Monday, June 28, 2010

Two Years Eight Months and 28 Days

I knew that it was just a matter of time before Matthew had his finger nails painted. Frankly, I am surprised that it took this long. But today, just two years, eight months and 28 days after his birth, the girls finally got to his nails. They are bright pink. What does Matthew think??? He thinks they are "pretty." What will Mark think??? Pretty is probably not the first word that will come to his mind. Probably something like--acetone or remover. I wonder how long they will last.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Life Changing Day

This week at lunch my sister Debbie said that up to that point, no day rivals the day your first child gets his/her drivers license. Finally you have someone to help drive everyone around--and they like it! She noted one possible exception--the day your baby is 18 months old and gets to go to the nursery at church for the first time. Oh the the joy that comes from that little bit of freedom!!

I have discovered that there is another day to add to that list of exciting and life changing events. Ready? It is the day that you discover that you have purchased diapers for the VERY LAST TIME!! Do you agree??

I am not yet at that day. I currently only have 10 diapers in the house and know that I'll probably need a few more . But I see it getting closer and closer and know that I, at least, will never again buy a Jumbo pack. I am excited!

Father's Day Recipe

Father's Day is a big deal around here. We love spoiling Mark with gifts and special meals. This year I found a recipe that was so delicious and EASY!

Filet Mignon with Balsamic Syrup and Goat Cheese
(Giada Di Laurentis--Food Network)


1 1/2 cups balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoon butter
6 ( 5-6 ounce) filet mignon steaks
salt and pepper
2 ounces goat cheese


Boil the vinegar and sugar in a heavy small saucepan over medium high heat until reduces to 1/3 cup --about 18 minutes

Meanwhile, preheat broiler. Melt butter in a heavy, large skillet over medium high heat. Sprinkle steaks with s&p and put in pan. Cook the steaks to desired doneness about 4 minutes per side. Transfer steaks to a baking sheet and crumble the goat cheese on top. Broil until cheese melts.

Transfer to plate and drizzle syrup around the stakes and serve.

This was delicious meal. The method and the sauce works well on other cuts of meat too. I learned that the hard way because I accidentally served tri tip steaks instead of filets for dinner. In my defence, our freezer is full of meats and I couldn't tell the difference between them. Never buy meats from the Premium Meats guy who goes door to door... or you may do the same thing one day.
Anyway, our Father's Day was wonderful. I really love this holiday. I had such an extraordinary father and my kids do too! It is a pleasure to give fathers this day to really let them know how much we love them. I tried to show it with this lovely filet mignon recipe--but the tri tip said it too!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Berry Crisp

Yesterday I tried making a pretty good recipe for Berry Crisp in honor of the delicious boysenberries that are wildly growing in our backyard. I waiting until Mark got home to dig into it so we could enjoy it together. We loved it, but because it was late, we both went to bed feeling REALLY full (it must expand in your stomach, because we didn't eat that much). The uncomfortable full.
So today I am trying a different approach. I'm having it for lunch. I'll let you know how it goes...

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Beautiful Yosemite

We had a great weekend in Yosemite with mom and the Ostergar's. Here are some highlights in pictures...hold on to your hats.

Here Abbie is enjoying the spray off of Yosemite Falls. It's the 5th tallest waterfall in the world and very beautiful. By the way, we could see it from our super cool camp site. The top of Vernal Falls. We (all of us) hiked up to the top of these falls to enjoy the spectacular views. It was definitely worth the 25 mile hike (or at least it felt like 25 miles at times). We all got a bit wet on the way up.

My sister Cathy with two of her kids, Julia and Adam, at the top of Vernal Falls. Here's my bunch at the half way point of the hike.
ahhh, so pretty.
Abbie and Emma, along with cousin Ruthie, fished in the river next to our super cool camp site whenever they got a chance.
View from our super cool camp site--have I mentioned yet that our camp site was the best spot in the valley?
Grandma, Mark and Ostergar cousins stoking up the campfire.Matthew and cousin Adam doing some fishing.Thanks Ostergars for inviting us to tag along on this wonderful weekend. It had been about twenty years since I had been to Yosemite, and it won't take another 20 to get us back. The kids are already planning our next visit!

National Parks

This weekend we spent a few days enjoying the beautiful National Parks of California. We started off in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and ended up in Yosemite. We all enjoyed a little snow time in May!

Mark jumped out of the car to take a picture of this beautiful deer eating on the side of the mountain. This peaceful picture was taken just seconds before Mark returned to the car only to see it slip out on gear and start rolling down the hill. No, not kidding. Mark jumped into the car and saved us from certain death just in time.

Yep, here it is folks, the LARGEST tree in the world (largest and tallest are not the same).

Ahhhh, Yosemite in the spring. The view you get upon reaching the end of the Yosemite tunnel is breathtaking.