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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Well now

Things that are super fun that I love to do


1. Washing our clothes, towels, sheets...you name it in the bath tub. Yes the bath tub. All because our washer has given out. It's truly wonderful. Especially when my toddler thinks it is bath time and tries to climb into the tub a trillion times. And then screams bloody murder because he can't get into the tub.

2. carrying the ultra heavy, super soaked basket full of laundy to the dryer. realizing the towels are still super soapy, and throwing my hands up in a "screw it!" gesture. All the while said toddler is throwing a tantrum for me closing the dryer door. image


3. Playing with said toddler only to have everything you play with or do make him extremely frustrated and scream.


4.Trying to keep said toddler entertained and quiet while hubby takes a much needed nap.

5.Watching the toddler go into complete destructive meltdown mode because being quiet is for squares.









In the end. We finally settled down and went outside with some chalk....Sheesh!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Brown Spanish rice

Today has been kind of strange. Last night marked one week of us living in Athens. Man did that week go by slow...or it felt like it. I guess when you aren't in the hustle and bustle of the city that changes. James must have some big molars coming in because he has been nursing like crazy. Yes I still nurse, but he does eat three meals a day and little snacks too. Actually my husband pointed out in his Bio text book that mothers milk helps the mind grow faster In babies first two years. While I'm not sure I'm going to nurse till he's two, science says its best. Just interesting seeing as how society is kinda freaked out by breast feeding...

Anywho! It was kind of a dull day. Except I did make brownies and they came out pretty good. I got a little distracted with James so I left them in a little too long. Instead of fudge they were cakey...#bakermomproblems.

He also fought his nap like I've never seen....he was exhausted!



Well tonight I'm working with what we got and making brown Spanish rice...sorta.


1 cup of rice
Onion
Red bell pepper
Sauté all that in 2 tbs of olive oil.

Wait till the veggies are tender
Maybe like 3 to 5 minutes

Add 2 cups water...or any sort of veggie/ meat stalk
But since I didn't have that handy I put in a bouillon cube...those things rock
Some tomato sauce and diced tomatoes.
Salt
Pepper
Jalapeño
Red chile powder if ya got it (which I don't) sad panda
Garlic powder, but the cube has some in it already so not too much

Let it come to a boil

Cover with lid and turn the heat down a little
Wait 45 minutes or until rice is done!

Serve as side or out it in some tacos...or roll it up in some tortillas! Yay!




Saturday, February 16, 2013

Moms That Rock!

This weeks mama is......brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr (that's a drum roll if you didn't know)


Arielei Kinzer!

Her daughter Eliana and James share a birthday! She's older and soooo adorable. Look at that baby! I guess they really aren't baby's anymore....*sniff* wee are both in the early toddler...woo!

I asked Arielei some questions and from those answers I have just the greatest respect for her as a person and mommy. You will get to see that for yourself here in a bit. She and her husband are one of those gorgeous couples and they obviously are doing a wonderful job as soul mates and parents.

Arielei is pregnant with baby number two! I can't tell you how excited I am for them! I can vicariously live thru all my pregnant friends right now and it's just great...plus spoil all the new babies.


Q: What is. Your favorite thing about being a mommy?
A:"I think my favorite thing about being a mom is just being someone's very best friend. Children trust their mothers completely. Even if I have to do hard things like give her some medicine or hold her down at the doctors. She still looks to me for all her comfort and for an explanation of everything when she doesn't understand something. That's a big honor and it makes me strive to be the best mommy I can be."

Uhm wow she is amazing.
Q: Nervous about baby número two?
A:"I am nervous about another baby. Mostly just nervous about the newborn stage. The first few months are hard and with Eliana she took absolutely all my time. So I'm nervous about this one because I have to split my time between two, but I don't want to sacrifice how much time I spend with either child. I'm not sure how it will all work out."

Girl, if anyone can do it you can! And you have a little girl! She will want to help with baby. Like bringing you diapers!

Q:What are you most excited about with número two?
A:"The thing I am most excited about is seeing them play once the baby gets older. I can't wait to have a 15 month old and a 3 year old running around and doing crafts and having fun adventures with them."

Last but not least!

Q: if there was only one moral you could teach your children, what would that be?
A:"If there was just one moral I could pass down it would be that there is a God who loves us and who gives our lives greater meaning. It's not all about us and our wants, but it's about how we can bring joy to other people through our lives."



Pretty much. She's amazing. And is going to do fantastic with both of these children.

Enjoy your pregnancy! And hopefully one day James can meet his birthday buddy and new baby









Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentines Day!

I remember back in the day getting nerdy Harry Potter valentines day cards and trying to pick out the most romantic one to give to my crush in elementary school. Sadly, my crushes never returned the romantic cards, where the i in my name was dotted with a heart...no I got the "you rock" which basically means..."this was the last card and I almost forgot you...oh and we never talk so I don't really know what else to say" .



But Its all good. Now that I have James and Travis I will never be without a Valentine. These boys are the best. And I can't wait for next year when James and I can decorate cookies and make cute crafts for daddy. This year my V day present to Travis is attempting to get the rest of the house put together, a hot meal ready when he gets off, a really sweet photo album and my presence. Trav is in school so it won't be a very romantic night. As soon as he is done eating he has to start homework. Not to mention The rushing through our meals so we focus on helping the toddler eat. But hopefully we will have a date night soon...mother in law if you are reading this...nudge nudge. Oh and I am making granola bars home made...I rock.



Much love to you on this V Day.

Lucy :)

Monday, February 11, 2013

I'm back


I have so much to catch you all up on. I have moved out to the country! Now...reread that before you assume I'm in France. My husband is working for a family friend on his ranch. I always call Trav my cowboy, but now he actually is closer to that title.

Here is a picture of Travis being a cowboy....And he's ALL mine!   That's our doggy Ringo who has to live outside now. He hates it. :( I think he s getting over it slowly.












We love it out here and it's only been day three. Gorgeous trees. Gorgeous clean air (what a concept) oh and water. I can drink from the sink and it tastes amazing. I don't have to worry about the poison from the city water.

Travis and I get to live on our own for the first time in our marriage. It's awesome. I will post pictures once I unpack everythink. It's a different process with my crazy Toddler. James loves it out here too! He has been picking up sticks playing in dirt, and exploring our yard.

The ranch is behind us and to the side. I looked out the back window in the baby's room and saw antelope just chillin.....Yeah I could get used to this. super bummes about Brandon Moore being cut from King of The Nerds...he's the nerdiest.And he's Travis's cousins, fiance's brother.




I shall write more later!


Ciao!