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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Hello Last Year Of My Twenties!

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Hello lovelies! Well, it’s that time of year again. Time for the wheel to turn once more. Time for me to add another year to my life. It was a year well spent. It was a year full of adventures with my family, love, memories, bonding-as we grew to respect each other’s space in our 232 sq ft home and joy. Lots and lots of joy!

I am actually thrilled to be turning another year older. Another year wiser. I am adding more experience and more life lessons to my belt and I truly couldn’t be happier about that. (My friends know how excited I am to one day get that first grey hair. Although it unfortunately, hasn’t happened yet, it has to at some point.)

I started off my morning with my typical 5 minute shower. RV’s don’t exactly come equipped with loads of hot water at your disposal, lol. That’s alright though. We’ve all adjusted to taking Navy showers. After that, it was time to roll out the mat and practice my inversions…as well as try a new move. Scorpion to be precise.

Oooo la la. All showered and clean and ready to sweat…cuz that makes sense.

Not bad for a pic taken by a 3 year old!

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This is only as far as my Scorpion got without a spotter. I was too fearful of crashing into my refrigerator and breaking my back, lol.

Still though, I was impressed that I even got my head off my mat…even though I was leaning against the wall.

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I’m still using my ceiling to assist in my Handstand. I’m getting in and out of it easier now though.

It’s just a matter of time before muscle memory kicks in and I fly!

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Now for my easy (and favorite) poses.

Headstand and Wheel (backbend).

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After I was done playing, I set to work trying to figure out how to make myself (and my family) a Vegan birthday cake. I wanted something decadent and delicious…and filled with chocolate. Something easy too…and something that I already had ingredients in my home for. Our truck is still in the shop getting its Transmission rebuilt…I am soooooooo thankful for warranties!!!! We only had to pay $450 of a $2800 bill!

I decided to start out by making my favorite Vegan Chocolate Mousse…I’d figure out what to do with it later…

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Vegan Chocolate Mousse

Ingredients:

  • 2 fully ripened avocados (trust me, you will not taste them AT ALL once recipe is complete)

  • 1/4 cup Cocoa

  • 1/4 cup Raw (if possible) Agave Syrup

  • 1/4 cup Almond (or Coconut) Milk

  • 1 tsp Vanilla

  • Puree until smooth.

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After I whipped that up, it was after lunch and my beautiful girls had a surprise for me!!!

Here’s a video of Cinderella singing Happy Birthday to me.
 
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They presented me with a birthday cake of their own making! It was so sweet and thoughtful and brought tears to my eyes.

After Cindy had her nap, Daddy got home and it was time for some more horsing around. I ran inside to work on my cake idea that I got.

It was a throwback to the cake my BFF got me 2 years ago when Nic was in Virginia without us. She didn’t want me to be alone on my birthday, so she had me and the girls over to hang with her family for the day. There were even flowers and gifts.

I love her so much for doing that for me. I will never forget it.

I love you Stacy.

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So glad I could be with my Hubby this year (and last) on my birthday. One birthday without him (since meeting), is one too many.

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While we were playing outside, I was waiting for my cookie cake to finish baking. I took a standard, nestle tollhouse chocolate chip cookie recipe, turned it Vegan by using Carob chips, Earth Balance dairy-free “butter” & egg-substitute (not egg beaters…this is truly egg free) and poured it all into a 9x9 square pan. I let it bake for an eternity…seriously. I think it was about an hour.

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I frosted it with my Vegan Chocolate Mousse and decorated it with blackberries.

It wasn’t pretty, but it was seriously the most delicious thing in the universe…

Seriously.

I am not even kidding.

Even Nic and the girls were oooohing and aaaahing.

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I didn’t have enough candles…or # candles, so I did 2 and 9 for 29, haha!

My yum delicious vegan birthday dinner.

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As good as dinner was though, it just didn’t even come close to my super tasty, vegan chocolate mousse-chocolate chip cookie cake!!!

Say that 5 times fast.

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And they got me cards! I was sure they’d forget, lol!

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The perfect birthday ended with a gift card from my Hubby to www.soulflower.com to spend online, and some evening family cuddles.

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The stuff I ended up buying with my giftcard…5 new pairs of pants and an orange headband:

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It was a fantastic day full of love and togetherness. I really couldn’t ask for anything more. I am so lucky and blessed to be able to spend this day with my Husband…the 4 of us together. It’s just another reason to be grateful to my Husband’s company for allowing us the privilege of full-time RVing. I wouldn’t change a single thing about my life right now. And that’s the greatest birthday present in the world.

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Happy 3rd Birthday Nephew!!!

