Monday, June 27, 2016

CO Trip Part 1

We set off last week for our family trip to CO. We met up with Rob's dad and wife (grandma Terri) and Rob's sister and brother and all their kids. They all drove in from AZ. It was a big family reunion that was loads of fun. We all get along great and the kids have never met it had been years since we were all together. We all agreed way to long but I am glad we went. Family is everything to me and I want my kids to see how important it is to be with those that you love. Saying all this it was a long drive around 17 hrs. The kids actually did great, thanks to tablets and wifi!! We made it to Amarillo and stopped at Cadillac Ranch, The Big Texan and spent the night. The next day we decided to keep going through Santa Fe and just drive into Durango.
I guess this is one of those places you can say you have been.
We did not eat the 72oz steak challenge but when we were there someone was trying. Cool place, the steak was really good!! We stopped at this place that had all the stations of the cross. I have almost the same picture of Jaden when he was about 4 helping Jesus with the cross.
We stopped in Santa Fe and had to visit this beautiful and historic catholic church. We even lit a candle and added prayer requests.
Drew is to funny, The Dab with the statue. We finally made it to beautiful Durango
Lauren and her Cousin Cheyenne, they were instant friends. 
Rob with his dad and siblings
Drew with his grandparents
Here we are in the middle of nowhere watching the Cavs game on an old TV, we were going crazy so glad they won!!
My boys growing up!!
love these pictures, such a beautiful day. We took a hike and stopped at this beautiful creek
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Monday, June 13, 2016

Summer Fun

I pulled this off my phone, but what a honor for Lauren to meet Simone Biles. Simone lives in our neighborhood and has her Gym right down the road from our house. She came to a luncheon for a neighborhood fundraiser and talked to all the girls and signed autographs. She is very sweet, I know she will do great in Brazil.
Last month as I was trimming the bushes I came across my first Copperhead. It wasn't a real big one but it was alarming. I don't like to kill things but I also don't want it to bite my kids and the snake needed to go. I luckily found this girl who will come pick up any snake in your yard and release it in a non residential area. I just gave her a donation to her cause. I am a huge animal lover although not a huge snake lover but I do respect them.
Lauren made this all by herself one day. She is very self motivated at times. I thought it was really creative and neat.
Summer Fun, my mom came for over a week. Now that she is retired she can visit for longer. We had a great time. Although it rained a ton she was a big help with running my house. It is so nice to have my mom around, mom's are magical.
So glad it's pool time again
Rob and Jaden, at Cracker Barrel.
 Our pre meal shopping trip!! Mom and I waited over an hour to get in Tory Burch. It was a fun memory but very hot!! I think the mall was so crowded because everyone and their brothers' second uncle was sick of being in the house due to the flooding.
Jaden found a new hobby called Geocaching. These little treasure hunts are all around the world. On his phone their is a App that has a GPS that tells you where the catches are. Mostly they are just tiny and you sign your name. Both boys and all of us really think it's fun. We are hoping to do some on our way to CO on our vacation soon. This one was in a Walmart parking lot.
Crosby enjoying my Birthday flowers. Rob was so sweet he hand picked all the flowers for this arrangement knowing my favorite flowers and colors. Peonies and Hydrangeas are my favorites. I had a nice birthday and my mom was even here to celebrate.
We went on a quick business trip already with Rob to Dallas. We had to stop at one of the famous In And Out Burgers. It had a neat 50's vibe but we still prefer our favorite Whataburger.
We meet one of Rob's coworkers families at Dave And Busters and let the kids have some fun.  Fun times, $150 later I have three amazing stuffed animals, a skeleton bank in a casket, and a sticky octopus. The kids had fun though!!
Jaden was in all his glory at a Tesla showroom. I even got him a Tesla hat that he loves. So far summer is kicking off to be loads of fun. Hoping we continue with many more adventures these next couple months.
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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Life Is A Marathon

 We have had a crazy couple months. I did not even have the words to post what has happened to our  home. At this time our house is referred to Alcatraz. A couple months ago Houston got another huge storm/flood. It woke me up at 3:00am to the sound of lighting/thunder and crazy wind. I immediately checked my phone and there were tornado's in the area. We had to get the kids in the storm closet twice that night and the kids were cancelled from school for a couple days. Luckily we did not have a tornado but we had wind damage and some roof leak that came into our house and ruined all our floors. So dealing with insurance and contractors and living in a mess has not been pleasant. We got hit again last week with another flood. This area has not seen this amount of water in years, and it has created many issues. I will post pictures soon, but it is all depressing. We are able to live in the house but it is going to be some time until everything is fixed. The show must go on. So during all this we have had end of school activities and Drew has not been his best. Not exactly sure what is going on there. We have visited the Emergency room twice with not a lot of answers just inflammation in his intestine. Not sure if his medicine is still even working. To say the least it has been a lot. I am relying on our faith to get through this not so pleasant time and knowing that there is a reason for all of this. The house will get fixed and we will be okay, it's just a lot to handle at once. Life continues, the good and the bad. One awesome thing is summer break is here so I can rejoice!
Lauren tried something new this year, swim team. So far we really like it but it is a lot of commitment  as far as practice and early morning meets. Lauren likes everything so it is hard to pinpoint exactly what she loves. We are trying to get her to stay committed and to work hard. Last Saturday she had a really good meet. She worked hard and had a good attitude. It's so nice to see her be proud of herself. She has some really nice friends at swimming so it has been positive.
Lauren was happy to be put in the freestyle relay Saturday.

Jaden took the ACT earlier this year (7th grade) through the Duke TIP program. He did well enough to qualify for state recognition. My mom even came to see him get his award at A&M. Last friday we drove up for the awards through yet another storm. Houston has been underwater for 2months now it seems. Through the heavy rain we pursued... so very excited for him only to receive notice that it had been canceled due to flooding. So many parents were disappointed. We ended up driving up there since we were almost there. It was worth it, since we were able to tour the campus and take pictures. I felt bad for all the kids since this is such a academic accomplishment.
Nana and Jaden
Love this picture, proud mama
I have some more pics to post soon that are on my camera.
Drew received a Citizenship award. I am so proud of him. He missed so much school this last 9 weeks but still maintained good grades and a good attitude dealing with lots of pain. Not many kids receive awards probably only about 75 out of 700 kids. He is a great kid!!
Lauren received all A's again. She also received class Sweetheart. They have these adorable class awards that her teacher made up and framed for each child. Her teacher is absolutely amazing and a beautiful lady inside and out. 
More to come soon!!! 

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