Sunday, August 19, 2012
Nah, it couldn't be that last one.
So here is a quick update on us. I'm currently in the process of creating a new blog page for our family, so this should all be changing pretty soon. The kids start homeschool in one week and we are all really excited. I think I'm also a little nervous.....but mostly excited.
Grant is still growing and learning. He's unfortunately still behind on his speaking, so we are starting speech therapy with him this week. The confusing part of this is that he is at a 3 year old level when it comes to his receptive communication (how he understands what we say to him) and only at an 18 month old level for his expressive communication (how he speaks to us). Needless to say, we are hoping to quickly close that gap and start making some progress very soon.
Not much is new with Steve or myself. He's still working and bowling and I'm still doing the stay at home mommy thing (which I LOVE). Who would've thought....me....a stay at home mommy!!
Okay, I know it's short but that's about it for now. More to come soon (I hope).
Monday, June 04, 2012
What I can say is that, other than the wedding and the normal school/work activities, not a whole lot has been going on with us. That probably makes us seem really really boring, but it's the truth. Haha.....
I'm really excited to get back into couponing and being at home with the kids. We are starting homeschooling in the fall, so I'm sure that I'll be pretty absorbed in planning for that.
So, there you have it.....that's about it for now.
Melony : )
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Possible time management issues.....
Ryann is doing pretty much the same as always. Since the last time I posted, she went to her Daddy Daughter Dance. You can see pictures from that night here.... http://naborsfamily.blogspot.com/2012/02/adam-and-ryann-went-to-father-daughter.html
Grant is doing well. He's been struggling with his allergies, so we are giving him medicine everyday and that seems to help at least a little. He's also learned a couple of new words....thank goodness! I was starting to think my boy would never speak!
My sister gave birth to Baby #4 on Thursday morning. Miss Lyla Jane Davis joined our crazy family at 4:41am on February 16, 2012. This time I was blessed enough to be able to be present. It was a memory I'll always cherish.
I guess that's about it for now. I'll try to do better about posting another update soon.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
The end of January
Grant is still growing and learning new things everyday. It's hard for me to believe that soon we'll be celebrating his second birthday. Since I've gotten the Flip video camera, I try to capture those really cute things that the kids do. Here's Grant's latest word that he's learned.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
**** I'm thankful for my house and my family and for my God and Jesus. I'm thankful for the lectronic that we have and I'm thankful for our veterams and what they did for us. I'm thankful for our school to help us learn and be smart. I'm thankful for the city God made for us he spent his time doing this for us. Love, Kamri ****
Sunday, January 08, 2012
January 8th already???
Tuesday, however it was back to the "real world".....work for myself and Steve and school for the kiddos. And to some it might sound sad, but I am pleased to announce that we had a very uneventful week. After all the craziness of the holidays, a little boring family life is just what I need.....can I get an amen!
Today I've spent the majority of the day cleaning house and getting us further organized. And although I'm extremely tired, it feels good to go to bed tonight and know that it's done. Nothing life the feeling of accomplishing items on your to-do list and getting to
So, an update on my resolutions: I have managed to take a few pictures this week to add to my Project 365 album.....however the batteries in my camera need to be replaced, so I haven't been able to transfer them to the computer. I can feel myself slowly falling behind on this one. I'm down another 2 pounds since last week......only about 16 more to go and I'll finally be at my goal weight!!! I had a GREAT shopping trip yesterday. I was able to get a little over $415 worth of products for $95......an overall savings of 75%. And considering that I purchased enough meat to last my family most of this month that's a pretty impressive feat! And probably the best part in my eyes, is that I was able to help a couple of family members and close friends get some items that they would have purchased anyway for a FRACTION of the cost! I love helping other people save money! And finally......I guess you could technically say that I'm being a "good" blogger since it's only been 7 days since my last post. That's pretty amazing considering my track record. LOL
I'm still working on getting our photos uploaded. When you combine the dead camera with a ridiculously awful internet connection that is impossible to predict......I'm giving fair notice that this one might take me a while. But I'll get started on it ASAP.
Now, off to make dinner, finish the laundry, make lunches for tomorrow, and get kiddos bathed and in bed. Can't wait to sit down and watch some TV with my fiance (it still feels weird to say that word....lol) while enjoying a nice cup of coffee tonight! With Steve's work schedule, we rarely see each other on the weekends and definitely look forward to the ability to catch up on Sunday nights!
