School’s Out For Summer

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School’s out for summer

School’s out forever

School’s been blown to pieces

Ok, ok, so maybe it hasn’t been blown to pieces but be real…. You sang this because you ALL knew that song!!! If not, we can’t be friends. 🙂 But seriously though, school is almost out here where we are in NM (2 more days) and as many moms are, I’m both excited and sad at the same time. I’ll get to that later.

In bigger news, my husband graduated earlier this month with his masters degree. Can I get a hallelujah?!?! Any other Class of 2018 graduates reading the blog? If so CONGRATULATIONS to you!!

No more pencils, No more books, No more teacher’s wife’s dirty looks”.

We spent Mother’s Day weekend in DFW setting up and celebrating the end of a 6 year long journey he has been on. It was quite an awesome and busy weekend. From the moment we arrived it was go go go and while it was a bit stressful, it was also really amazing. I’m so very proud of my husbands accomplishments and am thankful for his drive and the lessons he’s teaching our boys. I personally have no desire to go to college so I’m grateful for my husbands example of working hard to get where you want to go. This is such a necessary lesson for today’s youth who just want things handed to them. 

For those of you who are new and haven’t read either this post or this one, let me fill you in a little.

My husband spent nearly 10 years in the United States Marine Corps starting at the age of 21. Before that he did a short stint at a community college in our hometown but didn’t get a degree because he was very adamant about joining the Marines. During the last year or so of our time in the Marine Corps he decided to make some use of his Post 9/11 GI Bill and start going back to school. He graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2016 with his Bachelors degree. Then almost immediately started at Dallas Baptist University for his Masters degree.

2016 Graduation from SHSU

It has meant sacrificing time with his family; getting up early or staying up late or both. This whole time he’s had a full time career, 1 year of which he was working overnight shifts. I’m sure he’s had moments where he just wanted to give up but that’s not really in his nature. He’s a pretty strong-willed guy and when he puts his mind to something, he’s gonna get it done.  Nevertheless, here we are, he is graduated and DONE!!! About a week before the graduation ceremony he said, “I don’t know what I’m gonna do if I’m not studying”.

He’ll figure something out I’m sure, but I’m also sure I could think of a few things.

Not only is this my husbands last year of college (Lord willing he doesn’t decide to go for his PhD any time soon, maybe in a few years) but this is also our oldest sons last year in elementary school. I knew this day was coming from the first day of school. I don’t know why I keep thinking he’ll just stop growing up because it never happens. One day I turn around and he’s almost as tall as me. How, as a mom, do you mentally prepare yourself for your child moving into middle school? I mean, weren’t they just starting kindergarten?

I worry about things like,

Is he going to feel pressure from his friends, if so how will he handle it?

Has he been given a good example of how people should be treated?

Will he tell me the uncomfortable stuff that kids don’t usually talk about?

He’s quite an amazing kid, I mean yes I’m a bit biased but he’s kind, loving, intelligent and encouraging. (To everyone but his brother, lol) He seems to make friends pretty easily and they all genuinely seem to enjoy his company. What’s not to like? My constant prayer, that maybe I don’t say quite enough out loud, is that he has learned enough from all of his influencers. Learned how he should treat people, learned how to go to God in prayer when he feels sad or troubled. I pray his relationship with God continues to grow and that his life is a light to others. I pray he continues to be an encouragement to his friends and peers but doesn’t get trapped by his desire to be liked. When he knows he’s not supposed to do something, he turns from it even if all his friends are doing it.

Our prayer as parents usually is that they don’t do things the way we did them. We want them to be better than us.

Our youngest is moving up to 2nd grade this year and somehow I feel just as upset by that as I do about my oldest going into middle school. I spent some time today looking through old pictures trying to find ones suitable for the blog and I just wanted to go back and cuddle them more. They’re not quite as cuddly as they used to be. They’re all grown-ish and attitudey and before I know it I’ve gone all day without getting a cuddle. One of them has copped a ‘tude with the other and gotten themselves sent to their room. While I spend way too much time trying to explain to the ‘tude that he needs to get it together. Then night time stuff needs to happen and then they’re in bed.

Where did all the cuddles go?

Little man is a rambunctious little guy. Something on his person always has to be moving or else he can’t function. He’s the pure definition of boy, sports fanatic who knows players stats almost as good as his daddy. Would play all sports if money was no object, loves watching all sports. He’s a noisy ball of dirt that can’t sit still to save his life, or mommy’s sanity. But, he’s my cuddler. And he’s going to be a 2nd grader. I am not sure about all of this, so until I am, I’m going to curl up on my bed and color.

Well before I get too wrapped up in next school year and start crying; lets talk about things that are for sure on the calendars for summer!!

The Silos in Waco, TX

The boys are going to camp with our church and I’m super nervous. We live in NM as I’ve stated before, but the camp is in OK. That’s farther than I’m used to them going with anyone let alone people I don’t know all that well. So to take my mind off of it, I’m going to spend the first couple of days with a girlfriend in Waco, TX to check out the Silos. Being from TX and having driven through Waco many times, I never would have dreamed it would be a vacation destination. If you’re old enough to remember the Branch Davidian stand-off, then you likely wouldn’t have wanted to step foot in Waco. And now people flock there by the drove’s. I’m so excited to go and check things out and maybe there will be a Chip and Jo sighting.

Chip and Jo when they came to Houston for the launch of their furniture line.

Ok wait, if you’ve been living under a rock you might not know who Chip and Jo are, or what the Silos is or any of that. Chip and Joanna Gaines are stars of the hit HGTV show Fixer Upper. They’re known for their revitalization of Waco homes, creating amazing tourist destinations, and for cute farmhouse style renovations. If you’ve been wondering why people are all talking about shiplap, its because of this show. Now, they just aired their final episode ever but its for good reason. They want to make sure that they keep their family time a priority and if thats not a good reason, I don’t know what is. If you want to know more about them check out their books. I’ve not read Capital Gaines but I have read the other one and really enjoyed it. 

Well anywho, thats really about it as far as summer plans right now.

I am hoping to do a little more traveling, maybe a road trip here or there. But with our BIG SURPRISE trip at the end of the year I’m not totally sure if we’ll be able to make it work this time.

I’d love to live vicariously through y’all, so tell me what your plans are. If you’re traveling, be safe and have an absolutely amazing time!!!

Also, have you checked out the Mom Interviews? The first one was published last week on what is now affectionately known as Mom Monday!! If you haven’t taken a look, go check it out and come back next week for interview # 2.


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Have an amazing day y’all, see ya next time!!

Ruth 1:16 ~ But Ruth replied, “Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.
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