Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter!

Blog, I haven't forgotten you, but life has kept us so busy. Brandon's had two surgeries and my total attention has been focused on him. Thankfully, he's fine and I will catch up in a bit, but I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Easter! I'm SO BLESSED and THANKFUL!

Here's Tyler's Easter picture for 2012! Little man is growing up!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Back from break!!

So I’m back from my break from social media! I removed all the applications off of my phone and realized how time consuming it can be. I’ve enjoyed the time off and we’ve already had an awesome 2012. My Winter Break was great, but I was glad to get back in the swing of things at school. Our annual State Debate was the last weekend of January and our kids did awesome! There are only 24 invitations to Nationals, and our kids received seven of them; I was SO proud! It’s a lot of hard work and time, but it’s SO worth it to see those students excel. I’m SO thankful that Brandon is supportive and that he and Tyler have “boys time” while I’m away.

It’s hard to believe, but last weekend, we celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary! The theme for five years is wood, so we decided to break away to Fredericksburg and stay in a log cabin. Neither of us had ever been and we had a BLAST! Our cabin was really cool, and of course, we went to all the touristy places everyone told us about. Even though the weather was cold, we enjoyed shopping, eating and just getting away together. I have to say that this last year has been one of our best years and we’re both SO thankful! We’re looking forward to many more awesome years!
While we were away, little man stayed with PaPi and GiGi! He’s actually growing up so fast and is just SO smart! They took him to see the monster trucks at the Dallas AutoRama while he was with them and made lots of memories. We talked to him every night and he told us he’d been a good boy while he was there. We were both ready to get home to see him and it was so nice to be greeted with a great big hug from our little guy! We’re so thankful for parents that love our Tyler and allow us to spend time away as husband and wife when we want and need it...love them both SO much!

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Fasting social networking

Sitting here reflecting on the goodness of God in 2011....seriously, to say I'm grateful is an understatement....there are so many things that I'm thankful for....from my incredible husband (who seems to just get better with age), son (the light of our lives) and family (the best legacy I could ask for)...to our dear friends (who have become our family)...to a job that I truly love...to my kids (that I didn't birth)...I'm MORE than blessed...I pray that the best is yet to come in 2012...tonight, I'll ring in the new year quietly with Brandon and start the new year right with service at Gateway...and I'll be taking a break from all social networking sites for a good while...I know, pray saints...LOL! If you need to reach me, call/text me...Happy New Year to everyone...love ya'll!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Celebrating the Christmas holiday!

I’ve had such a good time being off during the holidays! The whole week we’ve had fun things planned and some of the days, we just got to chill at home in our pajamas. From last minute shopping with friends, to baking Christmas cookies with Tyler, having lunch with MawMaw and seeing the Chipmunks movie with friends….we’ve made awesome memories.
On Christmas Eve, we stopped by to see MawMaw and give her our Christmas gifts and then we kept up the tradition of going to the Gaylord Texan to see the Christmas lights and have dinner with PaPi & GiGi. The Gaylord is gorgeous and the older Tyler gets, the more he understands everything.
We got home and put on our traditional Christmas pajamas and got Tyler into bed so we could get ready for Santa.
On Christmas morning, Tyler walked into the living room and saw all of his gifts….I need to upload the video because as soon as he saw his motorcycle, he said, “that’s what I’m talking about!” We cracked up! He was so excited!!
We then headed down for PaPi and GiGi’s in our p.j.s and had Christmas there. Tyler got lots of toys and clothes from them, and Brandon and I opened our gifts to each other! I was so stoked because one of the gifts I got was a North Face puffy vest that got destroyed when Cavell attacked me two years ago. I was SO happy to get it!! We both got money to spend which is always nice too! The best part of the day was just eating good food and hanging out together! We’re so thankful for our family and that we’re so close that we can celebrate holidays together. I’m looking forward to my last week off with little man; he’s got lots to entertain him this week! LOL!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Seeing Santa and Christmas Break here we come!

It was a crazy busy last week before break, but we did manage to see Santa! Tyler has been saying for weeks that all he wants from Santa is a yellow motorcycle and fast race cars....which we cracked up when he was so bold and just told Santa what he wanted! He's never been scared and just sits on his lap like he's an old familiar friend. We liked two poses and had a fun time shopping at North Park with PaPi and GiGi afterward.This is Tyler's fourth year to see "his" Santa and it's amazing how much he's changed over these last four years!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Santa visits Tyler....on video

This is the second year we did the Portable North Pole with Tyler, and he loved it! If you haven't done it, you can customize it and our three year old thought it was great! The look on his face is priceless! We'll be seeing "his" Santa on Thursday....can't wait!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

All aboard......

