Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Labor Day

Oma spent today working and waiting for Reef. However, late in the afternoon, Oma and Opa were invited to an impromptu Labor Day House Party.

Labor Day in the United States is a holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It is a celebration of the American labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country.

For a little Oma history, it should be known that Opa was instrumental in Oma’s involvement in a labor union. Opa belonged to the Local 230 – the Plumber’s Union. Opa would always tell Oma, you need to stand up for your fellow workers and a good Union will do that.

at Labor Day Party
Oma worked as a probation officer for over twenty-three years. For the last twenty years of that wonderful career, Oma was proud to be involved in the SEIU Union.  Oma served on three labor contract negotiations and was the Union Chief Steward.

Back to the main topic of this post Reef, Oma and Opa went to Derek and Hannah’s house for a Labor Day party. It was lots of fun; great company and scrumptious food. Your mom and dad were there too. There was also an uninvited guest – a big rattlesnake. Your Dad and Opa tried to capture it but it got away in a big agave. Rattlesnakes are a danger we will teach you about!

We met a new family and Aaron was nice enough to give me their recipe for Avocado Quinoa.


  • 2 Cups Quinoa
  • 3 Cups of Water
  • ½ Chopped Red Onion
  • 1 Chopped Tomato or 2 Cups Cherry Tomatoes Quartered
  • 2 Avocados Cubed
  • 1 Bunch Cilantro
  • 2 Limes Juiced
  • ¼ Cup Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper to Taste

Directions: Bring the Quinoa to a boil with water; reduce to simmer until water is absorbed (about 15-20 minutes). Let Quinoa cool; then add remaining ingredients - add the Avocado last.

The Avocado Quinoa was delicious and I cannot wait to watch you pick avocados from our trees so that we can fix this recipe together.

I hope everyone enjoyed Labor Day as much as we did!

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