Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone had or is having a wonderful Thanksgiving! This really is my favorite time of year. I made my first Pumpkin Pie from scratch this year, which is shown in the picture above. Isn’t she a beauty!?! I’m impressed if I do say so myself.

We actually are due to leave in an hour to enjoy our Thanksgiving dinner with family, but I wanted to jump on and do a brief post to say Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hanukkah to you and yours from me and mine! Isn’t that cool that Hanukkah and Thanksgiving fall on the same day this year? This won’t happen again for another 76,000 years, whaaa!

Enjoy your day and onward to Christmas!

Busy Bees

It’s been a busy couple of months over here. Robert and I both have started new positions at work, so the transition and settle has currently been eating up our time and energy. Add the kids on top of that after work and we’re pretty much zombies.  I’m hoping once we have a more stable handle on everything, I will be able to blog a bit more.

Two cool things coming up…

1. The FIRST DAY OF FALL is next week! This is my absolute favorite time of year… even if it stays warm in San Antonio until like, December.

2. My BIRTHDAY is also next week! Which is getting less exciting the older I get, but I’m taking a couple of days off of work and spending some time with Robert so I’m excited about that.

Happy Fall!  In case I don’t get to say it next week.  So stoked about Pumpkin everything!

Long time, No Blog

I know, it’s been so long since I have last blogged. It has been like a roller coaster over here with one thing after another happening.

On Father’s Day Robert went upstairs to get Audrey from her bed and on his way down, he slipped. Luckily he held onto her tight as he fell and only dislocated his shoulder, but Audrey’s leg got hit somewhere in the fall which caused a small fracture on her left femur.

After taking her to an Orthopedic and thinking she might need surgery, we were told she just had to wear a little baby cast for three weeks. Whew! It was a tough three weeks but Audrey did remarkably well with her little green cast on. She was even trying to crawl around on it, ha!

After Audrey’s cast was removed, Robert and I were running into a season of struggling. We had quite a few instances, including Audrey’s cast, spring up on us all at once and it was getting to a point where we were beginning to worry. Then all of the sudden (I love when these “all of the sudden” types of moments in life happen) just a week or two later I was given a promotion at work. Then a few weeks after I received that promotion, Robert received one as well! WHHAAA!!?? Couldn’t believe it! Although we’re still transitioning and working to come out of this crap season, we are so thankful and looking forward to the next opportunity we will be walking in to.

Now that you sorta know what’s been up around these parts, I want to share with you that drink up there in the picture. I have just this past week bought a juicer and have been juicing my own fruits and veggies to drink. After watching the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead on Netflix, Robert and I both were inspired to begin juicing and to go on a juice fast for 10 days.

When we first bought the juicer we tried the next day going on the fast. We made it for 24 hours and then just couldn’t take it anymore, between the headaches and grumpiness (more on my part, ha!) we sort of just said, “hey maybe we shouldn’t have went in cold turkey here?” *There you are common sense*

So now I am currently replacing one meal a day with a juice, trying different recipes, and planning towards the big 10 day fast! And that drink up there, MY GOODNESS! It is a Watermelon, Cucumber and Mint juice blend. A totally yummy and refreshing summer drink, you should really give it a try…. seriously.

All you need is:
1 Cucumber
1 Personal sized seedless watermelon (take the watermelon out of the rind and put small pieces through the juicer)
3 Mint Leaves (or more if you like more mint flavor like me!)
-Juice the Watermelon and Cucumber and then put a couple of mint leaves at the bottom of your glass. Fill the glass up with the juice and garnish it with another mint leaf. Pop in a straw and enjoy!

You’re welcome.

Anyone else have juicing recipes they would like to share? Or have you ever done a juice fast? If so, please tell me how it went!

Happy Memorial Day!

This picture above is of Robert, my much better and braver half, in Iraq serving. He was luckily one of the many who have served that made it out of combat safe, but there are so many others who have lost their lives so that we could enjoy ours.

Thank you for all those who have lost their lives serving, today our family remembers you and your loved ones. Also thank you to those who are currently alive that have served or are still serving. My children and I have a blessed life and live in a great country because of your selflessness.

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

So Padre

^^The sun and the moon trading places

Robert and I took a quick beach trip to South Padre this weekend for Memorial Day! Before heading out to the beach I wanted to share this pic that I took above that you probably saw come through this morning on my Instagram page, cause it is so beautiful I really can’t get over looking at it.

I hope everyone is having a great Memorial Day weekend! I know San Antonio is going through some hardcore flooding right now and honestly, we’re pretty crazy making this trip through all that bad weather. It was NUTS out there! So be careful, San Antonio friends.

More So Padre pics to come once we actually finish the trip, duh!

Princess Wishes and Rainbow Cake Dreams

Last weekend we celebrated my now four year old’s birthday (she’s four, I can’t even believe it)! She has an intense obsession with Princesses at the moment, so this had us naturally picking the Princess theme for the party.

Nevaeh is outgoing, super talkative, silly, creative, loves to sing and dance, LOVES her little sister, always wants to be your “big helper” and the “line leader” when we’re walking together, sweet, caring, and very strong willed. It is strange when you have this tiny baby and now they are talking to you (asking “why?” all. the. time.) and developing their own little personality, so bittersweet to watch.


That morning a little turtle showed up on our lawn. I told Nevaeh he came to wish her a Happy Birthday! 
^^Cousins!^^Had a bit too much Princess Punch!

^^Watermelon Lemonade from scratch, delicious!

