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July 26th, 2014

My niece and nephew (two of my little sister’s eight kids) came to Texas on a mission trip. They were here for a week, so the last day they were here Jason and I took the boys to Arlington to see them.

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I love Saige and Mady, and I am so proud of them for their mission work!

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My big sister Brook, also went drove to Arlington to visit them with a couple of her kids. Little did we know Brook would talk the pastor into letting Mady and Saige go home with her!

A few days later Meagan and her family drove to Texas to stay a few days, and to pick up Mady and Saige. Brook invited everyone to her house for a little party. It was fun seeing all the cousins play together. (And the typical photobomb by Cousin Keith!)

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James, my oldest nephew….

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and Riley my youngest!

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#addictedtomyiphonecamera

July 23rd, 2014

My favorite part of my phone is the camera. If you know me at all, you know I take pictures of everything and everyone. Im sure it’s annoying, but I really do love remembering (and seeing) the fun and random things we do.

Watching Compass’ live feed on the patio….

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Shopping for new koi fish at the Keller Fish Farm….

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Father, son dinners on the patio….

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Seeing what all the fuss is about at the new local Whole Foods…. PS we also have a Market Street and a new Sprouts, all within minutes of each other. Colleyville will never be the same.

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Night swimming….

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Lunch with my 3 favorite guys, (minus one in the pic), and checking out the antique cars in the parking lot.

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Ranger….

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the library. (I love finding them like this!)

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double play dates….

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discovering a comb…. oh goodness!

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date nights by the pool….

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and packing for our first ever, ROAD TRIP!

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party, party! (and week eighteen)

July 19th, 2014

Jayden’s birthday party couldn’t have gone better! Everyone was feeling great, and we were all ready to party! Jayden asked for an ‘Angry Bird Star Wars party’ this year…. I wasn’t real sure what I was looking for but Jayden helped me figure it out. “It’s Angry Birds, but Star Wars.” I was just glad he let me use some of our Angry Bird decorations from two years ago. The party didn’t start until 6:30pm, so we had all day to get ready.

The boys were SO ready to see all of their friends! (Im so glad we hung onto the Angry Bird pinata from two years ago!) Jayden didn’t want to hit it then, but this year he was fine with it. I made Light Sabers out of pool noodles for party favors…. little did I know probably the worst party gift ever! Sorry party moms! #pinterestfail

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The typical cake I get every year. Thanks Kroger! We always add our own toys on top. I’m not very creative, but it works for my easy to please boys! I also put m&ms in a treat bag for everyone with an Angry Bird tag. Again, my creativity is really lacking the older I get. And, if you think Jayden’s shirt looks familiar then you’re right. It’s the same shirt Peyton wore on his 7th birthday.

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Jayden was more than ready to get this party started!

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I take this same picture at every party we have. I always love it! It’s fun to see all of the new and old friends. Such great kids!

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Somehow basketball became a part of the party too.

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and then, the dreaded light sabers. I mean seriously, what was I thinking?! The kids had a blast with them but why didn’t I realize they would all be beating on each other with them? It was crazy!

beat, beat, beat…. scream, scream scream.

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Somehow we got everyone started on a new (quieter and more organized) game, Pin the Light Saber On the Angry Bird. So cute! Thank you Mom!

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Pinata time!

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and finally, cake!

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A great party, with great friends…. parents and kids! Love them all!

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After everyone went home Jayden opened his gifts…. don’t be confused by the pajamas. We had an unusual cool front come in the day before, so the kids were cold getting out of the pool. The boys begged for their warm pjs tonight. Happy Birthday Jayden!

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And then it was my turn….

July 18th, 2014

On Jayden’s birthday, after everyone went to bed, I got really sick. It was awful! I was sick for the next two days. I was still recovering the day we were supposed to have Jayden’s birthday party, but it was also raining so we postponed the party a couple of days. I have never been so thankful for rain before! I really needed that extra day to feel better!

I can’t tell you how good it felt to to be among the living again! After being sick for a couple of days you really appreciate (and miss) simple things like not throwing up, and not cringing at the thought of food.

The weather even seemed a little more tolerable. We got back into our work out routine and did a family walk at the park. It was so good to be back!

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Just what we needed after our workout!

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And just in time, my young living order came in the mail! (I got a little lazy with my oils over the past few weeks, which could be the reason we were so sick!) I love my oils!

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Happy 7th Birthday Jayden!

July 16th, 2014

Jayden woke up to his annual birthday cupcake again this year. Surprisingly the boys never ask to eat the cupcake for breakfast, they are more excited about the presents waiting in the other room.

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Telepods, an Olaf beach towel, a pirate ship, and a new swim suit….

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We took the boys to see How to Train Your Dragon 2, then had our family celebration in the backyard. Jayden’s birthday party with his friends is this weekend.

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Talking Telepods….

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Cornhole….

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And finally, cake, and a few more presents. I buy a small cake for our family party. I’ve learned over the years that two big cakes, for two parties is way too much!

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Jayden was SO EXCITED to get a “Stuff a Bear” gift card from Grandpa and a “Toys R Us” gift card from Aunt Tracy and Uncle Scott!

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Happy Birthday sweet Jayden!

