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Friday, July 29, 2011

Got blueberries?






This week was kind of a hit and miss week. Winston and Roman had a great time at Stone Mountain with Carolin , but when we tried out a new Mexican restaurant recommended in a local children's magazine the food was disappointing. We tried a local Gelato store called Pablo's this week. I have wanted to go there for about 2 years because it is totally famous; however, I found that while it transported me back to Italy for a few minutes the fact that you can only pay with cash and that they don't carry flavors like panne or something similar to vanilla makes it a place I just can't go to with my children. Carolin enjoyed seeing Martin Luther King's home and memorial and today she is enjoying the roller coasters at Six Flags with Harris. Yesterday, I tried to take the children blueberry picking but we were out of luck due to the lack of rain and hot temperatures leaving no blueberries to be harvested. This did not stop us from making the most amazing blueberry muffins. We just picked some up at Costco. You have to try this recipe which I adapted from the Junior League cookbook from Portland. I just swapped out the whole wheat flour out for white flour, but if you like wheat flour in your bake goods then just add 1/2 wheat and 1/2 white.
Blueberry Yogurt Muffins
1 egg
1/4 stick of butter
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup yogurt
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
a p[inch of salt
1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 1/3 cups white flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1 cup of blueberries

Hope you enjoy them as much as I did.  To die for!  Oh, and isn't my little blueberry adorable.  She had a visit with the cardiologist this week.  It turns out she has a small hole in her heart, but they believe it will close up on it's own.  When they weighed her she weighed in at 6 pounds 3 ounces.  That is 2 pounds since her birth 5 weeks ago.  She also grew 2 inches.  I just adore her.  I love how she listens to me so intently when I talk to her as if everything I am saying it so important.  I love the greedy little noises she makes as she eats and how when she cries it sounds like a kitten.  

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Boy Scout Camp "Early Cornerview"







This past week Harris spent the week at Boy Scout Camp with other boys from our church that came as far as Florida and Tennesee. He was so excited to go. While he was there we got an e-mail from a man who goes to church with us. This is what he wrote,"In today's day and age it is amazing that I can be sitting here at scout camp and type you an email. I wanted to let you know that Harris is having a great time here at camp. He decided to take on the challenge of completing the mile swim, which involves 5:30am start for four straight days. He is doing this with four other boys in the troop. Last night we had a troop family home evening program. As part of that program, Brother Lubin asked all of the boys to share an experience they have had at camp that will help them on their mission. Harris shared that his preparation for the mile swim is teaching him to work hard and endure to the end, and that will help him to be a successful missionary. It brought tears to my eyes to listen to him share this observation with the group. It has been a privilege for me to watch Harris grow into a fine young man as I have watched him transition from a restless primary boy to a young man in the Aaronic Priesthood. He has a great testimony, and is a wonderful example to the younger boys here at camp. You should be very proud of the decisions he is making. I know he will continue to make great decisions as he prepares to serve a full-time mission." On Friday, Harris completed the challenge with two other boys after a couple of the boys dropped out. I am so proud of him. I can't say that I would get up each morning at 5:30am to practice. Harris is now home and completely exhausted.


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Through the eyes of a child the Aquarium "Cornerview"









Before I had children, I went to the places like the beach or Disneyland it definitely was a lot easier. There was no whining or crying. No worries of did I pack everything I need such as diapers or wipes. However, it just isn't the same as when you have children. There is a certain magic that children bring with them when going places. Even when they have been many times to a place they see things with a different set of eyes. They find joy in the littlest things. Yesterday, the boys went to the aquarium with Carolin. While I didn't get to go with them,  I was just as happy to hear about how much they enjoyed the aquarium and the new dolphin show. My suggestion is if you don't have a child then borrow one for the afternoon. You will not regret it because your day will be filled with magic.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

I month old





Oh sweet Addy, I can't believe you are a month old. It seems like yesterday that you were placed in my arms for the first time. Each day I treasure holding you in my arms and take in deep breaths of your yummy heavenly baby smell. I don't want to take one minute for granted because I know that before I know it you will no longer be a baby even though you will always be my baby.  Papa and I gave you your first real bath this week.  You actually didn't mind the water and were very patient with us.    Your such a good baby. 
                                               Happy 1 month sweetheart!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Carolin visits

