Sunday, May 18, 2008

A day at the Farmers Market and park

Today was beautiful! It was just the right temp out. We went to a few garage sales, but didn't find anything=( We headed down to the Farmers Market to play in the water with Kelli and her kids. We played in the water for bit, Madison was so overwhelmed by all the people! She was not sure what to think. She loved playing in the water with Alexia, she followed her every where. Which was not\ so good some times, cuz that girl likes to climb. I am so happy Madison didn't fall or anything. We called it quits after a bit.We walked across the park to the Farmers Market and to the little park area. We ate some Kettle corn and corn dogs. The corn dog was nasty but the kettle corn was really good! I love that stuff.

There were lots of dogs there! Alexa was asking politely to pet them and hold them it was cute. One lady didn't really want to her to touch the dog but Alexa did anyway..oops
I love all the people and colors at the Market. There is such a great ambiance there, people are playing music, singing, playing at the park, there is this wonderful smell in the air whether it be the kettle corn, or hot Cinnamon almonds or chicken skewers. I love it. The flowers are beautiful, the veggies look so fresh. It is great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. I think we will be going back often now that it is staying nice out.
Thank Goodness for Summer!
This is Esther Short. The Park is named after her.
I love this smile.
Alexa giving Maddy the wrong idea!
Splashing around in the water.
A view of the market from the start.
I really like this bird bath.
I love the bright colors!
One of the vendors making yummy food.
Real maple syrup. yumo!
Beautiful flowers...
and more(these are my fav)
and more.
The different sounds of Music..
Had to buy some of these.
This is the Dog Alexa pet when the lady told her not too.
He looks like a killer hu! lol

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Chasing Chickens

I am so happy that my girls love animals. They get that from there dad. I am not too fond of animals. I do love the chickens and bunnies, but only cuz they stay out side. Dogs, cats, hamsters etc. are not welcome in this house. I will be ok with having a dog or two once we move to Iowa and have a Farm. I will be ok with a cat too. They just will not be inside pets. They will have there homes outside. I do want a little york shire terrier that I would allow in the house... maybe???
Madison and Trinity love the bunnies and chickens. When a chicken escapes from there area Trinity loves to chase them around. This girl has no fear, she will be a stunt double or extreme sports pro for sure some day
Madison on the other had screams and runs "no chicken no eat meeeeee" heehee she is so funny.
Yesterday was great out it got up to 100 degrees! We played in the yard.. I got a pool and slip n slide for the kids. They had a blast. We had a BBQ and enjoyed the nice weather. I do have to say that 100 is a little too hot. Right now it is about 80 out with a breeze and that is perfect!

Enjoy some pictures of the girls chasing the chicken and playing in the yard.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Make these!

They are Jalapeno bacon wrap things. I found them on this website You have to make them! I made them last night. I served them with steak and pasta salad, but I made a jelly for dipping. I mixed blackberry jam with jalapeno jelly and warmed it up in the microwave. So delish!
All you need is cream cheese, bacon and lots of jalapenos!
Start with a jalapeno. Hello, jalapeno! Try to find ones that are 2 to 3 inches long; not too big. Slice the jalapeno in half length-wise. With a spoon, gently scrape out the seeds and white membranes. This process moves pretty quickly. If you’re impervious to the spiciness, you can leave a little membrane and/or a couple of seeds inside. If you prefer things a little on the mild side, go ahead and clean ‘em out reeeeel gooooood. Now cut the bacon slices into thirds. I usually just go ahead and cut the whole package at once. I like shortcuts. Now unwrap the softened cream cheese and your assembly line is all set! Now start smearing cream cheese inside each jalapeno half. Just keep going until you have the quantity you want. That’s the great thing about this recipe: you can make as few as two or as many as 49,382! There’s no huge commitment. Now take a piece (1/3 slice) of bacon and wrap it around the jalapeno. Wrap it snugly, but not too tightly. Keep going until you’re finished. Now stick a toothpick through the middle of each one; this will keep the bacon from coming off in the oven. Place them on a pan with a rack (so bacon grease can escape) and bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes. These are so divine, you should seriously consider making four or five times the quantity you think you’ll need.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Mothers day Week

Last week was eventful! I had four different Mothers day celebrations. First we celebrated with Cheryl on Tuesday. We all went to Chevy's for Dinner and then back to Nana's for a little bit. It was really nice to spend some time with Cheryl. We do not get to see her as often, as we use to. She was so happy to see Madison and Trinity! She just loves them.

