Monday, July 31, 2006

Our condolences

Richard, Alex, and Liam's mother passed away last week. We're so sorry that they lost their mom. We know that Lisa was very proud of them, and loved them dearly. Our condolences, prayers, and love to them.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

They say owners start to look like their dogs...

but this is ridiculous! Rene has recently been diagnosed with hypothyroidism which may be causing high cholesterol. Now, a month later, our dog Jake has been diagnosed with the same thing!

I just hope Rene doesn't get fleas.

Mom's pizza tip

A mom at Erin's birthday party gave me this tip: If you have a little one who needs their pizza cut up, just use clean scissors! Cut up pizza, easy as can be!

Monday, July 24, 2006

Birthday extravaganza

The plan for Erin's birthday was to have the kids slip and slide in the front yard. The forecast was for rain, but it held off for most of the day. At 4:30, scheduled time for the party to start, the neighborhood kids were the first to arrive. The big inflatable kiddie pool was filled up, the slip n slide was in place, but the clouds were dark and I heard thunder. Fearing that the kids would be struck by lightning, I told everyon not to get in the pool. Just then the raindrops started to fall. So up to the playroom we went.

But 20 minutes later, the rain stopped and the sky wasn't quite so black, so everyone was in the kiddie pool and slippin and slidin on the slip n slide. Then lots of pizza and cake was consumed. A great party, after all!

Friday, July 21, 2006

Happy Birthday Erin!

My baby is 5 today! It really did go so quickly. Now Erin gets to experience life without training wheels. Literally. Her new purple Schwinn awaits!

Thursday, July 20, 2006


Our new summer breakfast staple seems to be smoothies (aka how mom can sneak a lot of fruit into her kids). We usually put strawberries, bananas, orange juice, sometimes blueberries, peaches and yogurt. Usually some of the fruit is frozen. If I have fruit that's getting ripe and I don't think we'll eat it, I'll cut it up and freeze if for future smoothie use.

Now if I could just figure out a way to sneak green veggies in there..

Monday, July 10, 2006

Vacation is over, sniff, sniff

We had a fun vacation. The first week we spent at Nana and PopPops. The girls got lots of attention. Got to visit a few old friends.

Here are some of the highlights of our trip to Long Beach Island:

Cousins! And lots of them!
Great dinners by cousin John!
Ice cream at the Melt Down, with a celebrity visitor, Spongebob Squarepants himself!
Seeing dolphins in the ocean.
Building sandcastles, digging holes.
Art projects with cousin Carolyn.
The kiddie pool at the beach.
Collecting shells.
Rene and I dining out on our own, no kids!
Everyone riding the big bike.
Aunt Joan's pancakes!
Jeanne got to read an entire book! Whoo hoo!
Jeanne and Erin got pedicures. Whoo hoo!
Lauren riding the baby bike seat behind daddy.
Evening at Fantasy Island. Lauren, Lara and Samantha go on their first rides by themselves. (Little cars, little boats).
Buckets o' margaritas.
The kiddies swimming in the bay while some of the others kayaked by.
Lucky Charms!

Here's pics: click here