Friday, July 29, 2011

Banana "Ice Cream"

TRICKED!  Guy thought he was getting chocolate ice cream when it was really a banana.


To make run the following through a food processor (or blender):
-Frozen banana chunks
-Splash of milk for consistency
-Cocoa powder to taste

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Last Day of Speech Therapy

Today was Guy's last day of speech therapy with Miss Dawn.  It was kind of a sad day for us because we are a little attached to her.  But, we are happy that other kids get the chance to learn from her since she's a spectacular speech therapist.

We wanted to get her a "Thank You" present and we like plants.  Guy picked it out and decorated a planter for it.  I think he did a wonderful job.


Plant Back

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

My New Knife Set-Up

My mom has a magnetic strip for her knives.  And I envied it until I got my own!  Well, until I realized it didn't fit on my cabinet.

I figured it would fit if I cut a chunk of the cabinet out.  A genius idea really.  An idea that has home improvement enthusiasts shouting from the roof tops.  Never mind what they are shouting about...

Well, that didn't really go as planned but I learned an important lesson:  A Dremel can fill your kitchen with smoke.  I added extra wood to the left side of the magnetic strip so it would sit even over the offending cabinet lip.

And it worked! Yay for more counter space.

Monday, July 25, 2011

How to Have A Wonderful Day

Step 1:  Donuts for Breakfast

Step 2:  Look at 3 Different Toy Stores for the Best Toy Ever

Step 3:  Ice Cream for Lunch

Step 4:  Take the Best Toy Ever Home.  Use It until Bedtime.

Guy and his play-doh

Bonus:  Skip Face-Washing for the Day.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Lovers, The Dreamers, And Me

The Lover, plotting how to pretend to love others only to steal licks of their food. (Guy - 3 mo)

The Dreamer, dreaming of ice cream and chicken wings and chicken wing flavored ice cream.  (Lucy - 2 mo)

And me, I probably should be called the hunter.  Look at this snack I was able to take down with my slobbery smacking.  (I'm Nels and I'm 3 months.)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

My Favorite Songs Ever. Or just today...

#1.  Iron & Wine - Such Great Heights

#2. Civil Twilight - Human

#3. Mumford & Sons - After the Storm

Monday, July 18, 2011


I made some cakes for my husband's birthday last week.


I wanted to make him a chocolate Oreo cake but at the last minute he said pie or cheesecake.  =-(  Problem solved.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Water & Rails

We went to the Water & Rails tour.  I had to rush home from my trip to Oregon to make it.

It's a tour of backyards with trains &/or ponds.  Guy loved it except at one pond, Guy ran up the the homeowner and demanded to see her train.  She won him over by letting him feed the koi.  Then he asked more fish food, handed it to his dad, and instructed him on how to feed the fish.  That's a Lucy move.

Anyway, here's our favorite backyard.  Yeah...
And you know?  Pictures don't even it do it justice.

Guy at one of the train tracks...

Guy, the morning after.  Determined to be in next year's tour I'm sure.

From 2010...
This was my favorite picture from last year. Lucy was 12 months old and an expert at pointing at trains.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

There and Back Again, A Baby's Tale

Hi! I'm Nels,the baby.
Nels - 070111

We went on a long road trip. To a place called Oregon? Never heard of it. It was all so overwhelming. I couldn't even walk around the entirety of this park we stopped at.

Our vacation was busy and I saw lots of people, more than I can count. I told my brother to go introduce me to some of the local ladies but he kept getting distracted by people in cars throwing small colorful rocks at us.

We saw some animals, too. These tried to throw small colorless rocks at me. I didn't care for them.
Feeding Goats

Mom says I met lots of friends and relatives but all I remember was a bunch of people with too many teeth. They sure were funny. You should have seen them all.

I had an enjoyable time but now I'm home and can enjoy pondering my adventure.
Nels - JulyBackyard