Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Massive posting ahead. Just saying.

Merry Christmas luvs!

A whole month went by. Did you miss me? LOL
I got so busy with family stuff (my dad had some problems) and work stuff that my poor blog went neglected for a bit, but guess what?!? I have two weeks of no work for Christmas Break! Yay!!!

And I so needed it! Those kids, God Bless 'em, were driving me a little insane. Along with the demands and all the PAPERWORK that comes with the job. I teach at-risk kids so dealing with the parents can be tough,too. I really think next year will be a smoother year for me...
here's hoping!

So today I debated about getting a turtle! I saw one locally for free, and it was just so adorable. Then I realized it would live to be 100+ and get huge (this was like the big ones from the zoo). So I said no thanks to my turtle pet. I really worry I am trying to make my own house into a zoo!

I scored some free MegaBlocks for my classroom from freecycle. I love freecycle!!
Today I took H to McDonald's. He is on an Avatar toy kick and what can I say, I am an enabler...and I treated myself to a small hot chocolate. Never had one from McD's before. Oh my lambs!!! It was soooo good. I was licking the inside of the cup!

I got my hands on some Zhu Zhu pets (thank u Craigslist!) a few weeks back and now I am looking for some accessories for these guys. I would love to get a car and one of the exercise balls. I know the carrier/blanket would be a no go for H because I honestly could not see him using those. I feel a little naughty--like I feel lame for following the trend and being "one of those parents." BUT you know what?

I remember the Cabbage Patch Doll and when I unwrapped my PollyAnna. Still have her. *BEST FEELING IN THE WORLD*!!! So that is why I turn into sucker mom on a mad hunt for Zhu Zhu stuff.

Christmas came early for me...I got to see my gift ahead of time! LOL DH bought me a stunning necklace but was not sure on chain size so I got to peek at the pic of it online. I cannot wait to have it around my neck. I like shiny stuff!

So yesterday we made my favorite Christmas recipe...Christmas Wreaths. And then I ate a lot of them and got burned out on eating anymore. Which is good.
Here is the recipe:

Christmas Wreaths
1/2 cup butter
4 cups miniature marshmallows (or 40 large marshmallows)
1 teaspoon green food color
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups corn flakes
Red hot candies/m&m's (we use red icing)
  1. In 2-quart saucepan melt butter and marshmallows over medium-low heat,stirring nonstop. Mix in food coloring, vanilla extracts, then corn flakes.
  2. Drop by spoonfuls on waxed paper.Quickly with buttered fingers, shape into wreaths and decorate. We make dots with the icing and a bow out of icing or you could use m and m's/red hots.
  3. Cool completely. Store in air tight container.

This is such a bad sign...when you are at work and you think all day long about reuniting with your favorite Mexican restaurant. Love. I am in love with a Mexican restaurant. Not just any fling, true love!

The view from the main entrance...

When I was a young girl my parents would take me to Laredo's. I had my high school graduation party on their patio. Tasted my first *real* Margarita there.
I really think they sprinkle their food with crack. This is my theory anyway. Amazing stuffed poblano peppers, real fat tortillas, real salsa, and the most amazing sour cream chicken enchiladas I ever had. A sopapilla the size of a baby's head.


Ben met my outer family members there when we got engaged. :)
We went there frequently (like every weekend) when we were newlyweds. We would eat on the patio on summer nights...sometimes while Edgar Cruz would strum his guitar.
We announced to my family our pregnancy there.
Then after having baby H we went a few times but taking care of a newborn leaves you little opportunity to get out and about.

One day the worst thing happened...they closed. Not just closed, the building was gone!
I remember being so excited and pulling up to the empty parking lot. Crushed.
Fast forward a few months later...I see an elegant building with a huge dome from the by and it says "future site of Laredo's". Could it be?? My prayers were answered? Was I hallucinating?!?

I waited long. And hard. Finally they opened. Harrison--4 now--enjoyed it just as much as I did. He ordered the molten lava cake for dessert. Let me tell you...their dessert is like something Chuck Norris would make if he was a chef--pure perfection. I had the arroz con leche--a treat my mother no longer makes ("I ain't no cook! Eat a bag of potato chips.").


So I knew this past weekend we were going to eat there to meet my brother Aaron's girlfriend Dawn. All week I thought about the restaurant. I seriously envisioned the plates. It got me through my week!!!! And on Saturday when I was reunited with my restaurant I ate for like 4 maybe 5 people. I had two margaritas (heaven) and so want to try their Millionaire Mojito next time. We had guacamole made fresh by Felipe, our waiter (with flourish and pizazz) at the table.
So Laredo's I love you. Never,ever leave me again!
Oh yeah, and I totally approve of Dawn!


Unknown said...

Friend i have missed you i am glad you are back! lol

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas` Have a fab time Tinaab post TFS:)!!!!F
Many Blessings to you and yours:)x

ChaChaneen said...

Merry Christmas Twinkle! Have a wonderful day with your family and friends & blessings to you and your precious family!