Sunday, September 28, 2014


I'm not sure why, but I've been on this nail kick lately.
Before I left Washington, I got some nail polish and detail polish. I did this fun blue and coral combo. I painted Tina's nails too. It was pretty fun.
One of my friends is a consultant for Jamberry nails and she sent me a free sample to try out. I thought they were pretty fun nail wraps. I ended up ordering some.
These are my first nails wraps that I used on all my fingers. They were pretty, but I decided I like using the wraps better as accent nails instead of on the whole hand.
Here's my latest attempt. Gold, light teal and this antique flower wrap.


Well... I think it's official now. Ashton is walking. He took a few steps on his own a couple weeks ago, but I think starting yesterday he became to determined to figure this walking thing out.
He's so cute. I love how he claps when we all clap for him.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Ice Cream Party

After one of Terryn's soccer games, we rushed over to an ice cream birthday party for one of the kids in his class.
Terryn showed up right as the kids were singing Happy Birthday and right before they got their ice cream.
Terryn got to sit right next to Derek who is like Terryn's best friend.

The kids got to pick their favorite ice cream flavor and then put whatever toppings they wanted in their bowls.
Terryn and Derek had fun being goofy.
Even though Terryn showed up late and was only there for a short time, it made him so happy to be able to go. He got to see a bunch of his friends, eat ice cream, see his BFF and come home with a cool goody bag.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Butter Chicken

One of my most favorite comfort foods has got to be butter chicken. I don't know why, but I LOVE it. I like to eat it over rice and top it with sauteed spinach.
It is just so YUMMY. This last time I made it I thought I would let Ashton try some. I didn't know if it'd be too spicy for him, but he ended up loving it too.
Mmmmmm.... so goooooooood.

BUTTER CHICKEN 1/2 c butter 1 onion chopped 2 garlic cloves minced 1 can coconut milk 1 can (about 14 oz) tomato sauce 3 tsp curry (yellow powder) 2 TB smoked paprika 1 tsp garam masala spice 1/2 tsp turmeric 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1 tsp kosher salt (*optional 1/4 c tamarind paste OR 1/4 c brown sugar) 1 TB chopped chives 1 TB parsley 2-5 cubed chicken --- Melt butter, sauté onion and garlic until see through. Add coconut milk and tomato sauce (med heat). On low, add spices. Mix well. Add chicken and cook 30-45 minutes. Last 10 minutes add chives. Enjoy over rice.

Saturday, September 13, 2014


School had started and I realized I really wanted to get Terryn involved in something like soccer, but the season had basically already started. I searched and searched and searched for something that hadn't started yet and that I could register Terryn for. Most of the leagues had already begun and were closed to new players. The other problem I had were that some of the leagues have games on Sundays which doesn't work for us.

I found one league outside of our city that started in a few days and its games were on Saturday. I remember filling out a form, but hadn't completed the registration process. I never put in payment information. I wanted to talk to Sean before I decided on anything. The next day I got an email from someone saying, "Hey I'm Terryn's coach here's all the info about soccer and our schedule." I was a bit confused. I had sent out quite a few inquiries and wasn't even sure what league this was for.

I tried telling them that I was definitely interested in having Terryn play soccer, but that I didn't think I had completed the registration or paid for it. They said they had it on their records that I did. Maybe I did? I honestly don't remember now, but I told them to check again and get back to me if they found a problem. So... yea! I got Terryn into a soccer program! Their practices are on Wednesdays and their games are on Saturdays or Mondays. This schedule works PERFECTLY for us. I'm so happy.

I went out and bought soccer gear for T. A size 4 ball, some cones for practicing, shin guards, socks and cleats. Terryn was really excited to try everything out.
He's on one of the teams for first graders in Mahwah. The funny thing is that he is about a foot shorter than some of the kids. Because we live in NY, the cut-off age for school is different than it is for NJ. Therefore, Terryn is the youngest kid on the team. Basically he's a whole year younger than most of the kids.
So far, it's been great. He's loved going to soccer. He enjoys it and has made some new friends.
I love it because it's a good way for him to spend his energy. He likes running after the ball, but he's not very aggressive. Sean calls youth soccer "bunch ball" because all the kids just run after the ball instead of playing zones.
I'm so grateful that I was able to get Terryn signed up in the perfect league for him. It has been awesome. We've enjoyed going as a family and watching him play his games and practice. I think Jayce will want to play soccer too because he sort of things he should be able to play on the team too.