Friday, January 2, 2015

First Post of 2015

     I haven't posted in a few weeks..... I have been so busy with the holidays and kids and enjoying it all.  The kids go back to school in just a few days, and I have to say that I am glad.  I want to get back to a regular schedule.

We had an absolutely wonderful Christmas.  Having my nephew here makes it so special.  I remember talking about it last year.  This year it was for real.  He has learned to get EVERYWHERE in his walker....the Christmas tree..and anything within his reach was not safe.  I love him with all of my being.  I like to think I have to love him just a little bit more because our Momma wants me to.

Annual Christmas Lights Photo 2014

Their 1st Christmas Lights Photo!! 2014

Just what he wanted!

One of the many ornaments he pulled off the tree.

Loves his gift from Uncle Austin and Aunt Robbie!

Uncle Matt is getting him!

He loves to play the video games.

It's a brand new year, and I cannot wait to see what's in store for us.  2014 was grand!  I became a runner, ran a half marathon, ran much further than a half marathon...and learned that I can probably do anything I set my mind to.  That is something at 276 pounds....I would have never imagined doing.  My hubby and I celebrated our 18 year anniversary in December and he blew my mind by taking me to Hawaii over the summer.  A wildest dreams trip.  Now, we are planning on taking the kids!!  My babies continue to grow and aren't babies anymore.  They astound me with their knowledge and  quick wit.  Brady will grow so quickly this year.  He is going to learn to walk and talk.  I cannot wait to watch him.   It goes so fast!

Annual Christmas Lights Photo 2009

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Let It Out

Keep, keep, keep
Keep pushing this higher, oh
I've been living uptight
Take it easy right now
Like a moth to the fire, oh
Like I'm losing this fight
Take it easy right now

From the day we're born
We are scarred and torn
We've been scared to sing out loud

But we don't care no more
'Cause we know life is short
We don't care who hears us now
Breathe it in and let it out, oh
Let it out, oh
Breathe it in and let it out, oh
Let it out, oh

Well, my first "official" half marathon experience was not all that I had hoped it would be.  I got sick two days before.  I had no voice, was not properly fueled, and not properly hydrated.  But, I am no longer the girl that quits things.  So, I ran that 13.1..... I guzzled 2 cups of water at FIVE water stops...I was so thirsty.  But, I finished my half.  I did not get the time I wanted.  I hurt like I have never hurt before.. I didn't hurt that bad when I ran 18.  I still have no voice..... But what I do have is a 13.1 sticker on the back of my Jeep and a Dallas Half Marathon Finisher Medal hanging on my wall.  My hubby and my Aunt Becky were there to support me.  It makes my heart happy.  My aunt yelled her head momma would have too...makes me feel like she was there a bit too.  Thirteen point one....I kept saying it's ONLY 13 miles...I've run that and more many times now.  BUT...never at 276 pounds could I have dreamed of accomplishing it.  So, yes..I'll take it..and on to planning my next race.

 We headed home afterwards and had a fabulous Christmas party...even if my voice was gone baby gone!  We also had to have a Birthday cake for my sweet Sister in Law...who is my favorite Sister in Law....and yes, I do have more than one!    My sweet little man was the star of the he should be.  Later in the evening Santa stopped by!  What a wonderful wonderful wonderful day.  I just love making these memories for my babies and am so thankful to everyone that takes part in making them!

It's almost if Brady is thinking, Hrm...will I get some of this cake?

Carter was very pleased with his tent!

Love these ladies...missing my Sister....

It's Santa!  Brady knows him!

This family couldn't make me any happier.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Up Around The Bend

There's a place up ahead and I'm goin'
Just as fast as my feet can fly
Come away, come away if you're goin',
Leave the sinkin' ship behind.

This week has been a great one, if you don't count all the fighting my kids have been doing.  I have had enough of that!!  Sheesh.  I'm ready to send these heathens back to school!!  My baby has been in town, he is THE cutest, THE smartest, and THE best baby in the WHOLE world...and you can't convince me otherwise.  We did family pictures, we celebrated Thanksgiving, we got our Christmas tree up, and I did some online shopping.  I must put it down in very THANKFUL that I am for my husband...he has been working 12 hour days...6 days a week...even on Thanksgiving.... without complaint.  What a wonderful provider, hubby, and father he is.  I couldn't ask for better.  Carter helped cook every dish for our Thanksgiving meal...which was a first.  I did catch myself being bossed around by him in the kitchen a little..and had to tell him to dial it down a notch.  Haha.  

Family pictures were good.  I am never pleased with ours.  But, I am VERY happy that my brother's family could join us.  My baby couldn't have been cuter!!

Training I guess what I'll call it now. It's  been going very well.    I still blow my own damned mind.  I still see myself 125 pounds heavier I guess....not as the chick that can run 18 miles all over town. But..... I can and I did...and I plan on doing 26.2 miles to be exact! 

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 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 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.