Wednesday, October 3, 2012


Well, in case folks out there did not know- I am not a football fan.  I do not understand the game- I think it is cold out, boring, and stupid to hit each other- I know very unAmerican huh?  However, I have 4 boys, so football is a big part of my life- unfortunatly.  I have seriously been counting the years I still have to sit on the bench to watch football. I cheer when the crowd cheers, and I understand when they are running for a TD, but so many times it does not count because there is a stupid flag, so all that running and cheering was for nothing.  Give me a baseball game any day!

Toby, my little baby Toby loves to play football and is playing as a Freshman on the Varsity team- well not only Varsity, but starting Varsity- Jen seems to get all giddy about this.  I just think of them hurting my baby.  I guess at 6'1" and 215 pounds he is not a baby to some, but I am his Mama and I have to remind everyone he is still 14 years old!

Here are some pictures of him playing.  He is number 32.  Do not ask me what position he plays or if it is offense or defense- I cannot help you and I will not remember- it is useless information to me.  I just like that so far he is having fun.

Monday, September 17, 2012

I have a Sailor!

Bryce graduated from Navy boot camp on August 24th.  We went to Great Lakes to his graduation and were able to spend the whole weekend with him.  It was so nice to have all my together again.

Bryce is so happy and it shows all over his face, the way he carries himself, and the excitement in his voice when he talks about his career choice.  he is living his dream and the light that surrounds him is so bright.  As a parent, nothing helps to heal the pain of your first child leaving home, then t see this happiness.

Taya was over the moon excited to be reunited with her brother.  He is now in A school until february in Chicago, but we can text, talk, and Skype so it doe snot seem as hard.

Live your dream son and know that we love you and are prouder than words can say!

These are his dress blues- look at the happy shine in his eyes

These are his "peanut butters"  He put on 10 pounds at boot camp

I think these two kind of like each other

Man do I love these guys!

His dress whites, we made him salute for a picture- lol

The family together again, even if only for a weekend.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July from our house to yours.  Jen had to work today, Dylan is at a friends, Bryce is gone- so it was a bland day.  We went to the parade in the morning, where Taya was on the dance float and Toby was on the wrestling float, so good thing I had Trey to sit with or I would have been a big loaner.  

There are no fireworks statewide this year, not even sparklers or snakes because it is so dry and all of the wildfires.  I miss them, but would rather not have any then take a chance of someone being hurt or losing their home.

Hope everyone had a great day!

My parents dog Ilio

The wrestling float- Toby is the tall one

Taya said she had an awesome time- although you could not tell by her face- she did say she had to ride on the float with the little kids and that annoyed her

Toby was on the wrong side of the float- so I just got his back

Sunday, July 1, 2012

The end of boyhood....

Tuesday we said goodbye to Bryce.  he was sworn into the US Navy.  I am so proud of him, but it hurts my heart to say goodbye to my baby, my firstborn.  I have never done this before so I am not sure if this is what all parents go through when a child leaves home or if it is because he is going into an unknown for me.

I do not come from a military family.  My blogger friends Nick and Michelle have taught me a lot about military life and I have such a he respect for them to be able to sacrifice and say goodbye to your spouse for months on end.  I have watched what they have gone through.  My Dad was a draft dodger, so military has always been a bad word in our home- so when Bryce decided he wanted to do this my heart swelled.

He will do great- this is an adventure for him.  He loves the physical aspect- I wish I was there the first time he tells his Chief that he does not feel like doing something- lol

I feel like I belong to a whole new family now and it is very emotional- I think he will graduate August 24th- can't wait to see the man he has become.

Bryce swearing in

The Captain, or as Taya says- the bossy lady in the pretty dress

Us before the good byes

The family- Toby is missing because he was at football camp

This little girl is sure gonna miss her big hero brother

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Bryce MCC Graduation

So proud of this guy.  He graduated from the community college with his 2 year welding degree.  He really wants to be an underwater welder in the Navy.  The Senior project that he made me is amazing- It is being powder coated right now- but once it is finished I will post the pictures.  There were certainly days that I counted until he turned 18 and now he is a wonderful young man and I am going to miss him terribly.  He ships out July 26th- it is approaching so fast!  I love you Bryce and I am so excited to see where your life takes you!

Taya's third Dance Recital

 Taya has made remarkable strides since she started dance 3 years ago.  She is not the best in her class, but also no longer the worse- she will get it- it will all click soon.  This was Hip Hop and she enjoyed it- next year she wants to take tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, and a solo- we will see what really happends!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Wow- that is my son!

