MIAMI baby! (And other shenanigans) 5.6.17 – 5.19.17

It’s been a minute- and we’ve been enjoying some life!

Wes and I took a little trip down to the MIA- and stayed a few nights (the whole trip was paid for in points, baby!!) Free flights, free hotel, free rental car. All we bought was food and we had some good food. It was fantastic.

We landed around 1pm (our flight was upgraded to nonstop!) and made it to our hotel around 2:30 (we were upgraded to a suite there! Hello jacuzzi!)

Wes (having taken 2 Dramamines) crashed, literally, after we’d had a little lunch. He slept for 2 hours. 


Here I am, fresh off the plane, in Miami. Enjoying the trip, haha!!

I woke him up and we headed for Wynwood. As a lover of art, and wes a lover of graffiti- this was the place for us. The Wynwood Walls. 



Basically, every building, every wall, every surface was bombed with graffiti. We saw some amazing stuff. 


It was insane. Like, really some hard work and creativity blooms here. 

We walked around there some and then headed to South Beach, because… that’s what you do in Miami. 

It was getting evening so we grabbed some dinner and strolled along…

It really was beautiful, with the palm trees and the lighted hotels. 
Truly reminiscent of the 80s… and I guess the cocaine that built the city. Tragic that something so terrible created such a beautiful city. 

Day two- we went for a tour of the new Miami Dolphins stadium!


We got to walk out on the field. I believe it was a little bit of a moment for Wes. 


We got to go in the locker rooms, and wes got to sit at the head coach’s desk. 


He was like a little kid. This was the main part of our trip- it was his birthday present from me. 


I was so glad I could be the one to give him this. He’s such a great guy.

After the tour, we found a little beach that was absolutely magical. 


Yep- paradise. Palm trees on the beach. 


We ended up spending 2 days here, sitting and relaxing and looking up at the waving branches. 


And giggling at inside jokes. 

Friday, our last day we went down to the Keys. 


Our Florida Keys beach search ended pretty quickly- given there aren’t many beaches down there. We hadn’t planned on snorkling or fishing- and so weren’t really prepared for doing that. We laid around for just a bit, enjoyed the beautiful clear water, but then headed back to Crandon beach to claim a palm tree and take a nap. 

After our nap we went back to south beach to pick up some souviners and to see the lifeguard hits. 


There were SO many people on the beach. Compared to Crandon park- it was insane. And Crandon park is not even 5 miles away (through the water).


We saw one more sunset and then headed back to the hotel for an early turn in. We had to be at the air port at 6am the next morning. 

We made it to New Orleans before 9:30am and got back to a snaggle tooth kid! 

Still so pretty. 

And then Sunday was Mother’s Day!


We are blessed to have lots of mothers, and Ms. Steph is a fantastic mom and grandma for sure. 

Other shenanigans? We brought our 15 chicks home. They are happily living in the rabbit pen- while the rabbit moved back inside. It’s easier to clean up after one bunny than 15 baby chickens. 


And in case you were wondering, this little joker is still cute. 


And that gets you caught up. We had a blast and we have already started planning a trip for all four of us to head south one day. 

Miami, we’ll see you again!

  

New Ring, New Car, New Husband 5.1.17 – 5.5.17

From since I can remember, I’ve looked at my  Mamma’s jewelry. Let me identify here, since my life has been kinda a mess at time. My Mamma, Diane. She gave birth to me. She also had a lot of fancy jewelry. Big stones, gold, flashy. And I always wanted to wear it, yet my fingers were always much to small.

She passed away when I was 11, leaving me everything. Including all of her gaudy rings. Her gaudy and real rings. They weren’t all beautiful, and they weren’t all real, but a lot were. I tried wearing them, but still, my slender 11-year-old hands were not ready.

Then, her sister, Martha and her husband Bruce, adopted me. (Yeah, I’ve written a book that helps explain… Maybe one day I’ll share it with the whole world). And she had some rings, and they fit my 12 year old fingers, because Martha had dainty little hands. But she was still wearing most of hers and she dare not give a real ring to a 12 year old.

So I looked at them. From a distance and from up close as they spun on my finger and slipped off with ease back into my jewelry boxes.

Fast forward to myself as an adult.

I’m happily married to a wonderful guy, and he had given me my first diamond when I was 18. He even told me through this process, that he didn’t buy the one he thought was “for me” he bought the only one he could afford. (HA!) And it doesn’t matter to me – it’s the one that HE bought for ME. So, I love it.

So, now I’ve had all of these mothers… Diane, and Martha mostly. But their sisters as well have helped raise me.. Sandra, Karla, and Mary. Mary knows why I call her most. (Sorry… You still sound so much like her…) And then when I turned 19 and got married, I gained some fabulous Mother-in-Laws as well. Stephanie and Pam are great. I don’t have the “wretched mother-in-law” stories. Unless you call a “Loves me like I’m their own” wretched… And even Wes’ aunts are like moms to me. I couldn’t ask for better mother’s in my life.

