{Random Catch-up Post}

Goodness gracious! It's been a hot minute since I've blogged. There really aren't enough hours in the day. Except for when you're sick...and that we have been! Ugh. 

Friday day I was able to have lunch with my boys! We went to Dairy Queen and had so much fun. I was texting in a huge group text with my Mama and all her sisters, a couple of cousins, and a Great Aunt and everyone was sending selfies back and forth...so Mason wanted to send his pics...and Nate didn't have a choice. ha

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After lunch we went back home so that I could finish up with work. The boys played outside for a while. Then Nate comes in and tells me that Mason is playing in the water at Nanas so we trekked over there.

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Playing in the water the day before we learned he had strep. #parentsoftheyear

Friday night Mason and I both started feeling ill. We were able to get Mason in on Saturday and he tested positive for strep. Boo! I had a feeling by the way he was talking, low grade fever and the fact that he didn't sleep well. She prescribed him an antibiotic. I started feeling so bad on the way home that I had to lay my seat back and cover my face. I stayed in bed the remainder of the day! Mason came in and cuddled up with me around 4:45 and he slept until 9:45pm. He woke up, took his medicine, changed into PJs and then had Nate make him a couple of meals all of which he took like one bite off. Everything sounded good in theory but his little throat just couldn't handle it. He finally winded down and went back to sleep at 12:45am and slept until 11:45am the next day. And that was only because we woke him. Sunday we both woke up feeling really good so we went to visit my inlaws (that live right behind us). I made it a couple of hours then started feeling horrible. I laid down for most of the evening.

I'm feeling a little better today!  #thankGodforantibiotics So I've been trying to catch up on my neglected house. What a chore. So close to calling a maid. Kidding. Maybe.

Well, that's us in a nutshell. 

What's been going on with you?

{It's a Texas thing y'all}

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It's that time of year. The time when it's totally acceptable for cars to park all up and down the highway so that people can get out and take pictures in the Bluebonnets. We didn't brave the highway, but instead opted for a field next to a church in a town next door.

The fact that Mason even posed for a picture was worth documenting on the blog! He usually hides from my camera. He wanted so bad to pick a bluebonnet but we compromised with one of these red flowers instead. What is it with kids and picking flowers? 

Oh also, the next pictures are from my iPhone. But they crack me up because I caught Mason midsneeze. You know it's Springtime in Texas when...

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 Any weird quirks native to where you live?

{A late Easter post}

I know, I know...I am a little late posting this. But better late than never, right? Our Easter was pretty good. We visited my family early afternoon and then headed to the Ranger game. Mason was pretty excited about the game which made us excited. When we first walked up we saw a station to sign up for Junior Texas Rangers...so we did that for Mason! He got a neat bag, a waterbottle that changes colors, a flag cape, a lanyard with a VIP pass, free tickets, coupons, etc. Definitely can't beat it for $20 bucks!! 

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Then we made way to our seats. Mason sat in our laps because we only had 2 seats together. The tickets were given to us and we just bought Mason a cheap seat which wasn't near our seats. Yeah, we won't ever do that again! This boy moves too much. He has a hard time sitting still. By the bottom of the 1st inning he was ready to leave the game. I think it was a combination of not getting to move around and the fact that he knew it was Easter and there were eggs to be hunted! So...we left right before the 4th inning.

At least the pictures look like he was having fun...

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Mason made a couple of new friends on the way out....

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After the game we headed to Nate's parents house for supper and Easter Egg hunting. All in all it was a good day!

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How was your Easter?

{Mason's Easter party at school}

Today was Mason's Easter party at school! It was a bunch of fun!! They had their Easter party before I got there, so I do not have pictures of that. But Mason said it was awesome. When I got there they were coloring pages out of a coloring book and 2 of the kids, plus Mason gave me their coloring sheets and said they were for me to take home. So sweet! I got to meet one of Mason's little best friends that he always talks about. He's a hoot, too! And small world...but Nathan and I both have known his Daddy since we were in elementary school. Wild!

The class got Pizza, cheetos, juice and cake balls for their party. Mason, of course, doesn't like pizza so I took him chicken nuggets. He devoured the cheetos and barely touched his chicken! We visited for a while and then headed out.

