Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Mother's Day

By now, I thought would be a mother of two. Our plan for the second baby was to try when Jaris turned two but it ended up being about 6 months after that. Not a big deal, Jaris happened quickly so I wasn't too worried. Now...here we are a year and half later and absolutely nothing. I know there are many women who try for way longer than that however it's been an incredibly frustrating and disappointing journey. What's most heartbreaking is how much Jaris wants a sibling and how far apart they will now be, whenever that miracle happens. This is not how I planned things. That however has been the silver lining in this whole process: realizing that it never was my plan to begin with. Letting His plan take course and letting go of all my expectations. While it's still hard and still hurts with every negative, I am blessed. I have a husband that would go to the moon and back for me, a happy, healthy, beautiful four year old who is the light of our lives, family, a job, and a roof over my head. And while things in all aspects of our lives haven't and won't always go our way, I have to and have done a better job of accepting that. Something better is coming along. There is always a reason. I'm aching for another baby so please pray, put us in your thoughts, or whatever it is you do...that it's apart of His plan. 

Mother's Day

I got to start Mother's day early when I got to go visit JT at preschool for Art with Mom! He was pumped for me to be there. They sang a little song and read a book for us, then we got to go look at their art work. I love that they are learning about important artists like Van Gogh and Seurat at such a young age. And it was fun to tell JT that mommy and daddy saw the actual Seurat Sunday Afternoon painting in person and Van Gogh's Bedroom in Arles!

He also filled out a little survey about me which is too cute!

What is your moms name....mom.
What is your moms favorite color...green and orange.
Where do you want to go visit with your mom...the toy store.
Your mom makes the best...cake. (Love that answer!)
How old is your mom...4 years old. 

Mother's day was so great. Woke up to biscuits and gravy. Headed to get pedis with my mom. Did some picking up at the house and then headed to lunch at Papa Keno's with by boys. After lunch we went down to Sunflower Bike Shop to get JT a bike helmet (or as he calls it a "bike head"), and they sweetly walked through antique stores with me! Finished our downtown visit with Sylas & Maddy's obviously. My favorite part of spring weather is kicking off patio season. I LOVE our screened in patio and dinners out there are my favorite. So I wanted to grill my favorite meal of pork tenderloin, corn on the cob, and hash brown potato casserole. We had my family and Brett's over and it was perfect weather. Finished the night with apple pie, read a couple of books to JT, and fell asleep. 

Ice cream with my boo...sorry no make up on...yikes!

porch season is officially here!

everybody in the photo hates having their picture taken lol...sorry y'all!
this kiddo LOVES pork tenderloin!

my favorite!

I'm so blessed to be JT's mom. God couldn't have given us a sweeter little boy, seriously don't know what life was like before him and we are having such a fun time watching him grow up. If it could slow down a little bit though that would be great!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Survey 2015

Happy Birthday to my sweet baby boy. Not so much a baby anymore but has grown to be a sweet, kindhearted, hilarious, ornery, determined, and independent little boy. You are truly caring about everyone you meet, can make anyone laugh, loves to snuggle, you like to be the silly center of attention and has to do everything on your own. Every day is a new adventure with you, our conversations are my favorite part of the day. I love listening to your memories, daily happenings, questions, and observations. You test my patience and the next minute crack me up. Thank you for being such a blessing to our family, we love you like crazy!

Just a few of my favorite things about you:

You are all boy, sports, wrestling, tackling, superheros, and fast cars.

When you know you're in trouble and you suddenly whip out an "I love you mommy," or a "you look nice today mommy" mid lecture/punishment.

How you STILL love mowing the yard and picking up Maisy's dog waste (cracks us up)! Best pooper scooper on the block...we'll remember that when your older!

I feel like you may be a lawyer in the future, while it drives me crazy your debating skills are on point. Example: when I say you need to take 3 more bites and your response is, "Well I've already taken 3, so how about 2 more...does that sound like a compromise?" Or when you ask to read two books and I say we only have time for one you respond, "no no no I just want two short books so it won't take long, it will make me fall asleep faster!"

