Sunday, December 27, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
I know that there are family and friends that didn't get one, because I didn't have addresses.
Monday, December 21, 2009
"We have never had a real tree before," said Aniston.
Boy, do I love these girls, and the Christmas season, and spending time decorating, un-decorating, and re-decorating Christmas trees with my family!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
So with a new and improved vision for Christmas this year, I finished this board and we are doing little activities everynight. And it is so much fun. The girls LOVE to pull the next slip to see what we are doing. They aren't hard, unrealistic things. They are fun little things like write a letter to Santa, and make ornaments for their tree, make treats, and stuff like that.
I just have to say that it has been so much fun not stressing about making every gift. I am not even close to finished shopping and I am not one bit stressed out about it. Everything will fall into place and I am determined to just set back and enjoy my time with my family.
Tonight our activity is to make hot cocoa and read a Christmas Story. I just found this recipe and how YUMMY does peppermint whipping cream sound. We are so topping our cocoa with this stuff tonight.
Find the recipe here...Peppermint whipped cream
I hope that you are all taking the time to enjoy the little things!!
Friday, December 4, 2009
I am not done with my shopping...
But I am enjoying the season this year...
with activities for everynight...
starting with our paper chain making
Ohh...this year we are going to have so much fun!
And my girls are going to be so happy come Christmas morning!
I really, REALLY love this season...
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
We found out just hours ago that
we are having a boy!
Monday, November 23, 2009
I have been really busy and really tired!! And I don't see an end in site for either one of those problems.
But due to Thanksgiving being in a few days I just wanted to take the time to jot down some things that I am thankful for.
Today... I am thankful for the oppurtunity I have stay at home and raise my family. I am thankful for the chance to work from home. I am thankful for my husband who supports our decision for me to stay home and give our children the security, love, and support that only a mother can give them.
Friday, November 13, 2009
How cute is that to dress up a plain shirt with some jeans and my cute boots??
And, of course, Martha is going to show you how to make Peppermint bark right here.
I LOVE peppermint bark.
And I want to make one of these...
Because I am in love with scarves. I found the tutorial here.
And I am on a mission to "PERFECT" my Grandma Dallas Cinnamon Rolls. I know a few of you out there know what I am taking about. They were HEAVEN on earth. I found her recipie (after much searching) and I am going to figure them out, even if it takes me a million tries!!
So what are you making these days??
I am going to craft club tonight and I CAN'T wait.
I haven't made anything crafty for so long and I am having crafting-withdrawls.
And that is a real disease...TRUE STORY!!
And Last but not least...Happy Birthday Dad!! We love ya!
Monday, November 9, 2009
And guess what...
I do remember when I thought that 30 was old. It really wasn't that long ago.
But the day has come...and gone...and I guess that now I am OLD!
It really wasn't that bad. My husband took me out for the day, just the two of us. It included shopping, a movie, a really good prime rib dinner, and a whole lot of adult conversation. I really didn't feel like it was my birthday, I really didn't feel like I was old. And then we got home that night and I was really tired, and my feet hurt from walking all day, and I was in bed before 10:00.
Friday, November 6, 2009
(and I am sort of sorry for this --->)
Yesterday I was working away, just setting here editing photos and I had a HUGE desire to hear some christmas music.
So, I went to Playlist and found my Christmas playlist and sang my Christmas-Lovin' heart out all afternoon.
Then I was so in the mood that I dug out my "Holiday Planner" (Yes! I have a holiday planner, Yes! I am a nerd, and Yes! I know of at least 2 other people who have one too) , cleaned out holiday plans from last year and made new copies of all the sheets for this year.
Then I got out my Gooseberry Patch Books and flipped through them and dreamed of what MY...oh I mean "OUR" perfect Holiday is going to be this year.
After last years Fiasco of my "only a Homeade Christmas". We ( and I mean, Ryan saying something similar to, "You are NOT making ANY gifts this year") have our game plan maped out and are starting this weekend. I am determined to enjoy the whole month of Decemeber, with as little stress as possible. I want to decorate until my heart is content, I want to bake until we can't possibly eat one more yummy thing, and I want to watch Christmas movies with my 3 little sweethearts, christmas tree lights twinkling beside us, and a fire popping and crackling in the background.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
I don't know about you all, but when I have a clean house I have a better, happier, healthier attitude about everything. But I hate spending all morning cleaning so that when the kids come home from school, they leave a trail of mess, and then it is time for me to start dinner, which produces another mess.
So what is the secret? What is the key to keeping it all under control? I don't know, but I am going to figure it out.