And don’t get me started on my church mothers…

I’ve got a lot of moms. And I had a few pieces of broken and… not so beautiful jewelry that were from most of them. And so I decided to take 3 of them and create a new ring from them. I chose my mother Diane’s sapphires, I chose my adopted-mother’s small circular diamonds, and Ms. Stephanie, Wesley’s mother, contributed some larger circular diamonds.


It’s so hard to see the sparkle. It’s such a gorgeous ring. And I mean that mostly because of who it was that helped me make it. (Of course, it is beautiful anyway…)

And so I am officially in love with this ring. My little marquee used to sit alone, just above my gold band, so it’s quite a change. I do love it so much.

I have written a memoir… I may post my chapters online and see if any of you are interested in reading the whole thing. It’s just my life, so not THAT exciting.

Now, onto other things.

Judah helped me cook one night because he specifically requested a type of soup.

Ms. Sam from school started a new batch of chicks. We had 15 out of 16 hatch! And we’ve decided (I don’t know why….) to keep them. It’s obviously straight run (males and females) so in a few months we’ll be hearing lots of crowing and offering some roosters for free. They are all specialty breeds mixed with a game rooster (retired fighting rooster, Carlos) so they should be interesting birds to look at.

Lucys in love with them all.

And I got new wheels and tires for my car. Since tires alone were going to cost me over 700 (YES… you read that right) we opted for buying barely used tires and rims for just a little more and increasing my car’s value.

She does look nice doesn’t she?!

And finally… My new husband.. He is so fantastic. I’ve been reading books on marriage, and the biggest thing that he’s done, is in his responding to my change.

I didn’t get a new husband, I just started appreciating mine more.

After he put my new wheels on my car, he asked, “You still want to paint them black? I like it how it is, but if you want to, I will. You’ve got this spell over me… I’ll do whatever you want me to.”

Gah, heart eyes all around, am I right?!

He’s got a spell on me, too. I’m so thankful for all he does for us.

We have a little mini-vacation-moon scheduled, just the two of us. And I cannot WAIT!!! It’s been 3 years since we’ve had a trip just the two of us and we are so excited.

Thank you for bearing through my long post.

Easter, family, and good times – 4.15.17 – 4.30.17

Today will be brief, and mostly pictures.

 

I took a lot of pictures of my kids for Easter – because I hadn’t done that in a while. And I even got in a few myself. 

And then actual Easter came. And I got a picture of my sweet family.

And this man here. Love him to pieces. We celebrate 13 years this year.

He’s such a great father.

This little wild child. She’s her own self, that’s for sure.

and Judah is the master of being cute. He helped us clear Mawmaw’s new land. He looked so cute in his little boots.

And then my dad got married!

Congrats Bruce and Freida. I’m so glad you’ve found each other.

And all my family got together at my house – so I forced all of the cousins to take a picture together. They act like they hated it – but they were laughing and climbing and giggling all the while. So, I know the truth.

Makes me so happy to see my kids with all of my cousins’ kids.

That’s it for now. Back to chasing down kids!

Homeschooling, Regular Busy-ness, and my Mistake 4.5.17 – 4.14.17l

We’ve been having fun over the past few weeks. Also, quite busy. 

We had our homeschool meeting, and did some super fun projects. 

My nephew came over and we all played and ran and played until everyone was a stinky kid, just how I like it. 

We took a trip to the zoo with our school and had fun with friends. 

I did a little painting for a friend. You’ll see this make its first appearance tonight. 

I looked at Judah, and I normally just see Judah, but this day I saw his daddy too. With his long shorts on. What a cutie. 

With our Easter week stuff we got so busy- nonstop all week. You can see the projects we did over on our church Facebook page. 

I did wanna include this one. The kids worked hard on cards for the residents at the nursing home, and they hand delivered them. The kids were proud and I think the residents loved it. 

And my mistake? This week has been so non stop- as in get up early, get school prepped, school or work, then off to a project of some sort. I didn’t run all week (so now I feel like a slob) and then I saw these and made an impulse buy!

They are my favorite candy. 

And so now, I need to go running, but the robins eggs are sitting on my counter… calling me… beckoning me come. I might. And I may just run out the door. 

Anyway- we’ve got a few more Easter things scheduled so I’m off to get those going. 

I hope your Easter weekend goes well! 

Real Life Stuff, Moving, Running, Messiness and my New Buffet 3.21.17 – 4.4.17

Our biggest and happiest moment of the past two weeks? Moving Mawmaw! We looked like something I tell ya. Not pictured is the truck in front of us. We had everything moved in just a few hours and I know Ms. Steph was glad to have that hurdle over with.

