Saturday, June 30, 2012

Visual Recap :: Week 3

Visit a splash "park."

Paint rocks.

Make a pie.


Pie, part II.


Finger paint outside.



Friday, June 29, 2012

Weekly Capture XVIII

Daddy pile!

The week wraps up with us packing, in the middle of a cough + the sniffles, and enjoying some much cooler weather. Next week promises to be full of activity as we head out for a few days seeing both D's extended family + my brother. Also, I hope to get the boys out next week to pick some blueberries...
Without further ado, our past week:

Quotes from the little man
D: "Mama, I have a cough."
Me: "Did you get Aunt M's cough?"
D: "Um, no... it's only my cough."


"Mama, I think I want to marry you"
"Mama, you just are the sweetest thing."

Apparently he's attempting to make up for his stinky 2 year old attitudes and tantrums... it may be working.

Quote found
"To what will you look for help if you will not look to that which is stronger than yourself?"
             C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity


Watching
New Miss Marple episodes that have been recently added to Netflix streaming. I am a huge fan of Agatha Christie, and although I very much enjoy the film adaptations, I'm often confused as to why they added or changed certain things. Still worth the watch, I think. Oh, and Geraldine McEwan might make the cutest faces ever.

Reading
A whole pile of books! We're headed for vacation this weekend, and I've already packed several books, including Kristin Lavransdatter at the recommendation from Haley at Carrots for Michaelmas. I figure since we're bound to our motel room once the boys go to bed, I might as well plan lots of reading in!

Links
Top 10 Multi-Purpose Must Haves :: Mama and Baby Love
6 Ways to Keep Your House Organized :: Home Your Way

Thankful for

  • beautiful summer weather (if I had my way, all of summer would feel like today!)
  • zoo trips!
  • rest
  • reading like champs! (See my post on summer reading challenges)
  • somebody getting ready to sit up!
  • summer pie
  • somebody else using his potty for the 1st time!
  • all around fun summer days



Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Reading the Summer Away

Summer officially began nearly a week ago, and summer reading has begun in all its forms. Not only have we signed up at our local library for a fun summery reading program, but we also are doing 2 online. We read all year regardless of any prizes that may be given, but I still think it's fun to push ourselves above and beyond in the summer time. Our library gave us mazes to be filled in for both boys as they complete daily/weekly tasks. Dom has dutifully put an 'x' each day to mark that he listened for at least 20 minutes to stories. It's helping him learn the art of completing tasks towards a goal, which is fun.

For online Summer Reading contests, check out the following:
PBS Kids has an online challenge over at IVillage, which includes daily ideas and tips via email as well as prizes up to $1000 cash. Goals are set by you, so you can move at your own pace.
Also, hosted by No Time for Flashcards, is a challenge where you enter weekly the number of books you read total for a chance to win Amazon gift cards. I love their site and turn to it for all kinds of learning and art tutorials and ideas. They have fantastic activities & crafts for all ages - it's perfect for homeschooling families as well as parents that just want some extra things to do with their kids. I highly recommend checking it out.

On our book shelves right now, we're reading:


Lawn to Lawn by Dan Yaccarino - a sweet tale of 4 lawn ornaments that get separated from their owner and friend, and their adventure back to be reunited with her. 


Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola - a favorite I remember from my own childhood. We just picked it up from the library, so I shall re-read it before deciding if the magic is too much for the little man or not.


The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall - Sometimes I read young adult fiction for a quick, easy read. This was a fun one that I honestly picked up based solely on the cover art. A positive story of adventurous girls who scoff at the idea of living solely for outer beauty and value their family above things. A good find in the midst of most of modern children's books.


What sits upon your bookshelves right now? Anything you'd recommend?



