Friday, September 22, 2017

It's Fall Y'all



Saturday morning I cleaned house and then put up my fall decor and then Sunday, Bella and I swung over to Lowes in hopes of finding mums and we lucked out!  


I love mums.  I always have but they also now remind me of my sweet baby who was born in October.  I remember receiving lots of mums when he was born.  As you can see, we also found a cute jack-o-lantern at Lowes.  This one has a battery operated candle in it.  I haven't decided where I will put Jackie :).  I have a planter on my porch that I have always kept mums in, along with a geranium and this past spring I added a mosquito plant (citronella plant).  Well, sometime in the summer something got a hold of everything in that pot and killed it all.  Really ticked me off because because about this time of year, the mums really start producing blooms and its so pretty.  The smaller mums went in that pot and the larger one I planted in the flower bed around my pecan tree out front.  I have two others there as well that I planted last year, but of course I want more! I did see the stores are beginning to get pumpkins in but I decided to wait a bit.  Its been so dang hot this last week that I'm afraid those guys would rot out sooner rather than later.  Not sure how long I can wait because I do love me some pumpkins.  

I'm so very happy today is the first day of Fall but Lordy I wish it would cool off and these 90 degree temps would back the heck off.  

I hope y'all have a great weekend!!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Muffins

I can't remember exactly what day it was that Bella and I decided we needed to make these muffins but it was a very good decision on our part.  These muffins were so stinkin' good.


I found this recipe on Pinterest and I'll tell ya, I have to agree with the author in that these taste better cold.  I had one out of the oven after they had cooled but were still warm, and they were good but I preferred a cold one right out of refrigerator.  They really were super easy to make and were Bella approved!



Here are your ingredients and directions for making these yummy treats....

·         1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
·         1 tablespoon pumpkin spice
·         1 teaspoon baking soda
·         1/2 teaspoon salt
·         1 (15 oz) can pumpkin (pure pumpkin puree)
·         1 cup granulated sugar
·         1/2 cup packed brown sugar
·         2 large eggs
·         1/2 cup vegetable oil
·         1 tablespoon vanilla extract

·         8 oz cream cheese
·         1/4 cup granulated sugar
·         1 large egg yolk
           2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375°F. 

Place paper baking cups into muffin pan. Set aside. 

1.  In a medium bowl, whisk flour, pumpkin spice, baking soda and salt until well combined. Set aside. 
2.  In large bowl, whisk together pumpkin, sugar and brown sugar. 
3.  Beat in eggs, vegetable oil and vanilla extract. Slowly whisk in the flour mixture, until there are no lumps. 
4.  Fill muffin tins 3/4 full. 
5.  In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add in sugar, egg yolk and vanilla extract and beat until well       combined. 
6.  Top each muffin with about 1 tablespoon of cream cheese mixture and use a toothpick to swirl it into the batter.
7.  This will not look smooth, but it will bake up much prettier. 
8.  Bake muffins for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
9.  I liked these best at room temperature or even slightly chilled! Store in an airtight container in the fridge.



Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Life Lately

Life lately has been full of getting everyone back into the swing of things and back to some kind of normalcy.  As I type that I feel bad because our new normal doesn't involve putting everything we own out by the curb because our house flooded.  Hurricane Harvey really did a number on a lot of folks around here.  I can't imagine having to gut your home and start from scratch. Its just awful.  I am super thankful that we were on the lucky end of things.  This whole experience has also made me rethink my desire to live in the country, or outside the city limits--around here anyway.  The kids and I were off of school and work for a week and then it was back to reality.  Bella threw a holy fit the day school was back in session because she just needed one more day at home.  It was not pretty!  Things are moving along a little easier now.  We had a similar meltdown again later in the week when Bella wanted to wear jeans to school and couldn't find any that fit.  I kept two pair that I thought she could still wear but apparently I was wrong so we did some shopping this past weekend.

I had a hair appointment Saturday morning so we planned to hit the stores after that. I waited entirely too long to get my hair done this time, but a cut and color later, my hair and I both felt so much better.


