Monday, July 30, 2007
I did hear a very interesting story on NPR today that I had read earlier on a blog called Film Literate. You can read about it here. It is amazing that this is still going on in Modern America. I suggest you check it out. It is about Jena, Louisiana.
And I've included a picture of the kids from when we went to the Spikes game. They loved the cotton candy. (What kid wouldn't?)
Like I mentioned, next week we will be near Damariscottia, Maine. I imagine we will be eating lobster and going out on my father-in-law's boat. My mother-in-law has Alzheimer's Disease, so it is important that the kids get to know her, too. I promise to take lots of pictures!
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Our wild blackberries down our driveway are getting ripe. I love picking the berries and eating them on the spot. Every year, I look forward to this time.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Friday was filled with gatherings and rehearsals and rehearsals dinners. The kids were great the whole time.
On Saturday, we got up and ready and headed to Fayetteville. The wedding was at 4 pm. I think that is the best time for a wedding. It's not yet formal and the bride has all day to get ready. Lori looked beautiful and we were so happy for her. Ten years ago, she had her first of two brain surgeries for a brain tumor. So, this day was extra special. You can see photos of the wedding weekend on flickr.com./photos/kellykleinman.
After the wedding we drove to Harrison to stay with my parents. My sister has a boat so Sunday afternoon we headed out for some water skiing and inner tubing. I am hopeful that my kids will demand that this is a summer event as they get older! Here is my mom.
Here are my sister and dad. My dad was trying to water ski. I think it had been 50 years since he had done that.
And here are my sister, Kendall and Clayton in the tube. Here's to family!
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
Saturday was our 6th anniversary, so we arranged for a babysitter and the four adults went out to eat at Zola's New World Bistro. After dinner we walked down to the lawn in front of Old Main to listen to a local 80's cover band, Velveeta. What a blast!
Sunday, we went to the other arts fest going on this last weekend. It is the People's Choice Art Festival. The kids got their faces painted and Heather and I got to look around at the art and jewelery.
You can see pictures here.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Take me out to the park. Buy me some peanuts and Crackerjack, I don't care if we ever get back. 'Cause it's root, root, root for the home team, for if they lose it's a shame. 'Cause it's one, two, three strikes you're out, in the old ball game!
Last night, we took the family to a minor league baseball game. It was the State College Spikes vs. the Oneonta Tigers. Pete goes to a monthly ag meeting and last night, they met at the game. The weather had been bad, so I'm hoping that is why the stands were empty. I think the avg. attendance for the season is 4100.
I thought the sky was beautiful.
Before the game.
Here is Clayton working on the stats.
Here are Pete and Kendall. She, too, had been working on the stats.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Leonardo DiCaprio has to be one of the best actors. He is so believable. This movie makes you think. There is violence, but it is not gratuitous. Leo's character is an ex-mercenary turned diamond smuggler. Blood Diamond is up there on my 'great movies list'. A must see.
So, last night my old friend from High School was in town for a meeting. We'll call him Ted. Ted went to the junior prom with my bff Dana. I went with our friend, Chris. It was a double date. So, Ted and I have always been friends, but like so many people, lost touch over the years. He now lives in Reston, VA. He will be up here once in a while for business. So, it was great to have him out to the house so Pete and I could cook for him.
I went to our Wegman's (the best grocery store ever) and bought 1 tuna steak and two swordfish steaks. I marinated them in a sesame oil and soy marinade that my husband found on FoodTV.com. They were delicious! We grilled them and I served wild and long grain rice and green beans that my husband 'stir-fried' at the last minute with shallots.
I had gone to play group on Tuesday so I ran out of time for dessert making. It's all good. I still need to lose about 5 lbs. Ted didn't care, either.
Next stop. This weekend. Old friend from High School, Heather, is coming with the whole fam damily. She lives in McClean, VA. Can't wait!
Monday, July 09, 2007
So, we prepped and painted the room. It looks so much better than it did. The previous owners had painted it a pale green with dark green trim (yikes). We have been living with it for almost 6 years now, and all of a sudden, it needed to be changed! It is taupe-ish with cream trim. Very Southern Living, if I say so myself. Pete also has to make things more complicated in every endeavor, so of course, he decided the room needed crown molding, too. It will/does look great, but I'm sick of messing with it. And to top it off, I got a phone call this afternoon from another old friend from high school that is going to be in town for business tomorrow night. So, I've got to clean and decide what to cook for the guy.
So, I will try to put some pics up later of the room. The kids were great this weekend. We hardly saw them as they were planted in front of the TV watching a Dora, The Explorer video. I know, bad, but what else are we supposed to do when we need to get things done?
Friday, July 06, 2007
Here is Clayton with the kick board:
This time he was concentrating. (I think I can...I think I can....)
Kendall is about to jump
We have one more week of this level. It is so exciting to see the kids improve each day!!
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Here is Kendall kicking while floating with help. She loves it and gets so excited when it's time to go to class. Clayton will sit on the first step but refuses to do anything else. Oh well. I am a very proud parent and can't believe how much fun it is watching them. I actually get a little choked up sometimes.
Monday, July 02, 2007
We arrived at our hotel, parked the van, but we couldn't check in until 3 PM. We had a couple of hours to eat and explore the area. First stop was a deli across from the hotel. Mary Ann spotted Gretta Van Susteran walking down the street. She was the only 'famous' person we recognized all weekend. Of course, I had a Reuben sandwich which was delicious.
Then the girls went to the Top of the Rock and I had to make my way to Saks to spend a gift card that was burning a hole in my pocket. I couldn't find a darn thing. That place is ridiculously expensive. No normal brands.
After that, we checked into our room. We had a 1 bedroom suite with a living room and one bathroom. No problem. We would manage. Then, Mary Ann (spotter of the famous person) noticed that the carpet between a chair and one of the beds was wet. Then she noticed the room smelled like cat urine. (good nose, Mary Ann). I called the desk and they immediately moved us to a Master Suite. WOW! Two bedrooms (3 beds) and 3 bathrooms, a living room, and a dining room table. Now, that was living. All of sudden, I felt like I could stay there with these other women for a week.
So, it was time to get ready for "Wicked". We had dinner first at a restaurant called Puttanesca. It was Italian--very busy, good food, service was so-so. Good time, none the less. Then walked to the Gershwin Theater where "Wicked" was playing. Oh my Gosh! What a clever story! We all enjoyed it.
Pictured above is Frankie (friend of Christy's-lives in Manhattan), Christy, me, Nicole, Storm (grew up in Manhattan-used to be in playgroup-now in San Antonio),Mary Ann, Ronda and Linda G.
For lunch on Sunday, we ate at Rosa Mexicano. It was really good. After lunch we walked around Manhattan, did some last minute shopping and headed home.
And last but not least, Nicole wanted to go to the American Girl store and buy a doll for her daughter. I saw something that I thought was one of the weirdest things I've ever seen:
People actually pay money to have the doll's hair styled. Interesting.