Thursday, July 28, 2011


After just perusing my blog stats, I saw that there were six visits this past week from searching the key words, "I love cleaning up puke in the morning."
Number one, who are the 6 people out there googling that phrase?!
Number two, yikes.

Monday, July 25, 2011

monday mish mash

-  I started off my Sunday morning cleaning up dog puke.  Nothing says good morning quite like that.  Then we had a lovely gathering at Apex.  However on the way home Gibson started complaining of a stomach ache.  I thought it was just car sickness since that's a normal thing for him.  He laid on the couch when we got home and no sooner did I set my stuff on the kitchen counter before I heard the dreaded sound.  Poor buddy.  Poor couch.  Thankfully he improved the rest of the day and seemed totally fine.  We did just a few errands last night and then as we were minutes from home we looked back and saw his face.  Phil had nowhere to pull over so...up it came all over the van.  Did I mention we just paid to have the van detailed on FRIDAY?  We've had 2 other van pukes this Summer and the van was smelling so fresh after the cleaning.  It sure was nice for 2 days.  Such is life!  We came home and I could see by Phil's face that he just couldn't do the clean up this time.  You see, he cleaned up the previous 2 van pukes this summer...and they weren't pretty.  He didn't say anything, but I knew I should step up.  Marriage is all about service right?!  After three puke clean-ups under my belt yesterday, I was ready to tap out.  Thankfully Gibson seems just fine today!
-  We are in the market for new furniture and actually spent a good part of Friday searching, sitting, and talking it out.  After what happened on our couch yesterday, I'm ready to go buy a new one TODAY!  Pretty sure we have made our choice, so that's exciting!
-  Scouted some photo shoot nooks this morning.  We have a styled shoot coming up in a few weeks and I can't wait!  (We still have spots if anyone is interested!)
-  I'm knee deep in wedding editing.  I often feel like my eyeballs are going to fall out of their sockets.  There's an awesome image for ya.
-  We have decided on all of our curriculum for the coming school year and I'm all excited about it!  But, also want to soak up these last few weeks of summer.  I love, love, love summer.
-  My house is a wreck and I have zero desire to clean it.  Don't get me wrong, I want to sit and enjoy the cleanliness afterward, just don't want to do the work involved to get it there.  I'm so Suzy Homemaker today.
-  If you could say some prayers for sweet Silas on Wednesday, I would surely appreciate it.  We have some medical tests and an appointment that will hopefully bring some answers.
-  I cooked brown sugar bacon green beans for my husband to take into his work's Christmas in July lunch.  My house smells AMAZING.  I hope there are leftovers...
-  This morning I drank coffee from my tea mug.  Cause I'm a rebel like that.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

funny boys

Silas is walking around the house right now with a play phone saying, "Huh?  What?  No.  Bye!"  And he's all business, baby.
Gibson is playing Lego Star Wars and told me he is checking out his stud totals (um, whatever that means).  He said, "I'm gonna see how much I can get for the cheapest amount.  You know, just like you do at the store."  I feel proud to have passed on my cheapness.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Summer Salsa

I have nary met a dip I didn't like.  I just love to dip things.  I also love me some chips and salsa.  I love all kinds of salsa, I don't discriminate.  Unless it's really bad.  Like when we went to our fave mexican place recently and the salsa was apparently prepared by someone who had lost all their senses.  It had no cilantro and no onion.  No cilantro and no onion.  (It beared repeating)  Unacceptable.  
This brings me to one of my favorites...the Summer Salsa.  I found it through melskitchencafe (a fabulous resource!) and it is totally delightful.  I may have even blogged about it before, but I'm too lazy to dig through archives.  But it just shows that if you still haven't made it, you crazy.  

Here you go:

1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed well
1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained well
½ medium onion finely diced (about 1/3 cup)
½ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
1 (7 oz.) can salsa verde (I used Herdez brand)
Juice of 1 lime
½ teaspoon cumin
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

Mix all of the ingredients together in a medium bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let the salsa marinate for a few hours (or overnight before serving). Drain most of the liquid from the salsa before serving (optional). Serve with tortilla chips.

Here's what it looks like just stirred:

Just a quick taste test...

