Saturday, August 20, 2016

Our Future Olympian

Check out Eileen rocking a swim cap and googles because she wants to be like the big swimmers (Olympians) on TV. How cool is that?

Eileen is enjoying swimming so much we have decided to keep her in swim lessons during the school year to improve her skills and who know maybe she will want to swim summer league when she gets a little older. 

Enjoy until next time!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Brassiere 1895

Our 4th wedding anniversary was on August 4th and we were able to go out to eat and try the brand new restaurant in town, Brassiere 1895. The restaurant is the brain-child behind well known Houston chef, Kris Jakob. In the past, when we have gone out for our anniversary we go for steak. Steak is luxury item so why not enjoy it on a special evening. With that being said, we strayed from the norm and tried a French/New American restaurant. 

Our anniversary always falls during the Houston Restaurant Week which is a fundraiser for the Houston Food Bank featuring local restaurant offering a special menu. We were in luck that Brassiere 1895 was participating in Houston Restaurant Week and I ordered off the menu. The event menu allows to sample portions of their menu for a great price. I ordered the Nachos Cochinita Pibil for an appetizer, the 8oz Onglet Franciase for dinner, and the chocolate marquise for dessert. Chris ordered off the regular dinner menu and ordered bone in veal. 


8oz onglet (hanger steak)

Bone in veal

chocolate marquise

The restaurant is very cozy yet elegant and offers a wide variety of wine, a handful of craft beers, and homemade bread for all to enjoy. Chris and I really enjoyed ourselves and expanded our food palettes. We will certainly be back to try more of the food off their menu and especially the desserts!

4th anniversary

Enjoy until next time!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Fun in the Sun and A/C

Last week was a busy week for us with our adventures to the horse barn, the beach, the Galveston Children's museum, and La Kings Creamery. Also on the 4th was our anniversary and we were able to go out to dinner but more on that later in another post. 

We went to the little beach on the same day as the horse barn so needless to say the kiddos slept good that night.  Christopher ate a fair amount of sand and his poops the next few days were sandy but besides that he had a blast. Christopher and Eileen both love the water and digging in the sand. One day in the future we will take them to an actual pretty beach to enjoy the soft sand and clear water. 

The Galveston Children's museum is a neat little place in the basement of the Moody Mansion to beat the heat. There are various rooms of interactive play and the favorite of Eileen's was the vet/doctors clinic. Eileen wore a scrubs top and took care of all the stuffed animal patients.


Now, no trip to Galveston is complete without a trip to La Kings to get some ice cream. Eileen surprised me this trip and requested vanilla ice cream instead of her normal strawberry. I had to ask her twice if she for sure wanted vanilla ice cream.

Enjoy until next time!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Houston Mounted Patrol

Last week, the kiddos and I went with our friends to the Houston Mounted Patrol Horse Barn and fed the police horses. This was such a neat outing and a place we will definitely come back to. The facility is completely free it only costs you how much food you want to bring for the horses. We brought carrots and apples to share with the horses.  Eileen fed the horses both the carrots and the apples but I could tell her preferred feeding them the carrots because she didn't have to be as up close and personal to their mouths. Eileen brought her toy stuff horse to show off to the horses. 

There's one horse at the barn that is kind of a star because he is deaf. Smash is the deaf mounted patrol horse and has really raised awareness of the mounted patrol unit because of the girls that chose to sponsor him because they also have special needs. Smash also has his own story book about what its like to be a police horse and because of his celebrity status he seems to get extra treats.

Smash, the deaf horse

saddled up for training

While we were there we also got to watch one of the horses get new horseshoes and the kiddos got to touch the hoof shavings. Visiting the barn was a huge hit for everyone and we will be back soon to feed the horses some more carrots!

Enjoy until next time!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Cypress Triathlon 2016

On the 31st of July I competed in the Cypress Triathlon, which is the second race in the Bayou City Tri Series here in the Houston Area. Since the race area was about 20 minutes from my moms we stayed with her and she helped out with the kiddos.  My time for the Cypress Triathlon was 1:42:26.1

The breakdown of the time is as followed along with the distances:
Swim 550m 12:07
Bike 13mi 48:46
Run 3.1mi 38:04

The swim was rough because the water was incredibly murky and nasty warm. It was like taking a warm bath *yuck* I prefer to swim in a cool temperatures and this swim was far from that. It was a simple swim but not pleasant.

