Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Almost summer, Mother's Day, Awards


So much going on.. Same story but we are always busy and running from thing to thing. Kids last day of school is tomorrow I can't wait! Drew finished tennis and got to go to the district meet, he was eliminated but it was a great experience for his first year in a large school district. Kids are growing and eating non stop, I think I spend half of every day at our local HEB. They even know me when I come in. Drew took Human Services this year, think Home Economics back in my day. I really loved this class for him. He learned how to do laundry, cook and budgeting. He even helped me make a meal for one of our neighbors and didn't hesitate. He really will make a good husband some day.
So cool last month we went to a Pro Golf Tournament it actually was really fun and we got to see the senior pro tour, it was right in our area and on tv.
Lauren had her last school project on Australia, she made Lamington's. She really enjoys cooking and she was so proud. She really is great at presentation and cutting up vegetables and fruit. Kids love jobs and to help, I think it makes them feel very proud.
We have been having tons of fun with our Texas Family. I just love my friend Shannon! I met her back in February I think. We have so much in common it is scary and get each others sense of humor. Her son and Drew are buddies too and we go to the same church. Its been great to meet her and hang out. We saw the new Melissa McCarthy movie last month and had a great time. Jaden and I also have been volunteering every Saturday at Petsmart with their cat rescue group. We clean cages and let the babies out. Jaden loves it so much. Volunteering is so important, it overall brings so much happiness. Jaden is also earning volunteer hours for high school so it's a win win plus we love it!! Pirate is below he only has one eye.  A lot of our kitties are special needs. Some have had surgery or taken out of bad situation or neglected. We also get kittens that are so cute.
Look who came and saw us!! Lily our foster dog, her new owner Miss Fran surprised us and brought her to see us. She remembered us and was as sweet as can be. I had a great Mothers Day a few weeks back. Rob and the kids took me to the Drive through animal zoo. I have never laughed so hard in all my life. They were following us the minute we drove in, several heads at once all wanting food. The animals are great and friendly but they looovve food. There was slobber and drool it was so funny. At first it was so overwhelming the kids were screaming because the ostrich were so aggressive but they were not mean they just wanted food. They are so big, especially when their enormous eyes and beak are 5 inches from your face. Jaden and I got to hold a baby monkey and otter. Jaden used to say monkeys freaked him out but I think his fear is gone, the little baby was only 6 weeks old and adorable. We fed the giraffes lettuce it was a little hillbilly but all and all one of the best days of my life. It was the perfect family day! 



We had burgers and the kids got me shoes, you may have heard of them. They are online only so I kept holding out, but they are good.. I think the box alone sold me and the flower.
So proud of my girl, today she had her awards ceremony. Lauren got all A and B's all year and got called up for a special science award. This girl loves science so I was so proud of her. She is the same kid that got up at 4:30 am to see the lunar eclipse. I hope that she always loves science. She loves math too!! I love that she is smart and funny and nice. So many great qualities in this kid. More to come soon! This summer I am going to organize and get caught up. I am afraid I have missed so many stories and lessons but I will try and post what I can remember so I have these memories one day. Happy Summer Everyone!!

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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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