Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Tucker--he is our little question asker. Holy cow that little guy likes to talk! phew! Hes at a really fun age & we love having little conversations with him. He has become an expert at stalling at bedtime...water requests, has to use the restroom again, wants to pray longer etc.
Cy-he is our little explorer, he is ALL ABOUT THE JOURNEY. He loves to explore and follow his older brother all over the place. He is our little ball of energy. He is way less cautious than Tucker & throws caution to the wind on a daily basis. :-)
Ryan--has been SUPER busy with appraisal orders. When hes not working on them (which is alot lately) he can be found grilling burgers, day dreaming on our future lawn or his latest obsession is wayne newton music. totally random and a little weird :--) Ryan recently admitted to watching you tube videos of soldiers returning to their loved ones when he needs a little break.
Me-- I've been keeping up with the two little boys...between answering T mans 300+ questions & Cy's poopy diapers. I've also started up a little online shop which is keeping me very busy--which has been the biggest blessing! At least once a week we sneak away for a little date which is the highlight to our week!
okays, that is an update in a nutshell!
Posted by Ashley Houck at 3:34 PM
bet you thought I forgot about this little place...didn't you?
had two funny stories I don't want to forget:
1. this past weekend we ventured over to Omaha to see/do the zoo, parks & of course what every kid loves...the swimming pool. On Sunday as we were leaving town I ask my 3 year old..."Tucker, what did you like the most...the zebras, lions, playing at the park, swimming...?" "Ummm, I liked the couch that turned into a bed!!" I guess its the little things! :-)
2. the other night as Ryan & I were hanging out I said, "I'm so thankful your my husband," and I looked over (he had a huge grin on his face) "tell me more..." :-) love that man!
Posted by Ashley Houck at 3:16 PM
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Move: What Houck yearly update doesn't include a moving update. Some family members joke they put our address in pencil. :-) We moved this year...TWICE. The first move was into my mother in laws house for 6 weeks before we closed on our house & November 6th we moved into our foreclosure home. We sincerely hope you feel you can write our address in ink this time!
we were 1 of 4 who put an offer in & got it!
...but most of all we love the space it provides for the boys to run around!
So that sums up our biggest highlights through the the year. Looking forward to seeing what 2013 brings!
Happy New Year!
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Monday, November 5, 2012
I thought I'd better write this down before we forget!
The last three weeks of my pregnancy I was on bed rest, and boy does that stink! Thankfully I had so many gracious friends stop by & keep me company & my sister Carly helped out SO much Tucker it went by relatively quickly!
Cy was born on a Friday. Friday, Janurary 6th to be exact, the same day as my late grandmothers birthday. We got to choose from three dates & we decided that was fitting. Even though it was Janurary it was 66 degree the day he was born! crazy!
Before we left the house we prayed for the day & Lord willing we'd have a healthy delivery & baby soon! We got to the hospital right at 7:30 that morning. I remember not sleeping well the night before...just anxious for the days events. We got there, got to our room & they started my iv to jump start labor. I'd say by 8:30 we were rolling. 8:30 -10:00 I'd say the contractions were consistent, but not unbearable. We'd watch NCIS in between the nurses & midwives coming in to check on my progress. From 10am -1 the harder contractions began. The kind where you can't talk and focus on getting through them. Ryan was great (as usual) and was my little encourager.
By 1:00 I had asked for the epidural & got it pretty quickly after that. From 1-3:30 was quicker contractions & by 3:30 I was fully dilated & ready to push. I remember thinking, WOW this was so much easier than Tuckers labor. I started pushing @ 3:30 & and continued on for 30 mins...nothing. The baby wasn't moving down. The babies heart rate was getting low so they stopped for 30 mins having me switch from side to side & we tried again @ 4:30, I pushed again for 50 mins, having to switch from side to side. still no movement down from the baby. i remember about this time I was ready to give up. I had no more energy left. i was spent. About this time it was shift change for the midwives & I got Carol. But, since Alice had been there all day with me & was just as excited to see what the sex of the baby was (she said not many people don't find out anymore) she stayed in the room & knitted until Cy was born! :-) ) About this time the word C-section was being thrown around. That was all I needed to hear. I remember thinking I did NOT go through all this labor just to have a C-section. The Dr. on call had been called in, along with her nurse & Alice in the corner & three pushes later Cy was born! I remember them putting him on my chest & Carol happily proclaimed, "its a boy!" I looked down at him and immediately started crying. what a miracle, our little miracle. His 10 month birthday is tomorrow & it has been so much fun seeing him grow. His personality is very laid back, happy go lucky, routine driven ---although this one may be because of his mother! :-)--, very tender hearted and the bluest big eyes you've ever seen.
Posted by Ashley Houck at 9:48 PM
Sunday, October 7, 2012
...we close on our FIRST home Friday! can i get a whoop, whoop!? :-)
...i have been a Pinterest fool pinning tons of ideas for future projects, paint colors etc. I got all the room colors figured out except Tucker & Cy's room. I'm hoping to get that figured out this week!
...sunday evening has become family movie night & I look forward to that time as MUCH as my little three year old. Tonight was Toy Story. Big Hit! Looking forward to introducing him into the classics this Christmas!
...I started listening to Christmas music today. yep, its only oct 7th. :-)
...i haven't forgotten about this blog & hope to get it back up & running as we take on LOTS of new projects and capturing precious moments with our little family!
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Friday, August 24, 2012
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Posted by Ashley Houck at 3:45 PM
3 cups cooked chicken, cut up
1 pkg. taco seasoning (chicken or beef)
1/2 cup ranch dressing
Preferred taco condiments
Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add cooked chicken and warm it for a few minutes. Sprinkle on the whole package of dry taco seasoning. Do not add any water! Heat for 5-7 minuted until all heated through and taco seasoning is stuck to the chicken.
***I baked my chicken, cut it up then added my taco seasoning (still with no water) & then stirred in my ranch dressing, stirred it all up & microwaved it for a min.*** Super easy quick dish for nights on the GO.
Add ranch dressing, heat an additional 2-3 minutes to warm through.
Serve in taco shells with all your favorite fixings!
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Monday, July 16, 2012
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