Seasonal Soup

It’s the first of October! What better way to start off the month than with a favorite seasonal soup.

Today (Wednesdays and Fridays) is our appointed day to prepare my mother her dinner and bring it to her home.
Generally, this means I try to make more healthy decisions when I cook.

Butternut squash soup, or Buttermilk squash as I call it, is a yummy soup. How can I make this better for our bodies?
Take out the milk/cream and butter from the original recipe!

So I prepared everything as I did before, just without the dairy.

I did change something else up. Instead of puréeing the carrots with the butternut squash, I graded them and then put them to a boil in the soup. This added a nice texture.

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I also didn’t leave the bacon to add on to later. While the carrots were simmering until they softened, I fried up the bacon. Then I just added them to the pot of wholesome goodness.

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I still really really love the creaminess of my “buttermilk” squash soup. You can get the recipe for that here. However, the flavor of the healthier version is still yummy.
Now, I’m going to finish up my bowl of autumn.

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Who Needs Disneyland When You Have ComiCon

My husband surprised me with a question one Saturday evening after we attended church together. He asked if I wanted to go to the comic convention that was being held in San Antonio. Boy, did I!

We planned to leave before noon, and the kids were beyond excited to go to ‘a comic book place,’ as we told them. We all attempted to dress comic booky.

Ready to rock in roll in my Wolverine T-shirt that is two sizes too small for me.

Ready to rock in roll in my Wolverine T-shirt that is two sizes too small for me.

Before we arrived we had a lovely, yummy lunch at Olive Garden. I love their soup and salad!

Arriving at the building. It was such a build up as here and there when finding a parking spot we would see live heros! As we were walking to our destination the kids were able to spot other kids dressed up just like they were.

Arriving at the building. It was such a build up as here and there, when finding a parking spot, we would see live heros! As we were walking to our destination the kids were able to spot other kids dressed up just like they were. Apple was Supergirl, while Sparrow was Thorina(Thor’s daughter didn’t you know?)

This was the first characters I was brave enough to ask for a picture with. As you can see our supergirl didn't know what to do with herself!

These were the first characters I was brave enough to ask for a picture with. As you can see, our supergirl didn’t know what to do with herself!

My husband and I flirted with the idea of paying the extra $80 to get to meet and take a picture with the big man behind Marvel comics, Stan Lee. However upon finding out that they wouldnt allow all of us to stand inline (a LONG line) together without paying the extra dues, we call it a no. With a baby, it just didnt make sense. However, I did sneak to the side and take a selfie. Afterwards I was asked to leave after a few other chicks tried to imitate what I started, which brought attention to our area. Still got the shot though!

My husband and I flirted with the idea of paying the extra $80 to get to meet and take a picture with the big man behind Marvel comics, Stan Lee. However upon finding out that they wouldnt allow all of us to stand inline (a LONG line) together without paying the extra dues, we call it a no. With a baby, it just didnt make sense. However, I did sneak to the side and take a selfie. Afterwards I was asked to leave after a few other chicks tried to imitate what I started, which brought attention to our area. Still got the shot though!

We saw our favorite Scottish hero, Merida, from Brave!

We saw our favorite Scottish hero, Merida, from Brave!

We say all the ninja turtles (even though I could care less, and they actually creep me out) to my husbands delight!

We saw all the ninja turtles (even though I couldn’t care less, and they actually creep me out) to my husbands delight!

While I was at a booth nursing my baby, my husband a kids ran into a ghost buster! (supergirls face is priceless)

While I was at a booth nursing my baby, my husband a kids ran into a ghost buster! (supergirls face is priceless)

Maybe the ghost buster was looking for this dude...

Maybe the ghost buster was looking for this dude…

 

We took a picture wit Maleficent, our favorite (from two) theater movie from this year!

We took a picture with Maleficent, our favorite (from two) theater movie from this year!

Batgirl was patient while I tried to figure out my phone and how it works.

Batgirl was patient while I tried to figure out my phone and how it works.

The girls went gaga over Captain America..

The girls went gaga over Captain America..

..and I went gaga over this wolverine. Dude was tall, like taller than Pete tall. So uncharacteristic for wolvie, but I wasn't complaining if you know what im saying... Ok, enough dork talk.

..and I went gaga over this wolverine. Dude was tall, like taller than Pete tall. So uncharacteristic for wolvie, but I wasn’t complaining if you know what im saying…
Ok, enough dork talk.

