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The base had a family holiday party that the girls & I went to this afternoon. We didn’t stay too long since I’m still getting over my head cold but we did stay long enough for them to enjoy some cotton candy, a snow cone (which they cried about cause it was too cold in their mouth), a corn dog & corn cob on a stick, pictures with Santa, a shared bag of popcorn & some bounce house fun (with surprisingly no vomiting after all that food consumption!)

I was very impressed to not see a single tear over sitting with Santa this year & decided to make a collage documenting their previous Santa encounters. The middle one is truly my favorite :)

We might see him again tomorrow morning too if I feel well enough to peel myself out of bed bright & early for it.

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We’re slowly but surely getting settled in. I still have a lot of boxes sitting around & painting to do but I’ve been unpacking a lil here & there & had big plans of finishing the dining room this week until I got slammed two nights ago with a nasty head cold that’s pretty much laid me out by sucking every last ounce of energy from me. The good news is I think I just might be on the mend now but I still feel far from healthy.

The girls are loving the new place. There is just so much space for them to explore, move around & play in. There will be even more of course once I finish unpacking & hauling out the countless boxes I have taking over the family room which are for donation. I then plan to convert the family room into a nice organized play area for the kids.

The bonus room which is our office currently has their Little Tikes climber/slide that’s been having to sit outside in our itty bitty back yard for the past year & a half only to be used by the dogs.

I washed it all down before moving however & now have it all set up right in the middle of this big room & both dogs & kids are getting much enjoyment & use from it. Unfortunately however the girls have just about outgrown it now…

I also finally got a couple floor lamps to give some light in our office & living room and set up our Christmas Tree for a lil festiveness even though we won’t really be seeing much of it this year.

Roy got the girls a bunch of things that I’ve wrapped up for them & put under the tree along with a couple things from their Auntie Barbara & my Gramma. So we’re going to have a lil Skype Christmas with Roy so he can watch them open their surprises & hopefully if he gets the package I mailed him in time we can watch him open that too!

Since the floors throughout here are either laminant or tile I decided to get the dogs a nice big cushy bed from Sam’s Club. It’s so big & soft. They love it!

…Apparently so do the girls.

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The last 2 weeks have been extremely busy & hectic for me with trying to get the new place painted (still working on that), dealing with the move of our stuff (which although I paid movers a pretty penny to deal with they still left me having to deal with quite a bit on my own), and then all the clean up involved with passing a “white glove” move out inspection on the old place & things are just finally starting to settle down now.

I haven’t had a chance to gather my thoughts enough for much of a post (I haven’t even started unpacking yet!) but I wanted to add a lil something here at least so decided to do one of my Favorite Food Friday posts. Hopefully soon I’ll have something & bit longer for you all to read but for now I want to introduce this super yummy & easy to make, protein packed recipe.

Originally I found something similar on The World According to Eggface but wasn’t too fussy about her particular recipe so I altered it a bit to suit my own tastes and this is my modified version:


Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 8 Raw Shrimp, Deveined & Tails Off
  • 1/2 Yellow Squash Sliced
  • 1/4 Onion Sliced
  • 5 Grape Tomatoes Quartered
  • 1 Cup Fresh Spinach Leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon Pesto Sauce
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • Few Twists of Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Olive Oil

What To Do:

  • Mix ingredients gently in a bowl
  • Spread out a piece of foil on a cookie sheet & use enough that you can put all ingredients in the middle of it & fold up into a tight lil packet
  • Bake at 400 for 30 mins or until shrimp is pink throughout & veggies reach desired tenderness (can also BBQ in a covered grill for 15 mins)
  • Eat on it’s own or serve over rice
  • Makes 1 serving

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