Wednesday, May 24, 2017


May has been a lot busier than I had hoped.  Ryan has been traveling to Montgomery for work for about a month now until they can find a replacement for someone that was fired.  He is pulling "Double Director Duty" at two retirement homes for another few weeks and we will be glad to be back to a normal schedule.  Ryder has been asking about vacations to the beach and the Aquarium but we just have to tell him no until our schedules settle down. 

Ryder is so cute waiting on his Daddy to get home from his travels.  This is him one evening pretending to hide in his tree as Ryan pulls in the driveway.  He sometimes blasts him with toy arrows or the water hose which isn't so cute. 

We've had Mother's Day, my 33rd birthday, preschool graduation, birthday parties for friends, Wednesday bible study, the end of Upward soccer season, etc. and it's been hard to find time on the weekends to fit in anything extra. 

We are really hoping and praying that June will be the end of our house renovation, and more time as a family.  Here's hoping! 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

End of April

After Easter we had to do some kitchen box shifting and moving around furniture because we had our popcorn ceilings scraped throughout the main living areas.  We were warned it was a messy process but thankfully we are through all that and are finally working on cleaning and putting the house back together.  We are doing a lot of the interior painting ourselves as we go and it will take some time but it's beginning to resemble a home again.  The kitchen is about 50% complete I would say.  They have done the demo, framing, plumbing, electrical, and hardwood flooring and now we are waiting on the white shaker cabinets to arrive from the manufacturer. 

In the meantime, this is our current cooking situation.  We've had to get creative with dinner ideas and can't wait to cook with pots and pans on a real stove.  We keep the coffee pot in the bathroom and do dishes in the bathtub.  Fun times. 

Last week Ryder's school had a field trip to the Birmingham Zoo.  No siblings were allowed so Ryan drove Reese at 7am that morning to meet Pammy and Paw Paw in Gadsden before turning around and heading to work in Trussville.  I was so grateful because me and my little buddy had the best morning together.  There is just something about our bond that is indescribable and he certainly has my heart.   

Bless him, we had a broken arm scare this week thanks to some punching bag toys, but after a trip to the pediatrician it was thankfully Nurse Maid's Elbow.  The doctor painfully twisted the tendon loose and he was as good as new within an hour.  He fell asleep on the couch at 5 and was back to his old self the next day. 

It's been an exhausting week.  You know you are in the trenches of parenthood when there are 3 beds in the house and you manage to sleep in all 3 in one night.  I also made a trip to Walmart at 5:45 am one morning for children's Tylenol and a wireless router.      

We have Kindergarten tour, Upward soccer game, and a cookout with friends this weekend.  April flew by and we will be on summer break in the blink of an eye!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017


Trying to catch up the blog this week!  Ryan worked long hours the weekend of our Easter egg hunt at church so I took the kids solo and we loaded up on candy...candy that we had bought, honestly because our Sunday School class volunteers every year to buy the candy and stuff all 800 eggs. 

It was super fun though and after the egg hunt we came home to rest before our friend Nora's two year old birthday party that afternoon.  It was an Ice Cream theme and the kids played for hours in their backyard and the adults got to visit with Auburn, Huntsville, Decatur, Chicago, and DC friends that we don't get to see very often. 

You can't tell from the pic but they wore their matching Easter bunny shirts that their Pammy made for all the Grands. 

Because he worked the prior weekend, Ryan had Good Friday off so we set the construction crew straight at the house before heading to the Zoo to see the new Jaguar exhibit.  The kids played in their clothes in the Zoo splash pad and we picked up Taziki's Friday Special on the way home after a long morning.  It was heavenly. 

When we arrived home we had a surprise attached to the mailbox.  Ryders's welcome to Vestavia Elementary West note was attached to our mailbox and I just had to get a pic despite the lack of clothing. 

Reese took a quick nap before we headed to Ryan's Aunt Bev and Uncle Joe's that afternoon at 3 for their annual egg hunt.  This is Bev and Joe with not even all of their great-grands.  Missing 6 from Texas and Nashville (I think?)

And the next morning we had soccer for Ryder then Easter lunch at Pammy and Paw Paw's in Centre with my mom's family. 
I made an Easter bunny stop at Target that night at 8pm because I can't shop for their baskets when they are with me 24/7.  We were so whooped I didn't even get a pic of them in their Sunday best but we had a great service at church and then enjoyed the afternoon at home.  Actually, we were washing cars, etc. because we are used to lonely holidays.  If I recall we spent Thanksgiving lunch raking leaves, haha. 

But we are staying busy with this season of life that's for sure!

