Thursday, September 30, 2010

My three kids

It's nearly impossible to get all three of them to be still and stay together for one picture. It's been a couple of years since I got one of all three of them, but they actually let me today while we were enjoying some time down by the lake behind the house after school. Of course it turned out grainy, but I love it anyway.

Man do I love these kids.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

My kitty boy

My Greyson is such a sweet cat, and I love him dearly. Like Brendan he is a major mama's boy.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Size Matters

Marley is clearly too big for the crate, but because she was crate trained as a puppy she has always loved it. If she's in trouble she immediately runs for the crate, and almost every day she takes a nap in it (partially hanging out of it). She's so cute.

Sunday, September 26, 2010


This is how we spent our weekend:
Josh Meyers. He is on the USA Olympic team, currently training in California, but his home track is Oldsmar (our track). He raced with the other pro racers today, and they are amazing to watch.
These little guys are my favorite to watch (besides Bren, of course). This is one of the FOUR year olds during his second qualifying race today. FOUR!
My boy taking the second turn during one of his qualifying races today.
Sweaty boy. It's a lot of gear in the 90º+ weather we had all weekend. They are required to be in full gear (padded pants, long sleeved shirts, gloves and helmet) to be on the track.
Mazin. Our neighbor and Bren's good friend. He is 2nd in the entire state of Florida (all ages), and 1st in the expert category for 11 year olds. He is so fun to watch, too.

Bren enjoying some down time with his two competitors for the Finals today.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Best Friends

Erin and Ashley spend nearly every day after school together, and all day during the weekend. They are so cute together, and it's funny because they are polar opposites in every way. Blonde, blue/green eyes, curly hair and black, straight hair and dark brown eyes. Their personalities are equally polar opposites, but they get along so well.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Pumpkin Cookies

These might be the best cookies you ever try. They are Brian's favorite, and they are in my top three. I stock up on canned pumpkin during the fall every year just so that I can make them all year.

Pumpkin Cookies

1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup Crisco
1 tsp cinnamon
1 egg
1/2 tsp salt
Mix Crisco, sugar, and pumpkin in a large bowl. Add egg.
Mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in small bowl. Add to wet mixture.
Spoon onto ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 375º for 10-12 minutes.
3 tablespoons butter
4 tsp milk
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
3/4 tsp vanilla
Pan cook the butter, brown sugar and milk. Let cool for five minutes and then add powdered sugar and vanilla. Drizzle over cooled cookies.

This recipe was given to me by my friend, Celeste, about 7 years ago.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Beautiful girl

MY beautiful girl!

Notice how well her top lip has healed from the dog bite.

Sunday, September 19, 2010


These boys at the track are absolutely fearless, and they are as young as FOUR years old! I love watching the 4-5 age group race. They are so cute, and they get around that track with absolutely no hesitation (and they ride 20" racing bikes, not 12" or 18" bikes!). This picture is of one of the 7 year olds during practice yesterday. He's one of the highest jumpers on the track.
Brendan has been racing intermediate (novice>intermediate>expert>pro) for the past week, and it's helping him improve his skills. He placed 3rd against the intermediates last night, and although he was frustrated I explained to him that 3rd against the next higher level is better than 1st against the easy level. He gets it, but being a competitive person he doesn't like "losing". He's working hard, practicing a lot, and getting better every day. I'm so proud of him.

Brendan is on the far left. Getting ready to race the 4th and final race of the night against the intermediates.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Brendan and Mazin

Tonight at practice (left is Bren and right is Mazin).

Mazin races in the expert category, and travels all over the country to race. He lives in our neighborhood, and he and Bren spend a lot of time riding after school and on the weekends. He's 11, and has been riding/racing since he was six. His parents are wonderful people, too, and I got the privilege of getting to know them a bit tonight at practice.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Dessert by Sean

I came home today to a dessert that Sean concocted, and it is delicious. It is two layers of brownie with chocolate frosting between the layers and surrounding the outside. Then he made a homemade chocolate/walnut bark, crumbled it and sprinkled it on the top. It's a bit like a chocolate torte. He made everything from scratch, and I love it.


Bren's third race was last night, and he raced in the intermediate category (he's been novice up until last night). Despite a faster pace he was still able to place 2nd. He's really enjoying the racing, and I love watching him.

Tony was here and got to see Bren race.

Sunday, September 05, 2010


This is just a cute video that Brian took of Erin last weekend when he took her and Ashley to one of the parks. Erin was definitely being silly...her favorite animal is a "roller coaster"? Um, yeah.

Saturday, September 04, 2010


BMX Flight Pro XXL racing bike...$800

Racing helmet and gear...$220

NBL membership...$45

Watching my son in his first ever BMX race...priceless!

In the lead coming down the last run.

A happy kid. He's been dreaming of racing BMX for a couple of years, and he finished 2nd in his first race tonight after three qualifying races today. So proud of him, and looking forward to his races every Saturday.
This is a video of the third qualifying was down to just three of them.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

More meat

I missed Rosas Farms delivery last month because I was in Peru, but I made sure not to miss it this month. I just got home from picking up my stock for this month. Whole chickens, beef ribeye, beef new york strip steaks, 10 lbs. of ground beef, salmon fillets (wild caught), pork tenderloins, pork breakfast sausages, pork bacon, beef brisket and beef flap steak. Love this stuff!