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My name is Winter, Mother of 2 crazy kids. Wife of an oil field worker. Jack of all trades. You name it, I can do it. If I havent already done it, I'll try my hand at it until I succeed and then want to do it again and again until I have mastered it!

It Doesn’t Feel Like Monday…

It has finally happened.

Since the first time since her surgery, Delylah has gotten sick. I don’t think it’s just allergies either. I think it’s a virus. She is sick, sick! My best guess is that it’s from school. DUH!

I have 5 days to get this girl bangorang! We are heading to California on Saturday to be with family in their time of need and Delylah needs to be better by then. I don’t want to have to quarantine her from certain family members. (The elder ones) But I will if it comes to that. She stayed home from school today and is going rounds with her breathing treatment machine and meds. All I can do at this point is hope for the best!

School has only been in session for 2 weeks but I have already gotten used to my routine without kids. I have been spoiled and today has shown me that! I would have gone to yoga first thing in the morning, written this a long time ago and got some cleaning and organizing done in some parts of the house.

All I have done today is watch movies with her. We did write a couple of letters to family. Checked on our caterpillars and I did minimal clean up. Not doing anything is more exhausting than my normal, jam-packed day! I feel tired, dirty and un-accomplished. How selfish does that sound?

We have to pick Levi up at swim at 3:30 and we get to say hello to the outside world and spread our germs, if only for a moment. You know when they are really not feeling good because they have no problem with not leaving the couch to play or do anything at all really! At least she has been fever free this entire time.

While it is Monday, it surely doesn’t feel like it being home with a sick kid.

I’m sure all of yours was better! Am I right?


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Fabulous Friday On A Saturday

During my not so busy day yesterday, I had every intention of writing a Fabulous Friday post. If you are a follower of my blog you know that didn’t happen.

Yesterday I spent most of the day just hanging with the neighbor and the evening was spent having movie time with other neighbors and kids. There were many things that made the day Fabulous.

 I was finally able to do a head stand and hold it for probably a minute! While I haven’t been able to do it since, I felt amazing and accomplished after I had done it!

To top that off, today I was able to do a handstand and hold it! My yoga skills are strengthening just like my inner peace! Woo! That makes me feel so good!

We finally have monarch caterpillars on our milkweed plants! We are excited to watch their  metamorphosis and document it with photos. Assuming they don’t get eaten by vicious, man-eating Texas bugs!

Travis and I had to make our bee hive smaller and in doing so we removed frames. The bees were not happy with so much room and weren’t even utilizing it all. We saved a frame that was half eaten because it looks super cool. I happen to notice something weird in it and broke open some capped combs. It turned out to be eggs. Baby bees! Of course I snapped some photos. It’s pretty awesome to be able to see this part of the hive, which we would not usually see!

We stayed up late watching movies, eating popcorn and then cleaning up our mess before going to bed. There was no complaining, no fighting and the mess was minimal. What more could I ask for on a Friday night?

Today we are having a small swimming get together. Last year during school, we hardly used the pool. I’m glad to have kids coming over, playing in the pool and back yard! It doesn’t take a lot of work to take care of the pool, it just takes consistency which can sometimes feel like a lot of work. It will be a fabulous day by the pool, in the sunshine and humidity!

The weeks have been going by so fast. I can hardly believe that it’s the middle of September already. There have been many things happening with my family back home in California that make me miss it even more. I count the days until my next visit! Which happens to be Thanksgiving (a small trip before hand but not for pleasure so I’m not counting it). It will be here before I know it!

Remember, it doesn’t matter what is going on in your life at this very moment. There are things happening everyday that still make it Fabulous!

Happy Saturday My Friends


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Thankful Thursday

“The time has come,” the Walrus said,
“To talk of many things:
Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–
Of cabbages–and kings–
And why the sea is boiling hot–
And whether pigs have wings.”

“But wait a bit,” the Oysters cried,
“Before we have our chat;
For some of us are out of breath,
And all of us are fat!”
“No hurry!” said the Carpenter.
They thanked him much for that.

Now it’s my turn to be thankful. It Is Thankful Thursday!

Yes, that was an odd way to start the post but I could not for the life of me get that poem out of my head this morning. Now hopefully it will stop repeating itself in my brain!

