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Sunday, January 15, 2012

O Christmas Tree

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree, You look lovely in my living room! (yes, still!) I am sooo lazy when it comes to unpacking and that sort of thing. I guess taking down the Christmas tree falls under the same category. I plan on staying up late tonight and getting it down...probably.

Kelvin and Carleigh are hunting this weekend. The other two kiddos and I have been holding down the fort. We had a good evening with my good friend and her little girl last night. I made some

Chicken Enchilada Soup

Brown 1 onion (finely chopped) and 1 bell pepper (also finely chopped) in olive oil
When onion is transparent, add 3 TBS minced garlic

Add 2 large cartons of chicken stock
2 cans of garbanzo beans
2 cans of zucchini or two large fresh zucchini chopped
1 large can of Glory brand seasoned green beans
1 large can of pinto beans (Ranch if you like or refried if you want a creamy soup) I added a can of black beans too!
2 cans of Rotel original (1 can of plain tomatoes if you like a little less kick)
1 large can of white hominy
1 package of enchilada sauce mix
2 bags of Tyson grilled and cubed chicken breast (comes in freezer section precooked or you can use a rotisserie chicken)

Simmer and serve. You can top with grated cheese, sour cream and cilantro.

Don't you just love soup? I especially love the kind where you just dump a bunch of good stuff together in a pot and simmer. Mmm Mmm good!

I also made some tomato basil soup the other day which Luke and I finished off this evening. I could eat soup every day.

So, my friend and I spent the evening perusing Pinterest and awesome blogs. There are so many creative people in this world! I love seeing all the wonderful ideas out there. Luke's good friend spent the night and Cora loved playing with my friend's daughter, so everyone had a great time. Love nights like that.

This morning, after Luke's friend went home, the kiddos and I loaded up and made the trek to Sugarland for a dog adoption day. I had already contacted one of the board members for the rescue group who was hosting the adoption day, so it was nice meeting her in person. All of the foster families were so kind and willing to answer all of our questions. We really thought we wanted a Springer Spaniel, but it doesn't seem to be working out with that group. It's been two months now, and we are no further along than we started. This new group, a cocker spaniel rescue group, seems to be on the ball. We are scheduled for a home visit Tuesday! (incentive to get the Christmas tree down.) Luke fell for a sweet cocker spaniel named Princess today. Her fur is smooth and black, and not curly, which is the main reason he likes her. Kind of funny to me since he's my boy with a head full of curly hair. Who knew?! Her foster family was precious and had very good things to say about her. She was so calm and lovey dovey. Anyway, I reminded him our entire family has to agree that she is the one for us before we sign on the dotted line. He understood. We shall see. Cora was extremely distraught that we didn't bring Princess home with us today. Luke wanted to brainstorm different names for the dog since Princess is so...girly! I told him I wasn't sure that was such a good idea since she isn't a puppy and is probably quite used to her name and that she is a girl after all, but that we would talk about it.

When we got back to our hometown, it was time for one of our good friend's birthday party. They rented a RoadGamer truck and had laser tag set up in the church gym. They also has some balls laying out for dodge ball. At one point during the party, it seemed that all the kids were playing dodge ball. My friend commented that wasn't that how it always happens...spend a bunch of money on fancy stuff, and the kids go for the simple thing. They loved the game trailer and the laser tag though. Everyone had a great time.

Well, I guess I'll go make another cup of coffee and bring down my Christmas ornament boxes now. Hope the weather is as beautiful where you are as it was here today. Wishing my friends Dane, Holly and Mark an awesome run in the Houston Marathon tomorrow! Have a fabuloso weekend!
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