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Week in Review

Written on June 26, 2009 by Rylan & Kaitlyn.

Well Kaitlyn and I both agree that the hot dog and french fries pizza was the dinner highlight this week. Our dad has been on a kick lately making artisan breads and again, we both think they are great. He's always talking this weird nonsense about fermentation this and fermentation that. He's a goofy guy.

Speaking of our dad, we of course celebrated Father's Day last Sunday. He got to peacefully sleep in a few extra hours and when he came down he got showered with hugs and kisses. He really enjoyed his rice krispy treats that our Mom made for him. He would have eaten every single bit of it instantly but he held back some how. They were mighty tasty.

Mom seems to have mastered cake baking and decorating so she has been working on homemade ice cream lately. It definitely is tough when you cannot use milk or cream. I am confident that she will find a good recipe and we are certainly willing to eat whatever she makes. She is trying to make ice cream for Kaitlyn's birthday but I think time is running out. Kaitlyn's birthday and party are just around the corner and we are very excited. Hopefully the weather will work with us for next Saturday.

Well our garden is further expanding. Mom and dad have removed a few of the sunflowers and now we are moving in some new things. Our garden is full of all types of goodies like a dwarf lemon tree, 2 tomato bushes, green peppers, banana peppers, onions, green beans, potatoes and a bunch of others that we cannot remember right now.

Well we cannot think of much else to say. Have a great weekend everyone.

Hot Dog & French Fry Pizza

Written on June 24, 2009 by Kevin.

Rylan and I spent a bit of time the other day making a very unique pizza. In Naples, Italy it is not uncommon to see a pizza with hot dogs and fries but not with the sauce we used. It was a layers of ketchup, mustard and a bit of relish. Topped with hot dog slices and french fries, it was ready to bake up and eat. Rylan did exceptionally well throught the entire process of making the dough, constructing the pizza and eating it. Kaitlyn couldn't pass it up. It was definitely an odd pizza but loved nonetheless.

From one pest to another...

Written on June 23, 2009 by Kevin.

Hello tomato hornworms. You have met your end. You have come into the wrong garden. You will be taken care of promptly.

Father's Day Conversation

Written on June 22, 2009 by Kevin.

Here is a great example of how responsible Rylan is becoming with his sister's life threatening allergies. This is a conversation that took place last night while eating dinner at Jason's Deli.

Rylan: Daddy, I want to kiss you.
Dad: OK.
Rylan: Daddy, you have allergies on your lips. I can't kiss you.
Dad: You're right Rylan. You are very smart. *wipes mouth off with wipe*
Dad: OK, you can kiss me now.

These are conversations that make me proud to be a father. Father's Day 2009 was great. I got to sleep in a bit and came down stairs to smiling faces and a gift of rice krispy treats and beef jerky. What more could I ask for?

Say Cheese!

Written on June 22, 2009 by Kevin.

Week in Review

Written on June 19, 2009 by Rylan & Kaitlyn.

Well the most fun thing we have done this past week is hanging out with Grandma at a local pond. We really like feeding the ducks and fish. There is even a small turtle that likes to swim by each time. He doesn't eat the bread that we toss into the water though. He is popping his head out of the water at random points. We have a lot of fun.

Well the big excitement for our mom and dad this week was their anticipated HOA meeting. Our neighbors are working on taking over the current HOA and there has been a lot of work to do. We have been passing around fliers and talking to people. It's definitely a heated issue that is interesting to watch.

Our mom and dad have also been busy lately working on some cooking and baking with some new recipes. Our mom made sunbutter cookies which we are told taste very much like a real peanut butter cookie. They were very pleased and we were too. Kaitlyn and I will taste our very first enchilada tonight if all goes as planned. Sure it won't have any cheese on it but that will be OK.

I guess that's gonna wrap it up. Father's day is just a few days away so Kaitlyn and I have some planning to do. Hope everyone has a good weekend.

Gardening Tip: Used Coffee Grounds Work Wonders

Written on June 18, 2009 by Kevin.

We made a trip to Borders bookstore the other day and noticed that they were offering their used coffee grounds for your garden. We picked up 2 very large bags for free. We looked up online the benefits and there are many in your garden. They can both fertilize and deter pests. Definitely a win-win situation for everyone.

Week in Review

Written on June 12, 2009 by Rylan & Kaitlyn.

Well it's Friday again and it's our time for the Week in Review. The weather here has been bearable lately so we have been outside a lot more. Our neighbors have been planning an HOA takeover so there has been a lot of commotion outside lately. It's been pretty crazy I tell ya.

We headed over to our local Cabella store recently and met up with our Grandpa Fred. We had a lot of fun showing him all of the fish and animals. He got to explain things to us and it was really nice. We stopped and shared a bag of Fritos which was a new allergy safe food that Kaitlyn can have.

Mom made some really neat new blankets for us this week as well. Mom surprised us by putting them out on the couches for us to see when we came down in the morning. Kaitlyn laid on her blanket all morning and you could tell that she really loved it. I told mom that it was the best blanket ever. It really was. It had cookie fabric on it!

It has been gift buying time. Mom and Dad pretty much finished up Kaitlyn's birthday gifts and just last night we picked up our Father's Day gift. Mom and I picked it out but Mom wouldn't tell me the name of it because I have a big mouth and she knows I would tell. As soon as I found out Kaitlyn was getting a wallet from Disneyland I immediately told her. We even went out with our Grandma Michele this week to get some gifts bought for Kaitlyn.

That's gonna wrap this week in review up. We can't wait for our Dad to get home because he said we are making robot costumes. At first I wasn't too interested but it sounds like it going to be a lot of fun. We will definitely be getting some pictures. Have a great weekend.

Such a girly girl.

Written on June 10, 2009 by Kevin.

The flowers have arrived.

Written on June 8, 2009 by Kevin.

Our sunflowers have grown tall over the past 2 months and they are now beginning to show us their flowers.

Week in Review

Written on June 5, 2009 by Rylan & Kaitlyn.

Well this week we celebrated our Grandma Michele's birthday. Mom made a meal for us all and we had dinner together. We gave her a few gifts and now Kaitlyn and I are really anxious for our own birthdays. We like getting gifts and opening them.

Our garden is doing so well now. Our sunflowers are about to start showing some big flowers. We have a few marigolds that have already started showing. We picked up a few tomato plants and are looking forward to eating them when they come in. Our lemon tree is growing too which is nice. Of course with the nice plants is coming the bugs. Mom and dad quickly found out that we are being attacked by milkweed bugs. They had to do a bit of spraying last night to help keep them and other buggies away. It was becoming a wild jungle out there.

We never really thought about it until yesterday but mom thought Kaitlyn had never had a hamburger before. Dad went ahead and made them for dinner. She didn't really go for it though but I think it was because our dad made them too thick and dry. He says that he is rusty because he hasn't grilled in so long. He did make a great meal the other night though. He made Coca Cola chicken which turned out pretty tasty. I think I can go for it again soon. Dad and I did make a bit of food together the other day too. We made a banana blueberry bread which was fun to make but I wasn't up for eating it like everyone else. I am very touchy when it comes to seeds so it wasn't my thing at all but it was certainly fun to help make.

The weather man says that it should be a bit cooler this weekend so hopefully that happens. It would be nice if it rained or at least was bearable outside. Have a good weekend everyone.