Saturday, May 25, 2013

May Birthdays

May is a very busy month, full of birthdays, for my family. Six family members have May birthdays! When you throw Mother's Day into the mix, May ends up being a lot like December when it comes to expense and gift giving.
I turned 33 this year! I don't feel old, but I can tell my body doesn't do like it used to do. For example, I tried to start running again, and in the process of trying to train for a 5K I managed to pull every muscle in my inner legs. I hurt for a week! Needless to say, this girl warms up and stretches now before she does any strenuous work.
For my birthday, Steven grilled hot dogs and we had cake at the house. I'm blessed that my whole family was able to come over and celebrate with us.
For Steven's birthday, he tured 32 this year, some of our family went out to eat.
We both had wonderful birthdays this year and we're both so blessed to have our good health and such a wonderful and loving family.

Me & Papa.. He's the strongest and sweetest man I know. You'll never find a more jollier person than my grandpa!

Marty, Kayla, Papa, and I all have May birthdays!

Grandma was feeling left out, so we had to take a picture with her too! Can't leave Grandma out! :)

And of course, Brady has to get in at least one picture.

Grandma and Kayla

Papa & Marty

I love my Grandma!!! She's the best grandma ever!!

14 months with Brady

It hard to believe Brady is already 14 1/2 months old. He's still not talking (or what I'd call talking) but he can sure babble and point. He says "huh" a lot. He can fetch. He can point out characters in a book. He can climb on the kitchen table. He can run. He has a mouth full of teeth. He holds the phone up to his ear and acts like he's talking. If he's tired, he'll get his pillow and bring it to me and that's his way of saying, "I'm tired, put me in bed." On most nights, he sleep through the night. He had his first earache this past month. He will shake his head no if he doesn't want something. He's becoming a pretty picky eater. He would rather be barefooted than wear shoes. He loves to be outside and gets very upset when you take him inside. He loves to be read to, I hope he continues to love reading.

May is always a very busy month for us, and it seems that this May has flown by. I only have 2 more weeks of work left and then Brady and I will be able to spend our days together enjoying the warm summer weather. I can't tell you how ready I am to spend lots of quality time with my sweet 14 month old!!!
He loves to ride the tractor with Daddy. (He calls it a tator).

He looks like such a sweet angel when he's sleeping.

Waking up to mama flashing a camera. He looks a little dazed in this pic but still so sweet.

Last Sunday, it was warm enough for Brady to get in the water. The only bad thing is that he didn't want to stay in the water. He wanted to get out and walk around. I don't think he understands the concept of swimming just yet.
I have enjoyed the past 14 months so much with Brady. Each day he does something new to surprise us or make us laugh. I will admit, there are times when he is frustrated with us, as we are with him, but I think once he's able to talk, that frustration will be eliminated. I can't thank God enough for such a sweet, wonderful, & funny little boy! We're so blessed!!!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013


My heart hurts for the residents of Oklahoma. So much devistation the past couple of days, so many lives changed forever. I haven't watched much of the coverage of the storm that hit OK this past Monday. I can't stand to look or hear about terrible stuff like that. Being from Texas, we're very familiar with rough storms. Technically, I don't think we're considered to be in "tornado alley" but we're very close. Yesterday, another storm system came through, and this time is was in our area. I think since everything from Monday was so fresh on people's minds, parents went crazy when it started to get bad here. It happened at the end of the day when some of our students leave (2:15pm), As I was about to take my 2:15 car riders out, the tornado sirens went off. I had no idea the weather was as bad as it was, needless to say, I was sacred to death. Some of my kids left with parents, but most of them were still at school. We (the teachers) immediately had the kids take cover and prepare for the worst. It was one of the worst 10 minutes of my life. I had to do everything in my might to keep from bursting out in tears. Our poor babies we scared, crying , and screaming. I was so upset I really couldn't talk to them for fear that I'd start crying and would upset them more. I thought about Brady, and wondered if he was okay. Deep down, I honestly felt he was safer with his babysitter than he would be at school with me. I was more scared about being responsible for my kids. I didn't know how I was going to cover all of them up with my body. I was just hoping it didn't come to that, and thankfully, it didn't. The winds were strong but we never had a tornado.
My ordeal yesterday was nothing compared to the real nightmare so many people are living through right now. I want to urge everyone to continue to pray for all those people affected by those terrible storms. May God comfort them during this difficult time.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Brady's 1st Birthday Photos

I'm late on posting Brady's 1st Birthday pics, but I haven't been able to get my pictures to upload on here. He's now 14 months old, I sure wish I could slow time baby's growing up so fast.