You can press pause on the music player at the very bottom to hear the videos posted.

You can press pause on the music player at the very bottom to hear the videos posted.

Monday, June 30, 2008

He's okay, he's okay

He looks so pitiful and cute all at the same time, doesn't he? He'd get away with anything if he looked like this for long. Thank goodness he didn't. CLICK HERE for the story over at Jack's Journal.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Day at the zoo

Jack loves the zoo. GG doesn't seem interested at all like Jack was when he was even younger than she is now. (sigh) I have a hard time just leaving her in the stroller the whole time, especially with the heat, but she was perfectly content just as she was. The most action she saw all day was the duck that nearly assaulted her! We ate in the park afterwards and Jack played on the equipment. Later, we invited Peyton and Madi over to swim in the front yard. CLICK HERE to go to GG's Journal to see how that went.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Banana Split Trifle

So many people asked how to make this, I thought I'd post it. So yummy! Perfect for summer, and maybe not the worst thing you could eat.

So, start with a pineapple cake mix and cut out 1/2 the oil recommended, use crushed pineapple instead, plus juice and use this to also replace the amount of water you would normally add. You'll only use maybe 1/2 cake. I slice my two rounds into shorter thickness so I get a nice flat surface, cut out a couple of inches in the middle lengthwise and put the left over halves together if the solid piece won't fit in the bottom of the trifle. For the chocolate layer, mix a fluffy chocolate frosting with a tub of cool whip. (you'll have lots left over here too, so be creative- I always put my extras in between small cookies and make little sandwiches - they're great for pot luck or school stuff) Slice bananas and strawberries and layer as see in the photos with the cake. Pipe in the chocolate, its a lot less messy, trust me, its worth the little effort of squeezing it out of a zip lock bag. Top with cool whip and favorite banana split toppings. Its a hit!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Daddy's 3rd Father's Day...

...but the first one as a father of a daughter! We had a fun and full weekend. Saturday we met with the other Dads in our Parents As Teachers group for breakfast before we headed to Gage Park for Dad's Dad at the Park where we met up with our friends, Brian & Courtney and their two, Peyton and Madi. There were lot of things for the kids to do and GG even won the drawing for a prize. She won American Girl bookends from Catholic Charities. We haven't picked them up yet, so I don't know what they look like. Looks like she's a lucky girl already! I think I was 8 before I ever won a prize : )
After those events, we rode the train and then Jack had his first pony ride! We finished up with a couple of rides on the carousel which is having its 100th birthday this year.

See us here at Gage Park on WIBW News!

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Since we had a late birthday party to go to Saturday night, Sunday was more of a take it easy day, per Daddy's request. We watched "Who Killed the Electric Car", our first Netflix rental. Great documentary, highly recommended! Check out the trailer:

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend, too!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Father's Day Greetings

I found two funny cards that I couldn't resist.
One is for Pepe since this is his first Father's Day as a father to a little girl and the other card is for my step-dad Brad.
You'll figure out which is which....

More on Father's Day later....

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Babies on the way!

Look what I discovered in one of my hanging baskets! That will teach me for getting behind with my watering duties. We have a house finch pair that have decided to delight us with the impending birth of five little babies. We had a family visit us annually at our old house, so this is a nice treat, especially for Jack, who is fascinated that he can hear her singing in the distance every time we are in the front yard. (she's probably terrified- but their songs are about my favorite of any bird I can think of, so pretty)
We'll let you know when the babies arrive....

Friday, June 13, 2008

Sad news

Tim Russert was one of my favorite journalists. I remember how intensely passionate he was during the 2000 presidential election— so much, that the Smithsonian actually has the little white board he used that night. What I remember though was how excited it made me about the process that I was participating in. Tim was a front-runner in his field and so, so talented. I will miss watching the politicians squirm on Sunday mornings when Tim is not there to ask the pointed questions that made Meet the Press famous, and served all of us, the public, to educate us. He was also an amazing family man, as I have witnessed as I've followed his career. Poignant timing with having just come home from a trip to Italy with his son as a graduation present and moving his father to a more comfortable care facility, and Father's Day this weekend.
This year's electoral race will just not be the same without Tim.
Very sad news today.
Tim Russert 1950-2008