Sunday, July 24, 2016

New House.

We moved.
It was a long process and so much blood sweat and tears went into this move.
We have the BEST parents. We literally couldn't have done it without them. in the physical sense. in the mental sense. Literally and figurately. Both sets traveled to Waco and spent their vacation days, hauling boxes up and down multiple sets of stairs. Babysitting, cleaning, all in 100 degree heat!

It was both emotional and gratifying to leave our "little blue house", as Reyna says.

 We fit our entire house in a single uhaul.

Let me tell you. We left that house better than we left it and that feels pretty good.
We made our trip across town to our new home.

Move in day was a mess. Literally.
We got there with our move in crew only to discover that there were tons of their boxes yet to be moved. Nothing had been cleaned.. I don't mean 10 moxes, I'm talking a moving van worth of stuff!
You know what we did? we ignored it. We brought our stuff in as they took their stuff out.
It was a LOOOOONG day but we managed to get everything into the house in one day.
We had to think of a way to keep Reyna occupied so we put on a movie, a fan, and pillows down and she took a nap! What a trooper!

Our parents worked their tails off!
Now, we get to spend our days, getting the home together. Lots of work has already happened and I'm sure that you'll get a glimpse of the process!
For now, just know that we are loving our B&B and making it ours.

Gull Lake 2016.

We moved.
Like weeks ago!
Lots to catch up on so here we go!
At the end of June, we went on a great long trip Up North. We made another road trip up to Iowa. We spent a few days there and then up to Minnesota.
We spent the Fourth of July up there with extended family.
My American girl!
We swam, splashed, played carpet ball (lots of it), ate too much ice cream, jet skied, rescued an eagle.....

... and mostly just loved lake life.

Sunday, June 12, 2016


Through the business, we found a time to visit Leisure Camp. My parents go there often and the weather was just perfect.

We found out that she love rocks.
and swimming.
and throwing rocks.
and the "little house" (rv)
and gathering rocks.


We also celebrated a graduation and my sister's birthday.

She had so much fun, that we left her there for a couple of days while we did adult things - like packing up all her toys in her room!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Lightning Speed.

The end of the school year always moves at lightning speed. There's tests and grading, and teacher gifts and awards ceremonies and deadlines.
This year, we accidentally started the moving process.

Every house hunt has a story.
Ours goes like this:
1) Saw a house we liked on 4 acres.
2) put our house on the market.
3) Had LOTS of interest - showed it 25+ times in two days
4) 4 acre house rejected our offer
5) took our house off the market
6) got offered more on our house
7) offered more on 4 acre house
8) got rejected again.
9) Really stopped looking.
10) Got offered more for our house
11) Decided to move
12) began a new house hunt - saw 11 houses in one day
13) saw "Bed & Breakfast" house and 4 acre house again
14) fell in love with B&B
15) made an offer
16) signed a contract

Of course there are lots of moving parts in all of this and we are still doing inspections etc. but it really is unbelievable.
Working through so many emotions and firmly believing that we would be placed where God meant for us to be, is/was exhausting. We love this B&B for so many reasons. And once we are actually IN, I'll share all about it (plus pictures). I just didn't want to forget to process.

For now, I'm off to another adventure - potty training!

Monday, May 9, 2016

3rd Mother's Day.

This was my third mother's day.
I'll be honest. On my first Mother's Day I felt ENTITLED to my Mother's Day!
Afterall, I had just birthed a baby and I was running on no sleep.

On this, my third Mother's Day, I feel UNDESERVING.
Parenting is hard on so many levels that I was unaware of on that first mother's day. As I sat in church Sunday as I listened to declarations of mothering in our lives, I wanted nothing more than to be with my mother. And so, I packed up Reyna and headed on a spontaneous trip to San Antonio to crash the Mother's Day party there.

and I am so glad I did.
It was really a celebration of Isavel Reyna, my grandmother. As she was showered with love from 11 (of 12) of her children, I sat in amazement that this little lady DID that. Physically. Mentally. Emotionally. Then I looked around the room at my aunts and cousins who are all mothers now.

Mothers in attendance:
- Isavel Reyna (12)
- Isabel Moran (3)
- Delia McCumber (4)
- Sylvia Ramos (1)
- Lori Alaniz (4)
- Josie McCumber (2)
- Becky Alvarado (4)
- Me (1)
 and I somehow felt undeserving.

