Visiting The Louvre in Paris

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During our trip, we made a point of visiting The Louvre in Paris. I could have spent days admiring the works of art in there.

From the minute we walked in, we were lost. The Nerd was our navigator, while I tried my best to wrangle Andrew into staying in the stroller. We were cranky and tired — this was the day before we left Paris. I knew time was running out, and I wanted to make sure we saw everything we could.

We had no idea where we were going (we were trying to find the Mona Lisa!) but we were together, as a family. It was frustrating at the time, but looking back, it was one of the best days of our trip. It’s funny how, in the moment, you expect things to go a certain way. When they don’t, your attitude shifts and the meaning gets lost.

I’m going to try to remember that from now on. But hey, I’m only human, right!?

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I was shocked at how tiny the Mona Lisa was. And how giant The Last Supper was. And the richness of the stained glass windows. And the polished feel of it all. To think that these items were held and created by some of the greatest people to ever live just takes my breath away.

One of my favorite memories will always be visiting The Louvre in Paris. I will never forget our watching our little man, who had had ENOUGH of the stroller, wander down the halls past paintings five times as big as he was. He paid no mind to the significance and the history around him. He was just a happy little boy, doing as he pleased.

We were there. We saw these treasures. Andrew won’t remember, but one day, I’ll show him these photos and tell him about the day. About how he played on the floor in front of centuries-old paintings, how he crawled close to The Last Supper. I can’t wait for that day.

 

Our Trip to Paris in a Few Photos

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It’s been almost two months since we went to Paris, and I don’t know how to tell you just how wonderful it was. I just can’t do the trip justice, so I’ve been hesitant to share it with you.

I posted yesterday about Disneyland Paris and just how great it was. After spending a week at Disneyland, we moved to a hotel in the city, literally blocks from the Eiffel Tower. I could see it from our window.

Don’t get me wrong — I was ready to come home at the end of the trip. Two weeks is a LONG time to spend overseas, especially with a toddler in tow. But I have wonderful memories of the trip with my two men that I will cherish forever.

I could do two weeks’ worth of posts about the trip, but I’ll just sum it up with a few of my favorite photos. I am, however, going to do a separate post on The Louvre (because, how could I NOT?) and a day trip we took to London.

Enjoy!

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Disneyland Paris Disney Dreams!

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A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to visit Paris as a family. It was such an amazing experience and I wanted to share it with you! For the first week, we stayed at Disneyland Paris for Minecon 2012. During our stay, we had to take Andrew to Disneyland!

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

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Last summer, I got a craving for Chicken Tortilla Soup and even though it was 80 degrees outside, I made some. And it was good.

But last week, the weather was cold and rainy and again, I got the craving. But this time, I decided to throw together some different ingredients to see what I could come up with. And it was BETTER.

I credit it all to this recipe from Our Best Bites, which calls for fresh lime juice to be added to the soup right before it’s served. THAT, my friends, is the secret to life and great Chicken Tortilla Soup.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Ingredients:

Rotisserie chicken, shredded
1 pkg Ranch dressing mix
1 pkg taco seasoning
32 oz chicken broth
1 can black beans, drained
1 can whole kernel corn
2 cans Rotel tomatoes and green chiles, drained.
1 large onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 jalapeño peppers, seeds removed and chopped
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
Juice of four limes
Shredded cheese
Tortilla chips
Sliced Avocado

Directions:
In a large stock pot or Dutch oven, heat some olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and sauté, until right before onions are translucent. Add the garlic and jalapeños, and sauté a few minutes more, until mixture is fragrant.

Add the shredded chicken, then sprinkle in the seasonings, stirring to coat. Pour in the chicken broth and then add beans, corn and tomatoes. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 20-25 minutes.

Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the lime juice immediately before serving. Garnish with shredded cheese, tortilla chips and sliced avocado.

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Enjoy!

 

Looking for more fall recipes? Look no further!

 

 

International Delight Light Iced Coffee #CBias

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I have a confession: I have no idea what to order at coffee shops. When I was working and clients would want to schedule meetings at one, I would cringe. I felt like a poser. I could never find anything that I liked, so I’d just keep ordering random things: Caramel Macchiato? Nope. White Mocha? No, thanks. My cup would sit neglected through the whole meeting.

Recently, though, I had the chance to try International Delight Light Iced Coffee, and I have to tell you: I’m hooked.

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My Little Aggie

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Last fall, we got to attend an Aggie football game with The Nerd’s family. It was Andrew’s first game, and I hope it was the first of many.

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I’m glad this was the season that we got to introduce our son to the tradition. Texas A&M has done remarkably well in the SEC and Johnny Manziel winning the Heisman Trophy was the icing on the cake.

In fact, The Nerd and I celebrated our Four Year Anniversary last week by watching the Aggies BTHO OU in the Cotton Bowl. It was the first bowl game The Aggies have won since 2001.

I think Andrew makes a great Aggie…don’t you?

He’ll be Class of 2033. Gosh, I feel old.

 

Westin Galleria Dallas Staycation

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Last week, The Nerd and I celebrated our fourth wedding anniversary with a Dallas staycation at the Westin Galleria. Sometimes, it’s nice to just get away for the night.

Our 18th-floor room was really nice. The Aggies were playing in the Cotton Bowl that night, so we decided to head up to the Westin Executive Club Lounge and watch the game. This is an area exclusive to patrons of the Executive Club rooms where hors ‘derves and drinks are served in the evening, and continental breakfast is served in the morning.

The hotel was recently remodeled and now features a spacious pool area with personal cabanas, in addition to spacious and modern rooms. You can even choose a weekend package or shopping package to make your Dallas staycation even more convenient and affordable.

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But the best part (besides the shower) was the view. We opened up the windows and looked down on the Dallas skyline.

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Oh, and the shopping! It’s great to be so close to all the great shopping venues in the Galleria.

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We had a wonderful time, and it was a special anniversary. You can read more of my posts about Galleria Dallas here. Have you ever had a staycation in your hometown?

Disclaimer: I was provided with a gift card for a one-night stay at the Westin Galleria Dallas. All opinions and photos are my own. 



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