27 October 2010

Late Night Activities

My son is quite the character and always stirring up some type of fun for himself! He has recently started cutting 3 teeth on top of the 2 that have already broken through. This poor little guy is such a trooper and I lucked out that he isn't the type of baby that just screams or yells! He quietly climbs into my lap and cuddles for a few hours, then pushes away from me when he's okay he says "Momma All Beddder!" He cracks me up. Now for the past 2 nights my little boy has stayed up 3 hours past his bed time and momma hasn't been able to get any type of work done. My business is important to me, but that business does NOT hold a candle two my babies. If I fail or succeed does not really matter if my kids are not happy because at the end of the day money and success will not put happiness or love in their lives. Thankfully staying up till midnight has come with very great memories! One evening Ethan kept crawling into his bed and laying down then popping up yelling "MOMMY! I UV YOU!" with a huge grin on his face. Like a bolt of lightning he was gone in a flash, darting off to the living room and I was not too far behind him. I decided to come up with any way to get him to use up whatever energy he had bundled up inside. Thus the PILLOW FIGHT ensued. I was sitting on our couch and he was on the opposite side of our coffee table. I would toss our lightest pillows across at him and it would tap him in the chest which made him screech with excitement! He'd go pick up the pillows I tossed and come double fisting the biggest pillows at full speed to me. He knock me in the head and screech with delight! We played this game for about 15 minutes and after a minute or two of rubbing his eyes I knew the warrior was ready for bed. We tucked him into bed and kissed him goodnight! Night 2 Ethan could not get to bed thus sparked the buckin' bronco game. What I thought would last for 5 minutes did not correlate in Ethan time. My son's grasp on time is whenever he is tired of the game in 5 minutes or 95 minutes, but it is on his clock! I crawled around the living room for 45 minutes rearing up in the arm, kicked my legs back up and naaed like a horse. When I got tired after 8 minutes Ethan asked me "Why tired Momma?" and "Ahh Com'on Momma peeassee!" Since he had asked nicely and did not have a meltdown since I needed a break the game began again. Finally after 45 minutes of a constant cardio work out momma had to tagged out as Daddy tagged in. Ethan tried ever so sweetly to convince Daddy to continue the game he left off with Momma, but Daddy came up with an even better game! Ethan was tackled with tickles, kisses and belly blows. Their game last for a good 30 minutes and Ethan was still not tired. We had a load of laundry to fold and put away!!! I had the basket by me and I had Ethan take the article of clothing I had folded to Daddy on the other side of the living room. He walked back and forth for about 20 minutes, but that still did not do the job. Now 11:45 creeps around and Ethan slides off the recliner from Daddy, sluggishly walks over to me on the couch! He climbs into my lap and nuzzles up against my chest; not even 15 minutes later he was sawing logs. Ethan was out for the count and I tucked him into bed! This morning started off with a great laugh. Ethan and my day start off the same. We get his breakfast together, go pick out his clothes for the day, he eats his banana while I change his pamper, and clothe him! Well Ethan did not want to drink from his sippy cup I suppose because he dunked himself in my half a glass of Sunny D. He got a little bit of a shock when the nice and chilly liquid touched his body, but then that frown turned back into a smile. He started giggling and Momma also because in these instances what is getting upset going to do? Like the old saying goes "Don't cry over spilled MILK!" Thankfully it just got his shirt wet and we cleaned him up; picked out a new shirt. Today is going to be a fun day if this morning is foreshadowing of what is to come!!! Night 3 is tonight, so I leave this as a TO BE CONTINUED...
Climbing on!

He had a good grip!!!

Screeching with delight!

26 October 2010

As The WIND Blows By

As I sit here in my recliner seeing the leaves rustle in the wind and the branches sway side to side, I think to myself could life get any better! We have been sitting here enjoying what a marvelous day GOD has given me; all of us. What will my memory of this day be in 10 years? Will I remember how beautiful the sun was glistening against the changing leafs? Or how graceful the wind blows in my hair? The way my daughter slightly snores and lets out a huge sigh of relief? Whatever you are doing today take the time to enjoy the now because you may not know what tomorrow or the next 60 seconds will bring. Life does not always turn out the way we dreamed, though, imagined or even hoped, but it is what you make of it! You can dwell on the what ifs and cry over what should have been. I realize we need to appreciate what is and the life we have created! The grass is not always greener on the other side and although some moments seem difficult, but there is no obstacle GOD has given me that I have not been able to overcome. I have been dreaming my entire life to be the one thing in the whole world and GOD has gifted me with the only wish I have longed for which is to be a Mommy! Life is not what happens to us we control our life and we can set it spinning off on a course all over our own. Do not let these precious moments pass you by because you will regret not enjoying every second. All any of us wants is more time, and let go of whatever you hold deep down within yourself. It is time to stop living in the past, and take a hold of the present so your future is what you want it to be. And if the future is not exactly what you planned, remember that is okay! No ones life is perfect and the glitches are okay. It is how you overcome those glitches that makes the difference.  The past two days I have been getting my daughter's baptism plans in order and her little gown is the most precious little dress! I made her a bow and whipped up a cute flower design if she doesn't like the bow I created for her. My husband is heading down to his parents house in Sugar Land to have a garage sale! His parents are going to be putting their house on the market and want to get rid of the items that belong to my husband. We are hoping he makes a lot of money and I have a great feeling he will because he has a lot of stuff put away!! I am very excited about Halloween this year. It is Ethan's second Halloween, but this year we can take him trick-o-treating! He is going to be a Lil' Sheriff and Lily, a lady bug. Speaking of which I need to finish Ethan's chaps this week and thankfully Lily's costume is totally complete. I have a few orders to finish up and deliver in a couple of days!!! I think my crocheted hats are going to be a huge hit, I've sold 3 already!!! Kudos to me and my momma. She is the crocheter and I want to learn, but I don't think I have the time with everything else going on in my life. One day in the near future I'll have to learn because it is a good trait to have! Well until next time y'all. Adios 
I don't know how she can sleep like that?

Rocking in my old chair my parents fixed up for him!

23 October 2010

What do we have here?

