Last Day of 2nd & 4th grade

July 7th, 2016

I seriously can’t believe these two boys are finishing 2nd and 4th grade. Third is when kids start to become big kids somehow…. and 5th? Don’t even get me started on how big that is! Peyton will be the head of the school next year. What?!

Anyway these two weren’t excited about the last day of school or anything. This is what happens when I ask for a last day picture from them now….

And because they love me, I eventually get the picture I ask for.

I did the comparison first day, last day side by side on Instagram. My babies are not babies anymore that is for sure!

Callie’s College Graduation!

June 29th, 2016

We took a half day for the boys and Jason today so we could drive out to UNT to see my cousin Callie graduate. She cheered at UNT for four years and is graduating! We were so excited for her. There was a small party at my cousin’s house in Robson Ranch afterwards. Such a fun day!

Love this girl!


April & May through my iphone

June 29th, 2016

Our back porch is full of kittens and it’s still the cutest thing ever.

I finally got to come home after 5 long boring days in the hospital. My arm is almost back to it’s normal skinny self but I am on antibiotics for another week. Jason knows how bad I am at keeping up with medicine so he was kind enough to help me out with this special coding.

I especially like the smiley face for pain meds!

OC Taylor had their 30th anniversary. My mom was there when they opened the school and she was one of the first people Jason met when he drove in from Illinois to work at OCT. Little did we all know he would be a huge part of our lives. Mom and Jason have the best friendship!

Aunt Marylee came in town to visit for two weeks. It was so much fun having her here! My mom and her are the cutest sisters ever!

Kitten craziness, always!

My brother and sister in law sent us this AWESOME flag from California. They eat dinner at the Beach Comber Café on special date nights and love the cafe’s tradition of raising the flag so much that they sent us our very own to raise in Texas.

The countdown to summer is ON!

Can’t get this man away from his Egg!

Last day of Running Club…. It was a paint run!

My boys and Zack from down the street terrorize the neighborhood on a daily basis. This neighborhood hasn’t seen kids in a while so I’m hoping the boys aren’t too much for them. Pulling your buddy on the back of a bike? What could possible go wrong?

Double play dates, and movies & popcorn.

Mother’s Day service at church with my mom. The best!

My cousin Callie graduated from UNT. So Proud of her!

It’s almost that time again! We love our kayaks and SUP board!

We now have a storm shelter thanks to my boys and Zack, my third child.

Jayden rocking it at flag football! His first touchdown was made this season! Good job Jay!

Love this team! Good job Rattlers!

My THREE boys!

You can’t get a cat fixed if she is still nursing so I put a baby onesie on her. Whatever works, right?

Our first veggies of the season!

Sweet babies! We got all of the kittens fixed, as ferals because they are technically wild cats and because it’s free. The only difference is they ear tip them after they fix them. We gave away one kitten and have no idea what we are doing with the rest of them. They are getting bigger and I was worried about them multiplying.

I bought Jason and rain barrel for our anniversary. We love this thing!

What do you do when you find a coffin on the side of the road? You get your selfie stick and call you friends!

The jig was up about a week later…. we had all kinds of plans of taking it, using it for Halloween, or playing jokes on our friends. Isn’t that was all soccer moms do?

Gearing up for another OCT Field Day with Daddy!

Another one under wraps! Thank you Coach Mester!

The annual field day wind down!

We took the family to see The Jungle Book. It was such a cute movie! And a little fun on the way in….

Celebrating Michelle’s birthday at RA in Southlake.

2nd grade awards! Great job Jayden!

4th grade awards! Great job Peyton!

Last minute teacher gifts…. The last week went fast!

Sky Ranch, 2016

June 28th, 2016

I was in so much pain the night before Peyton left for camp that every time Jayden saw me do anything all he would say is “it’s just so sad!’. I have to admit I was a pretty good sport about the neighbor’s cat biting me but I can’t tell you the pain I was in. It was horrible! I went to the doctor the morning after it happened, and by that night my arm was huge. I knew I had to go to the ER but I wanted to wait until we got Peyton off to camp. I also didn’t want him worrying about me if I had to stay in the hospital.

