Sunday, October 23, 2011


I know it's been two months since my last post, so I thought I would fill you in on what has ben going on in the Foley household!

Precious Pretty #1 is in Kindergarten and is loving it!  She is coming home telling me everything that she is learning, reading, and her adventures on the playground.  Apparently a couple of little boys in her class want her to be their girlfriend.  I told her that she is a girl, and she is a friend, and that is that.  I don't know how long that will last, but it's working right now.  I mean really, who talks about having girlfriends and getting married in Kindergarten?

She is playing soccer with the same team she has been on for the last three seasons and she loves it.  It's been such a joy to watch these group of girls grow up in front of my eyes.  They are getting so much better with the ball, and it's fun to watch their competitive spirit come out on the field.

She is still doing gymnastics, and has developed some seriously muscles because of that.  She is doing full-body pushups, walking on the HIGH balance beam all by herself, and will more than likely be doing  a beautiful cartwheel by the spring.  She is almost there now!

Precious Pretty #2 LOVES her new school, and never misses an opportunity to wave to her sister when she walks by the Kindergarten class room.  We have had to work on her just quietly waving and not yelling to get her sister's attention.  She doesn't want to be late to school because she doesn't want to miss prayer time or saying the Pledge of Allegiance, and gets on Big Sister's case when she isn't getting out the door fast enough.

She is doing gymnastics as well, and can't WAIT to start playing soccer.  I am going to be one busy soccer mom next Fall!  PP#2 has made some sweet friends in her class, and just brings joy to everyone she meets.

AS for me, my life changed a couple of days after the last post - hence the reason why I haven't posted much.  I was doing that contract job, but the day that it ended, I got a call from the recruiter in Canada I had interviewed with in June.  They offered me the job, I am now doing sales and recruiting for a biomedical staffing company.  I LOVE it.  I get to work from home, and I love the fact that I can work around my girls schedule.  However, it has been a bit difficult to get it all in.  I'm still trying to find the right balance on trying to keep the house in order, get the girls to where they need to be and when, get my work done while they are at school, prepare meals, exercise and blog.  Obviously, the last two things have taken the backseat, but that is ok.  It's how I roll.

Hoping to start adding blogging into my routine.  Maybe on Sunday nights, because that is  when when Big T and I usually watch TV together.  I have been jogging a couple of times a week, and consistently run anywhere between 3-4 miles.  I know if I want to start running longer distances that I will need to watch my food intake (because you can't outsmart bad nutrition), and either go to bed earlier to wake up and run, or run later at night (scary).  I'll let ya know.

Have a great week!


Sunday, August 28, 2011

3K bound

Last weekend the girls took off with their daddy to Dub Falls for the rodeo (Ranch Roundup). We took them last year & they had a blast. They couldn't wait to go & watch the cowboys try to catch the cows. They were even more excited to watch the horses jump around & try to throw the cowboys on the dirt. They had a great time & were so proud of their new rodeo shirt daddy bought them.

Some of you may or may not know this, but I started working outside the home, but in my home about a month ago. Huh??? Yes, I took a 60 day contract job to work from home as a virtual recruiter. It's pretty nice, because my office attire is what I want it to be (pjs, workout wear, whatever), and it's really flexible which is what I wanted/needed. I didn't go to the rodeo because I needed to catch up on work because I was given a new territory to recruit for (I'm recruiting for sales reps in Delaware now). Plus, precious pretty #2 was starting 3K on Monday, & I needed to catch up on their room & organize their closets.

Pretty #2 was so excited to be going to the "big" school with sister. She could hardly stand still for her picture. She was ready to take off!!

Here she is her teacher, Mrs. Colvin. Mrs. Colvin has taught at SMS for 30 years, and I am so grateful that God guided us to her class this year!

Sweetest. Picture. Ever.

All in all, I think it's going to be a really good year for my pretties. Excited to share stories of what's become & what's to come. Have a great week!


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Saturday, August 20, 2011

K is for Kate the Kindergartener

My Precious Pretty #1 started Kindergarten this past Monday. She has been anticipating this day all summer, and was really worked up about it on Monday. One thing I have noticed about PP #1 is that she has become very particular about certain things. It's like she is a selective perfectionist or some thing like that. We started & ended the week well, and I'm just going to chalk up what happened those days in between as the "adjustment". She likes her uniform. She read two of her BOB books to her teacher today. She survived & mshe realized kindergarten wasn't so bad.

Crayon wreath we made. Didn't quite hold up as well as I thought it shoulda-coulda-woulda.

Her new backpack & her special "K is for Kate the Kindergartener" goodie bag that I stuffed with pencils, pencil holders, a puppy folder & spiral, silly bands, chapstick, erasers, etc. I love shopping for school supplies, but the school that Kate goes to supplied everything she needed this year. You better believe I still had go buy some.

