Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Merry Christmas....cards!

It's that time again...time to start thinking about what the plan will be for our annual Christmas card. Is it just me, or do you get anxious about taking the perfect picture, finding the absolute cutest card, getting it all done in time?? Aaaahhhh!

I have always had AH-mazing luck with Shutterfly. Love these guys. They have the best stuff on their website--and not just for Christmas. I found the perfect invitation for Addy's first birthday this past summer here. Last Christmas, we did a photo calendar of Addy for my parents. Can't go wrong! I also created a photo book to commemerate Addy's first birthday!

Anywho, I am currently trying to get the photo session scheduled with our favorite photographer, Grandpa! I'm thinking maybe something in front of our fireplace or our tree this year, we have also toyed with the idea of doing something a little silly like dressing up as the Griswald's. :) Our favorite family from our favorite Christmas movie!
My favorite part is picking out the card. Lucky for me, Shutterfly is offering bloggers 50 free cards! (Want your own, go here!)

And now, for the cards....oh so many...

Aren't these so cute?!! What to do...what to do!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

dinner with the smo's!

we met the smo's (aka the smotherman's) for dinner last nite at gloria's in firewheel town center. yumm-o!

kelley and i became great friends during the two years she worked in my classroom and we have continued to get closer as the time goes by. i adore her and her precious family...casey, jeff lewis, and gerry. kelley and i talk all the time, but finding time to actually get together is hard. so i was excited about or plans last nite.

addy was the center of the show, of course.

::addy sporting gerry's sun-glackes::

::mama smo and addy::

::the girls; casey, mama smo, and addy::

::jeff lewis and his chloe::

we had a great time!!!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

thankful on thanksgiving

earlier in november, i decided i would blog each day about three things that i was thankul for until thanksgiving.

today being thanksgiving, my little project is coming to a close. reflecting back on everything i listed throughout the month, one theme remains constant; i am blessed. i have an infinite amount of things to be thankful for.

here are a few of my favorite things:

1. grandparents that LOVE their granddaughter with every ounce of their being.

2. these two. the best husband a girl could ask for and the best dog/bubba/cuddle partner around!

3. ~6.19.09~

Happy Thanksgiving, yall!!


today, i am thankful for:

1. my day off spent with my girl!

2. the wasp i was able to get out of my house all by myself today...usually i rely on my husband for scuch tasks :)

3. the surprise visit from dave and lisa this evening!

wordless wednesday

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


today, i am thankful for the following:

1. my husband. he changed his schedule so i could enjoy a spontaneous happy hour with friends from work today. he is the best man. enough said.

2. good friends. fun times. :)

3. i have begun my 5 day weekend. :) happy thanksgiving, all.

Monday, November 22, 2010


today, i am thankful for the following:

1. the most thoughtfully written note from one of my student's parents this morning. i really do have a pretty cool job. :)

2. addy said her friend's name at school for the first time today! his name is "eli"...she called him "eyi" (close enough)...and did the rest of the night!!

3. tomorrow is my friday!

Sunday, November 21, 2010


today i am thankful for:

1. that i feel better now than i did this morning.

2. this week being a 2 day work week.

3. bedtime.

**some days are just harder than others to come up with three things...that's where the challenge comes in though :)**

Saturday, November 20, 2010


today i am thankful for:

1. lazy saturdays with the fam. :)

2. free firewood! dusty's boss took us out to their land and we got a truckbed full of firewood!! yay for cozy fires in the fireplace on a cold night!

3. watching addy light up when she saw horses for the first time today. she got to pet and feed them! she LOVED it!!

Friday, November 19, 2010

thankful and flashback friday

today i am thankful for the following:

1. that addy doesn't have a bladder infection or an ear infection...just a minor cold. hip hop hooray!

2. for the cold beer i will be having tonight. :)

3. getting to watch oprah today! its her "favorite things" episode!

the night before my college graduation...oh what a night. :)
december 2004

Thursday, November 18, 2010


today i am thankful for:

1. the office. got some good laughs tonight!

