Hope Whispers

May 26, 2015

Up in the {Book} Club!

I can feel David laughing at me.  He calls me his little nerd girl.  But I know he secretly loves the way I get so caught up in a book that I completely ignore him.  I think...

When my friend text me the other day and suggested we start a book club I was all in!  You all should have seen his face when I told him I was in a book club!  I think he might have thought I was joking, but has given up teasing me. Its all in good fun of course.  Hes an electronic nerd.  But we will save that for another day.

Wanna guess what the first book is?  It was a movie....its a classic...true love and high adventure?!


This is one of my favorite movies ever!  Even thought I haven't seen it in years!  Want to know who else likes it? My boys.  I guess they saw it at Grandmas house one day!  Their favorite part of course are the ROUSes!  The Great Danes of rats!  

I'm not going to lie.  I was so pumped to start the book and the first 30 some pages took me 4 days. So much story and explaining.  I kept thinking "this wasn't in the movie!"  Which is awful, because I know the books are almost always better than the movies.  Right?

I am about half way done and now that I am into the actual story, its so much better.  If I could stay awake I would keep reading but this weekend has we worn out!  And thanks to a kid who forgot his project was due TOMORROW, I have yet to get caught up on housework which means by the time I lay down, I will be to tired to read.  Maybe.  We will see! One chapter won't kill me!

May 20, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Say what now Starbucks?!

OK I know I said wordless but can we just discuss this real quick?!  What the heck just happened? expect this much from Whataburger, but what the crap Starbucks.  500 Calories in a slice of Lemon Loaf.  And why is it all so tasty?  And why are there so many skinny people in there? What are they ordering? Water in a cute cup, because I will need to run a marathon to burn this off.  I guess its a good thing I only go there once or twice a year, because damn.  Just damn!



May 19, 2015

Menu Plan Monday: May 18th

Southwest Steak Wraps

We are in the final stretch of the school year and everyone has a bad case of the blahs.  Suddenly my boys who are usually up and dressed before me are struggling to get out of bed in the morning. No one wants to eat breakfast or do homework.  And no one wants to eat dinner.  The request sandwiches and cereal to end the night.  That sure would make my life easier, I am determined to keep pushing real meals.  Sometimes the only time during the day we are all together is at the dinner table.  Im not giving that up just yet.  So here goes another weeks menu. And I am also going back to scheduling days for each dinner because if I don't I don't want to cook any of it.

Monday:  Lemon pepper turkey, brown rice and asparagus.  We were supposed to have it for Anthonys birthday but went with light leftovers to leave room for cake and ice cream.

Tuesday:  Southwest steak wraps.  This is another recipe that has made in into a regular rotation. I'm asked to make it at least once a month.

Wednesday:  Baked chicken, garlic roasted potatoes and corn.

Thursday:  Leftovers.  Because there are always leftovers.

Friday:  One pan salmon.  Switching out the beans for broccoli and the tomatoes for salad.

Saturday:  BBQ  Its a long weekend what better way to kick it off than some chicken and skewers on the grill?

Sunday:  Leftovers again.  And if there isn't any, we will just throw some more meat on the grill!

Monday:  Its Memorial Day.  You know what that means right?  More grilling!


May 13, 2015

Birthday Boy


Dear Anthony,

Was it really 10 years ago that the nurses put you in my arms.  It felt like I had waited days to hold you and I was beyond terrified that I would break you.  I have never been more sure of myself as a mother as I was then.  I knew in that moment that there wasn't anything I wouldn't do for you.  That I would love, protect and cherish you until my last day.  Ten years later, and not much has changed. For me anyways.  You are always changing.  Always questioning. Always challenging. Always caring.

You have yet to meet someone who isn't your friend. You are a charmer.  I love that people see you as I do. Tender hearted.  A boy who thinks about what he says and does.  Who knows right from wrong.  I am so very proud of your heart.  Although I know in the coming years it will be the cause of much pain.  You are a lover and very trusting.  That you get from me.  I say embrace it. Love deeply and trust wholeheartedly.  Yes, you will get hurt.  But if you do any less, you will not be true to yourself.  You my son, will live life to the fullest.


There is a side to you that not many see.  The serious, committed, emotional you.  The reason not many people see this side of you is because you hold yourself together and to very high standards. But home is where you decompress, where you stop pushing yourself to be more.  You work so hard at school.  And you excel.  Your teachers love you and your friends adore you.  Some days you would rather turn the music up and keep to yourself. Worry comes easy to you because you care so much about everything. 


You are my mini through and through and we are going to disagree every now and then.  At times its frustrating for the both of us, but I am thankful that after all is said and done, we are able to forgive and love each other more for it.  

I wish you so much on your birthday.  Happiness and Fun.  Laughter and Hugs.  Today is your day.  Happy Birthday!  I love you more!

Love Mom


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