Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Yesterday - Caponi Art Park

The art park may be one of my favorite places in Eagan. It is lush and green with beautiful walking trails meandering through the woods. There are sculptures to be studied along the way, a lazy swing in a very tall tree and a hysterical rope swing dangling over a ravine. There is an unexpected stage in the middle of the woods for impromptu performances and lots and lots of space for running. It's lovely - now if they'd only address the parking issue and open the back gate on Tuesdays I would be really happy.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010


The butterfly gardens are open at the Minnesota Zoo and they are just beautiful. P.S. - These photos were taken with the old point and shoot.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Sexy Mommy Diet Round #2

Round two of our weight loss challenge started yesterday and we have some new participants!
Caroline is back for another round and this time, her sister Kelly (mother of three little ones and an ER doc - busy lady) is joining us. My sister Heather is back for round two and this time my other sister Kirstin (Koo is single and living in Portland, OR where she works in medical administration) is also participating. Also joining us this round, my good friend April (mother of four amazing children - we met my very fist year at BYU. She's awesome) and also my Mother, Mary (mother of 6, master gardener and very supportive Mom). And last but not least, beautiful Karen (also single and a friend from church) is joining us too.

We are all racing to lose 10 pounds again. Rules are the same - no fad diets, no diet pills just eating better and trying to exercise. We will be weighing in every Sunday.

Since we have several singles this time around, it has been requested that we re-name our program. Luscious Ladies Diet? Svelte Sisters Diet? Wow Women Diet ?
Do you have any any suggestions?

Photo above is a lunch option from this week. Frozen salmon burger pan seared and served spring salad and a whole wheat sandwich thin. For extra flavor, I mashed 1/2 an avocado with some salsa and spread it on the bun.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

This Week in Photos

Juice Box Sailboats

On Tuesday we had juice boxes for lunch simply because I wanted to try this craft. Kelly's sister came over that morning and we walked over to the park with 15 children in the soaring heat. We packed a picnic lunch and lots of water bottles, but eventually the heat and humidity chased us all back indoors.

For this craft, you need an empty juice box per child, tape, business envelopes and a wooden pointed dowel (The kind you'd use for the BBQ).

From your envelope, cut out the shape of a sail.

Have each child decorate with markers.

Tape the edges of the envelope for more stability. We used printed packing tape on some and masking tape on others.

Tape the hole closed on the juice box and then stick the dowel through. Tape the sail onto the dowel.

Take outside, find some water and see if they float!