Happy Birthday Mom!

June 23rd, 2015

This sweet lady is a one of a kind mom, bunny, sister, wife, and friend to so many! Thank you for taking care of us, loving us, and for being the best of the best! Blessed are the people who get to meet her and know her! Happiest of birthday wishes to you! We love you so much!

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Happy Father’s Day, Daddy!

June 21st, 2015

Happy Father’s Day to this sweet man! Seeing him raise our boys has been an amazing journey. Best daddy, husband and friend!

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Happy Father’s Day and early birthday celebration!

June 20th, 2015

We had Michelle and Grandpa over to do a small celebration for Father’s Day and my birthday. We haven’t had Michelle over in what feels like forever so it was nice to see her and catch up over dinner and drinks on the patio again. The boys love Charlene as much as we do! She brought over some of best cupcakes ever and mustaches…. what’s a birthday without a little mustache?

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Peyton and Jayden were excited to give Grandpa and Jason their Father’s Day gifts. They gave me specific instructions to help them find some #1 Dad t-shirts and a coffee mug. We didn’t find the mug, but found one with a chalkboard, thank goodness!

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The next morning we went to church then walked over to their annual car show, with free root beer floats!

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We also visited my dad. He is still in the hospital but should be going back to rehab this weekend. (He was admitted to the hospital a few days ago for low platelets. They should be at least 150, Dad’s were a 4. His arms and legs were full of black bruises. It’s awful).

We love you Poppy! Feel better!

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hello ear infection

June 17th, 2015

I really thought sending Peyton to camp without ear drops for two days he would be fine. They only swam one day so I honestly thought we wouldn’t have anything to worry about. But yesterday on the ride home Peyton told us his ear hurt really bad. So much that he told one of the counselors but they never heard from the nurse.

We did the best we could to make him comfortable for the night but this morning he was still hurting so after dropping Jayden at basketball camp, Peyton and I went to the doctor.

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He has swimmers ear and can’t swim through the weekend. :(

He’s home!

June 16th, 2015

Jason and I were really excited to pick Peyton up from camp today. I dropped Jayden off at basketball camp this morning and Jason did a couple of yards…. time passes faster when youre busy, so we made sure we had things to do this morning. Christian invited Jayden to come play after basketball, (thank you Tiffany!) so Jason and I could take our time picking Peyton up. The drive seemed longer this time. We were so ready to see him!

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The kids were in a cabin watching a movie when we showed up so we had to find him in a dark room. I gave my phone to Jason and I am so thankful he took pictures.

I missed this little boy so much!

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Peyton and the Compass OCT camp boys!

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On the way home we stopped at Starbucks for a frap…. Peyton’s new favorite drink. I blame myself. I let him try a sip of mine right before camp and now Ive created a monster.

He looks so tired.

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We got home about noon. Jason went back to work for a little while so Peyton and I hung out at home. I put him straight in the shower, started his wash, and let him lay in my bed for a couple of hours before we went to get Jayden. Im glad I got time alone with him. He loved camp. Missed us a lot and told me he didn’t sleep at all the first night. We let him take his iTouch just in case he was allowed to text us or to watch the video we made of both of us singing our goodnight song. (His iTouch is set up only for texting, and every text he receives goes straight to my phone too.) He watched our video under his covers because apparently they weren’t supposed to bring electronics. We didn’t know! Peyton said he hid it in his pillowcase so he could watch our video whenever he wanted. God bless him! We are so proud of him. Although he was sad, he did say he wants to go again next year, in Oklahoma, for a week…. :|

Shay was excited Peyton was home too.

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Big brother is home!

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He passed out tonight…. welcome home sweet boy!

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So when I said yesterday was a long day, I had no idea

June 15th, 2015

I stayed up late last night because I was having the worst anxiety or was it worry, scared, nervousness. Who knows? Thank goodness for my oils but I still couldnt get my mind to shut off. I also had my phone and Jason’s phone next to the bed. Turned up, hoping, praying it wouldn’t ring or make that text noise. I had the schedule in bed with me. Lights out was 10:00pm. Which, by the way is REALLY late to the Mester family. Im hoping Peyton was so worn out that he passed out as soon as his head hit the pillow. I think I said that yesterday. Ugh. My brain is busy!

This is the schedule I followed all day today. It went with me everywhere. I took it with me to see my Dad at rehab. Showed it to him. He’s a proud Poppy. He loves Peyton so much. They are good buddies.

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Before Peyton left for camp we went to visit Poppy. He gave Dad his baseball cap to wear while he was gone.

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As I was saying today.was.longggg. Very long. Jayden started baseball camp this morning at 9:00. So after dropping him off I came home and tried to keep busy. Camp was over at noon, then Jayden and I went to visit Poppy. He wasn’t having a very good day. Breaks my heart. I miss Peyton, I miss my Dad. This is hard. Dad is in a new rehab facility. They are treating him well. He’s doing well with his rehab. He gets tired. Doesn’t feel good sometimes. It really is heartbreaking. He’s such a strong man but his body isn’t doing well. Mom is with him all day and goes home at night. Thank goodness her house is really close to where Dad is staying.

So, the drive home was sad. I miss Peyton, Im worried for Dad. Longest day ever! Jayden and I played Legos, Jason finished a few things around the house and then we took Jayden out for dinner. His choice. So when you see his dinner, don’t judge. Im worn out and I am so ready for tomorrow! Hello Margarita!

