Sunday, March 11, 2018

we're moving.

so i realize i haven't written in 
the longest i've ever gone without blogging.
BUT it's because we've made some major
life decisions over here and i wanted to get 
everything in place before i shared it with 
the whole world.

we sold our house and are moving back
to our hometown of warrensburg. 


ronnie and i have been talking about this 
for a long time - going back and forth and really
not able to make up our mind.
we literally made a pro's and con's list.
we ran numbers.
we talked to friends and family. 
we said yes.
then no.
then yes... then no.
about 100 more times.
every ronnie was on board, i'd talk him out of it.
and then i'd think it was a good idea and he wouldn't want to.
we could not get on the same page.
at one point ronnie came home and said,
that's it, we're not moving and i don't want to talk about it again.
and then we decided to move.
besides being closer to my parents and friends, the
two main factors that made up our mind was:
1 - getting brette in a smaller school district and wanting
to do it before she starts kindergarten.
2 - financially, it puts us ahead.

back in december we found out about a house
that was coming on the market that was a friend of a friend of ours.
he let us walk it on new years eve.
i wasn't sold on it but i definitely saw potential.
i was worried it was too small.
it's definitely less of a house than we have now. 
but it has 5 acres and a shop - - ronnie's dream. 
we sat on it for awhile, walked another house and then this house again.
in the end, we decided to buy the house because ronnie
liked the location and i liked the price. 
it's not what i would call a fixer-upper, because it's not that
old and it has a lot of nice finishes, the problem is:
it's not my style. 
wah wah. 

after working on our first house and our current house,
we said we WOULD NEVER buy another house that needed work,
but here we are picking out flooring... paint... tile.
the list goes on.
i'll post pictures soon so you can see the "before" and
i'll go more into what are plans are, but i personally love
a good house project, i just hope ronnie can make it through
another renovation. 
(everyone start praying for ronnie)
i put our house on the market, for sale by owner, and we 
sold it almost immediately and got more than asking.
say whaaaa!  love it. 
but can i just say, i am s u p e r  sad to leave this house.
there will be ways our new house will never compare to this one. 
i. love. my. house.
but i need to get over it.

we asked for a longer closing date (60 day) so we could have
more time to pack and to get through more of the school year.
the girls will continue to go to Presentation through may
so they'll have to commute with me to lee's summit 
for two months. i'm not looking forward to an hour drive
with two kids everyday, but i can do anything for only 2 months. 
then they'll go to a summer program in warrensburg and 
brette will start kindergarten in the fall.
exciting times. 
we take possession of our new house the first week in april and
we will move in with my parents for 6 to 8 weeks while the work is being done.
we've hired our #1 guy, cale, to do a lot of the work, plus a sheet rock guy,
a flooring guy and a painter. 
i'm hoping really hoping they surprise me and get it done in 6 weeks.
we shall see.

i promise to write more soon.

Monday, January 22, 2018

brette and reid: an update

i haven't done an update on the girls since reid turned two
and since her little half birthday is today, 
it reminded me to write a little something up on the blog.

i think the biggest change in reid is her speech.
this girl l o v e s  to talk.
all the time.
about nothing and everything.
we hit december and her speech exploded.
i was a little worried because i always felt like 
brette was carrying on conversations so early, 
and i wanted reid to catch up, but
now that her words have found her,
they don't stop. lol.
also, reid is completely potty trained. 
she might still have an accident every once in awhile
at school, but i think it's because she's too busy and 
doesn't want to take a break. 
on the weekends we never have an issue. 

the biggest change in brette is her knowledge 
of her letters and her writing. 
she has been able to spell and pick out letters 
in her own name for awhile, but now she's spelling and
writing a lot more. 
i like reading to her before bed and making her help me or pick out letters. 
i CANNOT wait for the day she's reading on her own. 
she has to "sign  in" to school every morning and 
the improvement in her handwriting from august to now is CRAZY.
i've also noticed that she can color inside the lines and
draw pictures of actual objects instead of just scribbles.
it's like she grew up on me! 

they are both still picky eaters.
i don't think we've sat down for a meal
where BOTH girls eat.
it feels like if one eats well, the other one
maybe took two bites.
it's very conditional and they are very 
vocal about what is "disgusting."
reid is currently on a chocolate milk kick and
brette loves summer sausage and cheese.
they both love candy. (eye roll)

some of their favorite play things?
they both love barbies right now.
reid is a bit young, but she wants to do what
brette does, so they're both into it.
as long as you keep them separated, its 
fine, but if someone has the wrong barbie,
things get heated.
they also love to color and paint.
reid still love stickers and play doh and
brette likes shopkins and my little pony.
oh, brette also loves movies. 
she would watch a movie everyday if i let her.
i can tell she's going to be one of those kids that 
i'll have to limit her screen time.
it's one of the reasons i'm refusing to get
her any sort of tablet.
i know she wants one, but i figure i'd rather "play"
as long as she can and i know she'll have one in school,
so why rush it. 
reid loves the song "little red riding hood" from the 60's. 
we literally listen to this song at least three times a day, 
but sometimes it's definitely more like 10.

the best word for both of them is: funny.
i think my kids are hilarious.
ronnie and i laugh together everyday over something
one of them says.
i wish i could video our lives just to have these
moments forever. 

we're half way to their birthdays and i 
can't believe my girls are on their way to 3 and 5.
i have to say, 2 and 4 has been a great combo. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

here we come, 2018!

christmas was a lot of fun this year.
i'm pretty sure when the kids are this age,
it's just going to get better and better.

