Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Brand New Year, Brand New DECADE! WHAT?!?!?!?!

I will try ONCE AGAIN to be better at blogging more!  I have gone through SO.MANY. seasons of life over the past decade and blogging always was one of my favorite things but became so much more difficult to do with Facebook making it SO much easier!  I will "try" my hand at it again this year.....we'll see!


This is going to be a GREAT year, not just because it's a chance for a fresh start, new beginnings, BUT it's also the FIRST year of a NEW decade for ME!  

HELLLLOOOOOOO 40!!

HAHAHAHAHA!

Seriously though, I am more excited than I thought I would be about turning 40!  It's in a way empowering, very freeing.  I am not the "girl" I grew up being told I was from my father.  I am not the 20 year old trying to find someone to love me.  I am not the 30 something year old looking for validation and affirmation.  I am a 40 year old, strong, fierce, loving, smart, kind and thoughtful wife, mother, daughter and friend.  If you don't believe me, look at my Facebook page, LOL!  I was given so many beautiful words, thoughts, and well wishes today.  I was reminded today just how loved, respected and cared about I really am.  It was beautiful.  The phone calls, the messages, texts, and posts were icing on the cake today, so THANK YOU to everyone for taking the time to do that. It truly meant alot to me.  Shit, this decade is going to ROCK!  I just know it!

My day couldn't have been better!  I slept in until 8, took the kids to a Dr. Seuss Exhibit at Art For The People Gallery in Austin, stopped by Homeslice Pizza for lunch and tiramisu, followed by a deluxe pedi with my bestie, and some delicious Avocado B.L.Ts at home with my family.  Chris is planning something for Saturday but I have NO clue what and that excites me! 

I woke up to this (Anna is so great at showing love and affection)...





  

A few more pics from our trip into Austin...

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LOVED the Dr. Seuss exhibit!


Came home to my new washing machine delivered (I truly am excited about this one!) and a Birthday Balloon Bouquet from my dear friend that now lives too far away up in New Hampshire!!


I played with my kids, had a cup of coffee brought to me by my son and wanted so very much to bottle up every minute of this day which is why I had to blog it! God knows my memory isn't getting any better....hahahahaha!

I couldn't be luckier!

From this LOVE right here, 
I got THESE 3 beautiful gifts...

I am TOTALLY entering this decade with a FUCK IT attitude.  I don't need to prove anything to anybody.  I am who I am. I will continue on my path, make mistakes as I go, but forgive myself as I make them because I am human. So, 2016, I am ready for you! Let's do it!



Saturday, September 19, 2015

Weekly Menu Plan 9/21-9/27



It's been a while, but here we go again......

I post it on Facebook almost every week but always forget the blog!  Here's this week's menu:




Grilled Salmon with Caesar Salad

Order Pizza Out


Chicken Burgers

YOYO (you're on your own night)


Friday, July 10, 2015

Marathon Training Has Begun! Week #3

Yeah, it's been a while!  This is in part to the fact that our NYC trip movie that Chris made is too large of a file to upload anywhere so I've been waiting to get that fixed to blog.  As life gets in the way, I realized if I don't just sit and blog it's just not going to happen, LOL

Today I finished my 3rd week of Marathon Training!  It was a HUMID 7 mile long run and wasn't the easiest, my body was sore and I was drenched with sweat, but now after a full belly, cup of coffee and shower, I feel FABULOUS!

Here's the thing with running, in my opinion....it's tough, it pushes you mentally and exercises your will to dig in deep and perform with your heart!  It's hard on my body, yes, but the achievement I feel after a run trumps that pain for sure.  I was not raised an "athlete".  My parents were not athletic or gym goers.  I wasn't encouraged to do sports, in fact I was discouraged because I didn't have a support system to bring me to practices, games, etc so I never entertained the idea.  This in itself motivates me to support, encourage and push my children in the sports they LOVE!

Picking up the sport of running 6 years ago was one of the best things I've done for myself, even if I hit a couple bumps in the road and haven't run in a while! LOL I've been a "gym goer" since I was 16 and have always loved being active but never did anything that was competitive, nothing to receive a "medal" or "reward".  Running changed me.  Running showed me that yes, even little old me in my thirties can consider myself an "athlete".  It gave me an outlet for my competitive, fighting spirit!


I'm thankful for my crazy friend Kim, my partner in crime, it makes the journey that much more FUN!!!  So, here's to training for Marathon #2 and #3, because as you know, I don't do anything in a "small" or "simple" way.....hahahahahahaha!!!!!  Get Ready Rock n Roll Series....we're coming for you in December (San Antonio) and February (New Orleans)!!




Saturday, June 20, 2015

Happy Father's Day 2015

Happy Father's Day to WORLD'S GREATEST DAD!!!  I don't know what it is to have a man like you to grow up with as a daddy - - - you are loving, gentle, slow to anger, quick to play with the kids no matter how TIRED you are, you invest in every area of their lives from education, hobbies, clubs, sports, etc.

You lead each of them with a team player attitude, encouraging them along the way.

You are patient, and I mean PATIENT with ALL of us!

You ensure that each child KNOWS they are loved not just by your words but with every.single.thing.you do!

You give them (and me) ADVENTURE.

You bring humor into our lives when I get too rigid.

You are a smart, humble man.

You reassure them when they doubt themselves.

You teach them SO MANY things.

You give them TOO many treats.
You let them stay outside TOO late.
You allow them to talk your ear off and avoid BEDTIME.
You tell them jokes and show them videos that I DON'T WANT to know about.


You LOVE and dote on their mother.
You stand by their mother.
You LOVE your mother.
You love and help support my mother.

You set the bar VERY high for our daughter's future husbands and show our son what a REAL man is.

13 years ago when I first found out I was pregnant, I couldn't wait to see what a WONDERFUL, AMAZING father you would be!!  You have gone above and beyond what I ever imagined a good daddy could be!

I LOVE YOU!!!
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY CHRIS!

2003 First Time Daddy

2006 Second Time Daddy!

2009, Third time's a charm!

Daddy and Anna

Disney Trip 2007

C's 2nd Bday 

My boys


First time fishing

Best place to be is in daddy's arms!

Goofball!

Her First Date!




He supports EVERYONE *ALL THE TIME*, especially Mommy!




He shows them ALL that a man MUST know his way around a kitchen!





SO.MANY.ADVENTURES!

Pillow fight!!!!










The first one EVERYBODY runs to!








They are two peas in a pod!