Friday, December 30, 2011

2012 Resolutions

Resolutions- Do you make them? Are you good at keeping them?
Because I am horrible! I think every year I have a resolution to work out more and I think I might possibly work out less than I did the year before, if that is even possible. My problem is that I don't take them seriously. I tell my self "it would be nice if..." instead of truly thinking about things I would like to accomplish in a year.
Then last night, while going through reader and playing catch up, I came across Katie from Punkin' Heads and Dooda Loo's. She blogged about the changes she saw in her own life in 2011. It was great reading how she grew this past year and what she learned. It made me reflect and want to do better. I want to have a list for 2012 so that on Dec 31, 2012 I can look back and see all I have accomplished and how I have changed. Thank you Katie! {big hug goes out to you}

I will say that I look back at 2011 and smile. My family went through trying times and we came out the other side stronger! I feel very blessed to have such an amazing husband and I can't believe our little boy is 16 months old!
On June 24, 2011 I started this blog and have met some AWESOME people, I am so grateful for all of you! Then on August 1st I announced the opening of my etsy shop! That has been such a blessing for me! I get the chance to do something I love and meet more amazing people and create personalized pieces for them to enjoy! {thank you!}

So with 2012 coming in fast, this next year I want to set some goals for myself.
Here are my resolutions (in no particular order):

-Go to bed earlier
-Do daily devotions
-Read the Bible in a year
-Fully design my blog and figure out what all I want it to be
-Come up with a new design for my shop each month
-Keep in touch better
-Have date night every week- even if we don't leave the house
-Learn to slow down and listen to my hubby more -(sometimes he talks in circles and my hearing fades a bit- sorry honey)
-Get involved in a good cause- local or online
-Start a workout routine- something! anything!
-Be a better daughter
-Pray with my husband more
-Drink more water
-Grow an herb garden

-Finally paint & decorate our master bedroom
-Cook more- 2-3x's a week
-Grow in my faith
-Fully trust in God EVERY day

This last one is not so much a resolution as it is a prayer---
I pray God helps us grow our family this next year, one way or another. I pray He works a miracle.

Thank you all for being here with me in 2011 and I hope you are still around in 2012!

Have a blessed 2012!

and ask ourselves
1, 2, 345

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas 2011

I love capturing my families moments here on my blog. I love sharing about those closest to me and I love being able to quickly look back at wonderful events! So here is a sneak peek of our
Christmas in pictures

Christmas morning!!
It was great having all 4 grandparents here at our house on Christmas morning!!

Our little mister with Grammy (MIL)

I love this picture of them both so intently looking and opening his gift

Me and my boy rockin' out! 
Playing with his new rug

My family

 My wonderful in-laws!  

Some great family memories!

It was a great Christmas! 

Me & my silhouette! 

And I just know next year is going to be just as wonderful!

Have a Happy New Year!!

A happy mommy here

I might be a little behind here but I am most definitely a happy mommy here! My mom got me a Silhouette Cameo for Christmas! I may be a little overwhelmed about what all I can do with it but I am excited! A tip I wanted to share is that if you are looking into getting a silhouette but don't have one yet you can still get the free shapes. The Silhouette blog gives free shapes every tuesday and you are able to "purchase" the free shapes and download them when you actually get a silhouette. I did this this and it works! :) Just set up an online account and use that account when you get your machine!

Once you have your Silhouette you download the software, go to FILE and down to DOWNLOAD PENDING ORDERS

When you click "download pending orders" it takes you to a login page and this is where you login with the account information you used at the Silhouette store.
Click "check for downloads" and it will download all your shapes! So easy!!

I have been getting the free shapes and wasn't sure if this would work or not. Once I got my Silhouette I soon figured out that they were all there waiting for me!! An excited mommy here!!

Hope this was a helpful tip!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

My boys

So today was a CrAzY day! My computer is slowly on the mend but my pictures are not all back yet and sadly I lost some :(
I spent 3 hours at the mall waiting for my computer! It was both relaxing and stressful. At first it was nice being out of the house alone- some ME time. But, the mall was nuts! People everywhere and huge lines. The deals were great so everyone is still out shopping. I did get a chance to return some things and get some great deals for my little mister.
Check out his adorable new hat that was less than $2! He even wears it!

The best thing though, was coming home to a huge welcome from my son. He screamed with delight! There is just not much better than that!

Christmas 2011 preview coming soon

Hey everyone! I am excited to show you a Christmas 2011 preview, however my computer crashed last night so I am hoping to have it up and running today! I can't wait to get back into blogging and have time to read through all the posts I missed!

Stay tuned! 

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Time for some family fun! Merry Christmas to you and yours,
 from me and mine!
God Bless!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Flashback Friday! Christmas 2010

What a fun idea! I found this link up over at 525,600 Minutes through

Jen showed us a flashback to their Christmas 2010 and so that got me looking back at our pictures...

