Here's to Summer

Here's to cute little girls all dressed for 4th of July

Here's to afternoons spent at the splash pad

Here's to swimming the afternoon away

Here's to not being pregnant in July
Here's to having two mobile babies at the lake
Here's to lake time with family and friends

Here's to sending time with cousins at Grammy and Papaws

Here's to floating in the backyard
Here's to celebrating another Birthday
We are looking forward to you summer.
We encounter God in the ordinariness of life, not in search for spiritual highs and extraordinary mystical experiences but in our simple presence in life.
~author unknown


Memorial Day weekend

Don't let these sweet little faces fool you.  They wore me out today.  Apparently Easton is a biter.  Addi has two bruises to prove it and he even has two marks on his own arm.  Addi has a bruise and a cut between her eyes where he chuncked a book.  God definitely has a plan with birth order if Easton would have been first he may have been an only child.  I either have a cold sore throat fever or allergies. Either way I was miserable today. And you guessed it Justin was at work. 

We did have a good weekend...zoo on Saturday then went to the fire station for a fish fry. Justin made he best hush puppies ever. Good thing Justin doesnt cook for me like he does the guys at the station. I would be BIG L...

Sunday was church and they did a service for the tornado victims. It was so so sad. They are starting to open more streets and it looks like a bomb went off there is really no words that describe what you see. Still praying for everyone involved. 


Moore Oklahoma

This week has been unforgettable.  We have been living in a haze wondering what to do and can't stop looking at the pictures on TV.

I did not know how big and horrible the tornado was until about midnight when we got a generator hooked up and Justin finally made it home to tell what he had seen. It was about 2:20 in the afternoon and I had the tv on listening to the weather they said storms were coming be alert. I texted my neighbor and told them we were coming over to their storm shelter if it got bad.  I am not nervous about tornados and storms and actually kind of like a good thunderstorm but this day was different I felt nervous and anxious so I decided to wake addi and Easton and head over to the shelter. I texted Justin who was at the fire station, that I was going and told him I loved him and he said be safe and he loved all of us. We walked across the street and it had just started raining. We talked for a few minutes and the news said the tornado was in new castle we decided to go onto the shelter. We had 3 adults and 3 kids. I have had severe anxiety maybe a slight panic attack twice in my life and they were both when I have been in this storm shelter with my kids. I hate it. It is hot and it feels like you can not breathe. It is a horrible feeling and when our neighbor said let's close the door I almost lost it but after a few minutes I was better and was able to focus. This shelter is a 3 foot by six foot hole. At first we were watching on the computer screen the path the tornado was takin but it was still 15 miles away. I was never put it together that we were in the direct path. I got a text from a friend in Amarillo and thought that was strange that she knew about it.  Then we lost power so we waited. It sounded like we were standing next to train it wasn't rain or hail it was just a loud loud noise then it was gone.

I am so thankful that when we opened the door thay house was still standing. There was debris everywhere we had photographs all in our yard and I knew the tornado was bigger than I thought. Our phones didnt work occasionally you would get a tex or a call to go through.  Looking back I am glad I didn't see all the text or get the calls because even at this point I had no idea how close we came.

Justin was at the fire station watching and he knew we were in the direct path and he was 30 minutes away and there was nothing he could do.  His call finally went through and he told me an elementary school had been hit and they were forming task teams and headed that way.  We finally got a generator hooked up around 10 and I started seeing all the news coverage and I started to grasp how big and horrible this was. If the tornado would have stayed headed northeast we would no longer have a home. For some reason it turned less than a half a mile east. We live on 7 th street and 4 th street is totally destroyed.

I can not imagine what Justin saw at that school there were 8 children killed and some parents that were trying to get to their children. 24 people total were killed. Justin said it was amazing eerie and vey somber at the school. He helped clear 2 hallways the children were sheltered in. I pray for the parents the nightmare of not knowing where your child was the panic they must have felt. I pray for those kids how terrified they must have been and the teachers that helped them. I pray for all the firefighters and rescuers. How their hearts must be changed from what they have seen. Many people think firefighters put out fires and that is such a small small part of what Justin does. I am so so proud  that Justin is a firefighter and that he is apart of such a wonderful department.

