Monday, December 28, 2009

Paper or electronic?

I'm kind of on the fence about electronic reading devices. I love to read, but, to me, part of the experience is the feel of the book in your hands & the sound of the pages turning.

However, I'm certainly willing to give it a try.

Fiddledeedee is giving away a Sony Pocket Reader on her giveaway page. Go check it out & enter if you want... but I'll be honest, I hope *I* win!

BTW - do you have one of these electronic reading devices? What are your thoughts?

Christmas 2009

I can't believe Christmas has come & gone already. I know we say it every year... but, boy, this year has flown by! We had a wonderful Christmas. The only bad part is that we weren't able to see my parents this year. This is the first time EVER my sister or I haven't been with our parents on Christmas. We had just seen them at Thanksgiving, so that was good, but still, it was weird.

Haley spent the night with us Christmas Eve so she was here to open gifts Christmas morning. She joined us at Chris' parents that afternoon for lunch.

Now, on to what y'all are really here for... the pictures. I hate that Picasa will only let you post four pictures at a time. I have way more than that! So, here are a few highlights. I chose the one's with the best facial expressions! LOL

Diego cars from GaGa & PaPa.

View-Master from GaGa & PaPa.

Color Flash Laptop from Granny (Which he's playing with right now on the desk next to me as I type this.)

Real Projects Workshop from Santa

Turst me when I say this was just the tip of the iceberg of the things he got! Somehow the only pictures we managed to get at Chris' parents house were of Jboy opening his stocking. Hmmm. I'll have to ask them for copies of their pictures so I can share those as well.

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas too!
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Cookies for Santa!

I really wanted to start some fun Christmas traditions this year. One tradition we started is making cookies to lay out for Santa. I still haven't learned to not mention things we'e going to do too soon, so I had said something several weeks ago. Almost every day Jboy would ask if it was time to make cookies for Santa. Next year, I won't say anything until the day before. ;o)

The day finally arrived & Jboy was super excited to help stir the dough. He loves "helping" in the kitchen so he was in heaven.

Santa requested chocolate milk to go with his cookies. Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of the crumbs left over... I guess we'll just have to recreate the moment. I'm sure Santa won't mind.

Stay tuned for pics from Christmas day!
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Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

From our family to yours! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!
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Friday, December 18, 2009


A look back at Jboy's pics with Santa.

2006 - So tiny!!!

2007 - So not happy.

2008 - Not too sure about this.

2009 - An old pro! (photo courtesy of Photography by Elena)

At the beginning of the month, Santa came to Jboy's school for chapel & talked about the real meaning of Christmas. After chapel was over a professional photographer was on site to take pictures of the kids with Santa. I thought they turned out great! You should go check out the photographer's site: Photography by Elena. She's really good. I'd love for us to get a family portrait done soon.

Today Jboy's class (and I think the rest of the school) had their "Happy Birthday, Jesus" party. Stay tuned for pictures!
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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Christmas All Around

Last night was the Christmas program at Jboy's school. Ever since we signed him up I've been looking forward to this. I wasn't too worried about him being shy on stage or anything as he loves to sing & dance.

Before we left I took a few pictures of him in front of the tree in his fancy new duds. Doesn't he look handsome?! Thank you to Grammie & Grumpy for the adorable outfit. ;o) It was a bit of a challenge to get him to stand still & smile "normal", but we managed to get a few good shots. I tried to get his Santa hat shot for this year at the same time, but I think I had pushed my luck enough for one go round. We'll have to try again today.

The doors to the church opened at 6:30, and we got there a few minutes before that. Well, we should have arrived a lot sooner. There was a huge crowd outside when we pulled up. Originally we were all sitting in the back (Chris was standing so he could videotape). They asked if some of the men would mind standing so more ladies could sit, so Chris' dad & a lot of other men stood up in the back & around the walls. I was lucky enough to snag a seat on the 3rd or 4th row at that point.

Jboy did such a great job! We were all so proud of him. He sang the songs & did the motions like a pro. The whole production was great. Mrs. Melody, the music teacher (and my friend), did such an amazing job putting the whole thing together. All of the staff did. We talked afterwards about how well everything went & there weren't any catastrophes which, in a room of 135 preschoolers is a miracle no matter what.

