Saturday, May 20, 2017

Playing Catch Up...Again

Why is blogging becoming such a chore for me these days?! I mean, I want to blog. I love writing down memories that my kids will be able to go back and read one day. It's obviously important to me. Looking back on my blog, I usually blog a lot when I'm lonely, not gainfully employed, or frustrated about something. If you look at the years between 2012 and 2014 when I had just gotten out of the Marines and moved to Massachusetts, I blogged A LOT. I blogged non stop. I was frustrated, lonely, depressed, and cold (literally and figuratively). Since we've been in Texas, I have truly never been happier with my life. Being in my element with "my people" (my people meaning fellow Texans), I really don't have too much to complain about. On top of attending my dream school (Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of 2017!), I am surrounded by amazing people. I live in a great neighborhood with awesome neighbors. What more could a girl ask for? Plus, I share more of my life on Instagram nowadays than my blog, and most of my readers follow my Instagram. But still, I really need to get on this blog train, and keep y'all updated on my life (for those that care at least, right?)

So I guess we can start with Mother's Day. I hope all you wonderful mommies out there had a wonderful one! I sure did! Nick always makes the day special, and makes it a point to not let me lift a finger. lol. We went to church, lunch, and I spent the rest of the day on the couch binging on Netflix with a glass of chilled Sauvignon Blanc. If you care, I binged on 13 Reasons Why and finished the entire season. That is a WHOLE another blog post!

Nick's mom passed away several years ago, but we still make a point to keep her memory alive in our house.
Her favorite flowers were yellow roses, so we got a bouquet in honor of her!

Nick cooked an amazing meal for me!
I usually do most of the cooking in our house, and he mans the grill.
I'm always super impressed when he does whip up something for me in the kitchen though!

Dannika became a "Forest Ridge Falcon Flyer" by running a total of 124 laps during PE this year!

Nick and I were invited to an amazing Mexican feast (courtesy of the teachers at D's school) for the VIPS luncheon!

Dannika and her BFF were partners for their first ever science palooza! 
They did an experiment with acids and bases!

Our nanny, Rachel came to say goodbye for the summer as she heads off to her internship in Dallas this summer!

Finally got both of our kids' birth announcements framed!
Dannika's birth announcement was a tri-fold, so I had to cut it up and get creative!

This kid rides a bike with no training wheels!
Like, he's never had training wheels EVER (check out my instagram to see @domesticatedcombatboots)
Riding on two wheels can get exhausting. 
Good thing he hydrates!

Nick received an award from our community!
A non profit group here called "Keep Brazos Beautiful" awarded him with the "Good Neighbor Award".
This is what I wrote on Instagram about it:
"Nick was presented with Keep Brazos Beautiful's "good neighbor award" today at a banquet. He was recognized for his efforts taking charge of our neighborhood spring cleanup, coordinating our fishing tournament, as well as lowering and raising our neighborhood's flags. For those who know Nick, this is just "all in a day's work" for him. Not only does he tirelessly and selflessly serve our country and the Marines he is surrounded by, but he also finds ways to serve within our community. That's the true embodiment of what it means to be a Marine. We don't just fight and win wars, but we give back to our local communities. Why wouldn't we want to make our home a better place to live? Nick has spent 16 years of life defending it. Marines are "No better friend, no worse enemy". I promise you, you will have no better friend than Nicholas Mark Romer. Proud of you Nick! It makes me feel good knowing that I am not the only one that recognizes everything that you do!"

 And just because this photo is hilarious....
We are having some slight issues with Mattis sleeping in his bed....
He likes to jump in our bed with us right after his bath hoping we'll let him stay.....

I promise to TRY to do a better job of keeping up on this thing!
Hope everyone is hanging in there until the kids are out of school! 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Long Overdue

For an update!!!!

I haven't gotten on the ole blog as much as usual because of life. If you follow me on Instagram, I think that I do a pretty good job of keeping y'all up to date on Romer shenanigans. But for those of you who don't follow is an update...via photos...

We have annual family tradition of dyeing Easter eggs...
Nick thinks it's ridiculous...but he admittedly ends up having fun!

I have been an Aggie my entire life. I went through a period of rebellion where I was "over it", but it wasn't until I left College Station to join the Marines when I really missed Texas A&M (for those who don't know...I grew up here). At 33 years old, I finally get to fulfill my dream of becoming an "official" Aggie! I ordered my Aggie ring this weekend! I couldn't have gotten to this point in my life without my family, and most importantly God. I hit a lot of rock bottoms to get to where I am today, and I am grateful for grace. This ring means more to me than I can even express!

Me and the love of my life!

Our sweet firstborn...

As "non traditional" students, Nick and I have really made an effort to open our home up to our fellow Aggies.
Many of them are far away from home, and eating out all the time.
I love cooking for them, and having them over to our home!
One of the midshipmen in the Corps of Cadets at A&M is from New York, and we've sorta adopted her!
We finally got to meet her parents this weekend who flew down to little old College Station from New York!
They were so sweet and so generous, and we were glad to have finally met them!

Our church holds an annual Easter Egg hunt for our community every year called "Egg the city".
 They had over 120,000 Easter eggs and over 10,000 people showed up!

One of the beautiful moms from Aggieland Pregnancy Outreach's teen mom outreach!
She's absolutely amazing, and starting college in the Fall!

A random pic of a sweet potato from our very own garden!

My parents came up from Houston this weekend with a cooler full of delicious Korean BBQ!

My kiddos LOVE when Papa and Gigi come to visit...especially cause they always bring gifts and
Can y'all believe my beautiful mama is 57?! 
Me either!!!

As mentioned in yesterday's blog, our family participates in many secular Easter of which is the Easter bunny!
My kids love leaving a trail of baby carrots outside leading to our front door so that the Easter Bunny comes to our house!

Dannika wanted to make sure exactly where the bunny needs to go!

We don't do candy for our kids, because they get enough of it at school and from friends for Easter.
I usually buy them a gift, and stuff their basket with healthy snacks and treats.

Mattis is starting preschool in the Fall, so I got him a back pack and lunch box from Pottery Barn just like his big sis. He was over the moon!

Dannika has been bugging me for a pair of Hunter rainboots for as long as I can remember. 
I have pair that I wear ALL the time, and Mattis just recently got a pair (we use them as play boots for him).
Dannika's size boots are pricey, and I told her I wasn't going to spend that much on boots for her.
She asked the Easter bunny for a pair, and the "Easter bunny" got them for her a size bigger than what she wears so she can wear them for a year.
She wore them all!

Our nannies get Easter baskets too!
Sparkling wine, chocolate, and a scented candle....what every college girl needs!
We can never get a good family photo...
Thanks to Mattis....

Future J. Crew model

 For my birthday, my neighbor Kayla took me out to this new little wine and coffee bar by our house called the Tipsy Bean!

Our sweet nanny, Rachel got her AGGIE RING last week too!!
Of course we had to be there!!

Our neighbor commissioned into the Navy as a chaplain and asked Nick to be his first salute!
It was such an honor!

We went to an Aggie baseball game...

 Nick hosted a 5K with A&M Semper Fi Society, and Clayton Gardner came to perform!

Dannika ran her first 5k, and came in at around 42 minutes!!!

So there's my life in a nutshell these days!

I hope to get to blog a little more, but who knows!
I hope everyone has a wonderful week!