Sunday, June 28, 2009

They just about gave it to me...

Got this super cute sun dress at Target for a whopping $3.50!!

Friday, June 26, 2009

09 Road Trip: Part 2 of 3


Thursday, May 28th: Leaving Colorado Springs- View of Pike's Peak

After leaving Kyle & Jennifer's house, we drove to Littleton, CO where Jason picked up a few backpacking items off Craigslist. The Colorado Craigslist has a ton of camping gear whereas Tulsa's has none. Jason bought a couple backpacks from this Boyscout- he and Jason could've easily talked about trails to hike all afternoon!

The Boyscout lived in a National Park! Driving through his neighborhood was like visiting The Garden of the Gods. It was breathtaking!

Look how this house is just built right up next to one of those giant boulders!

Stopping somewhere along the side of the road to take our picture. My tripod travels with me everywhere!

This is where we spent the night camping, the San Isabel National Forest in southern Colorado.

Warming up pancakes the next morning.

Hiking around the San Isabel National Forest.
Friday, May 29th. From there we drove to Albuquerque, NM and spent the night.
Saturday, May 30th we drove to Canyon, TX and had lunch with my Aunt Chris & Uncle Eric. After lunch we went to cheer on one of their sons in a 100 mile bike race.

My cousin, Stephen

Some of my Aunt Chris' latest pottery work.

Saturday evening we attended the wedding of my second cousin, Adam. The ceremony & reception were held in the bride's parent's backyard & barn.
The funniest part of the whole wedding: when the preacher stumbled over the Number's Blessing and said "continence" instead of "countenance." We all got a good laugh about that in the back row!

My cousin Stephen & his wife, Kennah

Kennah, Aunt Teresa, & me

Great Grandmother Ruby, second cousin Valerie & her little guy Brady, and my Granny

Uncle Eric & Jason were twinkies :)

my Granny & Aunt Chris (my dad's sister)...my parents were somewhere around there at the wedding, guess I didn't really get any pics of them though.

Sunday, May 31 we got up pretty early and drove home. I was ready to be home after 6 hectic days!

These make me smile :D

I took a couple cute pics on my phone the other day...have to share cause I like them a lot :D

Little Guy absolutely LOVES Jason!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

I think I might be related to my Grandma...

When my Dyson vacuum is in pieces, drying on the kitchen counter cause I took it all apart and scrubbed it in the sink....I think I must be related to my Grandma Ross.
And when I needed to vacuum up something else while my Dyson filter was still wet, I just pulled out my other vacuum and used it. Yup. We're related.

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In other exciting news this week- I got four new pairs of pants! Gotta love summer clearance sales! (For those of you who are average height...this will not seem exciting to you, however if you are petite you know what a hassle buying pants can be!)

Mom went to Branson last week with Dad and she got me two pairs of petite (!!!) jeans from Ann Taylor! Both pairs for $11!

And then this week I visited Gap and got two more pairs of pants- and best news is that out of four pairs of pants, only one has to be taken to the tailor to be hemmed! (The khaki ones, they didn't have any "ankle" length ones in my size.)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Father's Day

Did you think I'd forgotten my Daddy on Father's Day? I think not. I may have forgotten to plan ahead with a post- but as for the actual day, Jason and I spent with our Fathers.

We are a rather social couple, often off eating a meal or doing something with friends usually 2-3 times a week. But if my Daddy had his way he'd have his family at his cabin with him every weekend. :) So we spent Father's Day at the lake with my parents and asked Jason's parents and younger brother to join us as well.

Saturday night- Playing "Quelf"


Dad skiing


Jason's mom, Diane, skiing


Jason's dad, Bob, driving while my dad skied


Mom & I on our "gentle" tube ride- this was the first time she's ever gone tubing!


Jason's brother, Kevin, skiing

Monday, June 22, 2009

Tuscan Stuffed Chicken



This evening I swung by Whole Foods to pick up a few items and it was sample time! I probably tried 5 different dishes while I was grocery shopping. (note to self: visit WFM on Monday evenings!) Anyways, I tried roasted red tomatoes with goat cheese on top of a sesame cracker. It was delicious so I picked up the ingredients off the sample cart and made a comment to the clerk about how tasty that was! She commented back that she likes to stuff chicken breast with those roasted tomatoes, goat cheese, and fresh spinach....so I went to the meat counter and got me some chicken breasts!


