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Magnolia Market

This Friday we went to Magnolia Market for Spring at the Silos.  It was packed busy, but a lot of fun.   My mom went with us and ended up surprising me with a few small things for the kitchen.  The kids loved the swing and the food trucks but we didn’t have a chance to hit the bakery because the line was around 2 hours long.



At the end of the day, we headed back to the parking lot, only to meet up with Chip Gaines for a photo! He was so kind and happy to take a photo with us and introduced himself to each of the kids.  We are already planning our next trip back without kids!

Our current fosters

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on the blog, and I really want to get more in the habit of updating here.  So we’ll start with the pups!

In the last year, we’ve had a LOT of fosters it seems like!
First we had Ruger who came to us covered in chemical burns, and was eventually adopted in December.  The family who adopted him returned him after 8 weeks for reasons outside of his control, and he now has a pending adoption in place so he will likely be leaving us very shortly.
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Then we had Winston.  He came to us paralyzed in May.  We were able to rehabilitate him through acupuncture and TENS therapy, and he was able to walk by the time he was adopted in February.
Then we got Paige and Franklin.  They were puppies, only 4 weeks old when we got them.  Franklin was quickly adopted by a family who wanted to foster him until he was old enough to adopt, so he left us rather quickly.  Paige has been adopted for several weeks but her new mama has a broken leg and wanted to wait to take her until she could drive again.  She leaves tomorrow for her new family <3

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Shortly after Frankie left, we got Charlie.  She was a chocolate lab/chow mix that stayed with us for only about 2 weeks.  she was tagged to transport to New York for a rescue there, and with about 2 weeks before her transport, a special needs case came up that we were able to help with so Charlie left to a temporary foster until she was transferred to NY.  She started her journey to NY this morning!

Once Charlie left for her temp foster, we immediately ran to the shelter to pickup our next case.  Olivia and Maggie were two 8 week old puppies who both had amputations the day before.  It’s been a long, hard road with them but they are getting more healthy every day.  In addition to amputations, Maggie had necrotic tissue removed around her neck.  Maggies neck and chest staples popped open and had to heal as open wounds.  Liv’s chest just popped open 3 days ago as well.  Both dogs also had hook worms, we believe Liv has Kennel Cough, and both are having trouble re-learniing how to appropriate walk without injuring their remaining legs.

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So that’s our recent foster recap.  We have also added our current fosters to the right column so you can easily see who we have, and click on the images to go directly to their page.  <3

Susan G Komen 3 Day – Dallas 2016 – Day 3

Ahhh, Day 3! The end of this years event.  For as sore and tired and ‘done’ as you are on Day 2, Day 3 is always a little bittersweet because you’ve spent a year preparing for this experience and it’s almost over.
We started out on Day 3 walking the first entire leg with our tent neighbors from Boston. It made those first miles super fast and easy, and gave us the chance to get our minds off walking.

The whole weekend was fantastic. I think Patrick is hooked, and I’m already registered for 2017, so I guess it’s time to start fundraising again, huh? 😉

Breakfast in the tent

Waiting on the bus

Loaded up in the bus and heading to the start of today’s route!

Our Route Card for the day

lunch time

With 3 miles left in our day, the skies opened up and it started pouring. We kept trucking with our wet shoes and our fashionable ponchos… but that meant less photos as I didn’t want to get my phone wet.

Along our route

Back to the holding area at the end of the day.

60 miles. Done.

Due to the rain and colder temps, they opened up a hanger for us to sit in and try to warm up while waiting for closing ceremonies to start.

Walking into closing ceremonies.

Susan G Komen 3 Day – Dallas 2016 – Day 2

Day two was another one for the record books.  Day 2 is when you get really tired.  You are sore from the day before, but don’t yet have the “it’s the last day!” rush to get you through your 20 miles for the day.  I ended the day with a gnarly blister on my foot and had to head to the medic tent at the end of the day to get it taken care of. Patrick was still in excellent shape without any issues to speak of.

Started our day off right with a great breakfast in the dining tent.

The line, waiting to leave camp when the route officially opens.

Our Route Card for the day

Ran into some old friends along the way. I know John from my first walk in 2009!

Almost back to camp for the day!

Mama is a little tore up.

A delicious dinner in the tent tonight.

These ladies loved Patrick

Got our Day 2 photo right before heading to bed.

Susan G Komen 3 Day – Dallas 2016 – Day 1

Day 1 of the Susan G Komen 3 day was AWESOME. This is Patrick’s first year walking this event, and he had a wonderful time today.  Both of us ended the day feeling great, with no blisters and ready for another long day tomorrow!

I treated Patrick to a few new pins along the way. Just because it’s your first year doesn’t mean you can’t have a bag full of pins!

The kids came to visit us along the route with Grandpa!

The end of a long first day.

Setting up our pretty pink tent

Tent city!

They always spoil us at dinner time <3

Dining Tent

We had to go visit the 3 Day Museum because they had included some of my items in it!

Each city has a set of walker tents. There is one tent for every year a walk was held in that city, and each walker can come by and sign the tent for the years they walked.

