Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Coffee Cubes

I love coffee.  LOVE.  Love. love.  I have a caffeine addiction, I can admit it.  I also love diet coke and have given up giving it up because it makes me happy.  One day when I don't have little boys in my house who wake up at 6:30 AM every single morning of their lves, then maybe I'll look at giving up my diet coke.  But I won't give up my coffee.  Ever.  Well never say never, but I don't foresee if going anywhere soon.

So on a hot summer's day nothing is more yummy than an icy, creamy cold iced-coffee.  But my budget doesn't really allow for a daily stop at the 'buck (Starbucks for those of you not onto my lingo), and iced coffee made at home is not strong enough and far too watery for my tastes... so what's a girl to do?? Well  I have found the solution.  Coffee cubes!  OK, so I'm not the first person to come up with this, but I'm gonna shout it out from my blog in case someone out there can benefit from my wisdom (and I think I should submit the idea to Starbucks development team).

Here's the scoop.  I took a 6 pack popsicle mold - the kind you get for your kids for $1 at Target or wherever.  I ditched the handles (ok, they were lost anyway).  With the day's un-drunk coffee I fill up the popsicle molds.  Pop 'em in the freezer.  The next morning, after I've had a small cup of hot coffee (to get the juices flowing), I'm ready for iced. I pop out 3-4 of the coffee popsicle cubes and put them into Shawn's my reusable Starbucks insulated cup, pour hot coffee over the ice, and add splash of non-fat vanilla creamer.  Yes, some of the cubes melt, but it is coffee into coffee, so it stays strong, not watery, and the cubes are so solid that they don't completely melt away.  The drink is fresh, strong, creamy, icy and gooooood.  And practically free.   Whatever coffee is left in the pot goes back into the empty popsicle mold and we start all over tomorrow.  As Martha would say, it's a good thing!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Skimming the water

This is my swimmer.  He can swim now.  HUGE accomplishment.  In a week's time he went from floundering fish to a skimming shark.  I'm beyond proud.  Shawn couldn't believe his eyes when he went with us to the last lesson.  It really was amazing to see the growth in just a short amount of time -- especially since we've been taking lessons on and off for 3 years (all at a different swim school than this current one)!  I credit his tenacity and his awesome teacher.   And for him, the best part of the lessons was getting to go down the swirly slide on the last day of class.  He rocked it.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

To a T.

We went to the park.  The sun was out and shinning bright.  We had a picnic and drank lemonade and ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  We laughed and played and waded in the pond.  It was summer to a T!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Lemonade! Lemonade!

Saturday was the annual community garage sale in our 'hood.  100's of houses put all their unnecessaries out on their driveways and tried to clean house.  The boys wanted to have a lemonade stand, similar to one we held a few years back in our old house.  Problem is, our last house was on a pretty busy street with lots of drive-by traffic.  Our current house is at the end of a double cul-de-sac.  We're not talking maja' traffic by any stretch of the imagination.  But I figured there would be a few folks wandering around the various garage sales so I allowed it.  We (I) made signs.  We (I) made cookies.  We (I) made the lemonade.  Everything was set.  I even put out a few baby-items that didn't sell in our last sale, last minute.  

Jackson woke me at 6:30 am ready to set up his shop. I made him wait until 7am.  And there he sat from 7am to noon selling his wares.  Sometimes he was impatient, and threw down his sign in frustration if someone opted not to stop. But mostly he was a cheerful, tidy salesman with a darling smile.  It was a good lesson in capitalism, and with his earnings he bought a new Star Wars lego set.  He's wanted it for a long time (about a week) and he earned the money himself and was proud of his purchase.  Holden "helped" with the stand as well and he purchased Pez with his earnings.  Yes, Pez.   Jackson and I also made a quick tour of the nearby sales and he snagged an entire grocery bag of various lego pieces for $3.  SCORE!  

As for my stuff that I put out last minute, I sold a toy lawn mower for $1.75.  Yeah baby.  I bought Sonic happy hour drinks with my earnings.  Capitalism in deed.

