Sunday, June 29, 2014

Photo Dump...Week of June 16th

Well I have posted PLENTY on this particular week so it won't take long!
First up on Monday was my dad's surgery...for more info on that go HERE.

Tuesday we caught up on our American Ninja Warrior tv...I tell people I don't watch reality, but I guess that is a lie.  I'm not so much invested in the people, I just REALLY like watching them work so hard and reach their goal!!  I am amazed by their strength!!

We played Longhorn Jenga and of course....MONOPOLY!!  

Lots of hospital visits to see Grandpa!!

And Friday we swam at Ashlee's house...I love this crazy, mixed up little boy!!  

Sunday I took a pic of B's hair because I just loved the braid.  Her short hair is growing on me. ;)

The Szymanski's invited us over Sunday night...dinner, milkshakes AND games!!  
We had a blast as always!!  

 Owen was a little anxious for his milkshake!!!

Another summer week gone!!  Only 9 more to go!!! :)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Photo Dump...Week of June 8th

This week was SUPER BUSY!!  There were BIG haircuts...

...painting blunders...

...LOTS of VBS...

(preschool VBS...he was weed eating with a sword!!) appointments (his physical for the coming year in athletics)... appointments...

...Friday donuts (for the kids) on the way to Weight Watchers!!!  Bwahaha!!

And Friday afternoon we played at the Szymanski's house pool!!! 

Then Friday night started our weekend away!!  We were celebrating 14 years of marriage!  It was so much fun and very relaxing!  We stayed at the Hilton in Southlake Town Center!  It was beautiful.  Our first stop was to eat at Cheesecake Factory!!  YUMMMMMMM!!

We stayed on the top floor and had access to this AMAZING room...full of free snacks, drinks and it is where we had breakfast Saturday and Sunday!!

Breakfast was so delicious!!!  I haven't had bacon in forever and this bacon was cooked perfectly!!  I miss it...that's how good it was!

We began our shopping at Barnes and Noble where I perused the magazines and bought a few books on raising kids.  

Yep...I'm a dork!

Goodies from our day of shopping!!!  

Saturday afternoon we headed to Target, World Market and Home Goods!!  It was fabulous!  

I'm on the hunt for curtains in our LR...and I am leaning towards these!!  They are burlap and are a great quality!

After shopping we headed back to the square for an early Mi Cocina!!  It was so delicious!!  We had Nothing Bundt Cakes for dessert...Oh my!!  

 Sunday breakfast...again with the bacon.  Joey may have gotten me a few 6 more pieces after these!!

We had such a wonderful time, and I am so thankful to be married to such a great man!!  Thank you God for our marriage and friendship!

My Dad: Surgery, Recovery and Prognosis

Last Monday my dad had surgery to remove the cancer in his colon.  

This was the day before...Father's Day...we visited dad for a little bit.  I had pretty much cried off and on all day.  I mean...the day to celebrate Fathers and I have this huge fear of losing mine.  It was a bit much.  And as much as I didn't want to break down in front of him, when I gave him a goodbye hug I just lost it.  There are certain times in my life when I remember being hugged by dad.  He is a great father, but there are times when his hugs were particulary meaningful.  One of those was right after my wedding.  My dad met me in the hall and we hugged...again I just lost it.  My life was no longer in his hands, but in Joey's hands now.  I felt like it was the end of something so precious.  And there was this hug...the night before surgery.  I felt like I was transported back to being a little kid and all I needed was a strong comforting hug from my daddy.  I needed him to tell me it would all be okay.  When we got home I told Joey, trough muddled tears, that I wished I had spent the night with my parents.  I just NEEDED to be close to them.

Monday morning dad was prepped and ready to go.  He had great nurses and a wonderful doctor!!  We were very blessed.  

They finally wheeled him off and we headed to the waiting room.  We had SO MANY people there that we took up an entire section of the floor!!  Aunts, Uncles, Pastors, friends, brothers (16 or 17 people in all)...such a great support for my mom!!  I will admit though...for me it was rough.  I wanted to be in a corner...just with my mom, Grandma and my brother.  My eyes were fixed on the monitor that tells those waiting how the patient is doing.  They give updates every hour.  Well, once we had passed the 3 hour mark (for a surgery that was only supposed to last max 2 and half hours) we started to worry.  There were some complications....the cancer was in a different place than originally thought.  So they had to go in at a different angle, take out more than anticipated, take out part of his spleen and all his lymph nodes.

I'm so proud of dad!  He pulled through and got in his regular room about 5 o'clock that night.  He was ready to rest when he got into his we left.  I am so thankful to the bestie for keeping ALL my brats.  It was so nice not having to worry about them.

Wednesday we headed to the hospital for a visit....the kids wore their Longhorn gear to support Grandpa!!! :)

The kiddos bought him a monkey in the gift shop!  Not the best quality pic, but I love it!

 Thursday morning we visited as well.  It was good to see him progressing each and every visit!!

We visited Friday and he was released that afternoon!!!  He is home recovering and we are thrilled he is doing well.  

***We did learn yesterday that he has STAGE 3 cancer and it will require 6 months of CHEMO.  Not what we expected to hear, but we know God is in control of the situation.***

Please keep my dad in your prayers!!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

A Special Father's Day {2014}

Happy Father's Day to two of the best dads EVER!!!

I've been so blessed and my kids have been so blessed to have.....

Dads who dress up for us...

Dads who WORK hard to provide for us...

Dads who PLAY hard...

Dads who are silly...


 Dads who inspire us...

And Dads who love us deeply...

{Bill, my FIL...a great dad, hard worker, funny and sweet.  We love you too!}

{My Grandfather...another great dad who is missed and loved!!}

The BEST father my kids could ever have!!  I love you babe!!

And my daddy....the BEST father I could've ever asked for.  You are so special to me.  I love you more than I can say...tomorrow you will have surgery to remove the cancer from your body and we are praying for great news to come, a quick and easy recovery and many more years of life to live!!