Thursday, July 27, 2006
Steve talked to his father last night, and they are both doing fine and ready to continue on their way. They expect to reach Maine on August 22nd, so they are nearly there. We are so proud of them! It is pretty inspiring to say the least. Don't forget to check out their blog: http://goingtopott.blogspot.com
They have done a great job documenting their journey.
Not much to report from here. My OB appointment this past Monday went well -- Griffin continues to grow and grow. I can't believe he'll be here in less than 9 weeks now! We are anxiously awaiting the closing on our new house tomorrow afternoon, and then my father, Buzz, will arrive Monday evening. We can't wait to see him!
Monday, July 24, 2006
Steve was able to get the city water hooked up around lunchtime on Saturday. In the picture above, you can see the boys filling in the gaping hole that Steve had to dig across the front lawn, and also the Haneys' garage sale in full swing in the background. There are a couple of problems remaining with the meter, and a couple of plumbing leaks, but those will be addressed after the Haneys leave, so that we don't have to turn off their water again. The city will be replacing the meter, and Steve will fix the leaks. Now, all that is left is the closing, which will take place on Friday morning. We are both getting pretty excited. The sad part is, Lew and Roberta will be pulling out of town sometime on Sunday. It doesn't seem real that they are leaving - - mostly I try not to think about it. We are going to miss them so much. This past Sunday, we had a brunch at our house for Lew, Roberta, their daughter Joan, and her partner Irene. We had such a nice time.
Not the best picture, but that's the back of Steve's head, Camden (wearing a party hat because he thought it was a birthday party), Roberta, Lew, Irene, and Joan. It was fun watching Irene run the yard sale over the weekend - - she is such a people-person, not to mention, a fantastic sales person! It sounds as though they were able to sell quite a bit. They will give it another go this coming Saturday, and see if they can sell a few more things.
Steve's 20th high school reunion took place this past weekend in Maine, and last night we had some fun looking at a bunch of pictures from the festivities that have been posted on the internet. We found that many of his classmates hadn't changed much at all, while many were utterly unrecognizable. There was a huge turnout, and it looks like everyone had a lot of fun.
Tomorrow I'll pay a long overdue visit to Jeff, my hairdresser. I'm hoping the man can work a miracle because my hair needs some serious help. We shall see. Then, in the afternoon I'm off to see my OB. Steve was supposed to be out of town this week, but ended up staying here, and I'm so glad. I'm having a hard time with my back these days, and I wasn't quite sure how I was going to get things done without him.
Off to bed...we have an early start tomorrow.
Friday, July 21, 2006
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Monday, July 17, 2006
Oh, and did I mention the talking? The NON-STOP-NEVER-PAUSING-TO-TAKE-A-BREATH talking? Witness a recent conversation between mother and son:
(Setting: in the car, on the way to Boise)
Camden: "What's that, Mummy?"
Heather: "That's a tractor, Camden, but you know that!"
Camden: "What he doing?" (he refers to everything and everyone as "he")
Heather: "He's working."
Camden: "WHY he's working?"
Heather: "Because that's his job."
Camden: "WHY that's his job?"
Heather: "Because that's what tractors do."
Camden: "WHY that's what tractors do?"
Heather: (feeling slight tinglings of brain that is about to explode) "Because it is."
Camden: "WHY because it is?"
Heather: "I don't know."
Camden: "WHY you don't know?"
Now, you may be thinking, Get A Grip, Lady. Kids Ask Lots of Questions. They Are Curious By Nature. Okay, while that is true, the above is just one example of about 537 identical conversations that occur between my son and I, whenever we are in the car, in the house, at the store....when we are awake, is probably a bit more accurate.
Steve and I are currently regrouping and doubling-up on our efforts to ensure that we guide our Dear Son through this "phase" (oh please Lord, let it be a phase), so as not to end up with one of those children that cause other parents to cringe when they see him coming. I'm quite sure he will turn out just fine. I've had many parents tell me, "Just when you think you know what you are doing, things change." Boy, is that true.
