Aaralyn received her ribbon and certificate in the mail today for the National American Miss pageant! She will be competing in the pageant to become Miss Texas Princess and if she does win the title, she will get to compete in Nationals in California and she’ll get a day trip to DisneyLand which is something she is highly excited about!
I set up a Gofundme page for her since there is a sponsor fee of $550 to be in the actual pageant. If anyone would like to help, even if it’s $5, anything would be great! If any business chooses to donate, it is tax-deductible. Thank you! 🙂
A few weeks ago we received a letter in the mail for an open call for National American Miss. Just for the fun of it, we decided we’d take our daughter. Free pictures… Sure! Why not?? It was this past Sunday and we were there for about an hour and a half mainly listening to them talk about the pageant and how it is based off of building confidence. That is huge for me since it is something I honestly lack. Unlike other pageants that strictly base their judging on beauty, this one’s goal is for building strong, confident girls. She had a quick interview towards the end and we were told that we would receive an email to let us know if our child was selected as a finalist to compete for state title.
Today was the day that I’ve eagerly been waiting for to find out the results!
She made it!!!!
When she got home from school today, I told her the news and her face just lit up. She was so incredibly happy. Even though the pageant isn’t until July, we have already picked out her dress and ordered it. She is beyond determined to win because she really wants to go to Disneyland. Lol.
Has anyone wanted to change their life so much that they literally just packed their family up and just left? I would love to know if anyone has done this!
It’s something my fiance and I have been contemplating a lot lately. We live in Texas and we’ve both been here our whole lives. We hate it, with a passion. We’re so unhappy and stressed with our jobs, the traffic, the people here and even just the weather and scenery of this state. I’m the type of person that always wants to have a plan and doesn’t want to set myself up for failure but for some reason, this seems logical… We have ideas where we want to go and we’re suppose to be moving out of the place we’re in now around June anyway. I know if we made the move, my fiance could have a job the next day. He’s a Sous Chef right now and completely underpaid. All chef positions in the area are underpaid unless he worked in Dallas but the drive is not worth it and I would never want to live in that area.
I guess my main concern is having the money to move in the first place because we literally have nothing saved up. As of last week, I’ve finally come to a point where I can save up money now that I’ve paid off all my credit card debt which I’m thankful for. I’m at a point in my life where I want to take chances and not be afraid of change especially if it is a change that I really want. If we don’t take chances, I feel like we’ll always be stuck living and doing everything we hate. I don’t want to be that person anymore. Am I crazy to want to do this? Part of me feels like I am just because we have two kids and I’m scared of not having security for them in the time that it will take us to transition somewhere else.
Not sure what to do. I just know I want the change so badly. Decisions, decisions…
So I cooked this about a week ago now. I keep forgetting to post but I’m so proud of myself for doing it!! So, I’ve never cooked steak before and this was my first ever attempt. I sauteed mushrooms and onions and stuffed it inside with Gouda after pan searing the steak first. It was cooked absolutely perfectly as well shockingly enough! My fiance is a chef and fortunately for him, cooking comes naturally. But for me, it’s one of the most stressful things. I’m great at multi-tasking but when you add in heat and time to the mix, nope. Can’t do it! I’m a baby when it comes to getting burned. I hate fire like I’m scared to death of it. I can’t even light a lighter unless it’s one of those long ones where the flame isn’t close to my hand. Like I said, I’m a baby about it, don’t laugh 😦
Uhh wow. I can’t believe the last time I posted anything was 2 years ago. Not that I had much posted in the first place. I use to, I promise. I had a whole blog that was nearly a daily thing and I gave up on and deleted. I regret that I did that now because it was actually doing really well but one person’s comment sent me over the edge and I just told myself I was done. Thinking back now, I don’t understand why I let one person ruin something for me. Blogging was my escape but removing myself from what I thought was a problem was always the answer. I feel like I’ve grown a bit since then and I’m able to stand my ground a bit more and defend myself. At least I hope I have!! Lol. Anyway, wow 2 years. Sooo I’ve had my second child since then. A little boy who is now 10 months old, walking and just had his first haircut today!! I feel like this time around, going from birth to a year old has flown by. With my daughter, not so much. I assume it was because I was a stay at home mom and I had nothing else to make the time go faster. I’m working now and have been for the past 2 years. I do miss being able to spend as much time with my son as I did my daughter but in all honesty I would probably lose my mind staying home all the time. Boys are so mischievous! I cannot get over how different they are. Absolutely amazes me!
Anyways, when I recreated this blog, it was designed specifically for my “artwork” and I’ve since gone on yet another years long hiatus with no thoughts of going back to it yet again. I’ve lost my time and passion for it. I honestly would love to get into photography more and capture real life’s beauty.
By the way, it took me literally about half the day and probably about 100 pictures to get these 3 decent pictures of his haircut. Getting good pictures of him is nearly impossible!
Newest drawing finished! My camera unfortunately doesn’t do any of my colored pencil work justice. Always looks so grainy when in person it’s smooth and blends well.
Swamp man drawing I finished up a couple days ago! I actually managed to start up an Instagram account which I’ve neglected to mention with all my work in progress photos. It might be a couple weeks before I get anything new up but if you’d like to follow me here’s the link! Don’t forget to like my facebook page! Thank you! 🙂
Quick drawing from earlier today!