Tuesday, December 30, 2008

We're back

We returned late Sunday from a great visit to Tulsa where we spent time with family, Friends and ate at our favorite restaurants. My restaurant visits included 4 visits to Taco Bueno, 2 to Coney-Islander, 2 visits to Whataburger, Mazzios, Charlestons, The Hideaway, Mr. Goodcents, Thai Siam, Los Cabos, Casa Laredo, Savoy, First Watch and Senior Tequilas. All the eating out we accomplished left very little time for eating home cooked food but we did manage to eat well on Christmas eve, Christmas day and the day following Christmas. Each Christmas brings more joy as we watch our kids' excitement over the holiday and the fun it brings.
Highlights of our trip included the Christmas Train with Grandad and MeMaw, watching the Tulsa Oilers with Dad and Sean, Seeing the Rockettes with Mom, Dad, Sarah, and Sean. We also spent lots of time relaxing, playing with the kids and seeing friends. Though our trip was fun, we are glad to be back home where we can get into our routine so things aren't too hectic. Part of being back into our routine will include eating healthier and working out since my project zero weigh in is next week.
Below are some good pictures from out trip.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Project 10

One of the great perks of working for a large company is that we have a wellness coordinator working to help employees stay motivated to mainain good physical health. Obviously this only makes sense for the company as it keeps health care costs down and most likely improves productivity. Our wellness coordinator does a great job of continually offering programs designed to motivate the office drones. The program offered during the holidays is called project zero. The idea of project zero is keeping weight off over the holidays which I never really thought was a big deal. I'm not sure what the official numbers are but the average american probably gains 5-10 pounds during this time of year, feasting on sweets and treats.

Project zero consists of a weigh in before thanksgiving and another weigh in following christmas with the goal of maintaining the same weight. I decided to participate in project zero two years ago, a year when I returned home to Tulsa for the christmas holiday. I didn't set out to maintain my weight not really thinking that I could gain too much in such a short time. My motivation to maintain my weight wasn't a high priority since it would all come off with spring mountian biking. At the final weigh in, I found out that I had actually gained ten pounds. You may be thinking, better try harder next year fat ass. So what did I do? I decided not to participate in the project zero the following year.

Since we were headed to Tulsa for Christmas this year for almost two weeks, I decided it best to make another run at project zero and actually try to maintain my weight. Of course, incentives to maintain your weight are added, which include cold hard cash. So far, I am ahead of my previous showing in the program but staying in Tulsa for so long is very trying. I have been hitting the gym here almost every day, which is killing me since I hate gyms. I'm almost certain that I have gained at least a few pounds if not five so far but I have hope that any gain can be lost by serious bike riding prior to the final weigh in. With plenty more Taco Bueno to eat in the coming days, I better stick to my daily gym routine.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Boys night out

Last night S&G's mom hosted her annual cookie exchange/party so that Sean and I could go see the Utah Grizzlies play hockey. Sean and I have been to numerous hockey games and have enjoyed many nights hanging out together. Last night was another good time, Sean was well behaved and watched almost 5 minutes of the actual game. Sean filled the rest of the night with eating, walking around the arena and watching the zamboni's work their magic. A few highlights are:

As I drove to the hockey arena, we got behind a nasty truck that was spewing exhaust. Not long after I began to smell the exhaust, Sean asked me "what that smell daddy"? Instead of answering, I asked him what it smelled like. His reply, "the hairport". Ahhhhhhhh, yes the airport does smell like exhaust. Too funny how kids pick up and associate things like this.

Attending the hockey game isn't complete without consumption of a churro. Most of us probably remember eating churros as kids at similair events, I remember lusting over them at Disneyland. Sean wanted a churro following his approval of the zamboni's ice cleaning during the 1st intermission. So we took a walk around looking for the elusive churro. And they were elusive last night, as we were told by numerous vendors they sold out and were making more. We happened to walk up to the Chili Verde vendor cart as they were putting the fininshing touches on another batch of churros. This allowed Sean the opportunity to view the science of rolling deep fried bread in a cinnamon/sugar mixture. After getting his churro, we returned to our seats where Sean devoured his treat. Following this, Sean went to the empty row in front of ours and proceeded to be "churro guy" for the rest of the 2nd period. I loved nothing more than watching his little imagination run wild as he rolled churros in the cinnamon/sugar mixture then took my order followed by my money. It's so much fun to play along with games like this. I can only hope that Sean's bright future holds a career as a "churro guy", cause that deep fried goodness is in high deman here in Utah.

