Showing posts from June, 2016

favorite recipes

It's fresh vegetables from the farmers stand and CSA season! There's so much color and texture on my dinner table. I have a few new recipes for you this month. As per usual, the photos belong to the respective bloggers as identified below each image.

How Sweet It Is: Panzanella with Marinated Chickpeas and Chimichurri
This was delicious, but I didn't plan ahead for all the chimichurri I'd have leftover. Next time I'll half the chimichurri unless I have another plan for it.
image: How Sweet It Is
Simply Scratch: Chicken Tawook Salad with Lemon Sumac Dressing
Here's another one of those salads where there are three recipe posts to make it, but it's really more easy than three separate blog posts might imply! But you will need some more of that (hard-to-find) sumac spice.
image: Simply Scratch
Simply Scratch: Shish Tawook (Lebanese Marinated Chicken Skewers)
Again, you need sumac. You'd better just buy five ounces because you'll want to make these agai…

couch pile

I just found this photo from Aaron's phone from June 7th.

I love these little people.

pool weekends

Jesse loves the water.

Don't let Anna's tears at swimming lessons confuse you: this girl is a fish, too.

Heidi learned how to dive.


Anna and Jesse are into synchronized flying.

Jesse also loves to jump. "Jump!"

wooden slide

The girls have been requesting a visit to Smith Playground to ride the giant wooden slide. (Seen here in 2010 and 2011). So on Friday, we met a few friends down towards the city.

We arrived a half hour before it opened, so we hung out on some tree stumps while we waited.

Jesse and Anna inspected the tot lot for awhile while Lydia and Heidi went down the wooden slide on repeat.

We soon joined them.

This kid carried his own sack by the end: he only needed me to lay out the sack and push him down.

It was really crowded with summer day camps (at least three buses worth), so next time, we will try going on a Tuesday because that used to be the "no group" day. I'm not sure if that is still the case, but it's worth a shot. =)

swim lessons

We did a week of swimming lessons at one of the local pools last week. When we went to sign up, Anna was so excited: she cried that we couldn't actually swim that day. She talked about the lessons all weekend and jumped right in on Monday. On Tuesday, she no longer wanted to participate, and her teacher, Chloe, coaxed her (and Jesse) into the water. But Chloe spent the next two days with a screaming toddler on her hip. God bless Chloe.

Lydia and Heidi continued to become more like fish with their basically private lessons as they were the only kids in their class. (Winning!)

Heidi loved the slide. No goggles allowed, so Lydia only went once.

On the last day, Anna even went on the slide in the baby pool.

Of course, we can't forget my trusty sidekick (who only stayed dry on the first day).

"That looks like me."

guest bloggers: Lydia & Heidi

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We had swimming lessons this week at the pool right next to where Great-Great-Grammy lives. We went to visit her before them one morning and took this picture. Great-Great-Grammy said, "Let me see it." Then she said, "Yup, that looks like me."


The girls were invited to a birthday party on Monday where they dressed like Disney princesses and bathed in glitter hairspray.

It sort of gave me a glimpse ten years from now into prom season, and I think I started sweating.

Naturally, the party continued at home, as always (but without the glitter hairspray).

Peace Valley Park

On Friday, we ventured out to Peace Valley Park to ride our bikes.

We ate lunch with a view.

We hung out at a playground for a bit where Heidi served us plenty of pretend food.

Great-Pop-Pop and Great-Mom-Mom live right around the corner, so they even popped over to say hi.

Then we enjoyed some fudgesicles at Big Guy's and Nonna's before naps.

Then we swam all afternoon (no surprise there)!