Bye Miss Cat. :(

So this Sunday was not like any Sunday we have encountered ever. Usually I take this time to write about Bryce and Brandon ad what we did this weekend. However right now there’s a topic I would like to talk about.
Yesterday while outside sitting on the porch watching the boys ride their bike an skateboard, Brandon had waved me down over by the leasing office of our apartment complex. I ran over thinking Bryce and him found something cool, but when I reached them Brandon told me they found a cat that was hurt. It was in the pool area just a few feet from us. The fort thing I noticed was its breathing. You would hear it struggling an gasping for air. Then I noticed its eyes crusted shut, then it’s mouth hanging open and looked infected. This poor baby was skin and bones, badly hurt and in pain. We stood there for a while, Brandon and Bryce a safe distance away. I took photos and posted them online on a pet area site, asking for help. I would love to take this baby home with me but Bryce is extremely allergic to cats and we just wouldn’t be able to afford extreme vet bills. So I asked for help from the community that somebody with a kind heart please come help this baby. I refused to leave its side until I was sure somebody could come help. Many people replied, but nobody came to help.
Within this time Brandon had brought water and we grabbed a towel to wrap the cat up and a box to have it rest in. I had to call a shelter to come pick up the hurt baby. While we waited for the lady to come pick up the cat we stayed by its side.
Now just some personal information, we have these kids (about 7 or so ages ranging from 5-10 Im guessing) that live across from our building. They are always outside, screaming, yelling, throwing things and tearing the complex apart. Parents are nowhere to be found and let them get away with murder. They stampede over to Brandon and I yelling “OH MY GAWD ITS OUR CAT OUR KITTY ITS NOT DEAD! She was hurt we’ve been caring for her for like a week but she’s mean and she ran away from us.” They hovered over the cat who became scared and whimpered. I asked them if they owned the cat because it’s very badly injured. They said no they just found it and it was hurt an within the week of them caring for it she got worse and worse until she just disappeared. (ran away for dear life I’m assuming) All telling me this while theirs two dogs run out of their apartment and they start screaming and grabbing the dogs and jerking them around like rag dolls. I’m furious and tell them to go take their dogs home. This upsets me, for one, when you come across a injured animal like this you need to find an adult. Not just take it. It could have diseases or be rabid! Second, if it’s injured badly it needs to be taken to get medical help. These kids were irresponsible and so are the parents whom WILL be hearing from me very soon!!! I finally told the kids to back off and took Miss Cat to our apartment porch and stayed next to her box until the shelter lady got there.
She showed up just before 5:30, she checked out Miss Cat and informed me that it from what she could determine the cat had severe head trauma, a broken and caved in jaw, underfed (probably because jaw) and from what it looked like was most likely abused. She informed me that they would most likely have to put her down because she was in such pain and her injuries were severe. My heart broke for this cat, but honestly I was relieved. I wouldn’t want her to suffer anymore. She would die eventually from her injuries anyways but slowly and painfully. At least this way it would be quick and painless and she wouldn’t suffer anymore. Bryce Brandon and I said goodbye to Miss Cat, and as we were the kids ran to the lady in the truck and bombarded her with questions of the cat. Which she wouldn’t answer. I told them she was taking the cat to the hospital to hopefully recover. But if they were to come across another injured animal to find an adult as soon as possible.
I’m not sure what happened to this cat, and I dont want to think of those children whom “took care” of it that they would abuse it purposely… But it breaks my heart to no end to think of somebody who is able to hurt a cat on purpose. What kind of human being could do that!!
We did everything we could for Miss Cat, I even got scorned by somebody online for letting a shelter take the cat.

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What else was there to be done? What else could we do when nobody came forward. I refused to leave it to die alone and painfully and the only option was to call a shelter. If you want to scorn somebody for calling a shelter as a last resort why didn’t you come get the cat? Why didn’t you contact me to help? Yeah… You didn’t…

Please everybody, if you come across an injured or abused animal please contact somebody for help. Don’t leave it alone to suffer. That animal didn’t ask for any of this.

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Few steps toward a long road.