Hope everyone has a wonderful week!
Melony : )
PS: I thought I would share one of my favorite photos that was taken during our Christmas break.....so, although this picture has nothing to do with the events of the past week......it's worth sharing!
Saturday, December 31, 2011
And of course, with the coming of a new year you have to have those new resolutions! So, I thought I'd share mine with you here on our blog. I can't promise that I'll be 100% successful at keeping them, but I can promise you to give it my best effort. So, without further ado here are a few of my 2012 resolutions.
1. Project 365 ~ I attempted this one last year, but wasn't very good at remembering to upload the pictures everyday....and then I found myself so far behind that I couldn't remember which days were which. So, here's a shot at getting it right this time.
2. Work on setting up a functional budget for our family ~ This is probably going to be a "work in progress" for the first few months, but the goal is to have our budget under control and working for us by mid-year.
3. Lose those last 20 pounds ~ Just within the past 2 weeks I've managed to get slightly below my pre(3rd)pregnancy weight. So, the goal now is to lose those last 20 pounds and be able to consider myself a much healthier person for it!
4. Build that stockpile!!! I, of course, am looking forward to growing as a thrifty and frugal
5. Be a better blogger ~ I have to be honest. I've really tried to do a better job with the blogging this year. Or rather, the last couple of months of 2011....but man, life can really get in the way! So, this year I'm going to try to set aside time every week to update our blog. Even if there's nothing exciting going on with us, it's fun to just sit and write sometimes. Gotta get those creative juices flowing!!
So, that's about it for me. And here's to the first blog post of the 2012!!!!
Happy New Year!
Melony : )
Saturday, November 26, 2011
I swear it seems like someone has changed the calendar somehow and I'm now only averaging about 5 days a week. And this same culprit has somehow managed to tack on about 47 things on the average day's list of "things to do today". I can't seem to keep up. It seems like I go to sleep on Saturday night and wake up on Thursday morning!!!
So, here we are on yet another Saturday evening and it's time for another update. Sadly, there isn't much to post about this week since our family has been only half its normal size all week. Both Ryann and Kamri left on Friday of last week to spend the Thanksgiving break with their Dads. I know that I've been doing this visitation thing for 9 years now, but I swear it never really gets any easier. I miss those two little girls like crazy when they're gone! Good thing I have a 1 ½ year old to keep me busy in their absence.
This week can pretty much be summed up in one word. BUSY!!! I worked 3 ½ days this week and was off work on Thursday and Friday. Since my family traditionally does not have our Thanksgiving dinner on Thursdays, we were invited to go spend that time with my boss' family. And while most people might think that's strange……it felt completely normal to us. Because as you may remember me mentioning, I have pretty much the most amazing boss on the planet and the ladies I work with are literally like family to me. So, we got to enjoy some family time with them on Thursday before Steve had to leave for work and Grant and I headed to my parent's house for a low-key dinner and then headed home. Up until late Thursday night, I still had not decided whether I was going to do any Black Friday shopping this year or not. But, in the end, the lure of shopping from home in my pjs definitely won out. And therefore, I didn't get the ONE deal that I really wanted…..and that's a new laptop. Mine completely died about 3 months ago and I've been borrowing Steve's since then while patiently waiting for the Black Friday sales to bring me an awesome deal. No such luck this year……so, I'll have to put that on my Santa Wish List.
I did however venture out Friday morning for some shopping time with my mom and was able to pick up a couple more Christmas gifts. Then I came home and prepared a VERY scaled down version of Thanksgiving dinner for Steve's dad and our family. Since there were only 3 adults and Grant….I didn't do anything elaborate. Just the Thanksgiving staples……but Paul was grateful and we were happy to be able to have a small Thanksgiving dinner with him.
Saturday morning I met up with Adam to pick up Ryann and then we headed to my parent's house for our family Thanksgiving dinner. It was wonderful even if we weren't all able to be there. Kamri is still at her father's house until Monday and Brittany showed up late due to being scheduled to work. And of course, since it's Saturday Steve had to be at work at 4:00. I'll have pictures of today's festivities to share as soon as I get them from my mom.
That's about it for us……it may not sound like much but I feel like I haven't slept more than 15 hours all week. And I really don't expect that to change much as Christmas gets closer. There's just so much to do and never enough time to get it all done. However, I would just like to say that I'm SO excited that I will have all three of my babies at home for Christmas this year! I LOVE odd years! :D
I'm sure that I'll have LOTS to post about in the next 30 days! So check back soon!
