Thursday, October 25, 2012


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.

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!
the one from last year was not hanging
with all of the other long sleeve tees.

 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.

 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'

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


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.


 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..}