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One more step: Olympic Inspiration

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The Olympics have begun! Do they inspire you to get up and move, hit the gym, maybe even run a marathon? I think this article hits on many of our Olympic fantasies - I know I love to relive my rowing days every four years when the Olympics roll around. I wish I could stay home all day and watch beach volleyball, water polo, swimming and diving. I can't get enough of the facts, stats, and personal stories that make the games so unique. You can test your Olympics IQ with this quiz about the health of Olympic athletes.

While watching the Olympics definitely inspires me, I am still desperately trying to keep up my running in this summer heat, through the chaos of our move, and with a very busy work schedule. I decided it might help if I wrote down some reasons why I like to run. Here they are.

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I run to feel most like myself. There was a time when I didn't like to run, and when I ran to stay in shape for other sports. There was a time w…

Peas in a pod

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I was having technical difficulties with the blog this week, and haven't been able to post. It really bummed me out as I've come to depend on this space to reflect on, take stock of, and appreciate my days. Not checking in here makes me feel a little behind on what's happening in my own life. And there is a lot happening.
I think I recently, and foolishly, complained about having to keep our house spotless and clean while we've been showing it all summer. I don't miss the showings, but I miss the clean. These two are like mini tornadoes destroying everything in their path.

Moving update: we are moving to our temporary digs a week from tomorrow. I'm excited for our adventure...you will think we're crazy. Maybe we are.


They have been like two peas in a pod lately, getting along famously. They both think the other is hilarious and can make each other laugh like fools. I am never in on the joke. I love to watch them play together, Charlie teaching and Izzy lear…

Little Localvores: watermelon is their fave!

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Welcome to Little Localvores - a weekly series on our family's first experience with a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). Every Tuesday all summer long we will receive a supply of fresh produce and local foods through the Good Natured Family Farms CSA. I'll chronicle my attempts to get my toddlers (3 years and 15 months) to eat fresh and local, healthy foods.
Localvore: someone who prefers to eat locally grown/produced food.

This week's CSA bounty included GNFF cucumbers, eggplant, red onions, red vine ripe tomatoes, nectarines, Andy's candy corn, living lettuce, patty pan squash, cheddar cheese nuggets, and seedless watermelon. Instead of ground beef, we took home a second watermelon in our vegetarian bag - a good trade in our house.



Andy's candy corn was fabulous once again. This week we wrapped the ears in foil with a little butter, salt and pepper and grilled them. So easy and so good. I added lime juice and a dash of cayenne to one ear to mix things up. I…

New Beginnings

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We got the keys to our new house last weekend and we took the kids over to check it out. A wide open, empty house was perfect for these two.


They chased each other through every room and back again.

It was so very exciting, my iphone camera couldn't capture all the action.








The architects are drawing the new house as is and then we get to start the design process. We are still on track to be out of our old house by August 16. What's that you say? Where will we go? Good question.

Little Localvores: fresh from the vine

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Welcome to Little Localvores - a weekly series on our family's first experience with a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). Every Tuesday all summer long we will receive a supply of fresh produce and local foods through the Good Natured Family Farms CSA. I'll chronicle my attempts to get my toddlers (3 years and 15 months) to eat fresh and local, healthy foods.
Localvore: someone who prefers to eat locally grown/produced food.

There was an interesting mix in the CSA share this past week: Athena (musk) melon, peaches, blackberries, heirloom tomatoes and red vine ripe tomatoes, Andy's candy corn, banana peppers, pretzel buns, pepper relish, and agave ketchup. Our vegetarian share had Cheddar Pepper Farmhouse Cheese in lieu of GNFF hot dogs.


In order to be called Farmhouse cheese, the cows must be milked on the farm and the cheese made on the farm. Doesn't get any better than that! This cheese had a wonderful peppery flavor that we really liked.


The kids eat cherry to…