Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Weekend

We had quite the busy holiday weekend here!

Saturday morning we were up and ready to go....first thing on the agenda? Dying eggs of course!

Aren't they pretty?
Then the girls finally decided to eat breakfast...and yes, Cassandra was completely naked for whatever reason! (no, this does NOT happen on a regular basis!)
After breakfast, I showered then took Cassandra grocery shopping with me. We got home and they had lunch. Then it was off to our neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt! Lots of people-I think the last count I saw was about 50 kids and 40 adults? Somewhere around there!  The girls came armed and ready!
They let the under 3 year olds get a head start, so I took off with Cassandra and snapped this pic of the older kids waiting to go:
Every kid got to find 10 eggs (which were all filled with prizes) and if they found a golden egg, they got a larger prize! Avery was lucky enough to find one this year so she was psyched! Then we all returned back to the garage for lots of goodies! My kids of course found the watermelon and forgot just how tasty it is!
After the egg hunt, my Dad and Colleen came for a visit so we hung out with them and went out for dinner. Then I had to come home, get the girls to bed and make dessert for Easter. Yep, very busy day!

Avery was up around 7:40 on Easter and Cassandra was the sleepy head that didn't wake up until 8:45 (making up for her missed nap Saturday). Luckily we were able to keep Avery upstairs and entertained until her sister woke up. Then we all went downstairs and looked for what the Easter bunny brought....lots of eggs and baskets!
Cassandra's (L) and Avery's (R) baskets
Then it was shower time and off to my in-laws' for brunch!
Happy Easter!
We had a very good meal which was then followed by another egg hunt! It was beautiful outside-perfect day to do an egg hunt!
Owen, Bianca, Avery, Cassandra
The kids looking for their eggs....

And going through their loot!

After the egg hunt, we headed home around 2:30 so Cassandra could nap. Avery stayed at my in-laws' all day and slept over. Since it was so nice out, Gabe and I got some much needed work done outside-it was so nice to be out in the warm sunshine!  When the little one woke up, we played outside some more-she just loves it out there! Gabe had to go back to his parents for a bit so Cassandra and I just hung out and played the rest of the day.
Love this girl!

It was a really busy, fun weekend! We all had a really good time!

Happy Easter!!

Sunday, April 13, 2014


Yesterday I turned 35. 

It's kind of hard to comprehend that I'm in my mid-thirties. Most days I don't feel old, and I don't think I look old. In fact, just a week ago I had a patient say he thought I was 24!

But then there are times I'm amazed at how time passes by. Like that I graduated high school 17 years ago! Or that Y2K was 14 years ago. Or that I met Gabe almost 11 years ago. That sort of stuff blows my mind. Where did those years go?!  I sometimes feel like it was yesterday that I was cheerleading and getting ready to go to college. I remember when I moved out here and it amazes me that it was 10 years ago this summer. I've been in Rochester almost a third of my life-that is hard to believe. 35th birthday was very nice.

It started with both kids up super early (for them). Lucky me got  to stay in bed while Gabe and Avery made me breakfast. I got to watch some of my TV shows and chill with the little peanut.
Then my breakfast arrived-a fried egg sandwich and some blueberries (which Cassandra helped me eat).
It was a pretty nice day out so the kids were in and out all morning. I told Gabe I wanted him and Avery to make my cake for me. So I was giving him pointers through the morning.  Avery had a make up gymnastics class at 12:30 so I dropped her off. Came home and put Cassie down for her nap. Gabe went to pick up Avery and get his haircut so I had some alone, quiet time. I took advantage and sat my butt out on the porch and read a magazine-glorious!  Then my Mom came around 3:30 or so. When Gabe got home, him and Avery finished up the cake....
and the kids got their Easter gifts from my Mom.
We went out for an early dinner, came home and I opened my presents. Then we had cake:

Gabe had to pick up his parents from the airport and we were going to go to a movie when he got back....but everything was sold out at the theater we wanted to go to! So...we just stayed in and watched a movie here once the girls were asleep.

It was a wonderful day filled with wonderful people-my husband, my kids, and my Mom-perfection!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Avery the Photographer

Avery has recently taken an interest in my camera and how it works. She has been asking quite frequently if she can take some pictures.

Here are a few of the ones she's taken in the past few days....
Daddy and Jerri



Mommy, Cassie, Daddy

Jerri in her bed

Mommy, Daddy, Cassie
Not bad huh?!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Potato Corn Chowder

I actually made this soup a few weeks ago, but am finally just getting around to posting it!

I'll confess, soups scare me. The reason? They all have a million ingredients, most of which I don't have in my house. So when I see a list of 20 items and only have 5 of them, I'm not going to spend my money buying the rest. Nor do I really care to take all of the time to chop/dice those 20 said items. I love homemade soup, but most of the time I stay away from those recipes!

I've had this recipe forever. I have no idea where I got it from (I hand wrote it on a small piece of paper) and it's been sitting in my recipe book for years. I kid you not!

But I decided to make it, and it's SO, SO good!

Potato Corn Chowder
 2.5-3lbs yukon gold potatoes
2 stalks celery, chopped
1/2 onion chopped
1/2 lb frozen corn, slightly thawed
1 sweet red pepper, diced
3 cups milk
4 strips bacon-cooked and crumbled
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp cayenne

1. Peel and chop potatoes. Put in a saucepan with water and boil about 15min or until fork tender. Drain and mash.
2. Spray saucepan with non-stick spray. Add celery, onion, corn and red pepper. Saute for 5mins.
3. Stir in bacon and milk. Add potatoes and mix. Add seasonings. Cover and simmer for 10min (Do NOT boil!)

Notes: I couldn't find Yukon Golds at my store so I used Russett potatoes instead-still tasted great! For the potato mashing, I used my mixer and mashed them slightly then beat them a little bit-sort of like making mashed potatoes. I'm sure you could leave it chunkier if desired.

This recipe was really good-I'll be making it again for sure! Sorry that I don't have a photo-I forgot to take one!