Friday, April 21, 2017

Easter/Spring Break 2017

How on earth is it almost May?  Where the heck has this year gone?  I mean seriously...we are almost in summer!  I just wish time would slow down a little...I am desperately trying to grasp at these fleeting moments and savor each memory of my little cuties. 

We started off our spring break with the kids' Easter parties.  At their school, they have parties at one of their classmate's homes. Since I couldn't do both Aubrey and Weston's party at the same time, we all agreed to go to Aubrey's party...Weston doesn't really want to hangout with anyone but Aubrey anyway so he was fine tagging along with her friends. They did an egg hunt, art projects, zip line and lots of swinging.  They had a blast. Aubrey sure will miss these sweet friends next year.  

We went to an egg hunt at our church and the kids had an absolute blast. There were jumpy's, an egg hunt, games and lots of food.  My kids were a sweaty mess when we left and they took some amazing naps that day.  So I would call it a success!  

Weston was spiderman and he cried that night at bathtime because he did not want to take the paint off.  He looked so cute! 

Cool dudes

Weston has started T-ball with some of his cousins and friends and it is a hoot.  He really does not like it at all, and constantly asks if it is over yet. He doesn't like any part of the practice other than the snacks at the end. He does love his coach though and talks about him constantly.  I have to laugh because he will stand on the field and blow me kisses or run off the field and bring me flowers!  He is such a mama's boy...nothing but pure sweetness. 

Speaking of pure sweetness...this little dude is always smiling.  He is such a happy baby and I could just eat him up.  He is by far the easiest baby ever and I am just in love beyond words.  Baylor is so easy going, I am tempted to have just one more!  

Baylor is making such progress, he has started physical and occupational therapy and he just loves to show off his skills to his therapists.  He is doing fantastic and starting to make great strides. We are so excited he is starting to sit up better and he has started attempting his own version of crawling.  He still doesn't roll over but we are just thrilled he is moving! 

My blue eyed angel.  I just cannot get enough of his sweetness. 

We celebrated Easter Sunday with my family...we went to church and then we did fried catfish and fries and my oh my was it delish.  The kids played outside and it was just a fantastic day celebrating our Lord's Resurrection. I am so thrilled that the holidays spent without Christian is dwindling down and next year we will have him with us on these special days!!!  

I love my little family and I am so thankful God chose to give them to me.  Each special occasion is so much more fun because of them and their innocence.  They are just pure fun and delight (most of the time). 

We celebrated with Christian's family on Monday with a BBQ and fun splash activities for the kids.  It was a blast as well.  

We finished out our Spring break with a trip to Tunica Hills with Christian and Uncle D!!! It was a day packed with some intense hiking.  I am very sore today and slightly embarrassed to say I even had to take a nap with the kids because I was so exhausted.  It was some hard core hiking and climbing and I was so impressed my kids were able to keep up. They were such troopers.  They did both start crying at the end and saying they couldn't make it...but they hung in there and conquered those hills!  It was a great ending to our spring break.    

Sunday, April 2, 2017

A rare gem

When it comes to love and marriage, I have so much to learn.  Christian and I are just babies on this journey of marriage and we are just beginning our journey together.  My parents are celebrating 40 years of marriage this week and I am just amazed at their love and commitment towards each other. They continue to set the example of what a Godly marriage looks like.   My parents are such a rare gem.  When God gave me my parents, He picked the cream of the crop.  The filet minion of steaks, the penthouse suite, the BMW of cars, the finest cut diamond, the first class on an airplane, the list could go on and on...but truly the best of the best.  You can search high and low, but you will not find two more genuine hearts on the planet.  Not only are they as caring and compassionate as they come, but they love me and my family with a fierce passion.  My parents are one of the greatest gifts I have been given.  I sometimes looks around at my husband, children, parents, parents-in-love, siblings, and friends and just could people are just amazing. I need to say it people are just amazing.  There isn't a bad one in the bunch...each and everyone is just wonderful and unique in their own ways.  I am so blessed. 

Growing up, I had it made.  I had two hard working parents, two parents who devoted their lives to me and my brother, who were kind, gentle, patient and supportive of me.  Brandon and I never went without.  We never grew up with fighting, arguing or tension in the air. I can remember just a handful of times where my parents would get into disagreements but even those would be resolved in a healthy manner. We grew up in an environment where there was respect, honesty and lots of love and laughter. Sure there were very difficult times, as a family we walked through many rough waters and had our share of extremely low valleys. There were times when we were held together as a family but by a mere string, but never once did I question whether or not we would break.  I always had the comfort of knowing our family was built on a solid foundation. 

We had the honor of celebrating their marriage with a party last week and it was such a beautiful night of sharing, laughing and reflecting on what is really important in life. When I look at my parents today, I see nothing but happiness...pure joy radiates from both of them.  Their lives are not without stress, trials or pain, but they are such rocks of strength and pillars of hope no matter what.   And can we just discuss their social calendar for a moment?  Umm it is packed and more vibrant than a 21 year old!  They are just living life to the fullest.  I am so proud of who they are and what they together as a team represent.  They represent years of hard work.  They represent years of prayer, devotion and growth in the Lord.  They represent a marriage that produced two healthy and thriving children and six amazingly fun grandchildren.  They represent time and devotion given to others, tons of hours and money given to those in need. They represent a union of love and respect that could withstand decades of change and adversity.  They represent a relationship that glorifies God through their integrity.  They represent an undeniably strong love for their much so that it is often first on their minds. They represent the willingness to help in any situation, even if it means putting their needs last.  They represent a couple that has touched so many lives...both near and far...they are loved by so many.

