Quick Catch Up

Quick Catch Up

I just wanted to do a quick catch up because I mentioned before, so much has changed since I last wrote. We left Utah and headed out to Tennessee where we spent the last year and a half. I adored living in Tennessee. We were up near the Kentucky border about a 45-minute drive from Nashville in a place called Clarksville. Clarksville itself was a nice place but a little overpopulated. It is super close to the army base and they have two large companies that have really brought a ton of people to the area. The campsite we stayed at was nice because it is nestled in the woods right outside of Clarksville so you feel like your out in the country but it’s really close to shopping and restaurants. You sort of getting the best of both worlds.

Nashville was amazing. There was always so much going on and people out doing things. We visited the Parthenon at Centennial Park multiple times. We saw a show at the Grand Ol Opry. Visiting the Opry is a really cool experience, I am not by any means a huge country music fan but just the rich history and warm ambiance you get visiting is something really cool to experience. We saw a couple shows at The Ryman, or as the locals call it, The Mother Church.  Our favorite place to eat was Hattie B’s Hot Chicken and we would go every chance we got! There is always a line out the door and around the building at every location but it is so worth the wait! We also enjoyed the buzz going on downtown on Broadway. That place is poppin’ at all hours of the day!

The funny thing is I didn’t realize how much I loved Tennesee until we had to leave. We got word we had to head out to Idaho in mid-August. It was a pretty long drive with the kiddos and the dog in the van with me but we made it. The nice thing about hauling our home with us is that when we stop for the night I get to sleep in my own bed. I really dislike staying in hotels. So now we have been in Idaho for a couple months and it is really different than we were used to. We went from overcrowded Tennessee to no one in the middle of the boondocks Idaho. After the initial culture shock, I have been able to enjoy the beauty Idaho has to offer. I still miss Tennesee and I will always carry that piece of the south with me. We still aren’t sure how much longer we will be here, we could be gone by the time this posts, but I will keep ya posted!

Spring Break

Spring Break

We had the pleasure of hosting this years spring break family trip. We had a blast in Provo, Park City, Draper, and Salt Lake City.

family at Moochie's

Moochie’s was amazing, I had the Eggplant Parmigiana sandwich, everyone else had  Philly Cheesesteak. Everyone gave it a thumbs up!

The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium is amazing, my boys could stay in there for hours looking at all the fish. They also have birds, butterflies, and sloths!

family at aquarium
Family in the mouth of a beast

We also took a short drive up to Herriman, Near South Jordan, to see The Real UP House! Its a replica home from the Disney-Pixar movie, UP. We couldn’t go in, as it is a private residence, but it was still pretty cool to see.

The Real UP House

Banana Berry Overnight Oats

Banana Berry Overnight Oats

Overnight OatsI posted this once before on my original blog, but it is still one of my favorite things to eat. Since I have been on a Keto diet, I have not been able to have it in such a long time. I decided to share it again so someone out there can enjoy it as much as I do!

One of my family’s favorite breakfasts is overnight oats. I have pretty picky eaters, but since the very first day I gave them the wonderfully warm and delightful concoction they have devoured it. My husband loves it as well, he usually has it as his midmorning snack at work and apparently, it’s been a hit there as well. I mean, honestly, it just looks so delicious in that mason jar!

Here is my quick overnight oats recipe, it’s pretty simple and you may see many more recipes just like it but since it is something that we love so much I decided to share it!

Banana Berry Overnight Oats Recipe

1/2 cup of oats

1 tbs of chia seeds

A heaping tablespoon of plain Greek yogurt

Small handful of blueberries

2 or 3 sliced strawberries

1/2 banana sliced

1/2 cup of vanilla almond milk and a dash more for decoration*

A couple drops of vanilla

Two shakes of cinnamon

Cover and

*Shake Shake Shake*

Put in fridge overnight

Microwave 1 min then stir

Add

Sliced almonds

Honey bunches of oats granola with dark chocolate

That’s it. Plain and simple but oh so yummy! This is measured out as per serving, I use a mason jar for mine.

