Saturday, January 30, 2010
I know they say, "home is where the heart is", but sometimes it also means, its where YOUR bed is, YOUR couch is, YOUR TV is, that makes us feel so comfortable. So although I hate being cooped up, there's no where else I would rather be.
Friday, January 29, 2010
Well, we FINALLY got our snow. They had called for 6"-12" for today but it didn't start until around 5am this morning, it was suppose to start last night. Anyway, I would say we are sitting at 7"-8" so far. Going to measure it tomorrow, after the snow is finished falling. Ryan couldn't work again today, due to the weather, so he took full advantage of the snow. Adriana didn't want to go out and play, but that didn't stop Ryan. He got out his sled and had a grand ol' time. Here are some videos of him trying to Snow Board on his sled. He actually did pretty good. Look out 2014 Winter Olympics!
Thursday, January 28, 2010
I've been wanting to write about a little gift that a stray neighborhood cat has left at the foot of the stairs going up to our front door. He has actually brought us 2 gifts in a couple days span. I guess the cat really likes us, to bring us such fine gifts. One is a mangled bird and the other one, my favorite, a dead mouse. Some of you may not know the ultimate fear I have of mice. I am so scared of the little varmints. I know, it's so silly to be so scared of a little mouse, which I'm 1000 times larger than, and I know they are more scared of me than I am of them (I doubt that) and I know they can't hurt me (except from the diseases they like to carry), I know all these things, let me tell you, it DOESN'T help!
I have to share the story about my apartment in Nashville. I was fresh out of college (by 2 days) and had planned on moving to Nashville, in hope of a career in my field of study. I had gotten a cute little apartment, that I was SO proud of. I felt like Mary Tyler Moore, I was going to make it on my own. The whole experience made me grow up. I had never been fully on my own before, and with friends and family 5-8 hours away, I didn't have a choice. Well, one night after work, I got home into my apartment. It was almost 11pm and I had come in and started reading my mail, when I heard something in the kitchen. I froze, I was scared someone was in there. I didn't know what to do, so I did the only logical thing...I took off my shoe, ready to attack someone or something with force. I went around the corner and saw nothing. I was standing there dumbfounded, knowing that I had heard SOMETHING. As I stood there, I all of a sudden see the empty pizza box that was on my counter, start to move. I about flipped out! I thought it was a big roach or something (which wouldn't have bothered me), then all of a sudden a mouse shot out of the box and ran behind my refrigerator. I wouldn't have been at all surprised if I would have wet myself, right then and there. (The shear thought about the mice are making me shiver, while I'm writing this!) Anyway, I didn't know what I should do. So I took my parents up on their offer, they had told me my whole life. "if you ever need ANYTHING, don't hesitate to call". This is probably not what they had in mind, but I didn't know what else to do. I knew they would be in bed and I didn't want to alarm them, so I tried to stay cool and collected. As soon as my dad answered the phone, I saw the mouse run across the floor and I screamed. Now, knowing my parents, I knew they would be thinking something awful had happened to me, like a car wreck or something. After my scream, I tried to calmly tell my dad, that I was okay. I told him about the mouse and asked what I should do. The only thing close by that open that late was Walgreens. I went there, all the while on the phone with my dad, and got some mouse traps. Let me tell you, if I could have afforded, I would have stayed in hotel that night. I got home, barricaded myself in my room, waited till morning. I called Ryan to come and look for the mice. I answered the door in t-shirt, shorts, hiking boots and a broom in my hand. It wasn't a pretty site. Of course, he couldn't find it, so I was stuck there with this new roommate that scared me to death. Overtime, my apartment and the girls apartment next to mine got so infested with mice, they ended up moving her to a different unit and I just found a whole new apartment building several miles away.
I hate mice. I hate how they make me feel. I love our house, but I can tell you, if I ever see a mouse in here, I will no longer like my house. So this all brings me to my dead friend on the sidewalk. It makes me feel awful and almost sick feeling that there is a mouse, dead or alive, that close to my house.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
Here are some Random Shots I have gotten over the last few days...
Paxton, Not a happy camper. I think this was
Showing off how strong he is.
Me and Paxton playing around with our new web cam....
Thursday, January 21, 2010
having a sweet, wonderful baby boy.....PRICELESS!
Happy 2 month Birthday Paxton!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
I know this surgery is minor but its still something that pulls on your heartstrings as a parent. Stupid shots are bad enough and something you hate to do to your child, but when your baby, no matter what age, is going through something that would inflict pain, it tears you apart. I can't imagine how parents deal with kids that have cancer or some other life threatening disease. To see your helpless little kid going through something dramatic is just more than a parent can take. I am thankful for healthy kids and thankful that God is always with us, holding us as we go through the good times and the bad times that life brings our way.
Thank you all for your prayers. I will try to update either today or tomorrow.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
We'll keep you posted.
