First and foremost I hope you all enjoyed the Father's Day weekend. I will admit it's not my fave of holidays what with my family background and all as I have struggled for years with mixed feelings over it but with the help of Evan being a daddy and by his dad stepping up to the plate and filling in some holes and cracks of my heart with lots of love we had a really great day with family at the lake all day! So much fun and possibly a new tradition.
I'm pretty sure the majority of our "Summer plans" will revolve around the lake. for only 5$ we get an unlimited supply of beach, water, lounging and fun and without the big hassle of swarms of people, chlorine and Avery seeing lots of fun things to play with but not being big enough to do at water parks. We've been a few times and we have also hit up "Charles E. Queso" with Avery since during the week it's pretty empty and it's 20$ of air conditioned fun for a few hours.
No big travel plans for us this summer...the fall and winter is full enough of that :) plus next year is looking busy too!
Our schedule has taken a bit of a dip lately with Evans work schedule. The past 3 weeks he has worked 6 days a week with little home time, but the extra pay is both ridiculous and helpful. when he isn't working an extra day or an extra hour or two during his shift he has also been going in at noon to help train people on 1st shift. Needless to say he is LOVING Peterbuilt and in return they are loving him too. I can't complain or gripe too much because I have way too many other friends who rarely get to see their spouses and in our case it's all volunteered by Evan but it has been a small adjustment and although I know it's to help with a few upcoming events,I just feel a little more overwhelmed with Avery lately without having my tag partner in the wings if you know what I mean...
The house is coming along. Slowly but surely. I promise once I get the empty boxes out of the empty dining room and the other boxes unpacked and out of our bedroom I will get a new video up so you can see some of the changes we have made/ how it looks not being so empty. I have planted some Lavender bushes in out backyard and they are doing good. I still plan on paying my brother to come in and take out a few bushes for me and to help clear out so flower beds so I can get either a fall veggie garden going or some annuals up. Still haven't decided yet. :) Our Landlady is still the most amazing person we have ever had to deal with when it comes to rent or issues with a place. She is so laid back and gets stuff done ASAP. She is planning on painting the outside of the house this summer so that'll be fun to see what she decides on.
Gus and Paris are doing good, I got to hold them and love on them a few days ago and although it breaks my heart to have to leave them at the clinic I know it's not for too much longer. We plan on paying anywhere from 500$-700$ this Friday to demolish a huge part of the bill and if we can make 1 or 2 smaller payments in the next few weeks the Office manager has said he would let us take them home while paying off the last part of the bill. This is partly why Evan is taking on the extra work to help get the money faster and he also got a new card with low interest so we can max it out on the bill and then pay it off (and build credit). The staff at the clinic have to follow policy, I get that, I do. But they also know we're not horrible pet owners and it was the best option we had other than re-homing them when we were homeless and down on our luck. With that said I am thankful that they have been so sweet and loving and gracious to Paris and Gus and to Evan and I. It may have been frustrating for awhile but if we truly get them back once we pay half the bill and are allowed to make payments I will take back everything negative said about them. I can't think too much on having them with us, it's been a lonely 4 months and I know I have so much to make up to them and it just makes me cry so moving on....
I have something to share with you guys and gals who read my blog......a new recipe....and for the best brownies I have had in a lonnnnng time. I posted a few pictures on my FB of the finished product but here's the recipe.
Here's what you'll need:
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup flour
1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Mix oil and sugar until well blended. (I only used 1/3 oil)
3. Add eggs and vanilla; stir just until blended.
4. Mix all dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
5. Stir dry ingredients into the oil/sugar mixture.
6. Pour into greased 9 x 9 square pan.
7. Bake for 20 minutes or until sides just start to pull away from the pan.
8. Cool completely before cutting.
9. Note: I usually double the recipe and bake in a 9 x 13 pan. If you double the recipe, you will need to cook longer than 20 minutes.
I cooked mine for 30min and they turned out crispy and chewy (my fave way to enjoy them).
sooo sooo good, lemme know what you think about them after you make them. Trust me, they are too easy to pass up.
Well, I think I have run out of things to blog about. Ha. Or maybe not...while I think of some things here's some update pictures of the cuppycake and all her cuteness.....
Krystal 1, Chevy 2 and Avery 2.5
My brother and Chevy.
Oh yeah, I may not have shared this on Blogger but...I have a niece (Stella Elayne aka- StellaBella) on the way come October 30th! I also have another niece or nephew on the way come January or Feb of next year. I will keep my opinions closed for now on the latest news but I am happy to have some new little ones to spoil cause we all know I'm a pretty cool Auntie.
In conclussion I am going to ask for some ideas, tips, etc from you about things to do and see on our future trips we have planned. Here's what's solid and then what's in the works for next year!!! I'm so excited about all of this.
September- Camping in NM, probably Red River again.
December 21-January 2nd- Staying in a cabin in Evergreen, Colorado for Christmas and to see family in Arvada, followed by a detour to Missouri to see family in Grant City and then to celebrate our 6th Wedding anniversary and NYE in Kansas City.
March-Spring Break trip to Port Aransas.
May/June- Week Trip to Portland, OR to visit Jarrod and Sarah!!!
August or September- LONDON! I have a very close friend who is stationed with her husband and kiddos in Lavenhearth, England which is 70miles North East of London and we plan on seeing them in the fall! (Or once we have enough saved for airfare) :)
See! So much to look forward to, especially when so much of it is already sign, sealed and ready for delivery.