I have a love/hate relationship with the app Timehop. I love to see all of our memories that we have made, but sometimes it just makes me so darn sad. And it makes me realize how quickly time passes by. And sometimes I think why in the world did I post that? I am sure all of you Mamas can relate. 

Some of my favorite timehops are of the things that Mason says...
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And some of my favorite pictures...

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Do you use the Timehop app?
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{Guys behind the blog - May Edition}

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Time for another round of the Guys behind the blog series with Betsy at Heavens to Betsy.

Question - What's your favorite family tradition?
Nate - Going to the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo every year with family & Christmas morning

Question - Who's your male celebrity crush?
Answer - He's not a celebrity to most, but Rich Froning because I want to have his physique and athletic ability
(I had to google him)

Question - What song best sums you up? 
Answer -  Eric Church Love Your Love the most {Lyrics here}

Question - What three things do you think of the most each day?
Answer - My son, my wife and trucks.
{I made him change his original last answer on this one ;)}

Question - What's your most embarrassing memory?
Answer - I don't take myself serious enough to get embarrassed and have the ability to laugh at myself if I am in an uncomfortable situation.
{must be nice! ha}

{Sweet Summertime // Bucketlist}

Confession: I am cheating! I originally posted this as our Springtime bucketlist...but I always seem to forget just how short our Spring season is here in Texas. So, I've updated our list and changed it to our Summer-time bucketlist.

 photo summer bucket_zpstazowx7t.png + have park dates after I pick up Mason from school
+ go to Texas Rangers opening Day
+ visit the Waxahachie Farmer's Market
+ take Mason to the Zoo
+ plant/buy flowers for the porch
+ start/play T-Ball
+ grill out dates at home
+ pick up food and have a park date/picnic on a Friday night
+ put out our hummingbird feeders
+ have suppers on the patio
+ go on hikes and long walks
+ sit on the porch with a fire in the chiminea
+ go to the drive in movies
+ go to Canton
+ camping trips
+ take a different class at the gym
+ play with sidewalk chalk
+ take Mason fishing
+ play in the rain
+ plan Mason's birthday party
+ take Summer pictures
+ go to Round Top, TX
+ play outside until sundown 
+ knock some things off our Texas bucketlist
+ take the dogs to the lake/creek
+ go to Ranger games
+ clean out our garage
+ major Spring cleaning and purging {aka Mason's room}
+ bike rides
+ snowcone dates
+ go to the bluebonnet trail/festival in Ennis
+ kindergarten roundup/registration
+ go to antique alley

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{He said What? // Things my four year old says}

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I love to document the things Mason says here on this blog. He's hilarious and keeps us laughing and there are just some things I want to remember always.

>> Mom did you know there is a really cool jewel named Ruby Gold Biscuits?

>> Me: Mason how is your vanilla shake?
Mason: GOOD! Tastes like bananas and popcorn!!

>> {Playing Petshop talking about a crocodile} All my pets are trained and already nice. And he doesn't pee everywhere either. And he normally costs $6000 but you can have him for free because I am a nice guy.

>> Mom you're kind of weird, but you're really cool. {gee, thanks!}

>> Mom send this picture to Peter Parker! {as he is standing on top of his playhouse}

>> Nate: Mason do not leave this barn without telling us where you are going first. Don't go off exploring by yourself.
Mason: But Dad...I just want to see the world that God made.

>> Mama I hurt my toe. It's the toe after the thumb toe.

>> {talking about buckout night at our church} Mason: Mom can I ride a little bull?
Me: Nope, only a sheep.
Mason: I guess that'd be alright.

>> {talking about show & tell at school} Me: Mason did you play your harmonica today?
Mason: yes ma'am!
Me: What song did you play?
Mason: A mexican song.
{he loves the spanish station on the radio!!}

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{A letter to my sweet boy on his 5th birthday}

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Oh my sweet boy! Where in the world do I even begin? I guess Happy Fifth Birthday would be appropriate, but I have so much more to say than that. I just pray that I can find the words. If only you could see my heart then maybe you would understand. You made me a Mama and are more than I could have ever imagined. God is so good. My love for you is deeper than anything I have ever felt before and it makes me so, so weepy. Being your Mama is the biggest blessing I have ever received and I thank God each and every day for bringing you into my life. You have such a sweet and tender little spirit and you love so big. I am so happy to be on the receiving end of that love. You are so full of life and spunk and make any room you are in a happier one. You brighten the darkest days and make my heart smile from the inside out.  Your most favorite thing in the world is to make people laugh and that you do. Constantly. Suffice it to say, you are the class clown. And while it may get you in trouble at times, I love that you love to make people laugh and smile.  Speaking of laughing & smiling...you have the most infectious little laugh and smile. You and I have this thing where we can just look at each other and start smiling and then the smiling turns into laughter. I love that. Mason, you are so kind and your manners are always on point. There are times that Daddy and I will hear you off playing and even your super-heroes have manners. We can't help but smile. You love Jesus and love to learn about Him. That makes this Mama's heart happy! Mason, you are one of the smartest kids I have ever met. Almost too smart for your own good. Daddy and I can't sneak anything by you anymore and now we can't even spell things out. You've just graduated Pre-K and will be starting Kindergarten in August. While I am not 100% okay with that I can't wait to see what the future holds and to watch you thrive! You're losing every last ounce of "baby" and are such a big boy these days. But, you know what makes me feel better? The truth in the fact that you tell me you will always be my baby...even when you're 18! Please always tell me that. It gets me by. 