Friday was nice, I during the day had my first official paying photo shoot, with Trisha's' kids. We went to Officers row. I got some great shots! I was really happy how they turned out. I think she was happy too. Later in the afternoon, I had another photo shoot with Sondra's baby boy. It was really nice out and we got some great shots in the park.
Friday night I went to my Brother's for a bit. We had a celebrate mother’s day party, but I was the only mom there so I think it was just an excuse to have a
Saturday was fun, we went to Dinner with Nathan's Parents at Red Lobster... sooooo yummy! Alexis, & Brandon both had crab, I am so glad they enjoy stuff like that. I would never at 12 years old touched crab. We had a nice time Celebrating Patti. I just love her so much. I wish we had more time together, since she got a new job and we moved across town I just don't see her as much as I would like. Jon and I had the Ultimate Feast..and it sure lived up to it's name. It was Lobster,crab, & two kinds of shrimp! It was soo yummy. I shared a lot with everyone. It was too much for just one person. Madison got Mac and Cheese with Tree's she liked the broccoli aka treees=)
Sunday I spent the day with my Mom and Brother. We went to lunch at T.G.I.Friday's Then went to Big Al's to hang out. I thought for sure it was going to be really busy, but it was nice and quiet. Not too many people were there. I was guessing because what mom wants to go to a loud bowling, arcade for Mothers Day.. not me. I went cuz that is where everyone wanted to go. I would have chosen a spa or something.. lol We hung out there for a couples hours, chatted and had a few laughs at Logan and Ryan. Daniel got him a whoopee cushion with the tickets they accumulated, it was so funny he kept blowing it up and then squeezing it at Logan. Logan was cracking up. It was so cute! I got this shot of Ryan when he wasn't paying attention. I stick a barrette in his hair, so so funny. He is going to kill me some day for this.
After that I came home and picked up the gang, we all went for Ice cream at DQ then came home and called it a night. Wow what a weekend! I think I am ready for a nice quiet weekend. I am sure that will not happen for awhile but oh well. It was worth it.
I hope you all remembered your Mothers this weekend. It is so important to take one day a year out and make her feel special. We dedicate our life to the people we love, it is nice to know that even when it is hard, or sometimes when you what to throw in the towel the people around us love us and appreciate us more then we think and it make it worth all the hard times. I think Mothers Day jump starts us in to gear for the next year. =) Love you all!
My Momma and Cheryl. My Yummier pricklie pear Margarita.
My Mom and Alexis.
Jon and the Feast!

Alexis digging into the Crab!
Maddy and her Tree.
Gama Patti opening her gift and card.
My Beautiful Madison and the flower she picked for me=)
LOL Ryan with the cute bow in his hair.
My Family, Daniel, Momma and Sassy.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Monday mornings.... Why do we have them again?

Need I say more? I am not one to complain...well maybe I am=) I just like sleep and when you have two girls a year apart that are 1 & 2, the wonderful world of sleep is just not apart of your life. I do get to sleep in one day a week. Nathan is kind enough to give me one day to pretend I am childless. I treasure that morning more then any one could ever know. I love the girls, and our time together... but the love affair I have with sleep makes me wish I would have cherished our time together oh so much more. LOL... OK OK I will stop.
On a more serious note, I did a pregnancy shoot
this weekend. I went and bought back drops at the fabric store and figured out a way to hang them up in my living room. I put Nathan to work screwing in 19 hooks...(I don't think he was thrilled about it, I am lucky he loves me.) it worked out great! Kelii came and took a lot of shots! We tried a lot of ideas I had, and most of them turned out great! Her four year old daughter came with her, I got some great pics of her kissing the belly and tickling the belly, sooo cute. I am excited to say I have booked two wedding so far for the summer, and I have my first paid shoot coming up. It is such an amazing feeling to have this work out, that a dream you have had for a long, long time be unfolding right in front of you. I was not sure at first if people would be willing to let me use them as guinea pigs, but they love it! Thank goodness!
I have a shoot today in the park with my nephew, and another right after with a friend. I can use all the practice I can get. My friend Amber does hair so we will be trading our talents.
Here is a couple shots from this weekend.

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