Tuesday, July 5, 2016

tribe goals.

Once again, I'm linking up with Andrea for a show and tell Tuesday. Todays theme is about our tribes. 


Man. This is going to be a tough post. I've never been a girls girl. Always the girl with more boy friends, than girl friends. The best friend I ever had was a boy. A lot of girl friendships come with pettiness and jealousy. I don't have time for that. 

I had a great group of girlfriends in High School. We didn't have any classes together or even go to the same school, but we were always together. Mostly at someones house, watching movies, going on late night drives through the city. When you're young, it easier for friendships to last. Were in the sam english class, she's my neighbor, we both really love the same band.

As you get older, you grow, you learn who you are and come into your own. One of the downsides of this, is the friendship casualties. I chose not to go to college, honestly I didn't have the grades. Friends joined sororities, started dating people the others didn't know, studied abroad, had a baby(me).

sorry for the crappy quality. circa 2003.

We grew and I drifted away. I'm friends with a lot of them on Facebook. It's been such a joy to watch them succeed. Get amazing jobs, fall in love, get promoted, get married. I miss them everyday.

With change, comes new friendships.

My little lover. Leah and I met in high school, we were summer camp counselors together. We kept in touch and one day, she posted a 3 month belly bump pic on Myspace. I texted her and said, funny story, I'm pregnant too. The rest is history. Our boys are best friends. She's my rock, she'll talk me down whenever I'm about to lose my shit. I do the same for her. She's so thoughtful and smart. Sometimes I don't think were anything alike but we fit perfectly.

My little baby Frida. Her real name is Felicia. We met waiting tables. Literally looked at each other and became best friends. She's such an amazing friend, we've been on vacation together, been through heartbreak together, fought, made up. Been black out drunk, done stalkerish activities together. She lives in Oregon now :( We don't get to talk as much as we would like, but we love each other fiercely and always have each others backs.

The move to Texas was a tough one. I'm different than a lot of the women out here. I've made a few friends, other moms with kids, but it wasn't until this past year that I've made some great girlfriends. 

Were just missing Shelby

I'd share some of our group chat, but I'm no snitch. I love being able to talk to them about things that matter, politics, rape, body image, as well as superficial stuff. 

So now that I'm done rambling, I think its important to remember that your tribe shifts, it changes, it takes breaks. 

Thanks Andrea for the fun linkup! 

Thursday, June 9, 2016


We've got an appointment tomorrow with an ENT. Ryan has the biggest tonsils, after 3 cases of Strep this year alone, I think were going to have them taken out.

Grocery store snuggles.

At out local trade days last month! New hats and corn dogs!

The middle school put on the Lion King. They hosted a workshop for elementary students, Jack chose to have his face painted as Scar.

Ryan refused to be left out.

The day that I had to ask him ONCE to get dressed. He put on his shoes and socks himself!

Breakin my heart.



And anytime I sit down, I get tackled. Wouldn't have it any other way.

B's union had a picnic, the boys had the best time!

I don't have a picture, but I totally dominated on the bumper cars. Ryan and B thought they could outsmart me.

Make sure you're following along on instagram!


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

what's in my summer bag.

Hey ya'll! Happy summer! Were on day 2 and having the best time! Today is a lazy day, cleaning, organizing, and doing paint color research.

Today I'm linking up with Andrea and sharing what's in my bag. I'm using my "summer bag" I got at Target last year. I normally use a wristlet, but since I'm with the boys all day, I need something a little bigger.

I need to stock up on a few more things, wipes, snacks, spray sunscreen and then I'll be all set!

I bought this bag last spring, it's worked great, even serving as a carryon. You can find a similar version here.

So neat and tidy. I started carrying this a week ago, we'll see what it looks like at the end of summer.

I won a gift card at bingo, still trying to decide what to spend it on. Maybe a Yeti Tumbler?
Wallet is from Charming Charlie.

The Makeup bag was my Nana's. I love it and will cherish it forever. 

All the sunscreen. Ryan gets dark just thinking about the sun. Jack and I burn in the dark.
EpiPen because I'm allergic to shellfish and you just never know. This is my 2nd one and I've never had to use it. #knockonwood

Swim trunks, underwear. Leftover grocery list and I think thats a taco bell receipt.  Notepad, because I can't remember anything.

