Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Hiya

Well, haven't we taken a nice little break?  The truth is, I've been a bit distracted lately.  I know you're all just DYING to be all caught up on life with the Brem fam, aren'tcha?  I know, I know.  I'll do my best.
Bear with me, there will be a story about poop at the end of this...

DISTRACTION #1 (And the very best one, of course!)

This little munchkin decided to make an early appearance, so all other plans and schedules for our lives were immediately thrown out the window and we hopped on planes and in cars and made our way to Tacoma for some cuddle time.  I want to put my face on those cheeks this very second.  

Hi Owen!!


I can't believe Mochie is a Mama...


Sigh...
You can read about Moch, Jon and Owen here.
And their amazing photography website is here.

DISTRACTION #2

Tacoma and all things Tacoma-ish and Tacoma food related.

I seriously think I forgot what a real Fall looks like.  Super pretty - even with all of those cars lining the streets.  When you live in Tacoma, it is a luxury if to have a driveway and many houses do not.  Tacoma is still way rad. :-) 



DISTRACTION #3 

Friends!!!

While in Tacoma we got to hang-out with and mooch-off of some of our bestest friends in the whole wide world.  

We even got to visit the pumpkin patch with the cute Gentile girls, cute Noelle and freaky looking Jude... 


And Jude got a new girlfriend...


And I came to grips with the sad reality that fall is way funner in the Pacific Northwest than it is in California.  Sorry, California.  You lose...


And this is my new favorite photo of my kids.
Jude may be cute, but he sure can be a stinker sometimes...




Look how pretty my friends are!  On the left is my sweet friend, Nikki.  She and her family are moving TO AFRICA this January to work with an organization called Serving In Mission (SIM) and I was SO freaking happy that I got to spend a teensy bit of time with her before she left. Plus, it was Kerri's (hottie on the right) birthday!  Can't believe that I got to celebrate it with her. (Missed you, Kari!)





This might be in my top 5 favorite photos ever.  
My friend, Carina (far right with the always awesome hair) and her husband, Nick (with half a head) are in the process of adopting a little girl (EEEEE!!).  They had a fundraiser pancake breakfast thing to help offset some adoption costs.  Thanks to the perfect timing of Owen's early arrival, we got to be there!  Also, it was Gavin's bff, Brice's (the laughing praying man in the middle) birthday, so we got to celebrate with him and his wife, Julie (hot & sassy standing the middle).  We attempted to rally our SIX children to take a decent photo.  I'm sure there's a more posed one floating around somewhere, 
but I am in love with this one.  



And finally, a poop story...
Today, while at Noelle's soccer practice, Jude and I were having a grand ol' time.  We kicked the soccer ball around the field, invented a game on the playground equipment and finally went for a little walk to collect leaves for an art project we are going to attempt tomorrow.  First of all, I told him to pick "pretty" leaves and he picked up a pile of brown leaf parts in a desperate attempt to end quickly and head back to the playground.  I was on to him though.  He threw the pile down and begrudgingly began to look for intact leaves.  I was searching for my own leaves when I heard Jude say, "Mommy, what's this?".  He was holding up a semi-hardened dog log.  I couldn't yell quickly enough, but finally irked out, "POOOOP" and as he dropped it, it splattered on the ground.  We then made a beeline for the hand-sanitizer.  The end.

He's lucky I like him so much...


 And now, you're all caught-up on the Brem's! You're welcome!


 *Apologies to all of our favorite people that we hung-out with and didn't take pictures of.  We stink.  You deserve to be blogged about too.  Your time will come...

Sunday, October 9, 2011

The Happiest Place on Earth

In early September, we surprised our munchkins with a trip to Disneyland!  We LOVE Disneyland.  It is kinda embarrassing how much we love Disney.

We love it so much that we sometimes tear-up when we walk onto Main Street.

We love it so much that we make some Disneyland recipes for our holiday meals.

We love it so much that we spent our honeymoon at Disneyworld.

We love it so much that we have been there three times in the last 12 months.

We love it so much that we are writing a comprehensive blogpost citing all of our favorite Disney "do's and do not's" so we don't end up having to rewrite the same email to all of our friends that ask our advice before they head out on their own Disney adventures.

I think you get the point.

