Friday, June 17, 2011

County Fair

This week, we visited our county fair.  It was kind of a big deal, since we we able to graduate to some bigger rides.

This was our favorite ride, by far. 

Can you spot Adrian and the girls?

Pooped out with Papa at the end of the evening.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Gone Fishin'

Today we loaded up the truck and headed to Springfield Trout Farm with the Butlers.  It's a cute little place, situated between Jamestown and Columbia.

It's basically a rectangular pool stream stocked with trout.  You just cast your bait into the schools of trout and wait.

And then cast...and wait...and then you cast some more.

And then you get a fish! Your daddy holds it for you, because you think it's pretty gross.

And then you cast...and wait...and cast....

...and you get a fish!  You have Wayne hold it for you, because you think it's pretty gross.

Then you take your bucket o' fish to the window so that the funny man inside can clean them for you.  You spend a lot of time saying, "Ewwwww!!!" and "Whoa!!!"

Then the man puts all of your fish on a pole so that you can showcase your catch.  You decide it's not THAT gross after all, and kind of fun to show off.

Then you run off to play with your friends and let Moms and Dads PAY for your fish.

Then you make Dad carry you in the ice cream line in Columbia, because it's been a pretty long day.

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Shaklee Saturday: Sparky and the Rug

Another great success story from Sarah:

Last night, our beloved Sparky vomited all over the carpet. I instinctively went for the 409 (yes, 409 on carpet! It's old carpet, don't care about bleach stains, only wanted nasty doggy vomit smell gone). But this morning, nasty doggy vomit smell only worse!! And then I saw my bottle of Basic H2, and I thought "you think??". So, with ...literally 2 drops mixed with about 2 cups of water, I got to scrubbing. And guess what?!?! No more nasty doggy vomit smell. Seriously, though, how will you ever make money selling this stuff? It's so concentrated, it will take me a year before I have to reorder!!
Thanks for sharing, Sarah.  YOU will be the one making money, as H2 replaces so many household cleaners.  It's also completely safe to use around your beloved pets. 
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  • Monday, May 02, 2011


    I'm just now getting around to sorting through Monterey pictures. I favored my Instagram app for much of the trip, so I wasn't the best about getting photos out of Ye Olde Rebel. 

    After our A's game, we BART'ed our way back to Pleasanton, got in the car, and hit 680.  We were Monterey-bound! We arrived in the late afternoon and were gifted with gorgeous weather for some quick beach combing.  We then walked down to Cannery Row to hit up Bubba Gumps.  We knew the girls would get a kick out of it.  

    We stayed overnight at Hotel Pacific, a dreamy little place just down from the Doubletree.  We loved it.  I wish I had taken more photos of our room, but I was pooped!

    Rachel, enjoying our little patio before breakfast.

    Walking to breakfast (it had rained early that morning).

    Browsing the morning paper after continental breakfast.

    Headed to the aquarium.

    As expected, the touch pools were a big hit.  The girls talked this poor (patient) docent's ears off.

    More beachy pics coming soon!

    Friday, April 22, 2011

    Shaklee Saturday--Basic H2 Can do WHAT???

    If you've been here before, you know I love Basic H2:

    However, I recently had an experience that showed me what an amazing combination of POWER and GENTLENESS this cleaner is.

    I've been staining our newest project--a headboard. 

    Well, like a good girl, I wore rubber gloves to stain.  What I didn't count on was that one of the gloves would break, and that my lovely poly AND stain mixture would get all over my cute new Shellac manicure! 

    I ran into the house to start washing my hands, but the stain just glommed on to my nails and fingers and resisted any sort of washing efforts.  I did have paint thinner in my paint cabinet, which I knew would probably work, but I hated the thought of rubbing that noxious stuff on my hands.  The fumes alone give me an awful headache.  This is why I was wearing gloves in the first place! 

    Then, I remembered that I had my H2 under the sink.  Thinking I had nothing to lose, I put a tiny drop of straight H2 onto a small paper towel and rubbed at my nails.  Not only did the poly/stain mixture come right off, but the finish on my manicure stayed intact and my skin wasn't irritated in the slightest. Not to mention, no fumes or smell whatsoever.  I was floored!

    I regret that I didn't have the foresight to get my camera out before trying my little experiment, so that I might have a stunning before and after for you.  I hope you'll take my word for it.  This is truly amazing stuff.

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    • No rinse, no residue, streak-free formula.
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    • Walls, Windows and Mirrors, Countertops, Floors, Appliances, Stoves, Sealed Woodwork, Pots and Pans, Furniture
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    • Nontoxic
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    • Doubly concentrated
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    Thursday, April 21, 2011

    Whirwind tour, as told by Instagram

    We took a couple of days out of our Easter break for a mini-getaway.
    We took in an A's game on Thursday (the girls' first!), and then continued over to Monterey for some good food, ocean exploring, and the aquarium!

    First ride on BART!

    Gotta have a dog at the game. :)

    Exploring tide pools.

    At Bubba Gump's for some fish and chips.

    Aquarium and beach photos coming soon!

    Friday, April 01, 2011

    FREE Shaklee Membership--Green Your Home for Earth Day!

    Let's Make 50,000 Homes Healthier!

    For the Shaklee Family, every day is Earth Day. But this is a great time of year to tell our environmental story, and to teach how easy - and thrifty - it can be to make a difference for yourself, for your family, and for the planet. One healthier home at a time.

    Consider this: one family deciding to convert to our non-toxic biodegradable Basic-H2® household cleaner keeps the equivalent of 5,000 bottles of conventional "ready-to-use" glass cleaner out of landfills. What would it mean if 50,000 families did the same? A great big thanks from the planet, and from people all over the world who share this wonderful home we call Earth.

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    We had twin conversations, too!

    Long before these two went viral, there were these two:

    Photo Sharing - Video Sharing - Photo Printing