Love to all,
Melony : )
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Where has the time gone?!?!
It is so hard for me to believe that it's been almost a month and a half since my last update. There have been so many new developments and changes, but it's just really hard to find time to sit down and blog these days. I really don't even know where to start. But I'll warn you……this post might will be long!
Kamri turned 8 on October 16th. And we had the realization that Steve has now been around for almost half of her life. It seems like it's gone by so fast! We ended up having a party for Kamri at my mom's house since it's more of a central location. Kamri originally thought she wanted to have a party at the local skate rink, but after giving that some thought, we decided it really didn't make much sense at this point. Emma & Dean can't skate yet, Grant & Wyatt are too young, my parents are too old (sorry, mom), Jessica's too pregnant and I'm too scared! So, it really would have only been Ryann and Kamri that got to enjoy the skating part. We decided to stick with a simple at home party that everyone would enjoy and I have to say that I think Kamri had a great time. She's doing very very well in school academically and behaviorally and I couldn't be more proud!
Ryann has definitely started to blossom into a "tween". She's starting to have conversations with me that sometimes amaze me. I literally can talk to her just like she's an adult (when it comes to certain subjects, of course). She's so stinkin' smart!!! She went to the orthodontist recently and hopefully we will be getting her braces off within the next couple of months. I know that she's anxious to see what the end result will be. She's also expressed an interest in singing lately and so I'm thinking about possibly talking to a friend of mine from church who may be able to give voice lessons to Ryann every couple of weeks. This is still a "processing thought" so I'm not 100% sure where it will lead.
Our horse riding teacher, Hannah has been unavailable for several weeks now because she's in the process of moving to her newly built house. Twister and Joker will also be making the move and both of the girls are very eager to get back "in the saddle" and start up with their lessons again. I'm excited for them to be able to start riding again soon, too. I know how much they enjoyed it.
Grant……oh dear. It seems that this is where the biggest changes take place. There's something new every day. But what else can you expect from a 20 month old little boy?? Grant has now graduated to a toddler bed since he was climbing into Kamri's bed every day at naptime to sleep anyway. I figured this meant he was ready for his own big boy bed. It's been a bit of a struggle the past few nights (which I completely expected to be the case). He now has a new freedom that he's never had before. And he takes advantage of that freedom every single night. The crazy thing is, during the day he goes into his room and randomly lies down in his bed to sleep……no crying involved. Also, we started Grant at a new daycare last week on a Tuesday/Thursday schedule. And it appears as though that's not going to work out. I will take full responsibility for this decision. Because after a mere two days at daycare, my son came home with a stomach bug AND a cold. The stomach bug was then passed on to myself just as he was finished with it and I missed two valuable days of work. So, for now…..you can count us out on the daycare scene. I'm much happier having my boy at home and healthy!
Have I mentioned that Grant is a climber??? Is this a common theme among little boys??? Are there any other terrifying interesting quirks that boys have that I should know about now so as to prepare myself for the future??? Last night as I was in the kitchen making dinner, I turned around to find my son literally crawling on the dining room table in order to reach something in the middle of it. I could not believe my eyes and was momentarily frozen with shock. Just the night before, we caught him climbing up his toy box/shelf. This incident was a little more frightening since he could have easily fallen if Ryann hadn't been nearby to catch him. So seriously, is this normal for boys?!?! Because I don't EVER remember my girls being climbers! Lord help me……help me not die of a heart attack!
Everything is still going just wonderfully at my job. I am convinced that I have undoubtedly the most amazing boss on the planet and I am SO very blessed to have this position. And on top of that blessing, we recently received another! Steve received a completely unexpected phone call from the owner of the bowling alley in Greenville (where Steve and I happened to meet) who proceeded to offer him a Management position! We really weren't sure what to make of this new development since Steve had not even been looking for work. But with the blessing of my job literally falling into my lap and then this one falling into Steve's……we just aren't sure what to make of things! So, for right now Steve is working 3-4 shifts a week and loving it. He enjoys being around other bowlers and hopefully this is going to give him an opportunity to get some practice hours in. However, right now he's not able to bowl because almost 2 weeks ago during the first minutes of his last soccer game of the season, he hurt his knee and has been pretty much out of commission since. We are all hoping that it isn't anything requiring serious medical attention. And for now, it's looks promising because it's finally starting to hurt less and looks less swollen. So, we are still praying for a speedy recovery!
