March Madness.

14 Mar

It’s March Madness.  No, not basketball related (although I realize that is going on right now) but it’s my schedule.  Pure Madness.  I feel like we have been running around non-stop lately.  “Doing what?” you might ask…even if you didn’t ask, I am going to tell you.

Duddley

Duddley got his first haircut of the year!  I just absolutely LOVE him with short hair. 1) He doesn’t shed as much which makes my house, clothes, and life in general less dog-hairy, 2) He is SO soft that I just want to snuggle him all the time, & 3) He looks and acts like he is 7 years younger (he’s 9 btw).

And since he was such a good boy for the groomer, Duddley got a nice, big bone as a reward.  I came home and found it like this…

How does that even happen?  In what situation did this bone drop out of his mouth and end up like this in my kitchen?  I need a nanny-cam to watch what he does all day.  I am sure the footage would be fascinating.

Banana Pancakes

Have you ever made banana pancakes?  What about pancakes literally made from only bananas and eggs?  Yep.  When I first heard the recipe, I was like “There’s no way that will cook like pancakes, much less taste like anything I want to eat.”  I was so wrong.  They cook EXACTLY like regular pancakes and are absolutely delicious.  The most simple ingredients ever : 2 bananas, 2 eggs. period. the end.  that’s it!  And that makes a serving about like this one on the right…

Joseph typically eats two servings and I have one but it has become a bit of a staple treat for us ever since we discovered their tasty glory.

YETI Fail

You ever have those days where you think, “I just need to go back to bed and try this day again later”?  I definitely had one of those days recently.  I was already running late (which seems to be a common occurrence for me lately which is strange because I used to be early to everything) and just filled up my big YETI cup with water because I take it with me everywhere.  I picked up some stuff to leave, reached for my YETI and made the awful mistake of grabbing it by the top with my tiny little leprechaun hands and this happened…

That void you see up there to the top right?  That was my purse…WIDE OPEN.  So not only was I running late already, I just gave the inside of my purse and all of its contents a nice bath.  Thank goodness it was just water!  And anyone that knows me well would be happy to know that I refrained from having a “Neeley siezure” (what my family likes to call my temper-tantrums/extremely short fuse that goes off all the time and comes directly from my dad) and actually just laughed because at this point, what else can you do about it??  At least it forced me to mop up my dirty floors…

Sign Battle

So I was walking in TJ Maxx and saw a delightful little message in the random block-signs section.  You know the one I’m talking about.  I chuckled and added one that said, “Follow your dreams” above it.

I came back down the aisle a few minutes later for something different and noticed it had been changed.  Then I thought to myself, “Great.  Someone thinks that this 28-year old girl with her Starbucks and a sense of humor put up the whole thing, ‘JACKAS’ and all.”  Ah crap.  Someone is judging me but I didn’t even start it.

Then I thought to myself…”Wait a sec…you thought the sign was bad and needed Jesus but the part you replaced was my addition of ‘Follow your Dreams’?!”  Makes perfect sense.  If anything it kinda seems like you are calling our Lord and Savior a ‘Jackas’ which is WAY more offensive than anything that was already up there.  I thought about going into a full on signage battle but then figured it’s best to leave this one be…

Street Tacos

There’s a place that popped up a little while back close to our house in an old gas station parking lot selling fresh street tacos.  There was ALWAYS a line there when Joseph and I drove by and we kept saying how we needed to try them.  We waited for a night that if we did happen to get deathly ill, we wouldn’t miss anything important.

And boy were they totally worth it!  We immediately knew exactly why their line is always so long.  They were only $1 each and were SO delicious.  And bonus points – we didn’t get sick!  So I totally recommend trying the closest street food around you…you just might be pleasantly surprised!

Flower Beds

I hate working in my flower beds.  But I also hate not having flowers/having an ugly flower bed and I hate spending money on things I am able to do myself.  So I work in my flower beds.  I cut back my rose bushes and it killed me a little inside because they were already blooming!  This crazy weather has all of my plants so confused.  But since I didn’t want my rose bushes to be out of control by the end of the year, I trimmed them back anyways and just stuck the blooms in a vase to enjoy.

They were so pretty and actually lasted a decent amount of time.