Yesterday was pretty busy, but nothing too eventful happened. I played with my little man and woman!!! They are too precious and developing rapidly fast. Any mother would be so proud. Ethan and Lily are exceeding their milestones, rising above the bar and at times it isn't always good. For instance, Ethan learned how to unlock the child proofing we did to our cabinets and learned how to open gates that keep him from getting into other rooms, he isn't supposed to be in. My cowboy is too smart for wards and Miss Lily, well that woman has learned how to scooch. It's not a full on crawl, but she isn't supposed to do any type of crawling until 5-6 months and she's barely 3! My babies are true miracles and blessings!!! When I was pregnant with my son, I'd always hear "they grow up so fast. you'll blink and they are married with babies of their own!" Everyone that has told us that is completely correct and I hate it because I can remember finding out I was pregnant for the first time. Now I have two babies and I just want a PAUSE BUTTON! I would love for time to stand still and saver all these moments because I don't want to miss anything. I know it isn't possible, but it would be very nice to have one! I filed my hot check on Friday and now I have given my dilemma onto a lady who knows what she's doing. Now I am receiving messages, instant messages about getting my payment and all I have to say is it's a little too late. I tried to be cooperative, helpful, patient and a complete pushover if you ask me, but I am learning that I just need to stick to my guns! And that is exactly what I am going to do. Ignore her calls, emails and any other forms of contact with her because it's her problem not mine anymore! I registered Lily B. for her baptism and we are scheduled for November 13th. Not the ideal date I had initially wanted, but hey at least we have a date and it's going to happen soon. My husband found a cute little baby lizard roaming around the bushes in my parents yard and we brought it home so Ethan could have his very own pet. We made him a nice home in our old aquarium and he seems to be enjoying his new bachelors pad, but he hasn't eaten thus far. I am concerned and I think it's because he misses being outdoors! We are going to catch him some baby crickets in the morning and if not we're heading to PetsMart tomorrow afternoon. Saying a little pray for "IZZIE" the Lizard!! We don't want to have to release him, but I'd rather let him go alive then have to bury him. Today was a pretty calm and I made several bows as well as tees! They look awesome if I do say so myself! Don't mean to toot my own horn, but TOOT TOOT! I'm looking forward to making more, but in due time. Well that is all for now, until next time. Adios!

21 October 2010

Hands Down Best Concert Last Night

No caption needed!!!

Yesterday was a frustrating day with my business. I hate when people take advantage of me and say one thing, but do another. I am busting my toocas to build this business from the ground up by myself with no hand outs from anyone because that is just the type of person my parents raised. Here in the last 4 & 1/2 years after the separation from my ex fiance Chris; I've become a softy. I don't want to say I was a hard person, but I didn't put up with peoples b.s. or let anyone walk all over me. I know I pushed him away because of my own insecurities and now I've let that hardness of myself go for what happened with my ex. He was a great man, loved me with all that he had, surprised me with lilies all the time, would dance our song even though he hated dancing, snuggled just because he knew I liked it and took me out every Friday night for date night. I promised myself I'd never get hurt like that again and I promised that I'd never let myself push people away. But apparently I have let my guard go way down and the trust go way up. I need to realize that you cannot trust everyone you think you know. A girl I have known growing up ordered some cute flip flops with zebra print detailing on them and asked me to let her take the two pair even though she didn't have the money. She wrote me a check to hold as a way to know she plans to pay me back! I trusted that she wouldn't screw me around and now it's been over 2 months. I am beside myself because she has the audacity to start her own business like mine and tell me I've spent large amounts of money at Hobby Lobby, they must love me now. She owes me $25, but can spend hundreds of dollars and yet paying me is too much for them financially? Every time we set up a date to exchange her check for cash she bails on me and gives this sap story about something in her car breaking or kids needing this. You cannot tell me oh my kids feel sorry for me because please did you forget I have two little ones also? You cannot play that game with me. I am having to take this up with the district attorney's office because I am tired of her running me around! It's time I let go and let them take over from here. Maybe then I'll get my money back!!! But the highlight of my day came that evening....

After spending much of my day trying to find an extra ticket for my husband because none of my RRB (Randy Rogers Band) fan friends couldn't make it. It took me 4 hours of trying to sell my ticket and by chance they opened the ticket booth online for 10 minutes. I luckily got him a ticket and we got ourselves as well as the kiddos ready! My mom came over to watch the kiddos for us and we went to dinner at Garcia's; split beef fajita quesadillas!! Mhhhmmmm very delicioso for sure. We finished dinner around 7 and went to wait at Cheatham Warehouse for about an hour! James and I chit-chatted about stuff, talked two a few other people waiting in line. The concert got going around 9:15 and the boys finally went on stage at 10:00. And that is all she WROTE!! I sang my heart out to all their songs and even watched a girl I told to be discrete about drinking since she was 19 get kicked out. I guess her interpretation of discrete is standing on a chair with her beer in hand and her arm in the air with a huge "X" on her hand. She was a brunette wannabe sorority girl, but she should have been blonde for thinking she wouldn't get kicked out. You weren't that cute sweetheart, sorry! I didn't let her stupidity and ignorance ruin my night since we had befriended her and her friend who got kicked out for buying the drinks because she was over 21. Tisk Tisk Tisk ladies! We left the concert around 12:30 came home, dropped trow in the laundry room because our clothes wreaked of smoke. I hoped in the shower, and then my hubby!!! I snuggled under the cool sheets while my hubby got fresh and clean in the shower. We were up at 6:30 to take care of the kiddos. What a day its been! I cleaned the entire house: "vacuumed, swept, wiped down the counters, washed out the trash can, sanitized the diaper genie, pledged the coffee table" washed/folded clothes, cooked dinner, re-cleaned the kitchen, made both babies their nightly bottles & now it's momma time!! First 48 anyone?! That is my new favorite show ever since I quit my job at the Hays County District Attorney's office. Well that is all for now!! Adios

Waiting for my BOYS to HIT the STAGE!

