Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Cornerview Music

When I was in the 4th grade, I tried to learn how to play the flute. We lived in Lake Tahoe, California at the time and the winters were very cold. I was so bad at playing the flute that my mom sent me outside to practice. I ended up quiting. In high school, I took a key board class. I learned how to play twinkle twinkle little star and green sleeves. My real love though is for singing. I am by far no American Idol, but I can hold my own.  I enjoy singing in a choir. I still remember my first solo. I sang The Rose. I guess this kind of dates me doesn't it? Anyway, life kind of has it's own music. The swooshing sound of the treadmill, the little boy in the back seat who told me there were 3 Jacobs in his classroom. One with brown hair and two will yellow hair. Then by his side a red hair baby sucking her pacifier. The sizzling and cracking sound of schnitzel in the pan as I make lunch for my husband.   The crinkling of paper as my mother cuts out Addy's blessing gown made from the fabric of my wedding dress. Sometimes the noise can be overwhelming; especially, since I grew up an only child and my house was pretty quiet.  I wouldn't trade all this noise or music for anything. We lost two friends this week. One to cancer and another to an unexpected death for what should have been a routine surgery.  One had children that just left for college and the other had small children still at home. A reminder that we should never take anything for granted.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

3 months

Addy turned 3 months old last week while we were in Seattle.  She is still more like a 2 month old in her abilities.  She is really a charmer and loves to smile and coo!  She is a really good baby too except when it comes to bed time and refuses to sleep in her own bed.  Gotta break her of this one because I am not getting much sleep. 

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Adelaide Goes to Seattle




Adelaide went on her first airplane ride, and she was a perfect angel. All the passengers said that they didn't even know she was on the plane because she didn't make a peep. When we arrived in Seattle the weather greeted us as if we were special guest because it couldn't have been more perfect. Not too hot not too cold and the sun was out in all it's glory. We headed straight for West Seattle and went to one of my favorite bakeries Bakery Nouveau. We ate an amazing lunch of goat cheese pizza with carmelized onions and bbq pulled chicken with slaw on a brioche bun.  The next day Addy and I visited with our good friend Jenna who took us to the Portage Bay Cafe.  I am too scared to get on the scale after that breakfast.  I had the Challah French Toast covered in fresh berries and cream.  I seriously heard the choir of angels sing with this meal.  Jenna was in heaven because they had plenty of gluten free options. Then off to do some shopping.  On Thursday, we went blackberry picking at a friends house which over looks the Seattle harbor.  Boy do I miss that view, but not the weather.  Then it was off to Tuta Bella for dinner.  On Thursday, we went to the Seattle Aquarium,but not before we ate lunch at Agua Verde.  I had the fish tacos. The aquarium is not very large, but they focus on local habitat.  I love their collection of Starfish. You can't visit Seattle without a visit to Pike Place market. I wish we had one of these in Atlanta.  Then we watched the sun set  while eating dinner at Chinooks.  I had the salmon pot pie.  Seriously, if you love fresh fish than Seattle is your place; however, not very cheap, so a little saving may need to take place before visiting.  Friday, we just chilled with friends all day and now we are home.  Too short of a visit, but I will take what I can.  It was so great visiting my friends and hanging out in all my old haunts. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Iconic "Cornerview" The Eiffel Tower

This week I finally finished Addy's bedroom.  It all started with a pair of sheets.  They were just too adorable.  Sadly the don't photograph very well, but they are really cute believe me.  The a little girl with poodles and iconic French scenery.  In the lightest  colors of pink, coco, and raspberry.  The the idea just built from there.  I wanted her room to be classic, and something that would grow with her.  So I added a light pink comforter, a blanket with her name on it and pink sheets for the crib, the lamp was an accident ( a happy one-I like the pop of green), the Eiffel tower vinyl, and the print found in France many years ago.  I love her room.  It makes me happy to be in there with her.  It is like going on a mini-vacation -even if it is just in my mind. 

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Signs of Fall

Slowly but surely Fall is on it's way
Trees are changing colors
The Temperature has dropped -thankfully!
I would say the garden was harvested, but the turtles from the creek at my cantaloupes, and the squirrels at the zucchine.
We are craving pumpkin.

