She’s only 17…

that’s the only song I can think of. (although, I loved this song & sang it as a teen, I now know that it is highly inappropriate & kinda creepy too)  Anyhow, we celebrated my beautiful daughter’s birthday last Friday.

She woke up to Tomodachi  Life wishing her a Happy Birthday!

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I made her these pumpkin cinnamon rolls I found on her Fall Pinterest Board.  I adpated it to use my breadmaker so it would be less work for me & I honestly don’t think I did the recipe any harm.  They were delish!

We did our usual birthday breakfast. Sang Happy Birthday, blew out the candles and opened gifts.

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I got her just about all the fall scented lotions from Bath & Body works.  Lemme tell ya, they all smell amazing.  I love the Pumpkin Latte & Marshmallow the most though.  I also ordered the Madagascar Vanilla Cream for myself & it is heavenly.

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Jaidan got her a Creatures t-shirt.

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& drew her a picture of The Nob Face with Fabio Hair.

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She looked so cute in her little strawberry & cherries dress she ordered off Bonne Chance Collections.

We took her out to P.F. Changs for lunch.  The horses matched her dress.

She wanted Thai food & I wanted ambiance so it was a compromise.  I left my review here on Trip Advisor.  Next time we’ll do authentic Thai.

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Next we went to the movies & watched The Maze Runner.  She’s been wanting to see that since it first came out.  It was a good one. They’ll def. be a part 2.

Then we walked around the mall.  Jacob bought her some cute banana & pancakes socks that she adored.  I bought her a bananas shirt.

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And then we headed home. It was a long day. She fell asleep on the way home.  Daddy carried her in.

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We ended the night with our traditional Friday food, Pizza and watched The Voice.

 I seriously cannot believe how she’s grown so fast.  She talks of having her own place after she graduates…but I won’t let her.  I’ll do everything in my power to make her stay with momma forever.  She’s an independent young woman with a list filled with goals.  She’s wise beyond her years…much more than I was at her age.  I’m proud of her & she’s brought so much joy & laughter into our world.  Love you baby girl.

Bonnie & Jayde

Lately Jayde’s been building strong bonds with her sister.

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They love spending time out in the yard together.

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Rollin’ around in the grass…

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gettin’ wet doggie (& dry human) kisses. :*

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This makes Bonnie a very happy girl.

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I love that my 2 daughters are getting along and spending so much time together.  This makes me a very happy momma.

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At the County Fair

Saturday Night, 3 Hags & 6 muddy boots.   We enjoyed the art exhibits and looking at the animals.

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“Hey, why you eyeballin’ me?”

Nothing like a sleeping hog.

Hello cutie!

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Our fun but short ride on the Ferris Wheel.

One thing about the fair is that I’ve always looked forward to the food. After this year, I will never crave it again..  In my memories everything tasted so good. Sausage on a stick, freshly squeezed lemonade, candy apples. MMmmm…Our corn dogs, chicken finger baskets were all frozen. Even my beloved shrimp po’ boy that I almost got until I saw the man dump pre-frozen breaded shrimp into a fryer.  Whew! Close call.  I quickly ran away from that scene.   Even the hamburger looked like it was gonna be good when I saw them making the patties and frying em up but I guess they had a pile of em’ done & kept em’ warm in a covered pan because when I bit into it, it was lukewarm.  Ugh! My memories have caught up to reality.

Afterward we headed toward the outdoor concert area.  John Conlee & Micky Gilley took Merle Haggards place.  He was already belting out “Common Man” when we showed up.  Then he sang an old favorite, “Rose Colored Glasses” where he actually put on a pair for the song.

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We didn’t stay for Mickey.  My feet hurt, we were tired and I smelled like stinky cigarette smoke. I was done.