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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Cheesy Quinoa Bake {Recipe}

I found this recipe via Pinterest and gave it a try last week. The site from which the recipe came likened it to Mac n Cheese. I wouldn't go so far as to say that, but it was tasty, easy, and much healthier than a traditional pasta + cheese bake. Here's the recipe as I made it:

1 1/2 cups quinoa, rinsed and drained
2 1/2 cups fresh broccoli (or cauliflower)
1/4 tsp salt*
ground black pepper
1/2 tsp paprika
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 large eggs
1 cup milk (I used 1%)
1 1/2 cups grated cheese - we used Muenster with a little cheddar and monterey jack
1/3 cup Panko bread crumbs

1. Lightly saute the broccoli or any veggies you want to add to this dish. Add garlic for the last minute or so to cook it.

2. Cook quinoa according to package instructions until fully cooked (about 15-20 min.)

3. Preheat oven to 350º F. Coat 9" x 13" dish lightly with olive oil/cooking spray.

4. Whisk together eggs, milk, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Fold in cooked veggies, quinoa, and cheese. Let the cheese melt a little as you stir thoroughly. Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish, and sprinkle Panko crumbs over top.

5. Bake uncovered 30-35 min., or until the top starts to lightly brown.


*After trying it, I'd consider adding a bit more salt and pepper next time, and if you like garlic, possibly another clove of garlic. I didn't have seasoning salt (called for in the recipe I somewhat followed), but that or some similar spice combo might be a nice touch.



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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Weekly Capture XVII



We spent this past week with one of my younger sisters keeping super busy, eating way too many treats, and trying our best to beat the heat. I pretty much start dying when the temperature goes above 80, and the boys seem to take after me (so much for their father's Caribbean genes). We survived though.


Quote from the boy
D: "What's *his* name?" (holding up a holy medal)
Me: "San Juan Diego."
D: "*That's* his name? That's a really weird name."

He then informed me he knew ALL his saints and proceeded to start listing them off.

Quote found
"Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world."
    Napoleon Bonaparte

Reading
Finished up three mysteries this week - only one was worth recommending: Stealing Mona Lisa by Carson Morton, a fun story of an excellent con job. I'm a huge fan of any good, and I mean seriously good, mystery, so if you know any, pray, do tell. I'm lacking in ideas right now.

Watching
Just more Zen. It's still on PBS's Masterpiece site, so if you like contemporary mystery or Rufus Sewell (or both), I'd recommend checking it out.

Yard Sale/Thrift finds
I figure I'll share a bit what I'm finding since yard saling seems to be a regular part of my life right now. One of the best things about summertime. This week we found a Fontanini St. Joseph - he was missing the rest of his Nativity trio, so we got him as a steal for only 10 cents. Dom was thrilled to have the exact Joseph that Mimi (my mama) has. We also found some games + puzzles for our collection - I'm always on the lookout for great additions. 50 cents each. Lastly, a thrift store find of a wooden play shielf, to be cleaned up and made the first piece of our dress-up collection (obviously just being started).

Links to love
Eat Well, Spend Less: Summer Eating :: A collection of links from Kitchen Stewardship
How I Use Productive Procrastination to Get More Done :: SimpleMom
9 Things to Know About 3 Year Olds :: My Blessed Life
The {Relaxing} Summer Bucket List :: Family Your Way

Week 2 Accomplishments!


Have a picnic with friends.



Visit a petting zoo, (Sadly, no photo of Dom running from a goat that came out to meet him)



Sidewalk chalk art. Thank you No Time for Flashcards for this great idea!



Wading pool fun. I anticipate this happening much more in the coming weeks.



Ran in the sprinkler checked off thanks to our friends, the Ds.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp {Recipe}


We've been trying lots of new recipes, and this one did a great job of using up some of the many pounds of strawberries we picked last weekend.

Heat oven to 375º F.

Mix together in medium bowl:
  • 1.5 cups washed and hulled strawberries
  • 1.5 cups washed and sliced rhubarb
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 TB baking powder
  • 1/4 cup honey
Mix together in a second bowl:
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 TB butter, melted
Lightly coat 4 1-serving ramekins with olive oil spray. Divide strawberry rhubarb mixture between each dish. Top with oatmeal mixture. Place ramekins on baking sheet. Cook for 25 minutes, or until topping is lightly browned and fruit is bubbling. 

Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Inspired by: http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/05/strawberry-rhubarb-crisp.html



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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Happy Father's Day!



Happy Father's Day to all you dads out there! I know it's a bit late, but we were busy celebrating the dad in our house. We baked a delicious cake, gave dad his awesome art, and spent all kinds of fun time hanging out spending time together as a family. It was pretty fun, not exactly restful, but definitely full of sweet moments. So glad we have a great Daddy in our family of O.




"Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, story-tellers, singers of songs."
         Pam Brown


In honor both of dads and the books that we enjoy so immensely, here are a few of our favorite books about dads:

Every Friday by Dan Yaccarino

Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss

Way Up High in a Tall, Green Tree by Jan Peck and Valeria Petrone



Our superhero dad.

"Even though your kids will consistently do the exact opposite of what you're telling them to do, you have to keep loving them just as much."
        Bill Cosby


My dad and I when I was about 2

"My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it."
         Clarence Budington Kelland

Lentil Soup w/ Lemon Yogurt Cream {Recipe}

Makes about 8 cups of soup

4 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped, or 1 tablespoon olive oil
1 yellow onion, diced small
1 large or 2 small carrots, diced small
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 cup green, red, or brown lentils
6 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
zest and juice from 1 lemon
Minced parsley to serve
Set a 6-quart or larger pot over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook slowly until the fat is rendered and the bacon is crispy. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and transfer to a paper towel. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon fat. If using olive oil, simply heat the oil and continue to the next step.
Turn the heat to medium-high and cook the onion until it softens and starts becoming translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the carrots and celery, and cook for another minute or two. Stir in the garlic, tomato paste, paprika, cumin, salt, and cinnamon. Cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Add the lentils, broth, and bay leaf to the pan and stir. Bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat to low. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 to 30 minutes until the lentils are soft (exact cooking time will depend on your lentils). Taste and add salt and pepper as needed. Stir the reserved bacon into the soup, or sprinkle it right on top of each bowl.
Whisk together the yogurt, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Add a dollop of this yogurt sauce to each bowl as you serve and sprinkle the tops with parsley.
Lentil soup will keep refrigerated for up to a week or freeze in individual portions for up to three months.

Inspired by a recipe from www.TheKitchn.com


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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Accomplished this week!

Every week I am going to attempt a visual show of what we accomplished from our bucket list in the past week. So here goes for Week 1:

Go Berry picking!

Feed the ducks on the Canal.

Eat homemade ice cream from Bill Wahl's.

Bake cookies.

Make (and eat) popsicles.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Weekly Capture XVI

A carousel ride with my o'bots.

Quotes from the boy
"Hey, look it's that cookie cutter!" when he saw an outline of the United States... whoops.

"Blaise, I love you! You peed on my sheets..." (Glad he's so forgiving!)


Quote found
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit."
          Aristotle

Reading
Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling - a book in the Harry Potter family that was a quick yet fun read of short tales akin to Aesop's Fables. It took me less than an hour. Next step - read a longer book.

Watching
Zen - reairing presently on Masterpiece online, it fulfills my love for mystery + well done drama. Plus, as a perk it stars Rufus Sewall, who I generally enjoy immensely.

Links

Thankful for (in no particular order)
  • cooler weather
  • trips to the Canal for ice cream
  • tapioca pudding, ice pops, and other glorious summer desserts
  • coffee, a million times over (B has decided sleep is a thing of his past)
  • morning coffee dates w/ friends combined with a playdate for Dom
  • drying laundry outside
  • time with the husband again, especially after last quarter
  • yard sale finds
Looking forward to
A week with one of my younger sisters!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Father's Day Art {Tutorial}




As you (hopefully) know, Father's Day is right around the corner for us here in the good ol' US of A. I've been thinking a little bit about how I want to celebrate these holidays that Hallmark has so over-consumerized. Remembering back to my own childhood, I recall homemade cards and other fun things we made for our parents that demonstrated our love and thankfulness in some way or another. Breakfast in bed that consisted of toast and juice and maybe some cereal. Bookmarks COVERED in stickers. Many a card made from a piece of construction paper cut in half, folded in two. Flowers picked from the yard. And so forth.

