Birthday Survey SEVEN

Our boy is SEVEN!!!  I'm not sure where the time goes, but here we are at another birthday survey.  At the bottom you'll find links to all past surveys.  It's fun to read to see how much or little his answers have changed over the years. 
Happy Birthday my sweet boy!! 

Birthday Survey

Favorite Food:
Pizza, because it's super cheesy.
Favorite sport:
Baseball, because you can hit homeruns.
Favorite show:
Dude Perfect (YouTube)
Best Friend:
Favorite thing to learn right now:
The thing I do most awesomely is:
Playing board games, because I'm an expert.
If I could go anywhere in the world:
Pittsburgh, because I want to see the Steelers field.
Favorite color:
Black and yellow, because they are for the Penguins.
When I grow up I'm going to be...:
Baseball player for the Marlins.
Current favorite song:
Juju on that beat (so last year)
Favorite book:
Where the Wild Things Are
Three words that describe me:
Gamer, fast and funny
My favorite season:
Winter, because it snows and you can build a snowman.
Favorite snack
Cheez-It crackers
One food that I dislike:
If I had one wish it would be..:
to hit a homerun in my first baseball game!



Life Lately

What. A. Month. We closed on our house, and 5 days later I was back at work. I started year 10, Emma started pre-k and Max is a 2nd grader. Time needs to slow down.

She looks like such a big girl.

Sneak Peek day! Our PTA is awesome and made this bulletin board.

How awesome is my picture? Hello 1990. 

I'm so happy he's at my school this year!!!

Happy Friday!!


Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!!  It's my last Friday of summer break.  Back to work next week!  I'm always excited for the start of a new school year.  This year marks 10 years of teaching!

Let's get to my favorites.

Guys, I loved this book.  It made me cry, laugh and feel all the feels. If you haven't read it, I highly recommend it.  I want to read it with Max this year, because the message is one every kid and human being should learn.  The movie comes out in November.  I've seen the trailer 3 times, and every time I cry.  So. Good.

This week I went to my classroom and set it up!  I made this bulletin board.  Thank you Pinterest.  My kiddos will be learning Math, Science, Social Studies and Health from me, but they will also be getting daily doses of kindness.  I obviously want them to learn everything I'm teaching, but I want them to be kind.  Always be kind.

Also a Pinterest find.  Emoji board!  The new movie comes out today, and I'm hoping they get a kick out of the emojis I made. The many faces of 3rd grade.   Dollar store yellow plates and markers for the win! 

My MOST favorite thing this week: we bought a house!!!!  We love everything about this house.  From the moment we saw it, it was like it was meant to be.  I'll be sharing more, as we get settled.  Eek!!!  Happy dance!!!

Happy Friday!! 


August 13th

August 13th is slowly creeping up on me. 25 days away.  As the day gets closer, I'm feeling more lost. I get consumed with thinking about what life would be like as a family of 5.
I was watching Marley & Me awhile back, and the scene where Jen Aniston's character is at the doctor having an ultrasound. She finds out her baby doesn't have a heartbeat.  That moment took me back to August 13th. I had gone to the doctor a week before, because of signs that had me worried. We listened to the heartbeat. Our baby's heart was pounding away. A baby's heartbeat is the sweetest sound. Music to your ears. It's a sound that you don't forget hearing. When I went back to the doctor to check  on our baby on August 13th, I wanted to hear that sweet sound so bad. When I heard the doctor say there was no heartbeat...my heart stopped. A whole life I was planning for gone. Just like that our baby was gone. 
It'll be 3 years since we lost our sweet baby. 3 whole years.  I'll tell you it doesn't matter if it's 3 years, 3 months or 3 days. The ache I have for our sweet baby is the same. 
Max and Emma know the angel we have is special, but they don't fully understand. Max was 3 almost 4 when I miscarried. Emma was 15 months.  This past week Emma was looking at the angel and the wing broke. I got so mad, I cried.  I tried to explain why the angel means so much. That lead to questions. Oh my sweet boy. Max asked a lot of questions. One of them being, "So you had a baby in your tummy? Well...how did you and Daddy put it there?"  Ummmm....crickets. He's 6.  He doesn't need to know about the birds and bees quite yet. 
To my sweet baby, who I'm assuming has access to my blog up in Heaven. I love you. My heart aches for you. I wish so badly you were here. Life would have been so full, so complete with you here. You will forever be my favorite what if. 
Remember that miscarriages happen. 1 in 4 women will experience the pain and loss. If you know someone who has had a miscarriage be considerate of your words. Be kind. Be a good listener. Be a shoulder to cry on. Be there. Be understanding. A woman changes. Your heart isn't the same after a loss. You go from a place full of life and light to a place so dark. No matter who is around you, you feel alone.  You learn to live with the ache. It doesn't go away, but you learn to live with it.  
August 13th my least favorite day. 


A Weekend of Swimming

Max and Emma completed a week of swim lessons, and we have two swimmers!!  Max moved up a level and Emma moved up 2 levels!

