15 December 2014

Menu Plan Monday: Dec 15th

One more week until Christmas Vacation. This past week went by in a blur. David has been home since Wednesday and we were busy enjoying our time together that nothing got done. Nothing. But I do love that even though we have been practically joined at the hip for the last few days, it never gets old. We got our grocery shopping done on time and I was under budget by a whole 50 cents. And my menu is done.

Chicken with Spanish rice, beans and salad.

Taco Tuesday.


One pan baked Salmon and Veggies with brown rice pilaf.

Whole roast chicken with stuffing and broccoli.

Spaghetti and salad.

Clean out the fridge night.

I've been trying really hard to make sure we eat everything I cook.  By having 2 leftover nights, we have really cut back on our food waste.  There is some chili in the fridge that I will eat for lunch tomorrow but other than some leftover sides, everything got eaten last week.  Should be interesting having them home for 2 weeks of break.  The amount of food growing kids can eat.  Amazes me!

13 December 2014

San Antonio Aquarium. Hands on Fun!


The boys and I were invited out to a sneak peek of the new San Antonio Aquarium a few nights before it opened.  I was also lucky enough to go back on opening day, with no kids!  And I am super excited to go back again.  I love all things related to the ocean.  I was practically raised in one.  So what sets this aquarium apart for any other one I've been to.  You can touch just about everything.  If you have kids, you have probably had to ask them to stop touching things.  Like a million times.  But here, if they want to stick their hands in the shark tank, they can.  If if they want to touch the big iguana, they can.  My boys have been talking about it for days.

It might take some time before they are ready, but its not every day you get to pet a shark.


Once they have the hang of it, they won't want to stop.


After studying and touching the tortoise he said "Look mom, there is no glass.  You cant touch almost everything!"


Thankfully this guy is in a covered tank, because he is one of the few you do NOT want to touch!


The staff was super helpful and had all kinds of cool information for the kids. Here they were discussing Ziggys third eye.


So here is one thing I have touched before.  Granted the first time mostly it was the octopus that did the touching and it grabbed on to my leg while I tried to run away on the reef.  This guy shook my hand with a firm grip but let go.  Such a gentleman!


This guy is Iggy.  He is bigger than his friend Ziggy.  And he was just hanging out on his boat enjoying some lunch.  No glass walls here! How cool is he!


Got snakes?  We met Buttercup this morning and I never thought I would be so excited to hold a snake.  Its pretty amazing to feel their muscles squeeze.


Not a reptile person? How about birds? There are little ones.


And there are big ones!  Take your pick! King Louis here is quite a cutie!


The Aquarium is open now but there are still a few things in the works.  I cant wait to revisit again once its all done. I am very sure we will be back before then too.  There is a bounce house area and a section for the little ones. And there are Dinosaurs up top.  They move and make noise so be sure you don't miss them either.

I'm not sure how much longer they will be on sale but for now memberships are 50% off and can be used to visit both the Austin and Portland Aquariums too!  Click HERE to buy yours today!  There are also some great activities that you and your family can enjoy.  I know I am going to be snorkeling with the stingrays but if you prefer to stay dry, there is also an octopus encounter that looks like fun too.  Maybe stay the night and sleep with the sharks?  You can even have your birthday party there.  There is so much fun to be had here. And you will want to come back again and again.  I know we will!

03 December 2014

Foster Dog Diaries: Hello Walter!

What is it about the holidays that makes time just fly right by?  If we are friends on Facebook/Twitter/IG then you have already been overwhelmed with this face for the past few weeks but I want to share him with everyone so...

Meet Walter!


Walter is a 5 year old Dane/Mastiff mix and is a dream dog.  He gets along great with other dogs. I have a Dane and a Chihuahua. He is probably the most laid back dog I've fostered so far.  He is not asking for anything more than a comfy bed and some love.  Don't let his size fool you.  He doesn't take up much room at all.  He is also my heaviest foster, weighing in at 145 lbs and yet one of the easiest dogs to walk.

Walter came in to the rescue with a busted back leg but has healed up great. On occasion he favors it but other than the scar you might not ever notice.  He really is an amazing dog and I am hoping he finds and even more amazing house and family.  Just look at his face!

So why isn't he adopted if hes so great?  Ill tell you why.  Because he is 5.  I cant tell you the number of times I heard "Oh wow, so hes pretty old".  And it breaks my heart. I like to think a dog is like a car.  You get out what you put in.  I've heard of Danes living to be 11 years old.  Proper care and nutrition will do that.  So yes, Walter is no puppy.  But hes housebroken, crate trained, leash trained.  He is very well socialized and is an all around great dog.  If you are looking for a laid back kinda dog, Walter is your guy!

In the almost 3 weeks of fostering him, he has settled in quite nicely here.  And as much as I love him and would keep him, that would mean a full house and no more fostering, which I truly love. What is that saying? If you love it set it free.  Something like that.  Knowing that he is loved is all my heart needs.  Isn't he just the cutest!


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