Whew, I warned you there was a lot! That's what I get for waiting so long to update this thing. My fingers are tired……and my Excedrin PM is definitely starting to kick in. So, although I'm sure that there's more to tell……this girl is beat. I'll have to update more later.
We hope everyone is doing well. More to come soon (hopefully)!
Love to all,
Melony : )
Sunday, October 09, 2011
A new appreciation
And now back to the present.
This week has been a good one. The girls brought home their report cards on Friday and I'm very pleased to post that they BOTH made straight A's for the first six weeks of school. All three of the kiddos got to spend some time with Gamaw on Friday night, but didn't have a sleepover since we had lots to do this weekend and couldn't waste a single minute.
On Saturday we ran errands in Rockwall and then went to the grocery store as a family. That was interesting......Then this morning we got up and headed to church, followed by lunch with Gamaw and Brittany. But the highlight of the weekend for Ryann & Kamri was definitely getting to go out and ride Twister in the rain! LOL
It wasn't exactly how you might plan your first experience on a horse...but they both enjoyed it. They are really looking forward to the "next time" when they can ride on dry ground when it's not raining. And they both did really well. They were skittish at first and a little afraid to be close to such big animals.....but Hannah is such a wonderful teacher.....they warmed up very quickly. I'm telling you one thing though, Ryann, Kamri, and myself were all VERY ready for a shower when we got back home. I didn't get to take any pictures of the girls due to the weather conditions....but I'll make sure to take pics next time.
This evening has just been a time for us all to relax at home and get ready for another week. We have a busy one coming up. We have things planned for every night this week except Friday, which is highly unusual for us. Also, Kamri will be leaving on Thursday evening to go to her dad's and has an orthodontist appointment on Friday morning...I think to get her braces put on. We will see.
I'll try to remember to take some pictures of the kiddos this week while we are out and about. It's been a while since I posted anything recent on here.
Hope everyone is well.
Love to all,
Melony : )
Sunday, October 02, 2011
The Latest News
As a side note, I thought I would also mention that this week is the first we've had in (literally) a year with temps NOT hitting the 100's every day! It has been SO nice. And when Fall officially started this year I am not ashamed to admit that I did a Happy Dance right in the middle of the office! : ) I <3 fall!!
Quick Update 9.17.2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
It's almost very hard for me to believe how much can change in just the short span of 7 days. Last Sunday I was sitting in my living room watching the Aggies kick some SMU hiney (Whoop!) and today I'm preparing to start a new job first thing tomorrow morning. Can I just say Wow!
So, as I'm sitting in the pick-up line at Kamri's school on Tuesday afternoon I received a call from a woman named Jill from Foresight Financial in Rockwall/Heath. She apparently came across my resume on Monster.com (a resume I uploaded several months ago in the ridiculous hope that it would bring some results….lol). We spoke for several minutes on the phone and then she asked me if I was available to come in to her office the following day for an interview. I of course said "yes". So on Wednesday afternoon I drove to her office for my interview, not really knowing what to expect and I walked out of there with a brand new job! I can still hardly believe it myself. The most amazing part is that the 4 other women that I'll be working with everyday are women of strong faith who aren't afraid to share Jesus with the world!! What an unbelievable blessing! I'll be an Administrative Assistant making a decent salary (actually a GOOD salary considering the job market) working for an amazingly nice woman. I'm so excited!!!
Of course, this change will bring about lots of other little changes for everyone else as well. I'll no longer be a stay-at-home-mommy, and this is something I can't let myself think about for too long, otherwise I start to get pretty emotional. I won't be available to pick up the kids from school (Steve has taken on the job of doing this as well as staying home with Grant). But in the long run, I think this is going to bring some wonderful things for my family. And I'm sure there will be lots more to come on that subject later.
Now, on to another subject. Both of the girls are doing well in school. We are already 3 weeks in (about to start the 4th week) and they are adjusting well. Both Ryann and Kamri like their teachers and their classmates. But, of course, they like recess, P.E., art, and library more than anything else…..LOL. I think that's to be expected. In just 3 short weeks I'll be posting report card grades for the first six weeks.