Getting ready for the 2016-17 school year

We are so excited to start homeschooling for both B and L this year.  We’ve gotten most of our supplies pulled together for the beginning of the year and are ready to get started on August 22nd.
We’ve decided to keep moving with Math U See this year. B will be starting with Delta and will end the year with Epsilon.  L will be starting with Beta and finishing with Gamma.
We’ve also decided that since the kids so loved the History Pocket process last year, we would at least start our year with the same system.  We are working on Ancient Civilization, Rome, Greece, and Egypt.
This year for Art we decided to go all out on an art curriculum from Home Art Studio. and we couldn’t be happier. It was so easy to snag all the supplies we needed in one kit, and the kids have already watched a few lessons because they are dying to get started.
We are doing Life Science 1 for L, and Biology 2 for B in Science this year, and just got an awesome new microscope to start our year out with.
So soon we will be kicking off the year, and we’ll be posting lots of photos on Instagram!

L’s 6th Birthday Celebration

Another late post….
At the end of January, L celebrated her 6th birthday with a gymnastics themed party.
She invited many of her friends from school to come enjoy cupcakes and trampoline time with her.

One of the favors at the party was a Gold Gymnastics Medal.

After the party, we came home to open presents and write Thank You Cards. Miss L made out like a bandit on Birthday Gifts!!





I was a bad photographer Mommy and didn’t get good photos of the detail things ahead of time… but each girl got a Gymnastics Medal from Amazon, a set of ribbon wands that we made, and their cupcake toppers and water bottle labels were made by L and I.

L’s Birthday Surprise

Another late posting….
At the end of January, L celebrated her 6th birthday.  The first surprise she woke up to was a room full of balloons, which flooded her entire bedroom floor.

Once of the pink balloons had a small surprise in it waiting for her… She just had to find which one! She went to work shaking every pink balloon until she found the right one.

After which, her and her brother promptly herded all of the balloons into one corner of her room and proceeded to leap into them, often getting nearly buried.
Notice L’s feet sticking out of the balloons in the photo above. 😉

The static made her hair a mess for the 3 days following, during which she insisted we keep the balloons around.


Later that morning, she got all dolled up for school, including wearing a light up sash that read Birthday Girl.





Snow Day!

Last Thursday P and I woke up and it was frigid cold. I mean, don’t-want-to-budge-under-the-covers cold. Have I mentioned we are still learning our thermostat? It was on, but definitely not high enough!

The kids came over from their Dad’s first thing in the morning so I could take them to school, and they both ran in and bundled up under a stack of blankets. Their Dad drives a Jeep, which isn’t exactly warm when it’s icy cold out. L’s cheeks were ice cubes!

I had already questioned making the drive to school, knowing it was due to start snowing after school started, but the icy cold temperatures prompted me to do something I’ve never done as a Mom before (though my Mom did this plenty for us as kids). I was a terrible awful super awesome Mom, and told the kids we were going to stay home and have a “Mental Health Day”. You know, the day when you need to just stay home and recharge, for whatever reason? We did that on Thursday. And I’m glad we did, because snow it did! It wasn’t a ton (and it only lasted the one day) but it was enough for us to go play in, so we headed out that afternoon. Well, correction. They headed out. I stayed inside, warmly bundled up, photographing them through the windows.
Snow3They had fun throwing snowballs at each other and racing around the yard, although they were disappointed to realize it wasn’t enough snow for a snowman.
B even pegged the back door with a snowball to keep me from taking photos.

All in all they had a blast (though B didn’t last long in the cold temps), and enjoyed playing in the first snow in the new house.
Speaking of which, this house sure is pretty when surrounded by a blanket of white!


Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Valentines Day everyone! The kids were both so excited for their Classroom Valentines Parties today.  We did homemade Valentines as usual, but this year the kids really wanted to do Rainbow Loom Valentines. Of course, that means Mommy was making a LOT of bracelets. I designed the cards in Photoshop and printed them at Kinkos. Not counting the cost of bands, I think I spent $10 on both kids cards? I used lingerie tape on the back (because we are mid-move and you work with what you’ve got) to attach little plastic bags I had on hand, to hold the bracelets.


(Don’t mind the bad finish on the table… That’s the dining set we just picked up to refinish for in the dining room.)

We also had to make boxes for their valentines, which is a new practice for me! I’m used to them coming home with a little gift bag full of their goodies! So we took to Pinterest and got some ideas.  B fell in love with the idea of a Minecraft box, so I did my best (but it’s still laughable), and L wanted “Anything with Elsa”.

Brendan’s is a character named Hero Brine? I guess

All I know is he wears a purple shirt and his white eyes glow (which makes for a really hard time photographing it)
Had I been in super-mom Mode, I would have grabbed a strand of battery operated Christmas lights and made his eyes really glow 😉 But this mama was running ragged, the night before these were due. I’m not thrilled with how it came out (because I’m a perfectionist) but he was stoked and said it was “AWESOME!” so game on.

Lily’s was a little easier.  We found some holographic looking paper that reminded me of ice/snowflakes, and tacked that on… then I printed out a pic of Elsa that my friend Stacie sent me. I had it laminated at Kinko’s for a whopping $2 so that I could glue it without the color running, or the paper wrinkling. Worked like a charm. I printed Olaf onto card stock too, but didn’t bother laminating him because I knew it wouldn’t take much glue to tack him down. The hills are frosted scrapping paper, cut into 3 different hill-like shapes and overlapped. On the sides, we wrote the lyrics of “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” which you can’t see here.
Lily Valentine Box

I can’t wait to see what the kids bring home from their friends today! Hope everyone’s Valentines Day is wonderful!

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