Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Thomas new friends

Thomas has met some really cool friends so far in his first year of High School:-) I am so happy. Good friends mean so much in life...especially in High School. They are what get you through those 4 years. A few of them came over to swim today after school:-)

Thomas, Andy, Charity and Petra

Fish - Thomas's first year of High School!

Gosh, times go by too quickly!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

32 years Young!

I feel great!! and am loving life! This year was a good one. Looking forward to many more blessed years with my family and friends:-)

I forgot my camera...go the only pics we got were with my phone...oh well.

I had a wonderful B-Day lunch with my Mama on Thursday:-) Went out to dinner with lots of friends and family Friday night at Herrera's (MY FAV Mexican place)

My Dad coudn't make it:-( Really missed him and wish he would have been there. Here are a few pics from dinner!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Weekly Meal Plan 8/29/11

Monday: Meatball subs/potatoes/peas

Tuesday: Teriyaki Chicken/rice/green beans

Wednesday: Steaks/potatoes/salad

Thursday: BLT's/soup

Friday: Joel will take the kids out ( I WILL BE AT KID ROCK)

Sat: Fettuccine Alfredo/salad/bread

Sun: Chicken Tenders/Mashed potatoes/carrots

Weekly Goals - 8/29/11

Well, I am another year older....32. Is that a good reason to stick to some of these changes that I have been working on for what seems like FOREVER??? We shall see!

Only focusing on a few things this will be a busy one!

1. Pills and exercise
2. Scrap (at least start the first day of high school page)
3. Stick to dinner plans!

Weekly Goal Results 8/22/11

Weekly Goals 8/22/11

This is my B-Day week!! I am getting old and need to take care of myself...that will be my present to myself!

1. Eat good and exercise! Nope...not at all...I was bad:-(
2. Vitamins and LOTS of water! - YES!
3. Laundry - YES!
4. NO EATING OUT - I ate out a few times:-(
5. More sleep...get up earlier - YES!
6. Scrap - NO:-(
7. Add picture to your picture wall in home office- NO-(

Monday, August 22, 2011

Another year goes by - I am almost 32!

Wow! Seems like yesterday I was turning 18! Now...I am in my 30's. I wish I knew how quickly the time would have flown buy...I would have taken each day a little more seriously!

Now...I take too many pills - luckily all of these are vitamins..except one:-)

My mom got me this beautiful candle holder that I put in my house today...and I just LOVE IT! Thanks Mama! You have such great taste:-) This is also a few pics from Family dinner (my b-day dinner) at Moms!
This weekend my Dad is coming in town and him, and lots of my friends are going out for dinner! I am really looking forward to having everyone together. I haven't spent a b-day with my Dad in I can't tell you how long! Most of my friends haven't even met him. It will be a real treat!!

High School - 8/22/11

Today was Thomas's first day of High School. I knew the day would come...but never knew how quickly...ugh! They grow up too fast.
Thomas has been in a small private school since 1st grade...then moved to another private school last year when we bought our home in Mansfield.
This year he REALLY wanted to go to a public school. He said he wanted to experience a "real" High School...that offered tons of stuff...and had lots of kids. His past schools had been tiny.
After doing some research on the Mansfield public schools I decided to let him go. It's a great school and has a lot to offer him.
He enrolled in Theater Arts, Journalism, Art...etc... That is what he loves to do! His past schools didn't offer these typed of electives...and not on this level even if they did offer it. The Theater Arts program at this school is HUGE! Thomas is really going to be able to grow his acting and writing skills! I am so excited for him. Oh, and for once he gets to pick what he wears to school!!!
This was a picture I took of him right before we walked out the door this morning. He looks AWESOME!!!!
When I picked him up this afternoon he was grinnin' from ear to ear. He LOVES it! He had a great day!!! I am sooooo happy:-)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Weekly Goals 8/22/11

This is my B-Day week!! I am getting old and need to take care of myself...that will be my present to myself!