I have to brag on Toby a little more.  So, remember when I said he was chosen to wrestle for a Colorado Elite teaming Iowa?  Well, he and 47 other kids went to this National tournament.  800 kids and 38 states.  Toby kicked butt!   He came home with the title of All American!  He went 6-2 and the second day beat one of the kids he lost to on the first day.  He is on a role- such a good wrestler, and straight A student and so humble.  So proud of him.  I had a coach contact me and ask if he could go to New Mexico next weekend- so off he goes.  Out of the 47 kids only 3 came home with the title of All American!  This is just the beginning for him, excited to see what his future holds.  Remember folks, you knew him when....

 Toby in blue
 and he wins another....
 and he pins another
 This was team "red" like the varsity team that went to Iowa
This is one of the other kids from our town that also went to Iowa- he was 4-4

Saturday, April 21, 2012

New Babies!

OK, so we are suckers.  After losing Pretzel last week, my heart was heavy- I mean I knew I would get another kitty- because when you have love to gee it is inevitable.  S, I was responding to a post on Facebook and the lady that we got Pretzel from said the same Mom had 6 kittens- well hell ya, Pretzels Mom has new babies- the same genes or at least half- I told her we would go that afternoon- well we came home with two!

This cutie is Waffels- love her mask face

and this cutie is Candy Corn- you can't tell but she has one orange leg and orange on one cheek so she looks like she has a dirty face- I need to get a better picture of her- but she is always sleeping.

Waffels will just lay on her tummy in your hand for hours- she is so sweet- and Candy Corn was the brut of the litter- but the first night she just shook because she was so scared.  She is adjusted now.

I am like a Mama with a newborn- not getting any sleep because I need to make sure the babies are ok and that Jen does not smash them- you can't really tell from the pictures- but they are tiny- I know they are not 8 weeks old.  I put them on my mail scale and Waffels is only 10 oz and Candy Corn is 1 pound- that is crazy small.  Waffels does not eat as well as Candy Corn- we went and bought her some special food and she is learning- she probably still needs her Mama- but the people were ready to get rid of them and who better to take care of them than me?  I am glad they have each other and I have new kitties to love.

Why the food names you are wondering?  I have no clue- we just started it- the Goldens get Hawaiian names and the inside animals get food names.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Prom Update

So, after prom- the heartless B*tch sent Bryce a text the next morning and said, "things are just not working out, I have been feeling this for awhile now- but I wanted to go to prom. So I am moving on."

My poor son, nothing like looking into your son's red eyes and know she broke his heart. I know it is for the best, he is better than her and he will be leaving soon and focus on his future- but none of that helps when your son has a broken heart.

However, he posted this picture on Facebook the next day and wrote:

I love this girl so much just seeing her face makes me happy

I love you son, and your are a great guy who has a great future ahead of you. Never let a girl change who you are- and this Mom and this little sister think you are the best and to us you are perfect!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Prom 2012

WOW! Not sure when it happened but my little baby Bryce is going to be 18 on Thursday and tonight he went to his Senior prom with his girlfriend Kallie. They looked great. He wanted a white tux and I was unsure- but turns out about 1/2 the class also had white tux's so it all worked out.

Kallie is a tiny thing and her mom is also a lesbian, so they have a lot in common.

They looked great, I hope they have a fun time and come home safe.

Taya was not sure about sending Bryce out with Kallie, it is amazing how much she loves her brother.
I got sunburned today at baseball- but I sure love this boy!

Friday, April 13, 2012

F*ck Friday the 13th!

I am so pissed, hurt, sad, upset, mad...the neighbor's dog comes to "visit" all the time- and today it killed our cat Pretzel. She was just a baby- and trusted dogs and would never fight back- she had internal damage. I am so sick of death and loss that I just want to puke!

Goodbye my sweet Pretzel, I am so sorry. I will always love you!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Easter Bunny came to CO

Usually, we are up until midnight putting Easter Baskets together- this year we were done by 10:30- proud of us!

The baskets, waiting for morning. Not sure when Easter became like Christmas with the kids getting iPods, Nike shocks, Navy Clothes, videos etc. but they enjoyed it.
Toby and Taya dying eggs- I am sure he will appreciate me posting his shirtless body- lol
Taya, Trey, and Jen planning the Easter egg hunting strategy
Dylan collecting eggs
Trey posing for a picture for Mom!

My beautiful princess on Easter

We have a friend who puts together a Easter egg hunt with over 10,000 eggs and prizes- the kids get way to many eggs- but have fun. The day was the perfect temperature and it was nice to have Jen not at work. Bryce had to work- it is weird- he is with us less endless and he goes up.

After the hunt we had some folks over from church that have no electricity and could not cook for themselves- I made a 20 pound turkey and we had a nice quiet meal at home.

I am very thankful for my family and the life we have. Happy Easter!