December 2015

December was a busy and exciting month this year and when it came to a close I was kinda sad.  I’ll get to that later.  Quick recap….just a couple of weeks late.

This year we bought tickets for the North Pole Express in Grapevine and it was magical.  In all actuality, we could have waited another year for the boys to fully understand the whole concept.  As an adult though, it was so sweet to see all the other children who were SO excited.  Gramma Dee and Scott joined us on the adventure.

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The North Pole Express starts at the Vintage Grapevine Railroad.  There were concessions (corn dogs, hot chocolate, steak on a stake (har-har)) to snack on before loading as you need to be there 45-50 minutes prior to your boarding time.  You can also pop into the Vetro Glass Blowing studio and watch them make really gorgeous pieces.  They’ll even allow you to make your own glass ornament.  Maybe we will do that in future years when the $30 ornament won’t be broken by one of the Nuggets about 4 seconds after hanging it on the tree.

We waited in line for about 15 minutes before they loaded us onto the train.  The boys were interested in the actual “choo-choo” but once we were on the train, it wasn’t quite as interesting.  This is why I think it’ll have more of a statement next year.  The train moves east at a pretty slow pace for about 10-12 minutes and everyone is encouraged to sing Christmas carols with the friendly elves.

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Mrs. Clause makes and appearance and hands out the silver bells for Christmas spirit.

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After the train ride we walked through a beautiful forrest of Christmas trees while SNOW was pumped though the area.  I didn’t get a picture because, although we were supposed to be walking, everyone else was stopping to get pictures and the bottleneck was throwing my anxiety into overdrive.  We proceeded into a large tent with colorful lights and patiently waited for Santa.  We were entertained with singing and dancing elves and finally Santa arrived.  The overall excitement level rose 100% with all of the children (except mine) and it was very sweet.  Afterwards everyone was given chocolate milk from Santa.

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Although the boys weren’t totally understanding it all, it was worth it.  I enjoyed myself (and the much needed margarita afterwards) and as usual, look forward to how the boys will grow each year.

Christmas Eve service was crowded (as always) but luckily The Hubs got us great seats and the boys could see the entire re-enactment that the children put on of Christmas night and the birth of Jesus.  I teared up thinking of the Nuggets participating in the future.

Somehow, I managed to not take a single picture of us, or the boys in our Christmas best… #momfail.  Afterwards, we joined good friends, who were in from out of town, for a tradition of making egg rolls.  We went two years ago with the boys and they were only a couple of months old and everyone was just in awe as to much they’ve grown.

Christmas morning was abundant with blessings and waaaay too many toys (thanks Hubs).

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Once we had all the present opening completed and cleaned up, we had a quick breakfast and loaded up to go to Gramma’s house.  Again, minimal pictures (some photographer I am). A day filled with lots of family, more presents and tons of food was outstanding.

Christmas (actually the entire holiday season of 2015) seemed to fly by this year, faster than years in the past.  I wasn’t ready to take down the decor (maybe because it took almost the whole month to get my house decorated in the first place). I wasn’t ready to pack up the Christmas attire or get rid of the tree.  Alas, time keeps moving even if I’m not ready for it.

We enjoyed The Hubs being home from work for a solid week and we rang in the new year with great friends in their gorgeous new home.

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2015 was a bit sad for me because I was hoping to get another Nugget in the oven and it didn’t happen.  Infertility stands strong in this family and although we were hopeful that the first IVF process would “get things moving”, as Dr. Le put it, no such luck for us.  God has a plan.  God has a plan.  God has a plan.  It’s my manta.  2015 was an incredible year.  We’ve slowly started to complete home improvement projects that we’ve been dreaming about for 2.5 years.  I get to stay home with my Nuggets as a stay at home mama bear, something I never thought we would be able to do and our whole family is healthy.  God is good.

XOXO

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For The Record

While talking with my bestie yesterday she asked a few questions about how/what we did with the boys at “X” age.  I couldn’t remember specifically and I thought I could go back through the blog to figure out when we did something.  I had a similar conversation with myself here.

Well I’m at it again.  I’m not posting/documenting enough these days.

So my babies are little toddlers.  Like, real little toddlers.  When Erin was over with Vivienne, who is two months, the Nuggets were S O big.  I had to go back and look at videos from when they were that age and it seriously made me cry.

