Sunday, March 31, 2013


Easter in our house has always been about food. Mike's family always does a Ukrainian breakfast. A sweet bread you decorate; paska. Kilbasa sausage. Eggs.

This year of course there is an Easter basket for Z and decorating eggs. A pretty nice day.

Sunday, March 24, 2013


If you happen to water the grass and not pay attention to the fact that it is 32 degrees out - this is what happens!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Watch Wednesday

A friend of mine loves this guy.  I find him very very irritating - but now this song is stuck in my head (so I must share).

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

At Home - A Short History of Private Life

I've been reading At Home by Bill Bryson.  It is really interesting.  He goes through a short history of home life and how modern life has evolved.  Something interesting from yesterday was the list of what people ate in 1851 compared with now.  I didn't note the comparison amounts (although it was a lot lower than what they ate in 1851) but here was the list for that year (so annually):
8 lbs of pears
9 lbs of grapes and other soft fruit
18 lbs of dried fruit
32 lbs of onions
40 lbs of turnips/rutabagas
70 lbs of cabbage
30 lbs of sugar

I've decided that starting April 1 2013 I will keep track of my vegetable and fruit intake.  Sugar as well.  I will see next April what my annual intake is.  Care to join me on this?  Are we better or worse than the 1851 British?

Monday, March 18, 2013

One Year Old.

The cake finally came out!

One balloon since she turned one!

The cake hat wasn't her favorite - but she wore it.

Who doesn't like to open presents?
Zooey's friend Kai.
  Zooey turned one on Friday.  We had a little celebration with family and a few friends.  It was great fun to see everyone and to see Zooey's excitement.  Time does seem to have sped up.  A year ago it seemed like we would never get out of the NICU.  Now, I'm worried I'll close my eyes and she will be off at college.  This must be what other parents have talked about.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Cakes ...

I have found my problem. Cake 1, flopped into a brownie (recipe called for 2 large eggs and I used 2 small eggs). Cake 2, over flowed like lava (recipe called 2 large eggs and I egg yolk and I used 3 small eggs and one yolk). Cake 3, separated into liquid fudge and cake (recipe called for 2 Xxl eggs and I used 4 small ones). Tonight - cake 4 was made. It called for 2 large eggs. I used 2 large eggs and the cakes came out perfect.

How frustrating!! The eggs from our chickens are small :(

Watch Wednesday

Stick figures are just the best!  They tell a story like no other .... Well I guess if your actor is crap a stick figure might just be a lot better!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Unconcious Mutterings

Why don't you try this too.  Once a week - random words and what is the first thing your mind thinks of?

Week 526
1. Align ::Straight
2. Collar ::  POP
3. Orphan ::Alone
 4. Program ::C++
5. Waves ::Ocean
6. Accident ::  Car
7. Offices ::Email
 8. Corrupt ::Congress
9. Tears ::  Kisses
10. Family ::Snuggles

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Weekend Baking

Zooey is turning one this coming Friday. We did sugar cookies for her to take to daycare and then I did a tester cake. I want to do a chocolate cake with strawberry icing. The icing came out amazing and the cake sucks. I'll try some more recipes this week.

Saturday, March 09, 2013


It rained a lot yesterday. The winds are picking up too. Spring is just around the corner!

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Weekend Exploring

We spent the weekend in Utah and Colorado exploring biking and hiking trails. We got to see dinosaur bones, meet great people and thrift store shopping. It was a great trip!