The first 2 weeks of school have flown by! I am Thankful that Levi hasn’t complained about school (very much) and that both kids have been coming home super happy everyday! Not to mention, they have been getting up at the butt crack of dawn to catch the bus and have had great attitudes every morning! The school year has been started off right!

I am thankful to have the opportunity to continue to be a stay at home mom. While it isn’t for everyone, it is what I love. Making sure my kids and husband have a clean house. Meals made and someone who can make it to events at school or otherwise that the kids notify me about the night before. I do like to live a little more old-fashioned. I take care of the house and the kids, Travis works. I like it that way and am extremely thankful that it is how we can live.

Routine. This sounds ridiculous. Even as I am saying it in my head. But I am thankful for a routine. Especially on school nights. It’s rough with the kids not getting home until after 4pm but it’s do-able. Dinner by 5ish. Showers before 6 and bedtime by 8. Weekends are the exception. It’s break time for all of us. That routine is our glue for the week and the only way we can handle those 5am wake ups!

I am thankful for the knowledge that is constantly being thrown my way and forever imbedded into my brain. Whether it be academically, philosophically or just random tid bits about life. It enhances my vocabulary and expands my positivity.

My kids like 80’s movies. I love 80’s movies so for me this a huge plus. I can watch movies again and again. We watched Solarbabies (If you have never seen it, you should check it out) last night and the kids loved it! I am thankful that we can share in what they like but they can also see what we watched when we were kids. And they enjoy it!

Friendships. Old and New. I have the best of friends. Probably because I am very selective with who I let into my life but for whatever reason, I have been lucky enough to find a hand full of people who I can call mine! I write letters to my friends back home. I go visit often and we text and chat on the phone when it’s possible for us to do so. I have made a few good friends here and have an adult to talk to when Travis is gone and I may or may not be on the verge of losing my shit… People to help me with my kids when I need it and vise-versa. I am Thankful to have my people in my life!

Being thankful doesn’t always come easy. It might take some brain storming. I’ve been sitting in front of the computer typing this for at least an hour, thinking of what I am really thankful for at THIS moment.

I challenge you to come up with at least one thing you are thankful for and why…Write it down. Post it in the comments. Tell someone.

Be Thankful

Happy Thursday My Friends



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Living Life Like The Gypsy

At some point everyone wishes they could live like a Gypsy. Travel and see the world with their free spirit and love of life.

You don’t have to travel to be a gypsy. You will want to though. You have to believe in yourself and your dreams. Decide what it is that you want, how you want life to feel and look, and then move in the direction of that vision. I’m actually not really sure of the HOW until I see it in retrospect. You have to change your way of thinking. Once you realize YOU have control over yourself, you tend to feel free. You don’t let things bother you and you see the positivity and greatness in everything. You actually end up living a happier, fuller life! You follow your heart. Here are some tips to help you on your gypsy journey.

No one is too old for a fairytale.

Every positive thought propels you in the right direction.

Take a walk on the wild side.

If you can do it, Travel. You don’t need a lot of money or anything else to get anywhere. Stay with friends or family. Make new connections. Be flexible with your time. You can go anywhere you want. I have 2 kids and not a lot of money and have traveled more than a lot of people I know! You just have to do it!

If you want something you have never had, you must do something you have never done.

Some people will say you’re going the wrong way. It is simply a way of YOUR own.

Always choose the adventure!

Love is what binds us. Respect is what unites us.

All good things are wild and free.

If you have inner peace, no one can force you to be a slave of the outer reality.

Celebrate life. ALL LIFE!

Count your pennies. How much money you have is generally less important than what you do with your money.

Generosity is a high priority in the life of a gypsy because the more you give, the more you receive and gypsy life is incredibly co-dependent on human connection and the kindness of others.

Drink the wild air and live in the sunshine!

Listen to the wind (your gut feelings are usually always right).

Don’t be afraid to have that alternative lifestyle.

The free spirit is rare but you know it when you see it, basically because you feel very good when you are near or with them.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones that you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails and explore, dream and discover!

We are all wanderers here on this earth. Our hearts are full of wonder and our souls are deep with dreams!

Happy Tuesday My Friends


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