Friday Favorites 

I am so excited that it’s finally Friday!  We have had a busy week full of doctor’s appts, school, work, sports, birthdays, etc!  We are ready for the weekend, but we are still busy with sports this weekend!  We kick off our weekend with Kate’s 11th Birthday Party at the movies.  Before I get ready for her party I wanted to share a few of my favorites from this week.

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I still can’t believe Kate is 11!!  We had a great day celebrating her on Wednesday.

We enjoyed our last birthday lunch with her (we can’t eat lunch with them in middle school 😭☹)

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We usually go to Cheesecake Factory for birthdays, but Kate decided she wanted to go to this Chinese Food Place…it is actually REALLY good.

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These memes were my FAVORITE from this week.

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This past Sunday my basketball team won their game 40 to 1!!  So proud of these girls.

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I went through Substitute training in November and today was my first day as a substitute.  I raise my glass to all of the teachers out there because I am exhausted after standing on my feet for 7 hours!  I had a lot of fun and look forward to the next time I substitute.

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I had a busy week on the blog.  You can check out my post here…

Let’s Look At

Happy Birthday KATE

10 on the 10th – Random Facts About Me

10 on the 10th – Vacations

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Linked up with…

 Narci, Andrea and Erika

And

High 5 For Friday

Della at Della Devoted, Katie at Cup of Tea, Becky from BYBMG

 And The Blended Blog


10 on the 10th – Vacations 

This year I decided that it would be fun to a post on the 10th of each month talking about everything from birthday parties, recipes,  workouts, etc.  To kick off this topic I am going to share 10 vacations that we have taken and a few that I would love to take.

San Diego / Los Angeles

Our vacation to California was one of our favorite trips. We rented a car and loved traveling around the area.

Hawaii

Hawaii holds a special place in my heart. Danny and I went to Honolulu for our honeymoon. We had an amazing time just relaxing on the beach.



Then when we came back the girls we were able to see all of the same things we saw 15 years ago, and we were also able to go to Maui. I would love to go back again for my 40th birthday but as of right now that will have to wait.

Disney World

Disney was a trip of a lifetime! The girls were the perfect age and we had an amazing time as a family.

Paris

Words can not describe how excited I was when I had the oppourtunty to tag along with Danny on his business trip to Paris. I never thought I would have this chance and I loved every minute it. Seeing the Eifle tower in person was breath taking.

New York City HERE and HERE

I have made three trips to New York City and each time I have had the most wonderful time and made so many memories. All three times have been during the winter months, so I would love to go back during the summer time.

London

We had planned to spend a few days in London in 2006, but we had to cancel our trip. So when Danny had a business trip there in 2012 I knew that I had to join him. This was the first time I was able to join him on an overseas trip and it was an amazing expereince. Hopefully we will get to go back one day.

Beijing

Danny had a meeting in the Phillipines so we moved some things around, called in the grandparents to watch the girls, and I joined Danny on this trip to the other side of the world. We had a 24 hour layover in Beijing and we made the most of our time.

Bali

One day I would love to get on a plane and head to Bali. If I ever make it there I may just have to stay there forever.

Germany

Danny has been to Germany several times and he always talks about how beautiful it is there. He also loves the way of life in Germany. If we could move to a country over seas I would totally pack up our family and move there.

Boston

Finally, since Danny travels for work he has seen a lot of the places that I’d love to visit. He has spent a lot of time in Boston and I’d love to join him on his next trip there. I am a huge foodie and the food in Boston sounds delicious.

I hope you enjoyed my look at my 10 vacations! Have a great Thursday!


10 On The 10th – Random Facts About Me

Today I am linking up with Jen from The Bolin Bunch for her monthly 10 on the 10th linkup.

One – Danny and I write in a journal for a year and then we exchange it every Valentine’s Day. When Danny gives it to me this year it will be the start of our 17th year of doing this.