Baby Ducks

WE HAVE BABY DUCKS!  They are so dang cute!  and EVERYWHERE in our neighborhood!  I have found two sets so far – one with 12 babies and one with 13!

Aren’t they adorable?!

Duddley…Again…

Speaking of adorable…Did I show you our dog? Maybe a few times?  But how can you resist bragging about a cute, little face like his?? This is how cute and snuggly he is in the morning.

He even tucked himself in!  Y’all.  This dog LOVES pillows so much.  It is hilarious.  All of the extra throw pillows we have on our bed are stacked in the corner of our room at night and he will knock them over so he can lay his head on one.  Sometimes I look at him and love him so much that my heart hurts.  I mean, look at that sweet face!

**They’re After Me Lucky Charms!**

** denotes that line must be pronounced using Irish accent either in your head or spoken aloud

Since this week is St. Patrick’s Day, I randomly thought about Lucky Charms…you know because of stereotypical leprechaun things and I like food.  So we had our potluck dinner with our bible study last night and I thought I would make something with Lucky Charms.  And because my mom is clearly the baker of the family with her snazzy delicious cakeballs, I decided I would go the easy route and just make sugar cookies.  I added white chocolate chips (because why not?) and the marshmallows from Lucky Charms (because who eats the actual cereal pieces?).

And they were SOOO tasty!  We were in a rush to get to bible study on time so I cut the baking time probably a minute or two early but the ooey gooey goodness that resulted was everything I’ve ever wanted.  So if you are looking for a St. Patty’s Day treat that has a minimal time and effort to crowd-pleasing ratio, get a tube (or two) of the Pillsbury sugar cookie dough in the fridge section, a bag of white chocolate chips, and pick the marshmallows out of the box of Lucky Charms then put the cookie dough and a handful (or two…I literally just dumped the chips in until it looked like a good amount) in a bowl and mix.  Then roll a cookie size amount of dough in a ball and turn 5-6ish marshmallows in the dough then bake the cookies as usual.  Mine baked for about 10 mins at 350 degrees to this deliciousness.

The one thing you shouldn’t do?  Pull the hot cookie sheet out and hold it near your face while trying to shut the oven door.  Why? Because the corner could hit you in the chin and you look (and feel) like an idiot for the next few days, possibly forever.

Hopefully your Lucky Charms will bring you better luck!  Either way, they were worth it!

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Valentine’s Day

16 Feb

This year, I was sick on Valentine’s Day.  So I suppose it is a good thing that I despise the holiday.  Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?  If so, please explain to me why.  I won’t judge because I realize I am not in the majority of the world when I hate the day.  But I just don’t get it.  I think love should be celebrated and expressed every day.  And I also don’t think that giving me expensive flowers that will die, chocolate that will make me fat, and a teddy bear that will go in the next garage sale is the best way to show me your love.  You want to rock my world?  Clean my house, do the dishes, let me have a bubble bath with a glass of wine and a good book….don’t spend money on overpriced junk.  Luckily I am married to a wonderful man who totally gets me.

I think the first time I told Joseph if he bought me anything for Valentine’s Day, I would be mad at him he panicked.  Multiple people told him, “No she’s just saying that and you better get her something.”  So when he asked me again I assured him that if he bought me anything, I would break up with him.  The terror in his eyes told me he was trying to decipher if this was some sort of cruel test.  I told him if he must do something, then he could make me dinner.  I didn’t want to go anywhere and wait for a table for an hour to have crappy service because the restaurant was over crowded and under staffed.   He decided to make me lamb chops with mint jelly which I had never had before and I fell in love – with lamb and with him.  It was so good.

So now, Valentine’s Day is just a regular day with lamb for dinner.  And I am perfectly okay with that.

