Friday, December 30, 2011

Slam book Friday...

I missed a Friday or two... but heres todays!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

It looks like we might be preggers!

I took my first blood beta HCG test on Tuesday at 8 am. Got the call around 11:55 that it was positive. The # was a little low, 17.8 to be exact. Now, the minute she said it was positive, I was over the moon happy but then she says... but the number is a little low. Immediately all of the wind in my sails was gone. I know that its stupid because I have been working very hard on having faith in the process and trying to remember how every door has opened. Right down to the money. We really didn't think it would be possible til February or March of 2012~

We have been very blessed in the whole process. My body responded well to the meds, I  produced more follicles than expected and even got 20 eggs on retrieval day... that in itself is amazing. We ended up with 12 that were healthy and good little oocytes! We transferred 2 and have 4 frozen for later... Thank you God for the many blessings!!! Having said all that, Chris has been super optimistic and faithful in this whole process. I have been too, to an extent~ I have been and still am afraid. I am sitting on pins and needles right now waiting for the office to call and tell me whether or not my numbers went up... more specifically doubled!

Before I had a chance to publish, I got the call... my numbers doubled. We are now at 34. I will take that for sure! I will repeat again next Tuesday which will be in 5 days... I am guessing it should've changed alot by then!


Chris Tomlin " I lift My Hands"

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Todays the big day~

So I went for my blood test today... haven't heard the results yet! I feel like I am on pins and needles waiting. I have been feeling a little nauseous... my girls are sore... I am sure those all good signs. I have faith that God is going to do exactly what is best for us right now. I also have faith that whatever it is I will get through it, either happy or a little sad! Chris sent me a text this morning and told me to read this scripture.

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Lots to Report!

I have lots to talk about! I guess its been so long because I haven't felt like sitting in front of a computer and I don't like blogging from my Ipad!

So here goes...

I had my Egg retrieval on Tuesday the 13th! We got 20 eggs! Wowza! I was so excited I cried like a baby when they told me! Dr B said that I did better than all of the girls in my rotation, even ones 10 years younger than me! I felt pretty rough for a few days, extra emotional and really bloated and (tmi) constipated! After fertilization, we still had 12 oocytes! Yay for good eggs and sperm. I did not like the 4 shots I had to do in between the 2 procedures. Progesterone oil is not fun! Both hips were sore and Chris hated giving them to me!

Progesterone oil and big needle. YUCK!!

We did a 5 day transfer which was on a Sunday! I was bloated on the day of and still am... Dr B said a little bloating is good... I hope that I am in that range... We put 2 little embryos in. I'm calling them tic and tac... as in my little tic tacs!
here the little ones are!

How cool is it that I get to see them at 5 days post fertilization. Most people don't get to see that! I am super excited, a lot nervous and terrified all at the same time! I'm kind of relieved that we are right around the corner from Christmas because it not only gives me something to do, but something to blog about to in the mean time! I get a blood test on Tuesday after Christmas to find out if the little ones stuck or not... I am not sure when or how we will announce the news. I'm not even sure how pregnant I will be on Tuesday if I am!

Philipians 4:13
I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Slam Book Friday!

Here's todays page...

Went for my 3 rd sono today, nothing to really report yet, waiting on blood results and to see what Dr B wants to do. Josie said it could go several ways. I will more than likely go for another sono in the morning. There was some fluid on my left side that she said needs to be watched but in the mean time to drink Gatorade and eat lots of protein. So... that's what my diet will consist of for the next few days. Yuck, except I really like fruit punch flavored Gatorade!  So still in limbo!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Overachiever

I had my second sono this morning. Super early drive to Odessa but it was a good visit! My sis was able to be there with me, its exciting that she is getting to be on this journey with me. She saw the first sono where my ovaries were normal and then today... the were doing their job and doing it well. Dr B and Josie both called me an overachiever and that I was definitely the winner with so many follicles. Left side had around 18 with really good measurements and right side had 10-12. Yay me! I'm so thankful my body still knows what to do. Dr B did remind me that not all of them will have little eggs but she was still proud of me!

