Monday, January 19, 2015

4. .

1st Birthday

                                                                        2nd Birthday
                                                                          3rd Birthday

We celebrated Mardi Gras style - beautiful weather, fabulous friends and family, and yummy food. Happy Birthday to the kid that can drive me absolute bananas one minute, and give me lots of kisses the next. We love you so much, kiddo!!

Whole 30. .

At the end of last year, my sole sisters and I were talking about changing up our diet. It's so much easier when you have a group that holds you accountable! So, we decided to do Whole 30 . . we aren't diet crazy. .we needed a lifestyle change.

Is it hard?
 Nope - as long as you prepare. I knew that my hubby wouldn't be all in for this change. So, I take meals that I was already preparing and make it whole30 approved for me.

Ex: I already made our pasta sauce from scratch. Surprisingly, changing up a couple of ingredients made it whole 30. He likes noodles. .no biggie to cook. I like spaghetti squash or zoodles. .again, no biggie to cook. 

I have made a few new meals that have been AMAZING!!! This change is something that I've needed to do, and now that I have my girls to share recipes with, it's been that much better!

Not to mention our monthly cooking days! So much fun!!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Conductive Ed

For awhile, now, I've been researching Conductive Education. We also have an L1 'brother' who attends a summer session in his state. 

Besides all of that, the program sounds phenomenal...exactly what we've been wanting for Carson. The only problem is that there are very few of them. I emailed one of the schools to get a better idea of how a typical day goes. OMG, I WAS READY TO PACK BAGS AND SIGN THE KIDS UP FOR IT! Yes, it was that amazing. Best yet, the owner started this particular one due to her son, and she's an OT. 

It was so nice to talk to her from a mom standpoint and therapist standpoint. To hear what she had to say we're things I constantly think about. The idea of this school, and the goals are exactly what we have and want for C & B. 

As much as I was ready to say, sign us up, there are still a few more hurdles to see about. It's quite pricey, but I feel it's so worth it. Then, there's the actual video assessment, etc. 

We'll see. .

Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Year. . Same ole me :)

The first page of a new book....2015

Jen and I hit the pavement for a nice little 3 miler. 4:30 am is my favorite time. No, really, I'm being honest. My sole sisters are the best. We motivate each other, talk about everything, share happy and sad tears, joke with each other, etc.. 

It's that time where I'm just Erica. Best. Feeling. Ever. They mainly see me in one role - running/trytoskipoutofpumpclass/musthavemyspark girl. Not only that, it's my primary girl time! I've become a better mom and wife since adding this me time in. 

A nice calorie burn always starts the day off right :) Not to mention. .my hubby came home a day early from the camp :) Woohoo!!

Here's to no expectations. .no resolutions. .living each day for what it's worth. .keeping Him first. .and not taking precious moments for granted. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Movin' on up. .

No, we didn't purchase a new house...yet. But, I did get a new ride :)

My in laws surprised us with a brand new Toyota van! Let me fill you in on the back story:

My XL7 needed to go to the dealership for some work. 2 weeks with a rental van, I realized how nice and spacious they were. Returned the rental, picked up my vehicle and not a week later I was having the same issues it went in for. Called the dealership to let them know I was on my way. Driving there, my brakes caught on fire! Yes, FIRE!! Needless to say, I couldn't drive it home. A friend came to save me and Bray at the dealership, and we let the truck sit at the dealership until A) they fixed it B) we figured out what the heck to do. Mind you, we were never in the market for a new vehicle. Enter the inlaws. 
After a few phone calls with choice words, the dealership fixed my vehicle and we did a quick sale on it. Everything worked out ;)

I swore up and down that I would NEVER own a van - my mom always had one, and it was so not cool! haha Well, given our situation, a yukon/tahoe would not be helpful (and, IMO, the new design is just not working). So, here I am rocking a van and I LOVE it!!

Functional...completely functional :)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Lately. .

I have been on a bit of a hiatus, lately.

Everything seemed to finally be settling down - shunt issues were becoming less, doctor appts. were spacing out more, the routine of therapies was getting better, etc.

In the blink of an eye, everything changed.

My sister and I have been running the cafe' while my mom has been doing treatments at MD Anderson. To say it's been easy would be a lie, but we are making it. Our mom has given up SO much for us, and she finally had the chance to open something that has always been a passion. Taking over the cafe' was a no-brainer.

I took some anger out on God. Our family was finally all in a good place... WHY THIS...WHY OUR MOM?!? I just didn't (and still don't) understand. We stopped going to church, even though we still prayed. I started re-evaluating relationships with friends. And, for once I left my phone in the car and fully enjoyed the pumpkin patch with my boys. I have no pictures to show of that day, but we had an absolute blast!

Pretty cool how God works.

I failed part of His test by doubting and turning away from Him..even for a brief moment. It's happened before and I told myself it wouldn't happen again. I know this is all a part of His master plan.

We are back at Church, and I'm loving our new priest. His messages continue to hit me every Sunday. We have made a 'winter bucket list' for the boy's. As far as re-evaluating friends - guess, I should say, people in our lives - that's still in the process.

Everyday is a gift...Every ability is a gift...

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Daddy Love...

                                                   These boys LOVE their daddy!! 


                                  It's always a race to the door when I yell out "dad's home"