Monday, October 6, 2014


Due to my healing, we weren't able to take our usual summer Wisconsin trip this year. Eighteen hours in a car sounded like even less fun than usual. :)

I was able to sneak away with only two kids for a few days to go see my parents, brother and sister-in-law, my nieces and a few friends. It was a short trip and there are lots of people we would have loved to have seen. I'm not quite back to my old self, so the trip was intentionally low key so I could rest. 

Lauren got to go on her first plane ride which she loved and Luke got to see his good friend.

A great trip!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Real Cowgirls

Life here is flying by. Our life is busy with all good things. I'm many blog posts behind but I figured I should get at least one up this month.

We are fortunate to live in an area surrounded by horse farms and ranches. We have friends that own horses. 
We go to rodeo. 
So of course this would give any little girl (and maybe their momma) a case of horse fever. 

We have tried for 3 years to pacify horse fever with other activities, but the girls always wanted to ride. We were fortunate to find the YMCA by our house has an awesome riding program. Yes, a YMCA with horses! Only in Texas! The girls are learning horse care along with riding. You should see those little girls carry heavy saddles with determination. I love it because I get to sit outside and watch them, which I enjoy much more than sitting in a dance studio.
I have all sorts of life to catch you up on. But for today enjoy our cowgirls.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Time Away

We were grateful to get some time 
away together before school stuff starts full time 
and Matt begins his busy traveling again.
We took a long weekend at the Gaylord in Dallas.
It was a beautiful resort and we had a great time.
There were several neat indoor model trains with amazing detail.

Inside the atrium at the hotel.

The kids loved the fountains inside the atrium.

We swam and swam and then swam some more.
Lauren showing off her new goggles that have "sprinkles" on them.
Luke on the zip line.

We took a morning to tour the Fort Worth Stockyards.

It's not vacation without getting to choose some candy.

Balloon hats from the clown.

The famous Billy Bob's.

They had activities for the kids like sack races and
hula-hoop games that were fun.

The girls showing off their prize from winning the hula-hoop contest.

The girls had to get a few beads in their hair.

What's life without a giant snow cone? 
I'm tired of talking about me! 
Being the center of attention has been one of the hardest parts of this journey. 
I know so many of you are praying for and thinking of me 
so I do want to update you.
I'm continuing to heal and get stronger.
I'm 7 months out from surgery now.
The pain is slowly and incrementally improving.

Staying out of the direct sun and heat is key to reducing my nerve pain...
try that in the summer in Texas!
Being inside, in the shade or in the pool are the best choices. 

My fatigue is improving and I'm even running a bit.
I'm sure the neighbors all laugh to see me running with a basset hound, but she loves it.

These puppy days are gone, but she remains
the sweetest most gentle spirit.
Daisy spends her days either like this...

or this.
It is rough being a Basset.
I can't get this picture not to be upside down,
but you get the idea.

The Race for the Cure is coming up here. 
My sweet friend Katie is forming a team in honor of a few people, 
of which I am one. 
It was such a sweet gesture. 
I have been blessed with tremendous friends through this journey.
If you want to join us we'd love to have you.
The event is October 4th and the team name is Pure Pink.
We're going to have lots of fun and 
celebrate all of God's blessings during the last year.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Butterflies, Cupcakes and Grandma & Grandpa

We had a fun girls shopping trip.

We had a fun visit with Grandma and Grandpa
 a few weeks ago.
 Life continues to move fast 
and the blog is not keeping up. :)
We're so grateful they were able to
come and spend some time with us.
The girls had a manicure party.

We celebrated Lauren's 6th birthday early with Grandma and Grandpa.
Lauren and I love to watch Cupcake Wars.
So we got some cupcakes from Cowgirl Cupcakes which is
up the road from us.
They won on the show a few years ago.
She's been asking to go for 3 years.
Boy were the cupcakes beautiful.

We went to the Natural History
and Science Museum.

We all enjoyed the butterfly exhibit.

If you are in downtown Houston on a Saturday or
just about any other park you will see the
girls celebrating their Quinceanera.
The girls all look so beautiful and
the little girls couldn't wait to stop and watch.