Look what my hunny found me for a buck! My absolute favorite of favs!

Look what my hunny found me for a buck! My absolute favorite of favs!

Pete saw this and said he had to get a picture to show his dad.  To take a piture with these charactures in front of this automobile cost money. However the person in charce said God bless, and since we had a family that their was no charge!

Pete saw this and said he had to get a picture to show his dad.
To take a piture with these charactures in front of this automobile cost money. However the person in charge said God bless, and since we had a family that there was no charge!

The Powerpuff girls were pretty awesome with my girls and boy. Nice people.

The Powerpuff girls were pretty awesome with my girls and boy. Nice people.

Don't be surprised if this ends up as our Christmas card.

Don’t be surprised if this ends up as our Christmas card.

my favorite of all the pictures. Can you believe I brought my fancy camera and didn't use it once!

my favorite of all the pictures. Can you believe I brought my fancy camera and didn’t use it once!

We played out Star War's more romantic parts. Without me getting shot in the arm that is.

We played out Star War’s more romantic parts. Without me getting shot in the arm that is.

Wearing my merchandise out! Got a few stocking stuffers for the kids as well!

Wearing my merchandise out! Got a few stocking stuffers for the kids as well!

Went to baby store afterwards.

Went to baby store afterwards.

..and walked out with this gem of a hat. Pete said his Grandpa Sam had a similar hat and we had to get it.

..and walked out with this gem of a hat. Pete said his Grandpa Sam had a similar hat and we had to get it.

Basically, we had a blast! I’m not sure if that’s just because we actually went out. I’ll tell you one con (yes, yes that was a pun) of the whole trip, beside them charging extra to see famous people, was having a flat on our stroller/pram the WHOLE time. Was cringing, just waiting for someone to comment on it, but no one did.

I can’t begin to tell you how much I think my girls enjoyed going, Sure there was some pretty sensual drawings from some of the venders but with the right strategy you can avert your child’s eyes from those. There was also some extremely scary costumes, I mean freaky. We were able to avoid walking by most of them and otherwise the kids were generally looking at a character they recognized. In fact that was the most fun, getting to see all those characters and getting to dress up and have fun just walking around running into and taking pictures with the favorite of those characters. Who needs Disneyland when you have ComiCon!?

(PS- I wrote this with a wiggling baby in my arms be a nice person and overlook any mess ups.)

Easter 2014

Before another week goes by I really should put these photos up of our Easter together or they’ll never see the light of day.

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Birthday Questionaire

Before I get to the questionnaire, I just want to say how much I enjoyed my birthday and how much I appreciate every kind and special word or gesture done in love, for me. Precious and lovely. I shouldn’t brag on gifts. Though, I was very touched, so I took a picture to share.

from my thoughtful,  Lovelies!

from my thoughtful, Lovelies!

 

I had flowers...

I had flowers…

 

 

...seriously yummy dessert....

…seriously yummy dessert….

 

...lots of laughing with my sisters..

…lots of laughing with my sisters..

 

...and a cake to top it all off. made by my daughters with my mom.

…and a cake to top it all off. made by my daughters with my mom.

 

 

On to the questionnaire!

I did this last year, but this year it is better put together.

 

1)What are you saying goodbye to?
Twenty-six. Fear.

2)Did you travel anywhere?
No where far. Though, I did get to go to South Padre Island for the first time. I like the color of the beach water there.

3)Did any one special pass on, give birth or marry?
We’re not ‘close’ but, my cousin Sarah was married. As for babies..my brother Caleb and his wife had a little boy they named Jude and my husbands sister Kate and her husband Faisal, had a baby girl they named, Erum.

4)Did you read much?
I read mostly books I re-read because I knew they were good.
Fox in the Snow was a new one.
Really though, I got through all of The Lord of the Rings books for the first time. I was quite obsessed for a while.

5)What music will forever represent that year?
Ellie Golding, Lorde, and Lana-once again- are my now go-tos.

6)Did you watch many shows?
Not much this year. Walking Dead is still a big hit for us. Hell On Wheels…I think those two really get my attention.
7)How about the movies?
Eh.

8)Did you make any friends?
I’ve become pretty good friends with my sister-in-law Callie. We get on really well and I see it(our friendship)just growing and developing all the time. It’s great!

