December 7, 2016

{not so} Wordless Wednesday: Another year down

I know it's supposed to be wordless, but I just realized this photo shows their age.  Chico the Chihuahua is 15 and Poncho is 6!  Ugh.  Chicos health is declining and Poncho has slowed down quite a bit as well.  I can't imagine ever saying goodbye to these boys.  I mean, some days they are the only ones who listen to me. (Bear with me, Im all sorts of emotional this week!)


Christmas Time makes me miss a certain other big boy too.  Walter was my Christmas Dog.  Not a gift, but my foster, who spent every morning and night crashed out in front of or half under the Christmas Tree. Before I knew it he was taking up space in my heart too.  Oh how I miss him!


And another guy gone too soon.  Oh Morris.  This dog may or may not have tried to eat the Christmas tree.  I was only supposed to babysit him, but them he stayed on as my foster.  He went from paralyzed to walking/running/jumping, right into our family.  We all have a dog that we wished we could have kept.  Morris was Davids pick.  But sadly we had to say goodbye.  He was just to sick and it wasn't fair to him to keep asking him to be strong for us.  

Seriously mom. I know you have a snack behind your back! -Morris

Dogs have come in and out of our lives through fostering and adoption.  Some have made bigger spots in our hearts than others.  Some we still get to see and get updates on.  But these 2 "fosters" became family.  And now with our own 2 boys getting up there in age, we can only enjoy the ever loving crap out of them until they too are gone.  

Sure fostering has brought us lots of sadness. But I know in my heart these boys were love like crazy before they left us and that brings me comfort.  It hurts way less knowing this.  The came in strays and left with family that misses them still!

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December 4, 2016

Menu Plan Monday: December 5th

And just like that we have come to December.  Another year in the books.  I am pretty sure that the years are getting shorter and shorter.  Just me?  Maybe its just once you have kids?  I don't know.

It's been super quiet around here.  David had Thanksgiving week of and we were constantly on the go. And I pretty much spent all of last week trying to catch up.  Don't judge me.  I'm trying, I promise. Just in time to ready myself for Christmas.  Gotta love the Holidays.

I did manage to get my menu ready to go.  Nothing exciting but it's done.


Monday:  Philly Cheesesteaks

Tuesday:  Chicken and Cream Cheese Taquitos

Wednesday:  Leftovers

Thursday: Beef and Broccoli

Friday:  Turkey Chili.

So its not my most creative week ever, but it will do.  Mostly I was just going for things that are easy for me and I know the boys will eat.  They will eat just about anything but the Phillies are a special treat around here, Taquitos should cure the nagging Taco Cabana cravings and the Chicken and Broccoli is just so good.  And Friday will be the coldest day of the week so, Chili! I was going to make Ham and Potato soup but figured that could wait for after Christmas.

Do you host Christmas Dinner?  We do the traditional Christmas dinner at our house on Christmas Eve and then its tamales at Grandmas Christmas Day.  So much food.  But its all so good!


November 28, 2016

Menu Plan Monday: November 28th


Its back to the grind today.  Thanksgiving break is over and the boys are back in school.  And David is back to work.  Having all of my guys home for a whole week was just the icing on the cake for me.  Did we do everything we planned on doing?  No.  To be honest we spent most of the week at home, playing video games and sleeping.  But in the end, it was a vacation for all of us.  I even took a laundry break.  That however has come back to bit me in the butt.  The pile of clothes these boys have managed to collect in just one week, is insane!


You know it's a good week when I manage to get a picture of the four of us.  Its blurry but we are all smiling. Well, it's as close to a smile as David gets!  We so enjoyed our visit to the JW Marriott Hill Country Resort for their annual Light up the night celebration.  Ill share more of our trip later.

I even caught another glimpse of this kid smiling.  Pre teen mood swings are in full effect, so this was a big deal!


But now we are going back to school and work and the regular routines.  And that means menu planning for me.  These boys have the appetites of grown men.  Here is to hoping this week's menu will please them.


Monday:  Salisbury Steaks, mashed potatoes and salads.

Tuesday:  Italian chicken, garlic bread and veggies.

Wednesday:  Lemon parmesan cod with brown rice and broccoli.

Thursday:  Hamburger macaroni (didn't get to it last week).

Friday:  Baked pork chops and salads.


  • Get all the Christmas decorations up.
  • Finish up the gift lists.
  • Deep clean the fridge.
  • Hit my steps at least 3 times this week.
  • Make broth for the dogs with the leftover turkey.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving week and weekend.  I know we did.  Poor David is probably going to be hurting now that he's going back to regular hours finally but having him home for dinner will be so worth it!

Hopefully the week will be over before we know it.  For now.....


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