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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

great expectations

Lately "expectations in life" have been on my mind...a lot. I feel like many people around me are dealing with being let down by expectations. I once read this quote and fell in love with it because it seems true in so many ways.

"Expectation is the killer of happiness"

I think this is especially true for moms. I mean how many times have you planned the perfect afternoon or vacation making sure every little detail is perfect and then bam...someone ruins it. Or something ruins it. This has happened to me SOOOOO many times in my life since becoming a mom. It can leave you feeling very defeated and down. One thing that I've learned is the lower your expectations are of something the better it will be :)

Looking back when I was a child I had this grand view of what my life would be like. While most girls were reading teeny bopper magazines I was browsing Southern Living and Better Homes and Gardens picking out and imagining what my house and family would one day look like. Funny enough I always imagined myself living in a large mountain chalet. The details are blurry but of course I was married and had a large family with usually 5 or 6 kids. This was my dream. This is what I expected my life to look like. 

And it doesn't

Not even close. Here's the thing...it's okay! It's okay for your life to take different turns then you expected. That's life! I couldn't be happier in this life I have and while my "expectations" were not met I'm completely fine with that. Accepting change is essential in today's world. I have friends and family who are going through major disappointments in their life right now and I look at them and really feel for them. I know what they are going through is hard. I know it doesn't make since and I know it feels unfair. With a world where social media is so important, constant reminders of what others have and what you don't can be very dangerous to happiness (the main reason I left Facebook years ago). Behind those perfect pictures that are posted are real people and family's dealing with their own stuff. I am pretty sure there is no one in the world who's life is exactly how they always dreamed it to be ;)

All this thinking about expectations came about when Cameron called me from work a few weeks ago asking me if I wanted to go to Los Angeles with him to meet his birth father. He's been thinking about this for a few years and together we found him. So we are heading for LA tomorrow for this very big meeting. I am nervous for him. The last time his father saw him he was a month old. The funny thing about this is Cameron said he has no expectations of this meeting...all he wants is closure. This alone blows my mind. I am so impressed with his outlook and I really feel this is the best way to go into this weekend.

Having no expectations is freeing

Expectations in life takes the power out of your hands. Take back your life by just living in the moment and understanding and accepting God's plan. In the end he is really, truly the one in charge and all we can really do is go along for the ride :)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

my little garden

For years I have wanted my very own garden where I could grow things that our family loved to eat. This new house has finally given me that dream. Last year Cameron built these beautiful garden boxes for me and this year I have put them to great use.
I've planted tomatoes, squash, okra, strawberries, eggplant, bell peppers, mint and watermelon. Now my garden isn't the most impressive thing you've ever seen and so far all I've harvested are a few tomatoes and strawberries. 
But I love working in it. Every morning and evening I go outside and spend a little time in this special place. Sometimes the kids join me and sometimes I'm alone but all the same I really enjoy it and cannot wait to have a big harvest one day as I become more of an expert at gardening :) 

Monday, June 27, 2016

SUMMER: week 4

I think this week was my favorite to far this summer! For the first time ever Amelia was in camp. She did Princess Dance Camp at her dance school for 2 1/2 hours everyday.
She was adorable and I have to admit the time I had with just the boys was pretty great :)

The first 2 days we had lunch out and ran errands...which we all really enjoyed. 
who doesn't love free popsicles at the garden store??!!

Then last Wednesday I took them to do a little ceramic painting. 
 
 
We had the best time! This was the first time I could actually paint something myself being that I am usually wrangling kids try to get them not to break everything ;) Since Sissy wasn't with us I painted her a fairy for her room.

That night Aiden's best friend spent the night with us. This whole "friend spending the night thing" is kind of growing on me. I use to not be such a big fan of it but now that they are older it's quite nice. Our number one rule is that if you have a friend spend the night you have to include your brother. Luckily this has worked out great and both times this week we had a friend over, all 3 boys ended up in the same room that night. I would sneakily listen outside to the door as to what they were talking about. I just love little boys and their innocence. Most of their conversations are about Pokemon or sports :)
Thursday the boys were exhausted from being up late but I still took them to an indoor trampoline place. Then after Sissy's camp we headed over to my aunt and uncle's house for dinner and to visit with my cousin who was in from out of town. It was such a nice evening and by the time we got home the kids crashed!

Friday the boys and I finished a few more errands (and enjoyed another lunch out) before we headed back to Princess Dance Camp for Sissy's performance. 
O.EM.GEE!!!!!!! She was adorable. I just love her...and so do her brothers. After every dance she would run over to them and give them the biggest hug. These kids have my heart forever!

Saturday we hosted a pool party for Asher's baseball team. Needless to say this was pretty much Asher's dream come true. Swimming and playing a wiffle ball games in the yard kept the boys busy and entertained. 
 
 

It was the best afternoon and I really enjoyed getting to know all the families a little better. Asher ended up having his BFF from the team spend that night which was a perfect way to end the evening.

