datestampUSEFriday, June 26, 2009

Good Morning

I just got back from the gym where we did our entire 60 minute boot camp to Michael Jackson music. Late last night our instructor put together a playlist she called "A Celebration of Michael Jackson" from ABC to Thriller to Black and White. So there we were, a room full of women in their 20s and 30s, jamming hard and sweating hard. And I can't promise there wasn't any dancing, laughing, or moonwalking going on. Our cool down was to this song. It was good morning for the body and the soul. So go grab your Thriller cd (doesn't EVERYONE own that one?) and jam it out today to a couple of your favorite songs.

datestampUSEThursday, June 25, 2009

Cookie of the Week

At the beginning of every summer we sit down and make a list of things we'd love to do, see, make, or visit during the ten short weeks we have before we're packing up the backpacks and heading back to school. These things usually look like...

Running through the Gateway fountains
Hosting a lemonade stand
Visiting grandparents
Hitting happy hour at Sonic
Going to a Bees or SL Real game

...all in all, pretty typical summertime activities. That's why I was utterly impressed when my most culinary child suggested we not let the summer slide by without trying some new recipes. So we've decided to implement the summer "Cookie of the Week." (As you can imagine, our family is terribly disgusted with this proposition:) Last week, we made these. I didn't take photos because they were, well...ugly! But they were oddly yummy. Really, you should try them.

This week was a delightful and different version of a peanut butter cookie. Lately we've been loving almond butter - so I researched an almond butter cookie and came up with this one. These cookies were soft, hearty, delicious, and pretty :) We're already looking forward to next week.

If you have a cookie you think we must try, will you be so kind to pass it along our way?

Juicy Josie

We had smoothies for dinner. Can you tell she kinda liked em?

datestampUSETuesday, June 23, 2009

First Aid Find

My favorite find in Chinatown to stash all my bandaids, boo boo strips, and Neosporin. It is perfectly lovable, don't you think?

datestampUSEMonday, June 22, 2009

Our vacay to the city by the bay

Bad News: I forgot my camera on our trip to SF.
Good News: That's what iPhones are for.

We crammed in loads of favorite tourist spots like Ghiradelli Square and Alcatraz - and even had some time for a few local favs (soft serve with olive oil and sea salt after dinner at Pizza Picco in Larkspur - yum!) and searching for the parrots on Telegraph Hill. (After the family watched this documentary, it was a must.)

For a quick glimpse of our trip to the city by the bay, check out my iPhone Flickr album

datestampUSESunday, June 21, 2009


Taken from the Salmon Creek Beach in Northern CA this morning.

datestampUSETuesday, June 16, 2009

What's Your Favorite App?

My girls love the My Lite app with the Bic Lighter. Here they are shaking their groove thing with iPhone in hand at the David Archuletta concert - no burns or sore trigger thumbs. Brilliant.

datestampUSEWednesday, June 10, 2009

Kindergarten Camp

Before school let out, I gathered together a few moms of pre-kindergarten children to help me organize a weekly get-together for our 5 year olds. I wanted for them to have a chance to play and interact with one another before kindergarten actually starts up in the fall. We decided that each of us will take one afternoon a week throughout the summer to host this little party that is much more adventurous than just a playdate. We're calling it "Kindergarten Camp" - and its sure to be a lively and energetic event each week.

We started it off today with a bang. The girls and I hosted (drumroll please...) the "Kindergarten Olympics." The girls spent a good portion of the morning filling up water balloons for our balloon games while Max and I dug through our coin jars to find pennies for the penny toss. Finally, we baked up an American Flag dessert and wrapped up the all -American Cracker Jacks as prizes. After numerous races and contests, each child got to wear home a gold medal from our medal ceremony (which took place in our basement playroom because we were rained out - :( sorry no pics.)

What a way to kick off the summer. It would have been perfect with a little more sunshine but wet and wonderful it was! Max is already asking what's up for Kindergarten Camp next week!

datestampUSETuesday, June 9, 2009

Summer's Here!

For the first time in months I actually have a minute to post an event on the day it happens! Today is our last day of school and we couldn't be more excited. No more homework and no more crazy after-school schedules. Instead, we'll be spending our days with loads of sunshine, swimming, and popsicles.

For years and years our neighborhood has held a Last Day of School Rootbeer Float party for the kids walking home. The moms who have hosted this no longer have elementary age kids (and we couldn't bear to see this tradition die) so the torch has been passed to my neighbor Jane and I.

Before I know it, I'll be posting the first day of school pictures for the 2009-2010 school year, so for the next 10 weeks we'll be busy making the most of our summertime (and hopefully sharing a little of it online!)

P.S. I can't forget our Buggy Boy. For a picture of Max's last day of preschool, check out Bryce's flickr.

datestampUSETuesday, June 2, 2009

Mother's Day 2009

In the spirit of recap, I had to post my most favoritist (Max's word) picture in the whole world taken just a few short weeks ago on Mother's Day. As every mother knows, it's not always this good. But when it is good, it is oh - so - good.