Monday, July 23, 2012


For the second time Dagny went to camp not as a regular camper but as a part of the Leader In Training program.  Her hope is to eventually become a full-fledged counselor.  Being an LIT is a lot of work but Dagny really enjoyed the challenge.  She was gone for 2 weeks which felt like a long time to me but I think Dagny feels like there's  never enough time at camp.  She made lots of friends, worked hard, learned a lot, had some fun, and came home with a shiny new trophy.  

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


Lately I have been feeling tired and kind of run down. I am not running at 100%.  Why is this?  Probably a dozen different reasons, but more importantly, what can I do about it?  I turn to Google for answers and find out that I am, of course, not unique and that everybody feels like this at some point.  What do all these people do about it?  A cleanse.  Being the natural skeptic that I am I just didn't buy into the idea that you take some magical concoction and suddenly all is well.  I came across the Dr. Oz 48 Hour Cleanse and it sounded completely different than all the hokey magical concoction cleanses.  I am not a devotee of Dr. Oz (to be honest I didn't really know who he was) but the more I read the more his stuff made sense.  His cleanse is not based on weight loss, it's based on whole foods that help your body work better.  I figured it couldn't hurt so I gave it a try.  It wasn't difficult to do, a shopping list and recipes are on his website and the food was easy to prepare.  I thought the lunch smoothie and dinner broth were pretty good, I did not enjoy the quinoa and prunes for breakfast but it wasn't the worst thing I've ever eaten. I never felt like I was starving and it wasn't a torturous experience.  The first day I felt tired but by mid-morning the next day I felt pretty good.  The next day I felt even better.  That was a week ago and I am still feeling great.  You can do just about anything for 48 hours, and the next time I am feeling in need of a tune-up I would do this cleanse again.

       quinoa and prunes  
                                     (tasted only slightly better than it looks)                                  

Thursday, July 12, 2012


Happy Birthday Gwen!  

My little girl is all grown up.  It's hard to think of Gwen as anything but a puppy due to her size and personality.  I don't think she's knows she's a grown up dog.  Dagny and Dane have been known to complain about the fact that I like Gwen more than I like them.  I told them it's because they are no longer small and cute and Gwen always will be. Quite simply, Gwen and I adore each other.  She loves me so much that she even forgave me for making her wear a party hat for her birthday pictures.  

Sunday, July 8, 2012

That Time of Year

For the last 5 years July has meant one thing, and one thing only to Dagny.  Camp. 

Today she left to spend the next 2 weeks in her favorite place.  She is doing the Leader-In-Training program this year and her excitement has been hard to contain.  

this is her "I'm going to camp!" face

Monday, July 2, 2012


Recently Dane has become as elusive around a camera as Big Foot. Looking through our family photo's for the last 6 months you'd think that Dane didn't exist.  That means I have very few photo's of his "Shaggy" faze.  Dane went for months without getting a haircut and for awhile he was looking like Shaggy from Scooby Doo.  

It wasn't a bad look, but playing rugby with a mop of hair was not working out, he was ready to chop it off. (he was also ready for us to stop calling him Shaggy)  He went to the salon intending to get a buzz cut (which he has never had in him entire life) but at the last minute he decided not to go that severe but he did come away significantly less Shaggy. 

With his new look Dane is channeling Angel, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  I approve. 

Dane really likes what he's got going on on his head, I think he's going to be posing for a lot more pictures.