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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Tiny Bubbles...

....make me happy.
....make me feel fine.

Except these weren't tiny bubbles.
Big.
Big.
Bubbles.

Our local library hosts a really fun reading program every year and
they sponsor some fun kid-friendly events to kick it off.

Yesterday from Wild Child Adventures we were treated to an amazingly
informative, scientific, and fun look at "Bubb-ology."
Brandon did a wonderful job combining facts about bubbles, their spherical shape, what makes them pop or not pop and combined it with a fun and playful atmosphere.

Our little town is so lucky to have a county library that puts such effort into making their
programs succeed.

Here is a photo story of the show.












 Before leaving we had to get some books checked out to start our Summer Reading Challenge.  You should too!

i am and i love the library.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Not just another Sunday...

Nope, today was not just another Sunday.
Thank goodness.
This dad of the house deserves to be celebrated and loved on.

Of all the activities we could have done, and all the outings we could have planned, today Steven wanted a day of rest at home.

Yesterday he attended a Dodgers-Giants game in LA with a good friend,
and today he let me use my love language of food to celebrate him.

I'd say today was pretty successful.

I started with breakfast:
macadamia nut candied bacon, fruit platter, roasted red potatoes, and a fried egg on top of garlic sauteed swiss chard and spinach topped with avocado, tomatoes, and Parmesan cheese.







The kids worked TOGETHER on a project for their dad.  Did ya catch that? Together. I know, it's like a miracle happened.
 Obviously it was for a good cause.

 Yes, we love u dad!


Lunch was a hodge podge of leftovers which was good because I had a seriously yum-o menu planned for dinner.
Roasted Lemon-Pepper Sugar Snap Peas
 Blueberry Salad with red onions, tomato, blue cheese, pistachios, and avocado on top of romaine with a balsamic dressing.
 I've got to say, I picked a perfect cantaloupe.  Perfect.
 I roasted the asparagus and the sugar snap peas in the same tray so they were also lemon pepper asparagus cooked in coconut oil.
 Next time I'll cut the chicken in half so you can actually fit your mouth around it.  It's French Onion oven roasted chicken breast sandwich with spinach.  I had mine on Rye bread because we were out of buns, and it was amazing.  I will probably just serve it with Rye next time.

Even though Steve was at yesterday's Dodger loss, he was pumped to watch them take a major win tonight over the Giants.  10-2.  I'm pretty sure that was their gift to Steve. Thanks Dodgers.  I owe ya one.

i am and I'm grateful I get to do life with this guy.
 Happy Father's Day Hotpants.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Gazebo Gardens

This post starts off with a serious, heart-felt apology:

I'm so sorry, but I'm gonna get all crazy and a little irrational over
my excited state of the magical-ness of this evening.

Magical-ness.
And when I say magical-ness I mean in my tummy and with my eyes magical-ness.
I'm all twitter-pated at just the memory already.

I love food.
Love food.
Have I mentioned I love food?
I like to try new foods
(within reason, please don't ask me to try cow's tongue.
I do have a palette. And a visceral reaction to just the word.
So don't try to be cute or funny and try to trick me into trying it.
End rant.)

Any-waaaaaaays.
Back to the magical-ness.

My friends, especially those in the 559,
let me introduce you to......


GAZEBO GARDENS.
aka: "magical-ness"

They have EVERYTHING that I would want for my garden.
I felt like I was in Cambria.
If I ever win the lotto, this is sure to be on my list.
 There were varieties of tomatoes that I've never heard of, but am certain to plant next year.
Zachary found a fast friend, the worm.
 I let the kids each pick out a succulent.
What?
I never buy succulents.
Shock to your brain, I know.
 The darling cashier did a math lesson with Macy explaining tax and how the government uses those taxes on things like fixing holes in the road. Real life math.
 And to add wonderfulness to more wonderfulness there are FOOD TRUCKS HERE!
Macy ordered a cheese NY Style Pizza.  Felt like I was in New York.
 Macy liked it.
 Dusty Buns Bistro and I should be on a first name basis I decided.
These sugar snap peas with crunchy garlic dipped in yogurt-garlic dressing=magical-to-the-ness.
 Also from Dusty Buns (see, we are working our way to BFF status) A grilled cheese with strawberries, pears, and wait for it.... BACON. = off the charts.
 And then there was this think-about-it-in-your-dreams-burger.  True story.  I bet you five dollars I will have a dream about this burger.
  
We offically went into a food coma and my kids started getting into trouble.
Yes. Big trouble.

The magical-ness was starting to vaporize in the heat at a high rate of evaporation because of 9 year old and 7 year old 'tude.
 But Hottie McHotpants over here always keeps his cool and suggested dessert.


We actually ended up with two kinds of ice cream (mint cookies and cream, and pistachio almond.
Not pictured: two pies.
Yup.
Two pies.
No shame.
Lemon-berry & Strawberry Cream Cheese.

i amand I'm already planning my next kid-free trip so I can spend some time in the beer garden.  Hello date night!

Summer List 2015

It's here. The 2015 summer list. We are ready for a good time.