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Awwwwww.  Alas, there is no going backwards. But real quick…2014

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So my Nuggets are two years and two months old and Christmas is going to RULE this year.

They love to destroy mess with our tree.  In all fairness of “toddlerhood” they aren’t all that bad with the tree.  Weston likes to pull the ornaments off (and throw it back at the tree to see if it’ll stick) and touch the lights.  We’ve had several time-out sessions about trying to unplug/plug the lights in though.  Corbin just touches for the most part.  There are no presents under the tree because neither will leave them alone.  #Understandable.

We visited Santa at the Parks of Arlington Mall and it was fantastic!  Well I thought it was.  The boys were kind of terrified of the sleigh ride experience.  Yep, this little trip was totally worth it because we got to talk to Shrek and Donkey on the Skype -phone, take an interactive flight school, “fly a sleigh”, build a ginger bread cookie and THEN we met Santa.  Totally worth the $11 for the picture.

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At least they’re not sobbing.

Developmentally

They are finally talking! Like putting-multiple-words-together-in-a-sentence kind of talking.  Weston hears everything we say and, like a little echo, says it back to us.  They both try to say anything we ask them to repeat, although it doesn’t always sound like the words.  They are trying though and that’s what is important.  The refer to both of themselves and each other as Wey-wey and Cor-cor.  Not always accurately.

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After Thanksgiving, both boys came home with a cold.  Weston’s turned into a sinus infection so we were at the doctor.  He weighs 29 lbs and is 35.5″ tall.  He wears a 2T/3T, depending on the store.  West knows all of his colors and can almost count to five.  He is developing his independence daily.  Code for: he is in time out more often these days for not listening, hitting or throwing things.  Weston eats okay.  He isn’t into meat much unless it is ground (turkey/beef/chicken) and even then, it’s hit or miss.  He love broccoli with cheese which is a win in my book.  I still sneak veggies were ever I can and they both like almost all fruit.  He loooooooooves snacks.

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Weston is still sleeping well (except when sick) but is having a harder time falling asleep before nap/bedtime.  He’s not crying or getting upset but he takes anywhere for 40 minutes to an hour.  We’ve tried pushing bedtime back but he continues to need that wind down time.  It’s been this way, on and off, for a while now.  I’m not sure but I’m beginning to think that the (sacred) nap time might be too long.

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We also cut the tail off Weston’s monkey last month.  Have I already mentioned that?  What does that mean exactly….?  A friend of mine gave both boys a little monkey that holds on/attached to a lovey (tiny blanket).  Corbin found his thumb early on but Weston discovered the monkey.  He didn’t love on the lovey part but instead would suck on the tail.  He’s done this since we stopped swaddling them.  We would rotate the two monkeys and wash them as much as possible but it was still gross.  Daddy decided it was time to cut it off and I was terrified we’d have a very upset boy.  The Hubs told Weston that he bit it off.  He was slightly confused and would still search for it but he held up pretty well.  I also wonder if this is why he takes so much longer to go to sleep as we took away the way he soothes himself.

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Corbin

Corbin did not have to go to the doctor so the scale at home says he weighs 27.8 pounds and he is approximately the same height as West, so I’m going with about 35″ tall.  He could be the exact same height but it’s like herding cats to get them to stand still and/or next to one another so I don’t know for sure. Corbin is an even picker eater then I thought he could be.  He has pretty much a total aversion to meat unless it’s a hot dog (ugh).  He loves to dip things, is totally into snacks and is crazy about refried beans.  He also looooooves carrots. So thats a plus.

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Corbin is not quite as assertive as Weston but he still lets me know his dissatisfaction.  Usually by sobbing his eyes out, whereas his brother hits/throws/screams.  I have to tell myself constantly to be consistent because it’s SO much harder not to cave when he is SO sad.  The Hubs can barely take it.  He loses his mind a little bit when they get upset.

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Corbin is obsessed with his blankie and sucks his thumb.  I am starting to see the thumb taking a toll on his teeth.  He sucks his left thumb, off to the side of his mouth and the left front too is starting to stick out.  I also sucked my thumb as a kid and my teeth were terrible (I wore braces for 7 years).  I have no idea how we would start to break him of this habit anytime soon.  I think he’s still too little.  He sleeps awesome, with the exception of the occasional bad dream.  He will wake up crying but as soon as you go in, pat him on the back and reassure him that you are there, he goes right back to sleep.

