Giving thanks – everyday.

I think everyday how fortunate I am, not a day goes by that I don’t stop and appreciate all that I have. However, with thanksgiving just around the corner I might a well write a blog about what I’m most thankful for.
I’m thankful for my family, my parents, my siblings, my niece and nephew. Is it too cliche to say that I would not be here without their love and support? We’ve gone through so much as a family, pretty much nothing could break us and our love for one another. I know that if I’m having problems I can call my dad or my sister for wise advice. I know when I’m feeling down I can call my mom, she always makes me feel better. My brother gives me great support an a great friend. He knows what’s best for me, and will voice his opinion even if it might sting a little at first. My niece and nephew are so dear to me, Jaxon is my best friend. We’ve gone through so many trials, things that could possibly break a family to the point of no return. But we’re Atchleys. And we don’t give up on family.
I’m thankful for my new family- Brandon and Bryce. I’ve known him since 2011, and I had no idea that we would be so perfect together. When we began dating I had no idea what to expect with his son. But through all the struggles we have pushed past any obstacle stronger than before. Our love is special, and different than any other love we may have thought we had. Which is why we have decided to stay together till death do us part. Brandon is my rock, my best friend, and my soul mate! (Cliche haha)
I’m thankful for my extended family as well. This includes my family and also Brandon’s family as well. I’ve gained a second family through Brandon and I absolutely love all of them. I’m thankful that his family is so loving and in some ways remind me if my own. I can always talk to his mom like I do my own, and I feel like I’ve gained a sister as well. I’m happy to have such a good relationship with all of them.
I’m of course thankful for my friends- the ones who have chosen to stay by my side throughout everything. Including my sister in law Megan. Though we did have our differences at first, the moment I got to know the real her we became great friends. I couldn’t ask for a better friend than her.

This is the first thanksgiving ever that Brandon and I have decided to spend with both each others families. We will have morning thanksgiving with his parents, than drive to my parents for a night of more food, games, and happiness. 🙂 and to top off the happiness- we will have his son. How perfect is that?

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Update on our family!

I have to start off with this blog to say how thankful and appreciative Brandon and I are for my mom and my friend Megan for helping us out when we are at work by watching our little monster. But boy has it been a roller coaster the past few days! From sickness to tantrums and everything in between..But on the bright side Bryce hasn’t had a single night terror in a little over a week!
I guess when one person gets sick in a family, everyone else does too. I got it first, then Bryce started to feel icky, and now Brandon. Bryce has been throwing up, coughing, and nose is a little runny, and we plan to take him to the doctor tonight. He is a trooper though and still loves to run around like a maniac!:)
Tantrums run rampant with this little guy but are slowly getting better. He is not one to share I’ll say that! We hate timeouts, but they are necessary some days and are very effective. Once time outs are over Bryce gives everybody a hug and a kiss as his way of saying sorry for hitting, tantrums, and doing things he is not allowed to.
His vocabulary is growing little by little, we are working very hard on making short sentences such as
“Dad no”
“Yes please”
“No thank you”
“Mom please”
“Dad please”
“Mine please”
He likes to keep things short and simple so sentences aren’t going as well as we hopes. He did learn a new word last night- “gun” he said it clear as day! Progress progress progress! Just have to continue to work with him every single day and read to him too.
We do our best to take Bryce out to the indoor parks and keep him entertained with crafts and educational games. He loves his Aunt Moo (Megan) and Mimi (my mom) who loves to spoil him rotten!

On to Brandon!
He’s been working EXTREMELY hard with school and work and I couldn’t be more proud of him! He starts early in the morning and gets out late from work. It’s difficult not having him all to myself like I use too, but I know it’s only temporary! This time next year he will be a barber full time and we will have already started our life together! (It is not a big secret anymore that Brandon and I are considering getting married) were hoping everything for according to plan. I seriously can’t wait to be his wife.:)

Update on me?
Eh, nothing really interesting. Still working and trying to keep everybody together while slowly losing my own sanity;) just kidding.

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A celebration of life.

