Tuesday, January 28, 2014

It's Complete

Over a few weeks, I did a major DIY project in the dining room. 

I primed and painted the chairs. I recovered them also. I then primed and painted the old china cabinet. Thankfully, Joe cut the doors off for me. My friend, Brooke, came over a couple Saturdays ago and helped me cut and glue the fabric on the old china cabinet mirror.

I searched Pinterest for a cute "bar" piece. I painted an old desk from IKEA and hung a shelf over it. I'm so pleased with the turnout.

The curtains were the hardest part. I shopped for material and, of course, the stuff I liked was $49.00/yard. I had an idea of sewing very long table cloths into curtains. BAM....I found some on clearance for 7.49 each!  I covered my windows for $30!

The results!

The bar

The hutch
I'm hosting a baby shower soon and can't wait to make use of our transformed space!

Monday, January 27, 2014

District Wrestling

Mitch took 3rd place in the district tournament. With that win, he advances to regionals. We are so proud of how well he's done. Fresh and Soph year-district champ, Jr year-2nd place, and now Sr year-3rd

If you want to watch one of the quick matches, copy and paste the link in your browser.

Sunday, January 19, 2014


You need this tattoo on your head!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Makeover Part Deaux!


All that's left is to paint the walls, see curtains, and decorate the table. 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Extreme Makeover

Well not really.  I want to start using our formal dining room, but we aren't formal people. I took the table we were using and put it in Joe's office. We took a leaf out and it looks great!

I found a really good deal on. 96' inch table. Enough to fit 8 people. 

I decided to redo the chairs. This was my inspiration.  It's a broken mirror that my mother in law gave us. I love it and plan on getting a replacement mirror.  I think Mujer would be ecstatic knowing we are "repurposing/refinishing". Joe sure is!

Look at the cushion on one of the chairs I painted and recovered. It matches perfect!  Each chair will be a different color and I'm using three different fabrics for the cushions.   

Here are some of the other chairs I've been working on!

The walls will also be painted, as will the china hutch. Stay tuned for updates. 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Big D

Joe and I took Drew to compete in the CottonBowl Nationals wrestling tournament. It was cool to be back in Dallas.  

We took a ride down Elm and showed him the book depository and the grassy knoll where the assassination happened. It gave us chills seeing the two white "X"s on the street where Kennedy was shot. I showed Drew the Zapruder film and he was shocked. 

Back to the tournament. It wasn't a good day for Jefferies wrestling. Our coach got stuck in Houston, so Drew didn't have his guidance during the matches. I grabbed another coach from a Woodlands club to help us. He lost his first match 4-0, won his 2nd by pin , and lost his third by 8-2. He ended up placing 5th. Not bad considering this was his first National competition. 

Here are links to the videos if you want to watch them

And of course the pics!

Friday, January 10, 2014

What is it?

We were so excited to have a lemon tree. However, when they turned orange, we were excited to have an orange tree. Biting into them actually hurt they were so sour. 

After much investigating, it's a Meyer lemon tree (hybrid orange/lemon). What's funny is my mom was bragging about how good her lemon pies are bc she uses Meyer lemons.  Guess we will have lemon pie for decades now.

This picture is a small section of the tree. 

Flashback Friday

Saturday, January 4, 2014


Joe and I went to a vintage clothing store today and were sent back in time!  As I looked at the clothes, MeMe came into mind with the polyester dresses from the 60s. Mom, Mrs. Rosie, and Mrs. Girdie all wore some of this stuff, I'm sure of it!

The clothes were 3 pieces for 20$. I bought several outfits for Halloween parties and dress up days at school. Hell, I may just wear them now bc I'm loving the polyester pantsuit I got!!!

The fact that this dress is purple is the icing on the cake!  It's my 60's outfit. I need a pillbox hat and a broche to make it compete. 

These are my 70's threads!

I think I'm wearing this to school Monday!

This one is my there's company outfit!  I'll be fixing my hair like Chrissy Snow!

My 80's get up!  Ruffles and shoulder pads! Don't be jealous!

My Groovy Dude!

Not sure how I convinced him to try this on, but he did!    We are going disco dancing tonight!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Dad, read this!