My hubby bought me the RRB HAT!! Yay

Les Lawless (Drummer) and I

18 October 2010

Vacay Weekend

I never realized how much I would think about Blogging while on our 2 day mini vacay. Actually I only thought about it twice since we were having such a blast! Friday my hubby got off of work at 2:15 and we drove to Sugar Land, Texas to my in laws house. What normally takes people 3 or 3.5 hours took us 2 hours on the dot! Yeah some may say I have a lead foot and yet others may say that is horrible with two children, but those people don't have a toddler. My son took about an hour nap and was awake for the last hour! He got fussy about 30-40 minutes from my in laws, what a relief because we figured he might just scream and yell so we would take him out of his chair. Thankfully Ethan was such a good sport and only fussed off and on!!! We got to Sugar Land at 5 and played in their backyard for about 2 hours. Ate dinner from Carreli's best Italian mom and pop restaurant I've ever eaten at! To think I used to believe the Italian Garden here in San Marcos was delicious. They don't hold a candle to Sugar Land's hidden secret! Ethan was all sorts of hyper Friday night and he didn't get to sleep until 10:45, very unlike him. But he hadn't seen his grandparents in over a month or two. I stupidly forgot to pack Lily's onesie that I made specifically for her Fairy Costume! My mother in law Lyn and I went over to Target got some supplies. It took me about an hour to come up with an idea and another hour to complete! I have to say it was well worth the time and effort because her onesie was perfect. She looked so incredibly adorable, but when does she not? We just have two of the most gorgeous and happy babies that you would ever know. To think I was afraid my babies would be ugly or bad! GOD blessed us with these little angels. Saturday James and I got up at 7:15 so we could get ourselves together before waking the children. I lost my cell phone and we all searched for about 45 minutes, but still nothing. I finally said it was okay that I didn't have it and we should go! We arrived at the Renaissance Festival at 10:15 and we all stepped back in time. Ethan put on his wizard costume that was the best looking outfit besides Lily's! We saw a few shows, the jousting and did some fun Toddler activities. I got my hair braided and face painted for reasonable prices. YAY for me! Lily made the QUEEN stop and awe over here for about 10 minutes. What can I saw we make beautiful babies! She was like that is mine, the perfect Fairy Princess and my hubby was like keep dreaming malady! As we waited on my mother in law Lyn to watch her favorite band there Ethan made a new friend. There was this nymph elf guy dressed from head to toe in a great costume! Ethan was back in his costume and they played around with each other for about 15 minutes!!! At one point there was about 7 to 8 people photographing there interaction! I was one of the 1, 7 or 8 people. People were coming up to me and showing the great pictures they had of our son. Ethan gave the man some knuckles, a good bye handshake and a wave bye-bye!!! We returned the wagon and were on the road again around 5:15 p.m. It took us around 2 hours to get to the RENFEST, but over 3 hours to get home. I despise Houston traffic and that right there is the reason we will not be moving there. If you think Austin has horrible traffic please don't waste your breath because I know real traffic now, ugh! My hubby and I played with our babies for a few more hours until they crashed. Saturday was such a great day and we all made memories that will last forever. Sunday we got up, helped get the house back to its normal state even though it wasn't a mess. I didn't let Ethan demolish the house because given the opportunity he would have and it's not appropriate to let your children disorganize others houses! Just some friendly reminders to people who let their kids pull things off of shelves, entertainment centers, coffee tables, etc. We were able to make a pit stop on Ethan's godfathers house!! Ethan played around with Jay's dog Annie and had the greatest time. His smile and laughter is the reason we want to get a puppy desperately. Ethan lit up and didn't stop smiling until we had to get back on the road!! But we have put the puppy hunt on hold for now because every puppy we've wanted has either been adopted or the owner keeps giving us the run around. My hubby and I see that as a sign that we don't need or should get a puppy right now. We plan to wait another 6-8 months and then revisit this idea!!! Now we are back home and it never felt so sweet. I started on some work projects, completed one of the tees I am making for a friend and started on the other before bed last night. I had a stomach attack last night and unfortunately I don't have anymore of my meds. I need to make an appointment with my new doctor in hopes of getting a new prescription because I need them to function. On a good note I worked through the pain and didn't have to go to the hospital or pass out. That is a first for me and I couldn't be any happier! I am exhausted, but in a good way and can't wait for Halloween. I am making Ethan his Sheriff costume and it will be my first outfit made by yours truly. I have stitched fabric onto an already made shirt, but I'm a little scared it won't look good. All that matters is that I try and that is all I should care about! I need to go register Lily for her baptism we are having on the 30th of this month. I have been wanting to get her christened since she was born, but since she was so itty bitty no dressed would fit her. She would get eat alive by all the fabric and we don't want that at all. I have a lot on my plate right now, but what would my life be without lots to do? Well that is all for now folks! Until next time have a wonderful day. Adios







14 October 2010

Get away...

Rules of living are not written in a book and learning from experience is how you grow. I have been working diligently on my business and striving very hard to make a dependable reputation. Working day and night 14-16 hours at a time for 2.5 months! I think it is about time we blow this Popsicle stand aka our casa. It's no 5 star vacay we are taking, but it's our version of flying across the globe to some exotic island! We are taking the kids to the Renaissance festival in Plantersville, Texas and it'll be Ethan's second year, Lily's first. Honestly, I've been secretly counting down the months till the RENFEST came back around and I couldn't be any more excited. It feels like Christmas came 2 months early! The days seem to fly by too quickly and I wish there was a slow down button or a pause because I want to saver these moments of my babies being babies!!! I am going to take tons and tons of pictures. I spent the day cleaning and cleaning and cleaning the house so that I can leave for Sugar Land in peace. Not having to worry that I will have to come home to a messy house and it's a great feeling! Now I just have to load the SUV up tomorrow afternoon and hit the road by 2:30. Hopefully we won't hit any traffic because if you've ever been in Houston during 6 o'clock it's a huge pain. I remember one take we made it to Houston in 1.5 hours and it normally takes 3 hours. Then we got stuck in backed up traffic due to a wreck for about 1.5 hours.  I was so made because that was a record for me, but ehh you live and learn. I don't think I've driven that fast in over a year now. I can't wait to see my babies in their outfits!!! To be continued...

