Friday, March 15, 2013

Mmmm Café Escapes®

When you say Keurig, you think of coffee, correct?

Café Escapes® is trying to change the way you view your Keurig.

I was sent a variety of k-cups for my Keurig as part of being a bzzagent ( Joe was most excited about these, as he is the person in the house who uses our coffee maker the most (which makes me giggle because it was a Christmas gift for ME!)

Joe tried all of the different flavors. It was a perfect time, too. It was cold and dreary in February in Dallas, Texas. He would be sitting under a blanket on the couch, watching a hockey game, drinking a cup of hot cocoa.

He raved about the Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa flavor. I remember the other flavors he enjoyed but he said the Dark Chocolate was by far his favorite and he would buy it at our local Kroger store, he liked it so much.

You can find more about these great flavors at Green Mountain's website at

These are the wonderful flavors you can choose from -

  •  K-Cup packs: Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa, Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa, Chai Latte, Cafe Mocha, Cafe Vanilla, Cafe Caramel. 
  •  Vue packs: Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa, Chai Latte, Cafe Mocha, Cafe Caramel

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Date night with mom

Joe went out with Mike for a beer and I had the boys. I asked them where they wanted to go to eat and they both said Mooyah's (a burger place), and follow it up with dessert at Cherry Berry (frozen yogurt place).

Here are photos from the visit. Justin is a complete goofball. Yes, he is kissing the hot dog in this photo. He is a complete dork!!

The other photo is of Joey doing his homework. He comes home from school and then does his homework before he does anything else. In the third grade he has a spelling word packet, a math packet, reading 20 min each night, a reading comprehension packet and has to go on a website to do other math. Sometimes he even has to study for a test. It is amazing how much they have to do in the third grade!

A few more recent photos

I bought a keyboard for Joey's ipad and I can hook it up to my cell phone as well. What does this mean? It means I can blog from my phone and I can include photos from my phone. Before I had to transfer them from my phone to my computer and it was such a pain I just stopped blogging.

The entire family has been reading from my blog book from 2006 all this week before bed. That has reignited my passion for blogging again - so my boys can relive their lives through this blog and they can see how much their dad and I love them!

This photo shows my camera and my 70-200 2.8 IIS lens. Oh boy is that lens a beast. It is heavy but the photos it takes are phenomenal! The camera strap was made by my friend, Marcie.

Recent photos

Our school has a fund raiser where we can buy frames for our child's artwork. Here is Joey and Justin with their framed artwork. I love that they do this! I take the art work and decorate my laundry room. My laundry room is already bright and sunny yellow, and now it has beautiful artwork adorning the walls.

The other photo was the other evening when we went out to dinner at a local restaurant. The pizza slices they have there are HUGE!


Yesterday I had the sentinel node biopsy. Today I was recovering. I woke up really sleepy and getting the kids ready for school was a little bit of a challenge but I was able to get it done.

Afterwards I relaxed and played on Joey's ipad. I have pretty much hijacked his ipad and use it to play my games - like restaurant and bakery story, and a few others. Afterwards I took a long nap.

Diana came today and cleaned the house. Boy, did it ever need it. Diana is the best at cleaning our house - she does an amazing job and our house sparkles when she leaves. Joe and I both agree it is so worth the money. Joe says when he gets home from work, the last thing he wants to do is clean the shower.

The photo shown is of Rascal, our rat terrier, playing with his new squeaky toy.

Not much else going on. Joey's soccer practice was cancelled today and instead, he went to baseball practice.

Justin is doing well. He went over Caden's house for a little bit today, and has dumped out all the legos upstairs and has been searching for Mace Windu.

The other photo is last night Rascal was sitting on the blanket and looked adorable!

Monday, March 4, 2013

So much happens...

Gosh, the last time I truly wrote was last June. That makes me really sad. I used to give this blog my all.

Back in June I was excited that I had lost 17 lbs and had been working on losing weight, eating healthy and been exercising.

In August we went to Michigan to see the family. We miss our families so much since living in Texas. We had a wonderful time.

At the very beginning of September I was in the shower and happened to feel a lump in my breast. I had a drop in my stomach and had it checked out the next day. The gyno said to not worry about it. It was most likely a fibroid but sent me down to get a mammogram anyhow. I popped back and forth between having a mammogram and ultrasound and I knew something was wrong.

I was asked to come to the consult room and was told if it wasn't cancer, they would have it retested. I was told I had cancer, at age 34, at an age where you don't even get a routine mammogram. All I could think of was, 'This can NOT be happening to me.'

Fast forward to today -

I've gone through 14 rounds of an experimental drug called MM121 that is supposed to attack cancer cells.
12 rounds of Taxol (chemo)
4 rounds of A/C which made me so sick I had to take leave from work.

This week I have a biopsy and on the 19th I have a double mastectomy.

I will tell you the first thing I thought about when I got home was - NOOO. I screamed so loud the dog thought I was going crazy on him and had no idea what to think. All I could think of was I have to be here for my boys. I did not want to leave them in their growing years with no mother. My mother is so special to me that I need to be that for my kids.

The last few days Joey has been wanting me to tell him stories. I've told him stories about how he knocked down the Christmas tree when he was small, and a bunch of other funny things.

Tonight, as Joey was in bed, I got the book I made from 2006 using my blog entries, and we read the entry from March 5, 2006. I would read a paragraph and he would read a paragraph. Little does he know, he's learning to read advanced words and he's having fun learning about what it was like when he was 2 years old.

That realization has made me realize that I haven't been keeping up this blog for at least two-three years now. That makes me so sad. I need to stop being so perfect and feel the need to put every photo up. I need to write even if it is just a lot of words and no photos.

Lately Joey is working hard in the third grade. He got a rude awakening this year and found out he has three different teachers and at least an hour of homework each night.

Justin is doing well. We started him on ADHD meds over the summer because last year in preschool was extremely chaotic. The meds have helped tremendously and we've switched them a few times - mostly because they have caused him to stop eating. The med we just tried today seems to work at school with his focus and hyperactivity and he has an appetite!

I will try to pull up the blog nightly and update, even with the small things.