Monday, July 23, 2012

Super Hero

Well today was "Super Hero" day at work! Every summer during the last week of practices we like to have a little fun... So we kicked it off with the girls dressing up as super heroes! It was great! Its so much fun to change things up a little bit and let the girls do some things that really show their personality!! It was a great day at practice!!! Some big big skills are being accomplished and I could not be more proud!!!

Pretty cute super heroes huh?? Even our lil super man joined in on the fun!! :-) 

Saturday, July 21, 2012

And.. Baby makes 3..

Well.. I have not blogged in forever... I can not even explain to you what these last several months have been like... A whirl wind of emotions is an under statement.. Let's go back a few months.. My gymnasts ended meet season on some highs & lows... A few of them had a great ending to their season and for some of them it wasn't so great... But for me.. It's not always about my kids winning.. Sure it's definitely great to see them on top of the podium but in the end I think my girls learn so much more from this sport.. The courage it takes to get up after you've fallen down can be overwhelming but these young ladies never give up.. Makes me incredibly proud.. After meet season wrapped up I had a few girls move on to new chapters in their life & a couple take a different gymnastics route... Either way I wish them all the best & Im grateful for the time I spent with them... Now... This season... I could not be more excited... I really do have the best girls!! They are funny, smart, beautiful inside & out, and incredibly talented!! I am very much looking forward to this competition season! What else.... Oh yeah.. I had a baby!!! :) The 9 months that I was pregnant were exhausting, interesting, emotional, overwhelming, and just plain hard at times... I had to deal with some situations & circumstances that often made being pregnant hard to enjoy... But.. Through all of that I ended up with the most beautiful baby girl! Dylynn Mae!! She came into this world May 4th and in that instant I knew my life was forever changed... The emotion you feel when you first see your child is indescribable.. I cried, I smiled, I just couldn't believe that I had been carrying this perfect little person inside me for the last 9 months.. Ive caught a lot of flack over Dylynn's name... Guess what... I don't care.. I've always liked names that are different & unique.. You don't find to many girls named Dylynn... Mae.. Her middle name.. She got from her GiGi (my mom) it was only fitting... My mom is such a huge part of my life and she has so many incredible qualities that to me it just fit.. Dylynn is such a good baby... She loves to snuggle, she smiles & gives you the best toothless grins, shes trying to start laughing and it's the cutest thing.. She's holding her head up.. She's sleeping better.. She's everything I could've ever imagined.. I look at her and sometimes I think my heart will actually burst.. I am so excited, grateful, and blessed to be her mama.. I went back to work 4 weeks to the day after Dylynn was born.. I'm very fortunate to have 2 wonderful people watching Dylynn while I'm at work & I never have to worry.. She's in great hands! A friend of mine.. One of my gymnasts moms keeps dylynn 1 day a week.. Sunshine is wonderful & always gets the best pictures of Dylynn. My mom keeps her 3 days a week and Dylynn is always so happy with her GiGi.. She grins when mom talks to her and coo's and is always in the best mood... I really have the best of both worlds.. Working & being a mommy.. I get to go to work & spend time with my big girls & come home to my little girl.. What else... Oh.. Dylynn's Grumpy (my dad)... My whole life I've heard stories about how my dad and I were best buddies when I was little.. My mom always says my dad couldn't get enough of me... I remember dad reading stories, wrestling & tickling, building forts, bringing home my first puppy, coming to my gymnastics, teaching me to ride a bike, catch & throw a ball, taking me fishing... My dad has always been a big part of my life... Dad was never big on getting us expensive things but I don't remember wanting them... He taught us that love & character were more important than possessions. Mom & dad always found a way to provide us with the stuff we needed & no matter what we always had a good time together. We took trips to the lake, went on bike rides, played catch, went to the park, and no matter what we did my parents made tgings special. I have a feeling that Dylynn will have a very special relationship with her Grumpy.. I watch my dad hold her, sing to her, rock her and it melts my heart... He always checks on her, wants to know how she is and waits for me to show him pictures.. My parents have gone above & beyond to help us out.. I am so very thankful for them.. I can not wait to watch Dylynn grow up and watch her with her GiGi & Grumpy.. My parents taught me so many valuable lessons, and I know they will be huge influences in my kiddos life and I'm forever grateful. Being a mom is a scary thing.. You want nothing but what's best for your child and people don't always agree with how you raise your child.. I knew from the moment I saw Dylynn that I would do anything in my power to protect her, keep her healthy, teach her right & wrong and just give her all the love I have in me... I've always been told that it doesn't matter what people say or how they try to tell you what your doing is wrong... Your mama bear will come out and you will always do what you think is best.. I truly understand that now... I think having a baby makes you appreciate your own parents so much more.. I now know just what all my parents sacrificed & gave up to provide my brother & I with an incredible childhood and life. The morals & values your parents have are the guidelines as to in my opinion the type of person a child will become. I'm not perfect by any means but I think I have a good head on my shoulders & a good set of morals & values to pass on to Dylynn. It's been an incredible few months.. Gabe & I's life is forever changed... I look forward to our sweet girl lighting up our life from now and on.. Hopefully one day Dylynn will get a brother or sister and our little family will continue to grow.. Kids are an incredible thing... So.. There's a quick update on me & my life... I could not be more proud of this sweet angel I was given.. I am incredibly lucky to have my job & hang out with some awesome girls! I have the most amazing parents... Life is good! :)

