Dec 24, 2013

1st and 2nd Annual Christmas Date with Mommy and Daddy!

Last year Marc and I took Emily to see Peter Pan on Broadway and to dinner at a really nice restaurant.  The boys said they had no interest in going to a play at all and Vensly just wasn't ready to be out like that yet last year so it was just us three!  We had to best time.  Emily and I got all dressed up and met Daddy at work so he was already dressed up!  She LOVED Peter Pan and sat through every bit of it.  She looked beautiful in her Christmas dress and coat Aunt Charlene made her.  Actually the coat was her cousins who is now in college!  
Here are last years pictures........ (they are iphone pictures so they aren't great!)

At Daddy's work picking him up to head out!

At the restaurant with my daddy!






We decided to make this a tradition and  just the three of us will go on a Christmas date and do something fun!  This year Elf was playing and I didn't think she would sit still for that and I waited to long to get Nutcracker tickets so we just decided to go shopping and go eat in Highland Village that is all lit up for Christmas!  Daddy bought us the Hunter boots I have been wanting!  He's to good to us!

I think the lights there are more beautiful than NYC at Christmas!

We went to Sprinkles before dinner to get cupcakes for her brothers and of course her too!

Dad took us to Nordstrom's to buy us our boots!!!!!

Me and my sweet girl in front of the Galleria Christmas tree!


Emmie's boots!!!!  Of course in PINK!

And here are mine!  (this is a bad iphone pic!)
She insisted on chopsticks!!!!!

I hope she never outgrows going on dates with us!!!!!

Dec 21, 2013

Favorite Things on Friday.........

I am obsessed with Hunter Wellies right now and am going to order Emily and I both some after Chrismtas!  Aren't they cute!  You can see them {here}.





this picture was taken off pinterest.

I am really loving the smell of these Bath and Body Works candles...........




I LOVE my Christmas tree this year!  My mom came and decorated it for me and it turned out beautiful!  It is all Raz decorations that I bought from my aunts store last year......I hate to see it come down soon!

The picture really does not do it justice!  


I have been sick for the last 24 hours and have spent most of yesterday in the bed and today on the couch!  I am loving my husband for taking care of the kids, grocery shopping, and today is making me homemade chicken noodle soup!

This was in NYC last weekend!  I think he may be the hottest hubby and dad on this earth!!!!!!


Last......my favorite time of year will be here in three days!  CHRISTMAS!  The birth of our Savior!  I hope each of you know the true meaning of Christmas and have a wonderful Christmas day!

Dec 18, 2013

A New Start!

We are homeschooling again!  Well just Jesse......he officially started the third grade over again on Monday last week!  We are doing The A Beka Academy and we are loving it.  He actually has a teacher that teaches him all subjects each day through DVD's.  Some of it is just review for him but some is actually a challenge for him too.  We send his tests in each week and he is given a report card and official transcripts at the end of the year.
I really enjoy the time alone with him each day.  It's hard to get that with five kids!  

This was our first day before getting a desk and all the supplies we needed!  


On another note................
Check back after the first of the year for a HUGE announcement that I can finally share with EVERYONE!  We are so excited and a little scared all at the same time but this was something that we have prayed about for a long time and we know that God has finally given us the green light!  


We are also waiting to hear back from a college that Taylor really wants to attend to see if he was accepted or not.  He was already accepted to one that he liked but not as much as this one.  SO.....again after the first I pray I will be making that announcement too!  Either way I am so proud of him for all his hard work these past 13 years of school and I know that no matter where he goes and what he decides to do in life he will be successful and happy!!!!!  







Nov 25, 2013

My Momma Heart!


This sums up my momma HEART to a tee!  I pray this for all my boys.....but I really hope I have done what I needed to do for my oldest boy!  We have officially decided that he will be moving to College Station for the 2014 school year.  I am so excited for him but so sad that he will leave us.  I have been with that boy almost every single day for the last 17 and a half years.  I FOR SURE have heard his voice every day of his life so far!  I almost can't bear the thought of not seeing him every day.  BUT.....that is life!  God is preparing him to be a man.....to be an employee.....to make a living......and eventually be a husband and father!  

I continue to ask myself and to worry about things like......who will make his food?  Who will clean up after him?  Who will wash his clothes and sheets?  Who will make sure he goes to bed at a decent hour?  The what if's and the who will's go on forever!  And God each time tells me....Taylor will.  He will have to!  It's time to grow up and to learn these things on his own.  This is how life works!  This is a stage in the life of a young man!  God also continues to tell me "Let Go and Let Me!"  I am working on that part.  

From Childhood Best Friends to College Room Mates! WOW!


I pray for these two boys!  They have been best friends for what seems like forever and will next be entering the real world together to prepare for their future!  I know they are going to do great things!  I am excited to see God will unfold for sure..........

Until then pray for me......this momma's heart is so sad sometimes and longs for the boy that was so hyper and so funny and so little!  Is it bad to ask for a do over of about ten years!  :)



Nov 11, 2013

Mother Daughter Bucket List.........