Jason took a personal day, so as soon as Peyton was off to school with the rest of the 4th grade and we went straight to the ER. I was admitted and ended up staying for five days. ugh.

I can’t believe how big my arm was!

When I texted my mom friends who were at Sky Ranch they were the sweetest! Sending pictures of everything Peyton was doing. I was in the hospital the whole time he was at camp, plus a few days. I loved seeing the pictures everyone texted me. Peyton was having a blast.

Peyton and his buddy sent these two, they were on the bus and SO excited! Peyton never knew I was in the hospital until he got home.

Learning so much already!

Meanwhile back at the hospital…. We waited in the ER lobby for a couple of hours, then got moved to an ER room while they got me a real room set up. Jason brought Jayden to the hospital after school. Little Jayden always such a trooper and of course “It’s just so sad Mommy!” Gotta love him!

Camp pictures were flooding in and I LOVED it! I love my OCT moms!

I had Jason bring my oils. I couldn’t take it anymore. (Every nurse and doctor who walked into my room commented on the smell.) Thieves, so much better than hospital smell.

More Sky Ranch fun!

Learning so much!

Peyton had a blast and came to see me as soon as he got off the bus from camp. Poor thing was worn out. I stayed in the hospital a couple days longer, but they visited every chance they got. Love my three guys!

I also love my friends and family for coming to see me, sending gifts and flowers. I was hooked up to all kinds of IVs but they made sure I didn’t starve or bore myself to death. Love, love all of you! Also, so thankful for our church and their online campus!!!

We were all relieved to find out the cat was up to date on her rabies shot. Jason and the boys went down to the street to talk to the neighbor about her cat. Turns out the cat is really sweet but has a dark side. Ya think? It was in quarantine for 10 days and thank goodness doesn’t have any diseases or anything. We had NO IDEA cats could do such damage with one cat bite. I had to see a hand specialist and had my arm wrapped for a few weeks. Also lots of antibiotics….. Not a fun ride, and I will always think twice about other people’s cats now even if they rub around my legs like sweet cats do. NO! NO THANKS!

IPhone, April

June 28th, 2016

I had forgotten Peyton took a picture of Jason and I together at Cross Timbers on our 12th anniversary…. Twelve years has flown!

Seriously one of the best days ever!

Celebrating Easter with my mom, eating, drinking, talking. Love her!

Jayden finished his first flag football season. So much fun!

This was taken right after we found them in our garage. We are in so much trouble. Cuteness overload!

Our cat is fixed but this little one looks almost exactly like him. Hmmm.

Because cats need to know all things ipad.

Jayden’s 2nd grade class went to the Dallas Aquarium. A fun day for all!

And again, kittens. We got use out of our baby gate again. It is the perfect size to keep the kittens safe in the garage. I was a little more than paranoid about them falling into the pool. It happened to a litter of kittens when I was little. Ugh.

Mama cat definitely knew what she was doing when she picked our house to dump her babies. Goodness they are spoiled!

Shay, we have questions….

There’s definitely a resemblance!

Tired of cat pictures yet?

cat fort!

Anyway, flowers for me at pick up make this mommy happy!

And (almost summer) haircuts finally happened….

Baseball and football practice at The Coliseum.

And the dreaded day I picked up my neighbors cat and it got spooked…. It started swelling and hurt like you know what, as soon as she bit me. This cat went from sweet to evil within seconds. Ugh.

Happy 12th Anniversary to us!

April 10th, 2016

Who would have thought 12 years later we would be waking up to an early baseball tournament for our 10 year old! We had to eat a quick breakfast then rush out the door and since the tournament was just down the street from Cross Timbers Winery, (where we were married) we made a quick stop to jump the small fence to take a 12 year picture in the gazebo where it all started.