I know getting healthy doesn’t just happen overnight. It is a long and sometimes difficult road just getting started. And I am happy to say that I’ve taken steps to start bettering my life! As I stated in my last blog, to me it’s not about getting skinny, it’s about bettering my life and choosing to live a better healthier life then I am now.
I first started with getting my membership back at my old gym Planet Fitness. Which I will be attending hopefully about everyday after I get off work. So far it’s been great! I start off with a 2 mile warm up followed by stretching. Then I go and do weights and work on my legs and move to my arms. I’m not gonna lie but I HATE running. I despise it with a passion. I enjoy weights and free weights! But I can’t just lift, I have to work up my cardio in case a zombie outbreak! :(

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After getting my membership comes food planning. I searched the internet (mostly Pinterest!) for healthy dinners and snacks an planned my grocery list accordingly. With the help of my husband we’ve picked out and tried out a few different entrees to add to our cook book. Cilantro Lime Chicken is one of our favorites! Along with dinner prep I also began snack prep. So I loaded up on many granola bars, oatmeal, yogurt, fruits, veggies, 90 calorie snacks, and more. This will also help with saving some money, instead of going to get an buy food while were at work we can just preamble snack packs and take it with us!

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Now I’m not one to believe in “miracle products” or “quick fixes”
But along with working out and eating better I plan to add onto my fitness journey the product “It Works” body wraps. From what I’ve read and heard about from other people who’ve tried it, these are good products meant to tone and firm up skin. This will come in handy around my upper arms and thigh area. So hopefully I will see a difference with working out, eating better, and body wraps combined. And even if I don’t see tone or firm results with the product I did read that is it very good for your skin anyways;
“Filled with essential vitamins for the skin, the applicator ingredients gives the body what it wants and needs to stay healthy. As the largest organ system of the body, it is crucial to properly nourish the skin.
In order to obtain 100 percent benefit of the product and allow the nutrients to work in their entirety, it is recommended not to use the applicator more than every 72 hours.”
So at least my body still gets to benefit. I am not ashamed to say and show that I use products like this, some people are and like to keep it a secret, but if something works and is good for you why hide it??

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Lastly, like most humans who need something to look forward too, I set goals. Weight loss goals, muscle building goals, attendance goals, an more. As humans we need motivation, so usually there has to be something during this journey I can look forward to! So anytime I reach a goal, and maintain it I have devised a type of rewards system. After my first goal, if I maintain it I will purchase myself a new pair of running shoes, these new shoes will go towards my next goal of running 3 miles in less than 25 minutes. Then after completing that goal will continue the cycle and so on. My grand prize for myself will be a new hair style (cut and color) to complete my “new healthy me” look and lifestyle!

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Gym, craft, laundry.

Hard to believe it’s been 3 years since I graduated high-school. During mine and Brandon’s move into our new place I found my old high-school yearbooks and while looking back at all the memories I remember one of my favorites: powerlifting and track. I didn’t do powerlifting a whole lot because it interfered with my track schedule but the time I did do it I remember how tone and fit I was. I weighed 111lbs during powerlifting. And boy was I healthy. I wasn’t exactly ‘skinny’… Which is why I like to use the term healthy more. I hardly had fat, it was all muscle! And after these years of not working out every single day like back then I can see a difference.
That muscle turned into ‘bat wings’ on my arm, a large butt and thighs made up of fat and no longer a fit muscle. And I no longer had the flattest stomach.
Now, I’m not saying I’m FAT. I’m not, and I think I look beautiful! However, my cardio and muscles have taken a negative toll on my not working out phase. And I have decided enough is enough. Normally I would NOT write a blog about my weight and working out and being fit. But I figured if I did I would be motivated a little more. Having strangers read about my journey in working out might make me feel accountable for my actions? Maybe, I don’t know. But I’m gonna do it!
I got my membership back at my gym, and now I don’t have any excuse not to go. Before it was ‘oh I have too much to do for the wedding’ ‘I don’t have time’ ‘I have to pack for the move’ ‘I deserve to watch this episode of teen mom’ haha. Basically I was making up excuses until I knew I had nothing else to to. (Like the wedding, then moving into a new place) NOT ANYMORE!
Along with working out, Brandon and I (Yes babe, YOU TOO!) will be eating healthier. And I hope to share with you all different recipes that I try and enjoy most that are good for a healthy lifestyle.