As we were leaving we saw the Easter bunny going in so we went back in to say Hi. Mason was too excited!! 

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It was a great morning.

Then we came home.

And Mason through an epic fit!! For 30+ minutes. Why? Oh because he wanted the hotwheels I gave his class. He thought they were his and I gave them away! Oh boy...

But then he fell asleep on my chest after his fit. He hasn't done that since he was a little babe. Aww...

Does your kid have an Easter party at school?

{It's the Little Things - Week 12 - Thank you for loving me}

Linking up with Ashley and Jess for It's the Little Things - week 12.

Parenting Mason has been anything but easy lately. I feel like I am constantly getting on to him for his behavior. And at the end of the day I either feel majorly defeated or disappointed in my actions in trying to control his behavior. I don't like to raise my voice...but what do you do with a child that doesn't listen? 

Anyhow...we were laying in bed the other night after a really tough and exhausting day...and he put his little hand on my face and says...


Yes baby?

Thank you for loving me.

Thank you for loving me...five words that I will never ever forget. Five words that I needed to hear more than anything in the entire world. Five little words that let me know that in the midst of everything he knows that his Mama loves him.

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{Blast Ball pictures with a silly face}

I posted this on Instagram...but wanted to get it here too! 

This past Saturday was one of those 'choose your battles' kind of days. Mason didn't want to get dressed much less go to his Blast Ball game. And, he had pictures before. I was trying everything to get him ready. Finally I remembered his silly glasses and cape!!! Bingo! I told him that he should wear that over his Blast Ball uniform and that his friends wouldn't know who he was! He was all over that!!! 

On the way to the fields I told him that he couldn't wear them in his pictures and he was okay with it. However, we get there all of the photographers and workers from the photography placed LOVED it! They were laughing and commenting on how awesome it was. It made Mason only want to wear it even more! 

It came time for pictures and I was about to take Mason's cape off when the owner of the photography place stopped me. He said, "Can we please take pictures of him like this before you take it off?" Oh my goodness! hahaha

And they did...and he ate it up! Such a ham.

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This will be a picture day we never forget!!

{Mason's first trip to Six Flags}

This past Friday we took Mason to Six Flags Over Texas for the first time ever. The park shut down for a private even for Arlington ISD employees and family so we jumped on that opportunity. Nate's Mom works for one of the Arlington schools so she was able to get us tickets. It was awesome!! For each ride we wanted to ride we walked right up with little to no line. Now, that's the way to do Six Flags.

Mason had a blast. He wanted to ride all of the big rides and was disappointed when he wasn't tall enough. He rode everything that he could and loved every second of it. We all enjoyed watching him get so tickled!!

The park was open from 6-11 and we stayed until the last minute. So much fun!

Oh and by the way...Mason wore those silly glasses almost the whole time we were there. And about halfway into our night he won a Batman cape and added that to his outfit.

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{Five on Friday}

Happy Friday!!! Linking up for Five on Friday.

{O N E}

Tonight we are going to Six Flags. It's been over 10+ years since Nathan or I have been there. And Mason has never been. I'm kind of looking forward to it. Growing up I had a season pass almost every Summer. Nathan is not one to like rides so he's a little less excited than I am. I'm sure that we'll spend most of our time in kiddie land for Mason, but that's okay with me. Oh, and tonight is only open for Arlington ISD employees and their families. Nate's mom works for one of the AISD high schools so we get to go! I'm looking forward to no lines!!
{T W O}

I've almost given up diet soda. Besides the headaches, I am okay with it. I've been drinking water like it's going out of style. The other day at supper I tried making myself a diet dr pepper and took one drink out of it and instantly wanted water instead. And, I've had a headache for several days straight so yesterday I grabbed myself a diet dp from McDonalds. Blah! Took one drink and that's all I could do. I'm excited about this! I've been know to drink several diet sodas throughout the day. No mo! 

{T H R E E}

So, our little ball player is actually a lefty!! For the last two seasons Nate had him batting right handed...but not this season! During our 2 months of gymnastics we learned that Mason is a lefty when it comes to physical activity. His coach did a couple little tests on him and it was always left. Nate started having him hitting left and he was killin' the ball. So crazy!!