We have a busy rest of the week, another visit on Friday and possible retrieval sometime early next week! Yay... ready to get this show on the road!

here's a song for today... love!
Jamie Grace... Hold Me

Monday, December 5, 2011

And then there were 3

I went to the doc this morning for blood work and sono. Looks like I have 9 or 10 follicles on each ovary that seem to all be close in size. Woohoo, I was actually worried that there would not be any... I know its silly but my brain is weird that way! So today, we add a new shot to the day, Menopur. This is a follicle stimulating hormone mixed with LH which is a luteinizing hormone to stimulate egg maturity! Another sono on Wednesday to see where we are. Maria also told me that I will start to feel pressure from my ovaries soon. They will definitely start to grow as the eggs mature.

On a different note, we got snow last night, so much so that they cancelled school today! We didn't even open the office til 1! It was absolutely beautiful driving to Odessa this morning. God is so amazing. I needed that reminder! We sometimes forget to see the beauty in the small things!

this is how my front yard looked at 7 this morning!

Colossians 1:16

For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities-- all things have been created by Him and for Him.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Slam Book Friday!

So one of the blogs that I read,that you can read too here had a great idea for slam book Friday.. I know I have already posted today but I thought I would do this... so 2 posts in one! My plan is to do this every Friday. (hopefully) so
here's todays page

Yay for great ideas and wonderful blog friends!

Day at the Hospital

Chris' surgery went well. I guess it really wasn't surgery as much as injections in his lower back under anesthesia... He was never completely knocked out, just enough to be loopy as heck when he came out of it! He was super chatty when he got back to recovery. He was cracking me up cause I could hear him coming long before he got to his little curtain room. We had a long wait to get started but once he was back, we got out of there pretty quick. I am excited for him to be pain free.

I am not getting any better at giving myself shots. I have managed to do a couple in the last few days but, it still stinks. I am 100% convinced I was not cut out for a medical type job and certainly not made for giving myself injections...  I will get through this... it will be worth it!

Its beginning to feel like Christmas, I love this time of year. Christmas lights, Christmas music, the story of Christmas. Its for sure one of my favorite times. I love the shopping, the giving, the receiving (I am a girl afterall), the family time but most of all I really just love the meaning. Jesus is for sure the reason for the season.
Luke 2:11
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Another Day Another Shot!

Well, today is the day I add a new shot to my regimen. Now I will have a morning shot and an evening shot! Good news though... I managed to give myself the morning shot... course I didn't have a choice since Chris was already gone! Lets see what happens tonight! I think its gonna be a day by day thing! I'm getting excited though because today's shot is what will stimulate my ovaries to create follicles... next Monday's sono should show some! Next week is gonna be a busy week... 3 appointments with a possible 4th on Sunday... its all monitoring to see how the eggs and follicles are growing!

On a different note, in the morning Chris is going to the hospital for injections in his back... it has to be done under IV sedation which will probably not be any fun what so ever... Thankfully I just have to hold his hand and make sure he is OK! I'm pretty good at that... He'll be doing the same thing for me in a couple of weeks.

Love these verses...

Isaiah 40:31
But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
 
Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving and shots aplenty

So its been awhile... mostly cause I've been super busy. Between shots everyday, Thanksgiving, Black Friday and my normal routine, I am exhausted!

 I did have all of my little family together on Thanksgiving and it was great! I noticed Ryan was pretty quiet and so I asked him why and said he had forgotten how busy our house is! It's pretty funny since he used to be add to it! I did get a few pictures of us all together.
of course nothing serious at first

This might just be our Christmas card!

My how my family has changed! love love love these guys! Can't believe we are in the process of adding another one (or two)haha, Chris just kidding!

I went to the Dr today for my base line sono. I got a call tonight saying everything looked good, my estrogen was normal. I start the Follistim on Wednesday... hope the shots will get easier cause as of right now they are not... the last 2 days I haven't been able to give them to myself. Thank goodness I have a good hubs and he's willing!

I'm working hard on getting my Christmas shopping done, I really only have Christian left plus stocking stuffers! Yay me! I've got the family tree up, still need the momma tree! All in all it was a great holiday week.


