Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Kiddos gift guide.

This year, our Christmas gifting motto is Quality over Quantity. I am sick to death of buying the kids a million toys and finding them broken and forgotten 5 minutes later. So this year Santa, will bring learning tablets for both of them. A Kindle Fire for Jack, with an otter box of course. And a LeapPad2 for Ryan. I LOVE THE CASE! Is it not the cutest?! 

For their stocking they're getting furry bomber hats to match Daddy's new hunting hat. Tumblers with lids, because even though they're 3 and 6, they take after their Mother and can't eat or drink without spilling all over themselves. And pop guns from Cabela's. I'll probably throw in some candy too.

From us, they're getting socks, underwear and probably a new coat. I want matching ones, because I'm a freak, and can't find one I like.

What are you getting your kiddos?

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Man gift guide.

Hi all! 16 days until Christmas! Are you done with your shopping? Have you started yet?
Brannan is the hardest person to shop for. And what's worse. He never uses anything I get him. It literally sits their and collects dust. It has become a personal challenge to buy him something he'll actually use. I don't know how many posts I've read on what to buy your man. While all the items are lovely, they would certainly end up in a pile in our closet or donated. B just isn't a scarf/sweater wearing kinda guy.

About a year or so ago, B decided to grow a beard. I love it. It's in an awkward stage now, where it's not long enough to do what he wants aka not grow all in all directions, but not short enough where he needs to worry about it. So he'll be getting some lovely Beardbrand products for Christmas. Oil, soap and a brush. Check out their website. It's hilarious.

Next comes a strap for his AR15. He found this and told me what color he wanted. In the cart it went. Nice and easy.

An Oakland Raiders BBQ spatula. I actually got his at a kiosk at the mall, but found a similar one here.

Brannan falls asleep at 8 most nights. 9 if were watching something. However, put Call of Duty in the PlayStation and he's up all.night.long. And if he's awake, I seem less like a crack head cleaning the kitchen at 1am.

For his stocking, I fill it with Candy. He's like a child when it comes to sweets. White Kit Kats are his favorite and his stocking will be filled with them.

I hope this helps some of you find gifts for your hubs/man friend. What are you getting yours for Christmas?

Happy Monday!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Our decision to move to Texas.

I wanted to write this post about 100 times over the past few months. I sat down to do it numerous times but could just never get it out. This week Ashley announced that her family was moving to Houston. I could relate to her post in a million different ways. I'll start at the beginning.

On Jack's 5th birthday we decided to go to the Palo Alto Creamery for dinner. We took 101 and got off on University Ave. I love driving down University. It's a looooooong street with huge homes and once you get closer to El Camino and the college it turns into ritzy shops. There was an open house and B and I joked we should buy the house. Guaranteed that home was no less than a million dollars. Pocket change, right? We both talked about what bullshit it was how expensive it is to live in the Bay Area. 

The house we lived in before we moved sold for over $500,000. 2 houses up is a drug house and I would lay awake at night listening to gun shots. Oh and there was also a sex slave bust a few blocks away. My grandparents bought the house in 1960 when it was brand new. The neighborhood back then was Leave it to Beaver-ville. When I was in middle school, the gangs moved in and nothing was done and the neighborhood took a dive.

We talked more on the way home about what we were going to do. Where were we going to live? How would we be able to afford it? We couldn't afford daycare and Brannan didn't want me going back to waitressing.(I didn't want to go back either. Ain't nobody got time fo that!) B and I aren't the flashy type. We don't need fancy cars or big expensive cars. We live within our means. All we want is a good life for us and a safe, happy home for our boys. 

We started talking about Texas. My Dad is from El Paso and my Mom has family down by Corpus Christi. Brannan's Mom lives in the Dallas are and his brother is out in east Texas. We looked at homes that night and were blown away. Mansions for $300,00! I couldn't believe it! The schools were all good to! We talked about it for the next couple of months. I prayed every night. Give me a sign, show me this is whats right for our family. 

