We had a little dinner party last night. Josh's best friend came over with his wife and 2 daughters, ages 3 and 4 months. It was weird having a baby in the house. Good practice, though.
Dinner rocked, if I do say so myself. We had marinated pork (my own secret recipe), potato salad and blueberry & tomato salad. For dessert we had raspberries with citrus cream. Sooo good, sooo easy.

Tomorrow we leave for vacation. My cousin is getting married in the same little Colorado town that my best friend lives in. My friend just called to say that we can stay with her instead of the hotel. Hooray! I haven't seen her in 2 years, and she'll be leave for Costa Rica in September, so I'll take every extra minute with her I can get.

Anyway, road trip tomorrow. Durango, then Albuquerque. Fun fun fun.

Oh yeah, here's some recipes:

Blueberry tomato salad:

2 containers blueberries, rinsed.
1 container grape tomatoes, rinsed then halved.
4 tbsp. Olive oil
2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar

Mix it all up, serve it cold on spinach leaves.

Raspberries with citrus cream: (1 gram o'fat, in case you were wondering)

4 containers rasp., rinsed
2 8oz. lemon yogurt
1/2 container cool whip
6 tbsp. sugar

Measure out 4 cups rasp. Divide among 8 parfait cups. Mix yogurt and cool whip and then dollop on top of rasp. Can be served immediately, but I like to chill for an hour or so. Top each with remaining rasp. Heat sugar in heavy skillet or saucepan on med high heat until it begins to melt and turn golden, shaking pan to spread sugar. Do not stir. Once it gets melting, reduce heat to med or med-low and continue to heat for about 5 minutes until syrup-y, stirring when necessary. Remove from heat. Rest it for 1 minute. Using a fork, dip the tines in sugar and then drip the sugar off the fork for a moment. Shake the fork over the rasp. to create sugar strings on top. If sugar begins to harden, return to a medium heat to melt again. Serve cold.

In the never-ending quest to find out exactly what it is that is wrong with my heart, I have made several calls to the hospital I was treated at for 10+ years as a child. After all this run-around, I just found out that my records were more than likely destroyed after 7 years.

Yippie. I get to start all over!

Parents, please keep a post-it note with the names of any life threatening defects your children have. They'll thank you for it later.

the tooth fairy is coming

B lost his tooth today. It has been loose for 2+ months. He is the type of kid who will not wiggle it or twist it. He wants it to fall out naturally. He was very excited (of course). The problem is, we lost the tooth. We put it in a Ziplock but didn't close it properly, and now the tooth is gone. So he wrote her a note saying, "Sorry I lost my tooth. Can you find it?" He drew a picture of the missing tooth to help her out.

We have this thing we do when a tooth comes out. We go outside right before bed and choose a "wishing star". Then we all take turns wishing for the tooth fairy to come and take my/my brother's/my son's lost tooth. It's a nice way to include all the kids in the one kids excitement.

We just got that done, and they are off to bed to await her arrival. I hope she can find the tooth before the dog does.

good

PHILADELPHIA, Mississippi (CNN) -- Forty-one years to the day three civil rights workers were ambushed and killed by a Ku Klux Klan mob, a jury found former Klansman Edgar Ray Killen guilty of all three counts of manslaughter Tuesday.

I would interject my own opinion in here, but it would be much too laced with profanities to be fitting a blog on mothering. Sufficed to say, it would be something like..."blah blah blah human excrement blah blah blah expletive wasting the air for the rest of us expletive blah blah rot in jail blah blah blah wish I believed in hell so I could be assured he and all his KKK friends were going blah expletive blah.

I read this some time ago, and it still makes me giggle.

Five Tips for a Woman's Happy Life
1. It is important that a man helps you around the house and has a job.
2. It is important that a man makes you laugh.
3. It is important to find a man you can count on and doesn't lie to you.
4. It is important that a man loves you and spoils you.
5. It is important that these four men don't know each other.