Monthly Archives: October 2012

My hero

I’m talking about my husband here. I really don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have a husband who is handy. I guess I would spend a lot more money buying things or hiring people. But luckily, I don’t have to do that because Jason is the handiest guy around.

He opened the last box of toys while I was out of town a couple of weeks ago. I had been holding off on this box because I knew what was in it. The dreaded dress up stuff. I say it is dreaded because it was easily the least organized thing in the playroom in Houston. We were trying to stuff all the stuff in some broken down Disney Princess box. First, there was way too much stuff to fit in the box. Second, it’s not like it ever really made it back to the box anyway. So for the last couple of weeks, I feel like I’ve been spending way too much time griping at the girls about the princess dress explosion that would happen several times a day. When I got tired of that, I was spending too much time picking it up myself.

Then I found this pictures on Pinterest:

Totally perfect, right? But then I started thinking (which Jason always loves). That’s great for the dresses and shoes, which I pictured lined up neatly in the bottom. But what about all those little accessories? I needed something for those. So I kept looking and came across this:

Now that really IS perfect! It is also $210. :-/

So I showed the first picture to Jason and the site with the plans. Simple. But then I asked if he thought he could modify the plans to make it the dress up storage of my dreams (What? Like you don’t dream about organizational ideas too?) And because Jason is in the business of making my dreams comes true, this is what I got:

Can you see the light shining from Heaven and hear the Angels singing?

No?

Yeah, me either. Because it looked like that for all of 15 minutes and it was back to this

All so some barbies and princesses could have a boat.

Oh well, I still love my handy man and appreciate that *I* have a wonderful storage solution when *I* clean up the dress up clothes.

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Run, Cady, RUN!

This weekend was the Downtown Fall Festival in my hometown. I decided to run the accompanying 5K and Cady decided she wanted to run the kids 1K run.

The 1K was following the 5K, so I was glad that Poppa offered to run with her. I would have, but I really didn’t want to. It was SUPER cold this morning.

Cady waiting for the race to start. Total pro. (Why is that other little girl giving my kid the side eye majorly?!? LOL!)

And she’s off!

1K is just about half a mile. Poppa said she did good. Coming in for the finish

She ended up getting 2nd place in her age division. I got 1st in mine.

 

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SUYL – Halloween Costumes

Kelly’s Korner is doing a link up about Halloween costumes. So, I decided to take a little walk down memory lane.

For Cady’s first Halloween in 2008, she was a sweet little honey bee. She was 8 months old.

2009, Cady was Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz.

It just so happened that her best friend was the Wicked Witch of the East (the one the house fell on)

2010 was Cady’s last solo Halloween. And like a little Diva, she had a costume change. For school, she wore a bee costume
that she was gifted.

And for Trick or Treating Halloween night, she was a butterfly.

2011 was the first year of theme costumes. Cady was Little Bo Peep and Hadley was her sheep.

This year, I had to be a bit more creative. Cady had definite opinions on her costume choice this year, so I let her take the lead and tailored Hadley’s around that. I usually wait until Halloween for the big “reveal” but since they wore their costumes to Boo at the Zoo, I can post them

Cady the Pirate and Parrot Hadley

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Pumpkin Patch Field Trip

Cady’s class went on a field trip today to a local farm/pumpkin patch. I was lucky enough that Jason was able to stay with Hadley, so I could focus on having a good time with my big girl.

She was excited! She had to ride in my car because the school van was full.

Apparently the ponies weren’t feeling it today, so we had to do that first so they could rest.

After that we just had some free time to explore all the different parts of the farm

There was a haystack maze

A tricycle racetrack. Cady loved this! I’ve heard rumors that Santa is bringing her a bike this year, and I think it’s a good choice. She’s almost a pro.

She dug for treasure

She played twister

Climbed hay bales

This farm had a really cool corn maze that the kids wanted to go through. I’m not sure we technically came out an exit, but we made it out.

As always, pumpkin patches are great for photo opportunities

We all ate some lunch and then took some group pictures.