Here's a little video I took on my phone at the end. The quality isn't very good, but it's something. ;o)

Friday, December 11, 2009


I've seen this floating around blogland today & thought I'd play along. If you decide to join in the fun, leave me a comment so I can go check it out!

****15 YEARS AGO TODAY (1994)****
1) How old were you? 18
2) Who were you dating? I think Stephen Harmon
3) Where did you work? How can I not remember? Either: Chick-fil-a, Coggin’s Shoes or Sewell Mill Preschool
4) Where did you live? With my parents in Marietta, GA
5) Where did you hang out? church
6) Who were your best friends? Kesha, Tiffany, Stephanie
7) How many tattoos did you have? None
8) How many piercings did you have? One in each ear
9) What kind of car did you drive? ’89 Pontiac Grand Am
10) Were you Single/taken/Married/Divorced? taken
11) Any Kids? nope

**** 10 YEARS AGO TODAY (1999)****
1) How old were you? 23
2) Who were you dating? Married a year & a half
3) Where did you work? Hitachi Power Tools
4) Where did you live? Townhouse in Snellville, GA
5) Where did you hang out? At home with hubby or with friends
6) Who were your best friends? Pam, Lacretia
7) How many tattoos did you have? none
8) How many piercings did you have? One in each ear
9) What kind of car? Honda Accord
10) Were you Single/Taken/Married/Divorced? married
11) Any Kids? no

****FIVE YEARS AGO TODAY (2004)****
1) Age? 28
2) Who were you dating? Married for 6 ½ years
3) Where did you work? Hitachi Power Tools
4) Where did you live? This house, Loganville, GA
5) Who were your closest friends? Pam, Lisa, Rebecca
6) Where did you hang out? With friends
7) How many piercings did you have? One in each ear
8) How many tattoos? none
9) What kind of car did you have? 2002 Jeep Liberty
10) Were you Single/Taken/Married? Married
11) How many kids? none

****TODAY (2009)****
1) Age? 33
2) Where do you work? Home
3) Where do you live? Loganville, GA
4) Who are your closest friends? Pam, Lisa, Rebecca, Mae
5) Do you talk to your old friends? Occasionally, thanks to Facebook
6) Where do you hang out? With friends
7) How many piercings do you have? One in each ear
8) How many tattoos? none9) What kind of car do you have? Jeep Liberty
10) Are you Single/Taken/Married? Married
11) How many kids? 1

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Meeting Ree a.k.a The Pioneer Woman

You may {or may not, that's okay} remember my post in March about Rebecca & I attending a book reading/signing for Jodi Picoult. We had such fun and decided to keep our eyes/ears open for any other opportunities to meet our favorite authors. Both of us have been fans of Ree Drummond, aka The Pioneer Woman's blog for quite some time. I love that she's an "average" lady who one day started a blog for the heck of it and has now "made it big", if you will. She's a great writer and so funny. Recently she came out with her first cookbook and is currently on tour promoting it. When Rebecca & I found out she was coming to Atlanta, we immediately began making plans to attend.

Originally the event was set to start at 7:30pm. Knowing there would be a huge crowd, we decided to get there very early. Chris was gracious enough to take the day off work so I could meet Rebecca at her office at 12:30. Yes, 7 hours before the signing. ;o) Border's (where the event was held) started handing out wristbands at 9:00am! Thankfully, Rebecca had called them, so we decided to stop by there first to get our bands & then head to lunch. Even though they had moved the signing up to 6:00pm, we had plenty of time. After getting our wristbands we went over to Phipps Plaza for lunch.

Phipps is a very high end mall in Atlanta, so we ate in the food court! ;o) I had never been to Phipps before, so we walked around for a while. I really wanted to go into some of the stores; Versace, Armani Exchange, Jimmy Choo, but I was quite intimidated. First of all, it was obvious I would never be able to afford anything in those stores. And second, it was obvious I'd never be able to WEAR anything in those stores. We were joking that "big girls need clothes too!" LOL Ah well, it's fun to dream.

