9.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Sunday was Taylor's 9th birthday.  And as cliche as it sounds, time really does fly.

Taylor has been so excited for his birthday so we celebrated in style!  Ashton made cupcakes the night before and they turned out great, as usual!


One of Taylor's favorite things is homemade waffles, so that's how we started the day.


Please LOVE the bedhead.  I know I do.  There are days when I come home from work and his hair still looks like this.  Love it!

After breakfast we went to church then Taylor chose Burger King for lunch.  I know, it's not glamorous, but it's his absolute favorite.



Joey and I had planned to take him bowling or to play laser tag, but I think he missed home just a little after being gone for a week because he passed on both ideas and opted to hang out at home.

After some relaxation, we loaded up and headed to Grimaldi's for birthday dinner with the family.

(He's making a 9 with his fingers, in case you missed it.)

Joey's mom and grandpa joined us, as well as my parents (but we have no photographic proof).  Ashton was also there, but you know how she feels about the camera these days.


Taylor had so much fun opening all his presents!  I mean, most kids enjoy this part, but I just love how genuinely surprised and thankful he was for each little thing.  I can't get over the look on his face either.  Such a sweet boy.

  
 

Ashton's cupcakes turned out super yummy.  She wanted to make a cake so she could decorate it, but Taylor wanted cupcakes so she improvised.  I think they turned out great!


Taylor,

Your daddy, Ashton and I love you so much!  You are so funny, super sweet, and always so thankful.  You gave me 2 kisses in the restaurant on Sunday night and I will cherish those forever.  I don't know when they'll stop, so I'll keep them with me.  You are such a loving little boy and still love to give hugs and snuggle.  You tell me you always will and I pray that's true.

I'm so proud to be your mom.

On Sunday night you told Daddy that he didn't need to tuck you in because you weren't a baby anymore *sob*.  I think his heart broke a little.  I know mine did when he told me.  But just remember, no matter how old you are, you'll always be my baby.

I love you more,
Mom


Definitely NOT a cruise recap.

Monday, August 20, 2012

We're back from our cruise and Taylor's birthday was yesterday, but right now, all I think about is this:


Sometimes 5am crossfit really bites.

Today, I'm mourning the loss of my lucrative shin-modeling career.  I'll be back tomorrow with cruise pics and a birthday recap.

(For those that want to know, it was box jumps.  My shins broke the initial fall.  My butt broke the rest.  Now I walk like an 80 year old woman.)

Cruisin'

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

If you follow me on Twitter this isn't news to you, but if you don't, then you should know we're heading out for our first family cruise next week.

The kids are super excited.  Joey & I are even more excited.  Trigger is not so excited.


He'll get over it though.  He'll be spending the week with his Uncle Ditto, who in turn will be spending the week explaining to Trigger (through a series of growls, I'm sure) that he is too old to play.

Anyway, that's not the point of this post.  The point is that I need to know the scoop on cruising.  We've never been, and I'm sure many of you have, so do tell.  What do we need to know in order to have the best time ever?



The weekend where I never left the pool.

Monday, August 6, 2012

I think I had the best weekend ever.  Seriously.

We've been waiting for our neighborhood pool to open for, oh, a year and half now, and Saturday was our day!  It finally opened and - no joke - we spent the entire weekend there.

And I have the sunburn to prove it.


We have some fabulous neighbors and we were all so happy that the pool was open, we didn't want to leave.  The kids had a great time. The adults had a great time.  It was perfect!

Such a fabulous, relaxing weekend!


Disaster area.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

My closet.  It's a disaster.

I need an intervention.  STAT!

Don't get my wrong.  I love my closet.  It's spacious and open and there's lots of room, but there is also so much wasted space.

See?


I can't believe I just posted my mess-of-a-closet on the internet.  But see all that wasted space?  10 foot ceilings are great, but I'm 5'2".  I can barely reach to hang anything on that top rack.  Which is why there's nothing there and everything ends up piled on the shelf.

Ugh.

The main thing that's driving me nuts lately is my jewelry.  All these necklaces and bangles need a better place to live.  (Oh, and my shoes.  Embarrassing.)  (And my bathing suits?  Why are they mingling with my jewelry??)


So I need your help.  I know several of you have done some sort of Pinterest jewelry organizer.  I need a link.  But it's got to be simple.  I'm not remodeling my closet or anything, but I'm willing to make a few purchases to make my closet a little more efficient.

I don't really have any place to set anything, so it will need to hang (like above) or there is a decent sized blank wall to the left of my shoes in the above pic that I could utilize as well.  I'm thinking of starting with something like this:

Found here.

