Catching Up with the Campbells: Life Update – Moving to College Station Pt. 2

So after getting somewhat settled in the townhouse in College Station, we spent our days trying to get acclimated and also praying a lot for our house in Friendswood to sell! The following is the rest of the month of September and October, and actually into November, just so you can peak into our moving experience and our first few days back in Aggieland. 🙂 Again, marathon post so hang in there haha!

Spent some evenings checking in on the new house, the boys LOVE the huge backyard!
We spent a decent amount of time at playgrounds because being in the little townhouse made our kids and dog cray cray haha…
Daddy had a couple of work trips, so we all piled into one of the queen beds and tried to sleep!
Jude and I started figuring out this one on one business, and filled it with trips to Hobby Lobby, Starbucks mini scones and lots of Planes hehe.
Spent some time catching up with sweet friends here.
Had to get acquainted with the H-E-B here! Anyone else’s kids basically feel like they are at a buffet when you go to the grocery store???
Catching up with more friends!
There was an isolated event of helping Mommy with the laundry… and they made it seem like it was the coolest thing they had ever done hahaha…
My poor parents began the cleaning out aa gutting process. My sister and I went to visit them one weekend… so sad to see your childhood home demolished like that. 😦
There has been so much progress at this point, my parents have worked HARD getting this place cleaned up, and thankfully have had some helpers to get them here.
In the middle of September after the storm, we ended up selling our house to an older couple who lost their home in the flooding. We made a countdown to our move date… mainly because he was asking me every day when we would be moving, and also because I was going a little insane at this place haha!
We met Daddy for lunch, because we CAN do this now!!!!! Whoo hoo!
We headed back down to Houston to meet my parents at our house one more time, and met my cousins and their sweet kids for lunch on the way!
Pedicures with my Mama!
Celebrated my sister’s birthday too while we were there!
Back to College Station for school and our final walk through on our house! Love these two sweet brothers!
And back to Friendswood (Yes we are all completed exhausted at this point and the kids have no idea what we are doing or where we are supposed to be haha…) for movers to pack up the house so we could get out! Last meal!
Telling our sweet neighbors bye… so hard! They are irreplaceable!
Moving Day!
Last look! 😦
We met with our buyers before heading up to College Station, then drove up, dropped off the kids and closed! This is our realtor and builder!
My sweet friend Erica GRACIOUSLY met our movers at our new house, because we had no time in-between driving and closing, and she directed them on where to put all of our stuff (because she is one of the few people who know how I like things haha and left this sweet goody basket for us! She loaded up all the toilet paper holders (SO smart y’all!), helped put sheets on our beds and her hubby (also our realtor) brought us a huge dinner from Lupe Tortilla! I mean, what a welcome!
And then the unpacking commenced!
Jacob’s mama came up and helped so much with the unpacking, couldn’t thank her enough for helping us get such a huge part done so quickly.
And guess who’s birthday it was the weekend we moved in?!?!
Sweet Jacey turned SEVEN!
Picnic dinner on the floor!
My little builder man helping me out!
And my other little helper man helping me break in the kitchen with a batch of brownies. 🙂
My parents came up the following weekend and helped with more unpacking and brought the kids these cute Halloween buckets!
Getting to know new sweet friends at our old/new church! Last time we were here, we were college students!
And in the middle of unpacking, also trying to get ready for the holidays!
Lots of Astros watching, so proud of them for winning the world series!
Headed down to Katy one weekend to celebrate their little cousin’s first birthday!

AND in the middle of ALL of this….

We’re having another baby! We are CRAY CRAY!
And it’s ANOTHER BOY! Of course!!!

Fun Halloween party at school!
And then Batman and would be Dusty airplane pilot go Trick-or-Treating!

Daddy had to head out for back to back work trips so we were the three musketeers for a couple of week! Calls for a night of pizza and Dusty!
And we are doing lots of walking over here and carb counting because I am having the pleasure of round two of gestational diabetes. #ugh My pancreas just apparently poops out during pregnancy.
And of course 4-5 days after Halloween, this little guy thinks it would be fun to dress up. He always does things his own way and in his own time. 🙂
Back to Houston for our 20 week scan! Got to see this sweet boy’s face! And praise God that all is healthy and looking good so far!
Hit the zoo before heading back home!