We’ve had an incredibly busy week but a great one! This past Saturday was our District Debate Tournament in Ft. Worth, and so I stayed late every day for debate practice. By the time, I pick up Tyler and get home, it’s so late and we’re wiped out! We’re in the process of getting a new house, so we’ve been looking and looking for just the right house that will be closer to school, Tyler’s daycare and church. That in itself will make things SO much easier for us all……we’re just praying for that “right” house. We have wanted to take Tyler on the Polar Express in Grapevine, and so we waited in line for tickets on Friday night, and met our friends there so they could ride along. PaPi and GiGi met us there to drop off Tyler, and we quickly changed him into his pajamas so he could be like all the other kids on the ride. We had a blast! Afterward, we went out to eat and just people watched….you have to be with the right people to do that…..SO fun!
I had to be at the school at 6:00 on Saturday morning for our debate tournament….and left Brandon and Tyler asleep in our bed……wish I could have stayed there with them….but I was excited to be with my debate kids. They did awesome and I was so proud of them…..we’ll be off to the State tournament in Austin next month….can’t wait. PaPi and GiGi picked up Tyler on Saturday to spend time with MawMaw who is visiting from North Carolina…..Tyler played and talked MawMaw’s leg off while he was there….they were both worn out when it was time to go home! LOL!
I rushed home and changed clothes and we went to Brandon’s corporate Christmas party…..we had a great time with his co-workers, but we were both glad to get home and sleep in.
Today was all about hanging out at home and catching up on our sleep from our busy week. We snuggled and watched Charlie Brown Christmas…..with Tyler…..you can’t watch something just one time…he wanted to watch it over and over again. This is my last week before Christmas break…and while it won’t be so busy…..there’s still lots to do…..we have to see Santa Claus this week….and let him know what a good boy Tyler has been. Thankfully, Buddy (our Elf on the Shelf) has been watching little man to make sure of it. When he got home yesterday…..Buddy was hanging upside down on the light fixture….just waiting for him! Brandon has been so good to put him in different places….and Tyler loves to wake up and find out where Buddy is…..we really need him year round. LOL!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Our kids are getting older....

I love that we still connect with college friends as our kids grow up. This past week, Malachi turned three, just three weeks younger than Tyler! Several of my SAGU friends were all pregnant at the same time, and it's neat when we get together and our kids can play. Brandon and I took Tyler to Malachi's birthday party and they had a blast playing together and celebrating "THREE!" The decorations were so cute and the cakes were awesome...a great Veggie Tales theme! Brandon and I got to love on Lawson who is so cute! I wished we all lived closer so we could see each other more, but I'm happy for the times that we do get together!
After the party, we dropped little man by PaPi and GiGi's and we went to church and out to Cheesecake Factory with the Alltop's.....more college friends! Pastor Robert is challenging Gateway to a 40 day fast the first of 2012....I will be fasting social networks.....should be interesting! He's an amazing leader and we're so thankful for his leadership. After dinner, it was cold and rainy, and we were happy to just go home and hang out! PaPi and GiGi put up their tree before Tyler got there, and he had fun seeing his ornaments on their tree. Buddy is doing an amazing job of keeping Santa updated on how Tyler is doing and we love our little Elf on the Shelf! Too bad he can't stay around year round! LOL!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

A Thankful Thanksgiving!

We are finishing off an awesome few days off celebrating Thanksgiving! We spent the holiday with PaPi and GiGi, and I can honestly say, we spent most of our time just hanging out and relaxing in our jammies, eating leftovers and knowing that we didn't have to be anywhere. Tyler has tons of toys at their house and he was great hanging out with all of us. We debated on going out Black Friday, but decided being at home and watching football was more fun. We're so thankful to have family close and that it's just so easy to be there. On Saturday, Brandon and I had went to Trinity's playoff game, and sadly watched them lose to Arlington Martin....which meant that was the end for us. We're still SO proud of our boys! Afterward, we headed to Cowboy Stadium to watch Baylor BEAT Texas Tech! We were there with friends and were so stoked to see them win! Such an awesome game and Baylor is having a great season!!
Today, we packed up and headed back home to spend our last day of vacation relaxing and putting up our tree and starting our Christmas tradition with Tyler's Elf on the Shelf, Buddy! Buddy has his work cut out for him this year as we hope he'll help us get Tyler to try some new foods! Even though it's hard to have to go back to work tomorrow, we're less than a month away from Christmas, and just three weeks from break! Tyler is at such a great age and understand so much more about the holiday. When we ask him what Christmas means, he says it's Jesus' birthday....LOVE that boy!!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

GREAT football weekend

We had an awesome weekend, full of football and family time. Trinity played Allen at Cowboy Stadium on Saturday and we were there with family and friends and had a BLAST! We weren't slated to win and so I was SO nervous the entire game....it was a nail biter for sure! Tyler hadn't had a nap, but was such a good sport the whole time. He had plenty of laps to sit on, and our IPhones to keep him busy if he got bored.
We got home just in time to watch Baylor beat Oklahoma for the first time in history! Tyler was asleep in the living room with us, and so we couldn't scream like we would have, but it was UH-MAZING!!!! Today, we've been home watching football and hanging out and saw the Cowboys win too! GREAT games and great times with the family.

We have a short week this week and we're looking forward to the time off and spending with family. We have had such an awesome year and we're SO thankful! Happy Thanksgiving!