Monday, September 18, 2017

Happy 15th Birthday Jaden

Dear Jaden,
Here we go again, another Birthday!! Jaden I am so proud of who you are. I have never met a kid like you in my life and never will. You are so unique and interesting. I could talk with you all day, you are defiantly an old soul. You have more wisdom then most adults in their graying age. In the last year you are becoming more and more of a man. If I need help you are right there to help move stuff or even give me a hug if I am having a bad day. When Dad goes out of town, I see you go around the house making sure that all the doors are locked being the Man of the House. This year in High School yes High School you are handling so much and doing it well. You are taking so many classes and so many fun classes it's like a mini college. You are going over to the the Senior High Campus and then back over to the 9th Grade Campus and up and down and everywhere and you are keeping track of so much stuff. Mom and Dad were impressed when we came to Open House, you seem so happy. Your big new thing this year is Debate and it is right up your alley. You just love it so much, and have already won some Debates as a freshman just staring off. You are so well read and this is your sport (: We never want you to be anything you are not. We are so proud of the unique wise and witty person you are. You come up with funny witty stuff that is so smart funny, I don't say that lightly you are creative in your humor. You like 80's stuff and Classic Rock, anything throwback or Geeky. You are everything I could ever want in a son and friend. Jaden if the whole world was as honest and kind as you our world out be a better place. Keep being who you are, a natural leader who does their own thing. Life will get you down sometimes but it is always better the next day. You just keep being who God made you. I can't wait to see what comes of your life, I know it will be something interesting for sure. You are really coming out of your shell too and that is a blessing. You are getting more confident in who you are and have met some great friends this year, everyone is maturing and you are loving it. Always remember Who's you are, we will love you you forever.
Mom and Dad too!!
After your Debate Saturday, looking quite dapper.
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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

School Started...2 weeks ago

Once again another year is upon us, time goes so fast. These boys are becoming men before my eyes. Some days they still seem like little boys but those days are coming closer to a end. They are becoming more and more who they are. I am posting some pictures while I have a minute this morning. Things have been extremely stressful with the Hurricane that hit Houston.
Here we are at 5:30 am on Jaden's first day of High School!! Hard to believe. I still can't believe it but he is so ready. He loves to learn. The first year Jaden will go to the old high school and they are building a brand new school a mile or so from our house. So next year he won't have to wake up quite so early.
Next up is my Lauren girl, she is a fourth grader. She loves school too and we love her school! No issues with Lauren, she is easy and goes with the flow. She loves to go to school and her teachers.
Drew is in 7th grade and is now in Jr. High.
Everyone had a great first day! It's about a 3hr process in the morning with dropping off and picking up is another long process but I can get through the year. I wake up very early if I run in the morning, by the afternoon I need my coffee. We have done so many things I forget to post or don't have the time like I once did to blog but I want to keep up. They opened a American Ninja Warrior gym close to us. The kids loved it, I want to do it too. It's such great exercise. Jaden did really well at it. I guess a light and flexible frame is the ideal ninja body, ha ha
My sweet Lauren! Lauren's teacher happens to be my friend, she came over right before school started. I had no idea that she would get Lauren again. We are both so happy!!
We went bowling a couple weeks ago. #myhusbandisgoodateveryting
#Istinkatbowling.  The kids had a great time but you get the picture.
Right before school stared we went to Austin for the weekend. Austin is beautiful and fun and unique. Rob had some business to take care of but we went along with him to go sight seeing while he worked. We went to the Entertainment District, and toured the Capital Building. Such a cool experience, it is old and beautiful. The architecture is so fancy and it's loaded with historic old paintings. 
If you stand in the middle and look up in the Capital you can hear your echo.
Love this wall!! Super cool picture backdrop. Austin had a lot of art work and interesting people. I like interesting people and for the kids to see new experiences so we loved it.
Of course we had to check out some antique stores. There were some good ones, I found a few treasures of course. This poster below brought back many memories. I was in the first or second grade when Ringling Bro's came to my town. I remember my mom got my tickets and it was a big deal for me. My mom was a single mom we didn't have much but this was a big deal. I was so excited to see the real unicorn a.k.a a goat with a fake horn on it's head. That day at school I had a accident. Think of a kid raising their hand and the teacher not noticing, yep well that happened. I thought I was going to be in trouble and would not be able to go to the circus. My mom is really sweet so I have no idea... (: Anyway I still got to go..funny looking back I was so upset.
This place was super cool, I love to take the kids on adventures. This place had shrunken heads, big foot casts, haunted objects, a man frozen on ice. Apparently it was on Unsolved Mysteries if you remember that show back in the day. We got to see the man frozen in ice, odd... This is Austin!! 
Lauren loves Big Foot but got really freaked out in the museum and wanted to leave. I had to calm her down. I don't know what scared her and it's not like her at all. I guess it was kind of creepy and dark. They had wax figures and movie memorabilia, Johnny Depp even stayed in the upstairs of this shop years ago while he made a movie there.
A real Gremlin
More antique shops on our way out!
They keep me laughing!!
I will post soon, but working on recovering from the Hurricane. My fireplace leaked again and we had a flood in the living room. We can not believe it, but other then that we did not have flooding from outside. So many of our friends have been affected. Keep praying for Texas and now Florida as Irma approaches..
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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Summer's Over

