Sunday, February 27, 2011

"day"te in Cowtown

On Friday morning, Ben and I drove to Fort Worth for my Silver Sneaker classes. I am now certified to teach yoga and cardio fit (5 certifications done and 2 more classes away till I can take my tests for group exercise fitness). After class, we went to hang out with one of my favorite friends, Lisa and her family. We grilled Hawaiian Chicken Sandwiches and homemade apple pie. Ben and I got to sleep through the night, which I can even say was not my favorite part of the weekend.
On Saturday, Lisa recommended Lili's Bistro. Fabulous lunch, we shared lamb pitas (think fancy smancy gyros) and tilapia tacos, did I say fabulous already? Fabulous.
Ben suggested we go to the zoo, but we opted for the stockyards instead. I have been looking for the perfect pair of cowboy boots for years, yes years. I knew Luskey's would have a selection so I could show Ben what I wanted (so he could "surprise" me later). For fun, I tried on every color & style on under the sun. Hubby, a former bull rider and bonified good ole boy helped us and I found my perfect boot for the perfect price.  Ben surprised me and bought them on the spot.   Afterwards we went to Riscky's and had fried pickles (no, not on our eat clean diet) while we waited for the Fort Worth Herd to run through the stockyards.  Hubby gave us tickets to the Saturday night rodeo, but we decided to save them for another weekend and take the girls.   We had a fabulous day out, but the best part was just hanging with my guy and having grown up (uninterrupted) conversation. 
Thank you Mimi and PawPaw for watching our kiddos.
Thank you Lisa and Brandt for dinner, hot shower and warm bed.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

evaluation results

We met with Early Childhood Intervention this afternoon and they were so impressed with Read's progress. He is in the 5 month age group for his social skills, means we have another talker in the family. Everything else was in the 2 month to 3 month age group. We will continue working with him using the massage techniques they have taught us, tummy time, and some other skills like turning him so his mobile is to the left side, etc. Other than that I told them I was comfortable doing the therapy ourselves and if we saw a set back we would set up another appointment. I am sure they were relieved as we were. Thank you for your prayers and encouragement, it really meant alot to us.
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flowers from their Daddy

bats coming out from I-35 bridge

I got a new lens this weekend, so I am trying to get the feel of it.  The picture of the bats was from my moon roof shot in automatic mode b/c I was afraid the light was going to turn green.  I am having so much fun with this camera and I have barely scratched the surface!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Salmon Roasted in Cilantro Salsa

• 1 poblano or red bell pepper
• 1⁄4 cup fresh lime juice
• 2 green onions, sliced
• 1 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
• 1 tsp olive oil
• 1/2 tsp sea salt
• 1 18-oz salmon fillet, skinned
1. Preheat broiler.
2. Roast pepper by laying it directly on a gas burner or beneath a broiler, turning with tongs as needed, until charred and blackened all over. Place in a bag and let steam until cool to the touch. Under running water, rub off blackened skin. Pat pepper dry with paper towel, then slit open. Scrape out seeds and interior ribs and pull off stem. Cut pepper into thin strips. In a blender, combine pepper strips, lime juice, onions, cilantro, oil and salt; purée.
3. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
4. Place salmon in a baking dish just large enough to fit fillet. Pour cilantro salsa from blender over salmon, turning fish to coat on both sides. Bake, uncovered, until fish is cooked to your liking in center, 20 to 25 minutes depending on thickness of the fish. To see if it’s done, slide a knife into the thickest part and push back to expose center; fish should be just opaque in the middle. To serve, slice fillet into pieces and spoon salsa from pan over top of each portion.  -- no dairy, per Lisa's request, ENJOY!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Saturday, February 19, 2011

tired girl

Sometimes when Bella gets really quiet for awhile it is a good thing. We wore her out one Sunday afternoon after a "sweet" birthday party. That and the sugar rush did her in.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Spearmint Baby

One of my favorite baby blogs chose one of my maternity pictures for her Show Us Your Bump.  I was completly surprised when I just opened up her blog today.  LE said, hey that's me.  So, my belly is exposed for the masses, but I was honored.