13 October 2010

Out of NoWhere

Yesterday was a regular Tuesday for me and the kids!!! Ethan up at 8, breakfast at 8:15ish, play time from 8:45-9:30, and a 1 hour nap. But our afternoon was getting spruced up! I have volunteered my eyes for research. I know you are wondering how do you volunteer your eyes for research? My mother works in the physical therapy department at Texas State University and some of the students are developing a theory on eye sight. They need 2-3 people who have no eye sight or brain issues and will test people who have eye or brain problems. I was dropped off my by mom to Derek Hall while she watched my 2 gorgeous babies. My meeting experiment started at noon, but it took me 20 minutes just to find the dang room and another 30 minutes for the tests. 231 B is inside 231 and it is helpful if you read signs, thank you very much! I was afraid that the tests were going to be difficult, but they weren't and I was greatly relieved. After all was said and done the clock struck 12:43 which meant my mom only had 17 minutes for lunch therefore we rushed over to the LBJ student center to get our grub on! I am not sure what Pizza Hut on campus puts in their Pepperoni Pizza, but speaking from experience please don't eat it. A fair warning!!! We said our good-byes with my mom and their grandma then we were off to go home. The minute I walked in the door an overwhelming pain hit all over my body specifically my tummy. Our living room didn't seem so cool anymore and every 2-4 minutes I was in the bathroom TBC (taking care of business). After 30 minutes of having to sprint to our restroom I tried calling my husband! What do you know? He doesn't answer and even better it goes straight to voice mail meaning he never charged it the night before. I get a message on Facebook telling me he forgot to re-juice his battery and I scramble around to find my phone! I get a hold of my mom who catches James right before he leaves work. Oh yes my mom and husband work together except James is just part-time! TSU won't allow him to work full-time while going to school full-time, stinky, stinky, stinky, but I understand their rationality. The two of them hopped in my moms trail blazer and raced over to our house to help me out! Thankfully my mom caught James because once he leaves work for the afternoon there is no telling where he goes? Some days he'll go to the REC to exercise, the Library to study, student center to watch TV or the quad to READ outside since the weather has been magnificent lately. James stayed home and missed his afternoon class to take care of our kiddos! I laid down in our bed, but Ethan had other plans! He kept screaming "momma, momma, momma!" I let him come snuggle in bed with me. It's not his fault that momma felt like complete poop and he is used to being with me day in and day out. When you are a mommy there is no break time, no time to be sick, or free time!!! I will suck it up for my kids and not let not feeling well consume me. Mind over matter, remember that. I finally gave into the need to sleep and took about a 1.5 hour nap. But really it was closer to a 45 minute nap because every 20-25 minutes Ethan was wanting to climb into bed with me. And what good mother turns her baby away? Not this one that is for sure. I felt a little out of it when I woke up,  but pushed through it. I got up, walked around for a while and then  made my way back to bed!! My padre stopped by to snatch his grandson for dinner at their favorite restaurant, Mamacita's. Gave me time to work on Miss Alex's 1st birthday tee! All was going well until James distracted me and I didn't realize that the other side of the shirt had snuck under the lettering. I knew something was wrong because I was using twice as much thread as before and then I saw that I had stitched both sides together. Pure frustrations set in because I had been working very diligently on this tee. I was 98% of the way done with the shirt and only had the bottom half of the "X" to stitch on. Needless to say I could see the light at the end of the tunnel and I was getting super excited to take pictures for Melissa. In order to not snap which kind of happened at my husband I went into cleaning mode, yes I clean when I'm mad, sad or happy! Takes me to another place where I can relax and not be frustrated plus my house gets the extra TLC it needs!!! By the way my house looks pretty darn clean. I could eat off my floors, but I won't just in case there is a deadly disease growing on our floor. I know that isn't the case, and yet you never know! I'm not willing to risk it. I didn't get to sleep until 2 this morning because James decided to snore all night and my tiredness finally kicked in. My body got to the point where the noise was drowned out and I could get some sleepy time. Only 2 more days until we leave for the Land of Sugar! We are taking the kids to the Renaissance Festival in Plantersville, Texas. Ethan is going to be a Wizard, and Lily is going to be a Fairy. My mother in law is making his wizard's costume and I can't wait to see the final product. Very anxious and speaking of final products, I need to start as well as finish Lily's. It's crunch time! This is not like me to procrastinate, but it'll get done by tonight make no mistake about that! I won't have time tomorrow especially since we are leaving Friday afternoon. We have to hit the road and put the pedal to the metal! I do not want to hit Katy traffic and surely not Sugar Land traffic because we'll be so close to their house. That is all for now folks! Have a great day and GOD bless. Adios!
Mr. Cook!!! The man version of Betty Crocker.

Sitting on the counter waiting so patiently for me!

11 October 2010

Nothing exciting.

Today was a pretty calm and uneventful day!!! Ethan wasn't feeling to well, and it all has to do with his teethies. I feel helpless and if I could take the pain away to give it to myself I would! All I can do is give him Children's Advil since Tylenol can't get their act together and some little teething pills. Some days are worse than others and I can't wait till he's completely done cutting teeth. Ethan can take pain very well just like his momma, but sometimes he just doesn't want to deal with it and who can blame him? We are learning how to put sentences together!!! He is doing relatively great for his 15 months and adding to his vocabulary everyday. We are up to 50 words now and to think he's only supposed to know 7 words at this age. I've got a baby genius, but there are times where his learning abilities are not good! For instance today he learned how to unlock the child proof latch. My husband installed them a couple of months ago and he was watching my every move like a hawk. I started washing dishes and Ethan says "Momma, Loot, Loot!" He was holding a pot and I was like how on Earth did you get that? I thought maybe I didn't close the door right, but then I went to stir dinner. Ethan cracked the cabinet door open reached in this is arm and unlatched the lock. I was like Oh My LANTA, this is NOT good, not good at all! Now we have to find another way to lock these cabinets. The kids napped for about an hour today and the rest of our time was spent playing around the house! When daddy got home we ate dinner I had cooked and went out on our deck to carve pumpkins! Lily slept like a little angel the entire time. It was a nice evening except for those pesky mosquitoes. I am ready for a really frigid cold front comes through and kills all of them! I wanted to let Ethan feel the gooey insides, but he wasn't having it. I put his hand in and he gave the ugliest faces which were priceless!!! He ran around the yard and we were able to convince him to come inside by bribing him with taking a bath. That lil boy is a human fish!!! He went to bed at 8:30 and is peacefully sleeping. His sister on the other hand is not in a happy mood. She only wants daddy, but it's good because I am able to work on business items! Well that is all folks. Until next time take care and GOD bless. Adios
I slimmed the boys with Pumpkin GUTS!!

Then I was slimmed by my hubby!

He didn't want the insides touching him lol

Lily sleeping like an angel from heaven!


