health, sisters, summer

Why I Love Sunscreen lotion.

[Germany 2011.]
I love the beach. I love the sun. I love rounding up the kiddos & taking them all to the beach a mere block away. 
I also love sunscreen. It’s a weird thing to “love” sunscreen. It’s even weirder to the kids I watch. Can you blame them? I mean, it’s kind of a weird thing to love.
But then again, it’s an important thing to use, even if you don’t “love” it.  I’ve always been paranoid of skin cancer. If  a layer of lotion can help prevent your skin from getting cancer -not to mention keep it from getting wrinkly- then maybe, even if you don’t love it, you should just take a few seconds to layer yourself right up. 
Your skin will thank you, and so will your family
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fun, myrecipes, summer, yummy

yummy insight.

happy saturday darlings!!

its quite beautiful here in Kansas today & i’m craving some delicious bbq…
& that got me thinking about a wonderful website that has lots of goodies slathered in some good ole’ bbq!

BBQ Chicken Pizza
Worthy of a Special Occasion

Online reviews raved about the contrast of flavors provided by tangy tomato chutney, savory chicken, and sharp cheddar cheese. If you can’t find tomato chutney, make your own using the recipe provided, or use store-bought barbecue sauce.


6 servings (serving size: 1 wedge)


  • 1 (10-ounce) Italian cheese-flavored thin pizza crust (such as Boboli)
  • 3/4 cup tomato chutney
  • 2 cups chopped roasted skinless, boneless chicken breasts (about 2 breasts)
  • 2/3 cup diced plum tomato
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded extra-sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onions


Preheat oven to 450°.

Place crust on a baking sheet. Bake at 450° for 3 minutes. Remove from oven; spread chutney over crust, leaving a 1/2-inch border.

Top chutney with chicken. Sprinkle diced tomato, cheese, and green onions evenly over chicken. Bake at 450° for 9 minutes or until cheese melts. Cut pizza into 6 wedges.

Note: If you can’t find tomato chutney, make your own. Combine 2 cups diced plum tomato, 3 tablespoons brown sugar, 3 tablespoons cider vinegar, 1/8 teaspoon Jamaicañ jerk seasoning, and 1 minced garlic clove in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook 20 minutes or untril thickened.

it sounds absolutely scrumptious!!mmm…enjoy!

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family, gma allen, love, memories, spring 2009, summer, summer 2008

A Heaven on Earth…

{Jon, Geoff, Gma Allen & me, summer 1994?.}

Dearest Gma Allen-
tomorrow is the first day of April, & i can barely keep up with the seasons as it is. its as if time has stood still since you first left us that somber november day. you are always in my heart & i love having you with me all of the time. however, it is still hard for me to understand your sudden departure.

As you are in heaven, enjoying the choir of angels & being in awe of the glory of God, we continue to struggle in our lives without you.
You see, gma, you were so much apart of our lives, that not a moment goes by without even the smallest of memories coming to our minds. you taught us to live,– from hours upon hours of jumping on your trampoline, to your famous frozen fruit cups on a warm afternoon– you are always in our hearts.

i’m afraid the upcoming summer might be the hardest part of all–while our realizations of your departure will be solidified, our summer days, much like our hearts, will never be the same.

but as we are kissed each day by the summer sun, we will surely remember the kisses which you showered upon us constantly.
i have faith though, that with the warm winds i will feel & the beautiful flowers i will admire each day this summer will remind me of the glorious place to which you have been called home

but the loving memories you gave us down here, they are a lot like the heaven i imagine.

i love you so much,
your Anna Banana

"aunt-hood", bloggin, books, memories, nieces and nephews, summer


i haven’t written lately, not because i am especially busy, rather…lazy. when i pull up the blank canvas, a fresh entry, i get “bloggers-block”. i get too befuddled over what i should write that i never even end up posting an entry. so ill just update on what ive been up to…
watching the office, every night with my parents. its my favorite, and if you haven’t seen it, go to your local movie rental dealer and rent every copy available. it is absolutely phenomenal. i also saw Wall-E with my nephew nathan. it was pretty good, and it was great spending some quality time with my oldest nephew. anytime im down, he is there to give me a big hug and a “i love you!! wanna play?!” & recently when i told him i didn’t want him to grow up anymore at the fourth of july, he came over, climbed up on my lap and replied: “anna, i love you too but i have to grow up, my birthday is coming, but you can still love me when im 5!!!!” it was absolutely precious and was very honest and true. good thing his birthday isn’t until december so i can still enjoy 4 year old nathan for a while! 🙂 i finished my first independent math study assignment so im feeling pretty good. o & im starting to read

its supposed to be fabulous!! i can’t wait.
all for now, i am rather fatigued. bleh.

insomnia, summer

"sometimes you feel like a nut…"

its two in the morning and im sitting here, watching real world, randomly clicking around on websites, craving a parfait, not being able to sleep, while i continue to sing “sometimes you feel like a nut… sometimes you don’t” in my head.
yep, my friends, its official: it is summer.
after the first few weeks of being home from school, adjusting, & working the basketball camp at ku, i am finally into the old, traditional summer ritual.
sleep, eat, play, clean, shop, eat, tv, tv, shop tv, eat, tv, sleep… & sadly, this is probably the last “familiar summer” i will have. seeing as how i am 19, i am one year closer to the inevitable life of an adult. as much as i look forward to growing up, i will forever miss this lifestyle of lounging, grubbing, & flying free.

so here’s to summer 2008:
may it continue to be fabulous, a finale to an era of memories i will never forget.

(& summer 2009, let’s keep the growing-up to a medium pace…)