When we moved to GA we were surprised that most communities have a pool.  It has been the best thing ever.  This week it has been hot, and we've practically have lived at the pool.
Max is all about the cannon balls.

They won't swim without their goggles.
Emma makes me laugh.  We had them get out of the pool to reapply sunblock and take a few minutes to sit in the shade.  I turn to  talk to Emma and she had made herself comfortable.  I love that she still had her goggles on.
We also had to go for ice cream, because it was National Ice Cream Day and all. 
Such a fun weekend with my favorite people. 


Just keep Swimming

Max and Emma started swim lessons in June.  They were taking lessons every Saturday.  Emma picked it up right away, and was swimming by her 3rd lesson.  Max took awhile to get comfortable in the water.  I put him in lessons back in WA, and it was a traumatizing experience for both of us.  This week they are taking swim every day, and I don't know what changed for Max.  Something just clicked, but he can swim!!!   

We have two swimmers, and I'm so proud I could cry!


4th of July

A little 4th of July recap on this Thursday morning.  We came back from our staycation on the 4th.  I really wish we could have stayed downtown an extra night, because our room at an amazing view of the park where the fireworks were happening.  Oh well....instead we came home.  Both kids were not happy campers, full of tears.  Then the sky opened and poured down all the rain with a little side of lightning and thunder.  Our power went out of a hot minute, and I thought that was the end of our 4th of July. 

I was wrong!  We went outside and had some from with Pop Its, or Poppers...whatever you want to call them.  Emma forgot where she wasn't supposed to throw them and ended up throwing them at Max once.  She didn't forget again.  Ian gave them a sparkles lesson 101.  We did a box of those, but decided it wasn't dark enough.  We went inside and played a family game of Sorry. 

 Max immediately declared himself to be champion.  I have no idea where he gets his competitiveness from.  I started off pretty strong, and got all the right cards.  Of course, the boys team up against me.  Emma came out of nowhere and had three of her pegs in home, and she waited a few rounds before beating us all!  She was victorious!
Then we went outside for some more fun with sparklers. 

Our neighborhood went bananas with the big and loud fireworks.  They lit up the skies and left a smoke cloud until about 1:30.  The kids and Ian slept through all the noise...I did not.  I woke up this morning with both kids in bed, and I've had all the coffee.  It was a fun family celebration!
We're excited for the month of July!  We went to Target today and the school supplies are out.  I love new school supplies with all of my teacher heart!
Happy Friday eve!  It's almost the weekend!!  



Happy Wednesday friends!!  I hope you guys had a great 4th!  I'll share some of our pictures of our 4th at home tomorrow, but first our staycation.   We headed to downtown Atlanta for a couple days.  We stayed at the OMNI hotel, and it was the perfect place to stay.  It was within walking distance of the places we went, and our room had a beautiful view.
Our first stop on our staycation was The World of Coca-Cola.  We walked through the Centennial Olympic Park.  The Olympic rings on the ground are fountains, and it becomes a splash pad.  We meant to take the kiddos there, but the park was closed on Monday to get ready for the 4th of July celebration. 
We made it to The World of Coca-Cola, and had to stand in an insanely long line...in the humidity.  Once we got in though, we all enjoyed a coke.  The kids were so excited that we even let them have their own coke.
We did a little taste testing of the coke from around the world...some were much better than others.  I won't say which one tastes terrible, because when family comes to visit we are taking them there, and I wouldn't want to ruin the experience for them...or us to see their faces! Max and Emma were in coke heaven, and probably would have stayed in that section all day.  We didn't let them, obviously. 
We discovered the secret formula....
Our night view from our room.

Emma and Max would stand at the window and look out at the view.  Emma was usually pointing out something she saw to Max.  Seeing the world through their eyes is always the best.  They see things that sometimes we miss. 
Day 2 we went to the College Football Hall of Fame.  I wasn't sure what to expect, but let me tell you it was so fun!!  When you first get their you get these badges that are tied to the college team you pick.  Your whole experience is personalized. 
There are 3 levels to the hall of fame.  The first floor has a field with different football activities you can do.  This was Max and Emma's favorite part...I think maybe Ian's too. 

Are they not the cutest? 
I represented my NMSU Aggies! 
The 2nd floor had games you can play, a play to karaoke your college's fight song, film a game day scene, create a marching band routine, and so much more. 
We were there for over two hours.  Definitely a fun place for any football fan!!
Yesterday before heading home we did the CNN tour.  It was pretty cool.  It's not really for kids though.  50 minutes of straight talking was too much for them.
All in all, our staycation was a success and so much fun!! 
Update on the road rage incident.  The detective called me this weekend, and unfortunately the prints didn't have a match.  Also the cameras at the store didn't catch the whole incident...boo.  Hopefully I don't see him again. 


