Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Dirty 30!

Let the 30th birthday extravaganza begin!  This weekend we kicked off my week-o-birthday-fun with a Halloween costume party at our casa.  Missy (my little sis) gave me the surprise of a lifetime by flying in for the weekend to attend the fiesta!  She was only able to stay a few days but we had a blast together with the little time we had.  Speaking of partying… I came to realize this weekend that we’re not the rock stars we once were!  The night of the party Georgia and I were ready to pass out before 2am and even with a house full of people we ended the night with a full keg – yes, I wanted a keg at my party.  Just another desperate attempt to hang on to my youth lol! 

- Teenie and Katy were able to swing by before heading to KKG -

- Loved Susan, Robert and Jen’s STD costumes, HA! -

- Thank you for my amazing cake Becca -

- Teen Wolf and a Bird of Paradise -

- Eric & Deanna -

- My little hostess with the mostest -


- Great make-up Justi and thank you for the delicious cupcakes -

- Kung Fu Panda -

- Ashley’s costume was one of my favorites -

- Nick & Missy -

- Yes, my friends did keg stands… because they’re awesome -

- Deanna’s eyes are perfect in this pic -

- Georgia counting votes for the costume contest -

- Jason was the winner -

- Adam and Jason admiring the bag of intestines that he won -

Thank you for an amazing night babe - 

Only 2 days until we find out if we’re having a BOY or a GIRL!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

17-week check-up

This past week we had our follow-up OB appointment.  The good news is that our doc was MUCH nicer.  The office was a lot less busy and he seemed to make an extra effort to sit and talk with us.  The bad news is that our insurance isn’t going to cover a midwife so we’re going to have to go the Western medicine route and stick with our obstetrician.  I think Georgia and I were both disappointed because we’ve heard so many great things about the midwife experience and it never really occurred to us that it would be something that isn’t covered through our plan.  Looking on the bright side, we still feel very blessed to have insurance (because there are many moms-to-be that don’t) and as it turns out, our doctor isn’t a total jerk after all… what a huge relief! 

We were able to hear the baby’s heartbeat at the appointment and our doc said that everything sounded great!  It had been 6 weeks since we last heard our little bean so it was so wonderful to hear the sound of that little heart beating away!  Before leaving we scheduled the most important appointment ever – the ultrasound where we will hopefully learn the sex of the baby AND they were able to get us in on my 30th birthday!  Talk about getting the best birthday present ever!!  My mom and G’s ma and pop are going to join us for the appointment and I can hardly wait.  Only 9 days until we know if we’re going to have a baby girl or baby boy! Ekkkk! 

Things are going super fast and are just so exciting right now!  Georgia is feeling much better, we have some important appointments in the next couple of days, my 30th birthday fest is next weekend and our Denver trip is right around the corner!    

Life is good :)

How your baby’s growing: 17 Weeks

Your baby’s skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone, and the umbilical cord – her lifeline to the placenta is growing stronger and thicker.  Your baby weighs 5 ounces now (about as much as a turnip), and she’s around 5 inches long from head to bottom.  She can move her joints, and her sweat glands are starting to develop.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Crock Pot Cookin: Beef & Peppers

It’s that time of year again… crock pot season (with a twist!)  This fall/winter my recipes are going to look and taste a little different.  Rather than the starchier, heavy recipes, I’ll be cookin low carb and low cal.  Now before you panic please know that much like today’s meal, we’ll taste all crock pot cookin before I post.  I will say that if this evening’s creation is any indication of how the rest will turn out – you’ll all be happy campers! 

For my first crock pot adventure of the season I chose Beef & Peppers, mostly because I’m still waiting for Georgia to no longer find chicken revolting… oh how I miss chicken :(  I’ve selected another beef recipe, 2 pork and 2 chicken dishes thus far for the fall season.  I’m going to do my best to blog at least one crock pot dish each week.  Apparently people actually read my blog and enjoy trying out the meals I make, which I find rather exciting!  If you do try a CP dish, I would love to hear how it turns out and for all you carb lovers out there, feel free to incorporate brown rice, egg noodles, pasta or any other starch to these meals.  They will all go great with pretty much any dish.  

Something new that I’m going to try this year is to give you all an idea of what it cost to make each meal.  Hopefully over time you’ll have most of the dry ingredients in the pantry so all you’ll need to buy is the fresh stuff!  For this creation all I needed was the steak (which is a bit pricier than chicken and pork), the peppers, garlic and onion which cost approximately $17.00.  Not too bad for a meal that feeds 4 with leftovers.  

Let the slow cooking begin!    

What you’ll need –

·       3lbs round steak lean
·       2 green, red or yellow peppers sliced thin
·       1 cup onions minced ~ I LOVE onions so I say the more the merrier
·       2 cups 99% fat free beef broth
·       4 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
·       1 tsp ground ginger ~ you can find this in the spice section
·       1 garlic clove minced
·       2 tsp reduced sodium Worcestershire sauce

What to do –

1. Cut steak into serving size slices.  If desired you can brown the meat in a little light olive oil before adding to the crock pot. I always recommend browning meat just to be on the safe side.

