Friday, July 29, 2011

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Like Father, Like Son

Jack got his first dose of pizza making (aside from lessons at home) this week-end and put together a pretty good pie all in all. I know first-hand that pizza making offers rapid advancement beyond minimum wage with a nickel an hour raise available after only three months of work! When I cooked pie professionally back in the day at Pizza Inn I made $3.35/hour...never did achieve the nickel raise...but did develop some supplemental busboy skills.

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

One of the Best Dinners Ever!

Only Steph knows the details....chicken, tomatoes, lemon, basil, linguine to be sure.

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Tacos Al Pastor

One of my favorite things to eat in Mexico were tacos al pastor. These were generally prepared on the sidewalk in front of restaurants. The primary ingredient in these tacos is seasoned pork that is stacked vertically into the shape of a large top and spun around a heating element. The tacos also include onions, cilantro, pineapple, fresh lime juice and hot sauce. Unfortunately, these tacos are almost never served in America, at least not anywhere I had seen. Well that has all changed. I've recently noticed that a few of the authentic Mexican stores and restaurants in Lincoln are now making these in the streets at night. I convinced my buddy Ed to come with me to one of the places tonight to sample the tacos. They were delicious! They tasted just like the ones I remember from Mexico! Here are a couple of pictures I took of tonight's street taco outing. You can see the orange colored "top" of meat at the far end of the table.

We don't need the super nanny at bedtime

Those who follow our blog know that Jack just got his "big boy bed" along with a number of rules associated with sleeping in the bed.  Rule number one is don't get out of the bed unless you need to go potty.
The other night we heard some uncharacteristic crying/wailing.  Steph went up and Jack was distressed because his weasel had fallen out of the bed and he wanted it with him... but knew he couldn't get out to get it.

Now that's a boy that follows directions :)

Friday, July 22, 2011

License PL8 Idea for Erin

Perhaps a new plate for the family truckster is in order? Modeled after this one I followed on the way home today...

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Harold The Bunny...and other Tales...

Jack is at an age where he loves hearing stories - especially ones involving his family. He'll often ask for them and when we tell him a new one he wants to hear it several times in a row.

Steph added illustration to her story involving Harold the Rabbit - which Jack, of course, loved.

I was actually pretty impressed with the Harold drawing!

Other stories Jack loves include:

The Story of Turtle Creek featuring Dad and Uncle Bill
The Story of Kodak and the Cat Food
The Story of Kodak, Ranger and Mom's Blueberry Pie
The Story of the 1973 Tornado featuring Dad

Other story suggestions? Jack is all ears and loves them.

The Honey Badger

When it comes to internet sensations we are usually 3 steps behind.  Consider Rebecca Black's famous "Friday" video.   I found out about it through Bill weeks/months later.  Heck, I was even late to learning about Intel's Museum of Me on Facebook.  Same is true with the honey badger. 

Be warned the video is rated R for language but if you can get past that she's pretty funny.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Thursday, July 07, 2011

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Sunday, July 03, 2011

Hershey's Air Delight

Hershey's has injected their chocolate with air to create the air delight bar. Seems like these air whipped candies are more often seen in Europe. Not bad if you're in the mood for a little air with your chocolate.

Saturday, July 02, 2011

The "Big Boy Bed" Milestone has Arrived!

The day finally arrived just a month before his 4th birthday. Jack graduated from his crib to a big boy bed. While a year or two behind several of his contemporaries Jack was quite content in his crib and never jumped out so we went with it. We figured it was about time though so we snapped up a mattress at Costco, pulled the conversion kit purchased 18 months ago out of the garage and got to work.

Here's the before picture featuring Jack's beloved weasel and dinosaur.

Jack was super excited about his big boy bed and hovered around yelping in excitement during each step. This meant he was close by to give his crib mattress a good-bye hug!

Finally - the deed was done. His new "full size" bed was ready. We felt it was surprisingly tall figured he could grow into it (an hopefully not fall out of it!)

We have been branding the "rules of the big-boy bed" into his head for weeks now and he can repeat them with ease. They are:

1. Don't get out of the big-boy bed unless you need to go to the bathroom
2. Don't go into your sister's room
3. Don't get out of the big-boy bed until your night light "sun" turns on

We'll see how it goes. After brushing his teeth tonight Jack excitingly run to his bed and pulled himself up only to find his sis waiting for him!

After giving her a kiss and hug he finally snuggled in himself.

Good night from one more "big boy" in Folsom.

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