Thursday, April 17, 2014

Operation: Dylan's Loft Bed

This adorable kid is going to be 7 years old on May 1, 2014! How in the world did this happen?  Let me tell you, this boy has my whole heart.  His cute smile makes any frustration that I have completely go away.  When he calls me Mama, I think it is the name I like the most.


Seriously, doesn't he melt your heart?

Anyhow, we did not want to get this kid another toy for his birthday because let's me honest, he has enough!  About 2 months ago, he started talking about wanting a bunk bed with a laboratory underneath.  If you know this crazy kid you know that his imagination is extensive.  Operation: Build Dylan's Loft Bed came to furition.  The hubs and I searched the Internet to find plans to help us put our plan into play.  We stumbled upon Ana White ana-white.com and oh my stars this lady has plans. This is the look we are going with:



Today we spent a good hour at Lowes getting supplies for this project.  I must say trying to concentrate with two wild kids hanging around is hard! I hope we got everything we need, if not Lowes is just a car ride away.  Here is a picture of my wild animal bunch getting the wood.



Please cross your fingers and say a prayer that this actually works out and the hubs and I don't argue through the entire process.

Now, where are those power tools?
-sp

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Luke Bryan

Okay ladies, I must make a confession, I have a crush on Luke Bryan.  And yes, the hubs is aware.  Yes, he is handsome but there is just something about his music that makes me want to get up and DANCE!  Did you catch him this morning on GMA with Robin Roberts?  Those lucky ducks got a concert in Nashville, TN.  BTW, going to Nashville is on my personal bucket list!  Thankfully the hubs is easy and will go practically anywhere, so he won't be hard to convince.  



Anyhow, I got to thinking about music and how much country music is part of who I am.  I love all music but county is by far my go to music genre.  For so long Madison thought KISS Country was the only radio station in Fresno.  There are so many great and talented artist in country that have such impactive lyrics.  They are multi faceted with their talents; they can sing, play an instrument and perform.  

What is your go to music genre?  Does it depend on your mood?  

Sound off!

-SP

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Being Thankful in the Month of November

Here we are on November 5th and so many of gracious friends are posting to Twitter and Facebook things they are thankful for everyday.  I am so grateful that those people exist in my life because they remind me to be thankful for those very same things.  I contemplated putting something on Facebook that I am thankful for everyday in the month of November then I realized how daunting that task actually was.  Primarily because most days I have no idea what the date even is!  Now, I don't want you to think that I am not thankful.  Lord, let me tell you, these last 11 months have giving me more blessings that I can count.  I have an amazing husband that I adore with all of my soul.  Two amazing children that touch my heart everyday.  A supportive and wonderful family.  A best friend that God himself blessed me with.  The coolest, funniest, uplifting, and helpful group of friends a gal could ask for.  I know that I am blessed.  So, instead of making myself nuts trying to remember to post something everyday, here we are on November 5, 2013 and I want you all to know that you are special to me and that you have impacted my life and for that I am thankful.




xoxo
-SP

Monday, November 4, 2013

Hey y'all!

Sorry that I have been MIA! So much has been going on around here! Football, dance, doctors appointments, surgeries, more doctors appointments, more surgeries, blah, blah, blah! Anyhow, yesterday we celebrated our girls' 9th birthday! Holy heck, how is that possible? She spent the entire doing her thing dancing at the KAR convention (which she loved) and then we threw her an impromtu surprise birthday party!  

Yesterday as I watched her perform at Showcase and I couldn't help but ask myself "am I doing enough for her?"  "am I giving her what she needs?"  I guess basically what I am asking myself is "am I enough?"  How many Moms out there ask themselves that same question?  Am I enough?  We have become a society of trying to prove ourselves to everyone, our classmates, our friends, our family, our bosses, when do we stop the madness and say, "I am enough!"  

Don't feel alone if you cannot say that you are enough.  This is a constant battle I have with myself everyday.  It comes out strongest with my daughter.  I want to be enough for her.  I want her to look back on her childhood and be able to say I gave her every tool she needed to become a successful adult.  Rationally, I know that is not plausible.  I know that she will encounter things in her life that she is not prepared for, but I want to help her be strong enough to battle through it all.  

 I pray everyday that I will find the wisdom, guidance and the strength to wrestle this demon that I torture myself with.  I do know one thing, I love that girl something fierce; therefore, I will NEVER give up the fight! Someday I will convince myself that I am enough!

