Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Happy Brain-boosting Wednesday!!!

 Here's your middle-of-the-week brain booster!!!
"Did you know???..."
The FIRST person to ever get a ticket πŸš—πŸš”for a parking violation was...
Drum roll puleeeeeeze....

Ba-dum-CHA!!! πŸ₯


YES, it's true!!! It ALL started with a PENTECOSTAL!!!
Annnnnnnnnnnnd HE got out of it too!!! Hee, hee!!! (:
"...Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelllll NOW YOU DO, annnnnnnnnd don't you FORGET IT!!!" (AIO BTV quote;)
♥Mary Frances :)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

When God keeps you humble!!

Sooooooo since the weigh loss surgery, there are these monthly support groups that you can go too, its supposed to me like you know, talking about weight loss, buuuuuuuuuut, a lot of times it turns into drama and sob stories...(Kinda like testimony service can...BAHAHAHA!!!) If you could hear some of the drama these people talk about as we go around the room, I'm just sitting there like, 
Sooooo the MOST COMMON THEME, especially among the woman is this,  I've lost all this weight and I still feel fat! Annnnnnd I'm sitting there like, okaaaaaaaaay the reason WHY we all still feel like we're STILL FAT, is because, WE ARE!!! Buuuuuuut we're NOT AS FAT!!! LOLOL (Although my preferred word is ALWAYS FLUFFY!!!) Liiiiiiike for realz!!! I just soooo wanna shout it out buuuut I'm pretty sure I would get stoned for that!!! 
Then it's someone else's turn, I still don't feel like I'm Pretty!!! Then someone else joins, I know, I feel soo ugly!!! Annnnnd I'm just like sitting there like, sooooo, AM I THE ONLY person in here that prays as they lose weight, God don't let me get conceited, KEEP ME HUMBLE as I continue to lose weight!!!'?!?!?!
 Buuuuuuuuuuuuut let me tell you all something, IF YOU SINCERELY PRAY for God to keep you humble, that is a prayer that he will have NO PROBLEM answering, TRUST ME!!! ;))))
So let me share with you a few incidents that God has used to answer that prayer...
#1 That person that walks up to you and is like, OH, you've lost weight! ME: Oh thank you! Them: your welcome, you look good...ME:About to say thank you again...buuuuut interrupted by them, "BUUUUUUUT KEEP LOSING!!!" 
#2 The guy that walks up to you and says, HEY! You've lost some weight huh! ME: YES! Them: Yeah, your STARTING to look good! ME: Refraining from saying, WHY THANK YOU, your JUST AS UGLY AS ALWAYS!!! BAHAHAHA!!! 
#3 The girl that's just hardly tipping the scale at 100 pounds!Girl: "Oh hey girl! Like, did you lose some weight!? ME: Yeah girrrrrrrl!!! Girl: OMW! I KNEW IT!!! Liiiiiiiike I can totally see it!!! Me: AWWWW THANKS GIRL!!! Girl: YEAH, like, seriously, I think your face is thinner, I can TOTALLY SEE IT IN YOUR FACE!!! Me: Why thank you! I've lost 85 pounds since you've last seen me, (You'de me DEAD if you lost that much weight) buuuuuut you can totally see it in my face, THANKS GIRL!!! 
Baby sitting my nephew Joseph one evening, I've literally just reached my lowest weight I've been, MY WHOLE TEEN and ADULT LIFE, he says, Hey Aunt Mary, just to let you know, don't get offended buuuuuuut your looking A LITTLE fat tonight! Shocked i'm like, JOSEPH!!! WHY would you say that!?!?!?! He looks at me completely bewildered, He's like, AUNT MARY, first of all, I told you not to get offended and second of all, I said only A LITTLE FAT!!! AHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! I honestly think he may have meant it as a compliment, like, your ONLY A LITTLE FAT NOW!!! 
BUUUUUUUUUUT I think this last one is my all time favorite, liiiiiiike it WINS THE PRIZE of God keeping me humble!!! AHAHAHAHA!!! Sooooooo back in June when I had shingles, I had to go to the doctor to get a prescription for shingles to get rid of them. So since I don't actually have a primary care doc I get a recommendation from my surgeon's office. I go in, the doc is looking at my shingles and we're just talking and I tell her I got a recommendation from my surgeon Dr. Reyonoso, she's like, OH so are you one of his bariatric patients? I'm like yes I am! She's like, Oh that's SO GOOD!!! And where are you at right now in this process? I'm like well I'm 7 months past my surgery date! She's like, OH, you've ALREADY HAD THE SURGERY???
YEEEEEESSSSSSSSS TRUE STORY!!! She ACTUALLY SAID THAT TO ME!!! BAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! I'm just sitting there like, lady, don't quit your day job and think about becoming a life coach or anything!!! AHAHAHA!!! It's good thing I was blessed with TWO THINGS: Good self-esteem and a Good sense of humor!!! 
Okaaaaaaaaaaaaaay GOD, I think we're good for AT LEAST another 10 pounds before you need to worry about me needing to be humbled again...AT LEAST 10 MORE...Really God, I'm good for now, REALLY... jus sayin!!! ;))))
♥Mary Frances :)

