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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Ho, Ho, Ho

The first picture is the girls with Santa last year. They weren't crazy about him, but we were able to take several pictures.  There weren't very many smiles, though.


 This is how it went this year....

No smiles at all.  Gracelyn held it together for about 30 seconds.  Ellie screamed and reached for her daddy the entire time.  We took them the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  I thought the mall would be really busy and we would have to wait in a long line.  Nope!  We had a chance to talk with Santa before he held the girls.  We thought if they could get acquainted then maybe we could get a good picture.  It didn't really work out that way, as you can see.  I will occasionally ask Ellie if she wants to go sit in Santa's lap and she promptly responds, "No way!"  Maybe next year....

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

2 year pictures

I know I haven't been blogging much lately. Sorry about that, but I just don't have the energy these days to sit down and try to type a complete sentence. So, forget the sentences and enjoy some pictures....
 
 


















Come back soon and see Santa pictures and 2nd birthday pics.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Yummy Fried Rice

I know, it is Thanksgiving week so I should be posting my favorite Turkey Day recipes.  But, I made this tonight and it was such a hit I had to share.  It is the perfect meal to prepare during this busy week because it is super easy!!  I have included the entire recipe as I found it on the internet but have made my changes in red.

  • 3 large eggs
  • vegetable cooking spray
  • 2 T vegetable oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 t grated ginger (omitted)
  • 2 C small broccoli florets
  • 1 C shredded or matchstick carrots
  • 1/2 C sliced celery (omitted)
  • 1/2 C sliced red pepper (omitted)
  • 1 C sliced snow peas (omitted)
  • 1 yellow squash, cut in half lengthwise and sliced
  • 1/2 C vegetable or chicken broth
  • 2 T soy sauce
  • 4 cups cooked brown rice
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
Directions
1. Scramble eggs.  Transfer eggs to a clean bowl and set aside.
2. Wipe skillet clean and add oil.  Heat over medium-high heat, add garlic and ginger, and cook 30 seconds.  Add broccoli, carrots, celery and red pepper and stir-fry 2 minutes.  Add snow peas and yellow squash and cook 2 minutes more.  Stir in broth and soy sauce and simmer for 3 minutes, until veggies are crisp-tender.  Stir in brown rice, green onions, and scrambled eggs.  Reduce heat to low and warm through, about 5 minutes.

Since I omitted so many of the veggies, next time I will probably add more carrots, broccoli, and squash or find other veggies to include.  I might also throw in some diced chicken breast with the garlic so it has a little more substance.  Dave isn't used to eating meals with no meat so this was a bit of a change for him!

You really need to try this rice!  I could not believe how quick and easy it was, and, better yet, my picky eater ate a bowl and a half!!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Beautiful Butterflies

Saturday night after the pumpkin patch we went to a nearby trunk or treat where our church was participating. Dave and I had so much fun with out little butterflies. Ellie and Gracelyn loved being dressed up!! We only went to a few trunks because the girls don't really eat much candy. (I guess I should say we don't give them much candy to eat.) We got to see some of our friends and the girls enjoyed their first ever lollipop.


Gracelyn checking out her loot!


Both girls were so excited to see their friend Tinkerbell!

Sorry the picture is a little blurry, but I wanted you to see the pure happiness on Graceelyn's face!

Ellie is perfectly content with her lollipop.  Gracelyn kept getting tired of hers and she would want a new one.  We just asked Ellie to trade with her and she did so happily every time.  She is so sweet to share with her sister!

Butterfly G and Butterfly E on the walk back to our car.

Had to include this one of my sweet hubby!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Pumpkin Patch

We went to the pumpkin patch today when Dave got off work.  The girls had a GREAT time.  They loved running around patting, kissing, and throwing the pumpkins.

Ellie, Gracelyn and me

Gracelyn

Gracelyn loves pumpkins!!

Ellie

Ellie about to throw her pumpkin.

Dave and Ellie

Ellie and Gracelyn looking at the goats.

Ellie and Gracelyn sitting with Dave on the hay.

Ellie playing in the hay.

Gracelyn throwing hay.

Gracelyn

Ellie

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Fish Faces

Too cute not to share!

Ellie


Gracelyn

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

It's been MONTHS!!!

I am not even going to try and catch up on all that has been happening around here since my last post in June.  I will just hit the high points....

1. We have moved.  Not too far from where we were before, but closer to Dave's work, my work, church, and friends.  There are clothes (all mine) piled up all over our bedroom and closet.  We have boxes of office stuff where our office will one day be, but we need to find a desk first.  And half of the garage is still full of stuff.  I don't really know what most of it is, but  we didn't get rid of it in the garage sale so I guess it is important?????

2. Galloway #3 is in the oven.  Yep, we are pregnant.  I am due March 7, and yes, we have had a sonogram and we are definitely only having one this time! 

I was planning on posting pictures of the girls but my usb cable is still packed and I can't figure out where.  Ellie and Gracelyn are getting so big I can't stand it! They are so much fun these days!  I will try to get some pictures up before too long...just as soon as I can find that stinkin usb cable.