Sunday, June 20, 2010


I tear up when I talk about what an amazing father this guy is.  Every time.  'Cause he is.  Amazing.  Life isn't always easy.  Jobs aren't always 1000% fulfilling.  Days are long, hard and exhausting.  Commuting can just plain suck.  But this guy comes home every day from work, gives us hugs and kisses and plops down to hang out with his boys.  He plays with them, and laughs and giggles, and tosses them in the air, and tickles them mercilessly, and fills milk cups and extra servings of mac-n-cheese, and reads stories, and disciplines, and gives more kisses, and tucks them into bed, and kisses them good night.  He's 1000% present when he's at home.  He's the best Daddy I know, hands down.  Parenting is the hardest job in the world - don't argue with me that point 'cause you won't win, it is.  But this guy is the very best there is.  He deserves a promotion - President of Daddies, or something like that.  And I knew from day one what a good Daddy he would be, but  the GREAT Daddy he is has knocked me off my feet.

I love you honey.  And so do our boys.  Enjoy your long bike ride this morning.  Enjoy the quiet and solitude and sweat.  You deserve it.  We'll be here waiting for you when you get home. 

this morning

also this morning 
{and as an aside, an example of flash (above) and natural light (below) photography.  
See the difference?}

breakfast this morning - bagels and lox, his fave.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Name this spot...

So of course I had full intentions of giving continuous hints but that peter'd out with the summer sun. This is Shawn's uncle (my Uncle-in-Law??)'s house in Roxborough Park, Littleton CO. I think it looks like some place far far away, rather than just a 30 minute commute. He and Alison (mother in law) hosted a Japanese night last weekend. They recently returned from a trip to Japan and wanted to show off their pictures and cook an authentic Japanese meal. There were about 30 people there and they did a splendid job. The food was beyond delicious! I thought this picture almost looked like it could be in Japan rather than his "backyard." Hopefully I can share some more images from the evening soon!

No cheating if you are on Facebook and saw my post...

Friday, June 11, 2010

Gone Fishing

Sorry, this is me hang'n out my "gone fishing" sign 'cause Summer's officially here ad we are far too busy swimming, side-walk-chalk-drawing, eat'n ice-cream, bubble blowing, playdate having, and watering flowers to write in the blog.  I may write tomorrow, I may not. I may write next week, I may not.  I'll more than likely post pictures of our adventures, rather than write at length about our adventures.  Apologies, summer's here and the liv'n is easy...

Monday, June 07, 2010

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day...

Right now my boys are pretending not so well that they are having "quiet time." I decreed, on this, the first day of summer vacation, that we would have quiet time from 1-2pm every afternoon of summer.  They balked. I demanded.  I've yelled up empty warnings three times now.  Pretty sure it ain't gonna happen.  But I'm trying, and that counts for something.

Despite Jackson still having a lingering wheeze, I took the boys to the pool today.  We all needed to get out and enjoy the sun a little.  I use sunscreen religiously, but I do like a little golden to my skin.  Makes me look thinner ;-)  My goal by the end of the summer is to have Jackson going down the big slide at our pool.  He has 2 months of summer before school starts, so we have a ways to go in a short period of time.  He has to be able to swim the length of the slide pool and back again before he's allowed to hit the slide.  Today he showed remarkable perseverance in attempting to swim.  He tackles it just like he did learning to ride his bike and to skate - he practices over and over and over again, to the point of exhaustion... and success.  I think the swimming thing is going to take a bit longer than the bike or the skates though.  Watch for updates.

Days like today really make me appreciate being a stay at home mama.  Some days I'm not feeling it as much, but today, I am 100% there.  Thanks honey, for allowing me the chance to be with our boys during this brief period of their lives.  I'm beyond fortunate, I know that much is true.  

And now, of course, photos...

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

I was home with a croupy boy today who only has 2 more days of school left.  We're both so bummed he's sick, but he was a real trooper.  Jackson has been susceptible to croup since we moved to Colorado 5 years ago.  I guess the high elevation and his overall genetic make-up (Shawn was a croupy kid, too) make him more prone to it than your average kid.  Which is why we own a nebulizer and a hearty stash of pulmicort and abuterol.  Poor guy.  I keep thinking he's going to outgrow it but so far it continues to lurk.  But he was a trooper,  and even took him medicine well for the NP (which is saying a lot, believe you me!)!  Here's hoping he's better tomorrow.

In the mean time, you'll find us watching "Astro Boy" for the fourth time.  We'll be eating Neapolitan ice-cream.  Doing breathing treatments.  Watering our tomato and pepper plants.  Reading books for the summer library reading program.  And hoping Jackson can make it to his very last day of Kindergarten on Friday.