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Friday, July 14, 2017

#100HappyDays: Day 46

Day 46 of #100HappyDays

I got to drive this beauty all day long. DT and I did not want to give it back. New cars have lots of fun buttons, great air conditioning and Bluetooth so my fave Pandora station just automatically came on and the GPS directions played over the stereo speakers, Woot! Thanks for the upgrade, Enterprise!


In other news, I should NOT be allowed to have a fast, powerful car. It went straight to my head and I felt very cool and I wanted to race EVERYONE! Perhaps my children's love of racing come at least partially from Mama. Oops

feeling happy at Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

#100HappyDays: Day 45

Day 45 of #100HappyDays
These two handsome devils, accidentally wearing matching shirts to Community Group tonight. Alexandra always says we married the same man, except that her version is black and mine is white, LOL! So glad for friends like Alexandra N Tommyt Howard!

feeling happy with Alexandra N Tommyt Howard and Daniel Meyer.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

#100HappyDays: Day 44

Day 44 of #100HappyDays
I will NEVER get tired of this view. It takes my breath away, every single day. One can hardly complain about a work commute that includes this glory, am-I-right?!

Edited to add: When we moved here, I had never even considered wanting to live by the mountains, but let me tell you, I'm a convert. These mountains remind me so clearly every day of the Creator God who created them a millennia ago and knew that here I would be in 2017 looking at them and appreciating them. Whenever we travel, they are the first landmark that reminds us we are almost home. They keep us from getting lost while we cruise around the city. They give my rambunctious young men somewhere to run off their endless energy. They are simply stunning.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Best Thing I've Heard All Week

     A brilliant friend of mine (Hi Amy!!) called her new boyfriend a 'gentleman savage' on Facebook this week, and it struck a chord in me. It's quite possibly the best description of what I want my boys to be when they are grown. I want them to be wild and free, but with a heart for Jesus, good manners (as needed), great work ethic, and a tender love for their spouses and children.
     I've often called my sons wild hooligans and this is often a good reflection of them, as they are loud, rowdy and sometimes (OK, often) obnoxious. I've even been known to call my children feral, and this is occasionally true of their behavior. However, both of these less-than-stellar nicknames are said with much affection and deep love and they don't appear to be offended by either one.
     This is my life as their mama in a nutshell. Dastroyah decided this weekend after church that he was going to turn his much beloved Pathfinder into a dune buggy of sorts, and there was MUCH laughter in the front yard as the best demolition crew in the lower 48 tore that poor thing to bits. Once they were satisfied that it looked the way they wanted, Dastroyah, PattyCakes, Alex and Nathan piled in for a test run. They were shirtless, filthy, and loud, and for a split second I considered hushing them and telling them to clean up and get shirts on before they headed out. But another split second later, listening to them laugh together and watching the camaraderie between all of them, I swallowed my desire to hush them and just enjoyed watching them drive away with their arms, mouths, and legs flying. I dared a peek at Hercules who was supervising the buggy project while working on his Beast of a Truck, and the joy in his eyes was unmistakable from the time spent with them. A few minutes later, they returned and all tried to shout over one another to tell us how the test drive went and how they were already making plans to change this or that. Then they went in the house, ate everything, cleaned up a little and tumbled out the door again like a rabid 4 headed Tasmanian devil to share their special brand of crazy with someone else. One of them even remembered to bellow thank you as they went out the door.

And so they are...wild and free, but with a heart for Jesus, good manners (as needed), great work ethic, and a tender love for their mama.
My work here is done.


#100HappyDays: Day 43


Day 43 of #100HappyDays
I've tried not to share more than one photo for each of these posts, and I've also tried to avoid making collages, but these were too cute not to share! As I looked through my SnapChat pics today, I discovered these of DT and Judah from Sunday.

I love-Love-LOVE that my boys love little ones so much! They all take such good care of any little one who passes through our door
and our arms.

Please to note that in one of the photos, Judah has fallen asleep. He crawled up on DT's lap and they played until he just conked out. Precious!

— feeling happy with Victoria Sanchez, Derek Meyer and Ricky Bean at The Man Crew House.

Monday, July 10, 2017

#100HappyDays: Day 42

Day 42 of #100HappyDays
Presents in the mail! My friend Kimmy made me some cool bags for toting around all my schtuff. They are all lined with PUL so I can use them to hold wet things or things that might leak, or that neeeeed to stay dry (like snacks). Several sizes, some with handles and fun fabric choices (those were a surprise).
Thanks so much Kimberly! It was such a treat to find these in the mailbox today

feeling happy with Kimberly 'Bookwalter' Terrill at The Man Crew House.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

#100HappyDays: Day 41

Day 41 of #100HappyDays
Mr. T's golden birthday. It was a sweet celebration for the baby of the whole family.
Good times were had by all. πŸ’— — feeling happy
— with Jodi Starnes.