I’m not sure if this is even possible, but I swear I spoke to my great grandma in my dreams last night. She passed away a few months ago, and because of work I was unable to go to say my final goodbyes and even go to her funeral. I prayed to her, I asked her to forgive me and that I was sorry I couldn’t make it. & I believe last night she finally have me a response..
Am I crazy to believe that dreams could be the gateway to an afterlife? We just don’t know it because of course we think they are just dreams. Or just a way for ones who have passed to contact us? I’ve only read articles of people who experience similar things when faced with life threatening stuff, like the man who died in a hospital an was received minutes later, only to wake up talking about how his deceased wife spoke to him and he saw heaven and all that jazz? I don’t know and I hope you don’t think that I am crazy as you read this.

In this dream last night I was in the car with my family, we were in some place I didn’t recognize. There was a single house, it resembled my great grandmothers. The only difference was that it was fixed up, huge, the grass was trimmed and lawn was flawless but filled with her lawn decorations I remember so well. In my dream I remember my dad, mom, brother and sister get out of the car and hurried to the house, where from what it looked like was a big party going on. I recognized my aunts and uncles and grandparents and loves ones all standing and laughing- so full of life.
I walked in and I was met with my great grandma, dressed in all leopard print from head to toe. She was younger and so beautiful sitting there in her chair. She reached out to me and kisses my cheek and held me very tight and I cried. She didn’t say much to me, but I felt she was telling me something with every kiss. She hugged me and placed her hands on my face and I just looked at her. I told her I was sorry. I think she understood.
Nobody else in my dream paid attention to me but her, and I woke up with my eyes on fire from the tears. I don’t know if what I just experienced was real Or just a dream filled with what I want to believe. But whatever it was it felt real to me.

And if there is a heaven, an afterlife, anything after death or whatever you want to call it. I sure hope it’s like the one I saw. Filled with loves ones, celebrating life all together.

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17 and Baking Bad

I’m a huge fan of Breaking Bad and I will defiantly try this out this weekend! Thank you for this recepie!

17 and Baking

Breaking Bad Cake - Above

They call it cooking meth, but really, it’s a lot more like baking.

My dad’s a cook. He’s the kind of person who makes Indian food without a recipe, who can guess every ingredient in a sauce from one taste. The kind of person who opens the fridge, laughs a deep belly laugh, and assures you “there’s a meal in there somewhere.”

He approaches food intuitively, which is why he’s never liked baking—it’s too precise. You can’t throw in a pinch of this, a pinch of that, eyeball a teaspoon of baking powder, and leave it in the oven until it looks done.

Walter White would be an incredible baker.

Breaking Bad Cake - Cut

Baking relies on precision. Four ounces of flour is always four ounces of flour. At the right temperature, butter and sugar become light and fluffy perfection in three minutes. I can make a sheet of cookies and recreate them a…

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Halloween’s Adventure

Is it just me or did October fly by extremely too fast? It’s hard to believe! Especially when you’re preparing for a new chapter in life to begin within this time next year! October truly is my favorite month. To me October is really a month of change- the weather is changing, the leaves are changing color, and as of right now the changing of relationships and friendship. My life is changing before my eyes and I’m beyond okay with it!

Now enough about my sappy little thoughts.

Tuesday we actually got Bryce! His momma sent him to stay with us for a few extra days and we were very excited! He of course is always a little angel, though he did have a few temper tantrums that required a few 5 minute time outs.. (Heart breaking) other than that we all had a wonderful time. Bryce though has had problems sleeping, every night he seems to wake up screaming and crying, sleepwalking, or thrashing around. A few nights he just screamed an we put him in bed with us, that usually calms him down. But one night he actually started hitting and punching me in the face. All I could do was hold his little arms and talk softly to him till he stopped, and the entire time his eyes were shut and asleep.

Night terrors- Brandon apparently had them when he was younger too and I believe with the stress of being a toddler has cause Bryce to have these at night. It’s kind of scary believe it or not! But with all of his family working together I’m sure these won’t last long.

Halloween we got Bryce all day, he of course was so excited to take a trip to Seminole for trick or treating. He was Iron Man- his favorite super hero! He was even more excited when his Memaw came over with his brother. Bryce is a perfect big brother smothering his little brother with kisses! It was precious! Well, after trick or treating and getting a ton of candy we visited his aunt Kristen and his mom both at work. It was a great night for all of us!

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