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8 Hours in the car with 3 kids…

Each year we trade off on vacations.

Like one year we will do a small adult trip ( like Austin ) ¬†and a big kids trip ( Like Alabama ) so last year was the kids trip so this year it’s Mom & Dads big trip turn!

So this year we decided to tag team with a few friends and head on down to Port Aransas for a mini beach vacation Texas Style!

The drive down there seemed longer than driving to Alabama for some reason, I am pretty sure its because Texas is sooooooo big that you never get out of it when you are not trying to get out of it, if that makes sense… so there was no change in scenery… you knew you were still in Texas. The kids were not to bad the drive there or back, it’s crazy when they get older… no one shits their pants, has to pee to bad where they cant hold it, pukes or cries for no reason for an hour… Ahh how I do NOT miss the toddler days ūüôā

The quaint house that we stayed in called the Church Street Cottage  was just perfect for everything we needed!

It was close enough to restaurants to walk, close enough to the beach to drive… I mean I guess you could have walked to the beach buttttt…. have we met?

I saw a bunch of people actually renting golf carts and driving pretty much the whole island with them.

We spent the majority of our five days doing pretty much nothing and loving it! We had two full beach days, one we had to cut short because of course…. Lillian got strep throat from church camp.. so that was fun. But Thankfully I have the best pediatrician in all the land Dr Dalton so he called in some antibiotics and so she was pretty much good the whole trip, all besides the one day she wasn’t. ¬†The other beach day we stayed until everyone was fried… Luckily the babes are 1/2 Italian so fried is only for one day and then they turn that pretty golden brown… They always have contest but Sister ALWAYS wins…

Beach days are my favorite especially when my family is with me.

sand, ocean, country music, good ole’ captain & coke

Makes for a pretty amazing day.

Remember we are at a beach town and I hate sea food… so I was pretty full with cheese burgers and hush puppies… for five days. ( hahahaha) While Gaige and The Husband ate sea food pretty much three meals a day… and Gaige wanted to go by his favorite restaurant Castaways¬†¬† to see if he could get an all you can eat fish and shrimp to go, I quickly told him he was crazy…

The husband took Gaige on his first charter fishing trip, and he LOVED it! He also  caught 4 trout and fed us the next night with what he caught!

4th of July was spent on the beach as well, then that night we went to Leah’s Step Dads dock and sat on a HUGE boat and watched a terrific fire works display! They had a HUGE spread of food as well as music.

It was perfect.

Oh and The husband in his Man Onsie…. got in the Port A newspaper… *cough* attention whore *cough* hahaha

We went to all of the shops, are proud parents of two hermit crabs… and took the obligatory picture inside the sharks mouth… I HAVE to find the old one of these three in the same spot for comparison…

To say we needed this is an understatement… I think the kids played their phones only at night, not because I told them they couldn’t but just because they didn’t want to… we played Uno.. the game that never ends…. and car games.. we re set as a family.

We re set as a husband and wife..

I am a firm believer in vacations, and not just because of vacations to get away but vacations to re set.. to remember whats important, to re set as a family… to get back to the root of things.. Its SO easy to get caught up in the hustle of being home.. My family is a bit closer every vacation we take.

I hope that as hey get older we find a spot that we go to each year as a whole to re set…

Husbands, wives, dogs and grandbabies…

Okay maybe I am getting ahead of myself, but… the thought of that makes my heart swell beyond measure..

Maybe, I am a street walker who needs a large back seat

I can not believe that Joyce will be here in like 5 minutes… can she hurry the F up already?

*insert 1000* oh my gosh oh my gosh oh my gosh….#texifornication #BringingCalitoTexas #hurryupalready @joycewrightcuneo 26 Days!

I can not believe I am almost done with my 90 days.. that is CRAZY to me…

But I am, and I have had highs and lows to this whole process.

Meaning I have downed a gallon of water daily then other days had one glass of water and barley anything to eat…. I have learned a lot about myself and I am excited to share it all with everyone when this is all said and done.

But for now I am still kicking ass and taking names, the husband today actually hurt my feelers a bit… I was talking about something and he said that I wasn’t as determined and had a lot of “fuck ups” lately. As bad as it made me want to say um what the Fruck did you just say to me….. I didn’t because I knew he was right. ¬†This plays in to “what I have learned about myself ” blog… buthe was right, and I hugged him tonight and actually told him thank you for hurting my feelings… because its not “too late” where I would have to start all over again, I have just been lazy on a few things.. when normally I wouldn’t even take a bite of something, now I am like ehh it wont hurt…

not good.

Esp… for a binge eater.

I have gotten out of my comfort zone to!!!

I did tire jumps as well as leg press ( light weight stop worrying Amy) was I sore the next day? Yes…. did it go away? yes…. which is good!!

Last week was an awesome week for me, I signed a really HUGE account for my company that could potentially be life changing for me if the cards are played right… Had an awesome social event and met with two doctors that I have to meet with again this next week because they want all their business transferred over to me. Not saying its a big deal but its kinda a big deal…

 

 

Lillians friend Abby stayed the night two nights in a row and I just love her.. they get along so freaking great makes me sad I didn’t double up with her like I did the boys ( since that was on purpose hahahaha) you know had one back to back…. I have really been tossing around the idea of adoption, I want another girl…. I want Lillian to have a sister…. I always wanted a sister. I mean I had one but that is a whole other blog y’all… Anyway, I have mentioned it to the husband 2,402 times and each time he tells me no.no and um hell no. I dont know if he thinks I am not serious or what but I totally am… I mean I would prefer her to be like 6 but part of me wants a baby…. then again if she was a baby it would be to long for them to bond and that would be selfishly for me…. because I want to sniff babies and rock them and pat their butts… Does anyone want to have a baby with me?? Ba-Jesus.

