Tuesday, July 31, 2012


I've never said this out loud but when I was pregnant with Brayd I just had a feeling something was going to be wrong. I am not sure if it was the kind of pregnancy I was having or what. Sure enough October 2010 he was diagnosed with Autism. When walking into the conference room with his teacher and the support staff that worked with him just made me nervous. When the first time we were told he had it my jaw tighten and I gritted my teeth. Luckily Todd was with me and he took over on talking. There was no way I could talk. I was mad. I was mad at them for telling me something was wrong with my baby. I was mad at God for creating something that made something wrong with him. I was mad at myself wondering what I did wrong to cause it. Obviously I calmed down and was able to refocus in on the meeting. His teacher could tell I was getting upset. I was also able to keep the tears in tact and not shed during the meeting. Still to this day when someone says something about him being autistic I go back to that place. To me my baby is perfect. :)

I am very thankful for the school that we had back in Indiana. They were very alert with Brayd and watched him closely. They always went above and beyond to help him. I am so nervous on how his new school here in Houston will be. I hope they will be as good as Indiana. I hope he has a great teacher. I already know it will be hard to top Mrs. Moore (his Kindergarten teacher) and Ms. Groff (his 1st grade teacher). They were two special ladies. It will be really weird to not see them or any of the support staff daily.

We found an awesome doctor (pediatrician) and she actually gave us so many referrals to help set Brayden up for success. There are different therapies for us to try with him to help him with school and in life in general. Granted he is very low on the spectrum. Just enough on certain things he has problems with but others he will blow you out of the water! He is so smart! He knows about things I don't even know about. There are times I have to ask Todd if he is correct because I am not sure! :)  One therapy we are going to try is ABA therapy. I would love to know if you have a child that is Autistic and if you have tried this or not.

Monday, July 30, 2012


Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend!

Friday Brayden had a doctors appointment we were on our way. The light turned yellow up north that means slow down and you should start thinking about stopping. So I stopped...the car behind me decided to keep going 40-50 mph and hit us in the back. Scared my kids, Brayden screamed and grabbed his head and then Gannon started crying. Needless to say we were pushed out into the intersection. The wreck could have been worse if the light had turned green quicker. One thing I do have to say is the policeman that came was so nice and so was the two tow truck guys. Todd was downtown and it should have taken him a good 30 mins to get to us but it only took him 15. I was so glad once he got there I was shaking.

Saturday I got up and went grocery shopping. Once I went shopping I did nothing the rest of the day. My head and back hurt and I felt like I was in a fog. Saturday night we went down to Waugh Bridge to watch the bats come out. It was not exciting but something cool to watch.

Sunday we got up and went and had breakfast at 59 Diner. It was so good! The kids and I ate lunch there last week. Then we went on our way to Galveston. We decided we were going to take the boat tours to dolphin watch. The Captain was very nice BUT we didn't really go "see" dolphins. We thought that we would be taken out into the ocean to watch them um wrong we road out going so slow where the boats were still pretty much docked. We saw two dolphins from about 200ft away. I took a picture of them. You have to totally zoom in and blow the picture up in order to see the dolphin fin. Total rip off. Hopefully we can find a place that is a better tour. After that we went to Casey's and ate lunch. Lunch was really good.

Okay storytime...I people watch like no other. Todd always laughs at me for doing it. An older man was walking outside of Casey's and I told Todd when the guy comes by you'll have to look at him. He was totally mismatched an I giggled about it. Of course him, his wife, and two kids came into eat. There was a kid trailing behind he had to have been around the age of 3 maybe 4. He walked past our table stopped looked at Gannon and screamed in Gannon's face. Todd and I looked at each other like WTF was that about. The old man who was walking in front of the kid not paying attention then turned around and yelled WHAT to the kid. So of course I started cracking up laughing and had to cover my face with the napkin. Gannon started mocking that kid and we were cracking up. A few mins later the kid walked past again and went to the restroom with the mom. They were on the way back to the table. The kid stopped again looked at Gannon and screamed in Gannon's face again THEN THEN he went and tried to grab Gannon. I jumped in real fast and in my mommy voice told him NO several times. Todd started saying HEY HEY HEY. Finally the mom turned around and in her accent was saying "so sorry" "so sorry". Freaked Gannon's shit out! He flew into my chest and wouldn't come out. The parents never came by and said I am sorry for that I hope your son is okay..nothing! So what does any mom do..give them the stink eye of course! We hurried and left. People just don't teach their kids manners. Oh Brayden spoke up loud enough and said hey that kid is bullying my brother!

