tomato in with the butternut squash, one in the pumpkin patch and another one in with the beets. And yesterday I noticed I had a volunteer watermelon in with the beets, too. When I looked at the compost pike the other day I noticed a bunch of little pumpkin plants sprouting in the middle. I guess those came from the rotten pumpkins we threw in it last fall. Last year my volunteer plants did almost better than the ones I planted. My spinach is starting to show signs of flowering, which is not good. But I guess I've gotten quite a bit of baby spinach out of the patch anyway, so if it bolts it's not a tragedy. And the lettuce is growing like crazy. I think hubby is getting tired of salads already, but he better get used to it! :)

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Rachel's Bean and Corn salad/salsa

Rachel made this awesome bean and corn salad at playgroup the other day, and I couldn't stop eating it. So I made some for dinner the other night with a few modifications based on what I had on hand. It wasn't quite as good as hers but was still pretty tasty. Thought I'd share the recipe.

Rachel's corn and bean salad

1/4 cup lime juice (1 lime is about perfect)
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1 tbsp. honey
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
3 tbsp. olive oil

1 cup fresh or frozen corn (I used about a cup and a half)
2 cans black beans (drained and rinsed)
2 cups chopped tomato
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/2 cup chopped green onion
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 tsp. cumin seed

mix together, pour vinaigrette over salad and mix well. refrigerate a couple hours before serving to let the flavors blend well.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Random stuff

So, I don't have much to write this time, but it's been a while since I wrote anything. So here goes. Today is daughter's ballet/tap recital. She had her dress rehearsal a few days ago, and as long as the teacher in the wings doesn't mess them up with the wrong steps (she did this twice during the rehearsal), they should do ok. We're thinking of going to see Up or Night at the Museum 2 as a treat after the recital.

Maybe before it's time to go I'll get out and weed more of the garden. There's a row at the very front that never got weeded when the we did the rest of the garden, mostly because it was the worst one and hardest to weed. But it's got really tall grass in it now and It's looking pretty bad. The rest of the garden is looking great. The beets are growing really well, zucchini, butternut squash, pumpkins, red cabbage, lettuce, spinach, potatoes, peas, corn, green beans, soy beans, cukes, chard, watermelon & Onions, leeks are all growing like crazy. Broccoli, parsnips, green cabbage and rutabaga are growing pretty slowly, but I think that's ok. I've already been able to harvest enough lettuce, spinach, chard and beet greens to have salad for the family every night this week!

I think the little baby starts that got planted in friends' gardens all over the place are doing well, too. I'm not sure if they've started eating theirs yet, but they probably could tear off a leaf here and there to eat. I took a few zucchini starts to friends the other day. Hopefully they've got them in the ground by now (hint hint). :) And, Kate, I've got a couple more zucchini starts you can have if you want them. Just let me know.

Friday was Daughter's last Daisy scout meeting for the year, and of course she left her uniform in her dad's car that morning. They decorated daisy cookies, made little daisy bracelets and had a little graduation ceremony where they all got a fun patch to put on their uniform. She'll still be a Daisy next year, but she'll graduate into selling cookies. I think we're going to be in trouble then. :)

This whole month is crazy busy for me. Our family has a ton of June birthdays, Father's Day, etc. to do, and I've got a lot of MOMS Club stuff to finish up before passing the torch on to the new president. I just finished the Annual and Financial reports the other day and will mail them on Monday. We had our Board transition meeting and I handed the president binder to the new president. The last thing to do is plan the End of Year party. I still need to compile and print all of our fun awards, print our game directions, shop for the food and clean the house. When that's over then I'm going to sleep for a week before I emerge and have to start planning our 4th of July party...oh, wait, I don't have a whole week between those 2. :oP

Monday, June 8, 2009

We are the Cure!

This Sunday my MOMS Club friends and I walked and ran with thousands of others in the Susan G. Komen Puget Sound Race for the Cure. It was a sea of pink of white walking up and down the Viaduct as we all made our way 2.5Km away from Qwest Field and 2.5 Km back again. Along the way we were cheered on by teenagers standing on the sidelines chanting "Mammograms and Breast Exams" and such. Some of the names of the teams were great. I saw one called "Save the Tatas", one that read "Save Second Base", another that said "Boobs: Love 'em, Rub 'em, Save 'em". Several people, men and women, were decked out in pink tutus, pink wigs, sequins, and hats with flamingos. One woman walked with a stroller filled with a half mannequin painted with pictures and slogan such as "I've faced death now I embrace life". But the most memorable things of all were the pink papers a lot of people had pinned to their race numbers. They said "In celebration of..." and "In memory of...". So many people had long lists of friends and family members who were survivors of breast cancer and many who had lost their battles. At the end of the walk we made our way back to the field where we watched the Survivor Parade. Here hundreds of women walked behind signs designating how many years they had survived breast cancer. Some of those brave women had survived 25+ years and some were under a year.

It was a very inspiring day! Our MOMS Club team exceeded our $2000 fundraiser goal for the race, raising $2735. I also exceeded my personal goal of $500 and raised $790! Thanks to all of you who supported me or the MOMS Club team. To make a donation to the Susan G. Komen foundation click here. We are the cure!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Bees a buzzin'

Our yard is covered in bees! We have rhododendrons, azaleas & lilacs in bloom and the bumble bees are swarming them. The whole tree looks alive with them moving all around. (yes our rhodies are definitely trees rather than bushes!) And I can't keep from smelling the lilacs every time I go out in the yard. I love that smell!
I put a few more of my starts in the garden the other day. I now have rutabega, green cabbage, green beans and butternut squash in the garden. I put the rutabega in the spot that held my pak choi. I pulled them out the other day when a few of them started to bolt. I'm just not sure how to grow pak choi. I started them early and planted them in the garden in early April. They really didn't grow until it got warmer these past few weeks, but I guess it's now too warm for them. But we ate them anyway, and they were a nice addition to the baby lettuce and baby spinach I got out of the garden. I just picked a few leaves off each plant so they'd all keep growing.

I got rid of a few more of my red cabbage starts today. I now have just a few red and green leaf lettuce and a very few red cabbage starts left, and I think they will all go to Rachel on Friday. Yay!


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