Saturday, June 28, 2008
I think they waved to Ernest every time he went by...
They had to get off and fix something on the baler... I could hear J.T. talking a mile a minute.... Ernest doesn't seem to mind. J.T. really idolizes him... it's pretty cute to watch.
Here's what I have a problem with... This was at 7:00 in the morning on a Saturday! I can't believe that a company would be so insensitive to the neighbors to start that early in the morning. I am thinking of writing them a letter or calling them to complain. You can bet that I will never use MD's Tree Service! And I urge any of you that live locally to avoid them also!
Friday, June 27, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
My cousin Alison and her husband Chad, along with my Auntie Barb and Uncle Bill did a fabulous job hosting the weekend!! We all had a great time. The weather was pretty toasty. I think it was about 95 degrees when we got there on Friday evening.
The first night's activities included a surprise baby shower for Mary and Jeff.
As part of the shower we all made a scrapbook page that included, among other things, advice for the new parents, guesses on when we think the baby will be born, and our favorite books for the baby. Mary and Jeff received a lot of great stuff to help get them started, including a basket of all our favorite childrens books.
On Saturday morning, four of the guys went golfing while the rest of us went to my aunt and uncle's house to swim and hang out. The kids had the best time. J.T. especially loved having Uncle Jeff throw him up and in the air and catch him. Abigail practiced jumping off the side of the pool.
Unfortunately our pool time was cut a little short when the rain, thunder and lightening started. It was pretty much out of the blue and it was very strange!
Another really cool thing about our luau was the "pig on a spit" that Chad did. He spent all day prepping, seasoning, and watching that pig. He may disagree, but I think it was well worth it! The pork was fabulous, along with the rest of the meal!!I couldn't let Mary get away without a baby bump shot... You can't probably tell at this angle but we made her wear an open lei, because in Hawaii pregnant woman cannot wear a regular closed lei. I think it's some kind of superstitious thing.
And one of my mom's generation of first cousins...
On Sunday morning we had a great brunch at Barb and Bill's before everyone headed home. We also looked through stacks and stacks of photos that were my grandparents' before they passed away. In addition, we all got a wonderful memory book that my cousin Jacqueline put together of a bunch of old pictures. I will try to put a few pictures on here of that later.
When we left Chico, it was 92 degrees.... when we got back to Fortuna, it was 61 degrees!
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Friends & Family,
Corn is the single biggest component of what we feed our chickens and turkeys at Foster Farms, representing about 32% of our total cost to produce chicken and turkey---and my guess is, that’s not much different from any other animal proteins we consume. A bushel of corn cost about $2.25 in 2006 and today that same bushel cost $7.26. The production of ethanol for fuel from corn has been a primary reason for this dramatic increase in corn cost. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 created the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) that mandated the use of 4 billion gallons of ethanol in 2006 increasing to 7.5 billion gallons in 2012. The RFS was modified in 2007 increasing the use of ethanol to 9 billion gallons in 2008. Approximately 34% of this year’s corn crop will be used for ethanol production.
We all recognize the need for a National Energy Policy that frees the US from our dependence on imported oil. Wind energy, solar, nuclear and drilling in our own untapped oil reserves are all alternatives we must explore. Ethanol from corn is not a part of the solution. It is subsidized by the government at $0.51 per gallon to the benefit of the producers. It is mandated to be used regardless of price by the RFS. It is protected from competition by a $0.56 per gallon tariff on imported ethanol. It is a major contributor to the 9% food inflation we now are suffering. It threatens our success both individually and as a company.
TAKE ACTION! Today there is a proposal being considered by the EPA that would suspend 50% of the RFS, reduce the demand for corn caused by ethanol and hopefully reduce the price of corn. You must file your comment by Monday, June 23rd.
Go to this site and follow the instructions to let the politicians know you support the waiver. Thanks so much!!
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
I have been trying to find an extra battery online and I came across these battery extenders. Does anyone have experience with them? Do they work and do they last? If so, leave me a comment or email me. Thanks so much!
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
And my personal favorite....
J.T. is going to be so excited to watch Ernest cut the hay tonight... I probably won't be able to get him to come inside for dinner!
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Here's a closer look...
J.T. thought it was pretty cool to get to take just his Daddy to his school!
Thursday, June 12, 2008
They were both excited, but Abigail was much more so. She has been asking to go on an airplane for quite a while. In order to tell them about the trip, we gave them several clues that led them to my wall calendar where I had "Hawaii" written across the dates we will be gone. The kids got even more excited when we told them that the Victorines are going too! It will be a great trip and we can't wait!
PS. They both look pretty tired in this picture. It's been a busy day!
Here's a bunch of girls in her class getting ready to play "Doctor, doctor."
J.T. and I went outside on the playground while Abigail's class was doing the music activity.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
In case it's a little too small to read, here's what it says:
Boy (riding his bike): Mom, I need a band-aid!
Mom: Where? What for?
Boy: I'm not sure yet. I never tried this trick before.
Mom: COME BACK HERE!
Gotta love it!
Sunday, June 8, 2008
I love when people post comments for a couple reasons. For one, I am a little curious about who reads my blog. Second, I want to know what other people think. I have anonymous comments enabled so you can leave me a message without having to sign in. Just please sign your name at the bottom of your comment so I know who wrote it. Thanks.
On Friday night, we had a great evening with the Victorines and Parlatos at our house. The guys BBQed while the ladies chatted up a storm. The kids had fun too. Abigail wasn't here, though, because she went to the Arkley Center with my mom to see a ballet "Jack and the Beanstock." I didn't take any pictures of the kids. I wish I would have but sometimes it's nice to not worry about it.
On Saturday, I was "hired" to take photos for an 80th birthday party. The Victorine family put on a really nice party for Lilly. It was fun taking photos and visiting with everyone. Andy was home with the kids. They finally got to fly their kites. It was a good day for that since it was pretty windy.
On Saturday night, we stayed home and hung out. The kids went to bed early since we had been up late the night before.
Today, Andy and I mowed almost the whole lawn (it takes awhile to do 2 1/2 acres). Abigail went to a birthday party for her friend Emily. It was a water party. Even though it was only in the low 60s the kids didn't care. They had a big blow-up water slide, slip and slide, water balloons, etc. Abigail said she had so much fun!
Tonight we are having dinner here tonight with my mom (my dad is on his annual trail ride), Pam & Charlie, and the Parlatos. I guess I better get some stuff ready for dinner.... Hope you all had a good weekend too!
Friday, June 6, 2008
When I was on my way home today, I decided I would play tourist and stop at a few spots along the way and take a few pictures. I am definitely not a landscape photographer. Plus I only had my little point and shoot with me, instead of my good camera. Oh well, it did just fine...
That's the Pacific Ocean in these first three...
Now you can see what I got to see on my way home....