My 28th Birthday

As my birthday week, yes WEEK, draws to a close I can’t help but wish we would celebrate my birthday month! Haha

I’ve been telling people that as I get older, my birthday tends to last longer and longer! Hey, why not!?

This time around it doesn’t feel like I’ve gained a year. In fact I’ve felt like I should have been 28 for the past 6 months. Or at least I wasn’t pouting about turning a year closer to the big 3.0! (I do find it funny that I’ve been pregnant two birthday’s in a row now.)

  I was rightfully surrounded by my lovelies. Kissed on by my lovelies, sang to by my lovelies and given gifts from my lovelies.
  It seems that each year my kids get more and more excited when it’s my birthday. Somehow it makes their day brighter and happy. Going to school and then coming back home is somehow over-exciting!
I was greeted in the morning with such urgency you would think that I was late for an important appointment! They just wanted me to open their gifts but I like to draw things out when it comes to my day of attention, so I told them we had to wait til we made a cake after school. This put a skip to their hop, as making a cake after school isn’t taken lightly!

Then to see that my phone was literally buzzing with messages left me as excited as the kids!

I was thoroughly loved on. Three messages left me in tears and had me reading in almost disbelief over and over what the closest people to me, see in me.

   
   These are the type of things that get me. Nothing can make you feel as confident and well cared for like someone taking the time to come out and write something sweet and beautiful just for you.  To think I had so many different people, from so many different places wishing me a happy birthday and such. They are love notes indeed! 

My lovely husband then told me to get dressed, handing me my new red Tom shoes(I walked in on him ordering them the week before but I was still very pleased to have them) telling me he was going to take me window shopping/store strolling down our pretty Main Street. This is a treat indeed as my husband usually tries to avoid our touristy parts of town. He, Samwise, and I spent the rest of our morning just roaming store to store. Never purchasing anything just mosying about. I did find a historical wall in one of the stores that claimed that the Bonnie and Clyde gang had robbed that same building in the 30’s taking ammo and rifles. I found that interesting! 

 We then made our way to the corner of Lincoln Street where my old working grounds at Linen’s and More is. I had a wonderful chance to catch up with my past co-workers and introduce them to my son. Before I left sweet Debbie handed me a gift for my birthday. Some lovely milk infused lip balm. Very smooth and soothing, smells delicious as well!

As we finished up our walk we decided to take a road trip down some back roads-another special treat for me as I love those kinds of rides. Before we headed out we stopped in at my brother’s house.

Not only did we have a fun visit but my brother gifted me with the movie Romancing the Stone, a favorite we watched on the farm as kids. My family ended up watching it together that night even though there are some scenes I had to distract the kids from. ;)
On top of that my brother’s wife aka my sister-in-love comes in with a bag of gifts for me! Nothing like surprise gifts to get you excited! I’ve already used most of my specially picked out inscents. There also was a pint glass that my husband and I had pointed out during our window shopping ironically in the gift bag as well! With earrings and head jewelry to top off a lace fringe vest dress! If you love Rebekkah, you know she loves fringe! My brother married the most awesome person alive! I definitely felt pretty wearing my new things.  

After our road cruise the girls were done with school and they were ready to bake our cake!

  It was a lovely butter pecan layer cake with cream cheese icing- with yellow and pink sprinkles on top! The girls were very pleased with themselves and I was very pleased to stuff my face with their cake and to open up my Burts Bee’s gifts from each of my children.

I had 30 dollars left over from my grocery budget and chose to be completely selfish and buy both my husband and myself a curry dinner that night. Nothing like a birthday to give you an excuse to indulge! I think it had been a whole year since we got something from that restaurant- well deserve and earned! 

As the week progressed I received birthday cards from my bestie, Jessica, as well as from my sweet Mimi who has sent me a card since before I can remember. Then I got a parcel in the mail! With my name written clearly on top! Eek! This was the gift I was told would come from my Arkansas family-in-law!

I ripped into that package with all the fervor of a gladiator! Inside were home sown(an art form I admire) bookmarks a flower tin and two bird figures.   

  Right away one of the birds went in front of my kitchen window.  It looked quite at home with my bird’s nest we kept after a storm and the various bird egg shells my children find and bring to me. I was touched by the thoughtfulness of the gift and thrilled to have so much to open!

Often I feel like the older I get the better birthday’s feel. What I mean by that, is that I feel like my day of birth is a real date of celebration instead of just a glorified day. The only way someone can feel so celebrated and loved is by the way the people around that person make them feel. I’m grateful to have people such as you in my life. People like you who can make someone who generally feels like a shadow on the wall, feel like they are the center piece. Much love and thanks to all those who lift up and love. Y’all are needed in the world, thank you!