I like it because it's simple and doesn't require any tools.

But then I also think this could work well:


Both found here.

But I wonder if the sections will be too small.  I have a lot of long necklaces, so the bottom pic is good, but what about all my bangles?  Earrings?

I need serious help, people.  Ideas?  Advice?  Anyone willing to just come do it for me?  I'll bake for you!



That time Joey went to the grocery store.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Every so often Joey will offer to go to the grocery store for me.  When he first offers, I usually decline - I just feel like it's my chore, not his - but if he persists, it doesn't take much for me to give in.

Because his sleep schedule is whack, he ends up going around midnight and usually has a lot of fun. *sarcasm*  The last time he went, he made the mistake of wearing a red shirt.

The employees at our grocery store wear red shirts.

I'm sure you can see where this is going.  Needless to say, he ended up taking off his red shirt (he had another shirt under) halfway through his shopping trip.

Yesterday, he offered to go to the grocery for me again and I don't even think I blinked.  I was kind of in a funk and just really didn't want to go.  By the looks of his Facebook update at 1am, I think he's sorry he offered.


Poor guy.  He always has such a hard time finding things, and it doesn't help that we have a brand new HUGE HEB now.  It's insane.  Nothing is where it should be.

I do send him with a list, but you can rest assured that this was not on that list.  I'm not complaining though.




Another relaxing Sunday.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Last Sunday we did one of our favorite things - hanging with the Diazes. Trigger was super excited to join the fun.



We relaxed at the pool for a while then headed back to their place so the guys could throw some food on the grill.  Somewhere along the way, cheesecake was mentioned, so Neri and I made an emergency run to HEB.  Yes, cheesecake is an emergency.



I'm pretty sure that picture speaks for itself.  Cheesecake = emergency.

With a belly full of dinner, dessert, and some yummy adult beverages, we settled in to watch a movie.  (Tower Heist - good movie, but should have been rated R.  It was PG-13 so we let the kids watch a bit, but then we had to send them upstairs.  The language was terrible!!)  Daisy made a new friend - Joey didn't seem to mind.


Then the guys got a little too comfortable...


After we woke Joey up, he got a little crazy.  Ok, so did we.  That's what cheesecake and margaritas will do to you, I guess.


Speaking of the Diazes, please love this picture of their new puppy!  They're fostering a military working dog and he is so cute!  He pretended to be scared of us when we went to meet him Wednesday, but before long he crawled up in Ashton's lap for a little love.  Trigger can't wait to meet him!




AF Base invasion.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Last week Taylor spent the night with our good friends and while he was there, Neri took the kids to the base.  Although I wasn't there, I think it's safe to say, by the looks of these pictures, that Taylor thoroughly enjoyed his visit.

I think he was a bit star-struck!


All that excitement?  Yep, that's a brand new calendar he's holding! LOL  And Lisi's pose?  Priceless.  (You'll notice she really knows how to work the camera.)

And here he is holding up a huge plane!!  Joey & I breed strong children.



Again, the boys are totally digging it, and Lisi is just working her model-magic.


What's better than Sonic happy hour after a long day holding up giant military planes?


Sonic happy hour with great friends!


She's back!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Last week Joey dropped Ashton off at church and she left for camp for the whole camp.  She was a bit nervous because she didn't really know anyone that was going, but I knew she would make friends quickly and have a wonderful time.

And that she did!

I must say, the house was a bit quite and slightly boring without her silliness all week.  I was super excited when she called on Friday and said they were only about 45 minutes away.  We missed her!!!

I was waiting in the parking lot when the bus pulled up.  I was a little giddy.


And I wasn't the only giddy one.  Ashton was so happy to see me she even let me take a picture!!


She spent the next 10 minutes telling me all about camp and about the boy that asked her to go out with him - you know, the stuff she couldn't talk about in front Joey.

And go out??  You're at camp!  Where exactly are you going?? LOL  Turns out it was totally harmless and she "broke up" with him the next morning.

That's my girl.

Once we picked up Joey and Taylor we headed to lunch.  I knew the kids had really missed each other when I overheard them "arguing" about who missed who more.


So happy that Ashton had such a wonderful time, but I'm really happy to have my family back under the same roof again.


Father-son bonding.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Ashton is away at camp all this week so Taylor is home by himself.  Well Joey is there, but Taylor's partner-in-crime is missing.  Joey thought this would be a good time for some father-son bonding.  And what's the best way to bond with your son?

Video games, of course!

I wasn't there so I don't know any of the details, but by the looks of things, I think they had fun!

  






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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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