Fam, friends, & landscaping

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Haven’t had a chance to blog over the last few crazy busy days full of family, friends, a weekend with two of my Godchildren, a birthday for my Goddaughter, new glasses for our son, a hibachi dinner in New Braunfels with Budah’s girlfriend’s family (which Miss Buggie especially loved), lots of lil monsters, potting tons of flowers and our new dwarf lemon tree, some landscaping around our casa, and just plain enjoying this fantastic spring weather. This life of ours may be crazy, full of chaos and busy schedules, may have it’s hiccups like anyone else, but the blessings we are surrounded with are endless and trumps anything that comes our way!

Now let’s see if I can find my way back to my daily blogging again…20140331-231240.jpg

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China

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Buggie: “Mommy it was fun going to China today!”

Me: “What?”

Buggie: “Remember when we went to China this morning?”

-Buggie, 4 years old

I forgot she kept asking me where we were going this morning on our way to The Magnolia Haus and I had finally told her China. Hours later and she is still on cloud nine about her trip. That’s right folks, we take our lil monsters to China for pancakes & waffles! Oh how I love this child of mine.20140322-172530.jpg

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Lucky little girl?

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My initial plan was to write a lengthy blog about Fred Phelps passing away today. After much thought I decided to do otherwise. I’d rather spend my time blogging this evening about things that make me smile verses people full of such hate. And so I only have three things I would like to say in regards to the topic:

1. I am so thankful for people like my dad that devote their spare time and then some to being Patriot Guard Riders, and helping to shelter families in mourning from such vengeful people that call themselves Christian.
2. I simply love my gays and I can’t imagine my God feeling any other way about such amazing people we consider family.
3. I pray people won’t return the hatred & picketing this psychotic family has caused so many others.

And now I shall move on to happier topics that have filled our day…

After an unusual restless night with Bitty, I laid back down with her this morning after getting our lil ladies off to school and seeing my two fave fellas off to work. We enjoyed a somewhat lazy morning at home with maw-maw and I somehow ordered some beautiful day lilies off of QVC. Figures the first thing I would order from them would be flowers! Can’t wait to get them in our flower bed and watch them bloom! Buggie ended up taking a longer than usual nap, so this afternoon she stayed home with maw-maw while Bunny, Bitty, & I ran a few errands. After my love was home from work Bitty decided to then take her nap. So Budah, Bunny, Buggie, & I headed out to the fabric store to pick up the last sixteen yards of fabric that we needed to make our 2nd annual batch of pillows for the children’s hospital for Easter. While waiting to check out a woman in front of us turned to ask Bunny what we were making with the fabric and Bunny eagerly shared the info with her. This perfect stranger nearly made me cry as we waited our turn in line. She grabbed Bunny by the shoulders and smiled the most genuine smile I had ever seen and told my daughter “I hope you realize what a lucky little girl you are to have a mom to teach you such care and to think of other people. You’re doing something very special and I am proud of you”. Bunny proudly looked up at me as I seriously had to fight back tears. I was floored. We don’t do these things for a spot light to be put on us. I was somewhat embarrassed for some reason. I am blessed with such amazing friends and family that have helped us to provide the fabric this year. And it took a perfect stranger and sincere friends and family over the last week and a half to point out the obvious. We are so blessed to be able to teach our children such strong values. We live in such an ugly world. It is our job as their parents to teach them to genuinely care for others. Even if they are perfect strangers. To remind them that as four children that were born prematurely themselves, they are so very blessed to be so healthy. And to never ever be so self absorbed to not stop and pay it forward when you are able. These amazing lil monsters of ours have helped me select each and every yard of fabric. Thirty four different patterns to be exact. Something for every age range from birth up to eighteen year old patients. Buggie didn’t leave my side each time I cut the fabric. They will all, along with friends that have offered up their time, stuff each and every pillow. And Budah will go with his Dad and I to pass them out at the hospital. Bunny and a few of her friends are making loom bracelets for the children. Buggie even offered up her Yo Gabba Gabba bracelet since she doesn’t loom. My amazing friend and my mother-in-law are both making hats for the babies in NICU and the precious children that have loss their hair due to various illnesses. And our children and their friends will be making get well soon cards for them as well. So to have this woman tell my daughter she is lucky to have me as a mom? Humbling to say the least when I look at my children and the amazing selfless people we have in our lives. I feel blessed beyond measure to be able to do this with our children for a second year in a row. I am the lucky one.

This afternoon my friend came over with her two daughters. One will be trying out for cheerleading tomorrow and asked if she could use the monster’s trampoline to get some practice in. Such a fun way to wrap up our day with an impromptu visit from such sweet friends. Now to relax with my love until our son gets home from skating. We’ve been listening to an owl hooting very close by!