 That's all I got. I'm sure more will be added as the summer creeps on. What's in your bag?


Tuesday, April 5, 2016


Do you ever have those moments, where you sit and wonder, how the fuck did I get here?

I've got multiple tabs and windows open, searching Pinterest for cheap, healthy dinners. Checking different grocery stores, the weekly ads. Trying to decide if I want to start watching Girls again. ( I ditched it 2 episodes into the 3rd season.)

There's a stack of laundry at the end of my bed and a pile of junk mail on the floor next to me. My nightstand has 2 waters bottles, a half opened container of apple sauce, hand books from work and numerous other bills piled on it. 

I think I might have a panic attack.

I was listening to John Mayer the other night. (don't judge me.) I remember listening to his album in high school. Laying on my bed imagining what my life would be like when I was an adult. I imagined myself living in New York, in a brick walled apartment with lots of windows, that I always kept open, so I could hear the city. Obviously, that never happened.

I have a good life. Healthy, happy kids, a roof over my head, plenty of junk food and a man who talks in his sleep about work, to share my life with.

I've been feeling so sad and unfulfilled lately. Almost like I'm suffocating. I feel at times, like I'm wasting my life. Is this all I'm going to do? Plan meals and wash clothes? Read blogs and watch shows of places I've never been and probably will never go?

I'm meant for so much more.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

What's up Wednesday.

Today I'm linking up with Shay for What's up Wednesday!

What I'm eating this week.

That's a loaded question. I'm trying to be healthy and come up with new food options. Sadly, I'm one of those people that cannot eat the same thing every day. All last week I was craving avocado on toast. I made it on Monday and could barely get it down. I'm a texture person and just can't get on board with avocados.

I've had scrambled eggs every day and they keep me full.

What I'm reminiscing about.

Freezing my ass off at Friday night Giants games. There's really nothing better.

What I'm loving.

This works wonders on my dry skin!

What we've been up to.

School, work and lots of silly faces.

What I'm dreading.

Thankfully, nothing!

What I'm working on.

Getting enrolled in school! It's about time!

What I'm excited about.

Spring break and warmer weather! I was hoping for at least 1 snow day this year, doesn't look like it's going to happen.

What I'm watching/reading.

I know. I know. I'm late to the party.

What I'm listening to.

Lots of randoms on Soundcloud. 

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What I'm wearing.

Shoes from Walmart. Leggings from Target.

Shirt and Jeans from Forever 21.

What I'm doing this weekend. 

Working and date night!

What I'm looking forward to next month.

My moms birthday and Easter!

What else is new.

B was voted on the  exam committee board at his union for HVAC! And in 2 weeks he'll be teaching at the union hall as well! I'm so proud of him!

Favorite Easter Tradition.

Having everyone over for lunch. We used to go to church when I was little and there was a special children's service with music.

Happy Wednesday! I'm off to make tomato soup!

Monday, February 15, 2016

I'm back!

Happy February! Sorry for the long break! Let's catch up, shall we.

The boys were champs and stayed up with me until midnight. B slept through it no matter how many times I poked him. I realized at 11:45 that Pitbull had his own countdown! The boys loved it! Great way to start of the New Year!

This little nugget came down with step at the beginning of January. B had his tonsils taken out when he was a kid. I have a feeling, Ryan will have them removed as well. 

Back to back awards for big brother! He got a character referral then a Rotary Club award for perseverance! Could not be more proud of him and his love of learning!

This guy gave us a scare mid month. He's been staying with my mother in law, keeping her dog company. (Her dog is older and not in the best of health.) One morning, Cole wouldn't get up. She tried hot dogs and bacon and he wouldn't budge. After a very tearful vets stay, full of antibiotics and steroids, he's on the mend! We're still not sure what was wrong, but are so damn happy that he's healthy and home! 

King of the castle.

I turned 30!!! at the end of the month and have clearly matured. I took the weekend off and spent it with family and friends and had the best time. I wish I had some great life advice or wisdom to pass on. I don't. Only to say, chill out, slow down and keep it movin.


I'm still figuring out snapchat. My username is Queenangelina if you want to follow along :)

For Valentines day, we celebrated a day early and took the boys to MONSTER JAM! We had a great time! It was a long day but so much fun!

That's all I've got for now. I'm working on some home projects that I'll be sharing soon! Thanks for sticking with me! See you later this week!

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