Wednesday, November 30, 2011


I am so full of emotions as my bestie and her husband are getting
 ready to welcome their sweet Durham into the world.

I am so thankful to have you in my life Nanny.
Thankful, Thankful. 

We have laughed and cried. Danced and celebrated. 
Ate and shopped. You have helped me become 
the mommy that I am today.
You have loved my sweet boy from the very start.

I can assure you I can say the same about Durham.

So tomorrow, when you hear him cry for the first time and hold him and smell that "my baby" smell for the first time. When you feed him and you watch Chris hold his son and become a daddy.
Know that I will be in the waiting room. Camera in hand. 
With a hug for you and oh so ready to celebrate
 the birth of your sweet man.

One more sleep! 
Please send easy peasy delivery and recovery prayers for Pam.
We can not wait to add to the family once more. 

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Our family grew

This year we are thankful that we grew by 6 pounds 12 oz, 19.5 in at 1:34pm, friday November 25th.

We are so in love. Wyatt Andrew Frank L.
Justin and Tori I am so proud of you.
It was a long day and poor Tori had a rough afternoon too.
But, eye on the prize. 

I am so in love.

Can you believe how lucky I am. 
I get to have another nephew on Thursday.
My heart may just burst. 

Monday, November 14, 2011

Ch Ch Changes...

This may be a little thing for everyone but, it feels like big stuff to us. Since in this economy our "starter home" became our "forever home". We have been making minor updates around the house.
Sure, we have a laundry list since our house is a little older.
replace window that are drafty, seal everything, paint house, fix deck boards, update master bath 
But, the reality for us is slow and steady.
 A little ch ch change at a time.
{do you have that song in your head yet?} 

Our kitchen area looked like this before.
Wooden slat blinds all around. They are nice but, honestly 4 out of the 6 were janky and wouldn't open/close all the way. Or had broken pieces since they came with the house like this. 
It also gets really hot in the summer and cold in the winter in this part of our house. Not to mention the sun is blinding in the afternoon. Since we loved the light but, not the blinds we decided to take them down one day. It got our wheels turning but, the blank windows left us feeling kind of naked. lol 
Best view I could find although, the angle is way different.
So part a lot of my day yesterday was spent like this.
Sewing machine, pandora, ironing board, iron.
From Ikea these curtains were the best for our budget.
They came with metal circle rings at the top.
Not our style. So I sewed new tops and hemmed the bottom.
and now...
In the dark, since it gets dark at 6. 
Anyone else hate daylight savings time?
All finished. We love them.
Not a huge change but, man it feels like one!
Now to convince B we need a farm table. lol 
Little changes at a time but, we are happy happy. 

**edited to add daytime pictures** 
wonky but, added.

Have you done any small or large room changes lately?

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Catch Up.

First and foremost my dad is having surgery this am.
Please send out some speedy recovery and easy surgery prayers his way. It's always hard to have someone you love have surgery.

Next up is a phone dump catch up.
 My favorite kind of catch up.

This was another pinterest inspiration. 
It was kind of a pain but, I love the way he came out.
I used the tutorial from here. Follow my boards here.

1. Halloween costumes at 70% off. Yes, please. 
2. Making of apple pies! 
3. Firefighter Rock Star.
4. Awesome fort time with daddy.

1. Coloring away the all to crazy grey.
2. Piles of leaves!
3. A good red wine for fall.
4. Southern Gentleman with the girls.

Today we also watched the Saints beat the Falcons. 
A win we love so much! Who Dat!

I am feeling pretty productive.
 I'll come back tomorrow and share why. :) 

Monday, November 7, 2011

Happy, Happy, Crappy

We saw the big guy this weekend and there were no tears! 
Jackson loved him and did awesome.
He may have welled up at the end because he thought he
 would give him presents that day but,
it went awesome. Pictures to come.

I do believe our boy is potty trained! Woo Hoo!
This is the breast feeding/formula feeding of toddler parents.
If I heard one more time "Oh, {insert name} was potty trained right after his first birthday. Don't worry Jack will get it" Gah! Backhanded compliment. We knew he would do it and it just had to be his time. No accidents in 4 days and only big boy underwear. Seriously, how cute is a hiney in big boy underwear?!
So, so cute!

Daddy is working like crazy again this week. Open to close monday-saturday. Crappy for daddy because 6, 12 hour days is no fun and he is running crazy. Also crappy because we miss him. :(

I got my first speeding ticket since college friday. 10+ years. Boo.
I honestly 100% thought the speed limit was 45. Unfortunately, it was a tricky back road where it changes to 35 for about a mile and I didn't notice. Gah, I was so mad at myself. Not fun for sure.

And to leave you with a happy.
 Family cuteness from our Santa visit.
I love these two so much. :)

Any happy, crappy's to add on this Monday?

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


The other day after bath time Jackson had to "do something" before he brushed his teeth.
When B and I went to see what that was, this is what we found...

He put all his friends to bed. :) 

Daddy's Boy

Oh, yes he is. He may need mommy snuggles but, he is all about daddy lately.
Here are some of my favorite pictures of the buddies lately.
 We have this fun hallway crazy ball game we play. I will have to catch it on video one day.
Think 12 glow in the dark ping pong balls and closed doors down a hallway. 
It's crazy ball fun. This was during a break one night. lol 
 After bath time snuggles. Nothing smells better than a clean baby. 
Playing one of their favorites. Cut the rope or Angry birds. 
Man I love these two. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Trick or Treat 2011

Was so much fun! You guys it really must just get better each year.
This was the first year Jackson was really all about it.
He marched right up to the door and had to knock himself.
After the third house he was telling us
 "I'm just going by myself, ok?" 
Lord, help us. I told him mommy or daddy had
 to stand with him until he was 7. lol
He was pretty worried about  "filling my pumpkin to the top, ok? Then we can go home"

 All "by himself" at the door of our neighbor.
 Marching right along to the next house.
 Check out that excited smile! 

Halloween 2011 was awesome.
 We were all {Bobby and CC came over too} just cracking up as we walked from house to house at Jackson's one liners.
 He is just to much.