April 16, 2014

Girl in Grass

Just some pictures that I took of our girl last weekend.








  

April 15, 2014

Thirty Four

Today I turn 34.  Totally weird.  Just yesterday I was driving home from work and Flood by Jars of Clay came on the 90's station.  It came out in 1995...19 years ago.  Really?  I had to do the math a couple times because 1995 just couldn't have been 19 years ago.  It just blew my mind because I remember being 15 like it was yesterday.  
 
Having my first real kiss (for the record it was horrible and my poor brother witnessed it)
Learning how to drive a car
Joining the swim team
Learning that my body was just fine the way it was (seeing 15 other girls naked everyday shows you everyone is shaped differently)
Losing my best friend to other girls.
Getting a tooth knocked loose by a little brother that wasn't so little (short) any more.
Not realizing that in 4 short years I would meet my husband and father of my child.
 
 
Since then I have learned...
Kissing isn't always a bad thing
I don't really like driving.  I take that back, driving is not bad, it's the traffic and other drivers.
Everyone has different body shapes and no one cares what your size or weight is after the age of 18.
That being a teenager sucks.
Being an adult isn't always fun but I would never EVER be a teenager again.  NEVER.
There is nothing wrong with being a goody two shoes.
 That a tooth knocked loose will eventually need a root canal, many years later.
My parents did know what they were talking about.
All those other boys you cried over, totally not worth the tears.
 
I have learned a lot more than that but you get the gist.  Each day I am becoming more comfortable in my own skin.  I am finding my voice and I am not always so afraid to speak my mind, yet there are still plenty of times I don't.  I am not as shy as I used to be I still can be in the right situation.  Yeah I am the one standing in the corner not talking to anyone unless you talk to me first.  I am still hard headed and have a problem with putting dishes straight into the dishwasher instead of setting them on the counter or in the sink.  But I am one happy girl.  Lady? Woman?  No, I will stick with girl.
 
 Woo hoo 34!!!  Let's celebrate by looking at some pictures I took of pretty little flowers, ahem weeds.  I am choosing to look at them as beautiful little tiny itty bitty flowers, because that is exactly what they are.







 
 
 
 

April 7, 2014

2014 First Camp




A couple weeks ago we had our first camp of the year.  As I was cooking breakfast the first morning I look through the window I see this.  I love this picture. 

Later on after breakfast they are cuddling together and I love how Kiera has her leg draped over Jimmy.  I don't know what their conversation was about but I know there was a lot of love and giggles.  

After they had enough of that Kiera wanted to take some pictures with my camera.
 
I would say she did quite well.
 
Of course I get my fair share of cuddles and love too.  If I sit down for 10 seconds there will always be a child, cat or dog on me at any given time and there are many times I have all three.  It is a pretty awesome feeling. 
 
 
After love time was over we all went down to this little hidden waterfall near the campsite.  It has probably been at least 10 years since I have been down to see this waterfall.  I have asked about going down there many times but the trail to get there has been so grown over.  We could hear it from our camper since the water was flowing from the recent rains.  


 
 I had Kiera attempt to take a picture of me but it didn't turn out so well.  I always forget to switch my camera to auto instead of manual. 




Another miniature waterfall down stream from the big one.  She wanted to follow the stream but it was too difficult to get down there. 


I have a thing about always looking down at the ground when I am walking.  I love the colors and textures of moss and tree trunks, mushrooms and ferns.  Just looking at all of these pictures a couple weeks later completely relaxes me. 

 Dada ended up feeling not so well that weekend so Kiera and I hung out by ourselves quite a bit.  We went down to the park for a while and then went to check out the river.  These are the only times that there is nothing keeping us from taking things slow and just relaxing and playing.  No tv, no housework, nothing.  It is quite wonderful.
  


 
That's my arm she is clinging on to.  This happens daily. 
  
 
 

 

 
 
 


March 12, 2014

Wood and rifles

The last few nice weekends we have had in our neck of the woods we decided to head up to the property for the day to split the wood from the trees we cut down a few weeks ago.  Well Jimmy cut down the trees and once he cut up the trucks I stacked them.  Then I would put the logs up on top of another so he could split them.  Then I would rearrange them and then stack the split pieces in a pile. 

I was just moving it so he could split it some more. 

 
Then we had to load it into the back of his dad's truck to move it to the back side of the building.  Talk about a good work out!  We  just finished up the last couple piles on Sunday and now we just have a couple brush piles that we will burn when we aren't under a burn ban. 

