Friday, October 24, 2014

Lunch Date

Aaron and I had lunch at school with Emma today!
Lunch with Emma
We were enjoying our lunch so much we weren't paying attention when Emma's class left out of the cafeteria! LOL

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sir Gawain's Plight

Sometimes as parents it is like we have the same plight as Sir Gawain - only instead of the choice of looks, we have the choice of how our kids act when they're home in private, versus how they act in front of others.

Actually last Sunday I was told by a lady that I was raising my son right as he was holding open the door for her! Awwwee...I know right!! And his Sunday School teacher always tells me how polite and obedient and helpful he is - his teacher at school has told me the same thing.

Yeah, that wasn't the case with him this past Saturday at friend's wedding, though. During the church service Aaron acted up so much that Michael had to take him outside...and he got a spanking for his behavior. Yes - I believe in spanking (when deserved and with restraint)! And I make no apologies for it. I 100% believe if there were more spankings our jails wouldn't have as many residents as they do today! So - he does have his moments!

Emma however is usually always good in church, school, at friends' houses, in public...I honestly cannot remember a time when I was upset about her behavior outside of the house. She has received four notes from school this year about her good behavior - this was the latest one she brought home from her principal. This definitely makes me extremely proud!
She makes me proud daily!!!!
At home, though I have to constantly repeat myself to her it seems - she gets side tracked all the time and I have to come behind her and tell her to do the same thing all over again. Getting her to focus at home is a full time job I feel like. Maybe b/c she is constantly "On" at school when she gets home she just is too tired. It's no excuse, though - but at the same time I ask myself, if she is going to be one way at times and another way other times, which would I rather the world see? Which one would I rather deal with at home?

Ideally I would like her to be the same girl at home that she is at school and everywhere else...but maybe like Sir Gawain if I let her make the choice that is just what I'll get! LOL!!! Doubtful, so I'll just continue to be a parent the best I know how and raise her to be the best Emma she can be all the time! To be honest - my kids do make me proud on a daily basis! And I tell them every chance I get how happy I am to be their mommy! Positive reinforcement does seem to garnish good results - kids strive to repeat actions that bring that positive attention, too - at least mine usually do! I told Emma just yesterday "thank you" b/c I never have had to worry about her at school. She is a straight A student - reads two levels above where she should be - has never had discipline issues...yeah, I'm proud of her! Now, if I could just get her to clean up her room when I ask...pick up the trail of backpack, shoes, socks, jacket she leaves when she comes home...throw away her trash instead of leaving it on the end table, the bar, wherever...that would be the bee's knees!! LOL

Monday, October 20, 2014

Couple of Busy Weekends...

Every year my neighbor's work sponsors an event at the Pumpkin Patch - it's always a blast starting with a hay ride, roasting hot dogs & making s'mores, crafts, games, and just playtime! This year it was warmer than usual when we went, but still cool enough for our jackets - to be honest, I'm ready for cool weather to arrive in South Texas and stay!

Here are a few pics of our fun evening!

Then this past weekend we had a wedding to attend...if they kids weren't on the dance floor you could find them in the photo booth! They had so much fun and it wore them out pretty good, too!
Selfie-photobomb on the way there!
And can you spot the little photobomb in Mommy & Daddy's photobooth shots!?!?
Bottom left corner!! Hee hee!
This week I am also doing a three day detox. I started Sunday morning - knew it wouldn't be a good idea to be on it during the wedding. Now I had no misconceptions that it would be easy...and while it isn't the toughest thing I've ever done, it's no cake walk either. I think it's good to give our systems a break from all the processed things we put in it - even though we really try at home not to eat much of it anyway. We do lots of fresh fruits & veggies at home. Don't do things out of a box much at all anyway - though Michael still has to have his cereal every night! May never get away from that!

The detox I'm doing is from - it's local and all fresh. Hand delivered to your door in a nice little cooler. I'm honestly not hungry, but I have felt a little tired and had a bad headache Day 1. I'm halfway done, though as tomorrow is Day 3 and my last day. I've took a two month hiatus from Crossfit and will start back the first week in November so I wanted to do this before I started back. I think a good reset to your system once in a while is a good thing...and with a system like Squeezed they make it pretty easy, too!

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Happy Fall Y'all

We got our fall started with a camping trip to Jellystone - this time to the one in Canyon Lake!
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Only in South Texas will you see kiddos running around in jackets and bathing suits! LOL

We love going to Jellystone and so far we've only visited the one that's near home...while the one in Canyon Lake was a lot of fun, the one close to us we like so much more! It just has a lot more things for us to do. We did take full advantage of everything the park had to offer and the kids had a blast!

