Monday, March 28, 2011

Summer Trip 2011

Let the count down begin...summer is just around the corner! Can I get a hallelujah?!

That means we are planning our trip to Illinois. The first year that we traveled, we took our route thru New Orleans/Mississippi to attend a wedding and drove thru the night to Illinois. Not much scenery to see at 4 a.m.! Last year we went to Dallas and headed north from there. THIS year, I think I have our route mapped. We are going to start early and head to Henderson, TX to visit some of our best friends for a day or two. I know it's only 3 hours from our house, but we have such a good time with them. From there, we will head to Memphis to stay the night. It will only take about 6 hours, so we need some ideas of what to do the afternoon we get there. From Memphis, we will head up to Springfield, Illinois which will be our final destination for the week. If you're a roadie and know some things we need to do along the way, please let me know! We will have Trey and Em with us, so keep that in mind! :)

ALSO, I'm not really sure of my blog followers these days...but, if you're in the vicinity of our road trip up to Illinois, I'd love to have some photo shoots in some different places! {Check out my photography site if you had no idea I was a photographer} When I say vicinity, I mean within a 30 minute shot of our route...

I'm so excited I can hardly wait for June to get here. My students are so D.O.N.E. and I'm not far behind them! :)

Here is our projected route!

P.S. If you're a road-tripper...check out: Roadside America! LOTS of little things to check out so the little ones don't get too bored!

Monday, March 21, 2011


Some of you saw this play out on Facebook, but thought I would share it here.

Trey is now sporting a new do...

Is it a right of passage for every child to do this at least once? I don't know if I can handle Emery doing it. I had to bury my head in the pillow until Joe was finished buzzing Trey's head with no guard! We tried a 1 or 2 first, and it just wasn't doing the job. The picture on the left up there is what it looked like before. I couldn't look at that for the next month while it grew out, so we opted for the buzz.

THEN, Saturday I went to go get my hair done because I have not one, but TWO weddings this weekend. Anyway, Joe texts me 'When will you be home?'...I jokingly showed it to the hair dresser and said this is why I only make it by here every 3 months. {JOKING, Joe does AWESOME with the kids by himself} However, he was really just wanting to know how long he needed to freak out because Emery had tripped and caught her fall with her forehead into the door frame. He then texted me a picture of it. Oh my word. It was like someone hid an egg under her skin...there's a reason those things are called goose eggs. I have a picture of it, but can't bare to share it here, I want y'all to be able to enjoy your breakfast. After talking to the doctor on call, we determined she was back to being a mess, and being herself. Crisis diverted, and we enjoyed the rest of our weekend catching up on laundry and enjoying the awesome weather!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Spring Break 2011

Well, the final countdown is on as we head back to school tomorrow. Only a little over 2 months until summer time!! I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.

We have been blowin' and goin' this Spring Break. We headed north to Dallas for 4 days to start it off. We had a great visit with Grandma and Papa and the friends we got to see.

Saturday I had a blast shopping with Grandma and a couple of her friends in downtown McKinney...I got a fabulous window, that I will have to share later.

Here's Billie and me...I brought my new camera to play with, and we found a cool alley!

The next morning we got up and took the kids to fly kites for the first time. Trey loved it.

Emery, not so much...she wanted her kite down!

Tuesday, we got up and headed south to Franklin, Texas to visit cousins. We hung out, fed the cows, rode the Gator, and the adults had a rematch of 42 {dominoes}. Trey even got the you know what scared out of him by what the kids thought was a dead hog. Little did they know, the hog was injured, but STILL alive. One of the kids yelled RUN, so Trey ran about a quarter of a mile back up to the house. When he got there he was white as a ghost, and could hardly tell us what happened. It was all I could do not to hit the floor laughing. He kept saying "I'm not joking! I'm really scared!!"

We had such a great time, and we're already planning our next visit.

Emery and my cousin Holly

Feeding the cows...

Riding the Gator

The boys being boys...

Emery waited patiently for her turn!

Now that we're home, I'm hoping things will start to slow down and we'll get to enjoy this awesome weather and do lots of fun Spring stuff!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Cowboy Up!

Today was Cowboy day at Trey's school. I was proud of myself for remembering to him in his jeans/boots this morning. I grabbed a button down on the way out the door (at 6 a.m.!)...I'm glad I did, it makes his outfit that much cuter. Grammie managed to round up a pair of chaps and they are perfect! I'm lucky enough to have some of Trey's teachers in my class a little later on in the day, and they said he was the best dressed...hands down!

Thanks to Bleah for taking these pictures for me! Have I ever mentioned that I have the WORLD's best babysitter & babysitter's granddaughter?!

This one makes me's SO him.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


Friday, we lost my Nana. You may remember this post from almost 2 years ago. We thought we were losing her then, but what a fighter she was. Truth be told, she was waiting for Friday for a long, long time. We lost my Papa almost 28 years ago, whom she missed terribly. Then, when my dad died almost 17 years ago, her heart just never recovered. We cried lots of tears on Friday, but we also celebrated for her. She was Home, and she is happy. I am all out of grandparents now, and I'm okay with that because I know they are having one heck of a reunion this week. I am a wee bit jealous of their reunion, to see them one more time would be amazing.

