Friday, July 31, 2009

This Makes it all worthwhile.....

Here is a photo of Nikolas at camp. He is watching skits and performances by the other scouts. This made all the waking up early and dragging 35 min away several times this week worth it all! Nikolas tends to be so serious, and getting him to really laugh and enjoy himself is not always easy... I am so happy for him to have had such a great week at camp! It was truly healing for my heart to see him having so much fun! The absolute favorite of all scouts... The archery range! Nikolas even gave up a turn so his sister could have a turn. Maybe I am doing something right after all!
More laughter from the scouts....
The skit that Nikolas' den did, invisible spaceship!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Last weekend

Here in NY we have a nice few miles of biking/walking trails. We decided to start here this time at one of the locks here on the Mohawk River. The kids rode their plasma cars in hope to avoid to whining of how much longer do we have to go.
Here the lock is opening to drain and let the boats down. The kids really enjoyed seeing how that works and seeing the boats too.
Pausing for a break so the kids can see where they came from, that's the lock back there. You can see the plasma cars here too. They are kid powered, using their arms... we have a great time with them. They can hold up to 250 lbs so we happily get on and try to race the kids around the driveway and such.
And off they go!!! Of course you notice that our oldest was not with us, he didn't want to come. Imagine that! Life of a teenager!
We did get to see a little wildlife. Note I said a little.... cute little guy huh?
Nikolas got tired so if you look closely you can see the stick he is holding on too and Brian is pulling. Sorry it's a bit blurry but you can get the point!
Ariana showing off her muscles after going over a few miles on the plasma car.. All in all it was a great day and we were all so happy to spend some time outdoors.
There hasn't been much of a summer this year so far.. so it was great to take advantage of it!!
After the walk we picked up out oldest and his friend to go out and launch the rocket we got for Brian for Father's Day. Here they are setting it up!
This is the last time that we saw the rocket....
I believe that if you can see the rocket if you see it here.. sort of...

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Just received this in my email!!

It's time to celebrate!!!!

Dear Carrie,

On behalf of Hawthorn University, I extend hearty congratulations to you for being chosen to appear on the President's List for your outstanding academic achievement.

Working on an advanced degree in an online environment is a challenging endeavor. You have proven your exceptional ability to excel in your studies despite any possible obstacles that you may have faced along the way.

Your exceptional scholastic accomplishments have earned the respect and admiration of all of us at Hawthorn and those who share your field of expertise. The ability to achieve and maintain a perfect grade point average of 4.0 is something that should be applauded by you and all who know you.

In addition to this congratulatory letter, you will soon be receiving a Certificate of Achievement for your accomplishments. The Certificate is suitable for framing and something you should be proud to display in your home or office.

As Hawthorn University's President and Chief Academic Officer, I urge you to continue to strive for excellence in your education. Your efforts have clearly demonstrated your dedication and commitment to the field of holistic nutrition.

Warmest regards,

Dorothy M. Germano, Ph.D President and Chief Academic Officer Hawthorn University

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Welcome to my son Nikolas to the blogging world!

Just wanted to share that my son Nikolas started his very own blog. Nikolas is very creative and wants to share that with everyone. Here is the link to his blog please let him know what you think, he would love your comments and would love more followers!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Farmers Market Pie/Quiche

This pie was made out of my imagination since I had bought lots of veggies from the farmers market. First I sauteed zucchini (yellow and green), with onion, garlic, leek, red pepper fresh basil, and broccoli.
I made the crust from cooked brown rice, diced onion, egg and a bit of seasoning. I pressed it into the pie plates and bakes it for a bit. I put a bit of mustard over the rice crust and then added the veggies and eggs with a bit of sharp cheddar on top. Then just baked it until it was firm all the way through.
Yummy.. it tasted especially with how fresh the veggies were .... Sorry this is as close as I get to a recipe on this since I didn't really write anything down.