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We did not travel to some far away, exotic country.  We were simply driving by a neighborhood just half a mile from our house when I saw a herd of sheep and goats roaming the hillside.  I alerted Mr. BAW who was driving to turn around and park so the kids can see it.  I had no idea that we ended up being invited down to see the animal up close and personal!  Turns out that our neighboring city hired a farm from up north to bring their livestock down to eat away the dry brush as fire prevention.  Because the goats and sheep are from a farm and many of them were hand fed, they were all super docile and friendly.  The kids loved them, especially Buzz.  He was off on his own amongst the animals.  Aghoo was a little apprehensive, but that's ok.  I want the kids to respect the animals.  At one point, another older kid decided to run towards a herd and scare them.  Well, they started to run toward us and some of them had large horns.  So I had a to pick up Ahgoo because they would've run her over.  I was not too happy with that kid.  But overall, the animals were very, very docile.  There were lots of babies too, they were super cute.  This was definitely a one of a kind experience and we were lucky to have caught it.  

The kids had a great time.


A sweet baby goat.

The gentle goat.

More baby goats.

Working hard at eating dry brush.


Posing for pictures, including the goat.

A friendlly goat came to greet us when we came down the hill.
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Posted May 21, 2016


I have blogged about the Grand Central Market before but I can't help but talk about it again!  I just love this place and each time we have gone back, another great new place have opened up.  This time we brought a friend of Mr. BAW's who have never been.  In addition, we finally got to try the famous Egg Slut.  Every time we've been to GCM, the line for Egg Slut has been a mile long.  But this time, we happened to be there in the middle of the afternoon, between normal meal times.  So Mr. BAW decided to stand in the short Egg Slut line for about 15 minutes with an additional 10 minutes for the food to be cooked.  After taking a bite of his egg sandwich, I was amazed by how fluffiness of the eggs!  It is the most fluffy egg sandwich I've ever had.  I would say that the sandwich is not worth an hour wait in line, but it is definitely worth going there during off meal times to get it.  Another must get is the Turkish ice cream from Mcconnell's.  We also took our friend into the historic Bradbury Building which is right across the street from the GCM.  I can't wait to go back to GCM to try another food vendor.  

GCM is kind of a photographer's playground.  There were several photography groups while we were there.


The kids tried wonton soup for the very first time from China Cafe.


Crazy candy and dried food stand.


Coffee from G&B.


Boiled shrimp from Bambo.

Berlin Currywurst sandwich.

At the head of the line at Egg Slut!

The best egg sandwich I've ever had.

The famous Bradbury Building.

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Posted May 17, 2016

Can you believe that it was fourteen years ago that this sweet, furry guy was born?  Two months later, he came home with me.  I remember that day like it was yesterday.  Each day I feel blessed that Toby is still enjoying the life he has with us.  He enjoys patrolling the backyard barking at the neighbor cats, "talking" with the dogs at both sides of the neighbor, and letting all the hikers walking by our house know that he rules our street.  A few weeks ago, the kids called me into the family room saying, "Mama, come look!"  When I went into the room, I saw each kid holding each of Toby's ears up, turning Toby into a German Shepard!  The kids were giggling and Toby had a "can they do this?" look on his face.  But he loves the kids and loves being near them when they play.  

Last month, we did extensive blood work on Toby as part of his senior wellness check up.  The results show that he has Cushing's Syndrome, which is a slow progressing disease that we have chosen not to treat.  But the main symptom is that he is very prone to urinary tract infection (UTI).  After one round of antibiotics, I've been trying to manage his recurring UTI by giving him apple cidar vinegar (ACV) twice a day mixed with wet food.  Sometimes he will eat it, most of the time I just pry his mouth open and force feed it to him.   It's definitely been hard to battle the recurring UTI.  I've had to increase his ACV dosage to four tablespoons per feeding and if I even delay giving him the ACV by an hour, his UTI comes back immediately.  But since he's been on regular ACV Toby's been happier and more active.  Apparently, there are many benefits of feeding dogs ACV daily.  At the ripe old age of fourteen, Toby doesn't look a day over eight!  We love him so much and we are greatful to have him with us each and everyday.

How wonderful it is that this year, Mother's Day happens to be on Toby's birthday!  Happy Mother's Day to all those moms out there.  Buzz had a homework assignment to draw a picture of me.  So I told him to work on it while I took care of a few things around the house.  I fully expected him to draw his typical stick figures of a person that somewhat resembles me.  But when I returned to check on his progress, he had drawn a complex picture of me in my garden planting a tree!  It is so amazing to see things through the eyes of my kids.  I didn't think that they knew how much I love to garden.  I guess my kids are more observant than I give them credit for.  Ahgoo's school put together a fancy tea party for all the mamas and showered us with flowers songs and handmade gifts.  I am a  very lucky woman!  Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms out there.  Expect to find me eating crab on Mother's Day. :-)

Happy 14th birthday to our beautiful furry baby!


Lovely roses from my own garden!!


Happy Mother's Day to our favorite mothers!


Ahgoo colored a picture of me.  She did a great job!
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Posted May 8, 2016













































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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