Thursday, April 28, 2011

This week...

Is totally dragging for me. Anyone else feel the same? One bright spot in our week has been our newest member of our household!

This is Abby! She was my grandma's basset hound, but since they're downsizing and moving into an apartment, she has come to live with us. Olivia LOVES her. The first thing she says every morning when I wake her up is "wow wow?" That's what she calls dogs, ha. It's been a great transition so far. 

 My house is a wreck because I've been way busier than normal. My dad had spine surgery on Tuesday, so I've been going up to Houston (over an hour drive for us one way) every day. Here's a few pictures of Olivia at the hospital.

Laughing at Daddy.

Olivia had a blast while we were there. Running around like a crazy and climbing on the stairs that patients use to strengthen their legs. 

When we got home yesterday all we wanted to do was sit outside and relax! And that's just what we did. We spend a lot of time outside, so with the busy-ness of the past couple days that's exactly what we needed.
Trying to get some sun!

She was writing on my legs with chalk.

Even Abby needed to relax outside :)

After a while we went across the street and Olivia got to play with Aaron. When I was pregnant, I had hoped they would be close, but I had no idea they would be a close as they are! I love it. When we're at home Olivia is always asking for Aaron and Isaiah. 

There are two seats in the wagon, but they wanted to sit together.

And finally, this is Olivia with her crazy bed head and huge smile because she got to see her wow wow.

Here's to hoping today and tomorrow slow down a bit and life can return to it's normal pace! I don't do well when my routine is interrupted :)

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter, y'all!

First, I want to start by saying our digital camera decided it doesn't like to work in the sunshine for some reason, so I pretty much had to use my iPhone the whole day and the pictures that I did take on the camera (off the egg hunt) didn't turn out. Ugh. Anyway, this was our Easter :)

Olivia saw her Easter basket first thing when she woke up.

Her favorite part was the goldfish. Should have seen that coming!

After the Easter basket, I made biscuits and gravy for breakfast and we got ready for church. Olivia was so sweet, "singing" and raising her hands because she saw other people doing it. She's normally in the nursery, but all the kids stayed in the sanctuary today and she got to experience worship for the first time since she was an infant. She participated in the egg hunt at the church and got quite a bit! Unfortunately those are the pictures that didn't come out.

 After church we went to Luis's sister's house and ate lots of brisket and potato salad. The kids played and played. Olivia especially had fun with her two youngest cousins, Aaron (3) and Isaiah(2). Those three are going to be a handfull in a couple years!

Olivia got this cute little mask and wore it for at least 20 minutes! Such a gorgeous little bunny :)

Isaiah and Aaron pushing Olivia and their Tia Mia on the hammock. 

Finally, at 8pm we walked home and finished the day off with Olivia's new Dora bubble bath that the Easter bunny left. 

I'm so thankful for my little family and the people I have in my life. Now, time to start saving up for a new camera!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Texas, our Texas

Ran across some interesting facts about Texas today that I had to share!

Bluebonnets, the state flower.

  • Forty percent of the farm-grown catfish in the United States is consumed by Texans
  • It is illegal to spit on the sidewalk.
  • In Texas, pharmacists can't be registered members of the Communist Party.
  • It is illegal to milk another person's cow.
  • The entire Encyclopedia Britannica is banned in Texas because it contains a recipe for making beer that can be used at home.
  • The official dish of Texas is chili.
  • The world’s largest collection of beer bottles can be seen at Wurstfest in New Braunfels.
  • You can be legally married by publicly introducing a person as your husband or wife three times.
  • Rodeo is the official state sport of Texas, though High School Football is more popular.
  • In Houston it is illegal to sell Limburger cheese on Sunday.
  • The King Ranch in Texas is bigger than the state of Rhode Island.
  • Dr Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885. The Dublin Dr Pepper, 85 miles west of Waco, still uses pure imperial cane sugar in its product. There is no period after the Dr in Dr Pepper.
  • More land is farmed in Texas than in any other state.
  • Brazoria County (where I was born and raised) has more species of birds than any other comparable area in North America.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Adult night and beach trip.

Thursday night we decided to have an adult only dinner trip. We went to Ra Sushi, one of Luis's and my favorite places to go. It was the first time we've done this since I was pregnant with Olivia.

Here are the lovely couples :)

Luis and me. (Excuse my frompy-ness, should've worn more makeup!)

Gus and Erica.

Jr and Marleny.

Ashlyn and Daniel.
Marco and Angie.

Maria and Jose.

 Today we took a short trip to the beach. It was Olivia's first time to go since last year when she was only 7 months old! She didn't like the sand at first, but got used to it after a while. Sorry about the blurry pictures.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Family day!

 Sundays are our designated family days and we very rarely stray from that.

I had intended on us going to church Sunday morning, but we were up until 3am (crazy!) having crawfish with family. So instead we had a late breakfast at our favorite local Mexican restaurant. Then we headed to our nephew, Luke's, little league baseball game!

Olivia had a blast and made a few little friends she was able to share snacks with. After the game, we headed to the movie theatre to catch Rio! Olivia did fairly well for a 17 month old and Luis and I both enjoyed it. I'm already trying to come up with plans for next Sunday :)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Must try recipe.

Crock Pot Cheeseburgers


1.     2lbs lean ground beef
2.     ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
3.     12oz velveeta cheese, cubbed
4.     2 tablespoons milk
5.     8 hamburger buns


Brown the ground beef with garlic powder and black pepper. Transfer beef to crockpot. Add cheese and milk. Cover and cook on low for 5-7 hours.

It's become one of our favorites! In my opinion, the best part is the burnt cheese around the edges :)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Southern Women.

So I read an article the other day online that I loved. And I'm so mad that I can't find it now that I'm writing about it. It was basically about how a true southern woman is becoming a lost art. There's nothing feminine about todays woman in the South. They don't know how to dress, cook, clean, sew, garden and all the things the older generations took such pride in. Honestly, it makes me a little sad. I love the stereotypes we're known for. Like our southern hospitality and referring to everyone as "ma'am" and "sir." I'm gonna keep searching for the website and I'll post it if I find it :)

Thursday, April 7, 2011

It's almost summer, y'all!

And I am so excited. This will be our first summer in our house, so I can't wait to get some patio furniture and start some family traditions.

A few of the things I'm looking forward to most (well, more than a few):

  • Jumping through sprinklers
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Baby pools with Olivia
  • Bikinis
  • Long beach days
  • Sun and tans
  • Watermelon in the backyard
  • Cold lemonade
  • Bare feet
  • Cook outs
  • Playing outside until 8pm

Oh, and did I mention I'm getting married this summer?? :)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Today I am thankful for...

  • Wonderful smelling candles.
  • Being able to keep the windows open and the AC off.
  • Netflix.
  • Yummy left overs Olivia and I ate for lunch.
  • and Luis getting off at his regular time after working late since last Friday :)