Beer, Travel, Travel Texas

Shiner, TX

We did a little escape out of the house this weekend. I’ve been wanting to go to the Shiner Brewery for a hot minute. The Spoetzel Brewery is in a town called Shiner. It’s about 2 hours west of Houston. We decided to head that way since it isn’t too far. It’s a pretty cool place and has some pretty cool history. The Brewery Tour is completely free plus you get 5 free, that’s right FREE beer tastings of what is on tap. This is a great little half day or day trip if you are in the area. Kids are welcome. They have a beautiful outdoor area with picnic tables and big checker games. The store has any and every Shiner beer gift/souvenir you could ever want. We enjoyed this little outing on a beautiful day.


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Accountability Post Week of 3/11/19-3/16/19

Since im not on social media for lent, I’m going to use my blog for some accountability! All of my “cross training” workouts are on the Nike Training Club (NTC) app. I love it, it’s free and has workouts for all levels. I use Map my Run (MMR) for my runs. I restarted a 5k plan on Map My Run so I could get better endurance.

Monday 3/11/19 – Did this awesome kick boxing session. It kicked my ass, but was SO much fun. Even Jamie came in and did some punching. I was pretty motivated on this day, after a great weekend out of town eating and drinking just about non stop I was ready to get back on the grind so this sweat session was perfect!

Tuesday 3/12/19 – Walk Day! The Map My Run 5K program has a walking day to get you used to covering long distances. It was planned as a 1.61 mile walk for 25 min 50 sec. I actually did 2.01miles in 30min 18sec and an average pace of 15:02 MM. I didn’t take a picture on this walk.😬
Wednesday 3/13/19 – I try to use Wednesday as a recovery day so I just don’t burn out. I usually do yoga or some other deep stretching session. I did Motion to burn on NTC. It’s a nice 30 min stretch.

Thursday 3/14/19 – Run/Walk Intervals on MMR. It was a planned 1.61 miles with a duration of 23 min 50 sec. Jogging 2x @3 min. I did 1.77 miles, duration of 25:04, and a 14:07 mm. 🏃🏼‍♀️

Friday 3/15/19 – I decided I wanted t start one of NTC’s “collections”. Basically its a group of their workouts to help you eith a final goal. I chose 6 week guide to get lean. Its 24 Intermediate workouts, only requiring basic equipment. My first one was controlled blast. It was a long 45 min, but I felt the burn! 💪🏻

Saturday 3/16/19 – This was a rough run/walk interval session. We went to a fish fry Friday night at family’s house and I had a little headache that I just couldn’t kick but I got the damn thing done! We cleaned out our flowerbeds and got some new flowers on this day too! Spring is coming! 💐

So that was my week in a nutshell. I plan on posting a weekly update and maybe some random post here and there. Y’all have a great day and thanks for reading! 😊

 

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Citizens Run Against Cancer -5K

Do you guys know me by now? My life is never normal or routine at all. 🙄 My littlest girl got sick last week which would in turn pass down to me. I was told and asked not to go to this race, but I just couldn’t not go… I felt like death, I didn’t get my watch to start tracking until about 5 min into the race but I finished it and that’s all that matters.

 There was a chance of rain and we got lucky because it all cleared up when the race started. I didn’t PR at all if anything I did worse but I felt like my heart was going to explode. It wasn’t worth me dying to go all out so when I got tired I stopped jogging and started walking. The town is a little historic town so it was beautiful to take the scenery in. I will 100 percent do the half marathon next year because you get to really go into the historic district with all the old Victorian homes. 


According to my chip my official finish time was 40:35 or a 13:04 mile. I finished number 19 in my age group. I’m pretty proud of myself and I’m pretty sure this race started something! It was SO much fun even if I did feel terrible. I have to admit my embarrassing moment though… I would like to blame the DayQuil but maybe it was a newbie mistake too? 🤷🏼‍♀️ I ran up to the time list and I saw my name was 3rd in its little grouping so I was thought maybe I got 3rd in my division. I was excited thinking I was going to get a fancy finisher medal… 🤦🏼‍♀️ Nope, gotta werk a little harder. Lol I don’t make this crap up… it’s just how my life is. 


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Seasons May Change…

Winter to Spring, but I love you. Come what May! Everyone sing it with me… orrrrr don’t.

