Tuesday, June 29, 2010


In case you didn't already know, Mexico lost in their game on Sunday vs. Argentina. May I also say that if you didn't already know....soccer is a BIG BIG BIG deal in our house. Actually, I couldn't care less about it....but for Jaime it's like a life changing event. Literally. So let's just say that after their loss on Sunday, he was not a happy camper.


That didn't keep him from playing a little soccer of his own.....

These pictures are just from their warm-ups. I wasn't able to get any clear pictures of the actual "game" because they are all moving too fast and I was also too busy with Aiden and Jenny to pay real attention to the game. Ha!

*Side Note: I can't believe that my baby will be 19 months old tomorrow!! Oh, you know there will be a blog post about that! Ha!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Pool Time!!

With all this hot weather we've been having here, we've spent a lot of time in the pool lately. We've probably gone to the pool more in the last two weeks that we were in the pool all of last summer! It has worked out really well though with Jenny going to swimming lessons now and with how much Aiden LOVES the "agua" (that's what he calls the pool). Ha!

Today we went to my mom's house to swim in their inflateable pool. It's not very big, but it's plenty of room for Aiden and Jenny to enjoy theirselves - and it's shallow enough that I can just sit on the side with my feet in the water to tan. =)

I love them!!

My beautiful girl.

She could totally be a model!

Aiden kept filling these balls up with water, and then sucking the water out. Ha!

My sweet baby.

He didn't like to be splashed....

Debating whether or not to stick his face in the water.

Afterwards we went swimming in my cousin, Vickie's, pool. I didn't get any pictures of this though because I was in the water. Ha! Although I will say that Jenny did so good! She was jumping in the pool and having a lot of fun. My cousin's son, Andrew, also did really well. He was swimming from one side of the pool to the other side - in the DEEP end!! Way to go Jenny and Andrew!!

Tomorrow we have plans to go to church, clean the house (blah!), go swimming some more, and then I'm making pork tenderloin with broccoli and rice for dinner with Butterfinger cake for desert! Tomorrow will be a great day with some great kids! I hope you all have a great weekend!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Jenny Loves Brownies!

I'm conviced that Jenny loves baking just as much as I do - maybe even a little more than me! She's always asking me about baking, and she's always asking me to find new recipes for things we can make. We've always kept it pretty simple, and mostly just bake things from a box. We've baked several times this way, and she gets better at it every time. She's getting so good at it in fact, that I am going to look for some more recipes to make our deserts from scratch rather than from a pre-mixed box.

Earlier tonight she and I made our favorite - chocolate brownies with walnuts! Everytime we go grocery shopping I always ask her what she wants to bake and usually she always asks for brownies. She's my kind of girl! Ha! I try to mix it up a little bit though and so we rotate what we bake. Otherwise we would bake brownies every time!

Pouring in the oil and water.

Cracking the eggs are her favorite part, and she's really good at doing it!

Mix it up!

I take back what I said about cracking the eggs, I think licking the spoon may be her favorite!!

Enchilada Ring & Guacamole

Lately I have been trying to do better with my grocery shopping. A lot of times I spend nearly $200.00 at the grocery store, and hardly ever make any meals. Most of the things I buy are snacks or quick meals, and so for our bigger meals (dinners) we end up going out to eat somewhere. Don't get me wrong, I am a big fan of going out to eat, but I know I waste a lot of money that way. My solution: meal planning. A day before I plan to grocery shop I get online or use cookbooks to find recipes for things I plan to cook for the next week. Then I base my grocery lists off of the ingredients needed for the recipes, and VOILA! I have all the necessary ingredients for a week's worth of meals. Of course I still buy snacks, but not nearly as many - and I'm also trying to make those snacks healthier ones. This system also keeps me from wasting so much food. I feel horrible everytime I clean out the fridge or the pantry because of all our wasted food!

For my first recipe I made an enchilada ring, guacamole, and black beans. It was very simple to make, and delicious too! I did find out though that I need to invest in some larger baking pans and cookie sheets. The one I used wasn't as big as I needed it to be, so my circular shaped "ring" ended up being more oval shaped. *Another good thing about meal planning: I'll be able to go shopping for pots, pans, baking sheets, utensils, and other things I'll need for cooking/baking!*

Before cooking

After cooking

Jaime and I both really liked it, and were impressed with how well it turned out. Aiden was too tired to be interested in eating, so I will have to try it again with him later. Jenny filled up on beans, guacamole, and milk so she wasn't too crazy about it either. So, it looks like we'll have to try it again in order to get their opinions on it, but I think they'll really like it! You can find the recipe for it on Kelly's Korner Recipe Blog, you can find it here. I changed it up a little bit and added some cilantro and extra cheese. Now that I've eaten it though I have already thought of a few other variations for next time!

I also made guacamole and black beans to go with it. The black beans were just regular canned black beans that I added a few spices to, and the guacamole was just something I came up with on my own. There is a guacamole recipe on Kelly's Korner Recipe Blog too, and you can find it here.

Guacamole is one of our family's favorite foods!

I hope you'll try these recipes because like I said, they are really good!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Planting Seeds With Daddy

Jenny has been asking us for at least two weeks if we could help her plant some seeds and flowers. We thought it was a great idea seeing as how we are going to be living in this house for at least another year (oh by the way, we're not moving - but that's for another post) and our front yard has been looking HORRIBLE! So, today was the big day.

