Thursday, March 31, 2011

spanakopita anyone?

I feel like I'm always trying to find more things that Mia can eat (without having to take a bath when she is finished) and something that is NOT a fruit or veggie.  (Come on people, fruits and veggies get old after a while.  Mia could LIVE off of fruit, chick peas, green beans, squash, zucchini, and broccoli.)   Well, add a tally to the list, because Mia is now a GIANT fan of Spanakopitas!  Never had them before?  Head on over to Costco and buy a box!  You will definitely NOT be sorry that you did.

The first time I ever tasted this yumminess was at a wedding.  Needless to say, I made several trips back to the food table throughout the night just to let my taste buds in on the party.  Although I've talked about them ever since that night, I haven't eaten Spanakopitas until Super Bowl Girls' Night.

All of the guys went to one house to watch the game, eat pizza, chili, and veggie trays  The ladies, however, spent the night chatting, laughing, watching a tad bit of the game, but mostly eating food that looked like it had been catered by a professional company.  ('s bringing back memories.)  One of the foods of the night were Spanakopitas.  And yes, I even made a little "take home bag" of them at the end of the night.  Seriously...who needs dessert when you have some sort of scrumptious spinach mixture baked in a light flaky crust?

So during my most recent visit to Costco I remembered several friends had told me I could find them there. forward a couple of days...My family and I have probably gained a few, well worth it, pounds.

The best thing about Spanakopitas is that Mia LOVES them.  She asks for more and more and more.  Cha-ching!  There you have it folks.  Another yummy, and somewhat healthy food that Mia can't get enough of!  "winning"  haha!

Monday, March 21, 2011

In laws...

While most people try to steer clear of their in-laws, I happen to enjoy being around mine very much.  Caleb and I used to hang out with them as a couple when we were dating/newlyweds.  Seriously...we would watch American Idol, play cards, battle on the wii, ring in the new year, or even just sit around and talk until it was wayyyy past our bedtime.  Now that we have our sweet Mia though, times have changed.  Our curfew is now around 8:00-8:30 if we want to have any sanity by the end of the night.  So we usually try to hang out with them during the daytime.

My mother-in-law is always inviting the family over to eat (and boy can this lady cook)!  The only time we ever turn her down is if we absolutely just cannot make it.  I love when March 16th rolls around, because I know that she is going to want to cook for my birthday, but I also know that her birthday is the day after mine which means we will get to celebrate twice!!!!  Talk about fun, right?

We all got together to celebrate another year of her life yesterday.  We had pizza, TCBY, and the kids had ice cream sundaes.  (Can you tell that my father-in-law was in charge of the meal this time?)  After we filled our bellies, we headed outside.  Well...MOST people headed outside.  Christi, my good friend and sister-in-law, and I found ourselves sitting at the table talking while our AMAZING in-laws entertained our kids. :)  It was GLORIOUS!!!  Seriously... I didn't have to worry about Mia at all!!! And when we finally did make our way outside, it just made me smile.

Papa was driving Mia around on the golf cart while Noni hunted for frogs under logs with the kiddos.  Then next thing you know, Noni, the kids, and the dogs come trudging through the woods with a "blob" of something they found by the swamp.  (They think it is frog eggs, so they put them in the pond.)  The kids picked up worms, Mia ran around everywhere, got to swing, the kids played and played, all while Christi and I sat on the deck and chatted.  AHHHHH!  Can you picture the bliss?!!!  It gets even better, people!  They continued to feed us until we FINALLY left around 8:30.  Spoiled?  Umh...I like to call it "blessed".  :)

This is just a snapshot of ONE DAY with my in-laws.  They are constantly serving, feeding, and entertaining us (and our kids).  Could life get any better?  As far as in-laws go, I'm going to have to say "no".

I think Mia would agree.  She LOVES Caleb's parents and cries when they leave her.  Below is a picture of Papa reading to Mia on the swing.  He was working on our pergola, but Mia spotted him and had to have some alone time with him. :)

Happy Birthday to Mia!

Noni in her element. (I'm glad SHE is the one picking up the bugs.  No thanks.)

Having fun with Papa...

I LOVE this picture.  This is what they did when they found out Mia was FINALLY here.  You should see these people dance! :)

Don't be jealous of me just because I have GREAT in-laws.  There's plenty to go around! :)  They love to love people!!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Bee Movie

My intentions were to update this blog regularly.  Not only for friends and family that we don't get to see very often, but to document our busy lives.  Needless to say, I haven't done a very good job at that.  Have no fear though!...the line from the Bee Movie "This time!  This time!  This time!" has been playing over and over in my head.  So I'm going to try this again.  And THIS TIME I'm hoping to keep up with it. :)

Life has been crazy, but it has been SO great!  Mia Jubilee is such a fun addition to our family.

Splashing in the Tub!