Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Back to school

It's back to school time!  I have to be honest and say I'm a little excited to be back in the routine of school.  I'm sure that excitement will fade just as it does with them real soon.  We've had a busy summer and I'm ready for some routine. 

The kids were up bright and early this morning rocking those new, crisp shoes and new clothes!  Of the 3 of them I think Luke was the least excited, and Jolea by far the most excited!  Jolea loves school!  This year they are all 3 at different schools.  Jolea and Luke are near each other but not together anymore.  Luke also has a split schedule for the first time.  He was a little nervous about that. 

Luci was up with them and ready for school also.  She got dressed and went looking for her backpack. :)  She'll be doing school with Mommy this year!  I'm so excited to be spending this time with her at home!  They grow up so fast.

I pray they have an amazing school year and that their light and love for Jesus will shine bright each and everyday!  Praying God continues to pour into them, and that He sends Godly friends into their lives! 

I am one proud MOM! 

And here's a little photo of their second day of school!  We have to send pics to Memaw so she can see all their cute outfits.  Notice Luke with his shirt tucked in?  lol  New school dresscode requires the kids from 4th grade and up to tuck it in!  He isn't digging that either. :)  But we don't sweat the small stuff around here!  And don't you love the little photo bomber in her undie?

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Post 5k, and Brady Bands!

Yesterday morning I ran my first 5k here in Corpus Christi!  It was the Run or Dye. It was not a competition against anyone but myself.  They don't time the race either.  It is all for fun, fitness, family, and friends.  Joey ended up having to work so I came alone which was also a big accomplishment for me! 

I ran in the first wave and finished at a decent time as well.  I tried to keep a pace around 10 or under.  It's definitely different from running on the treadmill.  Running uphill, downhill, against wind resistance off the bay...all takes a toll on your pace and time.  I didn't do as well as I'd hoped, but all and all I was happy with it and will only work to improve with every race! 

I was so mesmerized by the view of the ocean as well.  I could definitely run this route over and over again!  It was absolutely gorgeous!  It's still hard to believe that I live somewhere so beautiful and that this is really my life.  I love where God has brought our family. :)

So I'm already looking for my next 5k.  Hopefully next month!  Then I'm hoping to run a 10k by December and start training for a half marathon! So ready to wipe that one out!  Did I mention I'm planning to run that half in Disney World?  If I'm going to do it, then I'm going BIG!  There's no other place where I'd rather run it!  I've already got the buzz lightyear ensemble picked out to run in!   

So who's with me?

Let the training begin!!

Last but not least!  The headbands.... If you love wearing headbands while you workout, go out, or whatever you do! Go and check out brady bands!  I have never found headbands that don't slip on my head, but these guys don't budge!  Brady bands are named after the founders son who passed away from cancer, and 10% of every purchase goes to CureSearch!!!  Check them out at bradybands.com!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Cooking Disaster!

So tonight I had a major cooking disaster.... I was actually making one of my favorite dishes, manicotti.  This time I had added shredded chicken to the cheese mixture to spice it up a bit. 

I had just boiled the noodles, and sat my glass pan on the stove to start stuffing the manicotti.  I had turned on a burner to warm up the sauce and didn't realize I had turned on the wrong burner.  New house, new stove...I'm still adjusting people. 

Anyhow, the dish just exploded, and hot glass went everywhere!  Luckily it only hit my shirt, and I came out unscathed.  No kids were in the kitchen at the time.  It very well could've been ugly.  Glass was everywhere and my dinner was ruined! :(  Needless to say, some major cleanup took place with the help of my oldest child and my husband, and we headed out for dinner.  

I wish I had thought to take pictures, but I think I was just a bit in shock.  I had no idea that the dish would explode like that.  Lesson learned, and now I have to buy a new dish.  That one had our name etched on it too.

Here's the recipe for you to try!  Just make sure not to set your dish on the stove!!

You can also half this recipe if you have a smaller family.

