Monday, December 26, 2011

Week 52: wheat

50 pounds wheat

Congratulations if you kept up with the food storage (I know I didn't)! If you did then here's a reminder of all you have:

500 pounds of wheat
180 pounds of sugar
40 pounds of powdered milk
12 pounds of salt
10 pounds of honey
5 pounds of peanut butter
45 cans of tomato soup
15 cans of cream of mushroom soup
15 cans of cream of chicken soup
24 cans of tuna
21 boxes of macaroni and cheese
500 aspirin
1000 multi-vitamins
6 pounds of yeast
6 pounds of shortening
12 pounds of macaroni

Enough for 2 for a year!

Sunday, October 16, 2011


This weekend Scott went camping with the Boy Scouts and over the campfire they started talking about chores. After listening to the complaints Scott interjected with "Just wait until you get married, your wife will give you chores every Saturday!" He thought he had won the discussion until a 12 year old said "You mean that Sunday through Friday she doesn't make you do ANYTHING?!?"

I'd like to thank that boy for reminding Scott of how good he has it.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Backyard Garden

This year we planted a garden both at Stanford and in our backyard. My dad's kind of gardening was more high tech and involved more 'Y' connectors then you could imagine so it was nice to just turn on the hose in the backyard and water for a few minutes. Since I had to drive to the Stanford garden Scott and our friends took more care of it than myself... I'll include pictures of that in another post.
We actually shared the garden space with some neighbors so everything from the bricks to the sidewalk is ours. From sidewalk to the fence we had: wild flowers, basil, lettuce, broccoli, watermelon, jalapenos, tomatoes, zucchini.

Here's a more developed shot from the summer. Yes, the watermelon plan originated near the tomatoes but branches migrated all over the garden. I still haven't tried it yet but I'm afraid that it might taste like jalapenos since they are very close together...

Some of our harvest!

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

'Up' House

I totally forgot to mention that while in Utah we visited the 'Up' house. These designers got permission to replicate the home and it's super cute. There were droves of people there but very much worth the wait.

The front room. They gave all the workers a little device that would play portions of the movie where a particular part of the home was depicted so the replica could be as accurate as possible.

I didn't get a picture but they even had an older man and chubby Asian kid sitting in front of the house to greet everyone.
Since there was more house then what was shown in the movie the builders took some creative license. In the basement they made a 'Toy Story' room and another one decked out in princess stuff. It was a totally cute house.

The builders did a great job and we LOVED another house they designed. Seriously, if we ever move to Utah (or have enough money to fly them wherever we live) I'd love to have this home: We loved the inclusive design and how cozy it felt. We spent quite a bit of time talking to one of the partners about the 'Up' house and the one that we actually want to live in, someday...
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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Dynamic Duo: The Saga Continues

I know you've all been wondering how my dad and Scott are doing so I'd be happy to fill you in:

Dad: He had surgery on Sept 14 and 4 screws were placed. The doctor said it was a nice fix. On Monday, Sept 26 he was going downstairs on crutches and his computer bag shifted, causing him to lose his balance and fall. He now has a compression fracture on his right arm. In case you're wondering about the ramifications of that: his right arm is in an immobilizing sling for 3 weeks and then they'll start physical therapy. Yeah, he's not moving very fast anymore. Poor guy.

Scott: He hurt his knee on Sept 10 and sued crutches for about a week but made steady improvements. Since he was walking pretty well and riding his bike to school I thought his lingering limp was just a plea for sympathy. Well, this week he finally got the MRI taken and will be seeing the orthopedic surgeon about his torn ACL, torn lateral meniscus, and lateropostero tibialplateu fracture. Yeah, that's right: he was limping from pain, not for sympathy. Usually you can't walk with this fracture (in fact that's what my dad did 6 years ago) but it's so lateral and posterior that it's not bothering him that much. They were going to make Scott go back on crutches with a leg brace but since he's doing pretty well they'll save that for post-surgery. However, we won't be having surgery until after the Boy Scouts go canoeing next weekend....

If you're wondering how I spend my freetime you can just visit me at the 'Fremont Infirmary' (aka my parent's house).

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


We went to Yosemite last weekend with some friends and it was so fun. Scott's knee was still sore so we didn't do any vigorous hiking but that was my style for sure. We hung out, played games, and went on short easy hikes. It was awesome.
Scott and Westin with John Muir.

