Baby Bird Rescue

We have a nest under the eaves right by our back door, and this morning, a young bird was flapping around in it and looked like it was stuck.  We watched for a bit hoping that he would be ok on his own, but then it became obvious that he was truly stuck and was not going to get out on his own.  We then had to initiate a baby bird rescue.  I got the ladder out of the garage {Read More}

Keep Active in the Summer

It is summer and the kids are out of school.  We need to build activity into their days or it is too easy to settle in to a lazy summer and watch too much TV and play more video games than is good for them. We have Tennis Tuesday every week, and go swimming at least once a week if not more.  I have many jobs around the house for the kids to do, but I have a tendency to {Read More}

It’s Summer and It’s Awesome

I have just finished my first week of Summer break and I am loving it.  I work at a school district, so during the school year I have no time for this personal blog.  I see kids and do evaluations for Occupational Therapy, then pick up my kids from school, get homework going, start dinner, then I have to write up reports and enter info in the computer for work.  I feel like I am always working or thinking about {Read More}

Cinnamon Apple Crescent Bites

I am trying to use the food that we have in the pantry, and we have a lot of apples that need to be eaten.  We happened to have some Pillsbury crescent roll dough, so I cut up some apples, added a little sugar, cinnamon, and caramel, and then rolled the apple mix into the crescent rolls.  They were yummy.  I will make them again, but will try to work out how to have less dough, because the apple filling {Read More}

Annual Snorkeling Trip to La Jolla Cove

Having grown up in Southern California, I fell in love with snorkeling when I was a kid.  I probably snorkeled for the first time in Hawaii, but I didn’t fall in love with it until later when I was older and we went snorkeling at La Jolla Cove in San Diego.  La Jolla Cove is a protected marine reserve, so there are lots of fish to see.  The water is of course much colder than Hawaiian waters, but during the {Read More}

Yummy cookie peanut butter cup brownie

For 4th of July, I signed up to bring a dessert to the barbeque.  I had seen a couple of desserts on Pinterest that I wanted to try, so I had my daughter pick the one that she thought looked the best.  She decided on a dessert that has a chocolate cookie bottom, reese’s peanut butter cups in the middle, and brownie on top. Since we were making this for a pretty large crowd, I needed to use a big {Read More}

Weekend Camping in the Desert

We went for a great camping trip in the desert over the weekend.  We went to the Anza Borrego State Park, and went for a hike up Palm Canyon to an oasis that is up the canyon.  The oasis is really cool because you start the hike in dry desert where you can’t imagine there being any water for survival.  You end the hike in an oasis with a flowing stream, a little water fall, and lots of shade provided {Read More}

Dragonfly Macro

I have been trying for a while to get a good dragonfly picture, but those little guys are fast.  Most of the shots I get are blurry or they are too fast and are out of the shot before I get a chance to take the picture.  I finally got a chance to get my shot. This was taken at the Great Salt Lake in Utah.  The dragonflies were shooting around all over the place.  At first they weren’t landing, {Read More}

Sweet baby hummingbird

My birthday is next week, and I found an awesome deal on a zoom lens for my camera.  I found it at Target for only $99.  It is a Canon EF 75-300mm zoom lens.  Today I had my first chance to see how well it works.  We were outside, and my daughter pointed out a hummingbird on the tree.  I ran in to change lenses, and came back out to snap some pictures.  I noticed that there were two hummingbirds {Read More}