Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Year’s Resolution

I never really like New Year Resolutions. Why?

Well, generally people make big plans and don’t follow through. I am one of those people. I also think we set too many goals and get overwhelmed.

I am making two resolutions for 2012.  

1. To build a house of love. :)

2. To become healthy and help my family get healthy.

This of course involves several tasks but two goals that I think are attainable.

Most of you may not know that my husband and I don’t even have a house. My sweet darling is the officer on site at the apartments we live in. We get benefits from this of course but we are both ready to have a house of our own to raise our sweet kiddos in.

The other goal…

Honestly, I have always liked to think I’m healthy. I’m not. There are several things I need to do to get this on track. I am going to work harder than ever to help my family and our house become healthy. Wish me luck. ;)

What about you? What are your goals/resolutions for 2012? I’m always curious to see others because they are inspiring. 

 

Oh and have fun ringing in the new year tonight. :)

New Year’s Resolution

I never really like New Year Resolutions. Why?

Well, generally people make big plans and don’t follow through. I am one of those people. I also think we set too many goals and get overwhelmed.

I am making two resolutions for 2012.  

1. To build a house of love. :)

2. To become healthy and help my family get healthy.

This of course involves several tasks but two goals that I think are attainable.

Most of you may not know that my husband and I don’t even have a house. My sweet darling is the officer on site at the apartments we live in. We get benefits from this of course but we are both ready to have a house of our own to raise our sweet kiddos in.

The other goal…

Honestly, I have always liked to think I’m healthy. I’m not. There are several things I need to do to get this on track. I am going to work harder than ever to help my family and our house become healthy. Wish me luck. ;)

What about you? What are your goals/resolutions for 2012? I’m always curious to see others because they are inspiring. 

 

Oh and have fun ringing in the new year tonight. :)

Friday, December 30, 2011

Bare with me…

As you can see I am currently working on my blog design. Things will be changing until I get it all situated and I fall in love. Thanks :)

Bare with me…

As you can see I am currently working on my blog design. Things will be changing until I get it all situated and I fall in love. Thanks :)

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas 2011

As a child, Christmas was my favorite holiday. Not because of Santa or the gifts.

It was my favorite because of the way it made me feel.

I remember picking out a real Christmas tree. Oh, that wonderful smell.

I remember the smell of Christmas candles around the house.

I remember decorating the tree. All that annoying tinsel-y stuff that I would never use now. :)

I remember Kenny G’s Christmas album playing (thanks Mom!)

I remember having an advent calendar from my Grandma Claire every year.

All of those things made me enjoy the season, not just the holiday. My goal now is to help my children feel that same feeling as I once felt. I think it will take a little bit of time but I look forward to setting new traditions.

IMG_6908cWe did our big Christmas celebration on Christmas Eve so that Tryp could spend Christmas Day with his dad. So Santa had to come to our house early. Tryp was so excited to open presents. In fact that’s all he wanted to do. He didn’t even want to play with his toys, he just wanted to keep ripping paper off of presents. He also got sad that he didn’t get to see Santa. I explained to him that Santa came while he was asleep but he kept saying he wanted to see him. :)  IMG_6861c

Hank and I really hope that our kids will grow to understand the true meaning of Christmas. Next year I am going to purchase The Truth in the Tinsel. I think Tryp will be old enough to understand it better. Tryp and I wrote a letter to Santa and he told me to tell Santa that he wanted a Lightning McQueen computer. I had never seen or heard of the Lightning McQueen computer but Santa always pulls through.IMG_6863c

This sweet picture…was about as good as it got. :) How cute is Audrey’s expression? I got Tryp to sit still for longer than 2 seconds. Tryp smiled in the second picture but Audrey wasn’t looking. I thought this one was the cuter of the two. IMG_6871c

Audrey had no idea what was going on (of course) because she is still a baby. I hope that one day they can look back on this picture and smile. :) Audrey’s first Christmas…the first of many. Audrey’s sleep schedule was all kinds of messed up around Christmas but thank goodness she was still a very happy baby. IMG_6911c

We spent Christmas Eve night with my mother and then with Hank’s family. Christmas Day was not as exciting. Hank had to work and Tryp was gone so it was just me and Miss A. I still enjoy the holiday. This year didn’t quite feel like Christmas and I think it had to do with the warm weather.

