I purposely have been avoiding any superfluous computer usage over the past week...can you tell? I was pretty good and actually caught up on some business paperwork and spent a ton of time outside with the kids so it was all good. Here are some photos from the weekend.
Rob unloading the Xtracycle from our weekly grocery shopping (I don't know if I've blogged about our attempt to do one big shopping trip a week, usually done by Rob, supplemented by one or two produce runs when we run out of fresh fruits/veggies). Dema went with him (riding on the snap deck in front of the toilet paper), but was too quick to jump off and show me his new helmet so he isn't in the pic. They went to Strawberry Fields and World Harvest before hitting the bike shop.
Parker and his neighborhood pals worked all day Sunday (they took a break to have lunch at our house with my dad, sister, and her boyfriend) on a pretty impressive stick house. This is how it looked when they took the break. It looked even better later...good enough to sleep in if it wasn't so cold out at night. I love the projects they get into in the park. It is so much fun having my eight year old come in and ask if he can use a shovel, hammer, and nails. I said no, but it is fun hearing what they come up with and I think they did a grand job without any potentially dangerous tools.
Our friend Susan gave Parker a cool light experiment kit for a belated birthday present and here are the guys working on the projects. They are learning all sorts of stuff about color theory which I am happy to hand off to Rob so I don't have to wrap my mind around it right now. Parker loves stuff like this.
I've been cooking a lot, but not taking pictures so I wouldn't be tempted to spend time blogging. Most of it has been repeats of things I've blogged about before and we are making lots and lots of smoothies. I know I mentioned that our new blender broke while I was making hummus from Veganomicon. Breville was wonderful and sent us new and improved blender which is working beautifully, the new design is easier to get apart and clean, and it holds up great to being used a couple times a day. Last night we entered the dark world of Harry Potter thanks to Dema and Rob going to the movie store unsupervised so we had to drink mango smoothies (frozen mangoes, hemp milk, bananas) and eat nooch popcorn (air-popped popcorn, nutritional yeast, sea salt, olive oil, and hot sauce for some of us) while we watched. Today Rob realized why I always said no to HP in the past. I don't know why he doesn't just listen to me.
I'll leave you with Parker carrying Josie in my new organic cotton Ergo. One of this year's projects is to get rid of that wallpaper. Parker loves to carry her around, but she is getting heavy and squirmy so the Ergo is just the ticket.