Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!


The girls...slightly obsessed with Toy Story chose to go as their favorite characters.





On the way out the door for some trick or treating....plenty more pictures to come! Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Bringing fall to AZ

Tonight we carved pumpkins


Well Brett and I did the planning and carving of the big guys and the girls took sharpies to the Lil guys.

Let the fall festivities continue.....

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Mini Mae

I never thought Brooklyn looked much liked me....especially with her spiral ringlets.
So then I straighten her....whole new lil girl huh?


Here's a taste of what's to come in her teen years.


I can only hope pink streaks in her hair is as far as she'll test us.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Not your average toddler





Sheasus pushed her Mac n Chs aside and insisted on chowing down on tomatoes. What tot doesn't devour a bowl of kraft goodness? Apparently one of mine.


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Sunday, October 23, 2011

House happenings.


I have a lot of things that I want done in the house.... Tasks as little as cleaning the floor to as big as installing a vegetable garden. You better believe that Brett hasn't been left put of the fun. Just when he thinks his honey do list gets better....I add something else. My latest project was installing shelves and hooks in the laundry room to help decrease the clutter of things that accumulates on top of the washer and dryer. Pretty simple task right?.....





Brett thought he'd paint the wall first. Give the laundry room an accent wall...I'm still waiting on the shelves and hooks.

My project was to re do our throw pillows on the family room couches which are well over due to be tossed and replaced..... I figured if I do this I'll buy more time and resist the huge urge to finally replace them.




I also redid the pillows on our benches since the old fabric wasn't as childy friendly.
Hung some fall decor and added/experimented with my own craftiness with the help of pinterest... My fall tutu wreath...



Also serves to show our ASU devil pride.......that part not intentional.

On top of all our house projects....Brett and I took on an even bigger commitment...


I hope this doesn't collect dust :) cause dusting falls really low on my honey do list!

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Trends that work

Jeggings..... Never thought I'd say that....not gonna lie... Chuckled at the thought of leggings mAde to look like jeans.... But they are my new favorite find!!!!!


For my 21 mos old! Finding pants that fit decent on the waste and length was turning into a struggle. She didn't do well with the adjustable waste cuz we adjusted it sooo much it just left it soo bulky. I found baby jeggings at target for nearly 8 dollars.



Paired with a pair of faux suede boots that are knee highs on my munchkin..... Perfection.
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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Masquerade

Craft activity of the day planned by Ericka....a wonderful friend of ours who also doubles as our nanny/sitter....


Love waking up to happy children......I know my girls are in good hands!

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Thursday: BLAST from the PAST

I get a kick out of checking out old pictures from the past. Thought I'd share them with you as well. 3 years ago....



Will, Ellie, Brooklyn, Amaya, Jaxon, and Kate.

Hope you enjoyed that trip down memory lane as much as me!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Enjoying my Left overs.


I forgot that I did take pictures to document my accomplishment in the kitchen with my made from scratch Risotto....
Warm 6 cups of Chicken broth in large sauce pan.
Sautee LOTS or baby potabella and white button mushrooms

Set Aside and sautee some shallots, garlic, in some olive oil.



(key to my success was to have ingredients prepared and ready prior to cooking and to have plenty for the girls to do and keep entertained....because once you enter
the next step you'll be stirring for about 40 mins. (nice arm workout)

Add Arborio Rice and wine.


At Half a cup at a time of the 6 cups Chicken Broth, while continuosly stirring. Do this for about 40 mins until the Rice is al dente.



Last step is to add the mushrooms, butter, chives and parmesean cheese.


Final Product...




Not bad for a rookie.

Sheeps, Horses, and Cows...OH MY!

A few days ago the girls and I headed off to the Superstition Dairy Farms in Mesa with the Riecke's.

Needless to Say Brooklyn was in Heaven.






The other kiddos....






Bottle Feeding a baby calf.





Going on a hayride too see the Working Cows....



The best part of the morning was of course the Horse Ride.


The morning at the Farms left for 2 very happy sisters!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

2 pats on my back

In college I worked at a fabulous italian restuarant call Cucina Roma. Thats where I tried and discovered for the very first time Risotto. It was a creamy mushroom and chicken risotto.....fast forward 10+ years. I've been having a craving for this risotto even more so since I've discovered Pinterest. A website full of random pictures and links to more random things....awful to browse through when your hungry. On there I saw this picture.....



The next day I set off to the grocery store to buy the ingredients and that night I challenged myself to re-create the dish. I've never considered myself an excellent cook...but I enjoy trying new recipes and the challenges of cooking it and getting the family to eat it as well. Long story short after 40 mins of continuous stirring I've successfully accomplished a wonderful tasty dinner for the family....even better, the girls ate it. And the Battle against raising picking eaters just swayed my way.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Besties

Remember when I mentioned the girls being better friends then enemies?








Moments like these leads me to believe that won't be a problem