Friday, June 8, 2012

Raphael Is Six!

This week someone very special had a birthday. This little boy truely makes our lives so happy!! He's funny, smart, kind, loving and he knows how to have fun. I love you Raphael!

We celebrated by going to the movies and watching Journey 2. He got the biggest bucket of popcorn and didn't mind sharing with the rest of the family.

At night, when dad was home, we sang happy birthday and ate strawberry cheesecake (what he chose). I made sure to put extra strawberries on top since he loves them. He was wearing a crown that Julianna made him.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

A Day at the Zoo

Ok, it was an HOUR at the Zoo. We planned on getting there at 5pm and staying until closing (7pm). But because of traffic (big accident on the highway), we barely made it there by 6pm (when they don't let in anybody anymore). After we got in, it was REALLY nice though. The weather was a lot cooler, there were not too many people (free day at the zoo, so I bet it was really crowded earlier) and we got to see our favorite animals. After we left at closing, we went to the park and had a blast!! The kids played so much and laughed so hard that they had trouble walking back to the car. They felt too tired, too dizzy (from spinning on the tire swing), and Raphael was too nauseated.

Monday, June 4, 2012

B Is for Blueberries

We were brave enough to get out of bed early on Saturday morning... and pick blueberries at a local orchard. It was fun!! We picked almost 10 lbs of blueberries... they taste so fresh and delicious. We washed them and filled six quarter ziplock bags. We froze five of them and kept one in the fridge for blueberry pie! The others will go on our cereal and smoothies. Yum!!

Here is a great recipe from The Food Network. I used double the corn starch though and I saved time by using frozen pie crusts. Very easy and very yummy!!

Country Blueberry Pie



  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 cups blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 tablespoon vinegar
  • Flour, for dusting
  • Sugar, for sprinkling on top


Filling: Combine sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and water. Add to a saucepan and heat rapidly until thickened. Set aside to cool as you prepare the pastry. Once cooled add the berries and lemon juice.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Combine flour, sugar and salt. Cut in shortening. Whisk together egg, water and vinegar. Add to flour mixture tossing lightly with a fork. Turn out onto a lightly floured cutting board and using your hands combine dough. Separate into 2 single crusts. Line the bottom of a pie plate with 1 of the crusts.
Pour filling into dough lined pie pan, and sprinkle the lemon juice over the filling. Adjust top crust, cut vents and flute rim. Sprinkle top lightly with sugar. Place pie onto a baking sheet and into the oven for 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F and bake for an additional 20 to 25 minutes. Allow to cool, cut and enjoy!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Michael Got into Chamber!!

I'm so proud of Michael for getting into the school's Chamber Orchestra. Here is a picture of his last concert with the Basic Orchestra.

Look Who Came to Visit

Vovo Cecilia e vovo Bira! They came on May 21st for just a day... it was nice! They keep saying they are too old, but old people don't jump rope and don't play swords.... do they?