Thursday, September 22, 2011

Coconut Ice Cream

Posted by PicasaOh Trader Joe's Coconut Ice Cream- 
How do I love thee!
Let me count the ways...

You are creamy and delicious,  
You are just the right amount of sweet, 
You are dairy free
You are soy free
You are strawberry heaven
Or coconut bliss

 But alas! 
Where have you gone?  
You have been missing for nearly 2 months!. 
Come back to me! 

I love Trader Joe's. However, they have pulled this number on me many times. They offer me something wonderful, I make it a staple in my kitchen, I come to rely on it and then swoosh!---It's gone- never to be seen or heard from again and I am left always feeling its loss, never getting to say goodbye.  Is this some sort of cruel marketing/consumerism trick?

If you live anywhere within 50 miles of me and happen to see this lingering in your TJ's freezer, drop me a note so I can speed on over and buy you out!

Parting is such sweet (and hungry) sorrow.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Picture Day

 Picture day is coming up this week at my kid's schools. Our school actually does a great job with these photos and they aren't usually the painful snippets in front of ugly screens that were typical when I was a kid. They take the kids outdoors and even offer sibling photos after school. Here are a few of my favorites from the past for example:

Last year it was raining, so we had to do the white screen....which didn't turn out nearly as ho-hum as I thought it would. (pardon my scan quality)

Anyway, gathering up clothes for pictures this week made me realize that I have never taken Warren in for some studio shots. I have always taken my kids in around 4 and 9 months just to officially capture them at each stage. I missed 4 months! How did that happen? It makes me so sad because I can't get that time back, and as we all know my personal camera is soooooo lame that nothing I took myself is up to snuff! Urgggghh.

Thus, I quickly took Warren down to the mall yesterday and The Picture People store. Get excited people! He did great, and looked so cute (even with their lame backgrounds.) Here are a few of my favorites. (Don't worry mom, I will send you the real print outs.).

Posted by PicasaDon't you just want to squeeze him!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Summer Highlights 2011

We've started our 2nd full week of school here so "real" life is in full swing. I'm already missing our carefree summer days. (And speaking of missing summer, fall weather is kicking in way too soon around here. I love fall, it's the best time of year when considering New York weather, but slow down already! Let me catch my breath! The stores are pushing costumes and cornucopias on me and I'm still wearing my flip-flops!)

So what did we do this summer, now that it's over and I rarely posted? Here is a quick pictorial recap of our summer highlilghts:

Highlight #1- Went on a Disney cruise to Alaska with the entire Neilson crew, cousins and all! 

 Decked out for "Pirate Night"

Loving the characters:

The scenery from every angle was beautiful:

Loving those sweet baby cheeks:

 Playing with the dogs after our dog sledding excursion:

 Took a helicopter ride to the top of a glacier:

 it was freezing up Warren stayed huddled inside my coat:

 the kids got a drink of pure glacial water:

We panned for gold. Much to Laura's disapointment, she did NOT strike it rich:

And through it all,  I ran the portable dairy farm:

 Highlight # 2- Off to lake Tahoe for the annual Greene family vacation where we....

...learned how to travel the modern way- with entertainment!

  We kayaked with grandpa, 

we yee-haaad at the truckee Rodeo, 

flew runner band planes that Grandma Greene gave us, 

practiced our yoga on the beach,

went for our first boat ride,

and spent lots of time with family.

 And even though the hubbie couldn't go to Tahoe this year,  he still  joined the fun via FaceTime. I love that! 

Highlight #3 Boys trip to Zion's National Park to hike "the Subway." 

First stop: The Hoover Dam:

Second Stop: St George and the gorgeous red rocks

Third Stop: let the hiking begin!

 I love this picture! It is amazing what water can do to rock!

 Then, back to St. George for more boy fun.

I wish they had a place like this in New York!

And what were the the NY Neilson ladies (along with baby Warren) doing whilst the boys were playing out West?  We were having LOADS of fun and weren't jealous in the slightest...We were huddled down with hurricane Irene and no electricity!  However, we were one of the lucky ones and managed to avoid flooding because of some very generous friends who loaned us this  generator to run our basements sump pump, so the hundreds of gallons that would have filled my basement were very nicely routed to my lawn instead.)

 There you have the 3 main highlights of the Neilson summer 2011.  Now I guess I have to face that it's really back to the grind and fall is truly here.Bring on the pumpkins!


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