Thursday, January 11, 2018

More Holiday Break Fun

We made a trip down to Houston to go to the big art Museum, the kids and I love it! They have so many amazing paintings. We went to the Modern Art Museum too but none of us really liked that. There was some very odd exhibits, they are not paintings but a collection of materials to tell a story.
We ate at one of favorite places called Barnaby's Cafe, Always good! After dinner we looked at lights in River Oaks! This is going to be a new family tradition. The lights were so amazing. The houses are first off in one word Amazing. This is probably one of the most exclusive areas in the country. The houses are all different and charming. The Angel below was two stories high in front of someone house, kind of cool kind of scary.

Two of my cuties! Lauren fell on Christmas Eve, we were on the fence on going to Urgent Care but Rob moved her leg all around and it was okay except for swelling on her knee. Hudson ran out and ran right into her legs and took her out. She never cries, I felt so bad. 
 New Year's we always play the Ball Of Fun!! Kids just love this game because New Years Eve isn't to fun for kids so this gives them something to look forward. You sit in a circle as the person next to you has to role doubles you get to unroll the ball of fun. I put in gift cards, gum, candy, money, it's loads of fun. 

 My friend's son is super smart and started selling these super cool lasers. They are unreal, they look like star wars light sabers. The kids said it was one of their favorite gifts ever. I have one more round of Christmas photos to share from my camera. The kids went back to school on Tuesday. It was such a long but relaxing break. The weather has been chilly for us, not typical! I think we are ready for spring, I sure am!! With the new year, we have the kids doing more chores and even cooking. These meal kits from our local grocery store are perfect for kids to learn how to cook. It's nice to have a fresh start. I am really looking forward to 2018. I think its going to be a great year for us!! The last couple have been a bit rough but we are on a upswing. Rob has a new job that is less crazy he was working insane hours so that alone is great. Jaden has been having some issues with growth the last year or so. I think after many medial tests we have some answers so that is better then wondering, worrying and guessing. Unfortunately Dr. thinks he has Chron's like Drew. So with some medication he will be able to absorb food better which will help him grow. It has been tough but we can only go up from here. As a friend once said, "you are all still here" yes so so true. Can't wait to see how these kids change in 2018. Every month it seems they change, learn and grow from life lessons. They are my favorite people.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Wonderful Christmas

I hope all our friends and family had a wonderful Christmas and New Year!  I am all over the place with this blog. I have some fun pictures and some of these are older, that I forgot about it. Like Rob's Birthday in November!! I try to keep up but as these kids are getting older I have less time. Isn't that crazy, they are at school all day but I feel like I am driving everywhere and when I get home I am either cooking, cleaning or exhausted.
I surprised the kids with these little Pop Vinyls for good grade cards. Everyone is doing very well!! Jaden is having a transition with 9th grade. He took to many classes in my opinion but that is how he will learn. I hate seeing my kids suffer but it's part of life. He is doing well but took all AP and a college credit course. Drew is getting all A's he is working so hard. This is the best year he has had. Lauren continues to excel in school and being a leader. She just loves going to school!!
I got  new computer for Christmas, life is so high tech...A sign that I am getting is older is that although it is neat I don't really care as long as it works! I have stuff off my old computer and on my new computer so pictures are all out of order and I may find some other old ones I forgot to post.
Here are my decorations from Christmas 2017, I typically stay in similar style and change up a few things. I am not big on trends but love classic casual styles. The kids always comment when they see friends trees that have all the family ornaments, and say "Mom look, it's just like yours" ha ha wink!! In fairness I do have family ornaments but everything goes together and we have a family tree but I didn't put it out this year.
I love this tree but half the lights went out so I had to put more on!! These pre-lit trees are great but you only have about 4-5 years of use. This tree has a lot of cream, and blue with natural branches and gold. I like it but I also miss my red ornaments so I might pull those out next year. Something different, it's been a long time since I pulled out the red.
I got a little flocked tree for my sitting room, I love flocked trees! Very messy though
Elf my favorite movie, I was so thrilled to find a Buddy shirt. The boys had a ugly sweater contest for youth group. I think they turned out pretty ugly/cute. The next week we hosted our youth group boys for a weekend retreat. The kids were great, only issue is Drew and a few other kids got the flu. I hate the flu!! It's been so bad this year!! I hate seeing my babies sick!!
Lauren had her 4th grade breakfast and party at school, I remember when Drew had his. Time sure is flying, and Miss Lauren is almost as tall as me now. One of my friends posted on Facebook that Rob looked like he had a man bun... lol!! (never)
My sweet friend and Lauren teacher, so blessed by her. We met my parents in Lufkin which is about half way for both of us. They were going to see my stepbrother in Lubbock over Christmas so we didn't see them. We had a great day!
If you know my mom, she is so funny but she doesn't even try. She is very cute and innocent and a serial oversharer (: We are walking out of target and she randomly asks a stranger to take our picture. Mind you she finds a non-english speaking person. This is what we got!! I think it is hysterical, we posted it on facebook and everyone wanted to fix it but I want to remember the story and laugh at it. My dad took the kids to see Star Wars which they loved. My mom and I shopped and Rob was on a conference call, which he didn't mind.
We had such a nice break the kids had 2 1/2 weeks off. It was so long but really great. We did a lot of family things, eating out, movies, games, day trips, relaxing. I was in my happy place being at home, drinking wine, watching movies. It doesn't get much better then being with those you love. I have many more pictures to post, hopefully shortly.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

December Fun

Texas has the best weather!! Last week it actually snowed!! We could not believe it!! Apparently it only snows every 7yrs or something crazy and it normally never sticks. The snow we got was beautiful fluffy snow that was great for snowballs. I posted some pictures below but the great thing was by the next day it was in the 70's and sunny again!!. Last weekend we went to see my parents and went to Canton, TX. Canton is like the holy grail of shopping for woman who like crafts, antiques and home decor. My parents live only a hour away so it defiantly was worth the trip and I am sure I will be back. Not sure if I will bring the kids though, not much fun for them. 
They have booth after booth of stuff. Although I liked it, a lot of it was the same, farmhouse decor, T-shirts with fancy lettering, same jewelry. Outside they have more flea market style stuff and we didn't find much but it would be better like I said without kids so I could actually take more time.
Here is our Houston Snow!! Oh my gosh I have never seen kids so excited. We woke the kids up early so they could experience the fun! Apparently everyone in Houston was just as excited, I saw post after post. Some of these kids have never seen snow, kids were so filled with joy everywhere. Even the school let the kids go out and play, so cool.
We even made a little snowman, this picture is a illusion he was sitting on our table and was quite tiny, but he looks big!!
Thankfully Buddy was found, he was actually lost for quite a while!
I started playing Bunco with a bunch of my friends from our neighborhood. It's super fun, once a month I get out of the house, and laugh. These are some great ladies.
Christmas is out at our place, I will post some pics soon.
I love these fur babies!! They even pose for pictures, I have them trained well. I finally broke down and bought the Instant Pot, have you tried it? So far we have had a few good things, I made spaghetti from a receipt off of pinterest, kids and Rob did not like it. The boys secretly later told me that dad who already doesn't love pasta said it tasted like cafeteria food. So there you go!! Apparently Pinterest or Instant Pot are not fool proof. So many good ideas and suggestions but not all are great. I am on the search for some better things. It does cook rice well, and hard boiled eggs, true rocket science!
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