Friday, August 8, 2014

The Mega Update

Once upon a time, I was a blogger. 

Just kidding! I'm still a blogger. I just have been telling my story in many different ways. Are you not following me on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram yet? Shame on you. Get to it! F'reals, click on the icons over there <------------- already="" and="" following="" me.="" nbsp="" start="">

And whether or not you've been following me (which you should be doing, seriously!), here's an update on a few things that have been going on:

Let's see.... April was full of planning for VBS, planning for Luke and McCrae's joint-birthday parties, Julius was playing tee ball, and we were preparing for the end of the school year events. Oh and the puppies were growing and making life SUPER interesting. Don't remember the puppies? Scroll down and read my last blog from MARCH! Yeah... it's really been that long. 

April found us beginning our journey of sports with our kids. Joey and I signed Julius up for tee ball. We weren't sure about it, but with everyone else in his class doing it, I figured it would be okay since he wouldn't be the youngest out there. It actually ended up being a hilarious event. All the kids look like bobble heads with their big helmets and little bodies. Julius was very distracted by playing in the grass and the dirt. And as you can see from the picture below, he was a little directionally challenged when it came time to run bases. In fact, I can only think of one or two times he actually made it all the way to home. The rest of the time he ran to first, then to second, then he ran to the dugout. lol

Thankfully we had a fantastic coach who was all about getting the kids to participate as the would, and wasn't harping on them at all about anything. He was an encourager, he was patient, we couldn't have asked for a better coach for our first time. But honestly, the whole thing was also exhausting. Seriously. Julius would be crying to come sit by me in the stands, McCrae would be crying to go play ball. It was a mess. But it was fun, and I'm looking forward to next year when they can both play. 

April also brought Easter and our 3rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt & Cookout. And just look at our cute little men dressed up in their ties for Easter!

Also, if you scrolled down and re-read (or just remember) we had puppies in March and come April, I was in love with one of them. 

It's a bad thing to fall in love with a puppy you don't plan to keep, but I did. I even named him Boomer. And then, because I had fallen in love and because I had named him, I couldn't bear to part with him when the time came. So yep, now we have two dogs. lol!

May was even busier that April. More VBS planning, birthday parties galore, the boys and I went to Oklahoma for graduations (Joey got a staycation, lucky cat), Julius graduate from the 2 year old class at Wee Care, Joey went to Austin, and the decorating and finishing touches of VBS had to be complete because we kicked off June with VBS.... 

My niece graduation night. 

The boys the day of the birthday party. It was Dr. Seuss themed with Luke (turning 1) as Thing 1, McCrae (turning 2) as Thing 2, and Julius (the obvious leader of the bunch) as The Cat in the Hat. I know... adorbs!

In May there were also some terribly wildfires in the panhandle of Texas. So our church and community gathered up donations and took them to Fritch church of Christ. This sweet family helped so much!

Also in May we traded in our Tahoe for a new Suburban. With three growing boys, it was time to upgrade. It's been amazing to have all that room and since we got it in time, I got to break it in by driving it to Oklahoma in May for all the graduations. 

I also got my passport in May. My first time to have a passport since I was planning my first trip out of the country. But more on that later... ;)

May ended with Julius graduating from the 2 year old class at Wee Care. He's looking forward to going back and this year, McCrae gets to go too, so that will be exciting!

June started off with a big bang since VBS started. LOTS of work and effort went in to this VBS and we had the best one (praise God) since I've been here. 

And I just have to say, I have an awesome husband. He goes along with all of my ideas, even crazy ones that have him dressing up as Gad the Griper. And he's one funny guy. I was listening in on part of the lesson and he really had me cracking up as he taught these kids about Moses. He's just the best. 

And here's another picture where you might recognize him more. In June we went to Red River for our annual trip and though it was overshadowed by missing George and Jennie, it was still a wonderful trip with our boys. 

June also became the month for projects as we finished up our flower bed project (minus the flowers but I'm thinking that will happen next spring)

What was just an area of bare dirt, now is an area of intentionally bare dirt. I'm looking forward to getting flowers and my garden decoration in there. It'll be so pretty. Now if I can keep Boomer out of the bed.... 

I also bought and put together a new desk for my office. I absolutely love it! It's the best! And I painted my office that sandy color you see in this picture. Then I hated it. It reminds me of a sand storm and we already have enough of those here, I don't want to see it all the time. 

So I bought another color. 

But I don't like it either. It's the weirdest thing... I love it on paper, I love it on the can, I love it in the can, I love it on paint stick, I love it on the paint brush, I HATE it on the wall. HATE it. I bought another paint sample and didn't like it either. Now I don't know. I'm going to have to buckle down and find something I like. Right now my office is STILL in upheaval from this project and it's driving me CRAZY!!!

But one thing that's not driving me crazy anymore is the kitchen. We finally finished the bottom half of the cabinets in June, and I couldn't be more pleased. I love, love, LOVE the white cabinets. They make our small space look so much brighter and bigger. And with tiny humans running around dirtying up everything, I love that a wipe with a wet rag cleans it all right up!

We ended June with a fun trip to Joyland (a small amusement park in Lubbock). Here's a picture of the "girls' car". 

July began with us planning a new budget (more on why we're doing that later), which meant cutting back on eating out. Since Joey and I both love a good steak, that's one of the things I wanted to learn to make at home that would be even better than eating out. And boy did I ever!

Let me just tell you, I'm a steak-grillin' machine! It's seriously one of the best (if not the best) steaks I've ever had. I'm so impressed with myself. 

And not to be outdone with impressiveness.... is this little dude. 
As we're getting ready for Wednesday night worship, I send Julius to his room to finish getting ready. He comes out, dressed like this, looks at me and says, "Momma, I'm perfect". And since you can't argue with a perfect (and adorable) 3 year old, I just laughed and said, "Yes you are buddy, yes you are."

And then... the great summer finale... 

After years of talking about how we needed to go on a trip together, just as mommies, my sweet friend Lindy and I finally just decided to do it. So we planned a vacation for 5 days to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. 

We snorkeled, we saw the Arch, we enjoyed the waves and the ocean, the resort was fabulous... it was amazing!

The beach at the end of our resort. 

Our resort... the view from our balcony. 

The Arch. 

And to cap it all off... we met GW Bailey in the Cabo airport when we were leaving. 

Like I said, wonderful trip! But I sure did miss Joey and our boys! Maybe next time we'll just make our mommies trip a long weekend. But this was a once in a lifetime trip and I'm so glad we did it! And I finally have a stamp in my passport!! YAY!!!!

And that wraps up my update. What a long update it was and if you have stuck around to the end, THANK YOU!


You know, I miss blogging. I do. Mainly because I miss my peeps! Seriously! Last time I was around consistently bloggy friends were having babies, raising babies, thinking of moving, starting new things with their blogs, things were rolling and now... well, now I don't know. I've missed out on it. So catch me up! What's been going on with y'all! Do tell!