Within the everyday joyous experiences of motherhood, every one of THESE mothers has a hard story. A tough pregnancy. Being abused while pregnant. Being 40 and pregnant. Loosing a day old baby. Single parenting. Broken relationships with their children. Military parenting, etc.

While I think I am a good Mom, and mothering is not a contest, I think matriarchs should be celebrated. The "tough stuff" I deal with is what every mother deals with-grumpiness, potty training, lack of sleep and time. So while I may not have experienced death or grief or 'hardness', I am a young mother with lots of mothering ahead, and knowing these women gives me confidence that I can mother through all mothering scenarios.

I may not be deserving, I am grateful to be in the club with all these mothers (and many others in my life).

Friday, May 6, 2016

What was I thinking?!

I feel like this could become a regular series.
Every now and then I get mayself into a frenzy.
I'm usually a very laid back, go with the flow type of person but what was I thinking?

Between the days of April 25th and April 30th I:
- Hosted three test reviews
- planned a birthday party
- had two guest speakers for a Sexual Violence panel for a class (very emotional)
- put our house on the market
- had 25+ showings on our house
- got a pre approval (i.e. did bank stuff)
- visited a wanted house 3 times
- wrote 4 final tests
- sat in on three internship presentations
- took our house off the market
- baked cupcakes
- had 4 guest for the weekend
- restocked my store
- visited the museum, zoo, and parks
- kenneled Rexx
- hosted a party
- kept a house clean for said showings


Yes, all of this was by choice but we chose to be proactive in a house hunt and while I can't speak for all of us, I also felt at peace about each decision along the way. That's usually how I know I made a good decision. There are times of busy-ness that we push through but I am also glad this is not our everyday life style. Everything went well and I laugh looking back at it now but still...what was I thinking?!

Monday, May 2, 2016

2nd Birthday Paw-ty.

This weekend, we celebrated with some of our favorite people.
We decided that we are going to try to avoid "character" parties as long as we can. 
So we thought about what she really likes: Puppies and Purple
So the Purple Puppy Paw-ty was created. 

Luckily, the weather cooperated and we were able to set up outside.
We asked Reyna who she would like to have come to the house to play with her and 
she requester her favorite friends by name. 
We had 10 kids, and 14 adults.

 We had Pup-eroni Pizza, Pawsta Salad, Kibble-n-bits (chex mix), Pup corn, Pawtato chips, 
Pupcakes, etc. served in these dollar store dog bowls.

My sister made this cute board like she did last year.
We pulled out all the toys we already had, including the Puppy pool.
 We had a bubble machine, soccer goal, a water table, a basketball hoop, a hula hoop

 My sister made this cute dog house, too!
 We had to have a pinata!

The last activity on their way out was a Puppy Adoption Station. 
They picked a puppy. Wrote his name on his dog tag, filled out a certificate of adoption, and took a crate to take him/her home. 
This went better than I thought it would.
It was so fun to see what names they chose.
We had a Ken, Shawn, and a Bubbles!

A Happy Birthday song.
 and so many sweet gifts from her friends.
She was one happy girl!
We are now in the "terrific twos".
(I'm choosing to be optimistic ;) )

Wednesday, April 27, 2016


My girl is TWO today.
It feels like I've known her forever. 
That's probably because I have always wanted her. 
She is literally what my dreams were made of. 


There is more to a little girl than what her mother sees. 
There is more to a little girl than what her father dreams.
Inside every little girl lies a heart that beats.
and sometimes it screams, refusing to take defeat.
And sometimes her father's dreams aren't big enough, 
and sometimes her mother's visions aren't long enough. 
And sometimes the little girl has to dream her own dreams and break through the clouds with her own sunbeams. 

Love you, big girl!

Monday, April 18, 2016

April celebrations.

This weekend was a whirlwind of celebrations. 
We celebrated three birthdays in four days! 
We ate lots of sugar, opened lots of presents, and played a lot outside.

 I got to go on a trail run. I miss those trails.
 We celebrated this little lady a little early with cake and fajitas, and lots of presents.

 There was a park visit, yoga instruction, lunch out, dinner out, cupcakes, cake, popcorn, ice cream sundaes, farmers markets, Magnolia, SPICE, a cookout, McKinney cousins, church, neighbors, and trail runs. 
We packed in all we could into those few days, and we enjoyed every minute.