Monthly Archives: August 2010


1 Ethiopian, 2 Hungarians, 2 North Americans, 1 Mexican, and 1 Californian…LOVE MY FAMILY!!!


Plumpy’Nut – It’s our 3rd Annual Campaign for Doctors Without Borders!

As many of you know, I support/cheer/organize an annual fundraiser for Doctors Without Borders as part of the Janus Charity Challenge & Ironman Wisconsin competition.

This is an amazing fundraising opportunity in which Ironman athletes compete to raise funds for their chosen charity – top fundraisers receive additional charity dollars from Janus (as in, Janus Funds). Not one penny of your donation goes to the athlete, the Ironman event, or Team Plumpy’Nut – it ALL goes to Doctors Without Borders. 

This is a direct, effective, immediate way to support children suffering from serious malnutrition in Ethiopia, in Niger, in Chad, in Pakistan, in Sri Lanka…and the list goes on. This year, our effort coincides with a Doctors Without Borders campaign to raise awareness about the global nutritional crisis with their “Starved For Attention” media campaign. :

Team Plumpy’Nut takes our support of this life saving nutrition seriously. In our recent conversations with Doctors Without Borders we learned that it costs $50 to provide a 6 week supply of this nutritionally dense food to save the  life of a child (last year the cost was $40 – but supplies and cost have increased). If you don’t know about Plumpy’Nut, and you want to learn about it, there is a great piece on this ‘ready to eat’ food source on the MSF website:  and a  CBS news piece here.  You might like to read this – How a small amount of food can make a big difference!

Finally, and importantly, please visit our athlete’s donation page and make  your contribution to Doctors Without Borders NOW! $50 can provide a six week supply of Plumpy’Nut – YOUR DONATION can literally save a starving child from death. Please consider making a donation to save the life of a child!  Donate here:  We make a difference – one donation at a time!

Team Plumpy’Nut thanks you for your support and encouragement in our yearly fundraising campaign! YOU ROCK!

Wordless Wednesday (even though it is Thursday – Wednesday was a blur)

Sunday on the Lake












Sunday Snapshot (from Aguacatal)

Aguacatal, Honduras 2010

Campo Time

They’re still adjusting….

Full House

It’s a busy week in our household since all the biggies are home. To make our full house even more festive, cuz “Inkwell” (his pseudonym) and Aunt C are here! Inkwell is here for a week, Aunt C is just swinging through for a quick weekend visit.

This is super special for us because Inkwell is Waffle’s agemate and best bud since…well, since the beginning. And, Aunt C ranks as my ultimate favorite Aunt. The deal is made sweeter because this is the first time Aunt C has met Blueberry.

We’ve made the most of our time together. Right after Inkwell arrived from his sunny CA home, we took the boat out and had some fun swimming and frolicking in the lake. The kids did a lot of silly jumping and swimming and laughing and floating. It was so much fun to be together out on the water – one of our favorite local spaces, compliments of our hard working boat captain, Mr. Silly Pants, who snuck in a great slalom ski with me at the wheel.

Aunt C arrived Friday afternoon, in time to see a nice storm blow in and welcome her nephews (great nephews, to be accurate) home from a hot afternoon ride to and from the beach. We had a big family meal and then the kids raced out of the house with plans to buy lots of ice cream and a new family Game. “Guesstures” and “Rummikub” arrived shortly, along with 4 different flavors of ice cream. All I can say is that 12:45 a.m. the kids were putting away dirty dishes and heading down to bed. The morning evaluation of games was a big thumbs up.

This morning the crew gathered for biking to the Farmer’s Market for our traditional breakfast/picnic followed by a stroll to the University and the Terrace. The food was fresh and tasty, the feelin’ was fun lovin’! Blueberry is soaking up the attention. Inkwell is an excellent ‘biggie” addition, and Aunt C is, well, she’s Aunt C – always!

 We love having Inkwell and Aunt C here!