Thursday, July 31, 2008

Poor Gramma!

Brian's mom, generous enough to watch the girls as I went to run some errands (though she would say that it is a privilege), was subjected to torturous happenings while I was gone. I came home, and Jan was on the couch, enduring the pain it takes to be beautiful. The funniest part about this was when Liv came down with all her hair items, she told Jan to sit still. "This will only hurt a little bit," She said. What will hurt a little bit???? Jan looked at what L. held in her hand. Tweezers. She was attempting to pluck her eyebrows!!!! I regret that I was not fast enough to take a snapshot of the back of Jan's head. A real live CARABINER stuck to one of her auburn locks. L. is a master of thinking outside the box, and using objects for what they are NOT intended for. (oh, and that's an incredible Hulk tattoo on her shoulder...)

Birthday Weekend

Last Friday was Brian's birthday, which means we are, after 5 days of disequilibrium, once again the same age. That means, for me, no more having to endure "over the hill" jokes, no more reminders that I am "the older woman." I can now live in peace. For his birthday, we went to the Shakespeare Fest. to watch Into The Woods, a musical meant to warn you to watch what you wish for. Pretty appropriate on a birthday, I think. You know, with all the making wishes and blowing out candles and all that. Before we left, we had to stop by Hawk's Stadium so that Bri could wrap some hands of the fighters fighting that night. After he was done, we picked up some sushi and picnicked at the festival. It was a great night. The next morning, we left early for Seattle! We watched the Torchlight Parade our first night there. This guy's coat stared at me the whole night. I just had to take a picture of it. The Shining's a pretty creepy is this guys' jacket. What was he thinking...?

Of course, we had to take a pic of ourselves enjoying the parade, just to prove that we were there.

We stayed in Capital Hill the first 2 nights at a bed and breakfast. It was such an amazing home....owned by art collectors. The home was built in the early 1900's and they had every inch of the walls covered by art. There was even art propped up along the floorboards. I loved it...very eclectic and beautiful. We were served old-fashioned oatmeal each morning, topped with fresh blueberries, a huge bowl of fresh watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe, lottsa coffee, and apple turnovers. Delish. The home was very charming. This pic was taken outside the bathroom window, overlooking the grapevines on the porch.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

I Think We Need a Bigger Tub!

We got to watch our good little friend Mary tonight. Her arrival is always met with lots of girlish squeals (and not just from Brian). Even Chester was so excited that he knocked half of the little people to the ground. We had lots of fun, including: Naming fish, using ink and stamps to stamp paper...our hands...our legs..our friends, running from a scary frog (?) with just one high heel shoe on, and my favorite:

Cleaning up from the crazy night. :o)

For All You Polenta Lovers Out There...

This is my new fave! Quick, easy, and uses everyday ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. I loved it so much, I had to share.

Polenta With Creamy Tomato Sauce:

1/2 C. minced Onion
4 T. butter
1 clove minced garlic
1/4 C. dry wine
3 T. tomato paste
1/2 C. chicken broth
4 T. cream
1/2 C. grated Parmesan
Salt & pepper to taste
pre-cooked packaged polenta (I used San Genarro)

Saute onion in butter over medium heat, add garlic. Stir in wine, tomato paste and chicken broth. Simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cream, salt & pepper to taste. Cut the polenta into 1/2" thick slices and arrange in lightly greased 9X13 baking dish. Spoon sauce over polenta and sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

A birthday kiss.

Today was my birthday! I had to fit in my long run this morning, and when I returned, the unmistakable scent of homemade waffles greeted me at the door. Along with their makers and my favorite people in the whole wide world.

After waffles, we took our train out and headed for the Blues Fest and listened to some music at a park downtown. Brian bought me my favorite, Crab Rangoon, at a roadside oriental food truck. Then, we rode back to the house, jumped in the car, picked up some birthday cake, and ate it while watching the sunset at tablerock. As we were sitting there, an acoustic guitarist shared some praise music for all us sunset-watchers. It was absolutely, most completely, a magnificent end to a far more than perfect day. Tomorrow, I'll start limiting the use of my adjectives. But today...they fit.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Can't Be too Careful...

...when helping daddy in the garage. I think H. truly believes that these ear protectors give her "garage-helping" powers. Both girls actually like to wear the garage or not. The other day, I was asking L. to do something and she wasn't responding. I went right over to give her a "talking to" so that next time she didn't ignore me. Before I got there I saw them strapped to her head. It was the sweetest thing to see her dancing around the room, singing and playing--completely oblivious to my own toil. When I did finally get her attention, she had the most innocent look about her. I just laughed. At least I know they work. :o)

Monday, July 14, 2008

It's Scary... much L. is looking like Brian these days.

My Hero.

This is Brian's last fight at the Idaho Center. It ended just how it looks like it ended. He won. I'm so proud of him!

Move Over, Stevie Wonder!

We got to hang out with our good friends Scott, Keri, and their son Trevor. This is my favorite picture of that time together. H. and Trevor, singing and playing their hearts out.

Look Ma, No Training Wheels!!!!

Good job, girl!

Summer Bliss.

Look At These Crazy Cats.

This picture was taken last month, but I still love looking at it. My bro, Uncle Conrad is a master at making kids think he is their same age.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Summer Trip

While in Lincoln City earlier this month, we spent time with my Parents and brother Tim. The Oregon Coast is always spectacular to behold!


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