Wednesday, August 22, 2012

All things Half Pint!

Please accept my apologies for lack of entries lately. Changing jobs, trying to focus more on my family, and just enjoying life area all to blame for this!

I know as our kiddos grow up, we don't have baby books or huge milestones anymore to record their likes/dislikes, mannerisms, light bulb moments, and overall personality changes.

My little girl asks often about what she was like as a baby or growing up in her first year.  I gently remind her that I have been in her life since she was 2 and reinforce her inquisitive behavior with stories that I can recollect of her at age 2 and older.  I remind her she can ask her dad once he gets home from work and we will definitely get those answers for her.

Now I want to record right here and now things that make me giggle or grin about her at this time!

She loves my red beans.  She doesn't like canned red beans and is quick to tell you they "aren't like her mommas" but with a smile.  She whispered that to my mom not long ago about my dad's beans.  I couldn't help me laugh at that point because my dad is who taught me how to cook for the most part!

She sings in the shower and I mean LOUDLY!  She loves to sing Adela, Maroon 5, and that boy band that sings "That what makes her beautiful."  Their name escapes me right now and I am too lazy to look it up since I know as soon as I type this, I'll remember their name! One direction, told you I'd remember!

She loves music and keeps it in her life in every way possible.  She knows all the words to most songs and it makes me smile :)  She definitely takes after me on this one!

She is protective of me and her dad both, but more so for me.  I love that she still curls up in my lap and cuddles with me every possible chance. 

She is growing like a weed and is really tall for her age.  I don't really know where she gets that height from but I know she'll enjoy it once she gets older.

She loves going to church and praying.  We say grace at the table and she loves to lead it!

She enjoys school most days and always surprises me with her skills.

She is such a good care giver.  My friend Sherrie had a sweet baby boy 4 weeks ago and she loves all over him like he is her own brother.  It breaks my heart to see how much she yearns for a sibling but I know we will have one when the good Lord is ready to help with that!

I am so blessed to have such an amazingly sweet little girl!

Monday, May 7, 2012

The trouble with trifle

I make a dessert that I call trifle.  It's a tweaked recipe that took me a little while to perfect but it's ridiculously good, but ridiculously easy.  I don't ever let on how easy it is usually, but I'm calling myself out in this entry to tell you how stinkin' easy it is!  The issue with it is once you master how to make it, people beg you to make it over and over.  I'm so tired of making this, my chocolate brownie trifle, and my spinach and artichoke dip.  OVER IT!

I make a few variations and the one I am going to post about today is the strawberry cheesecake version.  You will need the following ingredients to make an average size trifle bowl.  I never ever make this version, I always double it because it goes and it goes fast! If you've ever been lucky enough to been at any function I've been at--you've eaten it and can tell the world that you better grab it when you see it because it goes in a flash!

Strawberry Cheesecake trifle


Slice pound cake into 1-inch slices. Put aside.

Mix water and condensed milk until fully combined. Mix in the cheesecake pudding until fully combined. Then mix in 8 oz. of Cool Whip.

In a large trifle bowl, put the first layer down of pound cake. Put half of the pudding mixture. Top with half of the remaining Cool Whip. Layer half of the strawberries on top. Layer the other half of ingredients the same way.

Place in the fridge for at least 4 hours to meld all together! I usually make it the night before to ensure it tastes as yummy as possible!

A few tips:

do not use angel food cake.  It breaks down too easy and it tastes like soggy mush.  The pound cake is heavy enough to not break down completely.

You can  substitute any fruit you have but I haven't ever made it with anything other than strawberries.  It's up to you if you want to use pie filling but I don't know how that would taste.

Sometimes I put my strawberries in a bit of sugar and let it make it's own juice.  It just depends on how I feel that night when I make it :)

Hope you enjoy!!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Changes are happening

There are choices we are all faced with from time to time.

We weigh the pros, the cons, and the indifferents.

As a mom and wife foremost, my family comes first to me.  At the end of the day, nothing else really matters.  There needs to be love, a roof over our head, and some sort of food to feed us.

