Playing In The Rain

Today we got dumped on.  The rain poured down.  We told the kids to go out and play in it.  They did not hesitate!  They took off with total abandon.  It was beautiful.  Shortly, Scott and I joined them.  DSC00515

 

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ColleenHolland.HealthyVeganI read a thoughtful article on my VegNews Recipe Club email today and I just had to share it.  I felt myself cackling and relating to the author’s raw reflections within her vegan diet.

Colleen Holland, writer and fellow vegan, writes… I am just going to say it: vegans have a dirty little secret. To the outside world, we eat nothing but sprouts, hummus, and brown rice, but us seasoned herbivores know the truth ...read the rest of the article.

By the way, if you want to sign up for the VegNews Newsletters or Recipe Club emails, just look for the little blurb to the right of the article I linked to above.  Even better, subscribe for your very own VegNews Magazine that will come every other month.  My friend, Jen, showed me this magazine over 10 years ago and it is the one magazine that I have always chosen to keep the subscription up.

Folly Beach 2013

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We took our annual Folly Beach trip last week with Scott’s parents and sister, Shanda.  We had a great time and are extremely thankful for this gift of togetherness.  The sun and sea were beautiful and very inviting each day.  The kids swam and rode many waves on their boogie boards.  They played in the sand, paddle ball with each other and tried out our new corn hole toss game.  Brady somehow caught a little fish and the others found some hermit crabs.  Fun was had by all.  We are very grateful to Jerry and Jan for making our beach trip happen yet again.  DSC00441

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It was special spending Father’s Day with Scott and Jerry at the beach this year.  I missed being with my dad though.  (Fun fact: my dad and Sally have moved back to NC!!!)

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This is the snapshot taken right after Madelyn beat Brady by one point in an intense battle of corn hole.  🙂

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Jan and Shanda got in on the action, too!

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Jerry and Jan watching the kids out in the waves.

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DSC00282This is me and Brady at Mellow Mushroom.  It is our only meal we eat out.  Yes, we eat all our vacation meals in our condo.  We make a big menu and Jerry and Shanda shop for us.  It is quite a neat thing we do.  Thank heavens for good vegan food, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods.  It just so happened that there was serious flooding in downtown Charleston the one night we went to eat out.  We were sad that Jerry, Jan and Shanda did not get to be there with us.  We were quite stuck for a bit.  Here is a picture that doesn’t do justice to the flooding we saw.  Low little cars were having a horrible time, water flooding their engines.  Locals were in high rubber boots walking the streets to survey the damage.  DSC00278

I snapped this picture below on the way out of town.  I think Charleston’s harbor is so fun to look at.
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Drawing, Cooking and Other Creative Stuff

 

 

This week we have been cleaning, playing, swimming and having lots of playdates.  Hooray for summer break!  At home, the kids have gotten quite creative.  These drawings are by Kalen.  He would ask for permission to use my iPad and look up images for how to draw an eye and many other things.  I love his interest in drawing.

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Give your kids a bunch of tiny dixie cups and it will entertain them for hours.  Really.DSC00163

 

 

Madelyn has made two batches of homemade granola this week.  We were inspired by a recipe in a book I checked out in the library called You Won’t Believe It’s Vegan.  Yum!DSC00166