Thursday, May 28, 2015

Three on Thursday: Being a Boy Mom!

It's Thursday! One more day until Friday, or "one more sleep" as my kids would say! 

There are about 5,000 different topics that I want to write about, and yet many of them can't come out in "story" form. So I can either wait for a random chance to share tidbits of my heart, or I can make it happen, so that's what I'm going to do. Introducing:

Three things I love, three things I've learned, Three RANDOM facts? Whatever the subject, I will share three peeks inside my life relating to it, and I invite you to share with me, in return! Being a wife, mom, sister, none of it's easy, and I always love reading bits and pieces about how other people "do life", and this is my chance to share in the fun. 

So without further adieu, this week's topic is:

Being a BOY mom! I chose this as my starting point because, well, it is probably the most "out of my comfort zone" adventure in life. My older brother is 9 years older than me, and so I didn't really grow up around "boys". Flash forward to 2015 and I now have TWO of them! Haha. But I wouldn't trade it for the world. Here are my three tidbits about being a boy mom!

  1. I realized in third grade that boys were just NOT fun, haha! I clearly remember being partnered with Andrew Dixon for a project on recycling and ALL he wanted to focus on was the dang recycling truck and not writing letters to these companies urging them to help me save the planet. HAHA. Bottom line - I am completely uninterested in playing with trucks, cars, action heroes, and dirt. Never have been, never will be. But that shouldn't stop me from 100% full out goofy playing with my boys. Kids know if you're playing for real or out of obligation. So instead of playing trucks and cars, I've forced myself to find a way to play with them in a way that we both enjoy. I want bonding to happen on both ends of the relationship, not just their end, and so I want to be on the floor goofing off, seeing their smiles, and them seeing mine. We play rodeo, bull riding, police, fire, rescue, ANYTHING that doesn't involve plastic cars and superheroes. Now looking at the future, I can't WAIT to go to the park and play ball with my boys. Maybe finding common ground as a "boy mom" is why God made me with a love for anything athletic. It's just a whole new world!

  2. Watching my husband raise these two little guys and seeing where his heart is for them is something I never expected. I suppose I always imagined that he would be the tough love type with his boys, but he is so 100% in love with raising little men and he is so proud of each thing they do that gives us a glimpse of them growing into loving godly boys. This may not go over well, but I love being totally honest. Our prayer for our boys is not that they love their job, but that they love their families and desire to be husbands and fathers. We won't push ANY of our kids to go to college if they don't want to, or to find the perfect career. Secretly I hope they find some sort of physical job like my husband has and take pride in the work of their labor, all so that they love and appreciate the love and comfort of their family all the more. I hope they see that their Daddy's #1 love in life is his family, and that, although he love love loves his job, he wouldn't even list it on an "about me" form. I hope they grow up to just love a simple life full of hard work and a family to love. And a good woman. I'm prepping myself now to realize that the little dandelions wont always be for me.

  3. Having boys has made me way way way less...uptight. Something about all of the "burp" and "hiney" talk has taught me to just go with it, and I will never ever ever forget the look on J's face when I goof off with him and pretend to puke or act like a slime monster. Yes, the whole time I'm wondering how the heck this will benefit him, yet at the same time, the look on his face and his full on giggle helps me realize that it is just totally a God thing. Who am I to deny the wild heart he was created with? We are just not created the same, and not only do we have to stretch ourselves within a marriage, but in parenting, as well. Loving someone just means that you sacrifice for them, and if I have to pretend that my cake batter is swamp goo being baked to turn into a sea snake, well, then eat up! 

Sweet little guys! I hope you remember real moments with your mama! I'm certainly not getting dirt under my nails for nothin'!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Mini Moments/What's Up Wednesday

"Little" moments are my favorite moments around this place! Here's a peek into our life this week.

Happy Wednesday! Since we've been home from our trip I've taken all of...7 photos? So I figured that I would also participate in What's Up Wednesday on the same day :)

On the day we came home, I was DYING to watch Pearl Harbor. I forgot to bring it on the trip. I go through phases with movies and TV. I can't just watch two different movies in two different nights, or switch from one TV show to another. I will watch "Reba" beginning to end, and THEN switch to something else, beginning to end. Same with movies. Right now - it's Pearl Harbor on repeat - one of my favorites. Last month it was American Sniper. John obliges, but falls asleep at different parts every time. It's totally OK though, after about a week, he sees the whole thing in bits and pieces :)

Memorial Day turned into his (and my dad's) chance to play with his car. Had I realized his truck would so rapidly turn into "the other woman", I may have strong armed him into buying a Honda. HAHAHA just kidding. For the record, driving a Honda saved his life years ago, just don't tell him I told you!