I have to stop here because I can barely see the screen with my tear-filled eyes. So HAPPY FIFTH BIRTHDAY my sweet little guy. I love you to Heaven and back a million times over. I hope that you have the most amazing birthday celebration in Disney!! 


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{Life in Fours}

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I saw this post on Very Erin a few weeks ago and thought it would be fun!

Four Nicknames I’ve Had:
  1. Crys
  2. Nicoli 
  3. Babe
  4. Mommy
Four Movies I’ve Watched More Than Once:
  1. Urban Cowboy
  2. The Elf
  3. 8 Seconds
  4. Pure Country
Four Jobs I’ve Had:
  1. Dallas Morning Newspaper - call center
  2. Data Entry
  3. Account Manager
  4. Mother >>> by far the best job ever!
Four Things In My Purse:
  1. My wallet
  2. Wipes - hello messy little four year old! 
  3. Chapstick or gloss
  4. Brush & hair ties
Four Places I’ve Lived:
  1. Duncanville, TX
  2. Grand Prairie, TX
  3. Irving, TX
  4. Waxahachie, TX
Four Places I’ve Visited:
  1. Nashville, TN
  2. Steamboat Springs, Denver, Colorado Springs, Estes Park, CO
  3. Orlando, FL
  4. White Sands, NM
Four Places On My Travel Bucket List (You can read about these in my Texas Bucketlist!):
  1. Big Bend National Park, TX
  2. Garner State Park, TX
  3. Pedernales Falls, TX
  4. Shiner, TX
Four Things I Don’t Eat:
  1. Onions
  2. Seafood
  3. Wild game; deer, rabbit, etc.
  4. Bell peppers
Four TV Shows I Watch:
  1. Secrets & Lies
  2. Scandal
  3. Grey's Anatomy
  4. Nashville
Four Cars I’ve Drive :
  1. Toyota Camry
  2. Toyota FJ Cruiser
  3. Jeep CJ 7
  4. Hyundai Sonata
Four Things I Look Forward To In 2015:
  1. Disney World!!
  2. Mason having the Summer off 
  3. Mason starting Kindergarten - bittersweet!
  4. Knocking things off of our Texas bucketlist.
Four of my favorite foods:
  1. Chips & Salsa {that's a meal, right?!}
  2. Pizza {but I can't have it. Makes me sick :( boo}
  3. Salad
  4. Chicken

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{Mason's Pre-K Graduation}

Well, we {and by we I mean I} survived Pre-K graduation! It was the cutest most sweetest ceremony EVER! The owner puts so much into making it a really special night. Her heart and love for the kids is evident. She barely made it through her speech talking about how special the kids are to her and how much she loves them! She said that someone once asked her how she's closer to her Pre-K & Day care kids than her own family and she said, "Which family member do you spend over 250 days out of the year with?" Oh I just love her! Sure, I am sad that my baby is no longer a Pre-K kid and is all big and starting Kindergarten this year, but I am also sad to leave behind the most amazing school we have ever been a part of! 

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We walked into the church last night to see the greatest Fire House themed graduation! Mason goes to Fire House Kids Christian Academy and it was their 5th year so they went with the Fire House theme. It was perfect and I couldn't imagine it any other way. They had three walls set up and decorated for each of the three classes. On the walls hung an 11x14 sized fire house themed picture of each of the kids! SO cute! And then there were tables of gifts for each of the families and kids! After the ceremony we got to take the pictures and the gifts with us. And the gift? Talk about amazing! They handmade a chalkboard for each of the kids complete with all of their Pre-K info...age, favorites, best friend, what they want to be, etc. I will cherish it forever! 

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The ceremony started with a slideshow of the first class in which they interviewed each of the kids in their cap and gown. Each were asked 3 questions and their responses were priceless. Then that class performed 2 songs and recited a poem showcasing what they learned. Then the other two classes followed suit. Then the kids went to get their caps and gowns on for the graduation ceremony. While that transition was going on we watched a slideshow of the children with their baby picture and picture now! Of course I entered the black and white picture of Mason in his aviators! It's a fav around here. And it seemed to be a favorite last night, too!! Then the graduation started. So, so bittersweet!!!

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We now have a Pre-K grad and we couldn't be more proud of him!! 

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