Saturday, March 28, 2015

soccer soccer and more soccer

Oh me, oh my.  It was a wild day of soccer.  Hayden scored 3 goals and played awesome, but they played the hardest team they have played this season.  It was great to see them play a really hard team, because they worked harder and fought to try to come back.

It was a chilly 34 degrees at 8:30 when we showed up for Hayden's game.  Brrrrr.  We thought wow, is this Ohio or Georgia?!? 

Layla is on the right in this picture with her pony tail flying!  She played her heart out also, but their team lost as well.  They also played a really talented team.  

Layla played defense almost the entire game.  She played so hard and kept that ball away from a really tall and really good offensive player on the other team.  It was a fun and exciting day of soccer!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

how does your garden groove?

Three classes from Hayden's school put on a fun production of "How does your garden groove?"  It was so cute to see the kiddos singing and dancing.  

Each student had a part in the production!  Everyone was dressed up as a kind of fruit or veggie.

It was a great treat to watch them all work together and sing their hearts out.  Hayden sang almost every word to every song!!  Gary and I enjoyed the spring time show!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

bubbles on her feet & toes

Layla decided she needed a pedicure this afternoon.  We painted nails and toenails and she soaked her feet.  I'm assuming you aren't supposed to put soap in the foot bath!  LOL!  Lily was eating the bubbles and Layla was so funny.  She was throwing them all around the room.  Bubbles are awesome!  And so are fresh painted nails!  :-)

Thursday, March 19, 2015


Hayden lost his tooth this morning while eating breakfast!


He has been playing with that lose tooth for WEEKS!

He is thrilled and so happy it's finally out of his mouth.  He was so worried and scared of the unknown.  He thought it was going to hurt, but it didn't. 

I was packing lunches while he and Layla were eating breakfast and all the sudden he screamed, "I lost it!  I lost it!  I thought my waffle was crunchy, but then I saw my tooth!"  Then he sprinted upstairs to show dad who was in the shower. 

It was an exciting morning in our house indeed!!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

We started our day with a little green milk in our cereal and a bowl of kiwi.  The leprecaun left the kiddos some money and skittles.  Everyone is wearing for the day!

Hope you have a great GREEN day!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Monday Funday

Gary was off work today so we had the whole day to hang out!

Once we dropped the kids off at school we had breakfast at one of our favorite places.

After breakfast we worked in the yard.  Ughhh!  Our yard is a huge mess of leaves and pine straw.  I'm a Texas girl and where I'm from we use mulch for our flower beds.  Here in Georgia they cover the yards with pine straw.  It's their form of 'mulch.'  It's everywhere and our yard needs grass, but the landscaper put pine straw everywhere instead of grass. 

Our workout today was raking and bagging all this stuff.

Once the kids got home from school we all wanted to celebrate St. Patrick's Day a day early.  We headed downtown to a fun rooftop patio for an early dinner.  

The kids LOVED sitting up there!  I loved the sunshine on my face!

Then of course the kids had to cool off with some frozen yogurt!

The weather is so wonderful!  We took the top off the Jeep and let the wind blow our hair!

Gosh I love these kiddos.  They are so fun to hang out with!  
Thankfully they get just as excited about holidays as I do.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

getting outside for some fresh air!

Our Sunday started with breakfast on the deck. 

Gary and I worked in the yard and then we put up the trampoline!

The kids were so excited!  The trampoline has been with us in every backyard in every state!  It has traveled from Texas to Ohio and now Georgia!  We have tons of memories with our fun trampoline.  We plan to replace the spring cover, but all in all even through all the moves it's heald up well.  

Jump!  Jump!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

fun new foods!

Look at all the goodies I got at the Buford Highway Farmers Market yesterday!

I met a new friend and you will never believe it.  She's a personal chef.  I'm such a foodie and a wanna be, but she's the real deal y'all.  She's fun!  Soooo, anyway, at Hayden's soccer game we were chatting and she mentioned this fun farmers market across town, so we went!  

It was so cool and I was almost as overwhelmed as I get when I step foot into HomeGoods.  You know where you have a plan and you know what you want and then you get so distracted by all the goodies you can't even think.  Yea, that is what happened to me.  It was so much fun!

Look at these little spikey fruit balls.

Have you heard of Rambutan?  I bought a few and they are tasty little treats.

They grow in bunches on a tree in tropical regions of Southeast Asia.  They have a pit, but we just ate around it like a peach.  Yummy!

Look at my pretty white eggplant!  I'm so excited about them.

I got Hayden an apple the size of his face and I got Layla a few pears.  She said it was the best pair she'd ever had!

I know it's hard to tell in this picture, but I also got tuna steaks.  Our family loves thick tuna steaks on the grill!  

