This is the America I love

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This morning my mom took a ride with me to get coffee. On the way home I looked in my rearview mirror as I was getting on I-35N in Schertz, TX (10 minutes north of San Antonio for folks not familiar with the area) to see an endless line of blue lights. It was a convoy of police officers and EMS from Arkansas! A good 40-50 vehicles with boats on the back of almost every one of them! What is happening in Texas is horrible. Knowing that if Harvey hadn’t shifted 40 miles that it would have been San Antonio needing rescuing hasn’t slipped our minds. Seeing Americans banning together from all directions coming to the aid of Texas is nothing short of amazing! This is the America I love, not fighting over politics or statues, but our country coming together to help those in need all over this great state!

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Silence is deafening.

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This silence is deafening! House is clean. Our girls’ weekly chore chart made. I can literally hear the clock ticking. For sure going to have to start new routines, hobbies, more book reading, getting out of the house, taking a class, volunteering at the school, or maybe even a part time job before I go mad! This new phase in my life is harder than I expected after having children home with me year round for the last 12 years. Thankful I have so many options and a husband that will back any path I opt to go down. I can hardly wait for my Nina & Maw-Maw Tuesdays to begin next week! I really thrive with the sound of my children and grandchildren! They grow up far faster than my heart will ever be ready for.

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First day of 7th, 3rd, kindergarten, & pre-k

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I wonder if I’m the only mama that is sad about my babies going back to school? I see so many mama’s post counting down the days and I sort of envy it, because watching my littles head back to school makes me sad. Especially now that they all three have full days at school! 

Yet the inevitable is here! New school clothes, shoes, backpacks, and supplies are ready as much as I drag my feet! Today Aub heads to a new school for 7th grade, Mad heads into 3rd grade, Bitty starts her first full days of school in kindergarten and was a little taken back by the fact that waking up early is her new reality. And last but not least our grandson, Dom, begins pre-k! Quite the exciting day for these four cuties! 

Aub was full of smiles! Even allowed me to stand at the bus stop with her if I promised to not make her take a picture as she got on the bus. Downfall for her, a friend of mine is her new bus driver and told her to turn around and smile for her mama! I kept my promise and got my picture? Score!

Mad was super ready, but got a bit teary eyed when reality set in. Turns out she wasn’t quite ready to say her goodbyes either. 

Bitty was full of excitement! That is until we arrived to the school. Nope wasn’t having it! I carried my big girl to the gym. Daddy and I sat with her while she clung to me. Secretly my heart broke for her because while I wasn’t happy about it either it hurt far worse seeing her so distraught. On the plus side my friend is her teacher this year and I know she was definitely being left in good hands. I promised to walk with her to her class if she was a big girl and held my hand and walked, that I couldn’t carry her all the way to her kindergarten class. Oh how I wanted to scoop her up and run out of that building! She wasn’t happy, but she did it. And before we left we got a big smile from our little bitty big girl!

(Found these adorable first day of school printables on Pinterest! And had Matt make me the “stop crying mama” sign for Bitty to hold for a picture while I held her first day of kindergarten sign)Keeping with tradition, Daddy took some PTO to have the first day of school off together! While I try to be brave about the first day of school, he knows this mama really has a tough time letting go. He held my hand all the way to the car while I let a few tears spill once I was far enough away from our girls to do so. I cant wait to hear all about their first day and how great it is!

Today I get to do some shopping with my love and have lunch at P.F. Chang. 

And well because I could use some humor…

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Cursing Harvey

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The effects of Hurricane Harvey…

Cons: He attempted to knock our back fence down. And did split a few boards in half. Matt and I spent an hour out in the wind and rain securing it and our 5 year old tree in the front yard that it nearly tore our of the ground. Nearly pulled the gutter off of the back of the house and did on the front of the house. 

Pros: Thankfully we were safe the entire time. Our fence didn’t fall after all. Our tree is holding on. The gutters can easily be repaired. We had a safe roof over our heads, food until the storm passed and roads were safe to drive on. We weren’t in the area of our county that needed to be evacuated because of the threat of flooding due to over flowing rivers and creeks. We had our power the entire time. Counting our blessings, especially knowing I’ve rode out much worse and far closer to the coast and have seen first hand what kind of damage a hurricane is capable of after the wrath of Katrina and the loss of our family home.

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Rock group 

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I recently joined a local group for painting kindness rocks and hiding them locally for others to find. Today I had several errands to run, which lets face is isn’t much fun for our lil monsters. So we mixed the errands up with rock hunting in between. The girls were beyond excited to find their first rock today and can hardly wait to start painting their own to hide. I was beyond excited to get those pesky errands over too. 

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