212/365

Friday, July 31, 2015

Lots of good snuggle time with Mae today. I think she missed me.

Watching Dr. Phil and some really mean girls while getting a ridiculous amount of tummy rubbing...


Dr. Phil > Jeopardy (!) in the mind of Mae...


The news just isn't her thing. She would like it to be renamed "The Really Scary News."


To be perfectly honest with you, I think it's really hard for her to go to camp because of her time "on the streets." Jay imagines her as the weird dog at "camp" who runs around chasing bugs, killing them, and rolling in their dead scent while all the other dogs sniff each other's privates.

As for me, I think she really misses her people, probably doesn't sleep much (despite the bug chasing-eating-rolling), and is just super happy to be back home with us after a few days of camp.


Just love her little pumpkin heart to pieces!


#pray4luke update:
He is starting to take breaths on his own, had his MRI today with results that weren't quite where one would hope, had neurosurgery tonight to repair skull fractures, and his brain swelling is cooperating accordingly. Hopefully tomorrow's neuro testing will bring some positive news with it!

211/365

Thursday, July 30, 2015

You know how your human children are worn smooth out when they get home from camp? Apparently the same is true for your four-legged friends. Mae. Loved. Camp.


She was too tired to eat her treat. I'm sure when she wakes up, she'll be ready to roll.

210/365

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Over the course of the last 39 hours, I've been thoroughly entertained in the nerdiest way possible. :)

Hog heaven, y'all.

Please keep Luke in your thoughts...

209/365

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

It really is rare for me to ask for prayers, but this little guy sure does need lots of them right now.
This isn't my photo, but it's my photo of the day.


For more information or to offer more than prayers, click here to see their Go Fund Me page.

Luke's dad is Coach Siegel to me. He coached me in tennis for about five years during high school and college, and he is truly an incredible man with a heart of gold.

What strikes me the most with this accident is that Tim decided to retire from being the head tennis coach at Texas Tech early in the year because he wanted to be able to spend more time with his family. He took a much less strenuous job as the tennis coach for Lubbock-Cooper High School where a handful of my friends from my hometown either teach or their children attend.

Divine timing is truly astounding to me, and you never know what tomorrow holds. I can say that his family is extremely blessed to have the support of Lubbock-Cooper ISD behind him as well as the support from a part of Texas where people truly have hearts of gold.

208/365

Monday, July 27, 2015

All problems call for a solution, right?

Here was ours today.


1) We were so out of our league.
2) We were the only females in the store.
3) While we were waiting in line for our turn, two additional men pulled into the parking lot, parked, walked in behind us, and were provided with service before we were.
4) I'm not really a huge feminist or anything, but I'm not a fan of the chauvinistic type.
5) After we were passed over for the 2nd time, both girls looked at each other and mouthed, "misogynists..." and rolled their eyes.
6) They could have said it out loud and we'd still have been the only three in the store who knew what it meant.
7) I so badly wanted to leave after being passed over; however,...
8) I needed a battery.
9) Like needed a battery so that I could actually leave the location.
10) Needless to say, when we were finally waited on, I had no problem with the girls rolling around the store (literally), playing tag with fuzzy dice, tossing steering wheel covers to each other, using windshield wipers as light sabers, and acting generally less civilized than ever. Not my best parenting moment, but it's freaking 2015, not 1893. A line is a line, and good customer service is good customer service.


I'm nearly off my soap box, but I also noticed this on our Nerdy Trip earlier this month. Men from non-American cultures had no problem cutting in line or completely disregarding the entire concept of a line and its purpose. Whaaaaat? I thought lines were kind of an international concept, but apparently that is not the case. It only happened to my girls twice, and I said, "Oh, excuse me, they are next," both times. But it wasn't just us. After the second time, I started noticing it happen to other women and their children in line as well.

Where is Aretha when you need her?

Okay {steps off soap box}. That's all for now.

Sorry. I'm really done now. 
Goodbye. :)

207/365

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Second time in four days. Grrrrr...


Since I am widely knowledgeable on whatever all this stuff is that lives underneath the hood of my car, I made the girls go to the opposite end of our house before I plugged this thing in, again before I {successfully} started my car, and a final time when I took the pluggy things off of the metal thingies.

We survived.

Time for a new purchase.

206/365

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Jay was supposed to be with her dad last night, but because of the fever and other fun stuff that accompanies fever, she stayed here with me. She is the sweetest patient and the best snuggler ever!

