Thursday, November 6, 2014

It's Merry & Bright ( & a Minted giveaway)

Super excited to be working with Minted again this year for holiday cards.  I, seriously, could spend and do spend hours browsing through Christmas cards each year, especially the adorable ones at Minted's site.  They have the most precious designs. And they're giving away $150 credit to their site to one lucky reader --- more on that later.

I love their "Find It Fast" feature where you can upload a photo of your choice and see your photo in tons of different card options at once.  I'm not sure if this is a new feature this year or if I just missed it in the past, but I LOVE it.  Love, love, love it.  More about the Find It Fast feature here --- trust me, you'll absolutely love it.

That said, none of the below are the actual Christmas cards we are sending out.  I like for it to be a sweet little mailbox surprise, but thanks to the find it fast feature and the ability to see my own photos in the card option while viewing, I fell in love with about 18 potential cards this year.  It was so hard to pick in the end, but I had fun playing.  

How adorable would this one be with a little red, buffalo check ribbon tied around it?!?!

Love the wreath in this one.  And isn't that Hadley girl the sweetest?!

Love the simplicity of this one!

Love the pink and red in this card.  Love this picture and how it documents Preston's true obsession with trains. 

Below are a few more favorite contenders that my photos just didn't work for size wise, but I do love them! 

The best part about this post is that Minted is giving away $150 credit to one lucky winner! Enter here.  It's super easy to enter --- just your name and your e-mail. 

Entries accepted here ...  good luck!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Lately ...

Soooo, I doubt that anybody still comes to this ol' blog since I never update it anymore. Sorry. I'm playing catch up, though, and have a ton of random, yet sweet, memories and pictures to share! 

Preston's playing soccer shots at school and he loves it! 

Hadley bug is full on walking and cruising every where.

And they like to driveway dance and preferably to Pharrell's Happy.  

 I've been super busy lately, but all for a good reason.  In September, I spent a weekend away with two of my besties.  We really stunk at taking pictures and documenting the whole weekend.  The following weekend I spent the weekend with Houston Moms Blog and many other City Moms Blog Network cities for a fun conference, and I got to meet a couple "friends" who I've "known" for years through blogging and social media.  Friends who prayed for us during Preston's uncertainty and his open heart surgery, and friends we've prayed for off and on through the years.  It's crazy how social media can connect people from all over and create such a community! I'm glad that I can now say I "know" these ladies in real life, and not just through social media now. 

Our Ya-Ya took Preston for the weekend in early October, and we got some sweet alone time with Hadley --- just a few days shy of her first birthday. I know I am 100% biased, but y'all, isn't she beautiful?!

Of course we've already hit up the pumpkin patch a couple of times now! Preston was extremely sad to leave his Ya-Ya's house just before church and the pumpkin patch so I only got one smile from him below and that was a fake, half-smile. That boy loves his Ya-Ya.

 Hadley loved the pumpkins!

She turned O-N-E on the 7th.  Sorry for the blurry pic below, but it's the last picture I have of her as an eleven-month old.  The last picture of her as a true baby, though she'll always be my baby girl. 

We celebrated her birthday with sprinkles and donuts that morning and then her 12 month check up and vaccines later that day.  

Again it's blurry, but we love pumpkins and skeletons around here! 
Here is this years skeleton picture ::

Here is last years ::

Sweet things! They've changed a lot over the year, and I love them more and more every day. 

For the past couple of years, we've been involved in starting a new worship community here in Houston. It's called The Story.  The website is still in development, but you can check out the Facebook page here.  Today was the first preview service, and it was amazing. Good music, good food, great message, standing room only.  I can't wait to see the great things God does through this community. 

Preston LOVES school and his friends!  He uses the word "dude" all the time and it cracks me up ... except when he uses it sarcastically.  Most of the time it's cute, though.  Like "Hey, mom, let's go, dude" or "You're silly, dude."

So that's us as of late.  Busy, but blessed. And trying to take as many pictures as I can because time is flying by.  

Monday, September 15, 2014

Adios, summer! (plus a $200 giveaway)

This is a sponsored post by Dr. Smith's, but as always all opinions in this post are my own. 

This weekend our Houston weather was in the 70s and low 80s. We spent much of the weekend outside, watching my kiddos and the neighbor kiddos play in the culdesac.  When any of the kids asked to go inside, I could hear my husband and one of the other husbands quickly reply, "Nope, we're enjoying the nice weather for a change."

So with that, my fall candles are lit as I type this post.  Oh, who am I kidding? I'm been lighting fall candles for a few weeks now just willing fall to be here anyway I could.  Now that we've actually had a little taste of more fall-like weather, I feel like I can officially say goodbye to summer. 

The sweetest thing about this summer was who I got to spend this summer with --- my family! It was our first summer as a family of four.  It was so much fun to have Hadley be a part of our travels this summer.  To be honest, I was a little nervous about her, but turns out there was nothing to worry about.  Love her chill, little, go-with-the-flow attitude.  She is such a happy baby girl.