brette really, really understood santa, jesus and
everything christmas.
i used tootie, our friendly elf on the shelf, for
all it's worth making sure she behaved herself.
sometimes, i would even have her go over and 
apologize to tootie if she did something mean to 
reid, just so she understood that we only promote good behavior. 
mwah ha ha ha.
i loved it.
reid loved christmas too.
she kind of understands, but she would cry if brette 
told her tootie was going to tell santa she was a bad girl.
poor thing.
those girls are already starting - i can only 
imagine what its going to be like in 10 years.

christmas morning was magic,
hot chocolate, donuts and a tornado of
presents that was completely unwrapped in
about 10 minutes.
they loved their new bikes - i can't wait
for spring when we can take them outside and
start learning to ride.

we got some snow the day before christmas,
which was the best present ever, 
so we all played in the snow and went sledding.
i actually took off work the whole week, so 
i was home with them for 10 days straight.
i made me miss my time at home with them.
i get so much done and i love having them with me,
but i also missed missing them, if that makes sense?
i still think - my goal in life is to make good money
only working part time.
it would be the best of both worlds.

we made our way into the new year down in warrensburg
with turnbow's and glover's and the kiddos.
we did a fake countdown around 7:30pm after dinner, so
we could get the kids in pj's and in bed at my parent's 
house around 8pm.
then i headed back to turnbow's to ring in the new year
with the adults.
we played "what do you meme?" - a hilarious game and
i loved being with my girlfriends.

not much has been going on since then.
its freaking freezing so ronnie and i have been 
using our weekends to get organized and 
FINALLY clean out our basement.
we're literally unpacking boxes from 3 years ago to
see if it's junk or something we should keep.
i've made two trips to Goodwill and ronnie has made
s e v e r a l  trips to the dumpster. 
it feels good to get it out of the house.

i hope your christmas and new year was lots of fun!
here's to 2018!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

almost ready for the big day

christmas is a crazy time.
we literally did not have one free weekend
since before thanksgiving.
it's a lot.
but, we made cookies with the family for 
our annual cookie exchange.
we had our annual christmas book breakfast with my
favorite friends and their kids.
we met up with kassie and chris downtown kc to
walk through union station and then visit santa at crown center.
brette had a christmas concert at school.
we took a trip down to branson to see 
ronnie's family and got tickets to the dixie stampede.
and i had THREE holiday parties at work.
tomorrow we're headed to powell gardens to see 
the festival of lights.
friday, i'm going to try to wrap all our gifts.
saturday, ronnie's mom and sister's family is coming
over to make cookies for santa and have dinner.
and i'm excited for sunday.
we have NO PLANS.
well, we'll go to church and hit up the magic tree.
but i'm just excited to have a day for the 4 of us.
christmas morning we'll spend at home and then we're 
driving down to warrensburg for a couple days to have
christmas with my side of the family.

it's true when they say it's the best time of the year.
i just LOVE christmas.

and for those of you not on our christmas card list,
merry christmas!

Sunday, December 10, 2017


i hope everyone had an amazing thanksgiving.
now that we'e a good way into december, 
thanksgiving seems like a distant memory,
but i wanted to share pictures so just so i have it down
for the girls to look back on one day.

we drove to illinois to visit ronnie's family.
the drive there was not great.
lots of pee breaks.
i maybe should have put reid in a diaper, just
so we weren't messing with it.
the 6 and a half hour drive, took over 8 hours.
oh, and there was not one minute of sleep during that ride.
8 hours and no sleep?
my kids are machines.
the girls did great once we were there.
brette loved it because we were all down in the basement
together so she got to sleep with us every night.
donna had a big dinner for us on thanksgiving 
and i whipped up the desserts.
(pecan pie and pumpkin pie cake)
it was nice to spend some down time together.
we also met up with ronnie's cousins a couple times.
one night to go out for pizza and another
where we left the kids with donna and went out to 
a "turkey hangover" party where you could ride the bull
and listen to a live band.
it was fun and i stayed out later than i thought we would,
which made getting up bright and early the next day to drive
home a lot less fun.
we did better on the way back though.
the girls took a two hour nap (so did ronnie)
and we were home in a little over 7 hours.

a thanksgiving success!

the next weekend we had "friendsgiving" down in
warrensburg with the crew we go campering with all summer.
it was nice to see everyone since we normally go months in between visits.
we took the girls and then they spent the night at mimi and papas since
we were going to be out later than 7:30.
so basically we got to chow down on turkey and 
all the fixins two weekends in a row while the kids played.
can't beat that.

now.... CHRISTMAS!

Sunday, November 19, 2017


we've had a busy few weeks.
like, really busy.

applebutter day with the fam.

a trip to springfield with my sorority sisters.

a wedding.

3 birthday parties

a baby shower

AND our ninth wedding anniversary. (look how young!)

its not slowing down either.
every weekend until january,
we're booked solid.
it's all fun thanksgiving and
christmas things so i'm 
looking forward to it.
i think ronnie is tired already. 

the girls both had pink eye last week,
so i worked from home one day and 
my parents came up another. 
they've also been busy at school with
their book fair, thanksgiving feast and
brette is in 'happy feet' (soccer) and 
'shining stars' (theater).
i signed her up for soccer but i have
no idea how she ended up in theater.
she has a little play coming up where 
she will be the cow. 
we have a real star on our hands, i'm sure.

we're gearing up for thanksgiving in a few days,
which seems crazy that its already here.
we head out to illinois on wednesday and 
will spend the holiday with ronnie's mom.
i'm baking a pecan pie and pumpkin pie cake.
my dad donated homemade rolls to the cause.
i'm excited. 
i have my fingers crossed that books, movies and
a long ass nap will make the 7 hour road trip bearable.

hope you and your family have
a wonder thanksgiving too!