Monday, November 30, 2009

Christmas Tree

Did everyone have a good Thanksgiving? Ours was great except Cody was sick but he is feeling better now. I think this is the first year in our 5 year marriage that I did not have the tree up before Thanksgiving. It is such a weird feeling for me to not be motivated but I guess it is this pregnancy. It is the only thing I can think of. Also, I have been working so hard at cleaning the house out and re-purposing rooms that it was hard for me to bring out the seasonal decorations. :)

I knew we couldn't go without a tree (although I seriously considered it-crazy I know!) so we finally put it up yesterday. I think with all of our breaks it took all day! Ha! I haven't done the mantle but as of today I plan on doing it. We will see what tomorrow brings. :)

I've always done reds, lime greens and golds. I don't think I added anything new to the tree this year. Our yearly ornaments will go on a separate tree once we have more than five ornaments. :) For the topper I just stick feathers and a few sparkly picks in the top. Cody always says it looks like an alien landed on top.

I love this green wire mesh stuff that you can wrap around the tree. I bought this the first year we were married but now they have some that is much brighter and easier to work with. I may have to get some of that next year because mine is literally wire that could cut you. :)

These are some of my favorite ornaments. I found the red and green ones a couple of years ago at Lowe's of all places. They have some great after Christmas sales on their seasonal decorations. I'll be posting more pictures soon!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Possibly The Most Pics In One Post

Get ready for picture overload. We had a busy, fun-filled weekend. It started off with a bang with Zach's 2nd Birthday party.

Isn't this the cutest cake that Katie ordered? Zach is really into "choo-choos" right now.

He was so cute opening his presents. He had to stop and play with each one before he could move on to the next one.

His parents got him his first new car! He loves it!

He got a little shy when we sang "Happy Birthday" to him. :)

He sure did love his cake though! It was such a fun party.

My parents surprised us by bringing up our crib! It was ordered from a store in their town but my Mom didn't tell me it had come in! I came home from work on Friday and it was in the nursery. Of course I wanted to put it together right then.

I love it!

(Those pictures are not going over it, I just haven't taken them down yet. )

My Mom painted the changing table for me while they were here. It is going in the closet so it didn't have to match the crib exactly.

My Dad built some shelves for the nursery closet. Of course he did it with some help from his biggest fan and constant shadow.

They are going to be painted to match the trim. This will add so much more storage!

My dad also built a small shelf for my printer to sit on under the secretary. I don't know what I would do without my parent's help! Everything is really starting to come together.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving! I'll be back next week with Christmas decorations. :)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Happy Birthday Zach!

Happy 2nd Birthday Zach!!!

We love you sooo much!
We are so thankful for you!

I can't get enough of your contagious smile and laugh!
Looking forward to celebrating with you tonight!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


I think I might have entered the "nesting" phase of pregnancy. I am driving myself insane trying to clean out the office to get it ready for West. For some reason it has to be done now. :) The Lord is really teaching me patience in the process.

My mom agreed to take our desk and they will be up here this week so I wanted to send it back then. The only thing I could think to do was to get a small secretary desk to put beside my side of the bed. I didn't want to combine a guestroom with an office but I still needed an area to keep bills and office related things. This is the desk I had to consolidate into a secretary:

My next step was finding a secretary. Oh my word. Those are few and far between. I had my mom looking in her town and I looked all over mine. I finally found one at an antique store. It was the perfect size and to make it even better, it was half off! It is not the color I was looking for but that is a project for another day. Here it is beside our bed:

It is obviously taller than Cody's table but my lamp is shorter so I think it works. Plus I do not like matching nightstands. (Oh, I also changed out our bedding to our "winter" bedding)

It actually holds most of our office supplies. Another reason I wanted a secretary as opposed to just a chest of drawers was because I wanted to be able to put our wireless printer underneath. So I needed to skirt the desk.

I just used a tension rod and some left over fabric I had. I didn't even hem the sides or the bottom. I wish I could tell you that I made the rod pocket with my sewing machine, hem tape or at least fabric glue.....
Nope! I just used blue painters tape. :) I am all for quick and easy!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

The Winner Is....

According to, the winner is......

The Stockton Family!!

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Thank you so much for hosting such a wonderful giveaway!!

P.S. I am going to put the comment word verification on for a couple of days because I keep getting a spam comment on one post. It should be off by Monday.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Birthday Banner Giveaway!

Have you been to Two Sisters Shop yet? They carry so many cute things including this birthday banner:

Several of you were interested in it when I posted a picture of it from Katie's house. Sooooo, they have offered to give one Birthday Banner to one of you! All you have to do is go visit their website and come back here and leave me a comment telling me your favorite item. (I bet you just might find some great Christmas gifts too.) Be sure to leave your email address if you don't have a blog. I'll use to pick a winner on Friday night. I hope you win! Thank you Two Sisters!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Thanksgiving Decorations

I took down all of my fall decorations to put out my Thanksgiving ones. I know these are the same type of decorations but it makes me feel better to pack up 8 totes of fall and get just one Thanksgiving one. This way I feel like there is more of a break between Fall and Christmas decorations. Plus I only have one box to put away before I get all the Christmas boxes down. :)

I got this "Thankful" sign at War Eagle (the local craft fairs) this year.
I also got this basket at War Eagle. I put an old Revival Praises hymnal in it. It looks "Thanksgiving-y" because it has a picture of wheat on it. ;)

My Grandmother bought me these pilgrims last year. I love them!

Does anyone else decorate for Thanksgiving? Sometimes I feel like it is a holiday that is often skipped over. I love Thanksgiving and everything it represents. Even though these decorations will probably be taken down before Thanksgiving (I put my Christmas decor out the weekend before Thanksgiving) I still get to enjoy them for several weeks.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Halfway There

20 weeks!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Duck Duck

Friday night we went to our Connection Group Fall Fellowship. We had our annual pumpkin carving contest. There seemed to be a pumpkin shortage around here so only 5 couples carved pumpkins. It was still a lot of fun though!
Here are most of our Connection Group girls.
Cody, me, Katie and Jason

We carved the ;) wink. Cody seriously did not get it. When we left he asked me again, "why did we carve a sideways smiley face?" He doesn't do too much on the computer. ;) He had never heard of this.

On Saturday night I met Jason, Katie and Zach up at the mall for Malloween. Elizabeth (or "Bella" as Zach calls her) met us up there too. The kids could trick or treat at most of the stores. Zach loved his "duck duck" costume!

He has always loved ducks and every bird or duck is a "duck duck!" He gets so excited seeing one. Back in the spring and summer when I had all my bird decorations out he would run to every single one and point at it and yell, "duck duck!" It was so cute.

He loved getting all the candy too. Especially these suckers. He was showing them to me in the picture. I just love hanging out with this little guy!