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Day to Day Life: Week Thirty-Seven

A little peek at the last week:

Goodnight, sky.
Day to Day Life- Week 37 2015 (5 of 22)

A thrown together dinner one night. Pan seared polenta, topped with fontina, homemade pesto, feta and fresh tomatoes. Trader Joe’s veggie chicken sausage and some caesar salad.
Day to Day Life- Week 37 2015 (1 of 22)

My go-to happy place.
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Water polo season is absolutely in full effect… Vincent and Kenya (Silas’s sister) had a scrimmage game early in the week.
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Silas hung out at the game, too.
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Tuesdays. (Sorry… not so sorry.) And why everyone should download the Dubsmash App. Hah.

How to be a less grumpy person mid-week. ;) Salmon, tuna, shrimp, avocado, cucumber, and chili mayo.
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This guy came running out into the street one afternoon as we drove to Silas’s school.
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An end-of-the-summer flavored beer.
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This guy, always looking guilty.
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And this girl, always wanting to shake my hand or get as close as physically possible to me.
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A potato corn chowder one night.
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Here’s a throwback for you to perhaps the girliest outfit I wore between the ages of 5 and 16. Barefoot in Michigan, because I am always going to be an island girl.
Day to Day Life- Week 37 2015 (10 of 22)

Enchilada casserole thinga-ma-bob.
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On Saturday there was a pick-up water polo game that both boys went to. Silas played with kids who were anywhere from 15 to nearly 20.
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Since there were some alumni players as well as current players, things got a little funny…
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Silas even attempted a shot on Vincent…
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And made a goal. Then nonchalantly turned around while Vincent smiled.
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Zucchini cake with cinnamon cream cheese frosting.

Aaaand my favorite dinner night… ;)
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Day to Day Life: Weeks 46 + 47

Here is a peek at the last couple weeks:

Ashland in the fall (before windy wet weather came in and rendered most of the trees leafless).


On an impromptu hike with our buddy Janet on a day Silas didn’t have any school.


Helping grade papers late one night.




Little Nugget.


A thrown-together mess meal of deliciousness. Veggie chick’n stew with parmesan herb biscuits!


Goodbyeee summer garden!


Heading north in rainy fall weather, to the State Water Polo Tournament.


The Ashland High School girls placed third in state. Miss Kenya Mickey about to make a goal.


The Ashland High School boys also placed third in state. Vincent made an incredible number of blocks all weekend.


This has been an incredible team all year!


Bacon veggie cheeseburger night…


Sometimes you need to get to the outskirts of town to appreciate Ashland…


And certainly when you get back into town, you shouldn’t be shocked by sites like this guy, walking his three goats on a leash along with his dog.


Bandera enchilada night with Vincent and his girlfriend. Also, so much tastier than appearance would probably lead you to believe…


One large bottle, two baby bottles…


Silas Henry also received a trophy at his football awards banquet after a tough, well earned season.


This lovely girl asked me to take her senior pictures… Seeing as I had never done anything like that before, I was hesitant… but it was a lot of fun. And nowhere near as stressful as my crazy-brain thought it’d be.

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Pizza night.


Flowers on our third wedding anniversary.


Looking so old suddenly.


Hi, Chicken.


Homemade roasted tomato soup with optimum-cheese-stretch grilled cheese sammiches.


I hope you’ve had an excellent couple of weeks!

Day to Day Life: Weeks 39, 40, 41, 42!

I cringed when I just looked back to see how many weeks of these particular posts I’ve skipped… Four weeks! Life has been busy. Here’s a glimpse of the craziness:

One morning my mother in law invited me to go grape and plum picking with her… The result was 35.5 pounds of grapes and 11 pounds of plums!

And what does a girl do with all of that produce? Make 13 pints of grape jelly infused with orange zest and lavender. And then also make fresh grape juice, apple plum jam, and lots of marinara sauce (from the unpictured MASS quantities of tomatoes out of our garden).

A pretty rose for an early morning walk to the grocery store.

We’ve been out of town often for water polo… Vincent’s been killing it as the varsity goalie! He is also one of the captains for their team — a role generally reserved for senior players… which he won’t be until next year (!).

Silas’ sister also plays water polo for Ashland High School. She, too, has been a great asset for the team.

You know who else gets to go out of town for water polo? This dude.

And this dude/dudette.

My favorite food group… NOODLES.

A tiny, tiny vertical rainbow in there… Up north, near Eugene.

I went on an adventure with my friend Janet one day… Evidence of the drought we’ve been experiencing around here — the lake is essentially nonexistent at the moment.

Janet, right smack in the middle of the “lake.”

Looking like a southern Oregon photographing hippie… Photo by Jazzy Renteria (Jazzy Photography)

There’s something beautiful in this sad dried landscape (including the fact that it’ll likely be full again come spring time).

Midweek margaritas, don’t mind if I do!

Like I said… favorite food group! Noodles! Enjoying the last of our basil as homemade pesto.

A random, last minute dinner one night — red lentil coconut curry with tofu and garbanzo beans.

Chicken likes when I wear dangly earrings…

A big ‘ole southern style dinner.

Despite losing yesterday’s game, and feeling really sad about it, this boy shared a smile with his grandmother.

One of my favorite snacks. Smashed avocado on toast with lots of black pepper and flaky salt.

Hope the last few weeks have been good for you! :)

Day to Day Life: Week Thirty-Four

Here’s a peek at the last week:

Blue skies.

One trouble…

And one trick…

Mr. Silas Henry (#15) at football practice one afternoon.

These teddy bear sunflowers showed up in the garden this year. They’re so fluffy!

There are lots of eggplants in the garden, too. So… eggplant sammiches one night with caramelized onions, smoked gouda and garlic basil vegenaise.

Silas’s sister Kenya celebrated a birthday recently. We had she, her mom, Silas, Vincent, and Nana over one night for pizza and birthday cake. This dark chocolate cake with fresh blueberry swiss meringue actually turned out okay!

Dudes hanging out on the front porch one morning, eating some oatmeal.

A quick dinner for five one night. Creamy polenta, marinara, mozzarella stuffed homemade sourdough rolls, grilled zucchini and grilled Trader Joe’s chicken-less sausage.

I finally cooked one of the 5-pound Sasquashes from out of our garden. Half went to the above dinner and the remaining half got baked into a loaf of zucchini bread and a dozen chocolate zucchini muffins.

A lunch picnic stop enroute to Redmond for an overnight trip to see Vincent and Kenya play water polo.

Green and blue. My favorite color scheme.

We stopped to check out the Natural Bridge along the Rogue River.

Being in and near water is always my happy place.

Vincent, just about to run around camp with that Ashland flag.

And then Vincent, Ashland High School’s water polo goalie, completely submerging an opposing team member to keep him from scoring on Ashland’s goal…

Kenya also kicked some serious ass all weekend and made more goals than I could keep up with.

Pizza and beer. Pizza and beer. YES please.

What happens when you don’t sleep well? Grumpy early morning selfies. (Apparently.)

Two of my favorite things about taquerias: pickled carrots and homemade salsas.


Who is that wrapping up the quarterback for the opposing team? #14 Silas Henry Wright. First games happened today and that little boy did wonderfully despite scorching temperatures and artificial turf radiating even more heat!