Thursday, February 28, 2013

Friends

Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, "What! You too? I thought I was the only one." C.S. Lewis
 
It wasn't until I moved away from home and attended college that I made my first real best friends.  The quote above perfectly describes that experience.  I finally found people who I had "that moment" with and it was an amazing thing!
 
Two of my best friends from college, Kelly and Andrea, and I have reconnected over the last year.  We were very close for a couple of years in college and then life happened, as it usually does, and lives change.  We got married, started working at our jobs, and had babies.  We all know there's not ever another time in life like those carefree college days.  Honestly, I can't even imagine life with so few responsibilities.  Somehow we have reconnected despite having hectic lives and being in 3 different states.  Thanks to modern technology we've been able to renew our friendship.  I finally broke down and got a smart phone, which allowed us to communicate easily through group texts. 
 
I truly thank the Lord for the blessing these ladies have been in my life.  As I look back I can see how the Lord has allowed me to have friendships along the way that have encouraged me and helped shape me into the person I am today. 
 
Andrea and Kelly are both examples of devoted wives and loving mothers.  They are both encouraging, funny and devout Christians.  They are all those things, but most of all they are real.  They don't pretend that everything is perfect or act like they have it all together.  It's their humbleness that makes them even more encouraging. 
 
I'm so thankful for their friendship.  They continually bless me.
 
One of my favorite photos taken of us in 1998.
 
 
Proverbs 17:17
A friend loves at all times


Sunday, February 24, 2013

Insta-February

Insta-February

Our life via photos from instagram...in no particular order :)
 
You can follow me @redbirdblue
 
 
I LOVE these boys so much!
 
This is what they'd like to do in all the photos I take of them.
 
Silly faces are the best!
 
 
Our campfire from earlier this month when we worked at The Land.
 

After a month long break from working out because of my sprained ankle, I started working out again.  I'm so happy to be back.  I love it all except for getting up so early.  Our workout starts at 5:15A.M.  E.A.R.L.Y.

I haven't bought new shoes in a long time.  I'm loving my new Nike's.


We've been watching basketball. 

I know that football is huge in Texas, (I'm sure you've heard of Friday Night Lights) but I love basketball more.  Our nephew is a senior and his team made the playoffs. We had a great time supporting him and watching his games.
 
This is Mark and his older brother.  They look alike and even have some of the same mannerisms.  Here they are sitting the exact same way while watching the game.
 
 
The hours after I get home from work and before dinner time can be really hectic at our house.  I love the moment when we all finally sit down to dinner.  That's one of my favorite times during the day.
 
I love eating supper at home, but I won't ever turn down an offer to eat out.  We took the boys to Logan's Roadhouse for the first time.  They loved throwing the peanut shells on the floor. 
 
This is one of our favorite after-church places to eat.  I love Tex-Mex!
 
One of my favorite places to eat is McAlister's because of the sweet tea.
 
Me and Ben
 
Mark and Will

 
The boys always get a book to read while we're shopping at Sam's.  I like the ginormous shopping carts.
 
Ben is such a good "helper" with the laundry.
 
 
Will celebrated the 100th day of school this month.
 
Ben's decided that he's growing up and need to give up his bear and much loved blankie.  He said that then immediately changed his mind and decided to keep it.
 
This CD made my think of my good friend, Kayreen.  It's still one of my all-time favorites.
 
 
Valentine's Day was so much fun this year.
 
I waited until the night before to get Ben's teacher gifts ready.  Why do I always procrastinate?
 
The morning of Valentine's Day.  Ben got chocolate donuts.
 
Will wanted a Valentine's cupcake for breakfast.
 
Mark was at a playoff basketball game on Valentine's Day so the boys and I had a date at McDonald's.
 
 
I love to give gifts to others!  Do you? 
Mark says that I would give all of our money away if I could.  He's right!
 
These Anthro mugs are one of my favorite things to give others.  It's a thoughtful little something  that you probably wouldn't buy for yourself.  This one is for my dear friend, Kacie.
 
Being a mom of boys is awesome, but I love any excuse to buy girly things.  These two cute outfits were for recent birthday parties the boys were invited to.
 
 
I picked out this fabric for a personalized baby gift for a little girl.  How cute it that owl fabric!?!
 
 
Now back to random happenings at our house.
The boys have turned our train track into the World Grand Prix racetrack from Cars 2.
 
 
We've been blessed to have a busy month packed with something fun each weekend.
 
One of the cutest baby showers I've been to in a long time for an old friend from college, Kimbree. 
 
One of my BFFs Terri had the cutest Tom & Jerry birthday party for her daughter Rachael.
 
 
We've had 3 birthday parties 3 weekends in a row, and this last one was at a skating rink.  I haven't worn skates in about 25 years!  I'm so happy that I didn't break anything!
 
Will had such a good time that he didn't want to leave.
 
Woo hoo!
 
Linking up to Life Rearranged InstaFriday.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Camp Fire, Hot Dogs and S'mores

This weekend we had the opportunity to work at The Land again.  We spent a Saturday there a few weeks ago doing the same thing {photos here}.  We cut down tress, cleared brush and limbs and burned it all.  After we worked all afternoon, we made a smaller camp fire so we could cook hot dogs and s'mores.  We packed everything we needed for the cookout except one important necessity--lanterns.  It gets dark quickly and we didn't prepare for that.  Oops!  We learned our lesson and next time we do a cookout we'll be sure to bring flashlights and lanterns so we don't have to walk out of the woods in the dark.

Ben's roasting his first hot dog with the help of Dad.

All of the essentials for s'mores.  A camp fire must have! 

Don't catch that marshmallow on fire! Just kidding...that was me who did that!

Hanging out 


Some of the area where we cleared brush

One more pic of the trees

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Get Pin-spired {Black + Brown}



I probably should have used Mel's photo from a couple of weeks ago when she wore a similar outfit.  
Her cute outfit with the black dress was "pin-spired" from an image I'd saved on my "My Style" board, too.  
I would have never worn the belt, dress and boots together if I hadn't seen others do it first.  I ended up getting a lot of compliments, go figure!

Sharing our pinterest inspired outfits is a fun challenge.  I'm not sure how many I can pull off, but it will be a fun to try.
 
dress: Old Navy
Belt: Charming Charlie
Boots: DSW



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