Monthly Archives December 2011

A year in review

I can’t believe another year has flown by. My chitlins are getting older by the second which means I too am getting that much older! AH!! Where’s the wrinkle cream?! This year has been quite the roller coaster. Things that have changed our lives possibly forever have taken place. Many being good. So I wanted to take a moment to share with you what our 2011 looked like!


We started the year off as normal…soccer. Little T’s team season team made it to playoffs then advanced to Bakersfield. Big deal for our small community!

February~                                                                                                                                                    ...

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I hope your Christmas was magical! This year was quite different than all our other years. As a family we have enjoyed our tradition of spending Christmas Eve at my mother in laws home with all of my husbands siblings and their families. Then we would head home around 11:30-12 and get our Christmas ready for the next morning. Our family would come over in the afternoon on Christmas day and we would spend the day playing games, enjoying good food while opening presents.

It was bitter sweet for us to start a new tradition this year that was well, unexpected. Without too much detail we needed to start something new this year. So we were extremely delighted when we were invited to an extended family’s home to enjoy Christmas Eve...

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All Aboard

Last night Noah and I took the kids on a ride “Aboard the F150” I got this idea from my favorite Homeschooling blog. I printed out tickets and hid them under the kids dinner plates. Once they finished eating they found them. It was one ticket aboard the F150 to see Christmas lights. Earlier I stocked the car with blankets, hot cocoa, cookies, and homemade Carmel popcorn. We had Christmas music playing and drove around a few different neighborhoods looking at the Christmas lights. It was so much fun! Noah even made train sounds as we backed up and pulled in. They had a blast!

Please excuse my pictures. We are in the market for a new camera.

Here’s a link for the tickets

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Bucket list

YAY! Officially done with school. We did not start homeschooling until almost the end of September so we have been playing a little bit of catch up since then through the school we are attending. Little T has three more assignments that she is going to finish up and then three weeks off!

I have been so inspired by Pinterest and by some amazing blogs! With these next few weeks off of school, I wanted to complete some home redos and fixes. I want to be able to teach my girls some basics of painting and decorating as I do these projects. I love that my children learn about American History and decimals, but these things are very important to me for them to learn as well.

I wanted to share some things that I want to redo and share the inspiration that has spiraling through my mind!


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The Help

So I just finished watching The Help! Yes literally just finished and felt an extreme urge to get on here to write. And yes it is 12:30 in the morning! First let me say. I love movies that hit me to the core and this was one of them. I felt as though I was living in this movie and trying to picture how I would react! The movie had so much to do with racism, however the amazing message that I recovered from it was in the last scene where Aibileen says “god tells us to love our enemies” isn’t that so powerful?! Here’s a woman that is treated terribly because of the color of her skin, and yet continues to respect and show love towards those people. I don’t know about you but for me, it’s easy to love the ones who love me. It is so much harder to love those who don’t...

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Christmas Cheer

I can’t believe we have less than one week until Christmas, My chitlings are still in school until this Thursday so it kind of feels like Christmas should be at least a couple weeks away. I have all my shopping done except one small gift I need to buy…should be easy. Should, being the key word. Roads alone are full of cars so we will see!


I wanted to share some Christmas decorations that I used this season. Hopefully it will bring you inspiration to be crafty. I am not super crafty but I do LOVE Pinterest and it has given me this brand new excitement for all things crafted!





How cute are these?! My little Charlie girl made these for some lucky family members.

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Monkey See, Monkey Do

Homeschooling can be quite a bit of a challenge. Now when you add in a little Monkey….it becomes more than a challenge. It becomes almost impossible.


 Not even sure where she found some of these things….



 Every corner I turned I found a new mess….



 Yes this cute little thing made all these messes!


Not to mention she is sitting on my coffee table…not allowed, eating crackers in the living room….not allowed, and giggling about it all……okay that one is allowed!




I have told Noah that I would love to have two more children…….HOWEVER after trying to home school the three kids and then trying to entertain a toddler at the same time….I think I’m GOOD!

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Family Pictures

I feel like it has been too long since being able to log in and write. My computer has been down for a few days and now it is fixed and I am antsy to get back to sharing!

Yesterday Noah and I took the kids to get family pictures done. Now for most of you who read my blog know that where we live is not ideal for outside pictures. Let’s face it, the desert is not so pretty. So when picking a location, I was in turmoil and stressing about it. I know stressing over a location for pictures is quite silly. But that is how I am. Stressing over the small and also stressing over the big! I have the most amazing friend Jeray who just so happens to be a professional photographer. You can see her website here . She is so wonderful to not only take our pictures but to be p...

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Jesus is the Reason for the Season

I came across a post on facebook a few days ago and it talked about an advent experience for your children. I read a little bit on it and was ready to buy it before I even finished reading the post. Truth in the Tinsel.

Each Year I desire to do more and more with my children to teach them the true reason we celebrate Christmas. I actually get very overwhelmed with the bucket lists and everyday events that take place leading up to Christmas day. I just try to make sure we

A. Read the story of when Jesus was born.

B. See as many friends and family that we can.

C. Go see Christmas lights.

D. Bake and bake some more

E. and really just try and have a stress free holiday.

Well this year I wanted to try something that would help me share the good news of Jesus...

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