Sunday, August 28, 2011

Go Vikings!

There is nothing cuter than a team of little guys running up and down a field struggling just to hold their heads up straight!  I’m assuming those helmets get a bit heavy :)

A few of Rudy’s biggest fans – Angela, Devin and baby Mia!

Auntie Kristi & auntie Georgia

Nerd alert!

Rudy’s team ends all their games with a prayer :)


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Life Through My Lens

Learning to knit (p.s. you’re all getting scarves for Christmas) ~ August 2011       

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Craft closet reveal… FINALLY.

You all probably don’t remember this, but about 5 months ago, I blogged about my DIY plan to create a craft closet in our guest bedroom.  If this doesn’t ring any bells, I totally understand.  Most do-it-yourselfers don’t make their blog readers wait half a year to see the final reveal of a project.  I’m a disgrace to DIY peeps everywhere!  In any case, I finally got around to taking pictures of the final product and I just love how it turned out!  I adore my little space because it is filled with photos that inspire me, favorite quotes, cards I love, art that the boys made me AND it serves as a perfect one stop mail station.  Now that I have my new and beautiful MacBook Pro (which is much smaller than my old PC), I’ve loved retreating to the back bedroom to blog in my cozy little space.  

If you find that you don’t have much space but really want an office – I would highly recommend you make a craft closet too!  I promise you’ll love it :)

Project details ~

-       Cleaned out the horrifically dirty closet
-       Replaced carpet with Martha Steward Living carpet
-       TSP walls and shelves
-       Removed hardware
-       Painted   
-       Installed corkboard wall on left side
-       Installed file organizers 

Friday, August 19, 2011

Devin’s 1st day of school!

Yesterday was Devin’s first day of kindergarten.  I know what you all must be thinking – where did the time go?!  Unfortunately, Georgia and I weren’t able to leave work to join the family in seeing him off, but Nani made sure to take a ton of pictures.  This will be the only year that Rudy and Devin attend the same school which I think makes this year extra special.  Soon Rudy will be off to middle school and we will begin a whole new chapter of elementary school fiestas, carnivals and fieldtrips with Devin.  Looking back, it was always so much fun to volunteer for Rudy’s class and even though our lives are much busier now – we’ll have to be sure and do the same for Devin!

I called the boys yesterday afternoon to see how their first day of school went.  Rudy was quick to tell me that it was actually his third day and that he LOVES his teacher.  Apparently, he has the same teacher that he had in the first grade and Rudy thinks that she is just awesome!  The highlight of Devin’s day was eating in the cafeteria like a big boy.  He told me “Nina, you know what?  We went to the cafeteria to have lunch and it was SO BIG!”  His little voice sounded so excited I almost cried.  Devin is truly our fearless little guy.  He has shown absolutely no anxiousness or fear of starting school.  We all had dinner at my mom's last week and when I asked him if he was nervous for his first day, he gave me a very puzzled look and asked, “why would I be nervous?”  Hehe!

It's nuts to hear about how much the school has changed since I went there many, many years ago.  There is so much they do for kindergartners these days.  Angela was telling me that they actually visit the home of every student to have a meet and greet with the parents prior to the first day.  Isn’t that the coolest thing?!  She said that the activity for day one was a little scavenger hunt followed by an orientation in the library.  While all the parents were in orientation, one of the other teachers shot some live video of the kids interacting in the classroom and getting to know each other.  Ang said that at one point she could see Devin in the background waving and saying, “I’m okay, I’m okay!”  She said that his little wave opened the mama floodgates and made her cry.  The funny thing is that I was expecting a tear or two from Ang but Dom was the one that really surprised me.  He owns a barbershop and is off every Sunday and Monday and for the past five years; Monday has always been dad’s day.  This past week while we were having dinner at Nani’s Dom told us, “this Monday is going to be my last dad and Devin Monday.”  He looked so sad and a little emotional (true story)! 

Luckily for Dom, Mia will be here soon! 
I’m sure he’ll love his "Dad and Mia Mondays" just as much :) 

Our handsome little guys!

I LOVE this picture!

