Our Weekend In Corpus Christi!

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We went to Corpus Christi last weekend because Tom had a conference at the Omni. I didn’t think it was going to be as refreshing as it was because we weren’t leaving the state. I guess I didn’t consider it a ‘trip’. Other than the Omni being a less than average hotel, we had a great time. I still pinch myself that we live in a new state where we can drive to the beach instead of the mountains. It’s a nice change of pace and the people in Texas are just the friendliest around. We arrived Thursday afternoon and quickly discovered that the Omni wasn’t quite as nice as we were used to. Our room would have been wonderful if it had adult sized beds. The room had two DOUBLE beds which are 54×75 inches versus a queen which is 60×80. These are the beds that furniture stores sell for KIDS rooms so why is it in a hotel??? I was almost too long for this bed so I can’t imagine how a 6’ tall man would fare. Another HUGE con was the WIFI. Note only did you have to pay $11-$14 it didn’t work! I called the front desk and their response was “sometimes when the hotel is really full the WIFI doesn’t work well”. Correct me if I’m wrong but shouldn’t a hotel be prepared to accommodate a full house?! The room service meals were very good though. The pool was nice except it should have been twice as large because it was getting a little crowded. All in all we gave the Omni a 2.5-3 out of 5. I wish Corpus invested in tourism more. They need a nice strip of land by the ocean with nice hotels and restaurants on the water. The beach in Corpus is nice, I wouldn’t call it a destination mostly because the city really needs to construct a ‘destination area’. I would skip Corpus all together and go straight to Port Aransas if we were looking for beach time. On last night the conference had a reception that we attended. The food…..well let’s be honest it was pretty gross. Tom even got food poisoning from it! They had two protein dishes, chicken and Mahi Mahi. The chicken still had it’s skin but it was soggy instead of crispy. It tasted like they just boiled it and tossed in hot sauce. The fish was so dry that it became chalk in our mouths and that’s never a good sign. But they did have a live band and we spent most of the night dancing. It was fun dancing with Audrey. You can see some of her ‘dance moves’ in our vlog! It was great being able to dance as a family. The wall facing the ocean was mostly glass so it was lovely being able to look at the water as the sun went down – too bad the food wasn’t on par with the ambience. Over-all a nice low key weekend that I enjoyed more than I thought I would.

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Shrimp and Italian Sausage Pasta

Ingredients

Italian Sausage
Small tail off shrimp
2 cans tomato sauce
1 can diced Italian tomatoes
1/2 – 1 cup evaporated milk
Olive oil (I use truffle oil)
Whatever noodle you choose
Italian Seasoning
Oregano
4-6 garlic cloves
1 Onion

Chop your onion and garlic. Slice your Italian sausages. Heat some oil in a skillet and cook the Italian sausage until it is half way, then add the onion and garlic. Add 2 TBS Italian seasoning and 1 TBS Oregano. Once everything is cooked together for a few minutes set the sausage aside. Sautee you shrimp in a pan with 1 TBS chopped garlic.

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In a large sauce pan heat the tomato sauce and diced tomatoes. Add the Italian sausage that you set aside earlier. Cover the pot and simmer for 45-60 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in the evaporated milk. Add as much or as little as you like. I prefer a creamier sauce so I usually add 1 cup.

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Cook the noodles. I like to toss mine with my truffle oil after I strain it, completely optional.

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Now just top your pasta with the sauce and add some shrimp. ENJOY!

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Happy Second Birthday Audrey!

Audrey turned 2 on October 4th. It’s funny because so many people across the world wish her happy birthday and they’ve been apart of our life since she was born…….most of them we’ve never met! I love having blog family! This is the life Audrey will be familiar with. When she makes friends in school she’ll think it’s weird that her friends DON’T have viewers all over the world who know them. This will be her normal because she’s known the blog world since she was born. It’s so cute too because she knows how to take my camera and start filming. She loves to take selfies at the moment. I love flipping through the pictures on the camera and finding her selfies haha. Sometimes she’ll zoom up so close that you just see nostril or eyeball. What a fun year it has been. Audrey went from being a cute 1 year old baby to a running, jumping, talking toddler. I really enjoyed this last year because she just grew up so fast. Every week she picked up something new. I must give Dora The Explorer a lot of the credit! Audrey has learned so much from watching that show. The last 2 weeks I have been seeing more glimpses of the “terrible twos” and I am scared. She’s a lot more…….bipolar now. Tantrums are just around the corner, well at least with me. The funny thing is, she’s a different baby with other people. I’ve noticed that she is the most difficult for me. I just don’t understand it, maybe its because I’m the person she’s with 99% of the time? She is definitely better behaved with others, even Tom.

We decided to have Audrey’s birthday here in AZ. Most of my family lives here and we thought it would be nice to let them celebrate with Audrey. Since she is now no longer a lap baby I don’t know when she’ll see them next. Tickets are just so expensive so it was nice when she was a lap child. We came back to AZ to visit quite often. I can’t even count how many times Audrey has been on an airplane. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was close to 100. We’ve flown with this girl since she was 3 weeks old. I remember she was pretty easy to fly with during breastfeeding, but once she started to crawl it was pretty rough for a while. She really never liked anyone holding her so once she figured out how to move on her own she didn’t want anyone to touch her. Luckily after a few months it got better because she started to be more distracted with food and kid shows on the ipad. But at 15 months she started to become difficult again for a while. The ipad would bore her quickly and she couldn’t entertain herself by coloring or books yet. Now at 2 years old flying is still rough but I am looking forward to having my own seat! It’s hard with a lap baby. You always have to be on your A game and you can’t relax at all. The last couple flights have been really bad. She hates being strapped down and she bores easily so a plane is basically torture. But then set an independent baby on her parents lap for a few hours and it’s amplified times 10. She’s had temper tantrums on the last 4 flights she’s been on…..yikes. I hope she’ll grown out of the tantrum phase soon. She’s really good at them…….but I’m equally as good at ignoring them.

Oh our sweet baby girl isn’t such a baby anymore. I can’t say that I miss those “baby” years yet. I miss parts of them but I wouldn’t want to send Audrey back in time. I just enjoy her so much at any age. Its so much fun to have conversations with her now. I can understand about 30% of what she says and it’s just adorable. She’s repeating everything she hears. I love when she copies “Oh Man!”. But then that also means we have to be very careful with what we say around her. Tom has to really watch it because he doesn’t filter his bad words well. She’s already picked up the lovely 4 letter word that starts with S and ends T from him. She hardly ever says it though – thank God. It’s so nice that I can say “I love you” and she’ll say “I love you too momma” AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. So cute!

June Loves!

Here are my June fav’s for you guys. I have a lot of stuff to show you. I forgot to add one thing though……my Honeywell Humidifier! I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! I have never owned such a great humidifier. It literally will take a large room from 30% to 50% humidity in less than an hour. It did cost a pretty penny – $85, but if you consider that I have to buy a new $50 humidifier every year then it’s pretty good (if it lasts). The cheaper humidifiers would mysteriously stop working at about a year. It’s manufacturers probably work together to make sure people keep buying new ones every year. I don’t know how long this one will last but if it works well for a year before I have to replace it then it’s worth it to me.