Thursday, December 29, 2016

Snow Forecast for Folsom!

Here's something we rarely see in our Folsom weather forecast...snow showers!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Monday, November 14, 2016

The Grand Wagoneer!

Supposedly, Jeep will be out with a new Grand Wagoneer soon.  It will be hard to top this puppy though!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Soccer Season Wraps Up!

Elle is wrapping up her 2nd soccer season this week! 

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Elle for President!

In 2056!  In the meantime, don't forget to vote today!

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Pumpkin Spice Cheerios! Reviewed!!!

Jack talked me into this huge box of pumpkin cheerios and he's dutifully eating through them.  The boy eats a lot of cereal in the morning and rates these as pretty good.  Elle and I are a bit more mixed on them and wish they came in a smaller box!

Friday, October 28, 2016


Granny's Famous Gumdrop Dish!

Here is the famous gum drop dish that long stood on the round marble table in Granny and Grandpa's reading room.   When the four cousins gathered we would put a big dent in Granny's gum drop supply.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Sunflower, the rat

Elle's school has lots of pets including two bearded dragons (Bruno and Skinny) and Sunflower (the rat).   At some point, Sunflower will come and spend the week-end with us!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Our Last Swim

Elle and I had our last swim about a week ago.  Here's an earlier pic of Elle and her friend mid-air!   Good-bye swimming season!

Back to School Time!

Here's a pic of us shoe shopping a few months back.  Obviously, we scored!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Elle with Treat!

Happy Elle scores a mini Vanilla Bean Frappaccino!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Plott Hound!

I stumbled across a new hound I hadn't encountered before.  A Plott Hound.  Somewhat larger than a beagle the Plott Hound kind of looks like a tiger!

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Barb's Famous Pumpkin Cake

October seems like a good month to share the famous, and until now secret, recipe for Barb's famous pumpkin cake.  This is the same cake we are always greeted with each year with our arrival in Michigan.  The cake, which is huge, lasts about 2 days - mainly due to Rick and I continuing to sneak pieces throughout the day and late into the night.

One year, during the great pumpkin shortage, we were in serous trouble because you couldn't buy a can of pumpkin.  Once the shortage was resolved we began keeping a small stash of canned pumpkin "just in case".

Without further ado, the recipe:

2 cups white sugar
1 1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup canned pumpkin
4 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
2 t easpoonsbaking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour a 12x18 inch pan.  Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.  Set aside.

2.  In a large bowl combine sugar and oil.  Blend in vanilla and pumpkin, then beat in eggs one at a time.  Gradually beat in flour mixture.  Spread batter into prepared 12 x 18 inch pan.

3.  Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.  Allow to cool.


8 oz cream cheese
2 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup oleo
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar

2 teaspoons milk

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Barenaked Ladies w/ Howard Jones

This one was one of the best from the show we went to earlier in the summer.

Monday, September 12, 2016


Elle rides Granny's sock-horse up the stairs!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Popcorn Sales Time!

Jack getting in his popcorn selling shifts for scouts.  He remains a great sales-kid!

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Flying Over San Francisco!

A nice view of the city coming flying South towards San Jose.  Angel Island and the new bridge are left-center.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Scout Camp!

Jack and I went to camp last week-end and got to spend the night out in the wilderness a few miles from  Placerville.

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Elle named student of the month!

Elle was named one of the very first Star Student's of the month!  Her teachers are taking her to lunch next week!  Super proud of this good girl!

Elle Eats the Ingredients!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Monday, August 29, 2016

Jack Tumbles

Here is a video of Jack doing his tumbling routine:

To celebrate the Olympics they had all the kids do something and then awarded them a medal!

Friday, August 26, 2016

The Big Chair!

Jack and Elle enjoy sitting in the "Big Chair" at the California State Fair.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Friday, August 19, 2016

Three kinds of bananas

At work they offer up 3 kinds of bananas.  Green, perfect and brown. One is more popular than the others...

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Mackinaw Bridge!

Here we are crossing the Mackinaw Bridge - one of the longest at ~5 miles.

Sunday, August 14, 2016


Jack tries a "Cannonball" while Elle looks on!   Note the Crepe Myrtle tree in full bloom.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

The Wacky Dash

We completed the Wacky Dash obstacle featuring mud pits, bounce obstacles and many other challenges.  Generally, it was hard for me to keep up with these two!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Jack Turns 9!

Jack and his friends were treated to waffles and bacon at his birthday sleepover!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Try Everything - Zootopia!

Here's another track from Elle's pre-school graduation!  It is from the movie Zootopia which is one of the kids favorites.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Fun at the Fair

More pictures coming but here's a short video we did at the Geico booth at the fair!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Lost Sunset Snap

I ran across this cool sunset on my camera.  I took it back in October...

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