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Wordy Wednesday

Read begins occupational therapy tomorrow morning with Easter Seals.  We met last week with the therapist and our case worker.  They were both very optimistic about Read's development.  We caught it very early and chances are we can correct it.  He also has flat head syndrome from turning his head to one side so often and b/c we caught it so early his skull is still developing and will correct itself.  We were so excited to learn that all of his therapy is free. 
They will come to our house and on our schedules.  We will decide tomorrow how often we want them to come.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Daddy Daughter Dance

The girl's dream of going to a ball with their Daddy came true this weekend. For Valentine's Day, Ben took the girls to their first Daddy-Daughter Dance. There was plenty of anticipation and much drama before the big event including loosing our fancy hair clip, a bit of jealousy watching little sister get foo-fooed up first, the camera getting dropped (which meant only my zoom lens working in a 5x5 bathroom), tights that were too small and a quickly setting sun which meant no pics of all 3 dressed up.
All was redeemed at the ball and all three had a blast. I am so grateful for a husband who is such an amazing Daddy. 
And they all lived happily ever after.

Monday, February 14, 2011

for their Valentine

Happy Valentine's Day!
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Saturday, February 12, 2011


Thank you Gigi for thr beautiful flowers.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Texas snowgirl

Not everything in Texas is always bigger.
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Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Gigi visit

Gigi came to visit last week so Mommy could go back to work. Read finally got his shots, but he is still not over his cough and congestion, so we do not want to get him out in the weather or around other children. While she was here, she made us yummy dinners and created lots of art with the girls. Reader got some good lovin' too.
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Monday, February 07, 2011

eating clean

We have started getting our recipes from an online community - the kitchen table off of the eat clean diet website.  We have had chicken cordon bleu, roasted tilapia, chicken/spinach pizza & chicken/spinach quesadillas.   We are 4 for 4.  I have lost 3 pounds already.  I do not think of it as a diet, just more choices for dinner.  I like that it uses so many fresh ingredients & the majority of the items I keep on hand.

• 2 4-oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts
• 2 large spinach leaves, washed stems removed
• 2 wedges Laughing Cow Light cheese
• slice of no-sodium ham
• Paprika
• 1 clove garlic, minced
• 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 cup baby bella mushrooms, sliced
• 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
• 1/2 cup nonfat Greek-style yogurt
• 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
• 1/2 tsp 1% buttermilk
• 2 tbsp chives, chopped
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Pound chicken with a mallet to 1/4-inch thickness. Be careful not to tear apart the breast. Lay 1 spinach leaf on top of each breast. Then spread cheese wedge to cover spinach. Top with 1/2 slice ham, folding ham over as needed to fit breast. Gently roll up each breast and secure with a toothpick. Sprinkle outer side of breast with paprika. Bake in oven for 30 minutes, until chicken is cooked through.
2. While chicken is baking, sauté garlic in oil in a nonstick skillet for 1 minute on medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and pepper. Stir occasionally for 10 minutes until soft. Remove from heat. Cover and set aside.
3. To prepare sauce, whisk together yogurt, mustard and buttermilk. Mix in chives.
4.  Divide mushrooms equally between 2 plates, about 1/4 cup each. Then place chicken on bed of mushrooms and drizzle 1/4 cup yogurt sauce over top. 
Nutrients per serving (1 chicken cordon bleu, ¼ cup mushrooms, ¼ cup yogurt sauce): Calories: 281, Total Fat: 9 g,Sat. Fat: 3 g, Carbs: 10 g, Fiber: 2 g, Sugars: 3 g, Protein: 38 g, Sodium: 587 mg, Cholesterol: 80 mg

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Saturday, February 05, 2011

texas weather part 2

You know what they say about Texas, if you don't like the weather just wait till tomorrow.
Shorts on Sunday and snow on Friday.