Friday, November 18, 2011

Breaking Dawn

Yesterday was a big day in the Gafford household... We started our IVF officially. I gave myself the first of many injections over the next month. Surprisingly it was easier than I thought, maybe its because I had an audience. I don't know, what I do know is that this mornings shot didn't go so well. I couldn't muster up enough energy to get the needle in my skin. Its like I was in slow motion... Oh well, I did get the shot, just a little more painfully than I would've liked!

the meds

The reason I couldn't find the energy had a lot to do with my late night... Midnight showing of Breaking Dawn



It was great, a few things were a little cheesy maybe but so what?! I loved the wedding and Bella's freak out on the honeymoon . But I think my favorite part was the imprint scene with Jacob and Renesme! All in all I am a little frustrated that I have to wait an entire year for the end. BOO!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Injection Training

Today is the day... I am going for my injection training. Right now, I think I am excited to just get the ball moving. At 1:30 I will probably be nervous as all get out! I'm not really sure what to expect.

I figure there will be a lot of these...


Probably a few of these!
But also a lot of these!

I am super excited that my sister is going to go with me, she will be there for moral support since Chris has to be at work. He had his visit yesterday. So... here's to hoping and praying that this is Gods plan and we are on the right path!

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29: 11- 13






Monday, November 14, 2011

Friday Night Blues

It just occurred to me that last Friday was my last high school football game. BOOOO! I don't know what we are supposed to do now... next August is sure a long way away...

We had a great time in Dallas... let me just say that their new stadium is unfreaking believable! The jumbo tron goes from the 20 yard line to the 20 yard line... crazy big. It makes watching the game kinda hard cause you don't know where to look!
 See how big it is!

Getting ready to play!

Coin toss on the Cowboys Star!

Our Mighty Bulldog Band!

So on Saturday we got up and spent the day in Ft Worth at the Stockyards! We had a great time, walking around and watching all the people! They do a cattle drive down the street twice a day, it was cool. Of course not high paced enough for Chris and Christian!

love this kid!

These guys are so silly but I wouldn't trade em for nothing!

We brought Kaden Kent a mustache party kit home... here he is showing one of them off! Such a funny kid! I think I will keep him!

funny funny boy!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Playoff Weekend Ahead

Geez, I sure have been missing lately... Its been crazy busy and going to only get crazier...

Last weekend was our last district football game unless we made the Play-offs... Somehow we did by a mere accident. It was between OHS and MHS. Amazingly both teams lost but OHS lost by more so we get to go... (its some weird math thing!) So... this Friday we get to take a road trip to Dallas for a play-off game and my kiddo gets to march at the new Cowboys Stadium. Now me personally... I couldn't care less about the Cowboys but... they have a brand stadium that cost a bajillion dollars!

Now lets go back to last weekend. Other than football, Chris and I got tattoos...

this is Chris' its on his left forearm and its HOT!

I chose this because we are about to embark on my dream when we do IVF

We also drove to Carlsbad and watched a friend fight in his first MMA fight... He won, it was pretty cool! We went with some of our friends, no kids just couples. All in all it was a great weekend.

I'm looking forward to this weekend for the playoff game. Kaden is staying with his Grandmommy which will give us some much needed time with Christian.

Halloween Weekend

We had a pretty good Halloween this year... we went to a party on Saturday night. Chris, Kaden and I all 3 dressed up. Chris went as Mike "the situation", Kaden was a zombie and I went as a waitress from Merlottes Bar. (true blood) I was actually intending to be Sookie but the blond wig was dumb.Christian wasn't feeling it so he stayed home. The party was a great time!


Sunday we did our normal thing... menu, groceries and laundry!! And of course Walking Dead!

Monday was a pretty rough day... we went to the funeral for Christians friend. I can say with 100% certainty that I don't want to ever do that again. It was hard for me on many levels.

Monday night was trick or treating with Kaden. He had a pretty good time, he got candy, jumped in the jumpers and hung out with us, Kevin, Jo Beth and Madeline!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Sad news

Yesterday Christian texted me during lunch to tell me that one of his friends had committed suicide the night before. I am so thankful that I am one of the people that he wanted to talk to. But, I hurt for him because i don't think he really knows how to process a friends death, but then again does anyone? I'm heart broken for the family, his friends and for everyone that this tragic death will touch. Its made me an extra-emotional momma yesterday and today! I wanna hold my boys and not let go.

I have such a hard time wrapping my brain around losing a child. I couldn't sleep last night, thinking about that poor momma. The one thing that runs through my mind is that the Bible clearly states there is a time for everything... even when it doesn't make sense.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot, 
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

I feel old

Yesterday my precious boy Ryan turned 19. I guess I cant say boy any more... He is very much grown, lives on his own and doesn't really need me anymore. (he does occasionally and I love it!)