Monday, September 18, 2017

Happy Monday!!!

This REALLY cracked me up...may as well start the week out with a LAUGH!!! 

Have a great week my friends and REMEMBER...
"This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." (Psalm 118:24)
♥Mary Frances :)

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Friday, September 15, 2017

Happy Friday!!!

This really, really, REALLY cracked me up!!!
"I'd like to give a shout out to all the librarians... Oh, I'm sorry."  Monday Humor

♥Mary Frances :)

Thursday, September 14, 2017

When life has a black out!!!

I remember a time when I was 18, My sister and I went to a youth camp in Oklahoma. The dorm buildings  were solid brick buildings with now windows anywhere. One night as we were sleeping in our very uncomfortable bunks, I suddenly woke up to pitch blackness. I mean it was SOOOO DARK I could NOT even see my hand in front of me. As scared as I was, I knew from the whispers around me that there was a storm that had caused a black out which caused every light in the campgrounds to go out. It was dark my friends, DARK!!!
Even though I was scared and uncomfortable with the lights being out, I figured I would just go back to sleep, after all that made the most logical sense to do right??? I'm closing my eyes to go back to sleep when I hear a whisper, Mary! Mary! It was my sister, she was like, lets go to the bathroom...I'm like, just go to sleep! She's like, No lets go! I'm like, we can't see ANYTHING, there is no way we're going to make it out of this big room of bunks, into the hall and THEN find the bathroom in this pitch blackness! She's like, NO LETS GO!
Well sure enough WE GOT LOST! I'm telling you all it was one of the scariest feelings ever! We were literally lost in out own dorm room. You have to understand that per a room there are about 30 bunks set up and we were completely lost amongst them. We had no idea where our beds were anymore or where the door to the hallway was.
Holding hands we felt along the beds and walls, tripping over stuff till we finally made it to the hallway. Once in the hallway we were greeted the same blackness. Now we had no idea which room was ours OR how to get to the bathroom. We had no idea what to do as we walked along.
 Struggling through the darkness, we suddenly saw a tiny sliver of light. We realized that it was coming up from the dorm door. It was light from the moon seeping through the bottom door. It was such a tiny bit of light but to us it may as well have been a torch shining through. Thinking we could open the door all the way and let more moonlight in the dorm to find our way around.  Excitedly, We RAN to THE LIGHT!!!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

August weight loss update!!!