Bella wanted to go to Justice (big surprise) to look for jeans.  We found her three pair that were good enough for her.  Thank goodness because much to my disappointment, they weren't on sale.  After Justice, we popped into Bath and Body Works to pick up some of my pumpkin scented lotion I love and then went by Buckle to pick up a pair of jeans for yours truly.  We decided to go look at fall decor at Hobby Lobby before heading home.  As much as I love this time of year and can't wait to decorate with all things pumpkin, I haven't been in the mood to do it.  Strange I know.  In hopes of finding some fall inspiration we went to HL hoping to find my spirit.  I found some pumpkin sticks to add to the arrangement I have in my watering can.  I also gave in and picked up a small galvanized pumpkin that I have been eyeing since they put them out.  Actually, I have been eyeing the larger one but I couldn't bring myself to purchase that one and truth be told, I have no idea where I would have put it.  I also picked up a couple other metal pumpkins.  Still haven't decorated the inside but I got the outside of the house done....for now.  I'm not happy with it so I expect changes to be coming.  Never satisfied.  

Sunday morning was another nice day so Bella wanted me to grab my coffee and sit outside with her.  She was playing on my phone and said "smile mommy" and took my picture.  I took my phone and told her it was my turn to take hers....here's the result...



 Sitting outside in the mornings and evenings is one of our favorite things to do.  She is my child.

Later we went to the grocery store to pick up a few things for the week.  I'm looking at fall decor when I hear, "hey mommy, look over here".  I turn to find this staring at me....


I died laughing.  "Don't mess with the Easter Bunny" she says.  She tried on several other ones but this one cracked me up the most.

Also must show you my new favorite nail polish for this fall...  



I know it looks black but its navy and I love it.  I have been trying to find one for a while but everything I found was too blue.  I saw this color suggested on another blog and happen to find it at Target the other day.  Score for me! I still have my other favorite you see on my nails above, Mink Muffs, but I'm having trouble finding it in the stores. May have to find another color similar to it.



Christopher has been busy working at Chili's every chance he gets.  He worked the entire week we were out for the hurricane and I'm allowing him to work weekends while in school.  If his grades suffer, he will have to quit his job.  School comes first.  He is also gearing up and hunting pallets down for the bonfire that will be coming up soon. Still hasn't sunk in this is his senior year.  It'll probably hit me when he's walking across the field to accept his diploma in May.  Crazy!







Wednesday, August 23, 2017

A New School Year

Here they are, my senior and my 3rd grader ready to tackle another school year.  Well, almost ready.


Bella had a slight wardrobe change after this picture.  Actually, it was more of an accessories change.  She lost the bow and added earrings...


I warned Chris he HAD to take a picture that morning because it was his last first day of school picture.  Sniff, sniff.  Whew, was he grumpy.  He has been grumpy all week, but then again he is my child.  Mommy isn't a morning person either, but I do try to perk it up for my babies.  

Bella came in my room last night and asked me to pause the tv because "we needed to talk".  Nothing like those four words to make a mommy stop in her tracks, especially when your 8 year old is being very serious and follows up with "its about something I did in school today. Good grief child, its the second day of school and you're already in trouble?  My second thought was that I was just at the school for a parent meeting to hear about the school year and her teacher didn't say anything.  

She proceeded to remind me of how hard it is when you have all this work you have to do in the morning at school.  You work, you go to PE, you work some more, you go to lunch and then work some more in the afternoon.  "And mommy", she says, "you know how sometimes when you do all that work and you are just so tired you fall asleep?  Well I did that today."  

That's what happened....you fell asleep?  She said, "yep, I fell asleep!"  She said she wasn't asleep long because her teacher woke her up.  She just couldn't understand why she was so tired and she's tired of being tired. I told her the first week of school will be hard because she had been off all summer and its difficult to get back into a routine.  Its also why mommy makes her go to bed earlier and why we started practicing that a week before school started.  I told her it would be a good idea to lay down a little earlier to get some extra rest.  She agreed.  Poor kiddo.  I also told her mommy has a hard time going back to work after vacation because I get to sleep in and stay up late when I'm on vacation so I understood her having a hard time.  