The last period began with Grizzbee, the team mascot walking aroung the stands to greet fans. As usual, Sean got very excited to see Grizzbee and wanted to talk to him. We waited patiently for Grizzbee to make his way to our section as he seemed to be headed our way. Things didn't pan out as hoped and Sean was disappointed when he changed course. Sean asked if he could go see Grizzbee so I gave him the green light. As Grizzbee charged on through the stands, as did Sean, shouting GRIZZBEE as loud as he could every 5 feet. All this was done simultaneous to his turning around to check my position, smiling and waving each time he saw me, making sure I didn't leave him behind. Sean finally reached Grizzbee for a big hug and at least ten high fives while numerous people in the crowd laughed at his cute pursuit of the big bear (I was dying laughing at his cuteness during all this).

And that was our fun filled evening that was topped off with our arrival at home to way too many cookies.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Hot and Cold

The weather in Salt Lake has finally turned somewhat cold and we now have a little snow on the ground. I didn't ride my bike into work on Monday because a storm was supposed to occur throughout the day and riding in falling snow sounded like a good way to get hurt. I pondered riding to work today but backed out using slick spots on the road as an excuse. The drive to work this morning presented very little snow/ice on the roads and left me thinking I should have ridden my bike.
During my walk inside, I saw one of my co-workers who knows of my bike commute. She asked how I was doing, so I told her that I was thinking to myself what a wuss I was for not riding to work. Her reply and look on her face left me wondering if I am totally crazy because of my love for challenging adverse weather conditions.
While I don't enjoy being extremely cold or hot, I can tolerate extremes with proper gear and don't much mind them when doing something I really enjoy. Each morning on my ride to work, I usually start out cold repeatedly telling myself that it will warm up soon enough (5 minutes into my ride). I often refer to my theory on comfort during snow skiing. There are times when you may be chilled while snow skiing but overheating during an outing must be avoided at all costs.
So back to my original question; am I crazy for pushing myself in weather others won't even bother peeking outside for? During the hot Utah summers, I truly enjoy the challenge of mountain biking in 100+ degree heat. Some of my biggest smiles during winter occur while standing on a ridge, snow and wind whipping about, picking my next line. And now I've reverted to a pervese feeling of exctiement when my knees, ears and face are numb from the start of my bike commute. I truly don't care to understand my motivation and desire to challenge such conditions but only hope that my drive to bike commute during cold weather endures the long, dark winter.
On another note, the weather pattern in Salt Lake has finally made a shift with weather forecasts calling for storms to start moving. I'm sure many other skiers can understand the giddy feeling I have when seeing said weather forecast. For now, I took a photo from my office showing the latest snow storm and will continue diligently watching weather forecasts.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Picture Stealer

Postings lately have been slim thanks to the fact the winter has set in which for some reason means my camera comes out less. When it does make an appearance, I usually manage to capture something pretty good and last weekend provided no letdown. The letdown came the following day when I saw that S&G's mom stole my golden picture and posted on her blog. So instead of posting my great picture I will put a link to it here, and post a good summer shot of the picture stealer and Gracie.

Though it's supposed to be winter, the weather in salt lake has been incredibly mild allowing for lots of biking opportunities. I am still riding my bike into work and have yet to break out my winter biking gloves. I have only ridden one day thus far when it was cold enough to freeze my water bottle (that's a good indicator of damn cold). The Thanksgiving weekend weather even allowed my brother and I to tow Sean behind the tandem. We made a trip up to the market and had a good time cruising on the tandem. Unfortunately, we dont have a picture to prove that Lowell actually pedaled. Obviously I'm enjoying the nice weather but it needs to snow.

Monday, November 24, 2008

For Hire..........

Cross dressing housekeeper that will strip for cash.
Anyone need their floors swept?


Also known as "hockey guy" around our house.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Damn you OPEC

As I rode past Sams club this morning I saw their gas prices were at $2/gallon, which made me ponder my decision to ditch my gas guzzling truck. As stated in an earlier blog, gas hitting $4/gallon was the tipping point for me to begin commuting via bike. Seeing gas at half the cost makes me think I may have made the wrong decision. As S&G's mom can attest to, I have spent hundreds of dollars in the past few months acquiring bike gear to keep me alive and make my commute more confortable in the winter months. The savings I planned to reap from not filling up my truck have easily been offest by my gear purchases and have probably exceeded what I would have spent at the pump when gas was $4 let alone $2 a gallon.