We celebrated a birthday – and believe it or not, it wasn’t any of these kids’. Ms. Sam is a dear friend and I’m happy to call her that. She’s a fantastic human and you are better off if you know her than if you don’t. I feel like most people would say the same thing about her. My kids love going to Ms.Sam’s house and she’s also my boss. I work at her school. She’s got a big heart for the kids she teaches.

Wes and I thought about it and decided to change the church background. We love it. It’s cut paper, believe it or not. It turned out really good. We’ve added a verse on the green paper since this was snapped. 

The other day I got emotional because I looked at my Judahs sweet little face and saw a bunch of new freckles. I was thinking, “Where’d these come from? How’d I miss them?” I’ve got freckles and so I figured he’d have some since he burns like I do. (Yes… our blond daughter got the perfectly tanning skin… because we need another reason to shoot teenage boys in a few years…)

But then, I gave him a bath… And most of his “new freckles” had disappeared. HA HA!

What a dirty little nose it was!

I’ve been running still. I’m trying to run 5 days a week but I’m only hitting about 4 of those. I’m doing other stuff too, like slacklining. It’s still fun. Yes, that’s a Lisa Frank shirt. Thank you, Christy, for knowing me well.

And my longest run to date. Whew. I’m tired just looking at my map.

And this joker.

I just don’t know. Some days I want to hold him all day and some days I wanna see what the bids would get to on eBay for him. (No, I’m not gonna sell him. Although I do threaten that pretty often.)

He’s 4, almost 5, and he is literally going 100 mph or asleep. And in the process of going 100mph hes’ tracking dirt and mud and bringing caterpillars and frogs and lizards in my house, and getting dirt on everything, and saying poop and booty more than I can count in a day. He’s exhausting. And wonderful.

I’ve grabbed him to hug him on many instances and then quickly put him back at arms length because… Well, have you smelled a 4 year old that’s been playing outside? It ain’t great.

Then we went to see Beauty and the Beast. SPOILER (sorta.. I’m figuring if you’re reading my blog you’ve seen the cartoon version) When Ms. Pots and Chip turn back into humans, she grabs him and hugs him and says, “Oh you SMELL so GOOD!”

He smelled like a little boy. I’m trying to enjoy his smells. Most of the time I hug him after his baths.

We put some eggs in an incubator. We candled them around day 14.

I say, there is something growing in that egg!

We had to go to a funeral and Lucy and Judah were both dressed up so of course I made them take a picture.

Cheetos in hand.

And Wes and I had played with the idea of adding cabinets to our kitchen. Instead, a piece of furniture that Ms. Steph didn’t want or use she gave to us, so we primed, painted and stuck that baby in there. And I love it!

The top while it was drying.

My hot hubs working to finish it. Man, I’m glad I’ve got a man who can literally do it all.

And finished!

We’ve already got it loaded down and it looks perfect.

Then Daddy and Judah went down to Louisiana to help Papa J with his car. I asked Judah to smile for a picture so I wouldn’t miss him. And this is the face he gave me.

Lucy and I took the day and had some one on one girl time at UpDown!

We jumped until we could jump no more.

 

Then we facetimed with the brother. They missed each other more than they will EVER admit to.

And you know those eggs we candled?

Not all made it, and not all hatched, but we did have 4 that survived. We’re going to try again and see if we can get a better outcome.

And finally, a bit of real life.

I feel like I live with a tiny college art-major.

When I was in college, our art rooms were always… cluttered. There’s just so much stuff that goes with creating. You need it all within arms reach when you are working on a project. And Lucy is my little creator.

She’s constantly making, or building, or drawing, or writing. I love it, I truly do, but the mess that goes with it? Not so much.

This is AFTER she’s cleaned. Shards of cardboard, hot glue gun strings, chalk fragments.

She’s working on a project, and she’s working hard. I don’t want to stop her though, because she’s six and she’s sculpting. SCULPTING. She loves working with new mediums (she LOVES clay and Sculpey) but the fact she saw that she could make a car out of a cardboard box? Go for it girl. I guess I don’t know many 6 year olds who see a box and go beyond imagining it to be a car.

I’ll post her finished product when she’s done. All I’ve don to help her is run the glue gun. And I only glued like 2 flaps. She grabbed it and went to town (after many stern warnings of her being burned.) She wanted to do it. So… I live in the wake of creativity. And creativity is messy.

And finally…

 

We’ve started a new garden spot. Look at how dark that dirt is! That’s where I used to pour out the chicken coop leftovers! GOOD fertilizer. It literally looks like we went and bought several bags of potting soil and dumped them out.

And the guy in the picture isn’t so bad either. I’ll be honest, I don’t really pay attention to the dirt in this picture. 😉

Alrighty – you are caught up. We’ve been busy! Now back to getting stuff done!

 

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