Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Tiny Prints

As some of you know, I love sending out Christmas cards! I found a wonderful company when I was looking for someone to do Brycen's birth announcements, Tiny Prints, and have used them ever since.

The quality of their cards are amazing! They have the latest designs and the customer service is wonderful. I really could go on and on about this great company!

I always love receiving holiday cards as well and usually the cutest ones are from Tiny Prints. :)

Go ahead and check out their wonderful Holiday Cards selection! Also, if you click on the Special Offers link on their site, they are offering some great coupons!

***This is a sponsored post by Tiny Prints***


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Happy 5th Birthday Thompson!

Oh, it is so hard to believe that my first born child is already 5! We celebrated with a party at our community clubhouse. It was so much fun! We rented a huge slide/bounce house for the kids and they played on that the whole time. Thompson was excited for some of his classmates to come to his party. :)

He wanted the theme to be "The Avengers", which was great because the movie had just came out so there was a lot of stuff available for decor and goody bags.

Here are some pics from the party.

His actual birthday was on Sunday. I woke up that morning to him climbing in bed with me. I wished him a Happy Birthday and told him that he was 5 now! He jumped up, ran into the bathroom, looked in the mirror, and then jumped on the scale and shouted "I really AM 5!" It was the cutest thing ever!

We had one of his friend's birthday party to attend that day, so he had a blast celebrating with him. We then ordered pizza and salad from a restaurant in town and called it an early night. Well I did, I crashed at 6:30pm and slept until the next morning. I was exhausted!

Last night, we took him out to eat for his birthday. We went to our favorite BBQ place here called Lucille's. (Seriously, good food and sweet tea!) At the end, they brought out a little sundae with a candle. He loved it! He is just like me, loves to be spoiled! ;)

Happy Birthday T! I love you more than you will ever know.  

A Quick Funny!

I wanted to share a quick story from last night. I want to write it down because it was so funny, I am afraid I will forget over time. :)

We were headed to dinner and while in the car, Brycen was jabbering to himself in the backseat. Robert and I were carrying on a conversation, when I hear something Brycen was saying that caught my attention...

Here is the scenario all from Brycen-

"Ms. Victoria, Brycen hit me."
"No I didn't!"
"Brycen, did you hit Autumn?"
"What do you say?"
"Sorry, Autumn"
"Now go over there and sit in time out."
"But I told her I was sorry!"

All from him, acting out 3 different roles in 3 different tones. I haven't laughed so hard in a long time. He was just too funny!


Friday, September 21, 2012

Liebster Blog

April over at Meet the Jechs, awarded me with a Liebster Blog Award! :)

Here is how it goes...

11 Things About Myself:

1. My children mean the WORLD to me. I am their Momma and that is the best feeling ever!!

2. I NEVER, EVER, EVER thought I would live anywhere else besides NW Arkansas... let alone marry a military man. :)

3. I met my husband when I was 13. I had the biggest crush on him, and still do to this day!

4. I wanted to study law in school and become an attorney.

5. My parents are my biggest heroes. They have sacrificed so much for me growing up and I wasn't always very appreciative. As a parent now, I understand the love that they have for me.

6. Florida is my all time favorite vacation destination! Although, I really want to go to the Carribbean.

7. I am deathly (and I mean DEATHLY) afraid of snakes.

8. I am a reality tv addict! Love anything on Bravo or E!

9. I am very OCD about a lot of things, but I am soooo disorganized on everything else. Dishes have to be done a certain way, laundry folded a certain way, toothbrushes in a certain spot, the way I get ready, etc. But I am a clutter bug! I think it could be a mild case of hoarders. I hate to throw away anything! It drives my husband nuts! ;)

10. I am terrified of getting Robert getting out of the Marines. I have no doubt that we will make it, but the "what-if's" make me sick to my stomach. We have had the Marine Corps behind us since we got married. Leaving that and starting over from scratch is hard.

11. I have a major sweet tooth!

April's Questions to Me:

1. Tell me something quirky about you?
- I pick apart my pizza and eat it by each ingredient. Toppings, cheese, crust

2. What would be your ideal concert? (no limits to if they're around or not anymore)
- Anything country! I am going to see Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan tomorrow night!

