Tuesday, January 14, 2014

8 Years

January 14, 2006 was our wedding day.  Its hard to believe its been 8 years since we said "I do".  I cannot imagine being on this journey of life with anyone else.  Brian is my amazing husband. ( I should tell him that more often! ;-) )  I look back and see all that God has done in our lives and I am so thankful that the Lord knows what he is doing.   I am thankful for all the good times, the hard times and the down right "this stinks" times because it brings us to today and it keeps our eyes on the future.  I am thankful for the son we have and the joy he brings to both of us and others everyday.  I am so very thankful for Jan 14, 2006.

Happy Anniversary to my man, my hubs, my best friend. Thank you for being you. Thank you for working so hard for us. Thank you for making me laugh. Thank you for putting up with my craziness (this happens often). Thank you for loving me...just as I am.  I love you.  Here's to many more years.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Words, Words, Words

This guy has found his voice and the words, sentences, phrases, and adorable-ness pour out daily.  I love this picture because I know he is saying, "whook, mama, whook".  Just before J turned three is seemed his vocabulary exploded and that explosion has not stopped.  We love the way he talks and his excitement in learning.  So here are a few of our current words/phrases/vocabulary..in all their cuteness!!

Whook!!= look
Twismas Twee= Christmas Tree
Mah-ee Mah-ee= Maddie Maddie (this is our dog and he has to say it twice every time)
Mere= Come here
Chawkwhat milk= Chocolate Milk
Beagle= Bugle
Tub-uh= Tuba
Biolin= Violin
The Cow= Chick-fil-a
Play= McDonald's
The Trees= the movie "The Lorax"
Choo Choo= the movie "The Polar Express"

I am loving this age and I know one day I will miss it dearly.
Have a great week.

Monday, December 30, 2013

5th Post of the Year!???!!! What??

Yes this is only my 5th post of the entire year!! I blame Facebook, Twitter and Instagram on their immediate response, contact, communication gratification!  ;-)  I honestly enjoy blogging and am not sure why I don't more often. 

Its New Year's Eve Eve and I cannot believe that 2013 is about to come to a close.  We have enjoyed a wonderful holiday season from Thanksgiving, J's birthday, to Christmas.  My mom, stepdad, and nephew joined us for Thanksgiving and they returned at Christmas along with Brian's mom and stepdad.  J could not have loved Christmas any more than he did this year.  The true wonder of the season really grabbed him. He loved every Crwismas Twee he saw and was sure to declare such at every corner.  We went to the Bass Pro Shop in Grapevine Christmas Eve morning and J was most interested in the choo-choo train, the water wheel and the fish.  Santa Claus was ignored along with the reindeer carousel!

J turned three just before Christmas and we celebrated this year with family time.  The day of his birthday we had a party at daycare with his friends and then dinner was at GattiLand where he learned to play Skee Ball with Daddy.  The next day we took him to the Dallas World Aquarium and he loved every moment.  The monkeys climb trees, Dory fish swim and we even found Nemo.  Dad of course loved the sharks and I just loved my son seeing a whole new world. 

We have a few days left during our Christmas Break before the spring semester starts up and I hope to complete a few projects around the house and encourage potty training.  We tried this morning to get J on board with the idea and he wanted nothing to do with it.  We have all the incentives in place and we are encouraging and being patient until J decides he is ready.  I know I am going to blink and this potty training thing will be nothing more than a blip on the radar of life.  My boy is growing up and he amazes me everyday. 

So here is to maybe a bit more writing in 2014, maybe I can at least blog once a month!
Happy New Year! May 2014 abound in God's blessings. 

Our Family Pictures from this year. Photographer Rachel Ledbetter

Fall Festival at Church

A Sunday afternoon at the park

J stealing my phone and taking a "Selfie". His favorite pastime

Thursday, September 5, 2013

The School Year Has Begun!

So this pretty much wraps up every afternoon in our household.  We are 2 weeks into the official school year but J has been back in the groove for 3 weeks now since I had a week of inservice. We all come home pretty tired but J is always drained.  The other day I looked over and he was all cuddled up with his lovies and blanket so I had to catch this moment.  Most days we come home and "Tales" is requested as in Veggie Tales.  Then we enjoy a little supper and some play time before bath and bed.  Our evenings are quick but sweet and usually filled with lots of giggles.  

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Year 17

Just a quick post this second morning of my 17th year of teaching.  Its a week of meetings, trainings and prep work to see kids next Monday.  I look back and wonder how on earth I have been doing this for the past 16 years. Where did the time go?  I have taught over 1200 kids in the past 17 years and that really blows me away.  I am thankful for the past years and look forward to the coming one.  Here's to a great year.!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

To Blog or Not To Blog...That Is The Question

I have not written a word on the blog since February.  Eek!  I find that I interact with Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/Etc so much more but I honestly have missed just sitting down and writing a bit.  So whether anyone reads this or not I will get back on the Blogging Wagon.  At least maybe one day J can read a few details of our life when he was small.

So have a great day and I will be back soon...very soon.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

No..still here!

I cannot believe I have not blogged a word since Christmas!!  Its February 14th and its been a good day.  That isn't something I thought I would have said at 7:45 this morning as I cried on the way to work.  Some mornings are just rough..period.  Today's roughness was brought courtesy of a sickly child, lack of sleep and well, lack of sleep.  But that passed and the day got better.  

In the two months since I have blogged a lot has happened and then again, not so much has happened.  We have stayed busy, J man being the busiest of us all.  He is 2 in every possible way. He has 2 speeds: On and Off and he gets frustrated easily.  But he is growing and amazing us on a daily basis.  Everyday he asks for his music to be turned "ahff ahff" which really means ON but he prefers the way "ahff" rolls off the tongue more than ON so "ahff" (off) it will be. 

We as a family are currently without church.  We felt led back around the first of December that the season at our old church was coming to an end.  It is always a bittersweet time  because you know you will miss the friends you have made and will miss seeing their faces each week but at the same time there is something new and exciting about the next journey.  We have been visiting a church for a few weeks and I am not sure it is where we will land for the next chapter but for now its a good place. 

I cannot believe we are halfway through February and I am staring Spring Break down the barrel.  This school year is flying by and seems more rushed, hurried and even haggard than ever before.  I do believe a revamp in some lessons is needed to streamline things a tad.  But that will have to be a summer project because there is no time currently. 

I know this has been quite the random post but hopefully its just a small glimpse of US.  We are good and we are so very blessed.  Here are some fun pictures of the family. 
Have a blessed weekend. 
Mommy and J being silly

Big boy at daycare

I hope he always loves to read books

My Mini Magnum P.I.

How we spend many afternoons on pretty days.

Yes we do exist and we even still have dates!

Our favorite park on a sunny day.

My sweet friend Molly and me.

Can't forget the Maddie girl. Sweet pup we have had almost 3 years.

Engagement Picture

Engagement Picture
Just wanted to add another pic to our blog and this is one I really like!!