Weeeeeeellllll August 25th I celebrated my ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY since my weight loss surgery!! 
85 pounds in one year!!! To say that I and a lot of people expected me to be further than this in one year is TRUTH!!! There are people that lost 100 pounds in 6 months, buuuuuuuut FOR ME, weight loss surgery was NEVER MAGIC!!! It just has made it POSSIBLE to push through and keep going! I think FOR ME, its better this way. This way I've never had to NOT be in the habit of WORKING to lose weight!!! I have time to adjust and get used to slowly seeing myself change...
Things I accomplished this past year:
85 pounds lost
I'm the smallest I've been my WHOLE teen and adult life!!! 
Diabetic FREE
Blood pressure 115/85
Became a hiker
FIT ON ALL THE RIDES I've been DYING to ride on for years but NEVER FIT!!! (Silver bullet, Supreme Scream, Ghost Rider, #norideleftbehind
No more seat belt extension on the airplane
Don't need caffeine in the mornings anymore
Started wearing belts, BECAUSE I CAN NOW!!! 
Went down to a size 11 shoe
Run the aisles faster and be able to jump and dance MORE at church!!!
Building a healthy/active lifestyle
Future goals:
Lose 5 pounds a month
Run the Fountain Hills Turkey Trot
Run in a Color Run
Hike Camelback Mountain
Hike Squaw Peak Mountain
Get to 260 so I can go in a zorbing ball at Bump and Roll
Get down to 250 so I can go HORSEBACK RIDING
Get down to 220 so I can HIKE DOWN the Grand Canyon and ride the burros back up(220 is the weight limit to ride their burros)
Start bike riding
Learn how to play volley ball really well
Go white water river rafting (Ok I could probably do that NOW, I just gotta wait for an opportunity!!!
Cross my legs all dainty lady like LOL 
BMI in the 30's (Okaaaaay so that's doc's goal LOL)
My GOAL SIZE IS: HEALTHY WITH A SIDE OF FLUFF!!! (Okay soooo the credit for that goes to Hanna) OR TAILORED FLUFFY!!! (Submitted by Stultz)I Like both of these because they indicate ME in THE HEALTHIEST VERSION OF ME!!!(I had a few of my own ideas A few others that I liked were, Slenderly-fluffy, Fun size fluffy(Except that indicates me being little, which i'm NOT ever going to be, I mean, I'm NOT a little person!) Light and Fluffy!!!
One thing that has always been very important to me in this journey was that I remained ME!! They said that there are a lot of times personality changes in people when they have HUGE weight loss and that HORRIFIED ME!!! I don't want my personality to change, I LOVE BEING ME!!! I am happy to say that I consulted separately with two of my closest friends and they both said that they don't see ANYTHING in my personality that has changed, aside from being more health consciencous and active!

Anything annoying about losing weight???
UH nooooooooooo!!! Well, the only thing was when my first pair of shoes were TOO BIG!!! I wasn't exactly excited about having to buy new shoes, its NOT like people are like, OMW, you lost so much weight, I can see it on your feet!!! LOL 
Also, people think when you have weight loss surgery that its just MAGICAL and that you now have it MADE IN THE SHADE!!! Its NOT like, that! It IS WORK! Buuuuut it's like an opportunity to get help and its UP TO YOU to receive it!!! You have to grab a hold of it and take advantage of the opportunity you have!!!
Would I recommend weight loss surgery???
FOR ME, it was one of THE BEST, scariest, hardest, BUUUUUT BEST decisions I ever made!!! IF you are considered morbidly obese, and have tried over and over again to lose weight but NOT getting were you need to be, I would say to study it, research it, get educated on it, seek council and PRAYERFULLY consider it!!! For 10 years I tried my hardest to lose weight. In my early 20's I was 408, I got down 50 pounds but spent basically 10 years going up and down with another 50 pounds. If you chose to do this, don't go the cheap route and just get it done in a forigen country unless they are equipped and monitoring you the same way they do here. Don't make your decision on a whim! Understand that this is NOT a quick fix! It's NOT magic, YOU WILL HAVE TO WORK! (Although, NOT as much as some people depending on your body, ESPECIALLY if your male, my surgeon tells me every visit, I'm Sorry, don't hate me, woman just lose weight MORE SLOWLY!
Also, don't do it unless you are ready to say GOOD BYE to carbonated drinks, alcohol, cigarettes, and certain medicines FOREVERRRR!!!
And go in to it knowing that there will be people that think you took "THE EASY WAY OUT!" They will criticize your decision, IGNORE THEM!!!
Also know that, weight loss surgery and losing weight WILL NOT give you good self esteem, yes it can help, BUUUUT, it's NOT magic, only YOU can see that your value comes from being created by God, no surgeon, diet or mirror can do that for you!!! 

.I love being brave and wearing whatever colors I want now...I NEVERRRR would have worn that mustard gold before...
Annnnnnnnnnd I LOOOOOOVe having funnnnnn!!!
Aside from being healthy, my main goal aside from all the cute outfits I can now wear, my main goal for weight loss, is for me NOT to be hindered from any activities, BECAUSE OF MY WEIGHT!!! I don't want my weight to hinder me. I want to create healthy habits I can live with for life and live an active lifestyle!!! #Norideleftbehind #Iwillcrushthatmountain
♥Mary Frances :)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

When your volume stops working!!!