My sweet nuggets.  God bless them this first few weeks of school.  Bless them all year but these first few are going to be rough.  


Sunday, August 20, 2017

Special Weather Statement

For the last week or so I have receiving a "Special Weather Statement" on my weather app. The SWS is advising me of the high heat in the area.  Well no kidding! If you have been outside then you know it's just been awful out there, yet here are folks (my sister) who thrive in this heat. My hope it that come winter time, I will receive these SWS's telling me it's going to be really cold or even better, we will have a chance of snow. I really need to think about moving further north some day. I don't know that I will ever want to leave Texas, but who knows.

Today we are headed to daddy's for lunch with the family before my niece heads back to that place with all the maroon.  She wanted to have lunch with the family before she left. Rumor has it my brother-in-law is grilling fajitas. That would be awesome. I'm bringing dessert...

Berry cobbler and chocolate pudding pie....




Y'all stay cool and take care of yourself if you're planning to be outside.  We are headed back to school tomorrow so I'll follow-up with pictures.  I might be crying since it will be Christopher's last first day of school.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Elvis

Its been 40 years since Mr. Presley left this world in tears.  My momma was a huge fan.  I was a huge fan at the tender age of 5.  You can thank my momma for that.

I love all of his music but this one is one of my faves....



I love, love, love how this song builds to the grand finale.  That voice....that sultry voice and you know, he ain't bad to watch and look at either.

This one is for you momma!!


Monday, August 14, 2017

Halfway There

We are halfway through August and that means I'm getting the come on and hurry up September/Fall itch on my brain.  I have refrained from decorating but I did pick up this candle Saturday when Bella and I popped into the new Bath and Body Works store at the mall to take a look.

I cannot wait to burn this sweet smelling candle.  Bella did give me permission to start burning it now but I told her I was going to make myself wait until September 1st.  Be strong Missy, be strong.  

Truth is, up until Saturday I had firecrackers still in my yard.  I just haven't had the "want" to take down Fourth of July decor and have a blank slate before all things pumpkin spice is upon us.  Maybe this weekend will be it. I have to get the house picked up and cleaned before the 26th because I am having a jewelry party.  My cleaning lady had to quit cleaning homes for health reasons.  I just haven't found a new lady yet.  The kids are chomping at the bit because until that happens, we all get extra chores.  I have to say, it has been nice not having to worry about cleaning bathrooms, dusting and mopping floors for a good while now.  #spoiled

This heat has just been unbearable.  I've said it before and I'll say it again.  Unless you are poolside, sitting in a river or enjoying another water source, its just too dang hot to be outside.  My take anyway.  I really should think about moving. 

The kids have one more week of summer before school starts August 21.  I can say with confidence that Chris could care less about school.  He would be content to keep working.  He loves having his own money, and mommy has enjoyed not handing over the debit card for gas money weekly.  Bella is 50/50 on school starting.  She enjoys her time off but misses her friends.  I finished up school shopping last week.  Supplies were bought once we were back from the river--kinda started that "tradition" a few years ago.  Christopher only asked for a couple pairs of jeans and shirts.  Bella is pretty much set.  She still needs jeans but I hesitate to buy them now because its still so hot and she won't wear them much.  I know the stores will still carry them for a while so I'm not worried.  As for me, I'm about 50/50 as well.  I'm ready for the routine but not ready for the homework and tears and whining.  But hey, that's just me.  I'm sure the kids will be fine!  

We will meet Bella's teacher and get her class assignment tomorrow. Christopher picks up his schedule Thursday, and then we are off to the races come Monday morning.  Pray for us.  

