Monday, February 20, 2012


I was reminded in a post over at that today is really meant to be an observation of George Washington's birthday rather than the generic President's Day it has become. The post also reflects on the perhaps the greatest gift Washington bestowed on our fledgling republic, that he was willing to walk away from the seat of absolute power when it was offered to him.

I say hello to President Washington each morning

Here is Washington's farewell address as we remember the great men that gave us this great country. I sure wish we could raise some of them from the dead.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Thursday, February 9, 2012

How Parenting Changes Your Life

I was reminded again at lunchtime today how parenting changes your life. I got this delightful text message from Alison.

"Valentines party was a success. Until the very end when Jackie tripped and fell head first into the radiator"

Jackie is just fine, but obviously prior to last year I'd never expect an update like this, I'm sure it wont be the last.  The Valentine's Party was for the Little Flowers mother group at the church, Alison assisted with hosting duties, and aside from Jackie's little traumatic event, it sounds like it went very well.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Hippies Part 2

So we've decided which farm we will buy a CSA share from. We're going with Melick's Town Farm, so we'll add a link to them and their CSA blog over in the side bar. I'm pretty excited about the prospects here, it's heavy on the fruit side which I think might be good since maybe it reduces the chance of things going to waste, i.e. the amount of weird vegetables that we are afraid to eat will be low. We'll be getting ton's of peaches if there is a good growing season along with all sorts of other things that we'll put to use. I need to stock up on Mason Jars in anticipation of a bunch of good canning and preserving experiments.

If you are interested head over to their website, there is a slide show of the contents of the boxes from last years program, all 22 weeks. It's pretty interesting.

This was a pretty convenient option for us, as they have a farm stand down the street a few miles that we've been to before. The peaches we got there last year were pretty good and made for good snacking, a nice jam and a nice pie I was able to make. 

They also have some pick your own events up at the farm in Oldwick, so were looking forward to trying that out during strawberry season.

We just need to send them a check now and we'll be on our way in the summer when the program starts. 

Friday, February 3, 2012


We recently hit two major milestones on the vehicles within a week of each other. On the way back from visiting baby Stephen in Washington DC we hit 50K on the Impala.

On the way home from work the other night we hit 100K on the Explorer.

Both cars seem to be holding up well, and we wish good health especially for the Explorer, since we don't feel like buying any new or used vehicles for the foreseeable future with with major house construction work on the horizon.

Nice to see you again Stephen!
Don't cry Stephen!
Our cute little nephew

Jackie calling daddy to tell him he has a surprise at home 
At long last my gallon of tabasco arrived from the fine folks at the McIlhenny Company

I laugh at your five point restraint


Grandma with two screaming cousins

Jackie loves Grandma and Grandpa's vintage little people