Life Lately

What. A. Week.  So I had this long, sob filled post ready to go.  Long story short I have a pulmonary embolism (I've watched every episode of Grey's Anatomy and it did not prepare me for this.), we caught it in time, I'm treating it, and I'm going to be fine.  It's super easy to feel sorry for yourself when things aren't going your way.  I've been trying to pretend that I'm A-Okay, and went back to work.  I hate not being 100%, I hate not being able to do my job, and I hate having to rely on other people to do things for me.  Bottom line is I'm alive, and I'm going to be fine.  It's going to take time for me to feel like myself again, but I need to remember that I'm here...here with my family, because the thought of what could have happen makes me cry.  I'm officially on Thanksgiving break, so who has time for that?!

This week there were some bright moments.  Max had Thanksgiving Feast, and Ian and I were able to eat with him.  I loved every minute.  Max loved every bite of mashed potatoes.

Emma's was today.  She told me this morning, "I'm so excited for you and Max to come feast with me."  Feast we did with my sweet girl.  She wanted to try all the food, and declared that she loves turkey. 

She made a Thankful tree and on it she said that she's thankful for mommy and daddy, her brother, horses, and most importantly unicorns.  She is the sweetest.
As we left her school she let me know that she's excited to see Grandma, Grandpa, Uncle and Auntie.  She thought they were waiting for her at home, but they get in on MONDAY!!  We are all excited to see them!
I'm going to be soaking up family time the next week and resting.  I hope you my friends have an amazing Thanksgiving!! 


Life Lately

Oh, hey November.  I think I sound like a broken record, but the months just keep going by so quick. I feel like school just started, and here we are 8 school days away from Winter Break.  I'm so counting. Work has felt like work.  I think the honeymoon phase with my kiddos has sadly come to an end.  We had a change to our class a little over a month ago, and it's just been rough.  Thank goodness for the ladies I work with that keep me sane.

The week before Halloween was Red Ribbon Week.  I failed at taking pictures of Max every day, but we totally participated.  Here he is on hat day representing his baseball team.  Then on jammie day he of course represented the dark side.

Our school does accelerated reader, where students read book and take comprehension tests on them.  We have a race car them, and so many points equal laps.  Max is on the 2nd lap, and he's determined to finish all laps before the end of school.  He's so competitive. 

Let's take it back to the day before Halloween.  We carved a pumpkin.  I wish you could have seen Max and Emma's reaction to taking out the "guts".  Emma was fearless, and Max was beyond grossed out.  It made me laugh. 

Emma's top knot.  I die. 

Happy Halloween from the Red Power Ranger and Twilight Sparkle. 

They made out pretty good in the candy department.  Max got a full size candy bar, an we told him that was weekend treat.  He ate it on Saturday, and was straight up bananas.  He was running around and was on a total sugar high.  Never again! 

Georgia is so darn pretty in the Fall.  The colors the leaves change are so beautiful, and every day I'm saying, "Oh the trees are so pretty!"  My students laugh at me.  This past weekend we became official Georgians.  I'm always nervous about getting a new license because of the vision test.  You know how my left eye is...so I always become a nervous wreck.  Thankfully, it wasn't bad at all and I passed.  Yay! 
So. Beautiful. 

I found out this weekend that we'll be making a trip back to  WA next September!  To say I'm excited is an understatement! 

Hope you are having a great week friends!  


That's a Wrap!

Max's baseball season came to an end.  It was a heartbreak of a loss. 17-18 bad guys.  Max was so, so sad.  As much as I've said baseball is my least favorite sport...I think this baseball season has changed my mind.  Max made so many friends, had fun and laughed lots.  We'll be playing ball in the spring!
This week Pap pap and Mum mum were in town visiting.  They took Max and Emma on a hike, and they had such a great time. I think we'll have to have some family hikes there too!  It looks so pretty.

I mean, how cute are these two?  They had walking sticks to keep the snakes away.
The trails were decorated for Halloween.
This week we went to the Johns Creek Arts Festival, and of course had to stop at the face painting spot.  Emma loved her unicorn, and said right away, "I'm not ever washing my face!"  I hated to burst her bubble, so I let her keep thinking that....
This coming week is Red Ribbon Week at school.  I'll be sure to snap pictures of Max.
Happy Monday Friends!  I hope you have a great week!!


Life Lately

October has been full of family fun, baseball and great weather!  Let's jump into a little life lately update.

Max got a game ball, and he was so excited!  He played his heart out, made  two out in a row, hit every time he was up, and scored a couple runs.  We are so proud of how much he has improved this season!

Our realtor had pumpkin patch festivities, and we went to check them out! There candy apples, face painting, games, live music, playground, pumpkins, beer and fun for all.  I think this may become an annual outing for us. 

Emma has become obsessed with face painting.  She picked a pretty pink butterfly with sparkles.  She didn't want to wash it off, and she was a not a happy camper when she looked in the mirror the next morning. 
Oh hey sugar high.  She really only had one bite.
These two.  All the heart eyes.  This was when we were waiting in line for the face painting.
I swear Max was there for the fun.  He wasn't feeling the best, and ended up falling and skinning his shin.  Ruined any fun that was being had. 
Both kiddos got their Halloween costumes this week.  We will be taking a red power ranger and Twilight Sparkle trick-or-treating. 
I hope your October has been full of fall family fun!



