Monday, April 30, 2012

Our weekend in bullets

  • Friday we had nachos for dinner.

  • Saturday morning we hosted a garage sale.

  • I picked up our BountifulBasket on Saturday morning, but due to the garage sale I didn't take a picture of it.

  • We had our first sno-cones of the season!

  • I cooked enchiladas on Saturday night and we rested.  It was a long long day.

  • Saturday evening we dined as a family of four on our patio.

  • Layla invented a new breakfast treat on Sunday morning.  Yes, that is bacon w/whipped cream.

  • I made a strawberry pie.  It was delicious.  I see myself making it and versions of it with other fruits all summer long.  I used 4 cups of strawberries.  Layla had 3 pieces.

  • I took over 100 pictures of the kids running through the sprinkler on Sunday afternoon. 

  • I cooked fresh green beans on Sunday night to go with the chicken strips Gary made for dinner.

How was your weekend? 

Friday, April 27, 2012

potato chip chicken

Not that you wanted to know, but  I'm telling you anyway....

We need to by groceries.  

We usually go once a week, but we had leftover stuff from last weeks meal plan and I wanted to use it all up.  We were gone last weekend and honestly I was sore for 2 days after the mud-run.  So I didn't grocery shop.  I could have gone today, but I want to wait to see what I get in my Bountiful Basket this weekend.  So we wait and we use up what we have hanging around the house.

Last night that was boneless skinless chicken breasts.

What in the world was I gonna do with them?

I found a bag of Wavy Lays in the pantry.  Breading?  Okay!

So I mushed them up in a quart size baggie.  I dipped them into 1 egg slightly beaten.  Then I coated them in the crushed chips.  I baked them up, steamed some veggies and served it all with beans.

Who knew it would taste so good?  

The kids loved it and so did Gary and I.  It may not have been the lowest calorie meal, but I sure was comforting!  


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

winner winner steak dinner

The weather today was nice and warm, so Gary grilled steak and corn on the cob tonight for dinner.

Any time he fires up the grill he gets beggars.

All the kids do what we call "drive by's!"  They grab a bite and go play.

It makes me laugh!  We eat half a steak before dinner while sampling the goods!

Daisy Mae never leaves Gary's side.

Layla had to snag a bite too.

I'm thankful for my chef!

Monday, April 23, 2012

MudQuest 2012 Recap

We had the best weekend in Waco at the MudQuest adventure run.

Friday we drove to Waco and I dropped Gary off at the MudQuest site so he could help Jarred and his team build the course.  They worked late into the night to get the course prepared.  The kids and I went into Waco to buy snacks for Saturday's race.  We also got frozen yogurt and did a little shopping.  It was fun taking the kids around Waco.  Waco is my old stomping ground.  I have so many fun memories there!

We stayed with our fun friends and the kids couldn't wait to get to their house to play.  Shelby and I snuck away for a mommy only dinner.  While we were away for that whole 1 1/2 hours Layla lost her 3rd tooth!  It was a fun way to start the weekend!

Saturday was the longest day ever.

Gary and Jarred got up at 5:30 am to get things set up.  I never went back to sleep. Ouch! 

The kids and I got to the race grounds around 8:30.  There was so much to do!  We watched several heats of the kids races.  Our kids weren't signed up to run until 11:15am.  We walked around and talked to friends.  Finally we got to hang out with Gary who was done with last minute preparations.

The kids built mini tool boxes at the Home Depot tent.  It was so cute to watch them hammer nails and create!  They loved it!   

Finally after waiting all morning the kids got their wish.  They just wanted to get dirty and take their turn racing around the kids course.

Hayden was one dirty boy!  He LOVED being covered in mud!

He ran as fast as his little legs would carry him.

It was so fun watching him!

Layla had a smile on her face the entire race.  

My muddy little lady!

After the kids ran their race they got sprayed off my the Waco Fire Fighters!

It seemed like it took forever to get the kids cleaned up. There was a line of kids to be sprayed down and also people from the 2 mile, 5K and 10K races were all coming in at different times.  We had fun waiting in line people watching!


At around 2:30 the heat races ended and the volunteers were able to run the course.  I was so excited to get to run.  Gary was exhausted from building the course.  He and several other men actually built some of the water obstacles. They did a trial run of the course to make sure it was safe.  Gary thought I'd have fun running while he hung out with the kids.  Luckily there was a vehicle he and the kids used to take pictures of us on the course!

The course was brutal.  It was so much fun, but so much longer than I thought.  I thought I was running the 5K but during the run we took the 10K trail.  I was determined to NOT quit.  I had a great cheerleaders!

I lost BOTH of my shoes in a pit of mud.  I was so stinkin' mad.  I'm not even kidding when I say I wanted to scream and yell with frustration, but my kids were watching me. haha!  I had to be sweet.

Shelby waited for me to get my shoes back on and we were off running again.  Luckily we caught up to the group we were with before.  

That water was so nasty.

I was such a scaredy cat when it came to the water obstacles.  We were running with Macy and her friends and I always made sure they did the water things first.  They caught on to my fear.  And honestly I skipped a few of the super muddy obstacles.  After my shoes fell off I was gun shy!

The kids wanted to try a few obstacles!

It was a long hot race and I was so happy it was over.  I look whooped huh?

I was worried when I got sprayed off I'd freeze to death because it was a cool day on Saturday.  But you know what?  I loved the cool water and I was so muddy.  IT was disgusting. 

I don't know if you can see inside my shoes, but they are full of gravel.  They were filled with water, mud and rocks from wading through the rocky creek beds.  

I learned so much about participating in this kind of event.  It is my second one to do.  Maybe I'll post about everything I learned.  I am so thankful we are all safe and no one got hurt.  I have sore muscles and a few splinters, but all in all we survived!  

It was such a fun weekend!

Lots of memories were made and I know one thing:  My bed felt so wonderful!