Friday, July 31, 2015

My children's vacation!

Over the past 10 days, my boys and their cousin have been staying with my in-laws in Bandera. This was the first time that my in laws have kept them for more than two days and the longest time they have been away from us. 

I must say, it was rough the first few days getting used to the quiet, the cleanliness, the ability to do my own thing! But I really did miss them. 

Every few days I would get a text from my mother in law with a few pictures and a quick update. They seemed to have a blast. 

My in laws have 20 acres out in Bandera so the kids can go crazy. They were able to go hiking and look for Texas Heart Clams...

they roasted marshmallows in their fire pit...

they went to the water park, had a picnic, and floated in the river...

they visited an apple orchard and restaurant...

They came home last night and I feel whole again. Some day soon, they will move away and I will have to change up my life to start a new normal. But today, my kids are home and all is right in the world!!!!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Nursing school classmate's wedding

If I had to plan a wedding during nursing school, I think I would go completely bonkers, and yet 2 girls have done it this year. 

I was invited to a wedding this weekend for my nursing school classmate, Courtney and it was lovely! Even though it was an outdoor wedding in the South Texas heat of July, it was beautifully shaded and it was not bad at all!

She looked lovely. 

My other classmate, Taylor, and I went together and took a few pictures of each other and the decorations. Very nice. 

We are so happy for these two!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Ladies outings

I have decided, after basically locking myself in my home all last year to get my studying done, I will not be doing that this year. 

I will no longer be turning down all invitations to go places, I will no longer be avoiding taking my children more places because of school work, and I will do my best to just do what I can and let the rest go. Life is short. 

So this week, I had two days of school and two days of clinical at our local health department. Basically, I gave people vaccinations all day. 

BUT! In fun news, my friends and I got together twice in one week to spend some time together!

Tuesday night we went to see Magic Mike XXL. 

Now we saw the first one, and it was entertaining. So of course, we had to see the sequel. Um, it was bad. It was really bad. It had so many different poor story lines going and there were only a couple of "stripping" scenes. Sad face. 

Then last night, we got together for sushi and Hairspray at the theater. 

So much fun! I love live theater, especially musical theater, and Hairspray is amazing, and it is set in 1962, and, and, and....I loved it. 

I hope to be able to spend more time with friends each week. I will not let nursing school run my life anymore!!!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Creative kids

My kids are surprisingly trying to be creative this summer. 

Caleb started creating his own video game, complete with graphics, sounds, and voice overs. It's taken him several weeks but he finally has a trailer out advertising it. 

He's pretty cute!

Now Jansen has decided to create his own youtube food show called Tasting with Jansen Superguy46. This afternoon, Caleb recorded him as he made chocolate chip muffins and he posted it just a bit ago. 

I'm happy that they are trying to do something fun and creative this summer, while working together. 

Fun times!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Quick trip!

Summer is a time for family, fun, and trips. 

Unfortunately, I am in nursing school this summer. I'm trying not to be bitter about it, but honestly, these classes should be online courses. I'm not enjoying it and I am feeling kind of grumpy that I have to be tethered to home this whole summer for school. 

Well, I guess my husband was getting tired of seeing all of his Facebook friends enjoying their vacations camping, tubing, Disney World-ing, beaching, and all the fun things other than staying home. 

He came home this week from work saying, "Gee I wish we could go to Universal Studios." 

My reaction? In my head, I was screaming that I am always ready to go ANYWHERE! But my mouth said, "Wow, that is really specific. What brought that on?"

We got into a discussion about how he felt stuck at home because of my school and he had really wanted to take the kids somewhere over the break, and he saw a commercial for Universal and really wanted to go. 

I thought he was just venting, but knowing my husband and his ability to be easily swayed, especially when it is all laid out neatly for him, I got online and started looking. The kids sat with me as I looked on the website. 

I heard him in the other room talking about how flights are so expensive and he wondered if they even had package deals with inexpensive hotels in the area. I was already two steps ahead of him, finding prices for a hotel, flight, and 3 day passes to the parks. 

Honestly, when I found the Cabana Bay Beach Hotel, I was sold immediately. I would have said anything to convince Josh to go on this trip. 

Check out Cabana Bay....

It's new, its mid-century themed, and it is super reasonable. I am obsessed with all things 50's and 60's and I just could barely keep my mouth shut. It has a bowling alley, amazing beaches and pools, great themed dining, a lazy river, and just the cutest themed rooms ever.

So, I found a round-trip flight for the four of us, picked 4 days right after school lets out for me, found a room at Cabana Bay, and picked out park admission tickets for 3 days. Josh came into the room still trying to talk himself out of wanting to go when my package price came up. 

