17 Years…

Good Morn-Ting!

I mentioned this past weekend on social media that this guy and I were celebrating 17 years of marriage. I couldn’t be happier or feel more blessed being this man’s wife. We always like to spend some dedicated Mama/Daddy time together, and this time, we decided to stay local. We called up the Grandma Supreme, and she willingly came up to spend the night with her grands.

Damon dubbed this time together as a “Why Not” day. This is something that he and Donovan like to do on occasion. I got a little fussed at, because I apparently don’t do “Why Not” right. LOL! “Hey! I don’t have to want what you want on “why not”, and I won’t stop you either. You do you, Boo!” Yeah, he told me that I suck at that. I may not ever be included in another “why not”. LOL!

First stop…The Dacquiri Shoppe!
#skittlesdaq

We headed to Ft. Worth, which is a place that I have never really ventured out to. Our eyes were on this place….It is like going to a Mall Food Court without the mall. Any type of food that you could imagine you may want, is represented. Seafood, Burgers, Noodles, Indian, you name it!

Not to mention a few sweet treats….

The House @ Press Waffle Co.
Nutella, Cookie Butter, Strawberries, & Whipped Cream on a hot Belgium Waffle. Yes please!

You see that there are 2 forks, even though SOMEONE claimed they didn’t want anything sweet. His words: “That’s all you, Baby”.
Uhhhhmmmm, ate more than me. IJS!

Being totally stuffed from sampling a little bit of everything, we decided to head out and do a little tourist-ing. (Not sure that is a word, but let’s go with it)

After rolling through the streets of Ft. Worth, we decided that what we really wanted to do was get some dinner, settle in for the night and just spend some QT together, uninterrupted, and we did just that.

The next day had us back in our “hood”, finishing up our weekend with our kids, and getting ready for the week.

Bonus: Got to watch our Steelers show their stuff! And before anyone gets going, I know it is just preseason. Just gets me in all of the Fall feels, when football starts. Who’s with me on that? Until next time…

Be Blessed,

Kellie

Hammer….

Hey there, Friends! I am back to tell you all about our 90s/2000s throwback excursion.

Here we are on our way to the Hammer’s House Party concert, where we got to see 2LiveCrew, Kid N’ Play, Sisqo & Dru Hill, Sir Mixalot, and of course….MC Hammer!

Here we come, Hammer!

We had purchased $20 lawn tickets on Groupon quite a few months back. I had us all prepared with my little roll away lawn blankets, only to get to the door and have them tell us that it was no longer a lawn concert, but the that they were moving everyone inside. I will tell you right now, I wasn’t even mad at that. It is August in Texas, so inside sounded like a great plan. Damon and I took everything back out to the car, and popped right back in to the AC. I think I forgot to mention that we were swapped out for some really good floor seats. Remember me saying that I wasn’t at all mad at the change? I totally stand by that.

Our seats were great & I was with my Best Guy and my Aunt J!

Ran into a few friends…

Anitra & I go WAAAAAAY Back!

I didn’t take very many pictures, seeing as we were too busy doing all of the dance moves to the songs we were singing along to. I have said it before. There is no better of a time, than a time that can take you back to a simpler time. LOL! Have you ever heard an old song, and was immediately sent back to the time of when you first heard that song? You can remember EXACTLY what was going on then, right? I love it!

Donovan hears “OUR” music and always says that it all sounds the same. The same beats, and talking about the same things. We don’t even entertain him, because the mess that they listen to now is complete & utter foolishness with a capital F! Anywhoooo, I am sure the older than me generation thought the same about my music, but you know what? I AM THE 90s/2000s, and wouldn’t change a thang!

These old dudes did their thing that night. Most probably needed to go ice their knees and rub Bengay on their joints, but we were thoroughly entertained.

If they come to your city, check them out.

Come back tomorrow for another Life Recap…

Blessings,

Kellie

First Day….

Good Morning, Folks! I know its been a minute, but I have been a bit busy with life. I am sure you all know how it is…..right? I will have some Life Recaps later in the week, but today, I wanted to start it off with my babies going back to school. Settle in, because I have a bunch of pics!