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*me dead at the gym years ago lol (the things you find on your laptop.)

Halloween Craft for kids!

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So today I want to share with you guys a craft I did last year with my step son Bryce. He absolutely loved this and I plan to do something similar this year. I posted this craft to Pinterest and actually got a few repins so I figured I share with all of you a little halloween craft!
What you will need:
1 Canvas
Paintbrushes
Black, white, brown, yellow, red, orange paints.
Modge Podge to finish it off.

Background
First what we did was paint the entire canvas black except for one circle you will leave white. After that is dried you will paint the white circle yellow to represent the moon. Let everything dry completely.

Hand print tree.
Second you will paint your child’s hand brown. (Be super careful! This tends to get messy!!) once completely covered place their hands directly in the middle of the canvas. Clean their hand immediately with warm water and soap. Next you will take the brown paint and (you or child) paint the trunk of the tree. Just directly under the hand print. Let dry!

Ghost Feet

Third, paint your child’s feet white, and place them (toes facing down) on the canvas. Clean feet immediately after with warm water and soap! Let dry.

Leaves and ghostly faces
This is what my step son enjoyed the most (besides getting his feet painted!) I took my paint palette and put a little bit of red, orange, and yellow paint in each individual section and let him go crazy! He finger painted all the leaves around his hand print tree. Next you or your child can put three dots for the ghosts faces. Two eyes and a mouth. Clean fingers afterwards with warm water and soap. Allow all to dry.

Parents- after all is dry write with a paint pen or with brushes your child’s name and the year! After all that is dry seal the painting with Modge Podge and once it’s all dry hang up your child’s painting for the world to see!

I hope you enjoyed me little tutorial, if you try this out please post a link of your finished work in the comments below I would love to see them!!!

Ninja Zombie Child.

So since being married I have a lot of people asking me “How does it feel to be married?” Or variations of that question. I’ll be totally honest, it feels exactly the same as when we weren’t married, haha. It’s not a bad thing, I think it’s because Brandon and I already pretty much a married couple in the first place. We lived together, did everything together, and had Bryce to take care of we never really thought of ourselves anything but a family. So when I tell people that they tend to laugh, some agree with me, and some just think I’m odd until I explain myself! However there are many times Brandon and I will be sitting down or out and about and one of us says, “Can you believe were seriously married?” We laugh and think about our wedding and kiss each other and go on with what we were doing. Sometimes it is weird to think were actually married! Especially when I’m at home doing nothing (whereas before getting married I was doing wedding prep anytime I had free time.) basically I don’t know where I’m going with this because I doubt you guys wanna ready about my married woman thoughts and probably came to this blog to read about our ninja zombie child!

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If you would have seen on or Target wedding registry you would have seen that we registered for a booster seat. Which my mother in law Melissa got for us! So when we picked up Bryce this Friday he was excited to see in place of his old car seat a brand new big boy booster seat! Complete with cup holders and an across the chest safety belt. I’m pretty sure Bryce was just as excited as we were when we put it together. We couldn’t take our eyes off of him and how happy he was. I nearly cried, seeing how big he has gotten these years breaks my heart!
That night we hung out at Melissa’s and Bryce and I played Ninja Zombie Attack. Bryce was of course the ninja, rolling on the ground and jumping off the couch and slicing my throat. I of courses would die, turn into a zombie and try to exact my revenge. Bryce however knew that if he would just kiss me that I would turn back into step momma and he could kill me again. He must have kissed me a thousand times! Goodness it’s exhausting being undead.

Saturdays are days I work, and Brandon attends school in the mornings. So Bryce for to spend time with Mimi and PawPaw. He got to see the tractors in town and got to stand on one! When he came home he told us all about the fun he had. After going to dinner with Brandon’s and I’s parents to Yamagata’s we took Bryce to the Halloween Spirit Store and let him pick out his costume. I’m not giving away any details but I’m going to have to special order some green tights for Brandon and I to match him! 💚 haha!

