"The best and most beautiful things cannot be seen or touched-they must be felt with the heart." Hellen Keller

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Spring Break!!!

I have lots of pictures to post from our exciting Spring Break. Truth be told, I probably should have saved my money since I don't really know my job situation but I sure needed some road time for therapy, and it was all worth it. It was an EXHAUSTING Spring Break though. We usually don't do anything for Spring Break and we literally traveled the entire state of Texas. Let's see....we started out heading to Sea World in San Antonio, which was fun. Bryson enjoyed it but he wasn't too impressed. He thinks every animal we see is a dog, which makes me laugh. Then we drove on to Katy (near Houston) to see my brother. We had a really good time. We ate at some cool places, went to the zoo, went to Kemah and Costco (my brother was really into showing us Costco), truth be told, I wasn't that impressed. :) I did LOVE Kemah though, such a cool place! Bryson liked it even better than Sea World. I think the sea air did us some good! Me and Kory rode roller coasters wherever we went, which was cool. Riley isn't quite into roller coasters yet but I wish he was! Then we made the long trek back to Odessa and had the busiest few days ever, just getting caught up on cleaning and grocery shopping and all that mess. Somewhere in that week I caught what I like to affecionately call, "THE BLACK PLAGUE"....but I will return to that later. Bryson had been coughing and had a runny nose for weeks and weeks as well but they kept telling me it was allergies so we just went with it. So, come Friday, we headed to Amarillo, yep, Amarillo. Honestly it was the best time ever, seriously! We took Kory and his friend (we as in my mom and Riley and me and B) to a deathmetal concert. We didn't "do" a lot, we swam in the pool at the hotel and ate some places and such but it was just FUN. I had never been to Amarillo and the GPS kept taking us out to the middle of nowhere and saying "you have arrived" when I had typed in Target. It was just a fun road trip. We only stayed one night and on the way home we stopped at a super cool museum in Canyon and Riley was in Heaven, he loves museums, especially the stinking gift shops! Bryson really liked the museum too, he just talked and pointed. So we head home on Saturday and both me and Bryson had felt yucky while we were gone but not too bad. On Sunday I felt terrible and he was still coughing and so we went to the Urgent Care center. Long story short, what a waste of time! I won't go into the idiot doctor story or the four hour wait (thanks Mom, AGAIN, for staying with us) but OMG! Another long story short, I have been so sick for almost two weeks....Bryson ended up having what they thought was pneumonia but was actually bronchitis. He got a shot and was so much better in four hours. I seriously thought I would NEVER get well!!!! I think it was all the stress from everything just tumbling down. Speaking of stress I am definetly going to be going to get my teacher certification starting in June.....so, my entire summer is going to be spent going to school. Not exactly the summer I was dreaming of, but it will pay off in the end. Needless to say, I am freaking out but I have also realized that (as cliche as it sounds) God is opening doors for me, doors I would have never bothered to open on my own. I think in a few years I am going to look around and realize that I am the happiest I have ever been. I need to get away from my current job and I would have never done that on my own, so I am scared but ready and greatful and excited and...........well, we will just see.
Update on Bryson, the kid is HILARIOUS! I will say through all of this stress (and let me just say my job hasn't been the only stress, OMG!) it is so nice to come home and see those three, sweet faces. Bryson is always sooooo excited to see me and so sweet and cuddly and funny. He is such a joy! Mark is really enjoying being at home more and being with him and the boys. And I love watching the boys with him, they are truly going to be such great fathers one day. Bryson has taught our entire family so much and I am so thankful for my family!!!!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Change Makes the World Go Round!

It has actually come to my attention that some people read this!!!!!!!!! Thanks! You love me, you really love me!(in cheesy Hollywood voice) Just kidding!I have so much to report. I really didn't write for a long time because I was busy, and then I was depressed. It is amazing what has gone on in my life in the past 2-3 years! So much change!!!!!!!!!!
pregnant with surprise baby three
Baby born and you all know that story (insert crazy year!)
Baby is thriving, doing great
Moving day
Husband takes new job
Decide to put Riley in public school
I get laid off
You read that right, I got laid off. March 1st they sat us down and said that as of June 30th they are unplugging the station and turning it off. I can't begin to describe the way that felt. I have essentially "grown up" here. I started here in high school (junior year) and have been here since. In that time I earned my bachelor's degree, got married, had three babies. This is my family! And that is what it has felt like, a death in the family. However the decision has been made that I am going to get my emergency teacher certification and be a teacher. It is actually something I have always thought about but I have been so comfortable in my position at my other job that I never pursued it. I am so excited and SCARED TO DEATH but I am ready for a challenge. The timing is great. Bryson is getting big and more independent, Kory will start driving in October (UGGGH) and Riley is going into public school, a school right across the street from our house. It is all falling into place and I know we are going to be great. God is good all the time! I also plan on working on that issue too. We haven't gone to church in so long because I have been so worried about Bryson getting sick, and honestly I have been in a slump, just not ready. Well I am ready. I really want to go back and I am excited about that. Enough about me! Sorry!
Bryson is doing soooo great! I wish I could post a video of him. He is such a big kid. I don't mean physically, honestly he is kind of tiny but I mean in spirit. He thinks he is BIG STUFF, and he is big stuff. I just can't get over this kid! I can't believe how far he has come. Each night when I bathe him I run my finger over his "zipper" on his chest and I tell him how brave he was and how proud I am of him. He is into so much stuff! We cannot keep up with him! He is terrorizing my cats too, which is actually kind of funny. He loves to wrestle with the boys. He is starting to talk. I think he will be on the bottle until he is four but I don't care honestly. Hey Suri Cruise can do it, why can't B. He is a bigger celebrity than her! :)
Riley is doing great, happy as a lark and ready for summer!
Kory is great too, driving a lot and having a good time. He is ready for summer too, I think!
Anyway, thanks for reading and stay tuned. It's getting exciting around these here parts! :)