Right now, there are some big changes happening in my life and I am ready to take them head on.

It will be tough in the beginning but the end result is worth the stress and worry.

Some of you know what's going on and others do not.  I appreciate your patience until everything is official with the changes. 

I hope you stick along for the ride!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

TIme flies

With my husband's job change last November comes added shifts and extra shifts.  That makes for a hectic life for me!

I am hopefully leveling out and can handle everything I am juggling.

I decided to re-open my Etsy shop soon and I am hoping it brings in extra money needed for my girls trip to Mexico for my best friend (aka almost sister) Heather!

If I have any rogue readers out there left, feel to ask me anything you want to know about me.

PS-in 10 days I will be the mother of a 7 year old.  WHO told her she could grow up?

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Some days you just have to run

Any Dixie Chicks fans out there?  Remember that song, some days you gotta dance?  Well some days in my life you gotta run.  I've been hitting the gym in such a dedicated manner that I am even confusing my child.  She told me last night that I spend too much time at the gym and I am healthy enough already.  I told her I have 50+ lbs to go to be healthy enough and well, that is that!  She doesn't like me going to the gym but I explain that I will be happier and healthier, so she shrugs and runs off to go watch Victoria or play on her DSi.

The announcement today is that I have been running on the treadmill.  Yes, this girl right here has been running.  The only real time I've run before now is after my kid if she escaped  my grasp as a toddler or maybe after an Icee truck if he forgot to refill the machines at Sam's?   Either way, I've started my running regiment.  Let me tell you, it sucks to be on a treadmill for 45 minutes+.  I get bored.  Granted I have my iPhone, a TV, and an android phone all within reach but I am still bored.  I hate commercials so TV annoys me.  I am music spastic so I skip songs often.  There aren't many songs I can listen to it's entirety  but I am trying very hard to listen to songs from start to finish.  I often say my music spastic qualities might end up getting me divorced one day, but I think for now he'll stick around, lol.

My current songs I run to and keep up the pace:

Stronger-Kelly Clarkson.  I love her, love love that she is producing music like her first album.  Love her!

Countdown-Oh Beyonce I love you.  I mean I think the money you spent on blue ivy's nursery is a bit much, but I love this song.  I also rock out to Single Ladies too and you can see me holding a hand up sometimes on the treadmill while running/walking doing that dance.  Oh yes ma'am!

Set Fire to the Rain-Adele-you rock.  I love your voice.  I also love Glee's take on your songs and their mash-ups of them. 

Good Feeling-Flo Rida.  Bring it on, buddy.  I've got this!

Not over you-Gavin DeGraw.   Love love the upbeat tempo!

N in Paradise--I rock it.  I don't use the N word, ever and don't like the use of it but the song makes me run for the most part.

Moves like Jagger-Maroon 5.  This just makes me smile b/c my little girl loves this song and we dance to it anytime it comes on. I'm sure some people in traffic were getting a good laugh at us the other day

Now I'm off to make some soup for a coworker for a favor they did for me and get my butt up and dressed!

Have a great Thursday, ya'l1!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Some days you have to say shove it

I love my job.  I do.  Really!  There aren't many days I walk out of here or take my lunch shaking my head when it comes to people.  Sure, I let out a giggle to myself sometimes or joke with coworkers about their level of stupidity, but for the most part I love my job.

Today, however I want to tell Wednesday to take a flying leap and land in some dog poop or something!

My customers today have really given me some "hum dinger" kind of questions/statements leaving me wanting to kick a kitten.

Add to that my frustrations with a few other things in life right now, I just want to kick a kitten.

Did I mention I'm going to the gym like 5-6 times a week now?  Yep, this girl right here is hitting the gym.  I do at least 30 minutes on the treadmill and 15 minutes on the bike, and then at least 20 minutes doing the weight circuits.  So far, so good.

I gave up coca cola.  Stop the presses.  Hold the phone.  Get out of freaking dodge.  You may not know this but I am addicted to it like its a drug.

I shall  be Ok.

My boss says to include in this post that I like nuts.  In my mouth.  The kind you can swish around.

