Thursday, April 6, 2017

California Spring Break

What a vacation!!!! We headed to California for spring break, and we experienced many "firsts!" The first time for the kids to ride on an airplane! They were SO excited. Our trip took off on a rocky start though. We had an evening flight. We get to the airport, all excited and ready to go. We get to the desk, only to find out that our flight was cancelled due to a snow storm! Cancelled! The next flight out for 5 seats was 2 days later! WHAT? Spring break plans...Disney tickets, Lego Land, etc- all cancelled! In a scurry...we searched flights at another airport and found one that was scheduled to leave the next morning. We booked it and headed back home! Only to wake up at 5:00am the next morning to load back up and head to the airport. In all the chaos, Scott and I stayed calm and the kids were very flexible. It was a long flight, with a lay over. They got to go inside the cockpit with the pilot, which was so cool! But, we finally made it to California, and we were ready for a vacation of a lifetime!

We stayed with Gigi, Scott's mom. She has lived there for years, but this was the first time for her grandchildren to make the trip. We rented a van big enough for all of us and were ready for adventure. We got the awesome experience of going California skiing! Just an hour drive from Gigi's house, we went to Snow Valley. What an unbelievable day and atmosphere! First time for the kids to see snow!!!! They ran to the snow, got a handful and took a bite! ha! The weather was so warm. I was skiing in a tank top! Scott and I headed to the top of the mountain and enjoyed skiing. The kids loved playing with the snow, so much joy!

We all went sledding. It was so cute to watch them drag their sled to the top of the hill and fly down! We made snowballs and a snowman! Lots of snow angels too. Snow Valley had to be the highlight of my trip. The weather was to die for! The snow was plush. The ski trails were fun. No crowds!!! No lines! Just an easy, fun, relaxing and memorable day!

The next day we headed to Lego Land! What an adventure! We raced in the gates and went straight to the first roller-coaster we saw! It was the kids first roller-coaster ever to ride. They were anxious and filled with excitement while we waited. They were so patient as the line slowly moved. They loved the ride! And they were ready to scurry onto the next. So, the day was filled with rides and many cool things to see. Scott loved all the details at Lego Land. It really is amazing!

Then the next day, we had a relaxing day at the beach. This was the highlight of Scott's trip. How cool that we could ski and go to the beach in one vacation?! Just so awesome! We had a gorgeous warm day. We played in the white sand, jumped waves, and ate lunch at the cutest beach taco restaurant. We enjoyed the day of leisure and R&R! We cleaned off and made a short drive to a ninja gym! I just had to visit one of the most popular ninja gyms in the country...Tempest! It was so so cool. Very different than what I am used to, but I got some training in while the kids had a blast too!

That night, Gigi took over kid duty while Scott and I had a date! We went to the casino!!!! So very interesting. The casino was on an Indian resort. It was a huge, very elaborate casino. We ate at a sushi restaurant in the casino then roamed the casino and enjoyed our time together! We went back home and got some rest to gear up for Disneyland!!!

Bright and early, we were off to Disneyland! The kids were beaming with excitement! Again, another gorgeous day! I was so impressed with how quickly the lines moved. I was even more impressed with our kids patience!!!! The loved every second. Faith Ann wore a princess dress and was drawn to all the girl stuff....Tinkerbell, Minnie, Daisy, Cinderella and all things pink! We toured Minnie and Mickey's house. We got to visit with Mickey. We rode many many rides! Lots of walking, lots of amazement! We waited in the long line for Space Mountain...worth every minute! The boys talked about it for days! That was my favorite ride all week!

The rest of the trip was filled with swimming at Gigi's, play time and eating! I just loved the kids innocence as their mind wandered with all the "firsts" they experienced! Plane rides, snow, roller-coasters, Lego Land, Disney, white sanded beach! It was worth every penny spent! Priceless vacation!  It was truly a vacation that I will always treasure! Spring Break 2017 goes in the books as one of the best! Grateful!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Valentines Day & THE CALL!