What should you do when the volume on your phone stops working???
Sooooooo the other day I was listening to a very good story on Audible...
Okaaaaaaay shout out to LYNN AUSTIN, she is like one of THE MOST AMAZING AUTHORS EVERRRRR!!! Hanna has been telling me about her for YEARS, buuuuuuut I just figured it was HISTORICAL fiction, I probably wouldn't be able to understand them if they weren't going in THE IMAGINATION STATION...ahahaha...anyway, AMAZING WRITING SKILLS that lady has!!! 
So anyway, I'm listening to Audible and then I paused to do something, sometimes I can't even listen and do something else....LOL soooooooooooo I put the story back on and NOTHING comes out of my phone!!! I'm like, WHAT???? So I higher the volume, still nothing! I higher it to THE HIGHEST volume level and NOTHING!!! I'm like, OH SNAP!!! The speakers on my phone must be broken, I'm like in the middle of devestation, ready to lay hands on my phone because I'm DESPERATE to finish this amazing story...
When I flip my phone around and something goes flying towards me...
That's WHY the speakers on my phone weren't working....
Anywayz, once I got those back in my ears, THE SPEAKERS WORKED GREAT!!! Funny how that works, Hee, hee!!! ;) 
Soooooooooo what should you do when your volume stops working??? Try putting your ear buds back in!!! 

♥Mary Frances :)
P.S. The story had a PERFECTLY WONDERFUL ENDING!!! I HIGHLY recommend this book!!! 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Happy Monday!!!

Soooooo true my friends, PUSH THROUGH to that final climb!!!
the best views come after the hardest climbs
Happy Monday!!! Have a great week!!!
"This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." (Psalm 118:24)
♥Mary Frances :)

Friday, September 8, 2017

When Mary Gets To Heaven...

Funny Christian Comic:
♥Mary Frances :)

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Happy Brain-boosting-Wednesday!!!

It's your middle-of-the-week-brain-booster!!!
"Did you know???..."
That there is ACTUALLY a street, NAMED AFTER ME????
YES, I am for realz, a WHOLE STREET named after ME!!! 
Is it called, MARY STREET??? NO!!!
Is it called ROAD MARY??? NO!!! 
It is called...
Imagine my extreme excitement when we passed this street on our way home from Knotts this past weekend...seriously, WHAT A HONOR!!! 
"...Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelllll NOW YOU DO, annnnnnnnnd don't you FORGET IT!!!" (AIO BTV quote;)

Mary Frances

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Your name MIGHT be Mary IF...

for the camera on rides!!!
Yes, that would be ME doing THE HEART as we passed the camera on the way down from the log rid, what can I say, it's A MARY THING!!! LOL 

♥Mary Frances :)

Monday, September 4, 2017

Happy Monday!!!

Monday Person #Monday, #Person
Literally, THIS IS HOW I FEEL TODAY!!! And that's with sleeping in til after 10!!!! I'm normally not a downer on Mondays, buuuuuut OMW I've been sooooooooooo SICK!!!! Because I'm an airhead MARY it literally took me two days to realize I was SICK!!! Like, OMW, there's a reason WHY  your feeling freezing cold in REALLY HOT WEATHER...
I've been lying in bed for the last two days and finally am MAKING myself go to the doctor later...I HATE TO PAY that $25 copay, buuuuuuuut I ain't getting any better and working is calling me!!! All day today I couldn't decide if I was feeling nausa or hunger pangs or nausa cuz I was hungry...Heading to the doc soon...
Did I meet last weeks goals...Okaaaaaaay 5 outta 7 days is pretty good...I've been so sick I think I can be excused!!! 2, 4 and 5 tho, BAAAAAMMMMM!!! Goals for this week, get better, get some REAL WRITING DONE, BLOG DAILY!!! 
♥Mary Frances :)

Friday, September 1, 2017

Something to think about...

“We are not ignorant of satan’s devices”-2 Corinthians 2:11. We are at war with the enemy of our souls, the devil. The battle starts in our mind, depressing, deceiving thoughts of condemnation, fear...
For anyone that is struggling with the battle of the mind I suggest reading the book, "Loving God with all of your mind" The author shares her testimony of overcoming depression and mind torment through memorization of God's word!!! 
♥Mary Frances :)

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Happy Brain-boosting Wednesday!!!

