Sunday, May 30, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
About a month ago, my friend saw my empty garden boxes and said, "I bet the girls would love to help you grow something in there." Now why didn't I think of that?? They love to play outside, so the next morning we got to work cleaning these bad boys out. There's four of them and they have really good soil! (When we were getting ready for Presley's first birthday party, which we planned for an outside party, we cleaned them out and through some vegetable plants in there. Well it pretty much rained during her party, so everyone was inside. But that wasn't the point of my back story. Those plants grew with such little effort - like we watered when they looked dead. And we got so many tomatoes, bell peppers, jalapenos, we didn't know what to do with them! It's the soil, I tell ya!)
So here's the before. (camera phones are so handy!)
And here's the first box cleaned out (kinda).
Once they were all cleaned out, I had to wait for the soil to be warm (it must have been during once of those cold fronts), and then a couple days later, we planted seeds this time. We planted squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, and jalapenos. I thought it was funny because the back of the squash packet said something to the effect of "plant and 72 days later harvest." Forgot to mark my calendar...
Things are growing and I just picked all the weeds from a couple of the boxes. So in approximately 36 more days, come over and we can have a squash!
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Like with everything I have to give you a little back story. We are simple people. I come from a long line. "Don't need it!" is our philosophy! (That has a back story, in itself!) Of course sometimes we stray from our simple path in every day things, but for the most part we don't get all overboard, especially about Hallmark Calendar days and really even birthdays (except for the kids, because their kids!). It's just another day to me. If you want to do something nice for me, don't' wait until Mother's Day, do it today!! I'm so NOT high maintenance! Well Price comes from high maintenance. He's not (or not anymore...), but his mom and sister, Shelly, will be the first to tell you, they're high maintenance. It's who they are! And we love them for it!
So this past mother's day weekend, I've already mentioned that we went to the lake with my fam. We got home late Saturday night and on Sunday evening, we went to Shelly's to celebrate Mother's Day and Jacqueline's (P's niece) birthday. We decided to just go eat some barbecue for dinner. After I had come back from the restroom for the second time during dinner (gotta love potty trained children), I caught the tail end of a conversation between Price and Honey and Shelly. They were saying something to the effect of "I can't believe you didn't get anything for Tay for mother's day." And I said, "Well did you tell them what I got you for Father's Day?" And he said, " Oh yeah, uhhhh - NOTHING!" Then we both laughed and gave each other knuckle bumps!
The look on their faces! (giggling) Maybe you had to have been there, but obviously I'm still laughing!
I say Price isn't high maintenance 'anymore' because there was a year early on (it's been so dang long, I don't know if we were dating or married) that he did get his feelings hurt that I didn't get him at least a card. I think he figured out my love language is not gift giving. However. HOWEVER, there have been many gift giving incidents gone bad that deserve a little attention here. When we were first dating, I scrapped up all the money I had and bought him a nice watch (in the $100 range, which at the time was like $1000), which never once graced the likes of his wrist. Then he lost it somehow. Well then it turned into the watch that wouldn't die. (giggling) We STILL talk about that watch. Well then there was a guitar. He didn't ask for the watch, but he asked for the guitar. Did he learn? Hell no. Then his dad gave it away from a storage we shared with PASCO (or PASCO shared with us). I still have storage insecurities. I'm a hoarder by nature. My offspring doesn't even like to leave her dresses at the dry cleaner.
So anywho, there was a time I tried. And he's tried to get me gifts too. He still does, bless his heart.
BUT in all seriousness, Price is such a great husband and father and no gift could compare to what he does for me and the girls every single day. Sure, he's a real stinker sometimes, but so am I - way more than he is, if I'm being honest! And he puts up with me! He's my best friend and I am so thankful that he's my husband....
So babe, all this horn tootin' I'm doing on your behalf, consider it your early Father's Day gift!
Oh my...all this husband-appreciation-talk made me just realize our anniversary is coming up.... By the way, Price and I made a pack that we'd remind each other along the way that our anniversary is coming up and we'd never let the other one forget. (Because I'm the person who'd forget!)
