Monday, August 31, 2015

Basil!

Cleaned up the garden this morning and chopped up bunches of basil. I have 3 varieties this year & must remember to plant them again next year. There is to be fresh pesto for dinner plus more for the freezer. Yum!

august: eating

I went added-sugar-free starting in mid-August, so that has changed up our eating quite a bit. I'll blog more about it sometime, but here is some of what has been hitting our plates...

waffles with blackberry peach chia jam (I leave out the honey)

summer corn and bean soup - a favorite but add 1 tsp cumin

pesto pasta (actually pesto on everything!)

BLTs (with pesto!)

roasted beets with goat cheese


spinach & feta omelettes with pan sautéed cherry tomatoes

greek burgers (ground bison, red onion, oregano, feta)

sugar free chocolate shakes (almond milk, yogurt, banana, PB, cocoa)

Monday, August 24, 2015

(Mid)DayBook 8.24.15

Writing mid-afternoon. Seems to be the time I can find these days. So many things I'm not doing so I can sit here and just be.

Outside my window... I am outside. Lots of birds in the yard the last few days. Nina is lounging in the sun next to me. Tripper has his nose to the ground finding smells

I am hearing... those birds and a lawn mower in the neighborhood. But mostly the birds.

I am feeling... pretty good. Very antsy this afternoon for a sweet treat.

I am thinking... that I would like an eye lift. Never did I think that I would some day be thinking that thought. Maybe that should be under "I am wishing" instead?

I am thankful for... the sleep I've been getting lately!
From the kitchen... peach oatmeal for breakfast this morning, summer corn & bean soup with corndog muffins for dinner, angel food cake for dessert. Yesterday I made a sugar free chia jam and a big batch of roasted sweet potatoes.
I am wearing... running shorts and top. Never changed from me walk this morning
I am creating... a half birthday celebration for Kate. Today she is 11.5! Yikes!
I am going... to the grocery store. Always a necessary task.
I am reading... All the Light We Cannot See, slow progress as I've been pretty tired at night. Also listening to One Plus One but will finish today. Plan to start The Power of Habit today as it is a library checkout.
I am hoping... that someone will volunteer to come clean my kitchen every morning.
Around the house... we had a get-the-house-under-control day yesterday, so things feel pretty good. New lightbulbs, mostly clean rooms, clean sheets, etc. I'm going to order a new chair/ottoman this week. Also determined to get the doors painted on my bookshelves... now that it has been almost a year!

In the homeschool room... going really well 1:1 with Jack. I'll write a homeschool plan post soon.

How I'm exercising... ran with Matt last night. Walked with Tripper this morning. May do another run this evening when it cools off. Need to figure out my strength training.
One of my favorite things... grasshoppers. Such funny little things. They are everywhere right now.

A few plans for the next week: Busy week! Friends coming over tonight, 
dentist appt for me (cavity... yuck...), meet the teacher at Jack's possible new homeschool program, middle school open house, LASIK follow up appt for me, haircuts for both Kate and me, wolf feeding experience, maybe some tennis, and a weekend in the mountains!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Summer Review

We have had a fabulous summer, but I haven't had much time for blogging. Hoping that being back on a more routine schedule as autumn approaches will help. Here is the bullet highlights of our summer. Hoping to get more details and pictures on the blog at some point.