I have been so bad about blogging that I forgot to mention we had a stray cat show up at our house. She had been showing up around dinner time every day and then leaving for the night. We started giving her cat food, since we had some and because she looked so skinny. Plus I could tell she probably had just had a litter of kittens because you just know when you see a mama cats tummy that something is up. She’s a sweet girl and the boys love her. We call her #2. (Jason had a cat named #7 when he was little, so it at least makes sense to one of us).


Anyway, after a long morning of Peyton’s baseball tournament we headed back home to relax by the pool, and came home to find 5 kittens in our garage! Best anniversary present ever! I swear they were sent here from my dad! Perfect timing and the sweetest little faces ever!

Jayden fell in love with one of the black and white ones. At this time we have no idea what we are going to do. Probably give them away, but for now we are not speaking of it!

Happy Easter!

March 27th, 2016

The Easter Bunny came and went and the boys had a blast. Peyton is onto us, but seemed to enjoy Easter even if he is questioning this “Easter Bunny” person/rabbit.

We have all of the supplies for a hungry bunny!

Jayden decorated our vegetable garden with Easter eggs he found in our Easter box. So cute!

The weather was questionable so our bunny left eggs in buckets so we could have our Easter egg hunt later when the weather cleared. Of course the big bunny has big feet!

The Easter Bunny was here!

Searching for their goodies….

Hungry rabbit came and went!

We invited Gpa and my mom over for Easter dinner and to watch the boys have their egg hunt. Peyton set the table and Jayden helped Jason in the yard. Sweet boys!

Mac & Cheese snack on the patio….

The hunt is on!

Now the backyard!

So glad Bunny and Gpa could come over!

Confetti eggs, always a favorite!

And, since I forgot about coloring Easter eggs this year, we did it last minute. In the hot tub. While watching Disney.

Happy Easter!

Easter at Compass

March 25th, 2016

Ready for the early Easter service at Compass!

March and April through my iphone

March 20th, 2016

I can’t believe March and April have passed so quick! We are super busy and enjoying it all!

We went to see The Thorn twice in March. Jason and I went the first time by ourselves, my mom was supposed to go but got really sick and couldn’t make it. It was so good as soon as we got home we got online and made reservations to see it again, with mom and the boys. It was amazing both times! We can’t wait to see it again!

OC Taylor had their annual Boosterthon…. Jason is always such a trooper with school functions!

These two are still BFFs….

These boys tho! There goes the neighborhood!

Fun with the cousins!

Lake time….

They are getting so big! I love how they’re always together!

Their annual St. Patty’s Day green milk!

The Mester clan! Gpa’s brother, Uncle Glenn and Aunt Patsy came in town for a couple days…. We always love seeing them!

The Mester men!

The day has come…. Our 10 year old gets his own phone. Only to be used for texting and calls when we can’t be with him. Baseball and school functions are getting real around here!

Sweet boys!

This is how an 8 year old eats his breakfast….

Spring has sprung!

Me and my favorite 8 year old.

Chewy the class pet got to spend a long weekend with us. Sweet little thing but, no, no thanks.

An awesome tournament weekend for The Warriors!

First place baby!



Practice at The Coliseum.

Our new herb garden for Ranger.

Flag football started and these three are amazing together!

Boys being boys!

Jayden has been counting down the days for this!

Crazy cat.

We live and breathe baseball on the weekends….

Peyton’s last choir performance of 4th grade. WHAT!

double playdate fun!

Just a few of my favorite oils! The toner is amazing!

First annual one day Mester project

March 13th, 2016

We usually sign up for a family mission trip during Spring Break but this year we decided to volunteer our time at my mom’s house. We worked in her yard and got it read for spring. It was so great to see the boys working so hard. Bunny’s yard looks great!

Peyton also went on a Spring Break preteen mission trip. He loves his church family!


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