Native Texan Livin': May 2015

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend

It's been raining cats & dogs here for 2 weeks and while we didn't float away, most of our city did!  I think most of Houston ended up getting a 4 day weekend because no one could make it into work Tuesday.  Luckily, the rain didn't damper our weekend too much in our part of town.

Saturday morning, we took Izzy & Maggie fishing for the first time!  We went down to a friend's dock in Seabrook & we couldn't have asked for a better day.  We were out for just a couple hours & had a ton of wind, some sun, a light sprinkle & a bucket of worms to tempt our fishy friends.

Hip Hip Hooray!  Maggie reeled in her first ever fish... & the first catch of the day!

And seriously 1 minute later, Izzy reeled her first fish in too!  

We couldn't end our fishing trip without a selfie in our semi-matching fishing shirts! :-)

After our fishing excursion, Valerie, Julie & my mom came over to swim & cook for dinner.

Sunday night, Becca was Confirmed at church & it was a beautiful ceremony officiated by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo.  Afterwards, we all came back to the house to eat Bec's dinner choice of pizza & hot wings and a night of swimming.  It was a great evening full of family & fun!
(sorry no pictures as they weren't allowed during mass)

On Monday, we took full advantage of our day off & played outside all day.  Actually Bo finished the chicken coop & we swam. :-)  My dad & family came over to swim & eat some carnitas & tostones.  Nothing says Memorial day like Puerto Rican food. ;-)  I think our little ladies like their finished house. (Please let them be hens! Please let them be hens!)

Tuesday morning we woke up & Houston was underwater.  Literally.  Almost every major road had flooded from the rain the night before.  We watched the 5am news as Bo was about to head out to work & realized there was no way he would make it, so he called it in & worked from home.  Later in the day, he was cleaning our neighbor's pool baskets & found this little guy.....

We named this one Speedy because he was so fast swimming around in the cooler of water we were keeping him in.  Once Izzy got home from school, we released him in the neighborhood lake.  We put Speedy on the edge of the lake & he zoomed in.  Probably looking for Snappy, our last little turtle friend we sent back home to the lake. :-)

I hope everyone had a great, long weekend & that you're all safe from the floods!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Ballet Recitals 2015

Recital weekend is over & we are exhausted!  Izzy & Maggie had so much fun dancing & they both did SO well!!!

Friday, we had rehearsal at 4pm in Galveston.  I took the girls down solo & then Bo surprised us by riding down with Julie & her fam later in the evening.  We got one last pic of Maggie, Bella & Izzy together since Bella won't be dancing next year.  After rehearsal, we went to Tortuga's for dinner before heading home to rest for our big weekend.

Saturday afternoon, Maggie performed her tap dance as a Munchkin The Wizard of Oz.  Isn't she just the cutest Munchkin that ever was?!?!

I love love LOVE this expression on her face!

Sunday afternoon, we were back again so Izzy could perform her 3 dances.  First, she & I both performed our Mother/Daughter dance to Achy Breaky Heart.  Then, she danced to Think for her jazz number.  In the 2nd act for the actual play, Izzy was a Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz.

Can't end the year without a selfie with Becky!

The break in the schedule will be nice for now...but I'm sure come August, these girls will be ready to put their dancing shoes back on!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Building a Chicken Coop

We still have high hopes our 2 chicks will be hens!  Our little ladies are getting their feathers & wanting to fly a bit & will be outgrowing their brooder pretty soon, so we went ahead & built their coop this past weekend.

We had a basic idea in mind of what we wanted, so Bo & my dad gathered all the supplies & got to work.

Bo & my dad got lots of help from little hands. :-)  Some of my favorite memories growing up were when I helped my dad build fences & do things outside, so hopefully the girls will always remember getting to help build their own chicken coop! :-)

They were done with the frame in record time.  The dads rolled the coop to the back while the girls relax in the pool!  Being an apprentice is hard work! :-)

Sunday, we all went out to paint the coop while Bo got the rest of the plywood needed for the coop walls.

Have paint, will use it!

Lunch break in the coop

Bevo was curious as to what we were up to.  He hasn't really met his new buddies yet but will soon.  Do you like how we work?...lunch on the AC to grab as we walk by (& prob w/ a little saw dust), my camera & phone at the ready & Bevo not knowing what the heck was going on! :-)

Families who build & paint together, stay together! :-)

Izzy likes to paint upside down. ;-)  Nah...just making sure the ramp's fully covered.

Linoleum floor for the coop.  Their nesting boxes will be to the right.

TADA!  Coop Complete!  The entire structure is 8' wide x 4' deep, with the coop being 3' wide x 4' deep.  The back supports are 5' tall & the front supports are 4' tall.  Bo added the tin sheets for the roof & we are D-U-N  DONE!

All in all we only spent $120.  Which I don't think is too bad for how big the coop is.  The last things left to do are add the chicken wire around all open areas, build the nesting box inside & move it against the house for its permanent location.

Hatch to access the nesting box where we HOPE to have eggs one day! :-)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Mother's Day 2015

Mother's Day was absolutely amazing this year!  My week started with Bo sending me a beautiful bouquet of roses & sending me for a pedicure on Saturday morning.  On Mother's Day, the girls woke up bright & early, climbed into bed with Bo & me, then served me breakfast in bed. :-)  I got coffee & chocolate covered strawberries...making sure to have enough for everyone, of course! :-)

Izzy & Maggie made me the sweetest cards at school with handprints & thumbprints.  Maggie even wrote her entire card all by herself!  Izzy's was a "fill in the blank" type of card about "My Mom is Special because..."  She seems to think I'm smart because I can add very big numbers together. (It's a proud moment when you have successfully fooled your child into thinking you can do math! ...or maybe it's because it's still 2nd grade math!  Either way, she'll probably only want 1 more year of math help from me....then dad's on duty!)

Later that morning, Bo (a.k.a. Sexy Chef) & his sous chef made me delicious Quiche cups for breakfast.  Eggs, bacon, spinach, mushrooms & cheese...YUM!

After we filled our bellies, we changed into painting clothes & headed outside.  We watered our thirsty plants & was surprised by our first little cucumber!  This is the first thing I've ever grown! (& yes, I am taking partial credit for this b/c I did actually help in this process! :-) )  After that, we spent the rest of the day painting our new chicken coop.  I'll just post 1 quick pic for now & will post the entire process in another post dedicated to the chicken coop as a whole!

Family bonding at its finest

I am so blessed to call this crew mine!  I always knew that no matter what else I became in my life, I knew I wanted to be a mom.  I have been a mom for 17 years & I couldn't be happier!
Thank you girls for loving me & letting me be yours!

Breakfast Quiche Cups

8 eggs
1/2 bag fresh spinach
1 package of mushrooms; sliced & chopped
1/2 package bacon; cooked & crumbled
1/2 small onion; chopped
1 C. shredded cheese
salt/pepper to taste
cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350F.
In a large saute pan, cook fresh spinach until wilted.
Remove spinach from pan & squeeze out all liquid; set aside.
In same saute pan, cook bacon until crispy.  Remove from pan to drain on paper towels.
Cook chopped onion & mushrooms in a little reserved bacon grease.
Whisk eggs in a bowl with salt & pepper.
Add chopped bacon, onion, spinach, sliced mushrooms & cheese into egg mixture.
Scoop egg mixture into greased muffin tray.
Bake for 15-20 minutes.