This last trip wasn't entirely just because we love Disney, but also because we love our dear friends, The Barker's and we planned this latest trip solely intending to hang-out with them as much as possible since they share our Disney addiction and we hadn't seen them in 2.5 years.  The Barker's are missionaries with YWAM and have been traveling the globe for the past couple of years sharing about Jesus and eating weird foods and digging worms out of their feet.  Don't worry, we made sure that they were "worm free" before we hung-out with them.

We surprised our kids with the announcement that we were going to Disneyland the morning of our trip. That was the hardest secret I've ever had to keep.  I am very bad a secret keeping, so please don't tell me your secrets.  I had kinda been prepping the kids for the surprise knowing that Jude had a bit of anxiety regarding ever going near Space Mountain since that time a couple of years ago when we tossed him on the ride and he pretty much curled-up into fetal position for the duration of it.  He still hasn't recovered, so I knew I had to do a little bit of leg work before the big surprise announcement.  I thought I had done a pretty good job, but still thought that there was a slight chance that Jude may have a strange reaction to the news.

He had a complete meltdown.  And luckily, I caught it on video.  I have watched this video no less than 37 times.  It is amazing.

Don't worry, he recovered fairly quickly after a bazillion promises that we would never make him go back on Space Mountain (even though we did try to bribe him and manipulate him while we were there and he started bawling his eyes out IN LINE for the ride and I had to make a quick getaway through a side exit door).  Anywho, besides that, Jude had a darn good time at Disneyland.

(Forgive the iphone pics, por favor!  I didn't wanna haul my camera around Disneyland, okay?)

SEE???  He's SMILING!!  (And squinting?  What is that face he's doing?)
This was right before we hopped in the car and headed South.


He looks happy to me!


Okay, he may look a bit freaky here, but it was short lived...


Princess lunch with the Barker girls!
And Noelle is a giant.


Me and Ronda


Noelle is officially a Jedi!!!
(I googled how to get your child picked for Jedi training school and got some great tips, PLUS I prayed no less than 7 times she would be picked.  It worked!)


Check out Noelle...


Not too shabby of a shot from an iphone, eh?


I'm embarrassed that this is the only group photo we have of us and the Barker clan, but it'll have to do!


And Jude lost his very first tooth while on Main Street waiting for the parade. 



 Jude likes Disneyland now.  I'm thankful that I didn't go through all the effort of blood work and DNA testing to make sure he wasn't switched at birth.
I'm convinced he's ours now.  :-)

Friday, October 7, 2011

Someone Thinks I'm Cool.

It's my lucky day!  My laundry is COMPLETELY done AND my friend Carina featured me on her blog,  a punk, a pumpkin and a peanut!

Plus, it's Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday.  Everybody's lookin' forward to the weekend, weekend.

That song has been in my head all day.  AND it has been stuck in my head every single Friday since that one day that I saw it on youtube many, many months ago.

And now, it is probably stuck in your head too.

Hooray for Friday and clean laundry and my friend Carina!

Now, go see Carina's blog and see how funny I am or Jude might beat you up.

;-)



Thursday, October 6, 2011

I'm bald???!!!!

Our whole family was cracking-up last night at Noelle's first attempt at being a comic book author.  She's got talent, I tell you!


Let me translate this for you...

Square #1: "My sir, what a big hand you've got there."

Square #2: "ME???!! YOU are bald!!"

Square #3: "Ahhhhh!!!"


We have the same sense of humor.  Let's just say that Noelle's sense of humor is mature rather than my sense of humor being immature, okay?  Thanks for that.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The tooth-fairy

Jude lost his 2nd tooth tonight.  At bedtime I asked him to pray.  His prayer was this;

"Jesus, please help me go to sleep.  Please help the Tooth-Fairy to bring me a dollar.  Please help Mommy and Daddy feel all better.  In Jesus' name, Amen."

Oh, man.  Jude is never allowed to grow-up.  EVER.

The Best Banana Bread Ever - Unless You Go to SunBreak Cafe' in Auburn, WA

This is seriously our family's favorite banana bread.  The real "secret" is in the brown sugar crust.
Trust me, it is the BEST.  The only banana bread that I've ever had that I like better is from SunBreak Cafe' in Auburn, Washington.  If you have a chance to go there or live nearby - run there this very minute.  Order anything (it is all good) and get banana bread as your side.  Oh.  My.  Goodness.  I'm considering hopping on a plane this morning solely for the purpose of stuffing my face with SunBreak's goodness.