Once we left Todd gave me a kiss in the parking lot and told me thanks for having fun with him. :) Todd and I laugh and have a blast every where we go. It's so nice to be able to go out and have family time like that! :)

I hope you all had a great weekend!  What did you guys do?

Friday, July 27, 2012

Bared to You

Today I am linking up with blondeundercoverblonde for book club! The book I am going to tell you about is called "Bared to You": A Crossfire Novel

 Ladies let me tell you if you like the 50 Shades books you have to read this! I LOVED this book. I couldn't put it down. I thought it was written so much better than the 50 Shades books. I have been so excited all week to tell you guys about this book. 

Amazon say: "He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I'd never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily...

knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other's most private worlds...and desires.

The bonds of his love transformed me, even as I prayed that the torment of our pasts didn't tear us apart..."

Now the only part that sucks is that book #2 doesn't come out until October and book #3 comes out in December. I. CAN'T. WAIT. until book #2 comes out! The way this book leaves off makes you itch for more. While reading it I thought man these people have so many issues but then I really got to thinking the author wrote it as a "real life" relationship. 

So what are you waiting for run out and grab that book! You will thank me later! :) Please let me know if you go get it or have read it. I really want to know your thoughts! 

Have a great weekend! 

Thursday, July 26, 2012


Do you notice when getting older or going through a life changing event makes you change or changes your friendships? Why is that? Does that mean that the friendship you thought you had is not as strong or true as what you thought it was? Do any of you experience any of this? When something like this happens to me it really puts me in a bad mood. I get way emotional about it. Wait I get emotional over everything! HA HA I guess these changes are done for a reason, God has a reason. You may not see it or know why now but one day you will. I find that part to be the hardest for me to accept. I am so not good with change.

One change that is bothering me is bub going to a new school. I loved our school in Indiana. I am scared to death about him starting a new school here. I am ready for him to make some friends tho. He had some great friends at his old school. I hope he can find some great ones down here. He is not one for change. He is like me and is a creature of habit.

Friendship is a change. I had friends I could talk to all the time anytime back in Indiana. Down here I don't know anyone. I haven't met anyone face to face. Last week I did meet someone that is another blogger but we haven't "met" face to face yet. I know I am going to like her a lot and we are going to become great friends. She gives the best advice! Those are the friendships that I really value. The kind that are themselves 100% of the time and are there for you and vice versa. I think if there were more people in the world like that this place would be so much better.

How do you guys feel about change? What change have you gone through? Was it welcomed or not?

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Opinion Wanted

So I am on this workout kick. Since moving from Indiana to Houston it is just way hotter down here. Way hotter means less clothing. I want to look good in my clothes and I want to look better being naked. (My trainer asked me what my goal was and I did tell him I wanted to look better naked, he totally blushed he is learning I don't have a filter and I speak my mind! LOL) You know I don't want my rolls hanging out and what not. So with that being said I joined a gym a few weeks ago. Along with joining a gym I got a trainer to workout with me and to keep me accountable once a week. He maps out my workouts for the week for me. I meet with him on Mondays. I don't know about you but when I go to the gym I know I am suppose to work arms one day then the legs the next. I feel like I just roam the gym trying to pick the correct equipment to work on. Well I had thought about putting my workout that he came up with up every week. This way if you are like me and are kind of clueless then this will help and you will get your $$ worth from your gym membership. What do ya think? By the way I signed up for my first 5k for November call The Color Run. If  you are in the Houston area you should totally check into it!

I also wanted to say WELCOME to all my new followers! You all have no idea on how EXCITED I am that I have this many followers! I thought I was going to be stuck on 7 of them forever! :)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Pet Peeves

This morning I woke up and started my normal routine...coffee get on google reader and read some blogs. I started reading Aly's over at Analyze This and she did a post on Pet Peeves. I think I am going to follow suit and lay out my pet peeves. So shall we?

1. Ice chewers
2. People who chew with mouth open
3. One of my personal pet peeves to myself is when I pump gas and I can not stop if it is something like 31.51, I have to go up to the whole dollar.
4. Butt cracks showing when the pants should be covering it
5. Nail Chewers
6. Two faced
7. People who do not call or txt back when they say they will
8. People not keeping their word
9. Loud snoring
10. Body Odor

Now what are your pet peeves?

Sidenote: I worked out last night with my trainer for the first time...can we say my legs are so sore and my hamstrings are so tight! Tonight I workout on my own. He told me to do cardio for an hour. So I am going to go run!

