Sunday, July 28, 2013

Seven day challenge day 7 Garlic time

Well just five out of seven days, oh well. 
After almost 30 years, I finally made it to the gilroy garlic festival. Steve had no idea what to expect and there was so much to see. I wish I would have taken pictures of our combo plates but we were so hungry and had to eat them standing up. 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Seven day challenge Taco Thursday

Anna loves tacos but Eden hates spicy salsa thanks to this cute book:
Hardly any body goes to the Taco Bell near our house so I don't mind taking all three in there. And they play good music. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Seven day challenge day 3 20 years

My 20 year reunion was this summer. I didn't go because I didn't like the restaurant or the people. But it still caused me some reflection. It really doesn't seem like that long since that summer before I left for college. A summer full of completion and expectations at the same time. 18 is such a strange time. I was ready to dive into adulthood but was still so young in many ways. 
I was so ready for the new adventure of college. Obviously looking more forward to the social growth instead of academic but luckily I grew in both ways. 
Our babysitter is in that magical summer now and I'm so jealous of her, ha!
How has my life changed in 20 years? Wow so many things to say. The obvious of husband and kids. Sometimes I feel it hasn't changed. I still feel like there are still so many opportunities awaiting me and like I'm still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. Summer as 18 is similar to that of summer as 23. Life has so many options and doors to take. I feel like I made good choices but of course mistakes happened too. 
What will the next 20 years hold? I can't wait to find out! 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Seven Day Challenge - Day 2 Dinners

Yet again, linking up with Conversion Diary for her “7 in 7″ challenge

We are in a dinner rut once again. Since Steve has been working in Oakland so much, we rarely all eat together. One dinner win I did have was Garlic Chicken with rice in the crock pot. I got this jar in the new section at Trader Joes.

Many Clove Garlic Sauce

James Beard made garlic "gourmet" when he published a classic Provençal recipe for cooking chicken with 40 cloves of garlic. Inspired by this transformational recipe, we set out to create our very own gourmet garlic sauce. Rather than focus on the number, we focused on the flavor, leveraging many garlic cloves in all of their finest forms: fresh chopped garlic, garlic purée, roasted garlic and garlic powder. Mixed together with Chablis, chicken stock, cream, brandy and butter, our Many Clove Garlic Sauce boasts full flavor with great depth, complexity and mild pungency. Like the original recipe upon which it was modeled, this sauce is certain to inspire gastronomic garlic delight, especially at our great price of $2.99 for an 18 ounce jar.

It was yummy and superrrrr garlicky, ha!

After swimming lessons, the girls were super hungry of course and I was super grateful for the mini-pizzas and watermelon. They eat that almost everyday, yay pizza!

Here are some pics from the weekend at Japanese friendship garden


Monday, July 22, 2013

Seven Day Challenge - Day 1 Swimming 2013

Jen at Conversion Diary has proposed this challenge:

So we just finished two weeks of swim lessons. There was an array of emotions from all that participated. For me, it was exhausting. Getting all three children to one place for four consecutive days is more difficult than I thought. The fourth day was July 11, which is free slurpee day. So I told them if they put their faces in the water we could get a slurpee. Eden did not want to put her face in at all. After the first day, she said, "I do NOT want to float. I'm scared" So I told her teacher not to use the word F-L-O-A-T and maybe she would be more receptive. But then Eden said, "I do not want to float and and I don't want to F-L-O-A-T" Smarty pants! So for two weeks she floated on noodles and cried if her teacher gently put her under water. Anna floated on noodles too and she gently eased her face in but never voluntarily.
We are not going to do lessons again for the rest of the summer but just play at our pool and pray for a miracle, ha!
St. Adjutor, pray for us!!
The one photo evidence:


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Saint Adjutor
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Statue of St Adjutor at the collegiate church of Vernon, Eure.
Born Vernon, France
Died April 30, 1131
Tiron, France
Honored in Roman Catholic Church
Feast April 30
Patronage swimmers, boaters, drowning victims, Vernon
Adjutor (died April 30, 1131) is venerated as a saint by the Catholic Church. He was born in Normandy, France, where he was made a knight in the First Crusade. He is credited to be the patron saint of swimmers, boaters, and drowning victims,[1] and the patron saint of Vernon, France. The stories given for his patronage of boaters vary. Some state that he was captured by Muslims in The Crusade, who tried to force him to abandon his faith, and when refusing, he escaped persecution by swimming.[1] He swam back to France and entered the Abbey of Trion. There he became a recluse remaining up until his death of April 30th.

Friday, July 5, 2013

7 Quick Takes July

Anna had a playdate with her friend from the previous post. 
They were so cute together. Equally bossy if that is possible.

Heat wave in California so this week was pretty low energy. 
The girls are loving Team Umizoomi lately.

So sad that Google Reader is gone. I don't understand why, ugh. 
This is what the Feedly app on my phone looks like:
So lame: 

Eden had two days of ESY this week and it was so hard to get her out the door. 
But she has had fun once she is there. She made a cute Popsicle flag and 
a 4th of July coloring book.  
Eden lost her first tooth yesterday!! She was eating watermelon outside and 
came inside and said look. She kept the tooth too. 
She doesn't care about the tooth fairy. She just wanted a yellow lollipop!

There were a lot of fireworks in our neighborhood last night which was good so we 
didn't have to drive downtown and fight the traffic. Both girls got tired 
at 10 and put themselves to bed, aahhh!

Eden has been scripting from this book for a while. I finally googled 
"Buffalo Burrito" because that was one of the things she said a lot. I found the book
 and asked her if she knew what it was and she said she read it in Kindergarten. 
I got it from the library and it is so cute. The one with Poor Puppy is really cute too!

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