So that leaves us here, trying to figure out our new place here and work out a new routine of sorts. Doing lots of bike riding and just enjoying our time together.

I’ll leave you with this verse below. I read this in my Bible App this week and it hit my face like a ton of bricks. If you would have asked me last year where we would be at this point in time, I would of said in Friendswood of course, because we had plans to stay there long term. It never felt exactly right though to me, and I could never place my finger on it or understand what the solution would be to our lack of family time and Jacob’s hour and 15-20 minute commute each way… but we prayed about it, because we knew things needed to be better for our family. Jacob looked for jobs in Houston for over a year, and we continued to just feel kind of stuck. Feeling like we needed a change but having no idea what to do or feeling like, could we really make a change and take a plunge. When this job in College Station popped up out of no where, it was almost too good to be true and really shook us up a little and we were unsure if it was stable and something we could count on. Someone told us, “You know, a lot of people pray for things in their lives, but then they are unsure or afraid to take advantage of the opportunities to have their prayers answered because they are scared of one thing or another.” And when I heard those words, I knew for sure this is what we were meant to do at this point in our lives. Who knows how long we will be here, hopefully for a little while at least because moving is exhausting haha… but as long as we are here, we will be so ever thankful for our time together and the opportunity to grow as a family and slow down and live our lives together rather than rushing past each other during the day. God has plans for His children, things that our eyes have never seen and our minds have never even considered.

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Ashley’s Shrimp Tacos

I started this post a while ago, back in March haha! I have a number of drafts that I have started and worked on but then just haven’t gotten around to finishing. We had gone to the Houston Rodeo that day so the boys could see the livestock and do some of the fun stuff they have around there, and then of course once we got home I was pretty wiped and wanted an easy dinner!

This has become one of our favorites, an easy Friday night go to for us. When we went to visit my cousin in Austin in March, Ashley made these for us for dinner one night and it was so yummy! Y’all know how I like to just snag recipes from people and then stick them on here haha, so I want to make sure I give credit where credit is due!

First, I’m sharing some cute pictures of our fun day and then I will get on the yummy recipe! I do want to go ahead and mention that the way we ate this tonight, was not a whole30 meal, but if you are going for that, then just adjust your toppings and serve on a patacone, over a bed of lettuce or with plantain chips.

My hubby always enjoys a good turkey leg!

He looks so big here!

Ok so on to the recipe! Again, super easy and flavorful! We even enjoyed this leftover as well! One of my favorite things to make as a side for this is the Crunchy Apple Coleslaw Salad, it has a sweetness that helps balance out the salty!

Ingredients:

  • Raw fresh Shrimp – You could probably use frozen as well, I just like getting shrimp from the market area or fresh meats area of the store for this. You could opt for tail on or off haha depending on how much work you want to do!
  • olive oil or coconut oil
  • Seasonings: Ashley just said she sprinkles and adds according to taste, I kind of smell it as I go kind of adjust based on that… maybe that was TMI haha…
    • chili powder
    • cumin
    • garlic powder
    • salt
    • pepper
    • paprika
    • oregano
  • Toppings: You can get creative here or eat based upon your dietary needs, but here are some ideas that we’ve enjoyed…
    • guacamole (duh)
    • sour cream
    • cilantro (definitely include this one!)
    • salsa
    • cheese
    • shredded lettuce
    • tomatoes
    • corn relish
  • Corn Tortillas, Plantain Chips or Patacones depending on your preference

What to do:

  1. Clean your shrimp and rinse.
  2. Place your shrimp in a bowl and add your seasonings.
  3. Heat a tablespoon of coconut oil in a pan on the stove. Once it is melted, add your shrimp and stir around.
  4. Cook for a few minutes and then flip them to the other side and cook a few more minutes.
  5. Add them to your dish and top how you want! And then enjoy with a La Croix on your back porch with your loves!

 

SHRIMP LEGGIES