My big boy rarely wants to take a picture, and this morning was no different. “Ma, you are just taking a picture of me in gym clothes.” Of course, I took the picture anyway, and will get one when he gets home….SO THERE! He had to be at football practice at 6:00 AM. FOOLISHNESS!!! #firstdayof10thgrade

Bring on 6th Grade!
1st grade ain’t ready!
These 2!
That little one is a hot mess
Our Little Drew. Ready for the day!

This little girl right here is tough! She is one of those kids that people say, “She has been here before.” She will take on the world, and look back at you with attitude! I also know that it is going to be lights out EARLY tonight. That child likes to sleep, and today is going to wear her out!

Just a Cheesin’
“Mama. Can we take a selfie?” “Why, of course!!!”
Car selfie with my Kori: The 6th grader
“Mama, can you walk in with me?”
As I tear up BEHIND the glass….

Today was kinda tough for me as I made this last drop off. I never really worry about Kori, until she gives me reason to worry. Have you ever just thought that your kid wasn’t ready for something? Prayerfully, she will prove me wrong. I know she can handle it. I can’t wait to hear about her day. Pray for my Mama Heart ya’ll…

Psalm 127:3-5 Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.

Blessings,

Kellie

White Summer Vacay…

Good Morning! I am here today to share a few pics and stories about our family vacation. This was our first time to take everybody on a cruise, and I must say…it was definitely an interesting adventure. Settle in, because here we go….

Those Littles. Always camera ready1

When I tell you that it is not very easy to get us all in one photo, I ain’t kidding! It is especially trying when you are being herded like cattle in a line. LOL! Those cruise ship security folks run things like well oiled machines.

Our first mission was to find us some lunch.

Those teeth!

We later found our rooms, got unpacked and settled, and went to “People Watch” around the pool. There were soooo many pictures that I wanted to take, but decided not to. #somefolkswerejustwrong

We had the early 5:30 dinner, so we headed to the main dining room for some GOOD food.

Where does she get that from???

These little ducks were “hidden” all around the ship. I forgot to post on FB that we had found one. The game is to find it, post it, and re-hide it. I had Drew find a place to hide it. I am sure it was hidden in plain sight…

That side eye, tho!
My Love!
#1 & #2. He couldn’t wait to be taller than his big sister. Did he make it?
Living his absolute BEST life in true Damon fashion!

Off the boat, and out to explore Cozumel…

My 3 Daughters. They all have such diverse personalities, and it definitely makes life interesting.
#sisters
She’s “Mama’s Homegirl!”
My Day 1!
Just CUTE!
The White Girls!

The last day at sea was spent just relaxing. We didn’t schedule anything, we just spent time together.

The middle kid….always clamoring to get time alone with the Parentals!

Our last night on the boat and hanging with our wonderful serving team, Andy & Ma!

So there you have it. The Whites were on VACATION! It was a much needed gathering, as Damon and I had missed having all of our offspring together. We laughed, we ate, (boy did we eat!) and we enjoyed each other’s company. I am already thinking about where our next venture will be to. Maybe a road trip of some sort. Hmmmmm…. In the mean time, be Blessed.

Kellie

Binge List….

Happy Friday, Y’all! So glad it’s here. I get to go see MC Hammer tonight with my favorite guy, and I couldn’t be more geeked! #weready

On another note, and the whole reason we are gathered here today, is to talk about my future Netflix Binge List. I have wrapped up a few shows in the last week or so, and have been looking for something else to get into once my little people have gone to bed. This is what I have so far.

Workin’ Moms-The previews look hilarious, and there are only 3 seasons at 30 minutes each. We can easily get that knocked out!

All American-This is one that my Mama suggested. It is inspired by true events surrounding a professional football player. All she had to say was that Taye Diggs was in it, and i’d have been sold!

Dead to Me– Here is another one that looks REALLY good. It is described as Black Comedy, and is 1 season/ 30 minutes. I am here for it! Does it look like I may have commitment issues?

Stranger Things-I watched Season 1 and was on the fence about wanting to watch more. In one of the podcasts I listen to, they talked about a few of the goings ons in the most recent season that seemed interesting. I plan to pick back up on this one. We’ll see how long it keeps my interest.

