Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Poems From Heaven

No one loved their family as much as you did,
I know that because I felt it all my life.

The cool touch of your hands and the warmth of your heart was my greatest comfort.
Your voice was not strong, but mighty were the words you penned.

You kept us all laughing with your witty humor,
And your sweet tooth was like none other.

I was blessed to belong to you;
Blessed to be your grand-daughter.

You decided it was time to go see PawPaw and I know he's been waiting for you...and though I miss you so very much I will always have you in my heart.

So write poems for me in Heaven Grannie
For one day I'll join you there.

Grannie

I love you Grannie
1914 - 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014

Our Three Day Weekend

I've been out of town most weekends visiting my Grannie, but this weekend we stayed home and it was a non-stop three day weekend. I think that was especially good b/c I got a lot of awesome kiddo time in, but also I didn't have time to sit and think about how things were going in East Texas with my Grannie.

Friday (which was my Friday off) we were up early - I had a hair appointment and we decided to get Emma a new shorter cut, too! I was cringing see all that hair on the ground, but she loves it! And now that's it's done I have to admit I really do think it's pretty cute!!
Emma's new haircut
After we (the girls) got our hair cuts we headed to Bouncing Bears and Emma & Aaron played and did tandem flips and ran and jumped and jumped and jumped!


I would like to say they wore themselves out, but honestly they were still ready to go! We grabbed a late lunch with Geddo (my daddy) and they continued to play at Chick-fil-A for another hour or so...I would love to have that kind of energy again!

Afterwards we made it to get Aaron's haircut, too and a few more errands before heading home. Daddy finally took Aaron's trainging wheels off this bike this weekend, too and I have to say he is a pretty quick learner!


Aaron was so proud & kept asking, "Are you so proud of me?" Oh yes, so very proud!! It's also a good workout for daddy! LOL
 
Saturday was spent splashing around in the water most of the day and I didn't take a thing with me, so I don't have any pictures at all! The first half of the day we were at Splashtown with the neighbors and the second half of the day we grilled & played outside with our other neighbors! We really are blessed to have such great friends living on either side of us!
 
When I was in Broaddus I had turned off my Sunday morning alarm clock and forgot to turn it back on, so needless to say we slept late on Sunday and didn't make it up in time for church. After we finally all did get up and moving we headed out to Trader's Village. I haven't been there in years and honestly can't remember if Emma had ever been there. I know Aaron hasn't...they immediately found some fun things they wanted! I was on board with Emma's find - I wouldn't mind that swing on my back porch either, and while Aaron's find was so adorably cute, I am not ready to bring a rabbit into the house!!!
Found some stuff they wanted right away...
I did consent to a few other things they found! We've finally started upgrading Aaron's room to a big boy decor and it's a sports theme of course! So JJ Watt, Nolan Ryan, & John Cena have found their way upon his wall - along with a few other finds! Emma found a nice stretched canvas for her room too with the characters from Frozen and her own little John Cena action figure. I didn't know if she was going to keep it in the package or open it at first, but five minutes after being back in the truck she had it open! LOL
But this is what they left with!
"You can't see me!!!"
"You can't see me!!!!"
Daddy loved all the sports memorabilia, too I have to say...I asked a couple times if he was planning to move into Aaron's room, too!

It was a very, very full weekend and I'm so grateful for all the fun! We had a lot of great family time! This week is also going to be a VERY full week at work, so I hope that means that it moves fast!!

Monday, July 07, 2014

July 4th Weekend

I had a nice long 4 day weekend for the holiday. It was nice to have Thursday off with nothing planned - we had a relaxing first have to the day then got busy working on the kids' rooms. It was like spring cleaning all over again! It was nice to clear out so much of the clutter, though.

Friday we celebrated with neighbors & friends & family. We grilled & popped fireworks and the kids played in the water...it was so much fun!
Had a great time celebrating our Independence Day with all these wonderful littles!! They should all sleep quite well tonight, too!
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The next morning we headed up to East Texas early to spend the rest of the weekend with my Grannie. I haven't posted about it b/c I wasn't sure how things were going to go, but my Grannie (who will be 100 in August) hasn't been doing too well. She's lived alone for 29 years since my grandfather passed away.

