Tuesday, September 9, 2014

First Day of MDO

Today, we embarked into a new season/adventure.

Brady started Mother's Day Out!

I think we were both ready and eager for the new change.  They started last Tuesday, but since we were in Houston all week, he missed the first week!  I also had BIG plans of making him a shirt, but with the craziness of life lately, that just wasn't in the cards.  I also have a backpack to match his lunch-kit, but haven't monogrammed it yet...

He ended up having a great day!

This morning, we all got up (including daddy who stayed around to take him on his first day) bright and early.  Showered, got dressed, and then fixed his lunch which consisted of a mini pizza, cheese crackers, and dried fruit.

Then we were on our way...

He did so great during drop-off.  We went right in and he put his backup in his cubbie, then went right into his classroom.

We said our goodbyes as quickly as possibly, then headed out!  He wanted to change his seat and so his teacher moved his seat next to a little girl he knows from church, and the sat right down.

There were no tears from him or from mama or daddy!  I was kind of surprised I didn't cry, but I just kept thinking about how much fun he would have and how good this would be for him.

I was SO excited to pick him up!  Almost more nervous about that, than dropping him off.  I went in and he was happy playing and of course his little face lit up when he saw me.  But then he looked behind me and wanted to know where daddy was?  He insisted we had to go pick daddy up from work!  ha!!  His teacher said he had a good day, but very independent.  He is Mr. Independent, that's for sure.  I asked him if he had fun and he said yes and that he wanted to come back on Thursday!  I think he had a GREAT first day!  Which makes my mama heart so happy!!  We swung by Sonic for happy hour and a lemon-berry slush and then came home for a much needed nap!  So proud of my sweet boy and I hope he has amazing first year of Mother's Day Out!

And in case you're wondering what I did with all my free-time...I picked up the house a little, then honestly took a NAP!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Because He Lives

Written August 27, 2014

I can live to face tomorrow...

My world has been totally rocked this past week.  It's been a week since my sister and I made the trip to M.D. Anderson with my mom.  Our first appointment to learn what we are up against.

Today, my mom went back to have her biopsy.

It was emotional.  It was scary.  And it was not the news we wanted to hear.

But even through last week, today, and I'm sure tomorrow - I can't begin to tell you how much we have felt God wrap his arms around us and love us.  How much peace He has brought us.  How much goodness He has already shown us.  And mercy, and the list goes on.

Because He lives...

All fear is gone.

While my family has felt like the rug has literally been ripped out from underneath us, we have also felt God hold us like never before. 

I guess that's what happens when a crisis comes.  A true crisis - not the ones we tend to make up in our head.  I think back to my life prior to last Monday when mom told us the news, the problems I once had seemed so minor.  So meaningless.  Almost absurd.

Because I know...

He holds the future.

Now as I look towards what is ahead, I can't help but be overcome with how much He loves us.  Of course, this is not what I would chose for my mom but that's not up to me.  What is up to me is how I choose to walk with her and Him over the upcoming months and years.

On my way home this evening, I looked out and saw the most amazing sunset.  B was fast asleep in the backseat and I decided to pull over and snap a picture of His reminder - that even when we will feel like our world is falling apart, He is right here with us.  Never forsaking us.

The first place to pull over was a church parking lot.  I text this picture to my sister and she replied, "Man!  He's with us at all times for sure!"  In my heart that evening, after a very emotional day, I knew He was going to write a beautiful story through my mom.  And that it would be okay.  She would be okay.  We would be okay.

I am so thankful for the little glimpses of miracles and hope he shows us everyday.

Because I know

He holds the future.
And life is worth the living, just because He lives.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Weddings & Baseball

We had a full weekend, but fun!  Saturday, a sweet friend of mine got married and I was a bridesmaid and AB the photographer.  So Friday evening we spent our time at rehearsal and Saturday was an all day wedding affair. 

But before that I finally was able to get a pedicure!!!  Not only was I looking forward to the "me time" but I had tried 3 different times the week before to get a pedicure and for whatever reason, just didn't happen.  Like I dropped Brady off with a sitter, went & waited, and then had to leave for various reasons.  I can't remember the last time I had a pedicure and boy did I need one!

It was a beautiful ceremony and mass. Eva was an absolute gorgeous bride!!

