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8 Hours in the car with 3 kids…

Each year we trade off on vacations.

Like one year we will do a small adult trip ( like Austin )  and a big kids trip ( Like Alabama ) so last year was the kids trip so this year it’s Mom & Dads big trip turn!

So this year we decided to tag team with a few friends and head on down to Port Aransas for a mini beach vacation Texas Style!

The drive down there seemed longer than driving to Alabama for some reason, I am pretty sure its because Texas is sooooooo big that you never get out of it when you are not trying to get out of it, if that makes sense… so there was no change in scenery… you knew you were still in Texas. The kids were not to bad the drive there or back, it’s crazy when they get older… no one shits their pants, has to pee to bad where they cant hold it, pukes or cries for no reason for an hour… Ahh how I do NOT miss the toddler days 🙂

The quaint house that we stayed in called the Church Street Cottage  was just perfect for everything we needed!

It was close enough to restaurants to walk, close enough to the beach to drive… I mean I guess you could have walked to the beach buttttt…. have we met?

I saw a bunch of people actually renting golf carts and driving pretty much the whole island with them.

We spent the majority of our five days doing pretty much nothing and loving it! We had two full beach days, one we had to cut short because of course…. Lillian got strep throat from church camp.. so that was fun. But Thankfully I have the best pediatrician in all the land Dr Dalton so he called in some antibiotics and so she was pretty much good the whole trip, all besides the one day she wasn’t.  The other beach day we stayed until everyone was fried… Luckily the babes are 1/2 Italian so fried is only for one day and then they turn that pretty golden brown… They always have contest but Sister ALWAYS wins…

Beach days are my favorite especially when my family is with me.

sand, ocean, country music, good ole’ captain & coke

Makes for a pretty amazing day.

Remember we are at a beach town and I hate sea food… so I was pretty full with cheese burgers and hush puppies… for five days. ( hahahaha) While Gaige and The Husband ate sea food pretty much three meals a day… and Gaige wanted to go by his favorite restaurant Castaways   to see if he could get an all you can eat fish and shrimp to go, I quickly told him he was crazy…

The husband took Gaige on his first charter fishing trip, and he LOVED it! He also  caught 4 trout and fed us the next night with what he caught!

4th of July was spent on the beach as well, then that night we went to Leah’s Step Dads dock and sat on a HUGE boat and watched a terrific fire works display! They had a HUGE spread of food as well as music.

It was perfect.

Oh and The husband in his Man Onsie…. got in the Port A newspaper… *cough* attention whore *cough* hahaha

We went to all of the shops, are proud parents of two hermit crabs… and took the obligatory picture inside the sharks mouth… I HAVE to find the old one of these three in the same spot for comparison…

To say we needed this is an understatement… I think the kids played their phones only at night, not because I told them they couldn’t but just because they didn’t want to… we played Uno.. the game that never ends…. and car games.. we re set as a family.

We re set as a husband and wife..

I am a firm believer in vacations, and not just because of vacations to get away but vacations to re set.. to remember whats important, to re set as a family… to get back to the root of things.. Its SO easy to get caught up in the hustle of being home.. My family is a bit closer every vacation we take.

I hope that as hey get older we find a spot that we go to each year as a whole to re set…

Husbands, wives, dogs and grandbabies…

Okay maybe I am getting ahead of myself, but… the thought of that makes my heart swell beyond measure..

Hurry up.. but wait.

Posted in Kids & Home Life
on August 22, 2016

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Tomorrow the Facebook timeline will be flooded with back to school pictures, stories of moms crying leaving their 5 year olds at Kindergarten for the first time and moms and dads watching as their 16 year old heads out the door for the 1st last day of High School.

And me, well I am to that mom that is sitting trying to get some work done for Monday morning reports and meetings and all in the mean while I cant stop looking at the kindergarten diploma of the sweet little round faced boy with a huge dimple and an even bigger heart that will be walking in to a new school, with new faces and new friends and will be in 7th grade, the 6th grader who will be following behind him and them thinking of their baby sister who’s 1st year it is to have neither of them in the school to protect her.

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Why is it that us moms cry each 1st day of school?

I’ll tell you why, it’s because we cant wait for them to wave, say mama, crawl or walk…. then before we know it they are wiping their own ass and back talking you as you threaten them to knock the rolling eyes right out of their heads!

You know its true and if you dont, you dont have a pre-teen or a teen yet… 🙂

All in the mean while…. that simple cuddle or kiss or the nerves I saw putting two boys to bed tonight who are starting all over melt you and turn them in to the little round face whom you were holding their hand and walking them in to kindergarten telling them they would be just fine… and you are not sure at that point if you are telling them this or yourself.

It’s that look they give you like, they are smiling but their eyes are saying “is this okay Mom?” Its our job to reassure them.. everything’s going to be great.

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You want to tell them to slow down, stop growing up… I know I do, and yes I do tell them that sometimes.. because I miss them little.. Then a part of me says stop it…. stop telling them to stop growing up, instead hug them a bit tighter and say it in your head… take more pictures, videos! anything… but stop telling them to stop growing up. Instead think about how proud you are, I mean look at them! YOU did that… YOU made them in to who they are.. and the fact that God trusted you to do that, is beyond me hahaha kidding kinda..

Instead of telling them to stop, tell them to keep going but reach a little higher, and how proud you are of them.

Then after they leave go cry in the corner about how they used to say lips stips instead of lipstick.. and beat selt instead of seat belt.

I am proud of me.

I am proud of them and who they have grown up to be.

As much I wish they would stop growing up… I am so proud that they are.

That they get to, and that I get to be here to watch it all.