Grant is doing really well, too. He's starting to talk (babble) a lot more every day. There are several words that he's able to say consistently but my favorite is definitely "sissy"…..it's the cutest thing ever! I'll have to try to get him on video saying some of his favorite words because it's almost impossible to explain. And the boy is growing like a little weed! He is already towering over his cousin, Wyatt, who is 3 weeks older than him. It's a little surprising that Grant is as tall as he is since neither Steve nor I are unusually tall. But this boy just might pass us both up one day! Guess we'll see.
It's almost the middle of September and I am pleased to say that I've already started our Christmas shopping this year and am really excited to see the looks on the kids' faces when they see some of the gifts I've picked out. Halloween is next month along with Kamri's birthday. Thanksgiving will be right behind it, followed by Christmas and New Year. I love fall and winter and all of the holidays that come with it!!! But this year, I think I'll be most thankful for the cooler temperatures! This summer has been brutal!
That's about it for now. I'm sure that there are LOTS of things that I'm forgetting, and I apologize, but my mind is a little bit distracted today. Still have a lot left on my to-do list and not sure where I'll find the time to do it all. Pray for me!
Love to all,
Saturday, September 03, 2011
In these small moments…..
As a parent, I sometimes have those days moments when I wonder what in the world is wrong with my children?!?! I don't understand some of the things they do! How can someone so small make me want to pull all of my hair out and scream at the top of my lungs?? But then, as anyone who's a Mommy or Daddy will tell you, something happens that makes your heart swell with pride. I had just such a moment yesterday.
Our daily afternoon routine requires me to pick Kamri up from school before Ryann since they are now are different campuses and Kamri's school lets out 10 minutes earlier than Ryann's. So as I'm sitting in line waiting to pick up Kamri I'm watching all of the kiddos come out of the school and thinking how tiny they all look. See, QISD (along with every other district in Texas) suffered severe budget cuts this year and therefore had to re-arrange the schools a little bit. As a result, Pre-K and Kindergarten are now at Kamri's campus along with 1st and 2nd graders. So, my Kamri who is now 7 (almost 8) and NOT small for her size literally towers over some of these 4 and 5 year olds. It still gets me every time I see them walk out of the school together.
So, yesterday I'm sitting in line and they call Kamri's name to come outside. And as she's coming out of the door, a very young looking girl is standing on the sidewalk crying…..probably feeling a little overwhelmed still from all of the newness of school…..and almost definitely sleepy and needing a short nap. But there she was crying as Kamri walks out of the school. And my Kamri…..my sweet loving girl…..stops on the sidewalk and kneels down to talk to the little girl. I'm in my car at this point, so of course I can't hear their interaction…..but it was a truly endearing interaction to watch. Because the little girl spoke to Kamri, wiped the tears from her eyes, and then walked hand-in-hand down the remainder of the sidewalk where her parent was waiting to pick her up.
Even now, sitting here a day later recounting this memory I still tear up a little. And it honestly makes my heart smile. My girls definitely have days where they make me wonder who this mischievous little alien is that has inhabited their bodies…….but occasionally they unknowingly show me the little angels inside them……and it makes me want to praise God for allowing me to be their Mama.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
The end of the hottest summer ever.....
As for us this week.....it probably seemed like a bit of a boring week for my kids. They started school on Monday and therefore each evening was devoted to trying to get us all back into the school time routine. Early mornings, early dinners, and early bedtimes. And we made it to school on time everyday!! For more info on the first day of school, see previous post.
Steve bowled in the Greenville PBA Regional yesterday and came close but didn't make the final cut. You win some and you lose some, I guess. This morning was his first soccer game with his new team.......and I hear it didn't go all that well either. Rough weekend for Steve. Poor guy.
Other than that we literally didn't do much of anything at all this week. Not sure what this next week has in store for us......more to come later.
Love to all,
Melony : )
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
The start of something new.....
Sunday, August 21, 2011
My Plans Destroyed........Blegh!
The past seven days have gone by in a literal blur. So many of my carefully thought out plans did NOT go as I intended them to.......and although I am, by nature, the type of person who doesn't adapt to changed plans well, sometimes you just have to let it go and realize that it's not the end of the world. But, trust me......this wasn't an easy week. It seemed that everytime I planned something......God put me in my place.