But anyways, I was sick Valentine’s Day but towards the afternoon I was feeling a bit better so I decided to go to the grocery store so we could actually have food for the week.  I have never in my life seen so many individual men completely confused.  They were all standing in the floral section trying to pick out flowers, balloons, baskets of God knows what, chocolate covered strawberries, cards, etc worth about a tenth of what they probably paid for them.  I felt so bad for them then so thankful that my husband would never be one of those men.  So tell me again how picking out a last-minute panic gift at the grocery store is romantic?  Do you actually eat the chocolate filled with toothpaste or keep the massive “I LOVE YOU” Mylar balloon?  Does that red teddy bear sit on some bed in your house or become a dog toy?  I truly want to understand it.  I am a frugal person so you obviously get why I can’t understand spending $100 on flowers that will cost $17 next week.  I don’t even like Joseph buying flowers in a vase for me.  I tell him if he wants to get me flowers, pick them on the side of the road or get the little individual sets at HEB and I will piece them together in a vase I already have at home.  They look just as good for a fraction of the price and I still know he loves me – in fact I know he loves me even more because he spent less because he knows I love a good deal.

When you are sick on Valentine’s Day, watching TV is a challenge.  I am clearly not the sappy, love-story girl but when I turned on the TV, Titanic was playing.  Why in the world I didn’t change the channel beats the hell out of me but I decided to watch it.  If you haven’t seen the movie, spoiler alert – it’s 20 years old, and I don’t care.  We all know Jack dies at the end and Rose is a selfish idiot for more reasons than just not sharing the raft (although I completely understand that the thing wouldn’t have stayed afloat with both of them on it seeing as he tries to get on it too but it sinks so he lets her get on it by herself)…

Clearly ROOM for two (buoyancy is another issue)

I found this clever pic online – Clearly ROOM for two (buoyancy is another issue)

But it got me thinking about another scenario….if Rose would’ve just gotten on the damn life boat, Jack would’ve survived and they would’ve lived happily ever after….How?  Because she would’ve been on the boat all safe and warm, he would’ve gone off into the water with the ship and froze NEARLY to death BUT HE would’ve been on the floating door or whatever Rose was hogging and HE would’ve been saved by the life boat that came back by blowing the whistle.  So Rose is dumb and the movie made me sad and then pissed and it’ll probably be another 20 years before I can watch it again.  But I suppose love makes you do stupid things…like spend $300 on flowers and chocolate and bears and crap.

So I hope everyone had a Happy Valentine’s Dayheart-eye-emoji

As a side note I feel as though I should explain that I am not a hater of love.  I love love.  I just hate the commercialization and expectations that February 14th gives…I just have the expectations that it should be expressed every day…and not with gifts. Stepping off soap box now…kthanksloveyoubye!

Happy New Year!!

18 Jan

Seriously?!?  2017?!?  I still feel like it should be 2014… honestly where does the time go?  I never believed anyone older than me that said “oh just wait, it goes by faster and faster every year!”  I thought it was a bunch of crap!  But I honestly think I blinked and 2 whole years have flown by!  Have I been in a coma?? Nope.  Just busy living life and thank God I have pictures to prove it otherwise I think I really would believe I have been in a coma for 2 years!  Soooo…to catch you up to speed on everything that happened since my last post that was in *cough* September *cough* through the end of 2016 – here you go!

HEB Dinner

You're Bacon Me Hungry

Did you know HEB does these little dinners where you buy tickets and have a multiple course dinner right there in the middle of the store?  Sounds crazy and awkward, right?  Well it is!  But you know what else it is?  DELICIOUS!! Our friend Angela convinced several of us to participate in a HEB dinner that’s theme was “You’re BACON me hungry!”  Every course had bacon in it (which was really all she needed to convince me to go) plus they were paired with a different Saint Arnold’s beer.  Everything was SO tasty!  I would definitely recommend it.  You just have to ignore the people actually shopping for groceries around you hahaha

Hurt Hummingbird at the Lake

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I was up at the lake house on the phone with my friend Jessica in the living room when I heard a loud “THUMP!” against the window.  I went outside to see what it was and there was this tiny little hummingbird in the crack of the deck, not moving.  Of course being the animal lover I am, I freaked out!  I thought he was dead!  I got on the ground and noticed he was still breathing but he just wasn’t moving.  I was worried maybe he broke his little neck when he flew into the window.  I picked him up and just soothed and pet him trying to get him to wake up because the poor little guy knocked himself out!  Eventually he came to and perched up on my finger looking around.  I sat there holding him for about 30 minutes.  It was so awesome seeing such a beautiful creature up close and actually being able to hold him.  I love hummingbirds and have always found them fascinating but to see him still and up close was just incredible.  He eventually flew off (but not before I captured a few pictures and videos) and I hopefully went to his little hummingbird family and lived happily ever after.