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I can’t believe you’re 3 already!!! It feels like just yesterday that your Mommy and Daddy brought you home and I was cradling your precious little body in my arms. You were the sweetest, quietest little baby that I ever met and you melted my heart from the moment I laid eyes on you. You are becoming such a handsome young man! Watching you grow up with your Cousins your first 2 years was the song to my heart and it’s so hard for all of us to be away from you. We miss you every second of every single day. We haven’t gotten to meet your little sister yet, but I bet you are the greatest big brother that a sister could ever ask for. We love the both of you more than words and wish we could’ve been there to spend your special day with you. We hope you are doing wonderfully. Although there is much distance between us, we want you to know that you are always in our hearts, you always will be, and we are always here for you.

All our love,

Uncle Nic, Auntie Zoe, and your Cousins

XOXO

Saturday, July 5, 2014

The Fourth & Then We Were Off

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY EVERYONE!!!

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^^^ (I’ve been there!) ^^^

Today is our Nation’s Birthday, and on this day, I’m spending it with my loved ones…which is pretty awesome! We went to the park for a little bit during the morning. Cindy practiced riding her balance bike, while MHG tore up the slide and swing sets. Eventually, my Mom babysat Cindy for me, so I could take MHG on a date to go see “Maleficent” in theaters. *Side note* I haven’t stepped foot in a Movie Theater in almost 2 years! Anywho, it was lovely getting some one-on-one time with my eldest kiddo. It’s a pretty rare occurrence these days…yes, even though we homeschool. Homeschooling doesn’t count. Papoo and Nonnie got a break from all of us girls and I’m pretty sure they got a nap, too!

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After the movie, MHG and I drove back to my Mom’s to pick up Cinderella. There was time for a quick selfie with my Mama and a short conversation…after all, I did just get a good 2 weeks straight with her! My Mom's visit with us.

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Then, it was back to the in-laws for my one and only drink of the night. Nic finally got into town after his 7 hour drive and he was lookin’ to see a couple of his buddies. I offered to drive, since I was certain there would be drinking with them.

I made Ma and I Mimosas! Holy delicious, too!

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After our drink, we were treated to the sight of a gorgeous and PERFECT double-rainbow, as well as a magnificent sunset. What a breathtaking sight to behold! A perfect birthday gift to our country.

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After we put the girls to bed and left them with Nonnie and Papoo, we headed over to see Pip, who was dog-sitting for his friends.

I got to see the fireworks going off all over the city from their back porch! That was pretty amazing!

After we bid Pip farewell, we headed over to our buddies the Mac’s for a quick visit, too.

They were partying with their neighbors and the teenagers were playing with their own fireworks.

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I got to see some up close fireworks after all!

I was a bit perturbed however, because Cinderella kept waking up and I had to drive the 20 minutes up to Nic’s parents, not once, but twice to put her back to sleep. (I’m one of the only people on the planet that can put that stubborn angel to sleep.) After returning from my 2nd trip to get her to bed, I had to unfortunately bid my bestie and her honey farewell and drag Nic away from there, unwillingly. Papoo had called to tell me she had awoken again…for her FOURTH time. She really just did not want Mommy to leave her.

Alright Cinderella…point taken. We said our goodbyes and headed back up North.

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The following day, having Daddy back with us, we decided to spend the day together-just us 4. We opted to go for a drive through the Garden of the Gods…one of my most favorite places in this beautiful country. That was a pretty dumb idea, though. It was a holiday weekend and about a zillion other people had plans to visit there as well.

You can see Pike’s Peak behind and to the right of the Garden of the Gods red rocks.

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Kissing Camels from behind.

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Another side note: My new phone isn’t too shabby taking pics. Thank you HTC One M8! All I pretty much cared about on our recent trip to get new cells…was having a good camera. I’d say it works GREAT for landscape and non-moving shots…but isn’t too fab for moving targets, in my opinion.

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Balanced Rock.

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After we drove out of the park, we happened upon this guy with the world’s largest hitch ball, lol!

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Nic took me to my favorite store in the world-Celebration’s Metaphysical Store in Old Colorado City!

I got myself a couple little things that shouldn’t impact our living in an RV.

A tiny statue of Isis, Mother Goddess and Goddess of Magic-to aid in my rituals…

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…and a sweet little pocket coin to stay in my wallet.

It invokes memories of my drumming days and reminds me to stay wild, free and true to myself.

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Of course no family day would be complete without a quick trip to the girls’ favorite store: Toys ‘R Us.

They each got a couple small toys and they got to ride with Spiderman.

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We came back home after a long day of togetherness and family fun. While they played in the freezing cold pool with Nonnie and Papoo, Nic and I readied our bags for our trip back home in the morning. I eventually donned my bikini and froze my butt off as well, but don’t worry, I won’t force that scary visual on you, lol!

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What a great day! It was a wonderful time, just the 4 us, and ending it with Nonnie and Papoo made it even better. We’re sad to be heading back home to New Mexico tomorrow…but duty calls. It was a fabulous week with Nic’s family and even getting to see a few of our friends real quick was great!

We are looking forward to seeing you all again really soon! At some point, we have to bring back up our 2nd grade curriculum and put it in storage. Gotta make room for 3rd grade! Woohoo!

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