Thursday, June 1, 2017

Last day of school!!!


I can't believe it is the last day of school for these two!

I'm thrilled for them.  They have worked so hard this year.  They have been super busy with soccer and volley ball.  We had activities every night for weeks and weeks and they did great!





 Hayden has one more year in elementary school.  He will finish out 4th grade next year.  I'm so excited for him!


 Layla is moving up to middle school.  She's our 7th grader!
 



 Goodness I just love my cuties!




 I survived my first year as a working mom.  I managed to find a way to keep us all fed and alive.  We all had clean laundry and a somewhat clean house!  It was a wonderful year for me and I wouldn't trade it for anything.  I'm thrilled I decided to go back to work!  




  

We are so ready to dive into summer!! 



Sunday, May 28, 2017

ARIEL on POINT!





I am so thrilled for our little tumbler.  She finally landed her ariel on the ground!  She's been doing it on the trampoline for months, but getting it finally made her squeal with delight!!!

Layla wanted to branch out and do something different, so she tried volleyball this spring.  I can't wait to get her back into a tumbling class.  Tumbling truly makes her so so very happy! 


Yay for the mastery of her ARIEL!

Friday, May 26, 2017

tug of war and other fun games too





 Third grade field day was a success!

I arrived just in time to see tug-of -war.  I was so worried about Hayden's knee, but he did great and didn't seem to let it slow him down.










 I am thankful for a group of friends that encourage Hayden and help him be a better boy.  I have heard tons of 3 grade stories and I'm so thankful for his buddies.





My goodness Hayden's skin looks so unblemished in this picture.  His eczema is looking so much better and I'm so thankful!

Monday, May 15, 2017

a brace and some ice and REST!

  Hayden has been complaining about his knee hurting for a week or so.

Saturday, Layla decided to help him out by carrying him from the restaurant to the car.



 Today during school Hayden called me and he said he'd had enough.  

He was sick of hurting.




We've been keeping him still and as calm as possible, but it hasn't felt better. I knew it was time to have it checked.  We headed to urgent care and they did an ex-ray and it showed nothing broken.  Now we know for sure it is a ligament strain.  He has to wear a brace for 10 days and NO RUNNING.  Goodness, how in the world will we keep him calm?

We will ice every night and hope he is better with time and rest!

 


Saturday, May 13, 2017

goalie for the last game


Last Saturday at the game Hayden hurt his knee, so today for the last game he played goalie.

He  did an amazing job.  It's so hard to see him limping and I know he wants to run and play hard, but he just can't.  He had a wonderful season and scored at least 2-3 goals per game.  I just love watching him play.  I hope his knee feels better soon and that he is back to running fast soon.  You know when you're 8 years old it is all about how fast you can run!! :)

Friday, May 5, 2017

our volleyball girl







It has been so fun watching LK play a new sport this spring.  She wanted to try something new and I think that is brave!  She has done great and we enjoy watching her and her team grow in teamwork! 

Go Chargers!!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

a picture for your thoughts


I know this is a strange photo.

Do you ever have moments you just don't want to forget?  I have them often and I can't always remember them all, but I try.  I try to stick them somewhere in this busy momma brain so I won't forget.

One memory I will never forget:  Gary, Layla and I moved into our house in Haslet.  We just closed and signed paperwork on our house.  Our very first home purchase.  We watched it being built.  I was sitting in the hallway on the fresh brand new carpet.  Gary was in the playroom that eventually turned to Layla's bedroom.  It was right next door to what was eventually Hayden's room before he was even born.  Dang, that was a mouthful.  I remember like it was yesterday.  I can still see Gary's back.  In shorts of course, because that is Gary.  He was measuring windows for blinds.  I prayed at that moment for Layla, for our family to be and I asked God to bless that house and all who stepped foot into it.  What wonderful memories we made there, but also what hurt we endured there too.  Life isn't perfect, but I will always remember that moment like it was yesterday.  I was a good memory very similar to this picture.

In the above photo Layla is letting me blow dry her hair.  Have you ever wondered when would be the last time you would blow dry your childs hair?  Layla is 11. She is going to middle school next year and she will be able to do her own hair.  I'll cherish every brush stroke, every single time she lets me blow dry her hair.  I don't want it to be the last time.  I'll always remember this moment just like sitting on the carpet of our new house.

Also in the picture I see her lotions.  She loves smelly lotions.  Lotions I never used until high school, but she loves them and saves her money to buy fun lotions.  That's Layla.  I see her cute outfit.  She carefully picked it out to attend a birthday party with friends.  I see her royal blue shirt.  The one that makes her eyes pop!

I see the pink bathroom in this silly little awful rent house.  I will certainly never forget this moment in this bathroom.  I'm thankful for his house, but at the same time I can't stand it.  This house helped us move back to Texas, so while I don't like it, I love it.  I'll always remember the pink bathroom.  The first thing Hayden did in this pink bathroom the day we moved in was barf on the carpet.  Yes, I said carpet in the bathroom.  Who does that?? Who puts carpet in the bathroom?  

Since I mentioned Hayden.  In this picture, I see his water, his lotions and his soap.  He can't take a shower in the local water.  He's allergic to it, so we sponge bathe him with bottled water.  When I look at this picture I see and will never forget this stage of our life.  This chapter in Hayden's life and the way having eczema has affected our entire family.  I will always remember.  We are stronger because if it!