There were tons of interesting foods all around.  There were foods I'd never heard of.  We saw chicken feet and the picture above is ox pizzle.  Google that.  Or don't.

What a fun day and now I have some fun new things to snack on and find recipes for!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

single sentence Sunday ~ BIB

My little chefs had the great idea to cook daddy breakfast in bed this morning!!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

spring soccer is in full swing

These two munchkins had their first soccer games today!
They each had one practice due to the snow and rain we've had, but both of their teams played great.  I was impressed with their ability to work together even though they all just met.

Layla's team won and she played great!  She ran her heart out and I am so proud of her.

Hayden's team won their game also.  He scored 2 goals!  
He looks ready to play in this picture huh?!?!

Hayden looks so tall this season.

I love seeing Layla back out on the field with that pony tail swinging!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

chicken tortilla soup

I love Chic Fil A's chicken tortilla soup and I think I could eat it every single day! 
 As with most recipes I fall in love with I try to duplicate them at home in my own kitchen.  It was a fun task and I was happy with the results.  I love all the beans and shredded chicken in the soup.  I'm not usually a chicken fan especially shredded, but I loved the way this soup turned out and I didn't even have an aversion to the shredded chicken.  Each bite was full of chicken and the perfect amount of spice and flavor.
I looked on Pinterest for ideas and browsed a few recipes, but I didn't have the ingredients for most of the recipes I found.  

Here is what I came up with what I had on hand:  
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts cooked and shredded with two forks

1 can yellow or white corn 
1 can of black beans drained
   (I don't like the color they add to food so I always drain them.)
1 can white (cannellini) beans 

2 cups of milk

2 cans of low sodium chicken broth, I used the broth from cooking the chicken breast
(more if you like it more soupy.  I wanted a 'stoup' consistency.)

1 cup of saffron rice or whatever rice you want 
(you can omit this, but I used the rice to thicken the soup and I had it leftover in the fridge)
3 tablespoons of taco seasoning

2 tablespoons of Goya Adobo all purpose seasoning with cumin
(just sprinkle and taste, sprinkle and taste.  I like A. LOT.)
Cayenne pepper 
(I wanted it hot.  I didn't have green chilies or Rotel on hand so I spiced it up quite a bit with all the seasonings including cayenne)
salt and pepper

I usually add sauteed garlic and onion to everything I cook, but this time I didn't.  Shocker huh?!?  You can add them if you like, and maybe some chopped and sauteed red pepper would be good, but this time I skipped it.

I started with the broth and veggies and just started pouring the ingredients into a dutch oven on the stove top.  I added the chicken last and then added the spices.  The soup sat on the stove and hung out for 2.5 hours simmering.  As it simmered I tasted it and added more spices to please my taste buds.  I added more milk to make it look and taste more creamy.  I also added the cayenne and didn't measure it, so I can't give you an exact measurement.  I will say Gary and I like our soup spicy and the kids didn't eat a bowl, so it was caliente.  We like spice!

I was lucky we had a snow day so I had time to baby this soup.  If  you want to you could throw it all in the slow cooker.  Dinners are always easier in the slow cooker.

Let me know what you think if you make it!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

a little Sunday workout talk

Sometimes I update y'all on Instagram, and other times I don't.  Maybe I should stay consistent with posting all that stuff, but I'm not an all up in your face kinda person.

When I added these numbers up just playing around I thought it all sounded pretty neat-o.

I burned 2,497 calories 5 days and it only took 6 hours of my week.

The white watch-thing in the pictures is my heart rate monitor.  It has a chest strap that counts every single heart beat while I workout.  The top number on my watch in this setting shows calories burned.  The middle number shows calories burned percentage that goes toward body fat burn.  (I honestly don't pay attention to that number much).  And the bottom number is the length of time I worked out.

I found a fun and challenging arm workout on Pinterest and it is amazing.  It's working, so that is double amazing.  Each day I put on my Polar FT40 heart rate monitor and get down to the basement.  I try to do about 20-45 minutes of cardio, sometimes less.   I always plank and do the arm workout.  I started the arm workout as an experiment and I'm glad I did.  I'm planning to go pin a few more workouts and experiment with them too.  I usually throw in an ab workout or squats and lunges too.

I realized I don't need a gym or an expensive workout plan.  I don't need to spend money on videos, bu they can be fun.  I just need to stick to having fun and that proves to me that I can do whatever I want with work and dedication.  I'm hoping that adding more protein to my diet will also help with my fitness habit!

I love when the kids come down to the basement with me and play around.  They love it and I love being a good example for them, but I think I'd workout anyway because I like it!   Sometimes I miss working out in a gym setting.  I miss the social aspect of it all, but knowing I can do workouts at home and still see results, and that is very rewarding to me!

For me it's about the push ups.  Ahhhh those push ups!