Archive for July, 2007

More free fun!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 31, 2007 by depechemom

Our library has a summer reading program that they allow non-readers to participate in. Basically you keep a log of the books you’ve read (or listened to) and you get a prize when you go in if you’ve added books to your log. Last year the prizes were a little cheap-not that Belle minded-so they usually wound up in the trash within a couple of days. This week the kids got fun streamers attached to a little stick. They’ve come apart a couple of times but I’ve managed to fix them fairly easily. They’ve had a blast nevertheless!



The best kind of fun—FREE!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 30, 2007 by depechemom

It seems there aren’t many things out there to do that don’t require money these days. We really wanted to head to the beach, but hotel costs are outrageous! J had to go in to work on Sunday afternoon to do some paperwork or we might have tried leaving early Sunday morning and coming back late that night. After doing some research, we decided to take a drive out to a waterfall. I had been there once before with my parents, but we only saw the lower falls. It’s quite a hike up to the upper sections. I went armed with my sling for Little Lamb and we had a very nice time! Though I’m still sore from all the climbing.

First we had a picnic near an old bridge. This shot makes the bridge look really steep, but it’s just J’s cool camera tricks.


The first part of the trail is paved, allowing most anyone access to the beautiful view. We didn’t make it quite all the way to the top due to the rough terrain, but what we did see was breathtaking! J carried Little Bear, I had Little Lamb in the sling, and Belle trucked right along. I was very proud of her climbing skills, and she hardly complained of being tired! Here are some more pictures of the views, the falls, and us. Enjoy!





Cheap finds

Posted in Uncategorized on July 27, 2007 by depechemom

Ever shopped the dollar aisles at Target? I personally LOVE them. I found a great laminated map of the US and some other laminated place mats that came with markers to practice writing letters, numbers, addition, subtraction, etc. I see LOTS of educational resources that I’d love to buy but don’t have the $ for, so it was a nice treat to find these. I even found a board book with each state as a lift-a-flap with the state capital, bird, and flower listed under the flap.

Just wanted to share my fun find of the week! Little Bear wants to say hi before he heads to bed:

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Have a great Friday evening!

Because sometimes I’m just not feeling the writing part…

Posted in Uncategorized on July 25, 2007 by depechemom

I give you a post of pictures!!

We’ll start with an adorable picture of Little Bear helping me fix the chocolate granita we had for dessert on our anniversary.


I never thought I’d see the day when she fell asleep in her high chair…


I guess we pushed a little too hard while my parents were in town!

Here’s one of the kiddos on our little trip. Belle is, of course, looking at Grandma instead of me!


Here’s a couple shots from our peach picking adventure.



And lastly, some pretty wild flowers I captured on an overlook (my mom has to stop at EVERY one to take pictures).


So much fun

Posted in Uncategorized on July 23, 2007 by depechemom

We’ve had so much fun around here lately, I just haven’t taken the time to write. The visit with my parents was great. As usual we packed too much into too little time. We took a day trip to an area with amazing outlets (yea shopping!!) and the hotel had a pool. So that was fruitful in many ways. My Belle was swimming around like a little pro! She even jumped into the water and swam across to my mom. If you told me just a month ago that my little girl would be swimming like this, I would have laughed!

J was home this weekend so we went to a city pool together. Belle showed off her fantastic skills despite the freezing cold water temp. After swimming we stopped by a peach orchard and picked a few peaches. We also grabbed a beautiful green tomato.

For dinner we had the most delicious BLT sandwiches ever! First J cooked the bacon out on the grill-right on the grates! It is sooo good this way. He spread some olive oil on the bread and grilled it as well. Then he spread some goat cheese on the bread and topped it with the bacon lettuce and the aforementioned tomato. It was absolutely fantastic!! (Keep in mind this is coming from someone who usually orders my BLT’s without the L or the T!) Fresh, organic produce really does make a difference. We can’t afford it as often as we’d like, but we try to sneak it in when we can.

It’s back to the real world today of scrubbing toilets and chasing clutter. Sounds like fun, huh?

The going’s on

Posted in Uncategorized on July 15, 2007 by depechemom

My parents arrived for a visit last night. They were in TN last week at a conference and then came out to see us. The kids are soaking up as much Grandma and Grandad time as possible. Little Bear is completely attached to my Dad at every waking moment. I think it’s mostly because he does whatever Little Bear wants. Read books over and over. Rock in the rocking chair. Play outside. etc.

We had a nice day together with only one crazy incident at lunch. We tried a brand new restaurant that we’re predicting won’t last long. The service was SUPER slow, my food came out way later than everyone else’s, and then my waffles were crumbly bits! Yes, waffles. I mean how hard is it to cook a waffle??? I don’t want to rehash all the details, but suffice it to say customer service is not their strong point. The funny thing is, they have this sign on the door saying they have great southern hospitality. It was very mind boggling! It has given us a funny story to remember forever.

I may be a little slower at posting these next few days as we’ll be out having fun. Hope you have a wonderful week too!!

Is it the Twilight Zone??

Posted in Uncategorized on July 13, 2007 by depechemom

If you’ve looked at any previous entries you might have thought you’d entered an alternate universe where my blog looks the same and sounds the same, except all the names have changed. I’ve been thinking for a little while that I didn’t want to have our “real” names on here. After all, my kids don’t even get a say in what’s written here. I’m generally a super safety minded person and it wasn’t sitting right with me.

So, no. This isn’t the Twilight Zone. My husband is J, my 5 yr old is Belle, my 2 yr old is Little Bear, and the baby is Little Lamb. These names are based on nicknames I’ve had for the kids since they were born. I’ve changed things in the archives as well. Any time before June and it’s likely that the spacing is hosed. Something about this new version of Safari. It’s good for some things and a pain for others!