Monday, July 23, 2012

The Weekend

I am going to skip over Friday and Saturday because it was boring and nothing really happened and we didn't really do anything. Moving along to Saturday evening. We decided since Todd had been on a business trip all week Saturday night was family movie night. I took the kids to the movie store to pick out a movie. Brayd had it in his head he had to see Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Instead of getting the snacks at the movie store we ran to Target to stock up. We grabbed a huge bag of twizzlers, M&M's and Airheads. Needless to say movie night was great.

Sunday we went to a few furniture stores. Todd and I just recently purchased a king mattress and need a king bed. I want a sleigh bed. I am into the darker wood at the moment. First we went to The Dump then we went to Gallery Furniture. The Dump is a dump. The furniture is so overpriced. They say it's low but it isn't. For a five piece bedroom they charge you every piece of the bed then you get a dresser with it. Everything else is seperate then you are added on to around a $175 delivery fee. Gallery Furniture is the most fantastic place ever. They have parrots and monkeys. YES real MONKEYS! I'm telling ya I could sit all day watching the monkeys! One actually fell asleep sucking its thumb. It was so cute. I found two bed outfits I liked. So we are deciding between the two. Sidenote if you purchase anything from Gallery then you get your picture taken with a monkey! I. CAN'T. WAIT.

How was your weekend?

Friday, July 20, 2012

Book Club Friday

Hi everyone! It's finally FRIDAY! TGIF right!?!? Do you have any good weekend plans? I am not sure what we are doing yet. I am sure it is going to rain again here in Houston! Okay let's get to Book Club!

I am linking up with Blonde Undercover.

The book I read this week is the third book is the McMaster Disaster Diaries. The last one is called The Wedding Wager. It was okay. I liked the first two better. It did keep you in suspense at one point in time which was really nice..at that point I could not put the book down.

Amazon said :Book 3 in the McMaster the Disaster series.

Josie's back and she's getting married!

Except, how is she supposed to plan a wedding when her mother and her best friend Mattie both think they're the designated wedding planner, and none of their ideas are remotely similar? Mom wants super-traditional and Mattie wants... well, the complete opposite.

And that's not all Josie has to deal with. The gossip hounds are as invasive as ever; setting up polls on everything from what shoes she'll wear to when the divorce will be! Can't a girl at least get married first?

But the marriage is threatened when the Disaster Diary provides Josie with an opportunity of a lifetime and the real question becomes: with the stakes so high, is Josie willing to risk it all and take a chance on herself?

What good books did you read this week? 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Happy Anniversary

Nine years ago I married the man of my dreams. We have been through so much in the past 9 years. The biggest adventure happened about a month ago when we moved 1000 miles away from our friends and family back home. There is not one person who I would rather have the adventure with other than Todd. We have taken several trips together, have two wonderful boys, and lots and lots of great memories! One thing that I love is he rarely calls me by my name. He always calls me "baby". Sometimes a "Lins" will slip out but not very often.

Our wedding day was such a great happy day. I smiled all day. we did our pictures before hand but before our pictures started Todd and I had our few minutes together so we could see each other. Those were the best few minutes ever. I remember walking down the isle to him and him tearing up and me too. He told me how beautiful I looked and that I took his breath away. He didn't look to shabby himself. :)  During the wedding when daddy got ready to walk me down the isle my heart was beating so fast I got so nervous. I was afraid when walking that the under part of my dress the skirt thing that makes it full was going to fall off and then I was also afraid that the isle runner was going to bunch up and come rolling back down. I got down the isle with no problems! When it was time to exchange rings Todd held out his wrong hand and the ring went on the wrong finger. During the unity candle he asked me if it was correct and quickly had to change it. :) It was the best day of my life. (besides the birth of my kiddos of course)

Even though we are not in the same state together today I am thinking about you and replaying our wedding over in my head. You have made me the happiest women ever. You are a hard working dedicated family man. I could not ask for more. Thank you for giving so much to me and the kids. You always put us first and yourself last. These past nine years have been nothing short of an adventure but I have loved every second of it. I can't wait to grow old with you drinking sweet tea and sitting in rocking chairs on our front porch. I love you to the moon and back!  XOXO

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Color Run

Hey Ya'll! Over the weekend I was opened up to The Color Run. So today I posted about it on FB. I am pretty excited because I signed up to do it. This will be my first 5k and I made a new friend out of the deal! I can't wait to actually meet Lacey face to face! Lacey totally invited me to be on her team she was already on! I can not tell you how excited I am!

   All pictures are from The Color Run site

Are you going to do the color run?