A new era of threats.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Last night, Joey and I skipped crossfit to hang out with the kids.  Joey has been working a lot lately and since school started, the kids don't go with us to crossfit anymore, so it seemed like it had been a while since we had some quality family time.

So in lieu of crossfit, we went for ice cream. (Stop judging.)



And here's where the threats come in:  I've mentioned before that Ashton has been hating the camera lately and will not let anyone take a picture of her.  Over the weekend, I had some friends mention that when their kids were in middle school and got a bit out of control, one of the moms arranged with the school to attend with her son and walk him to all of his classes... in her robe (with clothes on underneath, of course), with curlers in her hair and coffee stains everywhere.

I don't think I could go that far, but I did tell Ashton that if she didn't smile for this dang picture that I'd take whatever picture I got, blow it up to 16x20 and post it all over her school.

And that's the story of how I got a half-smile in that second picture.


Volcano!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

One of our friends bought Taylor a volcano making kit for his birthday last week.  It's been sitting on the counter since his party just waiting to made.

Sunday night we started the process by mixing the plaster for the mold.



After we had the mold created, it had to dry for 24 hours.  Finally, yesterday afternoon it was dry enough that it could be painted.  Taylor let Ashton help and together they mixed paint to create the color he wanted, painted the volcano brown and then painted red lava coming down from the top.

Once that dried, it was time for the "explosion".  (Let it be known that we were supposed to add red paint to the "lava", but I had already tossed the paint, which is why we have white lava.)


The kids thought this was the coolest thing ever!



Trigger loves Crossfit.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Joey and I crossfit several times a week at a friends house out in the country.  They have a dog and lots of land, so when we got Trigger, we started bringing him with us to crossfit.

To say he loves it would be quite the understatement. 

He understands the word crossfit and when say "Let's go to crossfit" he runs to the garage door and waits for us to put his leash on.

Last night I went by myself because Joey was working.  Well, I wasn't really by myself...


Trigger sits in the passenger seat and loves to look out the windows - now that he's big enough to see out.  He also loves the air vent and will ride like this most of the way.


When we pulled up last night, I saw Winnie in the yard.  As soon as I said, "There's Winnie!"  Trigger freaked out!  He perked up and stared out the window to find her.

When I opened my door, he nearly knocked me out of the car to jump out.


They have so much fun running all over the property.  And when we run in crossfit, Trigger will run with us most of the time.  By the end of our workout, he's usually passed out in the grass somewhere.

Just like the rest of us.


I'm giving in: Part 2.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Nearly 3 years ago, I wrote this post.

Last night, I relived the entire thing with Taylor.  He's now the proud new owner of a cell phone.

(Decisions, decisions.)

This is the first year that he and Ashton are going to separate schools, which also means they ride separate buses and get home and different times.

They are totally fine with this.  Momma is  not adjusting.

Usually Joey is home when Taylor gets off the bus, but in case he's ever not, I had to be sure that Taylor could call me while he walked home from the bus stop.  Which is why I called Joey first thing on the first day of school and told him Taylor was getting a phone.

Luckily, he agreed.

And for me, this just means more text messages from sweet kids.  Those are literally some of the happiest times of my day.



Speaking the obvious.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Back-to-school traffic may be the death of me.



Somebody had a birthday.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


My sweet little boy turned 8 last Friday.

We spent his birthday getting ice cream,


having a special birthday dinner with friends,


and finished it out with a sleep over.

His party was Saturday, so we spent the afternoon eating pizza, cupcakes, and swimming.

Taylor was pretty excited for those new Heelys from Mama and Papa.

He also loved his UFC fighter, which everyone declared looked just like Joey.  (And isn't this pic so completely random and funny?!?)


Taylor declared his birthday a complete success, and that makes us all happy.


First day of school 2011

Monday, August 22, 2011

Well, it's here.

The first day of school.

Taylor was up and at 'em at 5:30 this morning.  Ashton offered to walk him to the bus stop, so at 6:25, they were out the door.

I was lucky enough to get a pic before he headed down the street.


Of course I couldn't just leave him there by himself, so I sat on the front porch with Trigger and we watched him until the bus came. Then as the bus drove by our house, I waved and he stuck his hand out the window and waved back.

*Note: I will need serious therapy the day that Taylor decides he's too cool for his momma.  I know it will come, but until it does, I'm going to soak up every last bit of it.*

Ashton wasn't quite as excited as Taylor, but we finally met another girl in the neighborhood last night who is going into 6th grade at the same school!  She's riding the bus as well, so Ashton was feeling a little better since she would have a friend with her.

She got ready, ate breakfast, told Joey good bye and barely let me snap a pic.


Then she walked to the bus stop.

She would have no part of me walking her, or even watching from the porch, so I went inside and did what any sane, not-afraid-to-let-your-baby-grow-up mom would do.

I watched incessantly from the office window.

 
See those 3 kids at the corner in the distance?  One of them is Ashton.

Now, this is where I tell you that unfortunately, the rest of the morning didn't go as planned.  Ashton and I were a bit off on the time the bus would come, so she missed it.  And she missed her friend.