Monday, April 2, 2012

Hi... Again...

Hello! This girl has not blogged in forever!! Forever!! I have been so busy with gym, meets, and getting stuff ready for Ms. Dylynn's arrival!! Exciting times.. But oh so busy!!

Meet season is just about done.. I have 3 girls traveling to Kansas City later this month for regionals.. Pretty exciting stuff! State meet ended on a great note!! I had 3 all-around champions, 3 individual event champions.. Pretty good day for Flame gymnastics!!



Meet season was such a roller coaster this year! We had a few injuries and set backs.. We dealt with sickness more often than we wanted to.. I had one that had surgery, and one that had to sit out for a few weeks due to injury.. But all in all I could not be anymore proud of my 9 gymnasts! They worked so hard all year and never gave up no matter what was thrown at them.. I had some that had great seasons, some that had ok seasons, and some that just had some days not go there way.. Breaks my heart watching my girls work so hard and things just not play out in there favor.. But it is part of this sport and life isnt always fair... But let me tell you.. These girls have some incredible fight in them.. They keep their chins up and always come back for more.. I love my gymnasts!!

But now that meet season is over for most of my girls..Its off season and we are having a blast!! This is the best time of the year!! For a few months.. No stress and no pressure.. Just FUN!!! The girls are already amazing me and what they have accomplished in just one week!!! Its going to be an awesome summer!! I cant wait!!! :-)

What else...
Oh.. Were having a baby in ohhhh.. Just a month!!!!! Im excited, scared, nervous, anxious, impatient, and whatever else you can throw in there! Pregnancy has really been pretty good to me.. I never really dealt with morning sickness.. Ive felt pretty good through out the entire pregnancy.. Only thing ive really dealt with is being tired, not sleeping much, and some pretty crazy heartburn.. But those are pretty minor things in the grand scheme of things.. This 9 months has gone by so fast.. Cant believe we will meet our sweet girl in just a few weeks!!
Yesterday was my baby shower.. It was beyond perfect! My soon to be sister in law and one of my gymnasts moms thats become a dear friend put together the whole thing.. They went above and beyond and it was the perfect way to celebrate this little girl thats on her way!! The decorations were perfect.. All the tiny details made it a day I wont forget! It was a great turn out and I got some wonderful things! We are very blessed to have so many people care about us!!











 Lots of good things going on.. Lots of exciting times to come.. Everything seems to be on track with the baby. Gotten good reports from my dr. Her room is almost done.. Just time to start getting the last details taken care of.. Were still trying to figure out how we will get through me taking some time off work and then cutting my hours back ALOT in the summer months.. But hopefully a couple things will come through and workout and we will not be quite so strapped... I want nothing more than to have this time off with my daughter... My job doesnt have maternity leave and its going to be tough going a few weeks without a paycheck.. Hoepfully everything will work out.. Thank goodness we have some people that have really offered to step in and help out.. Very very blessed to have some of the people I do in my life..

