Saturday, February 28, 2015

Aaron's 5th Birthday Rocking Chair Pics

So, my annual tradition of pics in the Rocking Chair...the chair that my Grannie gave me when I was pregnant with Emma, and that she herself rocked in herself...it's a great way to see my babies growth form year to year and I love keeping Grannie so close to us!

Here are Aaron's 1st through 4th Birthday pictures...as much as he's grown he still looks the same to me over the years! 

Now here he is...a big five year old!!
Still just as handsome as the day we brought him home and sweeter than ever!
Turning into a wonderful gentleman!!

Friday, February 27, 2015

My Baby Turned 5 This Week

It's so hard to believe it, but it's true. My baby boy is five years old and this Fall it's off to Kindergarten he goes. **sniff**sniff**

It's bitter sweet - I love to see him grow and learn, but I just want to keep him young forever. He did tell me that he wouldn't have any more birthdays after this one, though. Said he would stop at 5 so that he could be my baby forever. Oh, son, if only you could...if only!

We had a big WWE bash for his birthday. We decided to be home for this one and rented a big blow up ring for the kids. They loved being outside and I was thankful that the weather cooperated with us...for the most part. The forecast called for lots of rain and as we got closer the chance went down, so for most of the party it was just overcast. Then as we were opening presents it started to drizzle just a little so we finished unwrapping under the patio. It didn't last long so they were back in the ring in no time playing again.

So, here's a little picture overload for your viewing pleasure from our WWE party!!
(He got scratched the day before his party at school, so he had a nice little booboo on his nose for all the pics, too!! LOL little boys!)











We had a pinata, too...Aaron got a whack at it, then the two youngest had a few swings...then Emma had her turn and it was all over after that! (She killed it at my nephew's birthday, too - maybe this means we need to get the girl into softball soon!!)


Then it was on to cake and presents!! The best part of any party, right!?!?






He said he loved his party and he had a wonderful time!! Two days later was his actual birthday so he got to pick wherever he wanted to go for dinner...he just said he wanted soup! One of the many, many reasons that I love this little boy with all my heart and soul!! 

We took his Rocking Chair pics this week, too - post to follow soon!!!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Time for a Makeover

I am wiped out! I was already sore after our workout at Crossfit Thursday night - then I was out Friday hoping for a day to recover, but starting at 7am I was on the go again! After my errands I helped Michael in his garden - we had cleaned out his gardens (vegetable, not flower) the weekend before and now it was time for new dirt. He bought a trailer full of dirt so we carried it wheel barrow by wheel barrow into the back to fill and spread in the garden. Afterward we started on the flower gardens - pulling weeds, redoing the borders, we started the mulch till the day started getting away from us. So, Saturday morning we got up to finish what we started. We also started an additional project...the kids swing set! Over the years the sun has bleached out some of the wood on their play set so we decided along with all the mowing, mulching, and weeding we were doing we also needed to spend 5 hours sanding and staining the play set. I have to admit - it does look very good, though!!

Here are the before pics...
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Make new again!
And the finished results...
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Make new again!
Make new again!
I have to say I really like the outcome!

And you see the limbs from our willow trees starting to bud out a little bit! It's supposed to get cold again, though so I don't know if they'll bloom out yet. 

After we finished all this we went out for a bite to eat and spent some time buying the rest of the supplies for Aaron's birthday party next weekend!

Today we did put a water sealant on the swing set as well. We also did the same to the kids wooden picnic table. And there was more yard work today - we did take advantage today of the nice day before it started to drizzle on us and actually have some play time outside with our friends.

It's nice to see something old looking new again!!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Let the Good Times Roll!

We drove down to Galveston Saturday afternoon to play at the beach, catch some really cool beads, each delicious seafood, and watch the parades...yeah, it's Mardi Gras time in Galveston!

We had such a fun day - the kids found cool shells on the beach...ran from the waves b/c I kept telling them not to get their shoes wet (it's still chilly down here to bed in wet clothes and shoes)...then made sure to get the attention of everyone up on the balconies throwing beads! Aaron was so cute - he raised his arms up high and kept saying, "Right here! Right here!" Needless to say they all knew right where to throw the beads and Emma and Aaron both racked up! 