3. If you could live anywhere for a year where would you live and what makes that place so special?
- I think I would pick Florida. I have so many memories of vacations there, I would love to sit on the beach, read a book, and just relax.

4. What's your guilty pleasure?
- Going to Target by myself, watch reality tv, or indulging in some yummy food!

5. If you HAD to be a doctor, what type of doctor would you be and why?
- When I was little I wanted to be an oncologist. As I got older, I realized just how hard emotionally that would be. Granted, all doctors of some sort are going to have to one day deliver devastating news. I just couldn't do it on a daily basis. I have the highest amount of respect for those who can.

6. If you could be a star in any movie, what movie and who would you be?
- Dirty Dancing, duh! Nobody puts Baby in the corner. :) :)

7. What's your favorite restaurant & what would you recommend there?
- Ruth's Chris Steakhouse is my absolute favorite. I have never had a bad meal and when I do get to go, it is usually for a special occasion. So it means that much more to me.

8. What's your favorite holiday and why?
- Christmas! I LOVE family get togethers, watching the kids open presents, baking yummy food, and just being together.

9. What's your ideal weekend?
- Doing nothing! :) I swear the weekends we lounge at home are the best. With me working full time, I appreciate any time to sit at home and cuddle with my family.

10. What's a hobby you've always wanted to take up?
- Sewing. I have never learned to sew, but have always wanted to learn to do that and embroider cute stuff!

11. What's your favorite store to shop at? (either in store or online)
- Target! I love their stuff! I seriously could walk around in there for hours going down every aisle.


Sunday, September 9, 2012


Happy Sunday!

Some of you are lucky to get to enjoy this day off, relaxing at home with your family. Me... not so much.

I am at work dealing with a slab leak... with the boys. Total opposite of a relaxful Sunday.

They have tore up my office, had 20 cups of water, snacks, candy, you name it. I am wore out. So I turned on Netflix and told them both not to move! ;)

Today is Grandparents Day! I am blessed to have a wonderful Granny and Papa. They are my only set of grandparents I have and I couldn't ask for more. :) Luckily, the boys have a wonderful Nana and Papa too who they love very much!

September is has been a busy month! I can't believe it is already the 9th! Robert's birthday is on the 11th. He is turning 29! Hard to believe he was 21 when we started dating. :)

We are going to a concert with one of my best friends on the 22nd! Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan! To say I am excited is a HUGE understatement! I can't wait!!!

We are planning Thompson's 5th birthday party, even though it doesn't seem possible. This is one of those momma moments where I have to set back and take a deep breath. He is growing too fast. Having kids makes the days, weeks, years seem to just fly by. He wants to be big so bad, but I just want to keep him as my little baby boy. Life.

My sister is making a trip out to see us! She will be here the first week of October and I am so excited! I haven't got to spend any time with her over the past year so this trip is much needed!

If you are my friend, promise me that you will never, ever, ever mention last night's Razorback game to me. We are all in a deep mourning of our precious Hogs football season hopes. I still blame Bobby Petrino...

I also plan to do another post of all of my Pinterest finds. I have been cooking some yummy recipes and even ventured to make a craft!

I hope everyone has a great afternoon! We should be out of here soon and on home to relax! :)


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Big Kid

Last Monday, Thompson started school. He is doing the Preppy-K program through the school district here on base.

So far, so good.

He had a great time last week and each day came home ready to go back again! They have a behavioral system where at the end of the day if you had a great day, you got to pick out a paper fish! Thompson was so proud of his fish. We were too! We knew that he was making great choices and listening to his teacher.


On Friday, Robert calls me to give me the rundown of how T's day went, what he ate, who he played with, etc. Before I could even ask, Robert tells me that Thompson did not get a fish. I was furious! What did the child do that caused him to look bad in front of his teacher and classmates?!?!?!

He wouldn't stop talking! (I blame this on my Chatty-Cathy mother. She nor my son has never met a stranger! They will talk to everyone!) He also wouldn't quit messing with the kids. I kind of laughed but then was still upset that he hadn't listened to his teacher.

So after a lengthy conversation of why we listen to our teacher and keep our hands to ourselves, we sent him off for another day of school.

