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Dr. Pepper Museum

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I think this is the hardest post I am posting in a long time, why you ask… Because I have been trying to post for the last month and a half and my creative mojo has officially left the building. More on that later. But I figured I could post some pictures and keep it moving. So I’m posting pictures about our weekend and I am keeping it moving!

Basically, our Wisconsin family came to Texas for the Final Four games. Wisconsin Badgers were in the first games and lost by ONE measly point, ugh! Anyways, we got to hang out with them on Sunday in Waco. We were going to the Waco zoo, but because it was cold, windy and rainy, we went to the Dr. Pepper Museum instead!

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Have a great night!

Unplanned Roadtrip 2.0

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So here are more iPhone photos from our unplanned trip back home. We had a great time, it was nice to see family and friends. I know more people wanted to see us like we wanted to see more people, but sometimes you just have to go with the flow. And the flow was family and we enjoyed it as well as the children. So much happened and it was great, the good, the bad and the ugly! Haha!

We got to spend countless nights sleeping by the fireplace, though I’m sure who we stayed with didn’t think it funny or cool. We all took it in stride and to be honest, I think it was hotter and more personal to be contained in one place. The good in the bad, right. We spent more time together, more great conversations, more bonds were forged and overall we truly loved it.

I got to celebrate my birthday at home. It was all so great! I look forward to turning a year older, I am actually looking forward to the day I can say I’m 50 years old. Now please remind me of this post when I do turn 50 and I grumble about it, ok?! haha. But what made this birthday so different then any other is nothing but the company I kept. I love small and intimate, I love being with people, I love connecting on a deeper level, I love the small things. I rarely celebrated my birthday growing up, let alone had someone acknowledge that it was my birthday (you know that whole, it’s Thanksgiving too deal, and the fact that my bio could care less). Anyways, I made it another year. I survived my year, I get to start over and make this year even better than last. Birthdays are awesome for that.

We then went to Milwaukee and spent Thanksgiving with my in-laws. That is always an experience. One that I might later give more detail to, but for now I will just say. It came and it went and all was well. No one died, no one got their feelings hurt and the food was good! So I call that a success… Anyways, enjoy the pictures below. More to follow soon 🙂

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A good fire will help get rid of the cold

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The process from the South to the North… Ice and snow

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Sleeping by the fireplace

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Caught him slipping, LOL!

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The Capitol… Love this View

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Silliness with Miss Marie

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That’s my “Fareal” look

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Meanwhile in Wisconsin…

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Just hanging out

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I understand this right here… complete exhaustion.

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SS with the girlpies… They LOVE her so much

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Texan transplants tryna get dressed for cold weather

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WI, Cows and the mall

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Doesn’t help that both of her jackets were broke

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B-rock and Mini Mouse making cupcakes

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The girls babies were ready as well

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Yes! I had multiple helpings of peach cobbler and pumpkin pie… nothing like homemade

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D and his older Cousin, they had a blast

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The only picture I got of my and the other half on Thanksgiving

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Saying Bye to Grandma R

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Auntie Sue is the best

Wisconsin Family Reunited

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Wisconsin Family Reunited

So our “family” from Wisconsin is here! Meaning some of Ike’s motorcycle buddies are here at the Biker’s Roundup. It’s really cool to see them, it’s been a year or so.

We are here in Tunica, Mississippi for the National Bikers Roundup. We go every year and when we go we also plan our vacation around the destination for the roundup. Like last year it was in Las Vegas, so we also went to California and Texas. It was tons of fun.

We are truly excited about this round up because of all the places we will be going, most of it on the Coast. I love a great beach and historical sitings. So we are doing both.

I wanted to call the trip Dirty South of something like that but Ike and the kiddos didn’t think it was that cool of a name. So as of now it is renamed to Civil Rights Tour…

New Year 2013!

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HAPPY NEW YEARS EVERYONE!!!!!

We have been big on starting and doing new things for the Holidays this year, mostly because it is just us, meaning Ike, D-boy, Mini Mouse, Ms. Marie and I. As some may know we moved from the midwest down south back in June, and what a move it was, what a process it was, how exciting and nerve wrecking and, and, and… so many other things included… The other thing was we moved away from everything and everyone we knew and now here we are miles away from our normal and learning to make new normals. It is fun but it is also big.

So back to us trying and starting new things for the Holidays, because we were not able to be with family for the Holidays (July 4th, First Day of School, Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years to name a few) and yes I did add the First Day of School as a Holiday, because in our family we have traditions that involve the first day of school. Anyways, not only have I been doing things differently, I have also searched those things out from Pinterest, haha! Yeah, I’m pretty much hooked on pinterest, the link will or should take you to my boards.

The first new thing we did new this year was instead of inviting tons of people over to our house, grilling out (Ike doing the meat), and having a birthday celebration for Alesha we had a quiet birthday celebration here in Texas. No grilling out, no friends over for a big celebration, no setting off our own fireworks, just us (Ike, Mini Mouse, Ms. Marie and I. D-boy was away at camp that week). I cooked mini muffins, the girls made birthday cards, and then we went to the water park as well as got some new book shelves and put those together. You can see those posts here and here

Next came the First Day of School, I haven’t posted that yet. But believe me it was a new day and a new thing. Normally for the first day of school, my sister Patience comes over and sees the kiddos off for school, takes pictures, gets into pictures and then goes home. This year we had to do all of that by skype, not the picture taking with her in them, but I did do picture taking and will post them soon. But for now I will just add one of them, one from this year and one from the last year or so. This first photo from this year and the second one from last year, as I was searching for pictures I realized I did not get a group photo of the kiddos this year.