Grannie has been very active and lived alone & really has not had any serious health problems until now...but she has been in the bed going on four weeks now and under constant care. The blessing is that she is able to be at home and my mother has been by her side 24/7. My SIL is there daily as well to take care of her and the rest of the family is helping as much as possible. I've been up every weekend except one and am going back again next weekend. In the beginning she needed someone to sit up all night with her, but she is sleeping more now so I just sleep in the room with her and am there if needed and am able to doze off and on through the night - when I'm not there that is what my mother does. I really wish I was ale to be there more to help out, but with the kids and work I am doing all that I can now.

Emma and Aaron love their Grannie and Emma says she understands what is going on - that Grannie is very sick and getting ready to go live with Jesus and that she won't physically be here on Earth with us anymore. She said it would be okay, though b/c when we go to heaven we will be able to be with her again. I nearly cried when she told me that. Even though she seems to understand she is a little apprehensive about it all - she will come in and hug and kiss Grannie hello or goodbye or some stand by her bedside, but you can tell she is trying to take it all in. Aaron on the other hand, just jumps up on the stool next to Grannie and tells her stories or says "Grannie I want to hold your hand..." and he will reach out and take her hand or lean in so she can put her hand on his cheek. It's beautiful.
Aaron telling Grannie stories!!!
The kids sang Happy Birthday to her, too - even though she won't be 100 until next month. In conversation with my SIL she said something about she might not make 100 so my SIL ordered her a beautiful bouquet of flowers and balloons & said, well let's just celebrate now! It was very sweet! So, I guess every day will be her birthday now until the actual day, which is August 15th!!
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I brought water balloons and sparklers for them to play with outside and there are lots of adventures in the country - they can't stay quiet all the time so it's good for them to be outside as much as possible, which they love anyway!
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There is also a super friendly cow in the pasture that I assume was bottle fed. Everytime I go up I see it and feed it and I was anxious for the kids to finally get to...Aaron is the biggest animal lover I've ever met!! Saturday she was out there & the kids got to feed & pet her!
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Helloooooo....
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Leaving Sunday was hard. Harder than every other time I've left. I can see how hard it is for my mother and wish I could be there more for her to lean on. You can prepare yourself for these things, but in the end you're never really ready. These two women mean the world to me. I have been blessed to be daughter & granddaughter to them. So much of who I am I owe to these two women.
It was hard to leave them this afternoon. These two women are the world to me & I've been blessed to be daughter & granddaughter to them. I'll see you next weekend!!!

I love you Grannie!

Monday, June 30, 2014

This & That vIG

Playing catch up on my blog again...we're a busy bunch what can I say! Today's catch up will be IG style!!

Emma had VBS last week! This year's theme was Agency D3 - Discover, Decide, Defend! They had a great program Thursday night & Emma was so excited for us to see her sing!
Emma had her VBS program tonight - she did such a great job and was so proud to show is what she's learned!!
Friday night I took wedding pictures for this cute, young couple...
So excited that I got to capture this sweet young couple's special day! God Bless your new family!
It was a nice wedding and a lot of fun! Loved this picture of the little girls sneaking a peak at the kiss - no they weren't prompted!! (I'll have a post with more wedding pics, but there are so many it's going to take me a while to go through them all!)
Sneakin a peak at the kiss!!!
Meet Lizzie - no she doesn't belong to us, though not for a lack of me trying to convince Michael. She belongs next door and currently lives with Rex, a male Bearded Dragon.
Lizzie likes me!! LOL
My neighbors are trying to find Lizzie a new home b/c they really shouldn't be kept together unless you plan to mate them & they do not have plans for baby bearded dragons at the moment!

Aaron loves them, though and Emma even has taken a liking to them and have both said they would like Lizzie to live with us, but daddy isn't quite on the same page!

We hit up the movies this weekend and went to see Transformers in 3D - which was awesome, by the way!!