Chicken Manicotti

  • 14 pieces Manicotti, cooked according to instructions
  • 2 cup part skim Ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cup shredded cooked chicken
  • 2 egg
  • 2 teaspoon oregano
  • salt and black pepper
  • 2 can tomato or spaghetti sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves
  1. In medium bowl, combine cooked shredded chicken, Ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, egg, oregano, salt and pepper together and stir until well mixed.
  2. Stuff each cooked Manicotti with about ¼ cupful of the chicken and cheese mixture carefully so that the Manicotti doesn’t tear.
  3. Add the spaghetti sauce in saucepan over low heat. Add 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan and 1 tablespoon chopped basil leaves and stir frequently, until it starts to bubble. Simmer until heated through.
  4. Spray baking dish with cooking spray and place the stuffed Manicotti in it. Pour about 1 cup (or more) prepared sauce over the Manicotti. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 35 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Kemp's Ridley Turtle Release

So I've been asking all summer to go watch the Kemp's Ridley sea turtle release.  Eggs from most sea turtle nests found at Padre Island National Seashore and northward along the Texas coast are transported to the Padre Island National Seashore incubation facility for protected care and monitoring, and the hatchlings are released at the northern end of Padre Island National Seashore.  Most of the releases occur over the month of July and August.  Since Joey was off Saturday, I got everyone up at 5am and we headed to the beach!  It honestly was everything I had hoped it would be and more.  They were so cute and the sunrise on the beach was gorgeous!  
This is just one more reason why I love living here!  I am such a science and nature freak!  The release was also free to the public so there was no fee to watch.  We got to the beach right about the time they were releasing so we had to stand out in the water to actually see good.  I tried to get the best pictures I could with the view we had.  They turned out ok, but next summer I know to arrive a little earlier to get a spot for picture taking. I want to be right up front! :)

Friday, August 9, 2013

Shark Week

I may sound like a freak, but I love Shark Week!  To kick off the week we took the kids to the aquarium to check out the shark touch experience.  They have an exhibit where you can actually touch the sharks. :D  The kids had an awesome time and so did Joey and I.  We went through the exhibits, watched the dolphin show from the under water viewing room, and the kids also enjoyed the splash park.

I was trying to get Luci's picture here, but she was eyeballing the crocodile.

Isn't this puffer fish the cutest.  He and Luci really hit it off. :)

This is one of the kids favorite exhibits.  Luci really believes that this is Nemo and Dory.

The view from the aquarium is absolutely breathtaking.  I think I could sit out there all day!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Coconut oil...Have you tried it?

Coconut 101 Uses for Coconut Oil

I recently purchases a jar of organic coconut oil.  I've started using it on my children's skin.  All three of my biological children have a genetic skin condition called Keratosis Pilaris.  It is a pretty common skin condition.  It has the appearance of rough, slightly red, bumps on the skin. It most often appears on the back and outer sides of the arm (though the forearm can also be affected), and can also occur on the thighs, legs, hands, side, and butt.  This can be a nuisance for a teenager who lives and spends a lot of time at the beach in a swim suit.  I recently read about some of the benefits of using coconut oil and have decided to give it a try.  Many have had great results with it.

Here are a few other benefits from coconut oil that recently caught my eye.

  1. Treatment of several skin conditions. Including (the one above, psoriasis, eczema)
  2. Taken supplementally for daily energy.
  3. On the skin as a basic lotion
  4. As an eye-makeup remover
  5. As a cloth diaper safe diaper cream (just rub on baby’s bottom)
  6. A tiny dab rubbed on your hands and then through hair will help get rid of friz
  7. Rubbed on lips as a natural chap stick
  8. As an incredibly intensive natural conditioner- Rub into dry hair, put a shower cap on and leave for several hours.
  9. Can help improve insulin levels
  10. As a replacement for vegetable oils in any recipe
  11. Can help reduce appearance of varicose veins
  12. Can reduce the itch of mosquito bites
  13. Can be rubbed into scalp daily to stimulate hair growth ( I may try this on the hubs :))
  14. Can help speed weight loss when consumed daily (coconut is a superfood!)
  15. I've also read it can help improve allergy and if rubbed in the nose can help with allergy symptoms.
These are only a few that caught my eye of the numerous benefits of coconut oil.  I would love to hear if you've tried it!  I will keep you posted on any improvements with the kids skin!


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