Road Rage

Yesterday the kiddos and I left our house to go to a near by store.  There's a roundabout to exit our community.  I'm at the roundabout waiting for the cars to go by, and a car behind me starts honking.  Not just one honk.  Honking nonstop.  The drivers window was also down, and he was yelling at me to effin go.  That right there should have been a red flag for me not to interact with a person like that, but sadly my emotions got the best of me, and I flipped the person off.  We went about our way to the store, and I parked the car. 

I look in my mirror and see a car park behind me.  It's the same car that was honking and yelling at me.  I roll down my window to let him know I have two children in the car.  He gets out and makes his way to us while yelling, "You should have effin thought about that before flipping me off bitch!" I start to roll up my window, and he gets to it before it's rolled up and puts his arm across it to hold it down.  I repeatedly tell him I have kids in the car.  At this point Max and Emma are crying.    My sweet babies are so scared.  He looks in the backseat.  He looks at them...these two faces right here.

He looks at them and mocks their crying.  I tried to explain why I didn't go at the roundabout.  This guy was so angry.  He just kept yelling at me, cussing me out and he spit on me.  I told him I was going to call the police.  It's like everything I said just made him more mad.  He put his hand in the car and was pointing it at my face.  I moved away, because I genuinely thought he might hit me.  All the while Max and Emma are witnessing this awful interaction.  I start to honk my horn and yell for help.  It was then that he backed away, spit on me again and went back to his car.  I quickly rolled up my window, and I just cried.  I was so upset that I put Max and Emma in that situation. 
I called Ian hysterical. He told me I had to call the police to file a report.  The kids were crying and wanted to go home.  We went home and I did call the police.  An officer came out, and he was the most amazing human being.   I told him everything, and he was quick to tell me that it wasn't my fault.  He said that I have the right to flip anyone off, because it's my freedom of speech.  He was able to get fingerprints off my window.  A whole hand print and partial fingerprints from both sides of the window.  The officer was full of jokes and made me laugh.  He was just so great. 
He asked if he could ask Max and Emma questions because they witnessed it.  Break. My. Heart.  To hear them answer and share what they saw and heard.  It's just so awful. Max told the officer the man was having a really bad day.  The officer was so nice to them. He gave them bracelets, which they are sporting proudly.  Unfortunately, that experience is going to stay with us.  I can't change any part of that story, even though I wish I could.  From now on though, I will never ever EVER flip anyone off or honk my horn.  Shoot, I don't think I will even make eye contact with other drivers. You never know the mental state of the person you're doing that to.  You never know if they might follow you to the store.  You never know if they are going to yell and spit at you in front of your kids.  You don't know what people are capable of.  I'm lucky that all he did was yell and spit.  It could have been worse. 
The kiddos and I are pretty much freaked out to leave the house.  The person lives in our neighborhood somewhere...friends, if you take anything from this.  Please don't flip off anyone.  Don't honk.  Don't let your emotions get the best of you while driving.  Please.
The kiddos and I are fine. They've been glued to my side.  Emma has basically fastened herself to my hip.  I see many board games, movie watching, fort building in our day, because we aren't quite ready to venture out. Maybe tomorrow. 


Weekend at the Lake

Friday we headed to Alabama for the weekend.  We went to spend time with family, and it was fun being back.  Last time we went was for Labor Day last year, and that's when I had my phone interview for the school district I now work in.  It was fun to think back on that time. 

We got into town and the kiddos wanted to go to the pool.  They swam for awhile, and then we headed to dinner at a local spot.  So much fun, and the food was good!  I went with an Albuquerque Sandwich and Cajun tots.  Yum!  When we got back to the condo, this was our view for the night.  I wouldn't mind having this view every morning and evening. 
Saturday started off with a light rain, but then it stopped.  Off to the boat we went, and Max and Emma were so ready for our day!
Emma was in the zone.  She didn't move from that spot the entire time we were on the boat. 
Max lives for the boat ride.  When we asked what his favorite part of the weekend was, it was the boat ride to Big Beach.  He was also ready to give the thumbs up to let Steven know he was ready to go fast!
All the smiles, for all the fun!
I don't think his smile could get any bigger.
We went to dinner at Chucks, which has the best pizza ever.  Max ate three slices.  These two....those faces tells you just how much they enjoyed the boat and being on the lake.
We ended each night on the patio, with some drinks and music.  Max and Emma loved being around Norman and Nyny. They begged to take them on walks, and on their last walk they even picked up the dog poo.  So they both happily told us they are ready for a dog!  After watching Marley & Me a couple weeks ago, which wrecked me...I don't know if we can ever have a dog.
We left Lake Martin with memories made and a sun burn that has us all in pain.  Ian more than anyone.  Poor guy.  The weather was absolutely perfect. Overcast, and the sun came out for a bit.  We put on sunblock, but didn't reapply like we should have. #parentfail   I told the kiddos we'd couldn't go swimming for a couple days, and of course I pissed them off.  What are moms for?
I'm not sure what adventures we'll go on this week.  We need to recover from this weekend!  It's actually supposed to be sunny for a few days before the rain comes back.  Enjoy your last few days in JUNE!