Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Meet Chuck Lee

This is the story of Chuck Lee, the parakeet.
Towards the end of the school year, the third graders went on a field trip to the Cosmosphere. We arrived back at school with about 20 minutes until the final bell. The students were allowed to play on the playground until the school day ended.

Soon, I heard some excitement near the jungle gym and walked over to find the kids surrounding a parakeet. I shooed the kids away and stood guard until the bell rang. Then, I placed a jacket over the parakeet and picked it up. One of the teachers gave me container and we took it to the pet store to buy a cage.

The "free" parakeet ended up costing us about $80 in supplies but it turned out to be worth it. TT named him Chuck Lee as in, Chuck Liddell (the UFC fighter) and Bruce Lee.

We clipped his wings and now he is part of the family. He happily sits on our shoulder while we use the computer or read. He likes to watch youtube videos of other birds singing and chirps along. TT taught him up and down to climb on things.

And he lived happily ever after.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Family Camp 2010

Remember, last year, our family went camping? Well we attended that same camp this year.
Unfortunately, the weather was much hotter this year. So hot that is quite miserable.
We still enjoyed archery, kayaking, crafts, and great food. But no camp fire this year, it was simply too hot to think about sitting around more heat.
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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Medieval Times

In Dallas, we had dinner at Medieval Times.
It was an adventure.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Crochet Corner

Yes, I have ventured to the "dark side." I think that crochet is fantastic for summer. Cotton yarn is light and cool.
I have completed a baby blanket, a couple of bags and the above scarf.
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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Graduation Party

Last weekend was my graduation party.
The theme was Root Beer and Mustaches.
Everyone was required to take a picture with me wearing a mustache.
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Herb Garden

Usually I hate gardening. It's hot, hard work (I'm sure that's how other people feel about running.)

But this year, I have started an herb garden with the help of a good friend. She gifted me some herbs, last year, and most of them survived the winter. She has a very zen outlook on gardening - sometimes plants live and sometimes they die. Also, anything that dies she gives me more of.

My garden consists of two varieties of sage, oregano, lemon balm, lavender, thyme, pineapple mint, chocolate mint (found at a Whole Foods store in Dallas) and basil.

Friday, June 11, 2010

New Bike

Check out my new bike!! I found it at a garage sale for $15. I am using it when I have a few groceries to pick up at the market.
It had some rust, which we scraped off. The basket was a mess but the kids and I scraped off the old paint, took it apart, painted it and secured it back together.

I didn't know what a great deal I got until I saw a 2010 version of my bike at Bicycle Exchange. This bike cost $499.00 new.
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