Ryann and Kamri both ended up spending the better part of the past week with their fathers. And quite honestly that kind of threw a kink in my "plans", but I did my best to roll with the punches. Both girls had appointments with their respective orthodontists. And above all else, I am glad that they won't have to miss any school for at least the first few weeks. Kamri had her appliance installed (that sounds so odd.....installed.....like it's flooring for her mouth or something...) and Ryann had a routine visit where they tightened her braces and she got to pick out new colored bands for her brackets. I can't believe we've already reached the stage where both of my baby girls will be in braces......at the same time!!!!
There was SO much to do this week, and unfortunately I didn't accomplish nearly as much as I would have liked. But, hopefully the start of a new school year will bring with it the return of our dearly beloved (by me, if no one else) schedule.
To be honest, there wasn't really much to brag about this week. I have planned for the majority of the summer to take the kids to a local waterpark right before school was to start again. So, on Tuesday morning we all got up, took care of breakfast and got dressed and packed up to head out for some fun in the sun. My parents had both taken a day off work and were meeting us at the park to surprise the girls. It was going to be loads of fun! Unfortunately, I received a phone call from my mom when we were about 20 minutes out informing me that the park was CLOSED for cleaning! Are you kidding me??? This was the ONLY day we had left to enjoy any type of activity as a family before the girls left for the week/weekend......I was very upset (and that's putting it mildly). But fortunately, my mom has an amazing day-saving friend who lives in Rockwall who just happens to have a pool that she was more than willing to let us borrow for the day. SOOOO, I guess not all was lost in the end. The kids definitely would have enjoyed the waterpark more.....but we were all happy to be able to spend some quality family time together swimming and laughing.
Then, I planned a date night for myself and Steve on Saturday evening before the girls were to come home......we planned on seeing The Change Up. Little did I know when making these plans that God had other plans for us.....lol. We arrived at the theater and saw a sign informing us that "Due to Technical Difficulties with the Projector, The Change Up would not be showing until further notice".......so much for my plan of a much needed laugh-fest. We ended up seeing Captain America instead.......which was a good movie. But it was definitely no laugh-fest. I figure this just means Steve owes me another date night! :)
I think the Lord has been trying to get a message across to me all week. It goes something like this......"Melony, you are not in control.......get over it!"
I get it Lord.......and I'm trying.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Another one bites the dust…….another week that is…..
How in the world have we already made it to Saturday night??? It seems like I was just updating this blog and then I blinked, and now 7 days have passed and I'm sitting here again. Jeesh!
This past week hasn't actually been too bad schedule wise. We had a couple of activities/appointments planned that had to be re-scheduled. And things didn't start to get hairy until just yesterday. The girls and I have enjoyed spending a lot of time together this week. And I'm amazed by them every day. They are growing up so fast sometimes I feel like I can barely keep up.
Today everyone met at my parent's house to celebrate mine and Steve's birthdays. Mine was on the 8th, of course, and his is on the 23rd of this month. With the generally crazy busy schedules of everyone in my family and the start of a new school year being dumped on top of THAT…..it made more sense to get together this weekend. We had a yummy lunch and some homemade (from scratch) carrot cake cupcakes with white chocolate cream cheese frosting (which were quite delish if I do say so myself). Then Steve left to go bowl in the Plano Super Bowl Regional…..a yearly tradition at this point. Unfortunately, he didn't make the cut this year but I guess the only way to look at it is……you win some and you lose some. The Lord always has plans for bigger and better things for his children.
Tomorrow is going to be kind of a lazy day I'm hoping…..because next week is going to be insane. LOTS of fun things planned for this little family. More to come on that.
That's really about all for this week. Right now I'm planning out next week's menu and making out my to-do list. It's a little long…..but I work better under pressure, so I'm hoping for a very productive week.
And now……..more planning!!
Melony : )
Saturday, August 06, 2011
Finally all are home!
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Happy Birthday, Ryann!!!!
Ryann, you are one of the smartest, most caring little girls that I've ever had the privilege of knowing. And I count myself as blessed to be your Mommy. I know that there will be trying times as you continue to grow and learn, but I am SO exicted to see the woman that you will one day become.....strong, independent, confident, loving, and a true blessing to everyone who knows you. You have made the past nine years so amazing and FUN!!!
I love you with all of my heart, baby!! Happy Happy Birthday!!!
Monday, July 04, 2011
Summer Time in Texas!!!