More Lake House Fun

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We always have a great time with family and friends up at my in-law’s lake house where we can relax and enjoy each other’s company!  So blessed!

Making Wreaths

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My mom saw a Halloween wreath and wanted me to make one for her friend’s cancer benefit.  So I did.  And I liked it so much, I decided to make one for my house as well because I didn’t have a Halloween wreath yet!  I also made a Christmas wreath for the benefit too….still need to get around to making me a new Christmas one but that’s a project for a different day.

More Fishing

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Since we bought a boat, we (or at least Joseph) try to take it out as often as possible.  We gotta get our money out of the thing….which means we still have a lot more fishing to do…That monster fish in the bottom right picture is a drum and he was massive!

Girls Wine Weekend

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We took our 2nd Girls Trip/Wine Weekend to Fredericksburg, TX again this year!  A few of us went hiking up Enchanted Rock then we all went on tours to a few different wineries.  And as always, it was so much fun! Great wine and great times were had by all!

Dewberry Farms with my Favorite Girls

dewberry-farms

I just absolutely love my nieces.  Even when they are being total stinkers, they are some of my favorite people in the world.  We’ve had such a fun trip to Dewberry Farms.  I mean, look at these faces?  How can you not love them to pieces?

Big Ol’ Blueberries

big-blueberries

Look at these blueberries!! Random, I know but they are the biggest ones I have ever seen so I had to share…

Dehydrating Things

dehydrator

We bought a dehydrator and decided to try out different things.  So far we have done deer jerky, bananas, strawberries, pineapple, apples, and mangos.  Bananas are by far my favorite.  No, we didn’t dehydrate a cat but doesn’t this banana slice look just like Grumpy Cat?? hahaha cracks me up every time…

Uncle Bill’s 50th Birthday

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My uncle turned 50 and we celebrated with him at Papa’s Ice House.

Inflatable 5k

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Neva and I did our first Inflatable 5k!  It was really cold but fun!  I expected more inflatable obstacles but I suppose they have to fit in 5k worth of distance in there somewhere…shocker that my least favorite part of a 5k is the running…

Hailey’s 3rd Birthday

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This little munchkin turned 3 this year!! Isn’t she precious?!?

Broken Finger

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Sooo…I broke my middle finger.  I was playing tug-o-war with Duddley annnnd HE WON! Yay for Duddley.  Somehow my finger slipped weird on the rope and I heard a loud “POP!”  Turns out, it was my bones breaking through the joint closest to my fingernail.  So great, right?  Luckily it was my left hand but you’d be surprised how much you use your middle finger on your non-dominant hand…happy to report that I didn’t need surgery which was originally a concern and the big ugly brace is finally off of my finger!

Tiny Lizard

tiny-lizard

I was sitting in the living room when I saw Hemi playing with something by the front door.  Seemed like she might have a critter (she does that sometimes, typically lizards) so I jumped up to save whatever she was trying to mangle.  Turns out it was the tiniest lizard I have ever seen!  He was so cute!  I took a couple of pics of him then set him on his merry way in the flower bed.

Duddley’s Birthday

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We celebrated Duddley’s 9th birthday!  I can’t believe that little stinker is already 9 years old!  He got a puppy latte from Starbucks and a really big bone!  (If you’ve never taken your dog to Starbucks, you should.  They give you a free little cup of whip cream called a puppy latte or puppacchino!)

Christmas

christmas-2016

We had a wonderful Christmas this year!  Great time spent with friends and family!  (Also, Duddley and Hemi both had Christmas outfits…and I’m pretty sure they both hated me for it…)

New Year’s Eve

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This year, Joseph and I just stayed home and celebrated New Year’s Eve by ourselves.  Joseph made a prime rib for the first time for our New Years Eve dinner and it was AMAZING!!!  I made a horseradish sauce and au jus sauce along with jalapeno cheese grits and salad (salad recipe courtesy of HEB dinner that we attended earlier in this post).  If only prime rib wasn’t so dang expensive because I would happily eat that once a week.  It was a great year to finish off 2016!

Happy New Year, everybody!!

 

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