Friday, November 7, 2008

A new me.. well sort of

Today I went and got my hair done. I had planned on getting it cut and colored to cover the gray (did I admit that out loud?). Well, between the enthusiasm of my hairdresser and my want to have shorter hair, we had an adventure. This is actually closer to my real color, but it has been enhanced a little. My family reacted in various ways, "Where is my wife?", "Who are you, and where is my mom?" or "Oh my gosh, what did you do to your hair?". That was fun in itself, but I do like it so it is here to stay.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

The Last Two Weeks

The last two weeks have been very busy for the Weinand household. Sadly, two weeks ago my cousin lost her sweet 19 month old baby to croup. She was a beautiful active little girl that was the joy of her parents' lives, and she has gone on to wait ahead for her family in heaven. I had the opportunity to attend the funeral for Kyla which was hard and hit a little close to home. It makes me remember, as if I needed to, that life is so short and that we need to enjoy our kids to the fullest. Our prayers are with Kasey and Brian as they learn to live without the presence of their little Kyla. Thanks to our friends Annie and Roger Davies for watching Rachel and Izzy during the funeral for me.
After coming home, it has been work, sleep, work, and a little sleep. In the mix we had Halloween and I added a few pics of the kids in their costumes. Rachel was a poodle, Izzy a dalmation, Kaleb was a spotted dog, Abby was Princess Leia, and Chad was the dog catcher. The little girls practiced wearing their costumes for days before we actually got to use them, and then, as luck would have it, Izzy fell asleep in the car on the way to Trick-or-Treat and slept through the fun. Her brothers and sisters were kind enough to donate their candy to the cause so that she wouldn't be too sad. (as if 5 kids don't get plenty of candy on a trick-or-treat expedition)

This weeks recipe I am also including, was one that my cousin Kelly had made for the family while we were getting ready for the funeral. It is called Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken, so good. Thanks Kelly! The kids and Brian all loved this, so it wins 4 stars in our house.

Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken
6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup salsa
1 pkg. low sodium taco seasoning
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup sour cream

Place chicken in crock pot. Cover with taco seasoning, salsa, and cream of mushroom soup. Let cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 hours. Remove chicken and stir in sour cream. When serving, place chicken on bed of rice, cover with sauce, and sprinkle with shredded cheese. It is also so good with just a little bit of cilantro sprinkled on top.

Well, that is probably enough for tonight, so all of you have a great night.