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This weekend we have tickets to ride the North Pole Express in Grapevine and I am beyond excited.  The tickets go on sale in October and they are a hot commodity.  You have to buy them EARLY.  I barely got enough for all of us (Gramma Dee & Scott will be participating in the fun too).  I think I should actually watch the Polar Express movie to know what the whole thing is based around but I know the Nuggets are going to be absolutely delighted that they get to ride a choo-choo. 

This Christmas season we have already had so much fun crafting ornaments, attempts making a gingerbread house, destroying decorating the Christmas tree and shopping.  Let’s not talk about how that last one goes.

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We are truly blessed beyond measure and look forward to teaching the boys more about the reason for the season.

XOXO

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November

Brace yourself. This past month has been out. Of. Control.

And now it’s over and were headed into the home stretch of 2015. WTH…where does time go?

My mom had two spinal surgery procedures at the beginning of November. Her doctor did what many doctors do and told her that she would be up and running in about two weeks. Momo had surgery on a Tuesday, released on Wednesday (crazy right?) and began her recovery. By Saturday she was feeling “pretty good”. I called to check in with my moms several times. On Monday morning the Nugs and I Facetime-d Mo to check up. We were pleasantly surprised to also get to FT Pop-pop…? Pop-pop was supposed to be at work.  Turns out, Momo wasn’t recovering quite as quickly as anticipated and was suffering from “angry” nerve shocks. Mom was on several (like 12) different Rx’s and wasn’t okay to be home alone. Once I hung up, I thought, maybe I could help…?

My daddy is an auto-mechanic and like many “blue collar” careers, they do not get paid a salary and don’t get paid at all when not working. Regardless of how awesome and relevant they are to their field.  So I called up The Hubs and we discussed me and the boys driving down (to Katy, TX) to help out.

And that’s what we did. The week before Thanksgiving.

I’m very grateful that we were even able to offer this level of help to my parents. When I got there, I realized that it was super important that someone be there with my mom and I’m very glad that I went. She was out of it.  Mom’s bff made a ton of food and a nice spreadsheet sorting out all the prescriptions and the times they needed to be taken, which gave me a great head start.  But mom needed more help.

So that’s what I did. Changed bandages, doled out pills, picked up Rx’s, and cooked. Assisted wherever I could.  The Nugs did their best to be good boys and they surpassed any expectation I could have conceived. They were stuck in a house for four days and they were S O good.  

AND they are both teething.  All four incisors are coming in for both of them.  How they were so well behaved is beyond me.  They knew their help was needed too.  

We did sneak out to the park one day that the weather was nice and Momo was napping. #eyelashes.

On Friday, I was set to go home and an unexpected doctor’s visit was needed. My brother helped out by meeting us downtown and drove mom home so I could start the trek back to DFW. Again, the Nuggets schmoozed and flirted with everyone in the doctor’s office with all their cuteness and then promptly passed out for two hours on the way home. Total Angels.

A short stint at home for the weekend, with a trip to our other Gramma’s house for quick visit. 

Little boys and big tractors! All the heart eyes…

  
By Tuesday we were back on the road headed south, as originally planned.

Mom was slowly improving which was very frustrating for her but progress nonetheless. Turkey day went off without a hitch….well one hiccup with the deep fryer but nothing Dad couldn’t fix (with a run to the store to buy a new one).

Pies from scratch, all hands on deck. Don’t mind the zero-make up and devilish smile…I was tired.  My SIL couldn’t keep her eyes open 🙂

Battling mosquitos in 80° weather for Thanksgiving. Its Houston people.

  

Dinner was delish and we were a super thankful family.  Health (for the most part), love, and a new baby on the way…what’s not to be thankful for? Cowboys game was horrendous but let’s not think about that. By the time we were thinking of getting back on the road (AGAIN) my mom was doing much better. Her spunky and dorky personality had begun to shine through.  Again, very grateful for the abundant blessings.

The boys woke up with stuffy heads on Saturday, so we decided to get home. We had a few days to ourselves before it was time for The Hubs to return to work and we used them clean and try to get organized.  Annnd a little bit of fun.

