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The Pumpkin Patch

I can’t believe it is our third year going to the Pumpkin Patch with our Haiti Friends. Enjoy the photos. It was a really great morning spent with equally great friends!

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Beautiful Moments Blogged

September 12, 2011

Tonight Kobe sat with Nate watching some football before heading off to bed. While Nate was cruising around Facebook he saw that Teacha Jean was online and asked Kobe if he wanted to talk to him. Kobe wanted to! He smiled so big and was so confused as to what Nate was waiting for. So then Nate told him that he could say whatever he wanted but daddy needed to type it. Kobe was kind of confused but would say some things in a shy voice and hide his face until Nate told him Teacha Jean couldn’t see him! It was so cute and Kobe was so happy. Shortly after that Kobe headed off to bed smiling from ear to ear!

Road Trip Part Two

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Haiti Camp

Haiti Camp rocked the catbox. It was so fun! Kobe said his favorite part was playing with the Haiti kids on the slides at the park and winning basketball. Jaylean’s favorite part was swimming in the lake. Javien’s favorite part was doing the blob. My favorite part was the renegade side trip to the local cantina. Table for 17 please!

Here we are enjoying the Swagger Cabin to it’s full capacity:


And here we are enjoying camp style dinner, oh wait, here are the kids…I think we were the parents that sat two tables away from the kids. Yep we are those parents:

We enjoyed an array of activities, there was no sitting around at Haiti Camp. Plus as a bonus they arranged for the weather in Minnesota to be hotter and more humid than Haiti in the middle of a heat wave! Enjoy the photos and picture us sweating our butts off and having a fantastic time!!

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We love Haiti! (Am I really about to share a recipe with you?)

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On Friday night I decided that after a really rough day we needed a Haiti dinner. I made this recipe a year ago about a week after we became parents to not one, not two, but THREE (!!) kids. And Kobe and I loved it and everyone else gagged it down – literally. Well after a year of integrating new and different foods I decided to go out on a limb and try the recipe again. This time I looked around online and then developed my own recipe. I want to document it because I might forget next time and I want to eat this for dinner again soon!!

Haitian Whole Bean Sauce and Rice

Three cans of Beans (I used two cans of dark red kidney beans and one can of Black Beans)

Three boil in the bags of Rice (I used one white rice and two whole grain rice)

One small can of tomato paste

2 + Tablespoons of garlic powder or minced garlic cloves

1 Tablespoon of Cloves

2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

1 Green Pepper

1 Onion

2 teaspoons salt

1 Tablespoon Pepper

Sprinkling of Crushed Red Pepper flakes

Dash of ground Cumin

First get everything out. Clean and chop onions and green pepper. Put the onion and peppers in a bowl with garlic, cumin, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Set it aside. Drain beans BUT KEEP THE JUICE. Put the beans and liquid in separate bowls (duh that’s what it means to drain them right?). Set them aside. Now warm up a large skillet with olive oil and cloves. Saute the onion, green pepper, and spice mix. Once the onions and peppers turn a light brown add in most of the can of tomato paste and beans, stir around and add a small amount of the bean liquid juice. Let it simmer until the liquid is almost gone. Add the rest of the liquid and simmer.

Boil up a large pot of 12 cups of water (or whatever it says on your box of rice!) drop in the bags of rice.

Serve beans over rice or separately. My kids like to have it separate so they can mix it to taste. They are funny like that. Also, it’s a bit “picey” (as Kobe says) but we like it like that and in fact we (all but Javien) added more pepper and salt to ours. What can I say we like it hot.

Try it. You will like it!

PS: Drink Corona and Lime with your meal. You won’t be sorry.

The Seattle Series: The Woodland Park Zoo with Friends!

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There is no denying that Jaylean is a lover of animals. She’s a whiz when it comes to naming animals and their sounds even exotic ones that are hard for me to identify. What we learned during our trip to the Woodland Park Zoo is that she is also a whiz at map reading. Jaylean along with Emmi’s big sister Sierra guided us around the zoo and made sure we saw every single animal!

We met with Emmi and her family at the zoo. Emmi was at the creche in Haiti with Kobe – it was cute because I think they kind of remembered but didn’t remember real well. When we first brought Kobe home all he could talk about was Emmi, Emmi, EMMI!! This led us to believe he had a gigantic crush on her! It was a really great day with a great family.

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A Haiti Reunion at the Cow Farm

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It was a good time for sure! All our kiddos touched the cows without coercion. For kids who came to the US petrified of animals this is no small feat! Enjoy the pictures, it was hot and the kids were not in a photogenic mood!

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