Saturday, November 27, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

Had a wonderful Thanksgiving. This year felt a little extra special since this was our first Thanksgiving in our new home. I love knowing that we are making new memories in this house. It was a pretty low key day. Just Mike and I the kids and my mom. Mom kept me company in the kitchen while I cooked the dinner. Yes, she offered several times to help, but, of course, I had to do it all myself. Ya know, MY way. But I really do enjoy cooking so it was all good. Sharing good conversation and a good glass of wine was all I needed to keep me going. Thanks, mom!

Jarod, Maleah and my mom were getting their groove on in the kitchen to Christmas oldies. Jarod would pick out a Christmas song from Chris Brown (look it up if you're not in the know) and mom would pick out the Temptations. Can we say generation gap?!

And here I am stuffing my bird. I used an awesome recipe from Giada De Laurentiis of the Food Network. The recipe is here. It was super yummy!

And what would the holiday season be without a picture of your honey next to the fireplace.

As a lot of you know, this has been a tough year on the homefront, but I am so grateful for the Lord's faithfulness and provision. I can look back and see just how far God has brought me and just how much He really is at work in my life. I'm a blessed woman!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Christmas Craft

So, I was reading my friend's blog today and and totally got inspired to get my craft on. She showed how to make a super cute bird ornament. As most of you know, I LOVE the whole bird theme...still. I even shucked my housework duties to run right out to Michaels and get my supplies. This project was super easy and inexpensive and I absolutely love the way it turned out.

If you want to know how to do it, check out Jami's blog at I also made glitter pinecones (glue and glitter on tips of pinecones). How fun!

I'm officially getting into the Christmas spirit and I am planning on doing plenty more Christmas crafts. So stay tuned...

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Working Again.

I have not worked in 7+ years. That is so hard for me to believe. I used to work my tail off back in the day and knew no other way. I was a single mom raising Jarod and was the sole bread winner. I always dreamed of being a stay at home mom. That is why I am so grateful I married someone that has strongly supported me in being able to stay at home. If it wasn't for all of his hard work I wouldn't have been able to do it. Thanks babe!

BUT, things have changed. Jarod is soon to be out of the house (sniffle sniffle) and Maleah is in school all day. It made me have to think about what I want to do with myself. What do I like to do? What is my passion? Who the heck am I? Yeah, there has been some serious soul searching goin' on in my world. Soooo, I decided to get a job. Not only for the money, which is pretty much needed these days, but for myself. I decided since I love to be creative and get my craft on, I got me a job at Paper Source.

Now, for those of you that don't know what Paper Source is, shame on you! Get to your nearest one and check it out. It's such a great place. They have everything you can think of having to do with paper, and then some. You can get holiday and birthday cards there, your wedding invitations, gift wrap, etc. Or make your own cards. Christmas is around the corner. They have all the supplies you'll need and our staff can give you easy and fun ideas to make them. They also have fun, quirky gift items that are hard to find. Or you can go to one of their workshops that teach you how to do all kinds of fun, crafty things. I am learning new things every time I go to work and I love it.

Here is their website:

If you have been wanting to be more "crafty" but have felt like you don't have what it takes, stop thinking that! You do have what it takes. It's not hard. Everybody possesses creativity within them. Tap into it people! And get to your nearest Paper Source for inspiration and guidance.