Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Perfect Game

Last night we went to our first Texas Rangers game of the season.  It wasn't a "perfect game" by definition in baseball, but it was perfect, in my opinion, for so many other reasons.  First, there was amazing weather.  I'm used to sweating in the heat, but it was a pleasant 70 degrees.  That wasn't the only reason, the Rangers had a big Rangers win over the White Sox beating them 12-0.  Will just couldn't believe that the White Sox manager left the pitcher in for such a long time when the Rangers were getting so many hits.  It's always fun to see the Rangers score so many runs.  Another cool thing was that we ran into some of our good friends we didn't know would be at the game and got to hang out with them.  After the game, there was a cool fireworks show that brought the perfect night to an end.  As we were leaving Will said, "This was so much fun!"  We saved the game on the DVR and now Will and Ben are re-watching it this morning.  I love my little baseball fans.

Life father, like son.  Three of the biggest Texas Rangers fans that I know.


If you follow me on Instagram @redbirdblue, then you have already seen some these photos and ready my dorky captions. ;)

 Numero uno Rangers fan!

Everything is bigger in Texas! 


Fireworks after every home run.  We got to see this twice during the game.

Of course, I make them stop for photo ops every chance I get.  Sorry boys, your mom likes to take photos. 

Just a few more pics from the game. 

Surprised to see our friends, Durwood, Shelly and Dade there. Fun!

Good times!

Ooooh!  Ahhhhh!

On the way home we saw the Reunion Tower lit with the Texas Rangers logo.  Too bad Will and Ben had already fallen asleep and didn't get to see it.

Let's Go Rangers! 


Thursday, April 17, 2014

"Selfie"-Reflection


Back in the Fall, I got a haircut and took a selfie because I was really happy with my new do.  I used the selfie to update my Facebook profile pic, and I was surprised that people liked the photo.  Why was I surprised?  I was surprised because I'm really insecure when it comes to photos of myself.  Most women are their own worst critics.  I'd say that goes way beyond our outside appearances and even deeper.  I'm not one to self-reflect but my selfie caused some "selfie"-reflection.  

Sometimes it's good to stop and look at your life and think about ways you could improve.  A little introspection never hurt anyone.

There are so many areas in my life that could use improvement.  I don't have it all figured out.  I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels inadequate.  I have flaws.  I worry about not being good enough.  I worry that people might think I'm fake or a hypocrite.  

When I think about the way I live my life, the number one concern is 
does my life honor God?

I try.  I really do, but this is where I struggle.  I'm not a perfect.  
 Just look at this long list of mistakes that I make all the time.  I get angry, I can be tacky, I laugh at inappropriate jokes, I say things I shouldn't, I yell at my kids, I'm impatient with my husband, I'm not a good listener, sometimes my priorities are wrong, I waste time, I don't spend enough time in Bible study and prayer.  The list could go on and on.  Pretty humbling, right?  

I'm not trying to make light of those things.  Knowing those are just a few areas where I fall short remind me that I'll never be good enough.  It's also a reminder that when we are weak, he is strong.  Pretty encouraging, right?

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 comes to mind where Paul is talking about his struggles.
 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

I don't ever want to praise the bad things in my life as me being "real" but through those weaknesses I have humility.  I'm just being honest about my struggles.  They are always there to remind me that I'll never be good enough on my own.  Those struggles keep me humble.

Philippians 2:3
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.

Colossians 3:12
12 Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved,compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,

My goal is to be genuine, honest, and real.  We're all struggling to do the best we can, and with Bible study and making a conscious effort to practice what the Bible teaches we can do better despite our flaws.  So now that I've come clean, can people still trust that I'm genuine?  I sure hope so.  Even though I make mistakes, when I talk about my faith it comes from a sincere place.  

1 Timothy 1:5
 The goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What I Wore Wednesday {March/April 2014}

What I Wore Wednesday {March/April 2014}

It's that time in Texas when we have every single item of clothing that we own out.  It's been too cold and rainy to put away all of our Winter clothes.  I don't have enough closet space for this!  I need Spring and warm weather to go ahead and make up its mind to stay so I can clear out my sweaters and boots. (Yep, that was a lot of whining about nothing.  Go ahead and say it...First World Problems!)

#1
The first outfit is perfect for Spring.
Skirt: Banana Republic outlet
White tee: Cotton On
Chambray shirt: Old Navy
Bracelet: Purchased in support of mission work in India, made by local artisans in India 
Ring: Sundance
Sandals: Sam Edelman

#2
One of the most comfortable outfits I own.  I wish I could wear it every day.
Gray Linen Pants: Old Navy
Same chambray top and ring as above.
Scarf: Charming Charlie
Earrings: Purchased in Taos, NM
Silver flip flops: Gap

#3
Denim trousers and scarf : Old Navy
Striped top: J Crew
Earrings: Ike & Co
Ring: Sundance
Flats: Steve Madden 

#4
Skinny jeans: Rich & Skinny purchased at Nordstrom Rack
White top with artwork: Gap
Scarf: Charming Charlie
Gray Vans: Journeys

#5
Pink chinos: Old Navy
Gingham blouse: Old Navy
Black flats: Steve Madden
Pink necklace: Charming Charlie

#6
Chinos: Banana Republic outlet
Polka dot chambray top: Old Navy
Poppy print flats: Gap

#7
Cropped jeans: Joe's
Striped top: Banana Republic outlet
TOMS: Whole Foods
W & B Initial Necklace: Gift from Mark and the boys

#8
Same cropped jeans and TOMS as above.
Striped top: Gap outlet
Pink cardigan: Target
Earrings: Ike & Co

pleated poppy


Monday, April 14, 2014

Bird Watching

There's a sweet little mama bird who decided to make a nest in the wreath on our front porch.  After sharing photos of the eggs, we believe she is a House Finch.  It's typical behavior for them to make a nest in a location like the one we have.  In fact, when I did a Google search it showed numerous photos on front door wreaths.  

