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!!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Summer is Over

Emma started 2nd Grade this year!! I cannot believe that summer is over already...or that I saw Christmas decorations out already today, too but that's another post! We finished up our summer with a splash!

Pool time!
Pool time!
Emma and one of her besties - they got to be in the same class this year!
One of Emma's more fun day of summer fun before school starts tomorrow!
They were worn out pretty good and that was perfect for them to get a good night's sleep before the first day of school! I wish I could say the same for me - don't know what the deal was, but I didn't sleep at all last night! Emma was bright eyed this morning, though and ready for a brand new year!
First Day of School 2014-15
First Day of School 2014-15
First day of school she got to ride the bus with her friends - we were missing one. He came out just in time to jump on the bus and go! LOL - first day!!
First Day of School 2014-15
First Day of School 2014-15
First day was a success and she loves her new teacher! Yay! Of course, that could be b/c she told the class they wouldn't have home for the first two weeks! LOL

Friday, August 22, 2014

Our Family Lately...

Well, last weekend the was boys night out...
I know what you're isn't fair that I have the cutest little man ever!!!
So while they were gone we had Girls Night In...sort of! We hit up the pool for some fun in the sun...though it was pretty cloudy last weekend to be honest!
Fun in the water while the boys are gone!!!
We ended up playing in the water the next day, too just in the backyard...and no sooner then when we were back in the house did it start storming! Waited just in time for them to finish playing!
Splashin' fun!!
Splashin' fun!!
Splashin' fun!!
This weekend I have a five day weekend and we started it with a follow up to the ENT. Two weeks ago the doctor cauterized Emma's nose. She has had severe nosebleeds for a long time and lately they had even become a daily occurrence, sometimes more than once even!! This has helped so much. In the last two weeks she has only had one VERY minor nosebleed. We were worried if they were going to have to do it again, but the doctor said everything looked good! Yay!
Following up with the ENT. Looking for good news.
To celebrate not having to cauterize it again (it was painful for my baby girl the first time) I let her pick the spot for lunch...Olive Garden! Her favorite place!
And after good news from the ENT lunch of her choice - it's always Olive Garden!!!!
Dessert was had, too!!
And don't forget dessert!!!
After we went to Geddo & Teta's for a while and the kids gave us a puppet show for our after dinner entertainment!!
We got a puppet show today!!
That afternoon when daddy got off work we headed to Emma's school to meet her new teacher for 2nd grade. 2nd GRADE!! How did that happen??? She was just my little bitty baby and now she is such a big girl all of a sudden. 
2nd Grade here we come!!! Excited for our new teacher and the new year!! Time is moving fast!!
Meet the teacher was followed by frozen treats and chalk art...
Finished our good day with frozen treats!
And Aaron shocked me b/c I didn't even know he could write his name yet!! So proud of my baby - he is such a little smartypants!! :)
Not bad for a 4 year old, huh??
Momma indulged a little, too and found a new favorite combination! YUM!
And I found my own new awesome flavor combination tonight, too!!!!
Today we were up early and headed to Wet 'n Wild Splashtown to play in the water for a was perfect weather and it wasn't too crowded so lines weren't bad at all!

Ready to hit the water!!!!
We finished had a quick lunch and came home to clean up then daddy headed for his first Fantasy Football Draft of the year - yes, football time is here again folks! So when he left we headed out for the afternoon. Did a little shopping and had yummy Pho for dinner - so glad my kids like all the yummy stuff I like!

They each had $10 to spend and they spotted the Snackeez cups while we were shopping. I was going to let them hit up the Dollar Store, but when they saw these that was it! What Dollar Store???? They have been asking for these things FOREVER! So, b/c it was their money and I told them they could get whatever they wanted (within reason) and b/c they were so well behaved and really brought their manners (they were even complimented by a stranger) I let them each buy one! So tonight for movie night (we rented Muppets Most Wanted) this is how they are snacking for the movie...
It's movie night and bc they were so good I let them spend their money tonight on something they've wanted for a while to enjoy with our movie!! #Snackeez #MuopetsMostWanted
And what else would we fill our new cups with other than Megawatt!?!? Oh yeah!!!
And what else would they choose to fill their cups with but JJ Gatorade!!! #Texans
So now we're all cozy in the living room watching Muppets and having our snacks enjoying our family evening!

I keep saying I am going to do a better job of posting and I keep doing catch up posts b/c I don't do a better job of posting...sigh, such is life!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Poems From Heaven

No one loved their family as much as you did,
I know that because I felt it all my life.

The cool touch of your hands and the warmth of your heart was my greatest comfort.
Your voice was not strong, but mighty were the words you penned.

You kept us all laughing with your witty humor,
And your sweet tooth was like none other.

I was blessed to belong to you;
Blessed to be your grand-daughter.

You decided it was time to go see PawPaw and I know he's been waiting for you...and though I miss you so very much I will always have you in my heart.

So write poems for me in Heaven Grannie
For one day I'll join you there.


I love you Grannie
1914 - 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014

Our Three Day Weekend

I've been out of town most weekends visiting my Grannie, but this weekend we stayed home and it was a non-stop three day weekend. I think that was especially good b/c I got a lot of awesome kiddo time in, but also I didn't have time to sit and think about how things were going in East Texas with my Grannie.

Friday (which was my Friday off) we were up early - I had a hair appointment and we decided to get Emma a new shorter cut, too! I was cringing see all that hair on the ground, but she loves it! And now that's it's done I have to admit I really do think it's pretty cute!!
Emma's new haircut
After we (the girls) got our hair cuts we headed to Bouncing Bears and Emma & Aaron played and did tandem flips and ran and jumped and jumped and jumped!

