King of Hearts

Today is Valentine’s Day! A day of love, or a day that rubs the fact that you’re single in your face. Some people love this holiday, other people think it’s a Hallmark holiday. I’m in the middle. I think we should take the time every day to show that special someone you care.  The majority of households have both parents working now, and schedules are jammed packed for the kids, so it’s easy to lose sight of the other person in the relationship, and while I think it should be an everyday thing, I think it’s a nice reminder to slow down and tell that special someone how you feel. 

On to another story… Every Valentines schools usually have a dance. Some call it Sadie Hawkins; others (like ours) call it King of Hearts.  Instead of choosing a queen or princess, a king is chosen.  Way back in the day when Sal was a senior in High School and I was a sophomore I had a crush on him.  However we didnt get to know eachother until 2006 I digress though, Sal was voted King for the King of Hearts dance back then and it still makes me smile now. He has the picture from the dance with all the guys in it, and I love looking at it. They were all so young, but didn’t know it. I should have scanned it in, but I’m still under the weather, cough, cough. Okay, I’ve never tried to scan anything on my printer yet, so I’ll have to work on that.

Roman got a couple presents (like he needs anymore), but I always loved getting something from my parents when I was younger. As you can see he brought some of his toys to the party to help make something for Daddy when he was at school. I started playing with the setting and this was taken in Monochrome. I kind of like it.

Valentines is for friends too. A dear friend of mine, Kari, made me home-made chicken soup today when she found out I was sick. It makes me smile from ear to ear to know I have people surrounding me that care so much about me! Thank you Kari! I hope everyone enjoyed your Valentines as much as I did, and if you’re in that lonely heart club, no worries! Go with the line that it’s a holiday made by Hallmark :)!

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Early Birthday Celebration

We celebrated Sal’s birthday a day early today. Sal will be 32 tomorrow, but since it’s Sunday it was easier to get everyone together today. This was one of the best birthday celebrations for Sal to date. Well…Cabo was nice, but I liked this a ton too. We made a yummy dinner of Tri-Tip, baked Asparagus, rolls, and a Parisian Salad. We celebrated this year sans alcohol, which isn’t a big deal but it was much nicer. Weird how that seems more appealing when you grow up. 🙂

Just incase you couldn’t tell…my parents are on the left, Sal’s are on the right. Hehe. I’m sure I have said it before, but I got really lucky with my in-laws. They are both so sweet and welcoming.

Here is the birthday boy and his helper. I think this might have been the second or third time they blew out the candles 🙂 Ahhh…..poor little Roman is sick though. Can you see it in his eyes? I an not sure what he has, but if he’s not a little better by tomorrow were going to the Dr. Ugh, nothing better than a sick kid and the Dr. on your birthday. 😦

So….Im sure everyone is dying to know what Sal got for his birthday?! He got a new computer that I want to steal, a circular saw from my parents, and a couple more things, but since it’s not his real birthday yet its a surprise. As I said earlier in the post, this birthday was amazing! Good food and good company! What more do you need?

What a Wonderful Day

I love Southern California sometimes! Forget about the taxes, and unbearable heat in the summer, or the freezing cold in the winter, okay that’s not all of So Cal, but Ridgecrest with the heat and cold. Sal checked the temperature when we were outside playing and it was 74 degrees outside. Love it! So naturally were outside, but instead of bundling up we broke out the hose and played for hours. 

Yes I must admit today was fantastic. It started off great with Roman in bed with me watching cartoons and putting dragons and trucks on my face when he was pretending. How can you be mad when you wake up to that? 🙂 Following that I went get a massage that Sal bought and coordinated for me, heaven! Then we followed with the water…

 Yeah, who is this crazy kid?!?! You may be asking what is he doing? Well that look of determination and concentration is because he’s trying to throw his buggers on me. Yep, all boy.

To finish the night off we made carne asada taco’s and homemade guacamole. I could seriously live off of Mexican food!

Mmmmm….Hot Chocolate

One of my favorite things about Christmas season is hot chocolate. Yummy! I especially love it with some french vanilla flavoring. apparently I have had this packet for a while though cuz the marshmallows never fully softened up. Oh well kind of reminded me of Lucky Charms marshmellows….hey, I may be onto something. 🙂

Pomegranate Season

Ahhhhh how I love pomegranate season! Not just because I like picking the little seeds out of them, but because of the wonderful martini’s they make. All you do is roll them like you would a lime or lemon and poke a hole in them and you have the best juice in the world, and POM doesn’t have anything on what the real stuff tastes like!

Flour Shower

I’ve blogged about my love for cooking before, and because of my love for cooking, my parents got me a KitchenAid Stand Mixer for my birthday this year. Now, I’m not an eager baker but after some exploring there are a ton of other things you can do with this monster of a kitchen gadget. I’ve heard that among other things the ice cream attachment is amazing! Anyways, we had some bananas that were starting to go bad and I have an amazing banana bread recipe given to me from a co-worker so we broke out this beast of a mixer. As soon as I turned it on Roman was curious so I brought him up on the island to help out. He added all the ingredients. Next was turning it on to begin the mixing process, and in all of his excitement he turned it on high and all the flour went flying out! It was sooo classic. Like something out of I Love Lucy.

I have to say though that I LOVE this mixer and might start making breads even though I don’t really care for bread. I think I’ll be baking a lot this winter….anyone want some bread? 🙂