Posted by: amamasblog | August 17, 2007

Getting Back in the Swing of Things

We have had a pretty low key week- on Wednesday we finished unpacking and did some laundry, and went to the grocery store to restock.

Joe had to go back to work yesterday, so the boys and I had a relaxing day at home- they played outside and got reacquainted with their toys.  After lunch, Ryan’s grandpa came and got him and took him to a ranch supply store in town that had “The World’s Biggest Horse,” visiting.  This horse is a Belgian Draft horse and is in the Guinness World Record Book as the tallest living horse- he is 6’7 1/2″ at the withers and weighs 2600 pounds!

Ryan really liked seeing him, and then he went back to Grandma and Grandpa’s house for a nap and dinner. 

I finally got out to the garden to start harvesting my tomatoes- I love growing them, and there were some that were just getting ready to pick before vacation, so I had lots that were ready- here is a picture of my “first fruits” of the season:


I used the two bigger tomatoes last night- I sliced them, drizzled them with olive oil and garnished them with fresh basil, salt, and pepper, and then let them sit for about 20 minutes before we ate them with dinner- they are great that way.

Tonight I picked two more big ones, and we had BLT sandwiches- yum!  There isn’t anything quite like fresh picked, homegrown tomatoes.

Finally this morning, we met up with some friends at one of the kiddie pools in town for an end of summer swim play date.  All the pools in our town close on Sunday, since school is starting next week.  There was a nice turnout- about 5 mommy’s, and about 9 kids.  Ryan liked going out in the “deeper” water, which only got to 2 feet, 8 inches- he was actually doing some skills he learned in swim lessons, and he was very comfortable in the water. 

Cole liked playing the shallower end, but I got him out in the deeper end a few times, and spun him around and played with him, and he liked that once he got used to the water.

I love these last few weeks of summer- it is a nice excuse to be lazy before all the fall activities begin.



  1. Homegrown tomatoes are the best: they totally don’t compare with the yuck they give us in the stores.
    Save some for me!! 🙂

  2. yummy!

    i’ve been impressed with the fresh taste of the few that i’m growing this year too. 🙂 i planted some zucchini and yellow squash really late in the season so i’m still waiting to see if i’ll get any from it.

    it was great to see you guys at the pool. 🙂

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