I figured since Dom isn't quite old enough to start brainstorming and creating without help, I'd aid in the Father's Day creation this year. And thus you have what you see above: a beautiful and very colorful (heavy in the blue and green) piece of art to hang on the wall. Following are simple instructions, so you can make one as well!


Supplies:
One 8" x 10" thin canvas board (available at craft stores like 
Michaels or AC Moore - they often come in 3 packs)
Fingerpaint, in several colors (Acrylic paint would also work, just use paintbrushes, too!)
Painter's Tape
Scissors
Ribbon, for hanging
Hot Glue Gun


1. Using the painter's tape and scissors, create letters that read out the message. Press the tape down onto the canvas. This will create the negative space. You can choose to make your letters more block like, or you can be a bit more fancy and cut curves into the tape.

2. Set your kiddo to create on a surface you don't mind getting dirty. I suggest an art smock or bare belly as well. Encourage them to fill in ALL the white space.

3. Let the fingerpaint dry a bit, and carefully peel up the painter's tape to reveal the letters beneath. With fingerpaint being so thick, you don't want to let it dry entirely as it will pull up more paint than you want. If you use acrylic paint, it can dry entirely before pulling up the tape.

4. Once the piece is completely dry, glue a piece of ribbon to the back for a hanger. Wrap, and present to Dad with pride on Sunday!


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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Homemade Chicken Nuggets {Recipe}

In attempts to keep up with some meal planning, find a new easy freezer meal, AND please my inner child, this was what was on our dinner table last night. I was inspired by this recipe, but I (of course) ended up making some changes.

Homemade Chicken Nuggets

Makes 20-24 nuggets

1.5 lbs or so boneless, skinless chicken - I used tenderloins (Remember if you plan to freeze these nuggets, it's best to use fresh chicken to start with instead of buying it frozen)
1/2 cup oats
1/4 tsp parsley
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
Dash of seasoning salt
If desired, 3 TB minced onion and 1 clove minced garlic
3/4 cup panko bread crumbs

1. Preheat oven to 375º F.
If using, onion and garlic, saute 2-3 min. in olive oil, and let cool.
2. Place the first 6 ingredients in a food processor, and process until chicken is finely chopped and all ingredients are combined. If using, add sauteed onion and garlic, and pulse a few times in processor to mix in.
3. Place the bread crumbs in a shallow bowl or dish.
4. With moistened hands, rolls 2 TB of chicken mixture between your palms and flatten to create a "nugget" shape.
5. Gently press the nuggets into the bread crumbs, making sure both sides and edges are covered.
6. Place nuggets, spaced a little apart, onto a greased baking sheet (I lined our pan with foil before greasing).
7. Lightly spray nuggets with olive oil cooking spray.
8. Bake for 16 minutes, flipping nuggets halfway through cooking time.

*If you want them more golden in color, put them under the broiler for 1-2 minutes after cooking them.

Nuggets can be frozen after step 5. Place on a baking sheet, and put in freezer for 1 hour. Nuggets can then be put (touching) into a freezer bag or other container.




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Monday, June 11, 2012

A Bucket List Displayed

Over at The Happy Family Movement, they are hosting their annual Summer Bucketlist Challenge. I've never participated, let alone heard about it, but I signed up all the same. Once signed up, you receive (via e-mail) ideas, guidelines, and the like, and you are eligible to enter prizes. (You should probably know by now, I'm a sucker for prizes.)


