Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas Morning!

This year was our first Christmas as a "military family." That being said we are 16 hours from home and our families. I sure do miss them. I miss the Christmas chaos and my equally loud and wonderful siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins. But it was a good Christmas anyhow. Jamey was actually scheduled to work at the hospital but his wonderful coworker Deborah insisted that she work for him so that he could be home with Alyssa Christmas morning. There is nothing quite like the light in a childs eyes when they see that tree laden with gifts. Alyssa was so excited she didn't know what to open first and kept half opening things and moving on to the next before she finished with the first.

We didn't go overboard. I've been really pleased with myself and Jamey in our endeavors to keep Christmas simple and not give in to the monster in me that wants to fill the livingroom to overflowing with gifts. The most popular gift.....a $10 firetruck. Our sweet little tom boy!

I also realize that I take too many pictures! When I was looking at my pictures from Christmas day I was stunned at how many I had taken! Jamey kids that I want to chronicle every moment of her life...and it's true. Every moment with our babies are special, special moments. Fleeting moments that pass so quickly and photographs are visual memories that our hearts hold. And my heart is so full of love for this child who I'm lucky enough to have, and this Christmas morning I'm so grateful for the most precious gift God bestowed upon me: MOTHERHOOD.

Friday, December 25, 2009

New Recipe blog!

Just in case you are interested!!!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Father and Son Bonding

We all know that my husband is a tattoo fanatic. He loves the things and is totally addicted to them. His dad surprised EVERYONE by declaring that he wanted to get a tattoo to visibly remind him of Alyssa Rose (aka BG, Baby Girl, The Rose and San Antonio Rose as Jack calls her) daily. As a result he and Jamey decided to have Roses tattooed on them. Jamey said you never tattoo a woman's name on you unless that woman is your daughter or your granddaughter. Guess he loves "The Rose" more than me!! Here are the pics of their finished ink honoring the life of that aptly named Rose that bloomed in our lives overnight and filled our hearts to overflowing.
Pop choose to add Alyssa's birthday so that people knew it wasn't for just any old Rose!
Jamey's Rose.
They are crazy cool fellows huh? LOL! Hey no one said we are "Normal!" I'm getting my rose on my butt next week...well not really but that sounded GREAT right????

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Pre-Christmas dinner with Jamey's folks

So this was my first holiday season far away from home. My in-laws came out to celebrate pre-Christmas with us and I got to make my first "Christmas" dinner. I don't think that I did too shabby! Here's the pictures of my food! I did a horseradish and rosemary crusted rib roast, cheddar and dill biscuits, creamed spinach and a tres leche cake. The Tres Leche cake and creamed spinach are from the Pioneer Woman cooks website....if you haven't already discovered her check her blog out it's fantastic!!!

Cheddar and dill herbed biscuits
4 ounces shredded cheddar cheese (you can you blue cheese or parm cheese or whatever variety you want)
2 tablespoons minced green onions
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried dill
2 cup all purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup unsalted butter cut into pieces
3/4 cup buttermilk

combine first 4 ingredients in small bowl set aside
combine flour baking soda and powder, salt Cut in cheese mixture and butter with a pasty cutter till crumbly. Add buttermilk and combine until moist. I just pat out little biscuits and then place them on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake 450 for 8-10 minutes

Creamed Spinach
Horseradish crusted rib roast
4 carrots
2 med onions
24 oz baby potatoes
8 celery ribs
2 tbsp olive oil
4-5 lb standing rib roast
1 tsp kosher salt
3 springs rosemary
3/4 cup horseradish sauce
1 1/2 tsp worchestire sauce
1/4 tsp pepper
Preheat oven to 475 cut carrots and onions into 1 inch pieces cut potatoes and celery into 1 inch pieces. Combine wiht olive oil and place in roasting pan. Season roast with salt and pepper and place over veggies. Reduce heat to 325 and bake for 1 hour. Combine chopped rosemary, horseradish sauce and worchestire and after roast has cooked for 1 hour coat roast with mixture and continue to bake for 1 1/2 to 2 hours additional. Let stand 20 minutes serves 8
Tres Leche cake

This was so yummy that I'll make it again and again!! Unbelievable good!!!!!

Monday, December 21, 2009

BAMC Military Ball

Jamey and I had the oppurtunity to attend the Military Ball this year. It was at the Marriott on the Riverwalk here in San Antonio. It was really a lot of fun and Jamey looked so handsome in his dress blues. We so rarely see him in uniform that it always makes your chest swell up when you see him looking so dashing. Jamey reports to work in his PT clothes and changes into scrubs so it's not even like he dresses like an Army man too often! I had the chance to meet some of his coworkers who were looking glamorous. It was a nice experience!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

My Gran-Gran's visit to Texas

My grandma came to visit us in this past week. We enjoyed it so much. I haven't had the chance to spend that much time with my grandma before and I'm so glad that she decided to come out and spend a week with us. We had the chance to chat a lot while she was here and we got to visit a couple of places as well. Alyssa LOVED all the time that she got to spend with her GG. My grandma is such a special lady and she and I have always been close and it was very nice to have her all to myself for a whole week. I really enjoyed the chance to cook for her, chat and laugh for her.

We took her down to the Riverwalk and that was a lot of fun. The Riverwalk is so pretty this time of the year with all the lights. Alyssa loved it and she kept saying "WOW."
Us at the Riverwalk it was COLD!! Alyssa was wearing my gloves and they were WAY too big!!!
Lyssa and her GG reading "Goodnight Moon" Alyssa really enjoyed reading with grandma. I cherish this picture. Notice Alyssa was dressed up like a princess for the occasion.
This was Grandma's first night here and Alyssa said "Picture mama!" and posed for the camera! She def takes after me! LOL!
Alyssa really enjoyed playing with Grandma. She was forever playing with her face! I don't remember exactly what she was doing here.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Tub Kisses

So I'm really behind on my blogging! Seems like I just don't have as much time lately even though I don't know why! I just thought I was share these. Alyssa was giving me some loving while she was getting her scrubbing. I normally don't post pics of me when I look like a hag but I did make an exception today because these pictures make me happy....