After coming home I began to put up laundry, I had a pile of empty hangers on the couch and Bryce came up and grabbed a handful. He began laying one by one down and slowly counted “One…two…three…four…FIVE!” Both Brandon and I’s mouths dropped. We’ve worked on numbers before but he’s never just done it on his own like that. We are very proud of him as always!
Last night was the first time I’ve actually been able to hold a long conversation with Bryce. I told him that on Sunday I had to work and wouldn’t be able to see him, his response:
B-”mom, go to work? Why not stay home with me and dada?”
Me-” I just have to go sweetie, I have to work so I can take care of you and dad!”
B-”So mom can’t stay home? Just dad?”
Me-”yes sweetie, you get to play with dad all day!”
B-”Hmm okay mom, I play with dada, you go to work.”
Me-”you want me to stay home?”
B-”yes mom, but can’t, you go work.”

I can’t handle the cuteness, he then told me he is sad that I had to work but I promised him that I would take him to do something next weekend we had him that was just him and I.

Well that was the events of this weekend, were super excited for these next few months with Bryce! Keep checking back within the next few weeks and see what were up too! I’ll also be posting a wreath tutorial very soon!

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Rainy Day Wedding

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First off I want to thank everybody who came out on Saturday to celebrate our marriage and endured the drizzle during the ceremony! That obviously was not how we expected and envisioned our big day. I expected a hot sunny day, worrying about how much I was gonna burn up in that dress. But God blessed us with a beautiful overcast day.
Everybody told me: “Rain on your wedding day Is good luck, that means angels are crying over you with happiness!” I’ll be honest, it didn’t feel like angels crying, it felt more like angels pissing on my big day. Haha. The venues owners told me that we would have to go with plan B, move the ceremony onto the covered patio and do it Hollywood style. I however had my heart set on my outdoors ceremony under the porch gazebo looking thing and walking out of the big doors down that aisle outside. So after much back and forth (an NOT becoming a bridezilla….*maybe a cryzilla) I stuck to my guns and told them rain or shine, I’m walking down that aisle. So I informed everybody I knew was coming to bring an umbrella.
The hours leading up to the ceremony seemed to fly, we checked out of the hotel, ran to the mall to get candy for the kids, I got ready early, had my makeup done by my sister in law, had a few glasses of wine to calm my nerves, and just hung out with my bridal party and favorite hair dresser Jolie. I didn’t begin to freak out until I was told Brandon was in the building and I now had to stay inside my bridal suite. Everything from there was a blur, I do remember my dad showing up with a ton of umbrellas for the ceremony though!

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Around 6:20pm everybody started to line up, I could hear the music and hoped to God that it was the ‘correct version’ I had asked for. Dad who was the only one with me kept telling me “you’ll be okay” when I started to have a hard time breathing. Before I knew it I was standing behind the big fence doors, dad holding an umbrella, trying not to cry. I could see Brandon between the cracks of the fence posts, and I couldn’t help the water works.
Once the gates opened my eyes were already filled with tears I barely caught the ‘first look’ and I was worried about my dress catching on the concrete and how heavy it felt now soaking with water. But when my eyes semi cleared as I saw Brandon’s face nothing else seemed to matter.

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I don’t remember much about the ceremony, i remember seeing my friends Calley and Kenzie, Yadira, my family from San Antonio. I remember our vows, mainly because I cried like a baby. But I remember holding Brandon’s hands the entire time, him looking at me and making me feel like the most beautiful girl in the world. I remember everybody telling me we had the coolest wedding ever because we embraced the rain which apparently isn’t common.
It’s still crazy to think were married, every morning Brandon has woken me up or greeting me “Good morning wife” “Hey Mrs. Alvarado” which makes me smile so big my cheeks are starting to hurt! It’s also weird to think what I’m going to do with all my spare time now, this wedding took up a lot of energy and time I’m freaking out about what I’m going to do with myself haha. I need a hobby.
Many people told me that things would go wrong the day of the wedding, music would mess up, weather would act up, cake wouldn’t be perfect, the flowers, decorations, people would aggravate us, anything that could go wrong would- and that it wouldn’t matter. Because at the end of the day it was all about Brandon and I being one. It was 100% true, I don’t remember the flaws (if there were any!) all I remember was I had an amazing time and I’m married to my best friend and have an amazing official step son! That Is all that matters.

