"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breaths away."

6.24.2010

Happy 23rd Birthday baby!

Cody's 23rd Birthday was Monday, June 21. Unfortunately, I had to work all day that day and he spent the majority of the day in Gatlinburg. So... on Wednesday night, since I had been wanting to make homemade fondant anyway, together we made a cake and decorated it with homemade fondant.

We used marshmallows and powdered sugar... lots of powdered sugar. Then we added food coloring and rolled it out flat to fit on the cake. We used cups and bottle caps to cut out the circles and rolled up the leftover fondant to create the balls to surround the bottom.

Not really sure how it tastes, but all in all it looks pretty good lol. Actually turned out a little better than I anticipated.

It was a lot of fun and something we enjoyed working on together.

Maybe if we get good enough we can make our own wedding cake :)






5.26.2010

Never Gonna be Alone :)


2 and a half weeks have gone by since we were first able to hold each other. Each and every day gets better. Nothing feels awkward, nothing out of place. I feel like I've known him forever. I couldn't ask for more. He keeps me on my feet and with my babies gives me something to smile about every second of every day. My complete intentions are to make him happy for the rest of our lives together. I love to see him smile. I love to see him in deep thought. I even love to see him sad only because I know I will be here by his side for the rest of my life and I will do everything possible to make it better. He is an amazing man. He has a heart that even my love is not enough to fill. He makes me proud to stand beside him and to say that I am his. He continues to impress me with his sincere kindness and respect for my babies and I. I am not afraid. I am excited and looking forward to everything that this life holds for us. We will continue to update as we travel on this journey and experience the ups and downs that life will throw our way. Loving him always!!!

5.05.2010

In the COOKIES of life...Kids are the sprinkles:)

Cookie Day with Kaeden, Ashtyn and Jordan!!! I was trying to think of something that they could have fun doing and would be different from their normal day to day routine. So I decided to help them make cookies and decorate them. We had a ton of fun and an even bigger mess :)
First we cut the dough, then they rolled it into balls. Kaeden had fun using the roller to try to flatten them out. Ashtyn mostly just ate the cookie dough and made holes in it using her fingers. Jordan did a good job rolling them into balls. We were gonna use cookie cutters but the dough was extremely sticky so instead we just baked them round. I used neon food coloring and mixed it with white icing and put it in ziploc bags for them to decorate with.


I baked the cookies and let them cool, then we decorated them using the neon icing that I had made for them earlier. This was after we put the icing on... thank goodness it didn't stain too much :)







Then it was time to finally EAT them! Although they were really good, I do believe they enjoyed playing in the icing a little more lol. All in all it was really fun and I would def do it again but maybe with a different kind of dough!!!

Kaeden's finished product!Ashtyn's mess !




My finished product with sprinkles!




All in all I feel like it was a huge success and I loved seeing all of the kids laugh and smile!



















5.04.2010

It's been awhile since I've blogged I know, I have been so busy but it seems like I have done very little or close to nothing :( So, now its technically only 3 days before I leave for Louisiana. I am still really excited and maybe a little nervous now. Everything is pretty much in order I just have to finish getting it all together. Again, Thanks to all of my friends and family that is worried about me, but I will be fine :) Tomorrow, I have a big day ahead of me... To start with I have to get up at 7:30 am (for all of those who know me, you know this is early for me), then I am heading to Gatlinburg to get my car finished up for my trip, then back in time to meet Jen and Jordy (I get to babysit tomorrow, I hope the kids have a blast). I think I am gonna attempt to let them make and decorate cookies. If this is successful, I will post pics...well even if it's not I will post them ;) then I'm not really set on any plans for the kids after that... maybe the park or maybe up to my moms to play idk. There is more to do there. I need the exercise anyways if I'm gonna be keeping up with my energetic-full of life kids all summer long. Then at some point tomorrow, I will be making a much needed trip to get my nails done. At the moment, they happen to be looking rough. Then back home to make dinner, finish up for my final class on Wednesday and clean up the house a little maybe, then on to get some rest for the night. Wednesday and Thursday will prob be a little hectic I assume... Anyways, look for my upcoming posts about Wednesday and the remainder of my week before my trip to Louisiana. Also, in a few days I will be posting May's goals and reviewing how I did on the ones for April. Hope everyone has a good night and/or good day whenever you are reading this. I certainly plan to :)

4.27.2010

Ten days


Time seems to be flying by. Well I guess it should be since I keep moving my trip up sooner :) I am now planning to head out on Friday, May 7, which is actually 4 days earlier than I had originally planned. The reason for this being Clayton and Sarah want to keep the kids while I am gone and the only time for that to happen is on Fri-Sun... so change of plans for me but I'm excited either way! I was a little nervous that Cody would not be so sure of me coming earlier but he seemed fine with it which made me that much more confident in going. I know there are a lot of people that are gonna be worried about me, but don't worry I will keep in touch. Just please be supportive in the decisions that I make as they are mine to make. I will miss my babies for those couple of days but it will just make seeing them again that much sweeter and I know Clayton and Sarah will take good care of them. But I will keep you updated and hope everything goes as planned! Cody is so sweet! He even put a silk pillow case on the pillow for me. I think I am already a little spoiled ;) Can't wait to see this sign!

4.26.2010

This takes Courage and Strength...

