Sunday, April 24, 2016


Current Book

Damaged by Cathy Glass
So good and so heartbreaking.

Current Song

Been listening to this in the car with the kids. Love The Beatles!

Current TV Show

Finally watching Season 5 as Season 6 starts!

Current Drink

Sweet tea - Brent and I had Mexican food for dinner at a local place that has the best tea!

Current Shame-Inducing Pleasure

See Current Drink {grin}

Current Outfit

I am too lazy to take a picture, but I'm wearing the dress I wore to church with a sweater. I swear I am a grandma with my love for sweaters.

Current Celebrity Crush

You'd have to live under a rock to have not heard about what happened to this character, but I'm so curious to know the truth!

Current Mood

Full {and sleepy}! Is that a mood? I always overeat on Mexican!
The kids are at my parents - it's nice to get a break every once in a while and overindulge on Mexican.

Current Anticipation

Some co-workers and I formed a team to enter a culture contest. We've made it to the 3rd and final round, and we present our final presentation on Wednesday. I don't really care if we win because I've enjoyed the process {although to be honest, I'm so over it}, but the top 3 teams get cash money! There are only 7 teams in the final round, so I hope we at least get top 3!

Current Film

My movie date and I are hitting this up this coming weekend!
It got 43% on Rotten Tomato - 
which will be highest of any {non-Oscar} move we've seen this year!

Current Picture

Bubba reading to Sister before church. #dead

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Blair Turns 5!

My sweet niece turned 5 earlier this month and had the party to beat all parties for a little girl. Everything was pink, girly, princess-y - basically everything Blair loves!

The Big 5 Year Old!

All the dress-up clothes for all the very excited little girls!

Yummy {and pink} food

The girls made a beauty scrub.

Drew looks like she's enjoying making her crown, no?
And her princess outfit is divine, isn't it? {grin}

They also painted their fingernails and toenails.

And did some face painting. I mean seriously - what little girl wouldn't love this?

Happy birthday to the sweetest niece a girl could have!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Recipe: The Best Queso EVER

When I shared my DITL post last week, I had some comments/emails talking about the queso I made for Easter at my parents. This queso is so good, I think you need to know about it so you can make it. {grin}

A food photographer I am not, but this is DELICIOUS.

-1 pound ground beef
-1 package Velveeta
-1 8 oz. package cream cheese
-1 can cream of mushroom soup
-1 can of Rotel

1. Cup of Velveeta and cream cheese. Place into crock pot with cream of mushroom soup and Rotel. Cook for 30 minutes.
1a. Something I do every time I use Rotel, salsa, spaghetti sauce, basically anything with tomatoes - I use my immersion blender to puree it. I can't stand chunks of tomatoes in any of my food, and this not only gets rid of the chunks but helps make the whole recipe smoother.
2. Brown pound of meat.
3. Add to the crock pot after everything has started to melt together.
4. Cook for 30 more minutes.
5. Eat and enjoy!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Drew's Perfect Day

My mother-in-law was here a few days ago and had the most hilarious conversation with Drew. She asked Drew if she wanted to come to her house. Here was Drew's response:

I want to come to your house, and I want to play make-up, take my babies for a walk in the stroller, eat m&m's, and go to Kiddie Acres.

Exhibit 1:

Girlfriend LOVES to do her makeup.

It's very subtle, no?

Exhibit 2:

Don't let her serious face fool you. She loves Kiddie Acres!

Exhibit 3

I think she's got a pretty cush life over at her grandparents, no?

Friday, April 15, 2016

DITL: April 2, 2016

When Julia announced it was time for another Day in the Life post, I was really excited to document the very next day. I knew it was going to be a busy, fun day. I didn't take the best notes this day {ugh}, but here's our day!

**********************Saturday, April 2, 2016**********************

Brent and Allena are 35 {although 36 is looming next month for B}
Trent is 6.75
Drew is 3.2

6:15am - Brent comes to our bed after falling asleep last night on the couch. He does this a couple nights a week. I like our couch but not that much!

6:45am - Drew comes into our room. Ugggggh, she is a disaster at bedtime right now which creates early wake-ups. 

7:15am - Trent comes into our room. Drew starts to get loud and silly, and Trent tells her 'put a can on it'. {grin} We play and snuggle. 

I tried to get a pic of the kids playing. This is all I got.
Our sheets were in the dryer. #classy

7:30am - Drew needs to go to the bathroom so off comes her diaper and she goes into her bathroom to use her little duck potty.

