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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Peachy Keen Smoothie

This is a summer-tasting smoothie that makes a fabulous morning start.

1 1/2 cups orange juice
1 handful (you must love my exact measurements) raw almonds
1 1/2 handfuls of purple grapes
1 frozen banana, broken into chunks
2 ripe peaches, cut into quarters (and without the pit)
2 handfuls of baby mixed dark-leafy greens

Put in high-speed blender at full speed for 60 seconds.  Makes 3-4  servings or one breakfast for me and Isabelle (who jumps for joy when she sees her "moofie").

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Yummy Yellow Smoothie (actually a green smoothie....)

Isabelle loves this raw green smoothie.  It is very yummy so unfortunately it is gone before the camera has a chance to come out...

1 1/4 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed
1 cup purple grapes
1 frozen banana, broken into chunks
2 guavas, flesh only
1 1/2 cups mixed baby dark leafy greens.

Put all in high-speed blender, and blend on high for 1 minute.  Pour into glasses and enjoy.  Makes four servings.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Day Camping

My husband always has such great ideas for doing things with the kids.  This was one of those.  Day camping.  We wanted to hike to a nearby campground but with his back still hurting, he couldn't haul in all that was needed.  So we just decided on a day camping trip, without the tent.  The kids had a blast.  And so did we.   And of course the dog, Copper.

On the way to the camp, we found this great waterfall.  The kids bravely hiked up to it, Nathan guiding his sister carefully.  It was cute to watch.  She being being scared at times and he coming right to her side and making sure she was ok.

David taking Copper around to explore.

Copper enjoying the river.

The kids inside a giant hollow tree stump.  Side note: Isabelle LOVES this backpack.  After this day, she is still carrying it all the time.  She also picked out this necklace for the trip.  :-)

Mama and the baby.  Baby has her mouth stuffed with coconut.

Dad took Abby and Nathan out into the river and they fished there. Look how Nathan is listening to his dad.   He just admires him so much.

Abigail playing in the water.

More water fun.  Abigail's feet were red from being in the cold water for so long.

Doesn't Isabelle just look so big in this picture?  She loved playing by the riverbank.  The river is beautifully clear.

Nathan spent a long time showing Abby how to skip rocks.  Maybe that is what Isabelle is imitating?

Nathan and his catch of the day.  He hooked it all by himself.  Dad help get it in.  Then he taught Nathan how to clean it and we grilled it over the campfire.  Oh yes, and I started my first campfire with flint!  Yeah me!  The kids loved the taste of the trout.  That is pretty amazing considering how picky Nathan is.

Here is the excited boy showing me his catch.

Abby wanted me to take pictures of the splash rocks made after she threw them into the river.

The guys fishing some more toward evening.

This was a really great trip.  The kids enjoyed the hike we took and just about everything else about this trip.  It was great.  

The Dog Bite

On Wednesday's this summer I have a day where Grampy takes the kids and the dog so I can drive grandma to places she needs to go.  Two weeks ago, during such an outing, Grandma and I were having lunch at the food court at our local mall after visiting various places.  The phone rang and Grampy uttered the dreaded words that Nathan got bit by a dog.  After further conversation, it became clear that it was a good bite but Nathan was ok now.  The next thought was that how did this happen?  It quickly became clear that it hadn't been our dog!  Thank heavens as this was my first assumption.  Apparently Nathan had been riding his little Jeep in Grampy's yard.  Suddenly he felt a something biting his leg.  He looked down and saw the neighbor's dog (a smaller mixed breed dog who had been treated poorly by the neighbor's children) biting at him.  He quickly got out of the car and ran over grampy's pitcher's mount and then, being chased by the dog,  he ran inside.  Nathan said once he passed our dog (who was chained), the other dog ran to the street and then home.  It seems their dog had jumped the fence and then attacked Nathan.  The physical damage wasn't that bad thankfully, but emotionally, our son was a wreck.  Every time he talked about it, he became very emotional.  He just could not understand why the dog had attacked him without him doing anything wrong.  It just did not make sense to him and for the first time, he was starting to understand that dogs are animals after all.  It's been a week and a half and he is still fearful of dogs.  He tries bravely and it will most likely just take time.  He still loves his Copper but is really worried when Copper does puppy play and nips at Nathan. Time will heal.

The bite marks a few days after being treated with Neosporin.  The bruising is not seen well.  This is the backside of Nathan's leg, the bites being on his upper leg (he is holding it in the air).