Because I am here, enjoying a vacation with my parents.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
(That is his chubby little finger pointing to his little basil sandwich!)
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
We enjoyed a lovely lunch here. Our table spent most of the meal "oohing and aahhing" over each other's food and its presentation, all of which was amazing! Definitely a "must eat!" And for sure a place I plan to revisit.
I took lots of pictures, but thanks to some glitch with our Microsoft upgrade I can't rearrange them without major headache. So they are out of order and that is how they are going to stay.
We did buy a bag of marbles at the Essence of Nonsense. It is one of the all-time greatest toy stores ever. Although I may regret my decision to buy the marbles. We have played nonstop all week, and I keep stepping on stray marbles on my way through the living room.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
They don't have rules about shoes at Yinghua.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
This is James' grill. We received it as a wedding gift from his high school friends eight years ago. It has seen many, many barbeques and also has noticed a vast improvement in the meat that it's produced over the years as well.
This grill could tell a lot of stories too, like the story about the time I tried to help James out by pre-heating the grill and pretty much melted it. (I since repainted it and fixed it up, but that is why the handle is missing)
Or the time I asked James to make a pork loin and a few hours later we had a small brick the size of a chicken breast?
Or impromptu gatherings with friends from far and near that have visited us over the years? Brian and Stacy, Doug and Bonnie, Jen and Eric, Caleb and Elisha to name a few. It seems like all good gatherings are around the grill.
I remember once we had been married a little over a year and my parents were visiting us in our little duplex in Northeast Minneapolis. I was preparing a cranberry-raspberry marinade for the chicken and my dad turned up his nose at the idea of fruit and chicken. Well - he went out to grill and after enjoying quite a few pieces while he was grilling he eventually admitted that was some good chicken.
And remember the big surprise 30th birthday party that you totally figured out, James, because your friend stunk at keeping you away from home for the day? And Ken Habel grilled up a vast array of chicken on that tiny little grill?
Yes- call me sentimental but that grill has been the center of many meals with many friends over the past decade.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
The other day I came home and found half my hydrangea's had been broken to the ground. I quizzed Aidan, "Did you- ? Did your friends-?" But when I looked more closely I saw all my bushes were knocked to the ground and I realized my blooms are so large this year they are literally breaking the branches! Apparently this cooler summer must be what they like because they are now taller than my head. They are so large, in fact, that they are preventing my clematis from getting sun, and so this year it only bloomed at it's tip - where it actually sees the sun's rays.
My beebalm has also spread like wildfire this year. I love the hot pink in contrast to the white.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Saturday morning they were having a Kidsfest at the McPhail Center for Music. We thought we would go and check it out.
Afterwards we went to the Farmers Market and then walked along the riverfront.
Enjoying some yummy Thai food at Kindee. I will learn how to make these lettuce wraps and share with you. The filling was so good I wanted to lick the bowl!
Saturday we had dinner with the neighbors. All the kids dressed up like super-hero's and ran around the neighborhood.
James impressed me this weekend! He finished up some little odd jobs around here AND he replaced the was seal under our toilet. (The previous owners had caulked around the toilet. And then rust stains would appear and I would scrub and scrub and re-caulk again.......... so if you ever are house shopping and there is caulk around the toilet..........
We also were having some leaking around our faucet and it was corroding like crazy. James installed this new faucet and not only does it look amazing in the bathroom, the stopper actually works! (Our old one never did.) Thanks so much. I think it went so well I am going to keep my eye out for a new faucet for the kitchen sink. Bet you just can't wait James!