30 September 2008

26 September 2008

Apple Picking

Goosey's first field trip was yesterday.  They went apple picking!


This was her first time riding a school bus.



Harvesting



Do you want one?



She loves apples.



With her two girlfriends.



They even got to go on a hayride!



A happy girl, getting on the bus to return to the school.


I think an apple picking outing deserves a delicious family recipe:

Fresh Apple Cake
4 cups apples, diced (peeled or unpeeled)
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup chopped nuts, optional (walnuts are good)
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 cups flour

Mix apples and sugar.  Let stand.  Mix remaining dry ingredients, add wet ingredients then apple mixture.  Pour into greased, floured pan.  Bake @ 350 degrees for 1 hour.

25 September 2008

If I could


If I could pick up and move right now, I'd buy this house.  It's in the town where I want to live (and even the school district), it's my favorite architectural style, has a decent lot size, is within the price range and was completely remodeled last year.  Wow!  If only....

I love being True Blue

Last Saturday we were winding our way through the crowds at Faneuil Hall.  Suddenly, we were about to cut off another group--a couple of families with strollers (just like us).  I stopped to let them by when one of the moms saw Lew and said, "I like your shirt buddy."

Looking down at Lew, I encouraged, "Say thank you," then looked up at the woman.  As our eyes met she and I smiled in unison and said, "Go Cougars!"

23 September 2008

Fall Flirty Swap

The Fall Flirty Swap just took place.  Our theme was "What I wish I had done over summer vacation".  I wished that I had gone to New York City.  Here's my NYC apron from Kristin.

When the package arrived, I thought "How funny!  It's from the same town where my in-laws live.  What are the odds?"  When I read Kristin's note she explained that as she read my blog she thought my kids looked familiar.....then she realized that she had been the photographer for our extended family pictures nearly two years ago, in Spokane.  It's a small, small world.

My assignee was Lisa.  Lisa wished she had visited Belgium.  I thought that lace would be a perfect representation of Belgium, and when I asked CW, she said that she remembered lots of tulips.  So, I went with tulip fabric and Brussels lace for the trimming.

Fall Sassy Swap

This swap took place at the beginning of September (just now posting pictures).  The theme was Fall holidays.  I told my partner, Ellena, that I was open to any fall apron.  Here's what I got:
And it's reversible!
So cute!  She also sent along two pot holders, boomerangs for the kids, and a recipe for pecan pie.  Am I spoiled, or what?

Lauren was the partner to whom I sent the apron that I made.  She said that she wanted a Thanksgiving or Christmas apron.  Her favorite color is green, so I figured I'd go for the Christmas apron.  This was a challenge for me because it was the first time I made my own bias tape.
It really doesn't look attractive on the hanger like that (I need a dress form!), so here's a picture of the pattern that I used.....you get the idea, right?

22 September 2008

Yearbook Yourself

Thank goodness I wasn't in high school during these years:
1962


1972


1976


1982


1984


I might have been okay with these years:

1952


1968

1970


Supposedly, this is what the average girl looked like in the year that I graduated (I can't think of a single girl that looked like this):

1996

Here's how I actually looked:





A visit

Taken on Boston Common

Uncle Kevin & Aunt Lindsey came to visit!  It was their first time in New England.  They were only here for a few days, so we made the most of it.  We went to a traditional New England restaurant, watched Goosey play soccer and traipsed about Boston.  There was also a lot of tickling, reading books and silliness.


Goosey scored her team's only goal on Saturday



Lindsey & Kevin in Boston

We had such a great time.  The kids are so sad that they left.  On the way home from dropping them at the airport, Dogger was telling us how sad he was that they were gone.  I told him that we'd see them later, and Dogger replied, almost in tears, "But we won't see them later!"

We love you Uncle Kevin & Aunt Lindsey!


08 September 2008

The Beginning of the End


Goosey's first day of kindergarten


She chose her outfit



Showing off her backpack



At her school
(I swear I didn't superimpose her on this picture, it just looks like it)



With her good friend, P.  They get to be in the same class!



Heading to line up



Waiting to go in....



There she goes!

05 September 2008

Meet the teacher


Goosey & Mrs. P.

Goosey met her kindergarten teacher today.  They got to tour the classroom, learn some rules, read a story, and do an art project (see her cricket on the board--right next to her with the purple shirt).  And they found out that there is a deaf boy in the class, so they get to learn sign language.  Wow!  Her teacher is super cute and nice.  Goosey is so excited to start school on Monday.
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