-SP

Friday, June 7, 2013

God give me strength

The Lord has been testing me today.  I have been blessed with two gorgeous and amazing children.  He gave me a girl first and I often wonder why.  My sweet girl, Madison who I refer to as Lu is 8 1/2 years old.  She is getting older and more mature every day and that scares the hell out of me.  When I found out that I was pregnant with a little girl I was over the moon.  I thought it was going to be so amazing to have a little person to dress up, to take to dance, to paint her nails.  Don't get me wrong all of those things are totally awesome.  The hardest part of being a mom to a girl is the constant feeling of inadequacy.  I am always questioning my abilities as her mom. Am I doing what is best for her? Am I teaching her to like herself?  This is by far the most stressful job I have ever had.  Above everything I want to be sure that she always feels comfortable enough to talk to me about anything and I really thought I meant anything.  That was until today...


Here is my sweet cheerleader!!
She is fearless!

In my quest to provide an open line of communication with my daughter I bit off more than I can chew.  I am big enough to admit it.  However, this is my girl, so today when she wanted to "talk" to me about a few things in private I had to pull up my big girl panties and jump in.  Apparently she had a recent conversation with one of her girlfriends that is a little older about boobs.  Why is it no matter how old women are we always want bigger boobs?  Amongst the myriad of questions I received my favorite was, "Mom, why do old boys have boobs and why are they hairy?" Goodness!! 


There is my sweet girl again!

I am about to turn 34 years old in a week.  I have found 2 gray hairs to date and have a feeling that the next year is going to bring on a LOT more.  I love this girl to pieces and I want to do everything to make sure that she grows up to be everything that she wants to be.  Ahh... the pressure!

I will be searching for grays!!!

-SP

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Day 2 of the Summer of Pinterest

Where do I even begin... okay, at 12am Lu came running into our bedroom and threw up all over the floor.  Thankfully, I had put down towels on the carpet for the dog because she surgery.  My poor baby kept apologizing for throwing up, yeah my heart broke a little too.  I was then awoken this morning to a dead fish in the face.  Lu was holding Rocky (the fish), "Mom, it's dead!"  No person should open their eyes to a dead fish!

I wanted to choose something off of Pinterest that I wanted to do today.  I bought a value pack of chicken at Vons the other day and I needed to do something with it.  Yesterday, I saw a recipe for shredded chicken done in the crockpot for tacos, enchiladas, etc.  I could've sworn I pinned it but I couldn't find it this morning.  So, I had to go off memory.

The cast of characters:

1 1/2 cup chicken broth
3 bay leaves
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper



Everything went into the crock pot with the chicken.  I set the crock pot for 6 hours.  This is what it looks like before I started cooking it.


Looks delicious!

As I sit here watching GCB (I LOVE this show and am super bummed they cancelled it) the chicken is smelling tasty!!  

I'll let you know how it goes!

-SP

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Today Didn't Include Pinterest

So, today did NOT include Pinterest! Our trusty lab had to go to the vet where they informed us that she was severely obese! (I was heartbroken and immediately began Googling how to fix an obese dog) The apricot stand was open this morning and I had a slew of errands to run.  The hubs added another errand to my list this morning as I was trying to leaving at 7:30am to take the dog to the vet, "Babe, go by the auto part store, the battery to the quad is in."  We live in a small town where you can go to the local auto part store and if they don't carry an item they will actually order it for you and call you when it comes in! Crazy concept, right?  Anyhow, the boy has been patiently waiting for the new battery to come in for the Polaris 50 quad that has been living out at Stinky Papa's Ranch for a number of years.  He is finally old enough to ride the 50 by himself and has fallen in love with riding quads with his buddies.  He and Daddy have been working on the quad for the past few weeks and low and behold they got it up and running this evening!!

The Boy and his quad "Super Speed"



The Boy and Daddy




Isn't he about the cutest boy you have ever seen?  I realize that I am extremely biased but man...

The whole day wasn't about the quad.  In fact, while we were running our slew of errands we went to the library to check out some books and to sign up for the Summer Reading Program.  Check out the Fresno County Library Summer Reading Program http://www.fresnolibrarysrp.org We took our new homemade library book bags and had to pose for the photo op in front of the Easton Branch.  


Total Goobers!!!

The good news is that Mama got 2 books to read as well.  Who's to say that Mama can't read for pleasure this summer too?  

Happy Reading!!

-SP