It's your middle-of-the-week-brain-booster!!!
"Did you know???..."
That Goodbye ACTUALLY means, GOD BE WITH YOU!!!! ???? How totally and completely cool is that????  How often people  DO INDEED mention God without even realizing it!!!
"...Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelllll NOW YOU DO, annnnnnnnnd don't you FORGET IT!!!" (AIO BTV quote;)

♥Mary Frances :)

Tuesday, August 29, 2017


I was listening to Focus On The Family earlier and the man was telling a story about a little boy that was lost in the grocery store. So this little boy started calling out his mommy's name! He said, "Heather! Heather! HEATHER!!!" Finally his mommy heard him and came and rescued him from being lost. But after she hugged him and calmed him down she asked him WHY he called her Heather and not just MOMMY??? And the little boy said, because Mommy, there are A LOT of mommies in this store...BUUUUUUUUUUUT I WANTED...
Now, this had absolutely NOTHING to do with the point of the story that the radio was saying, buuuuuuuuuut this got me to thinking, when I was in college, writing for the college paper, I was writing an inspiring story and I was quoting the girl that the story was written about and I wrote, that she said she found love in the arms of Jesus. My teacher, who was a "Christian" said, how about, INSTEAD of saying in the arms of JESUS, how about we paraphrase her to say she found love in the arms of GOD! I was just kinda like, okaaaaaay buuuuut I don't really see WHYYYY??? I mean, after all, JESUS IS GOD!!!
 She said, well because when you say God, people are MORE ACCEPTING of that, because almost everyone believes in God in some sort of way or the other. Muslims, Jews, Hindu, Budhists, Bahai, ...they all believe in God, so they won't mind reading God, buuuuut WHEN YOU SAY, Jesus, now your being exclusive, because most people believe in God, buuuuut they don't believe that JESUS IS GOD!!! Weeeeeeeeellll...this DID NOT SET WELL WITH ME AT ALL!!! I mean, I HAD NO problem just saying God, UNTIL she explained to me WHY! That's what I call watering down and diluting the message, compromising...annnnd YES...also the reason WHY I didn't make it as a Christian in a career of Journalism!!! LOL
You wanna know WHY I like to say JESUS, soooo much WHEN I PRAY??? Because, this world is filled with "gods," buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut...when I have a problem, when I have a need, when I am afraid, when I need a shelter, when I need a friend, when I'm scared and alone, I DON't just want any ol god, I SAY JESUS!!!
"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
(Romans 10:13)

Monday, August 28, 2017

Happy Monday!!!

Crush 'em!
Goals for this week: 
1. Have a blog post up EVERY DAY this week, UNLESS Jesus comes back...NO even if he does come back...they'll be prescheduled for anyone that got left behind!!! AHAHA!!! 
2. Clean the house...sweep, mop, vacuume, bathroom, my room, my closet!!! 
3. Hit next weight loss goal
5. No car accidents...not even scraping against a pole...Or knocking over a trash bin!!!
I'll let you know next Monday if I completed it all!!!
(Well I guess you'll know about #1 lol) 
♥Mary Frances :)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017


When you find out on THE LAST DAY of your summer baby sitting job that Ikea has a really awesome play area you can drop the kids off for an hour!!! AHAHAHAHAHA!!! The look of...
So i'm the kind of person that plans all kinds of activities to do with the kids when I babysit, well we went to just about every mall in the area, libraries, free tours of stuff, free breakfasts, museums, drives, swimming, we cooked, baked, made slime, listened to AIO and Lamplighters, the whole shebang, buuuuut I realized that we hadn't gone to IKEA yet and lets face it, Ikea is a pretty fun place to go check out. So I told the girls lets go to Ikea on my last day! 
So when I get their in the morning, the oldest sister of the group is like, Oh did you pick Ikea so we can drop my little sis off at the play area and not have to worry about her running around??? I was like, WAAAAAAAAAAAAAIT, IKEA HAS A PLAY AREA THAT YOU CAN DROP THE KIDS OFF AT???  SAY WHAAAAAAAAT??? She's like, YES, YOU DIDN'T KNOW THAT??? I'm like, GIRRRRRL, If I had know that, WE'DA BEEN GOING TO IKEA EVERYDAY!!!! 
AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Jk! Jk! Hee, hee!!! ;)

♥Mary Frances :)

Monday, August 21, 2017

Happy Monday!!!