Friday, February 04, 2011

Thursday, February 03, 2011


One of my favorite childhood memories is playing games with my Granny. I played 21 or dominoes, so thankfully there are more kid versions available for the girls than poker. It still was a special site for me to see LE playing with her Granny. She says Granny is the best card player and she wants to be as good as her. Bella is not a game player, her time is usually passed with dress up clothes and spinning.

winter wonderland '11

Earlier this morning I noticed some interesting ice patterns in my front yard. I thought it was odd that the ice seemed to stop right at our property line. I look down the street and no one else has any ice in their yard. That is when I noticed the sprinklers were all on in my front yard. I could have sworn those were turned off at the control box in the garage. I double-check. Yes, the sprinkler system is off. I have a busted pipe somewhere.

So I put on my coat and shoes and step out onto the front porch. Every blade of grass is about an inch thick with ice. The trees and shrubs are all iced over from the ground up to about 2 feet high, it’s very pretty actually. But I shake off the distraction of the winter wonderland my yard has become and I focus on the task at hand. I’ve got to shut off that water. I have no idea how long the sprinklers have been on, and I fear my next water bill is going to hurt. I need to get to the sprinkler shutoff valve at the far end of the yard.

I hurry off the front porch and immediately slip and fall on the icy sidewalk. After a quick recovery, I rethink my strategy. I should probably avoid the sidewalk, but I can’t see a path through the yard that will keep me dry from the sprinklers. I limp down the driveway into the street and go around the yard to where the sprinkler system valve is, this time staying clear of the ice. I see water gushing down the street and it’s all coming from my yard! I find the sprinkler valve cover and open it up to find it is filled to the brim with water – about a foot and a half deep. I can see the shutoff valve at the bottom of the icy abyss, taunting me.

Right now I am thinking “how do I get out of sticking my arm down into this icy water”? But then I remember the gushing water and the inevitable water bill. So I pull up my coat sleeve and reach down into the cold. I find the valve and start trying to turn it, but it won’t budge. Wow that water is cold! While I am arguing with the sprinkler valve, one of the sprinklers about 2 feet from me turns my direction and sprays me in the side of my head. I try turning the valve in the other direction and it works. I see the all the sprinklers shutting down! Man that water is cold, my arm is tingling now.

Feeling victorious, I walk out into the street and slip and fall again on the ice. I wonder how many neighbors saw that?

True story.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

2 months

Reader is 2 months old and is growing like a weed.
He is 11 pounds 7 oz (45%), 22 3/4 inches long (50%).  He loves to smile and coo at us.  He is sleeping around 4 hours straight on a regular basis at night, and is starting to nap.
At his appointment, we found out he has torticollis.  It means he naturally turns his head to one side and his neck muscles are not developing properly.  We will start therapy with ECI or Any Baby Can.   They will teach us massage techniques and hopefully and with prayer he will be right back on track.  He has a cold right now, so we are treating with an infant decongestant.  We could also use some prayers that it does not develop into RSV
He is such a happy baby and such a blessing to our family.

wordless wednesday

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

long term goals

One month down, eleven to go...
Our new year's goals had the typical ones, take off the baby weight (both Ben & I) & get more organized (with chores, home school, fitness, and no sleep).  The one goal we did not share with many people has proven to be the easiest.  Ben & I gave up our eating out part of the budget.  We have set aside cash for a monthly date night, but other than that we will not be eating at fast food joints, ordering pizza or making a Sonic drink run.  If invited out and we have date money left over we will do restaurants with friends and family. 
We are saving up for a big family vacation.  More importantly with our budgeting system that we have used the past 2 years I was able to see how much we spent on eating out.  It made my stomach turn.  I told a few people about our plans and I got the "whatever" look or even better "whatever" comments.  But truth be told I have not wanted to.  I have been purposeful in our meal planning. We keep a case of cokes in the spare fridge for those special occasions that used to call for a sonic run.  We make gourmet pizzas for those nights and my next goal is to learn to make our own sushi rolls.  Hey, I lived in a 900 sq foot duplex for 2 1/2 years, I survived that I think I can survive without Sonic and Chick-Fil-A.