Best Picture Ever, two beauties. My Best Friend Jackie came and visited me from Louisiana. They just moved there over the summer. I am so happy for her because she is close to her parents now and closer to me. I love her kids!! I haven't seen her in over 3years. The kids have grown so much. Our kids played together when we both lived in Columbus, we met through a mutual friend and have been friends ever since. We have gone through life together the good the bad and the ugly she has been a true friend. Our kids get along great too, it was like no time had past.
Boys had to check out the Tesla's of course.
We have not seen Rob's parents since we have moved to TX. It was so nice to visit with my mother in law and Rob's Step Dad Wayne. I bet the kids looked so big to them! We hope they come back soon! We took them to The Ima Hogg Home and Garden (Yes that was her name) Absolutely beautiful mansion and garden. If you are in Houston this is a place to visit if you love gardens.
My baby, eating her favorite Ice-cream, they just opened a new Fro-Yo, bike riding distance from us
We had a lot of summer fun swimming, Hudson included. He loves to swim!!
One Thursday I took the kids to downtown Houston and we went to the Museum District. It was one of the best days of my life with my kids. Everything worked out so nice. We went to lunch a a fabulous place, menu above. We found parking and walked to about four museums, they are free in the afternoon. The kids went to the Health Museum which was by far their favorite because I paid a small fee for them to do lab experiments in a real laboratory. They included, DNA, blood types, E-coli, and Cells. All three kids loved this so much!!

Love this picture, it's her true smile!!
Jaden loved loved this!!!
We went to The Houston Museum Of Fine Art, we could have spent all day here. We saw real painting like Monet, and many more. We saw paintings from the 1600's. The art was like nothing I have ever saw. The boys loved this too, Lauren was a little bored but that is to be given it's not hand's on and more history and time periods.
We went to the Holocaust Museum, unreal and so sad! There is something really moving about actually seeing true propaganda, and hearing stories. We all left so sad
That same weekend we visited some historic houses in downtown. Houston has so much to offer and see.
We had countless Whataburger Meals, Mall trips and thrift store fun. The boys love vintage items, they both have an eye for antiques and retro stuff. Here they are loving the "new" record players.
Lauren's idea of shopping at Home Goods. ha ha, she even found her own special pillow.
Out shopping I ran into Lauren's 2nd grade teacher who is also my friend. Lauren got her again for 4th grade. We are so happy!! I love this lady. After we took this picture a customer in a store said you two are dressed exactly alike, and we are!!
Jaden wanted to do some fun things like try exotic fruits, guess what they were not great. Now I can see why these fruits don't sell to often, and they are super expensive. We love to try new adventures.
We had the best summer ever. I have a few more pics from our trip to Austin but this is about it for summer fun. These kids have grown this summer in every way. I am so proud of each of them!

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