 

We’re going on an egg hunt 

I feel completely frozen through on this cold April day. I was trying to think of things to do and none of my options satisfied me. Finishing up the laundry definitly didn’t appeal to me, nor the other 25 things I ‘need’ to do. No, I’m too cold! 

Today was suppose to be sunny and playful.  I was going to dress the kids up and get blue bonnet pictures on my own since my man couldn’t come help. Yep, nice and sunny.  Warm enough so I could wake my ass up, dress everybody, get pictures and then get in line to go egg hunting. But, it was cold this morning! I couldnt imagine being brave enough to take my blankets off and get ready!  I was nearly done talking myself into calling it all off when I just relented and got up. 

It was colder still when we loaded in the car, and then we actually had to get out and do some walking in that cold. Did I think to myself, geez  it’s cold Rebekkah, you should maybe change everyone’s wardrobe? Nope, I forged through like a naked Miley Cyrus on a chainball.

I got pictures.  I could have gotten even better pictures like my camera controlling self would have done, but even my OCD was freezing up!



We ran back to the car and parked to get in line at the Pinoneer Museum. I had seen online their invitation for an Easter egg hunt and having never taken my kids to an ‘official’ hunt I thought maybe this way I could rake in some ‘best mother ever’ points. Also, my sister wanted me to be ‘in charge’ of getting eggs together for our family hunt at her house. I thought, two birds one stone- Let the girls have one or two of the eggs they find with this hunt and I’ll save the rest and hide them for our family hunt on Sunday. I know, kind of cheap, but nessesary for my egg budget.

We were like the 4th family in line and we were stiff with waiting and with cold. I could see the other families looking at us with pity, or maybe that was judgment.  Hey, my son had a blanket! 

So many people showed up! A lady next to me said they drove in from San Antonio!  They broke the kids off into age groups to start. I went ahead a took Samuel into the under 4 group even though I didn’t think to hunt with him I was just going to let girls go and get 4 or 5 for Samwise.

Holy cow! They opened the gates and it was like greed central. I wouldn’t mind if the kids were going like crazy to get eggs, but it was the parents. Here I was,slowly pushing Samwise in his stroller, pointing at eggs to show him, but that wasn’t the thing to do! I saw that all the eggs, but a yellow one I gave to Samwise, were gone by the time we walked up(even though I was in front to start with) so I walked to the barn area where I saw an egg and one of the ladies in charge hollered out that that section was saved off for ages 5 and up. Okay, so I started walking with Samwise in other direction. Wouldn’t you know it that as soon as that lady left the 4 and under parents ran over there and started swooping up eggs!

Then they rang the bell for the other children to run out, my two girls among them. I looked for Sparrow but couldn’t see her, in the jumble I saw Apple looking confused. She saw me and I told her to RUN and pointed in direction of eggs (this is what I feel the other parents probably should have done if they had kids who could walk on their own). Boy, she took off and found 9, the most in our group! Shamefully, while in the big kid section, I picked up an orange egg and put it in my 10month old’s basket. He had two now! 

We then stood in line to take a picture with the big rabbit dude. Hey, we were in the cold for so long we might as well stay longer!



After we took pictures I had three separate families tell me that I “had beautiful children and good job with those ones, they’re real lookers.” Of course I eat that up but then I look down at Sparrow and she’s got this little gloat face going on.. That girl is something else!



Has it Really Been 10 Years!?

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“What the hell was I wearing?”
Or something to that effect, was Peter’s comment after scrunching up his face upon seeing our date night, ten year picture comparison.
Then, just like that, he was filled with delight on recognizing his One Line Drawing tshirt.
Some things stay the same.

I suppose our marriage must be mostly happy as it doesn’t feel like these 10 years have dragged out.
Of course there are some nasty bitter parts but the high, sweet, buttery goodness overshadows the low.
This year in particular has been a wonderful, happy year.
We both have been anticipating our 10 year anniversary date this month. Peter had it all planned out and even took off for the actual date(as in number). Even(!!!) hired a babysitter! Our first real, none related, teenage babysitter! I was so excited about this that I planned in my head to get a picture with her! But, when it came down to it, I totally forgot!
The morning of our 10 year anniversary started off like most. Samwise slept in his crib til 3am and kept me up and down with his need for play. I took the girls to school and then came home and curled back up under the blankets with my still sleeping husband and son.
When I re-awoke with needing to nurse my son I could hear my husband cleaning in the kitchen. Great sound.
My phone was buzzing and I found a sweet personal message from my husband on fb along with several sentimental pictures from our start together. It totally got me. It was like starting the day off with a bite of honey.