What traditions do you have set in place with your kiddos for Christmas? I want to plan for next year. ;)

Christmas 2011

As a child, Christmas was my favorite holiday. Not because of Santa or the gifts.

It was my favorite because of the way it made me feel.

I remember picking out a real Christmas tree. Oh, that wonderful smell.

I remember the smell of Christmas candles around the house.

I remember decorating the tree. All that annoying tinsel-y stuff that I would never use now. :)

I remember Kenny G’s Christmas album playing (thanks Mom!)

I remember having an advent calendar from my Grandma Claire every year.

All of those things made me enjoy the season, not just the holiday. My goal now is to help my children feel that same feeling as I once felt. I think it will take a little bit of time but I look forward to setting new traditions.

IMG_6908cWe did our big Christmas celebration on Christmas Eve so that Tryp could spend Christmas Day with his dad. So Santa had to come to our house early. Tryp was so excited to open presents. In fact that’s all he wanted to do. He didn’t even want to play with his toys, he just wanted to keep ripping paper off of presents. He also got sad that he didn’t get to see Santa. I explained to him that Santa came while he was asleep but he kept saying he wanted to see him. :)  IMG_6861c

Hank and I really hope that our kids will grow to understand the true meaning of Christmas. Next year I am going to purchase The Truth in the Tinsel. I think Tryp will be old enough to understand it better. Tryp and I wrote a letter to Santa and he told me to tell Santa that he wanted a Lightning McQueen computer. I had never seen or heard of the Lightning McQueen computer but Santa always pulls through.IMG_6863c

This sweet picture…was about as good as it got. :) How cute is Audrey’s expression? I got Tryp to sit still for longer than 2 seconds. Tryp smiled in the second picture but Audrey wasn’t looking. I thought this one was the cuter of the two. IMG_6871c

Audrey had no idea what was going on (of course) because she is still a baby. I hope that one day they can look back on this picture and smile. :) Audrey’s first Christmas…the first of many. Audrey’s sleep schedule was all kinds of messed up around Christmas but thank goodness she was still a very happy baby. IMG_6911c

We spent Christmas Eve night with my mother and then with Hank’s family. Christmas Day was not as exciting. Hank had to work and Tryp was gone so it was just me and Miss A. I still enjoy the holiday. This year didn’t quite feel like Christmas and I think it had to do with the warm weather.

What traditions do you have set in place with your kiddos for Christmas? I want to plan for next year. ;)

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Meal Planning Monday…err…Wednesday

Menu

So I am a little late this week.

I’m honestly not very good at keeping up with this when I am back in school and SUPER busy. I am going to try though. For the sake of eating better, being organized, and saving money.

So pretty much all my recipes come from here.

The ones in the chart above from her {Cara Carroll} site are:

Egg Muffins

Taco Stuffed Pasta Shells

Chicken Enchiladas

South Western Chicken Wraps

Meal Planning Monday…err…Wednesday

Menu

So I am a little late this week.

I’m honestly not very good at keeping up with this when I am back in school and SUPER busy. I am going to try though. For the sake of eating better, being organized, and saving money.

So pretty much all my recipes come from here.

The ones in the chart above from her {Cara Carroll} site are:

Egg Muffins

Taco Stuffed Pasta Shells

Chicken Enchiladas

South Western Chicken Wraps

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Creative Memories

I got a wonderful gift for Christmas. It is the Creative Memories Story Book software and the Memories Manager software. Talk about digital scrapbooking heaven. (I learned about this from my cousin Kim.)

