Friday, May 2, 2014

Where I've been.... Explained



Well here I am for those of you wondering  where I’ve been. And for those of you not wondering, well then this is kinda awkward. Hiya. Howya been?

Sorry for the long hiatus.  I’ve actually been pretty busy lately. And by busy I mean stressed and tired and trying to grow a business while maintaining a sexy married life with a blended family and kids in sports.  Sometimes by the time I lay down at night, everything “bloggable” that has happened that day has reached a new level of exasperating to me and I can’t find the humor in it by the time my fingertips reach the computer. The trick is in blogging on the spot. If only I could somehow print all the thoughts going on in my mind right when something happens worth sharing. Of course I would have to edit all the bad words out. But where’s the fun in that? 

I’m going to do my best to summarize what’s been going on and the explanation for my absence. 

Well Kurt, the kids and I are still living in this shoebox of an apartment. When it’s a weekend that we have all of the kids, our apartment looks like any page from a Where’s Waldo book. Somehow our kids have become more lazy and disgusting post marriage. Or maybe they were always this way but now that we are officially blended it seems worse. Much, MUCH worse. None of the following are exaggerations:

Empty go-gurt wrappers on the bed, under their covers.  Cereal bowls with old milk and soggy cheerios on dressers. Toothpaste, everywhere. No one flushes. Some don’t wipe. Towels always on the floor, never on the towel rack provided. Clean clothes in the dirty clothes basket and dirty clothes on the floor. Ironically, next to the dirty clothes basket. Filthy, moist socks; pairs of socks are obsolete in our home. Cleaning your room has now become a game of who can shove the most shit under the bed before she comes back in here to yell at us to seriously clean the room now. They are all undefeated in this horrible competition. I’m getting angry as I type this so let’s move on.

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We are working on buying our first home. Talk about a cocktail of emotions. You weren’t approved, you are approved, I need more info, can you sign these, can you fax that, can you turn that in, you didn’t sign there, oops initial here…. I mean seriously people… Not to mention my sweet husband has never filed a document in his life so when I asked for previous year’s tax returns he looked at me like I was asking him when his last menstrual cycle was and if he preferred pearl or cardboard.

Back in February Kurt got pretty sick. Actually back that up to August, he got really sick. He had severe stomach pains and described it as severe constipation. After all night of being in pain we went to Care Now. The doctor poked around a bit, took some X-rays and diagnosed him with gas. That’s it? How embarrassing. A few bottles of Citrus Nitrate later, we had gas and much, much more! Success! Now, fast forward to February; He was at a clients home (awkward) battle of the bowels returned with a vengeance. He called me on a Wednesday to tell me he thinks he needs to go to the hospital. He was in Plano at the time. We live, not in Plano, 50 miles from there to be exact. Nothing makes an emergency more convenient than it happening an hour away from your home. Due to the timing of the event and the horrifying traffic from our home to Plano, the kids and I were forced to wait hours before we could get to him. Begin the emotional roller coaster. We were in the hospital for a week. Juggling, rotating and strategizing who would keep the kids for a week was strenuous. The day we were told we might be released to go home, it began to ice over. It was one of those freakish Texas weather days when it was 75 and sunny the day before. We were released just in time to make it home safely. I had to go defrost and de-ice the truck first. Mind you, we did not have the appropriate attire for such weather so we basically shivered the whole way home. I cussed a few times. Kurt was feeling much better so he reminded me about 17 times not to hit the brakes on the icy bridges. This is when I learned how to bite my tongue. There is no wife award for this either, by the way. I checked. 

Most recently, I was forced to bring Logan with me to my yearly “lady doctor visit.” He had some valid questions while we waited for the doctor to come in. Why I had to get undressed. What the stirrups were for? Is this toothpaste? Do I always pee in a cup? What do they do with the pee? Can he pee in a cup too? What would they do with his pee? Then he asked, why he has to wait outside of the room? After the awkward visit was over, he reminded me of his last doctor’s visit when they “fixed his weiner.” He was referring to a rash on his inner thighs we couldn’t get rid of. Apparently he thought they did more than cure his rash. 

(I dunno folks, he might have a future in medicine)

So that’s what the Ward household has been up to. Tell me, how have you been?

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Happy Birthday Hubby! (Warning its a totally mushy post)



Today is my husband’s birthday. This morning on my way to drop Logan off at daycare while he played his “DDS” I prayed out loud. This is a common thing for me. I have all but mastered how to block out the sounds of Sonic and Ninja Turtles during my prayer time. You got kids, you improvise and make minor adjustments to your “quiet time.” 

I was thanking God for my wonderful husband. Again, this is a daily and common thing for me. But specifically, I felt great appreciation for the Lord creating this man that I am so blessed to call mine. 

We are newlyweds and surely na├»ve in some aspects. Although, we have both been married, divorced, single parents, and now re-married. Blending a family is about as easy sticking a wet noodle thru a key hole. So while we are newlyweds we are by no means newbie’s at this gig. Its work. Some days we work for free, some days we get a raise, some days we work overtime,  some days we call in sick, some days it doesn’t feel like work at all. 

But every day is better because of him. He adds so much to each one of us. He makes us better versions of ourselves. He brings out the best in me. Who he sees when he looks at me is a woman I strive to be every day. 

He’s honorable, honest, trustworthy, reliable, dependable, accountable, considerate, patient and passionate. He has a servant’s heart. He’s simple, even when I complicate things. He’s fair, generous, brave, funny, drop dead handsome. He’s selfless and giving towards others. He shares everything. He has no secrets. He doesn’t have a passcode on his phone. (SCORE! Am I right ladies?) He brings me chocolate and wine just because. He hides love notes in random places for me to discover randomly. He is my hero. And it’s not every day that I recognize ALL of his amazing qualities. Sometimes I forget how blessed I am that God aligned things perfectly for he and I to create this beautiful union of marriage and step-kids.

So today I wanted to take a moment to jot down all of his wonderful qualities and say Happy Birthday Kurt. You are more than I ever prayed for. You are more than I could ever deserve. I love being your wife. I love you!