We are all missing Kamri Jay here. I'm very ready for her to be back home and for things to get back to "normal"!!
I'm still couponing and LOVING every minute of it! I absolutely love the challenge it brings into my daily life. Saving money on items that my family uses on a weekly basis is exhilarating!!! I even finally got around to setting up my Couponing website this past week and although it's a work in progress, I'm pleased with the outcome thus far.
Steve and I are still working on things in relationship land. We made it to that 3 year mark and all of a sudden things got hard. I fully believe that Satan is just playing around with both of us because one of the things he hates MOST is two God-fearing, God-loving people in love. But, we will make it through this time and when we come out on the other side a stronger couple, we'll look back and know that the Lord had his hand on us the whole time.
That's about it for us. We stay pretty busy most days. Grant sees to that! Haha!!
Hope everyone else is doing well. I'm still working on getting the literally hundreds of photos that I had on MyPhotoAlbum.com transferred over to the new site, PhotoBucket. It's truly a pain that MyPhotoAlbum decided to shut down......but what can you do about it??
Until next time,
Melony : )
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
One Year Stats
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Happy Birthday Grant!!!
Grant is close to walking....he's actually taken several steps completely free of support, however as of right now, he still prefers having something to hold on to as he cruises around the house. This week has also brought on 2 new teeth, which brings the running total to......6. LOL.....one of these days the teething will all be behind us, but we're not there yet.
He still hasn't said Mama......but it's Dada Dada all the time!! However, when it comes to cuddle time it's ALL about the Mommy!! He's definitely become a Mommy's boy lately.....and I love every second of it!! : )
He has started doing the funniest thing lately.....he likes to head butt you and then rub his head back and forth on yours....in the same motion as if he were shaking his head no......he gets a kick out of it and so do we. There are usually kisses that accompany this fun game so it's something that I LOVE to play with him!!
Since Grant's first birthday falls smack dab in the middle of the week this year, we are having his party on Sunday March 20th. We're looking forward to having everyone over to celebrate with us. I'm sure there will be plenty of pics to share! Until then, I'm gonna go soak up some more love from my little man!! : )
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Man oh Man!!!
I ended up NOT taking the job in Rockwall due to the fact that the pay was extremely low and it would actually end up COSTING me money to go to work everyday......call me crazy but I don't think that's what any of us are looking for in a job. SO, I'm back to being a SAHM full-time and working my MK business.
Both of the girls are doing exceptionally well in school. When the last report cards came out Kamri had all A's and Ryann had all A's with the exception of one B. She struggles sometimes in math.....but so did I. I don't know that I EVER got an A in math and I graduated in the top 10% of my class with a full scholarship to college. So, we're working on it.....but I'm very proud of both of them for all of their hard work.
Steve and I started taking Financial Peace University at our church this month. And so far I L-O-V-E it!!! I think it's going to make a HUGE impact on our lives. I can't wait to see how much we are going to benefit from all of this information. It's going to take some hard work, but I believe that we both understand the implications of NOT planning for our future.....and neither of us want that outcome.
Grant is 11 months old now.....he'll turn one on March 16th.....just a few short weeks away. I can't believe that I'm already planning his first birthday! It seems like the past year has just flown by! He's not walking yet, but he's trying.....and as far as teeth go, there are still only 4 as of right now. He's been saying "DaDa" for as long as he's been making noise it seems, but lately he's actually trying to say "MaMa". However, it sounds more like "BwaBwa" when it comes out....lol. We'll get there. He learned how to play Patty Cake this month as well. So now anytime you say "patty cake" to him he claps his little hands and gives you a HUGE smile!! I love how happy he is!!
Unfortunately, our family has dealt with a lot of sickness in the past couple of months. First, Grant had strep the week before Christmas.....and then I ended up sick the week of!! Then we started the new year and thought everyone was going to be fine. Well, beginning of February rolls in and Ryann ends up with a stomach bug that lasted for several days. The Kamri gets strep and later the same week, Grant gets strep again. Kamri and Grant have BOTH dealt with secondary infections.....but are finally on the road to recovery! Thank you Lord!! Between sick days and snow days (That's right.....we had 5 or 6 in a two week period), my schedule has been all sorts of upside down!!
Steve is starting a new job next week at Orr Nissan in Greenville. We really don't know what to expect of this new opportunity, but we believe that it was sent to us from God, and we're really excited about it!