We never sat down and discussed the move. It was just kind of known that it was happening. Our friends weren't happy. How can you leave? California is so great! All your friends and family are here! Are you going to be a Cowboys/Rangers fan? (Bitch, please.) Were moving because we don't want to live in the ghetto and have our kids sell drugs. We want more from our lives than struggling and barely getting by. 

The hardest part was leaving my brother. We've lived together since he was born. When we moved out it was together. Were really close, and knowing he wouldn't be upstairs anymore killed me. 

My parents were thinking about moving as well. My Dad could not find work in California. Nobody would hire him. My parents put their house on the market and my dad left in April for Texas to start his new job. Brannan left a 3 days before me and the boys, he drove out the truck.

We had a going away party with B's childhood friends, Jacks friends from school had a party at the park for him, I had dinner with my girlfriends. I could not cry. I felt like such a heartless bitch. No one tear! What was the matter with me?! I cry at everything! And I could not get one tear out! Finally, 5 minuted before we left for the airport, I cried. And I couldn't stop. I cried on the car ride. I cried on the plane. It hit me that California was no longer my home. I cried that night and over the next week or so.

My sign to move didn't come until after we were here. Jack's school is amazing. Our neighbors are from Milpitas,B's hometown. People are so sweet and so kind. At least once a day I meet someone, or see something, or hear something, that lets me know in my heart this was the right choice for us.

So far the adjustment has been smooth. Ryan had a tough time in the beginning. He would be cranky and stay up way to late. Like 1am, bouncing off the walls. He's been sick twice. Now that were in our house, he has his own space, he has a routine. He's doing so much better.

This was probably the hardest and biggest decision I've ever made. I know this is what's best for our family. The school Jack goes to makes his old one look like a joke. In California they're cutting spending. Business' are closing. In Texas the school are so advanced. There's so many more tools for the kids to learn and business is booming. New school are being built, the teachers are so involved and excited to be at school. 

I'm still getting the house together, hopefully next week I'll have a post about purchasing our first home. Thanks for reading, I know it was long. I hope ya'll have a hell great week! (see what I did there?)


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

6 years old.

Yesterday, my sweet little Jackie turned 6. I know every Mother says it, but where has the time gone? He has grown so much in the past year. He is even more charming and sweet. Some days I just want to hold him and not let go.


We had cinnamon rolls for breakfast and got ready, yesterday was also his first day of school! He started 1st grade yesterday in a brand new school that I love. His school puts his old one to shame. 

He was so happy to make new friends!

I cried on the car ride home.

Treats for his classmates.

Mother of the Year goes to me for the best birthday cake ever.
Bad wife of the year also goes to me because this cake is supposed to feed 30-35 people and I spent way too much money on it.

Since we just moved and don't know anyone, Brannan, his brother and I are taking Jack out next weekend to celebrate instead of having a party. Mini-golf, bowling, and the Lego store.

I hope everyone had a great Monday and I'll talk to ya'll soon!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Turning the other cheek.

No, I know what you mean, and I'm completely jealous! What happens to me when I'm provoked is that I get tongue-tied and my mind goes blank. Then I spend all night tossing and turning trying to figure out what I should have said. What should I have said, for example, to a bottom dweller who recently belittled my existence?
-Kathleen Kelly

The kids and I were at the car wash today getting the truck inspected for registration. The boys were hot and tired and sick of running errands.Even though we had just had lunch they wanted a treat. I was trying to get them settled when I over heard some awful woman talking about how she has 2 grandchildren and they don't behave like that and how my children are disrupting everyone.

Lucky for her my husband and Mother in Law weren't with me. My throughout tightened up and my vision got blurry, so I took the boys outside for some air.

What I really wanted to do was punch her in the throat and tell her that her jacked up Kate Gosselin hair do is not cute and to stick it where the sun don't shine.

Needless to say I was upset all afternoon. I don't talk about it alot on here, but Ryan is very "spirited" and Jack apparently can't hear me when I speak to him unless it's about food.

I tried to not let this bother me but when my husband called I cried and cried. I was mostly mad that I let some woman I don't know and who doesn't know me upset me so badly.