She says they are Niiice and then I had to turn in a fit of giggles and realized that the brand name is Nice.  She also likes to suck on them!

Enough said!

Sunday, January 8, 2012


i am a huge ball of nerves. LSU is playing for the national title tomorrow! OMG I am going to pee myself with worry between now and tomorrow!

To make me calm down and laugh at myself, let me share some previous LSU pics to show you my time there!

This was when I worked for Winn Dixie and Mike came in to shop!

Senior LSU pic 2003.  What was I thinking with those roots???

Wow random picture of what engagement ring I wanted! Sorry had to include this because it was super random!

BIg night of going out!

I guess I was competing for Miss America LSU

Joel and I!


Good times!

oh wow!

When I still dresssed hot!

after a LONG night of partying :)

Drunk in Ihop!

My husband, before he was my husband!

My sweet Alesi being a tiger fan before Joe and I were even in love :)

Drunk at Pat O's!

I love my tigers! Sorry this is blurry---not sure where the original jpeg is :(

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Hello 2012!

2011 was a year.  My husband started off the year unemployed, but now is gainfully employed with a job he loves.  I think this is the first job he has had that he loves.  I'm proud of him for being one of our area's newest Sheriff's Deputy!

It was also a year of hoping to get pregnant and not being successful.  I know I'll have my day, but it's hard for someone with my OCD traits to not have it happen when she wants it to.  My BFF Heather is getting married in Mexico this October and she said it best last night. Maybe my niece or nephew doesn't want to be conceived until I get married in Mexico.  Here, here Heather! 

Alesi has grown by leaps and bounds.  She is my heart and soul and has flourished so much this year.  I'm going to try very hard to post more pictures here of her so our family can stay in the loop of what is going on.   She is such a wonderful child, and I am beyond blesssed.  She isn't perfect and she has her moments, but man am I ever lucky!  She has maintained the A honor roll this year and always comes home in a great mood from school. She is a great eater and has very few things she won't touch.  A few of those things that she doesn't like-cabbage, broccoli that is cooked too much, or Brussels sprouts ( I had no clue there is an S at the end of brussels. I've always called them brussel sprouts. I shall change that in my vocabulary immediately!)  If you look at what she doesn't eat, it's all weird texture foods.  Things she loves and requests often-salads of all kinds, black eyed peas, and oh lordy she requests red beans every single week!  Yesterday at 3 pm she said "mom please make red beans."  I had to giggle and tell her no, and asked her to stop asking for them so much in 2012!  Needless to say, I'm so very lucky and I know this.  I can only hope any other children we may have will be as awesome as her!

As far as me, well I have a ton of personal goals to achieve this year.  I want to love harder, laugh more, eat less, travel more, and enjoy my friends to the best of my ability.  I am so very blessed to have so many amazing friends.  From Cali, to Mass, all the way back here to LA and everywhere in between--my friends are nothing less than freaking AWESOME!  I couldn't get thru life without them dropping a little happy in my life randomly! Some of them have had a super hard year--but we all know our shoulders are there for one another to lean on!

My family--it's been a year with that.  My brother got married this year and I truly think it has bridged the gap in our life.  I have an amazing sister in law and two wonderful new nephews and one niece to add to our family.  I've got amazing parents who do anything and everything for us.  I also have kind and loving in laws who help anytime I ask and are awesome just as well.  My other SIL recently gained full custody of our niece and I am very happy and excited to have her in our life more often.  It was always hard for me to ask to have her over for the night with my SIL only having her every other week.  Now she is full time with her mom and only every other weekend with her father, so now I have more chance to have her spend the night with us.

Life changes for me in 2012.  I'm going back to the healthy eating track, and cutting out soda and all the treats I make.  I want to hold myself more accountable for what I consume and set a good example for my sweet girl.

For you few readers I have--I will write more.  I read everyone like nobody's business, but I fail at writing to update you what's going on with me.   That stops here and I will write more.  I want to be able to look back later in life and read exactly how I felt at this point in time in my life.

Happy 2012 everyone--it's going to be an amazing one!