Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Blogger Block

I think "blogger block" is going around just like the flu. There are several blogs I read regularly and several of those bloggers are claiming "blogger block" and taking a break. I guess I have kind of taken a break since I haven't posted in a while. We keep going to the same restaurants and everything we have eaten seems dull and boring.

Karsyn and I went to each lunch at Celebrity with Pat today. This is about the 6th time we have had lunch there in the last two weeks. When it was only Landrie, we went 5 days a week, but Karsyn does not have the same personality as Landire. Landrie would sit for hours (yes hours) and eat Cheerios and entertain herself. Karsyn does not like to be still. She does not eat Cheerios and when I put her in the hi chair, she immediately grits her teeth and yells. I know it is hard to believe looking at this adorable picture.

Another reason I have not blogged lately is because I try to post pictures with them to make them a little more exciting. This is what happens lately when I try to take Landrie's picture. Her favorite hiding place is under the kitchen table.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Happy Valentine's Day

I hate to sound like a bragging Grandmother, but does it get any cuter than that???? The killer is that they are even much sweeter than they are cute. Words can not explain how much we all love these two.

We had a very low key Valentine's day. It was sooo cold outside, I decided to stay home all day and let them take long naps (I got a little one in their too). This is very unusual for me, but I didn't even get dressed until 4:00. Now, for those of you who are not from Texas, that doesn't means that I had pj's on all day. I had on clothes, just no make up or hair fixed to the point that I would let anyone see me.

Pops and I went to Al Biernat's for dinner. This was our second time to go and I liked it better than the first. It has a great reputation. This is where all the "movers and shakers" go. We move and we shake a little bit some times, but we don't quite fit into that same category. Troy and Rhonda Aikman were there, so I guess you could say we had our Valentine dinner with them.

I am learning what to order each time. The bread is great. They bring a basket with several different kinds. I loved my salad. There are about 10 choices, but I ordered the basic salad with 1000 Island and Blue Cheese and it was good. I got Chicken Piccata and it was okay. Wouldn't order it again. Pops ordered the Sea Bass on top of Lobster Risotto (Dr. Phil's favorite when he is in town). The risotto was great. You can get it as a side dish and I will definitely try that next time. For dessert we had a warm moulten chocolate cake with ice cream. Need I say more?

Monday, February 12, 2007

My Valentine Girls

Landrie and Karsyn's Gigi came to visit them last weekend. They had so much fun. They put their Valentine shirts on and baked cookies with Gigi. As you can tell, Landrie is much more into it than Karsyn, but Karsyn sure looks cute!

Saturday, February 10, 2007

AHHHHH - What A Great Week

When Pops has to travel, I will usually try to go along if I can get it worked out with babysitters for the girls. We have been so blessed and gotten to go on many great trips. The great part is that I pay for my food and airfare, or use advantage miles, and the rest is taken care of. This is a great way to see the world. In the last few years we have been to Switzerland, Brazil, Canada, Hawaii, California, Florida, and many places in between. Pops went to Paris last April, but I decided to stay home. Little Karsyn was expected to be born the first of April and I just couldn't stand to miss any part of her birth or her first days.

Out of all the places I have been, Las Vegas is my absolute favorite. The hotels are fantastic, lots of people watching, great food and lots of shows. By Las Vegas standards, we are very boring people. Not a drop of alcohol or any naked bodies. Pops does not gamble at all and I will a little bit. Just Roulette and a few slot machines. I have my own scientific approach to Roulette and I usually win, but Pops thinks I am crazy. He has taken and taught many statistic classes and he says my logic just doesn't add up.

This week he had a conference in Las Vegas. I was not about to pass this one up. We always stay at the Bellagio. It just doesn't get any better than that. The weather this week was in the low 70's. I had my breakfast in bed 3 mornings in a row and while Pops was working, I laid out by the pool and read. There is a pastry shop that has the best cream cheese danish I have ever eaten. I think it probably has a whole 8 oz. block of cream cheese on it. Tastes just like cheesecake.

The Bellagio has a huge atrium that has tons of flowers and fountains. The theme changes every couple of months. The theme right now is the Chinese New Year (the year of the pig). Everything is made with real flowers. The children in the pictures are made of flowers that are changed out every few days. The pictures just don't do it justice. When you walk into the hotel, the strong smell of the flowers hits you. They have gorgeous arrangements all over the hotel.

Every meal we ate was fantastic. We had the Bellagio buffet twice. All the peeled shrimp and crab you can eat. That is worth the whole trip. We had dinner at Smith and Wollensky's. One of the best steaks around. We always get the Cajun marinated bone in ribeye. It looks like a roast beef that you would serve the whole family. After the first trip, we learned to share. The macaroni and cheese was awesome.

Another great place was Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab Las Vegas. We will definitely add this to one of our Vegas favorites.

Another great meal was at Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill. (For those of you that watch the food network, you will know who I am talking about. I had tiger shrimp on top of a corn tamale with a cilantro cream sauce. Pop's had smoked chicken quesadillas that were the best I have ever had. We had a warm chocolate moulten cake with toasted pecan ice cream for dessert. Yum!!!

We have seen some great shows in the past, but this time they were good, but not great. We saw Mystere and The Fab Four (Beatles). Our trip last July will go down as Pops all time favorite because we went to see Elton John. We saw him on Wednesday night. We were scheduled to come hom on Friday night, but after a 2 hour delay on the tarmac, the flight was cancelled. We decided to make the best of it and went to see Elton again.

When it comes to traveling, I have my 3 night limit. I am always ready to come home and sleep in my own bed. I could have stayed another week. I am already planning my next trip. I will be watching the Sunday travel section for the great deals.

Saturday, February 3, 2007

The End of the Fast

I have not posted about the end of the fast that ended last Saturday, because I have been so busy eating. We broke it with communion on Saturday night. The end of the last week was the toughest. I thought it would be easy, but it seemed like it would never end. At this point, I don't care if I ever have any fruit or vegetables again.

We ate at La Hacienda Ranch on Saturday night. We had a Home Team leaders meeting after the service. We did "call ahead" and by the time we waited another 45 minutes and got seated it was 9 o'clock. Surprisingly, the first sip of Dr. Pepper did not send me to extacy like I thought it would. The food was good, but not as great as I had imagined. My biggest craving was for a gooey cinnamon roll, so I made some whole wheat cinnamon rolls on Monday. They were pretty good.

My meals this week have consisted of a cheeseburger from Saltgrass, salad at Chili's, salad at Celebrity, pizza at Palio's, Chick-Fil-A (which was disappointing because is was soggy and not crunchy), and best of all junk food from Canton. Tina and I decided on a whim yesterday to go to Canton and we ate our way through with corny dogs, tater twisters, stuffed shrimp, bread and funnel cakes.

I was a little disappointed in the results of the fast. I did not get closer to God as I had expected, I did not feel over blessed, I felt like I put way to much focus on food and I didn't lose an ounce.

Am I glad I did it? Absolutely. My interpretation of the scripture in Matthew chapter 6 is that we should pray, give and fast. I do the first two on a regular basis, but have never fasted, so I feel like I was being obedient to God and I want to live a blessed life. As far as blessings go, I just don't know how I could be blessed more. Maybe if I won the lottery, but I have been blessed with a wonderful husband that thinks I am the greatest thing in the world, great kids and adorable grandchildren and everyone is very healthy. What more could I ask for?

Glued to the TV

As I have said before, it is hard for me to take pictures of Landrie these days. She is not very cooperative. I got this while she was watching TV. She would stay in front of the TV all day long if we let her. As soon as a movie is over, she wants to start again. She can also tell you all about every show and sing the songs that go with it.