"This can't be right," I said quietly. 

Josh said, "I know. It's too expensive for us to fly somewhere right now."  

I shook my head and said, "For round trip flight to Orlando, 4 days in the on-site hotel, transportation, and a 3 day park pass for all four of us is less than our 4 day cruise we took last summer." 

Josh instantly sat up. "Really??" This is what I love about Josh. He is such a kid. 

I told him we could leave Friday, the day after I get out of school, spend Saturday and Sunday at the 2 Universal parks, spend Monday hanging around Orlando and end it going to Medieval Times, and then fly back early Tuesday morning...just in time for Meet the Teacher for Jansen that evening. 

Needless to say, we booked it. We leave August 14th. I'm so excited!!! I have been to Orlando for Disney World 5 times, but have never been to Orlando to try other things. We even thought about going to Lego's only about an hour drive from Orlando. It's still a possibility. 

I just want to fast forward to August. Dang you nursing school...cramping my style!! 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Father's Day!

We celebrate the men in our lives that raise us, love us, and inspire us. Happy Father's Day. 

Today I was able to spend it with my husband, the father of my children, and my dad, who is still recovering from a knee replacement. 

Josh was on graveyards so he woke up around noon, we picked up some dinner, and headed to my parents' house. 

I love these men!


Thursday, June 11, 2015

NOH8 campaign

Ok, here it controversial post. But again, this is my blog and I post what I want. 

I am a Christian who supports gay marriage. Why? 

#1: Legal rights. Partners should have access to each other in the hospital. They should be able to make life and death decisions for each other. They should be allowed in critical care rooms. They should be allowed to assign insurance benefits to their partner. They should be able to receive health insurance under their partner's employer. They should be allowed to be a beneficiary of life insurance when their partner passes. They should be able to share in the civil liberties that I have because I am my husband's spouse. 

#2: I'm not God. It's not my place to judge how anyone lives their life. Incidently, I am of the opinion that people are born that way and cannot change their orientation any more than I can change my orientation and suddenly become a lesbian. People are born with variety of diseases, disabilities, deletions, combinations of boy and girl "parts" and yes...they were born that way. God doesn't make mistakes. So for the child that was born with a neurological matter. For the child that was born with both male and female matter.  My child was born with Autism, and I fight for acceptance and his rights as a human being daily. If my child were born gay, I would fight for his rights as a human being daily.

#3: If you don't like it...don't do it. This situation doesn't even effect me. I am not homosexual, so it is not an issue for me whether or not my homosexual neighbor can be legally married or not. So I don't care. Go ahead and get married. For the religious aspect of it I have several responses. For those who say marriage is between a man and a woman...great. But people are trying to gain access to civil rights! The ability to have all the things listed in #1. Telling someone they cannot do something because you think it is wrong is like telling me I can't have a milkshake because you are fat. What if the person is athiest, agnostic, Pentacostal, Wiccan, Catholic, Baptist, Free, Muslim? That's like saying, well...Muslim women should all wear a hijab, and you aren't Muslim, but Muslims are right so now you have to wear a hijab. That's not going to work. America...religious freedom even means for those who have no religion. It's just a fact. 

I am not the type to get overly political or even try to convert people to my way of thinking. It's mine, and that is what is beautiful about America. I get to have my own opinion and make my own decisions. Because of the brave women that came before me, I can vote, I can blog, I can choose to work or stay home, I have access to reproductive health resources, I can choose who I want to marry, I have health insurance and life insurance through my husband. Why? Because they are my rights as an American citizen. That is what the movement is about. Not whose religion is correct. Not whether or not we believe that this is a moral issue. Not whether or not we believe this is a choice or a birth destiny. Not whether or not you approve of the lifestyle. Can my friend and his life partner, who have been together over 10 years, have the same rights and benefits that Josh and I do being married over 14 years? It's so simple that it's maddening to me. 

That said, in March my best friend and I saw that the NOH8 campaign was coming to Austin, a short 3 hour drive from our town. We have been talking about wanting to show our support and take photos for years so we jumped on this opportunity. We got a lot of backlash for it, and that's ok. I feel strongly about it and I wanted to do it. But we also got a lot of support from it. Evidently they had a huge response to this year's campaign and it took them quite a long time to get our professional pictures in. But they came in today. 

I think they turned out well! They did different poses of us, but chose this one, which was honestly my favorite as well. I'm so glad that we were able to do this together in our super conservative state of Texas. Maybe one day, things will be different. I would love to see it in my lifetime.