The Sea Life Aquarium in Grapevine surpassed my expectations.  I knew I wanted to take the boys but I wanted to go at at time The Hubs could experience it with us.  B U T   I also wanted to avoid the major crowds.  Which meant we needed to try it out on a week day, while school was in session.  This worked out perfectly.  There were maybe 6-8 other kiddos similar in age to the Nugs and I didn’t have a heart attack trying to keep track of two boys and a stroller all moving in different directions.  It was perfect.  The boys ooo-ed and ahhh-ed at each new exhibit.

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Not being rushed or crowded we moved through in about an hour.  It was perfect.

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We followed up that adventure with one that didn’t go quite as well.  Since the aquarium is located in Grapevine Mills Mall we scooted over to Rain Forest Cafe for lunch.  The put us at a table next to the lion display, which most kids would have thought was super cool. Corbin was terrified.  Josh juggled him and his hamburger before finally asking for the check.  Weston was okay but a little weary.  Maybe next year?

December is loaded with Christmas parties and fun events that we look forward to but I didn’t want to stop to remember what a special and adventurous November for 2015 brought to us.  With trips to Broken Bow, LOTS of yummy food and time with family, I’m beginning to think it might be my favorite month of the year.  We’ll see what December has to say about that.

XOXO

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Halloween Part I

I’m slumping on the blog posts again.

It’s almost Halloween!! We have a full day planned for tomorrow and this year is going to be so much fun! As the boys get older these traditions for the holidays become more relevant.  Last year they wore their Chicken Nugget costumes for as long as it took me to get a couple of pictures. They were in bed by 6 PM and The Hubs and I just passed out candy on the porch. #dontringthedoorbell

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This year, we’ve been practicing our trick or treating. I put one or two yogurt covered raisins or M&M’s when they bring their bucket and say, “tree tree” 

We are working on holding on to the bucket and not setting it down. We also rocked our jammies alllll day, the Nugs call the bones on the jams, “boes”.  Awwwwwe.

As obsessed as I am with all the Insta-small shops I couldn’t justify spending $25 (x2) for holiday shirts.  Not when I can go to Walmart and get these shirts for all of $5.99.  With that said, I did pre-order Christmas shirts from River Babe Threads.


We did a trial run with our costumes. They both enjoyed looking at themselves in the mirror but the costumes only lasted about 5 minutes. Hopefully with a birthday party and trick or treating they will be distracted enough to leave them on.

This mommy giggled for the whole five minutes that they were wearing the costumes so I know I’ll be grinning from ear to ear all day tomorrow.

As I mentioned, it’s sweet Nolan’s first birthday party tomorrow at 11 and then back home for a late nap so they are ready as soon as that sun sets!  You’ll have to wait to see what they’re dressed up as! 🙂

Happy FriYAY! Let the fun begin!!

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Home of the Free, Because of the Brave

There is a super cute shop I found on Insta that sells shirts that say that.  If I didn’t find exactly 1 million super cute shops on Insta, that didn’t already suck my pocketbook dry, I would totally purchase said shirts.

But in all reality, I feel like we constantly take what we have for granted.  The good ‘ol US of A is NOT perfect.  Far from it.  We still deal with entirely too many issues.  Race.  Equality.  Broken politics.  DEBT.

Not perfect.  Nope.

But, I haven’t lived in another country (doubtful that I will ever) and I think we’ve gotten a few things right.  For that, I am grateful that I was born here and will raise my children here.

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Happy Birthday to the USA and thank you to all the brave individuals that have served or serve to keep our country safe.

xoxo

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EASTER 2015

Sometimes I Feel L O S T

At 30 something I think I should have a pretty good grasp on who I am.

Me. Myself. I. Lindsey.

But I don’t. Exactly.  Let me explain.

I am who I am, flaws and all but I still want to be a better version of myself.   BUT I find that I compare myself to others too much. I don’t always love myself. I want to be more like someone else instead of embracing who I am and making improvements to be a better version of ME.

I think at the core of this, is my faith. It’s not as strong as it should be. It’s something I need to focus on and work on strengthening. Just like my muscles but that’s a conversation for another day. My relationship with God isn’t what I need it to be.