I would like to say they wore themselves out, but honestly they were still ready to go! We grabbed a late lunch with Geddo (my daddy) and they continued to play at Chick-fil-A for another hour or so...I would love to have that kind of energy again!

Afterwards we made it to get Aaron's haircut, too and a few more errands before heading home. Daddy finally took Aaron's trainging wheels off this bike this weekend, too and I have to say he is a pretty quick learner!

Aaron was so proud & kept asking, "Are you so proud of me?" Oh yes, so very proud!! It's also a good workout for daddy! LOL
Saturday was spent splashing around in the water most of the day and I didn't take a thing with me, so I don't have any pictures at all! The first half of the day we were at Splashtown with the neighbors and the second half of the day we grilled & played outside with our other neighbors! We really are blessed to have such great friends living on either side of us!
When I was in Broaddus I had turned off my Sunday morning alarm clock and forgot to turn it back on, so needless to say we slept late on Sunday and didn't make it up in time for church. After we finally all did get up and moving we headed out to Trader's Village. I haven't been there in years and honestly can't remember if Emma had ever been there. I know Aaron hasn't...they immediately found some fun things they wanted! I was on board with Emma's find - I wouldn't mind that swing on my back porch either, and while Aaron's find was so adorably cute, I am not ready to bring a rabbit into the house!!!
Found some stuff they wanted right away...
I did consent to a few other things they found! We've finally started upgrading Aaron's room to a big boy decor and it's a sports theme of course! So JJ Watt, Nolan Ryan, & John Cena have found their way upon his wall - along with a few other finds! Emma found a nice stretched canvas for her room too with the characters from Frozen and her own little John Cena action figure. I didn't know if she was going to keep it in the package or open it at first, but five minutes after being back in the truck she had it open! LOL
But this is what they left with!
"You can't see me!!!"
"You can't see me!!!!"
Daddy loved all the sports memorabilia, too I have to say...I asked a couple times if he was planning to move into Aaron's room, too!

It was a very, very full weekend and I'm so grateful for all the fun! We had a lot of great family time! This week is also going to be a VERY full week at work, so I hope that means that it moves fast!!

Monday, July 07, 2014

July 4th Weekend

I had a nice long 4 day weekend for the holiday. It was nice to have Thursday off with nothing planned - we had a relaxing first have to the day then got busy working on the kids' rooms. It was like spring cleaning all over again! It was nice to clear out so much of the clutter, though.

Friday we celebrated with neighbors & friends & family. We grilled & popped fireworks and the kids played in the was so much fun!
Had a great time celebrating our Independence Day with all these wonderful littles!! They should all sleep quite well tonight, too!
July 4th
July 4th
The next morning we headed up to East Texas early to spend the rest of the weekend with my Grannie. I haven't posted about it b/c I wasn't sure how things were going to go, but my Grannie (who will be 100 in August) hasn't been doing too well. She's lived alone for 29 years since my grandfather passed away.

Grannie has been very active and lived alone & really has not had any serious health problems until now...but she has been in the bed going on four weeks now and under constant care. The blessing is that she is able to be at home and my mother has been by her side 24/7. My SIL is there daily as well to take care of her and the rest of the family is helping as much as possible. I've been up every weekend except one and am going back again next weekend. In the beginning she needed someone to sit up all night with her, but she is sleeping more now so I just sleep in the room with her and am there if needed and am able to doze off and on through the night - when I'm not there that is what my mother does. I really wish I was ale to be there more to help out, but with the kids and work I am doing all that I can now.

Emma and Aaron love their Grannie and Emma says she understands what is going on - that Grannie is very sick and getting ready to go live with Jesus and that she won't physically be here on Earth with us anymore. She said it would be okay, though b/c when we go to heaven we will be able to be with her again. I nearly cried when she told me that. Even though she seems to understand she is a little apprehensive about it all - she will come in and hug and kiss Grannie hello or goodbye or some stand by her bedside, but you can tell she is trying to take it all in. Aaron on the other hand, just jumps up on the stool next to Grannie and tells her stories or says "Grannie I want to hold your hand..." and he will reach out and take her hand or lean in so she can put her hand on his cheek. It's beautiful.
Aaron telling Grannie stories!!!
The kids sang Happy Birthday to her, too - even though she won't be 100 until next month. In conversation with my SIL she said something about she might not make 100 so my SIL ordered her a beautiful bouquet of flowers and balloons & said, well let's just celebrate now! It was very sweet! So, I guess every day will be her birthday now until the actual day, which is August 15th!!
I brought water balloons and sparklers for them to play with outside and there are lots of adventures in the country - they can't stay quiet all the time so it's good for them to be outside as much as possible, which they love anyway!
Makin' s in the dark!
There is also a super friendly cow in the pasture that I assume was bottle fed. Everytime I go up I see it and feed it and I was anxious for the kids to finally get to...Aaron is the biggest animal lover I've ever met!! Saturday she was out there & the kids got to feed & pet her!
Leaving Sunday was hard. Harder than every other time I've left. I can see how hard it is for my mother and wish I could be there more for her to lean on. You can prepare yourself for these things, but in the end you're never really ready. These two women mean the world to me. I have been blessed to be daughter & granddaughter to them. So much of who I am I owe to these two women.
It was hard to leave them this afternoon. These two women are the world to me & I've been blessed to be daughter & granddaughter to them. I'll see you next weekend!!!

I love you Grannie!