Thursday, August 28, 2008
I am sure things will get interesting around here over the next few months, so stay posted to my musings and the adventure that the Agliata's are about to endure...I promise if nothing else, it will be entertaining!!!
Hope you are all well and enjoying the last few weeks of summer...
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Okay, enough complaining...I will never ever shop at WAL-MART again!!! I vow to you all right now!
Moving on, I want to send out a HUGE congratulations to my dear friend, Jennifer, who had her second baby boy, Ty, this past weekend. Every one is doing well and wow, he is a beautiful baby!!!
Not much else to write today, I need to pack up our things and get the car loaded up for our long journey to the Outer Banks in NC tomorrow... I will try and post while there, but if not, I hope you all have a wonderful week and I'll be back posting in September!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Oh, and for those of you who never saw this really, cute (I really mean hilarious) photo of my poor babe stuffed into a super small infant swim suit while vacationing in the Outer Banks, NC a few years ago...
Monday, August 18, 2008
The kids and I had fun creating our own frozen fruit Popsicles (made with a secret GREEN juice blend including broccoli, spinach and wheatgerm...hahahahahah!!!!!).
Juliana helped by dropping the strawberries into the blender and Nate by pushing all of the necessary blending buttons (of course).
Later on, we concocted our own Smoked Chicken Risotto recipe, (with leftover smoked chicken from the night before) and I must say, it was quite a success! (Recipe will come later today)
In addition, part of our preparation for a week long trip to the Outer Banks in NC next week, included smoking twenty (that's right, I said 20!) pounds of Boston Pork Butt to freeze and serve up to the 22 people who will all be staying in one house together!
A total of 13 hours was needed to get it to be JUST right, and at 11 pm last night as Pete and I stuck our forks into the two "butts" to begin the shredding....we soon realized that it was definitely going to be well worth the long day! A half hour later, meat having fallen right off the bone like butter, barbecue sauce added, and pulled pork stored in zip lock bags, we fed some scraps to the dogs and headed off to bed- where we dreamed of savory pulled pork sandwiches!
All in all, I have to say it was a fun day filled with excellent food resulting in very satisfied bellies!
Happy Monday to everyone!
More later, Kate
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
To the left is a picture of our kitchen....Help! We are so anxious to get this place sold!
We're looking forward to the beach and time for family...then Pete will move to Columbia and the reality of what we've gotten ourselves into will really kick in!
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
Nate is becoming more and more creative and imaginative. He'll pack up his backpack, grab his binoculars and head off on a forest adventure through the living room.
In appreciation of this teaching and learning, I would like to share with you my friend Liz's latest efforts to educate her children about the importance of making a great contribution toward living a more Eco-friendly life. Please check out this link!
That is all for now, we're off to go for a swim at a friend's house.
11:38 AM UPDATE....Well, we just semi survived our first dual meltdown. After being invited over to swim at the home of a retired couple from our church, Nate and Jules lasted about 28 minutes before they had every float imaginable in the pool and each refusing to go in for more than a minute. Then they wanted to go inside-the house. When I expressed to each of them that that was not an option, well, you can guess, all H*ll broke loose. I actually had to straddle Jules to the ground to get her changed and into the car - she was turning purple from putting up such a struggle. And Nate, well, he just stood there crying his poor little eyes out. I have never been so embarrassed in my life!
Oh, except when Jules had a meltdown at the grocery store last week and Nate Nate ran out into the parking lot while we were at the cash register....Humm, could this be some sort of horrid pattern starting? Toddler hood is so much fun!!!!!!!
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
I just wanted to update you all on my cloth diaper experience! We have been using them for about two weeks now and despite a few bumps in the road, I am feeling really great about my decision to incorporate them into our life.
One of the "bumps" could have been spotted a mile away if I had any sense to follow the logic that would ensue my purchasing the cheaper diapers. Of course they don't hold up as well and of course, they are already starting to fall apart at the seams (yes, literally) (warning: stay far away from the Yucky Duck brand of cloth diapers). It's a bad habit in my family- buy cheap and save money now, think about consequences later.
So anyway, I learned my lesson the hard way after letting Jules sleep in one of these overnight only to have the poor babe wake up soaking wet. Worse, however, was that her favorite blankie AND it's backup were both soaking wet as well. We had a major meltdown as a result of their two hour absence while they "had a bath."
But, soon enough I caught on to the problem and quickly ordered a few more of the more reliable (expensive) kind. And wow, moral of the story- you really DO get what you pay for! As you can see above, even Sophie, our weimaraner, is impressed with these diapers! (please excuse the horrible plastic carpet covering- we have it there to protect the carpeting when the dogs come in from outside- I swear we remove it when guests come over!).
Here is Jules playing hide and seek with Sophie- AKA the poor animal under the above mentioned blankie!