Have a good one!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

TimeHop & A Haircut

I love the TimeHop app.  It brings back memories previously posted on my social media and sometimes those memories have completely escaped me, until I see it that is.  Not this jewel that popped up yesterday.  I remember this morning very well.  She was so proud of herself for choosing her outfit of the day and getting all dolled up.  We only had a few errands to run, but she was ready.  It was the beginning of that sassiness waiting to break out.  Look at this sweet nugget...all of 2 years old.  My heart just explodes and melts at the same time.


Jump forward 6 years and here is my sassy girl after her haircut yesterday.  


She wanted so bad to get her hair cut before our vacation but we just couldn't get in to get it done.   She was so excited.  Her appointment was at noon so Christopher took her, but I surprised them both by showing up during my lunch hour. I needed to also pick up my tag for my car so I took an extra long lunch to see them and take care of business.

Here's the back of her hair...

She loves it and I have to say, she rocks it. Totally fits her spunky personality.  


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August!



I can't help but get a tiny bit excited when August rolls around.  This means Fall is just around the corner and I can start decorating with everything pumpkin. It also means we are closer to another school year and this year is extra special because my son will be a SENIOR.  Whoa!  I can't explain how strange this feels.  I was just a new mommy yesterday trying to figure everything out and crying when my mom left me with a brand new baby to take care of.  I had been around babies all my life, babysat them, but to have my own, holy crap that was scary.  As it turns out, he grew and thrived and has turned into a really good kid. There have been some hiccups along the way but I like to tell myself that every parent has hiccups with their children.  Its a right of passage as a parent for your children to test you, force you to be strong, sometimes mean and get all parenty (yep, I'm making that a word) on them. God help me, I still have many years to go with that 8 year old in the house.  LOL!
Seriously, my kids are pretty good kids but I swear to you there was a "poof" and here we are, staring at Christopher Michael's senior year of high school.  Let's have fun with it and kick ass.  No stress.  These are the words I have said to him many times this summer and will say again before his first day of classes.  THIS is going to be a good year.  Positive thinking.

Happy August 1st y'all!


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Vacation Rewind - The River

This post will be a bit shorter than the last, only because it was a shorter trip and well, we floated the river, and mommy had adult beverages.  :)

Other than honey spending a few days with us at the beach, this portion of my vacation was my favorite.  I just prefer the river to the sandy beach.  I enjoy my family and my friends but honey is what made the beach for me this year.

The Hillier Family invited us to join their family at the river again this year and we were all over it, especially this girl right here.  I will say driving up to Leisure Resort took more time this year because we had to detour off of I-10 due to construction and two wrecks.  Thankfully, Brian's brother had alerted us to the mess before we got stuck in it like he did.  Almost 4 hours of sitting in standstill traffic for them, and he was pulling a camper!  No thank you.  Needless to say we made it, got unpacked and went to the gathering area to say hello to everyone.  I snapped this picture to send to honey so he could see our view from the campsite....



We all sat around catching up, enjoying hamburgers for supper, relaxing, having a drink or two and playing this....YARDZEE!





Y'all, this was so much fun!  One of Deanna's cousins purchased the game at a craft show earlier in the year.  It came with the bucket, wooden dice, four laminated cards and a dry erase marker.  So, so fun.

Saturday, after we made breakfast tacos (it was our meal to cook), we put the suits on, grabbed our tubes and headed down to float that magnificent river.  At first the float went well but I soon found myself getting hung up in every spot I could get hung up in.  There was also a family floating, very slowly and dadgummit, I was always getting stuck behind them.  God bless 'em.  The river was low and slow.  It just wasn't a great float for me which is why I didn't float again that trip.  I stayed at this location either in a chair or sitting directly in the water...


It was perfect.  The water felt good, not too cold.  Drinks were cold and snacks were just the right amount.  We would hang out for a while in the morning, head up to eat lunch and then come back down for the afternoon.  Bella had a blast just staying right there.  She figured out if she put a life jacket/vest on she could easily float.  There was a little area there she could do that and still be with us.  She also kept herself busy finding all kinds of rocks!  Even with the crazy storm that blew in Saturday night, it was a great trip that went by too fast.  Gosh I love sitting in the river just chilling and visiting with great friends and family.