Two – When I was in high school, I was apart of the FFA program.  I showed pigs and I was also on the Parliamentarian team. I had a lot of fun but I only did this for one year. My mom kept my FFA jacket for me too.

Three – While I was in high school I was also an Athletic Trainer for three years.  I made so many friends and had a blast being a trainer for all the sports at our school.  I loved it so much that I thought about being a trainer at Texas A&M, but it was really hard to get into that program.

Four – I may be a city girl now but I’m a country girl at heart.  I am from a long line of ranching families.  I grew up “working” (aka branding) cattle, riding horses, and playing in the country.  I loved these experiences and I am so glad that I can continue these activities with our daughters.

Five – I have a tattoo.  Four years ago Danny decided that he was going to get a tattoo and I got a wild hair and got one too.  Of course, mine is nothing compared to Danny’s…

Six – I am a member of the Fightin Texas Aggie Class of 2001. My grandfather and 5 other family members all graduated from Texas A&M so of course, I had to be an Aggie too.   I loved my college career!  I made so many friends, went to a lot of great Aggie football, and of course met my husband.

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I lived with my cousin for 3 years – lots of memories made. Overalls haunt my life apparently.

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Also made some great friends.

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I finally graduated after changing my major 3 times.

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Seven – I am a wife to an amazing man.  Danny is my best friend.  I am so glad I meet him on March 4, 2000.  We have a very unique story because we meet in a tattoo parlor! He is so caring and always makes me smile.  He is also very creative and loves to surprise me. He surprised me with a trip to New York City in 2002.  He had planned the whole trip out from the flight to all the activities in NYC.  While we were there, we walked to a beautiful bridge in Central Park and he proposed to me!  He is definitely one of the most romantic guys I know.

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Eight – I love to travel!  Danny and I love to get away as much as possible.  We try to take a trip once a year for just us to get away and some time together.

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Nine – For the past few years, a close friend and I have coached our daughter’s basketball team.  I have enjoyed getting to work with the girls each week and see them improve so much by the end of the season.

Ten – I have always tried to be healthy but for the past few years, I have not done a great job in this department.  Maybe I just wasn’t doing it right. As my girls get older I realize that I need to model more healthy eating and fitness habits.  So I when I workout, whether it is outdoor running or an at home workout, I try to involve my girls.

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Bonus – My friends are also a huge part of my life. As a woman, it is so hard to make really meaningful and trusting relationships. Let’s face it, even though we are all grown adults there is still that group of “high school mean girls” and in my opinion, they are more hateful at my age.  I have one lifelong friend that I can always count on, but I have always struggled to find other genuine friends.  However, over the past couple of years God has placed women in my life that are amazing!  I can count on these women for anything.  They are very trustworthy and enjoy doing life with them and their families.

Julie is my lifelong friend.  We have been friends since we were 3 years old.  We may only talk 2 or 3 times a month and we only see each other once or twice a year but I know that I can always count on her.

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and I love these ladies so much!!

Thanks for stopping by today! You can check my other 10 on the 10th post HERE.

Have a great Thursday!


Happy Birthday KATE!

I can’t believe our little girl is 11 today!! I was telling Danny this past weekend that I feel like her delivery was just yesterday. I still remember everything about that day, but thank goodness I don’t remember the pain! Our precious little girl has grown up so much this past year, probably too much. She has become a girl that is ready to be a teenager and some days acts like one too. Some days she is shy and timid and other days she is outgoing. She loves to have one on one time with us. Her love language is definitely quality time and we always try to remember this because I am sure there will come a day when she would rather spend time with her friends than her mom and dad. As for now, I will cherish the little moments that I have with her.

Happy 11th Birthday Katherine!!

Here is a look back at the past year…

11th Birthday Questionnaire

What is your favorite color?