1. Eat good and excercise!
2. Vitamins and LOTS of water!
3. Laundry
5. More sleep...get up earlier
6. Scrap
7. Add picture to your picture wall in home office

Weekly Goal Results 8/15/11

1. Stick to workout and eating plan!!!!! MOST IMPORTANT GOAL THIS WEEK!!! - During the week I was on track...the weekend...well...not so much! But a new weeks starts tomorrow!
2. Laundry - Eeeerrrrrrr:-(
3. Work on getting Thomas in his "High School" routine - Yes, he is ready to go!!
4. Walk dogs EVERY NIGHT! - Either walked or let them out front to run!
5. Lots of WATER and daily vitamins! - YES!

Diners Drive Ins and Dives/Shopping Adventure

Stacey and I have decided we are going to go on as many triple D adventures as we can. So it's a day of "new" food and a little shopping!! So exciting and fun!
I have also discovered a new website that I think is AWESOME!!!
You can create your own when you go shopping you know what you are looking for. LOVE IT!!!

This past weekend we went to try out Avila's. It's a little Mexican restaurant in Dallas. It was YUMMY! I would give it a 4 out of 5 stars. We hit the place at the end of the lunch some of the food wasn't super fresh...but it was still good. I would go back for sure!!!
Here is the Triple D video for Avila's

Here are a few pics of me and Stacey:-)

And this is the outfit that I created on I was able to find something very similar at Kohl' it! The shoes are super cute!! It was a great day with a great friend:-)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Black Veil Brides - My sons favorite band

My son posted this on his facebook. It really opened my eyes to a few things.
He listens to a band called Black Veil Brides....they have crazy hair...wear make-up...and most would call them freaks. The more I learn about this band...the more I like them. Being a teenager isn't easy and being yourself and not "fitting" into a certain group is even harder.
The lead singer of Black Veil Brides wrote this to his fans...LOVE IT!

Andy Sixx-----------------------------------

I wanted to share with you guys something that my mother did when I was about 14 that still to this day makes my heart swell with love and pride.

Most of you know that I grew up in the Midwest, I am an only child and was encouraged at an early age to be what ever I wanted to be. My parents supported everything I ever did...and when I wanted to go to school wearing 3 inch lime green creepers and matching eyeshadow all my dad would tell me is "if you want to look that way and it makes you comfortable then we support you..however you have to learn to defend yourself because out there the world is full of people who will not understand you in the way that we do and they will do everything in their power to hurt you, call you names, or simply bring you down". My parents taught me that our home was a "bubble" meaning that no matter what happened to any of us in our day to day lives..when we all came home and were a family NOTHING could effect us within the context of that "bubble". This very notion is what shaped my concept for BVB, I wanted to create a world wide "bubble" for those who felt like that when you listen to our record or come to one of our shows you feel just as safe and loved as I did at 13 sitting in my bed room listening to the Misfits and dreaming of the day I'd be on stage.

This brings me to what I wanted to share with you shining example among many of our families strength and love outside of our "bubble"

My mother works for the childrens hospital in Cincinnati Ohio and as a part of her job she is required to (like in many jobs) attend yearly training seminars that take place outside of the office and are meant to help shape the employees work skills, social skills, etc.

One of the main draws of these seminars are the "key note speakers" people that are supposed "experts" in their field and are there to share their knowledge over the course of an hour long speech and power point presentation (sound familiar? haha)

Anyway, one day my mother attended one of these speeches that was being done by a middle aged man. He was your typical Midwestern 50 something year old man..lots of rhetoric...plenty of bias, you know haha

His speech was on dealing with people in the workplace in a kind and respectful manner regardless of the situation.

He began to tell a story about he and his wife having dinner with a few friends in an applebees, the story went as follows:

"and my wife and I were sitting there and suddenly this kid walks in and I started to bust out laughing, I mean he had the spikey pink and black hair..the makeup, piercings...tattoos, just so silly...and my dear wife..she is more kind than I..she hushed me and said "honey you shouldn't laugh...don't you know that boy is just some mothers heart break? I mean LOOK at him".