 I hardly took any pictures with my phone, but AB got some on his camera. I was able to snag the one above from our Facebook page.

There was time in between the ceremony and reception so we decided to pick B. up and let him go to the reception.  I was thinking he'd love to have fun and dance, but about an hour in we called my MIL to come up him up.  He hadn't gotten a nap earlier in the day, the music wasn't on yet, and it was too difficult with daddy taking pictures and me running around in heels & a dress.  Brady was excited to be going to a party.  Princess Sofia's party so he thought, ha! ;) Love him!!

I taught with Eva (back when I worked) and so it was fun to see all the teachers I used to work with at the wedding/reception.

And of course, a selfie is always appropriate when your a bridesmaid right?

Actually I took this to send to another friend to show her my new hair.  I got my haircut (finally!) about two weeks ago.  So thankful not to have to wear it in a ponytail every.single.day.  Also, the earrings I'm wearing happen to be the earrings I wore on my wedding day!  Six and half years later, I still love them!

Saturday was a long day, but so fun!  I just love weddings!!!  And wish I could be a bride all over again.  Loved everything about being a bride and my wedding day!

Sunday, we got up and went to church even though I was exhausted from the long day/night before.  After church, the boys took a LONG nap while I rested/watched TV.  After four hours of napping, I had to go wake them up to get ready for a fun evening of baseball and friends.

Our good friends (see Stephanie in pic above) asked us if we wanted to take the boys to the Hooks game.  I was kind of on the fence, mostly because we've only been one other time (a year ago) and left 30 minutes into it because asking a toddler to be seated that long is unrealistic.  But we discussed possibly just sitting in the grass area so the boys could run around and play.  Sunday at church, the blood mobile was there and AB gave blood like usual and as we were leaving church, he said they gave 2 free grass tickets to the Hooks game.  I took that as well, we should definitely go!  I am so glad we did!!!  Brady had a great time, and actually I think we all had a really  fun time!  

We ended up meeting up for dinner at five at a place right by the field and then headed to the game around 6pm.  It wasn't crowded (thankfully), but it was HOT!!!!
Brady loved it and was so excited!  He actually thought were going to go watch the Aggies, haha.  Love him!  I mean each stage gets sweeter and sweeter!!

Sitting on the grass was actually better than the seats.  Way more comfortable.  Hard to really see what's going on during the game, but we didn't really care about that anyway! ha!  And there is a ton of things for the kids to do!  There's a huge play ground that is by the grass area, and there's even a pool you can rent out.  How fun!!

We let him get a "treat" while we there and he picked a sno-cone.  That's my boy! :)  He was beyond himself...ran back and yelled to his daddy, "daddy I got a snooow-cone! Woo-hoo!!!"

Even though it was hot, hot, we had the best time.  Was nice to get out and do something different.  Sadly, I didn't get one picture of all of us together or the two little boys together.  But I did capture these sweet moments...

Oh how I love these two!!!  These two boys are my world!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Whole30 Update: Day 22

I am on day 22 of whole30.  Can't believe it's somewhat close to coming to an end.  It really is more kind of a habit, rather than a "count down the days."  Actually, I kind of stopped counting days about a week ago.

I will admit I still miss my cream and sugar in the mornings with my coffee and there a times I'd love to pull into Whataburger and get a hamburger, fries, and Dr. Pepper!!  I did cheat once (due to lack of being prepared) and within 30 minutes got a headache.

Overall, I am feeling good.  Last week, I was really struggling with energy.  Just flat out tired.  I think planning a bachelorette party and VBS, staying up wayy to late started to catch up with me.  I started trying to go to bed at a decent time (I am naturally a night owl) and upping my protein intake and I think that has helped.

Actually, today is the first day I haven't really wanted something sweet.  Fruit didn't even sound good and sounded too sweet.  What??  I will admit I've probably eaten 2 whole watermelons by myself within the last week.  They have just been so good.  And sweet!!  Now I'm trying to focus on not snacking.  I have allowed myself to have a snack when I felt like I needed one, but really it's more I just want to eat, to eat.

So here's what I've been eating in pictures:

Tuna fish with homemade mayo

Baked chicken with olive oil, carrots and celery, garlic, salt & pepper, mashed sweet potatoes with coconut butter & cinnamon, sliced cucumbers & tomatoes.