June
  • Trip to Club Med in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic with my friend/tennis partner Jordana and her family. A new experience for us as we had never been to an all exclusive resort (this was actually the last weekend in May but seemed like the kickoff to summer for us)
  • Jack did 2 weeks of STEM camp through a local university and loved every minute of it.
  • Kids had a swim meet in Thornton, CO the weekend after we came home
  • Kate did her standardized testing for the year. Usually we do this through our homeschool program, but we missed this year while traveling in Hawaii. She took the Stanford Achievement Test online. Very good experience, and she did great.
  • Participated in our neighborhood garage sale. After doing this several years ago, I was never going to do it again. But the kids wanted to have a sale, and before I knew it, I was out there dealing with all the people. Make over $1000 selling our junk.
  • My friend Nona and her daughter (Kate's BFF) arrived for the summer (& now beyond!) from Hawaii. Love having them intermingled in our daily life (although a little disappointed that our Hawaii connection is gone)
  • Matt took the kids to Austin over Father's Day for a long weekend of friends, lake play and really good food. Kate relished having a sleepover with Tia (my sister). And I relished having a few days all to myself.
  • At the end of the month, I drove the kids and Nina and Tripper to Minnesota (the calamities of that trip may be too gruesome for my blog!). We dropped Kate off at St. Olaf for swim camp. She loved setting up her dorm room for the few nights. Jack and I then went to see my friend Krista and her family (Jack loves her boys!) outside of St. Paul. The next day Jack and I drove to Hayward, Wisconsin where my parents rented a house on Lac Courte Orielles.
Kate in her Ole cap

July
  • After swim camp was over, Matt flew in to meet us, and we spent the next week in Wisconsin with my parents, my sister, and my brother and his family. All kinds of fun, before Matt and I drove back to Colorado with our crew.
  • We had 2 weeks of *normal* summer fun (Kate did Humane Society Camp during one of those weeks plus the kids had a weekend swim meet)
  • Then we packed up the car, drove back across the great Midwest to meet Matt's sister and her family in Michigan for a week on that great lake.
August
  • My cousin Kira and her family were in Colorado, so we spent some time (not enough!) with them
  • The kids and I headed to the mountains where my friend Linda and her teen son met us. Later in the visit her husband arrived plus our good friends from Texas stayed in our complex plus our friends' friends in another unit - I loved having a whole pack of kiddos running around!
  • That week before school started is a complete a blur! Although we did end the week with a swim team trip to WaterWorld
  • Last week Kate started middle school (!!!) while Jack and I started back to homeschool
  • More fun things to happen in August before summer draws to a close

Monday, August 03, 2015

DayBook 8.3.15

It's been almost 6 months since I've written a DayBook post. Thought it might be a good start to my get-back-to-blogging-more-regularly attempt.

Outside my window... overcast and green. The mountains look dark, but I am so happy to see them.

I am hearing... birds chattering, the trampoline springs assisting Kate skyward, and the mumble of the audiobook entertaining Jack as he gets dressed

I am feeling... motivated!

I am thinking... about what life is going to look like this school year. With one in school full time, there will be no big travels. As that reality sets in, I'm starting to see all the benefits of staying put for a bit.

I am thankful for... cool mountain air after driving across the horribly hot midwest plains
From the kitchen... we *attempted* to make large swedish pancakes this morning. They didn't look good but still tasted good. I came home to basil exploding in the garden, so Kate and a friend are tasked with making pesto today.
I am wearing... loose workout pants, tank top and an open weave sweater. Really comfy.
I am creating... space for my ideas. Instead of having random bits of paper everywhere for my lists and thoughts and ideas, I've gotten myself a spiral calendar where I can write everything.
I am going... to the grocery store soon. NOTHING to eat in this house.
I am reading... All the Light We Cannot See, only a few chapters in but I've heard it is great. Also listening to For the Love of Physics and, with the kids, The Candy Shop War. Got several nonfiction books going. Need to pick one and focus!
I am hoping... to get a good long walk in today. Tripper needs it and I need it.
Around the house... the house is looking so good and yet there is always so much to do! 

In the homeschool room... not much formal schooling right now. We started reading aloud Stuart Little (because I can't believe we haven't read it already!). Jack is working on a project that has him thinking and writing and drawing. He's so excited which makes me so excited. Also need to sit down with Kate over the next 2 week and learn decimals. Something we haven't covered but that she needs to know for school.

How I'm exercising... not regularly.
One of my favorite things... butter popcorn salt water taffy

A few plans for the next week: dentist appts, visit with my cousin and her family, tween night, a few playdates, hopefully a hike, and mountain time with a favorite person and her son