Thursday, February 21, 2013

The past few weeks...

It's a long one...starting after we got back from the funeral.

For Christmas I got Brett George Strait tickets, while I would've gone with him I thought it would be fun for Biff to go instead.  This is GS's farewell tour and I know both Brett and his dad always talk about listening to him when Brett was young so I thought it would only be fitting that he go instead of me!  The concert was in Oklahoma City so Brett was gone for the weekend and there was no KU game so that meant a weekend just me and mini Brett!  JT got a haircut, we played outside, napped, and went to the park.  Sunday we went to Sesame Street Live! Jaris LOVED it!  It was so fun to watch him get so excited and to see his little face light up, we will definitely be going to the next kids show that comes to town!

The day after Sesame Street, my sister in law went into labor and welcomed their 3rd blessing and my perfect new niece...Breagan!  We haven't been able to get down to Tulsa because of KU's bball schedule (aka: work) so they came up to us this past weekend! Jaris LOVES when Kaden and Brooks are here.  I love watching them play together, it's so cute and it melts my heart to watch Kaden be so "big brother" with him.  Adorable.  I also had the pleasure of photographing my sweet niece.  While newborn is not my forte, we got a few shots that work!

After the holidays I decided it was time to lose weight.  After seeing our family photos from October I almost fell out of my chair.  I knew I wasn't going to be able to diet during Thanksgiving or Christmas (who can?!) so I started in January.  So far I've lost 27 pounds! I've got about 15 more to go and Brett wrote me a workout so hopefully that will help with that!  I'm ready for the nice weather to get here so JT and I get breakout the running stroller, he loves it and it's great for me!  Here is the scary before and the better after so far...

We don't do much for Valentines day but here is what we did do...

He loves Nemo right now!

For the wonderful Mary Beth (forgot to get a pic of grandma Karens)
It says "I like you a latte!"

JT's daycare exchanged Valentine's
Flowers in a mason jar...beyond love it

Some random videos...

"muscles" is his new thing

Thursday, February 7, 2013


I have a very big family, on all sides.  My mom's side is also very mom is the oldest of 8.  So I have two uncles and an aunt that are younger than me, Mark is the youngest and he'll turn 20 in May.  Seven days into the new year, my mom called around 5:30 a.m. and at that time is usually not good.  My youngest aunt (my mom's youngest sister) had passed away very unexpectedly.  Chrissy had just turned 21.  Mom left for Sioux City that morning, my sisters and dad left the next day.  I however couldn't leave until after the KU game that Wednesday and of course that would be the one home game that went into overtime.  We left right after the game and got in around 3 am.  

Visitation was Thursday evening and Jaris was super grumpy and tired from the night before so Brett took him back to the hotel so he could play and get to bed on time.  The entire night was very surreal, there really are no words.  Chrissy died of MRSA-Pneumonia.  A very dangerous and fast moving form of pneumonia combined with the already dangerous MRSA. 

The funeral was Friday and it was a beautiful service.  The church was full and the burial was crowded as well.  It was very hard to say goodbye and it was even harder to watch my grandparents bury their youngest daughter.

We went back to the church to eat and it was so nice to see all of my family, even under the circumstances.  Brett and I had a hotel room next to my dad and sisters.  Brett and my dad decided to head back to Lawrence in my dads car and I would just bring my sisters and Jaris home the next night.  Brett and dad left and it was time for JT's nap, the girls and I were tired as well so we all decided to nap and then head to my grandparents when he woke up.  

A few hours later we were all up and had our coats on ready to head over to my grandparents, however I couldn't find my keys.  Suddenly I had a thought that Brett could've possibly taken them, so my sister called him and sure enough they were in his pocket.  He was already 3 1/2 hrs away.  I wasn't the happiest wife on earth at that point in time...  

An hour later a locksmith came to the hotel to unlock my car so I could get the car seat and my purse out.  My cousin picked us up and mom dropped us off at the end of the night.  The next morning I drove her car to the Nissan dealership where my dad said they can make me a new key.  They informed me they needed the car in order to make a key.  So back to the hotel I went, called a towing company, and had them take my car.  Almost 2 hours later and over $200 spent, I finally had a key.  Brett felt really bad and I wasn't all that happy to be spending my last day with my family at a car dealership.

After spending the rest of the day with our family the girls, Jaris, and I headed home around 8.  I came home to a spotless house and all the laundry done.  That helped to make up for key incident :)

It's still hard to believe that she is gone.  It's hard to watch my family try to cope with everything.  I check her facebook page all the time and it's so heartbreaking to read the posts from my family and her friends but at the same time it's healing to both read and write on her wall.  We miss her everyday, she loved her family, her friends, KU, and she will forever apart of our hearts.