A change in pace

After lots of thought and prayer, we decided that the time is right for me to stay home with our own children and not teach next school year. This last week of school will be fun as I enjoy the last days with the students before they “graduate” from elementary to junior high, but bitter sweet as I close this chapter in life.

I am looking forward to being home with Will this summer!  And in true teacher fashion, I’ve already started thinking of all the fun learning things we can do.  Sensory tubs, coloring, exploring, walks, playing pretend, library trips, swim days, etc… Yeah, I know. Let’s see how much of that actually happens!  Ha!

This fall, we are also excited to welcome our 2nd baby boy to the family late October/early November. That should keep this SAHM busy! This picture was from Easter when we announced!


The Best Summer. Ever!

How does summer always seem to fly by so quickly?  Each May I have a list of “Summer Goals” that I seriously mean to work on.  And then….I blink and it’s August and that summer list of To-Do’s has gone by the wayside.  Where did the time go?

This summer I had a really good reason for never getting to that list.  It was a bit sweeter than all the other summers before.  My days were spent on long walks with Will and Ranger, crawling around playing chase, giggles and cuddles, lots of snuggles before nap time, washing countless bottles and baby things, a bazillion diaper changes, but mostly – with laughter and love that I didn’t know was possible!

As I rocked my little guy, now 9 months old, to sleep for his nap just now, I cried.   Tears of sadness for going back to the classroom and giving him up to spend his waking hours with someone else.  Tears of joy for the wonderful longs days we’ve had together.  Tears of thankfulness to God for giving me this child.  Tears of wishing – one more long day, please!   Just….tears.

I often have thought what lazy summers I’ve had as a teacher.  Why didn’t I enjoy those more?!  This summer has not been lazy at all!  I am always doing something around the house.   Interesting how a little person keeps you so busy at all hours of the day.

But this summer has been the best summer ever.  Will has been in such a sweet spot of life – learning to crawl, pulling up and trying to stand, trying out new foods.  He has been my constant companion, shopping buddy, workout partner, lunch date, and reading pal.   Every day has been a new adventure and I got the priceless opportunity to experience it with him.

I wouldn’t trade my summer of being a mommy for anything!


Hello, 40 Weeks!

We made it!  WOOHOO!   It’s the last week of pregnancy and we can’t wait to meet our little guy any day now.

How far along:  40 weeks

Baby’s size:  watermelon or pumpkin

Maternity Clothes:  I can still fit in to some of my pre-pregnancy shirts, but I am loving my maxi dresses and skirts these days.

Sleep:  Great sleep!   Nothing to complain about.  Just up once or twice during the night.
Best moment of this week:   Enjoying those last days of snuggling with my hubby and it just being us.  (Oh, and we’ve been spoiling our dog like rotten!)
Miss anything:   Lots of things!  Being able to bend over and pick things up off the floor, tieing my shoes, a glass of wine, sushi!
Movement:   He is constantly wiggling and kicking after meals and while I’m walking the dog.  He even responds to my voice and touch now!

Food cravings:   Nothing really, I’m always hungry!
How I’m feeling:   Wonderful! I feel fantastic these days.  Lots of energy, no pain, just ready to have this baby
Gender:   It’s a BOY!  A wiggly, active little boy who LOVES ice cream.
Belly button in or out:   hmmmm, it’s a half-n-half situation right now.

Wedding rings on or off:  They are still on!
Happy or moody most of the time:   Pretty happy these days.
Looking forward to: Meeting our little guy!
A few pictures of the nursery:
We spent the last few weekends at the golf course, enjoying some time together.
Come on, Will!   We can’t wait to meet you!



Baby Update: 20 weeks, half way there!

How far along:  20 weeks

Baby’s size:  Banana – though I think he’s more like a large mango size.
Maternity Clothes:  I just started wearing some comfy maternity shorts this week.   Though they are a little big, they feel great around my growing little belly!

Sleep:  Great sleep!   Nothing to complain about.

Best moment of this week:   Watching baby on the monitor at the doctor’s office this week.   He would push back when the nurse was doing the ultrasound.  

Miss anything:   HOT DOGS!   I really want a good hot dog…..

Movement:   He is constantly wiggling and kicking after meals and while I’m walking the dog.

Food cravings:   Nothing yet.  I’m back to eating all my favorite foods, though!  I’m happy to like salads and veggies again.

How I’m feeling:   Wonderful! I feel fantastic these days.

Gender:   It’s a BOY!  A wiggly, active little boy who LOVES ice cream.

Belly button in or out:   Still in

Wedding rings on or off:  On, but I take them off to work out now.