Valentines Day is in the books. It was filled with candy, school parties and topped off with a date! Scott and I bounced between the boys class parties. They were both so excited to take their valentines cards they made for the classmates, more Hunter than Trent. Trent wasn't so impressed with the process, but he was excited nonetheless! Sister was in DIVA fashion on Valentines....high maintenance! She had a pouty look the entire day and was hard to please. I hope, for her husbands sake, this is not a valentine trend! But, we survived and had a great time! Then, Scott surprised me with a wonderful date. We went to a casual sushi restaurant then off to race cars. Well, not full size cars, but not go-carts. Somewhere in the middle. They went FAST!! It was a fun adventurous date. Love this man!

Rummel Creek Elementary had their auction party this month too. It was 1920's theme...flapper style! It was SO fun to dress in gloves, feathers, sequin, fishnets and pearls. It was a really fun night. I am so grateful for such a generous, wonderful community! Being raised in this community, it is a blessing to see the generations continue to have pride in our neighborhood and schools! I am SO happy that my children will be raised in such a loving school!

It is starting to get dark later, which means we are outside longer each day. We are an outdoor family for sure! The afternoons can get long with these 3 at my feet, but honestly, these are the afternoons that I will miss one day. I try to often remind myself how fast this season of life will fly by! So, I try to relax more in the afternoons as I cook dinner and play with the kids. Faith Ann keeps up with her brothers! She plays so hard and is such a trooper. Love this picture of this car stuck in her hair! Bless her heart...she tries her hardest to keep up!

Speaking of keeping up with her brothers....she has learned how to protect herself, and her food! This picture cracks me up. Eating dinner with a helmet on, side eye, and throwing elbows to keep Hunter away. She is a hoot! She stays right on her brothers feet at all times. This usually results in her being the passenger on Trent's 4-wheeler, which she loves!

My Dad is truckin' along with his dialysis. He feels pretty crummy, which breaks my heart. But, God bless his soul...he keeps fighting! I grocery shop for him on Sundays to get him all set for the week. I prepackage his lunches for the week, so he is armed with food for dialysis. I try to keep his energy up, but he is wiped out! I also try to get him up and going on his few days off dialysis. We take him to lunch after church, he comes over to watch the kids play. He is slowly accepting that this is just they way the rest of his life will be. That is a hard pill to swallow, but he is making the most of it!
Basketball season has come and gone. Hunter is an amazing and aggressive player. He is quiet the point guard!!! He has grown in confidence and skill this season, and we really look forward to more basketball! He had all his Rummel Creek school friends on his team, which made it even more memorable. Scott really enjoyed coaching. This was a big season for Hunter...he officially is playing like a "big boy." He is focused and totally understands the game! Now onto season starts soon. Hunter is on a dads pitch team with his school friends. Scott is going to be Trent's coach. Trent will play t-ball at our church! 

Now for THE CALL! I have continued to teach all my fitness classes and personal training sessions, and loving the journey. Along the way, I submitted for the show, American Ninja Warrior. Last season, I was a course tester and got to run the course, which was amazing. So, this year I waited and waited. Then, I finally got THE CALL. I was selected to be a contestant on American Ninja Warrior! The producer called Scott that morning and told him they would be calling me that evening. They wanted Scott to video my reaction, so they could possibly use that footage. So, Scott kept that secret ALL day! That night, I was reading books to the kids. Then, the phone rings and Scott jumped up with excitement. I take the call, and the producer was speaking very loud. The kids could hear the conversation and literally jumped with JOY! What a priceless moment! So, now I step up training until I head to San Antonio at the end of March for filming. Around 130 people will be filmed, and they will only air like 25ish people. So, no guarantee I will be on the show. But, I will get the full experience and I am pumped! A big group of family and friends are already booked and ready to make the trip to San Antonio. My friends, family and community have showered me with celebration parties, flowers and support. I am totally looking forward to this journey! Big adventure ahead!!!