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This Last week’s quotes of the week (QOTW). Believe it or not, the majority of this post was written last week, but yet another kid got sick and I finally just poured myself a margarita. Better late than never, right?
“Mom and Dad love each udder.”
Luke, yes we do.
“Was that the 10-month-old or the five-year-old?”
Our pediatrician, wondering who was hollering so much. Believe it or not? The 5yo.
“Zip it, John Paul.”
Luke, telling big brother that recorder practice time is over. AMEN, brotha.
“I’ve been a Spurs fan forever. Since like two years ago.”
John Paul, ah the loyalty.
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It has been a helluva two weeks. Five doctor visits in 10 days. That’s about five too many. I am really missing writing in this space and y’all are oh-so-patient for sticking with me. I was trying desperately to get client work out the door prior to spring break. When you combine those ridiculously late nights with lots of sick kids, blogging just hasn’t happened. I miss documenting our life so giddyup, y’all. Because there are some posts coming your way.
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Step aside, Food Network. If you follow me over on the ‘gram, then you saw some sneak peeks at our day at the Houston Rodeo. In the last several years, rodeos in Texas have been adding non-livestock competitive events for both 4-H and FFAers. It’s brilliantly awesome. Several weeks ago, we ventured to the San Antonio Rodeo to compete in the Consumer Decision Making contest and our kids had a blast. Last week, we made the trek to Houston so our oldest could compete with his teammates in the Food Challenge competition. Think Iron Chef. The kids use their mobile kitchen and are given 40 minutes, five ingredients and a clue. They have to work together as a team, cook a dish and then present it to a panel of judges – with zero help from anyone. The team has to know applicable MyPlate information, nutritive value, preparation steps, food safety, substitutions and cost. No easy feat. Out of 57 teams that entered, our county’s senior team won its division and our junior team took second. They had to first win their heat before advancing to the finals. Here they are before the competition started.
This was their first dish, bagel bites. My gosh, I was so nervous I hardly took any photos!
After a quick break for lunch, the officials announced winners and we were all SMILE!
After washing dishes in the wash racks (yes, those would be animal wash racks!), back to the kitchen they went. And yes, I hot sanitized those dishes when we got home!
The team made fajita tacos. The clue really called for salad, but they rocked the fajitas. And they even made homemade guac, to boot!
No belt buckles, but the teams did win some beautifully engraved wooden cutting boards.
The celebrity judge for the event was Houston native, Master Chef Willie Mike. He gave the kids a great pep talk and raved about their knowledge. He was gracious enough to spend even more time with them after the awards, answering all their questions and signing autographs. What a nice guy!
All in all, a really spectacular day and worth every bit of all those hours we drove to get there and back. And, what a nice surprise to have a blog reader (and HLSR volunteer) introduce herself during the competition. Hey Valarie!
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By the skin of our chinny chin chin. It’s been a busy season of 4-H since January. We get a brief reprieve and then hit it hard again in April and June. I’m not sure how other states are structured, but Texas has projects throughout the year, whereas others just have a busy season in the summer before the fair. For us, I’m grateful it’s all spread out! The photography contest is on our radar now and the boys juuuust got their photos submitted in time. As in, three hours to spare. It’s mostly a result of too much sick crazy, but I’m pretty proud of how their photos turned out. Here’s my two favorites. Will submitted the top one from his NASA trip in “elements of design” and John Paul is our people person, so it makes sense the photo of Gianna was his favorite.
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Over on Facebook, I asked for your advice on taking a vacation to Disney World. Our family is considering a trip there later this year and I already feel like I’m in Pinterest-coma. It’s always way more fun to hear from actual people about their actual experiences, so hit me with all things Mickey and Harry Potter. To park hop or not? Fast passes, what’s the low down? Is Harry Potter at Universal really that awesome? Magic Bands and Memory Maker, worth the extra cost? And all the 1-million other things I forgot. I’m all ears. Bwhahahaha. Seriously, though. I am.
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Praise Jesus, it’s spring break. I mean, I’m in 100% denial that we are far enough into the year to be at spring break. But my tired, daylight savings time body is rejoicing with the fact that I do not have to get kids anywhere, supervise any homework or worry about a clock for the next seven glorious days. We have some fun day trips planned and some time together as a family. Translation? Sibling fights and a prayer for good weather so they can beat each other up OUTside, rather than in my house.
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My best read this week? I’m taking a small departure from the spiritually inspirational and showing you some organizational eye candy. I do so love me a laundry room with color. If you aren’t following Jen from iHeartOrganizing, you should be. A few of our house projects have been featured on her blog and the inspiration I draw from her is just so great.
Enjoy your spring break, lovelies, and more takes from Kelly!