All three of the people reading this are probably thinking; your're right Matt, your decision to begin biking was poorly timed and pretty lame. I would have to disagree if you began to think something of the sort and would also like to point out the problem with this thinking. With gas essentially half price, the normal reaction is to begin driving more, ditching any fuel savings measures taken when gas was double the cost it is today. Many people may even be so short sighted as to go out and purchase a new fuel sucking truck.


So what the hell is my point here? Everyone must change this thought process and realize that gas will go back up in cost soon enough and supply will eventually run out. We all seem to forget the past so quickly causing us great hardship and troubling times in the future. I don't care to get into the politics of our current/near future energy crisis but we should have discovered renewable energy sources for our motor vehicles long ago. Let's hope we can all keep $4/ gallon gas on the top of our minds and continue using less oil while pursuing fuel alternatives. As for me, I plan to keep pedaling away and can only hope gas returns to $4/gallon or more to validate my decision to ride.


On a lighter note, a picture of my co-worker and good friend Derek looking stylish as any middle aged- married man I know. All I can say is..............Gangsta.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Skating and Bubblegum Ice Cream

Over the weekend, we took our visitors (Kristin and Mat) to our local ice skating arena to introduce Sean (and Mat) to the fun sport of ice skating. Sean is a huge fan of our local hockey team and has become good at skating around the house in his socks so we felt it was time for the real thing. Sean was so excited to get his skates on and get on the ice, when he quickly realized that the ice is slippery and tough to balance on. Though somewhat scared, Sean was so happy to be pulled around the rink by Mat and I for almost an hour. By the time the public skating session was over, Sarah had Sean enrolled in skating lessons which begin tonight. I know Sean is extremely excited for his first lesson as am I since I plan to take my skates and get some ice time with him.


Sean learning to skate is important to me since I have fond memories of my Grandad taking my brother and I to our ice rink in Tulsa to skate when we were young. Grandad was a good skater and taught us the basics, graduating from holding on to the boards to hockey skates in a few visits. The days of skating til I was too tired to stand on uncomfortable skates followed by a bowl of bubblegum ice cream seem like they occured yesterday. The rink in Tulsa has since been taken out and replaced with offices but the great memories of skating with my Grandad will stick with me forever.


I really hope that Sean is able to overcome his fear and learn the balance of skating so that we can share the activity as a family without my back killing me from pulling him around. Luckily for us, we currenlty have bubblegum ice cream in the freezer waiting for our arrival from his lesson.

As for Sarah and Gracie, lets hope they aren't at home eating all the bubblegum ice cream while we are gone skating.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Use it or lose it

Now that the garden is dead minus some lettuce, I will shift the focus of this blog to detail my winter pursuits. I have been a snow skier since I can remember and have really refined my skills the past five seasons here in Utah. The last three seasons, I found myself hiking within resort boundaries finding untracked snow and solace in getting away from the crowded runs found at so many resorts. I often wondered what lie beyond those out of bounds signs and was eager to explore but the scare of avalanches kept me behind the rope. I decided it was time to take the leap into alpine touring, aka backcountry skiing.

After looking at the cost of obtaining alpine touring gear during my inital pursuit of the sport, I quickly decided that resort skiing would be best. I spoke with a few people experienced in alpine touring who suggested alternatives for obtaining the necessary gear without taking a 401k loan. Alternatives included combing avalanche debris for lost/unclaimed gear, the grab and go at the ski shop, and the best option of buying rental gear/used gear in the offseason. I was able to obtain the proper set-up over the course of a year at less than half the cost of buying new. Now that I had all the gear, I was commited to my new adventure but still lacked the skills and experience to travel into the backcountry.

Last year I completed a three day avalanche awareness course at Alta taught by seasoned backcountry skiers and boarders. The class was a great experience with half the class taught in a classroom setting and the other half learning in the backcountry. The course taught the fundamentals of avalanche safety with the premise being avoidance of getting caught. Now that I have some of the basics down, I am excited to learn more through actual experience while enjoying the quiet, untracked backcountry. Last year was a flop since I only managed to ski out of bounds once though I hope to turn that around this year.