Oh goodness, this party was the best! ALL THE HANDSOME showed up in full force and the hilarity ensued. There was much laughter and story-telling, and at some point in time, Alec ended up on the roof of Pat's car, courtesy of Nathan. Titus was thrilled that he had BIG BOYS at his party, and it was glorious.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

#100HappyDays: Day 40

Day 40 of #100HappyDays
Seeing "Singin' In The Rain" at the Rio Grande Theatre downtown Las Cruces with Jodi and her boys.


In other related news, does anyone else think that Donald O'Connor is a better dancer than Gene Kelly? — feeling happy at Rio Grande Theatre.

Now that I'm #NoLongerAPlateSpinner, I'm trying to attend social/cultural events more often. Working like crazy until you die from exhaustion is crazy, it's time to have some fun along the way!

Friday, July 7, 2017

#100HappyDays: Day 39


Day 39 of #100HappyDays
I love SnapChat filters. They make me happy, because they erase my wrinkles and make me appear far more fun than I actually am. And because I love random silliness. LOL!

#FiltersForDays — feeling happy at The Man Crew House.

Yes, I'm aware that this isn't actually a very flattering photo, but for some reason, I just love it. Makes me glad that I'm me, ya know? And when that happens, you cherish it.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

#100HappyDays: Day 38


Day 38 of #100HappyDays
Labor saving devices make this mama so happy! Like this dandy workhorse that can wash a king size comforter (or a heavy duty sleeping bag) in 30 minutes. Boom!

#CampingAftermath — feeling happy
— at The Man Crew House.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

#100HappyDays: Day 37


Day 37 of #100HappyDays
Pictures of this little stud muffin.

#BabyCaden2017 — feeling happy.

Oh my stars, he is so adorable!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

#100HappyDays: Day 36

Day 36 of #100HappyDays
Chicken pesto pizza, recipe courtesy of LifeAsMom. Nom Nom Nom!
Happy Independence Day America!
I'm enjoying freedom of pizza toppings today πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
#Pizza — feeling happy at The Man Crew House.

Monday, July 3, 2017

#100HappyDays: Day 35

Day 35 of #100HappyDays
Watching the sunrise and listening to The BIGS (plus two) laugh together this morning with Dan as we wrapped up our VERY quick camping trip.
#TheManCrew — feeling happy in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

#100HappyDays: Day 34

Day 34 of #100HappyDays
A quick camping trip with the family, and a few of the tribe. Fire, s'mores, tunes and stars. — feeling happy.

Oh my word, this was the craziest, most ridiculous, silliest, most adventuresome, shortest camping trip I've ever been on. PLANS were to take the Beast Truck and the Pathfinder and go for a quick overnight in the sticks, possibly even off-roading to a cave we've visited before. However, in true MeYeR fashion, things didn't go as planned including adding more people and vehicles than previously thought and a missing camp stove which turned into a later than planned departure that meant we couldn't get to the cave. As Hercules repaired Nathan's tire after a failed attempt to drive over a bush that was much sturdier than it looked, we realized that we had less than 15 minutes until  sundown and we were literally in the middle of nowhere. *ahem* So, we scouted in each direction for anything that looked remotely level and cleared of shrubbery and thorns. In the rapidly fading sunset, we decided that tents were out of the question and that we would just build a fire circle and sleep in our vehicles. Dinner was served from the top of the cooler while Mama K served as a human lamp stand while wearing a headlamp. After s'mores and much laughter, we all headed to bed. P and N used Nate's Blazer, while David, Johnny and Derek used the Pathfinder and Dan and I opted to sleep under the stars in the bed of the Beast Truck. Annnnnd....Cue the rain. LOL! We fussed with the canopy to keep ourselves dry and that worked for a while but then the wind picked up and nearly carried it away, so we laughed and gave up sleeping. Shortly thereafter, it quit raining and the sun came up. we gobbled a quick breakfast and packed up "camp" and headed back to civilization as Kristy had to be at work by 8.

All's well that ends well, right? We were all safe, no one got carried off by predators, no one wrecked a vehicle, and I was on time for work smelling like the great outdoors and camp smoke.

In other news, while this was a delightful experience and I shall long cherish the memory of it, next time 6 men ask me to go camping with them in the boonies, I shall politely decline and enjoy a few hours of reading and quiet music (and indoor plumbing) all alone. Amen.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

#100HappyDays: Day 33

Day 33 of #100HappyDays
Fireworks at the dirt track is a family tradition since we moved to NM years ago. As I sat surrounded by so many of our tribe, all with smiling faces upturned for the excitement of the fireworks, I peeked around at all these amazing people whom I call mine, either by blood or by choice, and my heart overflowed and leaked out of my eyes. Along with our 5, we added Nathan and Johnny, plus our annual companions, Jodi and her boys.
That moment was only captured by my mind's eye, not the camera lens. Let's just suffice it to say there was much laughter, much jostling, much giggling, more food and drinks than you can shake a stick at and well...there may have been a few shenanigans. Oops.
In the absence of photos, I offer this gem. A lovely reminder that while man created fireworks, God created the originals that light up the sky.
#Creator — feeling happy at Southern New Mexico Speedway.

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