First things first...gotta see Yogi!!

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And I know it wasn't funny to her, but there was a little girl nearby when we met Yogi and I really think she may be scarred for life! I don't think I've ever heard a child scream in such terror as this little girl did...I don't think she'll ever return to Jellystone!

One thing new at this park is the giant pillow!! The kids LOVED this thing!

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We also took a trip to their Pumpkin Patch and planted Magic Pumpkins.

Pumpkin Patch - Jellystone Park

We planted them early that morning...

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Then we harvested them that afternoon...

Planting Magic Pumpkin Seeds

Then they got to paint them and decorate treat bags!!

My Artists

Daddy likes to get in on the artistic stuff, too!

Carnival games were played...prizes were won!

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Faces were painted...
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(yep...saw the lens flare...liked it!!)

This mommy also brought some of her own fun...we decorated (and ate) Halloween cookies, too!

Halloween Cookies

Then we took a drive and found some more fun outside of the park...this part made Michael giddy!

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(In case you're wondering...that's my hand there with the kids! That's the proof I was there, too! LOL)  I bet we saw well over 100 deer and fed them all!!! They were everywhere and loved seeing us coming with all that corn!

And you cannot camp without making s'mores...every night!!

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Every evening was super nice and cool and relaxing! It was a fun, quick weekend getaway! Looking forward to the next one now!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Texans Football

We ended a very busy weekend at a friend's house watching the Texans play...well, flipping back and forth between the Texans and NFL Redzone b/c all the guys had to see what else was going on with their Fantasy Football teams, too!!

But everyone was decked out in their best Texans gear...can you tell who is a favorite in the Kubeczka household???
With all the Little Texans showing their team support we tried our best to get a picture with them all together - I tell you it was like herding cats or something! LOL
Lil Texans
But we we got them being their silly, playful selves anyway!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A lesson in grape leaves...

I grew up eating MiddleEastern food...being that my dad is Egyptian it is't hard to understand why. And my mother, being an awesome cook anyway, makes the best authentic Egyptian food. Living there she learned a lot of good techniques I am sure!

So, even though I ate it all the time growing up, sadly I don't cook any of it very often. Yesterday mom had a dinner party and it was all Egyptian food. A lot of things take quite a bit of prep work so Wednesday when we went over for dinner we helped her get the grape leaves made and Emma got her first lesson in making an Egyptian niece and I got to practice our folding technique, too!!

Mom showing us how to do it the right way!
Making grape leaves
First roll done and pan prepped to hold them all for cooking...
Making grape leaves
Then we got our assembly line going to speed trough the process...
Making grape leaves
Teta showing Emma how to properly roll them up...she was proud of the good job she did!
Making grape leaves
Oh so so yummy and even better homemade!!
Making grape leaves

Friday, September 05, 2014

Labor Day Weekend

started off with a bright and shiny new purchase for moi!!
My brand new ride!! #2014 #Durango
I absolutely love it, too!!! Then I had to let her sit at home alone for a few days b/c the hubs and I had a weekend trip to the beach planned and we took his truck. We do at least one adults only long weekend or short trip every year...we did two this year. Our cruise back in the Spring and then Labor Day weekend. We headed to the beach Thursday evening after the all day car buying shouldn't have to take so long!

The rest of the weekend was 100% relaxing, though - there were five couples in the beach house we rented. We played on the beach, went crabbing (ended up with 120 crabs for dinner on our final night), the guys fished, and we just chilled mostly. It was perfect...I did miss my babies terribly and we made plans already to take them next time b/c I know they, well at least Aaron for sure, would LOVE to go crabbing!!! Love the technology time we're in b/c I was able to facetime daily with my loves while we were apart!!

Here are the few pics I took of the weekend - I honestly didn't pull out my camera much b/c I was in total chill mode the entire five days!
"I got my toes in the water..."
Playin on the beach! Missing my littles so much right now, but am enjoying the relaxation and adult time!
Gettin crabby!!!
Beautiful sunset tonight at the beach!
We did have some rainy days while we were there, but it really wasn't that kept it cooler and we saw a double rainbow one evening. Over the past couple of weeks rainbows seem to be a daily sighting actually around here!!
Sun finally made an appearance along with a double rainbow!!    ☔️ to
And like I said - this is one of the greatest things about technology - being able to see my babies daily!
Technology sure makes it a little easier to be away from my babies!!