Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Our Thanksgiving Menu

I am not a turkey-and-dressing girl. I don't mean to be a Scrooge, but Thanksgiving dinner isn't exactly something I look forward to. I just really don't like all the food associated with Thanksgiving. Maybe it has something to do with the three weeks' worth of turkey and mayo sandwiches my mom packed in my lunches after Thanksgiving when I was a kid... I have always wanted to do something out-of-the-box for Thanksgiving lunch, but I've never been able to plan the meal before. This year is different! My mom and I are going all out to have the most non-traditional Thanksgiving ever (with a Mexican/Italian twist)! Here's our menu:

Crackers w/ cream cheese & blackberry/habanero sauce
Chips w/ black bean salsa

Main Course:
Tequila-lime marinated and grilled chicken breast

5 cheese penne (pasta baked w/ a blend of 5 Italian cheeses, including Pecorino Romano, Gorgonzola, and Italian Fontina)
Parmesan roasted asparagus

Pecan Pie (the only traditional thing on this menu)
Orange pound cake w/ orange glaze

For the first time ever, I cannot wait for Thursday!

*All recipes, except for the appetizers and pecan pie are from Barefoot Contessa Family Style Cookbook.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Jeans Wanted

I do not like shopping for jeans. I hate it. Loathe it. Detest it. I don't like it. At all. I'm one of those women who has a size 6 waist and size 10, and sometimes 12 (please don't tell anyone that), hips. Who makes jeans like that?? No one.

Even if my waist to hip ratio weren't an issue, my height certainly is. I can't buy petites because they're too short in the waist. I can't buy average because they're too long in the legs. I definitely can't buy tall because they come up to my bra. Of course there's no such thing as average-petite.

(By the way, if you're a man and reading this, I do apologize. Go jeans shopping with your wife, and you might understand.)

Then, you have to take the actual make up of the jeans into consideration. Do I find stretchy jeans that are easier to get into but will stretch so much by the end of the day that they are falling off? Do I get non-stretchy? You know the kind--the ones you put on and have to bend all the way down in to manually stretch them out otherwise you look like you were melted and poured in. Don't act like you don't do that with your jeans too. You know we all do.

Do I get high-rise and risk looking like I'm wearing mom jeans? Do I get low rise and risk the ever-dreaded muffin top? Boot cut? Straight leg? Wide leg? I could go on and on and on.

And, the most dreaded question of all: what size am I really? I hate trying on jeans so much that I haven't had a new pair in almost 2 years. I currently only have two pairs, and my husband is getting tired of my "favorite" jeans because they're starting to get holes around the pockets and this embarrasses him for some reason. (I do wear shirts long enough to cover the holes, mind you.) He told me today that I must find at least one new pair of jeans today. That's a pretty tall order.

All that said just to make the point that I despise shopping for jeans, and I'm leaving right now to try to find some. Try being the key word in that sentence.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A Few of His Favorite Things

I was tagged to post my husband's favorite things. Here goes:

First of all, like every other wife who's posted this, next to Jesus, I am at the top of his list.

Next would be our gorgeous children.
Ryan is probably David's best buddy right now. Ryan tells his daddy everyday: "Daddy, when I grow up, I'm gonna be just like you." What dad wouldn't want to hear that?!

Addilyn Belle has her daddy wrapped around her finger and sitting in the palm of her hand. I don't know that I've ever seen a daddy more enthralled and in love with his baby girl.

David loves to worship. One of the things I fell in love with about David was his voice and amazing ability to play the guitar and lead people into God's presence. He got his guitar as a birthday present about three and a half years ago, and he loves it just as much now as he did then.

David also loves junk food, especially candy. His favorite candy is Hershey's chocolate bars. If there are no chocolate bars available, he'll eat any other kind of candy or chips (especially Jalepeno Cheetos).

And, he can't go one day without at least two Dr. Peppers.

On The Border is our favorite restaurant. It also has special significance in our dating story because that's where I told him I would marry him. For the last seven years, he has consistently ordered the same thing:

Chicken Fajita Quesadillas

I would have to say this next one is a favorite of mine and Dave's:

Something he never, EVER goes anywhere without. It's like another appendage. He wanted one two years before they came out, and when he got one, he was like a kid at Disney World. Then he upgraded to the 3G. My man's in tech heaven.

David loves the idea of having a motorcycle. I think they're dangerous and only for stupid people who want to die a painful, paralyzing death. He won't be getting one any time soon, but he still fantasizes...