Waking her up for the first day. Of all the days she could have slept in throughout the summer, she chose not to rise early that day.

Ready as ever!

On our way!

On Wednesdays they go Mass, so we had to take the picture of the uniform.

Precious Pretty #2 will also be starting 3K at SMS. She will be starting a week late, because I had her registered and ready to go to another school. I don't know what happened, but something didn't feel right when I left the Meet the Teacher Nigh at the school where PP#2 was supposed to go.  I didn't feel settled or have any warm and fuzzies, and I had a lot of unanswered questions.  After a sleepless night, and lots of thoughts, prayers and reflection, I let Go and let God. He guided us to SMS and I am at peace.

I'm going to try really hard to keep up with this more often. Maybe it will be easier for me now since I have the blog app on my phone again.  We'll see.  

Happy school year!!

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Summer is.....

slipping through our fingers!  I feel as though I was at Precious Pretty #1's school for field day on the last day of school back in May and blinked and it was July.  July 7th to be exact. Sheesh!

We have had a great month of summer so far, and it's hard to believe that PP#1 will be starting Kindergarten in 5 weeks.  I KNOW.  I may need to go see the dr again and ask him for some Xanax.  I'm already having minor anxiety attacks just typing about it.  For reals.

SO - We had soccer camp in WF the first week of June.  The following week we had about 20 kids from St. Mary's school come over for a swim day.  That was super fun and I hope we can do it again before school starts!  The pretties then got to spend the weekend in WF again with their Grammy & Grampy while I went to Fredricksburg for the wedding of one of my best friends from college, Stacygirl.  Here is the stunning bride and please note that although it is a beautiful picture of her, the picture in no way shape or form does this bride any justice.  She was BREATHTAKINGLY STUNNING.

I was able to spend some much needed time with some of my mamas, too.  It always amazes me that even though we see each other once a year, we always pick up where we left off.  As if the 365 days in between our visits were shrunk down into one of those surprise tablets.  You know what I am talking about - you put a tablet in water and out comes a surprise sponge in some sort of shape or color.  I feel as though we just add a little water (or adult beverage) and our friendship just blossoms out to something bigger and better every time.  The same warmth and love I felt with their friendship fifteen years ago is still evident today, and it's just as strong.  I love my mamas!

*sigh*  I miss them already.

Week #3:  PP#1 went to VBS at Covenant Presbyterian while Precious Pretty #2 stayed home and sulked because she couldn't go.  However, she didn't sulk for long because our sweet friends Sarah, Luke & Elizabeth came over from Dub Falls to visit for a few days with us.  We also went to Ancient Ovens in Saint Jo, Texas, to celebrate my mother's 60th birthday.  That week was crazy but we loved every minute of it!

Week #4:  We had another soccer camp in the evenings before we headed out to San Antonio.
I am in no way getting paid for this advertisement here, but if you are looking for a great, quick little get away with the family, I highly recommend the Hyatt Hill Country Resort in San Antonio.  It was FANTASTIC!  We were there for five days, and I can honestly say that I needed a vacation from that vacation.  We didn't even go to the Alamo, Sea World or anything like that because there were so many activities to do at the resort.  I can count on three fingers how many times we left the property the five days we were there.  The pretties have already asked when they get to go to San Antonio to stay in the hotel again.  :)

 PP#1 with her soccer coach Alvin.  Alvin plays soccer for the Baylor Bears and hopes to get into law school next year.  We loved Coach Alvin!!

With cousin HG at the resort in San Antonio.

We came home from SA, and literally rested for a day before we headed four hours west to Possum Kingdom Lake for the 4th of July.  I honestly can't imagine spending the 4th anywhere else.  I know we have a great lake literally at our back door (not our pool, but Lake Texoma), but there is just something about PK that just feels perfect for the 4th.

We are back now and have had a couple of rest days at home which have been NICE.  We have VBS at FUMC next week, and then both of the pretties are going to a Music & Art camp the following week, and PP#2 is so excited that she is busting at the seams.  She wants to go "camping" so bad!  We have another week off, before it's time for a sports camp for both pretties.  Then it's the last week of summer before my precious, precious pretty starts kindergarten.  Cue Tears.

I also can't believe that we have been in Sherman for almost a year now.  August 7th marks the one year anniversary, and I must say that we are doing so much better than we were 11 months ago.  I'm not going to lie - it was a little rocky at first, but my pretties are now happy, and I am still getting acclimated to everything.  I am starting to strongly like it though - not quite close to love yet only because of all of my beloved family & friends back home.  All in due time, I know.