Years ago when I lived in Michigan, I belonged to a German speaking group.
We met once a month and would speak German while eating yummy desserts.
Pumpkin Gooey Cake was one of the recipes shared with me.

1 box of yellow cake mix
1 stick of butter.
1 egg

mix together and with a fork press into a 9x13 baking pan.

Then in a bowl mix together:

1 15 ounce can of pumpkin
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
1 8 ounce of cream cheese
4 cups of powder sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 stick of melted butter
2 eggs
once combined pour over first layer and bake in the oven for about 50 minutes at 350 degrees.  Should be a little moist.  So seriously yummy!                  

Happy Fall!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Indispensable "Cornerview"

OK, I am just only 4 days late with cornerview this week; however, I have a very good reason for being late and that is my best friend flew in from Colorado Springs to visit me. She came to help me celebrate my 40th birthday. Before you start saying happy birthday I don't actually turn 40 until next Saturday. The first thing we did was go out to dinner at the Atlanta Fish Market. The Seafood is fantastic! Buffi had the Maryland Crab cakes and I had the Hong Kong Salmon. The next day it was off to get Pedicures. Once our toes were gorgeous, we celebrated my birthday with a group of my friends by the pool. The food was way to good. The friendship is indispensable. I don't know what I would do without good friends. They are so awesome.  On Friday, Buffi and I went to Stone Mountain. Now I am sad because she had to go home. It just wasn't enough time together. I guess I need to look forward to the next time we can see each other.  Thanks Buffi for coming and seeing me and to all my friends who came to celebrate with me. 

Monday, September 5, 2011

In Remembrance

It is hard to believe that a decade has gone by since September 11th because on that day I think maybe many of us didn't know how we would go on. It seems like yesterday. Do you remember what you were doing on that day? I sure do, I had just discovered that I was pregnant with my second child. We were living in East Lansing, Michigan. My husband was at work. I was feeling sick. We hadn't told our family yet, and were going to make the phone calls on that day. I had just gotten back home from dropping Harris off at preschool when I turned on the TV to Good Morning America. I couldn't believe my eyes. The first tower was on fire. What they were saying wasn't making sense in that they were reporting an airplane had crashed into the tower. My first thought was a small plane, but then they said it was a large commercial plane. It wasn't long after I turned on the TV that the second plane crashed into the second tower. I couldn't believe it. That was when I knew it wasn't an accident and I think maybe others did too. I was in shock. I sat their numb,  not really knowing what to do next. My eyes were glued to the TV waiting for more news. While I didn't know any one who personally died that day. I have had many family members who have fought over in Iraq and Afghanistan. So, I was thinking that I don't want to simply just remember, but I want to do something good. Then then idea came to me to challenge you to do something good. It doesn't have to be anything big. Maybe take cookies to a neighbor or bring a meal to someone in need. Smile at someone or address the checkout person by name. Maybe you want to do something big. While we can't change the events of that day maybe just maybe by doing something good this week we can make this world a better place. Are you in????

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Labor Day Weekend

I meant to post this yesterday, but I was too busy and then when I finally had a moment to sit down. Well, I fell asleep. This is what we have been up to this week.

Harris and Winsto loved attending their friend Rohith's birthday at Andretti Speedway
They would have me take them every weekend if it were up to them.
They made me promise them that we could go back sometime.

A little bath fun includes lots of bubbles.

We have been on a smoothy kick wih the hot weather
 we have been having it is still in the mid 90's every day. 

Roman is still madly in love with Super Heros.
He and his friend Bryson had so much fun dressing up in costumes.

                                       Look what we found in the back yard!  A snake skin. 
I wonder where the snake is????
We kicked off Labor Day by heating up the Grill.

Harris is reading the True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle in school this week.
I thought I would join him and read it too.  Afterwards, we had fun talking about the books theme.
Have you read this book?

Well the big boys are off at the other house cleaning up the yard.
We still haven't sold our other house.
I hope we sell it soon though I am losing a little hope in this economy.
Everyone want to buy a house for nothing.  We just keep getting really low ball offers despite. 
We refuse to go to the bank with a check.  
Please pray we sell it soon. 
I am off to take a shower. 
Have a great weekend!
life rearranged