The holidays always provide me with stress and little time for all the things that I want to do, so now is a perfect time to get it together.
I am totally open to tips, ideas, sharing stories of organizing and managing time better. Share, help, inspire.
I am here to document my journey to find balance between being a mom, a maid, a cook, a babysitter, a photo editor, and a photographer!
And I am starting here. The Fly Lady (thanks Mindy. I had seen this a while ago, but had forgotten about it). Her Detailed list of deep cleaning is where I am starting.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
This week the baby is as big as an apple, or so says Baby Center .
These 3 are the most important things to me.
They are the reason for everything that I do.
I just love them so much!
Now I am off to conquer and destroy my laundry!
How do you all do your housework? Do you do certain things each day of the week? Do you just take one or two days a week and clean everything? I am in need of a system. Anyone have a good system that works?
Monday, November 2, 2009
Sundays we get to relax.
Sundays we get to watch the Yankees pull off another win.
Sundays are awesome!
We skipped out kind of early because I had a horrible headache and the Yankee game was on.
(any of you old cheerleaders remember this uniform??)
Halloween was a fun filled holiday that has came and gone. Thanksgiving we are ready for you next...
She is full of it! She talks non-stop. She changes her clothes every hour.
She never quits going and going. She is silly. She is full of laughter. She is full of tears. She is slightly spoiled. She is adorable. She says the funniest things. She hates being called a baby. She tells her daddy everyday at lunch that she missed him so much.
And then she is out...
And I love her and all her little ways!!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
My sweet, awesome, beautiful mom is having her "29th" birthday today.
Happy Birthday Mom. We love you so much!!
So we are going to dinner and then settling in for the night to watch the 1st game of the World Series. (go Yankees)
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
I just realized that during my 2 previous pregnancies I have two pictures of me with a belly. One with Aniston and one with Emerson, both at about 6 weeks away from my due date. Kind of sad... so I am going to try super hard to document this pregnancy better. It will probably be the last.
We went to the Dr. last week. We heard the heartbeat for the 1st time and it just makes me smile. I already love this little person so much.
I feel a lot better for the most part. I can eat now and I am trying to gain back the weight that I have lost.
The H1N1 Flu has got us a little freaked out. We have become germaphobics (if that is even a word). We should invest in Lysol and hand sanitizer stock.
We keep referring to life as "after the baby comes" or when the baby comes". We are really just super excited. I am trying to talk Ryan into not finding out what it is. But he doesn't think that he can wait. At our next appointment we will schedule an ultrasound. I am really not having a feeling either way about whether it is a boy or a girl. The girls are sure that it is a boy and talk at the dinner table every night about their "baby brother". How cute is that? I just really love them and think that they are going to absolutely love this sweet little baby to death!
I won't lie, some days 2nd grade homework is frustrating.
Somedays I have to walk away and let her dad help her.
Somedays it is SO much fun to see how much she is learning.
Somedays we work so hard on spelling test lists and she brings home a 100% and then we hang it on the fridge! And we are so proud!
there is one thing I know for sure...
I love her so much!!
oh... I have schedule info about Halloween Pictures on my Photography Blog. Check it out and schedule your time now!!
Monday, October 12, 2009
Our wishes finally came true!
Our sweet little addition is expected April 26, 2010.
My little girls are so excited and we talk about the new baby every day. They have been so good to help me while I have been sick.
It still doesn't feel real to me! But we are super excited and patiently (or in the girls case, not-so-patiently) waiting for April...
Friday, October 9, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
And it was just that... PERFECT!!
We left early Friday morning. The girls were so excited, although not as excited as their father, who couldn't sleep the whole night before. We made it there early and got our camp set up and set out to catch a whole bunch of fish.
We had a good day. We caught a few nice fish. The girls had a nap in the boat, we had lunch, and fished and fished some more.
We came back, made some dinner, the girls swam for a while, and we went back out to find some "Striper Boils".
(Emersons idea of swimming...laying in the sand and kicking her feet)
We sat by the fire, laughed a lot, listened to Aniston tell us what happens at school everyday, and then we went to bed. We woke up early, ready for more fishing.
Aniston fished a lot, Emerson and I ate a lot of snacks, and at the end of the day we had caught 26 fish. We got into the Striper boils and had 3 fish in our boat at one time. Emerson was terrified as they flopped around. We had the most fun that night. It was insane.
And then it was time to pack up and come home. We had to leave Ryans "favorite place on earth". We had so much fun, just the 4 of us.