It was a good thing they got all those beads when they did, too b/c when it was time for the parades the folks riding the floats really weren't throwing out that many beads - I don't know if it was b/c we were close to the beginning and they were scared to run out before they made it to the Strand or what! LOL

It was still so much fun and the kids were definitely worn out. We didn't even make it over the bridge headed home from the island before they were both in dreamland! I think it was about 7:30 - earliest they ever go to sleep on a weekend! Mardi Gras did the trick! 

Here are a few pics of our fun day!

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Mardi Gras Galveston
Mardi Gras Galveston
Mardi Gras Galveston
Mardi Gras Galveston
Mardi Gras Galveston
Mardi Gras Galveston

Personally - I'm good for one day of Mardi Gras out of 365! It's fun, but I'm not one to go crazy for beads - shrimp and oysters, though definitely get me excited! So I'll head to the ocean anytime for that!

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Getting Cozy by the Fire

The kids were in heaven last night! Our dinner: roasted hot dogs & sausage and s'mores for dessert (as well as wine for mommy)!!! They had a blast and when we were done we put up our feet to keep our toesies toasty!! 


Saturday, January 03, 2015

Getting My Crafty On

When I was 16 years old I got an antique vanity for my birthday. It's been in my bedroom ever since. Well, this week it finally got a long overdue makeover!!
This is how it looked to begin with...
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And this is how it looks now after I've been working on it!
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I think it's a pretty good improvement!
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We've been in our home 10 years now and every room seems to have gone through a makeover except our bedroom. Actually our bedroom has never really had its own decor. We've painted a wall and got new furniture, but it's always been pretty bare. So, I've finally got a vision for what I want and this is the first step.

I also updated an old mirror that I got from my Grannie's house...I wish I had taken a before picture, though. It was a matte gold color before. You can kind of see the before peeking out in this picture.
Projects galore this NYE!!
And here is the final product...
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I love the way this one turned out, too!

I've still got one more project to finish. I hope to complete it this week and will share when I do. I did also buy this great piece to keep my necklaces on my vanity - I love this look!
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I hope Michael doesn't feel like our room is becoming too girlie on him now! LOL

There is an amazing antique store about a mile from our house - it's over 85,000 square feet! It isn't all antiques, but mostly. I have found several pieces there that I love and it's also where I bought the chalk based paint I've been using. And the lady that sells it is pretty awesome and has a lot of great pieces in her booths.
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I found this amazing chair there, too - I haven't bought it yet, but I'm getting closer every time I visit, which is becoming more frequently...
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Originally I was looking at the chair b/c I thought it would be great for photo shoots, but now I think I would love to put it in front of my newly redone vanity!! It's just so pretty!

I can't wait to finish the other project & share it as well. I really hope it turns out as well as everything else I've finished so far.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Frank's 2014 Visit to the Kubeczka Casa

This year I decided to do all Frank's adventures at our house in one post! If you follow me on Instagram or we're friends on Facebook you've already seen these! Frank didn't get into too much trouble this year, which is a good thing for me!

