Hope Whispers

April 29, 2016

10 things that made me happy this week

Time for a little Friday happiness to kick off the weekend.  I'm linking up with Why Girls Are Weird, The Flynnigans and My Pixie Blog.  Be sure to check them out and what others are happy about.  No better way to start the weekend than with happiness!

Well the week didn't turn out quite like I had planned but I did stay busy enough that it seemed to blast by.   Monday called for the oldest to stay home because he was not feeling well.  Tuesday went great.  Wednesday night the little one got sick and Thursday morning, the oldest one decided that Mumps would be a fun way  to end the week.  They are home again today.

I am exhausted.  Its always hard for me when they get sick.  This liver of mine makes it really hard for me to not get sick when I have one kid sick.  When its the both of them, I feel like I am drowning. Thankfully they are old enough to almost take care of themselves.  I got up and medicated everyone then laid back down for a bit.  They are feeling just good enough to argue over a video game. Yesterday they were both super quiet.  So I am hiding in my room until their screen time is up and I send them to their rooms to rest up a bit.

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I think even though the week went to hell in a hand basket, there was still a few things in there that made my heart happy.  Let's see.

  1. My Plumeria is going to bloom
  2. Alex riding on two wheels.
  3. Duncan will be going home in a week!
  4. Helping mom save money on medications
  5. I'm going to be an auntie again. This will be #9
  6. Taco Tuesdays
  7. Snugly puppies
  8. Snugly boys.
  9. Friends who bring dinner
  10. Grandma bringing sick supplies.
It must be nap time now right?  Going to send the boys to their rooms and see if I can sleep a bit.  Maybe my head won't hurt as much after a good rest.  Hopefully tomorrow is better.  

Hope everyone has a good weekend! Stay safe and have fun!

April 26, 2016

All American Pancakes

My boys have always been in such a rush to grow up.  Ever since they were little they have been planning their future.  They will tell you about the kind of fathers they want to be.  And even the the kind of husband they will be. Its an everyday topic around here.

I have always told them that they could be whatever they want to be but that it would take a lot of hard work. But ever since they were little, they have only wanted to be one thing.  Army Strong.  Now 7 and 11 they still put on their uniforms run around like little soldiers.  Its not unusual for me to check on them and find then doing PT and running drills.


By the time they get there they will have trained their whole lives for this.  Being a soldier will require them to be strong.  Not just physically but mentally too. They need to stay healthy and active. Starting with the most important meal of the day. And no matter what Im serving up for breakfast, it is always made better with a glass of Nesquik! And it will make them better soldiers too.

How so?  Well Nesquik has the iron that will help them grow and develop. The vitamin C to keep their immune systems strong. It also has 3 essential B vitamins to help their bodies make and use energy.  See chocolate milk isn't just fun, it can be part of a healthy and balanced meal too.  And if it keeps them strong and healthy, I approve.

I am always looking for ways to keep meals healthy and fun.  We all know a nutritious breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  The boys always need a little kick to get the day started.  Fun breakfasts are the way to go.  Boys love pancakes.  Soldiers love All American Pancakes.

kid friendly breakfast


3/4c  milk
2T  white vinegar
1c  flour
2T  sugar
1t  baking powder
1t  baking soda
1/2t  salt
1  egg
2T  melted butter

Strawberry Sauce

Wash, hull and chop a handful of strawberries.  Toss them in a food processor with a few drops of honey and blend until smooth.  Put in a container and into the fridge while pancakes are cooking.


  • In a large bowl mix milk and vinegar and let it sit for 5 minutes.
  • In another bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  • Whisk egg and butter into the milk.
  • Pour the dry mix into the wet mix and whisk until smooth.
  • Heat a skillet or griddle to medium heat.  Spray with cooking spray and pour batter onto the hot pan using a 1/4 cup measuring spoon.
  • When bubbles form, flip and cook for 2 more minutes or until cooked through.
  • Cut out stars using a cookie cutter.  Top with strawberry sauce and blueberries.  They won't even miss the butter and syrup.

This is a kid friendly breakfast idea that you could easily make your own.  Change up the shapes and fruit to match your own tastes.  And they go great with a cold glass of Nesquik!


I can't wait to see what kind of men they grow up to be.  Who knows, maybe they will join the military and their childhood dreams will come true!  Or maybe next year their dreams will change. Either way I will support them.  Encourage them to dream big and bring their imagination to life.