I always try to get a picture with my children.  I failed at the beach house but nailed it here.  This was Sunday morning after breakfast.  Chris and the boys were getting ready to head out for the day. I love my little family.  



Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Vacation Rewind - The Beach

My vacation got off to a rough start, and by rough I only mean that it didn't start at 5:00 on Friday as I had bragged and hoped it would.  It started when I left work at 7:30 that night, and arriving at the beach house at 9:00.  Christopher ended up having to work that evening so our plan for him to haul all our goods and Bella to the beach house early were thwarted.  Needless to say, by the time I made it to the beach house, I was ready for an ice cold beer.  I got everything unloaded, checked the new place out, opened my cold beer and caught up with my sister-in-law Keri.

I will admit it took me a couple days to finally relax, unwind and not feel so tense.  My dear friend Lauren came out Saturday and Sunday to hang with us.  I loved having her there.  I think my family was surprised I had a friend because I never really have friends come out to the beach house. I really shocked them this year because my friend Callie came out for a bit Sunday and early, early Sunday morning before everyone woke up, honey joined us as well.  Was excited that both Lauren and Callie were finally able to meet honey.  I've talked about him enough.  Honey stayed until Tuesday morning after breakfast and then had to head back for work. Sigh.  Having him there for two full days was so nice.

The week went by pretty fast.  I cooked, read a little, baked a little, sat on the beach a little, searched for shells a little and just really tried to enjoy my time away from work and the stress of it all.


One of my first trips down to the beach...chilling with my brother :)


Photographic evidence that honey was there.  
Poor guy, when he left, his belly looked like a lobster.  


The two littlest monkeys buried in the sand.  I've never heard so much giggling before.


One of the few pictures I captured of my son.  He wasn't into the beach that much this year.  We suspected it was because Paul wasn't there.  When we asked him about later in the week, that was his exact response, I miss Paul.  Poor kiddo.  I know he misses you too. 


So our beach house neighbors were out fishing Monday and caught this sweet little hammerhead.  I have never seen one up close and personal so I asked to hold it.  They were a bit shocked but I thought it was totally cool.  Honey snapped this picture.  


My sweet girl ready for the beach. She got a little red the first day on the beach.  Note to all awesome moms like me...if you have a bottle of sunscreen that has been unopened and you're not sure how long you've had it, then its probably been too long and its no longer good.  #lessonlearned #expired


Makenna and Bella ready to hit the beach!!  


This is my favorite picture I captured that week.  Brady, Bella and I went walking one evening looking for shells.  We were walking back to the beach house and I snapped this picture of them walking.  
No filters y'all.  Just beautiful.



Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Independence Day & A Birthday



Today is Independence Day and my mommy's birthday.  She would have been 76.  

She has been around us a lot lately, especially last Saturday.  Cindy and I had a garage sale at her mother-in-laws house.  We were sitting in the heat waiting on our customers when Cindy says, "Look, a cardinal, momma is here"  I didn't miss a beat with my reply, "she's not going to miss out on a garage sale".  And the cardinal was a female.  She flew around us all morning.  Later that evening when Bella and I were at the fireworks, she was there again.  This time through music and fireworks.  While the fireworks were going, you could tune into a radio station and listen to music.  Lo and behold, "God Bless Texas" came on.  That was one of her favorite songs and she loved Texas and fireworks.  I love it when she makes her presence known.  I know she is with us all the time, but when little things like cardinals appear, its reassuring and comforting in a way.  

Happy 76th Momma!!  We love and miss you every single day. 

Happy 4th of July!!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Happy 3rd of July

Happy, Happy, Happy!

Today is a good day and its a Monday!!  LOL!!

Nothing significant going on, I'm just in a decent place.  I feel good today and I'm happy.  This is huge for me because I feel like I have been in a funk for a long time now.  