Not another word had passed before my other stood up and firmly said "That boy was my son"

"what? Oh I had no idea...I'm sorry" the speaker said.

My mother then replied

"No you don't understand, that boy may not have been my son, but what you just described..that boy represents my son, my beautiful son whom I am so very proud of.

He is the furthest thing from "heartbreak" he is kind and talented and loving. He has a dream that he will follow and I will support him every step of the way. He may not want to dress like you or your wife sir, but I promise you that my boy and every other child who is a "freak" to you is the apple of their mothers eye"

She then walked away.

She called me and told me everything that had happened, and I (as I am now) began to tear up and have a overwhelming rush of happiness and love come over me.

I was loved in a way I could never describe and even though I has always known my parents loved me...I was hearing proof that no matter what...I was safe.

The reason I wanted to share this with you is I feel as if sometimes the outside world (and even for some of you your OWN families) try to convince you that you are not loved..that you are not special. This is simply untrue.

Each and every one of us has a flame inside of us, a flame that no one else could ever extinguish, and if you ever feel alone I want you to remember my mother and father did for me...Black Veil Brides will stand strong for you, we will take on the worlds hatred so that you don't have to.

Live your life..listen to your music way too loud, be as crazy and as "different" as you want to be and always remember you're not alone.

Thanks for reading my little story...I hope it helped some of you

above all else I hope maybe now you have a little greater understanding of why this band..and it's message means so much to me.

to my parents Chris (Brock) and Amy, thank you for teaching me what love truly is.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Thomas's first movie review!!

I am so proud of Thomas. He was SO excited when he was asked to write a review for the Glee 3D movie. Today I say it on the website and showed it to Thomas...he grinned from ear to ear when he saw what he had written on the website:-) Check it out! I have a very talented son...I must say!!!

the site is
It's the Glee 3D Movie review:-)

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Weekly Goals 8/15/11

Looking forward to this week. I am ready to make some changes that I have been "working" on for too long. No more excuses....I can do this and I am done putting it off! I don't have a lot of goals this week. I am going to only focus on a few things at a time!! Let's do this!!!!

1. Stick to workout and eating plan!!!!! MOST IMPORTANT GOAL THIS WEEK!!!
2. Laundry
3. Work on getting Thomas in his "High School" routine
4. Walk dogs EVERY NIGHT!
5. Lots of WATER and daily vitamins!
That should do it:-)

Weekly Goal Results 8/8/11

Weekly Goals 8/8/11

It's going to be a great week. I can feel it!

1. Workout at least 3 times - NO:-(
2. Eat good...drink lots of water and take vitamins! - YES!
3. Do another scrap page - YES!
4. Finish Shiver - Not quite...almost!
5. Laundry!!! - NO...I stayed behind all freaking week!
6. NO eating out! Save money! - YES!!
7. Doggy Door?? - Working on it!
8. Date night with's been too long! - YES!!
9. Work on back yard this weekend - No...Joel did the yard...
10. Quit picking fingers!- NO...I hate this habit...ugh

Just Married - Britney and Joe

Ok, so they weren't just married....but I just did this page:-) They have been married over a year now and have a BEAUTIFUL girl Silke. I am so happy for them both...and love the way this layout turned out. It's simple:-) Not the best picture....but hey....I do what I can:-)

Monday, August 8, 2011

Weekly Goals 8/8/11

It's going to be a great week. I can feel it!

1. Workout at least 3 times
2. Eat good...drink lots of water and take vitamins!
3. Do another scrap page
4. Finish Shiver
5. Laundry!!!
6. NO eating out! Save money!
7. Doggy Door??
8. Date night with's been too long!
9. Work on back yard this weekend
10. Quit picking fingers!

