Thursday, October 30, 2014

The First Getaway in 2.5 years



Two and a half years.  That’s how long it had been since Bob and I had been away together for the night.  I know! I know! All you seasoned mom’s out there are yelling at me and thinking I’m crazy.  Let me just say that I was ready for a night away a little while back but someone else needed a little more time.  I won’t name any names but he’s my baby daddy.

So after roughly 895 days he was ready.  It never bothered me that Bob (ooppss..now you know who I was talking about) didn’t feel ready to leave for the night.  I actually thought it was really sweet.

Now, we have gone on dates (dinner, movie, and brewery) but never away for the night.  So a few months ago when I mentioned it to Bob, I was surprised that he agreed.  When we started making plans we were going to do a little small town getaway but we waited way too late to book a cute little b&b and we thought we were going to have to reschedule.  But we decided that we just needed to go somewhere.  We had my aunt all set to come stay with Lars and we were both excited to get away.  So at the last minute we booked a room in San Antonio.

Neither of us are big fan of San Antonio but it was the best solution for booking stuff literally the night before.  We got a room atreally nice hotel on the riverwalk, we made reservations a swanky little wine bar and bought tickets for a comedy show. 


Bob and I used to travel all the time.  We would be somewhere different every weekend.  So although this was a short trip it was great to have a little fun.  While we had a ball, we both missed Lars very much come Sunday morning.  We had plans to get brunch and hit up a couple of shops but we woke up early after saying over and over again we were going to sleep in and we grabbed coffee and headed back home. 












Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Homemade Elderberry Syrup - Natural Remedy for Cold and Flu



I have used elderberry supplements in the past but never thought about making my own elderberry syrup.  I came across an article that mentioned just how simple it was to make your own.  I was intrigued and hoping to save money.  Buying elderberry syrup in the store can bring about sticker shock…it’s not cheap.

Elderberries have long been praised for their super immune boosting powers.  They contain a flavonoid called anthocyanin which has both anti-oxidant and immune boosting properties.  They are also a great source of vitamins C and B6, beta carotene and iron.  Because of these properties elderberry syrup is used to help prevent colds and flu and/or reduce symptoms and recover quicker.

Here are a few links that provide more information about the benefits of elderberries.




Ingredients:

1 cup dried elderberries  (I get mine here)
4 cups water
2 tablespoon ginger (optional)
2 cinnamon sticks (optional)
1 ½ cups honey (I use raw honey to make sure we're getting all the benefits)

Instructions
  • Add water, elderberries and ginger/cinnamon to a pot and bring to a boil
  • Reduce heat, cover and simmer until the liquid is reduced by about half.
  • Strain
  • Allow the liquid to come to room temperature
  • Stir in honey
  • Pour into a jar with a lid and store in fridge

I generally give Lars about ½ teaspoon during the fall and winter months a few times a week and Bob and I take 1-2 tablespoons.  If the flu or a cold does strike I give it more often. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Pumpkin Patch That Stepped it Up



We of course had to hit up a pumpkin patch this month and we did it this past weekend.  We generally visit the local small town pumpkin patch and call it a day but I had been hearing about this fall extravaganza in Marble Falls about an hour north of us.  It’s a 'pumpkin patch' at the Sweet Berry Farm and let me just say that I was not prepared for the overload of fun! This place had everything; sand art, face painting, hay rides, corn maze, flower picking, homemade pumpkin ice cream (YES!! Homemade pumpkin ice cream and it was unbelievable), horse rides, goats to feed and pet, train ride, make your own scarecrow, a big in ground jumpy thing…I mean seriously, this was like a pumpkin patch on crack!


I usually will always opt for the more  low key event….in any situation.  I don’t like big crowds, big parking lots or all the other hoop-la to go along but this place was well worth it.  Lars had an absolute blast and so did we.  I couldn't get over all the activities they had to do for the kiddos.  






Checking out his new ink














Out of all the 4 million pumpkins....this is the one we came home with. 






Monday, October 13, 2014

Cry or Go Outside


“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.” – John Burroughs
I go through stages of feeling excited and optimistic about this house and then feeling completely overwhelmed and frustrated with it.  I am without a doubt a product of my environment which I have grown to fully understand during the renovation of this house. I also never would have thought that renovating a home would lead to life lesson…I've learned a lot since we purchased this house.  Some good, some bad. 

Recently, I've been overwhelmed with it and chomping at the bit to finish the damn thing.  Therefore, we have been spending lots and lots of time outside.  There is really only one main reason we purchased this house and that was the land. There’s no denying how beautiful the property is even when I want to cry because I’m tired of buying cabinets, paint and talking about renovations the property itself remains peaceful and lovely.

I go outside.  I go outside and justify this chaos that we gotten ourselves into.  I go outside with Lars and see just how happy he is.  I realize that Lars doesn't really care that there are no cabinets in the laundry/mud room and haven’t been for months or that the toe kicks on the kitchen cabinets are still not done yet. Lars only cares that he’s outside and having fun and let’s be honest…that sounds amazing.  To only be concerned with having a good time.  Granted, that’s part of the joy of being 2.5 years old…being completely blinded to all the responsibilities, but there’s definitely something to learn from it. 








We also got all dressed up for a friends wedding last weekend and I must say that Lars needs to go to more weddings!! This kid did not want to leave.  On the way home (after he cried as we drug him off the dance floor) he kept asking if we were going to go back to the club!!! A club??? How does he know what a club is?  Kid cracks me up! Annnddd....because no one in our house if ever dressed up (well except for Bob everyday of the week..poor guy) we went a little picture crazy.  Sorry for the picture overload! 











At the Club (wedding)












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