Archive for November, 2012

November 30, 2012

Live & Laugh

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I think we can all agree … Autumn is simply delicious <3.


My weekend plans: finish up our Christmas shopping (via the internet); bake some holiday treats; 
explode Christmas decorations throughout our home; cheer on the OSU Cowboys & keeping warm in comfy clothes until Monday morning <3.


In Other News:

1. Not quite sure how it developed, but Marla & I had a Twilight watch party. We viewed all 5 movies in 1 day –  I’m slightly embarrassed.

2. I got my hair cut …

3. Breakfast Business Meetings = Genius <3.

4. I love these kids (:


5. ECards always put a smile on my face … always!








Have a fantastic weekend <3.

Keep smiling,


November 27, 2012

A Nontraditional Thanksgiving

This year we celebrated with Brett’s family by volunteering at a local women’s shelter in our community.
The volunteers set the tables with pressed table cloths, florid glass dishes and white cloth napkins. The fancy details made the dinner feel extra special <3.

After serving the women and children, we sat down to enjoy the home cooked meal – each dish was delicious …
turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, stuffing, deviled eggs & soft buttered rolls – I indulged in 4 rolls (:

I’m happy my sister-in-law suggested getting out of our comfort zones – it really opened my eyes to the things we all take for granted <3.

I was blown away by this guy’s hard working skills … awesome job Jack!

Handmade pies … <3.

1 John 3:18 – My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth

Acts 20:35 – In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’



November 26, 2012

Time Change – Boo!

Lately, I’ve been leaving work when it’s already dark; this is a serious issue for a lover of sunsets.

You can review my sunset obsession here & here!

I’ve decided to make the best of it … when I get to depart on time and catch a glimpse of the sun going to sleep – I snap sunset captures out my side mirrors … since I know the sun will be snoring by the time I get home <3.




Keep Smiling,

November 19, 2012

“May you live all the days of your life …”

My birthday was superb – my family & friends made me feel so incredibly special <3.

Dad & Pam-la hosted an amazing family celebration, the festivities included: them both cooking all my favorite dishes, baking TWO yummy strawberry birthday cakes, with love & tying bright pink balloons to a chair, creating the birthday girls exclusive throne … the perfect b-day detail <3.

Pam-la & Dad – I took these with my new IPad! Thank you both so much <3.

I know I’m late to jump on the “Photo Booth App” train, but how fun are these!

New birthday earrings – Thank you Auntie J & Em <3.

The crew (:

Okay, a little more Photo Booth fun (;


My MIL & I had a joint birthday bowling party – I lost both games, but I couldn’t stop smiling the entire evening (:

I FORGOT MY CAMERA ): So I had to take pictures with my IPhone …

He is the cutest baby ever!

My Little A <3.

Auntie A & Uncle Ubbs with the munchkins!

I finally own not 1 but 2 tripods, cant wait to use them – I needed one here & here!


Rachel treated me to Pinot’s Palette (love you friend!) … I’m seriously hooked!
It was a bonus delight to see this pretty face:

Me & Christina (:

Rach & myself – we’ve been friends for 20 years!

Thank you both for the ultimate ladies night <3.

Isn’t she lovely (:

Birthday Girl!

Yes, I can post 100 pictures if I want – my memories, my blog  (;

not my best, but I had a wonderful evening <3.


Brett gifted me with a heartfelt card & trinket everyday of the week. I felt such a rush of excitement waking up to dash into the living room to open my gift for the day … I cherish him <3.

One of my birthday surprises from hubby was a date night at Pinot’s Pallette  – two nights at my favorite place in one week!

Hubby & I ready to paint!

1 glass & you paint so much better – it helps you relax!

Perfect b-day gift – thank you love!


Birthday cards are my favorite <3.

I felt like a princess all week <3. To each of you who made my birthday unforgettable …
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!  


“It’s not the years in your life that count – It’s the life in your years”

November 13, 2012


Well, this feels uncomfortable … almost like a friend I haven’t spoken to in years & we randomly decided to meet up for coffee & the awkward silences make for an interesting visit …

I believe I won’t stress over the details and just dive back in … I’ve missed you blog & documenting/sharing my simple captured moments <3.

Where did we leave off … new jobs! Both are going well, we’re still adjusting to new schedules & heavier work loads … but at the end of the day we’re just so thankful for our many blessings.


 Our sweet Gimli is doing good … he’s mastered the sad face in pictures (;

Winston is a rascal, who pretty much just does whatever he wants. He is our troubled child (;

Brett & I have been wearing our orange & enjoying life <3.

My wish for returning to blog world is that it goes smoothly, like meeting up with a true friend after a decade of losing touch & we just pick up were we left off (;


Feels good to be back!