I forgot to take any "before" and "during" photos, so all you get is the "after" tonight. :)

Ingredients:
Chicken Breasts, sliced open to make a pocket
toothpicks
goat cheese or gruyre cheese
roasted red tomatoes
fresh spinach
minced garlic
sliced onions
sea salt
fresh ground pepper
olive oil



(Goat Cheese)

(fresh spinach)

(roasted red peppers)

(Preheat oven to 350 F)
1. Stuff the chicken pockets with 7-8 spinach leaves, 2-3 roasted peppers and a slice of goat cheese
2. Close stuffed pocket with toothpicks

3. Lightly caramelize a spoonful of minced garlic and some sliced onions with olive oil
4. Slightly brown chicken 2-3 minutes per side with the caramelized garlic/onions
5. While the chicken is browning, sprinkle generously with fresh ground peppercorns and sea salt.
6. Place chicken (still raw in the middle) in a glass baking dish and bake for 30 minutes.
7. Take toothpicks out and enjoy!!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Are you kidding??

"Excellent source of vitamin c"
Seriously, who are they trying to fool?!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

09 Road Trip: Part 1 of 3

Part 1
Tuesday & Wednesday, May 26th & 27th.
We drove to Colorado Springs to see Jason's good friend, Daniel, graduate from the Air Force Academy. We stayed with family of his fiance, Bonnie, while in CO. (The photos in this post are all from the first part of our trip)

Part 2
Thursday- Sunday, May 28th- May 31st
After that we meandered through southern Colorado and went camping & hiking in the San Isabel National Forest. After that we meandered through New Mexico and spent one night in Albuquerque. Then we drove over to Amarillo, TX and attended a cousin's wedding and stayed with my Aunt and Uncle before coming back home to Tulsa. We were home in Tulsa for 4 days (and worked like crazy for those 4 days!) before we left town again to attend Daniel & Bonnie's wedding in Arkansas. (Photos to come!)

Part 3
Friday & Saturday, June 5th & 6th
We spent two very full day's in Jason's hometown of Gravette, AR (about 2 hours from Tulsa) where Daniel & Bonnie got married. (Photos to come!)


We spent Memorial Day with our friends, Matthew & Jessica washing and vacuuming all 4 of our cars. Eva started out the trip so clean! She also got about 2,000 miles put on her while we were gone. Now she is due for another wash, vacuum and oil change. Maybe tomorrow I can get that accomplished.

We got up about 3am Tuesday the 26th to finish getting ready and were on the road to Colorado Springs at 5:04 am. This photo is for any '24' watchers out there!

Once we arrived in Colorado Springs we met up with everyone for dinner at On the Border. This is everyone who came to see Daniel graduate. Daniel is in there somewhere!

Daniel & his then fiance, Bonnie (they got married 11 days after this- that's in Part 3 of the trip)
After dinner, we all went and got dressed up for Daniel's commissioning- his squadron's was at 10pm that night!

Daniel's dad, Jim, is also in the Air Force, so he did Daniel's commissioning.

Daniel & Bonnie

With newly commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force, Daniel H.
It was about 1am at point in the day- Jason and I had been awake for almost 24 hours, we slept great that night!

Daniel with his parents, Jim & Tammy

The next morning we had to be at the AFA football stadium at 9am for graduation. It had been cold every day leading up to graduation day, so we were told to dress warm (you can see how well Jason listened!) but it turned out to be gorgeous weather and we all got terribly sunburned! I have never experienced this before, but my eye balls got sunburned. They were just miserable the next day!

Kyle & Jennifer (Bonnie's brother & his wife, who we stayed with) with Jason & I. We guessed there were probably 10,000 people in attendance at the graduation!

The cadets walked in SO uniformly! It was impressive.
Joe Biden gave the commencement address. I was not impressed by him. b o r i n g

Daniel was in Squadron 18...out of 40! (1046 graduates total)...so we cheered really loud when his name was called and then looked at each other and said, now there are 22 more squadrons after his! Thankfully the graduation really was like being at a football game- people talked, got up for concessions and cheered every once and a while. We did not leave the stadium until 2pm!

Just as the cadets were told they were "Now officially graduated" and they all threw their caps in the air, the Thunderbirds flew in from right behind our heads and they performed an air show.


Class of '09

We were all starving by the time graduation was over, so we went to Bonnie's parent's house for pizza. We played a game new to Jason & I called "Holey Board" - you try to throw large washers into the holes on the opposite board. (me pictured with Jennifer)

After lunch we went over to Bonnie's apartment to pack and clean. All her belongings and Daniel's dorm stuff were loaded into a trailer that Jim & Tammy (Daniel's parents) drove back to AR.

We scrubbed, dusted and vacuumed every nook and cranny so she will hopefully get all of her deposit back!

Daniel & Jason after the trailer was all loaded up.

Wednesday morning after all the hustle and bustle of our visit we stopped to take a picture with Bonnie's niece (Kyle & Jennifer's little girl) before heading out for our next adventure.

Stay tuned for parts 2 & 3!!