Tuesday, December 31, 2013


So like most..we all had our 'favorites' when it came to gifts received this year (as well as given!).  Here is a rundown of our favorites!


Lane Bryant Boots..I can't tell y'all how much I'm in love with these!  Not just because I got them half off on the cyber Monday sale (hello!) but I've always wanted some tall boots.  You girls that aren't a size 4 know what I'm talking about.  Finding tall boots for someone with my curvy shape is next to impossible.  That's when I learned that Lane Bryant carried a nice assortment (and affordable!) line of tall boots made for us ladies with extra large calves.  And man..they fit like a glove and are comfy!

Favorite gift given by me..had to of been the leggings I ordered for my mom on Groopdealz.  I went out on a whim and thought she'd probably go crazy for some moose printed leggings.  My mom is super skinny (so leggings would work for her) plus my parents vacation in Maine a lot..hence the moose theme.  So when I came across these I HAD to get them for her..and gosh she loves them!


Mountain Men Season 1 on DVD...Damon just loves this show and when I found it on amazon I knew he'd go crazy for it!  And he has..he's watched it many times already!


Favorite gift given by Damon...probably the Hello Kitty Dream Light he got for Makayla..she loves it!  And he loves her!

(this is her opening it)
I would say Makayla's favorite gift was probably her Baby Sign Language DVD.  The kid STILL loves learning sign language!  What can I say..maybe that's going to be a part of her future career?!
Favorite gift given would have to be the coffee mug (and mouse pad) we had made for my parents with her pictures on them!
So that about wraps up our Christmas here..time to celebrate the New Year!



Monday, December 30, 2013

Christmas 13'

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas last week with their family and/or friends!  We had a really great Christmas here in our neck of the woods...and of course..I have the pictures to prove it!

We went to visit my grandma in KY a few days before Christmas..she hadn't seen Makayla since she was a little thing!

Merry Christmas (bah humbug) from Harry

First present opened..

Whoa!  Its a Baby Alive!!


Really getting into this present thing!

YAY!  Merry Christmas!

So sweet..

His favorite tv show on dvd..he was pretty happy!

At my parent's on Christmas Day

Feeling pretty 'sparkly' in this picture..but I liked it!
For Christmas Eve, my parents come to our place every year and I put together an assortment of 'appetizer' type foods.  And as usual..AGAIN for the 2nd year straight..I forgot to take pictures of everything!  Baaah!  I will tell you everything turned out quite well.  I prepared pizza bread, little smokies in barbeque sauce (Apple Whiskey by Open Pit..its awesome and only .98 at Walmart!), goat cheese and roasted mushroom pasta salad, and hot cheesy crab and artichoke dip!  I also had all the yummies I'd been fixing leading up to Christmas..aka peanut butter balls, peanut butter delight cookies, and homemade turtles. 
Maybe next year I'll remember to take pictures of everything!
Ah well..its the memories that count the most..and we definitely made some great ones for 2013!


Sunday, December 22, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone!  I know it's a few days early but I wanted to go ahead and wish you all a merry Christmas today!  I'll be spending the week celebrating with family and enjoying having Damon home for a whole week!  Plenty of pictures are sure to come in the coming weeks so come back by!  Stay safe and have a wonderful holiday with your loved ones and families!


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

what I'm loving

Here are some things I'm loving today....

My little tree in the dining room...it really lights up this particular space!

They might not be the prettiest cookies but they taste good!

Silly girl loves to take pictures with my kindle!

What are you loving today?

Monday, December 16, 2013


On my birthday last week I definitely had a lot to be thankful for.  And there were many surprises that came my way that day!  I received some nice surprises in the mail...

I got this nice picture in the mail from fellow blogger Vanessa!!  What a nice surprise!  And just for leaving a comment about how I'd like to visit Italy someday...thanks for thinking of me!!

Damon's sister sent us a big package that contained all this yummy popcorn!!!  Plus there was some goodies for Makayla as well (pjs and hello Kitty stuff!)..nice!

And no birthday would be complete without some nice Christmas cards from family and friends.

And a great new watch from my parents!  It was definitely a great day that I'll never forget!


Thursday, December 12, 2013

My Day!

I admit..I'm still a kid at heart. 

I get excited when Christmas rolls around.  And even though I turn 35 today (gasp!)..I still get excited when my birthday comes around each year!

Each year has its ups and downs..and this past one has been no exception.  But..I have so much to be thankful for.  We all have our health.  I have a wonderful husband who is working.  A beautiful 2 1/2 year old daughter that never fails to bring a smile to my face.  A warm home.  Plenty of good food.  Family.  Friends.  And most of all..a loving God who never forsakes me.

So today I'm going to celebrate 'my day'.  I'm going to enjoy being with my family.  Eating some cake (yum!) and take it all in!


Monday, December 9, 2013

The most wonderful time of the year!

I just love decorating for Christmas..its definitely my favorite time of the year!  For many reasons..one being the fact that its the time of the year we set aside to celebrate the miraculous birth of Jesus, all the festivities that comes along with it, being with family, making special treats, and of course, all the memories made.  :-)

Here at our house I've been decorating little by little in the past weeks.  I've only been able to do so much each day due to recuperating from this terrible cold I had..but its beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Our Tree!

Makayla's tree!

Master bath lighting

 Even a Christmas 'Hey' Kitty!

Guest bath lighting

Entry to master bedroom

Love this picture I got in amish country!  Yes..it lights up!

Hobby Lobby perfection

Dining room table


Microwave 'topper'

Living room

And even the fish tank is decked out!
Hope you've enjoyed our home tour for Christmas!!


Friday, December 6, 2013


Sorry for totally abandoning my blog this week..the sick bug hit our neck of the woods!!

It all began with Makayla..on Damon's birthday no less.  Its really the first time she's ever been sick "sick" before..so we were pretty concerned.  Took her to the doctor..she didn't need any antibiotics but did need to give her Motrin for the fever.  That was on a friday (the 22nd)..by sunday her fever had broke.  She got back to her old self a few days later (the week of Thanksgiving).

Then I caught it!!  She took a drink of my water saturday morning when she was still feeling bad and running a fever and I totally forgot and finished my water later that morning.


Thanksgiving I was ok..could feel it coming on.  Black Friday shopping went on without a hitch..though I was coughing quite a bit. 

However, not enough to keep me from getting my shopping on!

By Friday night it had definately hit me full force.  I went to the doctor on monday to get something to help with the cough because I had literally coughed so hard, so often, all day, and all night, that my ribs hurt and I was exhausted.  Guys..I hadn't been this sick in ages.  Thankfully, I'm now on the tail end of it, though I do still wake up from time to time at night in a coughing fit for about a minute.  Nothing compared to what I had endured for almost an entire week however!  And of course, now Damon has it.  :-(

To prove I'm still alive..here is a picture I took last night with me and my sweet little gal..ignore the crazy hair..after all..in this picture I had only had one full nights sleep in a weeks time!!

Next week I'm planning on posting some pics of our house..all decked out for Christmas!  So stop by!