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Yes…I survived taking the babies to the beach. I don’t like the beach…all the sun, sand and water. But every year we go to the beach. We don’t just go to the beach…that would be too easy…we bike to the beach, which seems crazy. It is a tradition that my brother started, with his children, 15 years ago. So, we continue the tradition, with him and our children. But someone has to drive there..so I drive one way and my husband drives the other way. It is a lot of fun…but I knew this year…it would be a lot of work. Somehow, it all worked out and we all had a blast. Thank goodness I insisted on bringing a baby pool because the babies loved it as much as they loved the pool and the sand. Well, Escher did not like the sand..but Grey loved it! She didn’t want to leave. Also, I had a great time biking back from the beach. It was Tuesday’s second year riding and Quinn’s first….and he did great! He even rode back.
The other day I wanted to make 7 Layer Tortilla Pie, but realized I had no tortillas…so River and I made some homemade ones. We made the dough and River did all the rolling work! She did every tortilla while I fried them! They turned out delicious and made the tortilla pie extra yummy! I’m not sure if I would make them again. They were delicious, but they were also a lot of work. I think if I made them again, I would try freezing them, so that I could make a lot and then have them when I needed them! The recipe made a lot more than we needed and by the next day they weren’t as delicious. I guess I could have just frozen the dough and then fried them when I needed them.
Seven Layer Tortilla Pie
|2 (15 ounce) cans pinto beans, drainedand rinsed1 cup salsa, divided2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and
|1/2 cup chopped tomatoes7 (8 inch) flour tortillas2 cups shredded reduced-fat Cheddarcheese
1 cup salsa
1/2 cup sour cream
|1.||Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).|
|2.||In a large bowl, mash pinto beans. Stir in 3/4 cup salsa and garlic.|
|3.||In a separate bowl, mix together 1/4 cup salsa, cilantro, black beans and tomatoes.|
|4.||Place 1 tortilla in a pie plate or tart dish. Spread 3/4 cup pinto bean mixture over tortilla to within 1/2 inch of edge. Top with 1/4 cup cheese, and cover with another tortilla. Spread with 2/3 cup black bean mixture, and top with 1/4 cup cheese. Repeat layering twice. Cover with remaining tortilla, and spread with remaining pinto bean mixture and cheese.|
|5.||Cover with foil, and bake in preheated oven for about 40 minutes. Cut into wedges, and serve with salsa and sour cream.|
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Printed from Allrecipes.com 7/29/2011
Seems like all Escher wants to do is crawl these days. He isn’t interested in sitting…he has no time to sit! Grey is trying to figure out the crawling thing, but she hasn’t figured it out yet….rolling works better for her. Laying on the floor with the babies is so much fun, but risky. They love pulling hair….usually mine. Well, go embrace the camera..before they grow up!
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I sent them a photo that my daughter Tuesday had taken and I told them just how I wanted it cropped. I got to choose from four different trim colors. The real leather handles and the white waterproof lining are so practical. Of course it has a handy interior pocket where I stored the diaper changing pad and a bottle! I’ve already used it a ton and the patent vinyl still looks great. Now, I know you could use this bag for the beach, shopping or even as a pocketbook, but I wanted an extra diaper bag and now I finally have one. I have quite a bit of stuff that I like to take along with me…and it all fits in with no problem. It is so nice and roomy.
Who doesn’t love getting compliments on their bag…well, I sure got a lot of compliments this weekend. The colors on the bag are so vibrant. I love the photo that I chose and I love how they printed it on the bag. It is going to be used a lot.
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Did I mention that I went on a trip last week? To California! And did I mention that I left behind the babies and River???? For my birthday, my husband surprised me with a trip to California, to visit my brother. It was just me, Tuesday and Quinn. Christopher took the week off and stayed home with River and the babies. Though, I was sad that they didn’t come….we had a great time. And I had a great time sleeping through the night!
We had a wonderful time in Long Beach, Palos Verdes, Joshua Tree National Park, Palm Springs, Hollywood and so many other places!! The weather and views were incredible!
And the food was delicious!! Every place my brother took us to was so good. The weather was incredible……sun, snow, rainbows, rain..you name it..we encountered it. Also, we saw tons wild life….skunks, raccoons, parrots, hummingbirds, possum….and that was just in my brother’s backyard!!
I’ve been spending so much time with River and the babies…..it was great having time with Quinn and Tuesday! My niece flew out with us and stayed for one day!! We loved having her with us and we were so sad when she had to leave.
It rained in Palm Springs and we saw a rainbow!! Then we took the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway in Chino Canyon. After the 10 minute ride the elevation at the Mountain Station is 8,516 ft…and it was a blizzard! So fun!! It was a great trip…but I was so happy to get home to my little ones! I pumped the whole time I was gone…and it just isn’t the same as nursing!!
Now that I have twins, it seems that everywhere I go, there are twins. So many people seem to have twins. Yet raising twins seems such a daunting task..I often wonder how so many people have survived! Every day I feel like I am running a marathon…..yet, at the end..there is no rest period. You just get up and do it all over again. I’ve never felt so many different emotions within a 24 hour period. It has been the best experience and the worst experience. I’ve learned so much and regretted so much. I want to cherish every moment and I’m afraid to miss a moment. I want to hug them every second, yet sometimes I just want to get away for hours.
Every day brings new challenges and new insights. I’ve learned to be patient and yet, my patience is wearing thin. Whenever I am out and about, so many people say…”how do you do it?” I think that is a funny question…you just do what you have to do…sometimes without really thinking about it and other times, it is all I think about!
The first seven months just flew by and yet it the time seemed to last forever. My life has become a bunch of contradictions…it seems crazy, yet normal…all at the same time. I want to savor each and every day….yet, I just want to sleep.
I want to give them every minute of my day, yet I want to make sure I give just as much of myself to my other children. It is all so daunting, yet so simple. These little creatures have already taught me so much.
These moments are precious and I will treasure them….after I get a nap!
I love play when it is at its best…spontaneous and full of imagination. Today River played “chef” for about 2 hours…..She brought me every meal imaginable. When Tuesday and Quinn got home she carried them meal after meal to their rooms. She not only did delivery, but cleaned up after every meal. She kept saying how tiring it was to be a chef. It is this type of play that I like best..it isn’t planned. It just happens and it seems to engulf her and take over. She becomes so engrossed in it that she loses track of time…….She has to take out every item in her kitchen and examine it as though she has never seen it before. Everything becomes so exciting and full of potential…she had a great afternoon….just playing…..