Some of his favorite things not pictured are my mom, my lasagna, his mom's red velvet cake, The Office, going to movies with me, figuring out ours and other people's computer problems and solving said problems, and going to the mountains to stay in Uncle Gary's cabin.

He's pretty awesome, and I'm blessed beyond words to have him as my hubby!

What a wreck ...

Yep, I had a car accident today. I'm not even going to tell you what I did, other than the wreck was my fault. I am an idiot and feeling pretty stupid right now. Yes, I'm fine. The other driver was fine. I wasn't going fast enough to hurt anyone. No, the kids and David weren't with me. Just me and my idiot self.

The guy I hit was so nice and understanding. The damage to his car compared to mine is so minimal. My car is the one that's hurting. Well, my car and my pride. He even agreed that we wouldn't call the police, which is such a blessing. The last thing I need on my record is an at-fault accident and a traffic citation to prove it. (Not that I have a bad record. Just wanted to clear that up.)

David and I have been going back and forth between paying for all the damage ourselves or filing a claim with our insurance company. You see, I had a really bad wreck almost three years ago and nearly totaled our van then. It was technically my fault, though in my defense, I couldn't have avoided that one. Our insurance went way up after that. When we moved to Dallas it went up even more because that's literally the price you pay when you live in a metropolis.

We have already had the damage on our car estimated, and I think we're probably going to file the claim. Will our premium go up? Probably so. But, I'd rather pay $20-$30 more a month for insurance than put $3,000 on a credit card and pay for that for the next five years. What a bummer.

I have to count my blessings today. My family wasn't with me. No one was hurt. My van is still driveable. The air bag didn't deploy because I wasn't even going 10 mph. The cops weren't called. My insurance still doesn't know about the wreck, just in case we decide not to file the claim. And, I have an amazing mom.

You may be wondering what my mom has to do with this, so I'll tell you. The wreck happened as I was pulling out of the parking lot of Faith City Ministries, where she works. I was able to run inside and tell her what happened immediately. She got up from her lunch, came outside, waited by my car while I was down the street talking to the guy I hit, and stayed with me until I got calmed down. As I was hitting myself for being such an idiot, she was consoling me with the fact that everyone has wrecks, we never mean to, and everything will be ok. She is so awesome. She was there for me three years ago when I had the last wreck too. In fact, she drove 45 minutes to stay with me for the day because I actually got hurt in that one. I was scared to be left alone,and she just stayed and babied me all day. I couldn't ask for a better mom.

So, this day has literally been a wreck, but I'm still here. My family still loves me despite my idiocy, and I'll just have to get back on the horse tomorrow even though I never want to drive again.

P.S. I'm not even going to post pictures of my van on here. It's too ugly. We are taking it into the shop tomorrow to be fixed.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Are they twins?

This is a question I/we are asked every time we are out in public. Every time.

Here's how the conversation with complete (mostly female) strangers normally goes:
Curious stranger: "Aaaww. Are they twins?"
Me: "Nope, they're just really close in age."
Curious stranger: "Well how far apart are they?"
Me: "17 months."
Curious stranger, no doubt trying to be helpful by pointing something out to me that I'm not already aware of: "My, you must have your hands full!" or "I bet you stay busy!"

My internal dialogue goes something like this: "Really? I hadn't noticed. You're right, I am extremely busy. Thanks for pointing that out." Instead, I just smile, nod, and respond, "Yep. We sure are!"

I told David I just wanted to answer yes when we are asked that question. Then we could avoid the whole conversation between the question and the ultimate "You must have your hands full!" bit. It's clear people want them to be twins, or they wouldn't ask. I should just give them the answer they want and let them ooohh and aaahh over my obviously precious "twins" and go on about my eating/shopping/stroller-pushing.

Well, I can't lie. So, morally, I am forced to continue this inevitable interchange ... at least until Ryan hits a growth spurt and they're not the same size anymore.

Friday, November 14, 2008

My Walgreen's Trip

I have begun the addicting practice of clipping and using coupons. I buy a Sunday paper every week, and clip to my heart's desire. The Walgreen's circular had some really great deals for this week, and I scored big time yesterday. Let me share:

I use a lot of canned pumpkin because I make pumpkin muffins quite a bit. You can get my recipe here. Canned pumpkin is generally pretty expensive even though it is a canned food. Yesterday, I got pumpkin for .99 a can. Regular price: $1.79. Since I bought three cans, my total savings was $2.40.

CoffeeMate creamer was also buy one get one free. Total savings: $2.49. Impressed yet?