...example conversations:

"Jt you have 3 minutes to pick up all your toys, I've asked twice so what's left on the floor will go in the trash."

JT, "where do they go after the trash?"

Me, "to the dumpster."

JT, "what happens then?"

Me, "they recycle it and make it into new toys for other kids."

JT, "Boy toys like I have? Do they make Captain Americas and Batmans."

Me, "yes lots of new toys."

JT, "why do they do that?"

Me, "omg not the point JT, pick up your toys!"


Brett, "JT I'm going to ride your bike across the street if you don't hurry up."

JT, "Are you going across the street?"

Brett, "yes I'm going to ride your bike if you don't come now."

JT, "okay be careful."

Brett, "Ok I'm leaving on your bike, better hurry!"

JT, "Okay, bye!"

How you still love to cuddle with us, you've always been that way and I hope it doesn't end anytime soon.

Your love for Maisy. Watching you two together makes my heart happy, she is so good to you and vice versa. Lord help us when my sweet girl goes to doggy heaven, he will be lost.

How you are always worried about other people. If someone doesn't feel well or got hurt you are always asking about them with sincere concern!

Your attention to detail. You notice EVERYTHING and always give sweet compliments! "Mom I like the new lamp that you got." "Dad I like your hat." "Mom I like your earrings your wearing." "Your hair looks nice today."

How determined and independent you are. If you start something you have to finish it and it's hard for you to ask for help. And how encouraging you are to other people!

Your sweet sweet smile and so so so much more!

2015 Survey...

1) What is your favorite color?  Green.

2) What is your favorite toy? Batman toys.

3) What is your favorite fruit? Pineapple but I like all kinds of fruit.

4) Whats your favorite tv show? Tom & Jerry.

5) What is your favorite outfit? My new superman shirt and nike shorts.

6) What is your favorite game? Baseball.

7) What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Chicken nuggets.

8) What is your favorite snack? Goldfish & M&M's trail mix.

9) What is your favorite animal? Elephants & giraffes. 

10) What is your favorite song? Uptown Funk.

11) What is your favorite book? The everything is awesome book *aka The Lego Movie book.*

12) Who is your best friend? Harrison.

13) What is your favorite sport? Baseball.

14) What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play baseball.

15) What is your favorite drink? Gatorade.

16) What is your favorite holiday? Halloween.

17) What do you like to take to bed with you at night? My batman toys.

18) What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Pancakes, chocolate chip and regular.

19) What is your favorite restaurant? Five Guys and Bigg Burgers.

20) What do you want to be when you grow up? Batman. And when I'm not batman I want to be a baseball player.

Monday, May 4, 2015

4th Birthday!

Last years party was bananas. 62 adults and kids. It was overwhelming in our little house and way too much prep/work/time/money for a birthday party. So this year we decided to do two separate parties, one for family and one for his friends. On his actual birthday we went to my parents house for cake and ice cream with all the family, and my grandma happened to be in town so she got to be there as well! He made out pretty darn well :)

Sunday was his party with friends. I usually start to prepare around February for his party (getting ideas, crafting etc) and I did this year as well but but then life happens and I was incredibly busy with photos, invitations, and Brett's Veritas and workout schedule. It just got put to the side. So much so that I had to send invitations out via Facebook event and texts! I was able to get my computer graphics done during my lunch hours and eventually it all came together.  I'm a night owl and usually I like to stay up late and get everything set up the night before while everyone is sleeping. This year I decided to make JT'S cake. I make really good cupcakes/cakes but I'm by no means able to decorate cakes decently. Luckily you can buy already made fondant and frosting to save some time. I think it turned out pretty well! However I was up incredibly late because the yellow fondant wouldn't stick to the black fondant so I had to take a basting brush and brush water on each individual window, not to mention cutting each building and each window...way too much time! But he LOVED it and it tasted great! And I love making cupcakes so we had both :)

We usually have a bounce house but since we were minimizing this year we decided to skip it. We had the kiddos make their own superhero masks, either Batman or Catwoman. When they finished their masks they got their capes. It turned out so cute and the kids LOVED it! I got a picture about 4 hours after the party of one of the kiddos still wearing their mask! 

