Saturday, August 17, 2013

Herb Drying Time!

I've started have so many extra herbs in the garden and I'm starting to think fall.  Yes, that four letter word that we all hate.  F. A.L.L.  My deck garden has been growing like crazy and I've been taking from it as I need for cooking and I've dried a couple times, but tonight I really had a good whack at it and got a good bunch of oregano, rosemary, basil, and parsley.

I'm hoping that the next time I get a big bunch of basil, I'll be able to make a big batch of pesto to freeze for the winter.  YUM!

Great Children's Book Find: "Ask Me" by Antje Damm

On one of our trips to the library, Gwen picked out a book called ASK ME by Antje Damm.  I thought it look a little "babish", but oh, how wrong I was.  I love it! 

There are over 100 simple, thought-provoking questions to help start conversation between you and your child.  The teacher in me immediately thought it was a great way to build relationships with my students too.  Each page has a beautiful image, either an illustration or child's drawing or a photograph, that stimulates the conversation too.  

Questions like:  If you were king or queen, what would you change?  Have you ever picked fruit off a tree?  Do you know what your grandparents played with when they were little?  Who's in your family?  Have you ever seen animals in the sky?  

I've renewed the book twice now and I don't want to return it.  I've found myself contemplating a purchase!  After I spent some time with this book and my kids, I felt like I knew them better as people and took some time to relax, slow down, and enjoy who they are as individuals.  

What a great find!  

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Disney Dog Halloween Costumes at PetSmart

Went to take Lola to get groomed at PetSmart (our favorite groomer in our town) and as we were leaving, we noticed that they had out the cutest pet Halloween costumes and toys on the PLANET!

DISNEY Dog Halloween Costumes!  For REAL!  I love it!

Woody, Buzz, Nemo, Pooh, Tigger, the list went on.  They were so cute!

At $24.99 and then 20% off, thought they were kinda pricy, but they were well made.  

Disney, you've done it again.  Super cute costumes for pets!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

A special kind of tired.

We're back!  I'm so happy that we're back, but man, I'm a whole special kind of tired.

I'm feeling so much better.  Shingles are healed, but when I'm tired or stressed out, I feel prickles, but not as bad as it was before.  THANK GOD!

I've done about 8-10 loads of laundry and we've even crunched in a 4-mile walk today too.

Ready to clean and put away more stuff and then get back to blogging!