4-Pack Cottonelle Double Rolls were normally $3.49 each. I got them two for $5.00. Total savings: $2.58. I'll give you one more.

Also, we are constantly in need of AA batteries. Have you noticed how expensive batteries are these days? Even the generic brands. I scored big on those too. Walgreen's had their store brand on sale for .99 for a package of four. They're : normally $3.99 a pack. I got four packs. Total savings: $12.00! Impressed now?

Pie crusts and Scotch tape were also buy one, get one free.

My grand total of savings yesterday was $24.70. And every penny of that came from the Sunday newspaper circular. I just love saving money!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Peter Pan and Tinkerbell

For several weeks, Ryan's and Addie's favorite movie has been Peter Pan. We have since checked out every available Peter Pan knock-off from the library. Their Guh (David's mom) made their Peter Pan experience more alive by getting Ryan a pirate outfit, complete with sword, eye patch, and hat, and Addie a red fairy costume, which to her, is Tinkerbell. Although Ryan looks more like Captain Hook when he wears his costume, he says he is Peter Pan. Addie's red costume was left at Guh's house, but we have plenty of dress-up stuff to make up for that. Today, they were (once again) imagining that they were Pan and Tink. In fact, before they would fly off to get Wendy, Ryan asked Addie to "spell" him so he could fly. She responded, "Click!" with her pink princess wand and off they flew.

Don't you love her cat ears and red Dorothy shoes? Very Tinkerbell!

He looks more like Captain Hook to me, but he says he's Peter Pan. The pink fanny pack is to hold his sword. And every Peter Pan I've ever seen always has on a Cars shirt!

Pete and Tink take some time out from looking for the Lost Boys to play the keys.

They're both still in costume, but just a few minutes ago, Ryan flew into the wall. He bonked his head and neck, so he and Addie are now watching Sesame Street on the couch. Ryan has an ice pack on his head, and out of empathy, Addie has one too.

I love this pretending stage! It's so much fun to watch.

**On another note, I am still praying for a digital camera. All pictures I post are taken with my phone. It's getting old.**

Friday, November 7, 2008

Kid Talk

My kids say some of the cutest stuff sometimes, so I think I'll share them with you.
Ryan and Addie have bunkbeds in their room. Tonight, they were looking through the ladder rungs on their bed, pretending to order ice cream from each other. Addie always orders pink ice cream (even in real life). Ryan usually orders chocolate, but tonight he said, "I want brown chocolate ice cream with green blueberries." I thought that was pretty funny.

Also tonight, we went to the play area at the mall. (God bless the people at Westgate Mall for that thing!) Ryan never has a problem finding a boy his age and running all over the place, with Addie trailing shortly behind. Tonight Ryan was Spiderman. Since Addie so looks up to her big brother, she is always the girl version of whatever superhero Ryan happens to be, thus, tonight she was "Girl Spiderman." She walked up to me, as I sat on the bench listening to my iPod and playing checkers on my phone and said, "Hi Mommy. I'm Girl Spiderman and (motioning over at Ryan with an introduction), this is my friend Spiderman." She also gives the same polite intro when Ryan is Superman or McCredibles (as they call the Incredibles).

Lately, when Ryan is trying to get David's or my attention he "whistles" at us. Though it doesn't sound like a whistle. He will say our names, and if we don't answer right away, he makes a "Whooooo!" sound, thinking that he's whistling. It's hilarious, and sometimes we ignore him on purpose so that he will try whistling at us!

Some of the restaurants we go to regularly also have their own names in Ryan and Addie-speak. They do not call Olive Garden by its name; instead, Olive Garden is "The Grape." Likewise, Fazoli's is "The Tomato", Rosa's is "Roses", and Hoffbrau is "Daddy's Work." Although we have not been there in a really long time, every time we pass by Chuck E. Cheese's, Addie says, "Look Mom! Chuck E. Jesus!"

Tonight, we ate at Daddy's Work. We were in the waiting area, and one of the waitresses came up to us to talk to the kids. She introduced herself as Shayla. Since my mom's name is Shala, the kids immediately said, "You're not my Nah-Nah!" Then Ryan proceeded to introduce the whole family. He said (very politely, I might add), "My name is Ryan. This is my sister, Addie. My mommy's name is Lindsey, and my daddy's name is David." He has never done that before! I was so surprised.

Anyway, that's all I can think of right now. Hope it gave you some laughs!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

I wept.