On that note.. Ive got to get off here and get to work.. Hope everyone has a wonderful week!! :-) Happy Easter!!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Simple Sunny Sunday

Yesterday was such a good day! The weather was beautiful and for once Gabe and I were both off work and got the whole day to ourselves.. This doesn't happen to often.. I was pretty excited since I worked the last 2 weekends and he worked all day Saturday... I worry sometimes that we don't really get to spend much quality time together.. Our schedules are so opposite and when he's coming home I'm going to work.. He leaves in the morning when I'm asleep and when I get home at night he's asleep.. His phone rings alot with work stuff and I tend to be on my phone a lot with gym stuff too.. So I really look forward to the weekends when we're both off work and can be off our phones.. I think spending time with your spouse is important.. Really being able to enjoy yourselves, talk, laugh, and just have a good time. With Gabe almost always working 6 days a week and right now being my busy season at work it seems like we are always missing each other. We dont get that many days that it's just us and we have no plans or stuff to do and can just do whatever it is we want.. So yesterday we took full advantage of the pretty weather and loaded up the dogs and headed out... We went and got the arctic cat, sandwiches, and some minnows and headed to the water.. A friend of Gabes owns some land with a pretty big man made lake on it.. It's really pretty out there and the dogs absolutely love it.. We rode the arctic cat around, well Gabe did.. I sat in my chair and tried to fish... I didnt do so great.. Just caught one... The dogs ran and played and swam.. They were exhausted when we finally left.. From there we headed to get some movies and then to the store for some groceries.. I found a recipe on pinterest for ranch pork chops and we decided to try it and it turned out great!!! So we enjoyed a great day, great dinner, and then a great evening of movies!!

I cant wait until Ms. Dylynn gets here and our little family can enjoy days like this all together! Dont get me wrong.. I love spending time with my family and I most definitely want Dylynn close to her grandparents but every family needs time to just themselves.. I look forward to so many Simple Sundays with Gabe and Dylynn.. :)

Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend as much as we did!!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

One less thing to worry about.. Hopefully..

So..

Ive been stressing somewhat about where the baby will go this summer when I start back to work.. Depending on when she comes I may only get about 3-4 weeks at home with her.. :( I am not going back to work full time this summer but still I have a feeling the 4ish or so hours away from her are going to be alot harder than I anticipate... BUT... My  mama has really taken a load off my nerves and so wonderfully volunteered to keep the baby 3 days a week while I am at work... (thank gosh for retirement) My original plan was to take the baby to work with me the other 2 days a week but thats not going to be an option...  Ive talked with a friend that has TONS of baby experience and she LOVES babies and I think it will work that she can keep miss priss the days that my mom cant.. This makes me feel SOOOOO much better!

Now.. What to do after our short 7 week summer session... In August at work we switch back to our school schedule and my hours will increase.. My mom will still keep the baby a few days a week.. But Im not sure what I will do on the days she cant keep her and in the evenings since I work in the evenings and Gabe doesnt get off at a certain time every day... In a perfect world Ill be able to start my girls earlier in the afternoon and get done earlier in the evening.. Keep your fingers crossed this is what Im hoping for.. :-) Doesnt hurt to hope!

Im not the most organized person in the world.. But I have a feeling that is all about to change.. In order to get myself to work and get the baby where she needs to be then get her picked up and make sure she has all the things she needs.. Im going to have to get my act together.. Prepare ahead of time.. Just might make things a little easier...

Went to the dr yesterday for my knee.. Wasnt the greatest news... Got alot of issues going on and looks like after the baby comes Ill be having surgery at some point.. Lovely huh??!! This summer.. A newborn baby & knee surgery! Could be interesting!! :-/

Yesterday was one of those days that I really LOVE my job... Girls are working so hard right now.. They are listening and paying alot of attention to the tiny details that just really arent that much fun to mess with but... Its part of it and we just have to make changes sometimes and really jump on the details of their routines.. Ive seen some big changes in some of my kids this year and it just makes me smile and look forward to what is to come! Just 2 more meets then we head to state and then hopefully Ill be taking some kiddos to regionals this year!! :-) Also this week my mama stopped by the gym and the girls got a big kick out of this... Mom just jumped right in there telling the girls this and that! They were cracking up!! Mom explained to them that they have to "priss pot" up their floor routines! The girls were rolling! Mom really got into helping one of my level 8's on bars and was acting out the correction that needed to be made.. We were dying!! She might just have to come out of coaching retirement once in a while.. To help.. or to make the girls laugh!! :-) It was alot of fun!!






