Friday, October 30, 2009

Best Friends

I love that my husband is my best friend. The other day we were fighting over the DVR. Jim wanted to record NBA basketball games all night, which would stop the recording of my newest guilty pleasure, Medium. The argument was getting pretty heated. Right when I was pleading my case, Jim started cracking up.

"What? What's so funny?" I asked, still fuming.

"Us! I love how our arguments are over stupid things that don't even matter." Jim chuckled.

I started laughing too, realizing how ridiculous our fight actually was. Jim then reminded me, "you're my best friend." I then watched him delete one of his games. He explained he would later catch the highlights on sports center. The funny thing is, after all this, Jim actually figured out a way that both of our shows could record. All that hubbub for nothing. Silly.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Corn Maze

This last Saturday we hit up a local corn maze/pumpkin festival with the other Jacobs family. We all had a lot of fun. This place was pretty cool, and had numerous activities for little ones to partake of.
Why oh why can't my husband take a normal picture?

This place had a large pillow-y looking bouncy thing on the ground. 100 people can jump on it at a time. Tralee loved it. So did I. I want one for our backyard.

Here's Jim and Jared having just as much fun bouncing as all the little kids.

Tralee fed some ponies hay, but she kept a wary eye on them.

The next few pictures are of Tralee's favorite part of the day. They had these barrel-cow things all hooked up to each other. They were pulled by a tractor. When Jim put Tralee in Greta I was worried she might start freaking out a bit once the tractor started going, as Tralee is not a fan of rides. However, she surprised me and LOVED this. She went on another ride with Jim a little later. I was so proud of my brave little girl.

Jovie, Jared, Oakley, and Tralee going for a ride

This is what Hunter did for most of the day:

Jovie went on a pony ride, Tralee chickened out. Maybe next year Tralee will be ready to ride a pony.

Tralee and Jim are watching the pig races in the picture below. This was really cute.
Jovie and Tralee watching for the little piggies

Jim and Jared think they're SO funny!
Tralee wanted to eat some corn SO bad! We ordered her some, and it took FOREVER before it was ready. It was worth the wait. She LOVED it!

Tralee plays with her ears when she's tired. This photo was towards the end of the day. We had been wandering through the corn maze, and she was definitely getting tired.

Where are we?

Jim had to ruin this nice picture of Audie and me. Typical. :)

I like this next picture of Jovie and Tralee wandering through the corn maze.

Towards the end of the day, Hunter decided it was time to wake up.
In the below picture, Tralee decided to peek through the hole all on her own, so Jim captured this shot. She was just hanging out like this. Funny girl.
We had a lot of fun! Now go find a corn maze/pumpkin festival and have some fun of your own.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Autumn at the Park

What's better than snuggling with your doggy after a trip to the park on a crisp autumn day?
And yes, I realize Tralee is only clothed from the waist up.

Hunter Talking Again

Hunter has really started babbling now. He can say "baba" and "dada." What's really funny is when you play this video back to him, he gets really excited and starts talking to himself on the video. Also, don't mind the sweet potato on his eyebrow. We trying some solids before this video was taken.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Mexican Chili and Green Tomato Advice

I had a pretty good day yesterday. The kids were well behaved, my headache I'd been fighting for two days finally went away, and I was able to get quite a bit accomplished, including making my Mexican Chili.

When we got back from Vegas there was a LARGE box of tomatoes (both green and red) sitting in front of our door. My first thought was, "YEAH!! I LOVE fresh tomatoes." My next thought was, "What am I going to do with all of these tomatoes?" The first night home I made green fried tomatoes, I remember having them in Tennessee when we lived there. Kind of a big deal in the south. My green fried tomatoes turned out all right. I did a healthier version of them. However, I still had about a million tomatoes to use up. So, yesterday my plan was to use up as many as possible in my Mexican Soup/Chili. Whatever you want to call it. I've eaten this meal in various forms, but never with FRESH tomatoes, so I thought I'd give it a try.