19 years ago my life to a dramatic turn, one that changed me forever. I couldn't wait to meet this little life who had been using my bladder as a trampoline for months. We didn't know if he was a boy or a girl, all I knew was that my dream of being a mom was about to come true. I had everything planned out, I would get my epidural, he or she would come right out and life would just be perfect... And of course it was nothing like that... Right around the time I was dilated to a 5 which was my epidural goal, they came in to break my water. What does my child do? He freaks out, poops and his heart rate drops. The nurses immediately tell me to flip over on my hands and knees and the rush me to the OR for emergency delivery WITHOUT an epidural. That's right I said without. Not only did I bring this kid into the world with no pain meds but they used forceps to boot... I shouldve known right then what I was getting into!

Ryan was born at 10:09 am on October 26, 1992. I was a few months from turning 20. He wasn't breathing when they took him across the room to work on him... they didn't even tell me if he was a boy or a girl... Finally I heard his sweet little cries. He was rushed to the NICU where he stayed for 7 days. Sadly, those pictures are not digital and I don't know when I will get around to getting them that way... but here are some that are digital...

Here he is starting school at 11

this was his 16th birthday


here he is a couple of weeks ago...
 

 

Monday, October 24, 2011

Where did my week/weekend go?

So its Tuesday and i cant for the life of me decide where last week went... although i do remember all the stuff I managed to shove into it! Lets see... 2 baseball games with munchkin man, 1 dumb football game on Friday, we lost and yes I am bitter! UIL Contest on Saturday, we got a division 1, which is the best and of course awesome.


So Saturday I put my creative hat on and made this super cool door swag garland thing for my sister... Yeah I am pretty proud of myself. My sister is super excited to pick this up and put it around her front door. Now that I have made 1, it seems like I may be making more for some of my friends! Can you say extra money???

So I started out with 2 grapevine garlands attached together at the top. I used pipe cleaners to attached gold poly mesh 15' wide ribbon to the garland

Next, I added 4" fall mesh ribbon into the same pipe cleaners and also used floral wire to attach the scarecrows

Here's where i got creative, I made some bows out of the fall mesh ribbon and also used different floral picks to add some color to the top and the bottom

I still felt like something was missing so I added more gold mesh to the top and also 2 more bows.

So I will end it here saying that I am super happy where my life is at right now, busy and crazy but like I have said a million times... "I wouldn't trade this for anything" Chris and I are super excited for the path that we are on and the huge leap of faith we are about to take. God has truly blessed me with a great husband, handsome talented and healthy boys, and a great support system all around!

John 1:16
From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Busy Weekend!

Wow... our weekend was crammed full of activities and things to do! Of course up first was Friday night football. I really am disappointed in my Bulldogs this year... I feel like that they come out and forget that they're playing until the 2nd half and then once its clicked its too late... I can say that the last 2 games have been incredibly stressful and anyone's game right up until the end... We have however lost our first 2 district games. A shout out to my Bronchos who beat us on Friday...

Kadenkentalotamous (I know that's a mouthful but I am a random nick name kinda mom!) had a baseball game bright and early Saturday morning... So proud of my kiddo. Love love love him!


This year is kid pitch and its quite boring! Chris had a good point when he said its really just a game of catch between the pitcher and catcher! Oh well, they gotta learn!

Christian had a marching contest in the Dallas Ft. Worth area. They left Midland at 6:45 AM Saturday morning. He was exhausted when he finally got home around 4 am Sunday! Poor kid, I know he is ready for marching season to be over! He has another contest this Saturday. I plan to take lots of pictures...

So this brings me to the rest of my busy weekend. After baseball, I had to spend the rest of my afternoon at the Fire Department Open House. I enjoy talking to the kids about what we do and I enjoy seeing them get all excited about the fire trucks... for some reason though this year I just wasn't feeling it. Maybe its because my allergies are kicking my butt and I am just flat out tired! My handsome hubby did find time to take me and Kaden to dinner at Osaka. Yummo!
see how tired I look!