There is always room for improvement.

Easter was wonderful.  The boys are at the age where things are all new and so fun. Exactly 1.5 years old this week. When did that happen?

Last year they were all smiles and rolly-polly fun. This year they were running around, picking up eggs in their first egg hunt!

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Grandma Dee spoiled them rotten. Two Easter baskets each! As well as new boots, hats, and bouncy horses. It was like Christmas morning practically. She said, “That’s what Grandma’s do.

The Bush side of the family lives about 1.5 hours southeast of Dallas and it’s fun to get out in the country for a bit and let the boys run around. Barbed wire fences make me nervous, so not too much roaming. Lots of yummy food and visiting with family made for a great Saturday.

Sunday we went to church and The Hubs forgot the diaper bag. Trying to wrangle/entertain the Nuggets during mass without snacks or toys wasn’t easy but we managed with just a few meltdowns. We did skip the egg hunt at church because we were basket-less, snack-less, drink-less and figured it was time for lunch and a nap.

After they woke up I remember, ‘hey…we got them an Easter basket too’.

Post nap Easter basket fun.

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And this is what it’s like to be a twin mom….they’re never both looking at the camera.  Its like a chupacabra sighting, totally elusive.  That’s a throw back to my San Antonio days.  Blog Easter collageYou don’t even want to know the noises I was making trying to get them to look at the camera.  My neighbors locked their doors.

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Holidays are that much more exciting with the Nuggets.  Remembering the importance behind the holiday is what we will do better to focus on and guide the boys to recognize it’s not just about candy or presents.  Easter wouldn’t exist without the resurrection of Christ.

“He is not here, for He has Risen, just as He said…” — Matthew 28:6

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Tis the Season

To be very busy.

Before we had The Nuggets, I would have a list of things that I needed to get done every year around the Christmas holiday.  This list consisted of things that I really love doing.  Such as; homemade holiday treats for the neighbors, decorating the house inside and out, Christmas crafting with a friend, holiday shopping (at the store), Christmas cards, and more.

Enter Christmas 2013 (2 months after the boys were born) 

  • I attempted holiday treats and finished sometime in the first week of January.  I was so embarrassed that I didn’t even give any of the treats to our new neighbors.  Some of them were probably stale anyways!
  • No Christmas cards were sent out — total fail for a mom super proud of her new babies.
  • The Hubs managed to decorate outside and I did a little bit of the inside.
  • No holiday shopping experience.  I bought everything online.  Let me stop here and say, I LOVE online shopping but there is something about going to the stores decorated with lights and ribbons and bows, and just basking in it all.

I honestly think anything holiday wise was completed last year because I was on maternity leave and my mom was around to assist.

Present day Christmas 2014

My list this year changed a little bit, now that the boys aren’t tiny preemie infants:

  • The house is decorated.  Even though some of the lights on the trees outside blew a fuse and the mantle is barely decorated…it’s up. The Christmas tree looks great.
  • The boys did not get their picture with the mall Santa.  We went last weekend to have it done and you have to have reservations!  Since when!?!?  The boys did get a picture with a Santa…that was at bar we ate at the weekend before last.  Fail.
  • No treats.  Didn’t even bother this year.  No time.  Fail.
  • No new Christmas crafts with my bestie.  No time. Fail.
  • Christmas cards were sent out!  POINT ONE FOR THIS MOM!  Maybe it was because I ordered them in November and was on Top. Of. My. Game!  Note to future self, this is why some people start early.

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  • Holiday shopping is done and it was fun.  The Hubs even said, “that was the nicest holiday crowd” referring to the mall we went to The Parks at Arlington.  There are a few more items I need (on 12/23/14) but Target will suffices.

I cannot wait for Christmas morning to see The Nuggets faces’ light up. To be with all of my family, celebrating the reason for the season.  The greatest gift God could give us, his Son.

So my list isn’t really that important in the grand scheme of things.  I’m not going to stress out about it.  Whatever was finished, received a check and whatever didn’t, well.. it just didn’t.  Maybe next year.

I am getting better at this whole parenting thing.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

Much love to all —

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Vaaaacation. Holla!

Does anyone say holla anymore? Yes. This girl.

