Monday, March 21, 2016

Nailed it

Sometimes people say the darndest things. Usually they are well-meaning, but I wonder other times. I can't remember who introduced me to Brene Brown, but she has a great way of explaining exactly how I feel. Here is a clip from one of her videos.

Have you ever been there? Sometimes, silence is golden. Sometimes, well-meaning can be hurtful. Glad I found this video to help me explain what I mean. One of these days I will write more about this subject. Maybe I'll even tell you about my Stupid Stickers. Not today. I'm just too tired.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

A few of my favorite things

"Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens" (not really. I hate cats. Please don't hate me.)

So, I have a few favorite things nowadays, and I thought I would share before I forget. 

First up, Burts Bees Lipstick. I have always loved Burt's Bees. Their products are all natural. My naturopath friend told me she went to a presentation with the company, and they told the attendees that though they wouldn't taste great, one could eat the Burt's Bees products safely. I love the way they smell and feel. I've used all of their lip products and really like them. But now, they have lipstick! I love it! The colors are gorgeous! The one I picked goes so well with my skin tone. It feels so yummy on my lips, and smells and tastes great! I wish I was getting compensated for my opinion, but I'm not. I just really love it and think you will too. 

Second thing, podcasts. I love podcasts. My very favorite is the Jamie Ivey "Happy Hour." She's so dang cute and delightful. I enjoy her guests so much and have learned a ton from all of the different and varied topics. You need to check out "The Happy Hour."

Thirdly, LaCroix Sparkling Water. They are so refreshing. They are not soda. They are just a little fiz added to water with a hint of fruity flavah. They are a little bit of happy added to my day. Try them, but don't think they will taste like soda. They don't. 

Fourth, Instagram. Follow me over there to keep up with the day to day with me and my people. I love scrolling through the photos and being inspired. 

Fifth thing, digging in the dirt. I got to spend some time digging in the dirt this week. I miss it. This week was spring break, and I have really enjoyed being home. Working full time has put a real big dent in the things I like to do. I haven't quite figured out how to make the time to fit in those things. I planted some new herbs and a bee-you-tiful pot full of flowers. Oh, and some strawberries! One of the berry plants has the cutest, eensy little berry on it! So precious! 

Well, it's late. That's all that's coming to me right now. I recently heard about something called Hello Fresh and Blue Apron meal delivery services. Can't wait to check them out. Making out a menu and grocery list has become increasingly more difficult. It might be a very good thing to look into one of these services. That and someone to do the laundry. I think it multiplies when I take it out of the dryer and put it on the dining table to fold! Have mercy!

Here are some pics from spring break week. Carleigh left right after school on Friday to go skiing in Colorado with a friend. Luke went to Brownsville on Monday with the youth group at our church to do mission work. Cora and I hung out around the house. On Saturday, we went to Top Golf. That's another one of my favorite things! It is soooo much fun! I've never played golf in my life, unless you consider Putt-Putt serious golf. I had a ball! (hee hee) Can't wait to go back! Sunday, Kelvin grilled some of the most amazing shrimp and oysters! They were delicious! During the week Cora and I went to the movie, had friends over and sat around the fire pit, had one of Cora's friends over and played and played, went to the park, spent the night with a friend, ate some yummy food, and went to Kemah and rode a few rides. Today Luke came home. Tomorrow Carleigh comes home. I'm glad they had such neat opportunities over the break, but it'll be good when my crew is back together again. Tomorrow we are eating crawfish! I'm a happy girl. Sunday we are headed to the rodeo. I won a couple of tickets from our orthodontist. I think it will be the perfect ending to spring break!

Monday, March 14, 2016


Spring Break Monday and I had these beauties for lunch...leftover grilled shrimp and oysters in lettuce wraps with roasted asparagus and broccoli. I topped them with a little Lemon Garlic Tessemae dressing and transported myself to somewhere wonderful without leaving the comfort of my own kitchen! I love spring break. 

The big kids are both away this week, and Kelvin has to work, so it's just Cora and me. We're about to go pull some weeds. I'll stop making you jealous now. We're also going to the show this week and hopefully something else fun that doesn't include weeds. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Happy Double Digits Emma!