Enjoy!

 

 

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

img_6148Last summer we were able to head up north and spend a weekend at Yellowstone National Park. It was amazing! We didn’t plan ahead so we weren’t able to take our fifth wheel up. We stayed at Gray Wolf Inn and Suites in West Yellowstone, Montana. The lodge was really nice, and super close to the entrance. A bit pricey, but thats what we get for not planning ahead. I totally fell in love with the town, it was so touristy but in a mountain man sort of way.

Once we drove in to the park the views just blew me away! We got to see a group of animals grazing in a field. It was an amazing sight. People were out of their vehicles taking pictures of them and walking right up to the herd and the animals were not scared at all. YellowstoneWildlife.jpg

We loved seeing the geysers and the sulfuric pools. I was a little reluctant to go down the trails since I have two young boys, but they did very well! We also made sure to visit the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. Gray Wolf Inn and Suites included tickets to the park in our package. The kids really enjoyed that. The bears really put on a show for us that day!

Family at Yellowstone 2We only spent two days in Yellowstone and that was not enough. I would have loved to just be able to sit and soak in the beauty and majesty of the scenery. I definitely will make the trip back sometime and next time I will plan ahead!

Valentine’s Day Thoughts

Valentine’s Day Thoughts

I have always loved Valentine’s Day. I think it is such a fun day to celebrate not just romantic love, but just love in general. Being that my love language is gift giving, this is really another day for me to shine! I have had a Valentine’s date with my husband for the past 11 years but I have many friends who despise this day because they do not have a date. I think it’s a great day to love on yourself, and the people who love you!

One of my favorite things to do is make it a special day for my kiddos. We homeschool so that means no fun Valentine’s Day party with cards and candy.  I have made it a tradition to get them a small token of my love each year just to make the day a little brighter. Maybe you don’t have kids, but there is that one coworker, or even a friend that you could surprise with a small token of your affection. On a day intended to spread love, what could warm your heart more than making someone else’s day better!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Welcome William

Welcome William

WilliamMiniPoodle.jpgSo we got a new addition to our little familia this year, his name is William and he is a miniature poodle. I am not a dog person. I am selfish and I have my hands full with my kids as it is. So what better way to throw a wrench in what little sanity I had then by getting an 8 month old puppy!

William is actually a very good puppy, thank The Lord! He is potty trained and knows how to sit on command, thanks to my mom! He is good with the kids and he fits right in! He even spins like a Gerardo! If you know me personally you know that my husband dances and he, and all of my kids, love to spin. I don’t know, I don’t ask lol.

Anyway, we are excited to have him although we feel a little under qualified. I figure if I can manage to raise three/four children we can figure out how to raise a dog! Just another crazy boy added to our little crew living in our RV.

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Life in The Sierra

Life in The Sierra

Sierra

We have been living in our RV full time for 6 months now. I thought leaving my 4 bedroom 3 bathroom house in New Mexico to travel with my husband was the craziest thing I would ever do. Never thought we would be living full time in an RV! Honestly though, I am happy in it. We have been traveling for 2 years and before we got the Sierra we would have to pack and unpack constantly, no fun! Now, we just pack up our home and head out! It’s so nice to have a space that is home wherever we go!

We made it through summer like a breeze and we are half way through our first winter and I have to say I’m impressed. Although, winter in Utah this year has been pretty mild, we have had some cold nights and snowy days. I am so glad we opted for the large bunkhouse for the kids! Believe it or not, we are comfortable. We have plenty of room, except Juliet. She is my 11 year old hoarder of sentimental objects and collector of everything you could possibly collect. She is having some adjustment issues, but she will figure it out lol.

If you have ever considered spending some time traveling in an RV, I definitely recommend you do it at some point in your life. Although I do miss my house, I have learned that my home is wherever my crazy family is, and now we have a place to take with us!

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