Sunday, March 27, 2011

Scrapbook Pages

Today was a great day! I woke up and immediately exercised (after not having done so in just over a week), then chilled a little while before taking DeVon to the park. The park ended up being really nice, and peaceful too. It was fun! Then we went grocery shopping on the way home. DeVon's such a trooper at the grocery store. It was then nap time so I put him down. He wasn't falling asleep so I ended up getting him out of bed so we could go do laundry at our friend's place. That didn't happen. The guys were tuckered out from golfing so we just chilled some more. I got bored so I took DeVon to the pool for the first time this year! It was freezing but easy to get used to. We swam for about an hour and then I had to bribe him to get out because his lips were turning blue. Oh, did I mention he turned 3 on friday? I can't believe it. I've been waiting for him to turn 3 because it's felt like he's been 2 for 2 years but when the day came, I just wanted him to stay 2! Never realized how sad kids' birthday's can be for a parent. Well, without further ado, here are my latest scrapbook pages. Maybe one day I'll actually be done scrapping 2008!

Alpha - Hello Sunshine by Kelly Mickus
Papers - Family Tree by ?
Back Brown Paper - Texture Files by HSG
Black Stitching - Jen Yurko Designs
corner stitching - Miya J.
White stitching - Follow Me Mini Kit from Digital Scrap Cafe

Artemia by After 5 Designs

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Truth and Tell Tuesday - I Lie To My Son...And He Likes It!

DeVon loves Happy Meals more than any other food. (BAAAD!! I know, I know, it's my fault). So, since I'm not gonna go out and get him a Happy Meal every day, I just make him one. One day we went to McDonald's and the Happy Meal came in the original Happy Meal box and not a bag. I love nostalgic things so I kept it as a souvenir before they never existed again. Well, I'll have to get a new one to use as a souvenir because every day for lunch DeVon asks for a Happy Meal and one day we decided to just trick him. We have a huge bag of Mickey Mouse chicken nuggets so we made a few, grabbed one of his toy cars, and made him a Happy Meal! Tony even went so far as to go out the door and knock so DeVon would open the door and find the Happy Meal there! Now he knows that I make it, but he likes it. He even helps me cook the food to put in the Happy Meal box. But of course his favorite part is finding what toy he got. So cute :)

So now tell me, is there anything you lie to your kids about? Or "trick" them?

And now I'm going to leave you with a picture of the cute little man making me "pizza"

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Staying True to Texas Stereotypes

Yes, that's an armadillo. These pictures are actually from 2008. I was visiting my parents in Houston. They're always having armadillo trouble. They dig up the landscaping, creating these huge holes and ruining plants. I took these pictures because Tony is from California and didn't believe we actually caught an armadillo. To most people, they seem like fictional animals because it's something they never see. Well, I'm telling you, they're real! And this little bugger got CAUGHT! After they catch it, my dad takes it and releases it. I've read that they'll return if they're not let out more than a mile away. I wonder if it's always the same one that returns. They're...kinda cute... in a gross creature, leprosy carrying kinda way... I remember as kid, we were at the baseball fields and some lady had a pet armadillo! Some people are just crazy like that I guess. So to all you non-Texans, here's your proof that they exist :)

Monday, March 21, 2011

In Loving Memory

People have more of an impact on people's lives than they know. This is in remembrance of someone who I crossed paths with way back in junior high and probably had no idea that I would always remember her. I was a very quiet kid (emphasis on the very). I had my friends, but I didn't make new friends - ever. Most people just ignored me and let me be, and I was more than fine with that. This story starts in 1997 in Ms. Boyd's sixth grade Reading class. I got transferred into the class a few days into the school year and got seated at a table with 3 other people. I don't remember who 2 of the people were, but the third was Melissa Mercer. I went about my way of quietness and ignoring everyone around me, but she made a point to talk to me. She talked to me every day in that class. She didn't fall into my quiet trap and start ignoring me. No matter how untalkative I remained, she still continued talking to me. I started missing her on the days she wasn't there. Then the school year ended. We never had another class together again. She never knew what her kindness and friendship meant to me. Throughout the rest of junior high, I made a point to say hi to her in the halls. It was the only way I knew to how to thank her for her kindness. Then we went on to high school. I went to a fairly large school, but it's surprising that I never had a class with her or that I very rarely saw her in the halls. The few times I did see her, I gave her my shy little wave and half smile. I doubt she remembered who I was but she always waved and beamed a smile back. There are not enough people like her in the world, and sadly (and the reason I'm crying as I write this) she was taken from this world our junior year of high school. I think about her quite often. I cry for her. I cry for her family. I cry for her friends.  I just wish she knew what impact she had on me. I hope I have had or will have that kind of impact on someone else's life. In loving memory of Missy <3

