Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Dinner was taken care of tonight

...by my sweet hubby!! I came home to Michael grilling - love these nights!! Grilled pork chops (Texas Ribeyes), steaks (dinner for tomorrow is done now, too!) and grilled veggies!! Yum-O!
Grilling
Emma was outside playing, so as soon as Aaron & I made it home he was outside playing with sister, too! They didn't get to play too long b/c raindrops started falling. Though, I don't know if they really would have minded staying out to play in the rain if I had let them!!
Train Play
Dinosaur Train & the Barbies went outside to play, too! I've told you before how much Aaron loves trains - notice the shirt!! Ha ha! He was so proud of this shirt - he had to point it out to the sitter first thing this morning! Emma had her Barbies set up in their playset and they took turns sliding!
Barbies on the Slide
We enjoyed a good dinner tonight - thanks Daddy - and have little mess since he grilled so the kitchen is already cleaned and we're moving on to playtime now! I love early nights like this so we have more time to play together before it's bath and bed time!
Hope you have a great evening, too!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

We love this beautiful weather

The weather here has been beautiful the last few days - yesterday we tried to stay out in it as much as possible! I just have a few pictures from playtime yesterday to share & then we are headed out again today! We went to church this morning and then after brunch came home to clean house a little and catch up on laundry - Emma played next door a while and Aaron is napping - which is much needed b/c he didn't get one at all yesterday! 
Cotton Candy Ice cream with Sprinkles Yum - Cold Stone
Sharing her ice cream with Aaron! I'm so proud when I see them be so nice to one another - and Emma is such a sweet big sister! I hope I will be able to say the same thing when they are both teenagers!
Sharing
They kept running up on Michael while we were playing and attacking him - then he got them back! I don't think they minded in the least, though!
Tickled by Daddy
And it is so great to watch kids play - adults could really learn a lot from them. Kids can all come together to play and you would think they had known one another their entire lives! Even the big kids would go out of their way to give Aaron the ball and let him play with them. I told them it was very sweet, but if they wanted to throw the ball they didn't have to give it to him - didn't matter, they still kept giving him the ball! So sweet!
Playing at Market Street
Playing at Market Street
At one point he did get upset over something - can't remember what now - and he had to sit down and pout a little. They were playing so hard (notice that red face) that he really needed the break anyway! LOL
Pouting
They both ran and ran and ran and ran...so it was no surprise that it was them that told me when it was time to go to bed last night. Aaron walked up to me with blankie and two dinosaurs in head and said, "Night Night"...then after I laid him down, Emma came to me and said, "I'm ready to go to bed now..." - I think we need to hit up that much play time on school nights, too!!
Emma Aaron
Well, I think it's time to get Aaron up from his nap - we've got more beautiful day to go out and enjoy!

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

Friday, March 23, 2012

A week of Instagram

Look at me with four posts in one week - it's rare that time allows that these days!! WooHoo!!
I thought I would join in with a favorite Link-Up this week...here is a quick view of the past week of Instagram pics!!

Week of Instagram



Thursday, March 22, 2012

New Recipes & Fun in the Tub

I've been trying several new recipes lately & so far really enjoying them all!

We also had a fun recipe for dessert! This was a two day effort b/c it involved Jell-O, which meant it needed to set up over night. We really aren't big Jell-O eaters, but I though this was pretty & figured the kids would like it! Emma did have a lot of fun mixing up all the leftovers to form a soupy messy of an unrecognizable color - Aaron just liked all the tastes he got along the way! LOL

Colorful goodness!!! A new dessert recipe tonight, too! #colorful
This was such a pretty dessert I just had to give it a try! My blocks were a little big actually, but if I do this again I'll be sure to use a more shallow dish for my Jell-O to set up in.
Glass Block Jello
I also made this new chicken recipe last night - Crescent Roll Chicken. It was good, but I had the regular crescent rolls instead of the jumbo by mistake. Also, I'm not a fan of cream of chicken soup so much, so next time I'll use mushroom instead. That's just my own preference.
(I'm not sure why I put the text on the picture I took of the chicken & not the Jell-O...LOL!)
Crescent Roll Chicken
 Since this recipe was so easy - dinner was fast & it was a fast clean up, so when it was time for bath we got in early and played a little longer than usual!!
TubTime
Emma really better watch out - when Aaron is bigger than her she is going to be in for it b/c of stunts like this! LOL
Time to rinse!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

This should be called OMG Chicken!!