I saw a mother daughter bucket list on pinterest and I decided to write mine!  I LOVE my boys and there are many things I want to do with them but here is my girl's only list...........


1.  See the big city together!  NYC......I can't wait to take her to the AG store and the so many other things there are to do there!  That will be my dream trip come true with her!  I hope she loves NYC as much as I do.

2.  Go pick up Meme and have a spa day just us three girls.  Mother/Daughter/Daughter DAY!

3.  Do our first Bible study together!


4.  Get a makeover together when she's old enough to wear makeup!  (LONG TIME FROM NOW)

5.  Go on a special shopping spree together.

6.  Have a mother/daughter photo shoot together!



7.  Go on a road trip without knowing exactly where we are going!

8.  Many more pedicures and manicures together!

9.  Make dinner together for our boys!

10.  Watch a sunset and sunrise together......just the two of us!






Nov 7, 2013

IPhone Dump!!!

This is the first time this boy has ever licked the beaters!!!!  He LOVED IT!

She was supposed to be my helper.......she helped clean the spatula!


Wherever she is Jake is right there by her!


She said she was having a party!!!!  I got to clean up that party!


Me, Mrs. Tracy and some crazy photo bomber!
This is THE CUTEST football player EVER!


I love this boy......more on his big day in a later post!

Nov 3, 2013

Weekly Menu.........

Sunday- Taco soup and Chili at Small Group

Monday- Loaded Baked Potato and Chicken Casserole, green beans and rolls

Tuesday- Crockpot Cube Steak, mac and cheese, steamed broccoli and crescent rolls.

Wednesday- Church for the kids so hubby and I go to dinner somewhere!


Friday- We are touring our first college with Taylor so not sure what time we will be back!  Might be a chick fil a night!

Saturday-  I will be at the Nutcracker Market all day so hubby will have to cook......Grilling Steaks,  loaded potatoes, french bread and salad!




Oct 28, 2013

Marriage Monday.........Things that say I LOVE YOU!

Again, I got the idea from my favorite marriage blog......The Time Warp Wife.
Maybe one day I will have my OWN topics to talk about!  :)

She has 102 things that say I LOVE YOU to her or her husband.  I am not sure if I can come up with that many in the few minutes I have to blog this morning but I sure have some!

Here they are.......

This may be part 1.....

When he first winked at me at Sears almost 21 years ago!

The way he was always such a gentleman when we were dating.  I never paid for ANYTHING and never opened my own door.

When he asked me to marry him at a gas station because he couldn't wait any longer!  (I still tell him I need a redo one day!)

How he looked so handsome and SO YOUNG standing at the alter waiting to say I DO!

The way he's always encouraged my dreams and the things I love.

The way he's been such a great provider from the day we got married.

The day our first son was born.

The way he held me the day I found out we couldn't have anymore biological children.

The day he called me to tell me we are supposed to adopt.

The day they handed us Noah.

The day he said YES to Jesse.

The day we watched Jesse come off that plane!

The day I told him I was pregnant with our miracle girl!!!!

The way that he KNEW it was a girl and that she would have BROWN hair and blue eyes!

When he went to Haiti and came home a changed man.

How he feel in love with a tiny little Haitian boy that barely weighed anything and couldn't even swallow.

How he knew Vensly was our fifth and final child!

How he loves the country and the people of Haiti.

How he leads our home spiritually.

His prayers!

The way he kisses me on my neck EVERY morning before leaving for work.

How he dances like a crazy man!

How he makes me laugh like no one else!

The way he loves me unconditionally.

The way he loves my long hair.

Watching him dance with our baby girl!

Snuggling at night.





Oct 27, 2013

Senior's Win Tailgate!

This Saturday we worked our butts off for our seniors booth for the school tailgate party!  They won best set up!!!!  Actually, two mom's work hard every year and they win every year but since this is their senior year it was bigger and better and they pulled if off again!  We have some very special parents that work hard for our kids and really care!  We are blessed!

It was so fun and yes, I did shed a tear or two when one dad prayed over our kids!  Seems like yesterday we were just entering the little house for kindergarten!



Oct 25, 2013

Five on Friday........

Here are five things that I am loving this Friday!





1.  God Moments!  I had a God moment the other day and I got in my car in awe over Him and how he takes care of me even when I don't deserve it.  A random conversation with a teacher gave me confirmation of a HUGE decision that hubby and I have been talking about and praying about.  I can't wait to officially announce it soon!  It is one of the biggest decisions we have ever made in our marriage!  I try to remind myself that God's Will can sometimes make us uncomfortable at first but it's ALWAYS the right way!


2.  I love watching the movie "Facing The Giants".......if you haven't seen it go buy it HERE!

Watch a trailer HERE!