We made it back to Border's at about 4:00 and were thankfully able to find a place to sit. I think we may have found the last seats as there were a lot of people hanging around for the signing. At about 5:30 they started lining up the first group. We were in the sixth group, and I think there were about 50 people (+/-) in each.

Here's a shot of the crowd while we waited.

Finally they called our group & we lined up. I think it still took almost an hour after that, but we had a good time chatting with everyone around us. Turns out, one of the ladies in front of us used to work with a girl I was best friends with my freshman & sophomore years of high school. Small world!

Here is our picture with Ree. Apparently we're all looking at Rebecca's camera in this shot! LOL She was so sweet {and pretty} in person and seemed genuinely happy to be meeting everyone.

Afterwards we had to have our pictures taken with our newly autographed books. We did the same thing with our Jodi Picoult books. I feel a tradition in the making!

I am so glad that we were able to do this! We're on the lookout now for our next event. Does anyone know of a website or something that keeps a list of authors on tour?

Go check out Rebecca's post on our fun day!
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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Want to win a computer?

I thought so.

Go check out this giveaway on BooMama's blog.

Amazing! Oooh, I hope I win!

PS.... stay tuned for a post about my getting to meet Ree Drummond, aka The Pioneer Woman!

Friday, November 20, 2009


Have you seen the gorgeous hand-stamped jewelry at Lisa Leonard Designs? I love it so much! There's a giveaway going on over at SimpleMom right now & I want to win so badly! If I win, I'm going to order the Laundry Line Necklace. Isn't it beautiful?!

Head on over to SimpleMom & enter. I'll be honest though... I hope *I* win! ;o)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Happy Holidays

Can you believe the holidays are upon us once again? It's becoming quite the cliche, but this year has just flown by. Normally, we don't put our Christmas decorations up until the weekend after Thanksgiving, however, this year I was just feeling it early. Chris pulled the stuff down Sunday and over the next few days the tree got decorated & the stockings hung. I love the holiday season, but I don't really have a lot of decorations. As long as the tree is up & lit, I'm good. Jboy helped trim the tree this year. Needless to say, the bottom has a lot of ornaments. I'm trying to reign in my OCD & just leave it alone. It's the first time he's helped so it's a fun memory.

Today was the Thanksgiving Feast at Jboy's school. I signed up to bring cupcakes & was originally just going to do fall themed sprinkles, but then I saw Miriam's blog & was inspired by the cookies she made for Micah's school's feast. After a late night trip to WalMart & Kroger I was able to get the supplies & I think they turned out super cute. I wish I could've gotten Jboy's reaction on video when he saw them this morning. He thought they were too funny.

The kids decorated pillow cases for "Indian" costumes. Shouldn't it be "Native American"? Anywho. I couldn't get the boy to look at the camera & smile to save my life. He was having too much fun eating & playing with his friends.

This picture cracks me up. This is the face of Jboy telling me something very important. I have no idea what he was saying, but I see this face a lot.

This next picture turned out really cute. I think I took about 10 of him with this turkey before I finally got a good one. He just wasn't in the picture taking mood today. Not that he ever really is.

Have you decorated for the holidays yet?
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Saturday, November 14, 2009

a little help from my friends...

As I’m sure is obvious by my lack of posts of late, I’m having a hard time coming up with things to blog about. I feel like I don’t really have anything to say, other than “here’s my cute kid”. Which the grandparents love, of course.

So, in an effort to *hopefully* kick start my blogging mojo, I’m asking for your help. I’m taking a cue from Kim, and opening the floor for questions. Ask me anything. Preferably something I’ll actually be able to answer, but I'm open to anything. Is there anything you want to know about me? Jonathan? Chris? Etc…

Help a girl out, will ya?


Here are a couple of videos I've taken of the little man(n) recently...


Thursday, November 05, 2009

I want to win!!!

Amanda is having another giveaway on her blog today! She's giving away Crystal Wilkerson's October & November digital scrapbooking kits.

Go check out the giveaway, and if you enter, let her know I sent you. ;o)

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Happy Halloween!

The cutest firefighter ever!

