20130429

I'll Miss Him the Most

The days to take off are nearing (where I'm going?).. and being away from M is going to be the most difficult part of it all.. we have done long distance before so why should it be any different? I don't think I loved him back then as much as I do now. Have you read our story?




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20130425

A Night at the Fair

I took these last June. We took D to the state fair to celebrate his second birthday. Would have liked to take him again this year but I don't think we'll be in town around that time. But just thinking about it brings back great memories and dreams of summer.



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20130422

Giveaway: Custom iPhone Case with GetUnCommon

I am thrilled to bring to you all this fabulous giveaway with GetUnCommon for a one of a kind custom iPhone case. As a Mother's Day special I was contacted with the opportunity to put one of my little guys creations on an iPhone case of my very own! In case you didn't know D is the master of scribbles..you can see here.

Artwork of choice

And before I even knew it I got a little black box in the mail and in it was this beauty



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20130415

Lately

This week.. well at least the early parts of it were finally t-shirt and flip flop warm. : ) And when April rolls around our little town becomes cherry blossom central.. so D and I had a little impromptu picnic in the park after school one day.. Another cherry blossom post featuring a chubbier, less toothy D.


We had a tantrum filled Wednesday and after so much crying and me trying to stay strong and firm we ended up with an afternoon of ice cream without lunch, ducks at the pond and a trip to the local pet store where D pretended he was a parrot. 


On the eleventh we had an incident of D barricading himself in the bathroom making us almost late for school and completely forgetting about Picture Day! His first : ) 

Friday we took the train into New York to meet M after his Epi LASIK surgery.. successful thank god! So we've had a weekend of dark shades and eye drops. 

Today M continue's his recovery.. D has his last swim class of the year most probably.. :(

D has also developed an intense love for Mickey's Clubhouse.. we are working on mastering the hot dog dance.. i have tried endlessly to capture it on video but he stops to say cheese the moment he sees me!

and I sold three photographs this week! Violet Queen Fluer De Lis and Prayer

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20130408

The Backyard Solution

When people ask if we have a backyard our answer is no.. but we're lying! But then again so would you if your yard looked like this.


In all honesty is didn't always look like this.. it was more of a 3 foot tall jungle of weeds that M pretty much tackled single handed when we moved in. We went through bottles of weed killer, vinegar solutions, hot water suggestions we found online but nothing stopped the mutant weeds from coming back.. so every other weekend M wasted away hours trying to control our backyard. We may not have hated doing it so much and may have found a better solution for the space if we ever used it, but we didn't. There was no way to get to the space without leaving the house and going around the house to get to it, it lacked privacy and most importantly we didn't/don't see ourselves living here for a long time..

So we cut it all down and lay down some tarp.. and placed a few rocks to keep the tarp down.. when we ran out of rocks we filled our milk containers with water and used them as weights.. I know what you're thinking and it rhymes with Right Rash.. I know.. :(

Finally we decided, enough of this right rash backyard.. Me made a trip to the Home Depot and loaded up on what we though was all we would need to fix our problem..but we very soon realized that one trip just wasn't going to cut it

so we made another trip

 and another trip

and a few more trips..

Approximately 1000 square feet.. 3 rolls of tarp, 60 bags of marble chips and 6 bags of mulch later..




It was a days job.. but took us two (our little helper wasn't helping) and cost us $350.

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20130404

30 Days to Take Off

Yup it's that time of year again when we start to pack our bags and head off on another adventure. But this trip is going to be different.  Which is why I have been prepping for it way more that 30 days before take off.  We're going home.


The trip will start with just D and I and we'll be gone for a few months.. spending time with grandparents, great grandparents, aunts and uncles and great uncles and aunt.. seriously our family is huge.. and not to forget cousins.. and so many other people. And towards the end of the trip M will join us to attend my little brothers wedding. 

So I am making lists, buying presents, cooking and freezing meals so the M doesn't starve nor has to resort to take out every night. And while I'm excited I find being away from M for so long extremely difficult..and M finds being away from D for so long extremely difficult. 

But I haven't been home in two years.. I last saw my mom and brother 6 months ago.. my dad almost two years ago.. people who live in the same state.. same county as their parents..and family you have no idea how lucky you are.

And so the countdown begins.. 

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20130401

Stacked Enchilada's

Oh God these are so good.. trust me.


Slice up one onion, peppers (i use one green chili, jalapeno, non green bell pepper) and mushrooms. You can add more vegetables to it.. I reserve half a can of black beans, one small can of corn for later. Line a pass with aluminum foil and toss all the sliced veggies in salt, pepper, oil and cumin. Roasted in the oven for approximately 45 minutes. Shake the pan occasionally to make sure everything is roasting evenly. Add the drained and rinsed beans and corn to the veggie mixture 25-30 minutes in. Adding them in the beginning backs them dry out. This can be done ahead of time. When ready to put the enchilada's together.. grab a deep backing dish. Other things you'll need is tortilla's, salsa, avocado, shredded cheese and sour cream.


Spread some salsa on the bottom of the dish.. cut the tortilla in half and place on top. Then add the roasted vegetables, cheese and chopped avocado and more salsa. Place another layer of tortilla, make sure to place them in a position different than before. Repeat until you run out of space or ingredients. (This can be made in advance and baked right before dinner. It can also be frozen for a later time.)




Bake till cheese has melted. Serve with a dollop of sour cream. Mmmm



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