November 27, 2013


I meant to write this post yesterday, but I was actually busy all day, so it didn't happen. (And I"m not organized enough to have posts planned for days and on reserve.)

Remember a few days ago I said we were going to hit a milestone in our house? You can read that announcement here.'s the big milestone. We officially have a driver on our hands! Scary!
He still has to physically pick up his permit, but in the eyes of Oklahoma, he's a driver!

And I just got 82 more gray hairs thinking about how official it just became. My baby boy is old enough to drive.

And proof that I was really busy yesterday.

Okay, I know it doesn't mean anything based on one picture, but I had papers and file folders everywhere, at one point. I got to the office super early (7:15 ha), with Starbucks in hand, and busted my rear all day long. 

I'm the only one in the office this week on the regular....occasionally a driver or customer pops in, so my days have be fun-filled with drinking a lot of coffee, blasting music, and getting ish done! 

Today's my last 1/2 - 3/4 day of work before the Holiday....still have a lot of loose ends to tie up before I leave, but I'm looking forward to getting my office in tip-top shape before the Holiday weekend. My life is so much happier when it's organized.

With that being said, I better get busy!   Happy Thanksgiving Eve!

November 25, 2013

Tis the Season

Happy Monday! If you were like me this morning, you wanted to stay in your bed all snuggly warm. 
It is always a small irritation to me when my husband is on vacation all week, but I have to get out of bed and go to work. Yes, he has stuff to do around the house and with the kids, but still....he doesn't have to work work. I'm jealous, okay?

This is how my Monday started. 2 cups of coffee and 10 creamers. It's an obsession for sure....that probably needs to go away. 

Coffee aside...let's move on to my real point to this post. Thanksgiving is one of my all time favorite Holidays. I like food, so of course it's one of my top 3 favorite Holidays. Bring on the food, family, and fun!

We celebrate Thanksgiving by traveling to the Land of Oz and spending time with both sides of our family. It's typically a rat race from start to finish, but we've been doing it for 10 years and will be doing it for many more. We're thankful for the quality time and the memories....and my mom's Pumpkin Pie. :)

My 2nd favorite thing about Thanksgiving is the greatest shopping day of the year...

Except this year, there seems to be extra hate for us Black Friday Shoppers that like to go out on the evening of Thanksgiving. It's just wrong, they say. So are drugs and murder, but it still happens. 

Here's my thought: Retailers like the almighty dollar. That's why they entice people like me for great deals. Yeah, it sucks for the cashier standing at the cash register for all hours of the night to check out crazy goons, like me, but it's their job.


Color me hateful, but I often wonder if these same complainers are peeved at the grocery stores for being open for those last minute forgotten items, or the gas station that was open to allow the family to fill up the car before traveling to Grandma's house.

Yeah it sucks....but people work all of the time during the Holidays. The military, the police officers, the doctors at the emergency room....the list goes on and on. 

So excuse me why I tend to not feel sorry for the Holiday retail workers. I've been there, it sucks, but it is also a paycheck. Be mad at your company....don't be mad at me. 

November 21, 2013

4 months?!?!

I knew it had been awhile since I have been on my blog, but I didn't realize it had been 4 months! Here's what we've been up to...

Buddy - our friend for 10 years passed away 8/7/2013

8/9/2013 - celebrated 16 years of wedded bliss
The Melting Pot - Anniversary Dinner! 

8/15/2013 - First Day of School. Tyler - Sophomore/Jayden - 8th Grade
Volleyball Tourney
This picture was taken on 8/30/2013. The hands are of my dad's and my grandfather's. My grandfather passed away 9/1.
I miss this man every single day. It's been a rough year for our family, losing 3 grandparents. As much as I love them all, this guy has been the hardest to heal from. It's been almost 3 months and I find myself still tearing up over the littlest things. 
Mike Eli - Eli Young Band - Kansas State Fair 9/8/2013
Bootsy and Baxter. Boots is so big now, but still so very sweet. 
Charlie Worsham! I won tickets on the radio and got to see him up close and personal at a very small venue in OKC, with my friend Kara.  10/16/2013
Berkley is getting so big! (P.S. He has no idea who Berkley is, so he answers to "Cat!" Usually said in a stern voice, because he's naughty. 
November 2013 - started playing womens soccer again. Signed up for 2 teams and it felt so good to get back out there. Training for a half marathon really helps your endurance on a soccer field. 
Jayden's new project...showing pigs. She will be showing the white one, Eggo, and Elly (not pictured).
This is Eggo and Yoda sleeping under the heat lamp. aren't they so cute?!?! 
Big ouchy! Soccer injury 11/16/2013. Not sure what's wrong with it yet, but I know it's not good! 
Knee update: 11/21/2013 - taken for my sister, so she could see the progress (or lack thereof). Still swollen. Still painful.
Mama not happy.

This has been a glimpse of our life the last 4 months. During this time we lost a dog and 2 grandfather's. It will definitely be one to remember - good and bad. We have been blessed to have had so many grandparents alive, but losing them is never easy. 

Here's to hoping that the rest of 2013 is peaceful and happy! We have a lot to look forward to...starting with the Thanksgiving Holiday and Black Friday Shopping. This ole bum knee isn't going to keep me down. It might slow me down, but I will not be kept down for Black Friday shopping. 

Monday we have a big milestone happening in our family.....can you guess what it is?!?!