Many Faces

Oh, my Fripits! You make the world go round for me.

Outdoor Voice

Fripits and I had a screaming contest.

She won.

{Every. Single. Time.}

Fave Friday

1. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, green beans, dinner rolls, sweet potatoe casserole with marshmellow topping, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, strawberry pie, and apple pie.

'Nuff said.

2. I was able to get the house all decoated for christmas, and it looks great! Especially the mantle!

3. A shopping trip planned for later today. I'm not sure if I will find anything, but just a day out with girlfriends sounds nice to me!

4. Watching a group of kids play with my parent's Wii. It's just too much fun to watch people swing at things in the air.

5. A romantic dinner with Brian outside after a long day. He made me Fetuccini Alfredo. pasta a love language?? a random sort of way.

Air conditioning
Fresh flowers on my kitchen table
Twinkle lights
Nikon cameras
Chocolate chips
Cheddar cheese (imported!!)
My laptop
Hanes socks
Lip gloss that tastes like strawberries
My charm bracelet
Funny home videos of my girls
Family to share the holidays with
A new purse
A shopping trip planned for tomorrow
A freezer full of cooked food
New colorful serving bowls for Christmas
The Cosby show on DVD
Friendly neighbors
Christmas tablecloth

Happy Thanksgiving!

Say what?

In Paraguay you're not allowed to ride your bicycles upside down.

Remember that next time you're here.

Hot Dogs

Thank you Husband for buying me really big hot dogs. (I like mine with corn on it, just like the Paraguayans!) And a really big thank you for not caring if I eat the WHOLE thing REALLY fast. It doesn't seem to bother you that I can out eat most men. And for that I am eternally grateful.

Mrs. Potatoe Head

Day Number Three of Sick Children.

My brain has turned into mashed potatoes.

We're off to rent more Dora the Explorer videos and hoping that tomorrow brings healthy children.

A glimpse into my day

Husband is discipling two teenagers at our kitchen table.

Abster is taking nap in her room.

Fripits is helping me put finishing touches on our Christmas tree. (Yup. Before Thanksgiving.)

Fan is blowing the warm air around the house.

Life is good.

1. My new camera! My new camera! Did I mention my new camera?? It's incredible and complicated but I'm having a lot of fun learning. I would also like to thank Husband for ignoring the pile of dirty laundry as I obsess with it. :-)

2. Homemade ice cream sandwiches at my mom's house. My sister made chocolate chip cookies (my favorite!) a scoop of chocolate chip ice cream, wrapped them in tin foil and popped them in the freezer for a few minutes. Sticky, drippy goodness after a dip in the pool. Summer is here and we are making the best of it.

3. Buying some cute Christmas decorations and hearing the Fripits talk excitedly about the "Cripus" tree. Also, I think the Absters fear of snowmen is really cute.

4. A shoe box full of peanut butter cups in my freezer. These were sent to me by my mother in law and make a great snack after I wake up from my nap. Ahhh...a little luxury.

5. Free photoshop actions which give a fun, edgy look to my pictures. Loving these!

For more Fave Five, visit Susanne!

She loves my blog!

But I think she has to...we are related after all! :-)

As a recipient of this award, there are rules to follow. I have to answer the following questions with one word answers and one word only! Then I must pass it on to seven others!

The questions are as follows:

1. Where is your cell phone? purse

2. Where is your significant other? meeting

3. Your hair color? brown

4. Your mother? Rita

5. Your father? Clint

6. Your favorite thing? Brian

7. Your dream last night? scary

8. Your dream/goal? photography

9. The room you're in? office

10. Your hobby? diapers

11. Your fear? loss

12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Paraguay

13. Where were you last night? home

14. What you're not? normal

15. One of your wish-list items? platters

16. Where you grew up? Venezuela

17. The last thing you did? photoshop

18. What are you wearing? pj's

19. Your TV? borrowed

20. Your pet? none

21. Your computer? laptop

22. Your mood? expectant

23. Missing someone? Yes

24. Your car? truck

25. Something you're not wearing? make-up

26. Favorite store? Nueva Americana

27. Your summer? hot

28. Love someone? yes

29. Your favorite color? pink

30. When is the last time you laughed? hours

31. Last time you cried? days

Wordless Wednesday

Making friends.

