Thursday, April 28, 2011

Dinner decisions

So it's rainy and really ugly outside right now.  I hate thunder...especially being all alone in the house.  The rain has been off and on all day today.  I bet my family in Florida is enjoying nice sun rays at the beach or pool right now.  Times like these, I really miss Florida.

So my blog...I named it Beba's Kitchen and yet the majority of my blog, I've shown almost nothing of my cooking skills!  So here is one of my dishes I made last week.  Enjoy!

Red/Yellow/Green/Orange Peppers and Yellow Onion all chopped (I wanted to be colorful lol)

Add the broccoli and stirfry with some soy sauce

Cooked the chicken breast separately (Seasoned with Sazon and Adobo)

Added them together and viola!  Chicken and Broccoli  =)
My chicken was paired with yellow rice and beans.  (Us latinos eat rice and beans with everything! lol)

I have no idea what I should cook for dinner tonight....any suggestions???

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Normal is not so normal after all!

Well here I am...after a great four day weekend with my love, I'm now spending the rest of the week solita!  It's crazy how even when they are home they are still not really home lol.  For the rest of the week my husband will be in the field.  I'm sad but at the same time I'm fine because it really isn't nothing I haven't handled before...really I've handled much worse!  But it does feel different though.  I mean I'm just starting to get used to being around him everyday.  It's been almost two months straight where I've been able to wake up to him every morning and kiss him goodnight every evening.  I guess I've been a bit spoiled right?  What am I saying?  Were married!  That's normal stuff!  lol  But for the last three years my husband has had to come and the Army pleases I must say only letting me grasp him long enough to know that he is real lol.  I guess that is the life of the military though.  Our normal is not the norm of everyone else. 
Many of my friends here have their spouse deployed or getting ready to deploy.  It's a constant cycle here but a comfortable one all the same because we have each other to lean on.  I'm very grateful for all the friends we have made here in the short time we've been here.  Some old who have traveled along with us from Germany and others new but will be lifelong friends for sure.
This week my goal is to try and find a job!  I've been slacking on this far too long.  Tomorrow I will turn in my first application to the credit union on post.  Cross your fingers for me and say a prayer!
My hubber and our Reese

My hubber and our neighbors getting their groove on lol

me and my love on our dinner date this past weekend

Monday, April 18, 2011

Food, Fun, and Fierce Winds

So it's Monday and time to clean up the house after a full scheduled weekend!  But first I must blog lol.  Well Friday I had a girl's night out with my neighbors, we had a blast at this new restaurant in Fayetteville called Aspen Creek.  It was actually pretty good.  I give it 4 stars. One thing that I was sooo excited about was that they had the Monte Cristo on the menu.  Now I was suuuuper bummed when Bennigan's started closing down because they had the most amazing Monte Cristo ever.  I didn't get this though, because another item had my eye which was the Santa Fe Chicken.  It was great though.  Oh and this restaurant serves bread too with this yummy strawberry butter...oh man...the girls and I swallowed that stuff up lol.  After dinner we came back to the guys having a good time/baby sitting lol.  We didn't leave Destiny's house until 1 in the morning.  It is so nice to be able to just walk home after a great night like that.  I am sooo in love with where we live and the awesome neighbors that we have.  I mean we've only been in our house for two weeks and I feel like I've known these people much longer than that.
Saturday was Tornado disaster all around the Fort Bragg area.  We lost power at our house in Raeford luckily for only about an hour but other areas around us didn't have power for over 24 hours and some are still without power.  Fort Bragg sent out a message last night of a two hour delay on post so my husband doesn't have to report in today until noon...which was nice to be able to sleep in today.  =)  Later Saturday night, I invited our neighbors over for dinner.  It was a team effort dinner!  Each of us brought something so we ended up with pork chops, tostones, rice, bread with a balsamic dip, and yummy strawberry cake.  This was another great night of eating and fellowship.
Sunday was an eventful day as well.  As you all know my last Sunday didn't go all too great and so Sunday morning we set off to our next church visit.  We decided to go to a church called Rivers of Living Water in Fayetteville.  Well the outcome was.....we really liked it!  It's a very balanced church.  I really felt comfortable there.  They were doing their Easter play which was awesome.  I was very touched by the play and can't wait to go back next Sunday for the Easter service.  They are doing the play again tonight so if you are interested please go!  The play is called Six Hours One Friday based on the book written by Max Lucado.
1764 Bingham Drive
Fayetteville, NC 28304
The play starts at 7 PM

Ok Sunday afternoon was our first BBQ in our house!  We prepared allll week for this thing.  I made a pernil and homemade burgers, my husband made kabobs of all sorts, and we also grilled sausages, bratwurst, and hotdogs for the kids.  Our neighbors brought, rice and pasta salad, and chairs because of all the people coming lol.  We had all sorts of drinks including the two gallons of ice tea I made.  We had a total count of 22 people at our BBQ.  It went great!  Lots of music, talking, joking, the kids running in our backyard.  I loved it!  We ended the night with some dessert and my now popular stove-made coffee.  I could really spend my weekends like this every weekend.  I am a very satisfied girl right now.  =)  And now to clean the house!
Stay blessed ya'll and have a greatttt week!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Church Hunting