For those of you who know how crazy her fevers have been every since she was born, you know that launching into the 104 range is pretty much the norm for her (even with fever reducers like Advil and Tylenol).

I have to say - this is the first fever episode she has ever had where we never crossed the 102 mark. 10 years. First time.

Call me crazy, but I'm giving 100% credit to my Young Living Essential Oils! As soon as her fever started Friday morning, I immediately rubbed Thieves oil on the bottoms of her feet to support her immune system. I reapplied each time I gave her Tylenol, and I also used Thieves, Lavender, and Peace & Calming in the diffuser to help her relax (the diffused Thieves was to help with germs). She usually gets "restless rest" when she's sick, but this time was completely different. She slept (the kind of sleep where you drool).


Even though she doesn't really bat an eyelash at those high fevers, they worry me to no end. I can't tell you how amazing it felt to have less worry and more confidence while she was sick. What an enormous relief!

She woke up feeling better this morning, and her fever was under 100 for the whole day. Right before lunch, she said, "Mama, I made you a collage on your iPad from your Insta for taking good care of me." I asked what the theme was. She said, "I think it's called Human Sofany. Wait - what is Human Sofany?"

After looking at it, we both had a good laugh!


Love that little sweetheart to pieces...

And I love Humans of New York!


205/365

Friday, July 24, 2015

Saint Mae, patron saint of the not-feeling-so-wells; protector of the Jay Birds; guardian of sleeping sickies, is kicking it into over-drive today.


204/365

Thursday, July 23, 2015

This is the best I've got today, but it's pretty good.


Here's the link. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

I want to tell you I won this tonight, but that wouldn't exactly be true. Regardless, it's mine! All mine.


"If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place."  

     ~Nora Ephron
{moment of silence}

202/365

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I love the part of summer where I'm not quite sure what day it is. Is it Monday? Thursday? Friday?

It's M&M Day! And, I suppose it's also Tuesday, but who's counting?

Minions...the Prequel.


I can't give you a review, in the good faith of Gru and crew, but we watched the movie.

And then there's Mae, the most spoiled pup in the greater Buda metroplex.


Such a little sweetie pie.

201/365

Monday, July 20, 2015

Strange things happen when the girls really clean their rooms. Like light saber wars, and this.

Pic on the left: a previous favorite stuffed animal. Clearly a turtle. Nicknamed turt-y years ago, but let's be honest. Although that second t should make the /t/ sound, we all get busy and bogged down by the burden of life and lazily pronounce it with a /d/. So that was lots of fun on "bring your favorite stuffed animal to school" day in Kinder and 1st!

Pic on the right:
Me: Haha - where'd you get that?
Jay: I found it in the way back of Cee's closet. No telling where it came from.
Me: And I see you've confidently inserted it into your nose...
Jay: Yup!

I have to admit - I am ready for the new school year, although there is still lots to be done between now and August 10. I have lots of new instructional ideas and lots of new decorating ideas!! Here's one little piece of it - Quote Wall!


Eeeeks!! :)

200/365

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Chapter 1:

"You want me to intentionally allow a stranger to poke holes in my ears using something called a 'gun' with a small crew of people watching me?

"You know you're talking to the kid who hates shots, so this all seems completely irrational to me. Why did I want to do this again?

"Wait. Would I be able to get Kendra Scott earrings?

"Well, then I guess I can do this."


Chapter 2:

"What? We have Sidewalk Chalk?!?! Did you know it works on the trampoline too?"**

{lots of squeals, running, door slamming}


I hope you liked my novela.

The end (minus the footnote).

Ahhhh, summer...

** This happened after they'd been arguing for a solid hour. Or maybe 3. Chalk saved the day!

199/365

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Super Saturday!

Started with a soccer win...can you imagine how perfectly cool and breezy the Texas weather was between 12:30-1:30 today? Half way through, I was wishing I had a light jacket. Lesson learned: you can never, ever bring enough water to a mid-day game!


Followed that up with a couple of quick stops...

{this aisle never disappoints}

We are all worn smooth out, and it's time for a glass (or two) of wine!


Great day, looking forward to solid sleep tonight!

No, Mae didn't actually have any wine...

198/365

Friday, July 17, 2015

This might be my most favorite pic of the summer so far!


Summer, snow cones, sisters, and secrets...

197/365

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Let the double-trouble fun of soccer season begin...go, Fusion!!