Step one, however, was getting my crafty on and creating a way to display our summer bucket list, which has been extended since my bucket list post in April. I've seen several ideas where you write your goals on clothespins and then clip them on the rim of an actual bucket, but in my mind, I could just imagine how quickly our goals would become spaceships, cement mixers, and brachiosaurus. Nix that idea. Enter the "bucket list doorway decoration." See, it doubles as both some color to make our dining room cheerier, and an efficient way for me to see all our ideas that we came up with.




To make ours, I took:
 one long piece of hemp (about 7-8 ft., can be as long as you want depending on how many goals you have and where you plan to display)
washi tape; ribbon could work too
cardstock
glue stick, or another kind of glue

First, I cut the cardstock in half, giving me two pieces of 8.5" x 5.5" paper. Those pieces I cut into strips 1/2" wide and 5.5" long. Each strip I folded in half and wrote 1 goal on it.

Put glue on the inside part of the folded strip of paper. Place the hemp in the middle, and close the glued piece of paper around it. I found glue stick to work the best, but another glue would work.

I stuck sets of 4 goal papers, spaced 2 inches or so apart, onto the hemp. Then I put a piece of washi tape in between the sets to add some color. You could also tie ribbon or a scrap strip of fabric around the hemp.

Let dry and hang!

Do you have a bucket list? How are you displaying it?



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Friday, June 8, 2012

Weekly Capture XV



There's not too much to catch up on, since I just posted about last week on Tuesday. It's been an up and down week. Fun moments, but definitely some trying moments as well. Blaise has been experimenting with the no-nap sort of days. Mama does not approve in the least. At the same time, his brother is pushing his 2 year old will as far as he can. This resulted in a nearly 2 hour breakfast time on Wednesday. No fun.

Boy Updates
Dom's new song to sing to me:



It's so cute to hear him singing out "Apples, peaches, and pumpkin pie," albeit a bit off key, but still as adorable as you can imagine.

David has often repeated a line from Cars following questions he asks Dom, such as:
"What have I told you about purposefully spilling your water?  .... To not to!"
Dom has picked up on this now, so whenever I start a question with "What have I told you...," he answers with, "To not to."

Blaise continues to be the most chillax child in existence. He often is found laying on his blanket, chewing on a cloth, and now somewhat yucky, little bunny. Smiles are always on his face, unless he truly needs something, and then he can be pretty cranky. We have already started instilling in him the love for books he is bound to have, and he happily sits in on most reading times throughout the day.

Quote found
"Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts."
       Charles Dickens

Watching
In order to fulfill my impatience for the next season of Downton Abbey, the husband and I have been viewing the new Upstairs, Downstairs. Not quite DA, but it's still British, the 1930s, a commentary on the class system, and entertaining.

Reading
Hoping to actually pick up some books this week in my downtime. Summer is here - let the reading commence! (More on our goals for that soon!)

Links
3 Daily Rituals to Help Mothers of Littles Stay Sane :: Carrots for Michaelmas
Please Don't Say You Are 'Just' A Mother :: by Lorraine Murray on The Integrated Catholic Life
101 Summer Kids' Activities :: My Blessed Life

Looking Forward To
Yard sales! And family time this weekend.  =)

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Crockpot Pulled Pork {Recipe}


Lucky girl that I am, I have a sweet man who got up super early to prep and toss into the crockpot a hunk of meat, which is now filling our apartment with delicious aromas. Sadly, I am unable to capture the scent, so you're going to have to settle with a picture of the yumminess that is our dinner. However, I'll also share the recipe with you. So from das hubband's creative mind to my recording of it into my handy purple composition book, and finally, here, to be shared with all, I give you...


Crockpot Pulled Pork
- perfect for burritos or sandwiches or pretty much anything you like shredded meat with.

