Saturday, February 23, 2019

Happy Birthday, Makenna Nicole


 Why does time just fly by at warp speed?? 
WHY?!

Y'all, my second oldest baby girl is 14 today.
I really don't know how it is possible, because it truly feels
like yesterday that she was THIS big:





Or this big:



 Or even this big:





But certainly not a teenager . . . let alone a second year teenager.








Makenna Nicole,

You are:

Creative, and innovative.
You love making projects, and figuring out how things work.

You are witty and fun,
but you also take things seriously.
You want everything to be fair and just.

You are THE ONE to go to to figure out a plan of attack.
You may not be neat and tidy. You may not love to organize.
But you always seem to know just what to do to get to the end goal.

You have high expectations for yourself and others.
You are kind and compassionate, loving, and caring.

And we love you to the moon!
Happy Birthday, Baby Girl!



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Sunday, January 27, 2019

Double Digits for Kameryn Faith!


Happy Birthday, Kameryn!

I know I lament every year, but come on! Double digits???
How.does.this.happen???


Kameryn Faith, you blessed me beyond measure ten years ago
by making me a mama for the third time.
I love that by baby number three I thought I had it all figured out . . .
and then you came along, six weeks early, and took us on an amazing, new adventure.

































* Kam, you are my Accessory Queen,
Bracelets, earrings, necklaces, headbands, and now ~ glasses . . .
you rock them all!

* You love pampering days ~
facials, manis, pedis, and hair-dos are your love language.

* But you equally love throwing your hair in a pony, and heading out on a hunting trip ~
days spent riding four-wheelers in the dust and dirt are among your favorite ways to spend time.

* You love summer days, time spent outdoors, adventuring, trips to the beach, 
and most of all ~ time with your family. 

*You are such a bright light in our lives, and we love you to the moon!


Kam through the years ♥




Monday, December 10, 2018

Countdown to Christmas 2018 ~ Week 2


We've been so busy, I haven't been doing a great job photographing our 
Christmas Countdown fun :(

Day 5 ~ We went to the theater to watch "Ralph Breaks The Internet"
{I voted to see "The Grinch", but was outvoted by the girls.}

Day 6 ~ Our annual Community Tree Lighting ~
Sierra was a helper elf to Santa again this year,
and the rest of us girls helped move the Santa line along.

Day 7 ~ Our new kitty, Miss Luna, had another vet visit,
so we took advantage of running into town, and picked up donuts.

Day 8 ~ Shopping with Friends

Day 9 ~ Church & Gingerbread House Decorating:




How have you been staying busy?


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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Countdown to Christmas 2018 ~ Days 1-4


We are full-swing, countin' down to CHRISTMAS, y'all,  how about you??


We started December with our annual North Pole Breakfast:

Day 2: Beaded Snowflake Ornaments.




Day 3: My favorite day!  Christmas Tree Hunting!



And Decorating!


 And today we read my favorite Christmas Book:
"The Gingerbears' First Christmas"

And tried our hands at stringing cranberries and popcorn:




The strands turned out great!!

What's been keeping you busy??


Link up your countdown ideas so we all can share!



                   
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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Countdown to Countdown to Christmas

With only two days to go, I am bustling around here trying to prepare
for our yearly Countdown to Christmas.
2018 activity, outing, and craft ideas are jotted in the Christmas planner,
and all that's left to do is cut the slips of paper, and place them in the Calendar.
I can hardly believe that this is our tenth Countdown to Christmas.
A whole decade.
Where does the time go?

The last few years we've kicked off our countdown with a  North Pole Breakfast.
Our elf, Holly, returns, and the girls LOVE it!












What are your favorite Christmas traditions?

I'll link a couple of our Countdown favorites, and leave your ideas in the comments!
I'm always looking for new activities!






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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Organizing for Christmas


We are in Christmas mode 'round here!

Hallmark movies are playing, cookies are baking, house is decorated 
{except for the tree ~ hubs is a firefighter, ya know},
and I am trying to channel my organizational self so that I don't forget a thing.

Each year I devote a little purse-sized notebook to everything Christmas.
It contains the draw names for everyone in our family, gift ideas, Christmas card lists, 
and Countdown to Christmas Activities {we plan an outing, activity, or craft each day of December leading up to Christmas}.

But this year  . . .  I found the CUTEST idea:


I'm not great at following patterns, and I'm a Gemini,
so my attention span is . . . not.
So I used their general idea to decorate the cover,
 and made a planner that would work best for my needs.


I even purchased extra Composition books and scrapbook paper so my girls
could make their own Christmas Notebooks.
{The Scrapbook Paper was on a Black Friday special at JoAnns for 70% off!! Score!}




We've been busily scribbling away all our Christmas ideas, and eagerly counting down!
How do YOU organize?
I need alllll the help I can get!

Also ~ Countdown to Christmas Ideas coming soon!
Four more days, y'all!



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