I suppose life has gotten the best of me and blogging gets shoved to the very bottom of the to do list. House updates, the holidays, Zeus, kids, Netflix, blah, blah, blah . . . I always turn back up though.
I also give up reading blogs because like social media, it turns into a major time suck when I'm already feeling a time crunch . . . just know, my blog friends, that I do occasionally lurk and try to keep up even if I don't comment.
So what's been going on lately? Well, lots of things really. Sit back, relax, and be nosy . . . this is my attempt at catching up so I can just start fresh!
My Ryan is rocking the whole high school freshman thing. He was invited to join the Beta Club which makes a mama proud. This week he sits for his Eagle Board of Review (whoa!), and he just earned his 2nd degree black belt in Choi Kwang Do. Get. It. Done. Son.
|Kyle, (snaps fingers at him) over here! |
Amanda, you knew we were taking a picture, right?
And yes, I need to diet.
Want to know a super weird feeling? Have your oldest child drive your car while you are helpless in the passenger seat.
|He studied and passed the first time . . . this kid is just awesome.|
|What a fun group of friends! They said it was the best time ever!|
|#18 is Kyle . . . it was a yuck day but they won!|
We had two days off school for an ice storm this year in January, and Amanda was the only one who was committed to playing outside. Later in January, my Girl Scouts had a weekend in the woods where they worked on a "journey" and stayed in a cabin . . . fun times!
|Y'all, that cotton candy/hat combo was $14. Ridiculous.|
|They have mutual love for each other . . . so sweet considering |
he's got several pounds on her now!
|I die of the cuteness . . . the head tilt, the tail tuck, the regal poses . . . love it all!|
Guess who he doesn't love? EVERYONE else. It's a big, long story that I hope to write about soon, but Zeus will hopefully become a working police K-9 in the near future. While we love him so, he is too much of a liability to have as a family pet . . . since no one but us can actually pet him anyway. While I know I seem to be making light of this, it has been a huge part of why I have been absent. It's been very stressful and sad, especially since he's my little (well, not really so little) buddy.
For the holidays, Getzy and the boys went to visit his family in Florida (because we promised the boys they would get to see their cousins) and Amanda and I stayed home with the dogs . . . for the sole reason that it would be too stressful to deal with Zeus away from home. So Amanda and I spent Thanksgiving with some of our favorite people . . . these folks for lunch.
|And you're welcome . . . Christmas card photo creds to me!|
|They will have to see Santa until they move out . . . mom's rule!|
|It's not often we dress up fancy!|
I finally got my mama upgraded to an iPhone from the kind where if you want to text someone you have to hit the buttons a certain number of times to get the letter you want. Yeah, it was time! Her world was officially rocked when she realized she could connect to the Internet AND play solitaire from her phone.
My mom's sweet husband kicked cancer's butt last year and is doing great! We are so thankful he's healthy and on the other side of that nasty disease! And here is a lovely photo of his dog Molly . . . we call that her "smile" but there really isn't anything nice about her. She loves him so that's what matters. She's one mean girl for sure. Her and Zeus should hang out together. Ha!
I love a girls trip and my poker mamas did a local Stone Mountain weekend last fall. We had a blast . . . we shopped, spa'd, snacked, drank, played poker and adventured . . . that's a perfect recipe for a good time. These ladies make my life so much better . . . I am so thankful for each and every one of them!
I also had a fabulous girls' weekend this past fall with my college friends. Y'all, these are my people. I love them to the moon and back. I am ever so grateful for each of them and our lasting friendships. We laugh, we cry, we confess . . . and then we drink and eat cheese. The best.
And then there are these girls . . . I love them long time too and oh how they make me laugh! We each did a big celebration trip for our 40th birthdays and this was the last of the big 4-0 milestones for us. We got a great deal on a Royal Caribbean 4 night cruise to Cozumel . . . and a discount on the drink package. Jokes on them though . . . they were losing money on us by 10 a.m. because . . . mimosas for breakfast.
Some of my local friends and I hit up the Fifty Shades Darker movie the day it opened in the "extreme" theater. So yeah, we basically watched porn together. Y'all, it was naughty. And I was fine with it! I was also fine with my friends bringing me "snacks" to the theater!
OMG . . . I think that's it. Well, enough for now anyway. It's weird to end it on the dirty movie, but I've run out of pictures and stories. Missed you all. Mean it! Let's hope I can get my crap together to show up more often!