Monthly Archives: December 2009

Happy New Year!

I am ready for 2009 to be over and ready for a fresh start.

I love new beginnings. To me it is like the scent of a brand new journal. With crisp, blank pages just waiting to be penned with new adventures, dreams, wishes and accomplishments.

And along the way I am sure there will be new failures, mishaps and disappointments along the way. What year would be complete without them?

God has allowed me one more day. If this day were my last what am I going to do with it? If 2010 is my very last year alive, what am I going to do with the time given to me?

I am ready to ring in the new year. Are you?


Happy New Year!

One Little Word

I love the project that Ali Edwards’ presents every year on her blog: One Little Word.

I began participating in this in 2008 with the word Dream.

2009: Restore

For 2010, I really had to think hard about it. But then it clicked for me. You see, 2010 begins a new stage of life for me and my family. I am now staying at home full time with my children. It will be a time of much enjoyment, as well as having their fair share of challenges as we adjust to living on one income.

My role now is clearly defined in the house and it is up to me to CREATE an environment of warmth, comfort, safekeeping and love.

I need to use my mind and create more resourceful ways of creating a home my husband can come home to. Where my children will be safe and feel loved and nurtured.

Create laughter, good meals and new traditions.

Create my home.

So for 2010 my word is Create.

What’s yours?


P.S. You can find the project here:

Very Merry

It was a very Merry Christmas indeed. On Christmas Eve we spent the evening with my side of the family at my sister and BIL’s house. A wonderful evening full of tamales, mac and cheese, ham and yummy treats….including Apple Dumplings.

The next morning Santa brought Madi her very first bike, complete with helmet and safety pads. To say she was excited would be an understatement.

In the afternoon the Harper’s all gathered around the table for more good food. Especially for the Sour Cream Potatoes.

Absolutely delicious.

And then it was over in a flash as the presents were unwrapped and the cookies were eaten. Christmas evening is always bittersweet as it reminds me that we have to wait a whole year for next Christmas.

I hope your Christmas was just as merry. Excited for 2010.

What special memory do you have from this Christmas?


Very Merry

Very Merry

Very Merry

Very Merry

Very Merry

A New Look


My fabulous sister did my hair last weekend.  She said my hair was boring and I needed a new look. 

So I got bangs.

Totally reminds me of that line in Legally Blonde when Elle's friend is talking to Elle and tells her she has big news:

She Got Bangs.


And yes that is the background of my office.  My last day was yesterday (December 23rd).  Officially a stay at home mommy.

It's Christmas Eve!! Off to spend time at church and with my family.





I just love you girl.  You are definitely your momma's girl. You are so like me in every way it is kind of scary. 

Although you are little more dramatic than I am. And you cry at the drop of a hat.  I tend to hold it in. You…not so much.

It can be kind of scary at times. LOL!

What I am loving at this moment:

1. You are so creative.  You love crafts and colors.  I look forward to scrapbooking with you and doing a lot of fun, creative projects together.

2. You like clothes. Another plus.  It kind of freaks daddy out a little bit.  I am not going to lie.

3. You are so stinking smart! For one….what 3 year old uses words like "ridiculous", "preferably" (and use them in the correct context)?  You freak me out.  hehe. 

4. You are independent.  While it is hard right now because you are 3 and want everything your way…I also know that with some loving direction that independence will be useful to you in the future.  I am independent too.  It can be a good thing my sweet Madi.

5. You adore your daddy. And he adores you.

6. You have us laughing every single day. You are so funny and talented.  I just can't get over it.

7. I don't think you have any idea how beautiful you are.  Everyday that I look at you I literally gasp. Your big blue eyes and sweet smile will surely melt the heart of one lucky gentleman someday.  Daddy and I pray for your future husband everyday.  Until then…daddy is polishing his weapons for when you start dating.

8. I love how much you adore brother.  You are so sweet with him and you constantly want to help him. 

9. You are almost 4…this is bittersweet.  You are growing too fast.

10. You love books.  I hope your love of reading stays with you for a long time. 

Madi, I love you so much.  I am so thankful that you came into my life.  You are extra special because you are my firstborn.  No one can take that place away from you.  You were the first baby to grab my heart and you will have it forever…no matter what.