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
My mother-in-law also is an awesome cook and I've called her on many a recipe too!
Here's what I like about a recipe - easy, quick, and I can remember all the ingredients in my head (no easy task).
Anyway this recipe is worth sharing and it fits my short criteria!
Pico de Gallo
6 Roma tomatoes, diced
1 bunch of cilantro, cut
1 large yellow onion, diced
6 jalapenos, diced and seeded (use the knife to do this or it will get under your fingernails and burn!)
the juice of one whole lemon (although I used lime tonight and it was good)
six to ten shakes of red wine vinegar (if I had to guess, prob about 1/4 cup)
lots of Lawry's season salt (sprinkle the top all the way across and back again)
Stir and let it sit for 30 minutes so the flavors marinate and it makes a juice. Then stir again. We ate with chips, but you can add it to anything and all the colors are beautiful!
The next time I bring something to a get together, this is what I'm taking! If you make it, let me know if you like it! And if you need clarification on anything, don't hesitate to call me!
Here she is with her sweet teachers.
We have the summer off and I am glad to have a more relaxed morning schedule. We have some activities on the calendar, but no where we have to be at nine in the morning! In other words, we can get up slowly and I can have my friend and ally - caffeine - behind me as we start the day.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
I briefly cut out naps in an attempt to get them down earlier and have some down time for myself to enjoy with Price. Because when they take a long slumber in the afternoon, they don't go back down for the night until 9:30 - 10:00 PM. Honestly, I don't know what worked better for them... But I know my blog love suffered because I'd do my photog work then also. So now we are back to napping during the day and here I am. And I must say, Mama needs the down time! Now, I know I could wake them up after like a hour, but that is like the 11th commandment in my book, 'thou shall never wake a sleeping child'.
Here's some catch up pics to where we are currently.
Mother's Day weekend we went out on the bus (wish I had a picture of the girls on or by the bus, which my dad's converted 1960ish bus to motor home) all the way to Lake Lavon, 30 or so minutes from the house. Price and I got a one day fishing license and it was SOOO much fun!!
Teagan and Presely had some mini fishing poles to use.
Presley actually caught that - it's not bait, but could have been!!
You reeled in a fish every cast. I've never experienced that before. My mom said her farmer's almanac said it was a great fishing weekend, and it did not disappoint! I used to go fishing with the parentals, but if I went it was sure to mean that we wouldn't catch anything!
In other events, Daddy is the new manicurist on duty. If you need your toenails/fingernails painted, he is your man! He even painted my toenails on mother's day (purposely no photo inserted - you wouldn't want to see my feet!) and did a mighty fine job!
Here's Presley at her preschool class Easter egg hunt. Lil sis is helping find eggs.
The girls have gotten really close these last few months. They REALLY have a close bond and play together all day! God really knew what he was doing with these two - in every aspect! Remember we hadn't planned Teagan. But God knew exactly what he was doing, as always!! It's just so sweet to watch them play. They have a new ongoing game they've been playing called 'Tallalula'. I have no idea where the name came from, but Presley is the mama and Teagan is a baby named Tallalula. Price and I are Pappy and Grandmother. And we often watch the baby while the mama goes off to have dinner with friends. (I honestly don't go to dinner with friends that much!) I'm really glad that this is the last week of school for Pres because Teagan is just out of sorts when she is gone. Don't get me wrong, they fight like MMA stars too. But still.... And so we have a summer of adventures in our future!!
Here's Pres holding Weegie like a mama. They are watching a movie together and this is how I found them.
And this seems like forever ago - oh because it was!! Here are the girls in their Easter dresses over at Aunt Shell's. Can you beleive that was the best I got? Of course you can!! (I actually forgot to bring my camera to my brother-in-laws parent's house, where my family celebrated first. Shame!) Anyway, we had a great Easter! Thank you, Jesus for dying on the cross so that we may have eternal life! Amen!
I think that just about catches us up to speed...