Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Mother's Day Weekend

This past weekend started with my work's annual Take-A-Child Fishing Tournament. We have been hosting this tournament for 17 years now.  Daddy brought Christopher to fish one year but when he realized he couldn't win because I worked for the Port, he gave that part up and started helping elsewhere at the tournament.  For several years, he passed out bait to all the kids.  This year, he stuck with me and helped me get all the door prizes ready.  Makenna was also able to join us this year.

My crew...



Bella and Christopher's cousins came out to the fishing tournament so Bella opted to go hang out with them so she could fish too.  I went to check on her before I got really busy.  Here's my little fisherman..


We had almost 300 kids show up for the tournament.  Not too bad considering it was Mother's Day weekend.  Jackson, Henry, Piper and Makennah all caught some fish and participated in the weigh in but didn't win the big prize.  They all had a lot of fun and plan to come back next year.  

Sunday started with coffee and this delivered to me...
Cinnamon waffles minus the syrup and fruit.  Yum!


We spend the morning being lazy and after lunch we went to my dad's where Tony was cooking for the ladies.  I was summoned inside the house and told not to look out any windows.  After a few minutes, I was summoned back outside where this was waiting for me...

My boy had built his momma a fire pit!!  


Inside....


I haven't fired it up yet because I want to remove the old pit that is on its last leg and made a pretty sitting area.  Or prettier than what is there now.  ha!  So, so proud of my son.  He is really taking off with his welding, getting better all the time.

Proud momma with her babies....


For the first time that I can remember, I bought Bella and I semi-matching dresses.  One of my blogs featured my dress a while back and I loved it.  It went on sale last week so I thought about getting it.  While I was looking, I just happened to catch a glimpse of Bella's dress so I decided to get both for Mother's Day.  Let's all say "awe" together....


This was also my first DADIM, although I didn't share it with the FB page however; I have been wearing a dress every day since, just haven't taken pictures.  See how bad I am at this.  I had every intention of doing so but work has been so crazy that I just forget to ask someone to snap a quick picture.  

my sweet girl...


I also have to share with you the cute flower pot Bella made at daycare...
(psst...you can see the print of my dress I wore today)



 This had more Jolly Ranchers in it but some little girl decided she needed them, hahahaha!


I brought it to work to use once the candy is gone.  It'll sit next to this flower pot Christopher made for me many years ago.  The sunflower is actually a pen :) 


It was a good day and weekend spent with family.  
We came back home and and topped off the weekend sitting outside for a little while listening to a little Merle Haggard :)

Hope all the mommies out there a great weekend with their babies.


Monday, May 1, 2017

Welcome May


I have realized that I am not the only person who is in shock that today is first day of May.  This year is blowing by faster than ever.  We have four weeks of school left.  I am counting down just like my kiddoes are.  While I am ready for summer break, I am not ready for the summer temps.  I know I whine about this all the time, but I just don't know how I could stand it as a child because back then I LOVED summer time.  I'm just old now I guess.  LOL!!

My sister's softball team has made the play-offs again this year.  The first round was Friday night and they came on strong winning 13-0 in 5 innings.  Next round begins this Friday in La Grange.  I probably will miss the first game since it begins at 6:00 and I have to work until 5:00 but I'll likely travel Saturday to catch Game 2.  Love watching those girls do their thing on the field.

A Dress A Day In May started today.  As you can see, I wore jeans today.


The Port hosts a Take-A-Child Fishing Tournament every year in May.  This year, we are allowed to wear jeans to work along with the current or past TACFT shirt for the next two weeks.  I love jeans so you know I'm taking advantage of that.  Plus it sure makes getting dress every day a lot easier when the only decision I have to make is which shirt I want to wear.  The shirt above is this year's shirt.
I'll pick up DADIM after the fishing tournament.  And who knows, maybe I'll participate on the weekends with a dress or two.

Hope y'all are having a great Monday.  I'm ready to hit the hay.


Friday, April 28, 2017

Two Things

Today has me rattled a bit.

I was first hit with the news that someone I met through my ex-husband unexpectedly passed away this morning.  He was my age.  Correction, We also shared a birthday He also shares a birthday with my son.  I am in disbelief as most people are when something like this happens.  I know I have said it here before but I feel I need to repeat it again.  Today is a gift.  Tomorrow is not guaranteed.  Live your life to the fullest every single day and make damn sure your people know what they mean to you.  Tell them every day.  You may never get a chance again.  And please, please...don't live your life angry and bitter.  It only hurts you and those you love in the end.  Its not worth it people.  This gentleman I knew was a character, always happy and always joking around.  He was always kind to me and always made me laugh.  He will be missed by many.

Second rattle....

I pulled into Bucees to get gas this morning.  Just as I stepped out of my car and was trying to pump gas, a man approached me to tell me how much he loved my car.  Asked about pricing, that is was his favorite car and was thinking of getting one himself.  He told me he could tell I was so happy driving this car because I looked so happy.  I was rattled so much that I entered my pin number incorrectly and had to go inside to see the attendant to continue.  I don't know if this man was talking to me very innocently or if he had other intentions.  All I know is it rattled me.  I always try to be aware of my surroundings no matter where I am but damn, this one bothered me.  So my second message to you today is to always be aware, no matter where you are.  Don't think for a minute because you are at a busy gas station nothing will happen because it will.  This is when bad people strike.  Folks these days have their heads down on their phones or in a zone and don't pay attention.  Nothing happened to me thank goodness but just be careful  If it was nothing more than an innocent comment to me by this man, then shame on him for doing it the way he did.  He should know better!

That is all I have today.

Be thankful, be blessed and have a great weekend.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Happy Birthday Daddy

Today is my daddy's 76th birthday!! 

The pictures below are pretty recent.  Doesn't he look great?!?  


This man has been such a rock in our lives, especially after mom passed away.  He has always been there for all of us kids.  There have been times I was scared to death to tell him something but even after I managed to push the hard topic out, his reaction was always a supportive, caring one.  As we have all gotten older, family has become that much more important to us. We have all always been a pretty tight knit family, but losses and hardships along the way have made us even tighter.  We are all there for each other through the good, the bad and the ugly, and daddy is the first one to say "tell me when and where and I'm there".   



We have so much fun together in everything we do, family dinner, card games, board games, football/baseball/softball/soccer games, beach house, family gatherings...you name it, we always have fun.  

We celebrate together....the big accomplishments and the little things.  

We are a tight family and I love that about us.  I know daddy (and momma) had a lot to do with that.  My children are close to me and I hope they always are.  

Happy 76th Daddy!!  Cheers to many more!