196/365

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Have you noticed the recent (and fabulous) trend on your Facebook or Instagram feed - pictures of perfectly pedicured toes against a background of a pool or beach? It's really a thing of beauty...there is nothing better than freshly pedicured toes, and the beach is my 2nd place happy place (1st place goes to home...ahem...introvert).

The bottom right picture isn't beachy, but it is the feet of a college friend of mine, and those are signed Louboutins (self-described as "this-ain't-my-first-rodeo, drink-you-under-the-table, tear-up-the-dance-floor shoes," which is infinitely more creative than anything I could come up with for my shoe "collection..." which are easily categorized into "the black ones" and "the brown ones" and "the ones I wear when I pretend to work out.").

Anyways...I thought I'd share my fancy pedi/lovely shoes equivalent with you...this was me this morning. Jealous? Also, as a random act of kindness, I tried to mostly blur my feet to spare you from their audacity (you're welcome)!


Four steroid shots later, I was done. And my heels were so happy! Before I left, the Dr. told me, "Your heels are going to feel warm, tingy, and squishy for the next 4-6 hours. After that wears off, you're probably going to hurt for a day and a half or so."

I consider my pain tolerance to be not-very-good. The shots actually didn't hurt.

But now that I'm out of that adorable 4-6 hour time period, OUCH!!!

{Brace yourselves - this one isn't blurry...}


In case you're wondering, I have Frozen band aids helping me out. Two are Elsa, one is Olaf. One of them says something really sweet, but I can't see it from here because I am officially old as of right this very second. Ice, lots of Ibuprofin, and some serious stretching will, supposedly, make the pain subside between tomorrow and Saturday, and after that the steroids should really kick in. I hope this doesn't mean my feet will be bigger, because they're already frequently mistaken for skis.

Mae, the patron saint of the not-feeling-so-wells, has apparently extended her protector-ship to me, and I am very thankful for my little guardian/four-legged caretaker.

I'm secretly holding out for frostbite in exchange for the pain because I hear frostbite makes you go numb. I don't need to know any other of the side effects. Just numb. That sounds heavenly right now!

195/365 - Trifecta

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Hands down, best part of my day!


If you missed it, here's a link...

Goodnight.

194/365

Monday, July 13, 2015

Sometimes this scene means the world to me, and I believe it wholeheartedly.

Other times I realize it might just be a lot of hype.

#anotherangstytween

Although there is that sweet face, and it gets me. Every. Single. Time.

#afaceonlyamothercouldlove

Are hashtags overrated yet? 

193/365 - Cleaning Day!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

The girls headed to Concan today, and I'm taking this as an opportunity to clean my house from top to bottom. And is there any better way to use my essential oils?

My house smells so good right now - clean, pure, non-chemicalish. Probably my most favorite thing about cleaning with my oils is that I know I'm steering clear of any harmful chemicals (as in we aren't ingesting anything but safe, pure things).

For almost everything in my house, I use this combo:


One part water to .5 parts vodka (Tito's because it's delicious and what I usually have on hand, although probably a cheaper vodka would make better sense in this scenario) and .5 parts hydrogen peroxide. Then I add in 10 drops of Lemon essential oil, 10 drops of citrus fresh, and 10 drops of purification. I mix this in a 20 oz spray bottle: spray, set, wipe clean.

In the smaller blue 4 oz bottle, I use water mixed with Thieves Household Cleaner at a ratio of 1 part Thieves to 15 parts water. I spray this on the tougher spots, let it set for 5 minutes to work its magic, and voila!

 For anything that requires a little grit, I spray it down with the 20 oz bottle of magic and sprinkle a little Borax on top. After 5 minutes, I scrub the dirt away! I typically use this for sinks, tubs, and toilets. Did I mention how good it smells!?!?


About a month ago, I shared with you how to use oils as a bug repellent. With yesterday's soccer game, I thought it would be kind of weird to take a bowl of grape seed oil enhanced with Young Living Essential Oils out to the field, so I found a recipe for something a little more communal.


Now before you judge me on the Tito's, let me explain. Into that tiny blue 4 oz bottle I filled it half the way full of witch hazel. I only added 5 mLs of Tito's because it is a preservative (Who knew?!?! This makes me feel so much better about drinking it - I'm preserving myself!). To that, I added 5 drops each of Peppermint, Lavender, Lemon, and Purification. The final addition was a dash of grape seed oil to moisturize. I didn't fill it all the way full because I wanted to have room to shake it up each time before spraying.