What is MORE important, PRAYING or READING your Bible??? That is the question that Bishop Abbott asked us one day while he was preaching.
What is MORE important praying or reading your Bible?!
He said, that so often we think that prayer is MORE important than reading your Bible and he said that while prayer IS indeed VERY important,  JUST REMEMBER, when we pray, it is, US talking to God, (OR with God)THE BIBLE is ALL GOD TALKING TO US!!!

Christian humor
NOT that God can't or doesn't talk to us while we pray, BUUUUUT praying still involves us talking, while the Bible is THE WORD OF GOD, and ALL OF IT IS GOD TALKING!!!  I think that it is pretty safe to say that they both go hand in hand and work together for the GOOD!!! The WORD of God will be enlightened even more to us when we pray.
 Yet at the same time, We will find the very answers to our prayers IN THE WORD OF GOD!!! Furthermore, the Bible will even begin to show us WHAT we need to praying about!!!
 Its Monday but we don't need to be down! Get your Bible and begin to read...JUST THNK, Today, YOU have the opportunity for God talk to you!!!! Start your week off THE RIGHT way...
Happppppy MONDAY PEEPS!!!
 Have an awesome, fantabulous, BLESSED WEEK!!
♥Mary Frances :)
♥Mary Frances :)

Monday, August 14, 2017

Happy Monday!!!

Happy Sunday!
Heeeeeeeey everyone out there!!! I just want to say that I am SUPERRRRR SORRRRRRY that  I have NOT been keeping up with my blog like I should be!!! It is NOT from lack of inspiration, I LITERALLY have SOOOO MANY THINGS I want to share with you all, it is LITERALLY LACK OF TIME!!! I have been working an extra nannying and LOTS OF BABYSITTING jobs this summer, buuuuuuuuuut all the kiddos will OFFICALLY be back in school come the 21st annnnnnnd I will be back to my REGULAR SCHEDULE ONCE AGAIN!!!! ONE MORE WEEK, Sooooooo hold on just a LITTLE BIT LONGER!!! 
Have a GREAT WEEK all my readers out there!!! Remember, IT MAY BE MONDAY, buuuuuuuuuuuut SMILE, BECAAAAAUUUUSE....
"This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." (Psalm 118:24) 
Mary Frances :)

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Happy Sunday!!!

That's RIGHT!!! Take it to the alter today and Kick it OUT THE DOOR!!! 
What to do when sin tries to enter your life
"I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord." (Psalm 122:1)
♥Mary Frances :)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Awesome JULY!!!!!!

Sooooooooo in this month, I DISCOVERED BOBA!!! You will see A LOT OF PICS with me ANNNNND BOBA!!! LOL

Regan calls Odin Odie and Odin calls Regan RAY...They are soooooo CUUUUTE!!! Total BUDS!!! 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

My 34th BIRTHDAY!!!!