Friday, April 7, 2017

A few Pics from Our Crazy Week

We've had a week full of lots of adventures.  From spraying ants in the driveway, playing in the rain flowing down the street, battling hail storms, and using a weed sprayer filled with water as entertainment.  

We are still cleaning up all the debris from Wednesday's storm.  I usually get about 30 seconds of uninterrupted time before someone needs their shoe back on, more juice poured, their magic marker top pulled off, etc.  Add in the renovation and it's looking cute around here!  

Here are a few pics from our week... 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Just wanted to give an update on March happenings!  We moved into our new house the last few days of February and have spent the last 3 weeks unpacking, organizing the garage, etc.  (for those local blog followers, we are right behind the high school baseball fields on Highbluff Road)

Honestly, the past month has been worse than staging, packing, and moving but I guess that's part of it.  It didn't help that our washer/dryer was on backorder so we have made multiple trips to the laundromat and/or friends to wash our clothes and I have made at least 10-12 trips to the storage unit to finally get all the stuff we stored when we staged our house (golf clubs, fire pits, toy bins, etc). 
There just hasn't been a lot of time "at home", especially for Ryan who worked the first weekend and had a 3 day work conference the next week. call us even more crazy we decided to go ahead and get started on some house renovations instead of spending a year getting the house painted and "decorated perfect" only to tear it back up again.  The demo team is currently above us in the kitchen this afternoon as we camp out in the downstairs play room.  Luckily it has couches, a giant tv with built ins, and a temporary kitchen.  We are hoping not to kill each other over the next 2 months!

The kids are currently snuggled together in their new hideout.  These two can make anything into an adventure!

Other more fun things have been the start of Upward soccer for Ryder.  It is his first sport and he has been so excited.  He has played only one game played so far due to rain but it's still been fun.

I also registered him for Kindergarten this week!  Some days it makes me sad and some days I can't wait to get him out of my hair but I guess that's parenthood.

The highlight of my month has been finally capturing their morning routine as they load in the car.  Reese stands next to Ryder and holds her shirt up to "pee like him".  Bless her, this is for sure a keeper for when she gets big!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Mussatos Make a Move

Lots going on in February!  We put our house on the market at the beginning of the month and it was under contract within days.  Luckily we had an awesome realtor who was able to find us a house in Vestavia because the buyers wanted us out in 20 days.  Yikes.  It's been quite an answered prayer for our family.  We go to church in Vestavia, Ryan grew up and went to school there, and we decided that's where our family belongs so we went ahead and made the move this Spring before Ryder starts Kindergarten in August.

I was worried the kids would be stressed over the move but as you can see they think it is a big adventure!

Other than packing an entire house in 20 days, Ryan and I also went to see Eric Church last Friday night.  I was dreading staying up that late and not being able to put my babies to bed.  Of course he doesn't understand but I told Ryan that being without them is like leaving my two arms back behind at home.  But we hadn't been to a concert in years and years and it was his Christmas present so what can you do?

I also took Ryder to see the Wild Kratts show at the Alabama Theatre on Monday afternoon while Reese stayed with Pammy.  Ryder and I got there early to park at the McWane parking deck and have lunch.  Pooh Bear got his very own McWane sticker. 

And here is Ryder in his Creature Power suit.

We had the best time despite me being sick as a dog.  I finally went to an Urgent Care Tuesday morning after feeling like it was strep.  It tested negative but they gave me some Amoxicillin to help with a bacterial infection in my throat and it is starting to feel a little better.

Will post more again as soon as I can.  Movers come tomorrow and we will be busy getting everyone comfy at the new house.  Prayers for all please!   And here is a pic of the new house.  It needs an exterior makeover/paint job ASAP and a backyard cleanup but we are excited to make it ours!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Valentine's 2017

Ryder loves holidays and this Valentine's Day was no exception.  He recognizes people's decorations, wreaths, flags, etc on their homes and always asks to decorate at home too.  We bought some craft supplies at Michael's and had a fun afternoon on Monday working on them.  We also made a splurge purchase on giant lollipops.  Why, oh why, must stores place things like this in the checkout line?? 

Ryder picked out Miles from Tomorrowland  Valentines for friends at Target but after seeing the creative ones that he came home with yesterday from his school party I kind of feel bad for how lame ours were.  Maybe next year we will step it up!

The kids also went to the dentist last week which is always eventful.  The staff make it super fun for them with toys, movies, etc.  Of course the new Trolls movie was playing in the waiting room and is also front and center when you walk in the door at Target so that was another splurge purchase.  This is the waiting room below!

Happy Wednesday everyone!  February is passing by so fast it seems.