Thursday, March 17, 2011

I've run out of motivation to workout. A couple weeks ago, I was working out at least 3 times a week. In the past 2 weeks, I've worked out once. ONCE! And I'm finding it hard to get motivated again. I have to workout at home, and I hate working out in front of the tv. I have the P90X videos, but honestly, standing in front of the tv for an hour is not my idea of a fun workout, so I gave up on those. I have an elliptical and that's pretty much what I stick with. I do this video every once in a while:

And there's one workout I do almost every time I workout, but I couldn't find it. Anyway, the above workout is killer. You WILL be sore. The girl Zuzanna has a billion workouts on youtube. I haven't checked any of the other ones out though.

Most people listen to music while they workout. I like to watch TV/movies. Because my elliptical is so loud, I need something with closed captioning - which rules out instant Netflix :( My dad has this thing with scouring the $5 dvd bins and giving us completely random dvds for Christmas. This last Christmas I got the first season of Boy Meets World and the First Season of Punky Brewster. Gotta love my dad :) So right now, I'm watching Boy Meets World while I workout.

So TELL me. What is your favorite home workout? And do you like to do anything while working out to make the time go by faster?

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sugar Cookies - Disaster!

I've never decorated cookies before so i decided to give it a try. I wanted to practice before DeVon's birthday party so I made some for his friend's birthday. Here's what I did wrong

1. I have 2 piping tips. I assumed the smaller one would be better for piping and the bigger one would be better for filling. WRONG! Next time I'll definitely switch that.

2. I thinned the icing for filling WAY TOO MUCH.

3. The thinned icing didn't taste quite right. I needed to add just a little more vanilla after thinning it.

Here's how they turned out:

After the piping. I most definitely do NOT have a steady hand. I'll have to work on that. I actually like the hearts.

After filling in. Yeah, I opted not to fill in the heart cookies once i saw how messy it was. That was a good choice.

Do you see what I mean by DISASTER!?

Oh boy. I almost don't want to make cookies for DeVon's birthday, but I guess I can try again. At least I know where I went wrong.

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House of Hepworths
Young and Crafty

Monday, March 14, 2011

Inspiration, Garage sale, Party

The weekend before last, DeVon got invited to his first birthday party! He's really shy, so for the first 2/3 of the party, he just sat on our laps. He freaked when we tried putting him in the moon bounce with the other little kids right when we got there, but eventually (when he was the only kid in there) he wouldn't get out of it! He also enjoyed hitting the pinjata. While the birthday boy was hitting the pinjata, DeVon kept trying to go up to it (buzz lightyear) and punch it to death. All in all, it turned out to be a good experience for him. DeVon turns 3 in a couple weeks and I'm excited to see how the party turns out. It's going to be golf themed.

This past weekend, I made cookies for another one of his friends' birthday so stay tuned for that post. (It was a disaster!)

While at Target last weekend, my husband picked up a new loofa for the shower and when I walked in the bathroom last monday, I stopped in my tracks. The color was so pretty! It was so springy and inspiring I had to take a picture of it. One day I will paint something this color.

This weekend I went garage sale-ing for the the first time since I was a kid! I found a couple garage sales close to each other on craigslist and went and checked them out. I ended up with a tray, a decorative ball, 4 picture frames, lego blocks, a golf putting game, a tin can, a lap eating tray (wiggles themed), dog figurines (I couldn't tell DeVon no) and 4 Mr. Potato Heads! I think the Mr. Potato Heads were my best find and the only thing i took a picture of :)

4 bucks for all of that! That would cost around $40 new! I don't even know how to use some of the stuff. He's evolved a little since I last had one but I was glad to see the classic items still there.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Truth and Tell Thursday

OMG, I've gotten so much studying done today! It's getting fun and interesting so I choose to study over cleaning and exercising :) Has it really been a week since the last truth and tell? Geez time flies. Well, today's truth really belongs in OCD's "How Often Do You Clean It" Series. And it's really embarrassing.