Tralee and I set up our work station, and together we blanched the tomatoes so we could peel the skin easily. Tralee liked to take the big spoon and put the tomatoes into the hot water, then use the spoon to take them out and put them in the freezing water. She got a big kick out of it. She lost interest when it came time to peel the skin off. After the tomatoes were peeled, I cut and squished them, set them aside and moved onto spinach.

Spinach in Mexican chili? You wonder. Yes, we're trying to eat much healthier at our house. So, I sauteed a bag of spinach, pureed it, and added about half a cup into the chili. The rest of it went into the freezer for later use.

The next step was putting it all together. First I sauteed fresh garlic and onions in a little olive oil, added and browned some ground turkey, as well as flax seed meal. Then I added the taco seasoning, dumped the canned stuff in (beans -- I used black, white, and chili beans, but usually use whatever I have on hand--, chili peppers, corn, etc), added the spinach and tomatoes, some lime juice, and let it all simmer. Towards the end I added some cilantro, I LOVE fresh cilantro. And TA-DAH, my soup was done! Usually I just add canned tomatoes to this dish, but since I had all the fresh ones on hand, I wanted to use them up. I used both green and red. The green tomatoes added a little extra zing. I liked it.

How do you serve your Mexican Chili? We eat ours with some shredded cheese, sour cream, and tortilla chips on top.

So there you go. You probably didn't care to read about me cooking, but I always like to hear how people cook things, because sometimes I pick up an idea or tip I never thought of.

I still have quite a few green tomatoes to use up. Does anyone have any green tomato recipes or ideas for me? I would really appreciate some tips.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Part Three: St. George

We left Vegas Sunday night, and drove towards St. George. We wanted to spend some time with Adrienne and her girls, and Joni while we were in town. We packed in as much fun as we could on Monday. Jim and Adrienne golfed, we swam, carved pumpkins, played Rock Band, ate good food, and chatted it up. It was a great day and hard to leave on Tuesday!

First are the pictures from swimming:

Here is Cassi jumping in. My favorite one is picture number three.

Poor Tandra. She brought her raft along and said the wrong thing, "Guys, this is my raft, okay? I brought it, so no one can use it except for me." Of course when someone says something like this Uncle Jim hears, "Guys, I'm going to try and stay on this raft while you try and push me off and use it for yourself. Got it?" Just look at the collage below. You see Tand jumping on her raft, and then right around picture number four you see her looking at something coming towards her. That something is Uncle Jim, and yes, he's going to knock her right off her raft!
Tralee likes to smack Jim into the water. He deserves it.
Tralee LOVED this little tube pictured below. It was the first time in her life she "swam" around without help. She tipped over and almost drowned once. I had to jump in (while holding Hunter, mind you) and tip her back up. It was quite alarming, and made me want to put Tralee in swim lessons ASAP!

Towards the end of swimming Tralee discovered the joy of throwing rocks into the pool. Tandra, Cassi, and Jim found the joy of diving for said rocks and throwing them out of the pool.

Later that night Jim took the girls to a mexi-mart to find GIANT marshmallows. Jim loves them. Plus, while they were there they each picked out a different Hispanic soda and we all sampled them when we got back to Adrienne's.

The other tradition we've started with Ade's girls is carving pumpkins. Whenever we're around them during Halloween we HAVE to carve pumpkins. I usually roast pumpkin seeds, and after the pumpkins are carved Jim chases the little girls around the dark with a lit jack-o-lantern. The chasing around part is a tradition that started with Jim's dad when Jim was little. The first year we were married, I had no idea about this tradition. Jim and I had carved pumpkins and I was quite shocked when he turned out the lights and started chasing me around our tiny apartment with one of the lit pumpkin heads. It was only AFTER he did this that Jim explained it was a family tradition. Fun times.

Tralee slept through the pumpkin carving, so the next morning she was surprised to see all of these "compcains" sitting on the kitchen table.

And. . . . WE'RE DONE! Done with the Vegas trip posts. HOORAY!!