Every time I watch this movie I tell my husband "I want our kids in THAT school!!!"  I think I will watch it again this weekend myself.  
It's a perfect family movie that will leave you in tears.....happy tears......but wanting to be more like some of the characters in the movie!  It's a story of trusting God with your life.....praying hard.....and believing in kids, parents, and others!!!  





3.  I have never really been a clothes horse but I am loving the blog Hello, Gorgeous!

She has the BEST clothes ever and she shops at JC Penney, Kohl's, Forever 21, and other stores that don't break the bank!

This is one of my favorite outfits of hers........





4.  FALL!  I am loving this weather!  I love the smell of my Bath and Body Works plug-ins and the smell of soups cooking.  I love eating dinner outside with my family and hearing the wind blow!  I love hoodies and boots and pumpkins!  I love FALL!!!!!!


5.  Booking our trip to NYC!!!!!!   I get to go this December to see the lights, the tree at Rockefeller Center and watch the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City with the Rockettes!
I am so excited!!!!!




Oct 23, 2013

Marriage Quotes.......

I got an email a couple of weeks ago from a blog that I love to read.  She sends emails each morning and it's always full of great things!  Check out the Time Warped Wife.......

The email was full of marriage quotes and these were my favorites!  The first one I LOVE but I laugh because if we would have met any earlier it would not have been legal to get married!!!  LOL!

ENJOY..........


If I had my life to live over again... next time I would find you sooner so that I could love you longer. – Unknown


A successful marriage isn’t the union of two perfect people. It’s that of two imperfect people who have learned the value of forgiveness and grace. - Darlene Schacht



Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave. - Martin Luther


If he makes you laugh, kisses your forehead, says he’s sorry, makes an effort, holds your hand, works hard, attempts to understand you... then believe it or not, he’s quite perfect. - Unknown


Let there be such oneness between you... that when one weeps, the other tastes salt. - M. Buxbaum


When a wife has a good husband it is easily seen in her face. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


When an old couple was asked, they said, How did we manage to stay together for 65 years? We were born in a time when if something was broken we’d fix it, not throw it away. - Unknown


The family is one of God’s greatest masterpieces. - Unknown


A woman's heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her. - Max Lucado 




Oct 14, 2013

Weekly Menu........

Sunday-  I did a pork loin in the crock pot for small group and we had pulled pork sandwiches with all the fixin's!

Monday- Italian meatballs, thin spaghetti, salad and bread!

Tuesday- Pesto Ranch Crock Pot Chicken Thighs, green beans, rice and crescent rolls!

Wednesday- Cheese Enchiladas, yellow rice and black beans!

Thursday- Baked Ziti, salad and garlic bread!

Friday- Grilled Hamburgers, sweet potato fries  and baked beans!

Saturday- EAT OUT!!!  We may be traveling to Sweet Home Alabama!


Oct 7, 2013

Cooking with Emily! Pasta Figioli from Olive Garden!

This is now simmering and smelling up my house.....smells SO GOOD!  Emily and I made this pinterest recipe today........there wasn't any left by the end of the day!!!



Pasta E Figioli

Ingredients
  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 carrots, shredded
  • 1 c. celery, chopped
  • 2 (28 oz.) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (16 oz.) can red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 (16 oz.) can white kidney beans, drained
  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 3 tsp. oregano
  • 2 tsp. pepper
  • 5 tsp. parsley
  • 1 tsp. tabasco sauce
  • 1 (20 oz.) jar Prego traditional spaghetti sauce
  • 8 oz. pasta (I like using ditali pasta)
Instructions
  • Brown ground beef in large skillet. Drain fat. Add beef and all ingredients except the pasta into a large crock pot. Cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 4-5 hours.
  • Before serving, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and add to soup.

Sep 21, 2013

Favorite Things!!!!!


1.  I am loving this blog lately!  I am always studying marriage and how to make mine the best it can be and especially glorify Him while being married!


As her blog states......she helps empower women to joyfully serve their husband and most importantly teaches you what it means to serve!  The Biblical meaning!


2.  I am loving Friday Night Lights and watching my boy play football!  He's only in 6th grade so he doesn't get a lot of playing time but I still love that he's part of a team and is learning to be strong and what team work is all about!  
Not to mention he is SO CUTE in that uniform!!!

My #56 Bulldog!

3.  Nikes!  Since I have been doing P90X for the last 83 days I am addicted to Nikes!  I have never really been a shoe person but since I live in workout clothes lately I am loving all the wild colors they have this year!
I have bought two pair in the last month and these are next.......

I bought these first!

Then these!!!!!


I LOVE these!!!!  These are my next purchase!!!!






4.  Workout Clothes!!!!  If I am going to work out everyday I might as well look cute doing it!!!!!  I love all the wild colors and can wait for cooler weather to wear hoodies and long yoga pants!
One day I will be fit enough to wear white pants like this........







5.  I am obsessed with finding the perfect dress for our company Christmas party this year!!!!  I love these.....
We are having a Black/White and Red party theme........

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I hope you enjoyed my five favorite things this week!  Even though it is Saturday!