Archive | April, 2012

Menu Monday-ish

10 Apr

Ahhh…we’re back from Vegas, and we’re trying to get back into our daily routine.  Nothing too fancy this week as we try to catch up with work….and I try to limit a bruised ego from eating at fancy restaurants!  We ate some of the best food while on vacation, so I’m kind of afraid to jump into the kitchen this week.  I’m quite sure that none of my meals are going to measure up to a Bobby Flay restaurant.

Here’s what we’re cooking….

Tuesday–Potato (not sweet for us!), black bean and beef chili with my attempt at the Bobby Flay corn muffins that we had at Mesa Grill.  So good.

Wednesday–Pasta with marinara, artichoke bruschetta.

Thursday–Quesadillas using Chicken Ropa Vieja.

Friday–Burrito bowls using leftover Chicken Ropa Vieja.




3 Apr

Happy, happy birthday to the best sister I could ever hope to have.

I remember my mama pregnant with Amelia.  We, of course, had no idea whether the baby was going to be a boy or girl.  But, I distinctly remember hugging my mama’s belly and saying goodnight to ‘Amelia.’  I didn’t just have high hopes for a sister; I was determined to get one.

On April 3, 1989, after eating dinner and waiting not so patiently with my grandparents, I found out that the baby in my mama’s belly actually was an Amelia.  As if I had any doubt.

After having my parents all to myself for five years, I’m sure I wasn’t exactly pleasant all the time after she was born.  I might remember grabbing a handful of Amelia’s hair (she was born with a head full of it!), pulling as hard as I could,  and running away…because I was just sure that my parents weren’t paying enough attention to me to even notice what I had done.   If I acted this way when I got an Amelia, I can’t imagine what my parents would have been in for had I received a brother instead.

Amelia, I am so lucky to have you as a sister and a best friend.  I’m so proud of all you’ve accomplished.  I hope today is absolutely perfect.  Love you!

One Year.

2 Apr

A year ago today, I walked down the aisle and became a wife to the greatest husband around.

At our rehearsal dinner, I gave a speech about our favorite question to ask each other… ‘Aren’t we lucky?’

And the past year has kept us asking.

We spent a glorious week honeymooning on Isla Mujeres.

We celebrated the birth of our first nephew, and we’ve had so much fun watching him grow up.

We celebrated Amelia’s graduation from Georgia Tech.


We stood by Michael and July as they became husband and wife.

We created new memories and traditions with our families.


We laughed until we cried with our friends.

David, I’m so thankful for you, for the memories we’re making, and for the life we’re creating.  I love you.  I think we’re pretty darn lucky.