So again, thank you very body who came out and embraced the rain with us. You made our day special ❤️

Much love, Suzanne Alvarado

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25 more days to go???!!

Can I honestly say I’m freaking out right now??? Hahah, I didn’t realize just how quick this wedding is coming up until I actually sat down and wrote out a list of things we still have to get done before. Let’s just say it A LOT! However I can finally start checking off registrations. I finally got down to it yesterday with my maid of honor Megan. We’ve just been so busy so I apologize to everybody who’s been asking us “Where are y’all registered at?” Well I finally got ONE store down! The good ol Target!
It was so much fun, getting the scanning gun and walking up and down aisles asking myself “What does my family need?” “What do I need in the kitchen/bathroom/living room” (Mostly ‘I’ things because I’m the one taking care of my boys and the house, lol.) I tried to be reasonable, I don’t expect anybody to get us a Tv stand worth $200.00. But it’s nice to dream, right? 😜
We’ve done so much for the wedding lately, invitations sent (and getting RSVPs) ordered our gifts for the guests, getting my dress altered again and fitted, got all of the bridesmaids dresses confirmed, got my moms dress, flowers ordered, registries, and so much more. It’s a lot to wrap my head around.

Well this is going to be a short blog, because I still have a thousand other things to do! :)

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Camping trip.

As most of you know we took a week long camping trip during the month of July! It was really an adventure. This was the first time in years I have been camping in a tent, and the very first time for Brandon and Bryce! Not going lie, I was worried Bryce would get tired of it very fast and want to “go to my big home” (his way of saying our apartment) but he did fantastic!
This trip was filled to the brim with fun activities and family. We traveled to surrounding towns and relaxed, went fishing, rafting, and so much more.
Bryce thought it was the coolest thing when we put the tents up and often referred to it as “my green home”. Him and my nephew played everyday with my dad (pawpaw) who had brought nerf guns and an unlimited supply of nerf bullets. Bryce wanted to be with Jaxon and PawPaw all week! Guess Dad and Step momma were crampin his style, haha.
We traveled to Silverton the first day, shopped around and ended up at the train station where the train was just then making an entrance. Bryce thought this was the coolest!!! Until the conductor started blaring the horn and made Bryce cover his ears. But he still enjoyed seeng all the smoke and the conductor and all the people getting off and on.
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While in Silverton we went to the museum there that use to be an actual jail house, Jaxon, Bryce, Uncle Ray (Thomas), and Aunt Gen (Megan) and us had plenty of fun running through the cells taking hundreds of photos. Usually this is how we spent our days, then go back to our camp site to relax.
We visited Ouray, had lunch and shopped around like usual. Durango was the coolest town we saw in my opinion. It was small and beautiful and quite a lot to do. Brandon and I roamed the town for a couple of hours and we even had dinner at a pizza place where they served us a pizza that was 36″!!! Holy cow was that a big pizza!!!
One of those days we relaxed just at camp after getting our fishing licenses. We grabbed our fishing rods and headed for the lake. We had bought Bryce a small iron man light up fishing rod so he could join. But he wanted to keep watch of everybody and make sure they were all doing okay and cheered us on! So I ended up using the rod, and caught the first two fish in 20 minutes!! I was very proud of myself, and from that point on I had Bryce by my side saying “Go Mom Go! More Fish!” We all had a blast, even uncle Ray who kept breaking his line.
One of our last trips was to Mesa Verde, to the old Indian cliff dwellings. It was so hot! But we made the best out of it and got to see the ruins. During lunch time we even ha a small visitor, Jerome, the squirrel. Who begged for food and allowed us to pet him in exchange for a chip. Obviously he had done this before because this little guy was fat! We decided to cut the trip short because it was just too exhausting climbing up and down the mountains.
At night we cooked dinner and made s’mores or banana boats, played and talked and took our showers. When everybody went to their tents, Brandon Bryce and I stayed beside the campfire that Brandon worked so hard to keep going. (It rained a lot while we were there and sometimes would just hit out of nowhere!) it was chilly at night so Brandon and I along with Bryce sitting in my lap would cuddle under a blanket. Bryce would take my phone and bring it to me and ask me “Momma sing please.” And I would sing to him till he fell asleep. My heart melted every time, because he wouldn’t allow anybody to sing to him but me. I love my boys so much.
Brandon and I had fun, but were ready to leave when the time came. We packed up our tents despite Bryce’s requests to keep and live in his “green home”. He was ready to go home too eventually, and we said bye to our camp site.
This was Brandon, Bryce, and I’s first real vacation together. Since we only get him on the weekends and both of us have jobs we are not able to go travel anywhere really because time is so short. So when we have a lot of time together we try to make the most of it! It was even better that we got to spend this time with my family and my nephew Jaxon as well! I’m hoping we can do another vacation sometime soon!