We just moved to a new city, a new (temporary) house. None of our friends are here, none of the boys toys, bedding, furniture, cuppies or stuffed animals are here. They're going to act out. They're going to be pissy and grumpy. (I'm pissy and grumpy too.) 

My husband called me back about 30 minutes after we talked. His mom was going to watch the boys and I was going to get a (much needed) haircut. He ended up coming with me and we had a great night out. We had dinner, I cut off 2 inches of dead, straw like hair and I got to play go fish with Jack when we got home.

I feel so bad for that woman who judged me. My life is so wonderful and so blessed. She must be so lonely and unhappy. 

So the moral of the story is, as my wise Nana used to say:

If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.

I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th and please have a safe weekend! I'll leave you with a picture of the boys with Miss.Texas. We met her today at Market Street. She is so beautiful and kind.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Texas so far!

Kill me now.
Monday it rained. All of a sudden the wind picked up out of no where and my heart stopped. I'm terrified of tornadoes and thought for sure one was coming. Luckily it was just a thunder storm. What's funny about Texas is when it rains during the summer. The water is warm. It's still muggy and warm out but with warm rain. I'm sure I looked super cool running Jack into VBS in a tank top.

All ready to check in at the airport!
Flying wasn't so bad, the checking bags and going through security stressed me out! I was ready to cry by the time we got something to eat. We flew United and got to pick our seats online when we booked the flight. So you can imagine our surprise when we got to the gate and THEY GAVE AWAY OUR SEATS! They put my mom in row 3, me and Ryan in row 9 and Jack by himself in row 8. The guy taking our tickets couldn't have cared less either. Oh you're 5 year old is flying by himself? Oh well, not my problem! Luckily a lady in row 9 switched with my mom and the father of another boy they put in row 8 next to Jack switched to. Get your shit together United.

Taking selfies on the plane.

He slept for the last 45 minutes of the flight. Praise Jesus!

Breakfast my MIL made me.

Jack's new best friend Brandi.

Banana pudding Blue Bell. I'm not sorry.

Brannan's new lunchbox.

Jack caught a firefly all by himself!

That's a fact Jack :)

Make sure you're following me on Instagram to follow our adventures!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

I'm leavin', on a Jet Plane...

Fun fact: I hate when people use this song as their status when they leave. I hate even more when they misquote the lyrics. However, I didn't know what else to title this post. 

In 1 hour we leave for the airport. Brannan is already in Texas, he's with his Aunt and cousin. This week has been rough. I said goodbye to my Godmother on Saturday. It was awful. I cried so hard. She's always been so special to me. I said goodbye to my brother on Tuesday and we both cried all day. And then there's my best friend Leah. I could not muster 1 tear for her!! I feel awful!! Her son and Jack are best buds. They're 5 weeks apart and so sweet. 

They are so precious. Leah is also Ryan's Godmother. 

So I'm spending my final minutes in California drinking wine and watching the episode of Friends were Nana dies. :( I hope everyone has a great week and next time you here from me I'll be blogging from Texas!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Bye Bye California.

Thursday night, me and the boys will be boarding a plane for Dallas. Brannan leaves tomorrow night, he's driving the truck out. Let me start from the beginning. 

On Jack's birthday we drove to Palo Alto to have dinner at the Palo Alto Creamery. As we drove down University we saw an open house and joked that we should buy the house. (University starts off at 101. It has big homes then turns into upscale shops and restaraunts) We got to talking about how frustrating it is living in the Bay Area and trying to make a decent living. Homes are so expensive and you get so little. Gas, food, child care is ridiculous. I wouldn't be able to go back to work until Ryan was in school. We very quietly started looking at homes in Texas. Brannan's mom lives in the Dallas area and his brother lives in East Texas.

A few months later my mom mentioned something about moving to Texas and I blurted out that we were looking to. Holy Crap. What a relief! I was so sad to move away from my parents. I grew up super close with my Grandparents and want the same for my boys.

A litte after the new year we started to tell people. It's been so hard. I've lived here my whole life. My siblings are here. My Aunts and Uncles are here. Jack has all his friends from Kindergarten. I keep worrying that were making the wrong choice. I'm worried about my boys fitting in. I'm so sad to be leaving everyone. Especially my brother and best friend.