These are actually in reverse order, so number one listed below is his last day...until next year Frank!
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1. Before heading back to the North Pole for another year, Frank had to read through all our Christmas cards!! #Frank 12/24,
2. BUSTED!! Kids found Frank trying to sneak a peak into their gifts from @cybertoad this morning!! No spoiling the surprise!! #Frank 12/23,
3. Never fails! Every year Frank gets into the kids gingerbread houses the night they bring them home! #Frank 12/22,
4. Since we spent the night at Geddo & Teta's, Frank followed us. We found him looking over Jesus in Teta's nativity! #Frank 12/21,
5. Frank must've been jealous we went to the movies and he didn't get to - he finished off my drink and got into some snacks and watched movies last night! #Frank 12/20,
6. So my coworker in Wyoming sent me these cool candies from up north called Charleston Chews. I've never heard of them, but they're yummy & and I guess being from up north, WAY up north, Frank likes em, too!! #Frank 12/19,
7. Here were a few of his hiding spots!! #Frank 12/18,
8. Frank had the kids combing the house looking for lollipops this morning!!! They found all 12!!! #Frank 12/18,
9. So Frank overheard Emma yesterday talking about turning my car into Rudolph and I guess he agrees with her - this is what he brought us this morning!! #Frank 12/17,
10. Well Emma is sick again. This morning she came to work with me so we could go see the doctor. I guess when Frank heard he hopped in my purse when no one was looking so he could come keep an eye on our patient. #Frank 12/16,
11. And this is where he was last night - he got our rings from the Christmas party. Guess he was jealous he didn't get to see Maroon 5, too!! #Frank 12/14 (Yep, out of order!! Oops!),
12. Wouldn't ya know - Frank wore himself out last night & didn't even have the energy to fly home to the North Pole! He just sat right where he was the day before - all night!! #Frank 12/15,
13. So I thought I heard some racket last night, but Emma confirmed when she ran into our room this morning and said Frank made an airplane and crashed it into our tree!!!! ✈️���� #Frank 12/13,
14. Guess Frank did something to anger Cena last night!!! #Frank 12/12,
15. Frank decided he'd build a snowman even if Texas doesn't have snow! He improvised! #Frank 12/11,
16. Emma came running into my room this morning saying, "Mommy Frank is zip lining in the living room!!!!!" I so love the magic kids see at Christmas! I have many magical memories from when I was a kid that I know now my mother "helped along", but even knowin,
17. You'd think being from the North Pole and all that Frank would already know how to ski! Right?? #Frank 12/9,
18. Frank was flying high on Emma's balloons today - he should've thought ahead! Helium balloons don't fly high forever!! #Frank 12/8,
19. Frank wanted in on the Bday fun, too!! #Frank 12/7,
20. Frank decided to get a closer view of the new ornaments since Emma & Aaron got the tree decorated yesterday! #Frank 12/6,
21. Frank got a cold along with the kids...see how he is resting like he's supposed to?? Being a good example! And it's not a bandaid - it's a cold compress in his head!!! Use your imagination! :) #Frank 12/5,
22. Well Frank pinned Roman, but I didn't post that bc I figured I would avoid all the comments about Frank laying on him, holding him down while Cena counted him out! So I posted the post-pinning pic instead!! LOL #Frank 12/4,
23. Frank messed with Daddy's new hat last night!! #Frank 12/3,
24. Frank looks like he was ready to rumble or something! LOL!!! #Frank 12/2,
25. Frank has returned to the Kubeczka Casa! I think tomorrow night we will re-read his story to Emma and Aaron so they don't forget how he reports back to Santa. I'm sure they'll do whatever it takes to stay on the nice list! #Frank 12/1

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Merry Christmas from the Kubeczkas

Another year is coming to an end and it's always hard to believe how fast time is moving! We had a wonderful Christmas with family and friends.

We spent Christmas Eve with the Kubeczka side of the family. I brought stuff for the kids to decorate Christmas trees and I think it was a big hit!
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This was an easy, fun project I am going to have to remember to do next year!
Yes, that does say JJ Watt on my daughter's plate!!
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I tried to get a picture of all the cousins together...
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Adalynn was ready to move on to something else after just a couple snaps! LOL
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The littlest one usually calls the shots!

Christmas morning our sweet darling babes woke us up at 6:30AM to let us know that Santa had come!! They were so excited to see Santa had eaten their cookies and drank all the milk and left goodies for them! Love to see Christmas magic through their eyes!
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Unwrapping the gifts from Mommy & Daddy!
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And it's become a tradition, especially since my kiddos wake up so early, that after we see what all Santa brought we run out for breakfast...and yes, the kids go in their pjs ususally (Emma can only do that about one more year)! And yes, Aaron is wearing his boots with his pjs!!! I love little boys! LOL
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After everything was open & we'd enjoyed breakfast, the games were on...I love that games from our childhood are back and the kids love them!
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And even daddy got a fun game this year!
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My parents come over for lunch on Christmas Day every year, too and after we ate the games were on again - Teta has a pretty good arm!!
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Then yesterday we had Christmas for the Wells side of the family - my mother's maiden name. And for the first time we let the kids get in on the adult game...they had their own kid pile to choose from. I think they were bored once their turns were up, though! I mean, with nearly 40 people this game takes a while!! I think next year they might go back to playing on their own again!
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This Christmas was our first without Grannie and it was hard. She was with us, though in an amazing way. Grannie kept a quilt journal and for Christmas mother gave each of us grandchildren one of the quilts that Grannie made and a copy of the page in her journal about the quilt. Mine was a Dutch Doll quilt (I need to take a picture of it) and I could not have asked for anything better this Christmas.

