Catching up

Haven't had much free time recently for blogging but wanted to share a few pictures, a conversation with Ethan, zoo trip today and a recipe of yummy tortilla soup. 

This past Sunday Ethan's best buddy, Petyon, turned 5.  We celebrate with the Springer/Prazeau family with a Lego themed party and a yummy taco buffet dinner made by Nicole.  Ethan had a great time celebrating with Peyton and Olivia.  And the cute Miss Olivia just had to give Ethan lots of love...might have to watch out for her.  We were all laughing so much with her continual love that only pictures from the back were taken but it was so cute.

For V-day, Ethan made Jeff and I a valentine at school.  He was very proud of what he had made us and it is currently displayed at my desk. 

Also earlier this week, Mommy was telling Ethan that we have so many boys at our house that mommy is really outnumbered.  Ethan then replied, "well, mommy needs to have a girl dog then." I laughed and said, "no, we don't need any more dogs here" and then said, "I already had a girl dog named Peaches and she was now up in Heaven with God."  Thinking for a few minutes, Ethan than said, "why is she in Heaven?" to which I replied, "well, she was sick and so she passed away."  Thinking some more, he then said, "we could build a wooden ladder to go up to heaven and bring her back."  Jeff and I both giggled a little and then replied with, "well, I bet she is happy living with God, and is running, and playing, and feeling all better so she should probably stay there, plus, where would we get all the wood to build the ladder?"  He then got a smile on his face and loudly replied, "Papa Steve will have all the wood we need to build our ladder."  So we then called Papa Steve to see if we could borrow some wood to build our ladder and we all had a great laugh.  If only it were that easy, huh?  His innocence is so precious and some days it would be really nice to have such a ladder, as there are several missed people and dogs that we would all love to visit with. 

Today we met Nicole, Peyton and Olivia at the zoo to take advantage of a wet-free day.  It was a bit cool but nice to be outside.  The boys were nonstop runners and at times both Mommy's were tired of yelling there names, but hopefully they got some of there energy worked out plus we got a few cute pictures while there. 
 What would we have done without the tractor as the main attraction at the zoo?

And finally, I started following a site called Crockin' Girls though their link on FB.  Earlier this week I tried a new recipe of theirs for Chicken Tortilla soup.  It turned out really good but talk about a massive quantity of food.  Not sure how I could cut the recipe in half, as there are canned ingredients, but hopefully it freezes well.  The recipe is posted below.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

2-3 cups of raw chicken, cut into 1 inch pieces or smaller if desired
1 can diced tomatoes with green chiles
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
2 (14.5-ounce) cans low-sodium chicken broth
1 can cheddar cheese soup
2 cups carrots (we used the "carrot chips" that are cut like pickles, and cut them in half)
1/2 bag frozen corn or 1 can of corn drained and rinsed
1 large onion chopped
2 cloves garlic minced

1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tablespoon chili powder
Cilantro (we just chopped up a handful), optional
Salt and Pepper to taste

**I also added:
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can white beans, drained and rinsed 
1 can olives, chopped


Avocados cut into small bites
Shredded cheese

Sour cream
Tortilla chips

Combine all ingredients in the slow cooker, except for the garnishes... cook on HIGH for about 5-6 hours or on LOW for about 8 hours. Ladle into bowls and top each serving with avocado, cheese, sour cream and tortilla chips.

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