After stalking mama bird for several days and trying to get a photo of her, I finally gave up using my cell phone and used my DSLR camera with the zoom lens.  Anytime she would spot me, even if I was far away, she would immediately fly up high in a nearby tree.  

This is the best photo I could get.

Look at how well she blends in to the surroundings.  It would take me a moment to locate her.  Mark was helping me. 

One more of her with her head turned facing us.

I was at the end of my driveway for this one, but as soon as she saw me she flew away.

Here are her five eggs.  Please excuse my dirty front door.  I would have cleaned it, if I had known a bird was going to nest there and that I'd be photographing it so much.

I've been taking photos of the eggs almost each day and I can tell she rotates them.  I didn't know that until I studied this little bird nest.  My sister-in-law confirmed that you have to do that for proper development.  I can also tell by the shadow of the bird in the window that she changes the direction she sits on the nest.  Usually she faces one direction, but that occasionally changes.  




Friday, April 11, 2014

Siblings


So yesterday Facebook was blowing up with "National Sibling Day" photos. Mark made me laugh when he asked, "Has anyone even checked to see if this is a real thing?"  Good point.  Who knows?  


With all that talk about siblings I want to talk about the special bond between Will and Ben.  It's something I never knew existed.  If you've been reading my blog for a while, then you know I was raised as an only child.  I have siblings (whom I love dearly), but we did not live together growing up.  I'm not interested in focusing on that.  I've written a very long heartfelt blog post about it before.  

What I do want to talk about is how cool it is for me to see my boys together.  Since I didn't have a brother or sister around when I was a child, I never got to experience life with a sibling.  Some of you might be thinking, lucky her.  Just kidding!  Seriously, though, one of the most amazing things I've seen in my boys is their relationship with each other.  They balance each other out.  They miss each other when they are apart.  They have fun and play together.  They even work together to gang up on me and Mark, which is funny.  They fuss and fight like all brothers do, which is not so funny.  

More than anything, they are close.  

Will thinks about doing things for Ben when he isn't with us, and Ben does the same thing for Will.  It's not something we force them to do.  Mark and I understand they are individuals and unique, but their bond as brothers is special.  They have friends, but I don't think anyone will ever replace the friendship that they have.   As an only child, it truly amazes me.  I ask Mark all the time, "Did you and your brothers do this or that?"  He usually responds with a simple, "Yeah" kind of no big deal answer.  But it is a big deal to me.  I LOVE it!  

Will and Ben are special to me for so many reasons, but their sibling connection is one of my favorites. 

Back in the Fall, Lauren took these photos.  She pretty much captured the boys at this phase in our lives.  







Monday, April 7, 2014

Monday Morning Encouragement

{Monday Morning Encouragement}

When it feels like so many things in our lives are changing and out of our control, remember Hebrews 13:8.


Monday, March 31, 2014

March Randomness

March randomness consists of: Spring, sushi, selfies, early mornings, and my boys.

I planted daffodil bulbs a couple of years ago.  This year only two bloomed.  I'm not sure if it's a lack of rain or if I didn't plant them the right depth.  Maybe they need a year or two more to get established.  Despite the lack of blooms, I'm still proud of my two pretty flowers.  Their blooms mean the change of seasons.  Winter is over and Spring has begun!

Bees are another sign of Spring.  Here they are doing their thing in the grape hyacinths in my yard.

I like sushi but Mark doesn't.  After a busy week at school I treated myself this weekend to sushi from Whole Foods.  Will shared it with me and really liked it.

Selfies with my favorites 

Early in the mornings when I get home from workout I take a moment to drink a cup of coffee and think about the day.  Sometimes I read the Bible in the dim kitchen light and other times I just sit and pray.  The morning I took this, Ben woke up when he heard me get home and he wanted to snuggle with me while I drank my coffee.  You can see his bear and pillow and the corner of his blanket in the photo.

I won't lie.  The early mornings really kick my butt.  Sometimes in the afternoon it's all I can do to get dinner cooked before I crash.  In this photo I sat down for just a minute after school and I didn't think I was going to be able to get up. 

Of course, you know I can't blog without photos of...
 my Will  

my Ben 

We have a sweet family friend who is an amazing seamstress.  She made the boys pajamas pants.  They couldn't wait to wear them and they wear them every time they are clean. 

Ben has the most animated expressions.  I love all of the silly faces he makes. 

Will's hair is too cute in this photo.  I bought the boys bathtub playdoh at Lush.  It's really soap but it last a long time and they really like it. 

Saturday we had a laid back family day. We got to hang out at Watters Creek and enjoy being outside in the beautiful weather.  I got to sneak in a trip to Charming Charlie while the boys walked around outside.  Even though they are just 4 and 7 they already refuse to go into "girl stores".  Lol!  Typical males. 

 I LOVE moments like this.  Will is reading, Ben is listening and there's a random bag of popcorn on the bed.  This is pretty much representative of our life.  My boys aren't perfect, they fuss and fight like any siblings do, but they are really good friends.  Their bond is special and it makes my heart happy.
 

Look how big Ben is!  Go Ben!  He can climb the playset wall like a champ. 

This is our friend Ashley.  She's a teacher at our school and she goes to our church.  Mark and I decided that we need to adopt her as Will and Ben's older sister.  They love playing with her and she keeps them entertained. 

Here's my teacher BFF, Kacie, and Will.  They were ready for Opening Day in their Rangers t-shirts.
Let's Go Rangers!!!


Final photos of March.

Will getting ready to eat a baked potato for supper. 

Ben made a "sandwich" with cheese and crackers for supper.   

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