Hard to believe, but the girls turned seven the other day. Their party this year was at V-Force Elite Gymnastics.
One of the unexpected bonuses about the design of the new house was this little wall section that I thought would prove the perfect little isolation barrier. Kind of like what they used to use on the Dating Game. Problem is, it doesn’t really work. It may look like it in this photo, but the “sitting still” part lasted just long enough to get this shot.
It doesn’t seem possible, but we’ve known the girls for two years now. Though we tried to keep their second birthday party a low-key affair, they got so many presents it looked like a Christmas morning aftermath at the end of the evening. We’re starting to get used to a house with five small children running around. Scary.
We took a nice trip to Avila Beach over the 4th of July weekend. Melissa found a killer place to rent right on the beach, which just happened to have a perfect dual kitchen set up for the impending Burger-Off™. The girls had a nice time overall, but definitely preferred to hang out in the house or at the park rather than at the beach. They had a big problem with walking around in the sand for some reason.
The night of the 4th was the big Burger-Off™ showdown between me and Kathy. I offered my twist on the classic American cheeseburger with patriotic bun treatment and Captain Morgan chocolate shooters while Kathy countered with her Napa Valley Basil Burgers. Due to a grill malfunction we both had to share a grill, which didn’t affect the competition too much even though Kathy used a grill pan (the grilling equivalent of training wheels). In the end, both burgers turned out great but there could only be one winner. See if you can guess who won…