Weeeeeeeeeeeeellllllllllllll you guys, it's time to do a post about my BIRTHDAY!!!  Lots and lots and LOTS of celebrating!!! The best part of sharing my birthday with my niece is that I usually end up with about 4-5 parties...which is JUST FIIIIIIIIIINE WITH ME!!! Hee, hee!!!
The only thing I can remember about last year's birthday was that they called me to let me know that I had been approved for my weight loss surgery, which was ALL the gift I needed on my birthday...Here I am, 83 pounds to share with you all THIS YEARS birthday!!! 
So my day started off with opening presents with my sis and MJ, seriously, T spoils both of us!!! BIRTHDAY FREEBIES from Starbucks before work, which the kids LOVED helping me finish!!! 
When I got to work that day, the Greenbank kids had COMPLETELY SURPRISED ME!!! They jumped out and yelled surprise and had the WHOLE HOUSE DECORATED JUST FOR ME!!!
It was THE SWEETEST THING EVER SIGNS that said stuff like, "Best Babysitter everrrrr!" Pics of us all, banners, streamers, balloons, handmade cards, cupcakes, a special birthday seat, it was sooooooooooo cuuuuuute and I LOOOOOOVED IT!!! 
Derek walks in and is like, WAAIIIIIIT...WHY is MARY cooking breakfast??? I'm like, BECAUSE lets face it, I MAKE BOMB PANCAKES and that's what I want to eat!!! AHAHAHAHA!!! He's like, OH OK! 
Then we went swimming togother and were starving sooooooooooo we got Little Cesar's for lunch...
Then we played this REALLY COOL game together that I now want...
I left the house telling them to MAKE SURE they cleaned the house before their parent's got home...I woulda done it buuuuuut, it was SOOOOOO HYPERRRRR!!! Like OMW you guys, we had such a blast!!!
At night my sister made my dream come true by taking me to a place I have been WAITING MY WHOLE LIFE TO GO TO...
My sis and I got the enchilada and steak combo to split and we had a TON of leftovers!!! It comes with beans, corn on the cob plus a basket of mini Indian Bread and biscuits and salad! One of these days I'm  going to order the Rattlesnake, just so I can get the shirt that says, "I ATE THE SNAKE!" AHAHAHAHAHA!!! 
Oooooh and the best part, THERE"S A SLIDE TO GO DOWN INTO THE DINING HALL!!! Of course you don't have to, YOU COULD take the stairs...buuuuuut WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT??? It's soooooooooo much fun...I'm NOT going to lie, I SCREAMED EVERY TIME!!! 
Then at the end they bring out cotton candy to the table, which I just loooove, mainly cuz it's PINK AND FLUFFY!!! Hee, hee!!! 
Sooooo if your vistiting AZ or have an out of town guest, I HIGHLY RECCOMMEND RUSTLER'S ROOSTE!!! It us on a hill and has a beautiful view, perfect for pics and there's fun stuff too do, live western singers, a bull to go see, a photo booth, the slide, etc...The perfect place for making memories!!!
Lots of love sent my way on birthday!!! Thank you everyone for all the messages...SORRY if I forgot to respond...I read and appreciated ALL OF THEM THO!!! 
THEN we had a family party the following Saturday at Cheesecake Factory!!! 

My brother John made up BOTH party invites for me!!! 
I was soooooooooooo PREOCCUPIED at the party that I LITERALLY FORGOT to take pictures!!! 
Buuuuuuuuuuuuuuut this is what I got to eat!!! 
The NEW Coffee Cream Cheescake, which is AMAZING!!! MY NEW FAVORITE!!! if you LOVE COFFEE AND YOU LOVE CHOCOLATE, this is a MUST!!! PLUS its gluten free...soooooo as the waiter said, IT MUST BE HEALTHY...HEE, HEE!!! 
For the meal T and I split the Chicken Bellagio..which literally, the chicken is so tender it just like melts in your mouth....Yummmmm!!! ANd when you eat the leftovers, the chicken is sooooooooooo GOOOOOD it doesn't even have to be warmed up...PLUS, I heard that you burn MORE calories IF you eat your food COLD...LOL!!!

Our annual swim party was AS ALWAYS A BLAST!!! 

I only got a few pics tho...the theme this year was DOGS...that's what MJ is into...and of course I don't care...LOL!!! 
Birthday gift from God was that it was ONLY IN THE 90's THE WHOLE week of my birthday, sooooo that meant I got to GO HIKING!!! 

Overall, my birthday was A BLAST with all the celebrations!!! I was blessed with A LOT OF GIFTS!!! I loooooved ALL OF THEM, buuuuuut a few of the Hilghlights would be a really cool picnic basket from my sis and Nike sneakers, A Dainty Jewell's Modest swim dress from the Greenbanks, A hydration backpack from Stultz, Wooton's mail cap from the Abbott's, money and gift cards from my family, AKA: SHOPPING,  and lots of gift cards from others and lots of other cutesy lil things!!! Thank you EVERYONE, I love you all MUCHO!!! Purrrrrrrr!!!
Annnnnnnnnnnnnnd it's August sooooooooooo that means that my birthday is OFFICIALLY OVERRRRRR!!! Unless you want to give me a gift...of course I'll take it!!! ;)))) Hee, hee!!! 
Mary Frances :)