9)What did you meditate on?
Staying faith filled.

10)What did you spend most of your time doing?
School run, sleeping, mommying it up. Laughing with my husband. Homework; mine and the kids’s.

11)Who inspired you?
Clients! I have some pretty awesome clients that are always so excited and enthusiastic about working with me. It really encourages me!
Also dreams and books really open up my imagination.

12)What’s some favorite moments?
Flying kites with my children on the beach.
Having a cup of tea with my husband the morning we found out I was pregnant.

13) Hardest moment?
When my mother became very ill. The fear, the heaviness of it.

14) Favorite item?
New water bottle. My red maxi dress

15)Best song to belt out to while driving?
Oceans by United

16) What is your motto?
You can only change and control your own actions. Make them good ones.

17)Who is your best friend?
My husband, my rock. Peter.

18) What’s the next book you want to read?
The new Game of Thrones book.

19) How do you feel about your body?
I feel like I look pretty dang good. Feeling creaky though.

20) What are you chasing at the moment?
Peace and Mercy

22) What do you want to buy?
I really want a new vehicle.

23)What did you want that you did get?
A new mattress! So happy with it!

24) What has improved?
I cook a lot more. My husband and I laugh a lot more. Just really in such a better place. I’m enjoying life right now. Things are getting better all the time.

25) Write a phrase that sums up this year?
“All that is gold does not glitter.” -is what comes to mind.

26) What are you really excited about?
Meeting our new baby!! We can’t wait!!

I Want a Konjac Sponge

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Looking for a little something to get for my birthday coming up.
So many beautiful things. It’s hard to decide!

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Bed, Back, & Beyond

turqiuse baby bedding custom made by mother for when my older brother and I were babies

turquoise baby bedding custom made by mother for when my older brother and I were babies

I’ve been having some sleep problems. Really, my sleep problem is connected to a hip problem. The hip is connected to my spine. Which is what I’m told is my ‘real’ problem.
If we’re not fb friends or you’re not a fan of my photography page or don’t follow my Instagram and are unaware-I’m with child.
So as some people are aware, as a woman when you have a fetusbeing growing in your womb, your hips and bones and joints spread out.
This can be a painful process.
It has been for me. I asked my doctor why there was so much more pressure this time around and she said that it was normal for 3rd time pregnancies.
Still, I had been having a rough time sleeping. I even had to switch to the guest bed to even obtain any sleep.

Finally, I made an appointment with a chiropractor.

I had been a chiropractor patient once before, but that was after the birth of my second daughter, Apple. During her delivery I hurt my hip and my sciatic nerve was injured as a result.
I figured maybe this was being triggered. Remembering that about 5 visits “cured” me the last time, I felt it was worth a try.

The only real issue with going would be the cost.
Finally, my husband and I found that in the next town over, several chiropractic places took our insurance. We picked a place and I went.
Unfortunately, by the next visit I was informed though they do take Blue Cross Blue Shield, our particular plan had no coverage.
However, favor smiled upon me and they are honoring a discount simply because I walked in with a BCBS card. A significant reduction from how much it would have cost me in my hometown.
I can’t be hard on the gas cost as I have Bible study every Monday in that town so I’ve just made the chiropractor visits before my class.
Two birds, one trip.

Along with the chiropractic attention, there is another reason I’m feeling better.
My husband and I made a huge change in our home. We took a big step into adulthood.
After nearly ten years of sharing all types of sleeping arrangements, we purchased our first ever, NEW bed.

Holla!

Both my husband and I exclaim in surprise each time we would first rest upon it, being un used to not rolling straight to the middle!

That, inlined with the chiropractic attention, has made things so much better.
I don’t have a sharp stabbing pain in my pelvis anymore. Well, much anyway. Praise God! I am also sleeping much more sufficiently.
Whether this is due to the new bed I’m sure, but a percentage I take in to considerable notice of the fact that I don’t have both girls piling in to bed with me when their father is at work.
They now share the queen bed in their own room. That has been quite a great move, as my youngest prefers someone to “Snuggle buggle.”
We’ve been preparing her for baby and tenderly letting her know that baby will ‘snuggle buggle’ mommy in bed now so she needs to be a big girl in her own room.
She is very excited about the baby and very sympathetic as to it needing to snuggle mommy when here. She hopes that its a girl.

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