A sweet one of the 2 Pre-K classes

And a silly one

And finally, we took a hayride around the farm. It was a great end to a great day with my sweet girl!

 

 

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State Fair

Friday night after Boo at the Zoo, the girls went home with Nana and PawPaw John. We met back up with them on Sunday and we all went to the State Fair. It has been forever since I’ve been to the Arkansas State Fair.

Cady was so excited to ride some rides. She saw this slide first thing and had to go down it 3 times.

Hadley has never been much of a fan of riding rides, but I thought she might be interested in some slow kiddie ones. So she and I went on an elephant ride.

She liked it at first, but that didn’t last too long. We got a lot of “I don’t like it” after we got off the ride.

She still acted like she wanted to go on rides, so I thought maybe if she could ride with cool older sister Cady she might like it better. It worked like a charm every time.

They rode a couple of trains

A waverunner

And a four wheeler

By this point, Hadley was over the riding, so while she did this….

Cady did this…

And I did this!

That, my friends, is a Red Velvet Funnel Cake with powdered sugar and a cream cheese drizzle. Honestly, the only different I could tell in the actual funnel cake was that it was red. It didn’t seem to taste any different to me. But that cream cheese drizzle was a stroke of genius. I think that should always be an option on a funnel cake.

We had a great time at the fair. While it’s no Houston Rodeo, it was a lot of fun and the girls are already looking forward to next year!

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Boo at the Zoo

Friday night we met up with Nana and Pawpaw John at Boo at the Zoo.

I had never been to the Boo at the Zoo festivities in Little Rock. We went every year to Zoo Boo in Houston and had a lot of fun. But this is totally different. First, it is at night. That adds a whole level of fun (and chaos) to a regular trip to the zoo. They also have a lot more special activities set up. There is “trick or treating” and haunted house and haunted train rides. They have carnival rides and games set up as well. The girls loved it all.

Another difference is that people are really encouraged to wear their costumes. And maybe they are in Houston as well, but since it could easily be in the 90’s (or above) around Halloween, most people don’t wear costumes.

The girls were very excited to wear their costumes. Cady is a pirate this year and Hadley is her parrot.

This was the only picture I snapped. Like I said, the crowded zoo at night is a little chaotic. But there will be 2 more opportunities for me to get great pics of them in their costumes since they will be trick or treating at school Halloween morning and obviously going out on Halloween night.

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Recent Happenings via Instagram

Here’s what I have on my cell phone from recent.

This smart little cookie was playing with her tools. She wanted a tool belt like daddy, but that’s one thing that isn’t a part of her tool collection. So she brought me a ribbon and asked me to tie around her waist. I did. She ran away and came back like this. She came up with it all on her own.

We bought this tee ball set back in Houston, and we’ve been getting quite a bit of use as the weather cools off more and more.

One weekend while Jason and I watched the Bears, Nana and Pawpaw John took the girls to a petting zoo or something. All I know is I got a text with Cady on a horse.

And Hadley fed some goats

A couple of weeks ago, Cady and I got to help a friend out a bit and hang out with her her daughter for a few hours. Cady is a natural babysitter. She had a lot of fun with Charlotte

I went in to check on Cady before I headed to bed one night and discovered she had fallen asleep “reading”

This was a few mornings ago before school. They sat like this and asked me to take their picture.

Yesterday afternoon, we were playing around with my phone and started taking pics together and making the same faces.

This was supposed to be mad, but Cady looks more confused

Surprised/Excited

And this little thing is just the most super sweetest

And finally from last night, they were just playing together so well last night. They love each other so much and it just thrills my heart. It is one of the biggest reason I wanted 2 children and was so happy for 2 girls. Built in BFF’s for life!

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Random Videos

Just a few videos I’ve had on my phone for a couple of weeks

I don’t know where Cady came up with this robot dance, but she was cracking me up with it.