Our water was turned back on yesterday and we just got our power back. We went to our church today and it was wonderful seeing all the support people had given.
It has been unbelievable.  So thankful we are FiNE


Mothers Day

Blessed to be a called Momma by these two sweet faces.  Justin had been gone for the entire week before Mother's Day so what I really wanted was to be alone for an entire week hour.  After church we just came home and spent the day together.  Nothing fancy just play outside and cooked out perfect way to spend the day.

make up

I have a tendency to use the same old thing.  So I went wild and tried some new eyeshadows.  These are a few of my favorite things.  The mascara is from Lancome and it is my absolute favorite.  I have tried drug store brands, mary kay and Mac and this is by far the best.  It cost around $35.  The silver tube is called Anastasia brow gel.  It is basically hair gel for your eyebrows.  My eyebrows are a bit crazy they grow down and because I have super sensitive skin if I get my eyebrows waxed I have a scab that only goes away when all the hairs grow back.  You can get this at Sephora for $23 and it lasts forever. 
One night, while in college my sister came to visit me.  We drank A LOT of berry vodka in the Albertsons parking lot.  So later that evening when she said I should let her pluck my eyebrows I agreed.  Great Idea because when she paused from her masterpiece I decided to take a look  and she had plucked HALF of my eyebrow off.  Lengthwise so they were still bushy and only went to the center of my eye.  You think it sucks to grow out your hair??  Well try growing out your eyebrow.
The cream colored tube is eyeshadow primer.  It is Urban Decay brand bought at sephora for around $25.  This goes on before you put on your eyeshadow and it really makes your eyeshadow look so much better.  The color in the eyeshadow shows up more so you dont use as much and it doesn't crease.  Love this stuff and it lasts a long time.  Your shadow will look like you just put it on all day long.
The eyeshadow I bought is Urban Decay Naked 2 palate.  I bought it at Sephora and it was either $38 or $48.  I wanted it for a while before I bought it because I didn't want to pay that much for eyeshadow.  SO glad I did I love all the colors and they really seem to show up with out using a lot.



When I was in high school, I decided a tattoo would be nice.  I wanted a sun that was about the size of a quarter on my ankle.  A sun because it has no significant meaning to me.  So one day, my  boyfriend and myself traveled to a little town called Dumas.  Tattoos use to be illegal in Oklahoma and lucky for me the most talented tattoo artist lived only 60 miles south of the Oklahoma border.  So I searched and searched for the perfect sun.  Really just looked at the binder that was on the coffee table.  When I showed him the picture and told him I wanted it quarter sized he said no that he could not make it any smaller.  So I did the smart thing and said ok that size is good. 
When I returned home, my sister told me that my mom had been looking for me all day and she accidently told my mom that I went to Dumas.  Great.  So when my mom asked if I had been in Dumas all day I lied and acted like she was the total idiot. 
For the next few weeks, I wore my dr marten sandals and my long socks to work.  When I got to work I would ditch the socks so that everyone could admire my art.  After my dad made a surprise visit to my work and I had a small heart attack I decided it was time to tell my parents.
I told my mom first.  Little background here if my mom was mad at me oh well it was probably because she was over reacting.  If my dad was mad at me I was heartbroken.  So when I told my mom she just stared at me and finally said well you get to tell your dad.  Ok... I tell my dad I have to tell him something...his face went white.  Now I know that if your daughter is in high school says I have to tell  you something, somewhere in your head pregnant pregnant is going to pop up.  So when you say you have a tattoo your dad is not that upset.
I am just so glad that I picked something that describes me and is pretty.

Pretty Ugly.



A lot of things change when you have kids.  Most things I don't miss much or maybe you just get use to your new way of life.  One thing I do miss is time with Justin.  We try to have one of us at home with the kids while the other one works so that means a lot of the time one of us is working.  We usually have one day a week that we are both home.  On those days, I like it to be all of us and usually end up doing something like going to the zoo. 

But this past weekend we hired a babysitter to watch Addi and Easton while we went out to eat.  She is our neighbor and her parents have told us many time that she would love to babysit.  I guess I never asked because I was nervous we have only had family adult family watch them and if they couldn't then we just didn't go. 

So I asked and she said she would love to.  I told her to come over at 6:30 and she was here at 6:00 just in case I needed to tell her anything.  When we got back Addi was eating a hotdog and Easton was carrying a weiner around giving the dogs bites in between his own bites.  They were happy they were safe and they were sleepy.

When we got home her dad texted and said how happy she was we had asked her and that she was excited all week.  Then he thanked ME for trusting her and that she had a good time.

I think we will be going to dinner more often.

I had to crop Easton out of this picture because that is another thing when you have kids you no longer have pictures with just the two of you.


Rice and Beans

 We are at home a lot so we get bored a lot.  We are alway looking for new  ways to keep ourselves entertained.
 I bought rice and beans and dumped them in buckets transfering them from cups to bowls to buckets used up an hour of our day.  Even Easton was entertained.

.99 cent can of Barbasol made a fun bath time.