I sprayed it on Cee, Jay, my friend Nikki, and myself at the soccer fields. I totally forgot to ask Nikki how it worked, but she loved the smell. As for the girls and me, we were bug-bite-free the whole time there.

I really do love my essential oils. In case you're wondering what the white oval-ish thing in the background is, it's a diffuser. This takes oils to a whole new level. At night, I diffuse Cedarwood to help the girls and me relax before bed. If we're really wired, I'll add a couple of drops of Peace & Calming. I also like to diffuse Purification and Lemon as a pick-me-up, and when the girls are at each other's throats (which happens a LOT more than I'd like), I diffuse Joy and Family.

Okay - that's enough oily talk for now.

Seriously - if you want more information on Young Living Essential Oils, let me know! I'm only two months in to my oil journey, and I would be happy to share with you how they are helping our family!

192/365

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Today started with a bright-and-early soccer game. Cee's team is in a summer league at a field that is just a little different than what we're used to. You can watch your kid play soccer, shop at a flea market, buy a snow cone, get your hair done, and even buy some fresh chicharonnes while you're there. It honestly is an excellent cultural experience, and the level of competition is something that's hard to find.

Ideally we would have had a game every Saturday of the summer, but because of the crazy rain and a couple of other things, today was only our second game of the summer. Both games were against teams of all boys, and I think that is so good for our girls. Tough competition ups their level of play and it exposes them to ball handling skills that we don't normally see in our age bracket.

Also, I like to think that the boys, at first glimpse, are less than impressed with a team of all girls, most of whom are wearing either pink cleats, giant bows, or flowered headbands and smile a lot during their warm up. I secretly like the looks on the boys' faces when they realize after the first whistle that they're going to have to play hard.

Their coach, who is amazing and so dedicated to their skill level, bought them jerseys that look just like the USA Women's National Team. They were so excited to play in them today. It makes me proud to think of how far they've come in the last 1.5 years having him as their trainer and coach. Lucky, lucky ladies!!


After soccer, we had a baby shower to attend. We are so excited to meet this little bundle - the parents are parents of a girl on our soccer team, and they are truly two of the most wonderful people around. Their little guy is already so blessed!


Hurry up, little Landry.

191/365

Friday, July 10, 2015

The girls got home from the beach yesterday - I was so happy to have them home for a night! We had all day today together, and I told them the sky was the limit on what we could do before they left at 6. While my current addiction is Tina-Fey-based, theirs is Castle.

They. Love. Castle.

So do I - it works out well for us.

All they wanted to do was catch up on the the missed episodes (we have it set to record any and all episodes on the DVR). So that's exactly what we did.

Oh, and Jay took a few selfies.


Sweet girl. She knows to delete them, but I think she doesn't know that I know how to find them in the "Recently Deleted" album. Love her to pieces, and in some of these, she looks so much like Cee to me!!

The other thing they wanted to do was "Spa Day for Mae" because they seriously love her so much. Sometimes they FaceTime me before bedtime to tell Mae and me goodnight, although I think it's mostly for Mae. ♥ 

So this is the royal post-spa treatment they provided to her.


And just in case you're curious, Mae is a 110% participant in pretty much anything they decide to do to her.

Ahhh, summer...

190/365

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Found these gems today - it's the little things in life, right?


Now I'm on a mission to find out more about them.

Ahhh, summer...

189/365

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

 Even though I worked for a little bit today, I feel like today is the first real day of summer break for me. This is so typical for me. It takes me awhile to unwind, I guess. Same thing with sleep, although luckily it doesn't take me a month to fall asleep.

I started a new book today, which prompted me to start a new {to me} series on Netflix. Let's just say I'm in Tina Fey heaven right now!!



I'm giddy!

Another reason it officially feels like summer today is because I finally had the time to play in the kitchen. Tomatoes are my fave, and my grocery store has been super creative in their stocking this summer. Aren't they so pretty!?!


Quartered Sweet Trio Tomatoes, sweet onion, garlic, salt and pepper, a smidge or two of olive oil...over medium heat...add chicken stock until you have the consistency you want. Serve over pasta (lately I'm a huge fan of whole wheat variety). A little freshly grated parmesan over the top and...you'll just have to trust me on how delicious this is!

Ahhhh, I love summer...

188/365

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

I have had several people ask how I decided what all we would do on our mini-vacay and how we squeezed it all in.