 
Kiera was running around doing who knows what.  She was out of our way so that was all that mattered.  We also had music playing in the truck while we worked and there was quite a bit of dancing between all 3 of us too. 

 
We were totally responsible while drinking beer and splitting wood...
 
 
...And shooting guns.  A coworker of Jimmy's gave me this rifle.  It is old and needed a good cleaning which I learned how to do.  Like completely break the gun down and clean all of it.  I also stripped the varnish, sanded it down, stained and sealed it.  I made him a batch of my home made banana nut muffins as a thank you.   
 
Jimmy's dad has a similar one which he is holding and is what mine looked like before I refinished it.  Jimmy has mine in the picture below (we were shooting at our empty beer cans hanging from tree limbs).  Sunday we took the zombie face targets I grabbed at Wal mart out there and practiced shooting at those!  I was thisclose to getting a bulls eye!  

We are pretty eager to start camping and the property is definitely ready for campers now!  A week and a half and we will be out there for the first time this year.  Woo woo!


March 4, 2014

Smoothie Queen





3 weeks ago we were in Sam's doing some shopping I decided right then and there that I needed fresh fruits and veggies in the house.  So I went a little crazy and ended up buying carrots, organic baby spinach, bell peppers sweet potatoes, bananas and frozen fruit.   Jimmy and Kiera are not fans of many fruits or veggies, especially raw.  I decided that even if I can't get them to eat all of them I could at least sneak some of it into other foods.  As for myself I decided to start eating smoothies for lunch.  It took me a couple weeks of making smoothies until I finally got it down.  We don't even have a fancy Ninja or Vitamix blender, just a good ole Osterizer!  But I thought I would share what works for me and maybe it will help someone in their smoothie making adventures!
 
The ingredients I have used are...
Mixed frozen fruit (unsweetened)
Baby cereal (got it for free so might as well use it)
Carrots
Organic baby spinach
Yogurt
Sweet potatoes 
Water
Crushed ice
Cranberry juice
Bananas
Protein powder
 
To prepare the sweet potatoes I cut them into cubes and boil them until soft.  I let them drain really well and then I put them in a gallon size bag and freeze them.  They will clump together in the freezer but I just threw the bag on the floor a couple times and they broke right up.  I guess you can throw them on the counter instead but it is just habit to throw it on the floor since that is how I break up bags of ice for an ice chest.  Then when I make my smoothie I just grab a small handful and toss it in the blender. 
 
 
In order to get carrots ready I grate them with the smallest size cheese grater I have.  It really helps to keep from having any chunks in the smoothie when they are so small to begin with. I have actually thought about boiling or roasting sliced carrots and freezing them the same way as the sweet potatoes.  I will have to try that sometime. 

So after seeing all sorts of pictures of smoothies in blenders online, I have noticed that for my machine tossing everything in all at once doesn't work.  I have to add things in stages and blend really well between ingredients.
 
~First I blend up my spinach with a little bit of cranberry juice or water (I see a lot of people use almond milk, so I may try that one day)
 
~Second I add my banana and my yogurt and blend that up.  Then I throw in the protein powder or baby cereal and blend. 
 
~Third I add my sweet potatoes or carrots and blend the heck out of it. 
 
  
~Fourth I add my frozen fruit. 
 
I always have to add more liquid and actually have to manually stir to get the frozen fruit on top down to the blades.  And then I blend some more.  And probably add more liquid if it is still a tad too think and not blending on its own by now. 


And then it's done!  Depending on my fruit mixture the color of the smoothie turns out different colors. 

I have this handy little container that I put my smoothies in. I use a funnel to help get it in there since my smoothies tend to be on the thick side which by lunchtime they are the perfect consistency!  I also bought silicone straws at Target for 3 bucks.  They have a larger opening than regular straws and getting the smoothie through them is super easy. 


So the differences I have noticed is some weight loss (would be even more if I drank the smoothies on the weekend but those are my "cheat" days, which I need to change.  Baby steps).  I also feel not so yucky, and I may be sleeping a little better.  But I also haven't been eating fried foods or even bread that often, and I am rarely eating sweets.  I definitely don't feel that great when I do eat badly and it has really torn up my stomach after eating that way.  Oh and I have a little something called Keratosis on my upper arms which has gotten much better after drinking smoothies for lunch and eating better dinners.  So I am taking baby steps and hopefully I will work up the nerve to participate in a clean eating challenge before the year is up!
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