Friday, July 26, 2013

This child of Mine

When our son came into this world, we were amazed at how fierce and how consuming our love for him is. I believe that becoming a parent is a gift from our Lord so that we may have a small understanding of God's love for us.

All I can say is, Wow!

Psalm 36:7 
How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

A Day at the Pool

After our arrival to El Paso we stayed in a hotel for a little over a week before moving into housing. It was an interesting week and to pass the time, we took Gabe to the pool and I watched a lot of HGTV...I love that channel!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Easy Peasy!

This is one of my most favorite, easiest and not so healthy crock pot meals that you can do when you really don't feel like doing, well...anything.

I, of course found this on Pintrest.

Love that site...

Delicious Crock pot meat, thing.

Ingredients: One stick of butter, 1 packet of Ranch dressing mix(I grab whatever, they all seem to taste the same. Dip, dressing, dressing dip...), 1 packet of Au Jus gravy mix, a big hunk of meat and a crock pot.

Step one: Put the meat in the crock pot. Doesn't fit? Go get the chainsaw.

Much better!

Step two: take that piece of butter and just start squishing it ALL over the top of the meat (I love getting my hands dirty ;)

Step three: dust the buttered, chainsawed meat with the ranch.

Step Four: Dust the buttered, chainsawed, ranch dusted meat with Au Jus gravy.

Step Five: cover and set on high, and let it cook 8 hours...give or take.

The completed product is melt in your mouth meat that just falls apart with the touch of a fork. Yummm!
(no picture attached due to extreme salivating and hunger)

It's delicious served with rice, or baked potatoes, veggies, ice cream. You name it!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Quick summary of Life Since October

I'll let the pictures do most of the talking.

 October 15th, 2012. Daddy holding one day-old Gabe 

10/27/12. A visit from Nana and Papa 

10/28/12. Carving pumpkins with friends and we prepare for Halloween!

11/08/12. A visit from Oma and Uncle Jason

 December 2012, Gabe's First Christmas

December 2012. Mom and Gabe snuggles! 

Lots of snow this year. Mine and Lucky's favorite! 

December 2012. Enjoying the Ansbach Christmas market. 

January 1st 2013. He found his thumb! 

1/12/13. GQ. My handsome boy! 

Ready to go play in the snow!

Isaac's "mini me"



Hurray for the Jumperoo! Though he was a little too short for it and so we used to game box for some needed height. 

I made a cake celebrating time with an saying goodbye to very dear friends. 

Put together a baby shower for Bianca and baby Dominick.
This cake was so much fun to make!

Hanging out with dad in our hotel room the night before Isaac's second knee surgery.

Silly faces with mommy!

Our Superman!

"It's a bird, it's a plane! No, It's Superman!"

"Stop fiend!"

Dressing up for St. Patty's Day. Loving the sweater Aunt Debbie made!

Hanging out...

Finally at 5 months Gabe takes the pacifier. He stopped taking it after 4 weeks old.

Play date with his friend Illi!


I found my toes!

My little gangster all dresses up for Easter.

Chillin' with the bunny.

Cupcakes I made for Easter

I couldn't resist. I love these pictures!

April 6, 2013. Hanging in Berlin with Uncle Luke and Aunt Hannah! So much fun!

The family in front of the Brandenburg Gate.

Memorial to the murdered Jews in Europe

Bundled up was chilly in Berlin.

Berlin Wall

More snuggles!

6 months old! Gabe really likes his toes...mmmmm :)

His first day eating food! Nom nom nom.

He's not to sure about that....

April 21. Aunt Megan comes out for a visit and meets Gabe for the first time!

Then we head to Salzburg, Austria

 Aunt Megan in Salzburg

We pass castle on our way to Trieste, Italy.

Our view from the small house we stayed in, in Trieste, Italy.

Gabe and Mom hanging out on the Beach while Dad skips stones.

Aunt Megan

Aunt Megan

Aunt Megan

"Aunt Megan! Watch out for the Orca!!!!!"

A family photo....That sun was really bright.

Isaac really liked that wall.... Outside the apartment in Trieste.


We had a few drinks during our stay...

Gabe playing in the sheets

I love my family!

A day trip to Slovenia!(about 30 minutes from Trieste)

"Go horsey!"

And a day trip to Venice, Italy.(About 2 hours from Trieste)


Our train ride back from Venice :)

Gabe was the star of the show in our train car! So many people just wanted to hug and squeeze him :)

Pictures are out of order....but here is more Venice. This is Isaac(pushing Gabe) and Aunt Megan walking through St Marco Square.

Gondola, Gondola, Gondola, Gondola....

Cool Gabe, hanging outside the Hard Rock Cafe in Venice.

Megan's last day in Germany so we did a girls trip to Nuremberg!

And got some beer. Mmmmm :)

A little Shopping

Took seeester pictures!

Yay! Ice cream!

May 1st, Gabe trying on Dad's Army hat. 

May3rd. Our last German Fest :(

Gabe's first Festival in Germany

This server at the fest thought Gabe was just too cute and wanted to give him Fest Hugs! <3

After a beer...or two ;)


Good times :)

After much preparations, very long and stressful travel days we made it to El Paso Texas in May.

 Gabe, 7 months old. Relaxing in our hotel room in El Paso.

Driving around in his Jeep right after it was delivered to us in our home in El Paso.

To Be continued...