Jason was naming off dances for Cady to do. Hadley got in on the action, but I couldn’t hold it together when he busted out Wang Chung. And I think he actually meant Gangnam Style! HA!

And on a daily basis Hadley blows my mind with her speech and vocabulary. It’s strange because she is still so much a baby in so many ways, but I can have conversations with her like she is Cady’s age. Sometimes it is hard to remember that she is not even 2 yet!

Oh and it totally cracks us up that she gets SO excited about everything

 

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The Color Run

This weekend my BFF (I’m so happy to be living close to her again!) and I went to Memphis to participate in The Color Run with some other girlfriends!

After learning of The Color Run over a year ago, I wanted to do one so badly. But they just weren’t nearby. Then the one in Memphis got booked and I signed up immediately.

Thursday night Jason and I attended the Brad Paisley concert and then Jenny and I had some good times on Beale Street Friday night. So I was a little tired and then had to get up a bit too early for my tastes. But it was worth it.We had a great time!

If you have a chance to participate in this race, you totally should! Arkansans, it is the 10th of November in LR and I don’t think it is sold out (I’d totally do it again, but we are having Hadley’s birthday party that day). My Texican friends, it is November 11th, but it *might* already be sold out. And yes, it can SELL OUT! There were something like 50,000 participants at the Memphis race! Totally an experience.

 

 

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SUYL – Tailgating edition

This past week on Kelly’s Korner “Show Us Your Life” series was tailgating recipes. As everyone knows, we are a football lovin’ family and now that we are back in Central Arkansas, we are taking full advantage of being able to attend the home games for UCA. We have been loving tailgating before the games with our friends. Even on ridiculously cold and wet Saturdays like this past one.

One of the best parts of tailgating is the food! (isn’t that one of the best parts of anything?) I’ve been making some old favorites and I found a few new recipes to add to the mix.

My old standby that I make for EVERYTHING are Sausage Cream Cheese Crescents. I’ve been making these for years.  I don’t know where I came across the recipe, but everyone always loves them. And they are beyond simple. We started out calling them Dirty Diapers, but that’s just really gross. So I got a little less original with the name.

Sausage Cream Cheese Crescents

1 pkg breakfast sausage (I prefer to use spicy)

8 oz cream cheese

1 pkg refrigerated crescent rolls.

First, you brown and drain your sausage. Mix that with softened cream cheese. Spoon the sausage mixture into the crescents and fold them up (this is the hardest part, really) They don’t have to look pretty. Mine rarely do. Then just follow the baking directions on the crescent roll package.

How simple is that?!!?!?
My other go to is also something I’ve been making for almost a decade. When I was an RA in college, one of my projects was a holiday cookbook with favorite recipes submitted by residents and staff members. The Dean of students at the time submitted her tortilla roll up recipe. Once again, it is crazy simple, but people always seem to love it.

Tortilla Roll Ups

8 oz cream cheese

4 oz diced green chilies, drained

4 oz sliced black olives, drained

1.5 cups sharp cheddar cheese

garlic powder and seasoning salt to taste

10 inch flour tortillas.

First, mix all ingredients other than tortillas together. Spread the cream cheese mix over a tortilla. Roll up the tortilla and wrap in saran wrap. I like to then refrigerate them overnight. Before you serve, slice into 1 inch slices. You can serve on their own or with salsa.

Pinterest has also been a wealthy of great tailgating ideas. I’ve recently tried two new recipes I found there.

First, is a simple variation of the Tortilla Roll Ups: Chicken Enchilada Roll Ups. These are delicious and easy. They were also met with raves.

I tried a new one this weekend that I’ve been seeing all over Pinterest: Rotel Cups. This was another really simple recipe. I did make one mistake though. I made them the night before. They were stellar on Friday night. But the phyllo cups got a bit soggy after sitting overnight. So these may be ones to make day of.

Now that the weather is cooling off, we are trying to come up with good ways to have warm food available at our tailgate, so I’m definitely going to be getting some ideas from the other contributors to this SUYL week.

 

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