Please Don’t Let the Cake be a Lie!!

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This….

I have written and deleted this about 5 times. I’ve said it in my head and it sounded great, I’m typed it and nothing. There are no words in my heart to describe what you are about to see. Proud is not strong enough. Love is not deep enough. Understanding is what I feel. Understanding inside the Goofy and Twisted mind of my anxiety suffering daughter.

This makes her eyes light up.

This makes her heart happy.

This makes her mind calm and focused.

This makes her listen to music in a whole new way.

This brings her to life.

The process

The process

This is the final product. (You will want your volume turned up for it)

The song is Family by Toby Mac and the scenes are from Naruto. She just heard the music and saw it play out in her head this way.

This is how my daughter expresses herself.

This is her voice when she can’t find it.

This is her peace.



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Sunday Shorts

Well we survived the first two weeks of school! I think we have it down now. :)

Here are your catching up, maybe slightly boring, sunday shorts!

1. I took a CPR class right before school started. I can now officially save a life! The dolls were a little creepy.

This is creepy!

This is creepy!

2. While I don’t actually share them I do enjoy hunting down names on cokes new bottles. This one made me think of the hubster….but not enough to let him have any! :)

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#shareacoke

3. On Friday this message popped up on my phone… apparently you guys were busy.

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4. The saturday after school started the girls and I jumped at the chance to get out of town and spend some time with Matka. We especially loved finding time to fist the new Baskin Robbins.

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5. The annual tradition! This school year is really weird for me because I already know a lot of my 5th graders. It’s my daughter’s class!! It’s also weird having my daughter on my same hall, at least I always know what she’s studying.

5th, 2nd and Pre-k 3!!

5th, 2nd and Pre-k 3!!

6. This weekend Veronica and I had the house to ourselves…it is with a heavy heart that I inform you that we binge watched the first and second seasons Duck Dynasty on Amazon Prime. I get it now America…I truly get it!



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The life of a busy mom!

Well we are rocking through the first week of school! The routine has come back easily and we’re busy but we are having fun.

We are a family that likes to be involved. Church, UiL, choir, American Heritage Girls, the list goes on and on.

just a normal week around here!

just a normal week around here!

So sometimes things go undone. Sometimes I’m playing on my phone in front of my kids, it’s my 2 minutes of down time. I was very happy to see this article pop up on my news feed. There are many things out there to make moms feel guilty about how they are raising their children. Those perfect pinterest moms that are crafting goddesses. Those homeschool moms that can teach their kids algebra and have a perfectly clean house. Those crunchy moms that make their own butter and baby wipes.

I can’t do any of those things, but I can give my kids life experiences and busy and full childhoods that they will always remember.

We stay busy because I’m happiest when we are, and you know “happy wife, happy life”. :) Hubster has his things he’s involved in, I have mine and we have ours as a family. We just never stop.

So this one part of the article came at the exact time that I needed it:

. As long as you’re doing your best to make it all work for your family, you’re doing just fine, and that’s what matters.



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Ugh, Mornings!!

A few years ago I saw a blog where a woman had hired a professional photographer to come in and take pictures of her mornings. You know when the whole family is rushing to get ready and get out the door. I couldn’t fathom doing that.

I mean first of all there is the huge cases of “I don’t want to get out of bed”. The girls sometimes will cling to anything or anyone to get to stay under the covers.

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There is the daunting task of having to make breakfast for 4 girls, timing the grits with the eggs, getting the fried egg order just right, and sometimes surprising them to pancakes.

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And we won’t even talk about making lunches for two picky girls. The one who won’t eat sandwiches and the one that has to see exactly what’s in there before she will put it in her backpack. You know little sister starts crying when she feels left out.

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Of course when trying to figure out what to wear on these Texas mornings you sometimes have to check the weather.

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Sometimes we wake up grumpy……sometimes we let her sleep.

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But mornings have cereal

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mornings have coffee

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mornings have good bye hugs for big sisters

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mornings have family

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Mornings won’t always involve tears from a hair brush, hunting down shoes, or watching the time tick away while waiting for girls to get ready. One day mornings will be quiet and calm and boring.

For now I will enjoy waking up in beautiful chaos of my mornings and if it gets too much to handle, I’ll just put on another pot of coffee for the kids!

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Dear Summer 2014,

Last summer I wrote you this little message…

You brought many laughs and good memories. Summer, you were short but life was happening so fast around me that I never really had to stop and worry. Thank you for a great vacation! Tomorrow I will start my 6th year of teaching 5th Grade science, I’ll have all new teaching partners and a brand new (sorta) school. I’m excited this year! Oh and Summer 2014- I hope have been paying attention because you have a lot to live up to!!!

Ok so you listened, and you listened big!!

We started out with a trip to the beach. We dodged rain clouds, but had a great time visiting the rain forest and the rain forest cafe.

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Then we had 3 weeks of learning. Learning about Jesus at VBS, Learning about inventions at Camp Inventions and learning about God at church camp.

singing at VBS

singing at VBS

Johnny 5 is alive

Johnny 5 is alive

July was packed with swimming, field trips, shopping, trips to visit family and more swimming.

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the view in the backseat for most of our traveling.

the view in the backseat for most of our traveling.

Then we ended it with a bang with the whole fam damily cruise. The cruise was a magical adventure full of memories. We snorkeled, saw with dolphins, kissed sting rays, dressed up fancy and played with snowmen. Here are just a few pictures from our week at sea.

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So happy for hubster and getting to see a dream of his come true!

So happy for hubster and getting to see a dream of his come true!

Formal night

Formal night

Snowman Selfie

Snowman Selfie

Awesome waitstaff

Awesome waitstaff

We traveled every where with a snowman working to make his dreams of summer come true. It was fun for the kids and those people that saw us doing it. He became another member of the family. Olaf, I hope you enjoyed your summer!!

Summer 2015- You have my permission to SLOW DOWN!!! You will bring me a jr. high student and I’m just not ready for that! I have small plans for you so take it easy on me ok? :)



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Spending some time on the green while sailing the blue.

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Jillian’s Day!

One thing we were able to do on the cruise, thanks to the family, was have an only child day with each girl. That meant they had their parents all to themselves to with as they pleased.

So how did Jillian chose to spend her day?

Swimming….

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Playing restaurant…

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We had lunch together and then had nap. It was a very calm day while all the other people on the boat were playing in Jamaica. My little freckles liked not having to share her mom and dad.



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