Summer 2014

We’ve had a pretty jam packed Summer…to say the least.  Filled with many visitors and visiting, Summer 2014 was definitely a good time. My sister Ebeth made her way to NNY and it felt like home again!  I was so … Continue reading

Turning 6, Getting Promoted, and the End of Softball

So much has happened in such a short amount of time lately…but, I guess that’s just life right?  I am not the only busy one in the world with an umpteen amount of “everythang” swirling around them.  However, it’s not a fam bam blog if I don’t pop in and share with my peeps the fantastical chaos I call Mi Vida!!

We celebrated Teage’s birthday last weekend (his first party on his actual birthday since well, birth :o)  He is officially 6 and “first grade ready” as he would tell it.  The first thing he did birthday morning was grab Dad’s tape measure, run into my room to wake me up, and demand a height check.  Turning 6 has its expectations after all.  I guess it’s a good thing he doesn’t realize how doomed he actually is in the height department yet.  Until then we will high five every inch we get along the way 🙂

This year Teage chose the Avengers has his birthday party theme.  Anyone else die hard Avenger dweebs like us…I am definitely on the Hulk Fan Bus this go ’round!!  Stretched thin, I managed to pump out one of the best lil parties he has every seen.  He loved it…from the superhero food bites (think Villains in a Pickle, Wonder Dogs, Pop Rockin Puffs, Fightin’ Fruit, Hero Lassos, Vision Sticks, and Two Face Dips), to the handmade capes, to the Superhero Academy obstacle course, to his awesome teacher showing up, to reading EVERY single birthday card (better than most teenagers I know), to the fabulous gifts he was so fortunate to walk away with…I mean, how blessed are we?  It was such a blast to have all his friends, classmates, and family show up to help celebrate our Teagie!  Roll the pics already….

Goody Bags…Avenger Style

Balloon Fun!

Hulk Punch

Starting off with the Nature Scavenger Hunt

Read the Clues Teage!!

Hero Ready!

First game…Vaporize the Villain!

Who to pick next….

Capes for All

A labor of love, those capes were 😉

The Teen Set…posted on the pick-up

Too cool to hang with the little kids 😉

Shoot the villain Camille!

Who is that masked man?? Baby Koi to the rescue!

Bag Toss…first step in the Super Hero Academy obstacle course

Being a superhero means being able to jump through hoops!

Off to the Kryptonite Disposer challenge!

Captain America Shield Throw!

Run Hero Run!!  (I love Teage’s moves in the background)

Grabbing the most kryptonite…

Who’s’ gonna finish first??

Mastermind Challenge…guess the number of candies!

Teage’s Avenger Cake…Thanks Kaylene for yet another fabulous and tasty cake!

Make a Wish…

and BLOW!! YAY!!  (The other kids simulating the blowout is just as awesome!)

Once again, we are so happy to have everyone come out on their Saturday.  Lord knows that the sunny days here are few and far between, so we are appreciative using one of those to come be with us as we bid farewell to five…HELLO SIX!!!  Next Saturday…my girlie turns 17!!  (really, 11 year gap?)  Sigh…

In other news….the beginning of the month was also a huge milestone in that George was officially promoted to Master Sergeant!!  Making his E-8 has been like a long forbidden love affair for him…wait, I wish a Mutha Sucka WOULD…maybe not the best analogy.  Anyway, point is it has been a plateau for us for so long….George made his E-7 within his first 7 years in the Army. That is pretty much unheard of in the military.  He earned it, he deserved it…but it was always a known fact for us that he would probably sit dormant there for a while.  And boy did he…for over half of his 16 year career!!  He knew his place and accepted the wait in line as he should.  But, the time had come….finding out in December that he was in promotion status was probably the best news we had gotten in a while. It was a tough year last year for him and this was the morale boost he needed to remind himself of why he is such a great man and Soldier.  I’ve always known it…and now so would the rest!  The day after Teage’s party, I prepped making foodies for the ceremony, which was intimate and yet bountiful with guests and well wishers.  Having G-Pa here was the icing.  He was able to have his dad and I be the ones to “pin” his new rank on.  Alex was also able to attend and I know that meant the most to him by having his family there.  So without further adieu…I present to the masses, MSG George M Isla !!

So many people came out…thanks again!

Senor Isla Trio!

Luv the O’Neal’s..battle buddies for sure!

LTC Iliff before his “I heart Isla” speech..

Sharing a moment!!

Rubbing on of the Ranks 🙂

Congrats to my MSG!!!


The Receiving Line…what a great crowd!

So excited and fortunate to have G-Pa there for this moment.

Isla Forces…go get ’em baby!!

What an accomplishment!  Does this mean he will stay in  the Army with this kind of momentum in the ranks?  Hmmm….

Continuing the week, I had to leave an hour after the promotion ceremony headed to the European Army Family Action Plan Committee in Heidelberg.  I was selected to attend as a Recorder/Transcriber this year (the toughest role as many would say)…but, my work as being multi tasking mommy never ends!!  I rolled back on Wednesday to be there for the Softball Awards Dinner.  Well, I mean I wanted to see my Saigie get her certificate and all…but I was also in charge of the slideshow and helping George create his gift to the girls, individual player cards and trading cards.  Everyone knows by now that we are committed parents with volunteering and advocating/supporting our kids in all they do.  This was no exception.  I love being with these girls and I am really sad to see another awesome year end.  With an undefeated season…our Lady Raiders made history, no team from K-Town has ever accomplished this feat!  I have to also take it a little further and give props to my hubby.  He has put everything into coaching these girls and I know that every single one of them will always remember and owe a little something of their softball career to his commitment towards them.  Hats off to this team…it may be the end of an era, but it’s also what will drive Saige on to overcoming the next achievement, as captain next year!!

Coach Culbreth

Saige grabbing her All Region Rap Sheet!! #1 BABY!

Team Mom…Word!!

Coach “Ice”

Lettered Again!

Player’s Card…from Coach Daddy!

Gift from the girls to G

Grub Time

Megann, Lauren S, Lexus, Sharon, Michelle, Makenzie

Melissa, Lauren H, Reagan, Saige, Callie

Tia, Natalie, Liggins

Lady Raiders with Coach C

Goof Troopin’

This is ALOT!

She’s always someone to lean on!

Stir ir UP!

Passing of the reigns…Captain Baby!

Pentagon Posse! Sniff…

What a fabulous week…in more ways than one!  Did I mention I love my life….?  Now, if I could only get my Apple TV addiction under control I’d be close to damn perfect :/

Thanks for looking…


Photo Challenge 13-16

31 days doesn’t necessarily mean I have to post in a row right?  Moving right along.  Here are my subjects…macro style!!


Nature Challenge – “Fall Foilage”


Luxury Challenge – “Piles o’ Pearl”


Gear Challenge – “Gears of Gas”


Orange Challenge – “Forever Signal”

Halfway there 🙂

Thx for looking…