All of this being said, there is still no place I'd rather be than with my son (okay, sometimes I'd like to be in a silent room, preferably in a tropical locale, sipping a large glass of perfectly chilled Pinot Grigio, but that's a post for another day). May I also say that if you attempt to inform me that your child is smarter, cuter, or sweeter than my child, I'll wrestle you to the ground and pin you, until you take it back.
Friday, July 14, 2006
Monday, July 10, 2006
After my appointment, we took Camden to the Boise Zoo, and now we are home relaxing.
Here are some more pictures that I had wanted to post yesterday:
Here are the boys, working on the trim
Camden, holding his cousin, Banzer
Giving Banzer his binky
Banzer, almost 7 weeks old
Sunday, July 09, 2006
This is a view of the new window, through the glass door to the room. Those familiar with our home (mainly our folks) are most likely gasping as they look at this picture. I'm sure it isn't quite as thrilling for the rest of you. I think Steve and I are both feeling a bit sad about the fact that finally, after all this time, things are coming together around here, just in time for us to move out. Due to multiple circumstance (mainly, two deployments) this house has been under construction since Steve purchased it in 1999. Someday I'll compose a blog about the changes that have occurred here over the past five years, to give you a better idea.
As usual, Blogger is only allowing me to post this one picture - - I will try again later and hopefully I'll have better luck. Today it is 113 degrees in the sun, so I have pretty much stayed inside with the air conditioning. Tomorrow I have a glucose tolerance test (for gestational diabetes) and a follow-up ultrasound (to check on Griffin's kidneys), so I'll post about that tomorrow afternoon.
Sunday, July 02, 2006
Best Potato Salad (from Cooking Downeast, By Marjorie Standish)
Pare and cook eight medium-sized potatoes. Drain and cool enough so they may be handled. While potatoes are still warm dice them in a bowl. Pour the following dressing over them, doing this while they are still warm to insure better flavor:
8 tbsp. vegetable oil
3 tbsp. vinegar
2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
a shake or two of red pepper (*I omitted this)
1 tsp. dry mustard
2 tbsp. parsley (I used dried parsley)
2 tbsp. finely minced onion
Stir salad with dressing so that each piece of potato is saturated. Cool, then refrigerate. Leave in refrigerator for several hours or overnight. When ready to serve, mix with mayonnaise. Serves 8.
**I halved this recipe. Steve isn't a fan of potato salad, but said that he loved this. I added a sliced hard-boiled egg to the top.
Grandmother's Pound Cake (from allrecipes.com)
- 2/3 cup butter
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/3 cup flour
- 3 tbsp. + 1 3/4 tsp. milk (I used heavy whipping cream)
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350. Grease an 8x4 inch loaf pan (or spray with nonstick spray). In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Beat in the flour alternately with the milk, mixing until just combined. Spread batter evenly into loaf pan. Bake for approximately 60-70 minutes - - start checking around 55 minutes by inserting toothpick until it comes out clean. When done, remove from oven and immediately loosen cake edges from pan with knife. Allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes, then remove to wire rack to cool completely.
(**To serve, I sliced the cake and lightly brushed each side with melted butter, then grilled each side lightly on the grill. I made a warm fruit sauce from blueberries and blackberries, and poured some over each piece, and topped with whipped cream.)
Saturday, July 01, 2006
Joy, I hope you all had a wonderful time in McCall! Talk to you soon!
Today, I took a little time for myself and headed for the Big City. First stop was Starbucks, for a bagel, Frappuccino, and the morning paper. What a treat! After that I did quite a bit of browsing at various stores, spent some time at Barnes and Noble, and then started making my way back home. While I was out, Steve and Camden went to the dump, and to the lumber store for some building supplies. Steve will be working on the house for the remainder of the holiday weekend, but we do plan to cook out on the 4th. I have some cleaning to do tomorrow, but mostly Cam and I just plan to hang out and have some fun. Hope you are all doing the same!