Wednesday, April 9, 2014

I'm here...really

Okay. I was sick (again).

Gallbladder is the culprit, we think...

Had testing, ultrasounds...and waiting til Friday for the big bad results.

:(

I hate my gallbladder.

Ava was sick.

Caitlyn is sunburned.

My husband is stressed to the max with work.

So yeah.

I did get to dissect a sheep brain so I could study the anatomy of it....so...that was fly.

More later, promise.


XOXO
~Shannon

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

World Autism Awareness Day


So, April is Autism Awareness Month. 

I am just trying to get the facts out. 

Learn about Autism. 

Tell someone else about it. 

Acceptance is key. Be aware...but accept that there are some very unique individuals that need acceptance in the worst way. Autism changes everything. It doesn't just affect the child. It affects the child's family, friends, teachers, and everyone they come in contact with. 

It is hard, and some days I absolutely hate it. 

I adore my sweet girl. She makes me a better human, a better mom, friend, wife...she is my soul. 



She may do things different. 

That's okay. 

She will get there eventually. 

~xoxo



Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday Favorites!

I am trying to do a bit more blogging, so yay for that! 

I started Friday Favorites over a year ago. 

I love doing them. 

I have either tried the product, seen it in person, or bought it. 

So, with all that aside, these are just MY opinions. If you decide to buy it, and hate it, sorry about your luck. LOL! Again, go try stuff. Especially makeup. Go to Sephora, Macy's, or Dillards...put it on, get samples, make sure you can apply it. It works. Really, it does. 

1. Honey
Honey by Marc Jacobs. So yummy, fruity, orange blossoms, and warmth. $72 at Sephora


2. Cheeky
Josie Maran Argan Lip & Cheek Color Stick Set. So pretty, and so versatile. $34 at Sephora


3. Strappy
I love this sandal. Sam & Libby, $27 at Target


4. Shiny
A little "love" friendship bracelet to wear is nice! $9.99 at World Market




5. Rosy
Rose gold is in. It has always been a fave for me, but since it is a "thing" now, I can buy it a lot. 
This rose gold knotted friendship bracelet is sweet, at $7.99 at World Market. 


6. Paisley
Spring Bliss Paisley Handmade Boxed Notecards. Such a sweet way to send a note to someone. By hand. Not electronically. $7.99 for 8 cards, making them about a dollar a card. Nice! World Market




Well, That is all I have for ya today. I hope you like them, and I hope you all have a beautiful weekend. 

~XOXO




Thursday, March 27, 2014

Happy Birthday...Ava

4 years and 364 days ago...this was me.



I was 37 weeks 4 days pregnant. With my asthma acting up, I had to be induced. 

I was scared...anxious...excited...happy...

Ava was a surprise. She was a sweet little gift. Caitlyn was 11, and I was back to sleeping in on the weekends, and the girl was pretty darn self sufficient. 

At 30, going back to bottles...late nights...baby toys...strollers...it was tough. Absolutely worth it, but tough nonetheless. 

Little did I know that she would change everything we knew about life. At 12 months Autism was brought into our lives...and she taught us a whole new meaning of love. 

Happy Birthday, my sweet baby girl. 

I am so proud of all that you have accomplished, all you have done, the progress you have made...I am so proud to be your Mama. 

She was only around 20 minutes old here...



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(I know, no cupcake picture. She has food issues, so she didn't want one)




Fast forward to now. Today. March 26, 2014. 
This girl decided to be brave and try a cupcake. (I made them, so good)

5. She is 5! 


All the years...


Her big sister...(who is 16) and loves her baby sister so much...


They have this incredible bond. She is like a little mama to her. 
I love it. 



She had a great birthday. We went to eat at the Roadhouse...which she requested but she never eats anything except what I pack. LOL! Sweet girl. I am so proud to be her Mama. 

~XOXO










Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Insta-Tuesday

Hey! Here is what we have been doing in my neck of the woods...

Park picnic...and play time...this teenager is super cute!

Her serve! She is a beast at Tennis! 

Ava had to get in on the action...trying to be like sister!

We were sunning out while Sis waited on her next match. 80 degrees that day!

I went to Nordstrom Rack...and had to try on some sexy shoes...Loved them all!

We snuck off to PF Changs for some yummy chinese! SO good. 

My friend & I went to an Autism Conference to get some information...and then had some lunch!

Yeah...my husband is in the field for a week...so I am drinking and surfing the net. Hot date for me! 



My week was pretty slow...it is Spring Break so I have kids at home....and I have no work to do. I am thrilled. Can't wait on Summer, I hate school time. LOL!

~XOXO

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