2. Spray the inside of your crock pot with Pam and place the thinly sliced pepper rings in the bottom of the crock pot, reserving a few to place on top of the meat if desired.

3. Arrange the meat on your peppers.

4. Mix all other ingredients in a bowl and pour over meat and peppers.

5. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for about 4 hours.

and enjoy!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Balloon Fiesta 2011 ~ The Greatest Show Off Earth!

This is my favorite picture of our weekend!

Another Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta has come and gone and so has the traffic, thank goodness!  I LOVE the balloon fest but I’m usually ready to lose my mind by that last weekend.  The University that Georgia and I work for is literally one block from the BF grounds so as you can imagine, coming and going to work is like getting onto a Military base.  It’s a good thing that this event is one of our absolute favorite things to do all year.  It’s also pretty awesome that our company pays for us and our families to attend.                                                                                                                                                      
This year, like last year, we packed up the camper and spent the weekend at the Balloon Fiesta RV Park.  I’m sure that as you all read this you are probably asking yourself – why would anyone pay to #1: camp in town and #2: spend the weekend with a couple thousand senior citizens?!  As surprising as this may sound, it really is so much FUN!  Georgia loves any excuse to use our camper and I enjoy the fact that we don’t have to drive several hours before arriving at our destination.  There is also such a community feeling that you have in the evenings as everyone is barbecuing, listening to music and havin some beer.  This year we were joined by our friends Anthony, Brandon and Andrea.  We went the potluck route for dinner and everything was deliciouso (especially Andrea’s apple cobbler!)

Every year our company rents a few VIP tents for the staff and serves breakfast, coco and other goodies.  Let me just say that it’s a lot easier to wake up at 4am when you’re bused across the street and served warm food and drinks!  Georgia was a bit more busy this year than in years past because she was in charge of our alumni event which took place Saturday morning.  Her event couldn’t have gone better and we were all so proud of her!  Good job lady.  

Following our mix and mingle with the work peeps, we headed out to see all of the lovely balloons.  I was surprised by how many new special shape balloons there were this year.  I think it’s funny that regardless of how many times one goes to the Balloon Fiesta, we all still take about a hundred pictures of the beautiful balloon filled sky.  Who could blame us – it’s amazing every time.  Our University had their balloon out as usual, only this year me and G got to climb inside of the actual balloon as it lay on its side to take a picture!  This is something I’ve wanted to do for years and it was definitely the highlight of our day.  Georgia hired a professional photographer for the event and he was able to snap a pic of us in the belly of the balloon!  I’m hoping it comes out good because I would love to use it on our Christmas cards this year :)

Pretty much the best donuts EVER!

We had a pretty great weekend… which I think is evident by these post-fiesta napping pics – lol!  Georgia was so tired she passed out on the mattress after I stripped the sheets :)  

Until next year…

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Mia’s Baby Shower ~

This past weekend my mom hosted a baby shower for my sis-in-law, Angela.  It really was beautiful!  The shower was set outside under a big tree that hangs over the lawn.  Pastel paper d├ęcor and wind chimes hung from the trees and everything was covered in PINK!  Angela looked beautiful (of course) and so happy.  We were joined by friends and family and we even let Rudy, Devin and Ociel crash the event :)  It was so nice to see everyone and to spend some quality time with my aunts and cousins at the “Orozco table.”  I honestly can’t remember the last time I laughed so much!  Grandma and grandpa were there, only this year grandpa opted to stay inside and watch football because as he put it, “there are way too many ladies out there!”  

It was so exciting to watch Angela open her gifts because it made us think about how much fun it’s going to be when it’s our turn!  As Ang displayed onesie’s, baby blankets and the cutest little dresses ever, I had a smile from ear to ear.  My cousin Santana got a kick out of making fun of our giddiness :) 

Dom and Angela finally have a date for baby Mia’s arrival – October 24th, the day before my bday!  What a great birthday present!        

Justi made the most delicious cup cakes :)

The beautiful quilt that my mom and grandma made for baby Mia!

Below is the recipe for the deviled eggs I made for the shower.  Georgia loved them so I thought I would share.

What you’ll need ~

·       14 large eggs, hard boiled and peeled
·       ½ cup mayonnaise
·       2 tablespoon diced dill pickles
·       2 teaspoons prepared mustard
·       Salt and pepper, for taste
·       Paprika, for garnishing


Mash yolks with a fork and stir in mayonnaise, diced dill pickles, and mustard. Add salt and pepper, to taste.

Fill egg whites evenly with yolk mixture. Garnish with paprika.  Store covered in refrigerator.  Enjoy!

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