2. my willpower. i turned down free pizza from our fabulous pta tonight. i am smaller now than i was when i got pregnant, but i want to lose even more!

3. tomorrow is friday. yippee! payday, pajama day at school, and lunch bunch with some of mpe's finest. :)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

thankful and wordless wednesday

today i am thankful for:

1. pacifiers. tonight it was the ONLY thing to get addy out of her temper tantrum. i know, i know, we are working on getting rid of it all together, but i had a weak moment.

2. that my pdas observation is over! i don't get too stressed out over it anymore, but i am always glad it's over.

3. aldi. had a pork tenderloin and spring veggies all from aldi--yummy! and all under $6!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


today i am thankful for:

1. messy spaghetti dinners with addy

2. this beautiful fall weather...it actually smells like fall outside

3. my hubby-just because. :)

Monday, November 15, 2010


today i am thankful for:

1. my warm fuzzy pants--perfect for a dreary night like this one

2. playtime with addy this evening

3. my husband being the chef he is :)

Sunday, November 14, 2010


today, i am thankful for:

1. the piles of laundry we have to get done tonite, because it means we have clothes to wear. :)

2. lazy sundays like today, spent hanging out with addy, dusty, and duke watching nascar and football

3. dexter.

these boots were made for walkin'...

Saturday, November 13, 2010


today i am thankful for:

1. lunch with my parents. we met them at cotton patch this afternoon for some yummy food. good company, as usual. :)

2. that addy is ok. she took a nasty spill tonite and ended up face first on the floor. luckily, she only busted her lip.

3. storytime with addy.

Friday, November 12, 2010

thankful and flashback friday

today, i am thankful for:

1. the rainbow that accompanied me all the way home

2. the laughter i heard all day long from a student who rarely does it anymore...melt.my.heart.


::flashback friday::

*alyson and me*
**pre-marriage and pre-babies** :)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

thankful thursday...

today, i am thankful for:

1. the cooking class i got to attend after school thanks to my wonderful principal...now i have a recipe for a killer butternut squash soup! let me just say--it was ah-mazing!!

2. the little bit of rain we got tonight

3. that tomorrow is friday!!! yippeee!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

thankful and wordless wednesday :)

today, i am thankful for:
1. the giant smile adelynn greeted me with when i got her out of bed this morning
2. skype! do you have this? you should! thanks to this free program, addy gets to see her cali granny on a weekly basis--almost as good as the real thing. :) and its a perk for the local grandparents when they need their 2 minute addy fix in between visits :)
3. netflix--love this little movie watching setup. we have become obsessed with a little gem called dexter. we are finally on season 3--season 6 has just started on showtime. this show is ah-mazing--i look forward to evenings of dexter watching with my feet up!

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

today i am thankful for...

1. taco salad tuesday--as we speak, my husband is making his yummy taco salad with fresh tomatos, onion, lettuce, avacado, cheese, and special sauce...yumm-o! too bad you can't smell how good it is!

2. the change i scrounged up in my car to buy myself a diet coke from mcdonalds on the way to my meeting!

3. my daughter still being awake when i got home from the meeting!

Monday, November 8, 2010

what are YOU thankful for?

i have been crabby lately, especially at work. feeling a bit beatdown, stuck, complacent, invisible...etc. it's forced me to do a little soul searching...why am i feeling this way? i have some ideas on that matter, that i won't bore you with here. ;)

however, this grouchy attitude of mine has gotten to the point of annoying me a bit. while i can't do much to change the circumstances surrounding my feelings, i can, however, change the way in which i react to these particular circumstances. :)

::insert drumroll::

project thankful.

everyday, for this beautiful month of november, i will list a few things i am thankful for that particular day. some may not be very deep or profound, however, i am hoping this project helps to get me out of my crabby rut.

today, 11.8.2010, i am thankful:
1. for my husband who said to me this morning, 'don't worry, babe, it will be alright'...just when i needed it. love him.
2. for the walk i took with my girl and our 'bubba' this evening as the sun was setting.
3. for conan's premiere on tbs tonite! missed me some conan. :)

Friday, November 5, 2010

flashback friday

6 month old mommy and daughter