2004 Coleman Niagara Tour

I thought it was time I took you on a little tour of our pop-up. We bought a 2004 Coleman Niagara back in March. We were planning to use it for our family adventures.

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We took it on an impromptu trip to Las Vegas when we found out my brother was VERY sick. My mom hadn’t seen him and years and we really needed to go. He’s okay now (the cancer is all gone!!) but with cancer you just never know.

My loving husband suggested we just drive her there and pull the camper so we all have a cheap place to sleep for the week. So that is what we did.

It wasn’t supposed to be our first time to use the camper, we wanted to take an easy weekend trip to break it in. That’s okay. We plan to make many memories in this camper.

I know the “How do you get in?” question is going to come, so I will explain that now. For the time being my husband carries me in and then brings the chair so I can navigate. He plans to modify the door and add a ramp so I can get in/out on my own.

So are you ready for the 2004 Coleman Niagara Tour? I promise to keep it short and sweet.

 

 

Friday Fragments #1

Hi guys!! Happy Friday.

My sweet friend Traci, The Star, is always doing this little thing called Friday Fragments. It was something wonderful she discovered on another blog, but for whatever reason I never got around to participating.

Last week, I read that the blogger that started it decided to “Retire” the link-up and passed the torch on to none other than The Star.  Of course now I have to play. So what is Friday Fragments?

It’s a perfect weekly wrap-up for all those little things that just don’t make a full post. So here I present to you, Friday Fragments or Friday Frags, as I’ve hears Traci refer to it.

  • Nathan got his glasses and we started patching him 1 hour a day.

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  • I am about to head out for another AMAZING conference at Sea World. AdventureCon, here I come!
  • Oh, and I just so happen to be SPEAKING at said conference!! YAY!!

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  • We went to to Kona (shocker!) for Father’s Day dinner and Will discovered his love for their Voodoo Roll. It’s one of their spiciest rolls.

 

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  • You may have seen reference to a new phone. I am a #Sprintmom for the next 6 months so you will see little references here and there to sprint or my new LG G4, and you are probably (you better!) be noticing highly improved pictures. #ad
  • Surely I am missing something, somewhere, but I guess I will just need to keep notes next week so I can rock Friday Frags.

So, what have you been up to? Do you have a wrap-up type blog post and want to play?! You can link up on Traci’s blog every Friday. She would LOVE to have you.

Stylish Gimp: a new Maxi Dress

When I was first paralyzed I hated dresses and I especially hated LONG dresses. They were difficult to manage and always got tangled and made transfers nearly impossible.

Somehow, I tried them again, and I realized it was just one of those strange perceptions I had about what I could and couldn’t do and what I should and shouldn’t wear.

No I have NO limits and wear whatever I want. I just have to figure how to make it work.

Maxi dresses are now my absolute favorite and I love finding a fabulous deal on a CHEAP but cute dress. I picked this little number up at Ross for about $12. How awesome is that!?

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As usual, Linking up with these lovely ladies: WIWW: The Pleated Poppy |  I feel Pretty | Random Wednesday with Shanna | The Stylish Housewife

Late July Chips paired with Stony Field Roasted Red Pepper Dip

I am a Stonyfield YoGetter and receive free product from Stonyfield and other organic brands in exchange for sharing my experiences. All opinions are my own.

My favorite part of being a Stonyfield YoGetter is learning about other companies that make organic foods. This month I was excited to try Late July chips. We are huge chip and dip eaters. We can eat queso like no bodies business but all the cheese and corn just isn’t good for the body. I usually feel bloated and all around blah afterwards.

When the box of Late July chips showed up at my doorstep I immediately knew I had to pair them with a dip, but what?

late july chipsLate July chips are organic and Non-Gmo. We aren’t huge organic/healthy eaters (SHAME-SHAME) but I couldn’t pair a chip this great with just any dip. It had to be perfect. My plan was to make it on Father’s Day as a late afternoon snack.

I’m not very creative or adventurous so I knew I would never be able to come up with something original, but Stonyfield has a recipe section. Who knew?! I searched their dips and found one I knew my family would love. Who wouldn’t devour a Roasted Red Pepper dip? << —- you click over to see the original recipe.

