Thursday, March 16, 2017


I don't know about you but for me if something doesn't come easy or I'm not progressing toward a goal I give up. Not the best quality and I'm not proud to say that our oldest son is following in my footsteps but it is what it is. Dieting? If I don't lost a couple pounds within a week I'm done. Playing an instrument? Well, just ask my parents about that one. Don't get me wrong. I am a determined, hard working gal but I'm also a "yesterday" girl, meaning I want IMMEDIATE results. So my current goal? To run 13.1 miles at the Rock N Rock Half Marathon next month in Nashville. That means I should be running about 8-9 miles two to three times a week if I was properly training. I'm not. I run about 3-4 mile runs once, maybe twice (if I'm lucky) a week. Let me break it down for you non-runners. That's not good. I can't fathom running 13.1 miles at this point. But, one thing I can't stand more than not reaching a goal is wasting money. And I already paid a pretty penny to run 13.1 miles (Yes, I know that's a crazy concept). So I will persevere. I will do my best. I may not run half of the half marathon but I will finish it. Because this time I will finish something I started, complete a goal I've set. Do or die, I will finish my 3rd half marathon in 44 days....and counting.....

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Mad Soccer Skills!

You ever despise something only to look back on it nostalgically later in life? That's me with soccer. My brother played on several soccer teams during his youth. I got tired of going to all the practices and games. Now I look back on those years fondly. So I was thrilled when E said he wanted to play soccer once he turned 4. Earlier this week was his first game on the Tigers team. For the first thirty minutes of the game he stood around, watching everyone play around him. When I asked him why he wasn't kicking the ball he replied, "Everyone is fighting over it and I'm just waiting my turn." Oh my sweet boy! All it took, however, was his best friend getting in the game and showing him how to take charge. Those two quickly became the "Dynamic Duo". If they're in the game together they're practically unstoppable. The two of them score ALL of the goals and they love to show off their mad soccer skills. I'm bummed that the season only lasts a month but I hope this is the start of a long soccer career because he loves it so much....and I love watching him!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Time Flies!!

Hi, welcome back my friend! I guess it's been awhile. To be honest, other than my husband reminding me once in awhile that I haven't blogged, I had kind of forgotten about it. That's what happens when you move into a new house, get sick, work, have people over every week, have your boys get sick, work even more, get sick again, have more people over and repeat.
Let's rewind so I can give you the Reader's Digest version. We packed up our rental house and moved into OUR new house the middle of January. We are 98% unpacked (Still have a couple pictures to hang and the office/guest room to organize) but the last of it isn't a top priority...obviously. We love our house and love having people over to our house. Last weekend was the first weekend we hadn't had anyone over to see our house/have dinner. It's such a blessing having a house you love, a house you want to welcome people into!
When we haven't been entertaining people we've been fighting illness. P broke out in a horrible rash a couple days after we moved. He was misdiagnosed and one doctor had me believing that he might actually go blind in his left eye. Rob and I were beside ourselves with worry. We tag teamed taking time off work to stay home with him and give him medicine around the clock. After dealing with this for over a week and not seeing much improvement, I took him back to his regular pediatrician. She immediately diagnosed it as impetigo and he was on the road to recovery within 24 hours. After that scare, E got sick with strep/the flu. A few days after being on antibiotics he woke up, screaming that his ear hurt. One of my students was staying with us during that time and we were worried that E would wake up the house. So Rob stayed up with him most of the night while I would relieved him for an hour or two so he could sleep.. The next day it was confirmed what we already guessed....E had a severe ear infection. After Rob gave him a dose of his *new* medicines he slept almost around the clock. From there I was blessed to get bronchitis, a sinus infection and an ear infection. Oye! Not often do I get to the point where all I want to do is lay around but I was there for about a week. Knock on wood but we're all healthy at the moment...and I pray that it stays that way.
E started soccer a few weeks ago and he couldn't be more excited! He couldn't wait to turn 4 so he'd be old enough to play soccer. So far he's done well at practice and is thrilled to play his first game tomorrow! (Actually, he's excited to play because he thinks he'll be getting a trophy after his game. Little does he know....)
On top of teaching, I've been super busy with photography commitments. The weather is warming up (It never really cooled off this Winter) and people are itching to get their picture taken. I also got wrangled into being the official school photographer, which has been quite a time commitment. I had last week off from school and it was nice to get photography stuff done as well as house projects. P had a couple days off as well so I had fun with the boys! P had his best friend come over for a sleepover and E "hosted" a play date lunch at the house.
Rob just had his one year management review and was told what we already knew...this position is a great match for him. He got a great review and was told he'll be promoted (a year earlier than originally told he would have the chance for promotion).
The next few months will be super busy for the both of us with our work commitments, E's soccer schedule, house projects, fishing and the end of the school year. I'll blog when I can but don't hold your breath for another one any time soon. Until then....enjoy the weather whether it's warm (like here), raining a lot (like in Cali) or snowing over 55 feet (like in Nevada)!!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Life Update