So yesterday Chris and I visited our first church in the area.  It was not what I expected to say the least.  I did a lot of googling to find a church I thought we would like.  Little did I realize what a HUGE impact first impressions could be like until trying to find my new Christ-home.  Growing up, I've always gone to whichever church my parents had picked out for us to go to.  I've never had to make this decision on my own and now that I have to, I'm realizing what a BIG decision it is to make.  There are so many things I have to analyze when choosing a church.  Not that the church we visited wasn't a holy place because it was...but it wasn't OUR fit.  I didn't feel myself being fed spiritually there and I felt the same exact vibe from my husband.  We ended up leaving during the service which I have never done before.  Once I sat in the car, I started bawling.  My husband just held my hand and let me cry it out.  I didn't understand at first...I thought it should be that up a church and start going there.  I was very wrong.  My husband suggested we go home and have a little devotional ourselves which is exactly what we did.  We read the Bible together at home, discussed what we read, and prayed together.  I'm so blessed to have him to help me through this.  He knows how important that is for me and he is eager to find a church for us too.  I also called my mom and told her what happened.  She laughed it off and told me stories of her and my dad finding a church for us when we were growing up and moving from one military base to another.  I never saw all this growing up.  I guess since what kids usually do is just follow along.  lol  Nevertheless, this all made me feel much better about my Sunday gone wrong.  We have another church on our list to visit next Sunday.  We prayed that God will direct us to the one He has for us...but I know that if this next church isn't it, it's because God has an even better one waiting for us.

Stay blessed ya'll and have a great week!  =)

Saturday, April 9, 2011

New Friends!

This has been a crazy busy week for me!  As you all know I've been preparing for my big move to North Carolina and these last few days have been like a whirlwind.
Tuesday the movers came and picked up my stuff.  They did an awesome job packing everything up.  My farewell party was on Tuesday night at the Firkin and Keglers bowling alley.  I had some close friends show up and some who I haven't talked to in a few months but I was touched by everyone who came and everyone who sent me farewell messages.  Thank you to all of you!  So I wasn't supposed to leave Orlando until yesterday but right after my things got picked up on Tuesday, the lady from the moving company called me and said that my drop off got pushed up from the 15th to the 7th!  That meant I had less than  24 hours to say my goodbyes and pack and do everything else on my to-do list.  Needless to say I was able to get almost everything done and say goodbye to as many people as I could before I left.  I had many plans to see people before I left but that's how the military is...changing plans ALWAYS!
So Wednesday afternoon I said goodbye to Orlando and headed off to my new home in North Carolina.  It was a looong drive since I had to do it by myself but Reese was good company.  =)  That was pretty much my whole day.  I did manage to make a stop at the cuban supermartet Sedanos before I left to scoop up some Caribbean groceries that I might not be able to find up in North Carolina.  I even bought two pork shoulders to $14!  For those who don't understand my excitement, that one of my husbands favorite meals and I usually buy only one pork shoulder for $14 so it was a steal.  I took them on my 8 hour drive in a little cooler.  Call me ghetto but you can't pass up a deal like that!  LOL  So back to my drive...very long....but it was all worth it when I pulled up into MY driveway and walked into MY house.  What a wonderful feeling it is to be a homeowner.  Everyday I wake up with an amazing feeling knowing I'm under my own hard earned roof.  =)
Thursday came the movers to drop everything off and that is when to chaos of boxes and unpacking started.  I really didn't realize how much stuff we actually had until everything was being packed and when the movers dropped everything off. It seemed like the boxes were never going to end.  BUT....with the help of my husband we were able to clear the majority of the boxes by this afternoon.  Only two days really!  The house is finally looking like a home.
Yesterday we went over our realtor's house (she lives down the street from us!).  We met some other couples around the neighborhood.  I really like the community we live in.  Almost everyone in the community is active duty military so we all have a lot in common.   My rice was a hit and so were my chicken legs.  We has a really good of our main topics was about this government shut down crisis.  It's something scary to think that soldiers fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq could be working for free pretty much.  And even us here on the home front.  We all have bills to pay and some people in the military rely solely on that paycheck that comes in on the 1st and 15th.  We were all watching the TV as Obama came on and spoke briefly about the decision being made but needless to say we were all relieved that our husbands were going to get paid...not all but at least something until they get the budget through officially.  I was comforted to be around these couples who all know the stress and emotions I go through.  They've been there...they are there...playing the same support role as me.  I'm looking forward to many more cookouts/get-togethers with these couples we met.  =)
I hope everyone has a safe weekend!  God bless!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Bittersweet Farewells...New Beginnings to Come

This past week has been absolutely crazy busy!  It was my last week of work and we hired a new person to take my place so the whole week I was training our new person, continuing to work as usual, and preparing all my projects to hand off to the person taking my place.  I literally worked my behind off until the very last minute.  But all was for good reasons.  I really didn't want to leave my job.  I will miss all my co-workers dearly.  They threw my a heart-felt farewell potluck on my last day and I received cards and farewells gifts too.  I felt like I was leaving a part of my family behind.  =(
On the bright side, I was sooo impressed with our new person.  She picked up on the job pretty well so I definitely felt relief about that.  I can honestly say my projects were in good hands.  It feels good to see someone take your place who is just as avid as you are about learning.  =)

Well I'm down to only days left in Orlando.  This move is bittersweet.  I can't wait to be in North Carolina with my husband in our new house but I will miss my family and friends here.  I will miss my church and old co-workers.  But this is how life is I guess.  You give a little to get a little.  Well I can't say having my husband is something little...or leaving my family is something little.  I guess in my case I'm giving a lot to get a lot lol.  Oh the emotions life throws our way....all we can do is continue to move forward.

Well...more than sadness, I'm happy.  Happy to have my husband home.  Happy to have a beautiful new home...which buy the way...ordering new furniture is so awesome!  (pictures to come once it all gets here) Happy to be planning to expand our family.  Yep I said it!  We are officially trying for a little sneakerhead.  =P

Alright well I guess that's it for now.  movers come get our stuff on Tuesday and then I say farewell to this place! 

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