Saturday, February 20, 2010

In 11 days...

In 11 days, we will be on a plane heading to Jamaica! We are going on our "Better Late Than Never" honeymoon. I have to say that even though we are going nine months after the wedding, it was great to wait! We were able to book the vacation that we really wanted to take. It's much better than settling for something that we weren't so excited about.

We are going to the Sandals Royal Caribbean resort outside of Montego Bay, Jamaica for five nights. We decided not to book up all of our time with excursions so that we have time to relax. We did however book one excursion to Dunn's River falls. A few people have told us that they went there and it was amazing, and provided us with a few helpful hints as well! Here are a few photos I found online of the falls:

It looks awesome and I can't wait! Now if we can only somehow make it through the next 11 days...

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Chicken Enchiladas

We decided that we would watch the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics by being somewhat multi-cultural. American beer and Chicken Enchiladas! I learned to make these enchiladas from my mom, and they are so good and really simple! All you need is chicken, flour tortillas (I choose the middle size), canned diced green chiles, enchilada sauce, shredded cheese, other ingredients that you like such as onion and black olives, and sour cream.

The first thing to do is either boil a whole chicken, or cheat like me and buy a whole roasted chicken from the store!
Shred the chicken into a large bowl and mix in other ingredients that you choose. I like to add canned diced green chiles, sliced black olives, and diced onion.
Empty one large can of red enchilada sauce into a shallow dish. I found out that cake pans work well! Dip flour tortillas into the sauce so that both sides are covered. On a plate, or wax paper, lay the tortilla flat and add the chicken mixture and top with cheese.
Roll the tortillas up and place in a heavily greased 9x13 pan. Top with some of the remaining enchilada sauce and cheese.
Cover them with foil and bake at 375 for about 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake an additional 10 or 15 minutes. Serve with Spanish rice and sour cream. Enjoy!

Monday, February 8, 2010

The "Not-So" Super Bowl 2010

I can't say that Sunday's Super Bowl turned out like we planned, but if we had to lose to anyone I'm glad it was the Saints. We had a bunch of people over to watch the game, and still had a great time despite the loss.

The day started off positive with the newspaper art...
Kevin even decided to make a mohawk for good luck. Yep, that's the Puppy Bowl on the TV in the background!
Then he added the horse shoe on his forehead and was ready with football in hand.
Nate and Angie
Dora and baby Emily
Angie and Emily
Kevin's earlier excitement turned into this...
Oscar was the hit of the party with the little kids. He finally figured out that he could escape to his tower where they couldn't reach him.
Or so he thought...
And where was Henry? He was upstairs hiding under our bed.

It's February - Bring On The Snow!

It seems like our winters here are pretty mild, until February hits. Sure enough, we got 7 or 8 inches of snow dumped on us this past Friday. I know that isn't much compared to what the East Coast saw, but they are forecasting another 4 to 8 inches tomorrow. Maybe I will get a snow day? Probably not... Friday's snow was the really heavy and really wet kind of snow that makes everything a mess but it is so pretty when it sticks to the trees. Here are some pictures (sorry, they are a bit out of order):

Henry hiding behind the curtains from the snow. OK, he was just playing,
but it was cute and I wanted to include it!
Henry and Oscar looking out the front door watching Kevin shovel the snow.
He's doing such a good job :) You might see some lines on the picture... That is because I took the picture through the window. Not a chance I was going outside!
Well, I went outside for one picture. And yes, the Christmas lights are STILL up.
It's so pretty when the snow sticks to the trees.

I like Henry's face in this picture. I bet he is wondering why we can't move to a warmer climate.
Hmm, it's colder out here than I remember.
What is this cold white stuff?

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Winter Brew Fest 2010

This past weekend was the Winter Brew Fest. They hold this event twice a year - once in the summer and once in the Winter. The regional micro brewers come and bring samples of the beer. You can walk around and try as many different beers as you want. The benefit of the winter fest is that it is indoors and you don't have to battle with the sweltering heat and humidity of July! My dad was in town this year for the festival, so we "forced" him to come along! Here are a few of my favorite photos from the day.

Mark, Dad, Nate, and Kevin - cheers!

Me, Dad, and Nate

This picture cracks me up! Mark and Toby took the map off the wall and were analyzing where to go next. Mark really looks like he is up to no good!

Kevin and Nate
My favorite thing about this picture is the girl in the background behind Kevin - she appears excited to be in the photo!

This is by far the best picture from the ENTIRE day! I love it!
Not sure if he obtained the sign legitimately or not...