Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Shout Out #3: G-Sale finds for Mia Mia

I don’t know if my friend Marilee reads this blog, but she does know Linnea is pretty much obsessed with her (from a distance…she clams up when we are actually at their house). I DO know that I had never heard garage sales called “g-sales” until we moved out here, and I still find the signs pretty stinking hilarious. And Marilee is the queen of them; her house is full of great finds!

So here’s to you, Miss Mia Mia! Linnea with her two favorite finds: the “Yegos” or “toys,” and the “rock-a-horse.”

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Shout Out #2: Surf ‘n Turf for Uncle Dave

We were back to full health last weekend and decided to celebrate. Dave’s the closest this family’s got to a food blogger, so this one’s for him. We had some kind of steak, king salmon (Tim’s hoped-for king crab legs weren’t available), homemade French fries, the season’s first corn on the cob, steamed broccoli and a baguette. Brownies were done after Linnea was in bed, but she got to enjoy some the next day.

Oh, and we tried to come up with a holiday to celebrate, and it turned out that Saturday, June 25 was Arbor Day in the Philippines, as well as the anniversaries of the deaths of Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson. So there you go.


Linnea was a first-course Saturday night special

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Shout Out #1: Linnea’s Legos for Uncle Mike

Eat your heart out, buddy.

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Garden pots

The seeds we planted in April decided to show something for themselves.




Lupines in the big pot


The black one is oregano and the terra cotta pots are a mixture of herbs…I think more oregano, cilantro and something else


Johnny jump-ups in the two green ones, poppies or zinnias, I forget which, in the chicken, and herbs (basil, chives, cilantro, thyme and oregano) in the herb pot


They got a little mixed up in the middle


Unfortunately the azaleas and clematis, the only actual plants with blooms at the start, had a less happy fate, despite my watering and God’s sunshine. When Linnea sees them she says “Cry! Cry!” because when I look out the window I mention they don’t look too happy. ;)

Santa Fe

Here’s how we had fun when we weren’t sick during the trip to Santa Fe with my family last weekend.

The photo album includes Linnea having fun in the children’s sculpture garden during the art gallery portion of our city bus tour;

having coffee/snacks in her new umbrella stroller (check out how long her pigtails are!);

and walking around the old plaza to see the crafts fair with giant metal animals that had wagging heads.

My mom has the pictures of the other favorite thing we did, going to a city pool with a giant frog slide Linnea liked to do over and over (you slide down the tongue into the kiddie pool). Hopefully I’ll post a few of those soon!

Better than American Pickers

We finished our oh-so-enjoyable run of Pawn Stars on Netflix, and turned to another show we’d heard of, American Pickers. Lame-o. Just a couple of guys sorting through people’s junk, and you don’t even get to see if they sell their so-called great finds from backroads barns.

We, on the other hand, spent 3 hours and $38 visiting 7 garage sales this morning, and came away with a good load of stuff. I was inspired to do a little living room makeover while Tim got Linnea down for her nap, and now this room makes me want to relax rather than get a pen and paper to write down everything that’s wrong with it.

Here’s the “after” shot:


I didn’t take a “before,” since I wasn’t really planning on doing this, but imagine XBOX games and accessories all over the place, extra books wedged in on top of those already in the bookcase, random junk on the mantle. I had a list going of what needed to be fixed and what I thought I needed to buy to do it…but all it took was the glass jar (for our mondo collection of corks!) on the left of the mantle and some creativity with what we already had.

Now the mantle is actually fun to look at, and the TV/XBOX stuff is hidden nicely away from sight. The bookshelves are uncluttered and the only thing missing is a low basket to corral the controllers and magazines on the coffee table.

We also scored:

a FAO Schwarz rocking horse for Linnea

a red-and-white striped foldable mini chaise for Linnea (to sit next to Mommy on the deck!)

a great Britax car seat for our friends in the foster process

a pair of 2T pants

a two-drawer file cabinet

a box and a bag of Duplos

a green Lancome tote bag

Monday, June 13, 2011

Nap time

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If only I could enlist, Dora, the Yankees Bear and her little mouse to put her to bed for every nap time!

Nice to meet you, Mr. Boyardee

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I ate my fair share of Chef Boyardee ravioli growing up, but Linnea had her first taste last week when I spotted a can in the soup aisle. Not the kind of thing I typically feed her but it could be worse than pasta, red sauce and a little ground beef! She gobbled it up like it was going out of style…which, it kind of already has. But it sure is good. (I couldn’t resist a bite or two or three, for nostalgia’s sake of course.)