I know it sounds strange I just feel like I need one more to love.

Maybe this one can look like me and have brown hair? Hahahaha for real yall.

Doubt I will ever get to adopt but I would really love to.

How in the heck dd this turn in to me wanting a baby? Dear Period Gods, Hurry up before I get a wild hair and get some more kids!

Oh and I got a new car!

*insert the price is right announcer*

Its a very long story, but if you know me I could drive a pinto if it had good gas mileage and could get me from point A to point B fast enough! My little Black Betty blew up…. ( I think the car place did it honestly… long story) but she blew up and had to get a new motor…. The guy who fixed my car is a peach <3 but he told me as bad as I didnt want to ( an my freaking car was going to be paid off in like 3 freaking days!!!) that I needed to trade her in, she wasnt safe for my line of work ( sounds like I am a street walker who needs a large back seat LMFAO!)

So I went to look around and fell in love with

Vannah….. Vannah White…

I have never been a new car kinda gal but….. *hair flip* I just may be now… she is awesome and I love her.

Oh and….. I have some other news to…… coming soon.

Oh and pss…. yes I am off of Facebook, I deleted it as far as I could… my Spotify is connected to it and well it wont let me deactivate which is bullshit. Love you mean it and if you need me you know where I’ll be <3

There was an old woman who lived in a shoe….

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I am pretty sure my mom dropped to the ground when I called her to ask if it was okay if my family moved in with her soon…

Meaning me, the husband, 2 boys, one girl, two cats and two dogs…

I know I would have.

I mean I have not lived with my mom since I was 15/16 years old…

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This house situation has been crazy. The market is crazy.. and we find a house we love ( two now) and it gets stolen from under us.. and with me having over 56 houses in my life time, the husband knows how important it is that the next house be our forever home. Which in return started to worry him, because if we sell our house as fast as they are saying it will, we will have to move in to a hotel or move in to a house that we are like well this will work… and that is what happened with the house we are in now.

So we totally dont want to do that.

The husband came home the other day and was like listen, I dont want to buy a house that is 300,000 because I know what a house cost to build.. and you are paying 300 grand for something that took 100 grand to build.

So long story short..

We have decided to build…

And I have decided to start drinking now.

When we started prepping to sell I knew that we would be out of this house and in another house by Summer, well….. now it’s going to be 6 months ( on the short end if everything goes right ) before we get a house..

Pros and cons..

Pros-

We get the house we want, its new so we don’t have to worry about shit falling ¬†apart, my Pinterest house will come to life (¬†that’s¬†the best pro ever….) we will have a forever home… like forever.. and ever… and it will be by the lake ( I am just going to add that in there and keep saying it over and over and over again until he agrees…) It will NOT be a track house…. it will be our custom built home. There will be a man room so I dont have to look at anymore dead animals, there will be a special place for my HUGE tree! I get a pool….. My husband is freaking handy and he can build shit and plum shit ( is plum even a word?) So that will save us big bucks.

Cons-

I am going to be 30ish and living with my mom…. It has to be in bumfucked egypt… because that is where land is that is not 1 million dollars ( say it like Dr Evil) No one will visit me because its to far away, I have to compromise on the kids schools, I bet Target will be super far away and I bet Uber will get lost trying to take me home drunk.

On the flip side of it all I am super excited.

And this makes me feel like a grown up.

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I mean you are totally a grown up if you build a house..

*hair flip*

I am on cleanse day number 2.

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I had a HORRID headache yesterday from lack of sugar.. tried to lick my arm but didnt help.

I have 85 days to be skinny.

We booked our family vacation & THAT I am excited about.. The waves, the beach, the tanned babies and no technology <3

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So there is a lot of things happening in life right now and that is super exciting!

So hope you are cleaning out a room Mom…. ready or not the Mayes Family is movin’ in!

What I made my family eat : Wednesday

Posted in #losingthedirty30, Food
on August 12, 2015

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Okay so, I know that I have said it in a previous blog but ya’ll this season change for my little family is a doozie….

The ONLY day we have “off” is Sundays starting in September…

What does this mean?? This means sports, gymnastics, youth group, baseball, football, making time for my two businesses and um maybe sleeping? *shrugging* if that even happens.

This is why I am the “only one kids plays a sport at a time” parent… Well this year the boys are getting older and I said I would try two sports one season. ( sounds like a bad movie.. hahahaha)

What does this mean for us? When am I going to fix dinner???

So it’s Tis the Season of the Crock Pot…

*insert the angels singing* 

So I will be sharing with you guys what I make each week in the crock pot for the fam bam!

Some of them will be simple others you gotta fancy it up because…. well you have to look like you did something? right?

SLOW COOKER HONEY GARLIC CHICKEN AND VEGGIES

Prep Time10 minutes

Cook Time8 hours, 5 minutes

Total Time8 hours, 15 minutes

Yield4 servings

 

The easiest one pot recipe ever. Simply throw everything in and that’s it! No cooking, no sauteeing. SO EASY!

INGREDIENTS

    • 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
    • 16 ounces baby red potatoes, halved
    • 16 ounces baby carrots
    • 16 ounces green beans, trimmed
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
FOR THE SAUCE
  • 1/2 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a large bowl, combine soy sauce, honey, ketchup, garlic, basil, oregano, red pepper flakes and pepper.
  • Place chicken thighs, potatoes, carrots, green beans and soy sauce mixture into a 6-qt slow cooker. Cover and cook on low heat for 7-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours, basting every hour.
  • OPTIONAL: Preheat oven to broil. Place chicken thighs onto a baking sheet, skin side up, and broil until crisp, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Serve chicken immediately with potatoes, carrots and green beans, garnished with parsley, if desired.

 

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