Preston blew us away this summer --- I mean he just grew up so much over the past few months.  Riding his bike all over the culdesac and to the nearby creek for our daily turtle watching.  Swimming without floaties.  Sliding down pool slides.  Jumping off the diving board and swimming to the side all alone! 

Hadley started taking steps on her own, learned to love the water, started eating us out of the house, and learned to wave!

We went to Watersound, Florida with sweet friends, and, even though we didn't think it was possible, we loved it even more than last year!  We traveled to Hunt, Texas with some super special families from our Sunday School class! I saw my fair share of scorpions while in Hunt.  If you really know me, then you know how absolutely terrified I am of scorpions!   All in all, I still hate those suckers, but I will must admit that this trip may have been a tad therapeutic for my phobia.  I think they call it flooding in psychology.  :)

photo credit :: Darris Hartman

Both trips, I traveled with my Dr. Smith's diaper rash treatments.  The first trip, I took my trusty ol' ointment like I do on every trip we take --- especially during the summer when it's hot and we spend a lot of time in the pool.  That is always a recipe for diaper rash in my kiddos. Dr. Smith's sent me a nice little surprise just before our last trip, though, and I got to try out their new spray while traveling.  I'm a huge fan of anything Dr. Smith's related, but I personally love how easy the spray is to use, especially on a squirmy 11 month old!  Seriously, it's a breeze to use. Thank you, Dr. Smith's for your amazing products, and for all the years you've helped me change diapers.

Dr. Smith's is giving away some prize packs for a few lucky winners.  First place will receive a $200 Visa gift card AND a Dr. Smith's Prize Pack.  And three runners up will receive Dr. Smith's Prize Packs.  Enter below to win. The giveaway will end on Sunday, September 21st at midnight.  Good luck!

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

PRV's Heart Heroes Cape

Preston has just recently became interested in all things superhero related. It's fun to watch his interests change as he grows. 

Earlier this year I sent in a request for a heart heroes cape to be made for him, and it came in the mail just about a month ago ---  and just about the time he really started paying attention to all the super hero stuff!

Thank you to the folks over at Heart Heroes for making this little super-hero dude smile.

I love his excitment when he gets something new.  He always says "for me?"  Then he says the mail man bought it for him.  That might be a sign that I shop online way too much.  ;)

I'm so thankful for his health and his good prognosis.  I know there are others out there who have and are dealing with difficult situations and who hear bad prognosis after bad prognosis.  I know that our sitation could have been far worse.  I try never to take our blessings for granted --- I'm thankful every day for this guys, his health, and the miracle that we were granted with him.

For the Home.

I feel like our home has been neglected for the past few years.  We've had a couple cute little distractions that kept us busy.  We've kicked into full gear recently, though.  We took down the shed that was taking up space in the back yard, we planted grass, and we've updated a few things on the inside, hung a new light fixture, and such.  We desperately need to repaint the baseboards and the kitchen, but with Hadley learning to walk and running into the walls with her toys and walkers we will hold off for another few more months to a year on that.

So our house is definitely feeling the wear and tear of two small kid, and I wouldn't have that any other way. I've recently started looking for ways to change things up and spruce up the place a bit.  Serena & Lily is one of my favorite places to start. 

Oh my goodness, this pop of green?!  Obsessed. Straight from the Serena & Lily fall collection.

Love this sweet little baby blanket.  This might just happen to be the color combo for Hadley's one year old birthday party!  Yes, I know --- I'm not quite sure how she's already almost a year old.  

I still don't have a good rug for Hadley's room, but I do love the colors in this one.

We're looking for a new coffee table as the other table we had was too big for the room (anyone else feel like living space just becomes smaller and smaller once you have kids) and I came across this one about a month ago.  I told my husband that I had found the perfect coffee table ... then he saw the price!  It is not in his budget.

I'm clearly drawn to color these days.  :)

Serena & Lily did provide me with a gift card in exchange for this post. As always, all opinions represented are my own. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Preschool and DayCare 2014

So after saying goodbye to Ya-Ya on Monday, I packed lunches and backpacks in preparation for Hadley's first day (ever) of daycare and Preston's first day of preschool-3.  This is the first time that both will be in school/day care full time.  I was so nervous about Tuesday, but there were no tears from any of us at drop off.  Hadley seriously didn't even seem to care. 

Preston's best friend is in his class again this year --- those two are thick as theives.  And they'll be playing soccer together this year.  

Small world --- turns out that Preston's sweet little teacher used to teach with Aunt Lauren.

I'm also now room mom for Preston's class.  Now, I know that's not terribly exciting but the way I came to this decision is quite exciting.  Here goes ...  P's head teacher e-mailed on Tuesday asking if I would consider being room mom.  On Wednesday night, I was about to write and decline the position because with working full time and some other obligations especially this exciting one, I though my plate might be a little too full already.  Then I remembered that earlier that day Preston's teacher sent out an e-mail saying to check our child's belonging because his assistant teacher's ring broke and her diamond fell out.  So I went to check Preston's backpack and guess what was in the bottom of his backpack?  Said diamond was in the bottom of his backpack! I took that as a sign and accepted the position.

 Hadley is one of 8 girls in her sweet little class --- one being her BFF below!