Monday, September 29, 2008

Less than 3 months!

Our neighbor (and talented photographer) wanted to try out his new back-drop and offered to take some holiday photos of the kids. (I think it's because I have such photogenic offspring.) We jumped at the offer and dressed the kids up in some holiday finery. Aren't they cute?

It's hard to believe it's less than 3 months before Christmas, but it'll be here before we know it!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Pumpkin Cake Recipe

Pumpkin pie is a favorite around here, but we like any baked good with pumpkin in it! I posted the recipe for a pumpkin cake that's easy to bring along on a picnic over at

Monday, September 22, 2008

Did your newborns have hair?

There's an old wives tale that heartburn during pregnancy means your newborn will be born with hair. I had heartburn, and all 3 of my kids were born with hair.

Colin had the most (he's over there on the left), but they all had hair which they did not lose in the early weeks after birth.

Do you think there's any truth to that old wives tale? Click on over and find out!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Tips for Calm Dogs

Over at Prevention, I wrote some tips for helping a dog stay calm.

Having a house full of young, active, loud children is NOT one of the tips, but just reality at our house. We can only hope we'll all adapt.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

more baseball

One more game and the season is over for the year. Both boys had fun, but Nate seems to really enjoy playing and he plays very well. He hit an awesome home run tonight that tickled him pink.

If you look carefully at the first picture you can see the blur of the bat and the ball Colin is about to hit.

Lydia enjoys exploring the fields and has never given up trying to get out on the field to play. She also likes that there are a couple different sets of steps to climb. The last picture gives you just a glimpse of how busy and active and always in motion she is.

Next up: flag football! That season starts in early October.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Smoothie Love

We enjoy smoothies on a regular basis. I appreciate how quickly they can be thrown together and how nutritious they are when we make them at home. I recently posted one of my recipes over at Prevention for a simple strawberry-banana smoothie made with green tea.

There's no added sugar, but the fruit provides plenty of sweetness. The green tea adds anti-oxidants and there's no added sugar from juices that are sometimes used for extra liquid.

Now, if only I could find a self-cleaning blender!

Friday, September 12, 2008

have some fun

Over at Prevention, I posted about one of the brain games hosted on their site. Go have some fun!

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Have a Good Drive!

My parents left this morning for their long drive across the country back to Wisconsin. We'll miss them, but look forward to their return! Hopefully only one more vacation until they're next door permanently!

Monday, September 08, 2008

Another Apple Recipe

Fall is the time for apples, and I've got another recipe to share with you over at Prevention!

Wednesday, September 03, 2008


Over at Prevention, I posted about why I choose to walk.

If you use Digg or StumbleUpon, I'd appreciate the moment it takes to digg or stumble my posts :) There's a "Share This" button at the bottom of all posts to make it easy. thanks :)

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Diabetic Friendly, No Bake Apple Pie

Looking for an easy summer dessert? One that's sugar-free, doesn't require baking AND tastes great? Check out my Prevention blog for my mom's recipe!

Monday, September 01, 2008

Labor Day Weekend

Our house has grown a little small for us, so Bo decided to close in our back patio and make an extra room. We've talked about it for quite a while, but this weekend he was very busy making it happen.

We'll move our office into this room off the kitchen, and give Lydia her own room in what used to be the office. I'll continue to update his progress on the blog.