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When the day continued and our date night approached I was lucky enough to get to run to my hairstylist sister-in-law! She swiftly and sweetly fit me into her day at Bella Salon. Not only did she style my hair but even went on to do my makeup! I felt so posh and glamorous while she fancied me up and served me champagne. For real. She served me champagne. Even surprised me with my own celebration bottle and a sweet anniversary card. What an angel!

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She wasn’t the only one to bless us. Along with the champagne and card, I was surprised to find a note and beautiful flowers from my sister, a yummy (I love it SO much) banana pudding dessert from my mother, and a card from our daughter that she made at school.

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The whole time I had thought to wear this black beaded dress I have. It’s a bit big on me(since it was actually my aunt’s first) but considering I’ve gained so much weight since Samwise, I thought I’d look nicer in it.

Sparrow girl was bummed with my choice of color in dress since her card depicted me in blue.
I did had a (sexy?) blue dress that I bought for our anniversary a few years ago but never wore it because I chickened out, and that’s when I was more fit!
My husband preferred it to the black. With his approval I had the courage to wear it out.
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Don’t I look fabulous?! Haha!

So we were off on our date. Our reservation wasn’t until later so we walked our lovely lit up Main Street and popped into The Brewery for a beer.

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Well, they didnt have a 10 year glass. Haha

Well, they didnt have a 10 year glass. Haha

That Santa drawing in the corner is by my pal Julie owner of Calk of the Town!

That Santa drawing in the corner is by my pal Julie owner of Calk of the Town!

My husband began to tell me that it was his intent to take me to the most posh restaurant in town, The Nest.Though I’ve never gone, the place is sentimental. The Nest is the first date we ever (never) had. First date we never actually went too as I cancelled. He was so cute and I liked him so much that I was just too nervous to eat in front of him! We just drove around and talked instead.-

However his intent, The Nest still remains a mystery to me since the sitter and his day off was already arranged, he realized too late that it would be closed on our anniversary. He settled for the second most posh place in town, August E’s!
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After our delightful meal (that I have leftovers from) we drove to our next destination to visit and have a drink. First, though, we parked and exchanged our gifts. We’ve been trying to find gifts that go with the themed married years “traditional or modern” gifts. 10 year anniversary gift is tin. Real original, I know. This year though, we both managed to give something special that went with the theme.

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We are so incredibly happy. A special thank you to all those who greeted us with celebration and even more so to those who have supported us and encouraged our marriage throughout these years.
We are blessed.

Impromptu Thanksgiving

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I never gave much thought and eagerness into the holiday of Thanksgiving until I met my husband. Growing up in Scotland he had never celebrated the holiday. Once we were together here in Texas he would talk about how much he looked forward to the day. I guess I didn’t start to really look forward to Thanksgiving until I meet him.
These past couple of Thanksgivings have come and gone. Always with my husband on a work schedule it seems. The day has started to be a downer for me in a way. Hugely disappointing to be one of the cooks for the feast. To labor in the kitchen for hours all for my man not to be able to be there that day to enjoy it.
This year we both worked on the holiday. Thanksgiving was just another day on both ends.

So, we put together an impromptu feast for the last day in November.

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We quickly threw out invitations to some of our favorite people that morning and rushed to organize the house for company. Making sure our kids were cute and put together we started preparing. Peter and our girls cooked our turkey, giving it a truly citrus taste by roasting it with oranges and even a pomegranate.
I put together some favorite seasonal side dishes and was delighted when one of our guests, my awesome sister-in-law Callie, brought dessert. I was even more thrilled by it when the pumpkin cheesecake, that I make every year, took a turn towards the not-cooked-properly category. That’s the last time I try to get fancy with that dessert by adding sour cream and other things I don’t usually do. Oh well!- Thank goodness for the dangerously delicious sweets that Callie made fresh that day upon getting the invite!

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Thanksgiving has come to mean so much more to me since the first one I shared with my man. It’s a gathering for the hearts! A celebration of what we cultivated and collectively harvested that year. To look back, reflect, and be encouraged to look forward to what the next year will bring.

Our impromptu feast ran smoothly. My husband was so pleased, even motivated to put together a ‘late feast’ every year. With good company of course!

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We we’re so blessed and thankful for how easily things came together. For friends that we can be ourselves around. People who we ultimately feel loved, accepted, and connected with.
-Thanks for making it!

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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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