Blue

What is your favorite thing you own?  Phone

What is your favorite fruit? Peach 

What is your favorite show? Alexa and Katy 

What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Chicken strips

What is your favorite outfit? Leggings and tshirt

What is your favorite game? Volleyball 

What is your favorite snack? Goldfish 

What is your favorite animal?  Dog

What is your favorite song? Malibu by Miley Cyrus

What is your favorite book? Auggie and Me

Who is your best friend?  Haley 

What is your favorite cereal?  Cinnamon Toast Crunch 

What is your favorite thing to do outside?  Running and playing with friends

What is your favorite drink?  Cream Soda

What is your favorite holiday?  Christmas 

What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Lambie

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?  Donuts

What do you want for dinner on your birthday?  Cheesecake Factory 

What do you want to be when you grow up? Lawyer


Let’s Look At…

The coziest spot in my home depends on the time of the year. 

When it’s warm outside I love to be outdoors.  On a warm spring day you will find me here.

Now that we have updated our formal dining room into a lounge room, I have to say that this room has become one of my favorites to just relax in.

The chairs are so cozy!!

This room just makes me smile every time I see it! It has definitely become everyone’s favorite room to just sit down and play on devices or do homework.

I enjoy working in their too.

However, if you ask the girls they would say laying on our couches with all of their blankets and stuffed animals is the coziest place in our house.

Today is Kate’s 11th birthday…check out her birthday post here (the post will be live at 8 am central).

Linked up with Shay and Erika


Share Your…New Year Resolutions 

For the past couple of years I’ve done New Year’s Resolutions but this year I’m going to do things a little different. 

A destination I’d like to visit: I’d love to take a “Road Trip” vacation this summer and visit the states across the South. I’d also love to go to Charleston & Savannah. So maybe we could work that into our vacation.

Something I would like to try this year: I’d like to learn more about photography. It would be alot of fun to have a photography business on the side.  Also, I’d love to become a travel agent. I love planning trips for our family and I think it would be so fun and rewarding to help others plan amazing vacations.

I need to eat more: vegetables! I need to eat at least one vegetable a day. This may sound like something that is do able, but I struggle with this!

I need to spend more time doing: menu planning and cooking at home. We eat out WAY too much!! 

I need to work harder at: being patient with Danny and the girls. 

I have never been one to plan long term goals, but when Jenna & Jen asked “where do you see yourself in five years” I started to think. Five yours from now I’ll have two girls in high school and one will be 16 and driving.  I would also like to be doing something fun like photography. I have always wanted to be a photographer but I have ADD when it comes to learning new things LOL!! I have started reading several “how to” articles, but I never put what I learned into action.  I’d especially love to become a photographer and do boudoir sessions! I believe every woman should have the opportunity to feel amazing about themselves and have pictures taken that they can give to their significant other. So if you want to be my test subject for poses, lighting, props and outfits, LET ME KNOW! 😉 Have a great Thursday! Linked up with Jenna and Jen.


January Goals

Several of my favorite bloggers post their monthly goals and then they do a recap at the end of the month. I have always loved reading their post, so this year I am going to give it a try. I thought that it would be a great way to keep me accountable for task that I would like to accomplish each month.

Let’s kick off 2019 with my goals for January…

  1. Start a daily devotional – I always have good intentions with starting a daily devotional but I never stick to it. I really need to make this a priority every morning. If anyone has a suggestion for a devotional please let me know.
  2. Workout at least three times a week – I turn 40 this year and I want to get into shape this year!
  3. Clean out and organize our junk drawer and cabinet – please tell me that we are not the only ones that have these drawers or cabinets?!?!? Our junk cabinet has gotten out of control and I have to organize it ASAP!
  4. Substitute four times this month – I completed the process to become a substitute teacher in November but I have not had a chance to substitute. So I hope to start this month
  5. Research on how to monetize my blog – I will take any recommendations or suggestions for this topic.
  6. Work on my guest list for my 40th birthday party – we will be hosting the party in March so I need to start planning!
  7. Start a blogging calendar – I really want to start blogging more so I need to work on a way to stay organized and come up with different blogging topics
  8. Read and finish one book – I will be honest I have a huge problem with starting a book and never finishing it! I have four books right now that I need to finish.
  9. Redesign blog – I have had the same blog design for a while and I think it is time to update the site.


