Thursday, July 31, 2008
Aidan claiming our spot.
What camping trip in Southern Minnesota would be complete whout a trip to the local Wal-mart for ice and other neccessities?
Mexican for supper. James doesn't like Mexican food very much, but since it was my birthday.....
Our fire was pretty sad. They make you buy your wood at the campground, and it was very wet and just smoked alot. You would think that smoke would have kept the mosquitos away.....
A local playground.
Aidan said, "Mom, I want to go back to the big water that crashes down." Lakes just aren't as cool after you have been to the ocean.
Flying James' trick kite after they did some golfing. (while I was reading!)
We went to a local town for their Czech fesitval. We stayed less than an hour, but when we tried to leave half the town was closed down for the parade and we could not find our way out!!!!!! It took us more time to get out of that little town than we actually spent there. And for the record "Kolacky's" are not as yummy as they sound.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
I found these pictures on the camera and this cake on the counter. Thanks guys.
Anyone want the recipe?
Sunday, July 27, 2008
The whole point of this little blog note is this. My J.Jill catalog came while I was lounging around the house sick for a few days, so I had plenty of time to pour over all its pages. I checked out all the outfits, accessories, and I paid a lot of attention to the clearance section in the back. There they had the cutest pair of Keen’s ever..... and while I debated and vacillated and argued with my conscience about whether or not I really needed them, someone else bought them, so by the time I went to order "plum/rose Keen’s, in size 9.5," they were gone. GONE.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
And imagine the sweet dreams you would have in this bed?
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Who would have thought? Both of us preferred Kraft. Or as Aidan put it, "the most yellowest cheese." Now you know. Kraft really is the cheesiest.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
The original article I read about the Toddy promoted it by saying that was how coffee had been made and served for many years in South America. I didn't really find much to back that up on my google search, but I did find some interesting facts, for those coffee drinkers among you.
1453: Coffee is introduced to Constantinople by Ottoman Turks. The world's first coffee shop, Kiva Han, open there in 1475. Turkish law makes it legal for a woman to divorce her husband if he fail to provide her with her daily quota of coffee.
1773: The Boston Tea Party makes drinking coffee a patriotic duty in America.
1920: Prohibition goes into effect in United States. Coffee sales boom.
1971: Starbucks opens its first store in Seattle's Pike Place public market, creating a frenzy over fresh-roasted whole bean coffee.
Monday, July 21, 2008
I often watch Oprah when I am at the gym, and it seems like she always has these moms on who have somehow forgotten to take care of themselves, and I swear to myself that will never be me, and there I sat in my sweatpants.
I also remember cringing once when I talked to a mom of an eight year old who hadn't lost her "baby weight" yet, thinking, I will never be that mom. Well, I am halfway there folks!
So there. For any of you you might have this misconception that I always have it together, now you know the vain truth about me!
One of the things I was really thankful for on our trip, is that we still can take trips. Granted, gas cost us almost a fortune, but we live in this amazing, diverse country and we have the freedom to come and go and explore as we please. I hope that we never lose that freedom here, that we can teach our chidren to never take this country for granted.
Isn't this perfect? This elderly man spends his retirement days painting scenic vistas on the East Coast. I wish I could paint, I think that would be a splendid hobby to take up in my old age. Aidan loves flags and maps. Here he is with a pirate's flag, courtesy of Uncle Jakob.
A boat, far off in the distance. My camara couldn't zoom in super close, but I like the grainy effect.
Remember Julia Roberts in this movie?
Mystic Seaport, Groton CT
The sky and water were a perfect hue that day.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
When we were on our road trip we enjoyed staying at few KOA's. I haven't stayed at one for years, and wow, they have come a long way! Playgrounds, mini golf, trampolines and all sorts of other entertainment for the family. Aidan loved playing with the chess and checker boards, and no, he is not a chess genius, he just made the black and white pieces fight. Boys.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
I was so sure and proud of myself, that I was totally unprepared for what I saw in the morning. Nothing but brown, burned remnants of plants, where once huge white blooms and lush green leafs had been. Once again, "Pride goes before a fall."
This year I will just enjoy my white flowers, and maybe someday I can change my zip code.........