This past weekend was a good time. We went out to the Lake Livingston and surrounding cities to look at the area. Josh has this dream of owning property. I do as well, but we are always getting into to much debt. We manage well but we have school loans and it would be beneficial to pay those suckers off. And not in 30 years when they come due. Ugh. Saturday night we ended up in Katy with the bro and SIL (sister-in-law) + family. Michael (newest addition to the Maltz clan) is a total cutie and he’s so stink’n good. Like, I heard him cry once. Love him. Julia (4 years old) is very clingy and lovey but seems to be handling not-being-the-baby-anymore very well. I’m proud of her.

Today is Wednesday and it’s half over. That leaves me with the remainder of this week, 2 days and then I’m off work for a solid NINE days. Oh how I love vacation time. I haven’t taken a week off of work since Josh and I got married in Oct 2007. Not cool. So needless to say, I’m stoked. I don’t actually have plans all week except we are headed to Canton, TX (hour east of Dallas, where the in-laws live) on Wednesday. It’s our year to celebrate Turkey Day with them. We’ll probably hang until Sunday since we haven’t been up there in a while. I’m hoping to squeeze in some time to see friends as well – UNT alma mater here – cawwww! All my college besties live in the Dallas area. We’ll see. My relationship with my in-laws is….interesting.

So far the Creighton Model hasn’t been all that interesting. We do have our first session next Tuesday so I’m intrigued on what we’ll be covering. The rule that says we cannot have any nookie is getting old, quick. Hurry up Tuesday! 😉

I also bought a Groupon – love those, that is for a microdermabrasion facial, I’ll knock that out next week but I’m not sure what it’s all about. Will my face be red? Will my skin fall off? Will I look 10 years younger? I’ll let ya know how it goes.

Ooooh and on Monday I made Homemade Calzones…yuuuuuuummy.
Ingredients

  • Pizza dough (cannot be a prepared crust), canned for easiness or your homemade recipe (to keep the partially hydrogenated oils out of your system). I cheated and went with the prepped dough.
  • 1 1/4 cup part skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup part skim mozzarella
  • Then pretty much anything you like on pizza, I used:
  • turkey pepperoni
  • fresh chopped basil
  • fresh chopped spinach leaves
  • mushrooms
  • chopped bell peppers
  • bacon bits (for the hubs)

Assemble:

  • Roll out the pizza dough and cut in half. Press to get the most out of the two pieces, don’t go too thin in the middle though.
  • On the bottom half of each of the rolled out dough spread 3/4 cup of ricotta on each and 1/2 cup mozzarella
  • Add toppings
  • Fold top half over bottom and pinch the edges together to seal. Spray top with olive oil cooking spray and sprinkle a little oregano for aroma and garnish. Cook approximately 17-20 minutes, whenever edges and top are golden brown.
  • Serve with a side of warm pizza sauce for dipping.

Loooooooove. I made the calzones seperately for the hubs and I because he’s more of a meat eater. Neither one of us finished it, more like half so we could have probably split it. The pizza dough makes the calories a bit high but I have a close range of 830 for the entire calzone so for half you still come in under 500 for a meal. I served a side spinach salad to get some healthy stuff in the mix 🙂

Holiday Madness

Today is the opening day of the Nutcracker Market here in Houston (http://www.nutcrackermarket.com/). It is a huge event held at Reliant center and it truely “kicks off” the holiday season. All proceeds go to the Houston Ballet which I think is very cool. Vendors from all over the states come to this event, it’s supposed to be amazballs, or so I’ve heard. This will be my first year in attendance. I’m trying to decide if I want to go tonight or sometime this weekend. Also trying to decide if I want to bring the ‘ol ball and chain. Josh can be a lot of fun to shop with (as in, wants to buy everything) or a total drag. I’m not sure he would like arts and crafts but I’ve learned that there is gourmet food, drinks and custom furniture and all kinds of goodies – is this enough to entertain the husband? I haven’t made my mind up yet…

Additionally we were supposed to have friends from Dallas coming into town on Friday (I was going to get to meet my bestie’s new beau) but they cancelled becuase of work schedules, so that leaves all weekend to hit up the market…

My week has actually been quite busy this week so as of today, Thursday, I haven’t even cooked/baked anything new and I haven’t started on my turkey onsie either…time to get cracking tonight! Hobby Lobby here I come!