Saturday, December 24, 2011

the most wonderful time of the year...

It's been a great holiday season so far.. 

If you can forget about

ear infections

impetigo

sinus infections

colds...


...And the 458 dollars that slipped through my fingers and went towards Dr. visits, antibiotics, etc. 

And I'm not here to complain, because I'm fully aware that there are people out there who have it extremely worse then us..

That is just life. 
And really we don't have it bad at all...

Of course i am free to say that now that my antibiotics have kicked and I'm feeling like a new wife and mommy once again..

To the hubby who is in bed, just starting with a whopper of a cold or something, may feel like the whole world is out to get him...

Anyhow, its good to be feeling better and makes me in the mood to post "festivy"(i like to make up words) things...

 Parade of lights..
We attended this parade the first weekend in December.. 
This will get you in the Christmas spirit!!

 Hanging out before it began...
 Watching for the next float to come by......

 Each float and person in the parade had to have lights on it...

And like i needed another addiction in the food category...
I made this popcorn for the first time this year.. and fell in love...
Chocolate, peanut butter and popcorn in ONE bite?!.. 
Oh my!
 And there was the making of the above said popcorn, white chocolate snack mix.. which were then packaged for fellow workers and neighbors..


I also made peppermint mocha mix for the packages.. 
I packaged some of them in jars which were used for gifts as well...

ready and waiting to be handed out...



One evening after bath time and when the children were clad in PJ's we headed to a park to see Christmas lights from the comfort of our vehicle..

Hearing the children oohing and ahhing over the light displays was well worth the $10 we spent to get in....

And then there was the decorations plopped here and there... 
Just enough to make it feel a little bit like Christmas around here...

Don't worry..
I'll have more pictures coming...
Christmas time has just begun....
And I hope you and yours has a delightful one!!



Monday, December 19, 2011

Oh the predicaments...

.....We find ourselves in...

From time to time in our lives we...
Schedule a million things in an already full week...
Say things that would have been better not said..
And we may even find ourselves stuck in places we wish we wouldn't be...

Around here if you get stuck in a place you wish you weren't.. 

We may be so kind as to take your picture before we rescue you from the situation...

Humor for your week:

Brooklyn was quite concerned for her dear friend Mason...

Carter was not too impressed with the whole picture taking ordeal...


Just a reminder to think before you stick a toilet seat over your head....
Or think before you climb into a tight spot....
In other words.. 
Think before you plan one more thing the week before Christmas...
Think before you tell Aunt Bertha her Christmas Ham is dry....
Think before you agree to going to the in laws.. (just joking!!:))

And most of all sit back and enjoy Christmas time!!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Then till now...

Maybe I'm weird,
but i like to do little run downs from time to time...
This one is consisting of every Christmas I've spent with the guy who rocks my world...
Lucky for you i haven't known him all my life.
(the run down of pics is smaller because of it!)..
Along the way you'll notice we picked up a child and then eventually another.
We are blessed...
God has given me my dream life really.
Hello, its not perfect....
I get annoyed at each one of these precious people on these pics from time to time..
believe it or not.
 I don't know what it is about this Christmas and this past Thanksgiving season though ...
I just can't stop thinking how grateful i am for all I've been blessed with...
And when i think about it..
My love grows deeper and deeper...


Ok here we go.. back in 2004.... dating.. so in love.... :)


Oops.. have a missed year here for some reason... 2005... newly married and no pic:( boohoo

Back again in 2006.. celebrating Christmas in DC...... you may not be able to tell here.. but little Jr.(Carter) is in utero...

Christmas 2007- First  Christmas picture with the three of us....Carter 6 months old....

Next up we have Christmas 2008.. Carter 1 1/2

Christmas 2009 we have a new member. Brooklyn Sage joins us........

Christmas 2010.. Picture taking is trying this year.. We have a 1 yr old and a 3 1/2 yr old.. and both are against pics.

And here we are to 2011.. ALREADY?! the years have flown as fast as the pictures i put up have.. trust me!! This year the big brother is into pics.. the little sister is "'cared of Heidi's camera"...