10 Reasons Why Kids Should Wrestle

10 Reasons Why Kids Should Wrestle

Wrestling is a great sport that teaches athletes so many valuable lessons about sport and life in general. Dan Gable, legendary University of Iowa coach, World, and Olympic Champion; is quoted as saying “Once you have wrestled, everything else in life is easy.” I still think that life can continue to throw powerful punches and challenges, however, I am in agreement that wrestling is a sport that teaches hard work and personal accountability. If one fails on the wrestling mat, there is no one else to blame but the individual. It is hard to blame a coach or a teammate for a sub par performance, and wrestling forces an individual to look inward to see what you’re really made of. Here are my top ten reasons why kids should wrestle.

1. Wrestling develops basic athletic skills

Wrestling is one of those sports that requires a lot of body control. It isn’t enough to be able to run, jump, or throw. You have to be able to use your neck, your back, your arms, your legs, and everything else that you can control to help you to win a match. One of the staples of a good wrestling practice is tumbling in the warm up. People often recognize the value of signing children up in gymnastics, but many people are unaware that there are a lot of tumbling and gymnastics movements that are a part of wrestling practice. We make sure to spend a portion of every practice, especially with our youngest athletes, on tumbling. You have to build an athlete before you can turn him into a wrestler. That is not even to mention all of the flexibility, strength, explosiveness, and skill required to execute a lot of wrestling moves effectively.

2. Wrestling develops personal responsibility

Wrestling is a sport that makes you responsible like no other. Whether you win or lose, it’s entirely up to you. You are responsible for your training. You are responsible for making weight. You have to score. It’s all on you. There are dual competitions and team tournaments where every individual’s performance comes into play, but your teammate can’t step in to tag you out, if things aren’t going your way. You have to be ready to be ready to perform every single match.

3. Wrestling develops mental toughness

The training that is required for wrestling is very intense to say the least. In just a six minute match, you can feel entirely wiped out. In the heat of a tough match, your lungs can burn, your legs and back can be worn out, and your forearms can be completely swollen with blood. Because of the intense nature of the sport, you have to be prepared for anything. You also have to be mentally tough and prepared to square up one on one with your opponent. If you step on the mat, and you don’t believe that you are going to win, you are in trouble. You have to be mentally strong to be ready to perform under pressure on a regular basis. You have to be mentally prepared to push your body beyond what it wants to do.

4. Wrestling teaches about nutrition and weight maintenance

One of the hardest parts of wrestling is making weight. It is a challenge to go through the regular wrestling workouts, and when you are cutting weight, you also will probably be doing extra workouts on the side as well as cutting your calorie intake. You have to learn how to say no to the cake and say yes to fresh fruits and vegetables. You have to learn to say no to the soda and chips and say yes to water and chicken breasts. The better you eat, the more energy that you will have, and the better that you will perform.

5. Wrestling brings kids together and builds a strong camaraderie

Adversity has a way of bringing people together, and due to the challenges that a wrestler faces on a daily basis in practice and competition, the bonds between wrestlers become very strong. In a wrestling practice, you have a group of guys that are giving it their very all to become the best they can be, and in order to do that, they have to compete against each other, day in and day out. However, even though guys are trying to break their opponent during practice, they can also be some of the best friends after practice is over. There is a great feeling of empathy that is developed for the other athletes, and when they win big matches, you are happy for them. When they lose big matches, you can feel the sting of their loss too.

6. Wrestling develops discipline

To be successful in wrestling, you have to develop discipline. You can’t just show up to practice whenever you want to, or else you will not be properly prepared to compete. You can’t just compete on the days that you feel like it, and you can’t just watch your diet occasionally. You have to develop and stick to a routine. If you are undisciplined in any of your efforts, it can be disastrous further down the road when you show up to a competition untrained or unprepared. You have to do the work every day.

7. Wrestling brings different cultures and countries together

Wrestling is a sport that helps bring people together. Even though the competition is fierce, most wrestlers are able to look past where an individual is from. If you walk around in various cities all across the world, people can recognize your cauliflower ear, and they know you are a wrestler. Wrestling took me all across the globe, and I still have some great friends from other countries of the world like Germany, Egypt, Cuba, and Hungary just to name a few.