10 October 2010

Pumpkin Patch was a SUCCESS

This is what my day consists of!!! Lucky me :o) They are GREAT

My main squeeze!!! Telling dad TOUCHDOWN
 Yesterday was my dad's birthday party and what a great evening it was! I helped my momma finish cooking the dinner and set up the driveway!! We had their tent set up outside!! Ethan ran around like a wild man as to be expected and he had an accident. His first real booboo and momma almost cried. Ethan has learned to run in little kids fast  speed and his little legs can't keep up. He tripped over his shoes and his the pavement. My dad felt so horrible, and so did I since I wasn't there when it happened, but my husband tells me that won't be the last time he hurts himself so be prepared. I hope to never have to see him in pain because it's gut wrenching to see the scratches on his nose and forehead. Poor baby boy!!!! My husband thought to make some extra cash he'd ref soccer games and in theory it was a great idea. Now I'm like ugh what did we sign up for? My husband refs all divisions of games and this means lately he's been completely zonked out. When it's little kids he's not so tired, but when the older ones are sprinting down the field he has to keep up! Lately he's been coming home; hanging out for a little while and then pass out cold! He gets up about one time to help with the kiddos and after midnight I'm on my own. They kids didn't wake up that much last night just once from each of them, but for some strange reason I woke up at 4:50 a.m. Out of nowhere I was wide awake just staring at the ceiling and then Lily woke up! I got her a bottle fed her, then James stopped snoring and I realized he was awake also. We sat there talking and then Ethan wakes up about 5 a.m. So the whole gang was just hanging out talking and playing! The kids and James went back to sleep around 5:15, but not momma. I came into the living room, made some bows, made Lily a tutu, and finished her onesie! By the time I knew it, I saw that the clock said 8:29, yikes bikes! I got dressed quickly raced over to the church to set up Lily's baptism. Come to find out the information the secretary from the office told me was incorrect and that I needed her to set up the individual ceremony. How annoying, but I digress! I am going to call first thing tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. to get this little discrepancy smoothed out. I filled the gas tank up, and then decided that my SUV needed to be detailed! I went to get the car washed by sonic and the part that is supposed to move was jammed so only the front part of my SUV was getting cleaned. I called to get a refund and the owner just gave me the 4 digit password to wash my vehicle. Then I figured why not vacuum all the dirty and what nots off the floor of the black diamond. I got back home around 10:30 was gone for almost an hour! Everyone was in the same place I had left them around 9:30 that morning. It was great to be able to get all of our to do list completed without having to drag the kids around!! I received a call from a lady who bought bows from me at the Buda Fest and wants me to make some decorations for her daughter's baby shower!!! I was very touched that they thought I could do the job to their satisfaction. We have a meeting tomorrow and I'm going to give them my ideas for the decorations! Unfortunately I'll only have about 3 days to work on these items because we are heading to Sugar Land, Texas to visit my in laws and then Saturday we are taking the kids to the RENFEST!! Ethan is going to be a WIZARD and Lily is going to be a FAIRY. I cannot wait to see Ethan and Lily's outfits side by side! This week is going to be very busy, but I know GOD will help me get through it without losing my mind! But we took the kids to two pumpkin patches in Elgin, Texas. The first one was a dud not what I had expected, but who can complain when it was FREE? Then we went to the pumpkin patch we went to last year and it was ten times more fun! It's because Ethan is old enough to ride the horses, feed the animals, pick out pumpkins, paint and much more!!! We had a great time and Lily did a great job advertising for me. A hand out a couple of cards thanks to my incredibly adorable daughter, GO LILY B!!! Well that is all for now... I might not be able to write for a few days because I may not know which way is UP or DOWN. Adios
He was so excited to be able to hold and love on her!!!

Helping Papo blow out the candles!!

Weighing the PROS & CONS

My Husband and I have been debating for a little while now whether or not we should get our son, Ethan a puppy! Although I have had a pure bred Dachshund named Codie or as Ethan calls him TODI. It's the cutest! Codie is not the best listener and would rather run away than stay put. I have never seen a dog with more energy and Ethan needs a puppy who can withstand being on the go 90% of the day. But my little wienie does not have an off switch and will jump on you, nudge you or do more annoying tactics to get you to play with him! All of us can push him away and all he does is knock Ethan over so you can see my dilemma. We did a pet quiz online this evening and we were give 6 different breeds of puppies that are best suited for our family!!! I googled some of their breeds and the pricing just blew me out of the water. Even if we could afford to pay $500+ for any of those pups I don't think we should! I would rather spend that amount of money for things my babies need. Then I found an adoption agency that has the breed of puppy we want for Ethan! She is a beagle & harrier mix, 3 months old which is the perfect age. It will only cost $10 to purchase her as a stipulation we have to get her spayed and that is no biggie at all. Compared to spending $500+ we will spend $50 max! Now that is what I call a good deal. I emailed the adoption agency and will god willing hear something back on Monday. Hopefully James won't change his mind about getting Ethan a puppy by then. My fingers are tightly crossed! If all fails we have decided to bring our kitty cat Hunnie back to our house. Ethan loves to chase her around and for some reason she lets him do whatever he wants to her without flinching! What a brave kitty cat we have! For you animal activist he isn't abusing our cat by any means, if you have children you know he isn't the gentlest petter.

How can I not fall for that face?!

And we shall call her "DAISY" or "MISSY"

Ethan & Hunnie Bunnie!!

09 October 2010

My Pet Peeve

She loves to EAT & He loves his HORSE!!
You know when someone tells you "I'M GOING TO DO THIS..." But only do part of what they started and then you end up doing twice as much work to complete their task. That is my biggest pet peeve! Please please please when you start a project you must or should FINISH it out of respect for the other people around you. My husband thought he'd help me out by doing the laundry and hearing the sentence "Babe, I'll do the laundry, you please relax for once!" was like music to my ears! The angels in heaven were singing HALLELUJAH HALLELUJAH. Now 3 days have passed and I've walked by our laundry room approximately 50-55 times. Every time I've noticed the washer door closed and the only time it is ever closed is when clothes are inside. I stub my foot on our hamper which slides into the dryer and it makes a huge gong noise. Most of your moms out there know the sound of an empty drier and I walk over to the door, open it. Yep there was not one article of clothing inside, no shirts, pants, socks, towels, nothing. I open the washer and get a whiff of musk water. I had to rewash those clothes again, dry, fold, and put them away all while taking care of our daughter. He was "doing the laundry" I played with our children and for what? For me to have to redo his half cooked work? This boy needs to remember that when he starts a project no matter how insignificant he may seem to him is very important to the flow in this household! I had to take 10 steps back to re-correct his work and on top of my daily routine/chores. He thinks it's alright that he can forget about the laundry because it's not a big deal and I shouldn't let the small stuff get to me. He is right on part of that, however it is not about us anymore this is about our children! There has to be structure and a routine so that I am not constantly having to do things. I am fed up with having to do everything by myself on top of the things he tries to do and fails miserably. I would love for him to do the laundry from start to finish and prove that he is capable of being responsible! Only time will tell and if he doesn't then he'll be sleeping with the raccoons because we don't have any dogs! We do have vermin so he better watch his back since some of them are very feisty. Just kidding I wouldn't make him sleep outside even though it might teach him to remember!

