Friday, January 18, 2013

SUYL: Soups

I am linking up with Kelly's Korner today for Show Us Your Life: Soups!

I am not much of a soup person but I do love me a good taco soup. Its something I grew up eating and it always takes me back to my childhood.

This is my granny's recipe and I hope you will enjoy it! :)

Taco Soup
2 lbs. ground meat
1 onion, chopped
1/2 tsp. salt and pepper
1 can chopped green chili's
1 pkg taco seasoning
1 pkg ranch dressing mix
2 cans Ranch style beans
1 can whole kernel corn
3 cans stewed tomatoes ( I use chopped)
1 can kidney beans
1 can jalapeno pinto beans (or just the regular if you don't want it spicy)
1 1/2 cup water- if needed

Brown meat and onion together. Drain. Bring all ingredients to a boil and simmer for 1 hour. Enjoy! :) Easy Peasy!!

Ava is 15 months old!

I am way behind on this post but its better late than never right? I can't believe how fast my baby girl is growing up! 

Ava Drew, at 15 months...

I am not sure your weight or height but we should find out at your appointment next week. You wear mainly 12 month clothes and a 3 or 4 diaper and size 3 shoe.

You are a great eater and eat all day long it seems like. You sleep from 7 or 8pm to about 8 or 9am. It just depends on how tired you are when we put you to bed.

You take one nap a day and it's usually 2 hours long. I think I have weaned you off nursing. Sometimes if you get up in the night, I will still nurse you back to sleep but that's about it.

Your vocabulary is expanding by the day! You can say so many words...I lost count. My favorite is "Luh you" (love you).

You love to say "bye bye" or "hi". You are SO sociable! You wave and say "hi" to everyone in the grocery store.

Your favorite thing to do now is play with your babies. You LOVE your babies. You will rock them and say "shh" and pat their back to try to get them to go to sleep. It's the sweetest thing! You love all things girly. You  love to play with my makeup brushes when I am getting ready in the morning. You also love purses! You always carry my purses around the house and say "bye bye" like you are about to leave. ha!

You LOVE listening to music. You always play with my itouch and can somehow get the music to turn on every time. You will sit so still and just listen to the music..and sometimes bob your head. ha!

You have been such a blessing to us, Ava Drew. I know I say it every time but I can not imagine our lives without you. You are our world and can't wait to see all the wonderful things that God has planned for your life.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Smock Swap

I am slow to getting around to posting some outfits that I want to sell.

Carriage Boutiques. Brand New with tags. Size 6 months. $28 SHIPPED. 

Friedknit Creations. Brand New with tags. Size 2T. $28 SHIPPED

 Petit Ami. Worn once. Comes with bloomers. Sorry for the wrinkles. Size 3 mo. $18 shipped. 

If you are interested in any of the items I posted, please post SOLD and leave your email address below in the comment section and I will invoice you through Paypal. If you have any questions, you can email me at

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Happy New Year!

What a long but great year 2012 was! I can't believe its already over! At the end of every year (or in this case, beginning of the new year), I like to blog about and reflect on the past year. Here is our year in review...

I got a blog makeover by the amazing Leisha Shepperd.
We took a trip to Texas to introduce Ava Drew to our families for the first time. We stayed for a whole month. Two weeks in Amarillo and two weeks in Sherman. You can read more in Part 1 and Part 2.

The first couple of weeks were spent in Texas. Once we got back to Germany, we laid low and tried to get back into the swing of things...and get over jet lag.

Bryce put on Senior Airman, Bryce turned 23, and I took Ava on her first trip to the zoo.

We took a day trip to Trier, celebrated Easter with friends and enjoyed a great church service, took a day trip to Dinant, Belgium and Ava hit a milestone and started sitting up this month (6 mo. old).

Ava and I took another trip back to the states for my sisters wedding. Ava was the "flower girl" and I was a bridesmaid. We stayed for 2 weeks and Ava loved all the attention she got from family. I spent my first night away from Ava because I went to my sisters bachelorette party in Dallas. She got to stay with her Gigi (my mom) for the evening and I think she did pretty good! Her momma, on the other hand, was worried sick! That 30 minute drive back to Sherman took foorrreverrrr!

I also got to celebrate my first mothers day! I was in Sherman so Bryce had flowers sent to the house! Such a sweet man.

One of my best friends, Cassie, took some pictures of Ava! They turned out AMAZING!!! If you live in the Dallas area, get in touch with Cassie for pics! You will thank me! :)

Ava started crawling (71/2 mo. old).
I helped throw a few baby showers.
Celebrated my 23rd birthday on the 23rd (GOLDEN b-day!!) :)
Bryce surprised me with a trip to LONDON as a birthday present! Best. Present. Ever. Wonder how he is going to top it this year...;)

Celebrated the fourth of July at the huge 4th of July Bash on Ramstein. We ate some good food and watched the kids play on the bounce houses and then watched a great fireworks show.

We also went to LONDON and spent 5 days there. Best 5 days of my life. Okay, maybe I'm  being a little dramatic but I LOVED London and seriously want to live there one day. You can read about our trip in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4! :)

We bought a Vitamix Mixer (best purchase ever because it ended up being free!)
Went to a Wine Fest.
Shopped at some Flea Markets.

Went to Bad Durkheim for their wine fest. Its the biggest wine fest in the world!

Celebrated Ava's first birthday on the 11th.
Went to Oktoberfest in Hannover, Germany.
Went Trunk or Treating on Ramstein.

Celebrated Veteran's Day.
Celebrated Thanksgiving with our friends here in Germany! Ate lots of food and played a fun game of Quelf!
Took our second trip to Brussels, Belgium.

December was such a busy month for us. It went by SO fast! We took a small trip to Brugge and Brussels for a few days. We attended a few Christmas parties. Went to Heidelberg Christmas market. Spent Christmas Eve in Brussels...again! Yes, we have been 4 times!! Celebrated Christmas at home as a family and skyped our families. Spent New Years Eve at home playing games and eating of having an infant! ;)

If you even made it to the end of this post, good job! ;)

It has been a great year to say the least. Can't wait to see what 2013 has in store. We will be moving in May back to the states (we find out where we are going in a couple of weeks) so I am really nervous about that. I hate moving..especially to a new city! I am really going to miss it here. I have grown to LOVE being here. If you told me 2 years ago I would miss it here, I would have laughed SO hard! I hated it here the first year or so. We have gotten to visit SO many places and created some great friends but we are also looking forward to meeting new friends and creating more memories!!