Thursday, August 25, 2011

Basically, this is a photo dump :)

The last couple of weekends have been a lot of fun.  We realized that we haven't done a lot of fun things as a family since living in Omaha, so we are going to use our weekends as an opportunity to do just that!

Two weekends ago we went to breakfast and then to the Splash Station- it's a great little water park just outside of Omaha.
Yep. We are @ McD's. Our plan was to go to our usual Saturday breakfast joint- Jimmy's Egg, but we were running behind. McDonalds may not be healthy, but it sure is quick and easy!

pretty skies, pretty boy

sportin' my $2 Target red sunglasses. i heart them.

not sure what's going on here??? but he sure is cute!

Our Super Hero costumes came in the mail! 
anyone a fan of a friend of mine turned me on to it. GREAT deals on kids clothing/toys, women's clothing/accessories, baby gear, maternity wear, house stuff. Let me know if you want an invite to receive the daily deals. I've used it quite a bit recently! :)
YAY Beer Nuts!!! 
"Fighting crime one nut at a time!" -cousin Cindy :)

Rody even got in on the action...

The following weekend we went to Village Point. One of the stores there has an indoor ferris wheel. Joe and John took a spin.....

Noah was an inch too short to ride :(.  Therefore, he and i "rode" the escalator up and down. We also got him a special candy treat. Poor guy.

Later that night, Grace and Reese came over while their mommy and daddy went to a rehearsal dinner.
We made brownies!

I have to brag a little here.... you should see my little Joe crack an egg. I have never showed him how or let him do it before this, but he knew EXACTLY what to do and did it perfectly. -Proud Mama ;)

The next day we took the boys to see Cars 2. It was Noah's first time at the theatre. He did so well!
We left early though. I was a little disappointed in it. It went way over their heads and I could tell they were getting bored. It didn't keep their attention nearly as much as the first one. They were behaving so well, but i felt bad for them, so we headed out after watching for just over an hour.

Then we headed over to the mall. The boys made their very first Build A Bears!

Ready to stuff...

Pushing the Pedal...

Bathing their Bears (or a bunny and a dog, rather)


Meet Bussy- Noah's doggy and Woobii- Joe's Bunny.
Named all by their lonesomes. :)

Friday night we are having friends over for dinner. Saturday will be spent doing chores- because we need to- and because we are having a big meeting here after church on Sunday and John's parents are coming in to town next week.  This weekend doesn't sound quite as exciting as the last couple weekends, huh?

Except for the friends for dinner part ;)

Next week, John and I are heading out of town to celebrate our anniversary a little early. 5 exciting years!!!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Best Chicken EVERRRRR

I make this chicken all the time.

I like to call it The Best Ever Chipotle Chicken  (because I am really creative with names)

This chicken is awesome on a mexican style salad, mexican style pasta, tacos, burritos, enchiladas, nachos, pizza, sandwich, etc etc etc. Or eat it by itself. Whatever floats your boat. ;)

All you need is....

A Rotisserie Chicken or a large Rotisserie Chicken breast

1 red onion, quartered and thinly sliced

4 cloves garlic, chopped

1 can chipotle in adobo sauce (you will use 3-6ish tablespoons depending on how spicy you like it)

1/2 can chicken broth

large handful of cilantro, chopped (optional..but really good with it!)

This is how you throw it together...

Shred (or pick it all apart with your fingers if you are me) the chicken

In a large saute pan or dutch oven, heat some olive oil and saute your onion and garlic until very tender.

Throw in the chicken and adobo sauce and mix well. (I add salt and pepper here to taste)

*check the spice level as you add in your adobo sauce. start with a little and keep adding until you find the "kick" you are looking for.*

Next, add in the chicken broth and simmer until warm or for an extra 30 min on low. (i like to let it simmer for a while, because the flavor will intensify and the chicken will be extremely tender- but you don't have to do this)

*check every once in a while to see if you need a little more moisture in the pan. you may need to add more chicken broth here and there. You don't want it to look like soup, but there should be some noticeable liquid in the pan.*

Stir in the cilantro before you serve it.

People- this is extremely delicious. EXTREMELY.

There will be leftovers and this chicken is good on anything. Just sayin'.

'maters and skype

we have LOTS of tomatoes in the garden in our back yard.

this makes for great fun for the boys.

they do a great job crawling under plants searching for the color red in hard to reach spots.
(i really appreciate this.)

every once in a while a green one makes it into the pile.

i'm pretty sure it's hard to resist not to pick a green one when mom is constantly saying, "don't pick green ones, yellow ones, or orange ones....just RED."

line 'em up.

Joe man showing off his pickin's.
(i feel the need to talk in my most country accent when talking about pickin' 'maters. ???)

Noah and buddy Cruz with their loot.

the jungle

Cruz braving the jungle.

Bozo hair Noah :)

Joe took the next two photos. (He's mastered my phone.)

Bowl full of 'maters and sweaty boys

This one is for my sister: She taught Noah how to do a "mean face"....
...Not sure why he is pinching the skin on the sides of his face???

I Skype with my sister a lot.
Usually either early in the morning or late at night.
(this explains the crazy hair, no make up, etc)

Wanna See?!

Screen Shot One: "Normal Sisters"

Screen Shot 2: "Eye Brows that Make Your Face Look Like A Heart"

Screen Shot 3: "Sad Zombie Heart Face"

Screen Shot 4: "Laughing at Yourself is Good for the Soul"

Monday, August 1, 2011

A Textersation with my sister: It goes a little something like this....

(this is a prime example of why i love my sister)

(Don't judge)

Ashley: Home!

Misty:  Glad you made it! Miss you a lot today.

A: Missin you more Mitzi      (don't ask)

M:  :(








My sister left me early this morning. BOOOOO!