Mac&Cheese, Fries, Guacamole and a coke. Yup thats how he rolls tonight. Can you see how tired I am? I will be doubling up on my eye cream tonight!

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Oh and I almost forgot, Compass added more pictures to their Compass Kids page! I found Peyton in a few of them. He looks so grown up! I love seeing him have so much fun! Thank goodness for Compass for doing this!

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Camp El Har, 2015

June 15th, 2015

It felt like the longest day today, and it’s still going…. Im sitting here praying and going through each and every picture Compass Kids puts on their facebook page of Camp El Har, just to see if I can somehow peek in on my sweet Peyton. I took a few pictures of my own as we were finally walking out the door to go to Dallas. Both Peyton and I were a mixture of emotions today. Excited one minute and teary eyed the next. I tried my best to keep positive and assure him that we weren’t doing anything exciting here while he’s gone.

He was so happy to finally zip his bag up and walk out to the car. I wish I would have taken a picture of how we packed. We put one outfit (shorts, shirt, socks, underwear) in a baggie for each day. Hopefully it will save him from digging through his suitcase. Just grab the baggie for the day, change, and he’s ready to go.

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Peyton is staying in the Bethlehem cabin.

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He was really excited to see some of his OCT friends and to find out they would be staying in the same cabin.

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Leaving was hard, really really hard. Peyton started to tear up and hugged on me a lot. He didn’t want us to leave. Ugh is it Tuesday yet? Jayden wanted to stay with him. It was mixed emotions all around….

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It was a quiet ride home. Jayden enjoyed having Jason and I to himself tonight. We built Legos and watched the Lego movie. We also wrote notes and verses to Peyton and put them on his door so he can read them when he gets back. Jayden asked to sleep with all of Peyton’s stuffed animals tonight. Tomorrow is going to be a longggg day. It’s 11:30pm, Im praying Peyton passed out tonight as soon as his head hit the pillow. Compass gave all the parents a schedule of everything the kids are doing, pretty much minute by minute. I have been carrying it around with me since we got home, and will probably do the same thing all day tomorrow. Their schedule is super busy, thank goodness! (Have I mentioned this is Peyton’s first time away from home? This is hard for all of us.)

I LOVED finding these pictures on Compass Kid’s FB page tonight! So thankful for these! I only copied the pics I saw Peyton in. They took SO MANY of all of the kids!

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I almost forgot, this morning we went to brunch at Rio Mambo to celebrate Peyton’s first Overnight Camp…. Food, drinks, and of course lots of guac. for Jayden!

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The tooth fairy is fading and camp is in two days.

June 12th, 2015

Dear Peyton,
You won’t read this for a long time but I have so many emotions right now that I want to put them somewhere…. In less than two days you will be leaving for camp with our church. We will drop you off at 4 on Sunday and get to pick you up at 11:30 on Tuesday morning, so it’s really just one whole day right? Ugh.

To top it off, yesterday you lost a tooth at baseball practice, which I was secretly relieved about. I was so afraid you were going to lose it at camp. What would the tooth fairy do? would I pay someone off to watch you and your tooth for three days? I was just glad it was out and over with…. Until this morning when you (for the first time ever!) didn’t make a big deal AT ALL about getting money from the tooth fairy. You walked out of your room, said good morning, and sat on the couch. Um hello? I thought maybe you forgot to look in your tooth fairy box. You know, the one she magically puts next to your bed whenever you lose a tooth and later the next day is magically disappears? It’s magic! But…. you.said.nothing.

I went into your bedroom a little later to collect dirty clothes or whatever…. I really went in to see if you checked the box. It was open and the money the tooth fairy left was on the dresser. I tried to act casual but when I asked you about it, you brushed it off saying she left you $3. My heart ached. Not another word was said all day until it was time for bed. “Hey Mommy, where is the box?

I think you know. I couldn’t say anything. I’m not ready. I’m not ready for any of this. If you ask me again I don’t know what I’ll say. Ive read things on Pinterest how to deal with stuff like this but now that it’s here I’m lost. I don’t want to be Pinteresty! I want to talk to you but I just don’t know what to say.

The tooth fairy is fading fast and camp is in two days. Have I mentioned you’ve never had an overnight before?

I praying God helps me with these new preteen years, and helps you through them too and all that is to follow. I’m so not ready for this. Peyton no matter what, please know I love you. I most likely won’t have the right words at the right time. I’m sure I’ll mess it up somewhere because there is no perfect way to parent. I just want to hang on to you as you are right now.
I love you so, so much!
Love,
Mommy

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VBS

June 11th, 2015

Summer is officially here and we are diving right in. I signed the boys up for VBS at a friend’s church for the first week of summer. The boys had a blast! I loved showing up early to pick them up just so I could watch them worship with their friends. We never branch out and visit other churches so it was fun being a part of another church family for a week. We will be back next year for this one!

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cupcake the chicken

June 7th, 2015

Our guitar teacher asked if we would watch over his 12 chickens while they were out of town for the weekend. We would drive over in the morning to feed them and give them water, then again in the afternoon. They live in Southlake so it wasn’t far for us to drive. The chickens are free range so we made sure we counted 12 every time we were there. We fell in love with the big red one. Her name is Cupcake and talked to us the whole time we were there. Our instructions were to yell HELLO LADIES to get them to come eat. It was so cute to see them run to us for food. They love cereal and lay green eggs, which we got to keep.

I want chickens now!

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