So our season has changed. I feel like change is inevitable in my life. Why is that? Who knows… something is ALWAYS literally changing. I take it as God playing with my strings and I’m just following along. 🙂

When I last left you I think it was the beginning of the year last year… well since then we have moved further south Texas. We no longer have a beautiful piece of land or a old little farm house. Due to a WONDERFUL opportunity we have become city slickers again, hopefully not for long. Just while we find somewhere to rest our little souls for the rest of our life.. I hope…

We are also working hard on our budget. We have been SO blessed in our life even with some of the bad that we have experienced there seems to be SO much more good. so there is NO reason why we can’t make that better and get ahead you know? Especially since we would like to buy some land and plant our roots, for eva eva? FOR EVA EVA.

SO in the meantime, I’m keeping my little self busy by running and trying to live a healthier life. I’ve been jog/running for a couple weeks if not a month by now and I went from being able to barely do 2 miles to just running my first 4 mile run on Sunday.. in the rain. It was awesome… hahahahahaha. I know right? but it really did feel good to jog in the rain and complete something I never thought I was capable of. I’m still doing my crafts but because I don’t sell publicly I just make fun things for friends, family, or for my kids, I don’t post about it usually. Its easier that way and less controversial in my opinion.

I did my first 5k as a jogger on 1/26/19! It was a my daughter’s school fun run and it was a lot harder than I thought it would be, but it seemed to motivate me to keep chugging a long. I have another 5k next Weekend, which I’m hoping I beat my 39 min 1st 5k timing. Then on March 2nd I have a 10K *que drama music*.  I’m currently doing the Jeff Galloway method, but I’m doing the Marathon training program. I’m really hoping to go to the Wine and Dine 10k and half during November. That’s my eye on the prize and what I’m striving and saving money for. *fingers crossed*

and that’s it, all caught up. That was fun wasn’t it? Y’all have a blessed day!

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New

Good Morning! It is 5:32am and both girls are still sleeping, so I’m having some quiet time and planning our 1 meal this week (Deer Chili – Thank you, POP!). Also, getting ready for our 3rd Christmas/New Year celebration. I’m making The Pioneer Woman’s Merc Queso! It’s from her new cookbook, Come and Get It! I’ve made a couple of recipes out of this book and once again have yet to be disappointed. I just adore her and I want to be her when I grow up… obsessed… nahhh.. maybe? It goes about as deep as my Miranda Lambert obsession. However, I have yet to meet the infamous Ree Drummond. I almost drove to Dallas one day just to do that but you know kids and priorities… *eyeroll* lol.

Since the New Year is approaching at a rapid speed, I should add. I wanted to express my view on word new. When you say, “Happy New Year”, it’s a meaning of it’s a new year and new start. How amazing is it that we have this to look forward to when our year wasn’t the best or just looking forward to creating or trying to make a better you? What if I told you that we have this opportunity with God everyday, we don’t have to wait until the “New Year” to become new and make a better us! I’m so thankful for all of his blessings and man, has he been here for us this year. Just when you think the worst is about to happen there is that “door” that opens up. ALL Glory to him, because seriously, stuff like this doesn’t just happen. Go to a quiet church (this is why I converted to Catholicism because of the quietness and traditions of the church, it’s not about socializing or condemning you to hell… it’s just you and him. Sorry, if you disagree just a personal opinion and side note.) and just soak it up and I promise you WILL feel something and that something is him telling you I’ve got you, do not be afraid. It’s an amazing feeling friends and it gives me chills thinking about it. 💗

New to me is exciting, fresh, and sometimes scary. Don’t get me wrong old is probably my favorite because it’s always been there and you never have to wonder if it will go away. It’s there and has been there, which is the ultimate comfort. Can you tell I have commitment issues? (Thanks, DD 😒) We have some more big changes ahead of us this year. Wade started a new job and if all goes well at his new job it looks like we could be moving again… which literally makes me sick at my stomach thinking about it. SO I’m not going to talk about it right now at least… AVOIDANCE at it’s finest.