What's left of Bridalveil Falls. A few years ago when I went in June we would have been soaked standing where we are in this picture. The falls were beautiful still but we'll have to go back in early spring when they're roaring.

A pretty stream off the falls.

A view from Glacier Point. You can see Half Dome on the left and Nevada and Vernal Falls on the right. I'd never been up here and next time I'd love to do the Panorama Trail and see everything.

Another view of Half Dome with Tuolumne Meadows on the left.

Proof that we went to Glacier Point and Scott was sporting crutches.

An ENORMOUS tree in Mariposa Grove. I was excited to go here but they had a fire in the past few years and it wasn't that exciting to walk through a dead forest. Bummer deal.

As you can see, Scott's crutches were handy in so many ways...

We saw so many tree roots interwoven with rocks. It was really neat.

Scott's dream home.

We never did get a group picture but it was fun to be there with friends. We look forward to going back again soon!
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Tuesday, September 27, 2011


For a while now Scott has told me that I don't necessarily eat candy but I do buy a lot. I kept telling him how rediculous that is but the other day I cleaned out the cupboard and found this:
Do you notice the holiday candy? Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter, Summer... And that's not the worst of it:

I still have another dish of opened candy!

And I even had to throw away some candy!
Good thing I'm too embarrassed to take a picture of the candy bag I have under my nightstand...
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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Mt Bikes

We are borrowing some mt bikes from my sister and it's been really fun to ride together. We'd both like to be more daring but the other week we found a good starter trail so we could work up to being more daring.
Scott showing off his moves.

I was contemplating a hill that I had to go up and then back down. Perhaps I did more walking than biking...
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Monday, September 12, 2011

Dynamic Duo

I know I haven't posted about redoing my parent's roof or getting mountain bikes but here's the result of both activities:
The other night Scott had a Boy Scout court of honor and they both had to gimp around.
My dad broke his heel falling off a ladder (ok, it actually split open on him but who puts the legs of a ladder on two different elevations when there isn't a chain to prevent it from splitting?!?!) and will have surgery Wednesday. It was the one night I couldn't stay to help and my mom wasn't home either. Luckily he was near the garage and could crawl in to where the crutches from his previously broken leg were. He then changed out of his dirty clothes and waited for my mom to come home and take him to the ER. He is one determined dude...
Scott tweeked his knee falling off his bike. He went mountain biking with some guys this weekend and went off the trail within the first 100 yards. Luckily he was able to get up and finish the 10 mile trail before limping upstairs. Needless to say the 'honey do' list I was compiling became my own 'to do' list. I sort of teased him the entire weekend thinking he was being dramatic but since the swelling isn't going down I'm starting to think he might be hurt. I guess we'll know when he visits the doctor tomorrow...
Until then they are quite the dynamic duo and I will continue to love saying "He fell off a ladder and he fell off his bike!"
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Bob the Builder

Rushton LOVES tools. My mom has a 'junk drawer' with a variety of tools and Rushton will stand at the counter for hours with the hammer and screwdriver, workin' away. Earlier this summer Melissa asked Scott to fix their electric swiffer. Rushton raced over there with a screwdriver to 'help'. It was seriously so cute.
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Week 37: salt

6 pounds salt

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Bain Family Vacation, Part 2

Cute best friends playing on the trampoline.

Caleb being helpful with Hailey.

Double trouble at Fenton's.

On Monday Dad, Scott and I worked until 3 and then tried to catch up with everyone else. They had left earlier to get lunch at Fenton's, play at the park and then meet us at the Maker Lab (where Jake works).

Rushton eating his fries and ketchup as fast as he can.

Macey Mae.


Caleb and Parker.

Rushton feeding the ducks. Check out that windup!

Laura and the boys feeding the geese.

A circuit board of some sort. At the Maker Lab we made little flashing lapel pins. The boys (young and old) loved it because you had to solder the wires. It was hard to keep the kiddos safe with so many things to touch and see. I wish we had more pictures but this is all I got...

Caleb somehow convinced Parker to push him in the stroller.

Tuesday was spent relaxing and then Wednesday everyone ventured into the City. (Sadly, I had to work until 7pm this night. Woof.)

Grandma getting some much needed help from everyone.

Rushton spying on his lunch with Grandpa's bincolulars.

Parker and Caleb on the submarine.

Jenny, Maren and Macey.



The Bain Family!

Cute Parker and Caleb in front of the Golden Gate Bridge on a true San Francisco summer day!

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