Jayden’s birthday interview

July 15th, 2014

1. How old are you? 6
2. Who is your best friend? Bodey
3. What is your favorite thing to do? Go outside and swim.
4. What is your favorite color? Peach
5. What is your favorite food? Mac & Cheese
6. What do you like to do with your family? Play tag with them.
7. What is your favorite toy? Angry Bird Star Wars
8. What do you want to do when you grow up? Stay with you.
9. What makes you happy? When my family makes me laugh.
10. What makes you sad? When somebody is mean to me.
11. What is you favorite show? Lego Chima
12. What is your favorite book? Lego books
13. What do you like to learn about? Math
14. What are you looking forward to on your birthday? Having a good day.
15. What is you favorite place to go? Florida
16. Who is your favorite teacher? Mrs. Poda
17. What is your favorite treat? Chocolate
18. What do you think about before you fall asleep? If I’ll have a good day tomorrow.
19. If you could meet someone famous who would it be? Texas Rangers
20. What do you hope to get for your birthday? Angry Bird Telepods
21. What is your favorite animal? Rhino
22. If you could meet one race car driver who would it be? (Question by Peyton) Dale Earnhardt jr.
23. What’s your favorite fruit? Strawberries
24. What’s your favorite drink? Milk
25. What’s your favorite holiday? Halloween
26. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Mac & Cheese
27. What job do you want to have when you grow up? Work with daddy.
28. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? My ducky
29. What do you like to eat for breakfast? Pancakes
30. What is your favorite song? Everything is awesome (from the lego movie)
31. What is your favorite cereal? Cinnamon squares
32. What are you afraid of? Hornets and spiders
33. What is your favorite thing to do? Play with my mommy

Happy 7th Birthday Eve! You’ve come a long way baby!

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Waking up to a blurry week

July 14th, 2014

When Jayden woke up with a tummy ache, we didn’t realize where our week would be headed. He started throwing up, and running a low fever. It was awful. We took him to the dr by afternoon. He couldn’t stop getting sick!

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Thank God for Zofran! I never knew this stuff existed! As soon as Jayden put it on his tongue his nausea stopped and never threw up again.

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The next day Jayden was on the mend. We were so thankful, but 4:00am the morning after, Peyton came into our room telling us he was sick. As a precaution, (and bacause my boys share everything including germs), before Peyton went to bed that night I put a towel and trash can next to his bed. Once again, I am thankful I did! Poor thing was so sick! He couldn’t keep anything down.

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Zofran to the rescue again…. Or so we thought. It didn’t seem to work with Peyton. He just kept getting sick. It was scary and frustrating. He wasn’t himself. He not only was sick he wasn’t acting like himself. He seemed lost.

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We were hoping it would be a 24/48 hour thing like Jayden, but by the third day we were over it. And it being a Sunday we had to take him to Care Now. Peyton was definitely feeling better, but still not all there. Care Now did a blood test and told us to get him to Cook Children’s as fast as we could because it could be his appendix. So long story short, we spent the day at the hospital with medicine, IVs, more blood tests, and an ultrasound.

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After lots of praying and waiting, we found out he didn’t have appendicitis, but does have a small stone in his appendix. There is a 50/50 chance it will amount to anything. So we wait and pray it never amounts to anything. The doctor told us if Peyton starts running a fever or has pains on his side, we need to rush him to the hospital again. We will be on edge for awhile I’m sure, but thankful to know more than we did. The fluids helped Peyton a lot! He was dehydrated, but improved over the next few days.

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I, on the other hand, got sick after everyone was back to themselves. I was down and out for a couple of days. I’m so glad it’s over!

Out takes

July 12th, 2014

A fake “hey what’s over there” picture from the night I took Jayden’s birthday pictures. These guys are a mess together! I’m always entertained!

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And, the boys saw their first lightning bugs that night too. They were everywhere! It’s so wrong that this was a first for them at 6 and 8 years old! I can remember seeing lightning bugs throughout my childhood.

Jason caught a few to show the boys….

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Look who’s almost 7! And a birthday letter….

July 12th, 2014

It is crazy to me that my baby is almost 7! It’s funny, I never thought of him actually getting bigger.

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Him being the youngest, I’ve always just pictured him as small and ‘the baby’. But here he is, this growing boy, a BOY not a toddler, not a baby and he’s getting big!

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I swear I’m in denial half the time with these boys. They get taller, and change every day but when I look at them I still see little boys. Maybe it’s a mom thing. I don’t know, but it’s amazing, these little people God gave us. We love them so much!

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I write a letter every year to them, right before their birthdays…. I can’t believe its that time again for Jayden, and next month Peyton. The days seem shorter and shorter as they get bigger. I cherish all of it!

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I’m so thankful Jason and I met, and married, in our 30s. (Late to some people, but perfect for us). At the time, before I met Jason, I didn’t think I would get married and I was ok with it. But I’m SO thankful we met and were able to have our two sweet boys. We secretly prayed for a third for awhile…. But it’s ok. Our family is complete. We’re so happy. God is so good!

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Dear Jayden,

I can’t believe in a few days you will be 7! This past year was filled with so much. You not only grew a ton right before our eyes you learned so much and came so far at school. It’s amazing watching you read, sound out words you don’t know, and do math just because you want to.

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I catch myself trying to drink you in all the time. Your six year old face will probably change a lot this year, just like it always does. You are SO OVER being 6 though! You ask me all the time “is today is almost over yet?” because its one day closer to your birthday. You can’t wait to be 7, and more importantly, to see if you’re getting any Angry Bird Telepods for your birthday.

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We love you so much Jayden! Don’t grow up too fast. Enjoy being 7 and thank you for always keeping us entertained, talking our ear off, and keeping us on our toes! You are an amazing person and I thank God every day that you are ours!

Happy Birthday sweet Jay!
I love you.
Mommy

their world | week seventeen

July 10th, 2014

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‘Their world: an episode of actual experience. real life. no setting up shots, just what happens in their everyday life as they see it in their world. it will not be perfect and it is not intended to be. it is meant to capture the honest truth. life as it is.’ Jude Wood

 

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