Tuesday, December 25, 2012

merry christmas!

we wish you a merry christmas!
the actual card did go out without the watermark ;)
but it was 2-up for printing purposes
so the watermarked one is the only one that would work.

we are truly blessed.
i am tired.
it is late.
but i have found if i don't 
'real time' blog it...
it is hard to catch up!

so mostly a picture recap

winston arrived at the beginning of december
 and brought along his new friend wink
 we went with friends to the christmas parade



 we enjoyed breakfast with santa at the zone
and made reindeer food and wrote our christmas list
 sweetest brother turned 6 months old!!!
 decided on a wrapping color scheme for the season
 our elves brought stockings for the whole crew!
 and landed in silly places
 we started off christmas in memphis at mimi janies and didi frank's
 and played with new sets of lincoln logs...
talk about memories!
 success!
 cousin fun was the best!
loved getting more duplos to grow our collection!
 daddy brought back some delicious cookies 
from some of his travels to leave for ol' st nick...
and they were delicious!
i asked giles which one he wanted to try:
double chocoloate,
peanut butter chocolate,
chocolate peppermint,
or ginger.
he replied, "ginger."
well, of course he did. hahaha! 
i tried one and while i have a fondness for chocolate
that goes wayyyy back,
i thought the ginger was very unique and definitely delish!
 sprinkling reindeer food...
 i had to sneak in for a little post-santa shot...
 giles watches hours of marble runs on you tube
so it was a no-brainer for santa to leave
him this nice wooden set, an upgrade from his well-loved
plastic one from last year!
santa just knew little brother would love some jumpy fun 
and he was right! he's enjoyed all the bells, whistles & jumps...
but just don't leave him alone.
he's definitely a most social baby!

i definitely believe i was the most excited about christmas as ever!
today was perfect. we attended a beautiful children's mass at church 
after visiting with tuscaloosa family last night.
so today was just a lazy day- which was great because
it rained all. day. long.
mike set up and played 
trains,
marble runs,
cars,&
dominoes...
as well as manned the house so i could take a 2 hour nap!

we just did a little something for each other...
i got my pizza cutter!
i think i threw my much-beloved one away with a pizza box :(

and mikey got this cool little gadget...
 its called a POP phone
it is just a handset you attach to your cell phone
so retro, right?
but i think it will really be neat and functional too! 
we'll see...
it was only $12.99 on amazon :)

merry christmas to each of you!!! 

i am so entirely grateful that my savior was born on this day.
i am challenged to make sure giles understands how much this day
is soooo really not about presents and santa
but it is so hard to feel it is really sinking in.
however, in bed this morning, after giles saw what santa brought
but only briefly as he was heading to our room to get us, 
he said, 'no computers or iphone or ipads today!
today it is allll about jesus and his birth!'
wow! 
i loved hearing that!
at least his heart started in the right place...
about 10 minutes later we were knee deep in everything
that had nothing to do with jesus,
but... that's ok. we did get to enjoy some nice conversation
before we got too sidetracked with presents.
and we ended the day reading
the storybook of the birth of jesus.

thank you jesus, for coming to earth,
to set us free and save us.

merry christmas!!!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

i want

to win this camera!
and the kitchen aid stand mixer!
and, heck, the mini ipad too!

but for me to win,
i should share with you!

{a 'real' entry is coming soon ;)}

Thursday, October 25, 2012

time.

time, 
it has obviously gotten away from me...
i went and cutied up my blog
and then have not blogged!
and tonight is really no exception.
i am far too tired to make much of a post.
i have so many things to catch up on,
especially with all that crawford is doing these days.
it'll come.
sometime.

for now i will put up a few pictures,
and call it a post.
and these are in no particular order!
just all from this month :)

 my adorable giles...
i love this shirt so much i bought it again this year.
and last years still fits!
erg.
the one from last year was not hanging
with all of the other long sleeve tees.
bummER.

 so sweet to see how crawford
lights up when he sees giles...

 just hanging out,
little and big

 boo to you!!!

 for some reason this picture rotated...
it may be hard to tell, 
but daddy made gilesy a pumpkin shaped pancake!

 not the best of luck
baking this pumpkin cake...
definitely not all it's cracked up to be.
ha.
sorry.

 a moment of thought?...

he came up with this on his own
and it cracked me up!
he's playing mechanic...
with his plasma car.

 this is the end of an era for giles.
no more smocked peter pan collared shirts.
i held out as long as i could.
he never once complained.
God love that child!
i only hope to get crawford to wear it half as long!!!

 surely that baby will never tell his mama, 'no'
right??? 

one of many firsts...
first time to roll over.
::weep::


goodnight.