Some of the bracelets the girls have gathered so far and all of the fabric they picked out…20140320-234836.jpg20140320-235242.jpg20140320-235251.jpg20140320-235259.jpg20140320-235306.jpg

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Hydrangeas, lemons, & tomatoes

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During a trip to Lowe’s for some supplies that my love needed we decided our little ladies and I are going to try our hand at growing some tomatoes! We also picked up a lovely hydrangea for the front porch. Hydrangeas always make me think of my maw-maw. It’s even the kind of flowers we put on her grave during our recent trip back home. I still haven’t decided if and where I want a garden in the back yard. So we’re going to grow them in some rather large pots on the back porch this year.20140316-205744.jpgWe’ll be picking up a dwarf lemon tree that will be available by the weekend. Maw-Maw had a little bush that grew on the side of her house. When Budah was a baby we went over there to visit with her and she had a huge lemon (really the biggest lemon I have ever seen in my life, think the size of an orange) on her countertop that he spotted and had to have. He was too young to grasp the fact that it wasn’t what he though it was. After persistently trying to get to it my Maw-Maw finally told me to let him have it. We both laughed so hard sitting in her kitchen that day, of course snapping several pictures of him along the way, watching that little fella’s sour faces as he enjoyed that big lemon. He was just full of giggles. To this day, that picture of him realizing it was sour is by far one of my favorites of him. Probably because of the vivid memory I hold of that precious moment the three of us shared together. She passed away long before I was prepared to let her go, but I am so very thankful for the special memories I have of her and the time she was able to share with my oldest child. She sure did adore this little fella of mine and he loved his G.G. to pieces too.20140316-210651.jpgThese three little ladies of ours had so much fun helping me pot our plants this afternoon. We even potted some aloe vera that we came across while strolling through the garden section. I don’t know why I drag my feet so much when it comes to gardening since we moved into our new house. It has always been so therapeutic for me. But I’m glad I decided to share this experience with our little girls. Now we shall water them and watch them sprout. And in seventy days or so if we haven’t killed them already, we’ll get to enjoy lots of tomatoes and hopefully some lemons too. What a fun way to wrap up their spring break. It’s a good thing my love and Budah are off of work tomorrow to keep Bitty and I entertained. Because this house is going to be far too quiet with our two lil gals getting back to school. Now the count down begins until the last day of school, only 58 school days left!20140316-210733.jpg

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But I promise

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Buggie: “When I’m all grown up, will you marry me mama?”

Me: “I’m already married to your daddy”

Buggie: “But I promise, I really am a little boy!”

Me: “And I love you just the way you are!”

-Buggie, 4 years old

I sure do love this lil gal. She insist she is a boy, has for quite some time. She loves superheroes, boy clothes, trucks, & swords. She is a little spit fire, yet has the most sensitive soul. Girl or boy? We could care less. I simply adore this beautiful child of mine! Unconditional love is what she will always get!20140314-174122.jpg

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Throw me somethin’ Mista!

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We decided it was time to get Buggie (4 years old) & Bitty (2 years old) back home for their first real Mardi Gras this year. We had planned to do so long before my unexpected surgery and almost thought we would have to wait until next year since I wasn’t fully healed. But seeing how excited my lil Buggie was, there was no way I could let her down. So we went, knowing I would have to take it a little easy. It was a fun filled vacation with my love and our four lil monsters to say the least, regardless of my aches and pains. We were able to see lots of family & even a few friends. We made it to almost every place we had on our things to do list. Ate at all of our favorite local spots and even tried out a new to us old local place in the Quarter one night, The Old Coffee Pot on St. Peter’s. We enjoyed several nightly parades with family all around the city. My dad even got to enjoy a parade with all six of his grand kiddos together one night. I think my favorite part was hearing Buggie scream “throw me somethin’ Mista!” over and over again, even when a float was no where near us. A memory I am sure I will never forget. We loved watching our lil monsters’ excitement as they collected a wide variety of fun throws from each parade.

One night paw-paw watched our three little ladies so that along with my cousin and her husband we could take Budah to the French Quarter for a few hours. While most people enjoyed their night on Bourbon Street, after a nice dinner on St. Peter’s, we opted to take a stroll down our favorite street instead, Decatur St, and did a little shopping and sight seeing. Of course my dad knowing me all too well texted me pictures and video clips of all of the fun he and our little ones were having! And I’m pretty sure none of us will forget the hysterical taxi ride to and from the Quarter that night!

Then as if our vacay wasn’t rad enough, we got to meet two of our fave Texans in my hometown and bring them to a down da road fave, Charlie’s. Scott & Ryan loved it, and our lil monsters were thrilled to get to see their Guncles too!

My love & I got to celebrate our 7th wedding anniversary in NOLA, which was coincidentally Lundi Gras Day, surrounded by our four lil monsters and a few of our fave people. Though our big celebration is still to come in late May and I can hardly contain my excitement! I simply adore this man of mine and am being spoiled far too much this year for our anniversary!

As always, New Orleans’ crazy weather dished out a very cold and rainy day for Mardi Gras. Oddly enough we weren’t overly let down to not get to spend that day in Metairie on the parade route. By then I had pushed myself far more than I should have and it was time to slow down anyway. So after watching some of the Metairie parades and Uptown parades on tv at my cousin’s house we all headed out to Deanie’s Seafood for a special Mardi Gras Day lunch. All of that freezing cold rain washing out our day didn’t dampen our spirits at all, we were so happy to be back home. We finally slowed down a bit after a full week of non stop fun and enjoyed a leisurely last full day there.

On our way home we stopped along the way for a quick visit with one of my favorite cousin’s, Joe. Buggie loves every chance she gets to visit with her Paran!

When we got home Buggie & Bunny were thrilled to bring lots of Mardi Gras beads and trinkets to share with their classmates. I love the generous little souls we are raising!

Just some of the hundreds of pictures from our fun filled week! We can’t wait until next Mardi Gras!20140313-160759.jpg20140313-160808.jpg20140313-160818.jpg20140313-160828.jpg20140313-160836.jpg20140313-160844.jpg20140313-160906.jpg20140313-160916.jpg20140313-160923.jpg

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