Sunday we woke up and headed to church. Our favorite priest ever announced last weekend that he is leaving to go back to College Station to be pastor and we were devastated. Luckily we were a little late to mass and saw him leaving and stopped and chatted with him a bit. He's been such a wonderful pastor and such a blessing to our church and it's going to be hard to see him go. As he saw us walking up he said "Oh I just love seeing your family, you always make me smile." He is very much going to be missed :)
After church I had the pleasure of getting a few hours to myself to get a much needed mani and pedi for our upcoming trip this week (more on that later). Cameron took the kids to film a commercial that plays at our local movie theater. He sent me this picture while they were filming. So stinkin cute! I can't wait to take the kids to see themselves on the big screen!

We truly had the best week. I got some much needed time with my boys, we all got to spend time with friends and family and the few hours I had to myself completely rejuvenated me for another week!

Some of us were so worn out we couldn't even make it to bed last night...

And others of us (Cam and I) stayed up a little too late watching our favorite show's season finale, Game of Thrones. 
Holy moly was it great!!!!!! I am so sad we will have to wait until April to see it again.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

trying new things

This summer we decided to give gymnastics a try. I've always heard how great it is at building boys upper body strength and thought this would be a good time to try it out. And because there was a class Amelia's age at the same time as the boys class I put her in as well.

She sure does look cute as a little gymnast.
The thing is though...she does not like gymnastics! She loved the first class but spent the second class crying most of the time and pretty much did nothing the third class. So I pulled her out. No need to pay for something she doesn't like ;) Plus I think she's a dancer...she enjoys that so much more!

The boys, however, are loving it! Aiden DID NOT want to do gymnastics at all and was completely freaked out about me signing him up. Well, he is obsessed now. He is always asking if we can go up there for him to work on the moves he's learned. They are in an all boys class with a boy teacher. I really enjoy watching them in class. 

I'm super excited now to watch the men's gymnastics at the Olympics! I've never been a huge fan of that but since my boys are embarking on this new adventure I can't wait to watch it with them!


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

SUMMER: week 2&3

The first week of summer for us was VERY low key. I think it really takes awhile to set aside all the old habits and commitments and really just sink in and enjoy summer :)

WEEK 2

Week 1 had a few ups and downs. The downs...I got food poisoning on Cameron and I's first date night of the summer. I was SO sick for 2 days and still felt bad for 3 more. It was the worst. Good thing the boys were in basketball camp this week.

Asher earned a few ribbons and a medal this year. Both boys ended the week with a tshirt and basketball. As usual they loved it and had a blast! Other then that not a whole lot went on this week. We spent our afternoons laying on the couch watching movies and pretty much just being lazy. It was awesome :)

WEEK 3

I was feeling back to normal this week and was determined to get out and do stuff! This week the boys had VBS at our church. They absolutely love VBS and I love all the great information they learn and all the cute projects they come home with everyday.
Little Sis was VERY bummed she didn't get to stay but her and I found fun things to do while they were there. We would also go early and join in on the worship songs and dance. She loved that!
I am always on the look out for fun free things to do with the kids in the summer. Our local Disney store (and yours too) have a trivia day every Wednesday at 4pm. The kids get to play fun Disney trivia and at the end everyone get a free bracelet with a Disney character on it. So far we have Dory, Nemo and Destiny (from Finding Dory). 
 Amelia was so stinkin cute this week. She knew all the answers to the questions. The girl in charge was so shocked! Ha!
After trivia we always make a quick stop at the cookie shop ;)

With the dance recital coming up on the weekend we were really busy prepping for that but did find time to squeeze in seeing Finding Dory!
It was a cute movie and all of us really enjoyed it!

Add in swimming almost everyday and playdates with friends and that's been our summer so far! I really wanted to spend time working on writing with the boys this summer but I have to admit that's kind of put on the back burner. Really hoping I can get my act together this week ;)


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

a night at the movies

This is our family's first year of dance and let me tell you...we might just be a dance family now ;) Friday evening was Asher's hip hop dance performance and Saturday afternoon was Amelia's. Both killed it! Both were adorable and both made me a little teary eyed :)

I am so so proud of Asher for trying something new and stepping WAY out of his comfort zone. He was very dedicated this year and always gave 100%. His performance was flawless and he showed great leadership to the rest of his class!

Amelia was beyond precious. She was so excited as we were getting dressed to wear a little blush and lip gloss :) She was the ONLY little girl in her class that did the entire dance. My heart almost exploded as I watched her. She is a little shy so we were not quite sure if she would even do the dance once she got on stage but per her usual self, she surprised us. I see a long future of dance ahead for us and I cannot wait!

And having your best friend there always makes everything more fun ;)
Love these 2 cuties!


Monday, June 20, 2016

happy father's day

Growing up I had an amazing dad. He was always there to do fun things with us, teach us, support us, and most importantly love us like crazy. I thought everyone had that. It was as I grew older and became an adult that I realized exactly how lucky I am. My dad is truly one of a kind :)

Thankfully my kids will have the same experiences growing up as I did. They also have an amazing dad that would do absolutely anything for them. He coaches every sports team they are on...no questions asked. He goes to school functions, helps with homework, cooks dinner for them, teaches them a strong work ethic, shows his love for God and most importantly loves them like crazy! 

 With so many kids growing up without their fathers these days I feel like we are very lucky. So to celebrate these great dads in our life we had a pool party because, well, that's what we do best these days ;)

Happy Father's Day!!!!