Let the record show that the recipe was a success. The only complaint? I made way more dip than we had Late July chips. One bag was not enough. I guess I need to make a trip to my local grocery store to buy more.

 

Roasted Red Pepper Dip
Wonderful with veggies, pretzels or your favorite crackers (and LATE JULY chips!), this creamy dip is rich with the robust flavor of roasted peppers.
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Ingredients
  1. 6 oz roasted red peppers
  2. 1 small onion (peeled and halved)
  3. 1 head of garlic
  4. 1 c Stonyfield Organic Plain Greek Nonfat Yogurt
  5. 1/2 c fat-free or reduced-fat cream cheese
  6. 1/4 t ground cumin
  7. 1/8 t ground red pepper
  8. 1/4 c chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
Instructions
  1. Step 1
  2. Preheat oven to 400°. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Remove the skin from the head of garlic and wrap in foil. Place the garlic and onions on the baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes turning onions over half way through. Remove onions and set aside. Return garlic and cook an additional 15 minutes.
  3. Step 2
  4. Let garlic cool for 10 minutes. Separate the cloves and squeeze the garlic out, discarding skins.
  5. Step 3
  6. Place roasted red pepper, onion and garlic in a food processor, process until fairly smooth. Add cream cheese, cumin, ground red pepper and process until smooth. Fold in yogurt. Spoon the dip into a bowl and stir in parsley. Cover and chill until ready to serve. Yields 2 cups. Serve with whole-wheat crackers or sesame breadsticks.
Notes
  1. Serving Size: 39Calories: 25Sodium: 60mgSodium Percent: 3%Total Carbohydrate: 3gTotal Carbohydrate Percent: 1%Sugars: 2gProtein: 3g
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It’s been a decade

It was 10 years ago that my step-mom called to tell me my Daddy was gone.

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Charlie had just left and Will and I were dressed for a photography session. I thought it was the photographer calling when i first heard the phone ring but when i saw the caller ID my heart sank. The tears started before I even answered.

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I already knew. My poor husband couldn’t even understand what I was saying when I called. I was hysterical.

Ben Hartman - AKA DINO Gallento - Daddy's Wrestiling Days

Ben Hartman – AKA DINO Gallento – Daddy’s Wrestiling Days

He had suffered for so many years, but it still hurt to know he wouldn’t hold my future tiny babies and I wouldn’t hear his deep cajun accent telling sometimes inappropriate jokes and calling all of his “Mi Cher”.

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I remember the long trip to his house and the emptiness when we pulled into the driveway. It would be the first time I was ever in his house knowing he wouldn’t be there cooking a big pot of Gumbo.

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I love how Will is staring up at Grandpa.

The last picture I ever took of Daddy.

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I know this is a love song by Nickelback but I used it in one of the video montages I made. There are many parts of the song that can be about anyone you love.

This time, this place misused, mistakes
Too long, too late, who was I to make you wait?
Just one chance, just one breath
Just in case there’s just one left
‘Cause you know you know, you know

That I love you I have loved you all along and I miss you
Been far away for far too long
I keep dreaming you’ll be with me and you’ll never go
Stop breathing if I don’t see you anymore

On my knees, I’ll ask last chance for one last dance
‘Cause with you, I’d withstand
All of hell to hold your hand
I’d give it all I’d give for us
Give anything, but I won’t give up
‘Cause you know you know, you know

That I love you I have loved you all along and I miss you
Been far away for far too long
I keep dreaming you’ll be with me and you’ll never go
Stop breathing if I don’t see you anymore

So far away, so far away
Been far away for far too long
So far away, so far away
Been far away for far too long
But you know, you know, you know

I wanted, I wanted you to stay
‘Cause I needed, I need to hear you say
That I love you, I have loved you all along
And I forgive you, for being away for far too long
So keep breathing, ’cause I’m not leaving
Hold on to me and never let me go
Keep breathing, ’cause I’m not leaving you anymore
Believe it, hold on to me and
Never let me go, keep breathing
Hold on to me and never let me go (Keep breathing)
Hold on to me and never let me go