Tuesday, April 18, 2017

My Crew

I was a lousy picture taker this past weekend. No pictures of activities at all.  However, I am proud of that at the same time because it means I was enjoying the moments and I didn't have my phone on me.  Its a two-fer.

I did have daddy take some pictures of me and the kids at his house Sunday.  This was what I deemed the best and currently my favorite of us...

To me, you can really see how much Christopher looks like me in this picture. One of his HS friends met me several weeks back while we were out shopping.  She couldn't get over how much he favored me, from mannerisms to looks.  I loved it.  I'm just glad he didn't get my height! 

I hope you all had a very blessed Easter celebrating he day with the ones you love most.

Love & hugs to you all.

Friday, April 7, 2017


It has been a long week but an awesome week.

Tony got the official word from the doctors Wednesday that he is cancer free!  The pet scan revealed no hot spots, endoscopy only revealed scar tissue and biopsy came back clear.  He has elected to watch and observe, no surgery.  This will entailed a pet scan and endoscopy every 3-4 months. Life is good!

I also received good news yesterday.  I had my follow-up from my second endoscopy.  My ulcer has completely healed, but I did still have signs of gastritis so they did another biopsy and it came back clear.  For now I will continue medication, revisit in 3 months to see how I'm doing and try my best to avoid spicy, acidic, tomato based and citrus foods and juices, you know basically everything I love to eat.  Also limit my intake of coffee, teas, soda and alcohol. I can handle this.  I am also looking into taking a yoga class.  Everything I have read about it is positive and I think it would help reduce my stress and anxiety, or at least help me to deal with it better.  Anyway, I have contacted a place to see if they offer an evening class for beginners.  We shall see.

I am super glad its Friday because that means tomorrow I get to see some kinfolks, and I also get to see momma's sisters and y'all know that makes me very happy.  I still don't have my basket complete but I think I know what else I want to put in there so I will pick those things up on my way home today.  Tonight Miss Bella and I will be making Snickerdoodle Blondies and 7-Layer Dip which is really 5-Layer Dip because we leave two of the layers out.  The blondies is a Pinterest recipe.  Marilee made them for our Canton trip back in October.  I have made them once since and decided these would be a good easy dessert to take for Saturday.  I have everything to make them so that's a bonus and plus, they are sooooo good! I have eggs and candy for Easter egg hunt for the kids, godparent gifts and godson gift.  I think I am good to go. Bella has been counting down to this day all week, and so have I.

Hope y'all have a great weekend!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Weekend Happenings

We are now in April people!  Geez Louise...before we know it summer will be here and ending and I'll begin my Christmas shopping.   I'm totally not ready for that.

This weekend began with my children going to their dad's house however; Christopher decided he didn't want to go so he stayed home.  18 now and wanting to hang out with his friends.  No surprise there.  His father agreed so he stayed while Bella went.  The break was actually going to be good for me because I have been in a funk so a quiet house is what I needed.  No big plans although I thought long and hard about making a road trip to Round Top.  I decided against it because I really didn't want to go alone.  With encouragement from my girlfriend Jenn, I went shopping Saturday hoping to find some Spring dresses.  No luck there but I did treat myself to this cookbook I have been wanting for a while...

I began reading it yesterday and have only made it through the appetizers and breakfast, but oh my gosh, I LOVE it.  This is my new favorite.  Sorry Pioneer Woman.  Its pretty and full of yummy recipes.  Easy recipes.  Some fancy, some not.  Great stories and I love the way she has the recipes laid out in each section.  Plus, proceeds go to the American Cancer Society and Cystic Fibrosis. Annnnd, I discovered we have a couple things in common.  Not only has cancer affected her family but this cookbook of hers was 20 years in the making!  I've almost caught her with my family cookbook.  LOL!!  I know mine won't be on the best seller list but it will get done and printed one day.  

I also ventured into Hobby Lobby Saturday.  This weekend we will celebrate Easter with my mom's side of the family.  I'm sure I have mentioned before that we do these family baskets at our gatherings.  You put together a basket of goodies (of your choice), spending about $25-$30.  Everyone who brings a basket gets to draw a number for a basket.  Its really fun and I love a Spring basket. I'm pretty sure I was in Hobby Lobby for a good two hours or more looking at things, picking them, putting them back, etc.  Here are some contenders...

Ultimately went with the round staked birdhouse in the middle picture because it was different.  I really loved the birdhouse on the bottom, wanted it for myself but I put it back.  You should be proud of me for doing that. I haven't completed my basket but I have two pieces to start it.  

I also decided to add some Easter touches to my magnolias at the house so I picked up the eggs and carrots below.  The welcome stakes are Godparent gifts.

 And here are my magnolias dressed up for Easter...

Sunday, Bella came home early so we decided to make homemade chocolate chip cookies. 

this kid is a mess...

These were a nice treat and turned out really good.  Soft and chewy, just like my babies like them.  I do too.  After we finished that, I got supper ready and in the oven.  After it came out, Bella and I let it cool and went for our evening walk.  That girl encourages me to get out and walk every night, and there are nights I just don't feel like getting out but she wants to, so mommy goes.  I always feel better when I do.

Today, my brother is at MD Anderson having his follow-up testing to make sure his treatments did their job.  Praying for positive results.

Y'all have a great week!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Life Does Go On

I have often thought about all the things that have happened since you've been gone.  Its so weird looking at the calendar and seeing that it has been 10 years now.  10 years.  So many times I have wanted to pick up the phone to call or swing by the house to see what you were up to. I still have those thoughts and then remember you are gone.  Both your girls had babies, Brady and Bella. When I think about you missing out on time spent with them, it breaks my heart.  Even more when I realize they will only know their Grammy through pictures and stories we share with them.  My divorce.  Bryan falling out of a tree while cutting a limb.  Daddy remarrying. Cindy's trip to the State Play-offs, and realizing you never got the chance to see her coach in Angleton.  I remember her first game.  She had a spot reserved just for you right up front. Tony battling cancer.  Life just moving on without you.  You were way too young mommy.   All the holidays, birthdays and anniversaries that have come since you've been gone. Every single one of them difficult.  Time does not make things easier.  You learn to manage the hole left, the emptiness and some days you just don't manage it well.  That's how I feel about it anyways.

I remember the day like other difficult days, in flashbacks.  Moments that stand out.  I remember our last conversation the night before.  I remember getting the call to come home because you took a turn during the night.  I remember family coming to see you.  I remember all sitting in the bedroom sharing stories.  And I remember when you took your last breath.

And now, as I sit here writing about you, my eyes fill up with tears and I get mad because you aren't here.  I want to throw a fit because life just isn't fair.

You are always with me, I know this.  Some days I feel you are closer than others.  I still love to see you in my dreams.  I love it even more when you talk to me.

10 years mommy and I still miss you so very much.