We took Emma to try something new... it was of course Jamba Juice. A couple of weeks ago we were visiting Ben, Lonie and their family. While there they came up with the idea to go and get a smoothie. Emma's cousins where of course pretty excited and Emma was too as soon as she tried some of the goodness. It made Miss Emma a believer in Jamba Juice. Silly me thought that I could share my drink with this munchkin. Hahaha that was a funny idea. My little Girl drank up the juice so fast! Luckily for me she allowed me to sneak a few sips.
She is such a silly little Duck. We had such a blast visiting Jake's Brother and his family. It was so cute watching Emma play with her two little cousins. One of the nights that we were there they took us to go and see a concert of a violinist and pianist. The best part was that is was outside. The weather was perfect for cuddling under a blanket as we watched the performance. Emma was so enthralled with the music that she didn't move a muscle except to clap and dance a little. My sister-in-law even made us all popcorn and treats to eat while there. She is simply the best! It was the perfect evening to spend with our family.
I can't wait to get together with our family again and have more fun. What do you like to do with your family?
Fall is in the air and I am in love. This is my absolute favorite time of year. I seriously count down until the first day of Fall so that I can whip out my scarfs, boots, and cute sweaters. Plus this means many adventures involving crunchy leaves, pumpkins, and lots of Hot Chocolate. What more can a girl ask for. But with Fall in the Air, it also brings many changes to my little family. First is that we our completely out of school. This past summer Jake was giving a couple of tests that he had to pass to continue his PHD program. He was able to pass one but not the other. We feel good about this though. We both feel that this is the path that we are suppose to be on. We are growing and learning and becoming better people. We know that God has a plan for us and he will lead us where we are suppose to be, even if it is not easiest or clearest path to take. So Jake is now looking for a full time job. We are excited, curious, nervous, and everything thing else you can think of about this new adventure laying before us. It is strange to think that we could go anywhere. With Jake looking for a job and not continuing his PHD our goals have changes significantly. Now we are aiming at working for a couple of years and then going back to school to get an MBA. We are dreaming and scheming about the new adventure ahead, but for now we are trying to be patient with the job hunt and enjoy spending so much time together as a family. And we have been having so much fun together as a family. Yesterday we were able to take Emma to her very first pumpkin patch. She was in Heaven, running around examining all the pumpkins, playing with the hay, and trying to convince us to take all the pumpkins home.... it almost worked too. Instead she got to take home her very own little pumpkin and one pumpkin that we can use to color and decorate. Here is a little peek into our adventure...
This was the pumpkin Emma originally wanted hahaha.
And I am back once again. This past month has been full of crazy adventures with my family. I just can't wait to share with you all that my little family has been doing. But while I finishing getting all the photos together here is a quick update on our life... plus a awesome new recipe that you will thank me for later. We have finally settled down into a regular routine now that we are back from Vacation. Jake is spending a lot of time studding for his last big test. (The test that will decide our fate. No pressure or anything;) And I am working a lot more with my Nanny job. I think Emma loves the extra hours because she has so much fun with the kids. Between work and study we have still been finding time to play. We have filled our days with soccer fun, basketball games, dinner with friends, game nights, art time with Emma, reading together, and watching Psych. We are officially addicted to that show! We have spent the last few weeks catching up on previous seasons that we missed. Now we are counting down the days until they release the last season so that we can be completely caught before the show starts back up. Its killing right now playing the waiting game... we may be still learning how to be patient lol! During the mist of our random nights, I cooked my very first whole chicken. It turned out so good that I just had to share it with you.
Simple Whole Chicken RecipeHere is what you need:
- 1 whole chicken (neck and giblets removed)
- 1 tbl olive oil
Here is what you do:
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees and make sure the rack is in the middle
- Place chicken on a clean work surface and pat dry
- In a small bowl mix together the olive oil and other seasonings.
- Rub the oil mixture all over the chicken (inside and outside)
- Place chicken breast side up in a frying pan
- Place in oven and cook for 15 min
- Turn oven down to 375 degrees
- Cook for another 50-60 min (until all the juices run clear)
- Let it rest for about 15 min
- Enjoy and eat it all up!
What is Yellow bath time you may ask?
Why its the time I put all things yellow in with Emma as she takes a bath. Best part about it, I let Emma paint herself and everything else in the tub yellow. She absolutely loved it. And I loved it because it was super Fun and Easy to clean up. I know she is a bit young to learn and remember her colors. But I figure, what the heck, start her off young. I think tomorrow we might just have a pink bath time.
Bath time Paint
Baby Powder Baby Soap Water Food Coloring
Basically its 3 parts baby powder to 1 part baby soap. If the consistency is not liquidy enough for you, just add water until its perfect. Then choose a color from your food coloring stash. Squirt a few drops in and ta da. Baby Friendly paint. This kept Emma entertain for quiet some time. And to clean all you have to do it rinse it all off. Like I said clean up is easy peasy.