Thursday, March 26, 2015

Happy birthday to ME!

For my birthday, I told my husband that I wanted to go see the new Fast and Furious movie on the day it came out at the IPic theater in Redmond. It is a theater where you buy your tickets in advance and you sit in a recliner. They serve you dinner and dessert while you watch the movie. It is just a very fun experience. Because the tickets are a bit more than going to the normal theater we hardly ever go. So, we managed to get advance tickets to this movie and we are going to go to the Lounge there and have dinner and then enjoy dessert while watching the movie. It is going to be a great date night out with my best friends, Jenn and Tom. The kids will be spending the night with Grandma Diane and then going on a bike ride the following morning. It is a win win all the way around... 


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Happy birthday to my first best friend...

33 years go I met a girl who would forever be my best friend. We started playing together when we were 2 and we just became best friends. Her mom and dad became my 2nd mom and dad and mine became hers. We grew up doing everything together. As we got into our teenage years we weren't as close as we were when we were younger, but she was still my best friend through it all. We have definitely been through some of the toughest things together... As we have gotten older we have gotten closer again... We always joked when we were younger that one day we would be sisters and today that is the case. She married my middle brother in 2012 and I love it. They are so happy and in love its just awesome! And bonus... she is now my sister. 

We have been through many ups and downs and many really great ups and many bad downs. But we have walked through it all together and we will always go through things together. I love her dearly and she means the world to me.

We might not talk every day but we know we are there for each other when needed!

So, happy 35th birthday my dear best friend. You are OLDER than me hahaha. I love you dearly and I am so thankful that you were placed in my life! I wouldn't have gotten through my teenage years without you LOL... 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Exceeds expectations...

C got her report card on Friday and let me tell you it was a great way to start our weekend.

She meets expectations in most of the areas she is tested  on. She got 2 exceeds expectations on 2 sections of math. And she even got an exceeds expectations for her LISTENING skills. That made me a happy momma. That is my girl. 

What a great start to our weekend. Looking for her end of the year report card and seeing how she improved.

Definitely a proud momma here.

Frozen party

We had C's birthday party this past Saturday and boy was it a blast. I think she had a lot of fun.

There were 12 kids there throughout the evening and lots of parents. She even had 2 school friends there. We had a pizza party. After everyone ate dinner, we sang happy birthday and then she opened presents. She got so many awesome gifts. We are truly thankful for all of the friends and family that showed up.

My friend Jenn and Tom made a whole bunch of stuff for a frozen photo booth. They had a big poloroid and then different props for the booth. There was a snowflake background and the kids loved every part of it. We were able to take many wonderful pictures...

I still can't believe that my baby girl is 7. Time does fly by...

Thursday, March 12, 2015

A letter to my mother in law...

My mother in law speaks Spanish only. My goal is to learn Spanish so one day I can have a conversation with her. 

Dear sweet mother in law...

Over 38 years ago you brought my loving husband into the world and on that day God knew that he would bring him into my life. God knew that our paths would cross when the time was right. I thank you every day for this gem that I get to call my husband. He is an amazing man and our lives have been blessed by him being in it. He is such a loving and caring man and he loves our family so much! He is a hard worker and for that I thank you! He talks about how hard you worked as they were growing up and I see that he gets that hard work mentality from you! He does what he has to for his family and he wants to give us everything we need and want.

I appreciate you and I have never met you. I love you and I have never talked to you! Thank you for blessing me with the most amazing gift... You had him, but God placed him in my life. I dream of the day that we get to sit and have a conversation together! 

I pray for good health and love over the year and until the day we can sit and visit, take care dear mother in law!

Love your daughter in law... 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Something you are passionate about...

This would definitely be MOPS.

MOPS stands for mothers of preschoolers. It is from kids from birth through kindergarten. The group gets together as women and we support, encourage and just be there for each other as we go through the struggles of being a mother, wife, friend, daughter, etc. My favorite motto of MOPS is = NO MOM ALONE!

