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Easy Italian Chicken (Crockpot)

In cooking, Recipe on August 29, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Serves 4 (I cut in half for just Sophie and I)

4 Chicken breasts
1 packet of dry Italian dressing (your choice)
1/3 c. of water
8oz cream cheese (I bought the fat free kind)
1 can cream of chicken

Mix salad dressing and water, pour over chicken breasts in crockpot. Cook on low for 3 hours.
Mix cream cheese (soften in micro for a few seconds) and cream of chicken until blended. Pour over chicken after 3 hours. It should start to have a gravy consistency. Cook chicken 2-3 more hours on low.
Service over rice or noodles.

This recipe is super easy and heats up well.

3 years.

In Uncategorized on August 25, 2011 at 12:21 am
Three years ago today, I began this blog! It was right before we first arrived here in the NOVA area. Can’t believe how fast three years goes by! Taylor and I will be celebrating our 6 year wedding anniversary next month, crazy!! A lot has happened just this year, it’s hard to even think back over 3 years! Of course the most memorable event since starting this blog, was the birth of our precious daughter. She is growing so fast, before we know it another three years will have gone by! Taylor has gone through a lot of changes career wise. Next week, he will be done with school/training and we will be starting another chapter of his military career! This one is taking us to Coronado (San Diego) California! I’m a little anxious about the initial move, but very excited to be headed for the West coast. I’m ready for a change. I leave you with this quote…

Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.  ~Seneca

So hears to more travels and change! God bless!

D.C. – Day 2

In Uncategorized on August 23, 2011 at 1:04 am
Hailey and I have both been to D.C. countless times! So finding something new to do was a bit of a challenge. Don’t get me wrong, there are endless things to do in D.C., but when you have a time limit and a 1 1/2 year old, it’s a little bit harder! We decided to check out the new MLK Jr. Memorial, Ford Theatre, Archives, & Library of Congress.
MLK Jr. Memorial
 I know it’s not the best picture but there were a TON of press and I had to snap a quick picture! The memorial is not open yet so we weren’t allowed to walk up to it. But it’s beautiful in person.
Ford Theatre
 Ford Theatre was really cool. Neither one of us had been and I’m glad we got the chance to go. It’s off on it’s own in more of the business district of D.C., so it took a bit to find it! There was a really neat museum in the lower level and of course the theatre part was amazing to see!
 Right across from the theatre is where they took Lincoln after being shot, he died here.
 The booth.
 Hailey and Sophie looking around theatre.
 Soph and I w/ booth in the background.
Mobile McDonalds anyone??
The mobile McDonalds were a Quarter Pounder was $7!!
U.S. Capitol
I’ve walked by the Capitol building numerous times, but never right up to it. We did today, it really is a pretty building. 

Children’s Museum of Richmond

In Uncategorized on August 22, 2011 at 12:55 am
Hailey is visiting Sophie and I for a few days and today we drove down to Richmond to the Children’s Museum, it’s been voted best museum for families! Sophie had a blast once she realized the place was just for her!
Hailey and Sophie

Working puzzles…

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Sophie the Sun!

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“Picking” apples.

Is that cooler weather??

In Uncategorized on August 17, 2011 at 12:55 am
Why yes, yes it is!! It was a beautiful day for playing in the park. I don’t even think it was 80 degrees out today, Fall is definitely just around the corner!
Sophie swinging!

Brody swinging, we met Carlie and the boys at the park.

Carlie and 2/3rds of our kids!

Snack time!

“I got this mom.”

Such a big girl!

Amazing Seasoning!

In Uncategorized on August 17, 2011 at 12:48 am
I’m posting about another “product” I love. This one was introduced to me by a good friend whose meat dishes always taste incredible!! She uses this seasoning on everything, even in spaghetti! 
I use the one w/ the red cap!
I use the Goya Adobo w/ pepper (red cap). It’s basically garlic, oregano, salt & pepper. I just lightly, very lightly sprinkle on chicken breast, throw them on the George Foreman for 7-8 minutes and that’s it! The easiest, tastiest meal. Pair it with some brown rice and spinach and you have a tasty and healthy meal!! This is one of my go to meals after a good workout! Sophie loves it all too!
Check out Goya products here.


In Uncategorized on August 15, 2011 at 6:40 pm
I bought Sophie Crayola markers that are specifically made for toddlers .  
Everything is going great…

Having fun!

The beginnings of a meltdown, she tried to eat the markers then the paper.

Why you so mean Mommy??

Full blown meltdown!


In Fitness, Half-Ironman, Triathlons on August 14, 2011 at 6:23 pm

With the support of my husband and family, I’m really hoping to complete a Half-Ironman triathlon in early Spring next year, the end of March! I’ve loosely started training this week, mostly just adding swim time to my training. The hardest part about being on a “training schedule” is working it around Sophie. I’m so thankful for the gym I go to, because w/o their understanding, this would all be impossible!! Even training for my half-marathon! As many know, Taylor has been gone for 7 months now (we are on the home stretch though!!!) and doing any sort of fitness has been extremely hard w/o him here. But I want more than ever my daughter to learn that if she works hard enough for something, she can achieve anything in life! I think that is what pushes me and gives me this drive to be healthier and to be the best me I can be. It absolutely melts my heart when I’m doing core or weights workouts and she walks up and wants to join in! In just a few short weeks, I should have a real road bike and can seriously start training. But we have to get moved to the West Coast first!! So much is happening, it’s hard to wrap my mind around it all. So here is a look in to my training this past week:

Monday –
45 Minute swim, only 450 meters, but I have to start somewhere!
25 minute run 
Stair master workout (I only add this in because I’ve found that it really has helped strengthen my calf and feet muscles)
Tuesday – 
20 minute easy run
1 hour spin class
(how funny that the training schedule I’m using actually includes spin classes)
P90X Legs – 1 hour
Wednesday – 
1 hour run
10 miles on Stationary bike
30 minutes on arms/shoulders
Thursday – 
1 hour spin class
30 minutes weights
Friday – Rest Day
Saturday –
1 hour spin
25 minute run
15 minutes on Core
Sunday – 
1 hour spin
30 minute run
This week will technically look the same, minus the pool time, because I will be in TN for a few days! I always hate when traveling interferes with training. I also kept a food journal this week, gonna have to buckle down on taking in a better source of carbs. I’m fine while spinning, but when it comes to running, I deflate so fast! Only problem is, eating also messes with my stomach. It seems like it’s a lot of trial and error. Oh well, part of the game I guess! Hope everyone has a wonderful week! Do something active!!

Something I Love…

In Uncategorized on August 11, 2011 at 1:21 am
Burt’s Bees Therapeutic bath crystals are the real deal!! I put about 1 tbsp in a HOT bath and soak for 15 minutes, it really cuts down on the muscle soreness the next day! So if you workout a lot or have aches/pains, this might help you! Just wanted to share!

Girly fun!

In Uncategorized on August 6, 2011 at 11:43 pm
How us girls spend our Saturday nights!