My baby's First Christmas!
Christmas 2010

 My dad reading the Christmas Story

Oh I remember this... I was frustrated with my bangs and, like I often do, I cut them myself... 
oh boy- someone hide the scissors! :) 


Flashback Friday

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Blogger app..

So I am curious about all these new apps so I had to try the blogger app and see how well this works.. I hope you are all enjoying your week! It's almost Christmas! Sadly it is raining here and not feeling much like Christmas but that is not stopping me from playing Christmas music all day!! Only one more day for us then my family will be here!!
Merry Christmas everyone!!

Would you like to see what my house looked like earlier while trying to clean up and rearrange my green room with little one in tow?

Ha! Lovely right?! No shame here, this is my real life living with a 2 1/2 foot tornado

Christmas Quiz

Christmas Quiz
idea found here and here

1. Egg nog or hot chocolate?  Hot Chocolate- I do not care for Egg nog blah!
2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? It is going to be sitting by the tree. 
3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?  WHITE!
4. Do you hang mistletoe? No, I would like to find/get one though!
5. When do you put your decorations up? The weekend after Thanksgiving
6. What is your favorite holiday dish? I really enjoyed it when my mom made stromboli every Christmas Eve. 
7. Favorite holiday memory as a child? Christmas Eve, after opening gifts my grandparents would always come over
8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? My parents didn't do the Santa thing with us
9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? Yes
10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? We finally got a tree last year when the little guy was born. It is a huge 12 foot tree so I decorate it very carefully ha! We have white lights, gold and red ornaments and then each year I get a new ornament. 
11. Snow! Love it or dread it? I love the white snow but hate when it turns to ice and everything is left dirty and brown. I say, if its going to be freezing, let it snow! 
12. Can you ice skate? I think so, I haven't tried in a long time
13. Do you remember your favorite gift? I would say a snow globe my grandma gave me. (sadly I can't find it)
14. What’s the most important thing about the holidays for you? Family time, and teaching my son the true meaning of Christmas! JESUS!
15. What is your favorite holiday dessert? I love pecan pie! Or puppy chow! 
16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? My families tradition is on Christmas Eve. We got together for dinner, had an icecream cake and sang happy Birthday to Jesus, then after everything is cleaned up, we read the Christmas story and open gifts. After that my grandparents usually come over and hang out. This year will be different because it will be here at our house!
17. What tops your tree? Nothing- it is too tall :)
18. Which do you prefer: giving or receiving? GIVING! I can't wait to give everyone their gifts! 
19. Candy canes- yuck or yummy? I could take them or leave them... but I love what they stand for
20. Favorite Christmas show? Frosty the snowman :)
21. Saddest Christmas song? The Christmas shoes song  

22. What is your favorite Christmas song? Right now I love listening to "All I Want For Christmas Is You" 

I would love for you to join and share too!! Leave your link in the comments!

Merry Christmas!


Hey everyone
I am sure you heard that GFC is going away some time in 2012 and so with that said, a lot of blogs are connecting themselves to Google+

You can find me here

(its my new account)

If you have a blog and want a quick and easy way to display your google+ button go HERE
Just enter your own google+ URL and there you have it! 

Happy following and good luck 


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Kids are too funny... all these toys and he would rather play with the wrapping paper roll
I just love him!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

First Hockey Game

This past weekend we got the chance to take our little guy to his first hockey game!
He is usually in bed around 8 and the game started at 7 so we weren't quite sure how it would go, 
BUT he was in awe! 
From the moment we stepped inside and he heard all the music and saw all the people, he was so excited! It was a lot of fun watching him!

This face (below) cracks me up!!

We were excited to finally get to take him to his first hockey game!
His family has season tickets and are big into watching the Columbus Blue Jackets, me- I just like watching all the people :) It is fun though and I am slowly learning

His parents seats are AMAZING! We are in a row of our own with a glass window in front of us that was a BIG hit! 

My boys makes me so happy!

Sadly we lost,
but we had a blast! 
I was so proud of my little mister!

What great family fun!

Linking up with 

and then, she {snapped}

Monday, December 19, 2011


Hey everyone- I know I haven't posted much lately but I think I should be able to have more free time now that the Christmas order rush has died down.

Now I have a question for you- if you are still around :)

How do you like follow blogs? If GFC goes away how would you like to keep in touch?

RSS - Google Reader

anything else?

I want to make sure I make it easy for my friends & followers and I want to know how to follow everyone else as well!

What do you think??




I have a winner for the My Memories Suites giveaway!!

Mandy from Raising Little Dudes!!
I hope you enjoy it and create lots of fun projects with your own My Memories Suite!!

Contact me and we will get you started!

Thanks everyone!!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Linky Party Directory

Have you all seen the new awesome blog Linky Here by the lovely Aimee??

If not you need to check it out!