I joke with my husband that when anything "car" is going on in our neighborhood, people will just begin to show up. Well the day after Memorial Day, I sent this photo to my mom and said "how many rednecks does it take to change a lightbulb?", and then within seconds this giant truck pulled into my yard and we all got our answer. Five. It takes five rednecks. #heavenhelpme

While the guys were outside, the kiddos and I made a yummy angel food flag cake. Sometimes the immensity of what a day "means" hits me hard. Good Friday is a good example. There are just days that I know are going to "get me" so I don't make plans. Memorial Day was no different. I am thankful that my family has never lost anyone at war. We have lost men because of the effects of war, but not while physically in combat, however the realization that there are women and men and children, moms and dads, siblings, best friends, who now have to live their lives because their loved ones made the ultimate sacrifice for MY freedom...that hits me hard. My family is nothing if not proud to be Americans, and I have been raised to honor the men and women who serve us and hold them in high regard, and I will make sure that my kids are raised the same way, even if it is just through making a dessert because they are young. The idea of patriotism will never be lost on me. We owe it to those who gave up their lives for our day-to-day freedoms. 

Finally, if this doesn't make you laugh...

I know...most interesting week EVER, right? Even my kid is falling asleep. Here's what's up this Wednesday! 

What we're eating this week:
GRILLING! YAY! I love love love summertime food! Cold sides and easy dinners, it's just too much fun for this mama! Southern Living's issue this month is all about summertime pies and I am ready to get this party started!

What I'm reminiscing about:
Coming home from a trip is always a "crash", but of course I've started planning our next getaway. We always plan weekends away, even if it's just for a single night, to break up our weeks around here, so ready or not, here we go, summer :)

What I'm loving:
I so needed sweet time with my family last week, and we really got to just hide from life and love on each other and I am so refreshed!

What we've been up to:
The kids have been throwing some ideas at me for some summertime fun, and we're all just ready to enjoy it all!

What I'm dreading:
I don't like laundry, and God knows I have got some LAUNDRY up in here. Ugh.

What I'm working on:
What did I say last month? Scrapbooking? Yep. Always.

What I'm excited about:
Um...summer maybe? Can you tell? I just love having FUN with my kids, and leaving "school mom" behind. Lets be real. I didn't want kids so that I could teach them the periodic table, I do enjoy teaching them, but sliding down a water slide and eating ice cream sundaes is SO much more fun than all of that! :)

What I'm watching/reading:
My list keeps getting longer. It's taken me almost a month to read through American Sniper. I still want to read Taya Kyle's book "American Wife", and now I am dying to read Dana Perino's "And the Good News Is..."

What I'm listening to:
The Bachelorette! Haha. I don't have time to actually watch it unless I'm at the gym, so I'm listening to it in the background while I write this right now.

What I'm wearing:
It's summer. In Florida. Any guesses?

What I'm doing this weekend:
This weekend I get to go to a dance with my boy, go to Disney World with my family, and go on a date with my guy! You know, just resting! Haha.

What I'm looking forward to next month:
My sister-in-law is now stay-at-home after working for the last 7 years. Her three kiddos are my three kiddos best friends. I love my nieces and nephews, and I LOVE my s-i-l. I really lucked out with that girl, and I can't wait to spend lots more time with her. She started dating my brother when I was TEN. TEN YEARS OLD! Her and my brother used to take me to Chuck-E-Cheese, haha, and now together we have had 6 kids in 6 years! I have really missed her since we all started having babies, and I can't WAIT to have more time with her!

What else is new:
This was a hard question for me last month, too! LOL. I don't know? Um...I jumped out of my comfort zone and switched my brand of coffee creamer? Haha. Big leap. 

What is your favorite thing to grill in June?:
ANYTHING! My husband is all about the grill so I love that I don't cook! He made an awesome beer can chicken last weekend that I'm still dreaming about!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Beach Trip

We had an awesome week in Siesta Key, FL last week. It was just what the doctor ordered. Lots of family time, lots of beach time, lots of relaxing time, lots of beautiful sunsets, and lots and lots and lots of ice cream. Seriously, we laid down the law and told our kids that the number one rule of vacation is ice cream every day, and if they broke it, we were headed STRAIGHT home, no questions ;) We are 99% sure that we will rent this beach house again at the end of the summer. It was just too perfect for our family. 

I'm not going to narrate the entire trip, I'm sure you didn't come to this page to get a play by play of someone else's week! Instead, here are a few ton of the pictures that mean the most to me. 


I'm serious about the ice cream! LOL

We've always been a "no rules vacation" family, and so when we left the ice cream shop and the kids begged for donuts, we said "YES", knowing it was their one shot at a double dessert :)

HAHA! Look at John in these next two photos! Think he was having fun?

82 shark's teeth!


Remember that "no rules" thing? Yeah, they requested cheese fries for lunch on many occasions. If you see me at Sam's Club this week buying entire flats of kale and smoothie fruit, you know what's up.