Timmy’s Nursery

I hate boring white walls, or in the case of our new home, walls painted a very bland color I like to call vanilla. Vanilla is even worse than white. I couldn’t wait to throw some color on Timmy’s nursery walls. It was the first room that was painted in our house and I LOVE the color–so bright and cheerful.

It’s only taken me a year, but I FINALLY finished painting the murals on his walls. I pulled some images of monkeys and giraffes off of Pinterest and tried my best to replicate them by sketching on the walls with pencil. A small brush for details and some sample sized paints from your local paint store is all you need. The sample sized jars of paint are best–it’s the perfect amount of paint and they’re only a few dollars a jar. I’m far from being a good artist but I’m really pleased with how it turned out.

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I made a sun and birds by gluing together pieces of thin foam that I found in the kid’s crafts section of Michael’s and attached them to the wall. I used them to decorate Timmy’s nursery in the house we rented while stationed in Newport, RI and they were just too cute to throw away.

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Maybe I should paint some clouds on the wall, too.

I’m in love with Timmy’s room. I wish I could pick up his room and move it with us when we head to Washington state this summer. Sigh. I suppose it’ll be back to boring white walls for us.

I’m linking this up to the weekly link party over on Not Just A Housewife, Tatertots and Jello, I’m Not A Trophy Wife and USS Crafty!

 

 

 

Spicy Dr. Pepper Shredded Pork

The crock pot may be the busy mom’s best friend. When the kids are napping or their hands are busy with some activity, it’s a perfect time to start dinner–even if it’s only lunchtime. I don’t know about you but my evenings are always a little bit crazy trying to get the kids fed, cleaned up and ready for bed. The last thing I want to do around 5 or 6 in the evening is start making dinner for my husband and I. My husband works long hours and sometimes isn’t home until after the kids are in bed. It always makes me feel good to not have to give him reheated leftovers after his long day of work.

Because I use my crock pot so often, I’m always on the hunt for new and delicious recipes. I’m so glad I stumbled upon this recipe for Spicy Dr. Pepper Shredded Pork over on The Pioneer Woman. It sounded interesting and the pictures looked amazing. I just had to make my own crock pot version of her shredded pork recipe. Ever since I first tried this recipe, I’ve made it countless times and never been disappointed. The pork comes out of the crock pot full of flavor and unbelievably tender. Try it tonight! I promise your family will love it.

12 oz. (1 and 1/2 C) Dr. Pepper

1 onion

1 can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (optional)

Brown sugar (optional)

1 cup BBQ sauce

Pork shoulder/ pork butt roast

1. Peel and quarter your onion.

2. Separate the quarters and spread on the bottom of the crock pot.

3. Put the pork on top of the onions with the fatty side facing upwards.

4. Pour the chipotle peppers in adobo over the top. These are pretty spicy. I’ve made the pork with and without the peppers depending on my mood. Trust me, both are good.

5. Pour the Dr. Pepper over the top of the roast. The Dr. Pepper gives the meat so much flavor and no, it doesn’t end up tasting anything like the soda.

6. Add a couple of spoonfuls of brown sugar to the soda if you’d like. I usually skip this step. Add your favorite BBQ sauce.

7. Give the liquid a quick stir, put the lid on, set it and enjoy the wonderful aroma filling your kitchen for the next 6-8 hours.

8. Carefully lift the pork out and place on a plate. The roast should shred easily with 2 forks. While shredding the pork I usually can’t help myself and end up eating at least a whole serving of the pork. Return what’s left of the pork to the liquid in the crock pot.

There are many ways to enjoy shredded pork, I suppose, but I prefer mine as it is on a bun. Enjoy!

Our First Deployment

In theory I thought I knew what I was getting myself into when I married a Naval officer– the long absences, frequent moves across country and the deployments. But in reality it’s been more difficult and I’ve been more lonely than I ever could have imagined. After three years of marriage, two kids and two cross country moves (soon to be 3!!) it’s been trying for us as a family.

The new year brought with it our family’s first deployment. The husband and I decided it would be best if Timmy, Vera and I didn’t see the ship off at the pier for fear of how Timmy might react. It was a pretty low key goodbye with the kids still in their pajamas. Timmy thought it was just another day of daddy leaving for work– he smiled and gave daddy a big hug and kiss just like he always does.

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The day my husband left was the toughest. He’s been gone for some time now and we all miss him like crazy. I stay strong for him and our beautiful children. I couldn’t be more proud of my husband for his service for our beloved country. Our separation does not get any easier with each passing day, but we’re learning to adjust and you better believe I’m counting the days until his return.