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The next Holiday would be Labor Day, which again was different. Last year we went to the Taste of Madison with my sister and her family and this year we barbecued and took family photos. The first one from 2011 and the second one from 2012!

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Next comes Halloween, this was VERY different than last year. Every year when we lived in Wisconsin we went to the kiddos Godparents house and trick-or-treated, hung out with people we hadn’t seen the whole year, and had white chili (my favorite part)… this year, well we spent it at D-boys football playoff game (which they didn’t win!).

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Next is Thanksgiving (which also happens to be my birthday time), this was so different than we normally are used to. Every year for as long as I can remember in our house we ALWAYS cooked a big meal for Thanksgiving, including mac-n-cheese, turkey, ham, homemade dressing, cranberry sauce, green beans, greens, cornbread, banana pudding, etc, etc, etc. We also have all of the family over for this meal and have a blast. This year however we are in Texas and so we cooked, but not as big and it was just our family and a friends family. We ate dinner at their place and had dessert at our place, we also did a nature hunt for the kiddos and played some cards. All in all it was a great day, but I sure did miss my family and all of their craziness 🙂 The first two pictures are from 2011 Thanksgiving prep, and the second 2 are from the hunt and the cute/yummy snacks we had that day!

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Now we move onto Christmas… This Christmas was so much quieter than last year, LOL! Last year we had a big gathering, we had the family we “adopted’ for the Christmas over, my sister and her family and my younger siblings. It was a regular old shindig at our place and of course we had a feast! This year because it was just the 5 of us we did it small and quiet and spent most of the day in our jammies. It was great, and our meal for the day was seafood themed!

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And last but not least is New Years, this wasn’t much different than last year. Since I’ve gotten older it is too much work to search out somewhere to go, have the perfect outfit, and find a sitter for Isaac and us to go out. Not to mention the cost of that one night. So we have always done something during the day with the kiddos and then brought in the new year with them, or like last year… sound asleep and waking up just in time or right after and saying Happy New Years to each other and going back to sleep! I can’t help it we are pretty lame, haha. Last year we went roller skating and met up with my best friend for lunch, this year we went Ice Skating and tried going out for a meal but instead hung around at home and ate some yummy food and danced the night away.

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And that folks is our Holidays in review for the last year, LOL! But seriously, with each new Holiday new traditions and normals will start to happen. Mainly because we are miles and miles away from family, but also because we like being different and trying new things.

So far this New year has been a great one, how can it not be?! I am blessed to have such an amazing family, great friends (near and far), my health and waking up everyday. So I am living each day with a positive outlook, saying… It can only get better than this!

I look forward to the rest of this year and for the many memories we will make for us and our children! Have an awesome day guys and thanks for stopping by!


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This is interesting…

These are just a few of the things we have been doing the last month, with so much more. I will slowly post more pictures when I get a chance. I have so MANY, I think I need to learn how to not take 500 pictures for an hour of fun… haha, that actually sounds funny.

This is interesting because this will be my last post as a WI resident, unless I decide to post something as we are driving out of town from my phone. But that is a pain, haha!

This day has been slowly creeping upon us, it’s exciting because we are looking forward to the new journey and path we are taking. But it’s also sad because we are leaving friends and family whom we love and will miss so much. I know, I know it’s not like we are dying… and we will be able to see them again, but it’s just because we won’t be able to pop up and see them whenever we want to. Not being able to call my sister and spend the day with her and my niece just because we want to is going to KILL ME!!!

These last few weeks have been a process for me, an interesting one at that. Seeing people for the last time, saying we will see you in Texas when you come and visit us, giving people reasons why coming to visit us in Texas will be the best thing for them (haha!) and that you know we will keep in touch, and trying to talk a friend over the edge… not literally, but getting a facebook page can be like that sometimes!

When moving from a place you have called home your whole life, you suddenly remember all of the things you should have done but never did because you took for granted that you would be in that state long enough to enjoy it. That’s where our bucket list came into play, our list of things to do before we leave WI or the midwest area. We were able to cross off some, but reality is 2 parents in school full-time, 3 kiddos that have crazy busy schedules, and night time work hours don’t always leave room for just doing “nothing”. I’m not sad we didn’t get to clear the list, that just means the next time we come back we will have something fun to look forward to… on top of seeing family and friends 🙂

As I sit here letting my other half do some work, yeah I said it, I’m thinking over all of the things we have gotten to do, all of the new friendships we have made and all of the little things we have done to make lasting memories in our kiddos lives and I feel so blessed and happy that we are lucky enough to be able to do those things. We might not have a lot of “real” family that we spend our time with, but the family that we have made for ourselves…. that matters. So I will end this post soon, because the longer I sit here and type the sappier this post gets. And I’m sure not everyone wants to sit around and read the sappy girls post about moving from WI to TX…

I will leave with this Irish blessing (I can do that I’m part Irish, plus I just really like this):

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

May God be with you and bless you:
May you see your children’s children.
May you be poor in misfortune,
Rich in blessings.
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.

Until our paths cross again, LOVE YA!!!