Yesterday we went back to Raleigh so Justin could help out with the youth doing baptisms for the dead. Afterward we went to the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. Last time we went was almost a year ago, 5 days after Drew was born (my mom flew home out of the RDU airport). It was more enjoyable this time, not having a brand-new baby (and my body not aching from recovery), and also Owen being a year older could appreciate it more. As soon as he saw this dinosaur he busted out his machine gun and shot it. He wasn't scared of him at all.
But he WAS afraid of this guy. It took a lot of coaxing for him to get him w/his machine gun. And yes, I went back to Target the day after I got Drew's cool Beatles shirt cause Owen wanted one, too ($2 remember). Don't worry, they don't wear them at the same time. So anyway here's a pic of Owen wearing a Beatles shirt standing in front of a beetle (as if that wasn't obvious).
Much better than a pound of ground beef with a taco seasoning packet. These are delish. And the taco shells really do taste so much better when they're warmed in the oven. I got this recipe from a book called "First Meals" I checked out from the library. They're not just for kids though I promise, Justin and I both loved em. I also learned that you can freeze pancakes and warm them up in a toaster from that book. Have I been living under a rock to never have learned that? We throw away batter almost every time we make pancakes so I was excited for that little tidbit. Okay back to the tacos:
2 tsp vegetable oil 1 small onion 2 garlic cloves 1 green pepper (cored, deseeded, and finely diced) 1/2 lb lean ground beef 1 C canned chopped tomatoes 1 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper 2/3 C chicken broth 1 1/4 C canned light red kidney beans 1 1/4 C canned dark red kidney beans salt and freshly ground pepper 8 taco shells lettuce cheese
Heat the oil in a saucepan, add the onion and garlic, and saute for about 2 minutes. Add the peppers and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. Add the ground beef and cook, stirring until browned. Stir in the chopped tomatoes, crushed red pepper, and chicken broth, then simmer uncovered for 15 minutes. Stir in the kidney beans and cook for 3 minutes. Season to taste. Meanwhile, warm the taco shells in the preheated oven for 2-3 minutes. Remove from oven, spoon in the beef mixture, top with cheese and lettuce (and whatever else you so desire).
I've been obsessed with felt lately ever since Amy made me a flannel board. I made felt pieces for my Plan of Salvation sharing time a couple weeks ago and today I made different ones for Owen to play with (race car, train, dump truck (that's pink cause that's what was left), airplane, etc.). Now someone just needs to have a baby girl so I can buy these for them:
And isn't this the cutest thing ever?! A flannel cake that comes with all those different felt pieces to decorate it with. Courtesy of twinkle-kids.com. I want to play with it myself.
5:40 AM - Got up to make Justin's Valentine's breakfast
6:20 AM - Owen and Drew are awake, everyone's eating. Owen and Drew got their books. Every year they get a book, their first Valentine's it's a mushy love book, but how many Valentine's books does one need? Owen picked out the same exact sticker book we had just finished (the one my mom gave him when were in AZ).
10:30 AM - Made cookies for Emily and Jessica cause their husbands are in Iraq. By making cookies I mean baking Pillsbury sugar cookies. I burnt one entire package cause I forgot about them while I was on the phone.
11:00 AM - Practiced a song for Sunday with Tisha and Tanya.
Sometime After That - Drew walked off the couch, while I was sitting right there. His eye hit smack dab on the corner of the train table. Ouch. Knew I should've taken pictures first thing!
After naps - I took this picture
4:15 PM - Emily was at our house to babysit (she offered since her husband is in Iraq). Justin came home early from work with yummy chocolate for me. We left (early to beat the crowds) for our 40-minute drive to Surf City to go to Daddy Mac's Beach Grille.
5:02 PM - Arrived at Daddy Mac's. Mapquest lied, it took us 42 minutes :) We had never been to this restaurant or even to Surf City. I was excited to see somewhere new and excited that the place was cute and right on the beach. This was the view from our booth: 5:02 PM-6:15 PM - Dinner Time! This was the hugest salad fork ever.
Neither of us love seafood, yet we keep forgetting that and order it anyway. I had crab cakes and Justin had surf and turf. He ate that whole lobster tail, well the meat inside anyway. I tasted it but preferred the turf.
Back Deck at Daddy Mac's
7:00 PM - Home in time to play with Owen & Drew a little before bed
I was down on my city yesterday so I'm going to say 5 nice things about it, things that I'll miss when I live someplace else:
1. Picking fresh strawberries and blueberies at local produce farms (right about now I wish we picked a lot more blueberries to freeze - those look good!) (August 9, 2006 - Like that wide-open shirt collar?)
2. The Patriotism Not that I'm super patriotic, but that first Independence Day we were here and watched the fireworks on base was pretty cool. I have to admit I felt pretty proud of Justin and proud to be an American. Another time I felt that same patriotism was when we went to New Bern and listened to the Marine Corps Band play on the back lawn of Tryon Palace. I LOVE the gardens at that place. (May 16, 2006)
3. No "keeping up with the Joneses"
4. Many waterways - I love looking out at water as I'm driving
4. THE BEACH (May 29, 2006) Wow. I really didn't think I'd be able to come up with 5. And I even thought of more... like all the military perks (tons of free activities), all the cool nearby places we get to see, and the cost of living (very affordable, especially for being so close to the beach). Cool! I feel better.
Ever since my most recent visit to Super Target in Raleigh, I've been feeling sorry for myself for the grocery options we have here...
Piggly Wiggly... Yes that's really the store's name. It stars in the movie, "Win a Date with Tad Hamilton." And here it is GHETTO. So rarely do I go there.
The best of the worst. It's okay, just expensive. Whenever Owen sees their logo on one of our store-brand products he says, "You got this at Food Lion?"
And then Wal-Mart that I like to avoid. But sometimes it's unavoidable. I can't do them the favor of putting their logo on my blog.
There is the commissary on base that I like but it's 20-25 minutes away and that's a trek for groceries. And I still haven't gotten over that you have to tip the bagger and the person that helps you out to your car. And they get mad if you say you don't want any help.
Is it too much to ask for a Safeway? Preferably the nice, new one by Bethany's house with all the fresh produce stacked perfectly.
Monday Drew's cool Beatles shirt was on clearance for two bucks at Target. And if that wasn't enough, Owen said his own line during prayer that night for the first time, "Thank you that we could do puzzles." Normally he repeats what I say (or says nothing at all). But he totally snuck that line in there. I swear I didn't almost cry. We had done puzzles that night for family night - a home-made Drew puzzle, Owen puzzle, and one of our whole family.
Yesterday we went to Raleigh to go to the Temple. Since it's a 7+ hour round trip including Temple time I feel bad asking someone to babysit. So we bring Owen & Drew along and Justin and I rotate. Drew is waiting right outside the entrance for Justin. I always feel so good after going to the Temple - wish it was a lot closer!
Sleeping with a full belly of Olive Garden cheesecake on the ride home from Raleigh. Notice the sock on his right hand... Must be real excited about those new socks! He had put his shoes on himself before we left and I assumed he had included socks. I assumed wrong. So I went to SUPER Target while Justin was in the Temple and got him some new ones.