Wow so I thought I had a lot to worry about at times...this girl is more courageous and has more strength then I could have ever imagined having at 16. Check out Abby's blog! Anyways, I spent the majority of my morning reading about her and Jessica Watson both of which I found to be very intriguing.
So...13 days now. I'm going today to make sure everything is good with my car to make that 11 hour trip to Louisiana. Then headed to work at 4. Glad to have Erica back at work even if it is only for a month or so. We will definately have to get together and hang out before she leaves.
I have a ton of homework to finish before Wednesday and plan to do that tomorrow. So... my Tuesday is pretty much spent already. Maybe it will be raining so I won't be tempted to go outside and find more interesting things to do. After that my house and my kids are gonna require alot of much needed attention :)
K... so I'm off to get the kids and I fed and bathed to get started on this 2 week excitement of a new beginning. Excited to see where it takes me and if nothing else to know that I did something I wouldn't normally attempt. So my inspiration for the trip is these two courageous 16 yr olds. If they can sail around the entire world alone then surely I can make it to Louisiana safely and enjoy it as well. Hope everyone has a good day and I hope to accomplish a few things today!!!

4.25.2010

2 Weeks & Waiting


Today is officially 2 wks away from when I am going to Louisiana to finally meet Cody. Many of you all know I have been talking to him through phone and online conversations for over a year now. I have nearly 1500 pics of him which some would consider a little much but they are the only things I have had to feel close to him and they have def made me feel like I know him. Im sure most people probably think I shouldn't go and/or that it's dangerous to physically meet someone that you met online. However, I'm really excited and haven't looked forward to something so much in a long time! In many ways, we have gotten to know each other on a more personal level rather than a physical one and I'm thankful that we have had the chance and the time to do so. But the time has come or so he says lol and there is nothing to hold us back. I will keep you updated on my trip and the excitement that has come along with it:) Until then I will leave you with a pic of him. Can't wait to have one of us actually together!

4.22.2010

Finding New Qualitites in Myself that I wasn't sure Existed

Most of us think we know the basic qualities about ourselves that we tend to like and even think we want. So now I am having a change of heart. I have been the way I am for the most part of my life. You may be wondering how I am and why Im not too fond of it...so, here goes. I am a very needy person. I always used to think of myself as a strong individual but I am more weak than many could imagine. But in realizing that I am becoming a stronger person. It took me a lot to admit that Im not superwoman and can only handle so much. I have an extremely bad habit of doing certain things just to try not to let anyone down however the majority of the time I end up letting everyone down including myself. This may sound a little selfish but I am going to start doing what I want for me. Some people may think I already do that but in all reality I am the sole person who is destroying myself by letting others influence what I do and how I think in every situation. So...For the Record this is my late New Year's Resolution...
1* Make decisions, not options.
2* If the outcome is not what I expect then go from there instead of having many backup plans.
3* Be patient. (This will be a challenge for me)
4* Go with my Gut. If I know something is not right from the beginning it will probably not be right in the end.
5* Don't feel guilty or pressured.
6* Do my best to the extent that I am capable of fulfilling.
7* Don't overwhelm myself with too many obligations.
8* Make reasonable goals and reach them.
9* Be honest and trustworthy. Have Integrity.
10* Have fun and enjoy life. Don't take everything too serious. Life is what you make of it. In the end it doesn't really matter if there were crayon marks on the kitchen floor before you go out and play. Magic erasers work wonders:)

Thanks to the many of you who have helped me realize who I was, who I don't want to be and what I have to work on to become what I am. Please stick with me as I expect to struggle with this at times. But as a commitment to myself I intend to change my ways. Feel free to encourage me or to call me out when needed. Much love...

4.20.2010

April's Goals



ok...so I am stealing this idea from my friend Stephanie. I think this is a great way to keep me motivated and to not overwhelm myself with too many goals at one time. If you are reading along stay on my back as I may need it...

Here they are...

Fun:
Plant flowers.
Work on Scrapbook.
Go to Max Patch and take pics of the kids:)

DIY/Home:
Go through all of our clothes and donate the ones we don't or can't wear.
Put pictures in frames and hang on the wall.

Teach:
Kaeden- start working on ABCs and putting clothes on by himself. Also encourage him to stop pointing and whining when he wants something.
Ashtyn- Familiarize with colors and more body parts

Cooking:
Get groceries once a week.
Bake a cake and make homemade fondant to decorate.

Cleaning:
Stay on top of laundry. Easy to wash, hard to put away. Wash and put away at least one load a day.
Do dishes daily.
Pick up toys every night before kids bedtime.

Health/Wellness:
Go to mom's to walk once a week.
Eat 3 meals a day.

Check back at the beginning of May to see how I have done.

To do or not to do...that is the ?.

Ok. So... today is a rainy day. My kids are both taking their naps and instead of doing homework I am working on this blog and trying to figure it out. I have had a fairly content day. We went to buy some chairs for the front porch and came back home. The kids have been well behaved for the most part of the day. I think I am going to work on this a little longer and then take a short nap. My plans are then to wake up and work on getting motivated to get some stuff done that is long overdue. So... I guess the answer to my ? is to do and not to do :) Hope everyone has a good day and hope that I manage to get motivated to get some stuff done!

Life @ 23...




"Have a story to tell"
Cody Trosclair, Fiance

Kaeden Makiah Davidson, Son

Ashtyn Shaide Davidson, Daughter

London Avery Trosclair, Daughter

Randy Gunter, Dad

Teresa Gunter, Mom

Randall (Buddy) Gunter, Brother

Rachel Gunter, Sister in law

Erika Young, Niece

William Gunter, Nephew

Dominic Gunter, Newphew







Ashley Bier
Jennifer Byer
Sharon Walker
Erica Scalf





Movie: P.S. I Love You
Colors in order: Black, Red, Brown, Green
Reality Shows: American Idol, Dancing with the Stars
Book: Anything by Nicholas Sparks and The Twilight Series