make-a-wish2Valentine’s Day is also J’s birthday so just wanted to take a moment and wish him a Happy Birthday!

And Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you!!


2009-clockIt’s hard to beleive it but it’s now 2009! It seems like the years are just flying by! We didn’t really do anything fun and exciting on New Year’s Eve. Although, Noah did get up (he went to sleep around 8 and then we woke him up at 11:30ish) to ring in the New Year. This was the first year he’s been up at midnight to ring in the New Year. He was ready to go back to sleep at 12:03. (ha!)


Our first day of 2009 was spent watching the Gator Bowl on TV. We had a “bowl party” of sorts as we cheered on our team, the Clemson tigers. Although Clemson lost, it was a great game complete with good company and lots of yummy things to eat.


Happy New Year to each of you!

(Photo Credit)

Today is my Dad’s birthday. Yep, New Year’s Eve. He jokingly says that everyone always parties on his birthday. hehe

I recently realized that I don’t have that many pictures of just me and my Dad as an adult. (Me being the adult in that phrase) The one below was snapped earlier this month as we waited for Noah’s school’s float in the local Christmas parade. It’s a cute pic of us and I like it.






Happy Birthday Daddy!

crawling-in1I’ve wanted to come here and write about Christmas for days now but unfortunately I woke up on Christmas Day and felt awful. I had a horrible headache and horrendous pressure in my head which I assumed (and rightly so) was a sinus infection. I felt so terrible that I really didn’t even want to open my presents. It took me forever to open them when I can usually rip through them. I think J was ready to take me to the ER (LOL!) Ya know, I’m definitely sick if I don’t want to open presents!!

But, finally I am feeling more like myself again! Despite feeling terrible on Christmas Day, we did have a nice one. It’s always fun and nice to watch Noah enjoying the gifts from Santa and family members and friends. Watching him enjoy everything makes the craziness of the holiday season worth it.

headphonesNoah’s favorite gift was probably the Fischer Price portable DVD player with headphones. (The headphones are probably this Mom’s favorite gift! Haha) It is designed for a preschool age child so the buttons are big enough that Noah can work them himself and he has quickly learned how. He got several different new movies and videos to go with the DVD player and although I have offered for him to watch them on the “big TV” numerous times, he has refused and has enjoyed watching them on his new DVD player. He looks so cute in those lil’ headphones!

reading-by-treeHe also received many books of course. It wouldn’t be Christmas (or any holiday for that matter) without books for Noah! He also received several blankets – a Cars (the movie) blanket that lights up, matching Clemson blankets for him and Noel, and a very very soft maroon blanket that has paw prints (for Mississippi State University) and his name embroidered on it. He got a few dinos, some dino PJs, some small See-N-Says, and a bunch of other stuff I can’t remember at the moment including a new orange and purple stocking filled with goodies.

my-new-shoesI was pretty spoiled too! My favorite gifts include new tennis shoes (they are brown!!), the audio version of Jenny McCarthy’s new book Mother Warriors (thanks Brother!), and a massager thingie. (I really don’t know the name of said massager thingie but you can either sit it in a chair or you can lie on it on the bed and it massages your head, neck, back, and legs. It has heat too!)

J was also spoiled receiving a new Wok set, a big huge chopping knife which I’m not allowed to touch until my eyes are better, and several playing-at-home2different Clemson things just to name a few items off the top of my head.

Behavior wise, Noah did well aside from a little fussiness mainly towards the end of the day. By the end of the day I think he was just ready to get home. He was pretty fussy at Mom and noahie-in-sweatsuitDad’s and pretty fussy in the car, but once home, he drug out most of his new toys in the living room and played by himself while J and I unpacked, put things away, etc.

andy-and-noelMaterial gifts aside, it was nice to spend the day with my family and it was great to have my brother home and spend time with him. He and Noel hit it off – I’m surprised he didn’t tuckered-outtry to sneak her back home with him!

I hope that each of you had a peaceful Christmas!

My musicstarMom, Dad, and I were having a conversation about our favorite Christmas songs lately. My favorite Christmas song isn’t a traditional Christmas carol. It’s Breath of Heaven by Amy Grant. If you haven’t heard it yet, you need to!! It’s quite beautiful and really makes me think about Mary carrying Baby Jesus. How scary it must have been to be Mary.

There’s a newer song out right now on Faith Hill’s Christmas Album that is also about Mary. It’s called A Baby Changes Everything. I’ve only heard it once though but it was quite touching.

Now if we are talking about more traditional Christmas carols one of my favorites is Carol of the Bells.  We used to sing that in High School Honors Choir and we would come off the stage and surround the auditorium. We’d sing the song acepella and the notes would almost bounce off the walls. It was amazing.

Finishing off my list of my top five favorite Christmas songs are Oh Holy Night and Little Drummer Boy. So, what’s your favorite Christmas song?

Hung by the Chimney with CareI love our stockings. We don’t have the traditional red and white stockings that many people have, our stockings are each unique and fit our personality.

Until three years ago we had the traditional red and white stockings and then for Christmas, Santa brought me a new stocking that totally fit me. It’s a pink high heeled shoe and says “Princess.” I just love it!

So after receiving that stocking, when Christmas rolled around the next year I was on a mission to find stockings that were unique for Noah and J as well. We ended up with a Superman stocking for Noah and a Clemson stocking for J, both found on ebay.

Since we have a new family member this year, we had to add a new stocking to the mix. I found the perfect one with paw prints on it and found a felt sticker in the dollar bins at Michael’s that says “Noel” so I glued it on to personalize her stocking.



















Is that not the cutest little baby in a Santa suit you have ever seen?



I certainly think so but I am biased since that is MY baby in the Santa Suit. That was Noah on his very first Christmas. He’s just two months old there and didn’t even weigh 6 lbs yet! So tiny and precious.

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