Two words:
City Pass.

I initially had a $100 budget for tickets, so we were going to tackle the Perot Museum and the Sixth Floor Museum. While I was planning our visit, I stumbled across a link for City Pass, quickly tallied up the savings, and decided to go for it.


I anticipated a few hiccups along the way, and to my surprise, using our City Pass was absolutely hiccup-free and seamless. We saved about 45% on entry fees alone ($4 over budget), and flipping to a new page in the little booklet is what ultimately motivated us to hit all four locations. Two of our coupons were choice coupons - we could have gone to the Zoo instead of the Sixth Floor and we could have visited the Arboretum instead of the Presidential Library.

If you are planning a trip to a major city soon and you want to save $$ on the all the awesome nerdy stuff, be sure to check out their website.


As of today, I have two new goals: first, I want to take the girls to as many of the Presidential Centers as possible, and second, I want to visit all the City Pass cities with them!

187/365 - STG

Monday, July 6, 2015

I'm a small town girl (STG) at heart. I like two-lane roads, speed limits under 60, four-way stop signs, and drivers who obey the law. Driving over the weekend was way out of my comfort zone. It appears that this is how I drive in Dallas.


So glad Jay captured this - it's a solid reminder of my two-lane roots.

Here's the deal - I hate driving in big cities. It completely unnerves me. So I decided to put Stress Away, a Young Living oil blend, to the test.

The first time I smelled this oil, it reminded me of Red Bull and Jรคger which really wasn't even close to ideal, but now I absolutely adore this blend of lime, cedarwood, lavender, ocotea, vanilla, and copaiba. I rubbed some on each wrist before we hit the highways of the Big D, and I guess I was pretty dependent on it.

It must have worked because we made it from point A to point B and back to point A without incident. :)


Thank you, Stress Away, for working your magic on me!

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Hello! I'm a little behind, so this is my catch up post.

The girls and I spent the weekend in Dallas for the 4th - we were on the go the whole time, and I think we can chalk our trip up as a success.

Thursday night while I was packing, I realized I'd be lost without my Young Living Essential Oils. My favorite oil bag holds 12 bottles, and I had to make a difficult decision. Choosing which ones were absolutely "essential" was like trying to pick my favorite kid!


We headed out early Friday morning and made our way to the SMU campus to visit the George W. Bush Presidential Center. To me, it was fun to compare the Bush Center to the LBJ Library since we'd just been a few days prior.


This picture is so special to me - it's of the Baylor Women's basketball team when they won the National Championship in 2005. That's the year Jay was born, and her namesake is actually in this picture!

We went from the museum to our hotel, and the girls apparently have radars for shuffleboard. I think they played shuffleboard longer than they swam in the pool. They're so competitive with each other!


On Saturday, we conquered the Perot Museum of Science and Nature. If you have the chance, you really should go - it is amazing, beautiful, and {bonus} ridiculously educational. I wasn't sure how long the museum would hold the girls' attention - I was thinking 3 hours tops. Five and a half hours, one 3D movie, one 4D experience, and gallons of knowledge later, we decided we were done.


I had no idea there was such thing as an Alamosaurus, but here is one. I call it "Give Me Pensive."


After the Perot Museum, we were ready to kick our feet up. We did that in Reunion Tower, and the view was pretty spectacular.


Our original plan for that night was to venture to something called Kaboom Town for fireworks. Instead, we were worn out and we decided that if we saw fireworks from the pool, we'd be happy and if not, we'd be fine, too. We got so lucky! We had a corner room at our hotel with a view overlooking the whole city. Instead of seeing one fireworks display, we watched 8 different ones - at the same time. It was truly amazing and probably my single most favorite 4th of July ever. I have learned the hard way not to try to catch fireworks pics with my phone, so you'll just have to trust me with the stellar display.

Our last stop this morning was my favorite, and I wasn't sure what the girls would think of it. We went to the Sixth Floor Museum. They were in awe the entire time, and they said they never realized exactly how big of a deal it was. I think this was my seventh or eighth visit to the museum, and it was just as emotional for me today as it was forever ago.


Also, I never thought I'd be so happy to see my girls standing in the middle of a reasonably busy Dallas street. 


We are now back home (Mae is super excited about this - doggie camp wore her out) cheering for the USWNT, and our hearts (and minds) are full. What a great way to spend the 4th!!


Go USA!!!!!

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