I was using Photo Shop Elements 9 to make layouts but to be honest I wasn’t really making many layouts. I made a few and then got busy. Or maybe it was a bit much to put one together. Story Book and Memories Manager take care of all the hard work. It organizes all of my scrapbooking supplies and all of my pictures. This organizing system is just amazing…

Below I have a screen shot of Memory Manager…Slide1

For example, I have a picture of my son and my friend’s (Taylor Johnson) daughter highlighted above. You can see that this picture can be tagged to 2 different folders. I’ve added it to Tryp’s folder and to the Johnson’s folder.

I’m still learning how this all works but so far…it’s awesome! I think/hope/pray it will get me motivated to get some books made. I think Tryp will enjoy “reading” them and seeing himself in the pictures. I better get busy!

Here is a screen shot of Story Book…StoryBook

Another one of my favorite features…tagging your content. For example, the highlighted embellishment…it’s a yellow button with white polka dots. So I tagged it under the buttons category, the yellow category, and the polka dot category. So let’s say I’m working on a page that has polka dots and I’m trying to find several different colors to incorporate; I can just click that tag category and see everything that has polka dots.

These features are so awesome and yes it will take me a while to get my pictures and content where they need to be but once it’s set up and I add new things it will be a piece of cake. Maybe PSE actually had the option to organize things and even in this same manner but it was obviously to difficult for me to figure it out. This is easy peasy lemon squeezy.

I’m going to go get busy on creating a page! 

Creative Memories

I got a wonderful gift for Christmas. It is the Creative Memories Story Book software and the Memories Manager software. Talk about digital scrapbooking heaven. (I learned about this from my cousin Kim.)

I was using Photo Shop Elements 9 to make layouts but to be honest I wasn’t really making many layouts. I made a few and then got busy. Or maybe it was a bit much to put one together. Story Book and Memories Manager take care of all the hard work. It organizes all of my scrapbooking supplies and all of my pictures. This organizing system is just amazing…

Below I have a screen shot of Memory Manager…Slide1

For example, I have a picture of my son and my friend’s (Taylor Johnson) daughter highlighted above. You can see that this picture can be tagged to 2 different folders. I’ve added it to Tryp’s folder and to the Johnson’s folder.

I’m still learning how this all works but so far…it’s awesome! I think/hope/pray it will get me motivated to get some books made. I think Tryp will enjoy “reading” them and seeing himself in the pictures. I better get busy!

Here is a screen shot of Story Book…StoryBook

Another one of my favorite features…tagging your content. For example, the highlighted embellishment…it’s a yellow button with white polka dots. So I tagged it under the buttons category, the yellow category, and the polka dot category. So let’s say I’m working on a page that has polka dots and I’m trying to find several different colors to incorporate; I can just click that tag category and see everything that has polka dots.

These features are so awesome and yes it will take me a while to get my pictures and content where they need to be but once it’s set up and I add new things it will be a piece of cake. Maybe PSE actually had the option to organize things and even in this same manner but it was obviously to difficult for me to figure it out. This is easy peasy lemon squeezy.

I’m going to go get busy on creating a page! 

Monday, December 26, 2011

Happy 5 Months Miss Audrey! (2 weeks late)

Dear Audrey,

You are such a sweet baby. You melt mommy and daddy’s hearts daily. We love every single inch of you and love showering you with sugars.IMG_6740c

You are wearing size 6 month clothes and size 2 diapers. You are quite the little chunker. We just switched you to formula during the day and we are still nursing in the evening and at night. It is really just for comfort because you aren’t really hungry. You now drink 6 oz. of formula with rice cereal mixed in. Yum.IMG_6758c

You love your play mat that your Granny got you at our baby shower. You have really discovered all the hanging toys and love to pull on them. You have started squealing with delight and it’s quite cute. You have figured out how to make a sound. It’s VERY high pitched. :) IMG_6763c

I have been enjoying my 2 week vacation from school –“aka” Christmas Break- and spending lots of time with you. You are always smiling but some how manage to stop the second I pull out any type of camera. Don’t worry, I caught a few yesterday on my phone. IMG_6766c

