Sunday, December 27, 2015

Resolutions.

I'm not one for New Years resolutions. I feel like I'm setting myself up to fail. I prefer smaller goals. I've had a tough year. Nothing awful happened but it was hard emotionally. Lots of reflecting, trying to improve and find my self worth.



My main goal for 2016, is to take better care of myself.  Go to the doctors. Keep better track of my health. Fuel my body with better food.



This past year, I gave up my beloved energy drinks and also lost some weight. I'd like to add some "exercise". Either walks or maybe a dance class.



I'd also like to be better with money. I'm horrible at it and think a Dave Ramsey seminar might kick my butt into gear. Have you taken his seminar? Did it help?


I'm also looking into going back to school. Working retail is for the birds.

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. The storms in Texas missed us, but hit a little to close. I'll see you in 2016!


Thursday, December 10, 2015

Husband Gift Guide.

Time to start Christmas shopping for B! I wrote about what I got him a few years ago here. B is crazy hard to shop for. He has simple tastes, dresses for comfort, likes the outdoors and the Oakland Raiders.


B's signature shoe.


I'm on the hunt for a Raiders jacket. 


A regular at my work uses this stuff and he has the most incredible mustache! This will be a great stocking stuffer!









Another stocking stuffer. I think this one is self explanatory. 

What are you getting you boo for Christmas?

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Ryan.

Today you're 5! Happy Birthday little love! I know it's so hard having a December birthday. You have to wait all year, but today is the day!


The best word to describe you is JOY! I love your excitement for life! How you make every task an adventure. I love seeing your face light up and laugh. 


You've taught me so much these past 5 years. I love watching you grow and take on new challenges. I love watching you with Jackie. You are so blessed to have each other.


Happy Birthday my sweet love. I can't wait to see how you change the world.

Love,
Mama.


Monday, November 23, 2015

Wish list!

get it here.

get it here.

get it here.

get them here.






get it here.

What are you asking Santa for this year?


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Tornado watch 2015!

There's nothing like getting woke up before 4 am, by a storm warning, followed by sirens. I got home late from work last night and both boys were in my bed. We had a tight fit last night but it was worth the cuddles. It was also easy to get them up and into the wash room.



We snuggled up for about 20 minutes while B stood at.the.freaking.window.looking.for.the.tornado. Does anyone else's husband do this?! We had a warning about a year ago and he was outside looking for it!!! WHY?!

look who I found at Walmart last night!

After the warning, the boys laid down for a few minutes then were up and moving. I've put them to work, helping with laundry and cleaning rooms. I'm currently sipping coffee and watching The Pioneer Woman's Thanksgiving Special. I'm so excited for turkey day. I got lucky and got 2 days off work, so we'll be heading to Houston to visit B's aunt and cousins.


Ryan is having a Thanksgiving feast tomorrow. I think this yummy little thing will be a hit!


Monday, November 9, 2015

Happy November!

I hope everyone had a great Halloween! I made it the entire month of October without eating any candy corn! Candy corn is my favorite, but I've been working on eating better and sadly candy corn didn't make the cut.

I'm laid up sick in bed right now. I'm so annoyed! I never get sick! I have a few new bath bombs from lush, Gonna pop one in the tub later and hopefully sweat this sickness out.


A few days before Halloween, my mom asked me to meet her for breakfast. As soon as I walked in, I saw a very special someone siting at the table with her!

MY GODMOTHER!

I haven't seen her since we left California over 2 years ago. We always spend Halloween together but since were in separate states, obviously we haven't been able to. We had a great few days spending much needed time together. 



The lost boys had a great Halloween. They got more candy than they know what to do with. I think I might make cookies with some of their M&M's this week.


Oh yeah. I chopped my hair :)


Happy Monday!



Friday, October 30, 2015

Nana.



The end of October, beginning of November is a rough week for me and my family. Were all a lot quieter. A lot nicer. More distant.


 On October 31,2009, my Nana died.







This was the first death in the family that I was really involved in. I helped plan the funeral, I made phone calls. If you've ever had to do any of these things, you know how awful it is. It's soul sucking, heart crushing, panic attack awful.



November 1 is Papa's (her husbands) birthday. Everyone in my family dies on special days. It's just how they roll. From Christmas to siblings birthdays. They like to go out with a bang.

It wasn't surprising she wanted to celebrate Papa's birthday with him.