Anyways, if you'd like to settle for the 2nd best banana bread in the world, go ahead and try this one.  ;-)
I love, love, love, love, love this banana bread.  Just sayin'.   Plus, it only takes about 6 or 7 minutes to throw together - which I also love.

Tip:
*I experimented with using the Trader Joe's organic sugar instead of regular white sugar.  It turned out good, but not great.  I'm sticking with the regular sugar for this recipe from now on.


1 1/2 cups flour (sometimes I use 50% white 50% wheat and it turns out fine)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2-3 large bananas
1 egg
3/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
1/3 cup(ish) brown sugar
Butter

Preheat oven 350 degrees.

Grease a loaf pan with butter and lightly sprinkle brown sugar in the bottom of the pan.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon and make a well in the center of the mixture.

In another bowl, combine bananas, egg, sugar and cooking oil.  When mixed, add "wet mixture" to "dry mixture" and stir just until it is all moistened.

Pour into loaf pan and sprinkle brown sugar on top of the batter.

*This is optional, but we've grown to love it.
Before putting the pan in the oven, top the center of the batter from end to end with a few pats of butter.  You probably won't regret it...hopefully.
It should look like this...



Bake for 50 minutes or until cooked through.




Eat it while it's hot - but not so hot that it burns the roof of your mouth!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Jude Is A Genius?

It's been a while since we posted some good Jude quotes and stories.  These past few days have provided ample material.

A few days ago, while homeschooing/begging Jude to finish his phonics worksheet he kept tipping the bench he was sitting on.
Me: "Please, stop tipping the bench."
Jude: "What happens when I do?"
Me: "You'll fall down."
Jude: "And hurt my buns?"
Me: "Yep."
Jude: "And my whole body?"
Me: "Yep."
Jude: "And I'll die?"
Me: "Um...no."

Also, while homeschooling/begging Jude to hurry up and finish:
Me: "If you finish your Spelling, Phonics and Journal then we can make some cookies!"
Jude: "Mommy, when I finish my Spelling, Phonics and Journal YOU can make me some cookies while I play the Wii."

That afternoon we went to the grocery store.  While standing in line to check-out, there was a man in front of us that had a couple of little holes in his t-shirt.  Jude reached up and stuck his finger right into one of the holes in the back of his shirt and then proceeded to ask the man why he had a hole in his shirt.  Gav and I scrambled, apologized and quickly and loudly pointed out that Jude had a hole in his jeans.  We are smooth like that.

On Saturday as we were driving to Noelle's soccer game, Jude asked me what the THX stood for that shows before a lot of movies.  He HATES the THX.  I told him I didn't know what it stood for.  He paused, then thoughtfully replied, "Tree house x-ray?"  Sure, buddy.

At church on Sunday morning both kids stayed with me and Gavin while we were in the high school service.  Right on schedule, Jude burped OUT LOUD during the message.  Then, during small group time he was asked who Jesus was and he replied, "A big strong guy."  We may have some work to do.

Last week during small group time, Jude was asked what he wanted to be when he grew-up.  At first, he said he wanted to be a missionary pilot.  Sa-weet.  Then he changed his mind and said, "Woody."  Dang-it, I was feeling so holy.  Well, at least it has improved from when he was 4 and when I asked him that same question, he replied, "A peanut butter and jelly sandwich."  We are moving up in the world, people!

Today, he asked me about a time when I was a little boy.  Err...

Noelle has recently taught Jude the fine art of naming every single toy that he owns.  He may not be the most creative, but he sure is consistent.  We now have a stuffed soccer ball name "Socky", a stuffed fish named "Fishy", another stuffed fish named "Blue Fishy" and (my favorite) a ball named "Ballsy".  Jude's real ballsy like that.  ;-)


Jude 
a.k.a.
Mr. Buns, Bunsy, Stinker, Stinkaroo, Buddy, Bud, Dude, Mister, 
Jude the Dude Who Likes His Food

Friday, September 30, 2011

How my husband lost 5 lbs without even trying

We Brem's love food.  As I've probably stated before, eating truly is our hobby.  We like other stuff too, don't get me wrong.  We like watching baseball (while eating), going to the beach (with a picnic), hanging with friends (eating with them) and I like to run (to fend of the results of my eating habit).