You love when your daddy counts 1…2…3…pppeeeeshhhheeewww and lifts you in the air. You usually start smiling on 1 or 2 because you know it’s coming. Speaking of your daddy, he is so excited to start making your baby food. He’s crazy in love with you AND his food processor. He can’t wait to start blending up foods and freezing them for you. He is so devoted to your well-being and it’s amazing. We couldn’t ask for a better daddy. IMG_6794c

You are sitting up so good! We bought a mamas and papas chair that is similar to a bumbo (but safer?). You can sit in it so well. I was so worried about you reaching certain milestones because you were premature but you have started doing so much in the last month that I have nothing to worry about!! You are reaching and picking up things. You love to stand and hold your weight when we hold you in a standing position. You smile because you are so proud of yourself! IMG_6797c

Last but not least…you are a thumb sucker. My mind keeps telling me that we will have a hard time breaking you of it later (like when you are 2 or 3 years old) ,but my heart melts when I see you put that little chubby finger in your mouth. It’s so cute! You mean the world to me, your daddy and even big brother Tryp. We love you and love watching you grow.

 

                                                                                          Love,

                                                                           Mommy


Happy 5 Months Miss Audrey! (2 weeks late)

Dear Audrey,

You are such a sweet baby. You melt mommy and daddy’s hearts daily. We love every single inch of you and love showering you with sugars.IMG_6740c

You are wearing size 6 month clothes and size 2 diapers. You are quite the little chunker. We just switched you to formula during the day and we are still nursing in the evening and at night. It is really just for comfort because you aren’t really hungry. You now drink 6 oz. of formula with rice cereal mixed in. Yum.IMG_6758c

You love your play mat that your Granny got you at our baby shower. You have really discovered all the hanging toys and love to pull on them. You have started squealing with delight and it’s quite cute. You have figured out how to make a sound. It’s VERY high pitched. :) IMG_6763c

I have been enjoying my 2 week vacation from school –“aka” Christmas Break- and spending lots of time with you. You are always smiling but some how manage to stop the second I pull out any type of camera. Don’t worry, I caught a few yesterday on my phone. IMG_6766c

You love when your daddy counts 1…2…3…pppeeeeshhhheeewww and lifts you in the air. You usually start smiling on 1 or 2 because you know it’s coming. Speaking of your daddy, he is so excited to start making your baby food. He’s crazy in love with you AND his food processor. He can’t wait to start blending up foods and freezing them for you. He is so devoted to your well-being and it’s amazing. We couldn’t ask for a better daddy. IMG_6794c

You are sitting up so good! We bought a mamas and papas chair that is similar to a bumbo (but safer?). You can sit in it so well. I was so worried about you reaching certain milestones because you were premature but you have started doing so much in the last month that I have nothing to worry about!! You are reaching and picking up things. You love to stand and hold your weight when we hold you in a standing position. You smile because you are so proud of yourself! IMG_6797c

Last but not least…you are a thumb sucker. My mind keeps telling me that we will have a hard time breaking you of it later (like when you are 2 or 3 years old) ,but my heart melts when I see you put that little chubby finger in your mouth. It’s so cute! You mean the world to me, your daddy and even big brother Tryp. We love you and love watching you grow.

 

                                                                                          Love,

                                                                           Mommy

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tryp’s 4th Birthday

Friday December 16th was Tryp’s 4th birthday. I can’t believe it has already been four whole years since he entered this world. Blows my mind how quickly time flies. Tryp had been talking about his birthday forever. Literally forever. He told me he wanted to have a Captain America birthday and then changed his mind a few times and ended back at Captain America. So that’s what I planned for. I would have gone all out and done a lot more but his birthday (and party) was on the last day of school before Christmas break. Things were all kinds of crazy. Despite the craziness, we had his birthday party at a place in Fayetteville called Boingo Bounce. It’s basically a room full of bounce houses and the kids can run wild. :)IMG_6545c

Tryp was so busy that when I wanted to get a picture it was usually faces like that. He didn’t have time to stop and smile, he had some serious playing to do.

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IMG_6530cSo glad that Tryp’s cousins Holly and Hailee were able to come and join the fun!