 

 

We have had a busy week. Winston returned home from Germany last Saturday. Since he is not old enough to travel internationally alone nor would we let him travel alone, we were lucky to have a friend of the family "Carolin" volunteer to fly back home with him. Carolin is from Germany. It has been great having her here this past week and are lucky to have her stay with us for another three weeks. There is just no way we would be able to do any summer time activities without her extra set of hands. Baby girl is not nursing, so I am pumping for her. However, that means feeding take twice as long. I am lucky if I can get dressed before 10 am each day.    On Monday, we went to the zoo.  It was so hot and most of the animals were hiding.  I am making a mental note not to visit the zoo on such a hot day.  We left after two hours.   She took the boys to see Mr. Popper's Penquins along with the final installment of Harry Potter.  They loved both of the movies.  On Thursday, we headed to the lake because they always have so much fun when they are there.  On Saturday, my mom watched the baby and Roman and Carolin and I took Winston to the World of Coke.  We tasted so many variety of Coke products that I felt sick when we left.  I agree with the statistic that Coke is their number one product of the 500 brands they represent Some were just completely discusting.  Yuck!

Monday, July 11, 2011

I love summer!

I love summer!
I love hot summer days!
I love days filled with watermelon!
I love days filled with swimming!
I love summer nights filled with the music of crickets, frogs, cicadas, and fireflies!
There isn't much about summer I don't love!
I love summer!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Before and After Cornerview




I have spent the morning racking my brain on what I should present for this weeks corner view challenge. Time is very limited these days with a brand new baby who thinks it is party time from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. I keep telling her she needs to change her ways, but she is a very disobedient baby. "Wink-Wink" I would have loved to show you my baby bump and post baby tummy, but baby couldn't wait to come to this world thus I never got any real baby pump photos. I thought I could show you what I look like with sleep and no sleep, but that is pretty scary. I could wait till Saturday when Winston gets home and do a before and after photo shoot with my boys getting haircuts (boy do they need them). Then I remembered a mock dessert using bananas. You take as many bananas as you like. Freeze them and then throw them in the blender with a splash of milk or soy milk. Out comes banana ice cream. Top with some chopped walnuts and a drizzle of chocolate syrup and walah you have a low calorie dessert that will not make your waistline grow. I don't know about you, but doesn't that sound perfect. I need to get back on the diet train if I ever want to fit back into my pants.

2 weeks


Two weeks have come and gone since Addy has joined our family. I don't know if their is a more adored baby on the planet. She is very loved. We all have come up with our own set of nicknames for her. Harris calls her baguette. I call her moppet because she looks like a little muppet puppet. Her papa calls her schatzi, beautiful, or liebling. She rules the house. She thinks night time is party time. She is has already put on 6 ounces and her belly is starting to look more round. I think we will keep her.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Soccer Camp and The Segenberg Museum








Winston is coming home in 4 days. We can't wait. We have missed him so much, but we are glad that he had the opportunity to spend the summer with his Oma and Opa in Germany and also to perfect his German. The last couple of weeks he has been keeping busy. He attended a week long soccer camp that was organized by a Swiss National Player which explains all the Swiss flags in the photos. He had a blast and Oma told me he came home home every day completely exhausted. Then this past week Oma took him and a Colombian exchange student that is staying with the neighbor to the Segenberg Museum which is the museum of natural history. 4 days and counting!  Yahoo!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Finding Joy








I don't know about you, but I often take the little things for granted. However, this week I am finding joy in the simple things. Joy that my feet are no longer swollen and actually look like feet. Joy in my blue nail polish titled Date with a Royal. Joy in making chocolate covered 4th of July graham crackers for smores with my son Roman. A sleeping baby. Watching her practice smiling in her sleep, and the sweet little noises she makes. Watching two great movies while feeding my baby- Princess Kaiulani and the Red Violin. Loving these amazing blankets given to my daughter one is by David Fussenegger and the other called a baby mink.  To some these things might mean nothing, but to me they bring me joy.  Hope you are having a great week.  We are gearing up to celebrate the 4th of July on Monday with friends, and then just a few more days until our Winston returns from Germany.  I can't wait to see that boy.  I miss him.  I miss his funny sense of humor.