In recent months, our eating hobby has really turned into more of an "eating-out hobby" and our home-cooked meals dwindled and became less than inspiring.  I know, Dave Ramsey would be ticked at us for this development.  It didn't help that we had discovered some really amazing places to eat around here AND we'd had numerous guests from out of town that we were wanting to show a good time and good food...I blame them and take no responsibility for those extra couple of lbs that mysteriously popped onto my scale over the summertime.  Thanks a lot "friends".

A few weeks ago, we decided that we'd had enough of eating out.  Well, not really.  We just knew that we probably shouldn't be doing it so much and maybe our budget and waistlines could really use a break.  Some of you are amazing and never eat out and I applaud you.  I am even slightly jealous of your discipline.  But that all is pushed out of my mind when I think of the chicken fajitas at La Casa Del Sazon or the pasta bolognese at Dametra Cafe or even a mustard-fried cheeseburger from In-N-Out.  I like food.  I also like leftovers and not cleaning the dishes.

Some friends of ours who suffer from this same weakness/lack of discipline/love for eating-out/growing waistlines challenged us to a "not eating out" competition a couple of weeks ago to help us all break our evil restaurant habit.  No Starbucks, no restaurants (not even if someone else was buying!) and all food had to be cooked at home for two weeks.  In the event that one family did choose to succumb to the siren song of restaurant food, they would be forced to buy the other family a very nice dinner AND be known as the big, fat losers.  Brem's are not big, fat losers...just fyi.

I'm happy to announce that we survived!  AND we have been inspired!  AND Gavin magically lost FIVE pounds.  AND we saved a billion dollars!  Well, not really on that last one, but I'm sure it's somewhere in that ballpark.

I was seriously in a major cooking rut before this competition.  The thrill of it all matched with pinterest recipes and a desire to use everything we already have in our fridge and cupboards (even the stuff hiding in the back of the pantry) mixed with the inspiration that comes from watching the Food Network has really turned the Brem fam into new (skinnier, richer) people.  We are changed people, people!

Here are a few things that we've used these past couple of weeks that have been the inspiration to change...


*Rosemary Olive Oil Bread found on Pinterest, which led me to the recipe here.  This was AMAZING! 


(I didn't take this pic, it's the one from the site where I found the recipe)

*The BEST Marinara sauce we've ever made in the Brem household.  Oh my.  Found here.  Easy peasey.

*We tried those squeeze tubes of fresh herbs that I always see in the produce section, but never give a second thought.  They are awesome!  They stay good in the fridge for a couple of weeks.


*Finally, we discovered our new favorite cooking show on the Cooking Channel.  I didn't name it, so please don't think I did.  It is HILARIOUS.  It is called "Bitchin' Kitchen" and it is a must-see and has definitely inspired us to venture more into our kitchen.

We went grocery shopping before the competition started and besides a couple of trips to the store to grab 1 or 2 items, we did use almost everything we had.  I love using everything we have!  Things that have been hiding in the pantry are gone!  And nothing goes to waste!

Here's a pic of our nearly empty fridge the day our competition ended...


Can't wait to go to Trader Joe's and fill er' up!

The competition ended this morning and I have no desire to eat out.  Well, almost no desire.  I am getting tired of those dishes.

Anybody have any tried and true "must-try" recipes for us recovering restaurant addicts?

Thursday, September 29, 2011

I think I might just be a real baseball fan

Welp, Fantasy Baseball ended for me yesterday with a lovely punch in my face.  I lost.  In the finals.  TO MY FRIEND WHO NEVER CHECKS ON HER TEAM.  I might be slightly disappointed.

Although I won't claim to know everything about baseball, I learned A TON this year and I am so grateful that I got to experience this addiction that my husband has suffered from for the past few years for myself.

AND, I confess, it was really pretty darn fun.

AND I can hold my own in conversations about baseball now and not feel like an idiot.

AND I actually paid attention while watching games with my husband rather than flipping through magazines or checking facebook.  All right, I still did those things, but WAY less than I used to.

AND my husband thinks I am amazing.

I caught myself checking in on my fantasy baseball team (and sometimes praying for them) a couple of times a day and even found myself listening to sports talk radio when Gav wasn't in the car.  I have the fantasy baseball app on my iphone alongside the MLB.com app.  Oh boy, this may be the real deal.

