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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Summer Sabbatical--Sort Of

I have been remiss about posting to my blog.  No real reason, other than our summer season routine has been a bit hectic.  So it appears that I'm on a bit of a Summer Sabbatical, sort of.

Now Max is finished with Summer School and we are set to begin our summer in earnest!  Here is a mini update and a preview of posts to come.

We had a great visit from Aunt Laurie and her guy, Jim over 4th of July weekend. 

Our garden is doing great!  Lots of carrots, potatoes and tomatoes.  Nothing tastes as good as a home grown tomato!!  We have a smattering of cucumbers, beans, squash, various peppers and radishes.  We have been enjoying eating from the source!

Here is a tart I made form our garden bounty!  Pie crust* with squash, spinach, onion, tomato and basil.  Top with a little cheese and bake for about half an hour at fresh and yummy!!!!!!!

Perfect Pie Crust:  In a mixer start with 2 cups of flour (I like 1/2 whole wheat and 1/2 white), a stick of very cold butter cut in small pieces, about 2-4 tbsp sugar, 1 tsp salt.  Turn on mixer on low using the paddle attachment, begin adding small amounts of ice water until the dough begins to hold together.  When you can make a ball, divide in half, wrap in wax paper and refrigerate at least 20 minutes.  Now you're ready to make a pie or tart!

Look forward to a few more posts....I'd like to make. 
1.  Max's time at the Jensen~Schmidt Tennis Camp
2.  Our experience at the Windansea Surf Club's Day at the Beach Surf Camp
3.  The fabulousness of Cooper Lindsey who recently turned one year old!

I hope everyone is having a fantastic summer!!


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A Summer Milestone--Max's First San Diego Padre Game

Max was the biggest fundraiser (thanks family!) for his school's Jog-a thon and thus awarded free tickets to a San Diego Padre Game.  Every year we talk about taking Max to a game,and now here's the perfect opportunity! 

Max really liked the atmosphere of the game. He loves clapping and the music and was overall thrilled to be there!  As the vendors were walking the aisles, Max saw the cotton candy and remarked that they had "pillows"!  Am I a terrible parent that my kid doesn't even know what cotton candy is? 

As an added bonus, it was Garden Gnome Night, so we are now the proud owners of several San Diego Padres Garden Gnomes!

As you can see,our seats were pretty good, but still too far away for Max to pay attention to the action on the field.  One of the Padre players was hit by a pitch, so of course the crowd BOOOOed!  This upset Max....he didn't like it and told me that it hurt his feelings.  Poor kid!

After we had a chance to take it all in and have a bite to eat (Max was thrilled....They even had pizza!) we decided to head for home.  The trolley was a lot less crowded n the way back.

This year was filled with milestones and firsts for Max....and the baseball game was definitely a highlight!