Ate cake, opened presents, played, the end. He loved everything and I LOVE how it all turned out especially since it was all pretty last minute!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Austin and More

Over spring break Brett, JT, and I decided to go visit Taylor in Austin! Flights to Dallas are less expensive so we flew in to there first Friday afternoon.  We met our Dallas friends at Covino's for dinner and stayed the night with Brett's family.

Saturday morning we got up and drove into Austin! We met Taylor and Danielle (who came down on Thursday) at our favorite, Rosa's for lunch. Taylor showed us around a little bit, we did some shopping, and called it a night.

Sunday...lunch...KU game...

After that crappy loss we headed out to Salt Lick BBQ. It's out in the Austin countryside and it was a beautiful drive and an awesome location. A few acres of land with a kids play place and sand box (all outside) picnic tables, outdoor lemonade stand, live music, and a ton of people. The weather was prefect and the food was great!

Monday Dan left and Taylor had to go to work. Brett, JT and I decided to go do a little exploring of the Austin trails. Jaris had been really patient doing every thing we wanted so I Googled parks and we found an awesome one! It had a ton of cool play equipment we'd never seen, a trail along the river, and rocks to climb on with a wading pool! They also blocked off a section of the river for people to swim in, with a slide, life guards and everything so cool!

We walked up and down the trail throwing rocks etc. Then we headed to lunch at Rosa's (again) and then found a Nothing Bundt Cakes (amazing, I had lemon and oh my word it was good).

We went back to Taylors and she had fresh baked cookies delivered to the apartment. Oh. My. Word. They were sooooo good! What a genius idea to have a business that delivers fresh (and I mean still warm from the oven) cookies. I would be 600 pounds if I lived in Austin! We decided to go back outside and find a place to paddle boat or kayak down the river. Not as easy to find as you'd think but after about an hour of walking the wrong trails, getting lost, and stuck in traffic we finally found somewhere! Jaris was a little scared at first but loved it after about two minutes. It was such a fun atmosphere on the water, so many people just renting paddle boards and laying out on them with music, very cool area.

this picture doesn't do the softness of these cookies justice...they fell apart when
I picked them up and they were oh so warm!

We met with Taylor for dinner on the lake and left early that next morning.

waited for an hour to get our luggage...passing time
As soon as we got back Brett left for Veritas' first ever baseball game.  As of right now they are 9-1! A great group of kids and what an awesome start to the first season ever. So fun to see Brett coaching (and in a baseball uniform ;)) and his program doing well as an AD. Love the Veritas family!

FYI that's me in the Eagle costume. I thought it would be fun/funny for me to be the mascot at the baseball game for one night! Brett was thrilled...he's such a lucky guy :)

The next weekend mom and I went to FLEETWOOD MAC! I have seen some awesome concerts recently...Cher, Madonna, and so on but I've never been more excited than to see Fleetwood Mac. They were amazing. Amazing. They were all together for the first time in 20 years and it's probably the last time they will all tour together as FM. A once in a lifetime thing for me. It was crazy to me that I was listening to these iconic songs, the majority from before I was even born, I'm pretty sure I talked about for a week after...Brett was over it lol.

The next day we took an old train out to an Easter egg hunt with grammy and ganny. JT made out pretty well!

We colored Easter eggs with Kool-aid this year and it worked so much better! JT woke up to his Easter basket, candy and eggs hidden inside and out.  We headed to church which had a GREAT message and powerful video, truly celebrates what Easter is all about.

We met with all my family and Brett's to eat a brunch at the Oread, saw the Easter bunny, went home and played baseball, dinner, bath, bed.

Throw in a lot more baseball games, Jaris getting hit with bad allergies, Brett's sister moving in with us, a father in law visit, my job change, a 5k run, a couple of photo shoots and that's our last couple of weeks! And on top of all that my uncle lost his battle with cancer. I got in some family time Saturday when it happened but thank you for all of the prayers, he will be missed by many!