Nani treated the boys to a little after school ice cream.  Lucky ducks!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Veggie Lovers

Okay, so maybe that’s a stretch… but we’re getting better!  Georgia and I have consumed more vegetables in the past 4 months than I think we have in our entire lives.  We even grilled eggplant for the first time a few weeks ago (which was totally disgusting, I do not recommend it).  The good news is that aside from the eggplant fiasco, we’ve loved everything else.  In addition to eating more veggies, we have also started grocery shopping at Sunflower Market, which has been such a delight!  The first time I went to the market, I was greeted by a woman working in the produce section who asked me if it was my first time visiting (I must have looked overwhelmed or something).  When I told her that it was she proceeded to give me a tour of the market that lasted nearly an hour, as well as a few canvas bags for my groceries.  Having spent the past 5 years grocery shopping at Wal-Mart – you can imagine how shocked I was!

Since that first visit I have learned SO MUCH about new and interesting veggies!  I’ve learned a ton more about organic foods, wines, new recipes and just general ways to live a healthier life.  I think that Georgia would agree that we have completely embraced this new way of eating and living and we’re feeling great!  Below are a few pics of some of the fun and healthy dishes we’ve made for dinner as well as the new vegetables we’ve discovered.

Georgia also came across a chart that detailed the fruits and vegetables with the highest and lowest pesticide content while reading a book on eating for pregnancy.  I know it’s not always possible to buy organic or eat organic, so if you can’t go organic – keep the following in mind: 

Highest pesticide content
Lowest pesticide content
Sweet peas
Bell peppers
Sweet corn
Imported grapes

Some of our favorite dishes! 

Green chile chicken stew ~ 

Organic turkey meat swiss burger ~

Grilled chicken with calabacitas ~

Salmon and asparagus with sunflower salad ~

Turkey stuffed bell peppers ~

Asian chicken stir fry ~ 

Cream of mushroom & chicken soup ~

Feeling hungry?

Life Through My Lens

Enjoying our suite @ the Isotopes game ~ August 2011

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Oprah’s Turkey Meatballs

My mission to find low-carbs recipes has taken on a life of it’s own.  You can’t imagine how hard it is to find a recipe that is low on the glycemic index, does not include red meat and is non-dairy.  Luckily G and me love chicken, fish and vegetables, so we don’t mind having that for dinner most nights.  Where it gets tricky is when we have to find a dish to take to parties and BBQ’s.  This weekend we had baby Olivia’s 2nd birthday party so early in the week I began my search for a yummy birthday party dish.

A few weeks ago, Albertson’s was having a sale on their turkey meat so I bought a ton of it (seriously… like 12lbs of the stuff – it was a great deal).  Since then the only thing I’ve made with my ton-o-turkey has been meatloaf.  In my attempt to make a little freezer space, I went in search of turkey meat recipes and that’s when I came across Oprah’s favorite turkey meatball recipe on her website!  If you’ve never substituted ground beef with turkey meat you should know that it does taste a bit different.  The good news is that turkey is a much healthier option and is still very delicious!   

Here’s what you’ll need:

~ 4lbs ground turkey
~ 1 medium red onion, chopped
~ 1 red pepper, chopped
~ 1 green pepper, chopped
~ 3/4 cup green chile, chopped
~ 1/2 cup parsley, chopped
~ 4 cloves of garlic, chopped
~ 3 eggs
~ 3 tsp. garlic salt
~ 1 tsp. ground pepper
~ 2 tbs. Olive oil
~ 1 cup fat free saltine crackers, crushed
~ Marinara sauce
~ Parmesan cheese
What to do:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Using a food processor, chop onions, peppers and green chile.

You may need a knife to finely chop the green chile if your processor leaves the pieces too large.

In a small bowl beat eggs, olive oil, garlic salt and pepper.
In a large bowl mix turkey meat, onion, peppers, chile, parsley and garlic.
Combine ingredients adding in the crushed saltine crackers.

Using your hands, shape mixture into balls and place each in an oven safe dish.

Cover with foil and cook for 35 minutes at 350 degrees.  Cut one of your meatballs open to check that it is cooked.  You may need to cover and cook for another 10 minutes if necessary.

Remove foil and pour the marinara sauce on your meatballs.  Cook uncovered for 15 minutes.
When finished remove from oven and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.


Happy birthday Olivia :)

Thursday, August 4, 2011

5 years ago today…

I walked up to Georgia in the middle of Anodyne, asked if she was single, and proceeded to tell her that I thought she was beautiful.  The rest is history.  I can’t believe that five years have already passed.  I can’t believe that we have been together for longer than I was in college or high school and I can’t believe that we’ve been together since Devin was just a few months old! 

This is the first picture that I ever took of Georgia as she lay on my lap in my tiny apartment.  I love this picture.  Happy five years lady.

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