Monday, August 11, 2014
Friday, August 8, 2014
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Saturday, July 19, 2014
I ran the Zombie 5K run with my son...
My next run will be a ColorVibe 5K in the Fall. And I cannot wait!!! I am hoping to push up to running a 10K in the next year. And then move to a half marathon.
Right now I'm participating in the #NOEXCUSES challenge and working to get in 75 miles in this month. I need just 12.5 miles to finish! It's soooo exciting!!
We start a new challenge in August...1500 minutes of workout time.
If you want to join click this link: http://mad.ly/signups/114094/join
I still have a loooong way to go on my fitness journey but I'm working hard every day to make small steps and changes to get to where I want to be. Expect to see a lot of posts about my journey. ;)
Have a wonderful weekend!!
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
So the biggest change other than Hannah Grace, the newest and most beautiful addition to our family, is that I am teaching. I will still have plenty of kiddo crafties, but there will be lot's of teaching crafties and goodies too.
I'm currently trying to brainstorm how I will decorate my classroom this year. I teach 11th grade AP/Dual-Credit English.
For last year's decorations, I found this garland idea on Pinterest. You use fishing line with a needle...and thread pom poms and cut-up pieces of drinking straws. So stinkin' cute!
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Hi there friends!!
I cannot believe I am blogging. What is blogging? Ha ha ha!
It has been such a nice break from EVERYTHING. But I definitely MISSED YOU GUYS!
We have SOOOO MUCH to catch up on! Let’s do COFFEE SOON!
To get back in the blog groove I thought I would share a chili recipe I made today. It is cold, rainy (turning snowy) here in West Texas and chili just HITS THE SPOT.
Texas Beans & Chili:
((please note I always create Hodge Podge Chili – meaning I always add a little of this and a little of that. But this is my basic recipe.))
1 lb ground beef (you can use 2 lbs, I just only defrosted 1 lb)
1 T olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped
8 oz can tomato sauce
8 oz can whole tomatoes
15 oz can kidney beans
15 oz pinto beans
small can of chopped green chiles
3 T chili powder
1 t ground cumin
1 t ground oregano
1 t salt
pinch of red pepper flakes (you can use cayenne pepper, but I was out!)
6-8 cups of water (depending on your pan size)
pinch of cornmeal ((I didn’t have any other “thickener” on hand—I don’t even know if it worked LOL!))
Heat olive oil in a cast iron skillet. Toast garlic until slightly browned. Add meat and brown. Drain excess fat. Add remaining ingredients and simmer on medium for 2 hours or longer. I let my cook all afternoon and revel in all the yummo smells in my house.
It is DELISH!!
Have a WONDERFUL and WARM day!
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Monday, December 17, 2012
I captured Miss Donna’s college graduation pictures a few weeks ago and wanted to share all the cute fun we had. She graduated from Sul Ross State University this past weekend from the Vocational Nursing program. BIGTIME congratulations to her on her AWESOME accomplishment.
We had SO MUCH fun!
Happy Monday EVERYONE!
Saturday, December 15, 2012
My Pandora station is Edif Piaf.
My house is quiet.
And I finally had time to get my paintbrushes out.
I’ve had a few blank old wooden signs my Mom made me at least 6 months ago. I’ve waited to paint them, waiting for the perfect words.
This morning I read this verse and I knew exactly what I wanted to paint.
♥Be joyful always♥ ---1 Thessalonians 5:16
It isn’t always easy. But choosing joy daily is the way to overcome the drudgery of every day life. Try it. I promise it will change you for the better.
[[To make my sign I used my blank, old wooden sign ((made from vintage barn wood)), paint, Modge Podge and glitter.]]
I painted the words and then let them dry.
After the paint dried, I used a paintbrush to apply Modge Podge to the top of each letter. I dusted them all with glitter. And viola! Old wood + glitter + JOY. It just doesn’t get much better than that!
Ahhh. Painting is good for the soul.
I hope you have time to paint or do something artful, soothing and crafty today too!
Friday, December 14, 2012
A little while back I mentioned that my family and I went to Big Bend National Park. One of the MANY benefits of living where I do is all of the outdoor parks and places for hiking and adventures. We have actually been going to Big Bend National Park since we were little bitty. It’s a long-time family tradition.
I thought it was time to finally post a few pictures from our adventures.
That is Mexico on the left side of the canyon….and the US on the right side.
My brother and Dad decided it would awesome to climb this enormous rock. These pictures do not capture how BIG this rock is. I tried to climb it and freaked out. I’m a little too old and little to pleasantly plump to do such things. But don’t you know my Jax wasn’t afraid at all. Lol.
Jaxon loves when his Uncle Josh goes hiking with us. Josh is his hero!
It’s Friday and I’m itching do something “outdoorsy” this weekend. It’s the perfect time to stargaze, so if all else I’ll be sipping some hot chocolate taking in some moonbeams…but hopefully I’ll get a little hiking in too!
Hope you have an AWESOME FRIDAY!