Sunday, July 20, 2008

July part 2

I'm sitting here on a Sunday evening, enjoying a berry smoothie, made by my spouse.
Summer is cruising along at a steady pace. Heather is nearly 12 and this is the first year that she's noticing how fast the time flies. It's hard to believe that in just a couple of weeks, Kevin and I will have been parents for 12 years. When Heather was born, I had a 13 year old sister. My sister is now 25 and just last year, became a parent herself.

So anyway, we have a birthday coming up and the thing that Heather is looking forward to is the trip to the jewelry store to get her ears pierced. We've also been gathering gifts here and there, and before we know it, it'll be the morning of her birthday. She'll wake up to presents at her place at the breakfast table and she'll be anxious for us to get up so she can open them. We'll have a get together with family here at the house and then perhaps the following weekend, we'll take both kids and hopefully one of Heather's friends to Chuck E. Cheese for an afternoon of constant noise and arcade games. Pretty close to Heaven for kids I think.

Speaking of birthdays, this weekend, we went to my nephew's 1st birthday party. He was pretty cute and my sister put on a great party for the little guy. I'm guessing that she and my brother-in-law were exhausted and possibly took a nap when they came home.

I guess that it's time for me to close this entry. My daughter has brought out the game "Apples to Apples" and she's ready for us to play.


Friday, July 11, 2008

Keeping cool

Summer seems to be in full swing. The required heat is here too. I don't mind having the sun as much because we need it for the garden to produce the veggies that we planted. There's just something about harvesting your own food and having it for dinner or at least preserving it. It's a pretty good feeling.

The summer heat also provides us with a reason to make smoothies too. A few weeks ago, Kevin bought a heavy duty blender, that crushes ice. So on Friday nights, and sometimes other very hot weekdays, he can be persuaded to make smoothies using the frozen berries from last year's garden. They're very filling and very good, and not as fattening as what we'd normally get at Dairy Queen. Kevin made some smoothies tonight and they were soooooo good!

And finally, summer is bringing birthdays. Between last Saturday and the end of August, we will have a birthday party every two weeks. My grandma turned 90 last Saturday. We celebrated with a family dinner at Marie Callender's. My aunt & uncle joined us from out of town and my nephew, who will be 1 in a couple of weeks, was the main entertainment. Next weekend is my nephew's birthday and then two weeks after that is Heather's 12th birthday and 3 weeks after that are the birthdays of my dad and brother-in-law. It's a busy birthday summer.

So that's the latest with this report. Due to the rising price of gas, we aren't doing much traveling, so most of what we'll be doing will be here at home.