I found this group in 2011 when my husband brought me to his church at Overcomer Covenant Church. Shortly after attending church I fell in love with all things OCC. In February of that year I heard of MOPS and my daughter at the time was 3 so I was like this sounds awesome. I went to my first meeting and LOVED it. I quickly joined and my life has forever been changed. In 2013 I joined for my first leadership role as being a table leader. I would have my own table filled with awesome ladies who would need love and I was the one that would be giving it to them. I would give them all their news they needed and just make sure they knew all the dates coming up and all the fun things to do with our group. In 2014 I was asked to be the new co-coordinator for the group. After much praying I decided to take the role. It has been an amazing experience and definitely one that I will never forget. It has grown me as a person in so many ways. I love my MOPS group and my MOPS ladies and will always be a part of MOPS in some way... at the end of last year I was suppose to graduate out of MOPS due to C graduating from kindergarten, but they grandfathered me in by being the co-coordinator.

Unfortunately due to my recent health issues that I have going on, I am going to walk away from the position of co-coordinator and that means no more MOPS groups for me, unless I want to find a MOPS next group somewhere else. Not being at my church will be different, but that will be down the road. I need to walk away from as much stress as I can and this is by far my biggest stressors right now in my life. I know that God will place someone amazing to step up and take my place for next year. I have been praying about it and I know the other leaders have been as well! I will forever be grateful to my MOPS group and I am not gone forever. There are many different roles I can take on down the road once I have had some time to heal and get healthier... I am not gone for good :)

If you are interested in this group, I highly recommend it. Remember it is run by mothers and sometimes things don't go as planned or perfectly, but being together for that time together is worth it. Also... there is childcare :) Our group has free childcare, but other groups might charge a small fee... If you are interested please let me know. I know any group would love to have you!

Please let me know if you have any questions!

What are you passionate about?

Monday, March 2, 2015

Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month

Today I am posting in honor of my Aunt who has MS. She is an amazing woman and she just so happens to be my god mother. I love this woman more than she will ever know and I am truly blessed that she is a part of my life.

March is MS awareness month and I wanted to share a few facts that I found on the MS Foundation website.

Facts About MS

  • More than 400,000 people in the United States have MS.
  • An estimated 2,500,000 around the world have MS.
  • About 45 percent of the people with MS are not severely affected by the disease.
  • Diagnosis of MS is usually between 20 and 40 years of age.
  • MS affects more women than men, with a ratio of 2:1.
  • About 85 percent of those who are newly diagnosed have the relapsing-remitting form of MS.
  • Without disease-modifying therapy, about 50 percent of those diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS will become progressive at 10 years.
  • Without disease-modifying therapy, about one-third of those diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS will be using a wheelchair at 20 years.
  • MS does not significantly affect life span.
  • The course of the disease is unpredictable and no two people will experience the same set of symptoms.
  • There are four types of MS:  relapsing-remitting, secondary-progressive, primary progressive and progressive relapsing.
  • Among young adults, MS is the most common disease of the central nervous system.
  • Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of MS.
  • MS is not contagious.
  • MS is a progressive disease for which there is not yet a cure.
  • Increased understanding of MS has led to the development of many new treatments that target both the disease process and its many symptoms.
  • In countries further from the equator, the incidence of MS increases.
  • Sclerosis is a Greek word meaning hardening of tissue or scars.
  • MS is not inherited or genetically transmitted, although there does seem to be some genetic susceptibility to the disease.
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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Scariest Mom Moment Part 4

My heart always drops when I get a call from C's school. I know it means something happened and I need to go get her, but for the first few seconds my heart stops.

This time C smashed her fingers in a door. I was confused for a second on why I would have to come get her. Put some ice on it and call it good. Apparently it was hurting her so bad she wouldn't stop crying.

I drove to school to pick her up and in her face I could see it... she broke her finger. They said that it probably is just bruised, but a momma knows her child's face and her cries. I called her doctor and they had an opening so we headed in. We went to see the doctor and then went to get her hand x-rayed. She had a hair line fracture in her finger. It wasn't bad enough that we needed to put a cast on or to wrap her fingers. He bandaged them up and we were off. She tore part of her skin off so you could see her nail exposed under the skin. It was definitely not pretty.

It naturally healed on its own in a few weeks.