If I have internet I don't have time. If I have time I don't have internet...or access to my laptop. So, at the moment I have internet but am short on time. But I thought I'd give ya a heads up on what we've been up to the past 3 weeks or so.
After my last blog, P finished out his football season strong. The team did well and learned a lot. P seems to eat, breathe and sleep football these days and can't wait until next season.
The Sunday before we left, our church choir did the Christmas performance. Our church is still pretty "raw" from the flood so it added that much more to the service since the theme was "Home for Christmas". Rob's family came to hear P and I sing in the choir and then afterwards we celebrated Christmas. Boy, we all got spoiled! It was rushed due to the bad weather and Jay's work schedule but it was nice to be able to enjoy lunch together and see each other open presents.
The day after P finished his football season we boarded a plane and flew to Cali. It's the first time since we moved here that we were all able to fly together. With the delays and mishaps with airports, it was so nice to have Rob along to help. After how well both boys did (E can be a little difficult on flights), Rob doesn't believe me that it's hard to fly solo with the boys. I think I'll let him test that out one of these days. HA! We enjoyed a nice 10 days with my family and got in lots of family time. Rob and I went to Reno one day, on a couples' date one night and for nightly walks. Other than that, we hung out with my family at the house (Josh and Ashley were there, too, which was a bonus!). Christmas was nice as always. My parents outdid themselves to make sure it was a special day. Once again, we were all spoiled. Between both of our families, we walked away from Christmas getting everything we wanted and then some!
E got to celebrate his 4th birthday in Cali before we flew home the next day. In our house, the birthday person gets to choose how he/she celebrates their special day so he wanted to go to Chick Fil A and ice skating. He also wanted a "Chubby Cheeks" cake (my parents' "pet" squirrel that they feed on their back fence every day). We had so much fun and laughed quite a bit!
While we were out West, we found out that we did indeed get the house we had been in escrow with! We are so excited to move into our new home this upcoming weekend. That being said, we're all back in school and are packing/getting ready to move. So don't expect an update any time soon. Until then, enjoy some pictures from the past few weeks...

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Giver's Heart

When you become a parent you worry. Or maybe I'm the only parent who worries. But I worry about my boys' salvation, their safety, that they become productive members of society, that they grow up to be better givers than receivers...yada, yada, yada. So it always warms my heart when I see the fruits of our labor prosper. A few weeks ago E and I went to buy clothes for a foster boy who didn't have much this Christmas. I was explaining to E why we were buying clothes and books for someone other than him. He didn't say much but was quick to pick out clothes and books he thought the boy would like. Afterwards I had to run to Walmart to get a few things before picking P up from school. As we were crossing the parking lot, E saw the "Christmas Crusade" trailer that the local sheriff dept sets up every year. He asked what it was but instead of me explaining it to him, I told him to ask one of the police officers to explain it to him. The officer told E that they were accepting new toys for kids who flooded this year. E asked if we could donate a toy so how could I say no? He took his time, looking for just the right toy, something that he would like to receive. He proudly chose a toy truck and took it to the trailer as we left the store. The officer gladly accepted it, making a big deal out of E bringing them a toy for a child. He took a picture of him, which was then posted on the sheriff's FB page the following day. The beauty of this experience is that not once did he ask for something for himself (a rarity when we shop). He realized that there were kids that didn't have anything this year and he was more than happy to give than receive. My heart is less thing for this mama to worry about!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Date Night

My life consists of maxi skirts, yoga pants, baseball caps, flip flops, little make-up...basically the life of a mom/photographer/teacher. So when Rob said he wanted to take me on a date and to dress up nice I was thrilled. OK, thrilled isn't the word only because it had been a long week and all I wanted to do was watch Hallmark movies in my sweats. But I'm so glad I didn't! I got all gussied up as did he. We headed to a very high class steak house, one I've wanted to try but we've never spent that kind of money on dinner before. To add to the excitement the LSU football team was having dinner close by our table. They're local heroes so I enjoyed it just for that fact alone (although the only one we talked to was Coach O). The meal was fantastic and I loved everything about our evening...even Christmas shopping for E in heels afterwards. It was nice to feel like a princess if only for a few hours. Love our date nights when we can sneak away!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Oh Christmas Tree!

People throw out the term "OCD" like it's not a clinical illness that needs to be treated by a doctor. So I won't say I'm OCD about Christmas decorations but I am particular and kind of a control freak about it. I thought, this year, I'd be smart and have the boys decorate their own tree like my brother and I did as children so I could have free reign over our big tree. It was the tallest tree we've ever had (and the most expensive!) so I wanted Rob to help put it in the stand and then I'd do the rest. Well, needless to say, that didn't happen. Rob took over the lights halfway up the tree and the boys put way more ornaments on the same branch than should be legal. But, you know what? It may lean and 75% of the ornaments may be on the bottom four branches of the tree but it's our perfectly imperfect tree. And when the boys look back on their childhood they won't remember it looking funky. They'll remember the Christmas carols we sang and the family effort we put into making it OUR tree.