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{F O U R}

We had the most amazing sunset last night! I just love when God takes his paintbrush out. I mean, just look at these colors.

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{F I V E} 

Mason went to school like this...

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Never a dull moment with this kid. Oh and when I took this picture he said, "Who are you sending that to Mama? My friends Teale and Kolton?

And I'm gonna throw in an extra...I won a necklace this week!!! Isn't this beautiful?

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One of my Texas Blogger friends Carly is raising money to bring her son home through adoption.  

What do you have planned for the weekend? Have you been to Six Flags lately?

{It's the Little things - week 11}

Linking up with Jess & Ashley for It's the Little Things

What a day yesterday was! I woke up not feeling great {thank you to Spring in TX - helllllllo allergies} so I decided not to take Mason to school. I had sinus pressure and a migraine that was making me nauseous and I didn't want to drive. It was my day to work 9-5 but something told me to get out of bed and start working at 8:00. It's a good thing I did because I had about 2 dozen emails already waiting on me! Work continued to be a nightmare and Mason was needy/fussy all day. Those two are not a good combination, let me tell you!! 

At 5:15 I was still working and Mason was begging to go outside. I still had a million things to do, but I decided that I could use some good ol' vitamin D. So we went outside! It was cold and windy...but there was sunshine! And after the stressful day I had....I needed it. Oh and Mason's little frog LeRoy that he's had since before Christmas died yesterday. I didn't have it in me to tell him, though. So, that's coming. Ugh! 

Nate got home and we went in to eat supper. After supper Nate noticed that our neighbors were outside so we went over there to visit. Mason and I were in our pajamas, too! But we didn't want to miss an opportunity to visit with them. During the colder months they do not come out as much and they've also been spending a lot of time working on their lakehouse that is about an hour away. I'm pretty sure we met them the first week that we moved into our house {7 years ago} and instantly became so close to them. We adopted them as another set of Grandparents!! When Mason came along he dubbed them as Papa Jim and MeMaw...all on his own! They got a huge kick out of it.

So, last night we visited with them outside for a while. They were working on their camper when we came over...but dropped that to visit with us. About 45 minutes into our visit we mosied on inside their house where MeMaw Nancy showed Mason and I picture albums of her Kids, Grandkids and Great Grandkids that live in Kentucky. With every page she turned and every story she told about the pictures you could see how much she loved and missed them. Her eyes just lit up! 

Papa Jim and Nathan ended up coming inside too. Papa Jim wanted to give Nathan a book he had read and thought he'd like it. He brought it out and read the first couple of pages to Nathan out loud. It was the cutest! He really enjoyed the book and couldn't wait to share it with Nathan. 

MeMaw Nancy went to her bedroom and came back with an envelope that said 'Mason Hall' on it. She had pictures of him from birth on up. She also had every birthday invitation and card we'd ever given them in that envelope. It was so heart-touching! 

MeMaw filled Mason's belly with milk and graham crackers and sent him home with two new books.

Visiting with them for that hour and a half was so.so.so. good for the soul. Especially after the day I had. It's funny how little things can turn around a bad day in an instant. 

Through our little visited I was reminded of so many little blessings. Family and fellowship are important. Cherish it.

When we left they sent us off with a "we really enjoyed visiting. please come over more often." And with that...I'd like to think it was good for their soul too.

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{Pallet Projects}

I briefly mentioned here that hubs and I completed a couple of projects over the weekend. Both were with Pallets we had lying around our shop. 

Our first project wasn't Pinterest inspired...but I am sure it's on there somewhere in some form or fashion. Nate made me a table out of an old pallet. It was in pretty good condition and fairly straight so it made a good table. He took and old 4x8 and cut four even legs and nailed them on. Took him maybe 10 minutes at the most. I will keep it outside on our porch. photo 374_zpsc498e673.jpg
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Side note - Mason totally took credit for this. He said, "Mama look what I built you all by myself." haha

After Nate made this one I told him I had a Pinterest pin saved and that I'd like to do it with another pallet we had laying around. So we went and bought paint on Saturday and started this project on Sunday. This one was a little more tedious and took longer because we had to do one piece at a time. I used my Cricut to cut out the star that we used as a stencil. I was so happy with this piece! I love it on my front porch.

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Have you worked on any projects lately? Share!