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It’s the Small Things

1 Mar

I am so grateful to be home this week back with the husband and animals. Traveling is fun but it’s so nice to come home!

Enjoy your family and have a wonderful weekend!

Father-in-Law and Husband

Father-in-Law and Husband

This is totally Shane! Ha LOVE IT!!

This is totally Shane! Ha LOVE IT!!

Bruce, Rhonda and Boo Boo - Lazy Sunday morning!

Bruce, Rhonda and Boo Boo – Lazy Sunday morning!

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10th Date of Christmas

9 Jan

On our 10th (and maybe my favorite) date of Christmas it was Shane’s stay at home date.

Shane told me to bundle up because we were going to be outside. I naturally assumed we were going somewhere (I didn’t know it was the stay at home date) so when he went to put the dogs out I followed him. Well I was not supposed to do that because he had this whole set up outside with Christmas music, a fire, food and s’mores! He even put up extra Christmas lights on the tree and the fence!

I ruined his surprise! But it was still really special!

We put chicken and vegetables on pitchfork looking things and cooked them in the fire. Shane made the best tzatziki sauce and we had chicken and veggie pitas! Sooo good! Then we made s’mores with fun candy.

This was so romantic and beautiful! This was my favorite date of all! And it was extra special because Bruce and Rhonda got to go on this date with us!

Lighting the fire

Lighting the fire

Fire

Chicken and veggie pitas vith the best tzatziki sauce!

Chicken and veggie pitas vith the best tzatziki sauce!

Bruce and Rhonda and the fire

Bruce and Rhonda and the fire

S’more station with wine of course!

S’more station with wine of course!

S’mores with Twix candy bars!

S’mores with Twix candy bars!

Bruce and Rhonda in the firelight!

Bruce and Rhonda in the firelight!

 

Best Christmas Gifts

4 Dec

Tis the season of shopping and Christmas presents and all that jazz!

I have been doing some shopping and trying to get done with gifts early this year! But I started thinking about the best presents I have got throughout my years and I guess I am lucky because I have a lot!

The best present I have ever been given was a jewelry box in 2007 to go with the engagement ring I got on Christmas Eve! Best present ever!

And the best present I got as a kid was Paradise Estates. I waited years for that house! And I LOVED it – still have it!

One of the most memorable gift I ever got was a trip to Disneyland. My parents surprised my brother and me! How awesome right!! Every Christmas we would make the journey from Jemez to Albuquerque to go to my grandparents’ house.

But one year we went to the train station (which no longer exists) instead. There we were told we were going to take a train to Disneyland! We were so excited!!! And we got on the train and took off and an hour later our train stopped. And we waited…. And waited…. And waited. Turns out the trains in front of us derailed and we couldn’t go any further.

We were just a little outside Albuquerque – they put us on greyhound busses and shipped us off to Disneyland. LONGEST TRIP EVER! But so much fun once we got there. Oh and my brother and I were younger and probably annoying.

The Husband’s best Christmas gifts include Bruce – we go him in 2005 from a family in El Paso. They didn’t speak English and we didn’t speak Spanish. We just put some money on the table and they gave us the cutest puppy in the world!

Then Shane said his iPod was the second best gift and his Bose was after that. He obviously loves music!

What are some of your favorite or most memorable Christmas presents?

Nick and me - Christmas in 198something

Nick and me – Christmas in 198something

Nick and me Christmas

Yeah I am holding a Barbie to later house in my new Paradise Estates!

Yeah I am holding a My Little Pony to later house in my new Paradise Estates!

This is where the My Little Pony’s lived! Paradise Estates! I would ask for this every Christmas and Birthday! I finally got it for Christmas one year. My mom let me play with it for a year then took it away and said I could have it back later – she recycled my toys so when I did get it back it was like a new toy! Evil or genius??

This is where the My Little Pony’s lived! Paradise Estates! I would ask for this every Christmas and Birthday! I finally got it for Christmas one year. My mom let me play with it for a year then took it away and said I could have it back later – she recycled my toys so when I did get it back it was like a new toy! Evil or genius??

