Wednesday, November 25, 2009

I'm So Thankful today...

that these 3 call me mommy...

And just in case you couldn't tell...

We found out just hours ago that
we are having a boy!

Today I am feeling so many different emotions. I saw my sweet new baby for the 1st time today. I saw the reaction of my amazing husband and my beautiful little girls.
We are all healthy and so very Happy! We have so many things to be grateful for right now!
I just wish everyone a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 23, 2009


I have been really, really bad at posting something everyday for 30 days.

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.

Today I am VERY thankful to be a stay at home mommy!!

Friday, November 13, 2009


I have been very bad at this 30 days of everyday. I just have been so busy with work and housework.
Anyone have those days when nothing goes as planned? I have them more than not!!

Ohhh, well...

Nothing has been going on around here. And since Ryan has banned christmas gift crafting, I am making a list of things that I want to do...

I want to make this... I found the tutorial here.

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

I still remember...

"I still remember when 30 was old..." (deanna.carter)

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.
So I guess that I really am old!!

Friday, November 6, 2009

{9/30} I'm not going to lie...

and I am not embarrassed about it either!
(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.

Oh... This year is going to be heavenly...I can already tell!!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


This isn't as much as an everyday in 30 days, but it is something that we all have to do every day.

Keeping a Clean House...

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.

Wish me luck!!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Week 15...

This week the baby is as big as an apple, or so says Baby Center .

I am still feeling tired and a little nauseous at times. I have had the worst heartburn, which makes me feel a little sick after eating. It is just a darn good thing that the moment that you hold these sweet little babies you forget all the yucky stuff!!

I finished Halloween mini session pictures yesterday and they turned out so cute. I had such a great time doing them. Thank you everyone who brought their cute kiddos to the shoot.

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 are the best!

Sundays I get to make a big dinner for my family.

Chicken noodle soup and Homeade bread...YUMMY!!

Sundays I get help from my best assistants.

Sundays we get to not be hurried, rushed, or frantic.

Sundays we get to relax.

Sundays we get to watch the Yankees pull off another win.

Sundays are awesome!


Halloween was a ball. My girls were adorable!

During my halloween shoots they played with my grandparents. They made pumpkin cookies. Played pumpkin ball with grandma and grandpa, and ate a lot of candy.

When we were done with pictures we went home to pick up dad and to go trick or treating. My little Snow White told me while we were walking to the next house that"Trick or Treating is so fun Mom".

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...


This little girlie is wearing me out.

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!!