ANYWAY- I was going to talk about our new family but they aren’t really new, they were just “lost”. Some of you know that my husband was adopted by his WONDERFUL parents and when he says he hit the jackpot of parents, he really did. They are amazing and will always be his mom and dad and frankly, I look up to them a lot because they are still married and raised 2 wonderful boys who made wonderful husbands and dads. However, I think there is always this where do I come from sentiment in an adopted child. Back in 2014-2015 we started watching a show called Long Lost Family. Wade and I hadn’t really ever talked about him being adopted but as I was boo hooing over some of these stories, I looked at him and said, “Wouldn’t you want to know?” and he replied, “I would like to thank her for giving me life and find out health information for the girls”. We talked to his parents about it and they gave us all the information they had and after applying to the registry, (Texas) they told us that there hadn’t been a mutual request and we could petition the courts for the file to be opened but we would need a lawyer.
   
     Well the year passed and around January of 2017 we purchased some DNA kits from Ancestry and in April when we finally got the results back, Wade had a 1st cousin match which led us after some digging and Facebook stalking to his biological Dad! Which eventually led us to his biological Mom. Wade and I had talked about how this could be a really bad and I wanted him to be prepared for the worst. It turns out, he couldn’t have had a better outcome. After we met both BD and BM they threw Wade a ’40 years of missed birthdays’ party and we met cousins and close family friends of the family. It was amazing at how well we “fit in” and how accepting of us everyone was. To be rejected by my own father and then be accepted by this family is such an/a amazing BLESSING to me. It is all still so exciting and we are enjoying getting to know them and spend time with them to make up for the lost time. I get super emotional thinking about it because it is at times overwhelming how blessed we are and how we are the characters in this story that God is writing. I’m looking forward 2018 and all the adventures it will entail. Maybe, I’ll talk about some New Year’s resolutions next. OH BOY! lol

   

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Quick Update.

As I realize I just invited ALL of my Facebook friends and family to like my page, which will then in turn bring them here. [Hey y’all] I realize I left my blog with a sappy post. I’ll blame that on hormones.. yes, a year after giving birth… *eyeroll*. Things in our life have changed… like YUGE changed. We have met long lost family members and have been traveling fools. I’ll update y’all on everything a little later. Maybe once Christmas is over and all that jazz. Things are great, in fact.. LIFE IS GOOD. SO Thankful and blessed for this life we are living.

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Moving On… ward.

We are finally just about all settled in to our new little home in the country. Oh? You didn’t know we moved? haha We did.

Our house had been on the market for almost a year. We had told our realtor that we were going to take a break once our contract was up (they were not very good and it was our polite way of saying we are going to try someone else). Well, literally, not even a week before our contract was over we magically had an offer. We had, had previous offers but they were offering WAY less. This offer was exactly what we were asking for so we of course took it and we closed on Friday June 30th.

While we LOVED the look of our house, we didn’t enjoy the city and all that comes along with it… HOAs, the ridiculous property tax, and having neighbors be able to look through your window because you live SO close. The property tax increased our mortgage payment to something we just were not comfortable with, so thankfully and FINALLY the house is sold and we are moving onward.

The difference between moving on and onward is that moving on is just letting it go and moving on. Onward to me is more moving on and looking forward to all the new adventures and what life is going to bring at us for now. What fun would life be if it were the same old comfortable setting everyday. While I do long for it, I know that is just not the case in life. We are given challenges and we either must just let them become us or accept them, defeat them, and learn from them.

Enough with the pep talk… it’s for myself anyway. 😉

Our summer has consisted mainly of moving, going to the local swimming pool, and doing NOTHING that was planned. I had planned this whole summer packet for my oldest and have we done any of it? Multiplication flash cards here and there, but no, not any of it. I’m okay with it. It’s summer and we are figuring it all out.

Jamie will be one in 8 days!!! 8 days my little baby will be a whole year old, it is crazy and I just can’t believe it. Her birthday will be totally different than Jaeden’s. Jaeden was surrounded by friends and family, we bought all the banners and balloons and with Jamie it will just be us, a couple of balloons, and cupcakes. Which is fine too. I’ve learned that going “all out” isn’t what it is cracked up to be. We are going for a more simple life and be happy with the things we have. I am planning on making cupcakes and that will be her smash cake. I like the tradition of making a cake for birthdays. Mine were always bought, not that there is anything wrong with a bought cake. I just like the idea of mom making the cake.

There’s that “pep talk” again… I’m going…. bye. 🤣

Sorry for such a long post, just wanted to update. Have a great day!

First sunset

more sunset

It’s hot.

Our new neighbors… 🙂