I got the call Friday morning, to have my phone on. If we're being truthful, I shrugged it off and said, "Psssh, it's Nana...she'll be fine". However, when I got the call that she really wasn't going to be okay...I got my classes covered and got on the road to try and see her one last time. We didn't make it. She was gone before we were out of Cypress. It's really a blessing though. The last visit we had with her, over Christmas was one for the books. She was fully coherent (the whole time we were there, which usually isn't the case), her eyes LIT up when she saw Trey and Emery, and she remembered things that she hadn't been remembering. Thank you God, I needed that last memory.

Nana was on top of everything, years back she had my Uncle take her to Bastrop to make her arrangements and have them done. If you're a parent, do this for your kids...oh my word, it made things so MUCH easier. She was to be buried in Bastrop, next to my Papa...and she did NOT want a funeral. She wanted a graveside gathering and that was it. Check...we can do that. We all (Uncles/Cousins/etc) ventured up to Bastrop Monday afternoon. We had dinner together, shared pictures, and had one heck of a 'visitation' in her honor. The visitation may or may not have involved a margarita blender and playing dominoes in the hotel room. Nana would have been proud.

Tuesday morning, we went on a little adventure to find some flowers. Nana was a simple woman and didn't want us to spend money on anything, including flowers for her casket. However, my mom was a little afraid that my dad would haunt her if his mom didn't have any flowers. H-E-B saved the day, and the flowers were just perfect. Simple and inexpensive.

As we gathered at the cemetery, my cousin and I thought we were all there...and then more people kept showing up. We really didn't expect it to be more than just family. Several of her friends from church made sure they were there. (Mind you, she hasn't lived in Bastrop in a LONG time.) Everyone shared stories of what Nana meant to them, and it was so touching. One thing Nana wasn't, was shy. One lady shared how Nana made sure she was going to get her roots done before she left on a vacation. My mom shared the story of how Nana backed over our Christmas lights in Prestonwood and caused them ALL to go out, within hours of our street being judged for the competition. The stories were great, and the time with old friends and family was priceless.

Trey brought so many tears to my eyes, because he got it. He got where Nana was, and that he wouldn't get to see her again...and y'all, he was upset. He just sat and stared at her casket and had such a sad face. Heartbreaking.

Nana was our glue. She held us all together. I just pray that we can continue to hold each other together in her absence. There are already plans in the making to have a 'reunion' on her birthday. I am going to try my darnedest to make that happen. I know she would want that.

I did stand up and speak at the funeral. In my mind, I didn't do her justice...but that's okay. One thing that made me smile was all of us remembering how she closed every phone conversation with, "I love you most!". We love you most, Nana.

Friday, March 4, 2011

New Favorite App

I may be behind the times, but I wanted to share my new favorite app for my iphone. I stumbled across it on another photographer's blog and was super pumped when I could start reading my blogs on my phone. I never messed with trying to read blogs on my phone b/c they took for.ever and a day to load. NOW, I can read them with just the text and pictures. It doesn't load backgrounds or headers, and all of the sidebars. It is very simple, and sometimes I prefer to read from that instead of on my computer. It simply hooks up to all of the blogs you follow once you log in. There is a free app that does have ads (but I will tell you the ads haven't annoyed me yet), or there is a paid app with no apps. I'm cheap, I got the free one. Go check it out here.

P.S. This is not a review, just wanted to share with you what I was lovin'!
P.P.S. Don't pass out...I know, I have posted 3 times in one week.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Tacky Day

2 posts in one week. I know y'all don't know what to do with yourselves. Maybe I'm baaaaack. :)

Today was tacky day at Trey's school. I'm mom of the year, and completely forgot. However, I know my limitations and had already assigned Bleah (Grammie's granddaughter who helps take care of Trey and Em during the day) to create his outfit. You'd think I'd be a champ at tacky day, as we had some AWESOME 'dress up' nights in the dorms at SFA. Moving on...check out Trey's get up. I think Bleah did a fabulous job, don't you?! She even took the pictures! (I know, I'm a slacker)

Just so Em doesn't feel left are some from her bath time photo shoot last night. I know you're probably saying, 'She's done this before'...I know, I know...but she was sitting still, and the light coming in was fabulous and I couldn't resist!

Mad face!

Sweet face.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


Dear God,

Thanks for knocking me over the head last night at Beth Moore.



For a month or so, a lady that I work with has been trying to get me to go to Beth Moore on Tuesday nights. The bible study started during basketball season, which is game night for Joe. Well, FINALLY last night, I got my act together and rounded up a couple of friends and made it! Kari Jobe leading worship may have influenced my decision a little. If you don't listen to Kari Jobe, should.

Let me back up to yesterday afternoon when I got home from school. I was on the phone with Joe , and getting the kids out of the car. Trey had gotten the back door open (with the key) for a good 30 seconds when I realized the alarm was on. I had about 30 seconds to get off the phone and get to the number pad, before the whole neighborhood knew we were home. I may or may not have been a little impatient with Trey. I hung up with Joe and got the alarm turned off. Within 30 seconds, I had a text from Joe that said: 'Pray for Patience'. Me, impatient? Psssh.

Fast forward to last night, sitting and listening to Beth Moore talk about James 5:7-11. Numero Uno on our outline...are you ready for this?

1. Be Patient.

I'm not kidding. Coincidence? I think not. I even took a picture of my outline and sent it to Joe. It's always when I'm going thru the motions that God finds the time to get the frying pan out and knock me upside the head. That's why He is so awesome. We have been so blessed with health, family, you name it. We have seen Him work His magic time and time again, and answer prayers left and right...and I still get wrapped up in the rut of every day life, and He brings me out of it. Love it.

It was my first time to see Beth Moore speak in person last night...and it definitely won't be my last.