I've always enjoyed going to baseball games (and eating my way through them), but this year I actually watched the games that we went to and even watched the games on TV when Gavin wasn't even home!  Oh man.  I've become someone that I never imagined I would be.  A baseball fan.

At least I can no longer be accused of being a poser when I wear my Giants or Mariners gear.  Because being accused of being a poser is the worst.

Also, does anyone besides me actually use the word "poser" anymore?  I think I learned it in 7th grade and it was quite possibly one of worst things to be called back then.  On that note, please also never call me a "scrounge".  Thank you very much.

Go Giants and Mariners in 2012!

Friday, September 23, 2011

My Week Is Locked In My Cell Phone

Another week of my life documented by my glorious iphone...
:-)

Last Saturday night, my sister entrusted me 
FOR THE FIRST TIME 
to have both of her boys over for a sleepover...
Sorry buddy...I hope you still love me...



Jude spent this morning at Art class.  I'm not sure what he did was actually "art", but he sure had fun making blobs of paint and swishing around the brown paint water...



I think all good Daddy's play with doll houses...


The boy is beginning to eat us out of house and home.  Yesterday, he had 2 eggs, lots of bacon, 1/2 of a bagel and then proceeded to ask for cereal.  I'm already dreading the grocery bill for when he is a teenager...




I'm feeling really proud of my plants.  I planted them last year when they were babies...




Okay, seriously?  I have NEVER used a cauldron.  And I'm really sad that Noelle thinks that I look like this...




 Saw this at a store yesterday.  My mind is still spinning...


life rearranged

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

My Friend, Karen

Howdy there friends!

In another effort to use our blog for good and not evil, I'd love to introduce you to my friend, Karen.  We've been friends with Karen for many, many years now and just think that she is fantastic.  Many of you may know Karen too and I'd love to hear anything you have to say about her, since I know that nobody has anything bad to say about her!


Karen works in the high school ministry with us and is unbelievably committed to her group of sophomore girls at our church.  I'm inspired by her love, commitment and the influence that she has had on hundreds and hundreds of students throughout the years.  She also works full-time as a teacher for autistic students in one of our local elementary schools.  I honestly can't tell you how much respect and admiration Gavin and I both have for her.  Karen has been a huge advocate for Ovarian Cancer research, has been featured in a handful of newspaper articles and has even traveled to Washington DC recently to share her story and petition for funding and research.  She's just plain ol' amazing.

Plus, she's hilarious.  I mean, really, really funny.

This January, I'm running a half-marathon with a group of ladies called "Team Karen" in an effort to raise some extra cash for our friend during this difficult time.  If any of you feel led to donate to her cause, please let me know and I'll get you all of the info.  Any little bit helps!

There is a brand spankin' new facebook page just created for Team Karen 2012 if you'd like to stop by and check it out.

Also, Karen has a blog if you'd like to hear more from her.


Here's a note one of our friends wrote about Karen and "Team Karen" -


A little bit about Karen Adams:

In December of 2008 Karen was having pain in her lower right side. The pain continued for at least 2 weeks so she decided to go to the doctor to get things checked out. Doctors ruled out appendicitis but decided to send her for a CT scan. 45 minutes after the scan she got a call that changed everything. She was told she had masses on both her ovaries. The next day,December 31, 2008, she saw a doctor who told her she was pretty sure these masses and the other small tumors found on the scan were the result of ovarian cancer.

Karen was 34 years old and was told she needed to have a radical hyterectomy and would never have the chance to have children of her own. The doctors also told her that the survival rate for this cancer was around 30% over 5 years. On January 12, 2009 Karen had a 5 1/2 hour surgery to remove all of her reproductive organs and cancerous tumors that had spread throughout her abdomen, colon, and into her diaphragm. She spent 2 weeks recovering in the hospital, including 5 days in ICU where the doctors kept her sedated because the surgery they performed was so intense she needed the sedation to heal properly. Karen was told she had stage 4 ovarian cancer and even with chemo she had a 25% chance of making it to age 40.

That was not a good day.

Karen has continued to fight. She went through 19 rounds of initial chemotherapy and praises God her body handled the drugs so well. She was in remission for about 9 months, when in April of 2011 she began to have more symptoms and a CT scan showed a few small tumors. Karen is currently back on a different chemotherapy drug and will be getting her 5th dose of Doxil next week.