Overall it was fun spending time with my favorite girls but I think it’s safe to say that we won’t be going to the fair for a very long time.

hello there bloggie!

dang, has it really been almost a year since I’ve written a blog post?  I got sidetracked with Coastal Spa Parties and getting a new job at the Parks & Recreation Dept. here in my town where I’m a clerk &  a “Fitness Club Manager” It sounds better like that.  Actually I just answer phones and clean the weight room.  But hey, somebody needs to do it.  Plus the family & I get a free gym membership so that’s a bonus.  Jayde & I are the only ones that work out though.  Stephen’s come a couple of times and I imagine Jacob will be coming a lot when he turns 16 (age limit; one more month!!!)  Coastal hasn’t taken off quite the way I thought it would.  It’s working in other towns but our town, it’s a no-go.  I really feel that it would be a booming business if I had my own bldg. but I can’t afford the rent for a commercial space right now so…I wait.  Meanwhile, all my earning from my job are going to help pay some bills & paying for lots of fun things I’ve been wanting to do with my little family.

Last month we went to New Orleans.  Not exactly a kid-friendly town but I found some stuff for us to do & it was one of the few places that was close enough to drive that was really different from Texas.  I plan on writing a post about our 3-day trip sometime soon.  Meanwhile some of my reviews on places we went to are over on Trip Advisor.  We gotta another trip planned for next month to go to San Marcos for Jacob’s Birthday.  I found a good deal on Living Social for tickets to a Texas State Football game, something he’s wanted to do for a while so that should be fun.

An update of what going on now is, today we are going to the fair even though it is pouring down rain and has every year for the past 20 years during fair week.  Someone has cursed our county fair I tell ya! Anyhow, I just found out a couple of hours ago on Facebook that Merle Haggard will not be playing due to getting ill & being hospitalized. Poor Merle.  I hope you get better dude.  I really wanted to see him too.  I listened to him growing up.  My parent were/are big fans and used to play his stuff all the time so I’ve been a fan for a long time too.

I reeeaaally hope to be posting more often like a used to.  No excuses.  I got a lot to say & I know that my kids will be interested in reading all this jibber-jabber one day, many moons from now.  Til next time bloggie!

I’ll leave with one of my favorite Merle songs.

New Years Day

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We started off the New Year on a good foot.  I made Glowing Green Smoothies and guess who drank one?

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I had to capture it because it might not happen again even though he secretly knows they are so delicious.

We finally finished up the last of our holiday meal that I made on New Years Day.  After Christmas, me Jayde & my mom all went shopping for some after-Christmas sales and we stopped in at Barnes & Nobles for coffee.  The time we were there, I read some home decor books and my mom was looking for a soap-making book. As we were leaving, I noticed she had a bag.  I figured it was a soap book.  She gave it to me and said, “Here, look at the book I got.”  I grabbed it and I was shocked when I saw what book it was.

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I screamed…She knows how much of a fan I am.  I have her other cookbooks plus I went to see her at a meet and greet when she came to Pearland a year of so ago.

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Anyhow, as always, a lot of her recipes look craze-amaze (name that commercial.)  I decided that I would try just about her entire New Years meal.  I made black eyed peas (which she calls Hoppin’ Johns), rice, collard greens and cornbread.  I’ve already made her cornbread before during Thanksgiving so I already knew it was good.

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 She shows different ways you can eat it but my favorite way is layered in a bowl with the pea-beans (is it peas or beans?), rice, collard greens and cornbread with crumbled bacon.

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Oh, my…I don’t know why I don’t make this more often.  Of course the kids want no part of it but Stephen said that the meal was excellent and I agree.  I love this and I see me making it on a regular basis.  The kids will just have to fend for themselves.

*Pioneer Woman’s Cornbread

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Heat shortening in an iron skillet, muffin pan, or other baking pan. Combine corn meal, flour, and salt in a mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, combine buttermilk, milk, and egg. Add baking powder and baking soda. Stir. Add ¼ cup melted shortening, stirring constantly. Pour into hot pan, smoothing surface with spatula. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown on top.

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I also enjoyed this entire  bottle of champagne all to myself.  Stephen doesn’t like it and I couldn’t just let it go to waste could I?

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