1 pork shoulder - we usually aim for at least 5 lb.
1 cup onion, chopped
1-2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 can diced tomato or chopped fresh tomato
2-3 T apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1 medium sized green or red bell pepper
Olive oil
salt + pepper, rosemary, red pepper, paprika

Let pork roast come to room temperature. Pat dry. Rub olive oil all over over. Mix spices together and rub into oil.
Brown oil in large frying pan, and sear all sides of meat. You're not looking to cook meat, just sear it well to hold in juices while it's in the crockpot.
Remove pork to crockpot. Saute onions and garlic in oil for 2 min. If using fresh tomato, add tomato and cook 2-3 minutes. Deglaze pan with vinegar and cook down for 1-2 minutes. Add sugar and any other spices, and cook 1-2 more minutes. Add canned tomato, if using. Cook whole mixture down 2-3 minutes, and then add to crockpot.
Cook on low for 6-8 hours. You can cook it longer as well, but we've found that if cooked too long, the meat starts to dry out.

Tonight's menu includes tortillas, avocado, fresh tomato, shredded cheese, and Greek yoghurt (a fantastic replacement for sour cream).



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Sensory Bins + Sponge Water Balls



Summer means outdoor fun. Outdoor fun means getting messy and being able to leave the mess outside. Key word: 'Leave.' This means mama is happy that the house stays a teensy bit on the neater side, and boy is happy that mama encourages mud, dirt, and mess.

I found this pin about a week and a half ago, pinned it onto my board Activities + Learning. The pin links to a Tutorial over at House of Hepworths blog for a DIY sponge water bombs, which is perfect for hours of outdoor fun. Last night it came into being, and it only took me maybe 5 minutes to make two. The boy is thrilled and cannot wait to try them out with his new water sensory bins (which pretty much equal two rubbermaid bins filled with random items that can get wet). Mama is happy that such an easy activity/project brought so much joy.

Our two porches are pretty much the only outdoor space we have since we're in a 2nd floor apartment.  I can see the back porch right through our kitchen door, so it's the perfect spot to set up on the warmer days. Our water bins are my first try at learning with sensory bins. They are such a frugal way to promote fun + brain power.

Here are some fun finds + things we're on the lookout for to put in water sensory bins:

  • thrifted kitchen items: whisk, ladles, spoons, hand beater, funnels
  • growing sponge animals (I cannot think of a better description... they are those little capsules that you place in warm water, and they come out as a different shape)
  • plastic toys that are on their way out the door anyways, so they can get one last hoorah before being dropped at Goodwill
  • food coloring - a little switch up in water color is always fun
  • plastic cups, bowls, storage, etc
  • bottles
  • strainers
  • PVC pipe pieces
  • ice! including ice shapes - fill balloons or rubber gloves with water + freeze!


I'd love to see/hear about others water fun ideas for this summer. Are you creating a water bin/pool area for your little ones? Please share!




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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Weekly Capture XIV

I finally cut Shaggy's hair.

We spent a lovely weekend with my family, not only spending lots of fun and entertaining time with them, but also getting to see five (yes, five!) of my super talented siblings dance in their annual ballet recital. The weekend extended through yesterday morning, and the trek back home took nearly 6 hours... thus making this week's wrap-up a bit late.

This morning has already started my week with a bang. Not only do we have the side effects of trips covering the floors of our kitchen and dining room, but we've also already had one accident in bed, and the bathroom floor is inexplicabley wet.

Quotes from the boy
"Mama, please take my sadness away!"
"Can you get my wetness off!?!"

Overheard:
David to Dom, referring to Blaise: "He's your best friend."
Dom: "Well, he's putting goop on me."

Now, thanks to Grandpa and the aunts and uncles, Dom sings the song showcased in this:




Quote found
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."         -Mark Twain

Watching
Wild Target - comedies about assassins are always fun, and a movie starring Emily Blunt, Bill Nighy, Rupert Grint, Rupert Everett, + Martin Freeman means fun entertainment.

Links
My Annual 'You Are More Than Your Swimsuit' Post :: The Gypsy Mama
10 Kid Friendly Ideas for Backyard Fun :: Apartment Therapy
He Won't Ever Get to be Pregnant :: Catholic Exchange, article by Dwija Borobia

Looking Forward to
A week of catch up! Here, there, + everywhere!

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