I won this sweet grill by putting my name on raffle tickets that were attached to the pet meds I spent an arm and a leg on in June.  We just bought a new grill last fall so Allan sold this one on Craigslist.


We had a great time in Ocean City.  We rented the same 2 bedroom condo that we rented two years ago.  We ate like pigs and burned it off walking all over.  This year we rented a boat and the boys did a little fishing.  We also rented bikes since all three of them are old enough to ride on the roads.  We didn't bike on the boardwalk because that seemed a little too chaotic so we used the bike lane on West Ave and then found a dirt trail along the bayside and checked out the birds including egrets and an osprey nest. Arlene sold us her car so Allan went home with them and then drove it back.  As soon as Alex gets a job (applications sent...) and earns enough money he plans to buy it from us. We are coordinating Financial Peace University at our church next month and have really been taking the lessons to heart.  We want our kids to be able to pay cash for vacations and not be burdened by debt like we once were.  It was nice taking a vacation and not have it follow us home in the wa…


We had a busy July! Alex and David both played baseball.  Unfortunately for Alex he hurt his elbow pitching and had an MRI that shows damage to his UCL and growth plate, this is the famous Tommy John ligament, so he's out for two months at a minimum.  David is doing well in the summer league with Allan as one of the coaches.

David spent his first (almost a full) week away from home at Boy Scout Camp.  He had a great time.  He wasn't so sure about going so Allan and I made a deal with him that we'd visit him on Tuesday after two nights to make sure he was having fun (and he'd be allowed to come home with us no questions asked) and when we followed through he wanted to stay.  That was a real risk but it worked out for everyone involved! On family night he was grinning like a cheshire cat as he told us of all the fun things he got to do.  It was not right around here without him.

Alex volunteered at bible school and Tom attended his last year as a child remaining at the…

Bubble Run

Dave, Tom, and I ran the Bubble Run yesterday.  It was a 5K with four colored bubble stations.  It was a blast.

Clear the Roads

Alex has  his learner's permit!  He passed the written test and now he can drive with a parent in the vehicle.  The look on his face at the DMV is priceless.  It says, "Mom, I can't believe you are taking my picture here!"  He did a couple of circles around the parking lot with me yesterday.  It was enough for me to conclude that Allan will be his primary instructor.  Yikes.


I'm making kombucha in my closet.  It's a fermented tea that needs a culture, black tea, sugar, warm temperature and 7-10 days to make.  There are various health claims about this ancient beverage but I just like the taste.  It's sour and carbonated which is great for a former soda addict.  The yeast and bacteria consume most of the sugar and caffeine so it can be enjoyed by all. You can buy it in many grocery stores and even Walgreens near me but it's crazy expensive $3-4 per bottle and if you know me you know I've figured out how much the homemade version costs.  It's just 7 cents per bottle and each time you brew you double your starter so you can share with a friend.  I can't wait until mine is ready.


We bought this waterslide for Alex's 8th birthday party.  If we'd have known at the time we'd still be using it eight years later I would have been thrilled.  I've been down that thing a time or two myself it's fun.

Elizabeth Park

David and Tom and I went to Elizabeth Park in West Hartford for a picnic after church today.  It's so beautiful.  Allan and Alex went to Keene, NH for a baseball tournament.