 Breakfast: pork patties, sauteed mushrooms with an egg & fresh fruit.

 Lunch: chicken salad (made w/ homemade left-over roasted chicken, pickles, homemade mayo), apple chicken sausage, sliced apples with cashew butter sprinkled w/ cinnamon, fresh fruit.

 Perfect snack: sliced apple, cashew butter, cinnamon, dried coconut chips.

 Pork patties, guacamole, sliced tomatoes

Breakfast (B. picked out my plate:): ground pork, poached eggs, mashed sweet potato with ghee, and watermelon

Breakfast: pork, sweet potato hash, eggs, and fresh fruit

One of my favorite meals!  Marinara sauce (no sugar) simmered with grass-fed beef, carrots, mushrooms, & onions with sauteed zucchini noodles.  So good!!

I've been craving iced coffee.  I've had a few cups of black coffee but it's just not the same.  I had some left over black coffee from breakfast and threw it in a blender, added canned coconut milk, tablespoon of coconut butter, dash of cinnamon, and a few ice cubes.  Turned out to be a perfect treat for during naptime.

Also - it's naptime and I'm NOT napping!  This is huge!!  By 2pm everyday, I was done and needed a nap.  Now I don't feel that afternoon slump, or I should say not near as much as I did prior to whole30.

So there ya go...of course those are just the meals I remembered to snap pictures of.  Here's to finishing strong!!  I'll give an update once I'm done!!!

Father's Day Weekend

So I hadn't blogged regularly like I had hoped I would.  Such as life!  Father's day weekend was packed full of fun stuff. 

Saturday morning, I cleaned up the house (from a bachelorette party the night before) while my in-laws helped AB trim our oaks and cut down another tree.  Then we took a glorious 4 hour family nap.  Later that evening, we went over to some friends house.  The boys loved playing outside!  The dads chatted inside, while us girls played & chatted outside while the boys played.

Sunday we went to church, came home and ate lunch.  That evening the in-laws came over for dinner.  AB grilled steaks, while I grilled shrimp inside on the grill pan.  We had baked sweet potatoes and watermelon.  Perfect whole30 compliant Father's day meal.  We even ate on the fine china in honor of Father's day.  Nothing but the best! ;)

AB is the best daddy to B.  He is so incredibly patient, loving, and such a great example.  He leads and guides our family with integrity and Christian values.  He is a hard-worker and always puts us first.  I am so thankful for him and so thankful he is the father of B.  We love you honey!!

I also have an amazing father!  He adores me and adores his grandbabies.  He is funny, loving, caring, and will do anything for his family.  I can't thank him enough for the sacrifices he has made for us and how he has loved us well.  He also has loved my mom in  a way that shows us what it means to love.  Dad, I love you and am thank God you he picked you to be my dad!!

And my father-in-law, is also an wonderful man who loves us big!  He is also willing to help us out, loves B. like no other, and is compassionate and kind.  He is also a very hard-worker and I am so thankful he raised AB to the be man he is.

I couldn't be more thankful for these men!!  Happy Father's day to them!!!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Weekend Recap

We love weekends around here!  We had a fun, relaxing weekend.

Friday night, we cooked dinner then I hung out on the couch by myself while the boys crashed early.  Was nice to be able to watch whatever I wanted on TV and read a book.

Friday was also National Donut Day so I treated this little guy to donut holes.  He said they "were yummy in his tummy!"

Saturday, I got up and cooked us all breakfast and cleaned up around the house.  We had a pool birthday party right before lunch.  B is like a little fish!  Couldn't get enough of the water!

Pool birthday parties are the best!  Especially before naptime...we came home and everyone took reallllly long naps!  That afternoon, we went to eat my in-laws parents house for dinner.  I also worked on doing a little embroidery!

Sunday -we went to church.  It was Pentacost so everyone was asked to wear red.  Well a certain 2 year old told us, "I wear farmer, I wear Aggie!" when he saw it hanging.  Haha!  Well okay...Aggie farmer it is! :)  Our pastor told him, "maroon isn't red, but it's just as good!"  His boys are Aggies!

I had a VBS meeting that evening at church, then came home for dinner and watched a little of the Miss USA pageant.  We had watermelon (with real salt) for an after dinner snack.  So yummy!!  I hated to see the weekend come to an end...