Though I do have big plans for the backcountry, also know that I will continue to ski the resorts, with a focus on skiing with my son. As I venture into the untracked, I plan to detail my trips here on my blog so that all can see just how wonderful the Utah backcountry is.

And of course I will continue posting pictures of our cute kids.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Junk Show

As I was moving pictures from my work computer to my new jump drive, I came across this great video of Toby from last years Yurt trip. After skinning to the top of the millcreek drainage, it was time for a nice ski down to the yurt, located at the top of Millcreek canyon. Toby was brave enough to make the first attempt at skiing the slope and opted for taking a small cornice. The result wasn't pretty but made me laugh so hard I fell over. Turn up your volume when you watch so the title of this post will make sense. The pots and pans banging on Toby's backpack add a nice sound as well.

video

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The garden is dead

Thats right, gardening season here in Salt Lake is officially over now that snow has already fallen and nighttime temperatures are below 32. Sarah and I have been working to use all the tomatoes we have around the house by freezing them in addition to making salsa and pasta sauce. I do have some lettuce hanging on in the garden and look forward to another few weeks of fresh salads. Now that gardening is over, I'm getting excited for skiing. A picture from the Yurt trip in 06. With the fall leaves in full color here in the valley, I figured it was time for a comparison picture from a few years back. It's tough to put into perspective how quickly our kids grow when you are around them everyday. Here is a shot of the oak tree planted in our front yard a little over two years ago with Sean holding it in place. And a picture from the weekend.

And a typical shot of little gracie.
It only took about 35 pictures taken to get this good one.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Yessssssssssssssss!

I'm happy to report that I met my goal of commuting to work via bicycle all five days this week. Though tiring, I had a great time riding and working myself so hard. I am yet to get an exact distance measurement, but best I can tell my ride is about 16 miles one way. This means I rode over 150 miles in 5 days while working 8 hours each day(If you call it that). Though excited about the fact that I saved over $32 in gas, I have probably spent three times as much on bike clothing and parts. However, I am happy with the excercise I'm getting from lots of time in the saddle (think Cheesy Bacon Chili Cheeseburger for lunch).


A few incidents were reported in my previous blog but the week was good with no scary encouters. Another memorable moment occured Thursday while riding in the dark near 39th South when I saw what appeared to be a fat cat crossing the road. Upon getting closer I began to see a white stripe identifying the fat cat as a skunk leading me to ride like hell. I would also like to thank the contractor working near the driveway leading to my office building for leaving a large; almost perfectly square rock in the road. After spotting it too late, I nicked the rock with my rear wheel resulting in a bent rotor. The rotor was easily fixed but still an annoying inconvenience.

I have to thank Sarah for supporting my quest to ride way to much in one week. I was quite selfish in my determined manner to ride 5 days straight and she never complained. Instead she gave me words of encouragement and always greeted me with a smile at the door no matter how tired(grumpy) I appeared. Best of all was having a warm meal ready not long after I arrived home, almost as if she could feel my stomach grumbling. Props also go to Trevor for words of encouragement and me knowing that he understood what I was undertaking this week.

As for the garden, Im trying to prolong my harvest with tarps over plants but also excited by the thought of snow. It won't be long before getting to experience the surreal feeling of skiing deep powder.

And a great picture

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Here's your sign

As previously mentioned, getting out of bed and hopping on my bike in the dark is never easy but sometimes my day is made by the things I see on my commute. This morning I was provided with good humor thanks to a scooter nerd. As if the whiney electric motor allowing you to whiz along at a brisk 8 mph isnt annoying enough, the question you posed was quite comical. I pull up to a stoplight after passing said annoying scooter girl a mile or so back and greet her with a smile. Scooter girl is dressed for a minnesota winter with scarf, gloves, and ski jacket when she asks "Are you cold too"? The look on my face left her with a quick answer to her own question as she realized that my bike doesn't pedal itself. Here's to you scooter nerd, may your battery die and you be left with nothing but your legs to move you along.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

First Frost

I'm now halfway through my week of commuting to work and my ass is getting pretty damn sore. Luckily, weather has been perfect thus far but Friday's forecast seems to get worse as the week rolls on. I've had no real close calls with cars but have seen some interesting things including the homeless guys who thought I was a cop with my flashing headlight and proceeded to scurry across the road right into my path. And how could I forget the lady who chose a right turn lane for going straight, which resulted in her driving two feet from my rear wheel as if she didn't see me at all. And best was the guy who yelled at me to "ride on the sidewalk" cause I was blocking his right turn lane (This occured as people were turning right in the lane he felt I was blocking). My response mumbled under my breath included something like "go back to your own country where there are no sidewalks for your prostitute sister to walk".