Monday, January 18, 2010
On a more happier note, life has been good around here. It dawned on me the other day, that I need to be getting some plans together for Adriana's birthday party next month. I think we are going to have it at the club house where my parents live and have games and crafts for the kids. We are having a "Toy Story" themed party. Adriana wanted that over Cinderella, so I'm looking forward to decorating for that.
Paxton is growing like a weed. I took him today to get his 2 month shots and hated it. He cried, but not too long at all, which I am thankful for. He is weighing in at 13lbs 7oz, so he's doing good. He's still getting up once a night to eat, but hopefully in the next few weeks, he'll start sleeping through the night. He slept through the night 1 time, it was enough to get our hopes up, but obviously short lived.
Ryan is doing good. He's back to work and working hard. Last week was his first full week back, due to the holidays and bad weather, he hadn't worked a full week in 3 weeks. It was nice to have him at home, just not good on the wallet, but God always takes care of us.
We have gotten a couple of new toys. I got a new phone (which was free) and I'm loving it. Nothing fancy, but it has a full keyboard for texting, which is so nice. (FYI, I'm feeling rushed right now, because Paxton is waking up). Also, we got a new net book for our upstairs. A net book is a small laptop and we have WiFi in our house now, so we got one for upstairs to check mail, etc.
Well, I have a little one hungry and mad, so I better go. Bye for now....
Friday, January 15, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
- 12oz Penne or Bow Tie pasta (I use the bow tie)
- 2 cups of cooked chicken or turkey
- 2-3 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 lbs spinach-stems removed
- 4 garlic cloves-cut up
- 6 scallions
- 1/2 lemon, thinly sliced
- 1 can of chicken broth
- 2-3 Tablespoons of butter
- 1 Tablespoon of lemon zest
- Romano or Parmesan Cheese to garnish
- 1 cup of mushrooms (if desired)
All my ingredients, I'm ready to go!
Precook pasta in salted water, drain and spray with Pam or stir in a little olive oil.
In large skillet heat the olive oil with the garlic, scallions, and lemon slices. Stir in the precooked meat of your choice. After all ingredients are heated thoroughly, bring in the chicken broth and cook until it is evaporated. (there will be some juice left) Remove the lemon slices. Add the butter and spinach until wilted. Lastly add as much pasta to your dish as you desire and gently stir.
My scallions, lemons, garlic, lemon zest, and
in the shot glass is my olive oil, not my whisky!
My chicken after being cooked, being cut up.
When I add the spinach.
After the spinach cooks down, just need to add
Complete the creation by sprinkling the lemon zest across the top of the dish along with Romano or Parmesan cheese. (I've never used the cheese or mushrooms, so don't know what flavor that brings to it). Serves 4-6 people. Enjoy!
I like this recipe because it uses very common ingredients, which I love to cook recipes that are "down to earth" when it comes to the ingredients. Some advice. I get chicken tenders and season them with salt and pepper and cook for about 20 minutes. By the time you get the garlic, lemon and scallions cut up, and in the pan, the chicken is done and ready to be cut up and added to the mixture. Also, I don't use a pound of spinach, that seems like a lot. I use about 2 cups or so. It takes a little time taking off the stems, so pretty much when I get tired of doing that, I just put in whatever I have. Also, don't forget to zest your lemon before you cut it up. Its a lot easier to do, when your lemon is whole and not in little pieces. :)
I hope you try this dish. Its a light and healthy meal with lots of flavor. Let me know what you think!
A side note. Adriana loves to walk around and take pictures with our camera. While I had the camera in the kitchen for this meal, she grabbed it and took a picture of Paxton. I thought it was cute. From her point of view this is all she can see. Look at the rolls on his legs. I love it!
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
Friday, January 1, 2010
With a new year, comes new resolutions. Its a fresh start for our lives. Its like when you move into a new place or get a new car, you vow that you will take care of it and keep it clean. You and might, for a while, but as time goes on, life happens and things start piling up and getting messy again. Maybe not as bad as it use to, but not as clean as you wanted to keep it. If your like me, you get down on yourself for not keeping it as you had told yourself you were going to do.
That's what a new year is. A new beginning, of sorts for our lives. Maybe you resolve to lose weight, learn how to cook, catch up on your scrapbooking, stay better connected to long distance friends, keep up on chores around the house or little things like learning how to operate a DVD player (you know who you are, mom and dad!). Whatever is on your list this year, whatever great expectations you may have, this is the one I would say put at the top of your list. Resolve to Start Fresh Each day.
If we tell ourselves we are going to eat better, and we start out good, then find ourselves eating junk food a lot. Start fresh the next day. I think, for me, if I fail at a goal I have set for myself, then I pretty much give up on achieving it. If I keep the mind set that tomorrow is a fresh day, a fresh start to my goals, then I can go one day at a time.
No matter your goal for 2010, how big or small, keep in mind your will and determination to get it done. If you mess up or slack off, start new the next day, and stay the course.
Good luck to all who have set goals for the next year. We all will need it, as life will happen and things might get tough. Hang in there!