Saturday, April 21, 2007

The spring fair

The spring fair was happening this past weekend, and we were hoping that Ethan would be old enough to ride on a few of the little kiddy rides. For the most part he did ok... He wanted to sit on them, but he he didnt want to ride on them once they started to move....They had to stop one ride because it was going a little too fast for him and he was afraid.

But there were two rides that were okay for him...On this one Paul got to squeeze into the bucket with him. I was laughing so hard because Paul is not a little guy. His 6'4" legs were cramed into this seat! So funny to see him wedge himself in and out of that bucket!

And Jaryn got to ride in the dump truck...three times! It was by far his all time favorite. Not sure if that was because he had the security of Mommy being with him, or if it was because the dump truck stayed firmly on the ground. But either way he squeeled with laughter each time he came back around and spotted us. It was so cute to see him so excited

This is the ride he had to be taken off off. I hate to ride backwards on rides I dont blame him one bit.

One thing we really wanted to do but missed was to see Dora the Explorer. He would have loved seeing her, but her show was only there early in the morning and later in the afternoon. After all the excitement of the rides and hot dog and a scone, he was ready to go home and take a nap.
The fair is a family tradition in our household and we were so excited to be able to take Ethan this year. I think he was right on the edge of being just a little bit too young, but there's always the big fair in the fall to look forward too.
This smaller spring fair was probably just the perfect size for Ethan though.

good bye to a dear friend

We got him when he was 8 weeks old. I had to beg Paul to let me get him
Because he was such a baby when we got him he adopted me as his Mom and
he was my contant companion.
He turned 18 years old this month. Do the math...thats 126 in doggie years:-)
Im going to miss him so very much.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

It must be spring...

and spring means a trip to the tulip fields...
in case spring hasnt made it to where you live, I'll share.
We made the annual trip north to the tulip fields this morning. We've been waiting for the spring showers to stop long enough to be able to tip toe through the fields without getting all muddy. Today was the day! Although not all the fields were in bloom, enough of them were to get a full dose of color. The daffs are done blooming or had been harvested, but most of the tulip fields were blooming. The late bloomers are still closed and the irises come later this month.

this is one of my favorite farm houses. It even has a rope tire swing in a big ole tree. Today I snapped a pic out the window of the car as we were driving by.

These fuzzy tulips are almost alien looking. They remind me of venus fly traps. Paul says they look like the plant from Rocky Horror Picture show :)

Now were did I put my wooden shoes???

Had enough? I've got a ton more where these came from :) Ha!
Happy Spring!

Thursday, April 12, 2007

you know summer is getting close when...

you start seeing season finales of your favorite TV shows.
I was surprised to find that last night was the season finale to my FAVORITE show (one that's not a reality show that is) Friday Night Lights

If your not watching this show, I think your missing out on some really good TV... Really.

The writers of this show have done a phenomenal job with it.
This show makes me laugh and cry in almost every episode.
Now there's the mark of a great show in my opinion.
You can watch this show as a family. It's real life and real life stuff happens in it.
The characters are real, and believable.

This show is funny, sexy and edgy, and surprisingly the writers have been able to incorporate a few christen values into the story line. Its as common to see the kids pray in school in this show as it is to see them at a kegger.

Maybe thats the way it is in Texas, I dont know. Its not that way it is around here.

The basic story line follows closely to the movie by the same name (I'm told) and many of the actors from the movie are also in the TV show.
I think it was touch and go for awhile if this show was going to get picked up for next season. I was really really hoping that it would. Dont ya just hate it when a really good show doesnt get the recognition that it deserves. More than one TV show that I've really liked has gotten canceled before its second season.

But, I was happy to see on their website today that they have been picked up for a second season...yeaaaaa
If you want to catch up during the summer months, you can watch all the episodes online.
The actors were chatting in the blog after the show last night...check it an episode or two

That way when the season starts up in the fall you'll be up to speed.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

seriously funny stuff

This is a first attempt at inserting a video...yikes
but this is sooooo worth it.

click on the center arrow and watch this clip of the Ellen show.

Seriously this almost made me cry I was laughing so hard

Watch this!

I think she is the most adorable thing, but I love her because she makes me laugh...always.
And she does it just by being herself...seriously funny woman.

Monday, April 02, 2007

bowl food

I had the best lunch the other day and Im still thinking about it.
I plan to attempt to make it for dinner one night this week. Its really pretty simple ~I think.
The surprising thing was that it was at the most unexpected restaurant. We were at the mall and needed something quick to eat.
Paul suggested we just grab something from World Wraps. Over all they tend to have a fairly healthy menu so I figured I could find something to eat that wouldnt be too bad for me.
I found they now have bowl food! I’m a huge fan of anything in a bowl these days.
Something comforting and less frilly about anything eaten from a bowl. So I ordered the Samurai salmon bowl. Holy cow was it ever delish.
It was Salmon, Avocado, daikon sprouts, nori, cucumber, scallions, over some Jasmine rice, and topped with a Soy wasabi vinaigrette. Sooooo good.
Im in search of a good Soy wasabi vinaigrette recipe this morning…I found two. I’ll make them both and see which one wins

Wasabi Vinaigrette

1/2 teaspoon Wasabi Paste
1 tablespoon Rice Vinegar
1 tablespoon Soy Sauce
3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and Fresh Ground Black Pepper

In a smaller bowl, whisk wasabi, vinegar and soy sauce.
Whisk in oil to combine dressing.
Serve wasabi vinaigrette.

Spicy Soy Wasabi Vinaigrette
1/2 Cup Rice wine vinegar
4 Tblsp. Wasabi
4 Tblsp. Water
1/4 Cup Soy sauce
1/2 Cup Sesame oil
4 Tblsp. Chili oil
Olive oil
Sesame seeds (toasted)
Mix wasabi powder with water, and let rest for half an hour.
Combine vinegar and soy sauce in a bowl. Whisk in olive oil and sesame oil. Then add chili oil.
Season with wasabi. Fold in sesame seeds. May need lemon juice to taste.