Category Archives: General

The Dig Site

Our property has a hill rising up behind the house. The backside of the hill is probably the warmest spot here as the sun hits it at a nice angle. This is where Xander has made his dig site.

Xander digging.

This spoon ain't cutting it, I want a trowel!

Worf helping to dig.

At first he was just excavating rocks but now he likes to bring his cars and a bucket of water up to play with in the dirt. It gets pretty dirty but he sure has fun.

Washing the cars.

Putting more dirt on the cars.

Mud on his face.

We had several wonderfully sunny days last week and we spent the mornings up there. Xander digging and playing with his cars while our dogs, Poppy Seed, McCoy, and new pup Worf raced around him.

I want to build a comfy storage bench up there. A nice under the seat cubby to keep some digging toys, balls for the dogs, and a comfy cushion. That way I’d only have to make one trip carrying our snacks and his bucket of water versus the multiple trips with toys, camp chairs, etc…

Snack time!

Tired doggies.

Have I mentioned that Worf is a chewer?

Do you have any special places in your yard?

Going for a Walk

We had a beautiful sunny day today so we took a walk around the property.

Carrying his pail for rock collecting.

Saying "hi!" to the frog that lives in the planter's watering tube.

Tromping through the tall grass.

Posing for Mommy (who should have wiped the chocolate cake off of his face first!).

Conquering the log obstacle course.

"I did it!"

Just follow McCoy.

Big mossy tree.

Happy dogs.

The kids go marching one by one, hurrah hurrah!

"You keeping up Mommy?"

Heading for home (with a much heavier pail).

It was a wonderful walk!


One can pumpkin puree! I know, absolutely know, we had a can of pumpkin puree on the shelf. I bought it for a recipe, I haven’t made that recipe yet– nor anything else that called for pumpkin– so it should be sitting right there on the shelf! Halfway through the recipe I turn to get it down and NO PUMPKIN!!!!

I’ve texted Ryan, thinking maybe they were having a food drive at the library and he took a can. Nope. I’ve removed all the canned goods from the shelves in case it got pushed to the back. Not there. How do you misplace a can of pumpkin puree?

Thankfully I have sweet potatoes, I’ve peeled them and they’re boiling waiting to be pureed. So at least I can finish the recipe but the mystery of the missing can is going to drive me bonkers!

Apple Turnover Murder

My second book for the Mystery and Suspense Challenge is the Apple Turnover Murder by Joanna Fluke. This is the 13th Hannah Swenson Mystery. Hannah Swenson is the owner of a cookie shop in a small town in Minnesota. She has an amazing talent, or is it bad luck, to stumble on murder victims. For some reason finding a murdered person inspires her to sleuthing, I think most sane people would run the other way.

I’ve enjoyed all the books in this series. They are light, fun mysteries with a bit of romance and a lot of recipes. This one was a little sad to me, with problems in Hannah’s personal life which of course are not cleared up in this book. The mystery itself was a little weaker than some of the others, it was obvious to me right away who the killer was and why. I still enjoyed the book and am eagerly waiting for the next one to be released.

Visit Book Chick City to see what other people have read for the challenge this month. Thanks for stopping by.

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

On Monday we went to the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma. It was Xander’s first visit to a zoo, but it won’t be his last. We bought a family pass so we can go anytime. Xander had a blast. He loved seeing the animals but he also just loved seeing everything, as Ryan said, “he loved seeing the green fence posts!” His favorite stops were the meerkats and the North Pacific Aquarium. He really loved seeing all the different fish, no photos of that area (it was dark and no flash allowed).

We had a lot of fun and can’t wait to go back. Next time I think I might skip the stroller, there were a lot of places you couldn’t easily get to with it and it was hard to maneuver it around in the crowds. For the most part Xander really liked walking.  Also, the cafes do not provide straws or lids to cups (they’re a danger to the animals) and Xander and a milk carton alone was a messy combo. Next time I’ll pack along one of his sippy cups.

Xander in the


We got a small wading pool this weekend. We’ve only filled it a few inches, just enough for Xander to splash around in. At first he wasn’t to sure about the pool but once he figured out he could splash, splash, splash he decided it was lots of fun.

I’m sure we will be spending lots of time in it this summer.