IMG_6533cDaddy bear and Audrey went down one of the slides. I think Audrey was in shock. :)

IMG_6546cUncle Charlie was like a kid in a candy shop at this place. He had just as much fun as the kids!

IMG_6540cI was thrilled that one of my best friends (who is expecting number 2) was able to come and bring her sweet daughter: Addie. She wore herself out. My sweet friend Taylor Johnson came with her mom and her daughter. Unfortunately, none of them wanted to let me take their picture. :( Oh well, next time I’ll get em!

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The party details. One of my very good friends Stephanie McFarlin is an awesome baker. Bakeress? The made these amazing cupcakes. Oh. My. Goodness. I think Hank fell in love again. Thanks Stephanie!!! Here you can see the glittery number four. I love glitter and was so thankful to be able to pull it off but I have a feeling that I won’t be able to next year. {Then I get to do it to Audrey…}

IMG_6562cThe birthday boy started to get a little ornery once we sat down to eat and open gifts. He was being a little toot but I know it was because he was clearly worn out. IMG_6563cI was thankful that I caught him in the blowing out moment. It is perfect!

IMG_6565He was so cute opening presents because I loved seeing him get excited about his new toys. {I can’t wait to see him at Christmas!} We managed to get Tryp to sit for a few pictures. One with him and his GG. The other was with me but it turned out super blurry. Oh well. At least this one turned out… :)IMG_6576c

I honestly don’t know if I could ask for a better little boy. He is usually (if he’s not tired) so sweet and polite and funny. What a sweet sweet blessing. I love you Tryper.

Tryp’s 4th Birthday

Friday December 16th was Tryp’s 4th birthday. I can’t believe it has already been four whole years since he entered this world. Blows my mind how quickly time flies. Tryp had been talking about his birthday forever. Literally forever. He told me he wanted to have a Captain America birthday and then changed his mind a few times and ended back at Captain America. So that’s what I planned for. I would have gone all out and done a lot more but his birthday (and party) was on the last day of school before Christmas break. Things were all kinds of crazy. Despite the craziness, we had his birthday party at a place in Fayetteville called Boingo Bounce. It’s basically a room full of bounce houses and the kids can run wild. :)IMG_6545c

Tryp was so busy that when I wanted to get a picture it was usually faces like that. He didn’t have time to stop and smile, he had some serious playing to do.

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IMG_6530cSo glad that Tryp’s cousins Holly and Hailee were able to come and join the fun!

IMG_6533cDaddy bear and Audrey went down one of the slides. I think Audrey was in shock. :)

IMG_6546cUncle Charlie was like a kid in a candy shop at this place. He had just as much fun as the kids!

IMG_6540cI was thrilled that one of my best friends (who is expecting number 2) was able to come and bring her sweet daughter: Addie. She wore herself out. My sweet friend Taylor Johnson came with her mom and her daughter. Unfortunately, none of them wanted to let me take their picture. :( Oh well, next time I’ll get em!

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The party details. One of my very good friends Stephanie McFarlin is an awesome baker. Bakeress? The made these amazing cupcakes. Oh. My. Goodness. I think Hank fell in love again. Thanks Stephanie!!! Here you can see the glittery number four. I love glitter and was so thankful to be able to pull it off but I have a feeling that I won’t be able to next year. {Then I get to do it to Audrey…}

IMG_6562cThe birthday boy started to get a little ornery once we sat down to eat and open gifts. He was being a little toot but I know it was because he was clearly worn out. IMG_6563cI was thankful that I caught him in the blowing out moment. It is perfect!

IMG_6565He was so cute opening presents because I loved seeing him get excited about his new toys. {I can’t wait to see him at Christmas!} We managed to get Tryp to sit for a few pictures. One with him and his GG. The other was with me but it turned out super blurry. Oh well. At least this one turned out… :)IMG_6576c

I honestly don’t know if I could ask for a better little boy. He is usually (if he’s not tired) so sweet and polite and funny. What a sweet sweet blessing. I love you Tryper.