Tuesday, June 30, 2009


This year we decided to build a raised garden in our backyard. We were originally going to do the community garden thing but after hearing some very nightmarish stories we opted against it.

So I decided to plant 2 types of romaine lettuce, 4 types of tomatoes, 3 types of sweet peppers and zucchini. Well it is with great joy that I can tell you that we were able to harvest our first of the romaine lettuce. And it was mighty good!

This is a pic of our romaine, tomato (store bought) and mozzarella salad.

Must go find something for dinner. Happy eating!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

New Discoveries

Yesterday was the perfect day to do something indoors. So we decided to visit the Akron Art Museum. Larissa's exact words for describing the museum, "It was awesome!" Never at the age of 5 would I have enjoyed visiting an art museum or any museum for that matter. Dorian was a very well behaved little guy. We all really enjoyed the William Wegman exhibit (very silly pics of Weimaraner dogs in cute poses, some dressed in human clothes and wearing wigs).

The only picture we were allowed to take at the art museum.

After we visited the museum we headed over to check out the Toy and Resource Center at the United Disability Services in downtown Akron. What an excellent resource to have so close to home. Let me explain - For a very minimal membership fee ($50) we are able to check out up to 8 toys for a 4 weeek period. A toy library! I think this is a great idea because so often we buy toys for our children only to have them pushed aside a few weeks later. So now for the price of a few new toys from the toy store we can keep getting new toys for our children to enjoy. Check out their website - http://www.udsakron.org/services/toys/

Here is a picture of the kids dressed in some of the cute dress up clothes that we borrowed.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Fun Times!

We have had a fun family weekend -

On Saturday we enjoyed a hike and picnic at Horseshoe Pond.

Daddy and kids looking for signs of life in the pond.
We did see a baby turtle and we also saw and heard lots of frogs.

Just making sure Dorian doesn't fall in!

Larissa showing one of the many wildflowers we found on our hike.

Then we made a stop at "The Frog Park". The park got its name because of the slide with a giant frog head on top. Sorry no picture.

Daddy trying to get Larissa to climb to the top.
Not a chance!

Careful Daddy your hips might just get stuck.
But do you see the smile on Dorian's face!

I love this picture of Larissa screaming as she got spun around!
I didn't realize they even had these hazards on playgrounds anymore!

Sunday brought us warm weather and more sunshine so we decided on a trip to the lake.

Dorian loves to stay in the chair with his shoes on!
He doesn't like the sand to touch him and he doesn't really care for the water.
Hopefully his feelings will change real soon!

Larissa in action, she loves the water and the sand!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Time Flies..........

I can't believe I haven't posted in almost a month, kinda by choice but also by circumstances. Life has been a little hectic here, but I won't bore you with the details.

Anyways . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Tomorrow is Larissa's last day of PreK. I can hardly believe that she will be going to kindergarten in the fall. She is extremely upset that school will be ending, the other day she was in tears over it. She just wants to go straight to kindergarten and skip summer. I guess it must be to boring at home! And here I thought I was doing good. ha ha

This was Larissa on her first day of PreK. I am so proud of our little girl!

And this would be how I made her teacher Mrs. Montgomery cry. I made this plate for her in my ceramics class and it was worth every ounce of stress! Not to brag or anything but I was pretty happy with how it turned out.