When Jenny came over on Sunday she and I went to Target that afternoon. Since her Daddy had given her a few dollars to spend, she was able to buy something. She had $3.00 to be exact. So, as we were walking through the dollar section in Target (so that she could get the most for her money), she found what she wanted. You'll never guess what she picked....wildflower seed mix! She also picked out one of those little tiny pots that comes with the seeds and soil - it's called a Flower Kit. Anyhow, that's what she picked out and later when she saw her Dad she asked him to help her with it. He told her that he would help her plant some seeds and flowers on Tuesday when he was off. Since then she's probably asked me about 1,000 times when it would be Tuesday. Literally. So last night before she went to bed, I told her that in the morning (this morning) that it would be Tuesday. She was so excited! So excited in fact, that when she came in our room this morning she was already dressed with her hair and teeth brushed, complete with shoes and all. Ha!

So we all got up, ate breakfast, and went to the store to get some things for her to plant. She insisted on buying seeds rather than the flowers that have already grown from seeds, even after I explained that seeds weren't really a good idea because it's too late in the season for seeds. But, you see, she's only four, and I swear she gets her stubborness from her father. So, we ended up buying mostly seeds, two hanging plants, and some flowers that are white that I don't remember the name of.

When we came home, we decided to get right to work. Actually, Jaime and Jenny decided to get right to work as I went into the house to clean and work on laundry. However, somehow I got roped into helping with the planting process. Actually, I got roped into doing the hardest parts, and Jenny and Jaime did the easy stuff. You see, while Jaime was cutting the grass, this is what I had to deal with.....

Yep, that's right. The "flower bed" was covered with weeds and rocks!

Luckily, I just rolled it up. I did have to put the rocks into buckets though. Otherwise it was too heavy to lift!

See what I mean by I did the hard part?  I nearly busted my butt picking out rocks and pulling up the ground, and then when it was all said and done Jaime and Jenny wet the ground, planted seeds, and then watered the seeds. How unfair! =)

The finished product.....

Ta Da! Hanging baskets....

And a big, sloppy mess that looks like a four year old did it. Oh yeah, a four year old did do it. Ha!

Oh well, as you can see this is a work in progress. As with everything, there is a good side and a bad side to this experience. Good side: Because it is a work in progress, it will give Jenny and us more oppertunities to plant seeds and flowers - and to spend more time outdoors. Bad side: Our yard really doesn't look much better. In fact, now it looks like we made a pitiful attempt at being a gardener. Ha! Moral of the story: When you let a four year old (and her father) do any kind of planting, you'd better let them do it in the backyard. Otherwise, just do it yourself. =)

Alright so, after pretending to be gardeners it was time for Jenny's second day of swimming lessons. Here's how she did.....

She did pretty amazing if you ask me. Look at my big girl, she's gonna be a great swimmer! I know I am biased, but she did the best out of all the kids in her class. I couldn't be more proud of her! I can't wait until Thursday when Jaime will be off so that he can go with us. I know he'll be amazed at how well she's doing. =)

Monday, June 21, 2010

Summer Solstice & Swimming Lessons

Happy first day of summer!!

Well, today was the first official day of summer. Although it sure does seem like summer has been here for at least a few weeks now. We've had weather in the mid 90's here the last week or more. Today we didn't do a whole lot, mostly just hung out around the house today. This morning I made waffles for the kids, and they had yogurt to go along with it. I tried to use a real light amount of syrup on them, the less sugar the better in my opinion.

Don't ask about the sunglasses, because I really don't know. Ha!

This afternoon Jenny had her first swimming lesson. She did really well for her first day, and it looks like she'll be one of the better students in the class. She actually surprised me by how well she did. She really enjoyed it, and says she can't wait to go back tomorrow. I'm so proud of her, and so glad that she is enjoying herself. After one day of swimming lessons, she is like a different kid when you give her a bath. Before she didn't like the water in her face AT ALL. But tonight when I gave her a bath, she didn't care about the water being in her face at all. She really surpised me! She was letting me pour the water on her head, and she even let me rinse her hair under the faucet. I can see these swimming lessons already helping her to get over her fear of the water. And the best part is that she is learning about water safety so that she can be safe in the water. It makes me feel a whole lot better knowing that she will have some extra experience in the water and that she will have an idea of how to keep herself safe.

Her instructor's name is Allison.

Kicking her feet and moving her arms!

Aiden snacked on cookies while we watched them swim.

I'm so proud of her! She did such a great job!

After swimming lessons we came home and had dinner. The kids played outside in the backyard while I attempted to mow the grass, but I couldn't get the mower to start. I've never mowed grass before, so I really had no idea what I was doing. Since I couldn't get the mower to start, I worked on laundry instead. The kids played in the bathtub while I folded a load of clothes, and then they got baths. We had a pretty long first day of summer, but we enjoyed ourselves! How was your first day of summer??

Haha! This picture is too funny for me not to post it!

Fathers Day 2010

Because you work so hard to provide for us.

Because you always check on the kids, even if I've just checked on them.

Because on your days off you cook us breakfast.

Because you watch Sesame Street with us.

Because you always ask me how the kids are doing when you come home from work.

Because when you walk through the door the first thing you do is hug the Jenny and Aiden.

Because you stopped buying headphones, so we could buy diapers.

Because you make sure you attend every school function.

Because you pretend you are a princess.

Because you have tea parties with Jenny.

Because you make cool sound effects that Aiden really likes.

Because you teach the kids to speak two languages.

Because you are so excited to see Aiden grow up and play soccer, that you've already started teaching him how to play.

Because you are always telling your kids how proud you are of them.

Because even at the end of a long day, you carry the kids to bed as if they were "Sacks of Potatoes".

Because you read strories and pray before putting the kids to bed.

Because you are always telling me, and the kids how much you love us.

Because we love you, and think you're the BEST DAD EVER!!

Jaime, there are so many reasons why you're a good father, but I don't have to list them all here. You can look at Jenny and Aiden and at the who they are and the people they are becoming and know what a good father they have. Thank you for being such a great dad, for working so hard every day to provide for us, for making us laugh, and being there when we need you. We love you!

-Katie, Jenny, and Aiden


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