Sunday is always the menu, grocery shopping and laundry day which is an all day process! The upside of course was the season 2 opener of The Walking Dead! Woo Hoo, a whole hour and a half! It was really good, the boys and I were certainly not ready for it to be over! If you haven't seen an episode you should check it here.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Random thoughts and changes

I never really realized how much of the things that I do and say, I do and say out of habit. I guess part of that is simply being a mom...

Did you brush your teeth? 
Did you do your chores?
Do you have any homework?
How was your day?

Now dont get me wrong I expect an answer, and I listen to the answer but in all honesty those questions come out of my mouth without me really thinking about it! I dont know why today it is at the forefront in my random working brain but it is... I think it has a lot to do with the weekend that I had and the changes I am committed to making. I wont spell all of it out, just realizing that I need to stop asking and or saying alot of the things that I do. Im already well on my way. I've been extraordinarily emotional the last couple of days as I deal with all this random whirlwind of thoughts in my head but thats ok. I know that I will get it figured out and make it work!

"Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect."


Romans 12:2

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

A letter to Me

So this morning on the way to work... a very slow trip because Christian was driving, he apparently was in a Brad Paisley mood and one of his song choices was Letter to Me. Which got me to thinking...So here's my letter to me at 17.


Dear Vonda,

     Don't doubt yourself, quit skipping school and don't hang out with Amy so much, she just gets you in trouble! Don't leave your backpack in Troy's truck or just turn in your research paper in early! Pay a little more attention in Photography, it turns out to be a pretty cool class! Stay at OHS and go to Senior Prom and everything else there is to do that year.
     Go to church more often and hang out a little more with Grandma and Grandpa. Also don't be so hard on Shane! Let him be the pest he wants to be and hug him anyway! Don't take the boys and heartbreak so hard, you'll find true love when you're older and it will be great! I promise!
     Keep wearing your boots and jeans, smile more often at your friends and even more at the girls you don't like! Go a little easy on the eye makeup and remember to wear sunscreen everyday.
     Your life turns out great, even with the speed bumps that are coming up. Keep smiling and always trust that God has your back and that he will pick you up when you fall down.
Love,
Me


And just in case you've never heard the song, here's the video!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Anatomy of a Haircut

So my kiddo Christian has had long hair for several years... I think we were going on 3-4 years, at least since 7th grade sometime! He's a sophomore now! Can I just say the he's a handsome kid, (yes I know that I am partial) and I personally have liked his hair for the most part! Last weekend he mentions several times that he's been thinking about cutting it... of course Chris can barely contain his excitement because he has hated the long hair... doesn't matter that it was the style, he HATED it! As a matter of fact, I knew that he would be disappointed if all the talk was just talk.

before!
So he came home from school on Monday to go to the doctor, which we find out that he has strep throat... but he's still talking about a haircut. I realize that I probably need to encourage him to make a decision and act once he does... strep or not! He finally says... "lets do this"... so this momma acted! Course, then he got nervous! Needless to say, he got through it and actually loves his new hair!

after!
I still cant get over how much older and mature he looks! Yesterday we went to the DPS and got his permit... my sweet little boy is not so little anymore! I sure love this kid, he is precious in every way. I cant wait to see where he is going to go!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Sick

This is how I feel today...

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Hope Now

This morning on the way to work... this song was playing. It really spoke to me. Its almost like it was meant for me at that exact moment!

If everything comes down to love,
Then just what am I afraid of?
When I call out Your name,
Something inside awakes in my soul.
How quickly I forget I'm Yours.
I'm not my own.
I've been carried by You,
All my life.


Everything rides on hope now,
Everything rides on faith somehow.
When the world has broken me down,
Your love sets me free.
When my life is like a storm,
Rising waters all I want is the shore,
You say I'll be ok and,
Make it through the rain.
You are my shelter from the storm.

 
Everything rides on hope now,
Everything rides on faith somehow.
When the world has broken me down,
Your love sets me free.
You've become my hearts desire.
I will sing Your praises higher,
Cause Your love sets me free
Your love sets me free


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Its Official!

So we are officially a business owner...

What??? Well my handsome hubby started a new job a few months ago... I think I probably mentioned it. Anyways, he had to go our CPA (that's right, we now have a CPA) yesterday and set up to pay our quarterly taxes. EEK! Well he came away from that meeting with an S Corp. What is that you ask? Well I looked it up on Google and it was a little confusing... so, what it means for us is less taxes and more money in the savings! WOO HOO!!!