And we ended our weekend home watching WWE - yes, we are wrestling fans!! LOL Suprised??
Comfy in the living room watching Money in the Bank match! #WWE
Last night was a championship match and my house was loud b/c Cena won & Emma is a huge Cena fan! While it was fun, we were all super sleepy this morning! We will have to make it an early night tonight!

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Take Me Out to the Ballgame!


Family Funday took us to the ballpark today to watch the Astros - they did not win, but it was still a lot of fun!

We enjoyed popcorn and snowcones...
and my fave - Cracker Jacks!

The prizes used to be much cooler, though! ;)

I did catch a t-shirt from Orbit

and the kids caught a couple of balls the Shooting Stars were throwing out...

I think the coolest part, though (especially for Michael) is that Aaron got Cal Ripken's autograph on his glove!

He was there to throw out the first pitch and our seats were right behind the dugout, where he came out to sign a few autographs! Now he has a glove to put up next to the football with JJ Watt's autograph! Kid's got a little collection going now!

I think we must have worn them out b/c they didn't make it very far in the car...

Happy Sunday Funday!



Sunday, May 25, 2014

More Memorial Weekend Fun

Saturday we slept in...as long as possible with my two little early risers...then we hit the waterpark for some fun in the sun! We have season passes and it's only about two miles from our house so it's pretty awesome fun for the summer. Plus this year they've totally remodeled and revamped a lot of the park - one area being the kid zone. They have three new slides just for the kiddos - they were a hit!!!
After getting worn out at the park we came home to cook dinner and I guess it wasn't enough water fun b/c the kids broke out the water guns & got soaked again in the back yard...dried off from that for a second time then headed out to play with friends in the front and yep, ya guessed it...water guns came out again and were soaked yet again! Needless to say it was a water fun day! We also got to meet our neighbor's new pets...they have two bearded dragons that are pretty awesome! Aaron got very friendly with one...


This morning we headed to church, where we had a great tribute to our military, and after brunch out we headed to Top Golf to hit with my parents and our friends. I think it's safe to say that it's going to be dangerous that this new Top Golf is only about 5 miles from the house - we are going to be there all the time! We planned our next trip before we even left! Ha ha!

And I have to say after tips from my mom about my grip and from my dad about my swing I have a pretty awesome drive! :) Michael better watch out - I think I will be beating him pretty soon! LOL

Now we have the kids down to sleep after filled their bellies and Michael and I are sitting down for a movie! We've been catching up on movies this weekend - something we never get to do - and it's been great! Soooo...time to sign off! G'night!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Beginning of a long weekend...

Today was my Friday off & since Monday is a holiday - that means a four day weekend for me! I'm ready for it!! Michael took off today, too so while the kids were at school today he and I had a day date! We started off bright and early taking the kids to school then headed to Cracker Barrel for b'fast with my niece. After we fueled up we headed over to Top Golf and hit balls for a couple hours over some bloody marys...I have to say my first game was my best. It was downhill from that, though!! From there the two of us headed to Splashtown and had some good times in the water before heading to pick up my babies. It was a fun day date...but the evening was a blast too with the kiddos!

Around dinnertime we headed downtown - we didn't tell the kids what we had planned so they didn't know what was up till we rolled up to the valet at the Downtown Aquarium! Needless to say they were excited!! We had a blast - spent a few hours looking at everything there was to see, petting the sting rays, checking out the tigers, and riding the train to see the sharks! I never heard "Mommy look!!!" so many times!! LOL








Today was fun...and wore us all out, too!!! Emma was crashed out by the time we were home...Aaron tried to act like he was wide awake, but the second his head hit the pillow he was out cold, too!

We've got three more days to play - we'll see what we can get into!!!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Weekend in East Texas

We had a great weekend in East Texas!! Michael had a softball tournament so just the kids and I headed up with my parents to see my sisters and my Grannie. The weather was perfect, too - we were outside all weekend! We stayed at my sister's lake house and they have 26 acres of beautiful land and the kids took advantage!

They were outside before they even got out of their pajamas...and didn't come back in till I made them!




