Friday, September 24, 2010

Amazing Texas Life

I've been amazed at how different Texas is. Not different in a bad way, just different than my previous experience in California. For instance, we drove out to a small town about 30 minutes from San Antonio and as we were driving through, I was amazed that people ride their horses to get something to drink. We passed two local bars with horses parked in front! Then we passed what looked like a 1978 Cadillac with a chicken head on the roof and it's tail coming out of the trunk. Down the road there was a large trailer with the largest pair of longhorns I've ever seen, painted red white and blue. Patriotism is very big here! Literally.

One of the things I love about Texas is how proud people are of being Texans. Texas flags are more common than the stars and stripes. Even in school there is a pledge of allegiance to the Texas flag. It feels good to be a part of something bigger than myself. Texas is definitely bigger.

The weather has been amazing. I've lived in dry climates my entire life. Change in temperature has been the norm. Daytime highs and nightime lows could fluctuate 40+ degrees and it would feel good to me. After we moved here, the weatherman reported that after 3 weeks of 80 degrees as the low, it was finally going to get cool. Hooray! I'm thinking low 60s is going to feel so good! Nope. "Cool" means below 80. How do people live like this? Surprisingly, I walked outside in the early morning hours and it was about 72. And it felt cool to me! With this warmer, humid weather I've experienced more rain, more clouds, and more rainbows too. It's a good thing the sky is bigger here.

Although there are a lot of things I miss about California, there are so many new things here to get excited about. I can't wait to see what's next...

Thursday, September 23, 2010


So, I've been in a serious funk the past few weeks. Not anything serious, just dealing with a major lack of motivation. A friend of mine from church suggested I join her every morning at 5 am for an exercise class. Holy smokes! It turned out to be a Fitness Boot Camp! I have not worked out for 2 years - unless you count shopping for the restaurant during apple season! Needless to say this class is kicking my butt. Muscles are screaming in agony, "What are you thinking?" However, while the muscles are screaming, they seem to be releasing a whole bunch of happy thoughts in my brain! I love it! My funk has dissipated and I have more energy and the motivation is back! Yay! Now if I can just remember that when my alarm goes off at 4:30 tomorrow morning and I have to get off the heating pad I've been sleeping on. Lol

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Mud Pie Kitchen

Mud Pie Kitchen is now open for business! My foray into the foodie blogging world. I mostly just needed a place to keep my favorite recipes and cooking tips. Now I can share them with people who care! Check it out and let me know what you think.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Farmer's Market

There is a fabulous Farmer's Market in San Antonio each Saturday from 9 till 1. My niece, Jessica introduced me last Saturday to the bounty of local farmers and bakers. Thank you, Jess!

Do I have to eat the okra?

Katie Says

Katie: Woah! That was close!
Mom: What was close?
Katie: The gum almost got stuck in my nose!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Back to School

School has started. 2 down - 1 to go. Jacob and Sierra are adjusting well to a new home, a new state, and a new school. Katie, however, is not quite sure about this new situation. She likes playing with toys by herself and watching what she wants to watch, but she is really missing her big brother.