8. Wrestling teaches an individual how to focus on something and master it

There are a lot of techniques that you can try to master in wrestling, but the very best wrestlers usually have one or two moves that are unstoppable. It takes a lot of time and repetition to get a move down just right so that it can be executed during competition. Bruce Lee wasn’t a wrestler, but he has a quote that I really like. It says, “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” This quote applies to wrestling as well. The wrestlers who dabble in a lot of different things, won’t be the greatest. The wrestler that can discipline themselves to focus on one technique and master it, will give themselves a great opportunity to win.

9. Wrestling provides opportunities to further education

Let’s face it. It is very unlikely that most wrestlers will get paid much, if anything at all, to wrestle. However, wrestling can provide an opportunity to earn a scholarship to wrestle in college and further one’s education. A lot of times when people think of getting a scholarship to wrestle in college, they immediately think that division I schools are the only places that they can go to get a wrestling scholarship. The truth is that there are more opportunities to wrestle in college and get school paid for by competing in other divisions as well. Division II, NAIA, and junior colleges also have programs will scholarships available. If young wrestlers are committed to the sport and do their homework about wrestling programs, hopefully, they will be able to find a school that they can wrestle at and further their education as well.

10. Wrestling is fun

Last but not least, wrestling is fun! Despite all of the challenges that are a part of the sport, it is so much fun and so rewarding to go compete and win. Having your hand raised at the end of a match is a great feeling. It is a very satisfying feeling to know that you are able to work hard, improve your skills, face challenges, and overcome them. You know that no matter what life throws at you, that you will be able to prepare for it, and come out okay on the other side.


Wrestling is such an amazing sport that provides youth an opportunity to learn things that will help them throughout their lifetime. It helps to develop strong minds and strong bodies. It helps youth to learn to set and work to achieve goals. It is a great sport that I am very grateful to have competed in, and I am still very fortunate to be able to continue to coach and pass along lessons that I have learned along the way. If you are a wrestler that is still competing, I hope that you continue to do so and keep learning things. If you are a parent of wrestlers, I hope that you continue to encourage them to work hard. If you don’t wrestle, I encourage you to give it a try. Finally, if you are a parent of youth that don’t wrestle, I encourage you to encourage them to try out wrestling. Even if they only do it for a short time, they will be forever changed.

About The Author

Justin Ruiz is a college and youth wrestling coach. He was a 2x NCAA All American for the University of Nebraska, 6x World Team Member, and a World Bronze Medalist. He is currently an assistant coach at Utah Valley University and is one of the founders,partners, and coaches of Fortius Wrestling Club, a club that offers wrestling training and coaching to elementary, junior high, and high school athletes. To contact Justin visit the link here. Please remember to like theFortius Wrestling page on Facebook here. You can also sign up for email updates via the form on the home page.

New Year’s Eve

It’s nice to have friends that enjoy hanging out in the backyard.  It prevents us from driving with all the crazies.  Michele and I had been talking about a fondue party for months.  We decided to do it for NYE.  Michele’s sister is a chef and took us to the Restaurant Depot to buy all the supplies.  We decided to give the kids play money and let them auction for “surprise” prizes.  They had a blast.  The grownups ate, drank, and were very merry!  I’m hoping 2014 brings the same good fortune to Joe and me as did 2013!  Happy New Year!

A few snapshots from the night.

Me and my boys!

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Precious kiddos partying!


The Clear Brook Crew!  I couldn’t ask for a better work family!


Look at Drew bidding.  He spent $16,000 on his prize.  Granted, they had no idea what they were bidding on.  To his surprise, he bought a TIARA.  The look on his face when he found out what he bought was priceless.  He gave it to my friend’s little girl!


Trace had no idea what he was doing, but he bid on a bag of candy (with help from Brooke) and he was extremely happy!  Look how he keeps raising his arm with his money!  In the middle of the game, Drew and Ethan decided to start all of the bids really high, so that everyone would run out of money.  Are those boys smart or what?


Miss Peyton bid on these rockin’ sunglasses!


The Me, Michele, Brooke, and Sharon collage!


Games and the guys!


I love this picture.  Brooke and Joel are expecting a baby boy in April.  He wanted to give baby Shepard-Fontenot-Amedee a NYE kiss.