Zach has been a vegetarian for a few weeks. He’s a really good vegetarian.

I’ve been trying it for a day (and a half). I’m a really horrible vegetarian.

I just keep dreaming about steak.

I dislike Boca burgers.

I feel hungry a lot.

I know a lot of you are vegetarians so throw your sister a bone. How do you do it? Will I always feel a little bit like I’m missing out on the very best of life?

What do you cook? I’m certain I’ll never last if I eat only rice, noodles and the same veggies over and over and over and over and over.

So recipes? Blogs? Tasty non-steak steak?


Off to *hopefully* not have the same weird steak-filled dreams I had last night. Seriously, cows talking? Asking me to eat them? Weird.

1st shot at cornrows

Tariku has been begging me for cornrows for months. Since I didn’t think I could do them, and didn’t want to pay the upwards of $40, I waited until I could find some poor sucker woman to do it for free. Thursday night one of the Y childwatch employees braided a few rows and it looked GREAT. For the next day she and I went back and forth trying to figure out when I could bring him by for her to finish. It was just a hassle.

So I youtubed how to do it myself. 
And just did it. It took forever, hurt my neck, shoulders and hands, but I think it looks pretty good for my first shot. I got better each round and hope that continues.
The important detail, Tariku LOVES it, this is all that matters because he’s just so sweet. 
The only thing that really bothers me about this round is that I didn’t really measure the rows so some are too big for my liking. Next time!
I forget how striking his features are when his hair is shorter/not in an afro. He is so beautimous.

We’ve been busy

this spring break. In fact, we’ve cleaned a few rooms I needed cleaned/organized. I created “the fun room” for the kids by moving stuff around and by giving away some of the stuff we no longer need.

But perhaps most importantly, we prepared the garden for spring (I mean real spring, not the spring we are currently witnessing with snow and frigid temps-grr).

This will be the first year for the garden. Last year I had Zach set up old railroad ties for some raised beds but then I found out we’d be traveling to bring home the boys during summer and I just didn’t want to put anything more on my plate.

So we had to start from scratch.

My favorite, most amazing hubby keeps it classy even in the midst of physical labor.

I do too, obviously, just some good old fashioned basketball shorts and cowboy boots.

With the help of “Prancer” from camp, we were able to prepare both raised beds. Next week we’ll take some soil that’s been mixed with horse shit manure and fill in the rest of the beds. Very exciting stuff!

It did come at a price, though. A branch of some sort scratched my eye (can I also blame that for the wrinkles, freckles and wayward eyebrows?) Serious stuff, right? 😉

Zach claims he got scratched on the finger…though I’m pretty sure he just used it as an excuse to flip me off…tough to say.

Don’t let us fool you, we’ve been having plenty of play time. We (with my mom) even took the kids bowling for the first time. Oh yeah, and Zach cut Trysten’s hair. A zig zag mohawk. My girl Chrissy dyed it blue too. Well, why not?

The concentration.

The cuteness.

I seriously love these people.

I never want spring break to end. Never. Ever. Love having all my babes home.

I’m Happy!

Every night at dinner we do the whole “what was your favorite part of the day/what was your least favorite part of the day” business. Last night we went around, everyone told us their best part. We get to the least favorite…

Daddy: “Binyam, what was your least favorite part of the day? What made you sad?”

Binyam: “Daddy I am NOT sad! I AM HAPPY! All day I am not sad, I am happy!”

Oh he’s precious.

World Water Day-March 22

So it’s here. World Water Day.

There are so many “Days” now, right? All worthy, all good in their own right, but really so many. What does one do for Presidents Day anyway?

But today, today is essential. Because the water crisis isn’t being solved as quickly as it needs to be. This is a crisis we can solve in our lifetime. Read that again, a crisis we can solve in our lifetime! That’s HUGE!

My friend, Jody, helped start The Adventure Project (TAP) a few months ago. I’ve told you about it before. Great group of women, great group doing great things.

Their newest project is about water. You can read more about it here. And if you go to Jody’s post here you’ll know why I’m blogging.

TAP has found a partner who will match donations today. So they are asking bloggers to designate a post today and ask beg their readers to donate $20, or $10, or $5, whatever. But we want need you to donate. If $10,000 is raised, it will be matched. You read that correctly, there is an opportunity to raise $20,000 in one day to bring clean water back to hundreds of people.

We simply can’t let this opportunity pass us by. So donate today. I am going to, you need to as well. Go to The Adventure Project’s website and donate. What an awesome, awesome opportunity for us to celebrate World Water Day.

Speaking of World Water Day…

of course we are thinking about it at Water for Christmas as well! The Colorado contingency of our group has been hard at work on something exciting. It’s going to launch on April 1st so great ready for that as well. But for good measure, I’m donating there today as well. Feel free to follow suit. 🙂

I would LOVE to see the blog world light up today. Like it did for Martin Luther King Jr day and the like. I’m showing my kids videos about water (the videos from charity: water are great for kids!), I’m letting them “consider” donating some of their saved money to the cause as well. This is a real opportunity to create little water advocates in the next generation.

So happy water day to you. Pass on the passion.