Thursday, November 27, 2014

Welcome Please Come In

I'm finally done with most of our Christmas decorations. Last year we were living in the hotel so this is our first year in our new home for Christmas.We are enjoying it so much!! I started a couple weeks ago and did a little here and there. I have so much stuff half was useful and a lot didn't work. I still have stuff in my spare bedroom everywhere I need to make a donation and really got through stuff and organize. I had to come up with a whole new plan on where I wanted stuff hopefully next year it will go faster. 

I love these wreaths, so cute only $16. I bought them at Ross which is such a hit or miss store. I never go in there looking for anything I need it just changes from day to day. From pure junk to stuff that is really cute, you never know. We have a ton here so I go to a couple different ones every couple weeks.
We bought a new tree for our entrance it's really pretty and fits perfectly. I made this tree my Pottery Barn inspired tree. Everything is gold, silver, natural. The garland on my banister is a bunch of greens I already had that I layered to make work. I need to buy some more but I was trying to swing it with all the stuff I already had. It's amazing how you can make things work. Sometimes I think I need new but then I start getting creative and it works.
 In my kitchen living area I have my other tree, it's pretty much right around the corner. I love this tree! It's such a beautiful bright natural looking tree. When we moved from Columbus our church friends gave us a awesome gift card so we bought this and I love it.

Rob's boss went pheasant hunting so I had Rob text him to bring me home a few feathers, I am so glad I did!!
 At night things look so cozy
 I found the best ribbon this year I will post some close ups tomorrow but I tried some new stuff this year and I am happy with everything.

I will have some more pictures soon. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Good Times

We have had a lot going on lately. The kids are all in really nice stages and they all seem happy. Report cards came home a month or so ago and all the kids received A's but there was one B! I'm so proud and what a accomplishment. They have worked really hard. School is demanding here I am really impressed with our schools. They have added so much to the curriculum it can be tough. The math is unreal, I have pretty much given up with Jaden's math. I can barely remember how to do Drew's. Not only that they have to teach the kids five different methods to figure out one problem and I don't know much about these long drawn out explanations. That is how it is so we go with it and the kids seems to understand. Jaden also was awarded Leader Of The Pack. It's a great honor to be chosen buy your classmates to receive this award which represents leadership, kindness, attitude. I'm very proud of him and all the kids. I have to remind them that I am proud of them when they give a good effort. which is not always A's. Sometimes they mess up, and it's okay.
My step-brother and his family came to visit us they live in Lubbock. They flew down along with our parents and our families had a fun weekend. The boys went to a Texan's game and had a great time. The kids loved having little Camile around a few days. 

It It was nice to see my mom, we always have fun together.Last week our church hosted Change the Story  It was really really good. It takes you through three unique true stories of kids lives living in extreme poverty. All three of my kids really enjoyed it and it made them more thankful for their lives and our daily conviences we take for granted. I highly recommend going if it comes to a city near you. Adoption and orphan care is very near and dear to my heart. I have great compassion for children, it's where my heart breaks. Kids are so awesome and each child in this world is special, just wish they all had a chance and parents to love them ):

 I hope many children get sponsored through this ministry.
You walk room to room listening and seeing these heart wrenching stories that are the daily life of kids all over our world. I felt so humbled and grateful when I left but so sad in many ways. 
Looking forward to the Holidays To Come. Either life truly is faster or it just gets faster and faster as we age. I just put up the trees because before I know it Christmas will be over. I want to enjoy and be thankful for each day!

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Lauren's First Daddy Daughter Dance

Lauren is growing up and doing well in first grade. Her school holds a daddy daughter dance each year. So cute and such a great idea!!
 I was really proud of her hair, since I did it myself. Black hair can be a little more tricky but it's beautiful and the styles are endless. She looks a lot more grown up with the curls.

 My baby
 Lauren picked out daddy's clothes for the dance. I love the bow-tie!

They had a great time and danced all night.
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Proud Of My Husband

Rob was copied in on this letter a parent wrote about him. I don't post this to brag but to encourage the true reasons why kids should play sports. I am so proud of Rob! He honestly is a wonderful coach  and the kids and parents love him the same. Sports have been a big part of his life from as long as he could remember. Sports has helped him with trials in life throughout his childhood and into adulthood. I asked him how sports changed his life and his answer was that it gave him perseverance and confidence that made him who he is. He recalled going to a camp called Yes I Can Camp and he said that they build you up as a player but also teach you what you do wrong so that you can do better the next time by not letting your failures become your demise. He also was blessed with positive coaches and a few not so positive coaches to learn what not to do. Rob is a excellent athlete, sports comes natural to him but he often says he was not the best athlete but wanted to be so he worked really hard and challenged himself to be even better. A lot of dad's ask him if he played professional sports because of his knowledge and his coaching abilities I always kid that it is good for his ego (: He does have a natural way of taking a average team and making them winners. This comes without breaking them down but building them up to see how much better they can be when they work hard and play the right way. He is positive and encouraging teaching the kids skills but also respect, heart, and being a team player. Sports is a lot more then winning although he loves to win as most do that is not what develops an athlete. He want the kids to truly learn the sport and gain confidence. I wish he would write a book on how to properly coach kids it is more then a passion it his calling. With the way youth sports has turned I am afraid way to many kids are missing out on the opportunity and lessons from sports and will not want to play. To many coaches and even some parents are teaching their kids the wrong lessons. From simply building over confidence in the best athletes to ignoring the less skilled players they are not going to have winsome behavior in the long run. I really do hope that more coaches really think about why they are coaching and what their goal and purposes are. Saying all of this I am proud of you Rob!
 Always patient yet intense

 Drew is proud of his dad too

Oh and Happy 39th Birthday Rob we all love you so much!
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