My view in the morning:
Halo & Star Wars men waging war, Spelling homework, Goldie & Gil 2.0

7:45am - We let the kids watch a few movies. We're going to my parents for a family party - late for Easter but also for all the April birthdays in the family.

8:00am - I get ready. Wearing my hair curly today because...lazy.

9:15am - I need to go to Target, and Brent needs to go Dick's Sporting Goods, so we split the kids {I get Drew, he gets Trent}, and we divide and conquer.

9:20am - Talk to my sister.
9:35am - Talk to my mom. Can you tell we have a family get-together?
9:40am - Arrive at Target! Drew tells me 'I like mushrooms on soup and tiaras.'

This girl wants me to hold her. 
So the place where the child goes has stickers and my clutch. Sigh.

10:20am - Leave Target, stop at our bank to get cash out and get gas.
10:30am - Arrive at my parents. Drew immediately needs to investigate what is going on in Pops' garden. She can't wait for the tomatoes to be ready, but we've still got a few more weeks. They pick some spinach for her to eat. She loves her Pops and his garden!

'Watering' the garden

I only share this picture to show off her cute t-shirt. 
Spoiler alert: She goes through a lot of outfit changes!
Face injury is due to crashing into the wall.

Hi Mom!

B&T beat us here, and T is posted up playing with action figures.

Drew found some gum my aunt brought and is excited she gets to eat some.

My mom loves oils too!

11:15am - Me, my mom, Drew, and my cousin's daughter {Bella} walk to a garage sale in the neighborhood. Just like when I was 14, I'm ready to go in 5 minutes {or less} but Mom needs about 15 to scope everything out.

11:45am - Start cooking for our late lunch and visit with my aunts.

12:00pm - Brent leaves to go to another party - we have 3 to go to today!

Got a family pic out of him before he left!
{Drew is in shirt #2}

1:00pm - The Patnodes arrive! My kids are beyond excited their cousins are here!

These 2 have so much fun together and are hilarious to watch.


Drew decided the chicken needed to lay an egg!

See? Now they have no pants on! Hilarious.

Yummy queso - omg this is the best queso ever - you need this recipe

Cutie pie almost 5 year old!

Drew loves her Uncle David

We didn't make the babies nap, but we got them to rest a little before they turned silly.

Busy cooking in the kitchen!

3:30pm - We had another party to go to for a girl in Drew's class. I originally was going to leave Trent at my parents' house because I knew that he would have fun at the party because these people always go overboard but he didn't want to go. Well, he was not being a good listener. He wasn't being bad, he was just being a 6.5 year old NUTS boy. But when I told him he couldn't stay he had a massive meltdown. Ugh, it was the worst.

3:50pm - We finally leave for the party {which started at 3:30}. Trent and I both calm down, and we have a good discussion in the car about the poor choices he made and the consequences of those actions.

4:15-6:30pm - We PARTY! Both kids had a great time! It was a Frozen party, and when we got there, Elsa was there! This family lives in our neighborhood, so it was super convenient, and then Trent was happy because a girl from his class was there because her little sister was also invited.

Making wands with Elsa. Notice that Drew is wearing new shorts. {outfit #3}

Cute food!

Trent's idea of 'building a snowman' was to just eat the marshmallows.

He looks like a giant here!

Snow in April in Texas!!! {grin}

Sled races

Snowball fight - not sure Elsa signed up for this one.

Happy birthday Brooklyn!!!

6:35pm - Arrive home. We are about to have neighbors. Framing is up for starting the foundation!

6:45pm - I throw both kids in the shower immediately. They played hard and were nasty!

6:45pm - Showers are over. 

T gets his pajamas on and decides he wants to write in his new journal. He is obsessed with the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, and we got him the matching diary. He likes to write in it and draw pictures, just like Greg. So cute.

6:55pm - Drew is tired - no nap and 2 parties plus lots of junk food, so I go ahead and get her into her bed to read.

7:05pm - Drew comes out {only once!} because she needed to give Bubba 'a kiss and a hug'. My mommy heart exploded.

7:20pm - Trent is behind on his spelling homework for the week, so we do a little bit of that.

7:25pm - Mama deserves a glass of wine!

I didn't take any notes or pictures for the rest of the night {oops}, but I'm sure Trent and I read for a bit, then he went to bed, and then I probably watched TV and read The Nightingale and went to bed probably around 11:00pm. I'm pretty predictable!

And that was our spring DITL edition. These are a lot of work but so much fun!