Tuesday, February 21, 2012

A little bit of this & that....

I havent blogged in a while... I have been so busy and when Im not so busy Im just worn out so.. The Blog has been neglected.. Ill try and do better!!

About me...
Well I am almost 29 weeks along... Some days I just cant believe it & other days I feel like Ive been pregnant forever... Ive felt really pretty good the majority of the time but lately I have just felt blah.. Ive been so tired and worn out all the time.. Im not sleeping much at all due to the fact that I have to pee every hour at night.. A little over a week ago I was at a gymnastics meet with my girls and just sort of stepped funny when I stepped off of a mat and my knee made a weird noise.. I didnt think anything of it but 8 hours later and by the time I got to go home I was hurting pretty bad and my knee was the size of a small country... So to the dr I went.. Looks like a torn miniscus & ACL.. I could not believe it... Of all times to do this I pick when Im 7 months pregnant! Are you kidding me?? Im guessing its probably an old gymnastics injury but who knows... Needless to say that it makes it even harder to get around and Im just not real happy about it. I go back to the Dr today so Ill know more this afternoon... This has just really rained on my parade.. I was doing really good with walking on my treadmill and doing the elliptical several times a week and was doing pretty good with keeping weight gain to a minimum... Now I cant really exercise much and its really getting me down... I still have a ways to go and would rather not turn into the good year blimp... :/

On another note... I know I have said it before but good lord I love my mama... This past weekend Gabe and I went to OKC for a gymnastics meet.. My mom is wonderful and keeps our fur babies pretty much anytime we need her to.. Its great because I dont trust to many people to take care of them even half as good as Gabe and I do. So anyways we get the boys dropped off with my mama and get on the road.. About an hour in to our trip I get a phone call from a some what hysterical mama.. The dogs have taken off after a deer or something and have gone off in the woods and at this point she had been calling them for at least 20 minutes.. No puppies... Well mom proceeds to take off in the woods and walks around by herself for over an hour crying and calling the dogs... I have to be in OKC to work so we cant turn around... I was more than prepared to send Gabe home and ride home with some friends but we had to at least get to OKC first before he could turn around... Phone calls & texts go back & forth for almost 2 hours and FINALLY mom calls and says she has the boys... They were just laying in the woods... Exhausted from whatever they had been chasing... She could barely get them up and get them to walk back to the house... If you walk in the woods behind my parents house there is a steep hill.. It goes straight down then straight up... Mom walked basically for 45 minutes in a straight line away from the house... She walked a LONG ways.. I am so thankful she didnt give up and found my boys.. They get these wild hair hairs sometimes and decide they need to go on adventures.. Mean while give everyone else a small heart attack!! Thank goodness for my mom! Just another one of the many reasons!

What else??

All is good in the world of baby Dylynn.. Things checked out great at our last appointment! Shes growing and moving around all the time.. Pretty neat feeling! We go back next week for another ultrasound and our 4D!! Pretty excited to see our sweet girl!! The nursery looks great! Not all the way done just yet but we have made a great start! Mom did an awesome job painting!! Mom & Gabe got all the furniture in and a few decorations put up.. Gabe did an amazing job hanging her curtains up! Between my sweet gym girls & their moms and my mom making the occasional shopping trip her little closet is filling up with the cutest outfits, hairbows, and the tiniest little shoes.. I cant wait until she gets here!! Its really coming together and I LOVE IT!! So thankful for my mom & Gabe and how much they have helped out!

Work...

Well meet season is just about over! Cant believe Im saying that! Seems like we really just got started... 2 more meets then its time for state and hopefully regionals! My little team has had some ups and downs this year.. Injuries and illness but hopefully we are all passed that and finally on our way to some awesome workouts and some awesome last few meets! We competed this past weekend and the girls did great!!! We had several season high scores on events, event champs, all around champs and their team score came up alot!! Very proud of these kiddos! I didnt even have my entire team there.. I was missing 2 kids so thats less scores were able to possibly count but... The girls did awesome and hit their routines and scores were pretty fantabulous!!! From just a few of the stories I heard about what went on in the stands... I think the parents had a pretty great time together too! Gabe was up in the stands this past weekend hanging out with the man crowd and he had a great time and lots of laughs!! It was a good day for Flame!!