Your Mommy

Christmas Cookies and Crafts 2009


Every year at Gramie and Papa's house, we have our Christmas Cookies and Crafts gathering.  Basically all of the cousins come over and we have approximately 3 hours of crafty and cookie goodness.

This year though…there was a twist. 

All of the cousins spent the night.

There was no sleep to be had by the adults.  Just kidding. They were really good.  Madi even tried to hang with the big girls and sleep downstairs with them.  But at 11:00pm….she woke up from a bad dream and needed mommy.

Which was totally fine by me.  Pretty soon she will much rather want to hang out with her friends than me so her need for me to snuggle with her is a-ok.   (Although I am not gonna lie….sleeping an entire night without interruption would be pure heaven right now. Can I get an Amen?)

At 3pm the girls and one adorable little guy came over.  We made an Angel Tree Topper and some ornaments.  Then Gramie had everyone help make her amazing spiced mocha mix to give to their parents for Christmas. 

*I think I will need to post that recipe on here because it is soooo yummy!*

Around 8pm, everyone decorated the sugar cookies. And you just can't let your Sugar cookie go to waste.

You have to eat it too =)

The younger ones (and some adults…meaning me) went to bed around 9pm.  I think the older ones didn't fall asleep until midnight!  Holy cow. 

But it was so fun. I can't wait until next year. 

What are your fun family traditions?


Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas

Hello my sweet bloggy friends!

I know with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season we can get overwhelmed with all that we need to do, buy, bake etc.  And I am sure there are some of you who have not finished your Christmas shopping just yet. 

Here are some awesome last minute holiday gift ideas for you procrastinators out there 😉 :

1. Magazine subscription for the magazine lover

2. A bag of coffee/ handmade mocha mix and a cute mug for the coffee lover

3. DIY scented candles

4. A Recipe card box filled with your favorite recipes

5. Fun Jewelry and/or headbands for the gal who loves to accessorize. *check out Forever21 for cheap and fun deals*

6. A CD mix of his/her favorite tunes: Cheap and easy. Love that!

7. Journal and a pen

8. Anything baked wrapped in a cute little box or bag. 

9. Donation in their name to an organization/charity: couple of my favorites; Rescue Babies Now, Susan G Komen, Compassion International, World Vision

10. Don't be afraid to do anything handmade: sew fabric flowers onto a plain t-shirt, make a bracelet or necklace, video montage using photos from this past year..whatever.

Get creative friends.  Remember, it doesn't have to cost a lot to mean something. This year has been a little tough for a lot of families.  Use your hands and heart more than your pocketbook this time.  I promise they will still love it. 

Xoxo friends,


P.S. A lot of these ideas came from The Holiday DIY workshop hosted by Kayla Aimee Terrell and Wilna Furstenburg. They are good people. Xoxo!

5 Months Old


Sean…you are now 5 months old.  Can this even be possible?  You are getting so big.  Some of the things I absolutely love about you right this moment:

1. Your HUGE smile.  You always smile as soon as I am walk in or around you.  You are definitely Mommy's little guy. 

2. You now roll over. A lot. 

3. You seem to want to start scooting all over the floor but I am not quite ready for you to be that mobile. 

4. You are still a cuddle bug.  You prefer to sleep in my arms in nursing position.  It makes my heart so happy and full.

5. You can pretty much sit up with assistance, although you are fiercely determined to sit up on your own.  Again sweet boy in due time.

6. You know exactly what you want. When you want food, you let me know. When you want to sleep, you let me know.  There is no guessing with you. 

7. You are starting to enjoy playing with Madi. And she loves it too.  Seeing the two of you together makes my heart melt and reminds me why I wanted children in the first place.  My two little loves together under one roof. 

The time is flying by with you Sean.  The first 5 months have been relatively easy with you.  I can't complain.  I have been very fortunate to have been given two very sweet, happy babies to care for.  I don't know how I got lucky twice….but I am thankful for you in my life.  I love revisiting traditions and favorite sites and seeing them through the eyes of a baby. 

I love you Sean!