This was a tough week. After the horrific shooting in Las Vegas earlier this week, my heart has been extremely heavy. So many people just experienced the worst day of their life and it left me feeling helpless. Wishing that things in our society would change but not knowing what needs to change, how to do it or even how one person could help make a change. It almost felt silly to me, to blog cute pictures of our kids or talk about any struggles we may be facing, when I’m still trying to wrap my head around how something like this could happen in our country. But I want to end this week on a lighthearted note, with something that makes me smile and reminds me of what’s most important in my life. These 4 kiddos. These four people, who I’m trying with everything in to me, to rise as good human beings. So this weekend I will put down my phone a bit more, say yes when they ask me to play with them and remind them of how much I love them.
Today we went to the Dallas Arboretum (it’s a teacher workday for our district!) I paid a whole heck of a lot more than I did the last time we went (pictures here) and the whole reason I paid an arm and a leg was to get a cute picture of my kids in front of the pumpkin. But life with 4 kids and more specifically our youngest Cal, just doesn’t make that easy. Here are a couple of the outtakes I got of the sweet rambunctious 3 year old….
Here he is being the rebellious younger brother that doesn’t want to stand by anymore…
Sticking his tongue out at me….
And intentionally turning his head away from me lol!
But regardless I’m glad I ended up with that one cute smiling picture up there and it made the outing worth it. Those 4 smiling faces are my WORLD (plus their awesome Daddy) and I’m so glad I get to do life with them. Off to enjoy our 4 day weekend!
I saw this meme and it totally cracked me up because it’s COMPLETELY right about military life!
A couple months ago when my husband was selected for Gunnery Sergeant he started talking to the monitor to see where he could get orders to next. We will be finished with recruiting duty in January and it’s always an exciting/anxious time figuring out where will be PCSed (permanent change of station) to next! Pretty quickly afterwards the monitor told us where he’d be going (!!!) but that we’d have to wait a bit for orders. My husband is a combat camera Marine and his MOS and the public affairs MOS will be merging soon, so they were unable to cut orders for us until the merge officially happens. Ok that’s fine, no worries – except that we need to get on the housing list in case we want to live on base and of course the list is months and months long. With each passing week my no worries attitude was slipping further and further away! Fast forward to a couple weeks ago, after my husband bugged the monitor enough he cut us orders -yay!! – but they still had to be sent up to EFMP for approval (a program that helps make sure people with medical issues get stationed at places that can provide services for them.) So yet again we still waited and waited for the orders to finally hit the system. We thought it’d be no big deal and they would approve them right away! But after a series of phone calls on Friday, it turned out the doctor our son Grayson needs to see is much MUCH further away than we’d like. The EFMP coordinator that I was speaking with told me we could get the orders cancelled if we wanted and that it was up to us. Insert panic mode – trying to decide what’s best for our family and Brian’s career – ekkk! He was really really looking forward to the unit he was headed to and I hated to take that away from him but as soon as he heard how far away the drive would be, he called the EFMP coordinator and cancelled the orders. And just like that we are back at square one! I’m excited and hopeful that we’ll find something out soon and that it will be an even better situation for us. With just 4 months away til we move I hope we find something out quickly! I had already started talking to a realtor, researched school districts, researched place to visit around our new duty station but thankfully hadn’t told the kids yet. I wanted to wait til we had official orders before we said anything to them, to make this move as smooth as possible and I’m glad we did. I’m sure they’ll be fine with anywhere that we go, but this move feels a bit different than all our other moves since we live by family. Our older kids have already started talking about not wanting to move away from their grandparents. But such is the life – moves are just a part of being a military family and honestly they’re one of my favorite parts of this life. Can’t wait to find out where we’re going next!
Yesterday my phone told me it was completely out of storage. So I decided it was finally time to transfer over the 11,000+ photos (no joke!) to my computer. But then when I did that my computer told me it was also completely out of storage haha, so I was transferring over photos to my external hard drive when I came across many many dates of photos that I never edited! So that means I get to have a little #throwbackthursday and share some oldies but goodies 🙂
Two summers ago was our epic road trip from here in Texas up to Colorado! This was one of my favorite trips we’ve ever taken, we all still talk about how much we loved Colorado quite often. Since Texas is gigantic and takes forever to get out of, we decided to stop in Amarillo for the night before making our way into Colorado. While in Amarillo we got to see Palo Duro Canyon and Cadillac Ranch! This place is awesome. There are a handful of old Cadillac’s, nose first in the ground that have layers and layers of spray paint on them. So cool!
The kids had a blast and loved getting to write their names on the cars. Definitely a cool experience and something worth doing if you happen to be on a road trip through Texas 🙂
Writing our last name!
I’m so glad I stumbled across these photos, I love looking back at old photos and seeing how much the kids have grown 🙂