So hurry up…but wait.

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Bam You’re old….

Posted in Kids & Home Life
on July 28, 2016

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So this morning I had a bunch of work to do and since we are still at my moms I needed to take Gaige with me to work for a bit because he had a orthodontist “consult” today at noon.

I am not trying to brag but I seriously have one of the best kids ever..

So he went to work with me for a bit then we went to meet a dentist that was recommended to me.  Now let me just back track and say I went to do this once before and almost shit my pants because it was about 10 grand and about 5 years of braces… and mind you G’s teeth are spaced out, not over crowded… So after talking with a few people I found out that braces were something you shopped around for ( so weird to me).

Gaige has something called weak teeth due to him having high fevers when he was a baby, so we had a bunch of cavities to fill and a bunch of this protection coating to put on the other teeth.. Like how I talk like I dont know what I am talking about hahahaha… Throw me some nurse shit and I got you, blood test or medical mumbo jumbo put me in a dentist office and I turn in to someone who doesnt know what the heck they are talking about…

So long story short the plan they had for him is done and he REALLY wanted braces before school starts, kids are assholes and his teeth were one of the blunt forces of a few jokes… so it was important to him.

So today at the Ortho, he is like yup ugh huh yup.. okay well his mouth is perfect, 18 months and a retainer nothing really to move or do just need to close the gaps and we should be good, you guys ready to get started?

Um… what?

Then it happened…. My 1st baby got braces… and now looks like he is 15….

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After I cried and he cried. I was crying bc I know what this is going to do for his self esteem, he cried because his heart is as Big as Texas and he was so happy…

I cant believe I am old enough to have a 7th grader with braces….

who let me adult? I am pretty sure I am still 18 cruising rufe snow singing Nelly 18 18 with an attitudeeee 19 kinda snobby actin real rude.. hahaha

I love him & his brace face to pieces..

Hope he feels okay in the morning, I hear that is the worst part :/

The Gray….

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So if anyone knows me they know that I hate the gray area of life.. but I love the color 🙂

That is where we are as of right now.

Stuck somewhere between yeah *insert so much excitement!!* we have a new house and * that one face I make that looks like that face I make* are they ever going to close on our old one so we can say yeah we have a new house..

After the beach each trip, we came home to basically haul ass and move everything out of our home of ten years in two days. Which was really okay because I have been packing for the last 5 months I think, the only things we really had to get were the big stuff & then our “have to haves”

So two “mods” later a few truck loads of ” do we really need this or want it in the new house” and 3 car loads of can we put this stuff at your house mom?? Later… we are out..

I was really concerned about moving in with my mom.. I mean I have not lived with her since I was 15 years old… and so I wasn’t sure if it was going to feel like I was at a house or like at my moms home, super weird to explain.. But all in all so far so good! I have really actually enjoyed talking to her, drinking coffee with her each morning and even going to the gym with her! She started Jenny-Craig and I have to say, she has been doing awesome which has also motivated me!

So I am back on that fit train y’all *choo choo*

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I will post before and measurements when I take them.. for now I am just excited about getting back to it all again. I am trying to get the good vibes for all of it first and not think to much into it to change my mind.. hahaha

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Today I also canceled my gym membership I have almost had for like 8 years… The North Park YMCA has been my home away from home forever now. It has really been an amazing gym… Like I love it.. The new house is just to far from it for me… and yes I could travel to it bc Amy totally did & still does, but think part of me is ready to go somewhere else.. try a new gym, visit a few, try some classes at a few diff places.. Because I am all about convenience and if the gym is to far that = me just not going… & we cant have all that.

I’m excited about it.

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The 4th of July was pretty laxed, we all hung around the pool, cooked good food and the husband put on an aMAYESing fireworks show..  The up side of being at the rents is it’s in the country that means… fireworks in the back yard 🙂

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Lillian then lost her tooth….

I am literally the WORST toothfairy of them all…

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Lets Go to the beach- each

Posted in Hey June, Kids & Home Life, My Husband
on July 3, 2016

Last year we couldn’t go to the “yearly” Family vacay because of the back surgery and sitting for more than 2 hours..

This year was a tough one to but it was doable! We just had to stop every so often and let my old ass get out stretch and try to move around a bit….

Having a granny back is awesome…. *insert sarcasm*

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I will say it was much better this year because the hubs talked me into renting a car, and not just any car but my beloved Beyonce’  ( yup I named her..) The Lincoln Navi. I instantly fell in love with her cooled seats and how she made me feel fancy… I need one, yes not want but need.

Now just talking the hubs in to getting me an 80,000 car is a whole different ballgame I am pretty sure I will lose on!

A girl can dream.

Other than that this was another perfect get a way with the kids.. There is just something about being all together, at the beach and the sun set and a small house, playing card game and cooking dinner.. I dont know, yes I know it all sounds like normal stuff we do at home.. but its like when we are at the beach the weight is lifted and there are no deadlines and everyone just kinda does what they want to do. With 0 pressure.

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I love my family.

When you have down time like this, you realize how fast you go in life and appreciate the times that you get to finally slow down.

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We rocked Ghost Crab hunting this year to! The last two times we went the boys caught over 50 and about 15 of them were HUGE crabs! The hubs has the pics on his phone I will try and add them a bit later if I can.

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Maybe it helped that we were prepared this year, The hubs brought his Dewalt flashlights so the poor things had no chance of escaping… because they were blinded by the light ( and sing……..) 

There was a lot of boogie boarding, sand castle building and fun being had this trip..

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 And vinegar baths for sunburns……

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Sister got her first braid, and she loves it..

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We love the beach <3 & are excited to come back next year <3

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