Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Baby Cereal

This little girl . . .


REALLY enjoys food.


It seems as though my baby is in a hurry to grow, and grow, and grow.
{So she can catch her big sissies, perhaps?}


Kam has decided that Taylor's cereal looks absolutely delicious.  Every day she begs for some cereal.  And every day I say, "No, Sweetie.  I don't think you'd like it much."  But today, I gave in.  I figured if she tasted it, surely she'd stop begging for it.


She had a little taste.


And I was right. 
She doesn't think it's so delicious after all ;)

{Stay tuned for Countdown to Christmas info.}

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Monday, November 28, 2011

More Myself

I'm finally feeling a little more like myself.  Not really sure who I was feeling like before, but I didn't like her all that much.  I think her name was Debbie.  {As in Downer}.  Anyway.  I'm actually enjoying everyday activities again.  My poor camera {that once used to hang around my neck all day every day} was getting ZERO attention {except for photo shoots}.  Case in point: Thanksgiving.  I did not snap one photo.  Um, yeah.  Taylor's first Thanksgiving, and I have no captured memories from it.  Real nice.  But, I've started picking up my camera again.  I've missed it.  Also, I was seriously concerned that I wasn't going to find an ounce of enjoyment in the holidays this year.  But, we've decorated the house, and are talking about picking out a tree, and I truly am looking forward to counting down the days until Christmas.

Speaking of, I'm trying to decide if I'm going to do Countdown to Christmas again this year {see my fancy schmancy button to the left?}.  I will definitely try to blog all our activities {we still will be counting down, mind you}, but not sure if I'll do a link up or not.  I'm debating.


Last night Jeremy got home from hunting and surprised us with an outing to McDonald's for ice cream treats.


What can I say, ice cream almost always improves one's mood.  And now, I'm going to go make PW's Cinnamon Rolls.  Don't judge.

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Thursday, November 24, 2011


I am ever so thankful for these little lovies this year . . .


. . . and also my sweet hubby . . .

. . . .and the rest of my family too.

Wishing all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving full of turkey, pie, family, and memories!

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

This & That

So, funny enough, life is not getting less busy.  Who knew?

I love this time of year, but good grief, it's busy!

So, what are y'all's plans for Thanksgiving?

Sierra has already told me that she is going to skip breakfast on Thursday so that she has more room for the big Thanksgiving feast.

I love that girl.  She's such a smartie.


I think I've finally gotten our Christmas cards together.  Yay!

Wanna see?
5x7 Folded Card
View the entire collection of cards.
Turns out I kind of liked some of the "outtakes" ;)

Have y'all done yours yet?

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Friday, November 18, 2011

♥ 5 Months ♥

Happy Five Months, Miss Taylor Grace!

I cannot believe how quickly time passes.  You are getting so big, and changing daily.

You are now:

♥ Rolling over.  Especially if you see a toy just out of reach.
♥ Smiling & laughing.  You are the happiest little thing, giving all those smiles away.
♥ Down to two naps most days.  Usually a morning nap and one in the afternoon.
♥ Still waking to par-tay in the middle of the night about half the time.  The other half you wake several times to eat and drift right back to sleep.

You are growing before our very eyes, and such a tremendous joy to us.  From your sweet little cheeks to your infectious smiles.  We don't know what we'd do without you, sweet girl!

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Photo Tip Thursday

Just a quick tip for today :)

Change up your point of view.

Get low.  {Lie on your tummy and see things the way your little ones do}
Shoot from above. {stand on a chair or step stool}

Enjoy telling the story from a different vantage point.


No tip next Thursday due to Thanksgiving, but keep practicing, and put that White Balance to work.  I still want to see your photos taken on a different WB setting than you normally use! :)

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Monday, November 14, 2011


Whew, it has been hard getting back into the swing.  Partly because life has gotten crazy busy here.  And partly because I've been in kind of a funk.  And blogging {among many other things} just aren't as enjoyable when you're in a funk, don'tcha know.

But I'm missing my blog reading.  And I'm missing my journaling.  And I don't want to be completely flung out of the loop altogether!  So, I'm going to try to do better.

Anyway, what's new with y'all?

♥ Quick catch up ♥

♥ We had a very busy deer hunting season {and Jeremy's gearing up for his season which starts this weekend}.  I passed on the hunting this year since Taylor is still so little, and Sierra took my place.  I won't go into detail,  but let's just say . . . her first year of hunting was a success!

♥ We've been spending a lot of time in our studies.  This year has been especially time-consuming with two official homeschoolers.  Makenna needs a lot of my time and attention {and God bless her, she constantly needs to be kept on track or she veers WAY off}, and as Sierra gets older, and I'm still using my hand-picked curriculum, she needs quite a bit of guidance as well.  It is so rewarding, and I really wouldn't change a thing, but some days it feels like it's all I can do to get the basics {laundry, meals, clean-up} accomplished AND put in a full day of homeschooling.

♥ Bible study is coming to a close for the holidays.  I've struggled a bit with this recent study.  It's like my heart just isn't in it the way it should be.  And then I feel guilty that I'm not giving it my all.

♥ I've been re-working our budget, and trying to find ways to save money and ways to make more money. {It's tough!} Really considering investing in one of Dave Ramsey's books.  {Anyone use his plan?}

And finally, we took a mini trip to the beach last weekend.  Last year Jeremy traded fire wood for the use of a beach house, and we just never got around to using it.  We figured we'd better use it now, or lose it, so away we went.

The weather was miserable, but we still had a good time.


{This about sums it up.  A total of 10 minutes spent on the beach before we were soaked to the bone and Kam could no longer stand up to the wind!}


We came home with crab though.  So, totally worth it :)
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Friday, November 4, 2011

Hi There

Well, hi there.

I'm always at a loss when I've been away from the blog for more than a few days.  Not quite sure how to jump back in, other than to just jump back in.

I want to thank you all so much for the sweet thoughts and prayers.  And for those of you who emailed to check in, you are dear, dear friends to me.  I think it's natural to go through phases when life is a little overwhelming, but prayer is so powerful.  As my dear friend, Kelli, stated so beautifully, even when circumstances don't change you can still find His peace.  Amen to that, sister!

So. Moving on.

We have been enjoying some beautiful Fall weather.  I love all of the beautiful colors.  The crispness in the air.  Delicious smells coming from the oven.
Girls Web

We've been keeping ourselves busy with homeschool studies, dance classes, a new bible study, and life!  {And I had another Senior Portrait session!} 

How about y'all?  Catch me up for goodness sakes!

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