Weekend in Austin - True Grind Open

Well, my first Power-lifting competition has come and gone and it was amazing!! I don't really have a lot of pictures from the day - mostly everything was on video. You can see it on my IG - https://www.instagram.com/p/Bd8_D9TgMk6/?taken-by=mishmish. I finished with 75k(165lb) Bench, 130k(286.6lb) Squat, and 145.2k(320lb) Deadlift! Came home with two personal records (squat and DL) and a medal for the comp and great memories! Looking for that 300lb squat! 


We have an awesome team that I am so thankful for. We are missing a few in this shot, though. 
True Grind Comp
Everyone did so well, too and the atmosphere was amazing there!
A friend that came to watch did snap a couple quick pics of my Bench, too.
True Grind Comp
That's one of my coaches in gray standing next to the rack.
True Grind Comp
All I can say is WOW for the whole experience!

We drove up Friday morning to make the early weigh in for the meet. So we had the whole day Friday to hang out - we knew we needed our rest, so really we just chilled and had a nice team dinner out together so we'd be ready to go Saturday morning. Saturday was a long day - we hit the gym at 8am, lifts started at 9am, and we weren't done till around 6pm. I was impressed the kids did as well as they did. I know it was a long day for them. Michael did leave with them once for lunch and I told them multiple times they could go back and chill at the hotel if they wanted - but they hung out and I was so grateful! I loved hearing "Go Mommy" being cheered for me!

We did go for dinner after the meet and to celebrate a teammate's birthday, but we were all pretty worn out, so it was straight to bed after that! We decided the next day to have a little adventure with friends and tried out Gourdough's Public House for breakfast. After being so strict for so long a little indulgence was in order...and OMG!!!!
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Everything on their menu is made with donuts - all their burgers and sandwiches! I myself had the Nutty Valentine - which starts with the most amazing donut I've ever had, covered with nutella and strawberries! 
I mean, c'mon - just look at this donut!
Austin 2018
We also ordered a Dirty Harry to share...these were donut holes - coconut cream filled donut holes with chocolate icing and fresh coconut!
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You think, oh just one donut...but I don't think anyone at the table finished their donut!
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 After that we went to the store and bought spray paint and headed to Graffiti Park...this is definitely a place to visit when you're in Austin. My nephew lives in Austin, so he joined us for the afternoon, too. It was his first time to see the park. The kids (and grown ups, too) all enjoyed this adventure!
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Austin 2018
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My nephew - Ross!
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Emma left her mark big...
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This girl LOVED it!
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Her little whale! So cute!
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And I did, too!
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Austin 2018
Everything got painted!
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I was so thankful for this amazing weekend together! It was truly a blessed time! And I am so thankful for the support from my family and friends while I've been preparing for this event, too! It meant the world to me to feel so much love for my first competition!
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Celebrating Daddy

Yesterday was Michael's birthday! We went out for a nice dinner and the kids made him homemade cards - the best kind in my opinion - and we showered him with gifts!

Well, all but one b/c I went to the store to buy it and when they didn't have his size they told me, "Just order one...it'll be here in 2-5 days!" Yeah - that was over a week ago...so I had to settle for a picture of it and then found out it won't be here till next Tuesday. I almost didn't even tell him what it was and we were gonna make him wait another week, but the kids said no, just tell him! LOL

Daddy picked a good spot - the coconut shrimp was colossal and so yum! We should have shared one plate b/c both of us ended up taking home well over half of our dinners!
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Reading his cards the kids made!
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Michael’s Bday 2018
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The kids were also excited b/c they got to have something sweet! I've limited or eliminated all grains and sugar from my diet for the most part for a while now, but Michael is finally on board, too...which means we've got rid of 90% of that stuff from the house. There are still GoldFish in the pantry and occasionally some rice or something, but no sugar for sure. So, Emma got to pick out daddy's birthday dessert that the four of us shared!
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I think they enjoyed it!
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Happy Birthday Daddy! We love you!

Christmas in Broaddus...on New Year's Eve

We almost didn't get to have Christmas on my side of the family - it was nearly delayed due to sickness, but in the end we pulled it all together! We deviated from our original plan a little, but it still turned out to be a wonderful Christmas!! So thankful for time with my family that I love so much!

My sister had the cutest and most unique tree this year! I thought she did a great job with it!
Christmas in Broaddus 2017
We played the gift game...our theme this year was Something Red!! Lots were opened...lots were stolen! LOL
Christmas in Broaddus 2017
Christmas in Broaddus 2017
Stealing is the best part of the game!
Christmas in Broaddus 2017
Or maybe when the teenagers that finally get to play open a gift with alcohol...umm, no sweetie, we'll be stealing that one!
Christmas in Broaddus 2017
David trying to "hide" what's in his bag!
Christmas in Broaddus 2017
Christmas in Broaddus 2017
See - told you it would get stolen - twice and it was locked down! LOL
Christmas in Broaddus 2017
Christmas in Broaddus 2017
Mom & all her kiddos! I was put off to one side my brother said b/c I was "from a different litter"...***pouty face***
Christmas in Broaddus 2017
...and someone drove off to ETx and left her camera bag sitting on the breakfast table, too. :( So all my pics were done with my iPhone and there weren't very many this year.
Even with all the cold and sickness and missing so many this year, we still had a blessed Christmas/New Year's! Here's to 2018 being even better!
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Christmas Day 2017

I really did not take many pictures Christmas Day this year. We were just so involved in our time with one another that I didn't have my camera in my hand much!

I love our Christmas Day traditions...we get up and see what Santa brought, exchange our gifts with one another, then it's off to breakfast in our PJs! Then come home and get started on lunch, when my parents come over to join us! Then it's a relaxing day playing with new toys, eating leftovers, then end it with a trip to the movies! I LOVE our Christmas Day!!

I'm so happy this girl is a reader!!! 
Christmas Day 2017
And miss smartypants - she's creative and analytical, too! Can't wait to see what she makes up for this one - what a fun way to learn coding!
Christmas Day 2017
Unicorn pattern continued!
Christmas Day 2017
Sports, hunting, and fishing - anything in these categories will make him happy! 
Christmas Day 2017
This year he got stocked up on fishing gear and his first gun! My baby isn't a baby anymore!
Christmas Day 2017
Christmas Day 2017
Loved her expression when daddy wheeled in her new bike!
Christmas Day 2017
Christmas Day 2017
After the mess of wrapping paper was made we headed out for b'fast in our PJs...well, honestly I think only Emma was in her PJs this year!
Christmas Day 2017
Then home, where Teta & Geddo joined us and I made this beautiful prime rib! Scrumptious, melt in your mouth! Favorite thing of Michael's that I make!
Christmas Day 2017
Our BIG family gathering will be New Year's Eve this year...after my great-niece's wedding. She was also my flower girl in 2004 when Michael and I got married! Cannot believe she's walking the aisle in just 3 days!!!

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