So...last night I made Melt in Your Mouth Chicken...and it literally did melt in my mouth! I didn't even need a knife for this chicken. I could just pull it apart with my fork!! 

My niece told me she had a similar recipe for Chicken Parmesan & you just add Italian Bread Crumbs to the mixture. I might have to try that next time!

Needless to say, this was a hit & I'll be making it more often in the future!! Let me know what you think if you try it out!

Source: food.com via Hanna on Pinterest

Monday, March 19, 2012

Wonderful Weekend Weather for Playing Outside

Our weekend started off Friday evening with these crawly guys at my parents' house!! Michael is getting to be somewhat of a pro boiling crawfish I have to say! 
Hello sir! I am going to eat you soon!!! #crawfish
The next morning he got up early & left for a softball tournament so the kiddos and I hung out at Geddo & Teta's and played - we baked cookies, went on walks, played with the neighbors, planted vegetables for Teta's garden, shopped, & just had a fun day...a long day, too - it was around 9pm when we made it home! But those full days are so great to ensure my babes get a good night sleep, too!!
Are they done yet???
Emma said, "They're growing!!" #cookies #baking
He had to have a stroller like sister for our walk!
What one does the other has to do!! He had to have a stroller like sister I go on our walk!!
Playing at Geddo & Teta's
After church Sunday we came home long enough for the boys to take a nap - I got a little work done - Emma played with some of her new treasures (she is all about Zhu Zhu pets these days) and then we packed up a picnic & headed out for the rest of the day!

We spent the rest of the afternoon at the park playing - had a late picnic lunch - played some more...then headed out for dessert (Orange Leaf - yummy frozen yogurt)!! I love the pic of them on the dinosaur - they were "roaring" so their faces look so funny!! Aaron is all into dinosaurs theses days, particularly Dinosaur Train, so this was one of his favorites at the park!
Burroughs Collage
I love that their daddy is right in on all the action - sliding with them, swinging - Aaron had to push his daddy a few times!! And Emma was so proud that she doesn't need help on the monkey bars!
Burroughs Collage
Like I said - Daddy is right there on all the action - one comes down the slide, they all come down the slide!!! I love it!!!
Sliding
A short break for Daddy & Mommy to sit & watch our babies play!
Just a swingin!!!

When we came home all the kiddos were out back next door, plus several more that Bri was babysitting - so we opened up the gate between our houses & they all came over into our backyard to swing, blow bubbles, play soccer...we had a yard full of little people!!

So thankful for our wonderful weekend! We had so much fun...and again Saturday night my little people slept...well, like babies!! ;) Now that the weather is so nice (though the weatherman said we're going to have a NASTY storm tomorrow) it's great to be outside playing and burning off all that energy!

Hope you had a great weekend as well & Happy Monday!!

And we have a little project brewing - it takes a couple days to put it all together, so tonight or tomorrow I'll have an update - but here is a sneak peak!
We aren't dying Easter eggs!!! #colorful

Monday, March 12, 2012

Rodeo Re-Cap

A couple weekends ago we took the kids down to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. We had a blast - the rodeo is a tradition in Houston. In years past we would find ourselves going about 6-7 times to the rodeo and the concerts...now we end up only going once or twice usually! My how times change! LOL

The kids had such a great time - we got to play games, eat junk food, watch cute little pigs race, ride rides, and get up close and personal with the animals - and their cousins were there the same day so we got to catch up with them & play, too which was great!