Photo credit: Chris

The bike wasn't bad it was just hot as heck at 7:30 in the morning which was oh so fun. It was a flat, smooth ride which was great and no real head on winds which was a plus.

Photo credit: Chris

As always, the run was the toughest part for me and those 3.1 miles are long. I jogged/walked, but mostly jogged the first two miles, and completely jogged the last mile. That is my goal each event to jog the last mile and I'm hoping to work up to jogging the last two miles. Much more training and comfort with running is needed for that to happen and one day it will.

Photo credit: Chris

Overall, it was a great race despite it being really hot. I have to give a huge shout out to Chris for waking up early, driving me there, and cheering me on! I have one more race this season and that's the Towne Lake Triathlon on September 5th. Next week I start training for that triathlon. 

Enjoy until next time!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

I Made A Fun Cake

So I've been browsing pinterest for fun ideas for Christopher's 1st birthday which is right around the corner and I came across a post about using regular icing and making it look like fondant. I love the way fondant cakes look but I want my whole cake to be edible and taste good. If you have never eaten fondant, I'll save you the trouble and tell you it tastes bad. 

Since I've made all of Eileen's cakes I want to do the same for Christopher and since we decided on a theme I realized I need to step up my game and practice. The perfect opportunity arose when a friend's family was visiting and it was her nephew's birthday. I volunteered to make the cake so I could practice the technique and so I didn't have to eat the practice cake all by myself.  

The way to get the icing to look like fondant is to microwave it and pour it over the cake and it will harden giving it a smooth look. Now dyed icing is tough to work with cause the color never looks consistent throughout but since I was making a pool party cake I just went with it. Now my cake layers were not level or even so the sides of the cake didn't turn out great but those were covered by the Kit Kat border so no problem there. When I do Christopher's cake, I'm going to need to make sure the layers and sides are all even. 

the kid in the background is cute

After heating up the frosting and then pouring it over the cake, I let the icing drip off the cake for a few minutes than moved it to another area and scooped up the icing from the catch paper and heated it up again. 

second pour

The icing in the second pour had a slightly different color than the icing from the first pour but it's blue icing that's suppose to look like water. After the second pour, I scooped up the remaining icing and reheated it for a final pour. 

third pour

view of the top

After the final pour, I let the icing harden for a couple of hours before I moved it to my large platter (it's a Christmas plate) and started to add the Kit Kat border. I attached the Kit Kats with a small dab of frosting and pressed it into the side of the cake. 

The next step for this fun pool party cake was to make the teddy bear swimmers. I couldn't find the gummy ring candy so I used gummy worms and made the rings. I had chocolate chip teddy Grahams (my favorite) at home so the lucky few got to become swimmers-the rest got eaten by my assistants. 

kit kat border 

teddy bear swimmers

pool party cake

I had a lot of fun making the cake and practing a new technique that I'll use when I make Christopher's cake in October. Hard to believe that he's almost a year old. A lot has changed in the past year. 

Enjoy until next time! 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

4th of July Weekend 2016

Well...... Our 4th of July didn't go quite as originally planned. We had plans to go down to Corpus Christi Friday and Saturday but those plans got scrapped because I got sick. I become very sick for two days and we decided it would be best to cancel the trip and go another time when we all felt better. Despite not going on our trip we had a great holiday weekend. Chris still took Friday off and we relaxed at home and in the afternoon we went out and bought an above ground for the backyard. That's right we bought a 12' round Intex pool that when full is only about 29 inches deep.

the pool

On Saturday, Chris and his brother got sand and leveled the dead spot in the backyard for the pool to go on. Our backyard is not level at all anywhere and for the pool to fill up properly  it needs to have a level surface and since we already had a dead spot it worked out. On Sunday, we tried out the pool for the first tie and it was an instant hit.Eileen absolutely loves the pool and wants to be in it constantly.

swim break for ice pops

On the fourth, Chris and his dad set up a grill he brought over for us and we grilled out, swam in the pool, and watched the last hunger games movie. We had plans to walk down to the park at the end of our street to see the fireworks but the kiddos were worn out from the pool and excitement so they went to bed before they began. Chris and I were able to see the fireworks display from our driveway in between the neighbor's  trees.

someone had a cute shirt on and then he spit up on it

Happy 4th of July (a fewdays late) and only 65 days until football season!!