Christmas 2010


The family gathered for Christmas Eve. We had great food (prime rib and all the fixings), enjoyed each others company and had fun watching the kids run around while playing games like Ele Fun. We called it an early night because we all knew we’d be up early.

Christmas morning was enjoyable. We woke up and the kids found all the goodies in their stockings. The kids played and once the gifts were loaded into the car we made our way over to my brother and sister in laws for breakfast and more family time. We had another yummy feast followed with presents and a fun white elephant game. The elephant game was our first and I think will be a new tradition. What did we win? Well, we won some bath stuff (no one wanted to trade) and a cool magnetic flashlight set. The cousins (8 & 10) chose the movie gifts with lots of candy. Go figure! They loved it. We filled the rest of the day with conversations, movies, more food and relaxing.

I love Christmas! I love the family God has blessed me with. I am also thankful for Jesus for dying on the cross so that his chosen will be reconciled and forgiven of our sins. You are the best gift!

Hattox Family Photos


Sometimes the second option turns out better than the original plan. That happened today when I met the Hattox family at Past Time Farms. On the way I noticed a strip of land running along side the road that looked amazingly beautiful. The light was hitting it just right making the trees, grasses, fence and rocks look magical. When I arrived at Past Time Farm the gate was closed and a sign said opens at 9am. Oops! We didn’t want to wait thirty minutes because it was already getting close to their youngest daughters nap time, so I mentioned the spot I noticed back on the road and they thought it was a great idea. Fun! They followed me down the road and we walked across the street to find out spot. I was in awe of God’s creation as we took photos. What a fun time! Thank you Hattox family for sharing your time with me. I enjoyed capturing your family on film.

Benjamin 8 months


Benjamin is 8 months, going on 9 months. He has changed so much these last few months. He’s determined, has a mighty grip, prefers being held (by mom especially), laughs at his brothers silly faces, is 100% breastfed, sleeps in his crib and wakes 1-3 times a night, loves being outside and has fun pulling the weeds/grass with his hands, is a picky eater and pretty much refuses to eat from a spoon, has two bottom teeth, loves to stick out his tongue, just started drinking water from a sippy cup, grabs for all silver gadgets such as remotes, cell phones, etc. as well as toys with flashing lights and sounds, is a master at sitting up and hugs and cuddles with me when I hold him.

A Pirate Birthday Party


For the past 1 1/2 years Corbin has loved dressing up as a pirate and playing with swords, so it was only fitting that we would throw him a pirate party for his third birthday. I started early to gather fun pirate loot so that by his birthday we’d have lots of fun stuff to play with. Hitting the post Halloween sales really helped to complete my must have list.

Must have items for any pirate party:
1. Treasure
2. Pirate Cake
3. Pirate Flag
4. Scavenger Hunt
5. Swords
6. Pirate Costume
7. Pirate Crafts
8. Pirate Story

We also had fun with the food. We had meatballs (cannon balls), bread sticks (cannons) from Pat N Oscars, pirate veggies and pirate booty (cheese popcorn puffs)…and lots of other yummy food. Oh, and I can’t forget about the cake. I found it on Parenting.com and it was so easy and looked amazing. The kids loved the cake and couldn’t wait to eat it. I also made chocolate and pumpkin spice cupcakes.

Where did I get everything…here’s a list of locations. It may sounds like a lot of work, but I had been planning this for a few months and was able to find the best deals to save money.

Amazon.com – pirate flag ($4.00)
Michaels – pirate cupcake liners and flags, pirate crafts-cardboard swords and wooden pirate ornaments to color (used 40% coupons)
Target- foam swords for each kid ($1 each)
Local Library – pirate book for story time (FREE)
Parenting.com – pirate cake
Party City – balloons, pirate coins and the pirate drinking cups and napkins were 50% off from Halloween
Walmart – after Halloween pirate toys and candy (50% off sales)
Dollar Tree – red tablecloth ($1 each), pirate banner ($1)
***The costume and scavenger hunt cards were handmade***

The best part was seeing it all come together and seeing the kids and their parents enjoy themselves. I would say this was a successful party. Yeah!

God, thank you for all our family and friends who were able to join us on Corbin’s special day. What a blessing it was to be surrounded by the ones we love. Help us to be thankful in all things and to always keep our eyes on you. Party or no party, we are so blessed to have you as our Lord and that’s what really matters. Thank you for your unfailing love, mercies and grace. Without you we have nothing.

Disney Magic


I am so thankful that I was able to treat my family to Disneyland yesterday. Because it was Corbin’s first time to Disneyland, we tried to prepare him by showing him a show about Disneyland through Netflix and on the big day he thought it was really fun that we let him dress up as a pirate. He was still overwhelmed by everything, but had a ton of fun especially after we saw the pirate ship and took the raft over to the island. He thought that was really cool. Benjamin also did fantastic. He didn’t sleep much (surprise!), but didn’t complain once. He was all smiles and loved looking around at everything. Luke and I loved sharing Disneyland with our kids and Nana. It really is a magical place.