Monday, June 11, 2012

Our Babies

On May 26th we decided to clean the garage. It was bad! We need to have a yard sale something fierce. We noticed some robins getting really nervous as we were going about our business in the garage. Finally we realized that they had a nest and babies!

As the day went on it started to rain and it got very dark and windy. Mom and dad did a wonderful job feeding and protecting the babies.

We realized later that the nest was in the perfect spot. We had a fantastic view from Andrew's room. We could look right down into it. It was so incredibly fun to see them even though they were rather ugly. I kept calling them pterodactyls. 

We were amazed at how quickly they changed and grew. In just five days they looked like this.

The next day they were even more mobile.

On June 3rd they were standing and flapping their wings.

June 4th

By that afternoon they had all left the nest. We got to watch three of them leave. The first one left before we got up that morning. One ended up going back but the next morning the nest was empty. We think they are still in the yard. We see babies we just don't know if they are our babies. The parents are still watching over them and feeding them at times. It was absolutely fascinating to watch. I am so glad we got this experience. 

I Love Her

I took Emma to get her hair trimmed. Breanne curled it all up for her. She looked so cute. I just love her. 

J Dawgs

Paul was recently asked to work with the young men ages 16-18 at church. They quickly taught him all about J Dawgs. (Once upon a time there was a BYU student who started selling hot dogs out of a shack down by campus. They were so popular that he now has real restaurants.) The boys love these dogs! They've served homemade versions at a couple of the activities that Paul has gone to. He went and bought some of the sauce so we could all try it. It has been a hit at our house as well. We've eaten more hot dogs in the last week than I care to admit. Last Friday we were eating them, again. The kids had some friends over and asked if we could feed them too. The answer was, "Of course!" 

This is the sauce. It's like a tangy honey BBQ sauce. 

The guests were all excited to have a classy meal like hot dogs and cheese fries served on paper plates.

Real J Dawgs are scored in a crisscross pattern so they hold more sauce. We need to start doing that. The other thing that makes the hot dog so good is the banana peppers. I was hesitant to try it but now I'm hooked. A meal fit for a king. Cuz kings love to eat off of paper plates.

More Instagram

I just realized that I didn't get all of my Instagram pictures off my phone. It had been a loooong time since I had gotten them off. Here are more from April and early May.

I have found that I really like quinoa. I usually eat it with fish for lunch. I found a breakfast "cereal" recipe that I was excited to try. It was quinoa, blackberries, cinnamon and toasted pecans. It was not very breakfasty tasting. It was just weird. I put some honey in it and that helped but not enough. It was hard for me to get down. I think I will use quinoa for lunch and dinners for now on. It was pretty though. It just didn't taste that good.

She may be a teenager but she's still my baby girl and I can't help it. I like to look in on her while she's sleeping.

I walked past her room one morning and saw this LOL! It reminded me of the Wizard of Oz.

Marius trying to squeeze his way onto her bed. Again. Even though it is in use.

These are some cute cupcakes that we took to David & Nancy's. The kids gobbled them right up.

This whole year I have been drinking pretty much only water. I've had a few SoBe Lifewaters and one tiny glass of soda. For my birthday I ordered a piƱa colada. I almost hit my friend when I took a sip it was so good and SWEET! I enjoyed it. A lot. I can't thank them enough for taking me to lunch. It was delish.

I wanted a donut for my birthday but I didn't want the whole dozen in the house. That would be bad. Paul kindly bought a dozen and kept most at his office. He brought home enough for me and the kids then ate the rest himself. He is such a giver!

My birthday goodies.

My super cute birthday balloons.

Pink calla lilies that I also got for my birthday. They were so pretty. 

First watermelon of the season and it was amazing. We got it at Costco and I would say it was the best watermelon we have ever had. 

Emma and I can't stand the cuteness. We adore these mini Triscuits. They are DARLING.

We made killer guacamole burgers with pepper jack cheese a while ago. I topped mine with pico de gallo. It was fantastic. I loved it and can't wait for another one.