I'm in love!

Santa came a little early this year for me, and he brought something I only dared to dream about. Leave it to my amazing husband to make (yet another) one of my dreams come true.

He got me a Nikon D80.

Let me retype that in case you didn't get it the first time.


I'm in picture taking heaven.

And those Nikon people? Turns out they know how to make a camera.

Fun Links

Ten Things You Didn't Know About Bobby Jindal - I love number 6!

The "Blog" of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks - If you liked Apostraphe Abuse, you'll love this one!

Reading (Youtube) - Why I want my children to read. This is sooooo funny!

*Simply because I link to a page does not mean that I agree with all content found on that page.

Fave Five

1. The substitute gym instructor today. He looked, talked, and acted just like Pee Wee Herman. My friend and I laughed till we snorted in the car on the way back home.
2. Making apple pie with my girls, Fripits learned how to cut the apple in half with a butter knife. She felt on top of the world after that accomplishment.
3. Eating the Lazy Taxpayers Bi-Partisan Burger with my family. These are sooooooooo good, and I promise to post the recipe soon.
4. Getting the first kisses from my sweet 16 month old.
5. Organizing my desk. Well, kind of, anyway. It will have to do for now.
For more Fave Five's visit Susanne's blog.

A new discovery

Today the Fripits came to me with her hand out towards me. She showed me the end of her finger where there was a weird blob thing.

"Mommy, what is that?"

"Well, I don't know honey. Where did you find it?"

She then proceeded to stick her finger up her left nostril and wiggle it around.

"In here." she said.


"That's a booger, dear."

"Oh, ok." and off she went.

Three years old...the age of new discoveries.

Paper plate food

This idea came from Chasing Cheerios as well. I love her blog...such great ideas! I cut out pictures of food from some magazines while the girls were napping, and then they glued them onto paper plates. I let them pick and choose which food they wanted to "eat" and let them at it. Elena loved showing off what she "cooked" and Abbie loved trying to eat it. Literally.

Menu Monday

Monday: Pot roast in the crock pot, rice, salad

Tuesday: Baked Mac & Cheese, and salad

Wednesday: Pork Gyros, fruit salad

Thursday: Crunchy Chicken Parmesan Tenders, carrot sticks, and mashed potatoes

Friday: Tuna Salad

Saturday: Pizza

Sunday: Easy Taco Bake, salad

Freezer meal of the week: Beans! I'm going to make a huge pot of beans and freeze them to use in burritos, soups, or just with rice. I love beans. It's the Venezuelan in me!

Links, links, and more links.

Apostraphe Abuse - I'm not sure why I find this so funny.

Happy Birthday, Dunk! - I thought this was adorable...and if one of my girls ever has an imaginary friend, we're throwing a party too!

The next "Survivor" series - Way too funny... I've never watched Survivor, but I would definitly make an exception for this one.

Welcome with Love - I will have to scour flea markets, yard sales, and used book stores to find this one. A childrens book about homebirth, which is beautifully illustrated. It's very pricey on Amazon since it is out of print, but oh, I want it. We love homebirthing and this would be a great way to prepare the girls for the next one. (No, I'm not preggo. Yet.)

Looking Good In Pictures - Great tips for portraits!

Note: Please remember that simply because I link to a website or blog does not mean I agree with all their content.

Fave Five

1. Three hours of quiet this morning. Just me and my laptop. Bliss.

2. Great mexican food at Brenda's house...and lots of laughs...and tres leches cake...and a loud parrot...Fun!

3. Jewelry shopping with my sisters, and a new pink purse for me. Because one can't have too many pink purses.

4. Finding a lot of new recipes to try from my Paula Deen cookbook.

5. This funny video.

Free Art

A cozy, colorful quilt.

A warm, breezy day.

A laundry basket of art supplies.

Hours of creativity.
Have fun.
(The laundry? It will be there tomorrow.)
(So will the crumbs under the table.)
Have fun.
(And please, please, please take pictures. They are sure to be colorful)

Fun-Tastic Links

Tast Spotting - A great resource for new recipes and beautiful pictures.

Yum-O! This quickly made it to my Amazon wish list.

3 Easy Centerpieces I love the fresh herb idea. That would smell good.

Pizza Faces We are definitly doing this!