I am so proud to call them mine...they have set the bar high for me and Christian.  I know if we yield half the return my parents have...we will consider ours a huge success. We have such amazing parents and in laws, both, who have demonstrated exactly what a thriving marriage should look like.  I am so thankful for their dedication to each other and to family.  Because of them, my children have a firm foundation and a lasting legacy.  My kids have such a bright future because of the ones that have gone before them and paved the way.  They have set that standard of what commitment should look like, what love should represent and how to stand firm in an ever changing world that loves to devalue the importance of marriage.  Thank you mom and dad for giving that gift to me, but also to my children.  Thank you for loving each other and in that love being a blessing to so many.  As we celebrate this milestone, I can't help but smile and think about the next 40 years...I know in my heart that ya'll's love will continue to grow and become even sweeter with time.

I read this paragraph on a blog and I just loved the words, "There is no ONE secret key to a lasting marriage.  It's not possible to avoid the change that will materialize over the years.  Marriage is a tide of easy waves, followed by crashing waves. It is a constant ebb and flow of happiness, hardships, challenges, adventures, excitement, tears and every emotion in between. There are no promises it will be easy, but nothing worth it in life is."

40 years is a rarity these days, a milestone that is to be celebrated and treasured!  I love you so much mom and both are a rare gem and I am so glad you are mine!  

Sunday, March 5, 2017

February in a nut shell

February was a very busy month for us, packed with normal day to day activities, but also two holidays thrown in there...enough to wear this mama out.  

Valentine's Day this year was just plain terrible.  It was definitely not one of our best nor will it go down in history as anything other than a total flop.  Just being real isn't always sunshine and roses.  Never do I want to paint a false picture of our family.  I want to remember the good, but also acknowledge the bad...because in the bad we learn lessons that motivate us and move us towards being better. Plus it is real...I love to read things from other mama's or families that acknowledge that life is isn't always pretty...just knowing that other people experience ups and downs, gives such hope and inspiration to others who are walking similar roads. 

This Valentine's Day started off rocky the evening before the actual big day.  C and I got into an argument about cookies (of all things to argue about)...and it basically set us up for both being angry and frustrated with each other on Valentine's Day.  We both hardly spoke to each other and neither really felt much like expressing our love. Usually I get a long, handwritten card from Christian (he is such an amazing writer) but this year my card just said "Happy Valentine's Day, Love Christian." HAHA! Apparently writing a love note to me was the last thing he wanted to do!  But you know the end of the day, we had talked it out, both said our pieces and come to a resolution.  That is what we do...we may argue and disagree but in the end we figure it out and make amends. We love each other like crazy, we are the absolute best of friends, and not a day goes by that we don't acknowledge that we are soul mates...but we still have our off days.  The day was still ruined so we didn't really attempt anything romantic...we took the kiddos to eat at Walk-On's and enjoyed a family dinner. Christian and I both realize that we are in a tough spot in our lives right now...our marriage is really last on the list at the moment, and though it shouldn't many other things are taking, jobs, school, the list could go on and on.  However, we both know our marriage is built on a solid rock and we will weather any season of life.  We both laughed at the end of the day about the messiness that is our lives right now, but we will blink and our kids will be out of the toddler stages, more independent and the romantic dinners and getaways will become more of a reality for us. So this Valentine's Day will go down as one of my least favorites...but I have no doubt that C and I will make next year's much better. 
 We did manage to make Valentine's cup cakes!

All my Valentine Lovies

Mardi Gras isn't a holiday that we really acknowledge or usually participate in but the preschool the kids go to does a huge parade and the kids get so pumped up and excited about it.  I was a sweaty mess by the end of the parade, exhausted from trying to run from kid to kid while carrying Baylor and dodging flying beads being hurled from crazy toddlers!  Whew...another not so great holiday for the books but one I don't want to forget. I love this crazy mommy life...I wouldn't trade it for the world.

This month we also have begun the process of having our sweet Bay Bay enrolled in some much needed therapy.  Our little guy had such a rough start at birth that we are seeing some slight delays in his milestones. We are beyond thankful to have an amazing support staff that will begin working with him on important things like rolling over, sitting up, babbling, eating properly and much more.  Baylor continues to amaze us with his perseverance and fight...he is a true miracle.  I've had to repeat his birth story numerous times this month to various healthcare professionals, and each time I am blown away by the severity of his time in utero and first few weeks of life.  As the months pass by, you forget the details, but having to discuss and relive everything just brings tears to my eyes. Baylor was and is a fighter...he is a "tough nut" as my daddy calls him.  He may have to do a little more to catch up...but catch up he will do...and I have no doubt he will surpass any expectation I have for him.  His smile and laugh brings me such incredible joy...he is just pure perfection...a mama's boy for sure. Prayers that we will continue to know what is best for Baylor and how to best get him the help he needs to flourish. 

That about wraps up our February...we started March out with a bang and took a spontaneous family trip to New Orleans...more on that to come.