June 2008

Ethan & Sam have been taking swimming lessons this week. They’re both having a lot of fun (although Samantha hates it when she has to jump in the water). Ethan’s doing great (a big relief–he’s been dreading this week for the past month).


I made my best fruit pizza yet this past weekend. It’ll be a few days before I have the opportunity to upload the pics to Flickr. In the meantime, here’s a little tease. It’s the first time I’ve used blueberries and I love how they added to the overall look.

Blueberries really dress up the grape border!

Sam & Toby wanted to go to the playground at Hamilton Town Center yesterday. Ethan & I took along our books. At one point Samantha & Toby both decided to draw instead of play. It was quite amusing–beautiful day, nice new playground and we’re all either reading or coloring (or taking photos).

Ready to pick Farm Fresh


It’s strawberry season here in central Indiana. My mom & I took the kids to pick strawberries last Monday. We brought home 10 pounds of juicy strawberries. We put them on dipped them in sugar, put them on ice cream, and ate them in cereal. We also made strawberry shortcake and 2 loaded fresh strawberry pies.

Thought I’d share the recipe–it comes from Randy’s mom.

Strawberry Pie

Prepare pie shell ahead of time. (I won’t tell if you used a store-bought crust–just make sure you get the deep-dish kind.)

2 qt. (or a little more) fresh strawberries, rinsed, dried & hulled
1 C sugar

3 T cornstarch
3 T strawberry Jell-O powder
1 C water

Combine sugar, cornstarch & Jell-O in a small saucepan. Add water and cook over medium heat. Boil until clear & thickened. Remove pan from heat and let cool about 20 minutes before pouring over berries.

Meanwhile, arrange berries in pie shell. Pour glaze over berries, covering them completely. Refrigerate pie for at least 2 hours. Serve topped with whipped cream.

Thought I’d share some photos Randy took of the kids’ art work from this year’s Stony Creek art show.



I’ve said for some time now that Flickr would be the closest I’d every come to blogging. I love posting my photos, but I’m just not much of a writer. But what do I do when Randy takes some great photos of the kids that I’d like to share? Randy’s pics belong in Randy’s photostream but he seems to only post photos of things he’s made (and I guess the kids don’t count).

So here goes nothin’.

Ethan, Sam & Toby