Saturday, March 29, 2008

Oh, sweet Girl your package is on the way.

We sent another package off to Ginger in the mail the other day. When Lori and I are out during the week we see small things we think she might need or like and pick them up for her. This last package I went a little overboard on the candy because we found a hard case with all sorts of Easter candy in it. I did tell Ginger she will have to brush her teeth really good after eating some of it and we sent her a tooth brush for good measure. We also sent some more socks and another warm blanket, coloring books and pencils.
A letter and photos from her should be on the way. We got a photo of the letter by email that’s on the way the other day, if that doesn’t melt your heart you either need to see the Wizard or you’re already dead.

MT. FUJI Japanese Restaurant

We went to MT. FUJI to try some sushi to see what we think of it. I thought it was ok but it is not something I will seek out as a favorite. Lori and Annie liked it. Brandon didn’t care for it to much. And Lori’s dad made us all laugh when he got some of this HOT green stuff (wasabi)on his ginger slices, cleared his sinuses right up.
You can see it in the secound photo, it is behind the rice. It may be small but it is powerful!
There is a new sushi place that just open up in our town we will have to try.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Wrist bands O' fun

We have been doing a lot of activities with the kids’ while they have been off for spring break.
One of the fun things we did is go to Gator Park and buy wrist bands for $14.00 dollars that aloud us to do 4 things at the park. I know, they say five but they mark 2 off on your first thing you do so it is actually four, anyway for the money it was still a lot of fun. We got to play minature golf, drive go-carts on a racetrack, go to the batting cages, and drive go-carts on a slick track that is similar to driving on solid ice. We all had a wonderful time and afterwards we had a picnic lunch at the “Big Dam Bridge”. Only in Arkansas will they name a bridge that.

Actual Wrist Band O' Fun
Annie and Glen getting a run down of the rules for the "Slick Track".

Annie in the batting cages. She kept going back in for more. We may have found her sport.

Brandon and Lori in the batting cages.

Brandon using his signature Elvis move for hitting the ball.
Deep in concentration.

Annie leading the pack at the go kart track.

Annie's laughing at Glen because he told me to wait till he could suck in his stomach before I took the picture.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Blanchard Springs Caverns

Those little dots behind the sign are Annie and Brandon.
This is the site where all of the water that drains down into the cave exits.

Brandon doing his best to get a cell phone signal.

Inside the Dripstone Tour portion of the caverns.

Glen and Brandon

Brandon climbed up behind where the water empties the caves and found this little creek.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Heifer International Center,Clinton Library

This is the new Heifer International building in Little Rock, they do good work around the world by teaching people how to help themselves and their villages.

Lori and I went to the restaurant that is located in the bottom of the Clinton Library call 42 for Easter brunch with some good friends. It was fabulous, the food was great, there were more things to eat than you had room in your stomach to try and of course, as always, any outing with Mike and Melissa is more fun than a barrel of monkeys.

Easter Eggs of fun.

Well we all went over to Lori's parents for Easter where we dyed Easter eggs, had an egg race with our eggs put in spoons and had an egg toss.

When we all picked out our spoons Brandon choose a ladle.

Here we are lined up for the Easter Egg race. I won but was called a cheater because my egg was stuck to my spoon by the Easter Egg dye. (It IS, of course cheating when you do this on purpose before the race - Lori)

The winners of the Easter Egg toss. Me and Annie.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Cooking up a storm.

We have been trying to cook some new Chinese dishes around here, we love the taste of Chinese food but have had trouble in the past replicating the taste of Chinese food that has been prepared well, With all the right ingredients and spices.
Lori picked up some egg roll raps the other day and I was interested in trying to make some egg rolls so after work I ran to the store to gathering all the ingredients we would need for them. Got most of what I would need at one store but could not find bean sprouts.
So I am standing in line at store #2 with my bean sprouts proud of my successful hunting and gartering when Lori calls and says “hey Hun thought we would make the egg roll tonight just left the store they had everything we needed except bean sprouts”. Ha we have plenty of green onions let me tell you, oh well we were able to use it and it inspired us to try to make some more dishes the next night. The dishes turned out to tastes wonderful you could not taste the difference from my kitchen to one of the best Chinese restaurants we go to. Although I will say I need to get better at taking my vegetables off the heat before they are all the way cooked because they continue to cook awhile after you remove them from the heat.
Oh yea and Annie made a Pie in her Pi shirt that girl cracks us up all the time.
She helped me put the filling in the won ton wraps, then wile I was cooking Annie would come into the kitchen smell, and look at what I was doing. Annie kept telling me I was an amazing, she really like cooking,
She seems fascinated with the fact that she can put raw ingredients together and have a cake in the end.
So in Closing three Good things in life are
family, compliments, and yummy food!

Egg drop soup

Meaty egg rolls

Dinner #1

Won ton soup & Sture fry I hadn’t added the bean sprouts yet they go in last.

Dinner #2

Monday, March 17, 2008

How dues your family compare to these familes food consumsion in one week?

Remarkable images of families from different parts of the world. They're surrounded by the food they consume in one week; we're also told the cost of that food.
This is really a very interesting way of showing the differences in the world.
With two teens in the house we eat like Germany with out the beer, but we usually hit around $250.00-$300.00 a week and that includes things like shampoo, laundry detergent and eating out and such. I would really like to here how other stack up against this survey.
Germany: The Melander family (4) of BargteheideFood expenditure for one week: 375.39 Euros or $500.07

United States: The Revis family (4) of North Carolina Food expenditure for one week: $341.98

Japan: The Ukita family (4) of Kodaira City Food expenditure for one week: 37,699 Yen or $317.25

Italy: The Manzo family (5) of Sicily Food expenditure for one week: 214.36 Euros or $260.1

Mexico: The Casales family (5) of Cuernavaca Food expenditure for one week: 1,862.78 Mexican Pesos or $189.09

Poland: The Sobczynscy family (5) of Konstancin-Jeziorna Food expenditure for one week: 582.48 Zlotys or $151.27

Egypt: The Ahmed family (12) of Cairo Food expenditure for one week: 387.85 Egyptian Pounds or $68.53

Ecuador: The Ayme family (9) of Tingo Food expenditure for one week: $31.55

Bhutan: The Namgay family (12) of Shingkhey Village Food expenditure for one week: 224.93 ngultrum or $5.03

Chad: The Aboubakar family (6) of Breidjing Camp Food expenditure for one week: 685 CFA Francs or $1.23

My friend from China sent me this.