Adventure Days...

... Beginning with Adventure Aquarium!

We live in New Jersey, close to Camden county, where the Adventure Aquarium is located. We have gone several times already! With a new baby on the way, we've decided pretty soon we'll have to get a family pass! This was Kekito's third time visiting and he had the best time yet!

Sergio has this thing about holding my precious little man =) over the rail to see the skyline and the water... and I have this thing about how much it utterly freaks me out! I know he's got a tight grip; but with a wiggly, stubborn toddler, accidents happen!!! It upset me so much I started to cry- it was making me so panicky (not sure if the tears were truly fear induced or hormones)! Which I think only made him want to do it more. So we made a deal- one picture and then we're done!

Our other fun adventure this weekend was an outing to the park. Kekito is SO adventurous these days. Every Dandelion has him spellbound. He can't move on until he's thoroughly inspected every bit of it.
He hands me his ripped up flowers, and I teach him to smell them...

And the best part- now he's trying to teach me. He teaches me a lot actually! ;)

Artists I love...

Going to the art festival made me think about so many fond memories I have of visiting my amazing "GREAT" aunt Susan ;) I loved sitting in her booth and feeling like I was part of the artist In-crowd! I always felt like I knew a celebrity! My Aunt Susie is an incredible artist, and I can honestly say that she is just about 100 percent of my inspiration to dabble in art. She has fostered my love for, and admiration of, art. It was she who got me addicted to visiting museums! It's something that leaves a hole in me if I go too long without seeing a good new exhibit. Seeing the ocean does the same thing somewhere deep inside me. I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce some new people to one of her many talents. I can honestly say, I've never seen anything like her leather art- truly one of a kind! Click her link: Dawn Mountain Leather Art to see something

And while I'm on a roll introducing you to my favorite inspirations, meet my good friend Lesley.

She is the owner of Noah Baby Boutique. Her boutique is set up on Etsy, allowing you to conveniently purchase her products online! She even creates custom orders. She has the cutest baby onsies, burp cloths, blankets, and sets! I've seen them all bundled up, ready to go and even that is a beautiful sight! She leaves no detail ignored. Next time you need a wonderful, unique baby shower gift, keep these sets in mind- they are sure to please! There are even organic cotton
sets for the Eco-minded! Check out the link to: Noah Baby Boutique

I hope you enjoy their items as much as I do!

Heat wave fun

We had an amazing heat wave this last weekend. It lasted all the way up until last night, when it began raining as we slept! I must admit I was ready for it to be on it's way by yesterday seeing as how our A/C is broken. It has been about 90 degrees in our apartment nonstop! You forget how spoiled you are until the A/C breaks in a heat wave! But I sure enjoyed spending time outdoors this weekend!

Lesley, Noah , Kekito and I had a wonderful day perusing artist's displays at a local art festival, and took a fun, but messy, walk in the park.
Here is Noah, loving all the flowers!!

These were some cute handmade toys that caught all of our attention! The boys seemed pretty intrigued.

Lesley, Noah, and Kekito enjoying the amazing bubbles! =)

My little heat wave baby learning to climb...

I am glad to have some cool weather back. The news said it is a 30 degree drop in temperature today from yesterday! But I think we really needed such a nice weekend, and my pale pale pale skin finally got some much needed color! Hope everyone had a great weekend too!

Southwestern salad

So I made this GORGEOUS salad last night.... but I forgot to take a picture for all of you! I wanted to share my recipe for it- it is a great summer dinner. Nice and light, but still filling and it won't heat up your kitchen! (this is for 4-6 people)

Here's what you need:
1-2 lbs. of chicken (depending on how much you want)
1 or 2 Small tomatoes diced (you can use canned diced ones too!)
2 slices of Red onion chopped
1/2 Large red bell pepper
3/4 c Cesar dressing
1/4 c Thousand Island dressing
1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 Tbs Spicy brown mustard
2 Tsp Lime Juice
2 Tsp Crushed red pepper
1 1/2 Tsp Chopped Cilantro

I first cut up some chicken and fry it in some olive oil- I do this in the morning so that I won't have to mess with it later- you can also make extra for sandwiches or other salads over the next few days!

Next I chop and mix together in a bowl with canned corn:
1 or 2 Small tomatoes diced
2 slices of Red onion chopped
1/2 Large red bell pepper

To make the dressing mix together:
3/4 c Cesar dressing
1/4 c Thousand Island dressing
1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 Tbs Spicy brown mustard
2 Tsp Lime Juice
2 Tsp Crushed red pepper (If you like things REALLY hot- add more. Not too hot just spicy!)
1 1/2 Tsp Chopped Cilantro

All of this can be done ahead of time in the morning (except the tomato) in case you are going to have a busy night!

Lay out your washed salad on the plate and drizzle enough dressing for you all over salad and top with a bit of cheddar cheese. Then using a spoon sprinkle as much of the corn mix as you'd like; and top with chicken! It's so easy, tastes SO incredibly good, and looks beautiful enough to serve to guests all on it's own!

I hope you enjoy this salad!

"Walking with God"

I just finished reading "Walking with God" by John Eldridge. I highly recomment it if you are looking for more insight on your realationship with God; or if you are looking to deepen your relationship.

His style of writing has a real sense of comfort to it, and he can be pretty good for a laugh too! Even through the mucky stuff! He and his family live in Colorado (Oh how I love thee Colorado....) and they started the ransomed heart ministries.

I am now working on one of his older books "Wild at Heart", and a book by his wife Stasi, "Captivating". I'll let you know how they turn out!

Happy reading to everyone!

I hate Microeconomics... WITH A PASSION!

I am going to school online right now... and might I add it's not the best. It's tough... but just not very good for me!

Anyway... so much drama with this stinkin school. I can't wait to be done! I am switching schools after a short break after this Micro class. I never knew how hard this class would be!

I am relieved to say that all I have left is my final! YAY!!!!! If I wasn't having a baby, I'd be going out for Margaritas!!!! I am hoping and praying I pass because I don NOT want to have to pay back the VA!!!!! sigh... =)

Anyone else have horrible econ stories? Or online school reviews?!

Forgot to show off my best asset... son. He's got an incredible personality!
I should have named him trouble for his middle name! ;)

My very first Blog.... I think?

I'm not so sure about what all this blog stuff is.... I think the first time I heard the word was about.... a year ago? Long after I had been reading people's "blogs" (little did I know....). I've written journals on personal networking sites... not sure if that counts.

Well anyway, I guess I'll just use the first phase of this experience to tell you about myself.
I am a CALIFORNIA GIRL! Through and through till the day I leave this Earth! I used to be a mechanic on airplanes in the military. Now I am a fulltime mom and online student- it's oh so exciting. Mmmm- mostly just really tiring. I wish I was in Diego Garcia instead sometimes- so far from the world!

Anyway. I am just pretty dang happy with life. I have my days... weeks... sometimes months.... but I just can't tell you how much I just feel like I'm on the verge of discovering something great and new each day. Even if it's a teeny-tiny something amazing- it's an amazing life none the less.