Its an exciting time in our household! I am proud of Chris and the new opportunities coming our way. God has truly blessed us and I know its only the beginning!

Psalm 1:1-3

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Its Friday!!

So its Friday... and for most people that just means its the last work day before the weekend, normally that's all it is for me too but... this Friday is important because its the first Friday night high school football game of the season... Which is one of my very most favorite things.

I LOVE me so Friday night football!!!


I think it just runs deep in most people from West Texas but for me its really deep. I grew up going to football games. I have memories from elementary school going to football games. I love the atmosphere, I love watching those boys play with everything in them, I love the band, I love the crowds excitement, I think I just love everything about it! I even love it when its freezing outside and I cant feel my hands or my butt cause its so cold... It doesn't even have to be my alma mater or Chris' for that matter. I will always cheer for OHS (Go Bronchos) but now I am a MHS Bulldog all the way!


There's just something about the game that makes me happy! One of mine and Chris' first dates was to a high school football game! (its probably why I fell for him!!) I love that its something we enjoy together!
The interesting thing is that when God blessed me with 3 very amazing boys somehow they didn't get my love of football... Really! However I did get a Friday night lights drummer which is the next best thing... My Christian is on the Midland High Drumline and he just so happens to be pretty darn good!


this is from last year

Needless to say... the next couple of months, my Fridays will be awesome! I always look forward to school starting just because I know that means I will get to go watch football!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

School is in session and Momma's finally home!

Geez, it felt like I was never gonna get home and stay home. I had 2 conferences back to back with about 48 hours home in between. Just enough time to make sure my munchkins had all they needed for their first day of school which I missed. My baby is a 3rd grader, OMG... Christian is a sophomore... Lord have mercy... I am getting old!

So I was in New Orleans for a 4 days, where it was hot and sticky... this West Texas girl can take the heat but not the humidity... It was a good conference, just busy. I did however discover Geo-caching and like it A LOT! So much so, that I've drug my family on several hunts since I've been home! Here's how my 48 hours home went... got off the plane, unpacked, met the teacher, did laundry, checked off school supply lists, loved on the hubby, packed and headed to Corpus Christi for 5 days. Where it was once again, hot and sticky! Yuck... Another busy conference. I guess that's what I get for being on so many committees! Oh well. The great news is that this will be the last time I have to miss a first day of school since this conference is moving to April! Yay!

So now I am back home, doing the normal routine, catching up on laundry, TV and work! Its good to be back with my precious family. Now its band and 3rd grade homework that's keeping me busy but I wouldn't have it any other way. Love love love my life!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

More from San Diego

I thought I would add some more pics from San Diego. I cant believe its been close to a month since we got back. Kaden talks about it alot, he really did have fun. There are a ton of pics... which makes it hard to pick which ones to share.
This was our first full day there.


3 years ago Christian and I found this really neat little pizza place in Seaport Village on the bay... I try to go back every year so this is me and Kaden waiting for our pizza!

I have this exact picture of Christian from our trip! Gotta love it!

We toured several boats, this one was a schooner that was really cool.

Kaden trying out one of the beds on a submarine!

Also every year we go to Coronado Island on Sunday for their concert in the park. These people know how to set up, its really interesting to watch locals with all their food. This year the band was really neat, they played all types of music!

Mom and I waiting for the band to start!


 
 On our second full day, I had arranged to rent a car and drive to LA for the day, I had several surprises in store for Kaden. We of course went to the walk of fame, to see the Hollywood sign, the La Brea tar pits and to Santa Monica Pier.

Kaden with his favorite magician. We also saw Micheal Jackson's star and lots of hand and foot prints at Mann's theater!

This was on display at the wax museum..

the La Brea tar pits, it was pretty neat to see the bubbles. It smelled pretty bad though!

This was one of the surprises, my boys and I love Iron Man. This was one of the locations used in Iron Man 2. The minute we pulled up K knew exactly where we were. We got donuts for the morning and talked to the staff who told K all about Robert Downey Jr!

No trip to LA is complete without a stop at Rodeo Dr... even with a little boy. While we were there, we ate at Sprinkles cupcakes. Yummo!

Last, before our drive back to San Diego, we stopped at Santa Monica Pier. It was pretty chilly by then but we made sure to walk to the end and check everything out. K played a few games on the boardwalk.