Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Have A Little Faith In Me

I've been loving you for such a long time girl
Expecting nothing in return
Just for you to have a little faith in me
You see time, time is our friend
'Cause for us there is no end
And all you gotta do is have a little faith in me
I said I will hold you up, I will hold you up
Your love gives me strength enough
So have a little faith in me...

We celebrated my girl's big 13th Birthday last week.  She is funny, and smart, and beautiful, and all things amazing.  She is also growing up so fast.  We loved it that Robbie and little Brady could join us.  A few days later she had some girlfriends spend the night....squeal..scream...girly girly..stay up all night!   

I love Brady's expression in this picture.  AUNT MANDY, Don't you know those things are on fire!!

This is my most favorite time of year...the holidays.  I love a house full of family.  My sweet Brackeens will be here very soon. I have missed my Brady Bear..and it's only been a few days. I've started my Christmas shopping, but have not made a dent in it.  I really need to begin my Thanksgiving prep!!  

Half marathon training is going well.  I might as well say it has turned into marathon training. But that is terrifying to admit.  As scary as it is... I KNOW I CAN..run a marathon..if I keep training correctly.  I have a wonderful group of running girls that support and believe in me...and it truly helps.  I have exceeded my wildest dreams already..so what's a few more miles.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Halloween Week


My nephew was here last week and was able to join us for his first Halloween.  He giggled and squealed while trick or treating..kicked his lil Brady Bear paws.  He was also able to attend his first volleyball game ever..which just happened to be Dallas' last of her 7th grade year.

Looks just like his daddy.

There's no place like home, There's no place like home, There's no place like home.

Soooo cute!

Nick intentionally attempting to look menacing as a hot dog.


The next morning I did The Biggest Loser Off-Road Challenge at the Spartan with my friend Tina.  We had so much fun.  We got to meet Tara from season 7 of The Biggest Loser. I didn't expect to be getting chest deep in cow crap/mud with dead fish mixed in...but hey.. we were up for a challenge..and it was one. We did things that both of us had never imagined we could do. Some of the obstacles were hard.  Scaling 8 foot walls, climbing huge ladders...flipping logs and tires that weighed more than we did!! There were some that I couldn't do.  I was so excited to jump the fire at the end!!  The next day my arms were so sore and I'm still finding bruises...but it was back to half..or more marathon training for this girl.

Before and After the race...I did not smell very good.

With Tara!

Tina and I feeling accomplished....and muddy!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

End Of October

Relatively slow paced week here.  No Birthdays!! Preparing for my daughter's big 13th next week and Halloween this weekend.  Dallas and her boyfriend attended a Halloween party and they were just as cute as ever.

The older kids and I attended Granscary over the weekend.  A carnival and haunted house type event.  Our ears might still be ringing from Dallas' screams.  

The Grim Reaper wears socks with sandals.

1/2 marathon training has turned into..maybe marathon training....eeeek. That's kinda terrifying.  Or at least, let's see how far I can take this thing, training.  

My favorite little guy is coming to visit this week..super excited.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Some legends are told
Some turn to dust or to gold
But you will remember me
Remember me for centuries
And just one mistake
Is all it will take.
We'll go down in history
Remember me for centuries
Remember me for centuries

My baby was in town this week to celebrate his Daddy's and my Nick's Birthday.  So, it could be said that it was a very good week.  My Nick turned the big 12 and is currently the same age as has sister...for a few weeks.  

Our baby is eating cereal now, and we all had to jump in on that feeding frenzy.  

During the week of Birthday Party planning and such, my girl had a choir concert.  She did well, and I couldn't be prouder.

And then we had a Birthday party for my Brady's Daddy.  My brother turned 30.  His wonderful wife managed to pull off the perfect surprise party.

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 baby...my 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!!