Jun 29, 2011

A date with J

J was invited to a birthday party this morning. To get a gift, J and I went to a store last night. But J thought it was a date - when he gets out of house only with Mommy, that's a date. Why not? We made it a date. We went to pick up a toy for his friend, ran a couple of errands, then we head out for donuts (it was a bit windy and cool to eat ice cream outside, otherwise we would have headed to our favorite local ice cream stand).

source: timhortons.com
We made a couple of more stops after donuts to library and a nearby school playground. He just kept extending the date! (Hmmm, maybe that came from his dad...)
So, it was a good date.

Jun 22, 2011

Thank you, teachers!

It's been officially over a week now since J finished kindergarten, but this is what we made for his teachers as thank-you gifts. The notes read, "ThNK [Thank] YOU FOR TETEN [teaching] Me MRS ..." The teachers were so proud of J being a confident writer (i.e. not being scared of making mistakes). J told teachers that he designed the earrings and his mommy made them according to his design (not really, but I thought that was cute).

Jun 18, 2011


We harvested a bowl full of strawberries from our garden. Because of this year's (relatively speaking) cool weather, they were so sweet and delicious. Out of this heaping bowl, I got to eat only a few. J and K ate the rest. I don't think Daddy get to eat at all. Well, maybe the next batch.

Jun 14, 2011

A gift from a friend

A beautiful bouquet of Peony from her garden (She had 3 huge ones in her living room and they were just gorgeous!). It fills wonderful aroma in my house. Thanks, V!

Jun 11, 2011

Take me out to the ball game!

My hubby and J are out watching Fireworks tonight at a park right now (too late for the younger kids). Just Daddy and J.
Last week, they went to a ball game, again just Daddy and J. They are like best friends. Love it.
I wish he could take me out to the ball game....it's one of my wish items for this summer - watching a ball game with family. That would be fun.

Jun 10, 2011

Bad idea

Q. Whose idea was to give a 18 months-old a graham cracker with chocolate frosting on top?
A. Me, supposedly a responsible adult in this household and a registered dietitian, or something like that. Instead of wiping the face, I grabbed my camera. Oh, it was messy. It went to his forehead and to his hair to down the neck. I like this motion picture the best though. He was moving his head so fast to lick the chocolate.

Jun 3, 2011

One of the many benefits of decluttering

I paid only 34 cents for 2 ink cartridges.

I needed to get new ink cartridges for our printer. so I dropped a box full of empty cartridges at our little neighborhood ink store O-ink to "recycle (i.e. getting some money back)". About an hour later, I went back to the store to pick up my newly filled cartridges.

The store guy: "I have a good news and a bad news for you."
Me: "Uh-oh."
The store guy: "Well, the bad news is your color cartridge is dead. That's why it didn't work."
"But the good news is....because of all the empty cartridges you turned in, after all the money back, for 2 cartridges you have to pay....let's see....yep, 34 cents."
The store guy: "Yep, 34 cents."
Me: "Reallly? Only 34 cents?"
The store guy: "Yep."
Me: "Oh, I love you. You made my day."
"But, why 34 cents?"
The store guy: "Well, that's Michigan tax for ya."

So I handed a thing of Quarter and a thing of Dime, and told him to keep the Penny. I am so easy to please.