Here are some pics of our first for realsies (i.e. get on a plane and go someplace together) vacation. There is no real reason why we haven’t done this in the past – we just haven’t. Dave travels relentlessly for work, so we tend to do the same things year after year. We take the kids camping almost every weekend in the summer, go to the lake for a week in the summer and then Dave and I take an adult weekend vacation in the spring (maybe) and then a Denver football game in the fall.
This year has been far from normal. We haven’t taken our camper out yet. can you hear my heart breaking? And we went to Denver instead of the lake over Fourth and our fall football game is a no-go. With routine thrown out…..this for realsies vacation with the kids was such a treat.
Although the ‘getting there’ portion was not a treat. Janey started complaining of an upset stomach, I didn’t think much of it as Janey frequently has aches and pains that she uses for hugs, kisses and carrys. It wasn’t until her face drained of all color that we panicked. I was sitting with Janey 2 rows behind Dave and Jules when the puking started. And it WAS.HORRIBLE. Dave couldn’t hear me trying to get his attention….so the mom sitting in front of me had to grab his arm and state in no uncertain terms “Your wife NEEDS you”. A few hours of pukey-ness down and then a few hours of sleep put Jane right again. Seeing her the next day, you wouldn’t even know she had been that ill.
The first time they put their feet in the ocean:
Exploring a lava tube
Perspective on the plant life
A pool heated by the lava activity underneath and fed by the ocean
Turtles on the black sand beach
I took a short, dark video of what it sounds like at night.
Hilo is the largest town on the Big Island, but I would not classify it as a tourist town. I enjoyed it immensely. We wandered all over the island (nothing is very far away) and the kids had a blast seeing all the sights that we fit in. We were careful not to over-schedule ourselves so we were able to see what we wanted and even go back to the kids favorite activity….the hot pool.
Here is a brief look at where we went:
If you follow me on Instagram, you already know of my graceful accident. During the last hour on the island, I broke myself. Oops! That flight home wasn’t amazing.
We went on our last official camping weekend and here are a few of the highlights…..with some great shots of father/daughter time.
Father Daughter time:
Learning how to skip rocks:
Papa taking the girls for a ride:
My garden is exploding in tomatoes…which I love…..I am just adjusting my plans with the tomatoes that are ripening as I go. I have only had a handful ripe at one time, so I have been able to easily make meals and/or snacks with them. This past week, I have had too many to work into our meals and not enough friends who like tomatoes (hello!). Hopefully, towards the end of summer – my mom and I will be canning together….but now I am making a frozen tomato puree to use in future meals.
Like my hard water??
- 20 roma tomatoes
- 6 heirloom tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon basil, oregano, thyme
- 2 tsp salt
- 1/2 chopped extra large onion or 1 small onion
- 1 tablespoon garlic
I used my blender to puree all the tomatoes with a cup of water and added that to a large pot…..um..that pic doesn’t have all of them.
At this time, I started sauteing the onion with a dash of salt and pepper. Just towards the end, I added in the garlic….being careful not to burn it.
Then it all goes into the pot with the tomatoes. Then add the rest of the spices and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes.
I taste tested mine as I went to ensure that it was not overpowering on the spices and still maintained a strong tomato taste. I want to use this as a base in future meals and since I have different options as to what those meals will be….I want to keep it loose.
After the mixture cooled, I poured it into some freezer bags and placed them in the freezer.
All in all – I am happy with the result and will let you know what meals I end up using this for.
Right off the bat, I am thinking – spaghetti, barley soup, chili and chicken makhani.
We were able to get away as a family this Labor Day….so get ready for the plethora of pictures. Sad story, I was in such a hurry to get out of town and drive the many hours to our camp spot…..that I forgot my camera battery that I was charging on my kitchen counter. So all of these are iPhone pics.
Part of my to-do’s has been to get some stuff done for the girls in the playhouse….last November (??) Dave and I moved our old shed to the other side of the yard, up a hill and started work.
We had some extra flooring left over from a project that we never got to do….so we put it on the floor of the playhouse….we still have some left over – so Dave is contemplating putting some on the loft.
I made a sign using some old plywood and the left over paint from our front door.
The girls had their first sleepover in here last weekend. Good times were had by all.
There is still some work to do on the loft and the wall that the door is on….but holy cow – what a difference.
What do you think??
Jane’s birthday party was over the weekend and here are a few highlights from the prep to the party.
I started with the invites as those would be my jumping off point for ideas. I used a graphic design program and came up with invite below. A quick upload to Walmart Photo Shop online and I had invites in no time.
Now for the stuffs. Jane’s pirate outfit included a stripped shirt, a red tutu, pirate hat and pirate necklace. The kids (and adults) all got eye patches and pirate hats. The princess wands were available for those that wanted them.
We had a tattoo and sunscreen station 🙂 , a small pool for the littles and a larger pool for the bigs.
Jane enjoyed herself immensely in both.
A little pinata action.
Happy Birthday Miss Jane! Mom and Dad love you.