Happy or moody most of the time:   Happy and easy going.

Looking forward to:  Painting the nursery this week!

Hello, Arizona!

Back for a 2nd year in a row, I couldn’t be happier to be in Phoenix for Spring Break.  Hello sunshine!   After weeks of ice and snow in Midland, this Texas girl  needed some warm weather.   Every day is in the mid 80’s here.   Glorious!!  

Last night, we went to a Phoenix Suns basketball game.   

And of course, we’re starting out our trip with some time at the golf course. The Phoenician is a lovely course with great hiking trails and scenery all around.  

Later today, baseball and visiting family friends!    

4th of July with the Rigneys

Robby’s family tradition is to spend the summer at the beach. And if not the entire summer, definitely July 4th!

This year, we went to Port Aransas, TX and enjoyed a week of the ocean, sunshine, great food, and lots of family time.  I’ll let the pictures tell you more.

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Uncle Rob Rob and Peter at the Corpus Christi Hooks game.

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Robby and Greta at the Roger Creager concert


My brother, Mark, with me, Robby, and Greta at the concert.  Such a fun time!

My brother, Mark, with me, Robby, and Greta at the concert. Such a fun time!


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I just LOVE my husband! He’s the greatest!

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Headed to the beach with my brother

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Robby’s birthday was celebrated at the Boiling Pot in Rockport. His favorite!

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Happy 29th!

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Mark, Robby, Danny, Joey, and Greta. (and one big crawfish !)

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At Boiling Pot another time (can you tell our family likes this place?!) for Greta’s birthday dinner. The whole family in this picture: Peter, Joe, Jenn, Sam, Greta, Robby, Alison, Kayla, and Daniel

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Peter and Sam made the trip entertaining! Love this little guys

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Our friend, Matt, joined us for a little bit! And then Curtis (not pictured) came to the beach with us for an afternoon.

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The view on my morning run. So pretty and quiet

New York City 2014

For my mother-in-law’s birthday, we (Jenny, Kayla, and I) decided to take her to The Big Apple.   Greta had never been before and we thought it would be a fun trip for just the girls!

We had a great time being typical tourists.   We saw the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, took walks through Central Park, ate at Serendipty’s, Juniors, and Gray’s Papaya’s, took the subway, went to the top of the Empire State Building, walked (a LOT), enjoyed broadway shows, and much much more!

Here are a few pictures of our fun time!



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Sitting in Times Square



Sister-in-law love!

Sister-in-law love!

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My favorite hotdogs!  Gray's Papaya

My favorite hotdogs! Gray’s Papaya


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The birthday lady with this fantastic molten lava chocolate cake! yum!


I met Dule Hill!   I might have been just a little bit star struck....

I met Dule Hill! I might have been just a little bit star struck….


We had planned to take Trapeze lessons, but got rained out.

We had planned to take Trapeze lessons, but got rained out.


I have to go back here!  Cutest kitchen store!

I have to go back here! Cutest kitchen store!


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My pretty sis-in-law, Kayla


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We saw Audra McDonald in Lady Day. IT WAS FANTASTIC!


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The view of NYC from the Empire State Building


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Jenny, Kayla, Greta, and me.  Oh, and the Statue of Liberty!


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One of my favorite shots of the trip, taken on board the ferry in the harbor. Such fun!

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We met up with Annie Rigney, our cousin, while in Manhattan. We had great Moroccan food while we visited.


And there you have it!   A great trip full of fun!

Happy Birthday, Greta!


Our 1st Puppy

We have talked for years about our dogs. Today, a sweet puppy stole my heart and came home with us. Ranger Rigney is our 1st dog! She’s a Blue Lacy/lab mix. Sweet and cuddly, this playful 8 week old is quickly becoming the center of attention. Though we’re still not sure about crate training and getting through the night without her crying, we’re so excited to have Ranger in the family.




Trip to Arkansas

Recently we traveled to Fayetteville, Arkansas to cheer on the Aggies. It was the first time that I had been to Arkansas in over 5 years.


We stopped by Rogers, Arkansas, to see my cousins for dinner. Bill & Judy Bell have always held a special place in my heart. It was my joy to introduce Robby to them.


We went out on the famous Dickson Street in Fayetteville. It was no Northgate, but was fun! There were so many Aggies everywhere we went that we felt right at home.

Game day!


The Razorback stadium was nice and set in the beautiful mountains.

The guys somehow met and made friends with a few former players from Arkansas. In the following picture, the guys are making a bet with one about who would win the game. Oh, guys!


Gotta love a photo bomb/selfish!


At the game:



Great weekend!