07 October 2010

Onward to the weekend

Getting ready for LIFT-OFF!!!
In the Process...

I have been working steadily at my tutus for Pookie Jane's Boutique in Gruene, Texas! I finished them up last night and then completed the final touches this morning before James left for school! Tis a great thing when professor's cancel a morning class. I am able to do about 10 things on my to do list without having to stop 50 times in the process. I'm not whining because my kids come first and I will not let this business of mine come between my duty as a momma. This morning went by again very quickly and after I finally wore Ethan out he went down in our bed by himself! My baby boy is learning and quite content with himself now. Before he would never let you put him down until he was out for more than an hour and the rocking oh goodness the rocking. Although I would have liked to have him secure with himself and allowed him to cry, but I honestly can say I wouldn't change a thing about the first year of Ethan's life! He was our first born and you learn for the next baby like we have for Lily. No parent is going to do anything 100% correctly and you have to do what you feel is right for your children. Everyone can give their opinions and pointers, but at the end of the day it is your life so live it the way you see fit! My two babies make my life complete and I can die in peace knowing that I brought two of the greatest gifts into this world with a lot of determination and rebellion! To think if I would have listened to those doctors who said I would never have a baby and if I did conceive I would have a miscarriage after month 2. All I have to say to those doctors I have two reasons that say you are wrong! Wow I can definitely get side tracked. I had to deliver the rest of Kelly's order this evening and wouldn't you know it, Gruene was having a huge wine festival! And what would you know I actually wanted to pick up my favorite of all favorite wine. It is a sweet wine made in Wimberley, Texas! So delicious, haven't had it in nearly 2 years. Then we drove all the way to Kyle to get Ethan's hair cut because he's been needing it done for weeks now. James and my mom took Ethan to get his hair cut back in August which led to the biggest botch job I've ever seen. It looked like Jim Carrey in "Dumb & Dumber" and more uneven unfortunately. This guy at Premiere Cuts by HEB in Kyle did a phenomenal job! He didn't like it at first and cried for about 2-3 minutes straight, but then saw that the gentleman wasn't going to hurt him. Come on little man I would die, kill, and steal for my son as well as daughter! He started to laugh and get the willies as the neck trimmer came out! We had such a great time and then we got a phone call about my business. We had a lovely young woman come over and purchase some bows! She is interested in getting a TEE made for herself; made my day again. God is pleasing me and my family beyond belief! Having faith as small as a mustard seed will prevail. Don't ever give up and when the hard times seem to get tougher just keep pushing forward. Like Dory says "JUST KEEP SWIMMING, JUST KEEP SWIMMING, SWIMMING, SWIMMING!" Ethan finally stopped fighting his sleepiness and fell asleep about 15-20 minutes ago. Then I got hungry so my hubby kept suggesting stuff to eat and I kept being difficult! I couldn't help, but just giggle at him because he had his thinking cap on. Well that is all for now guys! Have a wonderful evening. Adios
The new DO






06 October 2010

Couldn't get better!!

Ethan was up bright and early this morning! Can you say, 7:30? After 2 hours of wabbling around the house in a grumpy mood Ethan crawled into bed with me and fell asleep across the bed. I was on about a sliver of our queen sized bed and Ethan had the rest. I think we need a Cali King bed! Anyone else agree? Especially when you have a bed hog like my husband and son. Well James really isn't a bed hog as he is a SNORING King. I tend to keep as far away from him and he will try to snuggle up next to me while snoring very loudly in my ear. Yuck! To get a little revenge and justice I will pinch his nose shut so he'll wake up gasping for air. He'll wake up and be like what's wrong? Where are we? It's great! Take that Mr. ISNOREEVERYNIGHT... Today came and went too fast! I finally dragged my lazy butt out of bed around 11 a.m. I came into the living room to check my email to make sure my business meeting was still on and at 11:08, Ethan comes walking into the living room. He hands me my phone and says Mimi Momma, Mimi. I look at my phone and sure enough I missed a phone call from my mom. What would I have done if he hadn't of been in the bed? He is such a great helper! We steadily rushed our morning routine and were running a little late because momma had to get everything packed into the SUV aka the BLACK DIAMOND! We safely drove very fast to pick up daddy from work so we could head to Gruene to meet Kelly from Pookie Jane's to drop off my first half of her order of TuTus. This boutique picked up my line of tutus and I am completely thrilled! I have been praying night and day, day and night for someone to have faith in my talent which has happened. Kelly emailed 2 days ago and we finalized an agreement for the first batch! Come out this weekend to see what all she has available and the more you all buy the more orders she'll be making. I met Kelly at 12:30 and she loved, loved, loved the first part of her order which was such a relief. When you put so much of your heart and self on the line for others to tear down it's scary to be so vulnerable. I drove up to North Austin to surprise my dad for his birthday, but when we got there he was on a conference call. We had to wait patiently and it was hilarious because Ethan had no clue why Papo was in his office not paying attention to him. He would go up to the big glass window to his office and yell PAPO, PAPO, PAPO, Hi, PAPO! It was the cutest thing ever. After 30 minutes of visiting we headed back home, and that meant back to work I go. I finished the last batch of tutus and watched my son run like a wild Indian around the living room! He played with his new blanket I made him and it was funny. He finally wanted to go lay down in his own bed which is something he and I have been working on! He was out cold no one had to rock him or anything he just went to sleep on his own while watching LA INK. Then my hubby hears the Geico Commercial with Maxwell and after the first WEE went off nothing so my husband didn't run in to turn the TV off. Then after the 3rd WEE sure enough Ethan popped up out of a deep sleep and started coping Maxwell! That boy loves that commercial and will run around the house saying WEE MOMMA WEE! All we could hear is Ethan saying WEEEE, WEEEE, WEEEE and we cracked up laughing because there was nothing we could do. Now Ethan is back to sleep and the TV is on MUTE! What a great evening. I leave you with pictures of Ethan running around with his New Fleece Tie Blanket I made him with horses on it. Until next time! Adios

He was all sorts of happy to have his blanket!