As for the garden, it looks like this weekend may be the end of gardening season. Snow is predicted for Saturday with temperatures around 32 degrees. I'm hoping to keep my lettuce going with some makeshift cover. Dinner last night consisted of a great baby spinach salad which I hate to see go.

I don't have any garden pictures but always have some kid pictures to share.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Commuter Challenge

Ever have a tough time getting out of bed in the morning knowing you have 5 days of work ahead til another weekend? This morning was a tough one, hearing the heater kick on and off throughout the night, I knew the ride in was going to be cool. I had also let the cat out of the bag over the weekend, my goal of riding to work 5 days straight would be attempted this week.

The start was cold and dark but a few miles in to my ride 44 degrees didn't feel so bad. Sweat was pouring from my head and down my face by the time I reached the university. Another ride to work with no close calls, no idiot honking at me, just me pedaling my ass off and enjoying every minute of the fresh air.


And the tomatoes continue to ripen.
Lots of jalapenos on my plants too.

I will try and update on my commuting progress. Weather looks like it may turn crappy by Friday so this morning may have been a test for riding in colder weather.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Ahhhhh, Vacation

We returned from the Big O recently with good memories and lots to harvest. As always, we had lots of fun spending time with family in Owensboro. Relaxing at family gatherings, eating and drinking is a great way to spend some time away from the daily routine we fall into around our house. Upon returning, I was eager to spend time in the garden as I knew there would be many vegetables to pick. As you can see, I am about out of counter space for tomatoes; time to make salsa.



Or feed them all to Gracie. Who knew she liked tomatoes so much. Not us.
We have recognized her love for cold beer.


Look at Sean, showing the carnies how to drive.






Thursday, September 18, 2008

Bike Commuter

Due to combination of rising gas prices and the fact that I drive a vehicle that sucks gasoline faster than a congressional aide sucking....(well you get the idea), I have taken to bike commuting. I had been contemplating the idea for some time and $4/gallon gas was my breaking point. Lucky for me, I have attempted such an assinine thing before in Tulsa during a summer internship, so I knew the challenges that lay ahead. My decision was also made easier by the fact that my old hardtail mountain bike had a cracked frame and a lifetime warranty. What does this mean? Take a look.

That's right, I am officially the nerd you see riding next to your car with a rack on my bike, lights so you will see me before you hit me, and bright colored clothing so I leave a mark on your car. I've put the gas saver calculator widget on my blog so you can calculate how much money you could save by being as nerdy as me (or you can see how much money I am saving = ~$21/week by riding three days a week). I am yet to ride 5 work days in a row but this has been set as my goal and the weather isnt going to get much better.


In other news, my mint is finally growing. It has flailed all summer long and now, not long before our first frost its growing like crazy. To keep the plant under control, I've been using the mint feverishly in tasty mojitos. Only problem now is that I've passed out cold the last three nights and woke up puking the next day.


Also notice how well my spinach is doing. The first set of leaves are on and growing rapidly.
Below is yesterdays harvest which included lots of cucumbers.


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Who wants yellow squash?

I haven't spent much time in the garden lately due to the schedule around our house. I was able to get out and take some pictures of my harvest last night, lots of tomatoes are ready. I will be using most of the tomatoes for salsa making tonight. I plan to enter the salsa contest here at work, yet another fundraiser for the united way. I will be making Becca's Moms Salsa, a green salsa and mango salsa.Also getting lots of yellow squash which was expected based on my observations a few weeks ago. We also have lots of lettuce to eat around our house.

And the lettuce will continue with my last round of seeds planted which are now sprouted and beggining to grow quickly.
A picture of Gracie after eating dinner. Straight to the bath after this event.


Here I am with the kids in the life flight helicopter at a kids safety fair last weekend.


And a picture of all the hot mamas on their trip. The moms had a great time on their trip to Jackson Hole last weekend and came back fully rejuvinated but tired. Thanks for coming back so that I can return to playing in the garden.


