Mercedes goes to Gymnastics on Monday mornings.

It used to be our excuse to get dressed on our stay-home-days…

But Mommy got a full time job, so now she goes with Gran’ma Cheryl.

She LOVES it!!


5 Favorite Moments

5 Favorite Moments in the last 5 years

5. Skiing with my daughter… TWICE!

4.  Disney Dream New Year’s Vacation

3.  Germany ~ Martin Luther Tour

2.  Disneyland for my 30th Birthday

1. The Birth of Mercedes!!

Yours Friend A*

Two of my girls came to visit last week!

We shared a house for two years in college and these girls are my sisters and an extension of our family.

It has been a LONG time since we were all together.

A LONG over due visit.

K-dogg had never met Baby Girl.

And I had never met K-dogg’s little girl, Miss A*.

We talked about the girls coming to visit all week before they came.

Mercedes has a friend at her school who’s name is also A*.

Our conversations quickly centered around Mommy’s friend A*.

“Yours friend A* going to be at ours house?” she asked everyday after school.

It was so cute!!

The girls had a great time together (both the big girls and the little girls).

It was a LOW KEY weekend. . . jumping on the tramp, playing with toys, naps, and LOTS of chatting!

We did make a trip downtown for pizza and a walk to the fountain.

The weekend weather couldn’t have been nicer.

So much fun sharing this stage of life with my girls!!

5 People I Treasure Most

I found a blog that does a Tuesday Listable Life post.  I thought it would be fun to participate. . .Check out the other Listable Life Posts here. . .

This week’s Prompts . . . 5 People You Treasure Most, 5 Pet Peeves, 5 Places You’ve Lived and What You Liked/Disliked About Them

I chose 5 People You Treasure Most

1.  My Family ~Where would I be without the love, support, encouragement (and constructive criticism) of my husband?!?!  There is no one else in this world who is more perfect for me.  He deals with my piles, my drama, my laziness.  He loves my creativity (most of the time), passion for books, and my faith! 

Then there’s Baby Girl.  Seriously!  How did I get so lucky!!  She gives me purpose.  She gives me the BEST hugs around.  She gives me sunshine on those really rainy days!! 

2. My Mom ~ (& you too Dad) ~ She is my best friend, my counselor, my secretary, my to do list keeper, my safe zone, my model, my mom!  She loves my kid (almost as much as I do).  She loves my husband. . . frequently taking his side in fact. . . yet always remembers that she’s MY mom.  She has been selfless and sacrificed so much for me and my sisters.  Seriously, wouldn’t be alive without her!!

3. My Sister Carol ~We’re five years apart, but you can’t tell by looking at us.  She keeps me young, grounded, and filled with liquid courage!  🙂  We have lunch once a week (try to at least) and talk about life, love, and the pursuit of happiness. . . all while living this life for the Lord. . . not for man. . . or woman!

4. My Girls ~ Hastings College is my Alma mater.  I am a Bronco, through and through.  The girls of Altman 1st and 2nd floor & my girls from South Ash mean more to me than I could EVER explain!  While we’re scattered across the country (thanks to Casey being back in the states). . . we’re just a phone call, plane ride, or facebook post away!  In my darkest days (depression is REAL), the memories I have of my Altman/South Ash family keep me going.  I’m a horrible friend. . . they know this. . . I don’t call, or write, as often as I should or would like too.  But they are on my mind all day. . . there is not a day. . . NOT ONE that goes by where I don’t think of them.  I love you girls!!  You are my rock… just knowing you’re there!!  (I don’t have a picture to link here. . . maybe I’ll scan those soon. . . the three boxes full)!!  🙂 

5. The Dream Team ~ The last group is also a group I don’t have a picture of. . . My DREAM TEAM!!  I had the privilege and honor of working with the most passionate, professional group of teachers in the world!  I always dreamed of working with a group of teachers who were as crazy dedicated as I amto my job.  I then hoped and prayed that this group of teachers would be not only my friends but my post to hold me up when I’m ready to fall down.  I miss you!  I miss the MAGIC that happened in those hallways and classrooms!  Though we too are spread all over the WORLD. . . I dream about being together again and teaching children to love learning as much as we do!!

6. Redeemer Family ~ I know I’m cheating. . . but I’m stickin’ to the pirate code on this one!  Redeemer is my church.  Redeemer is my home.  Redeemer is the foundation of my support system!  Specifically my Germany Family!  But also outside of that, spilling throughout all generations, groups, and interests.  You are my constant.  Week after week, the encouragement I find, just from being in the same room with you all. . . well, let’s just say it picks me up off the floor and helps me stand tall!!  Especially this past week!  THANK YOU!! God is good. . . ALL THE TIME!!

I know those last three aren’t one person. . . but a group of people.  I had a hard time narrowing it down to just 5 people.  My friends become my family.  My family are my best friends!  Give a girl a break.  I have a lot to be thankful for!!  🙂 

Dream Vacation ~ Getting There

What could be better than spending New Year’s on a cruise?

Spending New Year’s on the Disney Dream!!

Yup, that’s right, we did it!

And we had such a great time!

Getting there was even fun . . . we had a 3 year old along.

Mercedes kept us entertained the whole time. . . imagine that?!?

She had a sleep over with Auntie the first night in the hotel.

Then played with Auntie on the escalators while waiting to board our plane.

She’s such a good traveler.  How did we get so blessed?!

FUN TIMES in the Orlando AIRPORT!

More to come. . . got TONS of pictures to weed through.  🙂

Shocking. . . I know!  🙂