Batman has his cape w/ a bat & Ethan has his horsies

Calling the horses

04 October 2010

My little Helper

I was woken up by a 2 month olds almost laughter! Lily was wide awake at 5:15 am and was giggling about something. Then Ethan woke up in a cranky mood, but it's because we are weening him off the bottle. He did surprisingly well and only had a 4 oz bottle then entire night! I think he'll be sleeping through the night in a few days and  I am extremely proud of my big boy. I want to cry because he's growing up before my very eyes and it's not something I'm ready to accept! My babies finally went to sleep around 6:30ish and slept until 9:10. I woke up with some cramping and I am holding my breath. I have endometriosis to the 5th power and my doctor thinks it's actually in blood stream. Basically that means nothing will really cure me unless having a baby adjusts my woman-hood. My pains only happen when I get my monthly visitor and today was not bad at all even though I was nauseated about 50% of the day. Ethan could tell his momma wasn't feeling all too well so he was on his best behavior and was good about 98% of the day which is like perfection in Ethan time! He helped me clean up the house, get his lunch ready and watch his baby sister, Lily. What more could I ask for? Ethan is such a helpful little man! I love him with all my heart. I got an inspirational email today from a lady that wants to see my collection of merchandise! It was music to my ears and she wants to see everything I have which was all packed up from this weekends festivities. She gave me the drive to get my business room together and it took me about 3 hours to organize as well as unpack all of my items. Everything looks really good and I am quite proud of myself! If anyone else wants to see my collection please send me an email so you can stop by and check it out in person. Very anxious for Thursday and Friday to come! Keep me in your prayers. The house is cleaned, our clothes washed, babies asleep and momma relaxing! What a great way to end the day. Well that is all folks!!! Until next time.

03 October 2010

Check it OUT...

I finally got my own website up on Wix.com and Etsy.com as well! If you have cute little girls then these two sites will definitely help add more pizazz to your little princesses!!! Thank you and have a blessed day!!!


http://www.wix.com/luvbug_creations/dreamscometrue
http://www.etsy.com/shop/mcmillfam

Won't be Defeated

It has been a couple of days since I've last posted and I feel completely terrible. I wanted to do a posting everyday, but the last 48 hours have been hectic. Sara and I had a booth at the Buda Fire Fest in Buda, Texas this past Friday evening and All day on Saturday. Let me tell you it was very tiring to pack, unpack, load, unload, organize and prioritize all my merchandise 2 days in a row. Although I didn't make as much money as I had hoped it was a great experience! I passed out a lot of business cards, and flyers for both my business as well as Sara's photography. It was an experience in itself and my tutu was the center of attention at the Little Miss Fire Fest Pageant. As Halloween inches it's way to us my breath is being held because I'll hopefully have a lot of orders for costumes! I am praying this year I can bank, but only time will tell and I'm staying positive. God will provide! He always does in one way or another. I enjoyed all the new and wonderful people I met. Especially the ones that gave me great advice, and ideas to help expand my business! To you wonderful ladies I thank you from the bottom of my heart. The lady who deserves all the praise is my mom for being such a helping hand and creator as well! She made my welcoming sign wall very cute and it made the difference. My booth stood out in a good way among the other 50 vendors! I get my creativity from her and I can never tell her thank you enough. Although my parents babysat their grandchildren while my hubby and I were busy working the event. They were in hog heaven! The Buda Fest also had a pony walk and I was able to sneak away to take Ethan for a ride. My father taught him to call the horses and by George he did it! He was going bananas waiting not so patiently for his turn on the ponies. It was the cutest thing ever to see his face light up like the Fourth of July! My kids never cease to amaze me and I am forever grateful they chose me to be their mother. First weekend down of the next 3 weekends we will be busy! Next Saturday Eddie's Birthday, Sunday we're heading to the Pumpkin Patch in Elgin, Texas. This year will be tons of fun since Ethan will be able to run around and do all of the crafts that they had last year. Very excited to take pictures of my wee ones having a fabulous time! Today was an extremely busy day for me also. My husband needed to study for a test he has tomorrow and complete a few quizzes online. As I wrangled up our babies while he studied and once I got them down for a nap he was done! I ran out to the Prime Outlet here in San Marcos to get a few things for the kiddos. They are in dire need of warmer clothes and clothes that fit for that matter. GOD knew we didn't have a lot of money to spend and thankfully they were having a huge SALE at Carter's! Lily got a lot of shirts that cost $3.40 and Ethan got shirts that were $5.00. Momma is a thrifty shopper and came out like a bandit. I'm not sure if the lady rang up the clothes correctly, but I spent like nothing there for a lot of clothes, but I didn't wait around for her to figure it out! Even if she wanted to find me she couldn't because I was running like a bat out of hell. Maybe in a couple more weeks I'll go back and get them more clothes when this business starts bringing in more earnings. Come on clients!!!! I need your business and I'll make it worth every cent. Well that is all folks. Until next time, Adios!
The entrance to my booth! Go Momma.

Ethan helping move the cooler!

Momma's little Model!