Praying he comes home with a fish. :)


Saturday, August 18, 2012

Are you ready?!?!

Y'all it is almost college football season! Robert and I have been on a countdown til the first Hogs game! 

Only 2 more weeks!

Woo Pig Sooie!

Get ready! I have a feeling that the SEC is going to dominate yet once again!


Friday, August 3, 2012

Hello, World!

So, I promise I haven't fallen off the face of the Earth. I have just been so busy with work, enjoying my family, and trying to keep my head above water. ;)

We have been EVERYWHERE it feels like. I will give you a brief rundown of what we have been doing the past few months.

In April, my Momma came out to visit. My baby sister joined in on the trip later that week! We visited the flower fields in Carlsbad, SUCH a gorgeous place! And then we went to Sea World and Disneyland. The boys had so much fun with Nana and Brooklyn. I was so happy to see them too!

For my Mother's Day present, Robert helped me landscape the front of the house.

Robert and I celebrated an early anniversary at Ruth's Chris (our favorite). 6 years of marriage. Wow. I still look back at how young we were when we got married, I was 20 years old and Robert was 22. I still question my parent's sanity of letting me get married that young. ;) But they set a wonderful example of how a marriage should be. It's not always easy. You will face the darkest days of your life. But finding someone to be by your side at the end is the best feeling ever. Robert and I have had so many hard times in the past 6 years. New marriage, new homes, new careers, new babies, just growing up in general. But he is my partner and best friend through it all. I love him and am so glad that I married him 6 years ago.

We enjoyed trips to Target

went on hikes up the mountain (Lord help me if I ever agree to a 15K hike again!)

Spent nights at the house

and went out to dinner before the boys left for their summer vacation.

 The boys and Robert went back to visit all the family back home. I had to stay and work, so it was my first time to miss a family trip. I was so disappointed, but I was glad that they were all going to have a great time.

Thompson got to see his best friend Kalli!

 Toby kept me company!

The boys had many trips to White Water and Silver Dollar City!

Brycen loved getting to swim all of the time

I ended up flying to Arkansas and driving back with Robert. The boys were staying with my family, so I was excited about all of the date nights I would get with Robert!

We went fishing a lot! He LOVES to fish and I enjoy it too! Problem is that he catches them and I can never catch one. Seriously... the fish hate me!

We even found a Bass Pro Shop

We went and watched lots of movies, enjoyed quiet dinners at restaurants without dealing with children (my personal fave!), and just spending time together.

Eventually, the boys came home! I was so glad to see them!!! I seriously missed them more than they did me. Thompson is obsessed with Arkansas, so it was hard telling him that he had to come back to California. I promised him that we would be moving back there for good in 1 year and just to bare with me. Brycen was just glad to see his Momma! :)

My neice, Jilian, came out with my mom. We took her to Hollywood (which was a huge eye-opener for a 10 year old... get an education... you don't want to be one of the homeless on the streets) and then we took her to the beach.

Then of course we had to go to Disneyland! The boys could live at that place! Thompson even rode the Tower of Terror with us! His idea!

I only had a few days off so mom took all of the kids to the zoo by herself! After that, they had to go home. I keep telling myself that Christmas is less than 5 months away! Hopefully my sister, Britt will be out here this fall!

So we are getting back into the routine of things. We spend our nights at the park, the boys now love to help me cook and we just enjoy one another. That's all I could ask for!

Thompson is actually enrolled to start Preppy-K this month. It is through the school system here on base and is basically a transitional kindergarten (a 2 year Kindergarten program). His birthday falls so late that by California standards, he is ready to go to Kindergarten. But Arkansas wouldn't allow it. Personally, I believe that boys need that extra bit of time to grow and mature, so I was never for him going to Kindergarten and then being the youngest in his grade next year when we went to Arkansas. So I feel like this is a perfect option for us! He is so excited. Thompson is my little social butterfly. He would much rather be with his friends all day than anything else. So we are excited for him! Brother probably won't be as happy, seeing as how he won't have his side kick with him everyday. :(

But, I think that is about all that we have been up too! I will try not to let another 5 months go by without an update. :)