She has continued to work because it has been the best way for her to keep some normalcy in her life.

In January 2012, a group of Karen supporters (Team Karen 2012) will be participating in a half marathon as a way to support and raise funds for Karen’s cause.

While the event is not a fundraiser and donations are not tax deductible, we are asking family, friends and all other Karen supporters to prayerfully consider assisting her with financial support.

A savings account has been opened in Karen’s name. Should she need to exceed her allotted ten days of sick leave this school year, we hope to assist with resources that will allow her to pay necessary bills and allow her the financial freedom to stay home if feeling ill and recovering from treatments.

On behalf of Karen, thank you for checking out this page, and thank you for your support! Please contact any of the team members if you are interested in donating.

Team Karen 2012 is...
Bridget Dimaggio Luke
Courtney Creel
Crystal Vasquez
Deana Parkins
Dora McKean
Kate Steinbarger
Kerry Harvey
Kim Cross
Kim Milward
Michele Turner
Patty Brem
Ryane Parkins
Tami Creel
Terri Hawkins





Here is a link to another article featuring Karen:
http://www.ovariancancer.org/2010/09/27/advocate-karen-adams-meets-with-her-representative-in-california/




I swiped all of these photos off of her facebook! 
















Thank you!  Go Team Karen!


Monday, September 19, 2011

That One Mama I Might Know

Once upon a time there was a Mama who got ahead of her to-do list.

That Mama actually got a workout AND shower before noon.  It was a Christmas miracle happening in September.

That Mama grabbed a towel out of her freshly filled linen closet before she got into the shower (all of the laundry was done - another Christmas miracle!).

Expecting a hot, relaxing shower, the Mama was a bit surprised when the hot water ran out quicker than expected.  This Mama that I'm talking about lives in a rental house that maybe hasn't been taken super good care of by the owners...and maybe the hot water tank has multiple personalities that maybe sometimes burns the skin off your hands by how hot the water runs and then the next day only offers you 4 minutes of lukewarm water for your shower.

Anyways, this particular Mama wasn't going to allow a lukewarm shower ruin the productivity high that she was feeling that day.

That Mama that I'm talking about finished her shower and grabbed the freshly laundered towel and proceeded to dry off her face with vigor.  And then she smelled it.  The towel smelled like barf.  It didn't smell like "left in the dryer too long", it actually smelled like barf.

This Mama tried not to gag as she flew through the catalog of her memory searching for the last time someone in her household had barfed, and lo and behold, she remembered that this particular towel had been the one used to catch that particular hurl.

Apparently, that Mama's washing machine isn't workin' so well, either.

And that Mama got to spend a bit more time showering in lukewarm water and doing laundry that day.

The End

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Uh-oh, I'm obsessed.


Oh my goodness.  I've found a new obsession.  I know, I'm late to the game...again.  At least I showed-up though, right?  One word: Pinterest.  Holy cow.  I've spent WAY too much time on this site already today, BUT I've already recycled an old running t-shirt that had a couple of holes in it and turned it into a headband, so...worth it?  YES.

I've also planned the fall decor for our house and decided on our next 85,000 recipes we will be trying.

I found this cute and SUPER easy headband tutorial on pinterest and it sent me here: http://youseriouslymadethat.blogspot.com/2011/02/knotted-headband.html

It took me about 10 minutes, but I didn't glue the headband (note to self: buy a hot glue gun).  Instead, I stitched it up with a needle and thread real fast (also, not pretty, so don't look at the part of the headband that is under my hair).

I can't wait to try to put some cute beads or jewels on it.

Also, I think I cheated by using an old t-shirt (hopefully, it doesn't smell like B.O. and hopefully, I'm not immune to my own B.O. smell).  I just cut strips off of the bottom of the shirt and used 2 strips to tie the knots and make the headband.  Yay for being resourceful!

Even Gavin liked it!


Look how cute my girl is...


I look really tan...




Thanks iphone, for my very tan looking skin.  Oh, and thanks California...



 I'll leave you with reason number 842,796 that I LOVE Disneyland...
They give Tapatio away in packets like ketchup!  Yahoo!  We have 8 in our fridge right now...



Yay for Tapatio!  Anyone know how to make that awesome accent that goes on the "i"???