I encourage you to stop and look at a picture now and again. When you do, really look and devour every single detail. Stop and think back to a time in the past you remember.  Think about a good time, or a bad time.  Think about how you learned and how it made you grow.  Every single moment, good or bad shapes our lives and our character.  I will cherish the moment I was blow drying Layla's hair.  I'll remember the little moments, just like I did sitting on the carpet in our first home.



Monday, April 24, 2017

failing to plan is planning to fail



The days of being a stay at home mom for me are over.  I'm loving working.  It is so rewarding and I really love my job.  I do feel like I have to stay on top of my household chores during weekend.

Every single Sunday we prep our food for the week.   We boil 20 eggs so that Gary and I each get 2 eggs every morning for breakfast.  We shred our beloved butter lettuce for salads.  I'm addicted to pepperjack cheese wedges and I eat them with celery, so I wash, clean and chop celery sticks.  We are loving the spring strawberries, so we clean and slice strawberries and put them into snack size bags for easy snacks at work.  The kids eat cantelope for breakfast.  All that stuff gets done on Sunday for the week.

My goodness it is hard work to work and keep up a household, but thankfully Gary is amazing. (and I only say that b/c I was a SAHM for 11 years) We share chores and since he is home every night for dinner we share cooking meals too.  Thankfully the kids put away all their own laundry and I try to do a load every other day.  They pack their own school lunches.  I can't imagine doing everything all by myself every single day.  I did that before I worked because it was my full time job.  I also know that I have to make the kiddos do their own chores. The are old enough and we are trying to make them independent so they can go off to college and not be in shock.  I'm hoping I rub off on them and  they learn a thing or two about planning!

Sunday, April 16, 2017


Sunday is a great day to be outside!  We love driving around exploring. We decided to walk around the closest park.  There were tons of people at the park. Some even had their BBQ pits and picnics. I'm thinking a summer kickball party is in order at the park! 

Happy Sunday Funday!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Easter egg hunt on Palm Sunday


These two were mortified that I made them take a picture with the Easter bunny!




They did not hesitate to hunt eggs though.  They may think they're too big for a picture, but they aren't too big for Easter candy!

  


Sunday, April 2, 2017

Sunday afternoon shenanigans



I asked Hayden to get the wagon from the garage to pick up sticks in the front yard.





Then the wagon looked so fun.  Lily couldn't handle herself.  She was barking and chasing the wagon as the kids took turns pulling each other and Daisy.  Poor Daisy.  She was mad to be in the wagon.  She's such a good sport!






There is never a dull moment in our house.




  Goodness gracious these 4 are silly silly munchkins!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Spring Break 2017




We stayed in town for spring break this year and we ended up having so much fun!




We found the Pokey O's truck and had ice cream sandwiches.


We went to the Dr. Pepper Museum and to the zoo.



Hayden rode his motorcycle and we all went to watch him.  I loved watching him and I ended up sitting in the cool breeze watching him ride.  It was a nice day in the sunshine, but it was cloudy some too.

 


We had dinner with friends at the lake. 


 
The sunset at the lake was perfection!



Layla has been on the trampoline every waking moment perfecting her back flips and back handsprings.  She moved to the gym mat for a bit.  She's just loving tumbling so much!




 


We went roller skating with friends and then out for milk shakes. 

 

And when Hayden wasn't riding his motorcycle he was riding his bicycle.  The boy is obsessed with everything that has wheels.



The first Saturday of spring break we made a quick road trip to Georgetown.  It was a rainy mess, but we had fun exploring.  We made a pit-stop at Buc-ee's.  The kids declared it the best store ever.  It was a fun outing.



We did tons of exploring here in town and had a wonderful 'staycation' instead of traveling.


Sunday, February 12, 2017

SuperCross weekend!



 Hayden got a dirt bike for Christmas and he was obsessed with racing before, but now it's a much deeper love for him.  He was so excited for weeks and weeks knowing SuperCross was coming up and we were going to watch the races. 

  


I've always enjoyed the races and I pretty much married into it, but slowly I've grown to follow a few riders and enjoy watching the races.  I have to admit it gets my heart race pumping.  I do hate the feeling when I see riders crash, especially since I now have a little rider in the family.



We had a little down time before the races and we enjoyed catching up with our buddies.  Oh these guys and their love for bikes.  These two grown men have been riding bikes since they were our little boys ages.



Us girls are just along for the ride.  I like to pick a few riders and then check their Instagram profiles while the races are going.  It's fun to see who is out there riding and with all the social media these days I can see what kind of guys ride!  Ya...stalker huh?!?


Woohoooooo!


At&t stadium is AMAZING!



 Since we made a weekend of it, the kids begged to pack their swim suits.  I just knew they wouldn't be able to swim, but who knows?!?  They stuck their feet in on Sunday morning and it was indeed cold!! 


We are thrilled to have SuperCross buddies and we are already planning our trip next year!

Monday, February 6, 2017

SuperBowl 2017

Oh my gosh, what a crazy game!!

SuperBowl Sunday is always a great reason to party.

We had a fun night with friends.  We ate good food, sat around the bonfire and had many laughs!

We ended up staying later than I thought we would because the game was a nail biter at the end.  I was rooting for Atlanta since we lived there once!  Booo, such a sad outcome, but a fun night with friends.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

single sentence sunday


I am loving January in Texas!!