 My batch is crazy flavorful today.  My onion was so strong I thought I might never recover from the flowing tears as I chopped.  Red onion doesn't usually get me like that, but good gravy I was beside myself today.  Also my lime was probably the juiciest I've ever seen.  I don't usually drain the liquid before serving, but I might have to this time!
In other news, sister just brought me this:
Adorable.  It's hotter than blue blazes out there so we're trying to entertain ourselves indoors if at all possible.  I mean, unless you're immersed in water,  you can't stand the out of doors.  She's learning how to write a lot of words, but it cracks me up how the order doesn't necessarily matter right now.  Aren't little kid drawings the best?!  Oh, and Maya and her Daddy are not in jail, she just likes the paper to have some pizzazz.  So she often asks if you want your background striped, polka dot, or plaid.  Love my girl!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Calling all moms!

If you haven't read this yet, go do it NOW!!!

camp days

We loved our camp weeks this year!  The kids got to go fishing a few times while we were there, but I was usually back at the (air conditioned!) room while The Bubba Baloosh took a much needed nap.  The last week we were there it was insanely hot, but they still headed down for some fishing fun.

Phil sent me this pic of Maya catching some frogs:
After seeing that I knew I had to head down to capture some of the action.  Gib caught a fish!  Love how proud he looks!
 Maya wanted to see how it felt of course!
 Right after that, Daddy put out his line and about 30 seconds later had a bite.  
The kids loved checking out the catfish.
 I told you it was hot!  Look how pink his lil brown skin is!
 My little girly tomboy.
 It was time to hit the dusty trail with our red faces and sweaty heads!
Doesn't he look so thrilled that I'm still taking pics despite the extreme heat?
 Poor girl!  It was like an oven.
 This is pretty much all you can do when it's that hot!  Plant yourself in front of the COLD AIR.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Independence Day

We had a fabulous 4th!  The two days leading up to it were kind of crazy, so it was just nice to be at my parent's house in Indiana and just relax for awhile.  The country?  It does the heart good.  So does family!  And now prepare yourself for a complete onslaught of pictures.

I took Maya outside to snap a patriotic pic.  It was SO bright and sunny, this is what we ended up with!  I can't help but laugh when I look at it.
 The girl will find any dandelion in a 50 mile radius to make a wish on.
 Is he now a college boy with his hat pulled down, or what?!
 Love the excitement on his face...all from a pop-it!
 Apparently girls learn to stand like this at age 4.  
 This is what I'm dealing with every day people.  And I love it.
 I mean, she loves to make noise.
 He's delicious.
 Boxes o' fun.
 They kind of look like little bags of contraband, don't they?  
 My little cheeser.
 He looks too big in this picture!  I have mixed feelings about it.
 Silas' bff Papaw lets him try out whatever he wants, including swinging from branches.
 Just look at these two!
 Gib is like me.  He gets all overheated and whatnot.  He just.Couldn't.Go.On.
 Love him to pieces.
 We sat under the trees and felt the delicious breeze and warm sun.
 So inviting.
 Silas wanted a closer look at the corn hole action.  Here he is spotting us across the way and waving.  He's hilarious.
 Then it was time for the Can of Crabs to do a big performance for us.  They're goin places I tell ya.
 I love Maya's face in this picture.  She was looking at her Daddy.
 Giggle box.
 Such beautiful eyes!
 What up homeboy.
 Fun memories made with cousins!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Fun fun fun fun

We are at camp this week and havin a ball! A few memorable moments:
-Gibson and Maya are new to showers and they are loving them. After I gave some help this evening Gib wanted to linger so I left. My word, what a priceless moment it was to him start to sing in the shower!
-Maya wants a baby sister so bad she can taste it. What does she want to name the tiny bundle? Jersangela.
-Gibson caught a few fish today and he is so proud! But he would not touch them of course. Dude likes to keep it clean.
-Maya however is all about not being clean. She caught two frogs today, one of which still had a tail! She also has taken to catching and examining bugs. Good for her, but no I would not like to hold it, sister.
-We ventured into town today, which ended in a sweet treat. Phil and I had pie, and the kids shared some ice cream. Maya picked coconut almond fudge chip and I was so proud of her choice. Also one bite of it changed my life. Pretty much the most awesome ice cream I have ever tasted!
-Silas is here too! He has had some medical issues lately, so I am just thrilled to see him acting like himself today. That usually equals singing all the live long day. His top faves? "Hap Birday de Sisas" and "La la la Melmo's Erld".

I am home tomorrow and hopefully back here on the regular. With pictures, too!