Thursday, June 28, 2012

Easy Veggie Soup

A few years ago, a friend gave me a delicious recipe for "five can soup".  It's quick and easy and takes about 5-10 minutes to get on the table from start to finish.

All you need is ...
- a pot
- a can opener
- one can of soup
- one can of beans
- and three cans of veggies.

Heat it up on the stove and it's ready to eat.

Easy, right?!

Over the years, I've made a few changes to the recipe and only use four cans instead of five.  I throw in a few leftovers every once in a while and maybe some herbs if I have them available.

Trust me, this soup is really hard to mess up.  It always comes out super yummy!

In fact, my husband thinks that I use a different recipe every time.  **hee!hee!**

Here's a photo of last night's Veggie Soup creation:


Judith's Easy Veggie Soup              *Printable Recipe*

1 can Progresso Southwestern Style Vegetable Soup
1 can Chickpeas, drained
1 can Mixed Vegetables, drained (I prefer Veg-All)
1 can Rotel (original)
2 Tbsp chopped Cilantro
1 cup Ditalini pasta, cooked

Combine all ingredients in a large pot.  Heat and serve.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Gymnastics

It sure is HOT here in Texas!  Here's a snapshot of this week's forecast.  

Rather than playing outdoors, I found a great program for our little man to get all his energy out........

Gymnastics!

Today was his first day in class and he did great!

I'm so proud.

Here are a couple photos of the little gymnast.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Unfiltered Sake

It's been a week filled with good and bad news.  

The good news......

We have a house assigned to us on the military installation.  YAY!

The bad news......

We'll be living in a hotel for 53 more days and using money from our savings account to wait for this home, which is the most undesirable in the neighborhood.

So......

We found an incredible Japanese restaurant and indulged in some unfiltered sake.

Yum - Yum -Yum - Yum - Yum!!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Privatization

We're number 27 this week!

What does that mean, you ask?

Well.......it means that we're getting close to being assigned our home on a military installation for the next three years.

A month ago, when we left my husband's last duty station in Virginia, we were number 32 on the housing waitlist.  So, we've made a significant jump in five weeks and am told that this is a good thing.

For me, a "good thing" is when we get the phone call that a house is available for us to move into quickly.  These little jumps up the waitlist just aren't significant enough when we're living in a hotel with a toddler and paying for each day out of our savings account.  

You're probably thinking, "doesn't the military cover that?" and "why from your saving account?".

The answers are .... "the military will only cover less than half the cost of a hotel during transition through my husband's monthly housing allowance, which is why we're having to tap into our saving account".

The hotel on the military installation is now privatized (outsourced / run by a private company), so the rates for lodging on base/post are comparable to hotels outside the gates.  The rates offered to Soldiers are no longer congruent with the amount given for their housing allowance.

Oh, I forgot that the military will reimburse us for 10 days of hotel living, but whoop-tee-do.

What's 10 days when you start out at number 32 on the waitlist and are told that it may take 1-4 months.

Veteran military folks ask, "why didn't you put yourself on the waitlist when you received orders to your new duty station a year ago and get the paperwork started before you left Virginia?"

The answer to that is "the housing is privatized (outsourced) and this particular privatized company won't allow a Soldier to get on the waitlist until they sign out of their new unit".

Here's my beef in a nutshell (I'll be brief)...

It's a new day in the U.S. military.  

The government is broke.  

The doors have been opened WIDE for private companies to come in and pillage the Soldier's paycheck.

End of rant.  Thanks for listening.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Is Tomorrow Thursday?

Last night my husband asks me ......"Is tomorrow Thursday?"

I thought for a minute and said, "No, tomorrow is Wednesday."

Then after a few seconds past I said, "Oh wait, yesterday was Egg Roll day, today was Hot Dog day......so tomorrow is Thursday!"

Before I could finish saying the word "Thursday", we were both laughing hysterically!!

Blahahahahahahahahahahaha!

It's official....I'm definitely on vacation ya'll!

It's crazy when I track my days of the week by the happy hour menu stuck on the refrigerator in our hotel room.

Yes, we're still in a hotel room.  It's been 30 days of hotel living so far, but we're here until our new home becomes available.

Anyway, I love the happy hours at our hotel.

They're complimentary.  Best price ever!

Along with beer, wine, and appetizers, they also include salad, veggies, chips, and salsa.

Obviously I look forward to these days.

Here's this month's menu.

I'm sooooooo looking forward to the Southwest Nachos next Tuesday!!


Monday, June 11, 2012

My Baby Is Three

Up until last week when strangers would ask, "how old is he?", I would emphatically say, "he's two!".

Although my husband's response was always, "he's almost three", he'd just smile and nod his head when I'd proclaim that our son was two.

Not because he agreed with me, but because he a very supportive husband.

He really is.

He puts up with my overprotective mommy quirks.  Well, I don't know if it's me being overprotective or just being in denial that my baby is growing up.

Yup, I think's it's denial... If I could stop time, I would in a heartbeat.  

I sure hope other mommy's go through this because I don't want to be the only one out there.

Anyway, this past weekend our son officially turned three years old. 

To celebrate, we spent the entire weekend with my family.  

It sure was a BLAST!
Superhero Pool Party
Party at Seaworld
Sharks are cool!
We closed the park!  :)
Great Birthday Weekend with Family!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Transition

In a nutshell...

Army Life = Change, Change, and more Change!

For those who resist change, this certainly isn't the life for them.

It's not the life for the impatient, inflexible, and inert either.  Holy cow!

I've learned so much about myself during the 4 years and 10 months of being married to the military.

I married my husband in 2007, but little did I know that I was not only saying "I do" to the love of my life in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay, but I was saying "I do" to the U.S. Military as well.

He's a Soldier.

I love the military.

In fact, my father is retired Navy, but I grew up sheltered from the military way of life.  I pretty much grew up in one town until I left for college, never used military healthcare as a child, and lived in a small suburb far-far away from a military installation.

Now, at age 41, I'm immersed in the military lifestyle as a tourist is immersed in the crowd at Times Square on December 31st.

Change is now my middle name.

Whether I like it or not, I have to have tolerance for ambiguity.

And.......patience is a must!

So, needless to say, I'm leaning on God for everything during this transition more than ever.

This military life isn't easy, but it sure is a honorable life to say the least.

I know that change isn't easy, but without it we won't grow and live the life that God has planned for us.

So, I embrace this change of transition.

Hardships and all!

I have faith that God has us here in this great state of Texas for a reason.

Although we don't know what it is, He's making a way for something great.

I know it!

I pray that he uses us and our experiences to do great things for all His glory!!

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." - Proverbs 3:5-6
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