I believe that is enough to keep me busy for awhile. Do any of you have any suggestions? Maybe something that I wouldn’t think would “tickle my fancy”? I have had a TON of Breaking Bad nudges, but again, there is that long term commitment thing that I am struggling with….

Have a blessed weekend!
Kellie

Gonna Miss Ya…

One of my favorite TV shows has aired its final episode….. (sad face)

This was one of those shows that had so much going on that it was sometimes hard to keep up with, but so much fun to watch. When I had initially heard about it, I was a little bit like, “What tha???”, but I decided to just dive in. Take a gander at the premise, if you will?

The Premise: Set in Miami, the series details the surprising and dramatic events that take place in the life of Jane Gloriana Villanueva, a hard-working, religious, young, Venezuelan-American woman. Jane’s vow to save her virginity until marriage becomes complicated when a doctor mistakenly artificially inseminates her during a checkup. To make matters worse, the biological father is a married man, a former playboy, and a cancer survivor who is not only the new owner of the hotel where Jane works, but was also her former teenage crush. In addition to adjusting to pregnancy and then motherhood, in the initial episodes Jane is faced with questions about her professional future and the daunting prospect of choosing between the father of her baby or her detective boyfriend. As the series evolves, the issues shift as her child grows into a toddler, her writing career moves forward, and her family members likewise develop independent plot lines.

You see? That all sounds crazy, right? But I guess they are just staying true to the Telenovela roots. SO……MUCH……DRAMA! I love it! So much so, that I binged the first 3 seasons on Netflix, and had a straight up attitude because it was still on the air, and I had to watch the last 2 seasons….**gasping** dare I say….weekly! THE HORROR!!!! Netflix, you spoil me so. When I say binged, I binged hard. Seasons 1 & 2 had 22 episodes, and Season 3 had 20, and at about 45 minutes a pop. Well worth it though.

Damon would never fully commit, but had the nerve to be asking all kinds of questions! “Get outta here with that! Either you’re in, or you’re out.”

I am sad to see it go, but I am assuming that they didn’t feel that they had many more places to take it. I bid you farewell Jane Gloriana  Villanueva, Rafael, Michael, Mateo, Abuela, Xo, Rogelio, Petra, Anna & Ellie, and I can’t forget about that dear sweet Narrator. You all will be greatly missed, but fortunately, will live on on Netflix!

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Blessings, Kellie

Back to School Prep….

Can you believe that it is the last day of July? Man! This year is flying by! Crazy that there are less than 3 weeks before school starts back.

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I am pretty good at staying on top of all things Back to School, but I am going to tell you what I truly dread. SCHOOL SUPPLY SHOPPING!!! I know, I know! “Kellie, you should buy the kits that they sell at the end of the school year.” (insert sarcastic frowny face and head wagging here.) I am NOT thinking about that when school is letting out. I am just barely hanging on by the time school is out, so to wrap my brain around purchasing a Back to School item is just not my jam. I am wondering if I can bribe Kamren into doing the S.S.S. for me….#sorrynotsorry

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In the midst of preparing us for vacation, I have managed to get my 3 youngins’ set, with the exception of school supplies, with their new gear for the brand new school year. We will have a Sophmore, a Sixth Grader, & a First Grader. They will each be at a different school, and will never go to school together again. Kind of sad, huh? I really know how to space ’em, don’t I!

Donovan is going to have us busy with all things football. (Yeah, my boy made Varsity) I’ve got my Hawk Mama shirts ready!

Kori is to be a Clarinet Extraordinaire! Sooooo her to be a band member. Out of all of my children….

Drew is on point to be a scholar. She has been working on her writing skills, (she likes to walk through the house copying the words she sees) and her “math” work through the summer. I am not really sure what this “math” is, but that is what she is saying shes doing in that workbook.

Once we are back from our trip, we will have to kick it in high gear to put our finishing touches on our prep. Hair is to be done. Sports physicals to be completed, & sack lunch items to be purchased. Fall is upon us, Ya’ll!

Blessings,

Kellie