This past week was long.  Hurricane Irma turn tropical storm hit GA on Monday.  School was canceled Monday and Tuesday.  Come Tuesday the power was still out at schools in our district, so Wednesday was also canceled.  The area where we live got some major wind and some rain.  It was scary.  I was convinced trees were going to fall on our house.  Luckily they did not.  It was nowhere near what those hit by Hurricane Irma went through.  For our first tropical storm ever though, scary

We went back to school on Thursday.  This girl had picture day Friday.  She had her outfit picked out for a week.  She knew exactly what she wanted to wear.  I curled her hair, and she looked so grown up!  All the heart eyes for my girl.
Ian and I have been playing pool a lot.  He's really good and beats me all the time.  I have won 3 times now, and twice were because he scratched the 9 ball.  A wins a win though, right?  I'm getting better though, and it's a matter of time before I start winning back to back games.  He better watch out!  Max and Emma cheer for me, which I think it's because I'm always losing and they feel bad for me. 
Max had a baseball game today, which I missed because out couch was supposed to be delivered today.  Max's team won 12-6!!  I missed it.  To top it off, the company delivered the wrong couch for the second time!  What the heck?! 
Tonight Ian is hanging out with our friend, Spencer.  The kiddos and I are going to partay!  Really that just means I don't have to make dinner and there may be a movie and ice cream involved. You know, a party to a 4 and 7 year old.  Fun times!  I'm also going to attempt to put together some furniture by myself.  Just call me Joanna Gaines.
Happy Weekend friends!


Life Lately

What a week.  I feel like 4 day work weeks last way longer than a normal work week.  They go by slow, and I'm so ready for Friday. 

We took a trip to Home Depot, and they have all the Halloween decorations out.  Max and Emma asked for me to take a picture of them next to the skeleton dinos.  They also wanted us to buy them.  No.

Bubbles are a favorite of ours.  We spent about 45 minutes playing outside with bubbles.  I mean, just look at his face.  All the heart eyes for that kid.

Emma.  Oh this sweet girl means business when it comes to bubbles.  When no bubbles happen, she gets so mad. 

"Do I look cool Mommy?"  Always my Emma girl.  See all those papers in her hands?  She draws so many pictures at school.  She's really loving drawing people at the moment.  She's getting really good at it, and she always has a story to share with her pictures.  She'll lay them on the floor and start with one and work her way to the last.  It's really sweet to listen to.  She is full of imagination.
Max had his first game this week.  Him in his uniform was beyond cute.  I'm so happy I snapped this picture.  Emma was a proud sister for a hot second.  The rest of the time she could have cared less about the game.  Max did great!  The game ended in a tie, the coaches got into a heated back and forth conversation, and some parents are cray cray.  These boys are 7/8 and the way one dad was acting, you would have thought it was the MLB and this game was for the world series.  Woah, doesn't it sound like I really know baseball?  Ha!  I don't.

I am totally that Mom taking pictures and video throughout the entire game.  I probably always will be.  It's just too cute not to be documenting it.  When the time comes for him to be catcher and he has to put on all the gear.  I'm going to die.  So flipping adorable. 
We went to the grocery store to get some water and nonperishable food for next week.  Irma is supposed to hit our area on Tuesday morning and the power could go out.  Obviously it's not going to be nearly as bad as those who will face it in Florida and along the coast.  When we went to the store though, there was no water left.  Seeing the empty aisle made me feel a bit panicked, and I just wanted to find some water.  We did leave with wine, because priorities.  We went to another store and found some water, so my mama is happy.  She had told me to go out and get supplies, and I told her we would this weekend.  When I told her there was no water, I could hear the "I told you so" in her voice.  Moms know best, right?
Happy weekend, friends!  Keep those in Irma's path in your thoughts and prayers.



Twenty-one years ago I watched my brother being born.  I remember it like yesterday.  My dad picked me up from school, and told me my mom was in labor.  We went to the hospital.  I was so excited!  When he was born, I cried. I'm getting teary eyed just thinking about it now.  Hearing a baby's first cry is such a beautiful sound.  The whole experience was kind of traumatizing for me.  I was 13.  It was one of the best days of my life.  This little baby boy changed my 13 year old self. 
It's funny...well now it's funny, Antonio and I used to fight all the time.  I don't even know what we fought about, because when I was in high school he was 2!  When we'd go to the store, I'd walk around with him.  Take him to the toy section.  I was such a great big sister.  He would call me mom!  I'd get so mad.  He'd keep doing it though.  I probably could have died from embarrassment.  Now I have Max or Emma call him dad.  Ha! 
Over the years I've been able to experience his first hockey game and Steelers game (preseason, but still!) with him.  He doesn't like the Penguins, so I'm not sure where we went wrong.  I've watched him grow up.  He's taken on his role as Uncle (and godfather to Max), and Max and Emma adore him. 
There aren't enough words to tell you how proud of my brother I am.  He's pretty amazing, and I'm so happy that on September 4, 1996 he came into my life.  I love you Antonio!  Happy Birthday!!