And there you have it..
My little run down
from then till now.....

Me and my little family.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

His very first toast...

.....Or making of toast...


This morning when he woke up i said "Carter, would you like some french toast for breakfast?" 
He said "Nah, i think I'll just make myself a piece of toast" (all grown up like)

And that is the story of his life right now. 
Since the other day at least. 
He made his first piece of toast and that he was the coolest thing since sliced bread...
He gets out the bread, the toaster, the butter, the jelly, 2 knives, his plate and sets about his job. 
I could have lost it, when he came to me, so very proud of his first ever all by himself toast making...
Where he learned to make it THIS way, i have not a clue.. but this is the exact way he makes it every single time...


Yup, gramma Smith, i was right when i said his PJ's are getting on the small side... ^ :)

He enjoys each and every bite and i enjoy the break from cooking!! :) 



My little boy is growing up right before my eyes.. 

Last night he woke me up what seemed like 50 million times telling me his legs hurt... 
Part way through the night we discovered it must be growing up pains...
Good-bye 4T clothes, hello 5T...

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Hunting season...

So for you Northerner's you are most likely in the midst of hunting season...
For us Southerner's its been hunting season now for as long as we can remember. 
Or should i say for us Southerner's who are hunter's wives. ;)  Just winking at my hubby- not you sorry.(Yes, he does read my blogs)

Hunting down here starts in August.. When its closer to 100 degrees then farther from it. When you have to worry about rattlesnakes and what not. And then it goes all the way to January first.

This is the time of the year when my hubby is aching, dying, longing.. When his heart is yearning.. To be IN THE WOODS!! ;) Another wink for him!!

Earlier this year he got a doe... 
Or should i say.. " a big mama doe" as Carter would say... :)

Carter was full of many, many questions about this deer that was dead... ^

Brooklyn stood as far away as possible.. clenching her dress.. pretty nervous about the whole "deer night night?" thing....

The other evening Curtis came to me all proud of these pictures he took of our two little munchkins....




Future hunters? Daddy sure hopes so!! :)



Happy and safe hunting to everybody who enjoys such hobbies!! 

And wonderful week to everyone as well...
Since Friday night I've been to a Christmas work supper, a Christmas parade.. And tonight we are going to hit up another Christmas parade... 
Bring on the Christmas festivities!! I'm loving it!! :)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The one where we celebrate my dad....

Last weekend while we were visiting family in PA, we threw in a birthday surprise party for my Dad.
We didn't want to miss this opportunity to remind him that he is now half way to 100..:) 
We sent out invites that looked like this...
Not sure of his age here... Thinking somewhere in the preteens or early teens...
 
P.S.. don't even try to call that RSVP number... You won't be getting a hold of Heather, trust me. I wrote the wrong number on the invites, my sister (Heather) proof read... And low and behold we got the number wrong!! Poor person with this number. And poor us, because we now didn't have a clue who was coming!!

We spent the whole day Friday being very sneaky,, Thankfully he was very busy that day and didn't even seem to notice us sneaking around.. :) 

Around 6 in the evening.. my brother went to him at work and told him he needs to get ready to go... He was surprised.. Didn't have a clue about anything. That of course is fun for those planning!! :)

Stepping in the door, Mom showing him the invitation...


50 years young ^


The table above showing pictures of times past, toys from when he was a little tyke and some of his hobbies(hunting with his dog Bessie)...
Above we have the food table. 
We had:
Hot buffalo wing dip
Salsa
Cheese ball
Chips and Crackers for the above
Veggies and dip
Cupcakes
Mocha Punch
Coffee

Note to self and others as well: Don't serve mocha punch at a 50 yr olds party(unless there is decaf in it!). They will love it, they will drink lots.. And it will most likely keep them up most of the night after! In this case it kept the birthday guy up!! :)

Some of the guests...


It was a fun evening for my dad .. Once he got over the whole "i don't need a  birthday party for me" idea..:)
Happy Birthday Dad.. We love you!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

the last of the birthday bash(es)...