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Sunday, October 25, 2009


It's been a while since I've done a "real" post. I've almost forgotten how. November is National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) so I may participate to get back in the swing of things. Until then, here are some random goodies to tide you over:

Yesterday we went to the Wild West Fall Festival at a nearby outdoor mall. Jboy was super excited to wear his (free!) cowboy hat & ride the pony. I love the sweater that he's wearing. I'd seen it at Target but didn't buy it. Little did I know that Chris' mom had also seen it and DID buy it! Yay! I think it would be great for a "photo shoot", but I can't ever get Jboy to cooperate with me. I may have to get a 3rd party involved.

Jboy loves to help in the kitchen these days. He's always wanting to stand on his stool & stir, spread or anything else I'll let him do. In this picture he's putting the sprinkles on the cupcakes for his preschool class. He was quite generous with the sprinkles! Unfortunately I didn't really get any pictures while I was at the school. Just a couple of him blowing out his candles. His teacher got a few though, so maybe she'll share. ;o) I'm still so new at this preschool thing I'm not sure what's acceptable or expected as far as class birthday "parties" go. I'll learn as we go I suppose.

Opening presents at his birthday party. I know, I still haven't posted any pictures from his party, they're coming, I promise.

Speaking of birthday party... here's his birthday cake. We had a bit of drama with the cake this year. I had baked the cake on Friday & left it in the pan to cool. Well, I guess I should've taken it out of the pan when it was still a bit warm. I left it in the pan overnight & when we tried taking it out to decorate on Saturday it was quite stuck. About half of the cake stayed in the pan. Unfortunately there was no way to disguise it. I began frantically calling around to see if anyone sold un-iced sheet cakes. Finally Publix came to my rescue. It was like 1:30 and the party was at 3:00. I drove like a mad woman to pick it up. Got it home & decorated with not much time to spare. I've learned my lesson. Next year I'll definitely take it out of the pan when it's still a little warm & just cover it with saran wrap or something. All in all, I think it turned out really cute.

A couple of funny conversations with Jboy recently:

As we're leaving for school one morning:
J: It's a beautiful day.
Me: It is! Who makes beautiful days?
J: (pause) Jesus!
Me: You're right! Do you think we should tell him thank you?
J: Thank you, Jesus!
J: He didn't say, "You're welcome"!
Me: Well, he did you just couldn't hear him. (How funny is he? He's done this a couple of times now.)

The other night he's wanting to play hide & seek:
J: Mommy, hide.
(I put my hands over my face)
J: Actually, that's not a hiding place.
Me: (Laughing) How in the world do you know the word actually?

This one wasn't very funny at the time. He was being grumpy & decided he was hungry:
J: Mommy, I'm hungry.
Me: Well, you can have either Teddy Grahams or chips. (I know, healthy choices, right?)
J: (starting to whine/cry) I want five choices!
Me: (getting frustrated) How about this, you're three years old, you can have 3 choices.... Seriously, this kid cracks me up with the things he comes up with.

Well, I think I'll sign off now. Here's hoping I can be a better blogger in the future.
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

just ignore me

Here's a little video of Jboy on the carousel at Zoo Atlanta. Please ignore my whiny, southern voice...

I have a lot of pictures to go through & share; birthday party & zoo mostly, so stay tuned...

Friday, October 16, 2009

time flies

October 16, 2006

October 16, 2009

Seriously. It's killing me.
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Monday, October 12, 2009

Where is my baby?

Today Jboy turned 3. Every day I'm amazed at how much he's growing & learning. I am so blessed to be this little boy's Mommy.

Just after birth:

1st Birthday

2nd Birthday

3rd Birthday

Sadly, this was the best picture I could get of him today. We had his birthday party on Saturday and I'm sure Laurel, the designated photographer, got some much better shots. I'll be sure to post them as soon as she sends them over.

I can't wait to see what the next year brings for our family.
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Friday, October 02, 2009

little stinker

Jboy went in his room & shut the door. There's nothing in there that can hurt him, so I didn't think much of it a first. After several minutes I went to check it out. The door was locked. Oh dear. I asked him to unlock the door & this is what I found when I went in. He had emptied every drawer in his dresser. I'm a scrapbooker & blogger, so of course I had to take a picture. He thought he'd been quite funny. Me? Not so much.

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