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“I remember the day you were born..”

Every year I look forward to my grandma and grandpas birthday cards they send me. Not because I’m expecting money, or any gift… But because for the past four years I cherish every word they would write in a different new way.
This year was no different, I waited patiently for that card. But this year was different of course, in February my grandpa passed, and I knew my cards would never be the same. I still eagerly waited for it to be sent to my parents house and to open it on my birthday.
You know I had this idea, maybe it’s from watching too many movies or having my hopes to high.. I had received the letter hoping that maybe by some miracle my grandpa would have written it early, possibly before he passed. That way I could still enjoy one last tradition and cherish it. Maybe then I would get the closure I needed. It was a fantasy I wanted to hard to believe would happen. But from the moment I held the card in my hand I knew that wasn’t the case.
I held the card, the first thing that I noticed way my grandpas name was marked out on the postage sticker. Only my grandmas name remained. Inside the envelope was not a card, but two pieces of paper with my grandmas beautiful writing. The first thing she wrote was how I might not get the check in time for my birthday an that she should have sent it earlier. I laughed, because that is and has never been important to me. I soon realized that this wasn’t just a birthday card, she didn’t have to write it but I knew that this was her way of reaching out. The next thing she wrote was how she misses grandpa, and how everywhere she looks she is reminded of him. She goes on to what she plans to do for the next few months an how she spent the entire day before outside working. Signed, “Love you, Grandma A”
I felt like crying, but being at a table full of my family I tried not to show it. I wanted to call grandma, and I feel terrible that I haven’t done it since I saw her at the funeral.. I just wasn’t ready. I guess I still haven’t accepted that grandpa was really gone, and by calling her I didn’t want to upset her. It seemed like every time I was around grandma when we went down to the funeral anytime she saw me she cried. I just was scared that if I called her one of us would end up crying and I don’t want to put her through that.

But I plan on calling her today. Once I get home I’m going to call her and tell her of my engagement and I plan to call her twice a week.

I will always miss those birthday cards, but I guess it’s good that they are someplace safe. I can always re-read them when I’m missing him the most. But one things for sure,

I sure do miss those beautiful blue eyes..

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The beginning of the rest of our lives.

This weekend really was one to remember. So much has happened! So I will jump right in to it and I’ll start from the beginning like always.
This was a Bryce weekend! Something fun ALWAYS happens when we have our little man home. Friday he came home a little late but we still managed to make it to dinner with Nana and Kristen. Bryce was happy to finally be home, he holds onto his dad so tight when he sees him! That night we gave Bryce a much needed haircut, his hair was super long which can sometimes be a problem considering he sweats A LOT for a toddler. Friday came and went quick, and Saturday morning I had to go to work like usual. Brandon had school for a couple of hours so my mom (Bryce’s Mimi) came to watch him. Oh man does Bryce love his Mimi haha. All he does is talk about Mimi when we get home, and anytime I get a phone call he immediately asks if it’s Mimi and if he can talk to her! It’s super cute. When I got home from work Dad was already home and taking a nap with Bryce. We planned to take Bryce to the park to ride his bike, he always has a blast! However it started getting chilly so we left a little early to go to the store. Bryce gets a kick out of the little kid carts and loves being a little helper with the groceries.