I'll update as soon as we get settled. I'm pretty excited to stalk Brandi and Becka. If anyone has any tips for moving, flying with 2 kids, or just some great Dallas spots to check out please let me know!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Recent purchases.

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Ours was low key and spent together. Just how I like it. As usual I'm lacking blogging inspiration so I thought I would share some a few beauty buys from this past week. 

So I've been trying to do that white highlighter thing under the eyes and was like Hey! This oughtta do it! Wrong. So, so, so, so wrong. I don't know if I'm not using enough or am not applying it right but I'm pissed. I don't notice any difference!

I got the mini one at Ulta for $10 and again. Not too pleased. It's really thick and caked up. Again, not sure if I'm applying it right or if I need to use less. Any helpful tips are appreciated. 

I've been wanting to try a volumizing powder for awhile but am always to cheap scared, to commit. This was on sale for $6 so I thought I would give it a shot. I didn't really notice any difference. :( my hair looked the same except it felt like it was teased but didn't have the volume. I'll have to work with it when I have some down time before I give my final verdict. 

Above products were purchased at ULTA.

I know I'm late to the party but I'm loving this! I have really dry skin and this is amazing. Seriously worth every penny.

That's all she wrote!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

A mothers love.

I knew when I became a mother, I would do some crazy shit for my kids. Things people without children would never do or even think were reasonable. 

Yesterday I chased a paper birthday hat down the street, dodging cars, because Ryan was screaming for it. 

I love you too baby.

Recap of the Hubs birthday coming tomorrow. Are you following me?

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Happy Birthday Big Sexy.

Today is my husbands 31st birthday. To celebrate I thought I would share some facts about my better half.

-He talks in his sleep. He says things that don't make sense. He combines work and the kids. It's seriously hilarious. I need to record him.

-His favorite food it corn and pot stickers. He could live off both. Swear.
-He is a worry wart. Like really bad. But I think it's a good thing, because everything that he stresses out about happening, never does. 
-He loves to learn. LOVES to figure out how things work.
-He always gets both sides to a story. It's so annoying.

-He loves to sing. In the car, at home, at a bar. Put on Roxanne and you're going to get a show.
-He's easily talked into things at the Lego store. Some supernatural force comes over him and he's unable to tell Jack no. 
-He makes a really good breakfast. If you ask him to make dinner, he'll order in, but he's really good at breakfast.
-He's really good with the boys. He loves to play with them and wrestle. 
-He's really patient with Jack when helping him with his homework.
-He puts up with me. I love to harass him and make him uncomfortable. And he lets me do it.
-He loves his Mama. There's nothing he wouldn't do for her. He truly is "The Good Son"
-He's an amazing Uncle. He loves his nieces to death!
-He loves hard. There's nothing he wouldn't do for me or the boys. 

I love you sweetheart. I hope you have a wonderful Birthday!

Love, Hyphy Wifey.

Friday, April 19, 2013

To Boston with LOVE.

I can't not say anything about what happened. Yet i have no words. I have family in MA. I have been to Boston many times. I have amazing memories of Boston. I love the city. If I could pick any city to live in, it would be Boston. I love the people. I love the pride they have from being/living in Boston. 

My cousin works at Brandeis University. It's in Waltham, which is right next to Water Town. Her and her girlfriend were on lockdown today. Her father, my uncle, owns his own organic delivery business. He was escorted by the police out of Boston this morning at 8am. To say I've been a mess is a fucking understatement. 

I will never understand why people choose to hurt others. NEVER. I don't want to offend anyone but I can't help but be sad for the 2 suspects. They were so young. So much life ahead of them. And they chose to throw it all away. 

I hope everyone has a peaceful, happy weekend and you spend it holding your loved ones.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The last 24 hours.

Yesterday Brannan came home early. We went in the backyard and as soon as I sat down, I saw this. 

