Friday, January 18, 2019

Life With Friends...

Friends make life so much better! These days, the boys love nothing more than filling their time with their buddies...





Thursday, January 17, 2019

Basketball Begins...

The boys have just begun their basketball seasons. This year, they are on separate teams but in the same age bracket so will be playing each other at some point.Remi is on the 3rd Grade team and Micah will be coaching Roen on the 2nd Grade team this year. They have some pretty tough competition with the other teams and even though they have both had losses so far, it is still one of my favorite things to watch the boys do!













Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Making it Possible...

Micah and I love being able to travel and being with our friends. However, none of this would have been possible if my mom hadn't driven up and stayed with the boys for a whole week. She cooked for them, read to them, did laundry, got them to and from school Thursday and Friday, took them the basketball practice, took them to piano lessons and made sure the day-to-day in thier little world went smoothly!

Here are the little boogers on there first day back from Christmas Break...



Tuesday, January 15, 2019

While I Was Away....

While I was off in Angel Fire with the girls, Micah took his own little adventure.

He and a group of his closest headed off to Argentina to dove hunt and fish the Parana River in Santa Fe. If I am being completely honest, I was really sad that girls weren't invited to join this adventure. One of my favorite things to do with Micah is explore new places and I know this was an amazing trip. Service was spotty, so we didn't get to talk much or long, but every time we did talk, he was having the trip of a lifetime!

One afternoon, the hunting lodge setup a picnic under the trees, next to the river- I about died, because this sounded like a little slice of heaven to me!! Remi has told me that he would really like to go to the same place Micah did to hunt and fish for Parana, so maybe one day, we can all go- and if we do, you can bet that I will see to it that I get the picnic just like he did!





















Monday, January 14, 2019

A Girl's Getaway...

At the tail-end of our Christmas break, I got to get away with two of my very dearest friends. No kids, no husbands, just the three us. We ended up leaving late Sunday evening instead of Monday morning, to beat a blizzard that was predicted to cross our path. We drove half the way Sunday night to Canyon and then hit the road early Monday to finish the trip to Angel Fire just as the snow began to fall. As we drove through the pass, big puffy snowflakes started to fall and it was like driving through our very own winter wonderland!

Of course, half the fun is getting there- stopping a million times to let our pregnant co-pilot go potty, grabbing convenient store grub, singing our hearts out to JT, the Dixie Chicks and Parker McCollum, and endless girl chatter that is just not possible without children around.

Once we arrived, we hit up the local grocery store to stock the kitchen before the roads got bad. We got sandwich food, breakfast food, stuff to make taco soup, ramen noodles and what proved to the favorite- squirt cheese with Ritz. I successfully ate an entire box of French Toast Crunch and drank almost a whole box of hot tea.

We went to bed when we pleased, we slept till we weren't tired, we read, we sipped hot tea and coffee, we built fires any man would be jealous of and snuggled under our blankets while bawling our eyes out to The Holiday, Me Before You and Marley & Me. This was the first time in my life I have ever taken a vacation to do absolutely nothing- and it was glorious!

When Wednesday rolled around, we finally found the itch to stretch our legs a bit and ventured over to Taos to have lunch and shop. We found all kinds of goodies for ourselves, our kids and even a little something for our guys. When we bought out the Town Square, we hit up a few shops in Angel Fire and ended our night at a favorite pizza place for dinner. We brought our take-out home, snuggled up in front of the TV while stuffing ourselves with pizza and garlic knots.

Thursday, we slept in and spent the morning in our comfy spots for the week while we woke up. We ended up visiting a local salon where we go the worst manicures of our lives- which made us laugh so hard we were all but peeing our pants and then went to dinner at the Country Club bar. We had drinks, pulled up funny pictures on our phones and stayed at the restaurant for 4.5 hours not believing that our time was up and that the next day we would be making our trek back home.

This trip was so good for my soul. Getting away with people who love me, tease me, cheer me through this chaotic life, make me laugh until I cry and Snap me when I can't stay awake in the car- these are the girls that make mothering so much fun!

Find your people, cherish them, make time with them a priority and love them as often as you can.







These 5 deer visited us all week. I think they liked the ritz crackers we fed them!













Micah, long ago, got the notion that I was an Indian. As the years have gone by, I went from his Indian Princess, to his Squaw and now I am simply 'Squawby' to our little circle. When I found this wooden Indian, I had to get my picture with him because if Micah would have been there, there is no way he would have let that photo opportunity slip by...






Friday, January 11, 2019

Our Last Christmas...

Our very last Christmas was with Micah's parents and his sisters. We spent the day in Denton eating Mexican stack, opening presents, watching the Cowboys and it was the perfect way to end our Christmas festivities. There was a fire in the fireplace, smiling kids and a Cowboy's win. The kids ate at their table and the adults had dinner at the big table- it truly was a wonderful evening!

























Thursday, January 10, 2019

Christmas Morning...

The boys were pretty tired from their late night and Remi ended up waking up about 30 minutes before Reon. I made Remi wait until Roen woke up to see what Santa brought- he grew pretty impatient! Once Roen woke up, they could hardly wait to see what goodies they had waiting...



The boys got all kinds of strength and agility gear, they got their biggest wish- Hoverboards with Hovercarts, and all sorts of other goodies in their stockings.


Remi loves maple syrup and thought it was pretty funny that Santa put some in his stocking













After Santa, we cooked up bacon, sausage, biscuits and fried eggs. We let the boys play with their new toys while we cooked and then cleaned up the kitchen. Once we finished, we let the boys open their presents from us- tennis shoes, coats, a video drone and new hunting boots and after that I hardly saw the the rest of the day. They stayed on their Hovercarts way past sundown and had a blast!