Thursday, July 02, 2015

Driving the crew

One of the accomplishments Grace had while on limited activity was getting her drivers permit.  With all her headaches, that was a HUGE accomplishment.  But at the same time, she didn't really feel well enough to do much driving.  Now that she is feeling headache free, she is driving more and more.

Yesterday she had her second of three 2 hour sessions with a professional driving instructor, which included driving on the freeway.  And today, she drove the last 20 miles to the cabin....including up the New Priest Grade!  It is amazing how fast she improves with practice.  I wonder how many kids with permits have driven up the grade?!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


Grace had a follow up appointment with her brain rehab doctor yesterday - it was the 6 months after the accident check up.  And much to my dismay, he released her to go back to playing sports!  All her neuropsych testing came back good and her exam showed no ongoing issues.  He advised her to ramp up slowly and not hit her head!

New shoes

I got some cute new shoes from Nordstrom.  I was hoping they were bright red but they are more a red/orange color.  But they are cute so I am keeping them.  They clash a little with my mint toe nail policy.


Drew is in Mexico with Amanda and her family and he caught a nice looking swordfish!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Garden Statue

This is NOT a garden gnome!  This is a birthday gift from my friend Andee and it is a God of strong women.  I like to call in my Bad Ass Mama statue!  I put in in my garden where I can see it while reading my book sitting at my fire pit.  I look up, see it, think of Andee and think,"yep, Bad Ass Mama"!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Reclaimed Water

We have already used 3 loads of reclaimed water this weekend!  So with those loads, we have used a total of 9 loads so far this summer which is 2450 gallons! That means we saved that much drinking water!  That is A LOT of water!

What the????

When we came home last nite Hops was in her crate with her two pillows standing on their sides! 

SJ vs LA

Me, Jim, Grace and my Dad had a night out last nite at the SJ Earthquakes game at the Stanford Stadium.  As you know, the Earthquakes usually play at their new Avaya Stadium but this game was at Stanford as it holds more people which is needed when they play the rival team, LA Galaxy.

We started the night with dinner at The Counter in Palo Alto.  I had the MOST delish veggie burger with mixed greens, brie, dried cranberries and apricot sauce on a Hawaiian bun.  I wish we had Counter restaurant close to us because they have great veggie burgers.

The game was super fun -- after we finally got in -- it took an hour and 15 minutes to go 2 miles!  It was armed forces day so they had parachutes land on the field and a big C3 fly over.

Best part:  Earthquakes won 3 to 1!

Summer Cobbler

We needed a summer dessert and I decided to use the very delicious peaches that are out right now to make a cobbler.  I had a couple handfuls of blueberries left so I threw those on top.  Delish!  Below is the recipe I used -  from Paula Dean.  I adjusted by using a little less sugar cooked with the peaches and added more peaches (probably an extra cup and a half).  The recipe is quite bready so if you like that, the fruit is good - but I prefer more fruit.

4 cups peeled, sliced peaches
2 cups sugar, divided
1/2 cup water
8 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
1 1/2 cups milk
Ground cinnamon, optional


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine the peaches, 1 cup sugar, and water in a saucepan and mix well. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Put the butter in a 3-quart baking dish and place in oven to melt.

Mix remaining 1 cup sugar, flour, and milk slowly to prevent clumping. Pour mixture over melted butter. Do not stir. Spoon fruit on top, gently pouring in syrup. Sprinkle top with ground cinnamon, if using. Batter will rise to top during baking. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes.

To serve, scoop onto a plate and serve with your choice of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Recipe courtesy of Paula Deen

Kickball 2015

Kody always wears a crazy outfit.  He did not disappoint this year!

Here are some more pics.  I didn't get any good ones this year - so I hope Renee did and can send them to me.

Kody arrived on a mini bike....which is still in my garage.

Here were the teams...white won!  I am not sure why I didn't put Kody, the professional kicker, on my team!  Doh!

White Team
·         Kyle
·         Debbie
·         Mike
·         Jeremy
·         Jenna
·         Tina
·         Mr C
·         Kody
·         Doug
·         Jim
·         Grace
·         Mari
·         Sean
Black Team
·         Zack
·         Cindy
·         Marty
·         Mikey
·         Amanda
·         Kayla
·         Drew
·         Ben
·         Chris
·         Luke
·         Renee
·         Nick

Friday, June 26, 2015

Bocce Ball Champions!

We had the Intern's Cup Bocce Ball Tourney yesterday at work and my partner and I won the whole event!  That's my partner, Scott and that's me....well, it's my face super imposed on Kevin's body because I had to run to catch my carpool!  I work with a bunch of competitive lawyers who talk a lot of trash so it was my pleasure to kick their butts!  And Scott was super happy because he came in second place the last two years.

TNDC Kickball 2015

More pics and commentary coming but this pic was too awesome not to share right away.  Words cannot express how lucky we are to have such good friends who enjoy such silliness.  And that we have kids who want to come out and do this with us.  When you hear the statement, "Life is Good", think about this pic!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Mari and Kyle's yard

After the boys finished our backyard, they started on re-doing Mari and Kyle's.  I don't have any good "before" pics but there are some in progress pics below.  They just laid the sod today.

Cool raised planters

Helper pup

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Laziest Puppy in the World

Hops spends a lot of time sleeping....and most of the time it is in awkward position.  These are crazy pics from just the last few days.