Ramblings of a Young Mama

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Well hmph....

I came to blog this morning, yesterday's Friday Fill-Ins, but I can't seem to locate it.... The only one I can find on the blog is last weeks (that I missed) *sighs* oh well, I was a day late anywho ;)

With that being said, I've had quite an eventful two weeks.... With summer being in full force, and me training to be Summer Camp Director, it's been crazy (and fun!).... Last week we went to Gatorland! It was my first time there and it is totally a place that Keegan would enjoy. We will definitely be going there in the near future! We also went to this AMAZING Aquatic Center! Awesome area for the kids! We will be going there soon too ;) This past week, we went to Monkey Joes, among other places.... It was my first time going to this one and it was SOOOOO much bigger than the one I have been to.... This is definitely one of the children's favorite field trips! I am thoroughly enjoying this summer! I'm completely exhausted by the end of the day, but I'm enjoying it! :)

This week also marked the end of my first Body by Vi - 90 Day Challenge! I'm proud to say that I have lost 25.8 pounds and 16.5 inches in 90 days! It's been an amazing journey! I didn't realize how big I had gotten until I was putting our before and after pictures together.... I have had an amazing partner in all of this. *Jami* She lost 23 pounds and 11 inches! We are not finished yet.... With the end of the first challenge, we begin another! Hopefully by the end of this next 90 days we will both be at our goal weight! Here's two pictures of my success - One from the front, and one from the side :)

Click my pictures for a closer look ;) If you want to learn more about the challenge just click the "Body by Vi - 90 Day Challenge" link above.... I would post Jami's pictures but I'm not sure how she would feel about that! ;)

Besides that, everything is going good! I'm hopefully signing Keegan up for swimming lessons on Friday! Lord knows living in Florida, with water everywhere, he definitely needs to know how to swim! :) I guess that's all for now!

Friday, June 08, 2012

Friday Fill-Ins :)

My First Friday Fill-Ins since I've decided to start bloggin' again! YAY!

....here we go!

1. I knew it was love when... I saw my gorgeous son's face for the first time!
2. My heart can be broken but you always make me smile.
3. A dog is a loyal companion and friend.
4. My how you have a sexy smile.
5. Can you see the sunshine through all the rain?
6. And the week has been long, I'm glad it's almost through.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to going to Kobe's with my Florida family and celebrating my 3 year anniversary from work & my birthday (that's really next week), tomorrow my plans include going to a birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese's at 2pm and Sunday, I want to do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! ;)

Sunday, June 03, 2012

I found this a while ago....

....and I have yet to try it out.... (although since it combines my two favorite pies I'm sure I'm gonna love it!) I figured someone else might have the same loves as me and want to try it to, so I give you:

Pumpkin Apple Pie

1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup water
2 tablespoons butter
3 cups thinly sliced, peeled, cored apples
3/4 cup canned or fresh pumpkin puree
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 (9-inch) unbaked pie crust

Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).

Combine brown sugar, cornstarch, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large saucepan. Stir in water and butter. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Add apples and cook for 4 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine pumpkin, sugar, egg, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon salt, ginger and cloves. Beat until well blended using a rotary or electric mixer on low speed.

Pour apple mixture into unbaked pie crust. Spoon an even layer of pumpkin mixture over apple mixture. Bake 10 minutes then reduce oven temperature to 375°F (190°C) and bake another 40 minutes or until filling is set around edge. Cool on a wire rack before serving.

Makes 8 servings.

--If anyone tries it out, PUH-LEASE let me know how it turns out! :)

Saturday, June 02, 2012

How does the time pass so fast?!

I'm not sure how I let so much time pass without blogging at all! Seriously, maybe that's why I've been crazy! Where do I even begin?!

I have recently graduated with my Child Development Associates degree and am now teaching Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten! I'm the last teacher they have before they are off to "big school" and it has been quite a learning experience for me, just as much as the kids I teach!

Speaking of my class we just had graduation on Friday! It was quite an emotional week for me! I'm glad that it's done with and my life can resume regularly now. Next for me, is summertime with school-age kids... Field trips and crafts all summer long!

Keegan is big as can be, four and a half already and I'm not sure how that happened?! Where does the time go? In the fall he will begin his final year of preschool. I'm gonna be a crybaby I'm sure! I just can't believe 5 years ago I was pregnant with him, it really doesn't seem like it has been that long. He's so smart (but of course I'm bias)! He can spell his full name, knows our address, numbers to 20, the alphabet, etc. I am so proud of the little boy he has become.

We moved into a duplex with a big back yard last month and it has been great for us! I couldn't be happier with my decision to move here! As for my love life... I'm currently single... and I'm content... It's time to focus on me... and of course Keegan :)

and for old time's sake here's my current desktop for June :)

I downloaded it from the Shabby Shoppe Blog....