Let me be honest. Real. Transparent. I turned on the news once tonight to see the election results. When I saw what I didn't want to see, I turned it off. Then David texted me the results of this election. My first response was a four-letter word. Then I wept. For the first time in my life, I cried over politics. Like a high school cheerleader who cries when her home team loses a football game, I cried because the team I was cheering for lost.

More than that, however, I realized I wept over something more than the loss. I have been hoping, believing, and praying for months that God would give our country a godly leader. I wept with a fleshly fear of what this election means for the future of our country. I wept because I just have this horrible feeling deep down in my gut about the things to come (which I won't go into detail here). I truly hope that our new president will lead us in the direction of righteousness. I pray that God will have mercy on our land. I pray that all believers in America will have a burning desire in their hearts to affect this country with Christ-like change.

**Disclaimer: I know many disagree with me on this, and that's OK. I don't expect everyone to agree with me on this.**

Monday, November 3, 2008

Ahhhh...Hi-Speed Internet

We're back from the mountains, and may I just say that I really missed hi-speed internet? For the last four days, we have had little to no cell service or internet connection. You may think this is just what a family on vacation would want, but NO! We have a cousin in the hospital, so it made it very difficult to get updates on her. David is managing the donations that are coming in for her, so it was difficult to know when donations were coming in so we could send prompt 'thank you' emails. And, I have four days' worth of blogs to catch up on. Do you see my frustration?

The first thing I did after we got the kiddos fed, showered and in bed was jump on the computer and enjoy the wonderfulness of DSL. It's amazing how spoiled I am to this. What what is...two, maybe three, years ago, there was no other way to get online besides dial-up. Now, I think I'm back in the pioneer days if I have to live just a few days without it!

Anyway, we had a GREAT time in Ruidoso. It was just the break we needed, and I think we'll feel more refreshed tomorrow after we get over the drive from today...and the lack of Internet access. :)

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Six Years of Wedded Bliss

Today, Mr.Dietz and I celebrated six years of wedded bliss. How incredibly fast the time has gone by! This is actually the first time we’ve ever been with our kids on our anniversary, and it’s been so great! While we were in the car yesterday, they were going on and on about climbing a mountain. It was dark by the time we arrived last night, so we promised to get up this morning and go “mountain climbing.” To them, that meant walking through the trees, tall grass, pine needles and rocks in Uncle Gary’s neighborhood. (We are in New Mexico at Uncle Gary’s cabin. Thanks Uncle Gary, if you’re reading!) It never ceases to amaze me at how simply they can be entertained sometimes! After about an hour of mountain climbing, we decided to go downtown and window shop. We went into a newer store, and in the back, they had all kinds of gourmet food native to New Mexico: chile and lime pistachios, all kinds of soup mixes and sauces, and New Mexican cheeses. Well, it was nearly lunchtime, and Ryan was whining about how hungry he was, so we let the sales lady talk us into a cheese tasting.

They were really yummy, but the best part was at the end. When we finished tasting eight or nine cheeses, she spread some whipped cream cheese on a Wheat Thin. Then she squirted this deep red/purple sauce on it. Oh my goodness! It was some of the best stuff I have ever tasted! It was a blackberry-habanero sauce. So good! Sweet and fruity in the beginning and spicy going down-Awesome! We had to buy some.

We talked to Uncle Gary earlier and asked for his restaurant recommendations because we really wanted to try something new tonight. All three of his suggestions are places we have been before, so he surprised us. He has a membership to the country club here, and blessed us by telling us to charge our meal to him! What a great gift!

Since we got in so late yesterday evening and the kids couldn’t go climb their mountain, we gave them a special treat. David built a fire after we ate, and Ryan and Addie got their first taste of s’mores. More than anything, they loved the marshmallows cooked over the fire. This was fine by David and me because it meant we got more chocolate! We had so much fun!

The weather has been awesome. I will admit—I wish it was cooler. However, I got my wish to see the leaves changing here, and it is beautiful. Lots of orange and yellow and red; just breathtaking. It reminds me why I got married in the fall. It’s hands down my favorite time of year.

So we are just enjoying a very restful time as a family. We really needed this! The kids have been great (except for tonight at the country club when they thought it was OK to make the silverware dance across the table).
More to come later, and hopefully some pictures too! Much love from the mountains of New Mexico!

In other news, our whole family has been overwhelmed at the generosity and support of people all over the world for David’s cousin, Emily. Please continue to pray for her and her family. If you have been praying, or you have made a donation, THANK YOU! Our entire family cannot thank you enough!