I drove her to school with plenty of time to spare, but I was so upset that she was then by herself and not with a friend.  I know she will be fine, but I wish her first day would have gone differently. #majormomfail


*tear*

Friday, August 19, 2011

Yesterday afternoon, Ashton and I tackled middle school orientation.  Ashton was super nervous.  She's at a new school where she doesn't know anyone AND she has to change classes, dress out for PE, and use a locker.

It was surreal.  Time goes by so quickly and I just can't believe she's already in middle school.  I know she'll do great, but that doesn't mean that I don't want to go with her on Monday.

She asked me more than once what happens if she gets lost. (Oh goodness, I can feel the tears.  Be strong momma!) Will she have to eat lunch by herself? (Uh oh.  They're falling.)  What if she can't get her locker open? (Ok, now I'm bawling.)

We walked her schedule several times and I promised her that she would make friends and that every other 6th grader was in the same boat.  Everyone is nervous when they start middle school.

Especially the mommas of beautiful, talented, smart little girls - who just aren't as little as they used to be.



Hold me.


Middle School Prep.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Saturday, Ashton and I spent the day together getting her ready for middle school.  She's been pretty nervous, but I was hoping that this time together would help get her excited.

We started the day off at Starbucks.  I mean, really, what's a date without Starbucks?  Ashton wanted a cupcake, so a cupcake she got!


On a side note, I've mentioned earlier that I'm eating on The Zone food plan.  Well, Saturday was special and I fully intended to cheat.  I ordered a grande white mocha and a bagel.

My mocha tasted horrible and my bagel was soggie.  They both ended up in the trash.  Dang you!!

After Starbucks, we headed to get Ashton's hair cut.  She had been going back and forth on whether or not she wanted to get highlights and ultimately decided to pass on them for now.  Our hair stylist cut her some long layers then spent some time with her showing her different ways she could style it.  It was so fun!


I texted this pic to Joey, to which he responded, "I need to buy more guns."

Yes.  Yes, you do.

The next stop was lunch.  Ashton chose Alamo Cafe, which seems to be her favorite mother-daughter lunch spot.  I was totally fine with that because they have the best queso and tortillas in the entire U S of A.


After lunch we headed to Old Navy and Target to pick up some last minute items.  We had a great time, and I think she's ready for Monday!

I love you baby girl!  Goodness time sure does fly...



Playing catch-up.

Thursday, August 11, 2011


I've been in a major slight blogging funk lately.  Not really sure why, but since I really only blog for myself, I haven't felt the need to force something when it just wasn't there.  But now, all of the sudden, I feel like I need to catch up.  So here goes...

About 2 days ago, I decided it was time to chop my hair off.  I'm very set in my was when it comes to my hair.  I don't do much different for years at a time, then one day, I'll get the urge for a change.  I have an appointment in two weeks and it's coming off.  Not all of it, of course, but at least 3-4 inches.

The last time I cut it, I loved it! (And for the record, that was 3 years ago.)


I have to say though, this hair is really looking good to me:

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And speaking of Pinterest (where I found that picture), I finally joined.  For the most part, I really like it, but I'm still a bit frustrated with what shows up on my home page.  I only want to see the people that I follow, but I still have random people that show up.  Why?? I've clicked on them and I'm not following them (or any of their boards) but they still show up!
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I don't think I mentioned this on the blog, but if you follow me on Twitter you know that someone hit my precious new car on the highway about a month ago.  My car has been in the shop for nearly 4 weeks.  I'm so frustrated!  It wasn't even damaged that bad, but they say that they're having trouble getting the necessary parts because the car is so new.

Um... they're making the car, so they should have parts, right??
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A few weeks ago, Ashton and I rearranged her room.  She had been complaining since we moved in that she didn't have very much space so I finally gave in and arranged her room the way she wanted.  I was skeptical at first, but once we moved everything, I think it looks really good.

She now has quite a large area at the foot of her bed so I ordered her a chair.


Is that not the funnest looking chair??  I also ordered a red one for Taylor, but something happened with the shipment and now it's not available.  Bummer!
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I've really been itching for a vacation lately.  Joey and I do not travel hardly at all, but the other day I decided that we really needed to plan a little get away for our anniversary in February.  I would love to go to San Francisco.

Source: google.com via Cherie on Pinterest

Cable cars, China Town, Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge... It just seems like there is so much to do!

I know several of you have been, so do you have any suggestions?  Where should we stay?  What should we do? What should we not bother with?
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Since the kids have been out of school for the summer, I've really let my morning routine slide.  My alarm goes off at 6, but all summer long I've been snoozing until 6:30!  The kids start school in less than two weeks and I have got to stop this.  The first day of school will be really tough for me. LOL


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I’m Stephanie - wife to one extremely handsome cop; mother to two extremely silly kids. The hubs and I have been married since February ’99. I love him more each day and simply can’t get enough of him. My daughter, Ashton, is 12 going on 17. She’s beautiful, creative, smart, and oh, so sassy. Taylor, our son, is 8 and is so much like his daddy it’s scary. He makes me laugh all the time with the silly things he says and does. He won’t remember what you told him 5 minutes from now, just like his daddy. I love to laugh and spend time with friends and family. I’ve also recently discovered a love for cooking and enjoy sharing recipes. I love finding new blog friends, so be sure to leave a comment so I can do the same!
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