I wonder how a 10 year old celebrates her birthday in heaven? I'm sure it's grander than my feeble brain can comprehend. I bet there are lots of balloons and confetti. There's surely Stevie Ray Vaughn blaring loudly for Emma. And dancing. I bet there's lots of dancing too. I wonder if she would have pie or cake? Probably both! Wish I could be there to take in the beauty of it all. To see the delight on her face and the way she laughs and plays. I can't believe she's 10 years old. I remember when she was born...our only one born on her due date without being induced! She was so perfect. Just like they all are. She was my brown-eyed girl. I miss that sweet smile. Those sweet cheeks. Happy birthday, Emma. Have a beautiful day! I love you.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Ideas swirling around in my head

I have all these ideas swirling around in my head and a deep yearning to be back here. I need to write. I have to find the time. 

I'm struggling a bit today. Loss is all around me. Things are changing. Grandparents are leaving this world for the better one. I'm no longer the child surrounded by familiar faces. 

I always thought the grown ups in my life were so wise and had it all figured out. Now I'm the grown up, and boy do I ever not have it all figured out. Quite the contrary. I hope though that I'm learning more about trusting the One who does have it all figured out. He can bring something good out of anything. Anything. No struggle or trial we face is wasted. 

I will cling to His truths today. And pray for wisdom. 

Monday, May 25, 2015

I think I can, I think I can

7 1/2 more school days. I think I can do this. It's been a hellacious year. I've had breakdowns and wanted to walk off my job like some of the students who walk out of my classroom, but it's almost over. I was blessed to work alongside one of the most precious ladies you will ever meet. We have cried on each other's shoulders, prayed for one another, and laughed 'til our sides hurt. I will miss her. She is staying home next year, and I am moving on to a new school and new age group. I'm a little terrified, truth be told. I've never taught elementary-aged kiddos, but I'm ready for the change. I'm looking forward to it. Cora will be in my music class next year, and she is beside herself with excitement. I'm glad I will have the opportunity to teach one of our children.

I'm not a good working-outside-the-home-mom. It is hard! One of the hardest things I've ever done. The worst part was not being able to go on the field trips or help with the special things at school or having the luxury of eating lunch with them. I missed just being the mom and taking them to school and picking them up. I missed the unrushed mornings and having time to cook beakfast. I hated being so worn out physically and emotionally that I hardly had an ounce of energy left for them or Kelvin. I don't know how other mamas do it. Maybe it will be better in my new teaching environment next year. I hope so. It has to be, because I can't handle another year like this one. 

We had a great weekend. It started off extremely disappointing. We rented a beach house in our favorite semi-local beach community, and had plans to attend a music fest while we were there. Kelvin left a few hours ahead of us to check in and get things unloaded. When he walked into the house, it reeked of smoke, which my head can't tolerate. There were no more homes available at our price point at that late hour of the game. After numerous texts and calls, Kelvin made his way back home. Cora cried all evening, and I wanted to. After breakfast Saturday morning, Kelvin found a waterfront condo in Galveston that was still available and within our budget. The vehicles were still loaded and ready, so we changed out of our pjs and headed to the beach!! 

It ended up being a fabulous weekend. I'm so thankful for the time we had to sort of recharge and relax. The weather was pretty yucky yesterday morning, so we spent some time at the railroad museum and ate lunch at one of the great seafood places down there. 

The rain stopped, and we were able to enjoy some more of the surf and pool yesterday afternoon. This morning we ate at a great diner and introduced the kids to beignets. They devoured them! We were able to fit in one last dip in the pool before checking out. It was so nice to lounge by the pool, read a magazine, and take pics of the kids.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

What I Love about Spring in Southeast Texas

There are positive things about living in Southeast Texas like great Tex-Mex and authentic Mexican food, being just an hour away from the coast, and azealas. But one of the best things is the couple of months we have for spring. It's cool enough to sit outside for dinner or a soccer game and not sweat right through your clothes. My very favorite thing though is a crawfish boil! There are not  many things in life much more fun than boling up some corn, potatoes, sausage, mushrooms, and CRAWFISH, dumping them on the table or scooping them into a tray, and eating the whole meal with your fingers! Add some awesome friends and yummy homemade wine coolers to the mix, and you have a darn near perfect day! (Except for the occasional mosquito or two hundred.)

It was a perfect spring Saturday around these parts this weekend. Hope yours was too!!

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