Sunday, September 14, 2014

Jug Bay on the Patuxent River

Last time we were at Jug Bay Natural Area, C10 was almost 11 months old, and not yet walking 

And apparently we took no pictures. I don't recall it at all. Maybe I can blame it on lack of sleep, since C10 was still nursing at night. Yeah that's what I'll do.

Anyway, friends of mine went to the Billy Goat Trail last weekend and I thought we should do that with our girls, but the dog can't hit the whole of that trail, so we decided to stay in Prince George's County instead. It isn't a thrilling or challenging trail like the Billy Goat Trail but it was nice.

The first thing we did when we got there was go to the wrong place. This was a boat ramp, not very well used. There was one truck there with a man in it, reading the paper. But the water was high, almost up to the top of the dock. The girls wanted to stay here, although it was kind of ... not exciting.

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When we got to the actual trail we meant to be on, we started on the first loop. One of many that overlapped and linked. so we were actually on this bit of the trail 3 or 4 times, as we did the different loops. Maybe 5.
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C10 found multiple fairy houses, and Q8 found a bark "gun" which she proceeded to brandish around, and ask if it would be more effective as a knife or a gun. When asked what her goal was (to kill you, mumma) the answer was clearly gun. So she proceeded to shoot me with the bark gun. And then hugged C45 and told him she missed her gun (because C10 had broken it)

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Here is the "knife" action.

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Last moments there

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Friday, September 5, 2014

Happy Birthday C10

Into double digits! Quiet birthday on a Thursday that included gifts and heading out to Baskin Robbins for ice cream.



On Friday we had friends over, blueberry pie, and sleepovers. Lovely evening.

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Smiles and Gifts:


Lapis Lazuli Necklace ... photo? photo? Hey, its around her neck in the next bunch.

The awesome gift cards


A lovely new dress


A cool bike license ( I want one ) and stuffed dog puppet ( loverly! )

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Time to make the donuts

This morning C9 & Q8 asked for French Toast. I suggested that they make it themselves. If I'm home I'll usually make C9 French Toast because it is a good way to get her to eat 2 eggs, but I was feeling a bit lazy. So then they asked if they could make pancakes. Sure! Absolutely! Grab the cookbook! Which they did, and as they were flipping through to get to the recipe they saw "old-fashioned doughnuts" which of course caught their eye. And they asked if they could make donuts. In a fit of good humor I said yes.

I basically left them to make the dough while I showered, and they did a nice job. When I came back downstairs they were almost done with the batter, and they'd followed the recipe to a T.

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We floured the boards, rolled out the dough, and cut it with cookie cutters. Doughnut dough it pretty flat to begin with, but I was hoping it would pop up once it hit the hot oil.

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The oil took a while to warm up to 360 degrees F .... good thing I had my instant read thermometer. I LOVE that thing. Thank you, thank you C45 for buying me that. I use it all of the time. And I guess I should say thank you to B for breaking my other thermometer. Yep, because if I still had that I wouldn't have this expensive and awesome one. I think all other frying problems I've had in the past have been a result of not getting the oil hot enough. Hot oil = good frying.

I did all the frying, of course. And still got a teeny burn on my thumb. But didn't want the girls doing it. Frying action shots (and yes, I'm on a stool):

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Once the doughnuts were fried (they DO puff up to become 3D!!) and cooled a bit the girls dipped them in powdered sugar (C9) and cinnamon and sugar (Q8). 

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A sample of the final product!

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Ocean CIty, NJ

So. A few weeks ago I decided to go to Ocean City, NJ to visit my good friend D from college and her family while they were in OCNJ. Both children wanted to go, although C45 declined, as he didn't want to go to the beach.

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THEN ... Hershey Park with grandparents happened. When they returned on Friday both C9 & Q8 decided they did NOT want to go. Because they wanted to relax at home after a week away. I got it, that was fine, a little bit bummed that nobody wanted to go with me, and a little bit thrilled that nobody wanted to go with me. Right? So, then Saturday Q8 decided she DID want to come with me. Great. Somebody did love me after all! Fun, we'd have a great time! Until Sunday morning (the morning we were leaving) when Q8 decided that she didn't want to go after all.

And then the agonizing began. For over an hour she vacillated between wanted to go and not wanting to go. She couldn't tell me why. Eventually I suggested she write it down, which she did, and I found out she was hesitant because of R12, who would also be there. We talked about it, still she couldn't decided what to do (but hadn't gotten dressed nor packed). So eventually it was 8 am, and my time to leave: I kissed everybody goodbye and suddenly Q8 screamed "I WANT TO GO!" but did nothing until we suggested she get dressed and pack and C45 helped her get dressed and pack and we were on our way. Three hours and 5 minutes later, and we were there. Great ride, no traffic, all good.

We immediately hit the boardwalk, and the rest of the 30 hours we were in OCNJ were fabulous. We rode the rides,

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we played mini-golf (um ... some of us did ... Q8 gave up after 3 holes, but here is proof that she started)

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Hooked up with friends we hadn't seen in almost 10 years!!!! Yay for that! That was a bonus!
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... me and three others from 267 Court Street!!

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And oh, my but did Q8 and M3 got along fabulously. I mean, fantastic. Q8 got to be the big girl, and M3 got to be with the big girl. It was so adorable. When M3 got out of the stroller to walk, she always took Q8's hand. And they did stuff together. Like play in the sand, stroller derby, and just hanging out. They were cute.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Random summer fun

OK, just a few photos. Q8 watering the horses.

C9 and M10 out to breakfast after a sleepover. Q8 was with C45 at the Joan Jett concert at a county fair in Pennsyvania somewhere. We went tt the Fenton St. Cafe in Silver Spring, MD. For crepes!

And Q8, who loves to make fires. She learned this at WoodsWise camp early in the summer. This came back to bite her when she accidentally set her marshmallow on fire, pulled it OUT of the fire, and it dropped on her ankle. 2nd degree horrible burns. But ... you've gotta learn somehow, right?

Another fire photo!

And for me ... Garlic! I harvested this batch mid-July

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Winnipesaukee - Paddle boarding & Weather Photo

Weather! I LOVED paddle boarding. Love love loved it.

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