If you are looking for fun breakfasts ideas be sure to check out Nesquik on Pinterest. And for more ideas on how you can #stirimagination check them out on YouTube!

What did you want to be when you were little?  What do your kids want to be when they grow up?  

Weekend Adventures: Goodbye training wheels

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When Spring time rolls around we are ready for some warm weather adventures.  Weekends get packed with fun trips to new parks. We spend the day at the Zoo or the Museum. We are always on the go. Rain or shine.

Last weekend we tackled another big boy right of passage.  Alex said goodbye to his training wheels!

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Alex wanted to learn how to ride his brothers bike.  Not because his friends already know how to ride bikes or because, he wanted to go on bike rides as a family.  No, he wanted to make sure that he learned how to ride a bike earlier than his brother.  What is it with boys and competition?  

So we took him to the very same park his brother learned at.  Took out the bike, put his helmet one and David gave him a push.  Wait what?  He just pushed him?  Yes.  And guess what happened?  

Tom Slick Park

He rode away.  On the first try.  Hes a natural. Go figure.  After the initial shock wore off it was nothing but smiles for this boy.

I wish I could see the world through their eyes.  My boys love a good adventure.  I love going on the adventures with them. Whether we are climbing up the side of a mountain or riding bikes in the park we do it together. But there are also times where I have to remind myself to step back and let them figure things out for themselves.  They need to learn how to see a problem and try to fix it.

Tom Slick Park

Alex mastered balancing, pedaling, turning and the brakes.  He struggled with getting started on his own.  I tried to help him but he shrugged me off and said he would figure it out.  Hes so used to being able to do just about everything that when he struggles, he gets so frustrated.  By the 3rd try he was taking deep breaths. Then he looked around and found a solution.  Leaned up against a pole, got his pedals right and pushed off!

Tom Slick Park

After he figured out how to start riding by himself, we were off to join David and Anthony.  Along the way Alex found out what happens when you go to fast around a corner and slam on the breaks.  SKID MARKS! Don't worry, there were no tears, because he never fell! He didn't even know he has made them until I told him.  I have a feeling there will be many more skid marks in his future.  Hopefully they are all as well done smoothly as his first few were!

Tom Slick Park

As we walked along the trail, Anthony took off to explore the woods.  Alex was to excited about riding, that he didn't want to go.  I'm not sure if it is because I grew up in a very close knit and carefree community but I'm am not the hovering mom.  I am always encouraging them to jump farther or climb higher.  While he was exploring the woods, I could see his red shirt through the trees and I reminded him to watch where he is stepping and touching.  Because it's Spring in Texas. Rattlesnakes y'all!  Oh and allergies.

While Alex has always been my little daredevil, Anthony has always been my sensitive one.  As an infant he had a severe dairy allergy.  Then, like his doctor had hope it would, it disappeared.  Only to be replaced by seasonal allergies and asthma. In the beginning I was worried that this diagnosis would be a big life changer. My heart broke for him.  We had to make a few changes to our lives and routines, but so far everything has helped him greatly and we are still able to go on many adventures.

Seasonal allergies are off the charts here in San Antonio. Cedar, oak and mold, oh my!  And then there are the everyday things like dust and pet dander.  Lord knows we have pet dander.  No matter how hard I cleaned, they would still bring in in with them just from being outside. Until one day while we were shopping in Sam's Club, I found a detergent that changed our lives.

Sams Club

all® free clear detergent removes 99% of top everyday and seasonal allergens and it is the #1 Recommended brand by Dermatologist, Allergist, and Pediatricians. (all® free clear detergent is not intended to treat or prevent allergies)  I no longer have to worry if their clothes are still dirty after all our weekend adventures because this detergent delivers a powerful clean.

Boys laundry

I wasn't sure if a simple change in laundry detergent would make a difference but I was willing to make any and all changes I could to help continue our adventures. all® free clear detergent is 100% free of dyes and perfumes so it is gentle on the skin too.  

With every load of laundry I do I know I am washing away all the things that are harmful to him.  Be sure to follow the instructions printed on the bottle.  Just the right amount of detergent and all the dirt and allergens are washed away.  The memories however, will last a lifetime!

My boys are free to be adventurous again!  

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