Monday, October 13, 2014

Everybody Wants To Rule The World

Welcome to your life
There's no turning back
Even while we sleep
We will find you

Acting on your best behavior
Turn your back on Mother Nature
Everybody wants to rule the world

MY baby turned 8 years old this week....sniff sniff.  He got his highly anticipated and overly requested iPod Touch.  He was VERY happy about it.  

My other adorable nephew turned 4 months and started on solids...I giggle because..are they really solid.  Cutest baby ever!  I can't wait to see him in a few days.
Open Wide

I dare you to not smile when you see this picture, he exudes joy.

This week was Homecoming.  I don't think my sweet girl could have been any more excited.  I have a very talented friend who made a garter for Dallas to give her boyfriend.  Heaven knows I am not crafty.  I am blessed in the friend department though.  Dallas received the most beautiful mum that her boyfriend's mom made, and girlfriend was antsy to see it!

This picture shocks me.... who are these almost grown kids that look like my kids.

Ready to go to school and show that bad boy off.

Headed off to the Homecoming game.
Half Marathon training. Well, it's going wonderful.   Is it race day yet?

Monday, October 6, 2014

That's How Strong My Love Is

If I was the sun way up there
I'd go with love most everywhere
I'll be the moon when the sun goes down
Just to let you know that I'm still around.

That's how strong my love is baby.
That's how strong my love is.
's how strong my love is baby
That's how strong my love is.
He has taken to sucking on his bottom lip... Brady..not Matt.

Does this sweet boy not look like a Kewpie doll or what?

Just a bunch of boys enjoying Brady's first time on the trampoline.

We had a WONDERFUL weekend.  My baby was in town and he is just the best thing ever.  I love him so much.  He is growing so fast.  My sister in law had a wonderful idea to take the kids to a pumpkin patch and the weather was great.  Everyone had a great time.

Enough with the pictures Aunt Mandy.

If you're wondering......he is THE boyfriend.

Looks just like my brother here.  Seriously, cannot get any cuter.

1/2 Marathon training.... I did my first ever 10 mile training run Sunday morning.  The weather was gorgeous, and I did wonderful.  I just ran my butt wherever I wanted...and I kinda like it.  I happened to cross paths with my two running buddies..and we laughed about it.  I am already thinking about next week's long run.  I think I'm going to be just fine for the actual event..although I am still nervous.  I'm looking forward to more training runs..and running all over town in the early morning hours.  I can do this!!

Monday, September 29, 2014


You get your hands in it, plant your roots in it
Dusty head light dance with your boots in it
You write her name on it, spin your tires on it
Build your corn field, whiskey bonfires on it
You bet your life on it

It's that elm shade red rust clay you grew up on
That plowed-up ground that your dad damned his luck on
That post-game party field you circle up on
And when it rains you get stuck on
Drift a cloud back behind county roads that you run up
The mud on her jeans that she peeled off and hung up
Her blue-eyed summertime smile looks so good that it hurts
Makes you wanna build a ten percent down white picket fence house on this dirt

You know you came from it and someday you’ll return to this...

Busy as usual around here.  We have had some fun fun things going on.  A local carnival..which was a first for the kids.  Carter did not know what to expect....and was pleasantly surprised.  Volleyball games...volleyball tournaments at surrounding towns.   She enjoys collecting tee shirts from them.  I really enjoy watching my girl and her athletic prowess.  She gets better and better every time...and is so darned cute while playing.  Zumba events with the best gym girls ever.  We celebrated National Dance Day at Sundance Square in Fort much fun.  Weddings and family events.  My sweet Aunt got married and we celebrated with the ones we love.  Carter enjoyed beating on a pinata.  A good time was had by all.  I think this is my favorite time of year.  The weather is becoming so enjoyable.  It has been excellent for early morning runs.  The holidays are on their way!!!!  Three of my babies have birthdays all clumped together..which means celebrations.....and cake...and happiness.    I signed up for my half marathon.  Training is going well, even though I am muddling through an over training issue with the hips.  I won't be stopped.  I am more determined and excited than ever.  My sweet Brady is growing and learning.  He is such a joy to the whole family.  We love him so much.  Happiness and thankfulness abound this morning as I sip my coffee and type this.

This scene touched my heart.

LOVE these Wonder Women

Three of my favorite girls.

Enjoying pinata goodies.

This one reminds me of The Lollipop Guild from the Wizard of Oz.  My mom would be so proud!

Monday, September 8, 2014

American Kids

We were Jesus save me, blue jean baby
Born in the USA
Trailer park truck stop, faded little map dots
New York to LA
We were teenage dreamin', front seat leanin'
Baby, come give me a kiss
Put me on the cover of the Rolling Stone
Uptown down home American kids
Growin' up in little pink houses
Makin' out on living room couches
Blowin' that smoke on a Saturday night
A little messed up, but we're all alright

We have had quite a bit going on this week at our house.  School starting back up has given us many things to do.  I actually feel a tad bit frazzled!  Early morning volleyball practice for my girl, and not one but two evening karate classes for the boys.  Whew, they keep a Momma running in between that...I do my running.

About that volleyball, my girl is pretty darned good.  Sometimes I am quite taken back by her beauty.  The number of friends cheering for her at her scrimmage let me know that everyone appreciates her kindness.  Now, could she be just a little less bossy at 6 a.m., please and thank you.  Seriously though, we couldn't be prouder of her and cannot wait to see what this season has in store for her.  Go Lady Pirates!  Get it #13!!

My sweet nephew has been in town the past two weekends.  I am in Aunt Heaven.  He is growing very fast. A happier baby you cannot find!  I could easily fill this blog with pictures of him. He is the most handsome and smartest baby.  Seriously though, rolling over at 6 weeks..and enjoys petting some puppies.  There is no limit to his talent. We love him so very much!


Saturday, we had a Zumba demo on the park with the YMCA for a Community Appreciation Day.  It was a good usual with my girls.  Love these ladies that have become like family to me!

We also celebrated my Daddy's Birthday a few days early so that everyone could be here for it.  My sweet friend makes the best cakes, and made one that looked like one of his beehives.  She is extremely talented.  We all enjoyed that cake!

And lastly, I have been working on my Half training.  Whew have I been working.  I actually broke from my training plan this past week of three days a week and ran five days a week.  I have gotten off the treadmill completely.  We have broken up.  I am all outside all the time now.  And it is proving to be quite a change..and a challenge.  It's one I am up for.  I have a WONDERFUL group of running girls at the gym who are always there for me.  I just keep busting my ass, and I will reach my goal.  It has worked every time before, it will this time too.