Last Tursday had to be one of the top 10 nicest days that we get here in Amarillo, TX. Well, as far as weather is concerned…a nice 74 with very little wind (that alone is unbelievable)! So, we decided that we needed to spend alittle time outside to enjoy this rare weather. Where else would a couple 1 year olds, a almost 3 year old and a 2 month old request to visit….but the duck pond (and playground).
My mother, sister, 2 nieces, the girls and I all trekked down to the pond with a bag of bread. The ducks were very tankful for a snack and we were very thankful for a fun time.
Addi, Bostyn and Blakely getting ready to head to the pond.
Mom, Sister and Addi feeding the ducks. Bostyn and Blakely were mesmerized. And a lone little turtle on the rocks.
Had a blast on the slides!Kimberly
This past Saturday Corey, I and the girls made a very long trip to Georgetown, TX for a very special celebration. My second niece, Miss Harper Mae Petersen, was baptized in a very intimate, private Ceremony. Corey and I were proud to stand up as her God parents.
There is something about a sisters relationship; it is unfailing. My only sister has been a friend, confident, supporter, and shopping buddy. I’m not by any means suggesting that we were always on best terms, only 2 years apart, we were so very competitive in high school. Now, we are inseparable. I am honored to be asked to serve as both my sweet little nieces God Mothers’.
We had a lovely time visiting with family. It was a short trip, but well worth the small cries from the back seat.
Bostyn and Blakely were actually really great travelers.
Beautiful Baby Girl and Beautiful Weekend.Kimberly
There are few things more satisfying than a good bowl of spiced chili pork and homemade flour tortillas. Yum! My mouth is already watering. Corey is from New Mexico, so this type of food speaks right to his taste buds. And after a day chasing the girls around, an EASY home cooked meal hits the spot.
Chili PorkPork Loin Roast (or any pork roast you like…I prefer Loin Roast bc it has very little fat and if cooked long and slow its very tender) Can of Chopped Green Chilies Can of Green Enchilada Sauce Can of Jalapeño Salsa (Optional for added heat) ** Put all ingredients into crockpot, cook on low heat for 8 hours, shred and serve with rice or tortillas**
Flour Tortillas2 Cups of Flour 1 tsp of Salt 1/4 tsp of Baking Powder ed3 TBLS of Crisco 2 TBLS of Oil 3/4 Cup of Really Hot Water **Mix all ingredients except water. Mix until Crisco and oil has formed little balls. Add 3/4 Cup of hot water. Should from a nice dough ball. Separate dough into 1 small balls and roll into thin disks. Use alittle extra flour for rolling out dough. Place in a hot skillet or an electric skillet on high. Cook until Brown spots on both sides. Mine take about 2 -3 minutes. Serve warm-Enjoy**
Homemade tortillas are so easy to make. I think that some people may be intimidated to try them, but I would definitely encourage it. The ingredients are ones that I always have in my pantry and they are excellent.Kimberly
My go to color is usually BLACK. It just seems easy, hides curves I don’t want to show off, and typically makes me feel good. (weird, because black is often considered depressing) When I wear black I usually try to add a pop of color somewhere, with accessories or scarfs…a fun pair of shoes perhaps. But when I saw this sweater, I thought…GREAT!…the color is already built in.
The sweater, or should I say cardigan, is similar to a cardi that I liked off a blog that I like to follow, Pink Pistachio. I wanted to get it, but didn’t want to shell out the price for it. So I waited, and lucky me, I found this one. It is very similar and I got it for a steal. That always makes me happy!Kimberly
Happy Birthday Bostyn & Blakely!
This Saturday we celebrated Bostyn and Blakely’s 1st birthday. It was definitely a celebration. These 2 little girls have brought so many sleepless nights, frustration at times, and most of all more JOY than I could ever imagine. What a wonderful year.
If you had asked me a year ago about this day, I would not have thought that our girls “birthday” could be so happy. This may sound horrible to say, but it’s the truth. The day of your girls birth was filled with all kinds of emotions, most of them being worry, fear, pain, and just being scared of the unknown. Two months early, these little babies were tiny, unable to breath and eat on their own, and not ready to come into this world they were now in.
We had an emergency C-section at 8pm on a Wednesday. I was unable to be awake for it due to low platelets. So the dream of every mother to hear your baby cry for the first time and to see them fresh out of the womb was suddenly taken. Corey was torn between staying with me and filling out paperwork and talking to people for the babies wellbeing. He is so strong and made it through like a champ, but I wouldn’t have wanted to trade him places. He had to have been terrified. Thirty-six hours later, I was finally able to see the girls. They were small (Bostyn= 3 pounds 9oz, Blakely-3 pounds 13oz), frail, and were hooked up to all kinds of monitors and machines. Three days later, leaving the hospital without our babies was one of the hardest things to do.
Soon, 8pm and 8am became our normal routine at the NICU. Everyday brought new hope, every little step forward was exciting. Some days, we left thinking we were close to bringing them home, and other days we left feeling heart broken that the day would never come. 44 days later, they were home. That day was the day I felt would be more to celebrate. They had made it,…we had made it, and now we could start to be a family.
Now, looking back, I realize that it is not the day of their birth that we celebrate. Instead, it is the entire year. This birthday for me was a time to reflect on the first time I “fell in love” with them, the first time we held them, the first time our family meet them. So many moments that are cherished. I could easily choose to see the sadness, that day was nothing at all like I had hoped, or I can choose to be so very thankful that they are here, they are healthy, and they are mine.
I have learned from this event, to cherish the things that others so easily take for granted. The first moments of your child’s life, seeing them as soon as they are born, touching their soft skin to yours, smelling their sweet breath.
…The party was a hit! The girls had a ball, and we are so very blessed to spend another day, week, year with them.
The decorations were so fun to make. Color wheel ceiling, deco mesh wreath, name plaque, monthly photo ribbon and fun, colorful table cloths.
The food was Yummy too. Pizza cups, pesto rolls, meatball wraps, pasta salad cups, funfetti sandwich cookies, rice crispy treats, birthday cake cheesecake bars, and brownie pops.
After several practice cakes, the cake turned out perfect. White cake colored different fun colors, with buttercream frosting and matching chevron and polka dot fondant.
Thank you Lord for blessing us with these two most precious gifts, the JOY far out weighs the sadness.Kimberly