While I have been here for the last 11 months, I finally had the opportunity to stay home with my pretties and be available to them as their  mother 100% of the time.   I have longed to be that  for them for so long.  However, after much reflection and prayer, I realized that even though I am at home with them, I was still missing something.  Something just wasn't right, and it was some time with some great girlfriends in April and June that made me realize that.  

My initial intention was to work as a substitute teacher in the Fall, but then that would mean that my precious pretty #2 would have to stay in the after care program at her Montessori school she will be attending in the Fall, and that didn't sit with me well.   When I got back from the amazing weekend in Fredricksburg, I started searching for virtual recruiting positions that would offer me a way to be available to my pretties 99% of the time, but still able to keep my mind active, and have something that I really enjoy doing.  I feel very fortunate to be able to share that I actually have my first contract recruiting job that starts next week.  I don't know how it is going to work with the girls being home, but I know I will be able to figure it out.  The beauty of having a contract job is that once I get a couple of contracts under my belt, I will be able to pick and choose what contracts I want to do.  It's a great part-time gig, and I couldn't be happier.

To my mamas in H-Town, A-Town, NRH & Dub Falls - thank you for your love - your support - your encouragement - your appetite - your laughs - your smarts - your wittiness - your hugs - our late night talks that lasted until the wee hours of the morning - your lack of judgment of me & just loving me just the way I am.  You ladies know me better than anyone, and I feel very fortunate to be able to call you my mamas, my friends - my sisters.  It would be my biggest honor if I can continue to give you all you have given me.  Our next visit couldn't come soon enough, but I know the days will go by super fast and before we know it we will be carrying on again.  Until next time..........


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Lemonade, Soccer & Cobbler

Precious Pretty #1 kicked off her summer before she starts Kindergarten with her Grammy in WF.  Kate attended the MSU Soccer Camp with her friends, and had THE BEST TIME!  There were girls there at the camp that she hadn't seen in a long time and she was just thrilled to be there.  
See!  Told ya she was a happy pretty.

With the other pretties in her soccer camp.

With Coach Katy.  Katy goes to our church back home, and it has been an absolute joy watching her grow up.  She just graduated from high school and will be playing soccer for Midwestern State!

When I arrived at WF on Thursday, I was informed by Pretty #1that Grammy told her that she could have a Lemonade Stand after camp.  She decided that it needed to be a Lemonade Sale since they were selling lemonade.  One of her best friends joined her and they had the best time.  What we thought would have been a 30 minute Lemonade "Sale" turned into a three hour successful afternoon!

After a whirlwind weekend in WF we headed to Southlake for our niece's birthday party and nephew's soccer game.   I was able to hit up Central Market on the way home to get groceries and was in produce bliss!  If I only would have remembered to purchase peaches for this lovely cobbler!  I baked this Memorial Day weekend and it was just the perfect end to our cookout!  I got the recipe from the Junior League of Nashville's cookbook, Notably Nashville.

Old Fashioned Peach Cobbler
1 stick of butter (1/2 cup)
4 cups of peeled & sliced peaches
1/2 cup sugar

3/4 cup flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Melt the butter in a 9x13-inch baking dish while the oven is heating.
Combine peaches and 1/2 cup of sugar in a bowl and toss to mix well.

Combine the flour, baking powder, salt & 1 cup sugar in a mixing bowl. Add the milk & mix until smooth.  Pull baking dish out of the oven  and spoon batter evenly into the baking dish, but do not stir.  Spoon the peaches over the batter, but do not stir.

Bake at 350 until the topping is light brown: the peaches will sink to the bottom.  (Mine was in the over for about 45-50 minutes)
Serve warm or room temperature with ice cream or whipped cream.


Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Summertime is here?!?!?!

Well, since my last post, I have gone to California for an amazing girlfriends trip, celebrated Easter in Sherman and Wichita Falls, made two other trips to WF, painted the laundry room and the eating nook of my kitchen, kept my sanity while Tim was in Massachusetts for two weeks, and painted faces for two and half hours at Field Day on Kate's last day of school. It's been nutso.  But it's been fun.  Hopefully I'll be able to post pictures up here more regularly now, but hell, I say that all the time and can only keep up sporadically.  Wishful thinking.

The gray/blue  wall with white trim is what I have painted one side of my kitchen.  Now comes the exciting part of taking down all of the avocado colored cabinet doors, sanding them, painting them, putting on new fixtures and hanging back up in the correct spot.  Don't expect to see the completed pictures for a while.  It's not something I am ready to tackle right now!

 Precious Pretty #2 picking out her 2nd tattoo of the mornings at the MOPS End of the Year Block Party.  Yes - she's still obsessed with Toy Story.

 PP #2 hugging her friends on the last day at School for Little People.

Hugging her teacher, Miss Kristen!  PP#2 had an amazing year at SLP!

With two of her favorite friends this year!

 PP#1 had some of her friends over to swim on the last day of school.

