Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Organizing and Family

I decided one day enough was enough. I had stacks of school papers, photos, art work, report cards, school notes, memories just thrown in bins and the bins were so full they were not even shutting. I guess my life is very hectic lately, gone are the days of staying home hours upon hours and not having to go anywhere. Back when the kids were little although I was tired I had a very organized house. They would play or watch a movie and I had time to clean and organize. Now I am going everywhere all the time. I came up with a plan. My friend Shannon gave me a antique dresser that she was going to give away. So I painted it and thought I could use it as extra storage. I still have three baby bins with all the kids baby stuff and then I have three dresser drawer designated to each one of them that should give me a few more years. This way I don't just have stacks of junk.  Look at these pictures....Anyway it was a trip down memory lane. I seriously was depressed for a few days after doing this. It made me sad seeing how time has passed so quickly realizing raising kids is just a blink. It wasn't all sad but a happy sad just loving at picture and seeing the kids grow up. There were so many milestones and sad photos too of Drew's hospitals stays. The emotions of a family and everything we have gone through the good and the bad has been documented. I am really proud of our family, we have overcome a lot of challenging good and bad times whenever that is the kids health, adoption, moving and just normal life. We are still all here and better in so many ways, these times have made us who we are. I even had all our first love letters and notes saved in big bundle. We were just kids when we met. I was eighteen and he was twenty two, two years later we were married.  Looking back on that young girl I would have told her so much but would have I even wanted to know. Part of life is the learning and the journey of figuring it out and experiencing growth. I have known Rob now for almost 21 years, more then half my life. Everyone said I was to young but it was the best decision of my life. I would not have the family I have or be who I am without him.

Here it is all painted and under my stair storage, this is where we go during storms or hurricanes it's a nice little space for storage. Now each kid has a drawer and I have a drawer for my mom mementos and one on top of old family photos. I feel so much better abut this space, now I can actually find stuff. One day each kid will enjoy looking through all their memories.
Getting ready for summer!! My Grandma came to visit all the way from Ohio with my Aunt, I believe she is 92!! We showed her around , she really liked HEB. She watched me a lot growing up and showed me how to cook and braid hair. She is a bit of a perfectionist and has a funny sense of humor, always a story. It was so nice to see everyone and I am so glad she made it down to TX!!

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Camp and Tennis

I love these pictures so much!! The boys went to their camp last weekend for kids with chron's disease. It is such a great experience because they get to do some amazing things. Many people don't realize but when your kids has any sort of medical complication it's not easy to send them to camp. They are getting older so I am not as scared but it is so reassuring that their are nurses and Dr's there. They get to meet other kids that have gone through some stuff many of the kids at the camp have even had liver transplants. So the boys got to hear from some kids that have gone through some really scary stuff but it all makes them not feel not so alone. They also get to do the most amazing things ever!! Zip lining, parties, great food,sports, fishing horseback riding, recording studio, canoeing, petting zoo's and fishing and more. The camp itself is beautiful and the people who work there and  the volunteers are angels on earth. One the way we had to stop and see the bluebonnets that are at their peak.
Drew is a huge history guy, we were driving on a back road and he wanted to see a old graveyard. He came across the grave of William Travis's son grave. Travis was a lieutenant in the Texas Army during the The Texas Revolution and died during the Alamo. It was unexpected and he was able to share the with his teacher which she now is going to check out.

 So beautiful!! I love Texas we have hills and country and beach and desert and farms all within a few hours of our house it seems. Picture is super dorky of me but I just love these flowers!! Lauren had a great weekend because it was all about her no boys around. We went out to eat a couple times, she went to Volleyball and we went to church on Saturday because we went Sunday to pick up the boys. She is so athletic, and volleyball is going well. She is getting it and is so strong. She also won the Dude Perfect hat below at church for throwing a football in a basketball hoop across the gym. Of course Miss Little Competitive with her amazing arm got it after a couple tries, she won the hat! She was so excited and proud.
Love this picture and these two.
Drew is doing well in Tennis, but last week got a sinus infection so missed his match. He really enjoys it and is doing well. The kids are nice and it's a great sport for him.
Super proud of him, he plays doubles mostly and they play well together. This week we have another match, can't wait!!
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Friday, April 20, 2018

Easter and Beach Day

We had such a nice Easter, great church service and look who I ran into Lauren's teacher!! I love her she has been nothing but great to Lauren and me too!! 
Boy these baskets look tiny, the life of teenagers and my one little one left!! The kids want gift cards, and of course money! Sounds terrible we go from church to our annual family Easter egg hunt which consists of hidden money in eggs, ha ha. They absolutely love looking for plastic eggs with money. This year I added a few more golden eggs with a little more money in those, and one egg with the jackpot. Easter is so important to us but saying all this they are kids and this is pure fun. Also tooo funny that Easter feel on April Fools this year.

A stop at Buc-ee's of course and onto Galveston area. It's not the best beach but still the ocean which is better then a lake in my book. I would still live there!! It's not to far and I love the beach so anyway I get the beach I am thrilled.
Love these kiddos!! Even Hudson had fun!

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