Monthly Archives: May 2010

Letters from Owen

“Dear Adain. I write other letters down that say Dear Noah and up here says dear tooth fairy.”

“Dear Grammie and NiNi, thanks for playin with me. I get to…(voice trails off)”
“What does it say?”
“I already told you!!”

Sorry Grammie and NiNi, I can’t translate the rest of this note.

“Dear Bailey and Dear Mama and Dear Grandma and Dear Me and Dear Grammie. Other tooth fairy take care of my teeth when my tooth falls out. See? It’s the same thing.”

I’m guessing he got the tooth fairy stuff from PBS.

Another day Owen made a smiley face.


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If I didn’t know better…

I’d say it’s summer time!

Swimming googles. Check.

Orange Pushpop from ice cream truck. Check.

Running through sprinklers. Check, check.

Throw in a couple 90+ degree days and you’d have no idea it was still May. Look out June 20th! We’re ready for you!

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Flying Squirrels

We took this picture right before the Flying Squirrels game in Richmond. We went with some friends from church and it was a great time. Richmond played the Bowie Baysox, which is an Orioles AA team. There must be a curse, because the Bowie Baysox were just as terrible as their major league affiliate. It was still a blast.

After the game Owen (and hundreds of other kids) got to run the bases around the field. Our big boy looked so tiny running along side all of the big kids. He was very careful to make sure he hit every single base. Don waited in line with Owen at the first base gate (parents weren’t allowed to go with their kids, no matter how young) and I waited for him at the third base gate where the kids exited.

I half expected Owen to be too nerves to go onto the field by himself… I guess I forgot for a moment how much the kid loves baseball. An older boy took his hand to get him started and off they went. As he rounded third base I made sure I was right at the entrance so he wouldn’t get swallowed up in the crowd. He was so cute!

I thanked his little friend for helping and you know what that kid did? Took Owen’s hand, walked away and waited for Don. He didn’t know me from a hole in the wall so he waited to make sure Owen got to the parent he knew he belonged with. Which was Don. It was awesome. I wish I had met his parents to tell them what a good job they’d done raising their son.

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Mint and Parsley (out my kitchen door)

Mmmm… Tabbouleh!


2 cups bulgur wheat (presoaked for 1 hr)
3 cups parsley, finely minced
1/4 cup mint, finely chopped
3 green onions, finely sliced
1/4 t pepper
1/8 t cumin
1/2 t salt
2 medium tomatoes, diced
3T lemon juice
3T olive oil

To presoak bulgur, place 2 cups bulgur in a bowl. Pour 2 cups water over bulgur and let stand for 1 hour. In a large bowl, using a wooden spoon, gently mix together all ingredients, except lemon juice and olive oil. Add the lemon juice, toss, and chill for 1 hr to blend flavors. Before serving toss again with olive oil.

This is great with pita bread. Sliced cucumbers, romaine, pita a tabbouleh make awesome sandwiches!

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Vroom! Vroom!

This idea came from Scribble Art by Mary Ann Kohl. It was a library book, but definitely one I’d like to own.
Roll of paper + Paint + Toy cars and trucks = Masterpiece. I save the styrofoam packaging from food stuff for paint pallets. Owen had a ball.

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Food and Flowers

Just as I was starting to lament the end of dogwood blossom and azalea season the roses and irises bloomed. My spring veggies are just about ready and summer plants won’t be far behind.




sugar snap pea sprout

camellia bush


shade perennial by shed


dogwood blossoms

snowball bush in bloom.


more azaleas!

lily of the valley



herbs: parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme plus oregano, savory and marjoram)




violas (edible flowers). spearmint. dumpster dive find compliments of Zoe.

swiss chard

basil. eggplant.

top to bottom: pepper plant. carrots. chives. strawberries. chard.

carrots and chives

pole beans sprouting!


chocolate mint.

the zucchini sprouted!


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