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!
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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!
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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 SqueezedOnline.com - 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!
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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???
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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
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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 dish...my niece and I got to practice our folding technique, too!!

Mom showing us how to do it the right way!
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First roll done and pan prepped to hold them all for cooking...
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Then we got our assembly line going to speed trough the process...
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Teta showing Emma how to properly roll them up...she was proud of the good job she did!
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Oh heaven....so so so yummy and even better homemade!!
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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 endeavor...it 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!
  Dinner!!!!
"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!
Pitchin!
Gettin crabby!!!
Beautiful sunset tonight at the beach!
We did have some rainy days while we were there, but it really wasn't that bad...it 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 besties...one 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!
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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!!
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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