Other than that, not too much happening here in our little house. We are living in His blessings and taking each day as it comes. : )
Saturday, January 15, 2011
2011 ~ Some new and some the same.....
Monday, December 20, 2010
Oh how the time flies swiftly........
Both of the girls are gone now for the Christmas holiday. Ryann will be home on the Christmas afternoon and Kamri will be home on the 26th. We miss them terribly when they're gone, but know that they enjoy spending this time with their other families. But boy, let me tell you.......the week leading up to their departure was plain madness!!!
Monday night I stayed home from my meeting since the girls had been gone all weekend as well as Steve and we spent an evening just being together. Tuesday we had family movie night one last time before the girls left (we try to do this once a week). Wednesday we had cheer practice and then Christmas shopping for Steve and Gamaw. Thursday night was our annual tradition of going out to see Christmas lights with my parents. We always go out in our pjs and have popcorn and hot cocoa while we drive around looking at all of the lights. Friday was the final day.......we started out with school Christmas parties for both girls, then rushed home to bake cookies, trim the tree, wrap all of their Christmas gifts purchased for others and watched a final Christmas movie before heading out to their Christmas party for Stepz Gym. Needless to say, I was beyond exhausted by the time we got home.......but the fun doesn't end there!!
Saturday morning at approximately 3:00am Grant woke up with a wretched fever and a nasty cough.......so Mommy didn't get much sleep that night. However, staying home in bed wasn't an option for us.....my sister, Brittany, graduated from Texas A&M Commerce on Saturday morning and we had a special lunch for her at my mom's house that afternoon. Sadly, Grant and I were the only ones able to attend since both girls were gone and Steve was bowling in a doubles tournament in Euless (where he made $900, thank you very much!!! So proud of him!!). Once all of this was done, we headed home where we could FINALLY rest. However, it was more of the same (coughing and fever) in the wee hours on Sunday morning, so we were not able to attend church (sad face). But, we certainly didn't want to pass our germs on to anyone else and we really had no way of knowing how sick he really was. So, we chilled around the house for the day.
We were able to get Grant in to see the doctor today and it turns out he has strep......the boy has never been sick a day in his life and now he has strep!!! Blegh! Here's hoping the rest of us don't end up with it although I haven't been feeling all the great the past couple of days......Lord, please here my plea......no sick Mommy and no sick baby for Christmas!!!
We have quite a few pics from our week of adventures........so, check out our photo site to see them!! And check back soon for more mishaps and mayhem from our family!!
Hope everyone is well!
Melony, Steve, and the Sickly Grant
PS: Christmas cards go out tomorrow!!!! They're awesome! : )
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas.......
Monday, October 04, 2010
So Very Blessed
Ryann started third grade this year and she is enjoying school. I don't think that I can honestly post that she "loves" school anymore because she has now reached the age that she could probably take it or leave it and the main reason she wants to go (most days) is to see her friends. Haha!! However, she is doing excellent in all of her subjects and is learning more and more all the time. We are definitely going to have her tested for GT this year. I feel confident that she'll pass with flying colors. This is a picture of her on the first day of third grade.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Everyone's getting older......
Friday, April 02, 2010
The girls are doing really really well getting used to having Grant at home. They don't get quite as much of mommy's attention as before, but we spend time together whenever we can and they LOVE spending time with their brother. Last night we all went outside and enjoyed the weather together. Ryann rode her bike around and around the cul de sac and Kamri and I followed behind. We're still working on Kamri's bike riding skills........she'll get it before too long. It took Ryann about 20 minutes ~ I have no doubt Kamri will pick it up just as quickly.
Steve has bowled in a couple of league tournaments since the beginning of March and his team actually won first place in their division!!! This is really exciting to me because it means we've won a trip to San Antonio in May (I think it's in May)!!! We don't get too many adult weekends so I'm really looking forward to getting away and spending some time together!
Easter is in 2 days......Ryann is going to be spending the weekend with her Daddy but we are fortunate to have Kamri home with us. The plan as of right now is for us to all go to church on Sunday morning and we're going to take Kamri and Grant to an Easter Egg Hunt tomorrow.......assuming that the weather cooperates with us! Right now it's raining......ugh!
That's about it for now. Grant should be waking up soon for some of that yummy mommy milk and I have a few phone calls to make so I'll update again soon!
Hope everyone is going great!
Love to all,
Melony & the Family : )