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As I prepared dinner that night we all sat down at the table. I looked at Bryce across from me and suggest we say “Thanks”. I told him to put his hands together, close his eyes and bow his head – he did, and I told him “Say ‘thank you Lord for our food.’” In a hushed tone Bryce whispered “Thank you momma, eats.” Haha, well at least he appreciates my hard work! However we think it’s time that Bryce start learning the importance of God and how he blesses each and every one of us. So we will continue to work on prayer with little one. That night we watched The Little Mermaid, one of Bryce’s favorites. Usually he hates my dance moves and always tells me to stop but that night he asked me to dance with him as ‘Under the Sea started playing. Dad watched us from the couch and laughed at our very crazy dance moves and turns. After the movie Bryce asked us to be read to, and after a few books of his choice we crawled in bed and all snuggled up together.

The Proposal
Sunday we woke up early, I made the boys breakfast, pancakes, waffles, eggs, grapes, milk and orange juice. We attempted prayer again and got the same response, “Thank you momma, eats!” Haha. We got dressed in our nice clothes, something we always do Sundays and went to the mall for a little bit. After coming home and eating lunch Brandon started being all weird. He told me we were gonna go driving around in the car, but had to blindfold me. Alright- Brandon’s not the greatest with secrets or surprises so I kinda had an idea of what’s happening. But I was totally fine with doing whatever he asked! We drove for forever it felt like, he stopped the car and got out telling me to stay put. I asked Bryce “Where are we Bryce??” He got flustered and said “ugh I dunno mom!” and eventually Brandon took Bryce out with him.
Moments later Brandon came to my door a with me still blindfolded told me to walk with him. What was weird was we were outside and I could hear was the sound of bagpipes! What on earth was I stepping into!? Brandon and I walked for forever and I kept stubbing my toes on bricks but eventually made it to whatever destination we were at. He took off my blindfold, there was Bryce, holding a box, an Brandon with a huge smile on his face. “Suzanne, will you be my wife?” My eyes starting tearing up, but I didn’t let then fall because TR, Brandon’s friend was right next to us snapping photos. Of course I said yes! Bryce took the ring from the box with Brandon’s help and put it upside down on my middle finger, Brandon had to help him out a little to correct it, but it was perfect. I get to marry my best friend and I get to be an official step mom to Bryce.
I’m so extremely happy! Brandon and I of course were planning on getting married which a lot I people know, but to have it officially official puts things in perspective. It’s totally happening! My Pinterest board isn’t just a dream, it’s reality. Planning begins now. Eeek!!!

Back to reality- since it’s Sunday we had to prepared to take Bryce back to Seminole. We packed up and headed that way around 4. When we pulled up to Nanas house around 5:30 she walked out shocked. Apparently Memaw (Bryce’s other grandma) was going to pick Bryce up in Lubbock from our house so we didn’t need to make a trip to Seminole. However Bryce’s mom didn’t inform Bryce’s father of any change in the court ordered drop offs. The papers say we are to take him home to her place of residence at 6pm sharp. Which we were doing.. —- I won’t go into any more detail because lord knows my blog is being VERY CLOSELY MONITORED… But
Talk. About. Stressful.
He got home at his regular time that’s all that is important. But funny how a little bit of communication could have saved everybody a bit of trouble. It makes me realize just how important communication is in a situation like ours. We have an open line of communication, however it is very rarely used, we (mainly Brandon) always are more than willing to talk and have a healthy relationship with other members of Bryce’s family. I can’t stress enough how important it is to have a good relationship with the other parent for the well being of the child. Even though that might not be our reality I know my Brandon does the best he can and that is all that matters.

Thank god we get him back this weekend.

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