This one went to my cousin Chuck - a Double Wedding Ring - I think he might have quilted a few stitches on it when he was little and Grannie was quilting it.
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This is my brother and our cousin with theirs...
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And my sisters with theirs...
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I didn't get a picture of my other brother with his quilt.

I have several quilts that Grannie has made me over the years for different occasions. She made the Dutch Doll quilt in the 70s when I was very little and in the journal she wrote that it was for me and to eventually pass it on my daughter...Emma is going to have some amazing pieces of her history one day.

We came home early this morning and it's been cold and wet all day. A good day to be lazy. I thought about taking down the Christmas decorations...but instead I played with the ornaments! LOL
Playing around with my ornaments tonight before they get boxed up this week!
JOY!! ��
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For me??? ������ (Last one...promise!)
I love long exposure, twinkling light pictures! I'm off all week so I am sure I'll slowly get the house back in order this week. I have some projects to work on this week, too. I'm redoing our bedroom - taking the decor in a totally new direction...I will post more on that later. And we bought a new table in East Texas that I have to drive back to get one day, so I'll share more on that one, too later.

We had a blessed holiday! I hope you and your family did, too! Now it's time to get this new year rolled in!!!

Monday, December 22, 2014

December is flying by...

and so much has been going on!! Trying to keep everyone healthy, getting ready for Christmas, birthday parties galore, Christmas parties, Church plays, work is so busy...so this is going to be my December catch up post!!

We had Emma's 8th Birthday party at her gym this year! I cannot believe I didn't even get a post dedicated to this!!! I am such a bad mommy!!

I can't believe she is 8 already!!!
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And of course, we have to take pictures in Grannie's rocking chair every year, too - look how big she is now!
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She looks so grown up!

We also had Michael's company Christmas party and mine in the last week...his we had some serious grub!!
I don't think we will need dinner tonight!! ������
And he won the President's award! Go babe!
������Christmas Party 1 of 2 today! And congrats to my hubby on the President's Award! ��
Mine we had some serious entertainment!!
Best Christmas party ever!!!!! Maroon 5!!!
Christmas party!! He is too yummy!!!
Why yes, that is Adam Levine at my company Christmas party!! LOL
Maroon 5 played our event this year and it was crazy!!!
Here's another! You're welcome!!!
I didn't fight to get up close, but we still had a great view! And the entire party was a blast!
Masquerade!!! Okay I had to post some pics other than Adam tonight!! LOL!!

Emma was in a very cute play at church...all the toys came to life and thought they were each the greatest gift ever...Santa told them about Jesus and the real greatest gift of all! Emma played the part of the game Twister! LOL
Twister game for the Christmas play at church! The spinner is on her hat!!

We also celebrated Grandma's birthday this month.
She had helping blowing out her candles and opening gifts! #HappyBirthdayGrandma

I did a photo shoot for this great family!
Few of my faves from the shoot this afternoon! Can't wait to go through all these pics!! Two minute rainstorm didn't even discourage us!!!

Friday night we had another b'day party - this time at the movies!
Movie Time!!!!

Saturday night I had another birthday/holiday party for my BFF! And no one will believe it but we didn't take a selfie! Not one...and that's our thing! Since before selfies were cool she and I always took selfies togther! So no picture for that fun night. :(

And last night this cool group of kids built some fantastic gingerbread houses at my sisters!
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Some were serious sometimes...
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Sometimes not...
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Sometimes they just ate the supplies!
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These boys crack me up!!

So it's been a full month already and we haven't even started Christmas celebrations yet! I really needed to catch up a LOT before the Christmas posts start, too!

I'll leave you with a pic of my two babes Sunday after church. I am so blessed to have them both!!
My heart is so full. I'm so blessed!