Friday, November 30, 2012

5 On Friday ~ November 30th

It has been a CRAZY few weeks. Lots of wedding stuff going on. Thanksgiving. Wrapping up school for 2012. Crazy, I tell ya. Just crazy.

1. Wedding. Wedding. Wedding. If you don't know, my little sister is getting married in 9 days. 9 DAYS! I don't know if I should freak out or cry or be so giddy happy I don't know what to do with myself! I am kind of a mix of all those and more.

2. Oh and then she is moving to Germany. Happy. Sad. Awesome experience. So far from home. Lots of emotions flying around here.

3. We decorated for Christmas this past week. Love it! My house looks and smells so pretty. It makes me happy.

4. My husband turned 36 on Tuesday. I am married to an old man. Haha, just kidding. He was 20 when we got married. I have know him since he was about 16. I find that crazy. And I still love him to pieces.

5. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving! It was so awesome to be surrounded by my family. I love them so much. I needed the laughter. :)

Have a great week!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Manual Monday

Yes, I realize it is Wednesday. ;)

 1/15s, f4.5, ISO1600

My tree looks a bit tilted. Haha! I'll have to have Brian fix it!

The last 2 years, we have gotten a real tree but this year we went with our artificial one. I was a bit bummed but I truly love how it turned out. It is so beautiful! The kids did an awesome job decorating it. Now I just need to make some pine scented candles. :)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Candle Giveaway!

You may have noticed my new picture on the side bar.

Well I am in a contest for a $500 gift card to a local sporting goods store. In an attempt to get as many votes as possible, I am having a little contest of my own.

I used to have this little store called Farmgirl Naturals. I made soap and candles. Life kind of took over and I had to put the store on hold for a bit but I do still make candles during Christmastime.

So here it goes....for EVERY vote you get me (your own vote, sharing on your blog/facebook or calling everyone you know and getting them to vote) you will get a chance to win 2 homemade, excellent smelling candles just in time for Christmas!

Just leave me a comment here or on facebook and let me know that you voted and I will enter your name! 

You can vote everyday. Be sure to let me know EVERY time you vote so I can add your name.

Is that easy or what!? Ready. Set. Vote! :)


I'm begging!

See that Vote For Me picture........over here---------------------------------------------------------->

I would forever be grateful if you would jump on over there and vote for me. EVERY DAY. You can vote once a day.

Yes, I am shamelessly begging! ;)

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

What a wonderful day.

I got to spend Thanksgiving with some of my favorite people! It was definitely a day filled with laughter. Laughter till my belly hurt. That's the best kind. Laughter until your belly hurts with the ones you love. I stole that from my dear, beautiful, hilarious Aunt Kelly.

I have celebrated Thanksgiving with my dads side of the family since I was about 10.  I could not imagine it any other way.

I have so much to be thankful for.

I hope everyone reading this had a day filled with memory making, love, happiness and a day of thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Alyssa's Surprise Party

I love parties. Especially surprise ones!

I can not believe Alyssa is a teenager. That means I have 2 teenagers. When did that happen?!

We kept it a secret from the other kids until the minute Alyssa left with daddy. I didn't want any slip ups. :)

Daddy took her driving around looking for some land to hunt on. I think they stopped at like 8 farms. Meanwhile, the kids and I were decorating! They were so ecstatic when I told them about the party.

When daddy got the ok he came home. Of course, he can't do anything the easy way. (What fun is that, right?) He blindfolded her and then walked her around the yard for about 5 minutes. We were all waiting on the porch to surprise her.
This is the look we got when daddy took off the blindfold aka his shirt. lol!

Embarrassed much? Yes, I think so. She was so happy though.
We had the house all decorated. My theme was just bright colors. I made a banner that said "Alyssa" on it and I got bright colored poster board. I made signs that said surprise, listed all her best qualities and Happy 13th. Lots of balloons too!

The menu included: Tacos, bowls of candy and cheese puffs. We had orange and red pop to drink. Everything was festive, even the food!
Of course, we couldn't forget the cake! Litty's did awesome with their hoho cake. The colors were perfect and tasted delicious!
She was very happy with her presents. Give cards and money. The perfect gifts for a teenager.

Mommy and Daddy got her a bracelet. I am too sentimental to only give money. lol!

A few days later I gave her a music box that was just special from me.

At the bridal shower a few weeks ago, we played the clothespin game. Basically, there are words that are off limits and if you get caught saying one of those words then you lose your clothespin. Alyssa loved playing it so I thought it would be perfect for her party too.

The no-no words were Alyssa, Presents, Birthday and Hunting. The winner got a jar of my canned peaches. Ha!

Daddy was fighting till the end but Uncle Shawn won. I hope he enjoyed the peaches. I'll have to ask him.

My beautiful birthday girl!

I think the biggest hit at the party was the PHOTO BOOTH!

 I found props at the Goodwill and the Dollar Store.

Who need props when you are that cute!?

After everyone left, we spent about 2 hours in the photo booth. Hehe....

It was an awesome party!

This has been a really good year for Alyssa. She grown into such an amazing young woman.

She is such a big helper. She cooks lunch on most days. I have really seen her heart gravitating towards God. She reads her bible and asks lots of questions. She is so full of love. She is a black and white kind of girl. She wants everything to make sense. She is so intelligent and is so easy to teach. She loves to please. In a good way.

Over the last year, I have seen her struggle in areas that all girls do and I have watched as she has stood strong. She has made me so proud to be her mom. I love this little girl with all my heart.

Happy 13th Birthday, Alyssa Nicole.


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