17 November 2012

::What a Week::

This week has been a stressful one for the Tatum family (including the extended). Earlier in the week a gale front slowly began to build, finally giving way to massive shit storm right in the middle of our week. Broken cars, sick babies, speeding tickets, forgotten ID's, empty wallets, and melt downs are just a few of the words to describe this tiring week. Kevin did all he could to keep me uplifted, however, by Wednesday I felt defeated and ready to throw in the towel. Life had won, again. I was prepared to drop out of school 6 months before graduation, get a job in a sweat factory working 12 hour days for minimum wage, while still knowing that none of it would matter because we were all going to die for poorness anyways.(If you haven't already figured it out, I am quite the pessimist and a huge drama queen.) 

But just as it always does, things worked themselves out  (as my husband always says they will). Our family stepped up for one another; switching cars, taking buses, lending money, sacrificing wants over needs and becoming stronger with each selfless act. I couldn't be more proud and lucky to have the amazing wonderful family that I have here in Washington. Thank you Tatum's, Walker, Ready, and Buchanan for all of your sacrifices and help to get us all through this crazy week:-)

The boys working hard one one of the many broken Tatum cars.
Photo courtesy of Alana Tatum

So enough with the icky stuff. Lets talk about the good great points of this week.

Sunday, November 11, 2012 was  Veterans Day. Kev and I took advantage of our vet status, and headed out to a lovely dinner with our amazing family for a delicious and free meal. Despite some of the stresses from earlier in the day we all had a fantastic time and thoroughly enjoyed each other's company!

Thursday, November 15, 2012 was my big 25th birthday. I am now a quarter of century old and fully capable of renting a car at normal prices. I had no real expectation for this day, especially with the weeks earlier events, and I was ok with that. However, my day turned out to be much more spectacular than I could have ever imagined! Let me show you in pictures, how great it was!

Homemade Vegetarian Eggs Benedict birthday breakfast by my one and only amazing husband.
My awesome, fanstasical, and amazing new Cricut Expression for all of my crafting needs!
A delicious fondue dinner at the Melting Pot with my amazing family!

Remember the the beautiful vintage sewing machine I fell in love with at a garage sell, back in September (Lacuna)

Yeah, this one ^^^^^^^

Well guess who is now the proud owner of that 1912 Vintage Damascus Grand!

Be still my beating heart!

My husband is truly amazing!

I say this all the time, but I am truly the luckiest woman in the world to be loved the way I am. My family is certainly the best a girl could ever ask for!

When having Kameron I had decided that I would be back at my pre-pregnancy (before Kaydence) weight by my birthday. I have had a few bumps in the road of my weight loss, and having gained 60lbs between my two pregnancies hasn't helped. I lost a decent amount of pregnancy weight my first 2 months postpartum, but I have been stuck for the last 8 months at a weight I can't stand. So in the last 8 weeks I have stepped up my game; eating healthy, counting calories, and staying active. And I am proud to say that I have successfully lost 25lbs in the last 8 weeks, with only 19 to go until I reach my goal.  I have been busting my butt and giving it my all, so I am very excited to see my hard work paying off.

I will close this up for know, but I have lots of updates on the kiddos. I will do that this weekend, so keep an eye out! Until then, remember to stay optimistic. Everything will work itself out!

When the road gets bumpy. Don't get grumpy. Be optimistic. And smile, smile, smile!
When you're sad and blue. Don't you worry, you. It'll be alright. Just smile, smile, smile!
::Written by yours truly in my military days. Maybe I should listen to my own words!::

Happy Saturday Everyone!

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