Monday, September 22, 2014

The Writing's on the wall

Taylor has become quite the artist lately.  She LOVES to paint.  She asks us probably 197 times a day to paint. 

Well, thinking I was past the stage in mothering where my toddlers wrote on the wall, I don't have my markers under lock and key anymore.  Boy, was that a mistake.  


Saturday I gave Taylor a piece of paper and Hays got out a few markers.  Taylor drew her picture and brought it to me to hang on the playroom wall.  (Big time side-note, Taylor's drawings are all the same.  And they all look like a part of the female anatomy.  Which cracks me up.  Good thing, because they are now on my wall)


I hung it up and walked off.




I couldn't be THAT mad because the way she marked on our faces was pretty funny.  It would have been even funnier had she left herself blank.



For some unknown reason Magic Eraser does not work on my walls.  It must be the paint and the texture because it does NOTHING.  
I tried quite a few things and Fingernail polish remover and acetone seemed to work the best on my doorframes and baseboard.  As for the wall...we have to paint over it.  Unfortunately one coat is simply not enough.  

Sweet Hays, trying to scrub off his sister's artwork from his FAVORITE U.S. map.  Lucky for him, it did come off! 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

So....Long....

It has been so long since I've really had a desire to blog that I'm not really sure where to start.
I feel like the last year wouldn't have been interesting.  "At home, sicker than a dog, can barely lift my head up" doesn't make for an interesting read.

The GOOD news...I'M GETTING BETTER!!!!  Slowly, but surely in the right direction and I am so happy and thankful.  

So where do I start?  How about back to "school"?

Last year Taylor got to go to Mother's Day Out every once in a while when I had Dr.s appointments.  In all honesty it was more often than I realize probably.  

This year she gets to go for real!  
Yippee!


How cute is she?  She loves her "AckPack".  


Hays is an old pro and is now in the big kid class.  He keeps asking me "where are the big kids at?".  He doesn't realize he IS the big kid.  He isn't going to Kinder next year so he has another two years of preschool left. 





They love school and they do great.  It also gives me the opportunity to work a little bit. (They are only at MDO 2 days a week from 9-2...but it's heavenly!)  At this time last year we thought I was going to have to go on disability because we simply didn't see an end to this awful disease!  Now...I'm easing my way back into work and it makes me so happy and excited.  

So more to come.  Hopefully before next month =) 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hays turns 4!

I just can't believe it.  Hays went ahead and turned 4 years old in June. 
Something he was pretty pleased about.  

And his ornery little sister was up for a party.  


We decided to keep it very simple and set up in the front yard, ha.  
We had a slip and slide, trampoline, basketball, and water balloons.  
And the amazing thing is that nobody got bit by fire ants!!!








I did my very best to not spend any money on decorations.  I'd say I'm a hoarder because the only thing I bought was one of those $1 table clothes.  



We are so thankful for that little red head and his love of birthday parties.  We are also thankful for his friends he has made here. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Family Pictures: For the Grandparents =)

 I really am amazed that these pictures turned out worth posting.  It was one of "those days".  Nothing really worked out like I was hoping. 
Mainly that little blonde one.  She was not having any of it. 
Proof. 
Kicking her dad in one of the first pictures we took. Ha.
 
 
Captivating by Keli did the pictures and I was blown away by how well they turned out.  I was so sick.  So, so sick that morning.  My eyes tell it all.  It had rained about 10 minutes before and turned steamy.  STEAMY.  My hair did not participate in that Missouri humidity =) 
 
All of that to say... Keli is amazing! 

 
 
I probably give Tay Bird a bad rap.  She is amazing and keeps me on my toes and relying on prayer more than any other person in my life. 
I love her. Oh boy, do I love her.  She loves her Mimi.  I want to remember how she always wraps up in her blanket. 

 
Taylor is amazing.  This girl potty trained herself at about 21 months.  It hasn't been perfect and we have had our fair share of accidents.  We are thankful that diapers aren't a major purchase in our house anymore.  YAHHH! 

 
Oh, she is going to give her daddy fits when she gets in High School. 




 
My heart can barely handle how much I love those boys of mine. 



 
My sweet brown eyed boy.

 
And beautiful blue eyed girl. 


Monday, June 16, 2014

She Wore An Itsie Bitsie, Teenie Weenie...

Oh, my.  This girl is something else.  
She is fierce and feisty and a whole lot of spice with a little sugar.
She is something else.
And I love her with all of my heart.  

Taylor is simply a force to be reckoned with.  When she gets mad she holds her breath until she passes out.  When she comes to she goes back to screaming. 
She takes on children 5 times her age and some of them actually do what she says.

In 10 years I'm going to be so thankful God gave me a little girl with such a mighty spirit.  It's our full time job now to make sure little Miss Tay is using her strength for good in the future.  My goal is that she will be kind to others, help people when in need, eat lunch with the person who is alone.  That she will love Jesus in a true and real way.  

I sure do love this girl.  

Friday, June 13, 2014

Sweet Summer

As you can tell from the look on my kid's faces, they are LOVING summer.





Playing in the fountains while Happy and Pappa were in town.

Ice cream with friends on Memorial Day. 



Isn't that sweet?

Our neighbors birthday party.


And matchbox car race tracks down the driveway.



Our driveway gets the best shade in the evening.  It's really nice to sit outside while the kids play and ride their bikes.  

The Texas heat hasn't been too extreme so far which I'm thankful for!  The heat is nearly killing me (No joke, Tachycardia and really low blood pressure aren't a good mix in the heat...of course this is all thanks to Lyme!) so there's a good chance most of my summer will be spent indoors.  So for now, we are enjoying it while I can.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Living Life!

I'm so behind on this little blog and it makes me so sad.  Hays and I sat and looked at life from years ago that we kept well archived on Team Tristan.  For the past year the lack of posts are thanks to being so sick I can barely sit at my computer.

Lately the lack of posts are because I've actually been able to live life little by little....and it feels AWESOME!  We've been out and doing things on the weekends.  We went to Canton with my parents one weekend.  We went to Dallas Farmer's Market the next weekend.  Last weekend we took the kids to so many parks I lost count with Frank's parents.
We are going on the weekends and unfortunately it's taking my body a good 4 days to recover.  I'm having good Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays and then crashing Monday-Wednesday.  Even at that, it's an improvement and I will take it!

My 1st boy.  I love that Tug.  He did so well on his visit to Texas. He did claim every ball in our house and crushed most of them.  

Hays and Tug have become big buds.  Hays is so great with him.  



Taylor, on the other hand, is unsure.  She doesn't want to snuggle up to him.


It's probably for the best.


All I wanted was a good picture of my kids and Taylor brings this silly looking Barney thing that sings a rap song and REFUSES to sit it down.



Mother's Day!  I really love being their momma.





Onto June!  WHERE has the time gone?  
We have a Lyme appointment next week and are praying and expecting good news!