Now I have to learn to use “y’all” properly…

So the big news is out.. we are officially moving to Houston!
I have been waiting for this. It seems like we have been sitting on this news for a year now (not really… but it sure feels like it), and we can finally shout it from the roof tops! So long California!!

Texas wood flag

Houston has so much more opportunity for us, a better place to raise a family, a better place to invest in a home, and better job opportunities for both of us! It’s a big move, a bit of a scary one, and the farthest either of us has ever been from “home”. But we are so so excited to take the leap and jump in. The hubs brother is stationed at Fort Hood so we have someone within a few hours, and we get to see the nieces and nephew more often now, which I couldn’t be more excited about! And with recent developments it seems that the hubs sister will be a little closer to (12 hours instead of 22).

So the moving game begins… renting out our current place, looking for a new place, purging, packing, all that way fun stuff that comes along with moving (again.. didn’t we just do this??). We just bought our current place last summer, and although we love it and it has proved to be a great home for us the last year, it’s time to move on.. bigger and better as they say! Which will absolutely be true since we are moving to a city where you can buy a mansion for I’m pretty sure the cost of a shoe box in the worst part of the ghetto here, ha.Texas Y'all

So excited for this new adventure in life. Sure to create lots of memories and learn new things along the way. Lot’s more Texas news to come, but until then.. I am off to practice my accent and my “y’alls”.

 

xo


Growing Up

at her high school graduation c/o 2011

at her high school graduation c/o 2011

I was just talking to my sister-in-law yesterday about her going out of state to finish up her bachelors degree and play softball. It’s confirmed shes going to Missouri (MVC), she is leaving for Missouri in 13 days!! Completely sad, but also so excited for her!! I am so happy that she gets to play ball, get her education and be independent about it all. But it got me thinking.. I have known her since she was 11… 11!! I see her today and I can hardly even picture that little girl she once was. So many things have changed since then. We were both young, and awkward, and little! haha She has grown and matured into a wonderful person, who I so admire (I was going to say look up to… but I actually do since she towers over me now… so I went another direction instead).

There are many challenges lying ahead for her, but she will no doubt over come them all and learn a lot about herself along the way. She is such a strong person already, and this new adventure in her life will just make her that much more amazing. I can’t wait to hear all about it, and come visit, and root her on the whole way. Just got me a little when I started thinking how far we have both come since I first met her all those years ago.

I suddenly have the urge to go raid my mother-in-laws house for baby pictures of her and my husband and their brother.Excuse me while I go bawl my eyes out and get all emotional and crap.

xo

The Urge to Run

Running Meme 1

Like after 2 minutes…

I have never in my life been a runner. Ever. I blame the boobs, let’s be real. I’m pretty sure I read somewhere once that any one with anything over a C cup shouldn’t even try, just find something else for cardio lady and move on. Even at the height of my sports playin’ days I wasn’t a runner. Sure I could haul it from base to base or after a stray ball in the outfield, but you want me to run laps? F-in forget it buddy.

But lately.. I just want to run. My body wants to run. I have never felt like this before, maybe it has to do with all the traveling the hubs is doing lately (or for the past year…), maybe I am just feeling restless in life, whatever it is. I need to get out there. I need to run. So I started a couch to 10k running program to see how that goes. I’m not looking to run a marathon next week, or next month, or ever for that matter. But my body has this need to get out there and run free… so that’s what I am going to (try to) do.Running Meme 2

I’ve been a very very bad blogger

I’m sure you’ve noticed. But I have been a very very bad blogger lately. I haven’t posted anything really in a few months.. and I feel horrible about it. The hubs and I have had a TON of stuff going on and my attention has definitely been on other things.

DANGER

Here is a quick run down of some things that have been going on…

We secretly renovated my moms cabin in Big Bear. She had NO clue! It took weeks and weeks to pull off and before that months and months of planning, stashing things and generally being sneaky. But we finally revealed all the hard work on 4th of July weekend with a great 3 day weekend. You can find before and after shots and other assorted details here.

Our dog got ever cuter! Just kidding..  he couldn’t possibly get any cuter than he always has been. But he didn’t get less cute.. so that’s something.

Okay, so I guess really we haven’t really done much other than BB. But with both of us working all week, each weekend spent at the cabin working our tails off, trying to stay on top of our own house work (cleaning, laundry, food prep, animal care, etc.), and keeping the fibs with mom straight, it has been pretty crazy. I can’t even begin to tell you how many evenings after work we have spent at Lowes, or Home Depot, or BOTH, oh… and Target.. so many Target trips! Oh and the UPS and FedEx drivers in our area now know the route to our door by heart I’m sure.

Anyway, I promise to be better. I’m getting my -ish together and along with the healthy lifestyle recommitment, I promise to be a better blogger too! :)

xo.

Enough Of This Shit

Really, no extra comment needed here. I had to reblog this because it is such an everyday issue, something that we all face.

Drifting Through

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“Where you born to resist, or be abused?

Is someone getting the best, the best, the best, the best of you?”

-Foo Fighters, Best of You

Saturday was a fun day. We spent the evening at friend’s house. The kids laughing and playing in the pool while we enjoyed good food, great conversation and more than a few drinks. We all came pouring in the door full of energy and laughter. We shuffled the kids upstairs to get ready for bed. I paused for a minute to soak up the moment. My family. All of us smiling, happy. I was still reflecting on the fun evening whenI grabbed my phone. I popped on to Twitter for a quick peek to see if there was anything of interest happening.

#YesAllWomen. That’s what was happening.

I stopped my distracted cleaning that I had been doing while reading tweets. I had to…

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Clean Eats – Work Lunches

This is an older post from Ashley at One Dreamy Mess, but I really like her suggestions and use most of these while packing my own work lunches. Check her out she has some great stuff going on over there!

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Work Lunches..