 Auntie M, Uncle Nixon, and Dolly drove up from San Antonio to spend Memorial Day with us.  PP#1 was a very happy girl with another dog in the house!

I also made a super yummy as it was super easy peach cobbler.  I am too comfy (lazy) to get up off of the couch to get the recipe to share, so I'll save it for another post.  I promise to share it before the 4th of July because it is a must have for our independence celebration!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Catchin' Up

I've been slacking on the blog this past month because of everything we have had going on here in Sherman. I guess you could say that we are finally starting to get settled in. Which is a good thing.

Precious Pretty #2 has some wild hair I have to douse with detangler every morning. This is her hair on a good morning. It's usually matted to her head.

Just a swinging at the park. We love that there are three great parks by our house!

This pretty has no fear. I about lost my breath when I saw her climbing up this big rock!

Fun at the Gainesville Zoo with our sweet friends Luke & Elizabeth!

Having fun with an Austin College student & friends from SMS while the mommies get ready for a very successful Casino Night!!

Guess who turned 3?!?! That's right, precious pretty #2! She loved her new outfit from her special friends!

Getting ready to blow out the candle!

Thank you Caroline, Mary Elizabeth, Aunt Amanda & Uncle John!!

I can't believe that she's three. It brings tears to my eyes remembering that a little over three years ago while I was pregnant with her, that doctors were preparing me with bad news that she may not make it full term, or even make it at all. That she may have brain damage because of the fluid on her brain. Now I look at her, and I can't imagine our world with out her. She is the spunkiest, funniest, sweetest, & craziest about Toy Story three year old I have ever met. She brings us so much joy that I don't think I will ever be able thank God enough for her.


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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

It's all good.

Last week we had a fabulous time enjoying the beautiful weather. True, somedays were prettier than others, but we enjoyed being outside nonetheless.
Precious Pretty #1 had her first soccer practice, as well as her first game. She did incredibly well at her first game by scoring seven goals! BBUUTTTT, the opposing team had two little girls who bawled the entire game and refused to play because Pretty #1's team wouldn't share the ball.....Basically it was three on one soccer.

Little sister can't wait to play. Fortunately, she has two more years before I'm shuttling them both to different practices, games, etc..

Saturday PP#1 and I went to Grayson County college to watch the play, "The Jungle Book", with some friends from school.

Sunday was Tim's brother's birthday, so we drove to Keller to go to Mass & lunch with the family. We also were able to see my beautiful cousin & her precious family so we were surrounded by family & LOVED it.

After lunch, we went to Academy to get the girls some new shoes before my nephew's soccer game. All was great until we were leaving and realized pretty #2 wasn't with us. As she followed Tim back to the register so he could pay for some drinks, she kept on walking. I was in a panic mode, couldn't catch my breath, and then they announced a Code Adam. I
thought I was about lose my lunch. No one could find her and I couldn't see straight. Then, by the grace of God, my niece Hannah came walking up with her. She had gone to the men's section and found pretty #2 showing some guy how cute some shorts were. My family was back together, but I have never been so scared in my entire life.

After the soccer game, Tim
surprised us with a stop at the DFW Airport Observation area, and we got out to watch plane after plane after plane land or takeoff. Watching our pretties run around like
airplanes, play with the statues, and get excited when "a big one!" was landing was a lovely way to end our day & week.

God is good, all the time. All the time, God is good. It's all good.


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Monday, February 21, 2011

Princess Pretties

We went to Dub Falls this past weekend & all we did was spend time with our family & friends. We needed a great weekend & we got
a fabulous one. Just wish we could have seen everyone while we were there!

Saturday we went to see Cinderella at the Wichita Theatre, and we are very thankful to our sweet friends for bringing us princess dresses to wear!

These princess pretties are downright giddy!

Pretty #1 was so elated to see her Miss P! She misses her sweet friend! I miss her sweet friend & her mama, too!

The pretties & Miss P before we go in the show. We were missing PP#2's friend Lizzie who was in the concession line with her mama.

Until next time, WF. Until next time.


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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Yummy art

Last night I went to one my most favorite places ever - How Great Thou Art art studio! Plus, I got to see some of my dear friends that I haven't seen in a long time, which made this yummy painting night even sweeter!

The theme for the night was cupcakes, and it was a contemporary take on one of the most classic, but trendiest desserts right now. Rachel, the owner/instructor, is just darling, and I must admit I really miss hearing her voice. She's got the sweetest southern twang I've ever heard, and I can listen to her talk all day. Those southern belles in Savannah, Georgia, have got nothing on her!

Here is the example she gave us. I wish I could have taken it at a better angle, but it will just give you the idea of what we were going for.




I wished I would have taken more pictures of other works of art, because there yummy cupcakes everywhere that looked good enough to eat!


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