Friday, June 18, 2010

DO try this at home!!!

Back in January I asked for recipe ideas from all of you.  I have received a few that I have tried and enjoyed.  My good friend, Amber, went out of her way to help me out.  She sent me an email with 5 or 6 of her favorite recipes.  I haven't tried all of them, but the ones I have tried have been delicious.  Here is my favorite so far....

Garlic Lime Chicken


1 t salt
¾ t pepper
¼ t cayenne pepper
¼ t paprika
1 t garlic powder
½ t onion powder
½ t thyme
Chicken breasts (The recipe calls for 6. Leftovers?)
2 T butter
2T olive oil
4 T lime juice
½ cup chicken broth


Mix the first 7 ingredients. Pound out the chicken in a Ziploc bag until thin. Sprinkle mixture on both sides of the chicken. Heat butter and olive oil over medium high heat. Cook chicken 5 minutes on each side. Remove chicken and add lime juice and chicken broth to pan. Whisk the mixture around until it is reduced, mixing up the brown bits. Pour over the chicken. Enjoy!

You need to change whatever dinner plans you have tonight and make this instead.  It is that good!  Enjoy

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Canada, river walk, Zoe, and a ranch

On Wednesday of our week long stay in Montana, we headed to Cranbrook, BC.  This was Dave's and my first trip to Canada, AND it was Ellie and Gracelyn's first international expedition anywhere.  We knew that we had to go while we were close enough to make a day trip because we might not ever get the opportunity again.  I don't know what I was expecting.  After our other international travels, I figured Cranbrook would be different than the U. S. in some way.  It really wasn't.  I mean, I know it is different, but not in an obvious, you're in another country, kind of way.  It was just more beautiful scenery, wild animals, farms, rivers.  We are so glad we went, and now Ellie and Gracelyn can say they were international travelers when they were 1.
 

We did find a cute little deli for lunch. While we were eating Dave had to leave and put money in the parking meter. On his walk to the car he passed a park so we headed that direction after lunch.

Ellie, Jake, Gracelyn
Have I mentioned it was cold the entire time we were at Jill's?  I checked the weather before we went and it was supposed to be in the upper 60s and 70s while we were there.  Nope, 50s and low 60s was what we got.  So, Gracelyn and Ellie had to borrow a couple of Jake's jackets when we spent time outside.

Ellie putting rocks on the slide.

Daddy pushing Gracelyn on the swing.

Gracelyn was so excited about the swings.

Gracelyn, Dave, Ellie, and Jake swinging at a random Canadian park.

Ellie loves clapping.

Our family under the Canadian flag.

Thursday was pretty packed.  We finally had sunshiney weather with warm (relatively speaking) weather.  After breakfast we loaded the kids up and went to the local river walk.  The town where Jill and Jeremy live is pretty small and not too fancy.  They have a few touristy places, but not much.  This river walk was an unexpected surprise.  It was so nice!  We all had such a good time exploring, throwing rocks, leaves, branches, etc.  And, surprisingly, all Jake wanted to do was ride in the stroller.  All Gracelyn wanted to do was NOT ride in the stroller.
Gracelyn and her first dandelion.

Gracelyn NOT riding in the stroller.

Ellie and Gracelyn sporting their shades.

Me pushing Ellie and Jake, Dave with Gracelyn NOT riding in the stroller.

Ellie and her daddy.


Meet Zoe.
She is a sweet horse that lives behind the fence that runs along Jill's driveway. Literally, right outside their backdoor. When we got home from the river walk we took some apples out to feed her.  Jake was an old pro.  He just walked right up to the fence and started feeding her, no fear.  Gracelyn and Ellie were much more timid.  It was a neat experience for them and got them ready for what we had planned for that afternoon.


Zoe, Gracelyn, me, Ellie, Aunt Jill
 
Jill and Jeremy have some good friends who work on a ranch.  Man, ranches in Montana sure look different than ranches in Texas!!  Look at all those trees!


We tried putting Gracelyn on the horse behind Jake, but she was not having it.  Uncle Jeremy wanted to get her in the picture so he stood behind the horse and held her up.  Ellie and Jake had a good time sitting there, though.  Gracelyn is definitely my cautious girl.  (She just might get that from me....)

Ellie

Gracelyn

Get me off this thing!!

Ellie picking dandelions in the field.  She was such a sweet girl all afternoon.  They didn't get a morning nap and then slept for less than an hour as we were driving to the ranch, but she didn't fuss at all.  There was too much going on for her to mess with fussing!!

There are no words.

We had such a wonderful time with Jill and her family.  We got to see some beautiful places, and new animals.  My favorite times, though, were the mornings when all the kids were up playing together.  It was such a blessing just to spend time together and see our children enjoying time with each other.  Jill was worried that we weren't seeing as much as we wanted to see, and there are a few places that we would have liked to have seen, but when you are lugging 4 kids under 2 around with you it is nice to just stay home and relax!  Thanks Jill, Jeremy, Jake and August!  We had a great time and we love you very much.  I guess we are going to have to come back and visit so we can see the places we missed, AND see your new house!!