 I got my camera back from the fix it place.
They fixed it for free. 
I love Canon! :)

Anyhow so i'm now finally able to upload some of these birthday pictures so you can see them and everything. I know you were just so excited and checking back here like everyday just waiting for these... Ha:)
Posing with her present..


 Amazed that she is allowed to rip it open.. :)


 Brother suddenly realizes there is a cool toy in this and quickly moves in to help...
Thank-you yardsale for a nice doll house for $3!!

 Months before her birthday she talked about having a "butterfly birthday cupcake"...:) 
This is one of the most fun and easiest cakes i've ever made!! Not that i've made a bunch of cakes, but anyhow..

blowing out the candles...

Having trouble with the last one, so brother moves in to help. 

And then one week later we celebrated the getting older of me. 
P.F. Changs is a nice place to celebrate!
If you ever go there you must get lettuce wraps!!





Starbucks. There was a time when i didn't even know Starbucks exsisted. Or coffee drinks for that matter.
Sometimes i wish i still didn't.
I love them.
And having a drink and being with my hubby at the same time... is like double awesome!!

Is this week really Thanksgiving? 
What are you looking forward to the most about Thankgiving?
Me? I'd have to say being with family and sweet potato souffle'!!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Our little family's favorite meal of all times...

I could make this every week (i don't though) and we wouldn't get tired of it...
No matter how much i make (and i make lots!!) every drop gets eaten. No leftovers get thrown in the woods. No never.

I love making food when everybody, yes, everybody enjoys devouring it.

I know i only have 3 to please around here... but i do have a some what of a picky 4 yr old eater, who thinks eating supper is some sort of horrible thing.. But when you mention Rice and chicken.. He perks up, comes to the table and eats. Well, not the peppers. Of course not! :)

The meal is..
Stir-fry Chicken and Fried Rice

And if you love to follow recipes.. then you are most likely going to hate me for this.. :)
Sorry, but i just dump, pour, pinch and sprinkle.. And end up with (most of the time)success...

First off you start out by cutting up your chicken into nice size pieces....


That is actually kind of a gross picture^ Hope you don't get salmonella just from looking at it... 

You can chose to marinate your meat in some soy sauce.. or balsamic vinegar. Or you can skip that whole process and dump it in a frying pan and fry away...
While frying your meat you can add some yummy spices.. Such as garlic, onion flakes, red pepper, ginger(pinches only,, i dumped way too much in one time!!:)), soy sauce, seasoned salt... 



Soy sauce is a big factor in all of this.. You WILL need to have this on hand to make your meal scrumdidlyumptious!!

You will also need some stir fry veggies of some sort.. 
While you are frying the chicken..In a separate pan fry the veggies.. All of the above spices can be put in them as well..
When they are both done to your likeness..
Dump them together like this-

Part way through the whole frying process, you will want to start cooking your rice...
We have fell in love with this kind of rice..

I have started to even by it in a bigger bag.. 5 lbs!! 
See my wrist straining to hold it up? 

Cook it like the directions say...


In a frying pan.. scramble a couple eggs...


Once rice is done and ready and everything..Dump in with the eggs... 

With the rice you are going to need lots of -


I know, i know.. it's totally going against the way i was brought up. But i figure that lots of butter once in awhile isn't going to kill ya? Right?!

The main 4 things that go with the rice^- eggs, butter, garlic garlic, and soy sauce!!

Fry away..


Hmmm..Take me away rice......


And there you have it folks.. the meal that fits our family so nicely. 
Go ahead and try it.. You never know,, it may be your family's next favorite too!! 
Oh, and if you want an extra yummy taste with all of this.. you have to try something else!! 

We love it like crazy!..
I got the recipe from this blog...
WHITE SAUCE!!

White Sauce:
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
6 drops soy sauce 
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
3 Tablespoons sugar
4 pinches ground ginger 
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 
1/4 cup water
Mix it up and serve with your rice and chicken..
Its good, trust me on this one!!


Good day to you!