My favorite picture of them.

I always go overboard with Halloween. I have too. I buy too many pumpkins and bake too many sweets. I try and make the month as happy and festive as possible. Try and numb how awful I feel. Nana always made holidays so fun. Lots of home made crafts and goodies.



When Papa died, back in 2001. I knew it would hurt like hell. It still does. I was not prepared, for the pain of Nana's death. The loss that I have felt is mind boggling. There's not a day that goes by that I don't wish I could talk to her. Ask her questions or tell her about something amazing that happened.

I want to shout from the rooftops about her. I want the whole world to know who she was. I want the whole world to be loved, the way she loved me.



Nana was a force. Whatever she touched was made better and stronger. The best way to honor her, is to try and do the same.







Thursday, October 22, 2015

Constant Vigilance.



When you think of October, you normally think of Halloween or breast cancer. October is also Domestic Violence Awareness month.


That, is a horrifying statistic. 

I have been very fortunate, to never experience any sort of violence. There are a lot of woman, that are not so lucky. Last year, 132 woman were killed in Texas alone due to domestic violence. 

If you or someone you know is suffering, there is help! 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)


One of the best things about blogging is getting to participate in opportunities, I would never have access too. On Tuesday, I had the chance to go to Chamberlain Studios of Self Defense.






Nick and his team taught a lucky group of us some skills to help defend ourselves, if we ever find ourselves in a bad situation.

The biggest thing, that stuck with me, was to be alert!




 Be aware of your surroundings! Get off your phone! Park closest to the door! Have an employee walk you to your car! Have your keys ready! Buddy system!



Nick and his team do some amazing work in the community. If you're in the area, you HAVE to check them out!



I can think of a lost boy who would have the best time at the Brew Ha-Ha!

All donations from this event will Benefit the Genesis Woman's Shelter. 

In addition to these 2 awesome events, Chamberlain offers on going monthly events. Click here to check them all out! 

I had the best day with the most amazing women.  I left Nick's studio feeling so strong and empowered!   I can't wait to go back!



Photos courtesy of Autumn from Mama Challenge.






Thursday, October 15, 2015

Mom fail.

Happy Thursday! I hope everyone is having an amazing week! Sorry for the short break, Jack had a minor surgery last week and I took some much needed time off to baby him. He's doing well and enjoyed the break from school. 


I'm not sure when this happened, but his face has changed so much. He looks like such a boy. :(

I've had a rough week. Monday the lost boys were off. I'm thinking it was for Columbus Day. Oh no. It was for parent teacher conferences. Guess who forgot? 

I totally dropped the ball. I didn't even fill out the sign up form. 

And Jack has been late to school every day this week. 


 Ryan got sent to the office yesterday for misbehaving. He didn't do anything super bad, but it just makes me feel like a failure. I love his wild personality, but sometimes, it would be great if he could rein it in. I'm very thankful, he has 2 amazing teachers, that understand him and are soooooo patient. 


This boy would live in the tub, if I let him.

I'm off today and going to do some much needed housework and work on an awesome post for later this week. Here's a preview.


<3




Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Uncertainty.

Sorry for the long break. Sunday night a rumors was spread that my company would be having lay offs the following day. 

Monday morning it happened.

About 20 people lost there jobs. We have about 150 employees, so it was a big hit. Some of the sweetest, kindest, hard working people are out of a job. They're been with the company for decades. 

I've been sick to my stomach over this. Everyone is very emotional and scared. 

Luckily, I still have my job. I'll be getting my ducks in a row incase layoffs happen again  :(

And now I will leave you with this lovely picture, which I need framed in my house immediately. 





Tuesday, September 22, 2015

3.

3 years ago, I married this guy.

For us, marriage wasn't a big deal. I let my mom do most of the planning.


We had already made a life long commitment to each other.


Something along the lines of "if you leave I'm coming with you" and "this is forever, you're not going anywhere"


I think I was the calmest bride in history. I had no trouble falling asleep the night before. In fact, I over slept.


I was calm until I put my dress on. Then I started feeling a little jittery.


As soon as my dad took my arm, tears. Even though B and I weren't big on a wedding(we wanted to elope) There's something very special about saying the same vows millions of people have said to each other, in front of your loved ones.


I love you.


I love the life we've built.


I'm proud to be your wife.


I love you B$. 

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