Friday, October 5, 2012

a rainbow of a makeover!

oh my goodness! oh my goodness!
i am beyond excited! 
my bloggy got a fun makeover! 
i love it. i will share with you below a little bit about who made it happen.
life at #13 is busy and business as usual… 
growing boys, busy schedules, laundry that multiplies, 
dishes that have yet to learn to wash themselves, dogs that are dirty, 
dust bunnies that reproduce at rapid-fire pace…..
 nothing new or unusual, well, except my blog :) 
read on about my new friend!

i don’t know if you have had the 
pleasure of meeting anyone online 
that you otherwise would have never met 
if it weren’t for a message board, facebook, pinterest, etsy, etc. 
i have. 
the internet has opened up a whole new world for me. 
gosh, that actually started back in 1998 
when i met my hubby, mike, online! 
and since then it has been so much fun 
finding hidden gems all over the internet! 
I have researched many things 
for business & personal,
i have met friends with similar interests- 
and we joke about how our IRL {that’s in real life} 
friends would probably think we’re crazy if they knew 
people we have never truly met 
are people we consider really good friends. 
it is pretty crazy, but given how hectic life can be, 
the computer is my friend! 
i can utilize its resources at a moment’s notice- 
and often, that is all i have!
recently i was looking at my blog and wanting to update it. 
i contacted my original designer but she could not ‘take the case.’ 
she recommended some designers and i checked out their work.
but, honestly, i knew exactly {for the most part} what i wanted 
and i just felt that i would be paying for more than i needed. 
my budget is so tight it squeaks! 
so, shelling out a lot for a bloggy makeover wasn’t an option.
i started perusing etsy, 
as i had before when i wanted my blog designed originally.  
 i sent out some convos to several people 
and got several replies. 
i narrowed it down to my new friend… 
and soon, you’ll see why.

introducing...

 tara from print smitten


i could stop there because once you click over to her blog
you’ll know exactly why it was a very easy decision! 
but, i like to chat, so i won’t.

tara has really neat ideas. 
she is patient, professional, unique, original, 
honest, easy-going, fun to work with 
and very efficient! 
she has a young family, a full time job 
and she is a graphics designer on the side… 
whew! i am tired just thinking of the mental bandwidth that requires. 

i hope you will take a minute or two to visit her facebook page {& like it!} 
and etsy page, as well as her blog
i know she would love to spend more time on her blog, 
but in the short time her shop has been open on etsy, 
she is already taking on more design work! 
so hopefully it won’t keep her so busy 
she won’t be able to check in on her blog some, 
i love her sharing!
if you have any design needs, 
i recommend tara with FULL confidence,
she will WoW! you with her work. 
and if you do use her, please let her know i sent you :) 

{there are still one or two little tweaks to be made, 
they are coming soon..}
 

Monday, September 17, 2012

A-HA moment...

it happened.
i remembered.
and when i saw it, i said,
"a-ha!"
and then became slightly embarrassed
that i made any kind of deal about what i forgot
i wanted to blog about earlier.

these days, it's the little things.
or, in this case, the BIG!

as in real vanilla flavoring.
indeed.
that is what all the fuss was over.

i didn't know, so i can't assume you know either!
vanilla is one heck of a deal at sams!

i got a 16oz VAT of vanilla for about $7
normally i get a 2oz size for about $3-4.

say what?
yep.
i read on a blog a post about things that really are a good deal at sams.
vanilla was on the list.
i just ran out of vanilla.
it was on my shopping list.
therefore, i now own my very own lifetime supply of vanilla :)
i kid.
it won't last all that long.
i go through it faster than a lot of things around here
and with the holidays less than 100 days away...
well, i am prepared :)


and probably my most favorite part of all
is that WHEN i do finish this bottle,
it makes a GREAT homemade salad dressing bottle!

perfect for my greek or balsamic vinaigrette
or my very favorite mustardy mexican dressing! 

go, me!
i remembered what i forgot,
shared with you,
and made the world a happier place by telling you all!
ha!
only kidding...
but i am glad i remembered.
it's like getting to sneeze.
it is frustrating when it was "just right there"
and then it goes away...
but when it comes back, 
it was like it was so much better than
it ever would have been if you hadn't lost it in the first place.
agreed?

no memory.

i hate it when this happens. 
i woke up this morning and had a 'great' topic
i wanted to blog about.

*poof*
can't remember for the life of me what it was 
:(

so i will improvise.

first, i will start with a little happy 1/4 year birthday!


 this little fella turned 3 months on saturday...
it is going by way too fast!

he is already starting to teethe...
made most noticeable by the ramming of both fists in his mouth
and lots of drooling!

he is going to earn the nickname 'bucky' pretty soon!
he has started bucking in what i believe is an effort to roll over
which makes me sad!
i keep trying to tell him, 
once you roll, there's no going back! 
he doesn't seem phased.


 thus starts the inability to take a cute picture of the boys
together with both of them truly smiling and actually looking at me at the same time!

 here is a little more evidence of the bucking trend.
he scoots and bucks all over the boppy now...
i know it will be a sad day when we retire this favorite!

here is a little handiwork...
i took a pair of giles' red gingham pants he had torn
and cut a "c" out and put it on a onesie for crawford.
it's rough, but, hey! it's art!

 and i crafted this little travel wipes case
from leftover fabric from the curtains

i am kind of all over the map today with info, 
but i guess that is what happens when you 
lose your ability to remember anything!

 crawford was seriously entralled with
the big screen tv, so much so he couldn't be bothered 
with smiling with his mimi for the camera! 

we were belatedly celebrating cousin lauren's birthday
she's a beautiful girl with a heart of gold!
see all that gorgeous hair?
she's growing it to donate to locks of love :)

giles is having a great school year!
he is loving working with numbers,
adding and subtracting all kinds of things.
he has made huge strides writing his name neatly
and remembering to use a capital G with lowercase i-l-e-s.
he knows many site words
and loves to practice them from his word ring. 

well, the bell has rung...otherwise known as crawford 
crying to wake up from his nap!
just in time to go get brother...