Weekly Goal Results 8/1/11

1. Excercise at least 3 times this week - YES!
2. Stay on track with eating, water, vitamins etc,.,, - YES!
3. Finish Shiver - No, working on it!
4. Do a scrap page - YES!
5. Get up earlier - YES!
6. Get more sleep - YES!
7. No eating money! - Not once~!
8. Attack the laundry!!!! My favorite thing in the world....really:-) - just seems to grow every day! You would think I have 15 kids....Thomas is gone this week and we don't have Haley and Brenden..maybe I can get caught up...They bring me stuff ALL of the time that they haven't even drives me CRAZY!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Singer 7 months old

OMG...this is the SWEETEST dog ever! He has completely attached to my heart!!! I love him so much. Here are a few recent pics of him. I mean seriously?? look at that face...don't you just want to give him a bog ole' kiss??? His name is Singer...and he is my baby boy:-)
7 months old!

Staycation with T-Man July 2011

Thomas and I went on a little staycation this past weekend. It was lots of fun! What a great way to get away and go on a vacation...but not have to expense of actually "going" somewhere:-) It was nice!

We started out our staycation at "The Holocaust Museum". Wow...what an experience. I didn't know half of the stuff that I learned at this museum. What a sad reality that things like this have really happened. got my in my gut:-(

Then we went to the "The 6th Floor Museum" which was really neat. It was sad...but interesting to learn all of the details of the Kennedy assassination. Sometimes you live in a city for years and never see what the tourist come in town that is what Thomas and I did:-)

Next, we walked around downtown Dallas a little...and learned some more about it's history.

We stopped in at "The Cosmic Cafe" for lunch. This is out FAVORITE place to eat in Dallas. It's a vegetarian restaurant...but it's YUMMMMY! You will never miss the meat husband might....but most people wouldn'

After we were done with the museums and lunch we went to check into our hotel. We stayed at The Gaylord Texan. It' s a beautiful hotel located on lake Grapevine. Joel and I got married on lake Grapevine...and stayed the night of our wedding here at The Gaylord:-) The room was really nice. We got checked in and decided to head down to the pool for a bit. It was PACKED...but we hung out and swam for a little while. Then we went back to our relax...order some room service and chill until it was time to get ready to head out for the show.

We went to see "The Cirque du Soleil - Dralion". It was AMAZING! If you have never been YOU MUST GO! It really is a great show! Here is a clip of the show:-) One of the coolest things is that everything is live...the music...the singing...It's AWESOME!

After the show we headed back to our room...ordered room service...stayed up late watching movies...then crashed out!

We got up the next morning...checked out and headed out to spend the day with my sister!

It was a very short staycation...but lots of fun! We got a lot done in one day:-) Whew!

I am playing another short trip for up this spring....we are going to head to New check it out. I am looking forward to a little voodoo....swamplands...gators....and some delicious FOOD!!!!

Weekly Goals - 8/1/11

I just have to say it's tooooo freaking HOT in Texas this summer! UGH! I am ready for fall so I can ride around in my jeep with the top off!!!

1. Excercise at least 3 times this week
2. Stay on track with eating, water, vitamins etc,.,,
3. Finish Shiver
4. Do a scrap page
5. Get up earlier
6. Get more sleep
7. No eating money!
8. Attack the laundry!!!! My favorite thing in the world....really:-)
That's all for this week!!

Week of 7/25/11 Goal Results

1. Workout at least 3 times this week - Almost!
2. Keep track of everything on - YES! Love that site!
3. Keep up with laundry -
4. No extra spending! or eating out! - Not a penny!!!
5. Finish - Shiver - No...still working on it...great book though!
6. Make some "Mom & me" time - Had a greatlunch with Mama...wish we culd spend more time together.
7. Get up earlier to have breakfast with Joel before he leaves for work:-) -No....need to work on getting up earlier.
8. Stay positive! - YES!!
9. Vitamins/eat healthy/lots of water - YES!!
10. don't have a 10 this week:-)