Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Treasure Island

We spent all of last week at Tybee Island, GA, with our neighbors across the street who also have three kids. It was a very, very fun trip. With the exception of a long weekend last summer, Tim and I hadn't really been to the beach since we were married almost 11 years ago. On top of that, we hadn't ever taken a vacation with another family before, so when we set out a week ago Saturday it was really a leap of faith.

Fortunately everyone got along great. The kids played beautifully together and having four adults there full-time made it easier on everyone. We all felt like we had really been on vacation, which, as most parents know, is a rarity when you travel with small children and no nannies or babysitters.

In the week we were there we had gorgeous weather, so we did all the typical beachy stuff:
We were all sad when it was time to go home. But our beach vacation had done its job: we were sandy, happy, relaxed, and refocused on what we treasure most.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Antidote

Well, I've found something that will keep me off the computer unless I have to do something absolutely critical (e.g., checking bank balances, finding directions):

being completely paranoid that I'm going to see some kind of Harry Potter spoiler.

You'd be surprised how effective that is. I'm even scared to read the paper. Talk about freeing up a bunch of extra time!

In theory, anyway. Somehow I still manage to be not only busy but behind the eightball as well. However, as soon as I can I'm going to post a bunch of great photos from our week at the beach last week. So you have that to look forward to.

Friday, July 13, 2007

New Bike


New Bike
Originally uploaded by 3 to get ready
While Charlotte was at speech therapy yesterday morning we went out and got a new bike for Nate. The one he had been riding was ridiculously small for him, so he was thrilled to pick out a new one.

He was so excited that he rode it on the sidewalk in front of the elementary school while we waited for Charlotte to be done. That's why he's not wearing his helmet in this shot. But he wore it all day yesterday while he rode all over the neighborhood.

Happy Friday the 13th everyone!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

As promised

Like I said yesterday, I learned a very important thing while we were spending time with my parents last week.

That was how to make egg coffee. Which might seem like an odd skill to have in this day of super-incredible-fancy-dancy-do-everything-but-make-dinner coffee makers, but it will come in extremely handy when we're camping. And it also appeals to my sense of history and self-sufficiency, since my dad learned it from his Aunt Hattie (who our daughter is named after), an incredibly skilled and talented woman.

1. Step 1, 2. Step 2, 3. Step 3, 4. Final Product

The egg apparently traps the grounds so the coffee can brew. Aunt Hattie used to make coffee like this on her mother's wood stove in a house with no electricity, so it was only a short jump to making it the same way on a campfire.

Follow the links above for a detailed tutorial on how I did it. While it's not rocket science, my first attempt didn't go perfectly. Hopefully others will learn from my mistake.

Anyway, if you find yourself sitting at a campsite dying for a cup of coffee, you might want to try it. It's fun and the coffee's great.

And it beats the heck out of the brown water you get from coffee in a tea bag.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Trip to Chattanooga

Last week we got the opportunity to spend several days in Chattanooga at my parents' house, just hanging out. Among our many activities were a trip to the Tennessee Aquarium, a ride on the Coolidge Park Carousel, and a ride on the WWII amphibious DUKW boats.

Here are some of the better pictures, which you can also click through to see on flickr at your leisure.



I was also able to do some knitting, but check back after tomorrow morning and I'll have pictures of one of the most important things I learned this past week.

Thanks, Mom and Dad!