Saturday, February 14, 2015

They Are Driving!!!

Okay...not technically...and one just goes around in circles, but they are getting the hang of it...may have them mow the lawn in another year if they get enough practice and can go in a straight line.

So on our little farm we don't have garbage service. We and our neighbors have to drive down to the end of the block and use a huge dumpster set up. This was fine when Raul used his truck for work and would drop the garbage in the morning before going to work, well now we fill up the trailer through the week and take it down with the tractor to get rid of the trash. Last weekend, Raul took Joshua out to handle the trash duty. He drove down and back.

Here is Joshua
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Here is Matthew
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Then the boys caught a  ride back to the house from the field with Daddy

Monday, February 9, 2015

San Antonio Rodeo Kickoff Parade

Saturday, I took the boys to San Antonio to kickoff Rodeo time. We had a really great time and the drive was way faster than I had anticipated so we had time to do some things before the parade started, like see the "Castle" (The Alamo). It was quite the experience to go and spend time doing this with them by myself. The boys were exhausted by the end of the day.
The boys right after parking the car
At one of the vendors they played a game and received a balloon
At the Alamo
We enjoyed watching these dancers.
Then we walked around The Alamo grounds for a little bit
Matthew was so excited for his Alamo Ranger Badge with his name on it.
This was probably my scariest "Mommy Moment".
The longhorns got a little unruly and came right up at the fencing...the cowboys got them under control.
There were even people riding some...WHOA!!!
Shepherds and their sheep and puppies (Baa, Ram, Ewe...)
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A little video of them.
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The Charreadas....the boys loved this part.
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Some of the parade.
 Miss Rodeo Texas

After the rodeo we walked down to the riverwalk and had lunch at Rainforest Cafe. That was a fun experience with the boys. 
My new favorite picture of them...they  love each other so much.
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This is exactly where we sat...right at the big gorilla...fascinated the boys.

Needless to say we had a really great time and it got us even more excited for this coming Sunday when Joshua will be in the Mutton Bustin'. It will be an amazingly special experience for him. Then ten days later we make the trek back down so Matthew can take part in his Mutton Bustin' experience.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Arendelle Royalty visit Elgin

Every Wednesday afternoon at our local library we have Arts & Crafts night. Well, last night was a little bit different. We didn't do any arts or crafts. We sat in a bunch of blue chairs and waited. And waited. And waited. For what? For Royalty...Queen Elsa, Princess Anna, and Kristoff were coming to our library to read the kiddos a story and sing some songs. Since our house has been hit with the flu, sinus infections, and ear infections the boys were really looking forward to attending.

Waiting so patiently
They arrived
There were so many little girls all dressed up like Elsa
The boys both said that they weren't a prince,
they were ice harvestors like Kristoff
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"Do you wanna build a snowman?"
And of course..."Let It Go"

It was super fun and in only an hour the boys had an amazingly fun time and talked about it the rest of the evening while I made dinner, bathed them, got them dressed for bed. Pretty sure they dreamed about it too.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

New Recipe Book

I'm a hoarder. I hoard recipes like it's nobody's business. I clip them from magazines, newspapers, websites, etc. Before I had a scanner I kept them all in a photo album. Once I got a scanner I started scanning them into the computer. Well, recently I have had to open up the computer, go to my recipe folder, and hunt for the recipe I was looking for. Especially when it came to our all time favorites. I'm slowly building up this recipe book with our favorites new and old. Some are recipes that my mom grew up on, that she gave to us kids, and now my boys are growing up on them...Banana Bread, Gingersnaps, etc.

So, while running around Pinterest I found a recipe book made from a 5 x 7 binder (which I had on hand along with page protectors).  This recipe book was a wonderful idea, because I had a ton of scrapbook paper on hand to use up. I also knew that this book would only hold our tried and true recipes that were our absolute favorites or recipes handed down.
The cover
 The title page I just put a 1" circle of the scrapbook
paper so that it would be easy to find.
 
 Then a strip of the paper would be cut and pasted to the edge
of the recipe so you know which section you are looking at
 
 
 I will add pictures of the boys helping to make the recipe
or just pictures of the process or after product.

I'm really liking the book and I'm sure it will be around for a long while that the boys will get used to seeing and enjoy looking at for years or even their wives and children when they get older as they want a certain family recipe.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Organizing Bug

I am not sure what happened other than maybe I've been bite by the organizing bug. I've been working on each room in the house and right now I am tackling the kitchen. It is a large, space wise, kitchen, but counter space is practically non existent, so I need to make sure things are very organized. That and it just makes life so much easier to deal with. I can grab things easier instead of them all being stacked on top of each other.

At the back of the kitchen is a wall of cupboards and a small bar. Inside the cupboards was a total mess...now it's all cleaned up. Goodwill is going to have so much fun because I've had some glasses stashed away for probably our entire marriage and finally just figured to let them go...we've never even used them. I can't wait to do some cooking and baking in my newly organized kitchen. I'd love to have Raul build me a new bookcase for my cookbooks and tupperware stuff. Right now it's in a really flimsy, blah looking cubby type of shelves.
Before:
After:



Then the cupboard by the stove holds my pots and mixing bowls. This is my hard part because the bowls get all jumbled so I need to be more attentive to putting them away correctly.
The other side of the stove has another cupboard that holds the pans and baking dishes. This side wasn't too bad, but I like the change.

Above the stove is cake pans, pie pans, and the weight (which I use to measure out meat that we buy in bulk into one pound bunches).

Everything is coming together. I hope to get to paint some time this winter...maybe while it's winter break and we have nothing else going on. I would love to do something awesome in the boys room or their playroom, but those will have to wait until Auntie Sissy can come to visit since she is the artist...not me.
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