Christmas Blues

Monday, November 28, 2011

I’m not sure what’s wrong with me, but I’m just not in the Christmas spirit this year.

This is incredibly strange, because Christmas is my favorite time of year. I love the tree, the outside lights, the music, the gifts –I love it all. But this year, I’m just not into it.

I put the tree up with the kids last weekend, but it’s just sort of blah to me.

We watched The Santa Clause 2 –and it almost helped me get in the groove, but not really.

It’s sad, really, but I’m not sure what’s causing it, so I don’t know how to fix it.

I’m not all that excited about Christmas cards (which I usually LOVE) or even writing my Christmas letter.

Don’t get me wrong, I know what Christmas is really about, but what I’m talking about here is just the “fun” stuff. Usually I’m like a kid, but this year, there’s just something off.

And I don't like it.

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Pinterest wish list.

Monday, November 14, 2011

When I first heard of Pinterest, I was not at all interested in yet another social media site to keep up with.  I didn't really see what all the fuss was about.

But then I figured it out.  And now I'm hooked.  I pin everything from recipes, to crafts, to decorating ideas, to great hair.

Here are a few my latest pins:

If I can find any burlap in San Antonio, I have to make this.  So stinkin' cute!

When Neri and I got together for our (failed) Halloween/Fall crafting day, this was one thing that we actually accomplished. I added some things to this, but overall, I really like it!

I had high hopes of making this wreath for Fall, but there is a serious shortage of burlap in San Antonio. After searching for 2 weeks, I finally gave up... and had no wreath.

My necklaces and earrings are taking over my closet and I really need a better way to organize them. I have a great wall in my closet where something like this would be perfect!

If I ever get a tattoo, this will be it.

I'm really wanting to make these for the game room. Instead of canvases (because those can get expensive), I bought 3 large foam core boards. Now I just need to choose a paint color.

Snip snip.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Last weekend, I finally took Trigger to get snipped.  It was a long time coming, trust me.

Ashton and I picked him up that evening and they said he was such a good boy.

Once we got home, though, he spend the rest of the night like this:

Poor buddy.

Izzy came to visit...

Thursday, November 10, 2011

... and all I have to prove it are these 2 pictures.

It's sad, I know. We had so much fun, I just never thought to take pictures.

We shopped, cooked, ate, worked out, ate, cooked, shopped, ate, ate, and watched the Cowboys v. Patriots game.  I just love getting to spend time with Izzy and wish so badly that she lived closer.  I'm extremely thankful, though, that for the past few years, she's chosen to spend a portion of her vacation hanging with us in Texas.

We love you and miss you!  Come back to Texas!

Crossfit competition.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Saturday, the kids and I went to New Braunfels to support our good friends in a crossfit competition.  It was so inspiring to watch and makes me want to work hard and compete myself someday.

In this competition, they competed in pairs.  Ryan and Stacy did fantastic all day and finished 5th overall after completing 5 WODs!  5 WODs in one day?  That's insane!!

This was the 3rd WOD of the day, which consisted of 100 sit-ups, 21-15-9 squat snatch and clusters, and 100 double-unders.  They killed it!

This was the 4th WOD and it was just a bit strange.  In this pic, Ryan is holding an L-sit while Stacy is doing an Atlas ball lift.  Stacy was insanely fast with these lifts.  So proud of her!

I've never been to a crossfit competition before, but I had such a good time.  I'm so proud to crossfit with these guys!

Pumpkin carving and costumes.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

I mentioned yesterday that the kids and I went to our friends house to carve pumpkins this year.  The kids were very excited to get started and really did a good job on their own, although Neri's husband and I had to help with most of the scooping and knife wielding.

Some may say that Osman and I carved the pumpkins, but these pictures wouldn't tell that story.

Taylor was so proud of his pumpkin!  He named him Dave and set him proudly on the porch.

Dave barely made it to Halloween before he shriveled up, but at least he was still alive to greet the trick-or-treaters.

Speaking of trick-or-treaters...

Taylor and his friend from down the street dressed in the same costume.  They didn't plan it, but I thought it was hilarious when they showed up on my doorstep together.  (Taylor is on the left.)

Ashton was "too old" to dress up this year, so she handed out candy with me.  We had a great turnout in our neighborhood, but it seems like "trick-or-treat" has gone by the wayside.  I'm not sure anyone said that.  Most of the time they were polite and said thank you, so I guess that works.

Funny story - one of our neighbors handed out soap instead of candy.  There was a note on the soap that said "Have a clean Halloween!"  Taylor's friend was quite, um... well, less-than-thrilled with the soap, but Taylor smelled it and said it was the best thing he got!

That boy...

Stephanie cooks: Chicken Tortilla Soup

Monday, November 7, 2011

A couple weeks ago, I went to my friend Neri's house for a crafting day.  We had plans to shop for Fall crafting supplies, eat tortilla soup, and carve pumpkins with the kids.

Well, the crafting was a big, huge fail.  We couldn't find anything that we were looking for so we kind of gave up.

The kids carved pumpkins and had a great time and the tortilla soup was to die for!  Neri sent me the recipe and I made it last week for dinner.  I've had the leftovers twice already and I'm very sad that there's none left.

Do yourself a favor - make this STAT! (Joey says so.)

Chicken Tortilla Soup

What you need:

  • 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 Tbsp. Knorr chicken bouillon
  • 1 Tbsp. salt 
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 stick of celery
  • 2 jars salsa
  • corn tortillas (white or yellow)
  • shredded cheese
  • avocado

How you make it:

  1. Boil chicken (from frozen works great!) with bouillon. 
  2. Chop celery, onion and cilantro.
  3. When chicken is cooked, remove it from the water, but don't dump the water. 
  4. Add celery, onion, cilantro, salsas, garlic, and salt to the water. 
  5. Shred the chicken and add back into the pot for about 20 minutes.
  6. While the soup is cooking, cut the tortillas into 1 inch strips.
  7. Fry tortilla strips in oil over medium-high heat. (Homemade tortilla strips in the key to having crunchy strips in your soup.  Regular chips will get soggy.)
  8. Pour your bowl of soup, add cheese, avocado, and tortilla strips.

Note: When I made this last week, I cooked the chicken in my crock pot all day, then started with step #4 when I got home.  Next time, I think I'll just dump it all in and let it all cook together in the crock pot.

Also, I made a few minor changes from the recipe Neri gave me, but I'm sure she won't mind. :)

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I’m Stephanie - wife to one extremely handsome cop; mother to two extremely silly kids. The hubs and I have been married since February ’99. I love him more each day and simply can’t get enough of him. My daughter, Ashton, is 12 going on 17. She’s beautiful, creative, smart, and oh, so sassy. Taylor, our son, is 8 and is so much like his daddy it’s scary. He makes me laugh all the time with the silly things he says and does. He won’t remember what you told him 5 minutes from now, just like his daddy. I love to laugh and spend time with friends and family. I’ve also recently discovered a love for cooking and enjoy sharing recipes. I love finding new blog friends, so be sure to leave a comment so I can do the same!
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