Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Tax Season and a New House?

Tax season is here. A couple years ago that was something I didn't mind or didn't worry about... I don't really guess I am worried about it now, it's just different since Chris started consulting. I think I just always knew that we would get a refund and now its questionable. But it is what it is. Moving on!

The good news is that I think that I have finally convinced my hubs that we should get a bigger, better, newer house! Woo Hoo! So so so excited. Our house has been a good house. It was the perfect house for when we needed it. We bought it from Chris' aunt, it was probably the best first house purchase ever. It was easy, they helped with closing costs and we didn't use a Realtor. So really selling a house and buying a house at the same time will be new to us. 

So how does one even go about getting ready to put a house on the market and looking for a new one. For this girl who is a hoarder keeper of things, de-cluttering is going to suck. Packing will suck, unpacking will suck and so will the actual move. But the upside is a new house that we get to pick based on things that we want. Like... a bigger bathroom, a bigger kitchen, walk-in closets and a fun backyard! 

So, wish us luck, and say a prayer that we find the perfect house, one that we can live in forever!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014


So I have a senior in high school this year... I've known that it was coming... I've been dreading that it was coming and now its here. Don't get me wrong I am SUPER proud of Christian, excited to see where this kid is going in his life, but somehow knowing that he is graduating makes the fact that he is growing up ok fine... grown really real! I may have had the first oh my goodness this is happening melt down the other night. The graduation schedule came in the mail and then he brought home the announcement order information stuff. Thankfully the house was pretty quiet so no one actually witnessed the hypothetical meltdown... no witness except for Case that is! I know he won't confirm anything so its safe to say there was no actual meltdown!

It makes a momma's heart proud to look at this kid and know with out a doubt the we've done something good. He's smart, makes good grades, he's handsome, and just an all around good boy. I'm very blessed to have a great relationship with him, and can't wait for our trip to New York this summer. Just he and I. I'm pretty sure we will make our mark on Manhattan!
So, if you see me anytime during the next few months especially in May... and my face is red or puffy, just assume its allergies and not the fact that I am crying because my boy is graduating! Thank goodness for Kaden and Case, I'm certainly not ready to have an empty nest!

Just look at this kid... he's pretty stinkin cute!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Sick Again

My poor sweet boy is sick again. It seems like this boy can't catch a break. He's on antibiotics more than he's not, at least it feels that way. What makes that harder is that he is allergic to penicillin. So... the Dr's have to think extra hard on what to give him. And... this kid is not a lay around and cuddle kind of sick kid, he's a trooper and just keeps going! Occasionally he will be still and sweet and that's really only when he is tired and or watching Bubble Guppies!

hanging in the daddy chair

and in his chair!

Monday, January 6, 2014

A Year in Review

So I am completely at a loss for words that it is officially 2014. Seriously the last few months flew by. Like in a blur and I am not sure that I was even awake for some of it. However, 2013 was a pretty good year for my crew. We were blessed in so many ways. Financially, spiritually and physically. 

We got to watch our precious boys grow, and boy did they ever! We have great jobs, a nice house, a brand new Tahoe that I might have begged for, we went on some pretty neat trips and had a wonderful holiday season!

Ryan is back in Midland. He seems to be doing ok, we saw him a couple days after Christmas. I wish he was around more, it makes me sad that Case hardly knows him, but I am hoping that he is on the way to doing better for himself. I sure love this kid man. I don't even have a recent pic of him. I guess that's what happens when they grow up and leave home

Christian has moved into a new chapter in his life, we I mean he broke up with his longtime girlfriend that he had been with since his freshman year. I know he misses her, I miss her, but I am happy as long as he's happy. He's on the last leg of Senior year! I can't wait to see where this kid is going to go. I am so very proud of the young man that he is and the man he is becoming.  

Kaden is my happy, computer nerd, video game lovin' kid. Man I love this one's positive outlook. He's had quite the struggle so far in 5th grade. I don't think he was prepared for how hard it was going to be, I know I wasn't! But if there is one thing I can always expect from this kid, it's that even when things seem bad and his smile is upside down, he bounces back like no one ever! He took the year 2013 out with a bang... he chose Jesus! Chris baptized him on December 29, 2013. We couldn't be prouder!

Case... oh lord, I don't even know where to start with this one. This precious boy can always bring a smile to my face, which is good cause I think we might be in trouble once he hits the terrible twos. (I think God knows what he's doing when he makes these boys cute) He's learned so much. He can do over 15 signs, and now has added words to go with them. He's running, not walking. He makes our family complete. I don't know who adores him more... me, his dad or his brothers. He is definitely the center of attention and I don't think any of of would have it any other way!

Chris and I have had a great year, even though Chris was laid off earlier this year, he's found a job that he's pretty happy with. I was promoted to Executive Director at MECD and couldn't be happier with my job! We've been blessed with a great marriage and beautiful kids... what more could we ask for. Well if you ask me... nothing except maybe a new bigger house! (hint hint! Babe, you know I had to put it out there!)

I'm not normally a big New Year's Resolution kinda girl, but this year I really want to do better, better at a lot of things... praying, being thankful,being happier, more patient, more tolerant, and last but not least, I want to blog more.

Lamentations 3:22-24
Because of the Lord's faithful love we do not perish,for His mercies never end.
23 They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness!
24 I say: The Lord is my portion,therefore I will put my hope in Him.