For her cake I wanted to surprise her with an all white cake but when you opened it, rainbow color blast! I was really nervous attempting this cake, but it came out P.E.R.F.E.C.T. Not just the way it looked, it was moist and delicious as well!

You know it was a good party when a four year old passes out soon after everyone leaves. ;)

I hope you all have a great weekend!

Happy Mother’s Day!

This picture is a little pixelated cause it was taken on a phone. But I love it.

Before becoming a mom I used to say, “no way in hell am I going to ever have kids!” I never really wanted them for the same reason most people don’t want kids, I was selfish. I still am at times, of course. But I was for sure I didn’t want some kid taking up my time, energy, and MONEY! Ugh! Seriously. To be honest, when I got pregnant with Nevaeh it was not planned or even happy news for me, I cried and cried. But she changed my life… in a good way.

If I could describe motherhood I would say, it’s hard people… REALLY hard. But so worth it. Sounds weird, right? It’s totally weird to love someone that really didn’t do anything to deserve it. If anything, they do about a thousand things that if anyone else in the world did those things to you (ex. wakes you up several times at night, throws up on you, random tantrums, etc), you would have probably gotten rid of them LONG ago. But something about when Nevaeh just randomly stops what she’s doing and says, “I love you, mommy.” or “You’re soooo pretty.” Or Audrey when she grabs my face and just examines it, and then smiles the biggest gummy baby smile at me… ugh, makes my heart want to burst. Then it’s just worth it.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there, every mother. Whether you have physically had your own or you have become a mother to babes you have not birthed and treat them as your own (those are super special women in my book!). I hope you had a beautiful day and that someone gave you a nap! Robert gave me a three hour nap today, three hours!! That sweet man, love him.

Five whole days!!??

This is how many days I will have off work starting… TODAY! I’m so excited to get a little time off not for Dr’s appointments or sick kids, but… just because.

So what am I going to do these next five days?? I have no clue! Isn’t that awesome?! No plan whatsoever. When you’re a full time working mama you really come to appreciate having mindless days with no agenda, it’s so liberating. Really.

To start off my five days of complete and utter nothingness, I came across this beauty at the store.

I may have just bought this mostly for the label, it grabbed my attention and pulled me in. I couldn’t help myself, I’m a sucker for color and pretty pictures. To top it off, Moscato? You really can’t go wrong with Moscato. SOLD! Didn’t take me long to grab this off the shelf and bring it home with me, just to sit it on the counter and stare at it while I sipped a glass. No, I really didn’t just sit and stare at that bottle… but it is pretty right? (Murphy is in the background probably like, “what the hell are you taking a picture of that bottle for, woman beast???)

And of course, chocolate.

A storm just blew in as I’m writing this and it really couldn’t be a better start to a great five days.

Cheers!

Easter Monday = More pictures!

Happy Easter Monday/April Fools Day!

Did anyone get any good April Fools jokes in today?? I did! I would go into telling the story here, but it did happen at my work with co-workers. So it would turn out to be an extremely lengthy post trying to explain the whole situation and probably would just not sound as funny written as it was in action. I will say though that it was pretttty awesome and I do think I deserve some sort of reward, since this particular co-worker is not the easiest to fool.

I have a few more pictures of Audrey from Easter Sunday that I wanted to throw up on the blog here, cause they are just too adorable to not share! I can’t wait to go back on this space in the future and see all these pictures of how this girl has grown. At the same time I don’t want this baby face to ever go away!




Audrey reaches a lot nowadays for my face, always with her fingers just like that.


This last picture would have been so perfect if Audrey didn’t have that eye gunk coming out. I think she has allergies right now and that is the reaction she gets. Poor babe.

I love my big girl Nevaeh so much and never imagined being able to love another like I love her. It’s amazing how much your heart can expand for another and be so full of love for two. Audrey is the happiest girl with the most contagious smile! It melts my heart over and over, it almost hurts with love. Have you ever felt like that? If you haven’t, I really hope you do one day. For something, anything… start with yourself. There is nothing like it, really.

Happy Easters!

Happy Easter! I hope everyone enjoyed theirs! We had a low key Easter Sunday with just Robert, Audrey and myself. Nevaeh is on a little road trip with her Grandparents to go visit some of her cousins. Unfortunately since Nevaeh is out of town and Audrey is a bit too small for egg hunting and candy munching, we just put her in a cute little dress and fed her yummy bunny carrots for lunch (pureed carrots is the closest Easter meal you can get with a almost 8 month old babe).

I also realized this was my only post for this month, WUT?! Well, this month has been pretty crazy. Audrey had pink eye which kept her out of daycare for about 10 days. During this time I had to work from the casa, which is no fun in my job especially when caring for a sick baby at the same time. Bleh!

I also came across a few instances where I became extremely frustrated with a certain issue. I won’t go in to specifics here, but you always hear people say don’t let this “challenge” or “person” control your emotions. That you can choose to control how you feel and have a good day, etc etc. Well what is the secret for that?? Cause sometimes, no matter how hard I try to tell a crappy feeling or situation “nope, you will not ruin my day!” It seems that I can’t shake it. I can diminish it by keeping myself busy, sure… but full on not letting it affect my day? No way! Anyone else have this issue? Maybe I haven’t conquered this technique yet or something, but gah! This post was supposed to be about Easter, right? Whoops.

Anyhow, all of that to say this month has been just “one of those months.” I’m hoping April is more fluid and a breath of fresh air for me. I could use a breather… and a massage.

If you made it this far, thank you for reading all of that! Until next time, which I hope this month will be much sooner than later, have a beautiful week!