Me and my sweet girl one morning last week.  She almost always gets up before I leave for work to see me off.  She says, I just need to see you and hug you before you leave.  #ohmymeltingheart


 We are down to less than a week before my vacation begins and I cannot wait.  I'm ready to chill out and relax for a glorious 12 days.  We will hit the beach for a week with the family and then shift to the river for a few days.  My vacation begins this Friday at 5:00 p.m.

I've pulled out most of my red, white and blue decor.  I did snap a picture of this area that welcomes you when you enter our home.  Remember those magnolias from Canton?  Those are it in my watering can.  I picked up Uncle Sam on clearance at Hobby Lobby last year. I had seen him early on but didn't want to spend the money.  Deanna, Kristian and I ran to the Hobby Lobby in San Marcos last summer when we went to the river.  There he was for only $7.  Couldn't pass that up.  My Family, Friends, Freedom sign is a few years old. I think I got that at Kohls but I'm not certain.


My children ended up spending the weekend with me.  Christopher had to work Friday and Sunday. He is a cook at the Chili's in town. So proud of him.  He is enjoying it, although he would rather not make salads.  hahaha!  Bella and I went to hang out with my friend Lauren from work Saturday evening.  We went up to the fairgrounds and watched fireworks.  They were awesome.  We sat with Lauren's brother-in-law, sister-in-law and their boys.



Bring on the fireworks!


Sunday, Bella and I went to pick up a few groceries but first we made a drink stop at Sonic.  She found her sunglasses in the car and had me take her picture.


And yes, that is a blanket on her.  I may have had the A/C blowing really cold in the car.  ha!


This is a little cross stitch project I've been working on since last weekend.  Bella loves flamingos.  She found this one and asked me to make it for her.  Its coming along.  

That's about it for us.  Mommy has been working every day and the kids have been chilling at home.  Lucky kids.  When Chris has to work, Bella stays with my sister or daddy.  They have been kind enough to help me out with her this summer so I can have a break from daycare costs which has been wonderful.  

Hopefully we will get off work early today to begin our July 4th holiday.  I will be off tomorrow but back to work Wednesday for a short 3 days and then.....VACATION!!  I may have previously mentioned that but I wanted to make sure y'all didn't miss it.  :)  

Have a great week!!



Saturday, June 10, 2017

Wasn't The Plan

I didn't plan on ignoring my blog for almost a month but that's what happened. Truth is, work has been crazy busy that I'm mentally exhausted whenever I get home that I just want to relax and not think about anything for at least 30 minutes, or longer. The last few weeks of school were a blessing because Bella had no homework (thank you Jesus) so other than making sure Christopher had all his work turned in and was prepared for finals, it was relatively easy. These last two weeks of work has had my anxiety and stress levels at an all time high. I finally hit a breaking point yesterday. Thank goodness for co-workers who were willing and able to jump right in to help a girl out.  I actually left work on time yesterday thanks to their help.  I came home, ordered pizza for supper, grabbed an ice cold beer and sat outside for a while with my sweet kids. I'm out here again tonight for a bit. It feels too nice to be inside, although we need to spray the yard because those pesky mosquitoes keep finding us.

My vacation time is just around the bend and I can't wait to be off and relax for a good 12 days. Other than maternity leave, this will be the most time I have ever taken off from work. We will start out at the beach house this year and end at the river. Momma can't wait. The kids are pretty anxious too.

Speaking of the kids, they are happy to be done with school, well Bella is. Christopher has to take 3 weeks of summer school to get a half credit in English. He failed the first semester, past the second but not enough to pass for the year. I'm not even going to get into this because I have talked and cried enough for everyone and then some. He will take care of business these 3 weeks and go into his senior year ready to kick ass all year. Bella ended the year with the A/B Honor Roll. She has already checked out books to read for the summer and almost done with summer reading program where she can receive a free book, just for reading 10.  Of course Christopher thinks this is nuts. Can you say night and day?

Well I'm going back inside because although I have sprayed, the mosquitoes still love my legs. Hope y'all are all well and enjoying your summer.

Love & hugs!

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.