(this picture was actually taken later on in our front yard)

He was just standing in our backyard, like he owned the place. We quickly got back inside. Brannan went out to the front yard to see if he had left the yard and to close the side gate. Because I can never stay out of trouble I went out front too. This "little" was on the sidewalk and ran right up to me and sat on my feet. I could count every single one of his ribs. He was filthy and hungry. I had called animal control because I was scared. There was a stray pitbull roaming about, but as soon as he sat on me I knew that was a bad idea. My neighbor Pete came home and fed him. He has a dog and our new friend ate THREE BOWLS OF FOOD! My heart broke for this little guy. Pete knocked on some doors and we finally found where he came from. I'm really missing him today. Even though he was so sweet to me, Brannan and Pete. I have 2 little boys. Ryan is rough and Jack feels the need to always be within an inch of your face. Hopefully his owners will step their game up and take better care of him. (I'm seriously considering stealing him when we move)

A few minutes ago, this happened.

I remember when this tooth came in! I remember rubbing his sweet gums and giving him oranges to chew on :( I'm so depressed. 

Happy Tuesday all!

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Sunday Social!

Sunday Social
1. Favorite thing to do on a rainy day? 
Lay in bed and watch movies. Sleep. Read.
2. Favorite thing to do on a Summer weekend? 
I love to go for drives. Windows down, country music blasting. I also love going to farmers markets!
3. Favorite Spring accessory? 
Flip flops and baby pink nail polish.
4. Favorite way to spend a Winter day?
Baking. Cooking chili and stews.
5. What is your favorite season and why? 
I love fall. I love decorating the house for Halloween and harvest.
6. Best birthday you ever had? 
My 24th Birthday. I met B that night and just had a great night with my friends :)

Happy Sunday Friends!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Sunday Social.

Sunday Social

1. What is one movie you are terrified to watch? 
Pretty much anything. I'm a total chicken and hide in my sweatshirt. The one movie that really freaks me is Seven. I've seen bits and pieces and it scares the crap out of me.
2. What is one TV show you have always wanted to get into but haven’t yet? 
Modern Family. I've seen a few episodes and need to start at the beginning, it looks amazing.
3. What is one daring activity on your bucket list? 

Get my boobs done. I'm not even an Acup and I want them so bad but am scared that they'll turn out messed up.

4. Would you ever travel alone? 

Yes, I haven't had a reason too though.

5. What activities do you like to do alone? 
Use the bathroom. Seriously, once you have kids and are married there is no such thing as privacy.

I hope everyone had a great weekend! We had a trip to the ER yesterday that I'll write about later this week. I'm so over this time change. Who's idea was this anyway?!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Life lately.

The house we live in belongs to my grandparents. They bought it in 1950 brand new. Only our family has owned it. Only our family has lived in it. In June it will be put on the market and sold. I'm devastated. Like lay on my bathroom floor and cry, devastated. My Papa got sick in 2000 and was bed ridden for about a year and after he passed my Nana's alzheimers kicked in hard. Because of this no one has been done to the house. No yard work, no painting, no general maintenance. 

My brother lived upstairs, us downstairs and he moved out 2 weeks ago. We've lived together our whole lives. It was so hard to see him go but I'm so proud of him. Baby bird has flown the nest. 

Since the house needs to be sold renovations have begun. This is my kitchen as of now.

And since my kitchen looks like that, everything from the kitchen is in my dining room. It looks like something out of Hoarders. Hopefully it will be done by next week so I can get back to cooking. Not that I mind having Starbucks every morning.

We took family pictures last month when my sister Jenny was in town from Maryland. They turned out great except you can see the walls and lighting. Way to go Picture People.

We had a low key Valentines Day at Bertoluccis. Service was terrible, but the food was good. They get a pass because of the holiday. Fun fact: the restaurant still smells the same as it did when I was a little girl. I mean that in a good way.

My new favorite picture of Ryan. He is getting so big and involving himself more in everything going on. Were having so much fun.

Jack's doing great! He's training to be a ninja, or a knight. Or a hunter. Depends on the day and what daddy's doing :)

I think that's all for now. I'll try and post again later this week. I hope everyone is having a good month so far!

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