by amanda

Friday Five

December 28, 2012 in friday five by amanda

1. Meet Penelope! (Or Cruz. Or Wolfdog. Depending on who you ask.) She is the newest member of our family and we love her so much! My husband and I have spent most of the last week making up stories for why she looks so mad.

2. Hubby and I had a gingerbread house contest and put the photo up on Instagram for judging. I, sadly, lost the battle. Here I was thinking the funny shape of my house (on the right) gave it character but all of Instagram informed me that it just made it ugly. Boohoo.

3. Christmas Eve dinner is always a table full of appetizers at our house and this year was no exception. I made Bacon-Wrapped Smokies, Stuffed Mushrooms, and Cheesy Crab Dip. It was all delicious!

4. We have a fantastic Christmas that included a morning of openings present, skyping with the family back home, and a delicious dinner. My husband made a ginormous ham and for sides I made sweet potatoes, corn casserole, squash casserole, and carrot spoon bread.

5. We are incredibly lucky that the Army not only provides free daycare for kids of deployed soldiers but also continues it for 3 months after the soldier comes home. My husband and I have been on 4 dates since he came home not even a month ago! This week we put the kids in daycare and headed to PF Changs. I got the seared tuna on fried wontons and it was fantastic.

by amanda

Friday Five – Homecoming!

December 14, 2012 in friday five by amanda

I know I’ve been MIA lately but hopefully next week things will be back to normal. To make up for my lack of posting, I thought I’d share 5 of my favorite photos from the welcome home ceremony since I haven’t shared any yet.

All photos are courtesy of Nicole Middleton Photography.

(The baby wasn’t too excited when daddy tried to touch him.)

by amanda

Friday Five

November 23, 2012 in friday five by amanda

1. We had a birthday this week! Our middle child turned 3 so I rigged a balloon avalanche for him. I used a couple trash bags cut in half and a bunch of balloons. He loved it!

2. We’re actually waiting until his daddy comes home to have a party but he picked out some cupcakes and we had a mini-celebration.

3. I’ve been trying to do a craft with the kids everyday since my oldest was out of school the entire week. The snowman was a huge hit – just a water bottle stuffed with cotton balls and decorated with red and orange felt, buttons, and black duct tape.

4. Our tree went up this week too! We usually wait until Black Friday to do it but I needed something to entertain the kids (and myself) with last weekend. Having it up makes me so happy!

5. Earlier in the week I was having a conversation with the husband about how someone told me to buy a deer antler for the dog to chew on and I kept going on about how I was disgusted by the idea. And guess what Clementine got in her Barkbox the very next day. Part of a freakin’ moose antler! Ugggghhh. And she loves it.

by amanda

Friday Five

November 9, 2012 in friday five by amanda

1. Instagram finally made web profiles. If you aren’t already following me, you can do it here. You should do it. I mean, you don’t want to miss my Clementine365 project, do you?

2. I’ve been avoiding my husband’s closet since he left. Nine months ago. I finally tackled it this past weekend and omg. ALL OF THAT was on the floor. I did so much laundry that day.

3. On my nails: Julep Brit.

4. Last week when I made those frozen cranberry margaritas, I stashed a couple in the freezer (in mason jars). They’re perfect right out of the freezer and made excellent election night drinks!

5. Fat baby is finally walking! He’s 15 months now and everyone in the world was harassing me about when he was going to start walking. And honestly? After having one that walked at 8 1/2 months, it was nice to have one wait awhile to walk. But anyway, he’s got a fat lip to prove that he’s walking. Bless his heart.

by amanda

Friday Five

October 12, 2012 in friday five by amanda

1. Last month I started getting a Bountiful Basket each week and it’s definitely one of my favorite parts of the week. That box cost me $16.50 and included potatoes, apples, grapes, spinach, romaine, red bell peppers, a cucumber, strawberries, grape tomatoes and tons of broccoli!

2. I can’t bake a cookie to save my life these days. :( Don’t worry, we ate them anyway.

3. The kid has his last soccer game (his second season playing) a few nights ago. He was doing his “goal dance” in the photo. Right after I snapped it he started fist pumping. Help me.

4. My dear, sweet husband re-enlisted this week! Yaaaaay! Part of re-enlisting is being able to choose if you want to stay where you are and when he asked my opinion I was all “It doesn’t matter to me, blah blah blah, do what’s best for you but… I really love Colorado!” So we’re staying here, close to the mountains that I love so much! At least for the next little while.

5. On my nails this week: Sparkle Aplenty by Revlon.

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