Meet Bernard the Butterfly Betta!
[check out that Spongebob shout out]
Had to get the Texans shirt for this Houstonian doggie.
These two. I find them like this all the time. Melts my heart.
I started a new book this week, and I’m in love! It’s called Fish in a Tree, and it’s already speaking to my heart. The foreword alone got me:
We also had Corey’s 18 month doctor appointment this week, and he’s growing like a weed to say the least. At least he’s on charts this time [yupp… he was literally off the charts a few check ups]. He’s already cutting his two year molars, and I’m dying. Poor guy is in pain. I hope they come through quickly! I did a little googling and thought I’d share the charts I found for tooth development:
2 tbs. EVOO
6 fresh thyme sprigs
Freshly ground black pepper
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I usually do two large and that’s enough for Jon and I plus leftovers for Corey)
2 oz. goat cheese
1 lemon, sliced
Preheat the oven to 375.
Pour the EVOO into the bottom of a 13×9 Pyrex or a Dutch oven. Make a “bed” for the chicken using thyme sprigs. Generously season both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper. Lay the chicken on the thyme, then crumble the goat cheese on top. Try to keep as much cheese on the chicken as possible. Sandwich it all together with the lemon slices on top.
Bake, uncovered, at 375 for 25-35 minutes (depending on thickness of the chicken), until chicken is cooked through. For an added touch, turn the broiler on the last couple of minutes to char the lemon and cheese.
The flight in was so surreal for me. I can’t remember the last time I flew alone. There’s a lot of freedom in traveling alone, let me tell you. Especially after always having little man around. I have to admit, I loved the alone time, but I missed my chunky monkey two minutes after I’d left.
The view from the Tamaya patio bar.
The Rio Grande was so high! It was a great sight to see after years of drought. This particular spot is the absolute most special place to me on earth. Lots of personal memories here.
Every time we come to the resort, we get as many of these lovelies as we can. Fried green chile strips. So unbelievably amazing.
Another fave of mine – pomegranate margarita!
After arriving Thursday and seeing family, I went to bed feeling still a little puny. I’ve had a cold for seriously four weeks now. Turns out, I’ve got a lot of allergies here in Houston. I ended up going to the Minute Clinic Saturday after spending alllll day Friday cooped up in the hotel room. I missed my cousin’s graduation and her celebratory lunch at an amazing restaurant. Not. Cool. After getting some meds Saturday, we ventured up to Santa Fe for a birthday party for my other cousin.
They had the cutest flamingo themed party! “Be a flamingo in a flock of pigeons.”
My sweet aunt, two cousins, and my Momma.
I was soooo happy to come back to these sweet faces [and Jon’s, too, of course]!
Jon and I tried this new drink from HEB and it is yuuuuummmy! Tastes like a premade vodka (with less bite) and lime. Only 100 calories, too!
As of Tuesday after the trip, I STILL had a horrible cough, sore throat, and couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t get an appointment until Thursday (today), so this was my mood until then. I’m super grateful to finally get meds (a mere THREE prescriptions)!
I’ve been doing a little spring/summer decorating now that our house is all repaired and put back together! It was two weeks of dust, contractors, and having all our stuff all over the place. Thankfully our upstairs floors are fixed and life is back to normal!
I’m a major Van Gogh fan, so when I saw this print on Amazon (only $50), I had to jump on it! I was going for a mix of natural colors and a little gold.
Lafonn Classic Halo Ring
(also comes in a square shape)
I would live in this little number all summer! So cute and comfy.
I’m still obsessing over this perfume. Divine.
These are super fun and flirty, and plus I think they’d actually stay on my feet even if little man trips me.
That does it! Whew. Time for the pool!
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients minus the jalapeños using a fork. Mash everything together until it’s a pretty homogenous mixture. Stuff each jalapeño half. Grill over medium heat on a bed of foil for about ten minutes or until the jalapeños are tender but still have crunch.
Garnish with cilantro.
[I can’t find the link, but go to the store anyways. You’ll have more fun!]
And I have this one from Nordstrom that I bought last year:
My dad’s old Suburban, Juanita, just hit a big milestone! I love driving around in his truck because it feels a little comforting. I still have all his parking stickers from work, my brother’s “I’m Proud of My Eagle Scout” sticker, and even Daddy’s sunglasses still hanging. Hopefully ole Juanita lasts another 100k for us!
I’m going to give this little uBiome project a shot. If you haven’t heard of it, you’re going to be either completely disgusted or intrigued. My grandpa and my dad both had colon cancer, so to say that our family is obsessed with poop would be an understatement. The uBiome project is basically compiling samples (yes, those kinds of samples) from folks around the world. You provide your family history, and they were very interested in mine considering what I’ve mentioned, then send in your sample. They analyze everything and send data back to you. They also keep you information as part of the research they’re doing. Pretty cool! Plus, it’s all free!
ZAC FREAKING BROWN BAND! They have a new album, so we of course had to snatch it. Jon loves Amazon Music, and I’m a diehard iTunes person. We now have two copies of the album because we both refuse to switch to the other platform. This song really hit me for some reason. It’s been on repeat like crazy. It’s funny because ZBB’s albums have coincided with our lives so much since we got married. This one is no different.
Lots of feels on this one. Being sick makes me a little more “emo” I guess, but this quote really struck me. Nothing will make you appreciate your blessings like losing some of them.
And to end on a lighter note…