30 September 2010

Unfortunately a MUST

Growing up as a youngster the only 2 things I dreaded was getting shots and spankings. Now as a grown woman, mother of 2 and wife to 1 my biggest 2 fears are leaving this world for another and seeing my babies get shots. Tomorrow is Ethan's 15 month shots that he should have gotten at 12 months, but due to insurance issues we could not do it. I hate you AETNA COBRA plan and CERIDIAN because you two are sister companies, but will not communicate to each other. I paid you $558.00 to have insurance a month and it took you over 3 months to send the information to each other so in the computer it would say "ACTIVE." Very frustrating to say the least. Ethan is a champ with his shots, but he hasn't gotten them in a long time and I'm fearing he will cry tears I have yet to see. Lily hates needles, but deals with them and only lets out a loud chirp! I don't want them to get shots on the same day, but seeing how their doctor's office is in Austin and gas is expensive we must do it all on one day. Ugh not looking forward to my babies getting their shots, but it is for their own good. I have to keep telling myself that or I will cry and not take them. Thankfully my momma is coming with me to help wrangle the wiggle worm aka Ethan!!! He is just like me when I was a little girl, always on the go and always getting into stuff. Oh how the tables have turned! Lily thank heavens takes after my husband. Don't think my husband could deal with 3 of me running around this world! It is a peaceful afternoon. I washed all the clothes, sheets, towels and windexed the mirrors. Now I need to sweep and mop the kitchen floor! Probably vacuum later tonight and get my "CREATIONS" together. I stapled my business cards to my bags and stuffed them also. Called to get information about renting a pavilion in Buda which is absurd to say the least. I won't even put up how much we were told it would cost because it gives me the willies. We are doing a Christmas Photo Shoot here in San Marcos on November 14th!!! Be there or be square. I hope this helps to expand both Price Photography and Luv Bug Creations because ultimately this is what we want to do when our children go off to school *sigh* I have several more years before that happens and until then I am going to enjoy every smile, tear, tantrum, hug, kiss, poopy diaper and high 5. This is what my life has become and I couldn't ask for more!!! I am blessed to have two healthy children and a supportive husband who may not know what to do or how to do things, but he's supportive and I'll take it! He means well.  Today is a great day and I cannot wait till my wee ones wake up so we can get to playing again! It is definitely boring around this house when the sleep even though it's nice, I still miss the chaos! I honestly cannot remember what my life was like before these lil' blessings and I don't want to think about it because those were not the good days. I am living the great life now and I love it! Well that is all for now. Take care & GOD bless!

He was sliding off the couch just centimeter by centimeter! I slid him back up after this lol

Awe she's so darn precious!

29 September 2010

To DYE or NOT?!


I have one of the new songs off of Randy Rogers Bands new CD. Their song is stuck in my head, "Damn the RAIN...". and I'm not complaining. There is no RRB song that I don't adore! I am extremely anxious to see them come October 20th at Cheatham Warehouse. It has been 2 long years since I have seen the world's GREATEST band to ever grace the stage! Wow, I have been pregnant for 2 years off and on which has kept me from seeing them, but I promised myself that I would go whenever they come my way!!! As long as I wasn't pregnant and this year I'm not. Yippee!!! Technically I wasn't pregnant this time last year either, but they didn't come to town or close to me. What a relief to be pregnant. There is just something about Brady's fiddle and Randy's voice that takes me to another place, another time where life makes sense and there are no worries on my mind! All I know is that when RRB is on my radio I am at ease and their music is the cleansing your soul needs. Today was a good one! Ethan and Lily slept till 9 played for about an hour then went back to sleep until 11:45 a.m. I had no idea we all had fallen back to sleep and it was very nice cuddling with my wiggle worm! He is a whoot. I worked on my bows yet again this evening and made about 45; that's a new record! SCORE. Then I decided that these blonde highlights weren't working for me anymore. They were okay for a couple of weeks, but I missed my darker hair! It takes me back to a time where I felt complete and happy in my own skin these days I question that. Darker hair is home and comforting. Blonde hair was the days of partying and acting a fool, but those days are over. Having babies changes your body in different ways and although I'd never take those reasons for living back, I'd love to have my old bubbies back! They seem to be like two white socks flapping in the the wind on the clothes line. Anywho, I decided to dye my hair to a more chestnutty color as James called it! I wanted my friend Jennifer to fix it for me, but after checking out my schedule for the next month I will not have a free weekend since they close shop at 5 during the week. Oh well it turned out great! I will have a picture up soon. The weekend is vast approaching and I am oober excited to see the outcome of my designs! I haven't been to the Buda Fire Fest in years I think I'll do great seeing how Tracy Lawrence and Mark Chestnutt are taking stage Friday and Saturday night. They are sure to bring a crowd into this small country town!  More so Tracy than Mark! Oh My Goodness Ethan did the cutest thing.  It was 10:26 at night and Ethan walks into the living room rather than sleeping to tell me... Momma TOUCHDOWN with his little arms in the air and a giant smile on his head! I was dying my hair and I had to wash it out, but Ethan couldn't understand why he wasn't allowed in the bathroom with me. I didn't want him to get dye on him and I could hear him above the gushing water screaming MOMMA, MOMMY, MOMMA. Poor thing broke my heart and as I blow dried my hair he was still giving his daddy a hard time. As I finished up the house was silent and as I went to see where my babies were. Ethan was wide awake with his head on James' shoulder and I took him to snuggle on our recliner! I put him on my shoulder and not even 5 minutes later he was out cold. My baby boy just wanted me his momma; all is right in the world! I am exhausted going to call it a early night. That's ALL for NOW!!! Until next time. Adios

28 September 2010

Keep on Truckin'

Day 2 of the NO CAFFEINE well actually NO SODAS period challenge! Not difficult at all. I have been substituting my usual 2 colas a day with apple juice and capri suns!!! Yum. I guess I was thinking this would be harder, but I've only been drinking sodas for about a month now and before that I wasn't because I was breast feeding my lil' angel, Lily! My actual challenge is going to be drinking the 8 glasses of water a day that your body requires. Ugh I just get the chills  thinking about that. I hate water and it doesn't do a body good; well it does, but that's how I like to see it! This past Sunday was our FALL PHOTO SHOOT and it went surprisingly well. I had a few reservations, but I made enough money for the small crowd we got and I am pleased. I was planning to do the Wimberley Market Days this Saturday, but I heard about the Buda Fire Fest and decided to do rent a booth there instead. If you are in the neighborhood please stop by and see my new collection of my hair bows and headbands. I need to work a lot more to expand my inventory and needless to say I will be busy for the next few nights. Can you say ALL NIGHTERS?! The funniest thing happened today. Lily had finished a bottle and I placed it on the coffee table while I was trying to burp her. Ethan grabs her bottle holds it up above his head, then spikes it on the ground and screams FOOTBALL!!! I cracked up laughing because he went over to his actual football and goes Mommy, Momma FOOTBALL while pointing it at me. I didn't realize by teaching him FOOTBALL and TOUCHDOWN, he would turn into spiking objects while screaming out those words, ha. My boy is a whoot that is for sure! Lily had 10 minutes of tummy time and that is better than her 5 minutes last week. She is working up her stamina, go baby girl!  I am content and happy with the end of my day. That's all for now!
she was all sorts of smiling today!
Ethan saying Touch Down!!!!