Friday, August 31, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
And here is the result of playing all day with Daddy- 1 little grub ball out of 4- check out his feet :) Actually that's pretty mild for our little ones- usually the dirt is caked on- I've been told many times that dirt makes children grow- if so, our's should be at least adult-sized by now~
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
And to add to all of the activities already going on~ Lydia has started voice lessons. She's ALWAYS singing around the house- and actually sounded pretty good to me. So- we figured we have her checked out, and sure enough she has a great ear and sings with perfect pitch- definitely DID NOT get any of that from her mother!! We'll see how the first month goes and where it takes her/us- maybe just a month poorer (ha ha) or the next step to the future Miss Lydia :)
Friday, August 24, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
And naturally, what is a baseball game without seats in peanut heaven? Even up there the view is beautiful. I was hoping to have pictures of skyblast, but my camera died halfway through the evening. Not sure what's wrong-maybe sympathy for Carrie's camera problem :(
The main band for skyblast was the Povertyneck Hillbillies- those guys can wind up a crowd with some good 'ol fiddle playing- and the fireworks just keep getting better each year- we actually thought they would never end! They are shot off from the river, bridge, inside the field, and some buildings across the river- WOW! Go Zambelli's!
As for the rest of the weekend- rained out. Mark, his dad and the told oldest ones were supposed to go to a rc air 'fly-in'- No fun with solid rain, so it was a rainy, lazy day at home~ we're hoping the rain doesn't stop their plans to go boating again later in the week.
Have a great week- here' s to the SUN!!!
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Carrie- since you asked, the rest of this blog is for you... ok- and anyone else visiting :)
Our top-three favorite ways to use up tomatoes:
1. Basic tomato sandwiches with mayo, (or a yummy vegan avocado mayo-yum!) and sometimes a fried egg on top~
2. Cut up with basil, onion, and garlic, served over pasta or a 'raw' zucchini spaghetti~
And-- drum-roll please........
3. The TOP-SECRET (but since I love y'all I'll share) family salsa recipe:
3 medium tomatoes-diced
can olives-chopped finely
small can of green chilies
3 T olive oil
1 1/2 t. red wine vinegar
1 t. garlic
Combine all, adjust seasonings to taste, let sit for a few hours and serve with chips, fresh pitas, or flax crackers~ YUM :)'
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
On to another topic-- Mark's website is coming along, with new additions daily~ check his 'children's games for kids' site out at:
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Austin- this picture is JUST for YOU!!! It's your very own view of Heinz Field from the river- and hey Austin... it's a new season, a new coach, and you didn't place any mojo on the stadium for this season, so look out bud!! They even won their first pre-season game :) (Which really means didley, I know- but it's a sign- I just feel it)While Jacob loved the boat, he REALLY disliked his lifejacket. Our boat's faster than your boat :)
When you're done, you're done :)
When we returned to the dock, there was a beautiful rainbow overhead, but my camera batteries died :(
Thanks for the great day Dom!!! Can't wait to do it again!
Now, after Wednesday, we were very glad we had our outing then, rather than Thursday. Taking Elisha into his camp in the morning, we stopped for breakfast. Coming out of the cafe, it was like night, and it felt like you could touch the clouds- never quite seen anything like that. Very strange, but didn't think anything of it- had to get Elisha into Pittsburgh. The heavens let loose, and you know the old saying...rained like cats and dogs. The weather man said it dumped 5 inches in 1 hour.
It cleared of a bit and the rest of the day was cloudy, very much like our boating day. Dropped off Elisha, and Lydia and I headed for an all-over Pittsburgh shopping day. East End, Strip District, then back to CSC so she could play. We had to park in a spot I made at the farthest place in the lot, so at 2:30pm we went out to the car to move it to the drop-off/pick-up zone. While moving the car I heard on the radio there was a tornado warning for Allegheny county- thinking they meant watch instead of warning I didn't think much of it because it really didn't look that bad outside- just a normal grey storm cloud- and I didn't even hear any thunder or see lighting. Lydia and I headed inside and within 5 minutes we heard glass shattering and looked outside to see all kinds of things flying by horizontally. Now most of you who know me, also know that storms aren't my thing. Surprisingly I did well, just got a little panicked because I didn't know where Elisha was- his camp classroom was on the third floor. So I headed up the ramps, not knowing we weren't allowed on them, just in time to look up and see another window being blown out- there's my claim to fame: I was there on the ramp when the CSC glass was shattered. Elisha was fine, and all of the teachers had the students in the concrete stairwells.
While I don't know if it was actually a tornado, and don't want to make it out to be more than it was, it was a bit strange/scary. We're just very thankful we weren't on the boat because it would have been docked on the river with Dom, his family, and Jacob/the girls waiting for Mark and I to get Elisha. No one would have known it was coming, and there would have been no where for them to go. As is stands, a section of wall was blown off the outside of the building, and windows were blown out/broken. The CSC is closed for 2 days while they survey the damage and decide when to reopen. Don't know when or if Elisha will get to go to his last day.
And there you have it - 2 days in the life of summer camp in Pittsburgh... like I said, there is never a dull moment here :)
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Monday, August 6, 2007
Sunday, August 5, 2007
Saturday, August 4, 2007
This afternoon I found Elisha and Lydia playing in the water outside as PapPap was washing his truck. In a flash they ran by me, just STARVING and looking like drowned rats- then returned just as fast, dry as a bone. PapPap's taking us to lunch, they say. After PapPap came in the house I find out he thought I had sent them down to get lunch with him. Nope- he'd been played- I've trained them all too well :) And so goes the weekend... personally, I'm pulling for dinner out tonight....I may need some help from my little ones :)
Friday, August 3, 2007
Thursday, August 2, 2007
I looked out the window to find him ready to watch the action~ what movie could be better than this?
Even Jacob found out how to climb on top of 'Mr. Mountain Man' for his view out the window.
Mom took the girls shopping- and upon returning, the fun was over and Elisha had moved on to more exciting adventures with PapPap- what they were, I don't know- it's hard to tell with them :)