This guy in particular was a ham - ya think he wanted me to be sure to get his good side, or what???
My animal lover gets as close as he possible can to the animals...we usually have to pull him off them b/c he's hugging them!
Emma gets a little braver each year, but she is much more cautious of the animals! This little guy appeared cute & harmless to her! :)
The bunny rabbits, though she loved and would have let them out of their cages if we'd have let her!
They got to plant seeds, grow veggies, sell them at the farmers market, & take their earnings to the store to shop - this was a cool stop we hadn't seen in years past, but will surely check out from now on!
And the carousel is always a must, too - I still love carousels so much! Last year Aaron was still a little small even for the carousel - this year, though he rode it like a pro!
Emma's favorite ride, which was also her favorite last year...the tea cups!! (Can you find my little man screaming in the background with daddy - he wanted to ride so badly with her. Next year big guy!!)
And...of course, you don't go to a carnival without eating junk food...BBQ, Cotton Candy, Caramel Apples, Fried Anything...we had space fries for the first time - they were yummy!
The choices were endless...and made for tough decisions!! I went with a pulled pork sandwich!
And my favorite...
Roasted Corn on the Cob!!! YUM!! This was my treat as we were heading home!!!
Ferris Wheels are iconic when it comes to carousels - you can see them from far far away, letting you know that there is fun going on!!! Like a beacon calling you in!
The sites alone at a carnival are awesome - especially at night when everything lights up!!!

It was so much fun, as always, but this year Aaron was a little older and able to do a few more things with Emma. He was still too short for any of the rides except the carousel - but next year he'll be hopping on all the rides with his big sister I think!

(And on a totally separate note - I think of this b/c there are a lot of pics in this post - do you see the frames and drop shadows around my pics? I can see it in Firefox, but not in Google Chrome or Internet Explorer - so I am just curious as to what browser you use and what you see!!)

If you're ever in the Houston area during the February - March time you should definitely put aside a day to visit the HLSR - it's always such a good time!

Soupy Monday Morning

Usually at this point in my drive (yes I snapped a quick pic driving in - I just wanted you to see what I saw...errr, didn't see) I see my office building towering over me. This morning this was my view, though! Nothing!!! If you're in the Houston or surrounding areas be careful driving this morning!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

A Rainy Weekend

It's raining, It's pouring...and it's been pouring for days!! The clouds have been our view for days...
Oh cloudy day!!!! #sky #clouds
Now those clouds are dropping down the rain on us!!
Rain #rain - go away!!!
I know we need the rain, but after several days in a row it's just gloomy...

We've had a full past few days, though - starting Thursday night. We went out for an easy dinner night & ended up trading in my car! I loved my car - I drove a Dodge Charger. Sporty & roomy & fun! But I knew we needed something with a little more room and I figured the best time was when my car was still worth something so I could get a decent trade in. We've been looking online for weeks and talking about what we wanted to get & Thursday after we ate we decided to just drive through a few dealerships to browse. Browsing turned to buying - isn't that the way it always is?? We just came upon a deal too good to pass up - I guess the salesman knew he wasn't going to have many others come out in the rain like we did so he didn't want to lose the sale - which was good for us!

We got an Expedition - fully loaded - with all the bells and whistles except 4WD (which I don't need) - and I love it!!! I figured this will be the last new car I get for a while b/c the next one will be Michael's so I got just what I wanted! Navigation system, back up camera, entertainment system, power 3rd row seats, power doors, leather, wood grain, and Microsoft sync so I can link it up to my phone and we're in business!! Did I mention that I love it??? Can ya tell! It's funny - I had a mustang, bought a jeep, then went to another car with my Charger, and am now back to an SUV - guess car buying is cyclical! LOL

Yesterday we celebrated Michael's dad's birthday and the cousins all got to get together and play! They had a lot of fun & I think they all wore one another out - mine were crashed in the car within five minutes of leaving!!

They taught their Uncle Chris how to do puzzles...
and helped their grandpa blow out candles...think they are all eyeing that cookie cake, or what???
and  posed for us to take pictures...

These are some cute kiddos!!

Today we're staying close to home...we were going to grill, but it's so yucky outside we're cooking indoors - Michael fixed up his yummy ribs and they are in the oven for later tonight. I got some shrimp all ready to be steamed and some yummy side fixing ready, too...mushrooms and onions for toppings are simmering on the stove. Aaron is taking a nap now & Emma is quiet, playing Barbies in her room - I think this might be the perfect setting for mommy & daddy to get cozy on the couch, listen to the rain, and get control of the tv with a  movie for while!!

Hope you're all having a great weekend, too!!