Guess thats about all the news I have for now.. I have tried to type fast and update yall.. But I have to get to the dr.. So.. Hope everyone has a great day!!! :-)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Advice & thoughts welcome...

Ok.. So ive been thinking for a while about what I am going to do as far as my work hours go once this sweet baby bundle of joy decides to make her grand debut...

She is due in May so I plan to take off the month of May and first week of June.. Im hoping she comes on time so I will have 4 weeks at home with her... I dont get maternity leave so this is just about all the time I can afford to go right now without working at all.. Then we will start our summer schedule and I plan to cut my hours back quite a bit through the summer schedule.. This will give me about another 7 weeks with a lot more time at home with our sweet baby...

The big question is what to do in August when my schedule gets a lot more hectic and I typically work alot more hours...

I ABSOLUTELY DO NOT want to quit my job... Some may think that is crazy but life just isnt fun when living paycheck to paycheck and struggling 24/7... I also ABSOLUTELY LOVE my job.. I genuinely look forward to seeing my girls every single day... I spend close to 20 hours a week with my kiddos and I some of them more than there own parents do because they are busy working and running siblings to other activities... When one of them is sick or hurt and unable to come to practice our whole team feels it.. We are a little family of our own... So.. Again.. I do NOT want to quit my job by any means at all... I just want to find a happy medium...

If I had a job where I could be home at a decent hour I wouldnt worry at all... But thats not the case when you coach gymnastics... The earliest I get home through the week is 7pm.. But two nights of the week im not home until 9pm and then one night I get home at 8pm... From what I hear those are sort of later hours for a baby... It absolutely breaks my heart to think I may not get to feed my sweet girl dinner, give her a bath, and rock her to sleep at night... On another note.. Gabe's schedule is completely  unpredictable and he never knows where he will be at what time.. He does not get off work at the same time each day so it will be hard to depend on him to be able to get the baby every day when I have to be at work in the evenings.. I dont know most of the time when Gabe will be home or even where he is working that day.. Its just the nature of his job and we have to learn to some how work around it.. But knowing that.. I dont want to have to rely on my sweet mama more than I already am and ask her to keep the baby every time I head to work and Gabe isnt able to get off work... My mom has already volunteered to help out so much I hate to ask her to do even more.. Shes a retired lady these days.. And let me tell ya that does NOT mean you slow down... It means she goes non stop twice as much and enjoys each day to the absolute fullest! :-) Shes a pretty amazing lady!! :-)

My ultimate hope & wish is that I will be able to get my girls in a little earlier so that I can get them out a little earlier putting me home earlier to spend my evenings with my little family... They are just little once and I dont want to give up all this time with her right off the bat.. But I also have to bring home a paycheck.. In a perfect world starting & finishing gym earlier will be what happens but who knows if thats even an option... I am getting a later start on this baby making than pretty much all of my friends and just about all of them have stopped working or just work part time now... Again.. I DO NOT want to stop working.. But even part time if Im not able to adjust workout times means working until late in the evening.. What to do.. What to do...

How did some of you deal with your work schedules and having a baby? When I am supposed to start back full time my little girl will just be about 11 weeks old.. Im brand new at all this but that just sounds like she is still just a little bitty baby to me.. How did you adjust? Any tricks and ideas? What did you do in the evenings if you worked later and your other half wasnt home yet to take over?

Any suggestions and thoughts are welcome.. As long as there helpful ;-) I know what works for one doesnt necessarily work for another but.. Its still nice to ask...

This is why quitting my job just isnt an option....













If you dont enjoy your job as much as I do.. You should really consider a career change!! :-) My lil girl has so many "big sisters" already!! Shes a lucky girl!!

On another note... Some sweet girls are throwing me a baby shower! Im getting pretty excited about this!! I think I am more excited about this than I was my wedding shower! Its just a different feeling altogether really.. But either way I cant wait!!!

Guess thats about all I have today.... What ya think???

Happy Tuesday!!