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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

More from Coronado

This is going to be all over the place since I just want to get this post up and not put it off any longer because of trying to get it all organized and stuff.

I just saw the new Batman movie tonight. Wow, so good. Last night Mike and I decided we wanted to see it today and since it was such late notice to try and get a babysitter we tried something new - Mike watched the kids while I went to see an early showing, then he met me at the theater and I took the kids home while he went to watch it (he's there now).

Speaking of movies...I saw an older movie the other night, it was "Mumford" and I thought it was pretty good! At home I can't seem to get myself to sit still to watch a movie unless I'm actually at the theater, but that's one good thing about being here. I'm hoping that I'll learn something from this trip about taking time to take a break and play with the kids more. We've also seen a few movies at this really cool theater that's on the base, that's FREE, and they even have pretty current stuff! We saw "Iron Man", the Narnia movie, Mike and the girls saw "Kung Fu Panda" (I was sick), Mike saw the Zohan movie (not for the kids and I was still sick), and then he went and re-saw the Hulk movie with some co-workers the other night. He'll probably be there every day after we leave. Don't know if I mentioned that, but we'll be driving back Labor Day weekend, and he'll be driving back down here in his car and will be staying at least until Thanksgiving, maybe as long as Christmas. He'll be back a few times to visit and we'll have a webcam set up so he can still interact with the kids. Anyway, back to the theater, I took a picture to show how cool the place is:

Another thing that I wanted to do here was read some books. So far I've only read one, but better than nothing I suppose. I kept meaning to read something but never wanting to attempt to visit the library with three kids I kept putting it off. Finally I looked for one of the books I wanted to re-read online and found it. I read Animal Farm again. It was required reading in 11th grade, and I thought it was okay, but there was a lot that I didn't get. So it was much better a second time, especially with Wikipedia at my fingertips. Anyone that was required to read it in school and maybe wasn't crazy about it then should give it another try. It's also really short, I think I read it in a few days just casually reading. Now I want to read A Tale of Two Cities next.

I took some pictures of Adrienne to show her tan lines. She looks like she's anorexic, but it's just the angle or something...you'll see in the next picture

See. Her hair's getting lighter from the sun too. My hair used to get sun-bleached every year as a kid too. I just noticed Colette napping on the couch in the background. She quit naps as soon as we got here, but occasionally she falls asleep on the couch.

I have a lot of foody stuff to blog about this time. My diet is 11 days on and 3 days off. This past weekend were my three days and I made these shish kabobs that I really liked (curry flavor, one of my favorites), with this carribean rice from Zatarains. I shought it looked nice with all the color. Maybe I'm weird for taking pictures, but oh well.

One of my most favorite foods are gyros. There's a gyro place literally a 5 minute walk away. So that was the first thing I had on my first day off. They had these popsicles there that were the best I've ever had. I'll have to go back and find out the name and see if they're sold anywhere else.

In an attempt to add some more nutrition to the girls' usual peanut butter sandwich, I came up with the "banana dog". They like it, can't say I would.

Saturday I was craving smores and so I came up with a way to make them at home - I got a graham cracker crust, mini marshmallows, and Hershey's chocolate chips. Combined and baked and YUM! Just as good as at the campsite.

Then Sunday I made waffles and the recipe I used was very very very good. It tasted like german pancakes in waffle form. Here's the link

That's a good way to segue to my next random topic. I bought the George Foreman Next Grilleration, and I have to say I LOVE IT. It's fast because it grills both sides at once, easy to clean up (removeable and machine washable plates) and it's diverse- it has waffle plates, so it eliminates another appliance. It's also what I made the kabobs on. I've grilled halibut, chicken, steak, hamburgers...it's AWESOME.

Told you this post would be random. Here's a picture of Colette when she fell asleep one afternoon. She just looked so cute. Sorry about the lack of clothing :-)

It's hard to get pictures of the girls at the pool because I have Edward (Mike is a pooper when it comes to fun in the sun), but here are a few:

Colette likes to float around on her back in her floatie suit, and also likes to get in the middle of the groups of teenagers that congregate sometimes and they fawn all over her. Adrienne is teaching herself to swim and is doing really well!

Here are some pictures from a walk to a park that's in walking distance of the apartments, and the boardwalk leading to the park from the apartments. The woman in the pictures is my friend that lives here in Coronado, her name is Susan. I mentioned her a few posts back...she's the one that got Edward to sleep at the beach. In this first picture i wanted to show how close this park is to the Coronado bridge (you can see it in the distance behind the trees).

Edward and his blond hair. We went to our church Sunday and this boy that was probably about 10 or 11 came up to Edward and was rubbing his hair and saying something in Spanish (which none of us understands), and then walked away. We think he was saying something about his blond hair. Our church is 5 miles from the US-Mexico border, and it seemed like people almost expected you to speak Spanish since that is what was spoken in the chatter I overheard.

I need to get a better shot of the Coronado bridge, but it is something else. It was so freaky to drive on the first time, I about had a panic attack. It's two miles long.

Not sure which ship this is, but it was passing by while we were on our walk

There's a place nearby that rents out neat-looking bikes, tandem bikes, and these little cart thingys that you pedal:

What'd I say, all over the place, eh? So, I actually have more, but that will have to do for now or I'll never get anything up. G'night!


Michelle said...

Wow! I love posts with tons of stuff in it... so much more interesting to look at!!! It looks like you guys are having fun! Wish I was there... that beach looked awesome! Someday I'll have a tan again. :)

lingenbrink said...

What a fun summer!