Saturday, September 6, 2008

Farmers Market

Part of working for a large coporation these days involves getting involved in the community through volunteering. Each year, we have a month of activities designed to raise money and support united way agencies. Typical activities in years past have included a golf tournament, bake sale, prize raffle, Salsa contest, and dutch oven cooking contest. This year a co-worker and fellow gardener suggested a farmers market. I had contemplated the idea last year but didnt feel up to the challenge of putting it altogether so I was really glad to hear someone else wanting to try the same. So, we both worked together and are holding a farmers market at our office each Friday morning is September. Here is my co-worker and I manning the booth the first morning.

I was quite worried that we would either not have enough produce or low sales resulting in a poor event especially since we are relying on Williams employees to dontate all the vegetable and baked goods. We are holding the market from 6:45 to 9 am since that is the busiest time for people passing by the front of the building. After getting our display set-up, we were extremely suprised by the amount of goods we had. So amazed that we started realizing how much we had to sell since most of our products couldnt be stored for next Fridays sale.
We sold most all of the produce with a few squash and tomatoes left at the end of the morning. We made a total of $350 for our first day which means we made the United Way $700 since my company matches our proceeds. So, if you are interested in a great variety of locally grown vegetables let me know so I can give you the location of our office and you can support a good cause.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Stuffed Bell Peppers

I am having my best year yet in terms of bell pepper production, though don't come knocking on my door for any as we are able to use them all. Sarah made stuffed bell peppers not long ago, and they were great.
And a picture of fresh coco puffs from my garden. Not really but this should give you a laugh.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

I love salsa

I love when summer rolls around and the tomatoes turn red allowing me to make salsa. After getting a great recipe last year from Becca's mom, Ive been making about a batch a week during the season. This weekend, I attempted to break out of my traditional red salsa recipe and try something new. After hearing of Alison's success using my tomatillos, I tried a batch of green salsa. I can't believe how well it turned out since it was my first go at it. I will have to post my recipe I made up at another time.
In addition to a red and green salsa, I've been itching to make a mango salsa. I have tasted many mango salsa's at restaurants the past few years with fish tacos, ahi tuna and the like. Now it was my turn to try my hand at making such a salsa. I searched the internet and found a recipe I felt matched the really good mango salsa's I've tasted lately. Here is a pictre of the final product. Looks good doesnt it? Not only is the salsa really tasty but also has a very nice look to it with all the colors together.

Based on the time this bowl lasted while having friends over for appetizers before dinner, it's a hit with all. Mango Salsa
1 cup diced mango

1 cup chopped tomatoes (seeds removed)

1 finely chopped jalapeno (seeds and veins removed)

1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro

1/2 cup finely chopped red onion

1 clove garlic finely chopped

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

This recipe is really easy, takes about 15 minutes to make. You can experiement to see what ingredient you might increase/decrease. The recipe I found said to refreigerate overnight to allow flavors to meld. I personally like it just after making as each bite seems to highlight a different strong flavor.



Sunday, August 31, 2008

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Cucumbers for all

As noted in many previous posts, the cucumbers continue to grow with one plant producing about 10 a week. I was in the garden a few days ago getting tomatoes for salsa when I looked into the vines of the cucumber plant. There were a few hidden cukes I hadn't noticed that needed picking.Evidence of a crazy homemade Ice Cream party at the armstrongs. MMMMMMMMMMMMM


Anyone else have a problem vacuuming cause their one year old insists on helping? We can only hope that her interest in cleaning continues through her teen years. She rode around like this for a few minutes before losing interest.

Typical behavior for Sean when the camera comes out. Jump in front of the lens.


Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Hurry up with Dinner Mom!

We had Mimi in town for the weekend so she could watch the kids while Sarah and I drank ourselves unconscious . Not really, but Mimi did an excellent job cooking dinner for us while she was here. We had a zucchini casserole mom made when we were kids and a new recipe consisitng of sauteed pancetta (ham), tomatoes, onions, garlic on a bed of pasta with fresh basil and parmesan on top. Here are Mimi, Sarah and the kids. Thanks Mom for visiting and getting beat at Scrabble once again.

Here is a good picture of Gracie and mommy on the Heber train. Notice Gracies dirty pants, luckily her mom managed to keep her clothes clean the whole train ride.


Anyone interested in Kung Pao peppers? We have a few.