    Our Year in Review

    Looking back at 2018 we have been very busy. We have had a lot of fun, made so many memories, and have had our fair share of things that have happened to use this year that we never want to repeat. As I was looking back at pictures from this year I noticed a few things.

    We had a lot of date nights! Danny and I celebrated our 15 year anniversary this year and we decided to put our marriage first this year and really focus on date nights. I have loved our nights or days out with each other and I can definitely say that our marriage is stronger than ever.


    The girls and I have had a lot of girl time together. I will be honest these girls argue a lot but I love them so much and I love our time together.

    The girls also had A LOT of playdates!! Their friends all come from great families and I love having them come over to our house.

    Finally, we also did A LOT of family outings.

    Now time to look back out our year in pictures. I could not just pick one picture from each month so I did a collage. So grab a cup of coffee and enjoy my look back at 2018!

    JANUARY

    FEBUARY

    MARCH

    APRIL

    MAY

    JUNE

    JULY

    AUGUST

    SEPTEMBER

    OCTOBER

    NOVEMBER

    DECEMBER

    I hope you enjoyed my look back at 2018. I hope everyone has a wonderful New Years Eve and we are excited for 2019.

    You can check out my goals for January HERE and I will be posting my New Year Resolutions later this week.

    Linked up with The Blended Blog and Hello Monday – HeatherJohannah, and Lindsay


    Christmas 2018

    We had a wonderful Christmas! It was so nice to just relax and spend time as a family.  Christmas Eve service is always one of my favorite services.
    After church we grabbed a quick dinner and then went to look at Christmas lights one more time.

    When we got home Kate came down with the 24 hour stomach bug! Definitely not what we had planned for our Christmas vacation. Poor girl was up all night and pretty much slept beside her trash can.

    The girls woke up bright and early Christmas morning.

    Abigail couldn’t wait to run downstairs and see what Santa had left her…Kate was moving a little bit slower that morning.

    They loved everything that Santa left them

    Then it was time to open presents that were under the tree. Both girls spent their own money on presents for Danny and I. They both gave us some great presents. Abigail’s present for Danny was so perfect…a mug from one of his favorite breakfast places.

    Finally both girls got phones from us – this was a huge decision for us to make and could be a blog post all on it’s on. This was the highlight of the morning! Abigail was so happy and Kate cried because she was so happy.

    Overall we had an amazing Christmas!!

    Linked up with The Blended Blog and Hello Monday – HeatherJohannah, and Lindsay


    Weekend Recap

    2018 Christmas Card

    Merry Christmas Eve!!

    Before we celebrate Christmas I wanted to share our recap from this past weekend.  

    Friday was a day full of Christmas parties. 

    I had signed up to help with both of the girl’s holiday parties, it is kind of hard to be in two places at one time.  Thankfully I had some amazing helpers for both parties. 

    Kate’s party

    She had a lot of fun with her friends…

    We decorated a wreath with Christmas wishes for a local fire station. 

    Abigail’s party was a lot of fun too.

    Then it was time for the 2nd Annual Bad Moms party.

    Theresa always throws an amazing party. I loved the food table…

    Love these ladies.

    Saturday was Family Fun day! We decided to head to North Park Mall to do some shopping and check out the Christmas train exhibit.   

    Saturday night we each had to decorate our own gingerbread house.  It was a lot harder than I thought it would be, even though our houses were already put together and all we had to do was decorate them.   There was some complaining but we all had a lot of fun!

    Sunday we had planned to go look at Christmas lights again but the girls decided they wanted to hang out with their friends. So I baked goodies for our friends.

    And i6 spent the night on the watching TV with my best friend. 

    This weekend was so relaxing and the perfect way to kick off the Christmas break. 

    Hope everyone has a wonderful Monday!!  

    Linking up with HeatherJohannah, and Lindsay