I used to think I didn’t have a green thumb because my house plants always died. It wasn’t until we moved into our new home in Sacramento where I had the time and yard to have a garden and even though I was a little leery about my not so green thumb I decided to give it a try. Well, I’m happy to say, my garden is plentiful!!! The time and effort it took to prepare the ground, plant and nurture was well worth it. Picking fresh fruit and veggies is amazing!!!

And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the third day. Genesis 1:11-13

Perfect Water Bottle for Kids

I came to realize that not all cups or bottles work for my kids and I know I’m not the only one. I’ve got a whole section in my cabinet designated for sippy cups, kid cups, small cups, big cups, cups with straws, cups with soft tops and some with hard plastic tops and disposable cups. Yikes! After 3 1/2 years I’ve found the perfect cups for BOTH my kids. My oldest is 3 1/2 and youngest is 15 months old. The Camelbak Kids’ Bottle is the perfect size, had lots of fun designs and colors and being BPA free is always a plus. You can find them at REI, Target and websites like Sunny Sports and Amazon. Sunny Sports has the best deal at $7.49 on select bottles. I would highly recommend these bottles to anyone.

Just the Right Bite
Combining the patented CamelBak Big Bite Valve with a stem tube and shut-off valve, this detachable one-piece component is simple for kids to use and simple for parents to clean.

Never Spill
Easy for small fingers to operate, the clever cap flips open at the touch of a button.

Safe and Easy
Simplified stem and straw are child-safe yet easy to remove for cleaning. All parts are dishwasher safe.

Father’s Day 2011

Luke’s parents and sister flew in late Wednesday night and flew back home late Sunday night. During their stay with us we visited Placerville, did a little shopping, had lots of BBQ, the kids spent a lot of time in the kid pool, went to church and spent a day in Old Sacramento where we visited the Railroad Museum and rode the train. Spending time with family on Father’s Day weekend made it special and the kids loved all the extra attention. It was a fun filled four days and I’m sure his parents plan on keeping their feet up for the next few days to recuperate.