Dad, Nick, Me at Disneyland

Dad, Nick, Me at Disneyland – we finally made it!

My dad and me on the first Rollercoaster I remember riding!

My dad and me on the first Rollercoaster I remember riding!

Baby Bruce

Baby Bruce Shane’s favorite Christmas present

Most adorable puppy ever!

Most adorable puppy ever!

 

It’s the Small Things

9 Nov

This was a crazy and weird week – I blame the election.

So this week I am grateful for….

Yeah I took a picture with the “I Voted” sticker – at least I didn’t make the duck face.

The end of political commercials and the right to vote.

Sleepy Time Vanilla Tea

Cozy on the couch with tea!

Sleepy Time Vanilla Tea and colder weather.

Napping with Bruce on a Sunday afternoon

Naps with Pets.

Have a great weekend!

It’s the Small Things

26 Oct

This week I finally got into the Halloween Spirit (and candy)!

Halloween is my favorite holiday and I love the feel, look and smell of it. You know the smell, when you can smell Fall or a wood stove for the first time….. That always reminds me of Halloween.

This week I am grateful for fun Halloween decorations

Halloween decorations

Halloween Pumpkins

The American Horror nights with the Husband and our friend Cannon! We started watching American Horror last year and making fun food, drinking wine and hanging out! Such fun nights!

Cannon and me!

The Pretty Little Liar Halloween special was this week! And if that was not great on its own, my friend and fellow blogger Arantha came over to watch with me. We made a fun fall fruit and cheese plate,  ate some rotisserie chicken and drank some red wine. Everything was healthy until we broke into the Halloween candy and made ourselves sick because we ate too much.  I guess you never learn…..

Fall Cheese and Fruit Plate

Arantha and Tootse! Check out Arantha’s blog http://aranthasgourmetbeauty.com/

I also enjoyed two pets with their tongues sticking out.

Tootse – sometimes her tounge just gets stuck

Have a great weekend!

Life lately according to Rhonda

21 Aug

Rhonda has been extra cute lately! And I can never capture how cute she is in photos. She is that girl who is pretty in real life but unfortunate looking in pictures. But I keep trying. Here are some of Rhonda’s best moments.

Rhonda

Rhonda

Rhonda and Boo Boo

Rhonda and me

Rhonda and Bruce

Dear God…

3 Aug

When I was little and didn’t know how to pray I was told to write God a letter. So now I still start impromptu prayers with a “Dear God”, something I have been made fun of. But I don’t care because it works for me.

So I was thinking of some of the things I was grateful for today and made a list/prayer to thank God. Sometimes I take things for granted which is something that bugs me yet I am a constant offender.

So, in an effort to not annoy myself here I go.

Dear God,

Thank you for being in my life and for the things you put in my life.

Thank you for my husband. He is my world.

Thank you for my family! All of them (in-laws included they are amazing) – there’s a lot and I am so grateful to have fun and amazing family. And thank you for the crazy family members – yes even Tia Emma – because at the end of the day she is still my grandma’s sister.

Thank you for my pets.

Thank you for my friends.

Thank you for my job.

Thank you for the struggles, difficult times and sad moments. Because without them I would never truly appreciate everything else that is right and wonderful in my life.

Best Regards,

Josa

Oh and PS here are some purely selfish and shallow things I too am grateful for.

Thank you for the cast of Jersey Shore – they make me look like I have my shit together. When in fact they really have their shit together since they get paid to drink and party.

Thank you for the show Pretty Little Liars because although I am 29 it makes me feel young to watch.

Thank you for Macaroni and Cheese. And thank you for letting me marry a man who makes THE BEST MAC CHEESE EVER!!!!!

Thank you for vampires, zombies and werewolf’s. Those creatures have contributed to many years and hours of entertainment. Ever since my eyes first fell on the glorious TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Best TV show EVER!!

Which brings me to ….

Thank you for Joss Whedon. I love that man and everything he touches.

Thank you for potatoes.

Thank you for wine.

Thank you for creating the person who invented the deep fryer.

Thank you for exercise since apparently I eat a lot.

Thank you for Halloween.

And finally thank you for Google – what would I do without it?