My Truth: This is what it looks like beneath my couch cushions. EEEK! Yes, I let my 2 year old eat on couch. I can hear mom's lecturing all over the world. I know my mom lectures me about stuff like this... But you only live life once. I don't want my son to grow up scared I'm gonna get mad at him any time he drops a crumb. I don't think it's a big deal although most people will disagree with me. Oh well. I just need to vacuum it more often, apparently.

Yes, that's my husband's sock in the top left. They never seem to make it to the hamper.

And now for the tell part. Pleeeeaaaase tell me I'm not the only who's couch looks like this!

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Salsa Chicken and a Scrapbook page

First off, I want to say thank you to may newest followers! But on another note, I'm sorry my blog isn't my biggest priority. I've been studying for the CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate). I want to be a network engineer and am trying to get through this as quickly as possible! I'm only in module 6 out of 14, but hopefully I'll be done and be able to take the test come August or September. Then maybe, maybe, I'll be able to focus on my blog. Once I get a job though, we're gonna start thinking about moving again to a bigger/nicer apartment or rental house. We'll see. Maybe if i get a home office, I'll be able to concentrate on writing blog posts! Right now, all I can hear in my head while trying to hold a train of thought is Dora or Spongebob! On that note, here's a video of my son DeVon singing and dancing with the Fresh Beat Band! Start it halfway through. Isn't he the cutest? He loves his microphone (even though grandma got mad we took it from her house) :) Oh, have you seen Sweet Sugarbelle's blog? I'm sure you have, but isn't she amazing!? She's inspired me to make cookies so this weekend I'll be making some for DeVon's friend's birthday as practice for his birthday coming up. I'm pretty excited about it.

Okay, as promised, a scrapbook page:
Papers - A Retro Christmas from Little Dreamer Designs
Alpha by Libby Pritchett Designs
Journal Paper - Web Inspiration 1-23-11 by Katie Pertiet

And finally, a recipe. It's Queso Chicken and it was quite a while ago that I made it so I can't remember what star rating I would give it, but it's definitely a solid meal. Tastes like chicken (yum) with velveeta queso (yum). Simple as that. I paired it with broccoli.

Queso Chicken

6 boneless chicken breasts
3 teaspoons 
Seasoning for Tacos
8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
10 ounce can Ro-tel tomatoes, drained (tomatoes with green chilies)

Season the chicken breasts with the taco seasoning. Grill and keep warm while preparing the queso sauce.
In a medium microwaveable bowl, mix the cheese and cream. Microwave 2 minutes on HIGH to melt the cheese; stir until well blended and creamy. Whisk in the mayonnaise until smooth then stir in the Ro-tel tomatoes. Microwave about 2 minutes on 50% power until heated through. Serve the sauce over the chicken. Garnish with sliced green onions, if desired.

Thank you for reading and stop on by this weekend to see how my cookies turn out! I don't even own a rolling pin. Guess I'll need to remedy that!

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Friday, March 4, 2011

A Piece of Decoration

Decorate? What's that? When you move every few months, there's no such thing as decorating. We'll be in this apartment longer than we've been in any other one so yes, I would like to decorate. So far, I've only done one thing - hang up my chore board! I love it. I wanted to hang up all of our pictures, but I don't have any nails! Gotta go to Home Depot. I hung up the chore board by stealing some nail type things from my picture hanging kit. Need to change them when I buy nails. But anyway, my chore board sat unused on top of a bookshelf since we moved in in October and I'm so happy to finally have it put to use.

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Truth and Tell - Celebrity Crush Shhhh

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Did you ever see the episode of Friends where Ross and Rachel make lists of 5 celebrities they're allowed to have sex with? Well, if I had a list, there'd only be one name on it.

My not so secret celebrity crush is..........

Bradley Cooper!

I first saw him in Failure To Launch and fell in "love". He has a movie coming out this month - Limitless. I never go to the movie theater but will definitely see it when it comes out on dvd :) 

Who's YOUR celebrity crush? leave a comment!

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House of Hepworths
A Little Knick Knack
Tidy Mom
Lamb Around