Coffee on the back porch every morning watching the water on the lake was the best - so relaxing...and good for snuggling in rocking chairs!


And the kids got to spend some time with Grannie - she is going to be 100 in August! Doesn't she look awesome...and she still lives alone in her house!


We spent some time downtown and found a cool coffee bar - it's been a while since I've been there and there were a lot of new little boutiques. It was fun to explore!


We didn't want to leave today...after church we came back to my sister's and enjoyed as much of the afternoon as we could before we absolutely had to leave...but it's back to school and work tomorrow.



Monday, May 12, 2014

Weekend Wrap Up

Friday was all about relaxation! I started off that morning with a massage...long overdue for one of those...and spent the rest of the day with my mommy! She was going to be gone for the weekend so we celebrated Mother's Day early! I took her out for lunch and then a long, luxurious mani/pedi...it was fantastic!
Mani/Pedi time with my mommy!!!
And when that was over we treated ourselves to some chilling caffeine...
Cheers!!
It was the perfect ending to the week and beginning of our weekend!!
Saturday morning I was up early and headed across town for a photoshoot and made it back in time to pick up the fam and go out for lunch - they were ready to get out of the house by that time, too - daddy had them cleaning like Cinderella all morning!!

Sunday we didn't really have any plans - we went to church, then out for brunch, then had a little playtime before visiting Michael's mother...all in all it was a nice relaxing day for all!
Park time fun
Playtime!
I did get showered with one of my faves on Sunday...I love Chanel...it's my all time favorite perfume!
They know my faves!!! #Chanel
Along with some beautiful roses & chocolate covered strawberries...the only thing better was the handmade cards both my babes brought home for me!!

My only disappointment was that I did not get to see my Grannie or my sisters this weekend, but I'm headed to East Texas this coming weekend to see them all and my brothers, too - I am looking forward to the weekend! Can't wait to get out to the country for a few days and chill. I feel like I've been go go go nonstop for months and this will be such a good break!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

HAPPY EASTER (and a little catch-up posting)

Phew...it's been a while since my last post...a while!! That always happens, though and then I'm playing catch up, big time! So that means a long post of pictures today! :) I think I'll just be talking about two things, though - our vacay and Easter!

So, early in the month Michael and I had a little get-away. We took a cruise to Mexico, Belize, & Honduras. We shopped, relaxed on the beach, zip-lined (which was my favorite part) and went cave tubing! We also had pedicures done my little fishes...yes, we put our feet in a tank of water and let the fish eat away at them! It was one of the coolest and weirdest things I've ever done - definitely for Michael, too. I had to convince him to do it!! And after we got massages lying on the beach - all massages going forward I think will lack now!! :)  

It was hard to leave the kids for that long and I had a few mommy moments where I really just wanted to get home to them, but we stayed busy enough that it kept my mind off it. 

Here are a couple pics from the highlight reel...
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And today we celebrated the resurrection...I hope you all had a wonderful Easter!

Every year our sitter has a big Easter Egg hunt for all her kids - past & present. This year was special b/c Grammy is retiring. This is actually Aaron's last week with her. We started at Grammy's when Emma was 3 months old and she's been part of the family ever since. This group is her current kiddos (well, plus her granddaughter who is holding the little babies and Emma, of course)...and her last. 
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This last week is going to be hard...we'll always be connected to Grammy, but it will be hard to leave.

Her lat Easter Egg hunt for all of them was fun, though! Then today after church we went to Michael's parents' house for lunch and then to my parents' house for dinner. So the kids had a few more egg hunts today!

At Grandpa & Grandma's...
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Emma being the big girl and carrying Adalynn around - who is eyeing her ring pop!!
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At Geddo & Teta's...
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We had a little photo fun with the eggs at Geddo & Teta's, LOL!
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And this is our annual picture in front of the cross made from flowers at church - I think this year they had a 2nd cross at the front so this one didn't get full as fast...it's still a beautiful cross, though...we had a good service this morning, too.
Happy Easter to all!!

Hopefully I won't continue this lack-luster posting efforts in the future!!